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The 2012 Florida Green, Energy & Climate Conference/Expo is rapidly approaching. The event is slated for May 16-17 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. Page 3

Wellington Council Rejects Home On Equestrian Club Land

Citing concerns about encroachment on green space in the Wellington Equestrian Preserve, members of the Wellington Village Council voted 3-1 on Tuesday to reject a proposal that would have allowed a home on a field attached to the Equestrian Club community off Lake Worth Road. Page 7

Sunday, April 22 was the closing day of the 2012 high-goal polo season at the International Polo Club Palm Beach, and it proved to be thrilling as Zacara defeated Lechuza Caracas 10-8 in the Nespresso 108th U.S. Open Polo Championship Finals on Piaget Field. Shown above, Zacara team members hold the cup to celebrate their victory. SEE STORY & MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 9 PHOTO BY ALAN FABRICANT/ALFABPHOTO

Oasis Agency Dream Makeover Luncheon

The Oasis Compassion Agency held its seventh annual Dream Makeover luncheon Saturday, April 21 at Breakers West Country Club. Page 9

Earth Day On The Farm

The Good Earth Farm in Loxahatchee Groves held an Earth Day celebration Sunday, April 22. Families participated in hayrides, pony rides, animal viewing, and enjoyed food and drinks during an afternoon on the farm. Page 13

OPINION Proposed RPB Skate Park A Worthy Cause

Local skateboarders and inline skaters scored a victory earlier this month when the Royal Palm Beach Village Council agreed to include construction of a skate park in the village’s capital plan. Despite concerns that it could end up abandoned like the skate park built a decade ago at the recreation center, the latest proposal is off to a promising start. Page 4 DEPARTMENT INDEX NEWS ............................. 3 - 13 OPINION .................................4 CRIME NEWS .........................6 NEWS BRIEFS........................ 8 SCHOOLS .....................14 - 15 PEOPLE ............................... 16 COLUMNS .................... 23 - 24 BUSINESS .................... 25 - 27 CAMPS .........................28 - 30 DINING OUT ........................ 32 SPORTS ........................ 37 - 40 CALENDAR ...................42 - 43 CLASSIFIEDS ................ 44 - 50 Visit Us On The Web At WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM

Lease Issues Delay New RPB Charter School At Least A Year By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Lease complications have postponed the conversion of the shuttered Royal Palm Beach Albertsons grocery store site into a planned charter school. Charter Schools USA, parent company of the Renaissance Charter School at Palms West, informed interested parents last week that the school would not open as planned in August. According to school officials, the project was thrown off schedule due to difficulties associated with the sale and lease of the building. The delays made an August opening impossible. The situation came to a head at a meeting April 17 with various parties associated with the project. The letter to parents went out April 18. “We really were not expecting it to play out this way, certainly not that the transactions on the facility side were going to be held up,” Charter Schools USA Vice President of Development Richard Page told the Town-Crier on Wednes-

day. “Unfortunately they were, and the result of that was our contractors could no longer guarantee that the facility would be open in time for school opening in August. Therefore we made the decision — and it really was the best decision — to just announce now that it’s not going to happen.” Page said the project was already operating on a tight deadline. “The charter process is always a tight deadline,” he said. “You don’t get approval until late in the fall, and you work with very tight constraints.” The Royal Palm Beach Village Council approved the school’s application for a special exception for the site in March. The school was to have 1,145 students in kindergarten through eighth grade, with about six classes per grade. Page said the school was working on a long-term lease with an option to purchase in the future, but there were multiple parties involved, including outparcel tenants who also were involved with an agreement.

“You had Albertsons, which doesn’t own the property; you have an individual person who owns the property; and then they have a mortgage, so there’s a bank involved,” he said. “You have multiple organizations with easement rights to the property, the vendors around, so there were many parties that were involved, and at the end of the day, certain signatures and signoffs did not get processed fast enough to close the deal.” Page said plans to open a charter school in the area remain in the works, but have been delayed for a year. “Our objective is to open in 2013,” he said. “Whether or not it is at this particular facility still remains to be seen. We are still engaged in dialogue with these folks. However, given the fact that we are definitely delayed for a year, we will consider other alternatives that are out there to ensure that we can be successful with the facility this time.” Page said he did not have any See CHARTER, page 7

Survey Methods Annoy Speakers At Equestrian Master Plan Forum By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Wellington hosted two meetings this month to gather public input on its proposed Equestrian Master Plan, and the hot-button topic at the meeting Monday, April 23 was the methodology being used to carry out the process. Though Wellington was hoping to get residents’ opinions on the equestrian community, several residents expressed concern with the survey used to gather opinions from the community, as well as the involvement of Florida Atlantic University. “Unless you can prove to me that your methodology was accurate, I won’t believe your results,” said Marcia Radosevich, a member of the Wellington Equestrian Preserve Committee.

In an effort to update its master plan, Wellington has been seeking input from the community — both equestrian and non-equestrian — to help map out the future of the Wellington Equestrian Preserve. Already, Wellington has surveyed about 400 people at local equestrian venues and on the bridle trails, said Michael O’Dell, who is overseeing the project. “The people we surveyed were across the board,” he said. “They were riders, both professional and amateur. They were spectators. They were residents. They were people who were just in town for one or two days.” O’Dell noted that Wellington has been meeting with people throughout the community but wanted to give an additional op-

portunity for residents to give their opinions. “We want to see what you think about what we’ve been doing here,” he said. Several residents expressed concerns about the surveys, wondering who had written them. Wellington asked FAU’s Urban & Regional Planning program to help create and administer surveys about Wellington’s equestrian community, FAU Professor Dr. Jaap Vos explained. “The only thing we’re interested in is getting as many people’s opinion as we possibly can,” he said. “We are trying to do that as best as we possibly can. I have no bias. I have no agenda, except trying to get the best information.” The survey was created by FAU See SURVEY, page 18

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RPB Leaders Clash Over Appointments To Zoning Panel By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report A discussion over the makeup of Royal Palm Beach’s Planning & Zoning Commission last week led to tense disagreements among members of the Royal Palm Beach Village Council. After nearly an hour of discussion, the council decided April 19 to reject Councilwoman Martha Webster’s proposal to appoint two new commissioners, in favor of a compromise that kept one sitting commissioner seeking reappointment on the board and adding a new commissioner supported by Webster. Webster, recently appointed as council liaison to the commission, said that there have been issues with zoning commissioners who did not work well with staff, as well as people going through the review process. She asserted that an effort should be made to make the board more professional and business friendly. “Planning and zoning is the first

interaction that our businesses or our applicants have with our municipality, so the face of that board is very important,” she said. “The professionalism of that board is very important. The role of that board is to apply the codes and rules, and attempt to stay away from opinions. They’re there to be problem-solvers, to help them through the process and to put on a good face.” The three-year terms of longtime Commissioner Jackie Larson and Commission Alternate Janet Ellis expired in March, while former Commissioner Genevieve Lambiase had resigned. Larson had asked to be reappointed, while both Ellis and fellow Commission Alternate Richard Becher wanted appointments to regular seats. However, Webster asked the council to appoint new applicants — technical writer June Perrin and architect Ana Martinez — to the two commission seats, while addSee APPOINTMENTS, page 18


My Brother’s/Sister’s Keeper Charitable Trust presented its Irish Fest on Sunday, April 22 in the original Wellington mall. Beer and wine was paired with a delicious four-course dinner prepared by the Gypsy’s Horse Irish Pub & Restaurant. The Palm Beach Central High School jazz band performed, and there was a live auction. Shown here are (seated) Mary and Copeland Davis with Al and Lenyce Boyd; (standing) Randy and Leslie Pfeiffer, Helene McLean and Pat Curry. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 12 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

B&G Club Funding Concerns Margolis By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Despite concerns about financing, the Wellington Village Council unanimously approved a measure to extend the construction deadline for the new Wellington Boys & Girls Club. The Boys & Girls Club is slated to move from its location on South Shore Blvd. to a site near Wellington’s water treatment facility on Wellington Trace. In the original agreement between Wellington, Palm Beach County and the Boys & Girls Club, construction was to begin at the end of this month and be finished by Oct. 20. The facility must now be built by Oct. 20, 2013, with construction expected to begin in October of this year. Though he voted to approve the change, Mayor Bob Margolis lambasted the former council’s decision to spend public money on a private entity. “I don’t believe that the village’s

money should be spent on a private facility,” he said. “I can’t argue with the location change, but I can argue with the funding mechanism.” Earlier this year, council members voted to cover the $1.3 million gap in financing, to be paid back over 10 years. The money was in addition to the $700,000 Wellington already promised, as well as $600,000 from Palm Beach County and approximately $1 million in private donations. “I know the residents of Palm Beach County voted to float that bond,” he said. “But the residents of the Village of Wellington never voted to fund the $700,000 or the additional funds.” Mary O’Connor, president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County, said that other communities have provided similar loans. “We are in a building in West Palm Beach that the City of West Palm Beach built for us,” she said. See B&G CLUB, page 18

Unpermitted Dump Site Has Acreage Officials Worried

Officials are concerned about the fill being dumped illegally on this Acreage property.

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report South Florida Water Management District enforcers are moving to get a 40-acre site in The Acreage, owned by Vila Nursery, cleaned up and permitted after they cited the owner for improperly dumping fill on the site. Indian Trail Improvement District Engineer Lisa Tropepe alerted ITID President Michelle Damone last month in a letter, citing mulch and garbage piles on the site, located on 87th Court North, not far from Pierce Hammock Elementary School. “I am concerned about both the quality and quantity of material that is being spread,” Tropepe

wrote in a letter dated March 9. “The material appears to be mulched organic material with significant amounts of garbage. Plastic bags, whole tires, foam cushions and aluminum cans were observed throughout the site.” The material appeared to be several feet high across several acres, Tropepe reported. She added that it was difficult to determine if adverse amounts of organic material are part of the fill material, but because of the vast area and depth of the piles, sampling would need to be conducted in many areas and at different depths. The ITID engineer cited among her concerns the “adverse impact on the ground/surface water and

its proximity to residential drinking water wells in the area. Second is the closeness of the material to the adjacent swales along Hamlin and Grapeview boulevards. Last is the impact on historic wetlands and whether this filling operation is properly permitted and wetlands properly mitigated.” Although Indian Trail has no jurisdiction over zoning issues, Tropepe wrote that she thought it was in the district’s best interest to reach out to agencies with proper jurisdiction. Damone, who said she had met with Tropepe on Tuesday about the site, praised the SFWMD for taking action. “The South Florida See DUMPING, page 18

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Florida Green, Energy & Climate Conference Returns May 16-17 By Chris Felker Town-Crier Staff Report The 2012 Florida Green, Energy & Climate Conference/Expo is rapidly approaching. The event is slated for May 16-17 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. This year, the conference is being staged under the umbrella of the new Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce, formed earlier this year when the Palms West and Greater Lake Worth chambers joined forces. Anitra Harmon, who coordinated the conference for the Palms West chamber in previous years, remains in charge of assembling the lineup of panelists and guest speakers. A big topic will be renewable energy, which is especially timely since these “green” forms of energy were the subject of the first

comprehensive energy legislation to be considered in Florida in four years — House Bill 7117, passed by large margins in both chambers of the legislature. The legislation sets aside $16 million for tax incentives to wind energy, solar power generation and biofuel companies. Gov. Rick Scott let it become law this month without his signature, promising that he would work for its repeal if it doesn’t deliver on its pledge to provide energy savings to Floridians. HB 7117 will be one subject of the Green Conference’s annual legislative panel presentation, which this year is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to noon on the expo’s second day, Thursday, May 17. It will be moderated again by Michael W. Sole, vice president of state governmental affairs for Florida Power & Light and a former secre-

tary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Participants in that panel will include State Sen. Maria Sachs (DDistrict 30), State Rep. Lori Berman (D-District 86), State Sen. Chris Smith (D-District 29) and State Rep. Scott Plakon (R-District 37). Other presentations at the exposition will answer the question “What’s New in Renewables?” and will include information on wind turbines, solar and ocean energy installations, waste-to-energy plants and the use of biofuels. The conference is a great opportunity, Harmon said, for business professionals and government officials as well as the public to learn from and connect with decision-makers in sustainabilityminded Florida organizations. Its focus is on education and net-

Snowball And Parks Make Ballot For First LGWCD Popular Election By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Loxahatchee Groves residents Roy Parks and Robert Snowball have filed for the newly created “qualified elector” seat on the Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District Board of Supervisors. Qualified electors — defined as registered voters who are also property owners, and their spouses — will vote June 25 to select a supervisor. Snowball, currently a sitting member of the LGWCD board, was last re-elected three years ago under the one-acre, one-vote system. Snowball had previously announced that he did not plan to seek re-election. However, he did file to run for the seat before the April 20 deadline. Snowball did not return calls for comment this week. Parks said he is running to be able to speak for the people of Loxahatchee Groves. “Before, the water control district board was based on just your acreage of land, and really, the small property owners never got to have a voice,” he said. “We were able to get the legislation changed, and I have an opportunity to run. I hope to do my best to represent the people and what their opinions

are and what their needs are.” Parks, who works as director of information technology at Ibis Golf & Country Club, lives on a 5-acre parcel, which is not considered large by Loxahatchee Groves standards. “This is really a historic election,” he said. “This will be the first election that we’ve had that’s not just from your ownership of land.” Parks noted that he ran for a LGWCD seat several years ago. “I had a wonderful turnout with the number of individuals who voted for me, but ultimately the number of large landowners beat out having lots of votes,” he said. “The quantity of votes didn’t help you as much as how many acres those votes represented.” If elected, Parks would focus on listening to people’s concerns, keeping roads graded, keeping canal water levels maintained and keeping assessments low. “We now have two government entities in Loxahatchee Groves,” Parks said. “It’s costing us more money, so [I’ll be] watching where the money’s spent and how it’s spent.” He said that his purchasing background for both private and government entities will be useful if elected.

Parks has served on the Loxahatchee Groves Landowners’ Association board and was also president of the 1,025-home Southwind Lakes Homeowners’ Association in Boca Raton before moving to Loxahatchee Groves. A frequent participant in town affairs, he is also an active member of Community of Hope Church. He portrays a blacksmith at the annual Back to Bethlehem event. “I’m kind of a hobbyist blacksmith,” he said. “I’ve gone to class for it.” Parks said running for election is essentially being there for his friends in Loxahatchee Groves. “This has been something the residents of Loxahatchee have sought for a long time,” he said. Having grown up in Miami, Parks said he moved to Loxahatchee Groves for the rural environment. “I couldn’t imagine there was a place like Loxahatchee that even existed in South Florida,” he said. “Can you imagine Loxahatchee if you grew up in Miami? I figured I’d have to move to North Carolina to get something similar to what I have here.” Parks has lived in Loxahatchee Groves since 1997. He is married with three children, one in high school and two in college.

working that can advance individuals and businesses in today’s green-focused economy. “This is the third year that we’ve done the 100 Cities initiative, and it has been growing each year. I think more and more people are becoming aware of it,” Harmon said. That part of the exposition brings together officials in government and private business who are trying to advance efforts by municipalities and school districts — large users of gasoline and petroleum-based products — to reduce their carbon footprint on the environment. “We have a great lineup of general sessions this year, including the emerging technologies, like wind and solar, and what FAU is doing down in Boca Raton at the Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center. They’re investigating harnessing the Gulf Stream for generating electricity,” Harmon said. “This is all going to be part of what we’re calling our Clean Energy Panel.” It will kick off Wednesday morning, May 16, with the opening of the conference. “The Solid Waste Authority is going to bring us up

to date on what they’re doing with their new waste-to-energy plant in western Palm Beach County,” she noted, with Executive Director Mark Hammond speaking. “We’ve asked the mayor of Tallahassee [John Marks III] to come in and be on a panel to discuss ‘smart grid,’ the grid modernization. His city is the first in America to encompass — to combine — electric, natural gas and water services in a smart grid, and he’s going to be sharing the panel with Dr. Alex Domijan from the University of South Florida to discuss grid modernization.” Harmon said that another particular focus of the conference will be on the conversion of municipal and school fleets to compressed natural gas, electricity or biofuel. “One of the interesting sustain-

ability trends that’s going on now is fleet conversion, and the importance of that, because fleets use up so much oil,” she said. “We’re going to discuss how you go about converting the fleet, whereby they can get into compressed natural gas, biofuels, electric, propane — the alternative fuels.” And in one presentation that those interested in local efforts will find fascinating, an official of the company building Florida’s first wind energy “farm” will speak as part of the “Renewable Clean Energy” panel that kicks off the conference, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. May 16. Robin Saiz, director of project development for Wind Capital Group, will report on where the project stands at present. “It’s the first commercial wind See GREEN, page 18

Playground Rededication May 5 By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Wellington is inviting residents to join in as officials dedicate the newly designed playground at Tiger Shark Cove Park on Saturday, May 5 at 10 a.m. The playground was initially built in 2000 through a community-led effort spearheaded by parents. The project became a model for other community-led projects, such as Scott’s Place playground, which was built in 2010. “This project has meant so much to the community,” Community Programs Coordinator Kimberly Henghold told the TownCrier. “When it was originally built, it was done solely with community volunteers. Their time, effort, heart, soul and sweat went into this playground.” But 12 years later, the playground was in need of a facelift. In order to do just that, Wellington went to the experts: Wellington’s children. In December, a professional designer met with kindergarten

through fifth-grade classes to help redesign the park. Students stuck to the under-thesea theme and came up with new aquatic-adventure playground equipment, including a “sunken” pirate ship and submarine, Henghold said. Meanwhile, Wellington improved safety and accessibility with a new wood-fiber floor to make the playground wheelchair-accessible, along with other improvements. In March, volunteers once again offered their time to help revitalize the park, giving it a new look for a new generation. Though the park opened earlier this month, its official rededication is slated for next Saturday, when officials will come together to thank community members for their help. The opening was delayed due to the delay in seating the new Wellington Village Council. “We wanted to give our new council time to plan to attend,” Henghold said. “We wanted to

make sure that they were available to be part of the rededication.” The event will include speeches from officials, a ribbon-cutting ceremony and, of course, the opportunity to enjoy the new equipment. Henghold encouraged residents to join in the festivities. “We would love for everyone to come out and see all of the cool, new features that have been incorporated into the park,” she said. “The custom art is amazing and brings a lot of color and originality to the playground.” Henghold said that Wellington is grateful that the community came out to support the project once again. “The second time around, nearly 500 volunteers gave their support to the project,” she said. “It says a lot about the project when the community responds the way they did.” Tiger Shark Cove Park is located at 13800 Greenbriar Blvd. For more information, call (561) 7914000.

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The Proposed Royal Palm Beach Skate Park Is A Worthy Cause Local skateboarders and inline skaters scored a victory earlier this month when the Royal Palm Beach Village Council agreed to include construction of a skate park in the village’s fiveyear capital plan. Despite concerns that it could end up like the skate park built a decade ago at the recreation center — which quickly lost the interest of skaters — the latest proposal is off to a promising start and has every chance to succeed. After having met with local skateboarders and a skate park supervisor, Parks & Recreation Director Lou Recchio made a convincing presentation in support of a new park. We commend Recchio not only for working with the skateboarders, but also for researching and recognizing that the sport should be given more legitimacy. While it was seen as a fad in the 1980s, waning in popularity by the end of the decade and remaining so until the emergence of the X Games in the mid-1990s, it has remained a mainstream sport for years now. Yet, there is still a stigma attached to it because many people still consider it a sport on the cultural fringe. But as Recchio noted, skateboarding is a multi-million-dollar industry and more popular than baseball for ages 6 to 17. Even so, as Recchio pointed out, the amount of land set aside for sports such as football, baseball and soccer is about 12,000 times the size of land set aside for skateboarding.

Twenty years ago, the only place to legally skateboard in Palm Beach County was Atlantis Skateway’s Tuesday night “Skate Night.” There was also a cement ramp and “bowl” in Lantana, but it was so horribly designed that most skaters never bothered. Contrast that with the county’s West Boynton Skate Park today, which is very popular, primarily because it was designed correctly and isn’t a hassle for skaters; it’s free, makes few demands of skaters and there’s no complicated registration process. Recchio is correct that the key to building a lasting park is to let skaters design it and have movable ramps to keep the layout fresh and thus maintain their interest. Also, thanks to recent state statutes, municipalities have been given more freedom from liability in the case of injuries, and only helmets are required, rather than full protective gear (elbow pads, knee pads and wrist guards), which can be a deal-breaker for many skaters. Many skateboarders are too young to drive and would benefit from having a park within skating distance to their homes. With a park nearby, it would reduce the number of skaters in parking lots and other places where it’s illegal. The key is to keep the skaters involved. If they can have a say in the process, then there’s no reason it can’t succeed.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Thanks For ‘Donate Life’ Editorial Thank you so much for reminding us that April is National Donate Life Month (Our Opinion, April 20). It was actually 13 years ago in April that I received the call that changed my life. A kidney had become available for me. It was a week before my birthday, and that was the greatest gift I ever could have received. After three years on the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) list and a year and a half on dialysis, the generosity of some family I didn’t even know gave me a second chance at a normal life. It gave me a chance to see my grandchildren being born and growing up. It gave me a chance to enjoy the wonderful environment and people here in South Florida. I will be forever grateful to that family who allowed their tragic loss to be turned into new lives for myself and probably up to seven other people in need of organs! So to you who have signed organ donor cards, I say thank you on behalf of those who will someday benefit from your generosity. And to those who have not yet done so, I ask you to consider making a choice that could possibly change many future lives. Arlene Olinsky Royal Palm Beach

No Such Thing As A Free Lunch Wellington Mayor Bob Margolis voiced his opinion in the TownCrier that our senior citizens are not worthy to receive the $51,000 check that Wellington presents to the Wellington Seniors Club. He said we should not be getting free lunches at our monthly meetings. This is outrageous. When Mr. Margolis was a council member, he did not object to free lunches at meetings. Why his concern now? Wellington provides for our children by building ball parks, playgrounds, etc. Why, we even have a dog park. I love that our town places such importance on recreational activities for all our citizens. Mr. Margolis evidently doesn’t think that our senior population deserves the same consideration. Many of the senior citizens who attend the club’s luncheon meetings do not have any other form of socializing. They look forward to the monthly afternoon of companionship and entertainment. The money is also used to subsidize their dinner/show outings, dinner dances (otherwise unaffordable), the monthly Golden Banner newsletter (in print now for 13 years) that is mailed to all its members and many more activities for our senior members — 592 to date. By the way, Mr. Margolis, you are mistaken: The Wellington Seniors Club Board of Directors is not given free lunch at its monthly work meetings. They are all volunteers who work very hard and expend many hours to make our club the success that it is. Oh, yes, they do have coffee and bagels. Do you object to that as well? Barbara Powers Wellington

Mayor Owes Councilwoman An Apology Royal Palm Beach Village Council meetings under the auspices of the current mayor [Matty Mattio-

li] has taken a turn for the worse, and any pretense at customary civility has been abandoned. Apparently, any opposition to the mayor’s rules for appointees or his method of “running” a council meeting is met with an uncivil sharp rebuke. Though the mayor of late has only been guilty occasionally of losing focus and “drifting” when searching for his point, the mayor has now become somewhat acerbic, if not dictatorial. What could have been handled easily, using any of the current rules of decorum, i.e., Robert’s Rules of Order, has been replaced by sharp, uncivilized language in addressing Councilwoman Martha Webster. The mayor not only rebuked Councilwoman Webster but uncivilly told her to “shut up,” using the remark again when referring to Councilwoman Webster’s proposed appointees. Just calling for an early vote would have put the matter to rest instead of unnecessarily humiliating a member of the council with a very uncivil address, unworthy and unfair to Councilwoman Webster. What’s next, Mr. Mayor? Expletives? A simpler answer may be that at 84, the pressures are increasingly harder for the mayor, and “crankiness” may be the new order of the day. I believe that the mayor owes Councilwoman Webster and members of council an apology publicly because his rudeness and incivility was delivered publicly. It takes a man of character to be mayor of Royal Palm Beach and recognize his mistakes and shortcomings. Admitting them would be a step in that direction. Richard Nielsen Royal Palm Beach

Congratulations, Now What? Congratulations to Wellington Mayor Bob Margolis and councilmen Matt Willhite and John Greene. It is with much relief that we get the election behind us. It was an election unlike any other in the past, and hopefully we will not have the big money syndrome that has plagued this nation again here locally. It is not a positive for a community to have one man decide an election for so many. The three winners named above ran on a platform of being against issues: equestrian development, inspector general lawsuit, commercial development and other minor items that seemed to cross their path. But like all politicians today, the against issues will go away quickly. We have “solved” the lawsuit, and are taking up the equestrian issue, and with time I am sure the council can get rid of all commercial development in the community and make us a pure bedroom community that we all desire, but that may take a few more months. So now that big question is, with three years and nine months left on their terms, what are the mayor and the council for , now that they have addressed the against issues? Wellington is a community that is one of the most fiscally sound in the state, with a very low millage rate. It has a high level of service with outstanding physical appearance, first rate schools, an outstanding parks and recreation program and facilities, a lean staff and considered one of the top 100 communities to live within the United States. In addition, it has the honor of having the best equestrian and polo facilities in the country and possibly the world. OK, guys — where do we go from here? Councilman Greene seems like


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an intelligent and thoughtful individual, with good intentions, and I hope he becomes his own man with ideas to move the village forward. Councilman Willhite has been against everything and every issue that has come forward and has never seen a motion that he wasn’t against. He can be counted on for nothing but obstructionism and negativism in every issue that comes before the council. The real question mark is Mayor Margolis. Bob was considered a regular guy who wanted to serve and was extremely popular as he coached youth athletics. He was a real advocate for public improvements on the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board, championing issues like Village Park, neighborhood parks, the dog park, Tiger Shark Cove and the horse trail extension. Elected to council twice, Bob was very active pushing our community to look better, perform better, and was always an advocate for transparency in finances and the budget. Bob never lost his touch with the average resident, and stayed connected with his base and supporters throughout his two terms as a councilman. Time changes all things, and the residents await a plan of where Wellington is going in the next 20 years. Nothing can stay the same, only move in different directions. When our new council is through being “against things,” we anxiously await what they are for, and what their vision of Wellington is for the future. And thank you, inspector general. After nine months of investigation, over $100,000 spent at the local and county level, they have identified $429 of incorrect expenses in the Village of Wellington. Great job! I can’t wait for your next adventure. Steve Haughn Wellington

Wellington Needs To Hire A1A Tennis As a proud Wellington resident and a tennis player, I believe we are missing an opportunity to enhance our community and to enrich the lives of tennis players and non-tennis players. In addition, we may be losing a chance to pay for a service at a fair price that will save taxpayers considerable money. We have in our Wellington Tennis Center outstanding facilities that are being underutilized and that are costing us much more than they should. This first-class center should be used by more residents than at present. One way to attract more tennis players is to have a more aggressive and accommodating program to reach out to more members of the community by clinics, tournaments and promotions. To give credibility to this approach, it would be good to have some “name” players to demonstrate the benefits of playing and to interact with those who enjoy watching the pros, who get great delight from interacting with youngsters and with senior players. I have become acquainted with some of the principals at A1A Tennis (I have no financial interest in the company), and I believe they can provide the maintenance service the tennis courts need and deserve and also, through their professional tennis-playing friends and associates, provide a program to enlist more players in the sport. We have a wonderful tennis center, and I think it should be used more fully. The current contractor, Tommy Cheatham Inc., has

been providing services since 1999. Despite the enormous growth in Wellington’s population since that time, the tennis center, one of the centerpieces of the community center, is not being used as fully as it should. A1A, with its track record at several local communities and its connections in the tennis world, would provide more enjoyment for a greater number of people. In addition, A1A has offered to do the maintenance at a lower fee than Cheatham and to return additional money to the Wellington community, thus providing some budget relief. It is time to move forward with our great tennis center, and I believe A1A should be given that opportunity. Corey Goldstein Wellington

Big Pharma More Dangerous Than Supplements This letter is in response to last week’s opinion column by Jules Rabin on the “dangers” of supplements, when combined with “meds.” Here is a 2012 report from the American Association of Poison Control Centers. It doesn’t exactly fit Mr. Rabin’s description. Hasn’t he listened to all the drug commercials and the side effects? Granted, people should check with their doctors first. They also should buy “designer” supplements, not “supermarket cheapies.” The American Association of Poison Control Centers’ report utilized the data from 60 poison control centers. They handled 2,479,355 human poison exposures of all sorts. Analgesics, all “Big Pharma” products, accounted for 11.7 percent of all poisonings, the largest percentage, followed by cosmetics/personal-care products at 7.7 percent, household cleaners at 7.4 percent, and sedatives/hypnotics/antipsychotics, another Big Pharma group of products, at 5.8 percent. The category dietary supplements/herbals/homeopathic/amino acids, which starts on page 1,138 of the report, indicated a single death, but even that one can be discounted because it’s listed as “unknown dietary supplements or homeopathic agents.” There wasn’t a single death from any product in this category. Ma Huang, which has been treated as if it were public enemy No. 1, caused no deaths. Echinacea, valerian, St. John’s Wort, entire classes of herbal types, such as Asian and Ayurvedic medicines, and many others resulted in no deaths, though the FDA is clearly on the attack against them. Ruth Berman West Palm Beach

Goodman Can Use Millions To Make Us Safer Maybe, just maybe, the judge when sentencing John Goodman could be more lenient if he knew Mr. Goodman asks forgiveness. One major offer would have Mr. Goodman donating about $5 million to $10 million for the funds that could create a world-class speed suppressant traffic-control system for Wellington and surrounding areas. There definitely seems to be a culture of speeding among all drivers, particularly the younger, lessexperienced, as noted by the many deaths in that age group. What is


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ironic is that it takes less than one minute more to travel on Forest Hill Blvd. from State Road 7 to Southern Blvd. if traveling at 35 miles per hour, instead of 50 miles per hour, seconds more if speeding at 55 mph. The same is true from and to any point in Wellington. Be realistic: What is a life or serious accident worth compared to a minute or so in extra driving time? There are companies that specialize in traffic controls. The police claim they are so overburdened to have to stop speeders unless they are going from 13 to 15 mph over the speed limit. Well, let’s further unburden them, which could be accomplished with speed control cameras along the roads that will automatically ticket speeders. Of course, there will be protest from those who speed; you know the ones I mean, those whose jobs are so critically important that a minute is a lifetime. Or maybe the protests will come from those rushing to get back to their jobs after staying a little too long downing one more drink for the road. The traffic-control system should have architectural-designed speed reminders. Last of all, please acknowledge Mr. Goodman’s gift to the area by signage “Please do not do what I did.” I honestly do not believe, and I’m sure many feel as I do, that Mr. Goodman set out to hurt anyone, but mistakes were made on his part. This will live with him forever and all those involved, but as Forrest Gump said, “It happens.” While I understand a judge probably is not allowed to make a deal like I suggest, he, I’m sure, will recognize that Mr. Goodman’s contribution could and more than likely will prevent many more deaths and serious accidents. The same adage today has been recognized forever with driving still holds: speed kills. Lee LeAndro Wellington

Beware WPB: Corruption City The City of West Palm Beach has joined in on the fight for independent auditing. Welcome to the fray. Palm Beach County has spent over a year trying to finalize on an independent inspector general, and they are not finished yet. The final (maybe) piece is how to pay for it. The City of West Palm Beach is in the throes of defining independence. Imogene Isaacs has resigned her 22-year job of internal auditor, because City Commissioner Keith James demanded she provide him each week with a list of every person she would meet or speak with, and a detailed description of her hourly actions. He said, “I don’t think we have an independent auditor. The charter is pretty clear that the internal auditor reports directly to the commission.” There is the rub. When Palm Beach County’s state attorney called in a grand jury to rid Palm Beach of the title “Corruption County,” independence was the key feature of having an inspector general. The commissioners would be hands-off. The City of

West Palm Beach has a charter that says: “to ensure independence of the audit function… an Audit Committee is hereby established.” The charter also adheres to “generally accepted government auditing standards, and must be free from personal, external and organizational impairments to independence.” Commissioner James said he wasn’t aware that the charter addresses the auditor’s independence, and Mayor Jeri Muoio said, “The auditor works for the commission.” Auditor Isaacs claims that James began harassing her after an investigation found millions of dollars spent on a housing project were unaccounted for. Greg Daniel recently quit the audit committee, blasting the city as corrupt. Daniel also said the audit committee and Isaacs wanted a fraud and abuse hotline, but the commission wouldn’t approve one. Do we now have “Corruption City” in the wings? Stay tuned. I am sure there will be more to follow. Morley Alperstein Wellington

Support For SR7 Extension While I do not always agree with the decisions made by the Palm Beach County Commission, the plan to extend State Road 7 to Northlake Blvd. makes sense to me. The objectors who raise environmental concerns were apparently bused to the recent meeting by community organizer and mayor of West Palm Beach, Jeri Muoio. The organized mob of protestors wearing “Protect Our Water” T-shirts expressed concern that a single event that might occur, such as a truck spill, might endanger the entire water supply of West Palm Beach. But the Astroturf movement orchestrated by Mayor Muoio did not deter Commissioner Jess Santamaria. His district includes the western communities, which will enjoy the benefit of easy access and less traffic congestion. Mayor Muoio complained about spending tax dollars on this project and used tax dollars to pay for the T-Shirt brigade. Muoio and her attorney apparently spent $2,000 tax dollars on a junket to Washington, D.C., to kill the extension project, and several thousand dollars on buses to transport her army of Astroturf “volunteers.” Muoio, acting on the advice of “experts,” organized a show of force perhaps to intimidate. She failed. We elect representatives to make intelligent choices... We elect representatives that are charged with the duty to make wise and sometimes unpopular decisions. I believe in less government, but police protection and public infrastructure are proper governmental activities. Kudos to the commissioners who did not bend to the will of a well-organized opposition. Frank Morelli Wellington

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DAY OF TASTY FUN AT THE ACREAGE MUSIC & CHILI FEST AT COMMUNITY PARK The Acreage Music & Chili Cookof f was held Satur day, April 21 at Acreage Community Park. The event began with a chili cookof f, with local and national competitors serving up their best chili for a chance to win in various categories. The rest of the afternoon featured live performances from local, regional and national musicians, and bounce houses for children. For more info., visit SEE VIDEO FROM THIS EVENT AT WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM PHOTOS BY JESSICA GREGOIRE/TOWN-CRIER

Mickey Lager, Pancho De La Rosa and chef Tom Dragner of Bucked Up Chili.

Kyle gets some more chili from his father Mike Cannizzaro.

People’s Choice third-place winner John Chandler of team 3C’s Chili with Gary Thomas.

Danielle and Marla Masi, Nathan Reeves, Carly Lanford and Jessica Lanham.

Frank and Crystal Guarino of Game Time Chili.

Seminole Ridge High School Face Club members Camila Yepes, Victoria Dukharan, Peggy Lar son, Monique Costner, Vaneola Joseph and Polette Pacheco.


LeaderCheer held a car wash Sunday, April 22 at the 7-Eleven on Okeechobee Blvd. across from Target in Royal Palm Beach. The money raised went to the Wounded Warrior Project. For more info., visit PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Nicole Vieda and Mia Fusta try to get motorists’ attention.

The LeaderCheer group washes a car.

The girls show their support for the Wounded Warrior Project.

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Vehicle Stolen From Home In The Acreage By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report APRIL 18 — A resident of 87th Street North contacted the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation last Wednesday morning to report a stolen vehicle. According to a PBSO report, the victim parked his white 2004 Toyota Tundra in his yard near the rear of the property at approximately 9 p.m. He then went into his work area, where he left his keys on the table. According to the report, the victim then entered his home and went to bed, leaving the keys in his work area. The victim said he woke up at approximately 2 a.m. because he heard a vehicle near his yard but didn’t think anything of it. According to the report, when the victim was getting ready for work at approximately 6:30 a.m., he discovered that his truck and keys were missing. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. APRIL 18 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach was dispatched to a home on Hibiscus Drive last Wednesday morning regarding a residential burglary. According to a PBSO report, the victim has been on vacation and a friend had been taking care of the home. When the friend went to the home at approximately 7:30 am. last Wednesday, he discovered that someone had pried open the side window and entered the home. According to the report, the perpetrator(s) entered the home sometime between 7 p.m. last Tuesday and 7:30 a.m. the following morning. The perpetrator(s) stole an unknown amount of cash, an HP laptop computer, a Wii game console, as well as a Colt .45, a .22 caliber pistol of unknown make and older model rifle of unknown make. The stolen items were valued at approximately $615. There were no suspects at the time of the report. APRIL 18 — A deputy from the PBSO’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation responded to a home on Orange Blvd. last Wednesday evening regarding an act of vandalism. According to a PBSO report, the victim’s neighbor said she observed an unknown slim white male driving a white pick-up truck hop the victim’s gate and walk up to the vehicles and the home, looking around the property. The victim said she believed the suspect was casing the house for future crime. According to the report, the victim’s driveway gate was damaged, as if someone used a vehicle to force it open. There was no further information at the time of the report. APRIL 19 — A Royal Palm Beach woman was arrested early last Thursday morning on drug charges, following a traffic stop on Forest Hill Blvd. in Wellington. According to a PBSO report, a deputy from the Wellington substation was on patrol at approximately 12:45 a.m. when he observed a black Kia driving erratically, and then slowing down to approximately 25 miles per hour in a 45-mph zone. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, 23-year-old Demirenee Cooper. According to the report, the deputy was able to smell the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and asked if Cooper had been smoking, to which she said yes. According to

the report, the deputy asked to search the vehicle and Cooper said she had a marijuana grinder in the center console, as well as a plastic bag with marijuana residue. The items were located, and Cooper was arrested. She was issued a notice to appear in court. APRIL 19 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Wellington was dispatched to a daycare facility on Hyacinth Place last Thursday afternoon regarding a vehicle burglary. According to a PBSO report, the victim parked her vehicle outside the facility at approximately 3:27 p.m., leaving her purse in the vehicle. When she returned approximately 3 minutes later, the victim discovered that her driver’sside window was smashed out and someone had removed the Coach purse from her seat. According to the report, the stolen items were valued at approximately $550. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. APRIL 20 — A West Palm Beach man was stabbed early last Friday morning following an altercation at a gas station on Greenview Shores Blvd. in Wellington. According to a PBSO report, a deputy from the Wellington substation was called to Wellington Regional Medical Center after the victim was dropped off at the emergency room with a stab wound. According to the report, the victim said he was visiting a friend in Wellington, who lived near the gas station. He said he was at the gas station with his friends when three unknown black males attempted to rob him by placing their hands in his pockets. According to the report, one of the men stabbed him in the left arm with a kitchen knife. The victim said that one of the men was in a lime green shirt, the other was in a yellow shirt and the third was wearing all black. According to the report, the victim did not wish to give any further information about the incident or provide his friends’ names. There was no further information at the time of the report. APRIL 24 — Two residents of The Acreage were arrested Tuesday on drug charges after they were discovered to be growing marijuana. According to a PBSO report, a deputy from the Royal Palm Beach substation was helping with a grand theft case when he observed the suspect, 27-yearold Mayra Rosado, walking on Persimmon Blvd. Rosado was accused of grand theft of a bird. According to the report, Rosado denied the charges and signed a consent to search form for deputies to search her home. According to the report, during the search the deputy observed a large clay pot on the back patio with 55 marijuana plants growing in it. According to the report, Rosado said that her boyfriend, 32-year-old Cory Green, was the one growing them. Green was later arrested, and both were transported to the Palm Beach County Jail. Rosado was charged with producing marijuana and grand theft. Green was charged with producing marijuana and violation of his probation. APRIL 24 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Wellington was dispatched to a home in Sugar Pond Manor on Tuesday afternoon regarding a vehicle burglary. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 2 p.m. Monday See BLOTTER, page 18

Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is asking for the public’s help in finding these wanted fugitives: • Magda Dominique is a black female, 5’5” tall and weighing 160 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. She has multiple tattoos. Her date of birth is 11/29/76. Dominique is wanted for failure to redeliver a hired vehicle. Her occupation is unknown. Her last known address was W. Forest Hill Blvd. in Wellington. Dominique is wanted as of 04/26/12. • Nicholas “Nick” Morris is a white male, 6’2” tall and weighing 220 lbs., with brown hair and blue eyes. He has multiple tattoos. His date of birth is 05/ 05/82. Morris is wanted for failure to appear on a charge of grand theft (felony) and failure to appear on a charge of driving under the influence (traffic). His occupation is unknown. His last known address was Monterey Way in Royal Palm Beach. Morris is wanted as of 04/26/ 12. Remain anonymous and you may be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward. Call Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS (8477) or visit www.crimestopperspbc. com.

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Wellington Council Rejects Home On Vacant Equestrian Club Land By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Citing concerns about encroachment on green space in the Wellington Equestrian Preserve, members of the Wellington Village Council voted 3-1 on Tuesday to reject a proposal that would have allowed a home on a field attached to the Equestrian Club community off Lake Worth Road. Planning & Zoning Manager David Flinchum told the council that the proposal would change the 5.1-acre parcel to a single-family home with equestrian uses, similar to homes west of the property. Originally it was designated as a community equestrian workout area for the homes, called “ranchettes.” Councilman Matt Willhite said that the property was meant to offset the clustered housing in the

Equestrian Club. “I think this is more infringement on green space,” he said. “This was set aside because there was cluster housing in the neighborhood. I think this is just a push to add additional housing into what was supposed to be green space.” The project was built before regulations were enacted preventing clustered housing in the Wellington Equestrian Preserve, Willhite noted. “We have to deal with what we have,” he said. “I think this is open space that was set aside for those residential lots to utilize. I think it would take that away from these homes.” Mayor Bob Margolis asked whether approval of the item would set a precedent. Flinchum said it would not. “These would be handled on a

case-by-case basis,” Flinchum said. “And it would have to be on surplus space.” John Metzger, agent for the property owner, Grand Prix Farms, said that the change would actually benefit the equestrian area. He said that the property was not intended to be open space for the community. “It’s intended to be an expansion of equestrian use in the ranchettes,” he said. Metzger said that the owners on the ranchette properties do not board their horses in community barns but, rather, have barns on their property with stalls that they can rent out to those in the development. Councilwoman Anne Gerwig asked whether any equestrians in the community were renting out stalls, and Flinchum said there weren’t any.

Willhite said he was concerned that residents in the Equestrian Club do not have a place to keep horses, despite being billed as an equestrian community. “Maybe it was the marketing tool at the time to call it an equestrian area,” he said. “It’s not an equestrian neighborhood if the residents have nowhere to keep their horses.” Metzger said that changing this parcel would provide another stable for people to board their horses. “There are stables for rent within the community,” he said. “It’s just that no one in the community has any desire to lease them.” But Willhite pointed out that future residents might. “If someone’s daughter decided she wanted a pony,” he said, “there’s not an opportunity for

them. This should have been open space for the neighborhood.” But Metzger said that wasn’t the purpose of the property. “There was never an obligation for the developer to build any facility,” he said. “It was envisioned for use in the ranchette section. The developer agreed that if anything was ever built on it, residents in the eastern section would be able to use it only upon payment of rent or membership fees.” Councilman John Greene said that when the community was being marketed, the idea was to allow residents to have their horses in the community. “I specifically recall there being an area for residents to keep horses if they chose,” he said. “I don’t know where that changed, but it was certainly marketed that way.”

But Metzger said that residents living along the bridle trail could have a stable. “The residents, if they wanted to have a stable and a horse,” he said, “could have one and utilize the trail.” Gerwig said that the issue might be in the name “Equestrian Club.” “I live in Paddock Park,” she said. “I have an acre and a quarter, and I’m not allowed to have a horse.” Gerwig made a motion to approve the master plan amendment, but it died for lack of a second. Willhite then made a motion to deny the item, which was seconded by Greene. The denial passed 3-1 with Gerwig opposed. Vice Mayor Howard Coates recused himself from the discussion due to a possible conflict of interest.

Temporary PBC State Attorney Peter Antonacci Visits Wellington By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Recently appointed Palm Beach County State Attorney Peter Antonacci spoke April 18 at the monthly public forum meeting hosted by County Commissioner Jess Santamaria at the original Wellington Mall. Antonacci, who lives in Tallahassee, was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott in March to finish the final 10 months of former State Attorney Michael McAuliffe’s term. McAuliffe left earlier this year for a private-sector job. “It has been a real honor not only to provide this service to this community, but it has also been a very warm and welcoming community to me,” Antonacci said. “After all, in many ways, I’m just a tourist here for 10 months, but the people that I’ve met have reached out and offered a helping hand.” Antonacci said he had spent some time with Santamaria discussing issues in the community. “I was struck from a general government point of view how complicated things are and how challenging things are, but how fortunate you are as a communi-

ty,” he said, explaining that Palm Beach County is fortunate to have a great deal of resources and the ability to ask local government to help it solve problems. “I spent the day yesterday in Belle Glade and Pahokee, and there are problems that need attending to in the community, and I know Commissioner Santamaria has rolled his sleeves up to do what government can do to help improve those things,” he said. The state attorney is the chief prosecuting attorney for all crimes in the jurisdiction. “The state attorney and staff are responsible for taking those cases from the law enforcement community, sorting them out, deciding what charges are appropriate and carrying those cases before the court,” Antonacci said. “Every little thing that happens in Palm Beach County ends up coming across our desk.” He noted that the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office has about 325 employees in five different offices. There are 130 prosecutors who have the power to sign charging documents. “I can tell you it’s a very competent staff,” Antonacci said.

“They’re very young. As you know, in public service, oftentimes the salaries aren’t as rewarding as they are in the private sector. Our young people come into the office and they tend to get good experience, and they go on and do something else in life.” A handful of prosecutors stay and make a career of it. “That’s a wealth of experience they bring of value to you as citizens of the community, and certainly of value to the criminal justice system,” he said. An additional responsibility of the State Attorney’s Office is as legal adviser to the grand jury. “The grand jury really is the voice of the people in the criminal justice world,” Antonacci said. The grand jury is composed of about 18 people serving for six months. The state attorney is required to bring them cases that the grand jury has jurisdiction over, primarily first-degree homicides. “The grand jury also does something very special, and that is they have the authority to review and comment on public institutions,” Antonacci said. “To his great credit, my predecessor was very inter-

ested in deploying the grand jury for purposes of reviewing how governance works in Palm Beach County.” After several years of review, the grand jury issued several reports called “presentments,” he said. “Those presentments are intended to be factual, not biased in any way, although certainly some could say otherwise, but the purpose of them is to get the facts out so that the world at large has the benefit of the grand jury’s thinking on a particular topic,” Antonacci said. One of the topics on the front burner the past few years has been ethics in government. “I don’t need to recount to you the challenge that this county had over the last few years of seeing to it that elected public officials are held accountable,” he said. Antonacci credited the numerous community and business groups that raised their voices to enact ordinances creating the Commission on Ethics and the Office of the Inspector General, followed by a charter change that added jurisdiction over municipalities.

“The community acted and valid measures were put up, and the votes were overwhelming, and as a result, we have a Commission on Ethics and we also have an inspector general,” he said. Antonacci offered his congratulations to county residents and organizations for their determination to create the two offices. “You did a great thing, and something that’s very unique in local governments around the country,” he said. “We take a lot for granted in Florida, because now for 40 years, we’ve had Government in the Sunshine.” Antonacci said Florida has a great tradition of transparency, and with that opportunity to see the papers, e-mails and other communications created by government, citizens can see what governmental bodies do in the decision-making process. “We are very special,” he said. “We are the only state in the country that has this very special blessing. Because of Sunshine, because of open records law, things like the inspector general grow out of it, because people have an expectation.”

State Attorney Peter Antonacci Antonacci will finish out the 10 months remaining in McAuliffe’s term. Filing closed last Friday in the election to replace him. Three candidates qualified to run for the office — attorney and former State Sen. Dave Aronberg as a Democrat, attorney Dina A. Keever as a Republican and attorney Robert Gershman without a party affiliation. The election will be held at the general election in November.

Royal Palm Beach Will Increase Support For Art & Music Festival By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Royal Palm Beach Village Council agreed last week to add an extra $10,000 into next year’s budget to support the Royal Palm Art & Music Festival at the behest of Vice Mayor Fred Pinto, who said he was pleased with the success of the event. At the April 19 meeting, Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce CEO Jaene Miranda said the March festival was a tremendous success, despite rain that made it necessary for sidewalk artists to redraw their work. “I have to give credit to the artists because they wouldn’t give up,” Miranda said. “After it rained on Saturday, most of them came back on Sunday morning and repainted their artwork.” Miranda said residents and artists both enjoyed the event. “The fireworks were very well-received. We had two fireworks shows, and we had a lot of compliments on that,” she said. The fireworks replaced a laser light show that was put on the year before, which had not received good reviews. “Sponsors were happy with the crowds,” Miranda said. “We really did have large crowds before the rain came. Even after it rained on Saturday, it cleared up pretty quickly and the crowds came right back.”

Plans are already underway for next year’s festival. Pinto, who had been critical of some elements prior to the event, such as changing from the laser show to fireworks without consulting the council, suggested including an additional $10,000 in next year’s village budget for the festival, but also requested that chamber staff work with the village on how to support more participation by children. “I think it’s an important event for everyone,” Pinto said. Councilman Jeff Hmara congratulated Miranda on a successful event. “It’s really sad to watch all that beautiful chalk washed away,” Hmara said, pointing out that the rain did not wash out numerous other activities. “It was a wonderful event.” Councilman Richard Valuntas said he was impressed with the participation. “I thought we had a lot of turnout and a lot of participation,” he said. “It’s a great way for the community to get out and be involved and a good cause.” Councilwoman Martha Webster said she was especially pleased that the chamber had worked with the village to avoid a gate fee. Webster asked how the chamber’s merger with the former Greater Lake Worth Chamber of Commerce is going to affect the Lake Worth Street Painting Festival, and Miranda said the events are timed

a month apart so there is no conflict. “The Street Painting Festival in Lake Worth is managed by us,” Miranda said. “However, there is a street painting festival nonprofit that owns the event. We work in cooperation with them. That event is in early February, so they will be a month apart.” In other business, the council gave final approval to creating a stormwater management utility that will charge property owners a specific fee for stormwater management rather than take financing from the general fund, as it has in the past. The idea had been reviewed in a February workshop before receiving preliminary approval April 5 and final approval last week. Consultant Scott McClelland of CDM Smith said stormwater runoff from driveways, roofs and other impervious areas make it necessary for municipalities to control flooding, erosion and pollution that the runoff causes. “The village already provides a stormwater management program,” McClelland said, explaining that the amount charged to the property would be relative to the amount of hard-surface area the property has. Village Manager Ray Liggins said having a stormwater utility will be a more equitable way to assess

property owners for the service, which now comes out of the general fund. “The fact that we have a stormwater utility on our books now will definitely give me the ability to draft this year’s budget reducing the pressure on the general fund,” Liggins told the Town-Crier on Monday. Liggins added that it also halts what amounted to charging some residents twice for stormwater management — those who are served by alternate drainage districts such as the Indian Trail Improvement District and the Lake Worth Drainage District. “There will be an exemption for those who are receiving service


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continued from page 1 specific alternate sites in mind currently because they had been totally focused on the Albertsons site. “We have an opportunity to step back now, so we will,” he said. Page was thankful for all the help provided by Royal Palm Beach to make the project work. He noted that all issues surrounding the Albertsons site had been worked through from the village’s perspective, including traffic con-

from another provider,” Liggins said. “As it relates to those areas, with Lake Worth being on the east side of our town and Indian Trail being on the west side, we do not provide the service and we do not therefore have those costs, and they will not be assessed for drainage.” McClelland noted previously that the canal system in Royal Palm Beach handles stormwater runoff relatively well, but that no significant improvements have been made in decades, and that eventually, siltation in the canals would reduce their effectiveness. There are about 160 stormwater utilities in Florida, with eight in Palm Beach County, McClelland

said. The average rate in the state is $4.60 per month per billing unit, and the average rate in Palm Beach County is $5.44 per billing unit. The billing unit is defined as the median impervious area for singlefamily homes. In RPB, that would be 2,723 square feet, based on an average of all single-family homes. Under the formula, a single-family homeowner in the village would pay one equivalent residential unit (ERU) per dwelling unit, and nonresidential customers would pay based on the ratio of their actual impervious area to 2,723 square feet. Pinto made a motion to approve the ordinance, which carried unanimously.

cerns that had been addressed with conditions of approval. “We’re very disappointed, but we are very appreciative of the support in the community,” he said, explaining that informing the interested families was especially difficult because so many had expressed an interest. “There were already over 500 people who had applied, and most have expressed their disappointment as well as desire to remain informed about options and the potential of opening next year.” Page pointed out that another Renaissance Charter School is set to open at 1889 Palm Beach Lakes

Blvd. in West Palm Beach. That location will be starting enrollment next week. “We will be inviting the folks from this area to come to that school,” he said. “It’s a little bit farther away. The intent was for it to be in a separate area.” For more information on that option, visit www.westpalm Page said his company wishes to continue a dialogue with parents interested in the Renaissance Charter School at Palms West. “It’s very much our intent to get that school open for next school year,” he said.

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WHS Band Spring Concert May 1 The Wellington High School band program will present its spring concert “Surround Sound 2.0” on Tuesday, May 1 at 7 p.m. at Wellington High School’s performing arts theater. The concert will feature all of the WHS concert bands, both jazz bands, and several small and large ensembles. The groups will perform music ranging from classical to jazz to pop, in a 360-degree experience. Admission is free and the entire Wellington community is invited to attend. For more information, call (561) 795-4900, visit www.whs or e-mail Director of Bands Mary Oser at mary.oser@

Comedy Benefit For Acreage Relay May 3 Organizers of the Acreage/Loxahatchee Relay for Life will host a “Night of Laughter” on Thursday, May 3 at the Improv Comedy Club & Dinner Theatre at CityPlace in downtown West Palm Beach.

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NEWS BRIEFS Doors will open at 7 p.m., and the event will start at 8 p.m. for age 18 and up. Reservations are suggested. All proceeds will benefit the Acreage/Loxahatchee Relay for Life, which will take place Friday, May 11 at Acreage Community Park. The cost is $15, with a two-drink minimum required (nonalcoholic beverages). The Improv is located at 550 S. Rosemary Ave. For more information, e-mail turpin_donna@yahoo. com, call (561) 833-1812 or visit

will be awarded in both categories, and there will be a Lil’ John Fire Rescue 343, a slot car track where you can test your skill. A food court, climbing wall, bungee trampoline and many other attractions makes it a true family fun day. There will also be a raffle to win a Ford Focus or $15,000 in cash. Our Lady of Apostle Catholic Church is located at 100 Crestwood Blvd. in Royal Palm Beach. For more information, visit www. or call A.J. at (561) 389-2178.

Car & Bake Show May 5 At OLQA Church In RPB

Polo & Balloon Festival At Polo West May 11-13

The WEI Network has announced it will be part of Our Lady Queen of the Apostles Catholic Church’s inaugural Car & Bake Show and Family Fun Day on Saturday, May 5 on the church grounds in Royal Palm Beach. WEI Network will broadcast live from this free event that is sponsored by Classic Cruiser Car Show, Medina Rugs, Mullinax Ford, Matthew Lupardo PA and others. The event will feature more than 30 cars and many motorcycles. Trophies

In honor of the Wounded Warriors Project and the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, the Polo and Balloon Festival will be held May 11-13 at Polo West (2470 Greenview Cove Drive, Wellington). On Friday, May 11, gates will open at 5 p.m. From 6 to 7 p.m. there will be a polo match. As soon as the polo match is over, approximately 22 hot air balloons will be placed throughout the polo field, inflated and tethered in place. Wounded Warriors, veterans and

others will be able to occupy balloons with the balloons rising approximately 150 feet (depending on winds) while still tethered in place. Spectators will have the opportunity to walk around the inflated balloons. Spectators will be invited for tethered balloon rides for a $5 donation to the charities. On Saturday, May 12, the gates will open at 6 a.m., with the balloons inflating at 7 a.m. and rise in a mass ascension at 7:30 a.m. Spectators are welcome on the field as the balloons inflate and leave. This spectator portion of the event ends with gates closing at 9 a.m. Gates will reopen at 5 p.m. for a 6 p.m. polo match. After the polo match, the balloons will be placed on the field for a “balloon glow” at 8:30 p.m. and the honoring of all the Wounded Warriors and veterans. On Sunday, May 13, the gates will open at 6 a.m. The balloons inflate at 7 a.m. and rise in a mass ascension at 7:30 a.m. Spectators are welcomed on the field as the balloons inflate and leave. The balloons will all contain Wounded Warriors. The balloons will be retrieved when they land and be brought back to Polo West. This

spectator portion of the event ends with gates closing at 9 a.m. Visit eventschedule.php for additional information.

Wellington Now Offering Summer Service Program Teens can get meaningful, resume-boosting volunteer experience this summer through Wellington’s High School Summer Service Program. This exciting learning opportunity pairs incoming high school juniors and seniors with various Wellington departments, allowing students to learn more about how their local government works and get a taste of a real-world professional setting while racking up dozens of community service hours. To participate in the program, students must be entering their junior or senior year in high school, must have at least a 3.0 GPA and provide two letters of recommendation. Students must also be able to commit to volunteering two days per week in four-hour blocks (eight hours total per week)

for a total of nine weeks, from June 18 through Aug. 16. Applications are available at the 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). Wellington will accept completed applications now through Thursday, May 24. Students will be selected on a rolling basis, so be sure to submit your application early. For more information, contact Chris Degler at (561) 753-2587 or

Green Energy Conference May 16-17 In WPB The Florida Green Energy and Climate Conference & Exposition will take place Wednesday and Thursday, May 16 and 17 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. For more information, call the Central Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce at (561) 790-6200, visit or e-mail anitraharmon@cpb

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Zacara Bests Lechuza Caracas 10-8 To Win U.S. Open Championship Sunday, April 22 was the closing day of the 2012 polo season at the International Polo Club Palm Beach, and it proved to be thrilling as Zacara defeated Lechuza Caracas 10-8 in the Nespresso 108th U.S. Open Polo Championship Finals on Piaget Field. The polo grounds were packed with spectators and celebrities, including Burn Notice star Jeffrey Donovan and Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler. Both helped officiate the coin toss, while young Palm Beach Pops star Olivia Schiappa sang the national anthem. Also spotted mingling among the crowd were former pro athletes Warren Sapp and Dennis Rodman,

as well as America’s Most Wanted host John Walsh. Zacara kicked things off early as team member Facundo Pieres scored the opening goal within the first 30 seconds of play. Minutes later, Lechuza Caracas’ Juan Martin Nero tied it up, followed by a Sapo Caset goal, which put Luchuza Caracas up 2-1 at the end of the first chukker. The two teams continued to battle it out in the second chukker, scoring two goals each. It wasn’t until the third chukker that Zacara pulled ahead with a goal by Mike Azzaro, putting Zacara up 5-4 at the half. Zacara kept the momentum go-

Actor Jeffrey Donovan with Miss America Laura Kaeppeler. IMAGE COURTESY LILA PHOTO

ing, scoring three goals in the fourth. However, Zacara had an unsuccessful fifth chukker as Lechuza Caracas’s defense dominated and picked up a pair of goals from Caset. With one chukker left, Lechuza Caracas was trailing by one goal, 8-7. Zacara’s Magoo Laprida opened the final chukker with a goal, followed by a goal just minutes later by team captain Lyndon Lea. Lechuza Caracas remained scoreless in the sixth, making Zacara the Nespresso 108th U.S. Open Polo Champion for 2012. Caset led all scoring with five goals, while Zacara’s Azzaro was named MVP.

With seven state-of-the-art polo fields, a stunning pavilion and a variety of entertainment, the International Polo Club Palm Beach is the place to be during Wellington’s polo season. For information about the International Polo Club Palm Beach or the 2013 season, visit www. or check out www.ipcscoreboard. com for up-to-date scores, schedules and rosters. You can also stay tuned to what’s happening at the International Polo Club during the offseason by finding them on Facebook or following them on Twitter @SundayPolo.

MVP Mike Azzaro goes in for a shot on goal.

U.S. Polo Association Chairman Chuck Weaver presents the U.S. Open Championship Cup to Zacara Patron Lyndon Lea.

Juan Martin Nero of Lechuza moves downfield with Magoo LaPrida in pursuit. PHOTOS BY ALAN FABRICANT

OASIS AGENCY HOLDS ITS DREAM MAKEOVER LUNCHEON AT BREAKERS WEST The Oasis Compassion Agency held its seventh annual Dream Makeo ver luncheon Saturday, April 21 at Breakers West Country Club. The theme “Transitions” refers to clients taking the next step to becoming self-sufficient and making a better life for themselves and their families. For more info., visit PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Event committee members Liz Cable, Ora Chester, Panama D’Avila and Lisa Anderson.

(L-R) Katie Lee, Elizabeth Fountain and Monica Delgado model some outfits.

Oasis Board Chair Sharon Gill.

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MBSK CHARITABLE TRUST HOSTS IRISH FEST AT ORIGINAL WELLINGTON MALL My Brother’s/Sister’s Keeper Charitable Trust presented its Irish Fest on Sunday, April 22 in the original Wellington mall. Beer and wine were paired with a delicious four-course dinner prepared by the Gypsy’s Horse Irish Pub & Restaurant. The Palm Beach Central High School jazz band performed, and there was a live auction. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

(Seated) Carol and Paul Razza with Debbie and Luis Bonavia; (standing) State Rep. Mark Pafford, David and Brooke Unversaw.

Glenn and Terri Wescott, Mike and Kelley Shinkevich, Elaine and Ron Tomchin, and Eric Gordon. MBSK board members at the event.

Maggie Zeller with Stan Kilbas and Rachel Bridge.

Caribbean-Americans for Community Involvement (CAFCI) members enjoy the evening.

The Palm Beach Central High School jazz band entertained attendees.

JUSTIN BARTLETT ANIMAL RESCUE HOSTS A ‘POKER RUN FOR THE ANIMALS’ Justin Bartlett Animal Rescue presented “Poker Run for the Animals” on Sunday, April 22 at the Elks Lodge on Belvedere Road. There were puppies and dogs for adoption, as well as food vendors and cigars sold by Three J’s C-Cigar Emporium. For more info., visit PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER or call (561) 684-1010.

Justin Bartlett Animal Rescue President Peter Torres with Aphrodite and Vice President Don Wulff with Precious.

Justin Bartlett Animal Rescue volunteers with adoptable dogs.

Don Wulff with Karen and Rick Bartlett.

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Wellington held an Earth Day and Arbor Day celebration Sunday, April 22 at the Wellington Amphitheater. The event offered information about living a greener lifestyle and featured live performances and demonstrations. Attendees also enjoyed free giveaways, such as smoothies from Whole Foods Market and tree seedlings. SEE VIDEO FROM THIS EVENT AT WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM


Al Salopek of Bee educates people on bees.

Linda DeSanti, Susan Hillson and Barbara Hadsell of the Wellington Garden Club.

Michelle Garvey, Bruce DeLaney and Eric Juckett.

Sherri Mraz of Whole Foods Market serves free smoothies.

Ken Roundtree hands out free tree seedlings.

Teresa Gotrz, Karolina, Ewa and Adam Tryniszewski.

Samuel Stockwell picks up information from the Whole Foods Market booth.

GOOD EARTH FARM CELEBRATES EARTH DAY WITH A VARIETY OF FUN ACTIVITIES The Good Ear th Farm in Loxahatchee Groves held an Earth Day celebration Sunday, April 22. Families participated in hayrides, pony rides, animal viewing, and enjoyed food and drinks during an afternoon on the farm. For more info., visit or call PHOTOS BY JESSICA GREGOIRE/TOWN-CRIER (561) 792-2666.

Andrea Lerner, Jessica Br own and Carly Coombs with Good Earth Farm co-owner Nancy Fried-Tobin.

Kaitlin Soogat goes on a pony ride.

Lori and Alia Oppenheim look at Bella, a cockatoo.

Autumn and Skye Wong look at some of the animals.

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Hawk Stagecraft Students Create Wonka World For Pierce Hammock For the past several months, the Seminole Ridge High School stagecraft class has been constructing larger-than-life displays of Willy Wonka items for the graduation party at Pierce Hammock Elementary School. Hawk students have designed, built and painted Wonka-themed objects: giant Nerds boxes, Wonka bars, mushrooms and golden tickets. Life-size Oompa Loompas and a Willy Wonka with face cutouts have been fashioned for the Pierce Hammock fifth-graders to take their party pictures in. Hawk stagecraft workers have also made a 20-foot painted mural of a Willy Wonka and Candy Land mash-up, and a lollipop garden, a gateway entrance and a Wonka “contract” complete the themed atmosphere. The Pierce Hammock graduation party will be a surprise for the fifthgraders, and the Seminole Ridge stagecraft professionals have worked very hard to create their colorful Wonka world. — Paige Wilson

• Koester Receives Outstanding Media Service Award — The Educational Media Association of Palm Beach County honored SRHS media specialist Carole Koester with its Outstanding Media Service Award at a principal’s breakfast April 13. Koester was chosen both for her extensive work with the Florida Association of Media in Education and for her promotion of a “reading culture” at Seminole Ridge. Under her leadership of the SRHS BookIt! program, the school can boast the highest book checkout and Reading Counts quiz-passing rates of any high school in the county. • Campus Beautification Project Advances — Seminole Ridge continues to make its campus a little greener with its campus beautification project, which entails cleaning up the large courtyard planters. In addition to the previous two completed, Hawk students — headed by Breanna Beardsley and Rosemary Murray — are bright-


Crestwood Middle School recently experienced something that only happens every 30 years. The time capsule that has been buried for 30 years in front of the school was opened, and a new time capsule was buried in honor of the school’s 30th anniversary. Items placed in the capsule were things relevant to students in 2012. Shown above are Assistant Principal Marellius King, Principal Dr. Stephanie Nance, Assistant Principal Martin Pasquariello, reading teacher Mar que Drummond, Assistant Principal Terri Livingston, guidance counselor Cora Edwards, ESE coordinator Sandra Hayden-Byer and guidance counselor Jeanne Mascara.

ening up four more planters. The ESE department has taken on the challenge of beautifying an entire planter on their own, and so have the environmental science classes. A total of seven school organizations are helping with the planters: the American Sign Language classes, the JROTC Hawk Battalion, the National Honor Society, the Science National Honor Society, the Sociedad Honoria Hispanica, the Tri-M Music Honor Society and the SECME Club (which has donated $400 to the project). NHS sponsor Shawna Ahmad said that those involved in the beautification “hope to have all planters completed by the end of May. The kids are very attached to this project.” • Hawk Student Awarded $12K FAU Scholarship — Florida Atlantic University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science will award a four-year SECME scholarship worth $12,000 to Hawk senior Caitlin Miller. Miller will be

honored May 6 at SECME’s annual “Celebration of Achievement” banquet. “Caitlin truly belongs to what Margaret Mead once described as ‘that small group of thoughtful, committed citizens who we should never doubt can change the world,’” said Erich Landstrom, Seminole Ridge SECME coordinator and physics teacher. SECME students selected for the Florida Atlantic University academic-year award receive an annually renewable $3,000. They must have met the academic requirements for FAU admission and participated in their high school’s SECME program in their high school. Applicants must major in engineering, mathematics or science and achieve a minimum score on the SAT or ACT. SECME is a pre-collegiate program to increase the number of students qualified to enter and complete courses of study in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math. Brenda

Paige Wilson, Madison Dickson, Jaqueline Campos, Timothy Ruback, Ashley Foley and Jason Moore work on the Willy Wonka designs for Pierce Hammock’s graduation party. Simmons, director of FAU’s Divi- nities for K-12 students to learn, sion of Engineering Student Ser- achieve, and become excited about vices, said that the SECME pro- engineering- and science-based gram “offers exceptional opportu- careers.”

Osceola Creek Scholar-Athletes Of The Month Osceola Creek Middle School has announced the recipients of its Scholar-Athlete Award for March. The award is sponsored by the school police and honors varsity athletes who also excel in academics, effort, behavior and school spirit, and serve as role models for others. This month’s honorees carry high grade point averages as well as play varsity sports. Boys basketball honored eighth-grader Logan Yapp, 14. “Logan has been a member of the basketball team for three years and has developed into a great team leader through his hard work and dedication in practice and games,” coach Kai Lee said. “He was the starting shooting guard this year for the boys basketball division champion team. In the classroom, he excels with a 4.90 GPA and is involved with Student Council and Science Club.” Yapp, who has perfect attendance, is undecided on a college. He would like to be a professional athlete. In addition to playing on the basketball team, he is a member of Osceola Creek’s soccer and track teams. Seventh-grader Amy Chung, 13, was honored in girls basketball. “Amy just finished her second

Of ficer Sandy Molenda, Madeline Harding, Logan Yapp, Amy Chung and Principal Dan Frank. season on the girls basketball team, where she was an outstanding defensive player, leading the team in steals,” coach Tom Rulison said. “An excellent ball handler, Amy is one of the best athletes in the school and an exceptional student in the classroom, where she carries a 5.17 GPA.” Chung is undecided on a college. However, has decided on a career as an architect. Madeline Harding was honored in girls soccer. “She is an outstanding student athlete that has played

for Osceola Creek for all three years,” girls soccer coach Tony Bugeja said. “She is a true leader and excels in the classroom just as she does on the field. I am honored to have coached such outstanding young athlete as Madeline.” Harding, 14, wants to attend the University of Florida as a marine biology major, as a prelude to a career in the field. She is a member of the Student Council, National Junior Honor Society and the yearbook staff. In addition to soccer,

Harding is a member of Osceola Creek’s track and girls volleyball teams. She carries a 5.00 grade point average and is a two-time recipient of the Athlete-of-the Year award, being honored in both sixth and seventh grades. Supporting the program are Subway, Domino’s Pizza and Burger King (located at Seminole Pratt Whitney Road and Orange Blvd.) and Dairy Queen (at Royal Palm Beach and Okeechobee boulevards), which donated free food coupons.

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Dream Students Volunteer In Costa Rica It was the trip of a lifetime for students from the Dream Middle School when they spent 10 days performing community service in Costa Rica. Through an educational tour company called Eco Teach, the school arranged for middle schoolers to learn about coastal ecosystems; record statistical information about the sea turtles, their eggs and nests; and learn about the cultural heritage of the Costa Rican people. “This year we offered a crosscurriculum trip that would combine science, social studies, math and community services all rolled into one,” said Dr. Kris Soderman, Dream Middle School’s co-principal. “This trip did that beautifully.” The students spent their days and nights along the beach in rus-

tic conditions, sleeping in handmade bunks and sharing meals in a communal setting. Rotating in shifts, one group volunteered from 8 p.m. until midnight to count sea turtle eggs and measuring nesting turtles while the second shift did the same from midnight until 4 a.m. During the day they participated in beach cleanup to make it easier for the turtles to get up the beach to lay their eggs at night. They also helped to build a hatchery. “We also had an opportunity to visit local schools and everyone was surprised by how little the students and teachers had to work with,” Soderman said. “We brought pencils and other school supplies, and they were all so grateful. It made us all realize how lucky we are and how fortunate we were to have this life-chang-

As one of the highlights of the pep rally, the top five ticket-earners had the opportunity to “slime” Assistant Principal Stephanie Cook. “We wanted to turn the FCAT into the FunCAT and motivate students to do their very best,” Cook said. Cypress Trails would like to thank Andrews and the PBGHS cheerleaders for helping to make the pep rally exciting for students. (Right) Assistant Principal Stephanie Cook gets slimed by students. (Far right) School Board Member Marcia Andrews speaks at the rally.


Dream Middle School students do volunteer work in Costa Rica. ing experience.” Dream Middle School students will be raising money in the fall for their next eco-expedition, which

will take place in the spring of 2013. To find out more about the school, visit or call (561) 791-2881.

Cypress Trails Elementary Holds FCAT Pep Rally On Friday, April 13, students in grades three through five at Cypress Trails Elementary School participated in a fun pep rally designed to motivate them for the FCAT. Palm Beach County School Board Member Marcia Andrews was the special guest speaker and gave students words of encouragement and testing tips. Cheerleaders from Palm Beach Gardens High School also were present with FCAT cheers. All semester, third- through fifth-grade students have been earning “strategy tickets” if they are caught using FCAT strategies.

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The New Horizons Elementary School Student Council sponsored Think Pink Day on April 13. The students were encouraged to wear pink or red and bring in a $1 donation to support breast cancer research and patient support. A total of $252 was raised and forwarded to thinkPINKkids of Wellington to support this worthy cause. Pictured here with fifth-grade teacher/Student Council sponsor Pat Klammer are fifth-grade students Kalena Miles, Wil’liaisha Brockman, Bridget Kozlowski, Kelly Mark, Scarlet Jasperson, Todd Blauvelt, Arielle Loiseau, Christopher Conlin, Jasmine Cohen and Justin Bowles.

LGES Kindergarten Roundups May 14-15 Loxahatchee Groves Elementary School will host two kindergarten roundups for its incoming kindergarten students for the 201213 school year. The roundups will take place Monday, May 14 at 6 p.m. and

Tuesday, May 15 at 8:30 a.m. Children planning to enroll in kindergarten must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1. For more information, call the LGES main office at (561) 9049200.

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Students From Western Communities Attend ‘Bully’ Screening In WPB You could hear a pin drop during the special preview screening of the nationally acclaimed documentary film Bully held March 11 at the Muvico Parisian theaters in CityPlace. Approximately 400 Palm Beach County middle school students, their parents and teachers, who participated in the Do the Write Thing Challenge this past year, were invited to see the film courtesy of Pepe Fanjul Jr., senior vice president of Florida Crystals Corporation, and Muvico Parisian at CityPlace. Teens, as well as parents, were moved by the film’s compelling stories of five teenagers who were the victims of bullying and the consequences of it. “It rips your heart out to see what’s going on and what so many are closing their eyes to,” said Christina Gambale, a seventh-grade student at Palm Springs Middle School and the 2011 Ambassador for the Do the Write Thing Challenge program in Palm Beach County. “The Bully documentary is something every child, parent and educator should see.” Bullying among teens has received national attention in the news. This year, 13 million American kids were bullied. Three million felt unsafe at school. “This film has an important message for teens and their parents and reinforces the efforts of the Do the Write Thing Challenge pro-

gram to reduce violence in homes, schools and neighborhoods by encouraging students to make a personal commitment to do something about the problem,” Fanjul said. Last year, more than 19,000 Palm Beach County middle-school students wrote about their experience with bullying and teen violence and more importantly what they can do to stop it. “I feel Bully has the potential to make a true impact,” ninth-grader Jacob Wesson said. “I would have liked to have seen more about cyber-bullying.” For additional information about the Do the Write Thing Challenge, call Alan Gallardo at (561) 832-0623 or visit its web site at (Clockwise from top left) Western Pines Middle School student Grace Marks with her parents Kaye and Richard Marks; Wellington Landings Middle School student Juli-Ann Ramirez with her parents Joanne and Jose Ramirez; Do the Write Thing Challenge Chair Bill Bone and his son Rex, a student at the Bak Middle School of the Arts, with Emilia Fanjul and Event Chair Pepe Fanjul Jr.; and Wellington Landings student Ashley Klinkowitz (second from right) with her parents Steve and Jennifer, and siblings Tyler and Ally. PHOTOS COURTESY GINA FONTANA

Diestis Work With Celebrity Hair Stylists Mother-daughter stylist team Claudia and Monica Diesti, along with Eclipse Hair Salon owner Jorge Briceno, recently enjoyed a unique class with celebrity hair stylists Ted Gibson and boyfriend Jason Backe at the W. Hotel in Fort Lauderdale. Gibson has become a household name in the fashion world, making his mark years ago as the one who gave Angelina Jolie her big makeover, taking her from her darker, more gothic look to the stylish brunette she’s now known for. But Gibson is now most recognized from Bravo’s hit show What Not To Wear. Gibson and Backe are the go-to guys for Hollywood A-listers like Anne Hathaway and Deborah Messing, and have created runway looks for fashion giants such as Chanel, Prada and Versace. The famous New York duo held a small class at their newly opened Ted Gibson Salon inside the W. Hotel, and covered their latest techniques and trends.

Jason Backe, Claudia Diesti, Ted Gibson, Jorge Briceno and Monica Diesti.

Moylan Honored In Orlando Seminole Ridge High School English teacher Virginia Lynn Moylan has been chosen as the 2012 Florida Book Award Silver Medal recipient in the category of non-fiction for her literary biography Zora Neale Hurston’s Final Decade , published by the University Press of Florida. Moylan and this year’s other Florida Book Award winners were recognized at the annual Historical and Cultural Awards ceremony sponsored by the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. Moylan was recognized at the Florida Library Association Conference Banquet April 19 in Orlando. The biography chronicles the last ten years of the life of Florida writer Zora Neale Hurston, one of the most celebrated African-American authors of the 20th century, best known for her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. “As an avid Hurston fan, I was inspired to write my book after observing that previous biographies

had offered scant details about her last decade,” Moylan said. As a high school English teacher who covers Hurston and her works, Moylan said the book has been a great resource. “I use it not only as a source of new research about her life, but as a rich resource of African-American and Florida history,” she said. “I was very honored to learn that my book has also been purchased by college libraries around the country, including Harvard and Yale, and is selling very well in Europe and Asia.” The Florida Book Awards — America’s most comprehensive state book awards program — was established in 2006 to recognize, honor and celebrate annually the best Florida literature published in the previous year. “Now, when I tell my students that their dreams can come true if they have the courage to pursue them, they know I mean it,” Moylan said.

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OUR KIDS WORLD FAMILY FUN FEST RETURNS TO FAIRGROUNDS EXPO CENTER Our Kids World Family Fun Fest was held Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22 at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center. Kids of all ages enjoyed hands-on educational activities, meeting sports mascots and television characters, and bouncing around in the inflatables Fun Zone. PHOTOS BY LAUREN MIRÓ/TOWN-CRIER

Mario Bonilla and Aviana Robaina feed a goat.

J.T. Curtis climbs the rock wall.

Jennifer, Frank and Natalia Lobuono with Star Wars characters from the 501st Everglades Squad.

Alexa Dellamea gives gymnastics a tr y.

Ryder Croci visits with Ronald McDonald.

Lyndsay and Erika Lopata hold a bunny.

COURTYARD ANIMAL HOSPITAL PRESENTS DOG WASH AT WELLINGTON DOG PARK Dog lovers gathered Sunday, April 22 at the Wellington Dog Park on Greenbriar Blvd. for “Dogs Day at the Spa” hosted by Courtyard Animal Hospital. Four-legged friends were able to get baths and microchips, while owners were able to enjoy training demonstrations, raffles, canine rescue groups, local artist Jan Levy’s “bark art” and other vendors offering dog-friendly products. All proceeds benefited the dog park. PHOTOS BY LAUREN MIRÓ/TOWN-CRIER

Dr. Marc Pinkwasser, Lynsey Baggs, Nicole Thomas and Sherri Garz of Courtyard Animal Hospital.

Carolyn Potter and Trace enjoy the day.

Artist Jan Levy shows off her “bark art.”

Danitza Zaplana and Kaelyn Thomas give Red a bath.

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Minto’s Olympia Development In Wellington Is Nearly Sold Out Featuring a stunning array of single-family designer homes incorporated into a serene natural environment, Olympia has attained a sterling reputation as one of the finest master-planned communities. And now, with fewer than 100 home sites remaining, time is run-

ning short to enjoy life at the celebrated community. Olympia offers a variety of floor plans and unparalleled amenities at unprecedented values perfectly suited for any budget, with prices ranging from the $300s to the $700s. And Minto has made it easier than ever to enjoy the Olympia

lifestyle: Minto will pay closing costs on select homes when buyers utilize the services of FBC Mortgage and Founders Title for their closings. Ask a Minto new home sales professional for complete details. Located in Wellington, close to shopping, amenities, fine dining and entertainment, Olympia offers six new models with two- to sixbedroom options, up to six-and-ahalf baths, and two- to four-car garages, with air-conditioned living space ranging from 2,000 to 5,400 square feet. Olympia is a master-planned community where you can take full advantage of a beautiful natural environment incorporating plentiful lakes and natural preserves, walkways and trails, as well as the extraordinary, Mediterranean-style Villa Olympia club and recreational hub — inspired by some of the world’s most famous resorts — boasting an array of amenities, with a gigantic lagoon-style pool and island spa as its centerpiece.

Minto, recognized as a leader in quality construction, level of amenities, community appearance and energy efficiency, brings over half a century of award-winning quality, service and design to Olympia. Minto’s unique MasterCare 10Step Quality Assurance Program ensures that everything about buying a new home at Olympia is thoroughly enjoyable before, during and after construction. Best of all, Minto makes the home-purchasing process a breeze, with expert mortgage services to meet the specific needs of buyers. The Olympia New Home Sales office is located at 2232 Merriweather Way in Wellington, and is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. To reach Olympia from Florida’s Turnpike heading north, exit at Lake Worth Road, go west to State Road 7, turn right and head north to Forest Hill Blvd., turn right, and then right again at Olympia’s main entrance, following the signs to the New Home Sales office. From

Vos explained that a strong statement that leans one way or the other is needed to elicit an opinion. “When you’re asking if someone agrees or disagrees, you don’t want to have a statement that they have no feelings toward,” he explained. “You want to make it as simple as possible. You want to have some positive and some negative statements for people to respond to.” The next set of statements, he said, asked people to gauge how important an issue was, topics ranged from bridle trails to traffic and beyond. The last section was free response. “It was open-ended questions,” he said. “And at the end, people were asked if there was anything else they wanted to add.” The surveys were administered randomly, he said, but people were also allowed to volunteer to take the survey. The survey distinguishes, however, those who were randomly sampled from those who volunteered in order to keep data

from being skewed. “There are people who come up to us and say they want to take the survey,” Vos said. “Immediately, when we start the survey, it asks us if the person is a sample or a volunteer. You note that they are a volunteer.” This method will allow him to look at the difference in answers between those who volunteered for the survey and those who were randomly asked, Vos said. “We will be able to see if there is a difference in how the people who volunteered answered,” he said. Some residents asked why the surveys weren’t issued electronically, to reach more people. But O’Dell said that answers were more likely to be skewed through electronic means. “Obviously electronic media is the easiest way for us to get this out to the population,” he told the Town-Crier. “But with the environment we were working in, we worried those results could be skewed very easily by the technology that was out there. We felt as though the best approach

Mayor Fred Pinto, who had been given the floor, Mattioli shut off Webster’s microphone and demanded that she wait her turn to speak. Continuing his comments, Pinto said he thought the council should find common ground. “I think if there are issues with the way that committee is performing, we need to address the issues,” he said. “If they are not performing in a way that’s representative of this council, you don’t have to wait until someone’s term is up to remove them.” Councilman Jeff Hmara said that after the previous meeting, he had looked for something in writing that would help guide his decision, and he could not find anything. “As the new guy, that seems to be the logical thing to do — to find some documented procedural process — and I couldn’t find one,” Hmara said. “For me, one of the most important things is that we maintain a respectful, civil interaction, not only for our own good, but to be able to work effectively.” Councilman Richard Valuntas said moving alternates up to vacancies was the procedure followed in the past, but it did not perception that people do things for their friends. If I were on the council, I would have recused myself, or at least brought it out into the open.” Vice Mayor Howard Coates said he was on the local board of directors at the time. “I asked each time this came up if I needed to recuse myself,” he said. “The village attorney’s interpretation at the time was that as long as there was no personal benefit to you, then you don’t have to recuse yourself.” Coates noted, however, that once the ethics ordinance became law, he resigned from the board of directors to end any perception of impropriety. He said that if there was concern about impropriety, they should not go forward with it. “I don’t think it’s in anyone’s best interest to go forward with a project that carries with it some question of whether it was legitimate to begin with,” Coates said. “I don’t want to proceed under an air that it was passed improperly.” Margolis noted that he wasn’t pointing fingers. “I’m not casting stones at any council person for going through this process,” he said. “I just would have done it differently.” O’Connor said that there is a vast difference between the local boards and the actual board of directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County.

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Equestrian Master Plan

continued from page 1 faculty and Equestrian Preserve Committee members, he said. But several residents said they felt the questions were leading, that not enough people had been surveyed, and that results may have been skewed by people looking to influence Wellington’s equestrian future. “Why don’t you let the people write the questions?” asked resident Bart Novak. Vos said he did not think the questions were leading. He explained that the survey asked people to rate their feelings toward a statement from “strongly agree” to “strongly disagree” and from “very important” to “not important.” “It had statements like ‘The Village of Wellington supports the equestrian community,’” he told the Town-Crier after the meeting. “Or ‘The bridle paths are not properly connected.’”


Mattioli, Webster Clash

continued from page 1 ing local businessman Eric Gordon as an alternate. This would leave Larson and Ellis off the board. Mayor Matty Mattioli, who relinquished his job as liaison to the zoning commission recently at Webster’s request, was angered by the proposal, saying that in his 20 years on the council, the policy had been for commissioners who wish to stay on to be reappointed and alternates to be moved up to vacant seats. “If we’re going to make changes, it should be by a majority of this council, not by one person,” Mattioli said. Mattioli had not been at the previous council meeting, when Webster first proposed replacing commission members. The council postponed the issue until it had all members present last week. The discussion began with a tense interchange. When Webster tried to raise an objection to the proceedings and interrupted Vice

B&G Club

Approved, But Funding Questioned

continued from page 1 “We have a 50-year lease there. I think it’s the perfect public-private partnership where everyone wins, especially the kids who would have nowhere to go.” Margolis was also concerned that some of the council members who voted on the item were board members of the club’s Wellington branch. Village Attorney Jeff Kurtz said that many of the approvals were made before the rules of the Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics were developed. “As a member of the board of directors of a nonprofit organization,” he said, “as long as nothing was being gained by you directly, then there was nothing improper about the vote.” Under the new rules, there might have been a conflict, he said. “Could someone have made an error as we were getting acclimated to the new county ethics ordinance?” Kurtz asked. “I’m not aware of it. But it’s possible.” Margolis said he felt there was a perception by the public. “Even though you don’t financially gain,” he said, “there was a

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would be to do the face-to-face surveys.” Though several residents noted that there was no way to stop someone from taking the survey twice, O’Dell said he felt that an electronic option would greatly increase that risk. “When you weighed out the opportunities of someone skewing the survey from a technological perspective versus face-toface, I think we were better off going face-to-face,” he said. Radosevich said she thought that the process had not been transparent and asked Vos if he would allow the public to see his methods. He said that he would. The next step, O’Dell said, would be to analyze the data from the surveys and the meetings with residents to try to find some common ground. “The whole focus is to find commonality amongst all our residents,” he said. “Once we find commonality, we will begin to purse an actual master plan.” Residents will continue to be able to provide input throughout

the process. “We’re going to bring it back to the community and talk to them,” O’Dell said.

Residents looking to voice their opinion can e-mail Dr. Jaap Vos at

necessarily have to be that way. “Nothing is set in stone,” he said. Valuntas added that while he preferred to defer to the liaison’s preference, that is not an absolute. “One thing that the process in the past reflected to me was not only continuity but predictability,” he said. “But we’re the ones who get to decide this.” When it came her turn to speak, Webster said that in the past, the types of applicants who came before the panel were different than those coming before the commission in the future, giving as an example the Aldi grocery chain that recently announced plans to locate a regional distribution center in Royal Palm Beach. With the village almost built out, she said the Planning & Zoning Commission’s role will focus not so much on getting home builders to conform to codes and ordinances, but rather on working with businesses to get them through the process. “For the financial stability of our municipality, we are now basically wooing businesses in, and that’s a different process and it’s a different way that we interact with them,” Webster said. “It’s not the aggressive approach. It needs to be about building a relationship,

and I don’t see that in the planning and zoning commission that we have had up to this date.” Village Manager Ray Liggins said that village staff always strives for friendly, courteous service to development applicants. “I think that we do have a good reputation in this county for that,” he said. “We do listen to the applicants, and we do try to work with them in hearing what they want to do on their property and getting that consistent with our rules and regulations.” Webster said she wanted to be on the right side of building the community for the future, explaining that she wanted the best qualified members possible, and that simply being an alternate waiting one’s turn to move up was not necessarily the best process. She added that one of the comments at the previous meeting was that the commission relies heavily on institutional knowledge. “Institutional knowledge is only valid when the knowledge is progressive and positive,” she said. “Participants can become complacent, and they are no longer creative and stimulating.” During the public comment period, several of the candidates seeking appointment to the zon-

ing commission addressed the council. Webster then made a motion to appoint Martinez and Perrin to permanent seats and Eric Gordon as an alternate, but it died for lack of a second. Hmara drew from his military background to explain his understanding of the role of a liaison. “A liaison officer is one who is charged with the primary responsibility of acting as a communications link between the supported organization and the supporting organization,” he said. “Generally speaking, liaison officers don’t really have a lot of authority. They have a lot of responsibility, and most of it is to communicate effectively between the two organizations… [When] I hear about liaison positions having substantial authority, it doesn’t fit with my experience.” Hmara reiterated that he was concerned about not having a written protocol. “That seems to be somewhat of a problem here,” he said. “It might be good to take some time and actually document what the responsibility, the role, the authority of the liaison officer is, and what the procedure is for selecting new members as their terms expire… It has a very healthy

“Our local boards are advisory boards,” she said. “They are not setting policy. They are not signing contracts or entering into agreements.” Coates asked what would happen if the council voted against the measure. Kurtz said that Wellington would risk the $600,000 contribution from the county. But Margolis stressed that he wasn’t looking to halt the project. “I’m not going to stop the process,” he said. “We need to have it built, but I would have preferred a different process.” In other business, council members directed staff to draft regulations for aviation in the village. Village Manager Paul Schofield noted that residents have contacted Wellington with concerns that jets could be flying over the community in light of a decision to pave the runway in the Aero Club community. Schofield said that permits to pave the runway were issued in 2010. “What are the parameters that Wellington wishes to establish for civil aviation in Wellington?” he asked. He noted that civil aviation can be found both in the Aero Club as well as the McCarthy landing strip west of Flying Cow Road. “What’s important to remember is what these two facilities are,” he said. “They’re both civil avia-

tion facilities. They’re not intended for large aircraft.” The Aero Club’s runway would be considered an airpark, Schofield said. “They typically restrict commercial activities,” he said. “They’re generally limited to use by residents and their guests.” Schofield said that the Aero Club has specific covenants governing flight in the community. “They prohibit jet aircraft,” he said. “They limit takeoff and landing times to visual flight times — meaning you have to be able to see the runway. They limit the runway to members as a private facility.” Additionally, the bylaws limit planes to civil aircraft owned or leased by members. “That’s a pretty clear indication for what the intent of the development was,” he said. Schofield said that staff had come up with several recommendations for regulations. Suggestions were to limit aircraft activity to private, non-commercial uses, to create limits on sound, and to set guidelines for travel during the day and at night. Schofield also suggested that Wellington formally codify the limitations established by the Aero Club. “Since the restrictions [in the Aero Club] can be changed by a two-thirds majority vote in the association,” he said, “it would be

better to have a set of regulations that lay down what the council’s policy would be.” Councilwoman Anne Gerwig noted that the McCarthy landing strip allows for skydiving already, which is a commercial use. “I know we don’t want commercial use,” she said, “but I don’t want to preclude them from using the property as they do now.” Schofield suggested including all current uses in the ordinance as non-conforming uses. “Whether the runway is paved or not paved,” he said, “there will be no doubt in anyone’s mind what the village intends to allow. You will have an ordinance limitation that is enforceable.” Council members voted unanimously to direct staff to create an ordinance.


ITID, SFWMD Concerns

continued from page 1 Water Management District, Lisa Tropepe and our director of operations, Tony LasCasas, all went and met out at the property yesterday,” Damone told the TownCrier on Wednesday. “They have done some site cleanup, but there’s definitely some concerns as far as Indian Trail is involved, because there is direct outfall from the site into our drainage system.” Damone said ITID wants the situation addressed quickly. “I’m pleased that the South Florida Water Management District is addressing this issue and sees it as an immediate concern,” she said. SFWMD Lead Regulatory Specialist Kurt Leckler confirmed that he went to the site Tuesday with

Blotter continued from page 6 and noon the following day, someone entered the victim’s unlocked vehicle and stole several tools and a prescription drug bottle. The stolen items were valued at approximately $142. APRIL 24 — A resident of Counterpoint Estates contacted the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach on Tuesday to report a case of fraud. According to a PBSO report, the victim’s bank contacted her to inform her of suspicious activity on her account.

Tropepe and LasCasas. “We’re at the beginning stages of looking at the property,” Leckler said. “We’re in the ‘get a permit’ mode. The rest will unfold from that application.” According to the notice of violation sent to Ramon Vilarino of Vila Nursery Inc. dated April 12, the activities that have not been properly permitted include “filling and grading, resulting in adverse impacts to the water resources of the district without obtaining an environmental resource permit from the SFWMD.” The property owner was directed to cease operations immediately until proper authorization is obtained. The SFWMD will seek civil penalties and recovery of staff investigative costs and may require restoration of the site, according to the letter. The district is authorized to seek civil penalties of up to $10,000 per day, per offense. influence on an organization, especially when they are struggling, and I would say right now we are struggling.” Valuntas said although the liaison brings recommendations, every commission appointment on every board is a council decision. “What protocol is or isn’t, we’re not bound to that,” he said. As a compromise, Valuntas offered a motion to appoint Larson back to her permanent seat, Martinez to the vacant permanent seat and to return Ellis to her alternate seat. That motion carried 4-1 with Webster opposed. Hmara said he hoped the council’s discussion had not had a negative impact on village volunteers. “It’s difficult, as we all know, to get people to volunteer, and to have them involved in something that is as difficult as this has been, I’m sorry that that happened,” he said. “I hope it won’t turn anybody off to volunteering.”


Conference May 16-17

continued from page 3 farm in Florida; we’re really excited about that,” Harmon said. Another member of that same panel will be Susan Skemp, director of the Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center at Florida Atlantic University. Other speakers will include West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio; Joseph Sanches, chief of facilities management for the Palm Beach County School District; Dale Brill, president of the Florida Chamber Foundation; and Dennis Gallon, president of Palm Beach State College. The conference is presented by Florida City Gas, Florida Public Utilities and ESG (Energy Systems Group). Gold sponsors are Florida Power & Light, Wind Capital Group, Waste Management and the Palm Beach County Convention & Visitors Bureau. For more info., visit www.florida According to the report, sometime between 4 p.m. last Wednesday and 3 p.m. last Thursday, someone gained access to her bank card and made several charges to her account. The perpetrator(s) made three charges of $105.95, $108.71 and $1,053.95 at a Publix Supermarket in Ocoee, Fla., sometime last Thursday. According to the report, the victim said she has her bank card in her possession and didn’t know how her account was compromised. There was no further information available at the time of the report.

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Christopher Aguirre Memorial Foundation

Scholarship Opportunity for Wellington Community High School Seniors The Christopher Aguirre Memorial Foundation is accepting applications for their Memorial Scholarship to seniors pursuing a four year degree at Florida State University. Applications for the Scholarship are available in the Wellington Community High School Guidance office or can be downloaded on our website: Completed applications can be submitted to WCHS Guidance office or mailed to the Christopher Aguirre Memorial Foundation: PO Box 211627 West Palm Beach, Florida 33421 All applications must be postmarked by Friday, May 11, 2012

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Troubles? Diane Sasscer Suggests A Saddle Fitting

Diane Sasscer of Saddle Fit by Diane has fit thousands of horses over the years. Based in Wellington, Sasscer works out of her car and sets up booths at many dressage shows. Sasscer can work on most brands of saddles. She also visits barns and provides personal service. Ellen Rosenberg’s Column, Page 23

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WHS Lacrosse Boys Edge Broncos For District Title

The Wellington High School boys varsity lacrosse team won the District 23 championship Wednesday, April 17, defeating Palm Beach Central 8-7 in a game played at Park Vista High School. Both teams made it to the final match after winning their semifinal games. Page 37



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WHS Girls Lacrosse Team Finishes Season Second In District

The Wellington High School girls varsity lacrosse team finished second in the district championships after a narrow 15-14 loss to Park Vista at home. Both teams went goal-for-goal early in the game, but Park Vista jumped out to a lead in the second half, leaving the Lady Wolverines struggling to catch up. Page 37

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Got Troubles? Diane Sasscer Suggests A Saddle Fitting While watching the Palm Beach Derby a few weeks back, I met a delightful woman named Diane Sasscer. She had a comfortable canopy set up over her store-on-the-go, selling Albion and Dobert saddles, bridles, dressage whips and some strap goods. We struck up a conversation. Originally from Albany, N.Y., she moved to South Florida 13 years ago and now lives in Wellington. She owns two horses, a 29-yearold retired Thoroughbred and an 8-year-old Hanoverian mare. “I ride dressage — loosely,” Sasscer laughed. “Actually, I work at it. It’s a journey that never ends, even though I work very hard at it.” Although she sells saddles, what she really does is fit saddles — that is, make sure each saddle fits each horse correctly. She fell into this field quite by accident. “About 16 years ago, I attended a saddle fitting clinic by Jan Jacobson, near where I lived in Virginia,” Sasscer recalled. “I’ve always been a little anal retentive about my horses. I truly love them and always want the best for them.” A saddle problem led her to search for a solution. “I found out that my saddle didn’t fit, even though it was one of the very top brands,” Get updates all week long... follow Ellen Rosenberg on Twitter at HorseTalkFL or stop by the Tales from the Trails page on Facebook and click “like.”

Tales From The Trails By Ellen Rosenberg Sasscer said. “It was too narrow, and that’s why I was having such problems. When I asked my horse to move off my leg, it felt as if we were the last ones on the ice before the Zamboni machine came out and smoothed it down: horribly choppy and uncomfortable. No wonder my poor horse was resistant and swishing his tail all the time. I’d thought he was just being uncooperative. I had no idea he was in pain.” Jacobson owned the distributorship for Albion saddles. “I tried one of hers, one that fit my guy, and went for a ride. Oh my gosh, what an immediate reaction! Now, we felt like the first ones on the ice after the Zamboni,” Sasscer said. “There was an immediate, huge change. Before, it was like walking in shoes which look good but feel awful. After, it was like running in perfectly fitting sneakers. That’s when I learned how magical having a saddle which fits perfectly can be.” At the time, Sasscer worked in corporate America, and riding was (and remains) just a hobby. Her husband retired, and they decided to move to a sunnier locale, which is how

Diane Sasscer of Saddle Fit by Diane at her show booth. they ended up in Wellington. Although she rides, Sasscer doesn’t show. “God, no,” she laughed. “I’d never show, especially here. I never enjoyed showing. I live vicariously through my clients, ride down center line with them.”

Clients? “What happened was, in talking with Jan, she asked if I wanted to learn saddle fitting and represent Albion down here. And that’s how I got started,” Sasscer explained. “Over See ROSENBERG, page 24

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La Niña? Global Warming? I Just Like The Nice Weather Here is a socially irresponsible column for you: I love this weather we’re having. I walked to the mailbox and didn’t have to take a shower afterward. In addition, a cool breeze ruffled my hair. And it’s April! Awesome. Meteorologists (whom I personally consider to be the Chicken Littles of TV news) caution us that the Midwest’s unseasonably warm winter and Florida’s wonderfully long-lasting spring can be attributed to La Niña, which comes around only every few years. They say that global warming probably contributed to this mildness mash-up as well. Blah-de-blah-de-blah-blah-blah. Can’t we just be happy for once? Can’t we just assume Get your Sonic Boomer humor every day! Follow Deborah Welky on Twitter at On Facebook, stop by “The Sonic Boomer” page and click the “Like” button.

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The Sonic BOOMER that the stars have aligned perfectly to make us comfortable? Must the sky continually be falling? In fact, I have a question for the guy in front of the map, namely: “What can I do to encourage La Niña to return more often and to speed up this process of global warming? Because, really, the weather is nice.” Despite polar bears adrift on ice chunks (and they don’t look all that unhappy, to tell you the truth), everything seems to be going, well,

swimmingly. If the ice caps melt, the polar bears will have to adapt, just like my ancestors had to when they ventured out of the ocean onto land. We did it; why can’t they? Not only that, but I didn’t even have legs when I showed up — had to walk on my gills until future generations developed feet, then Nikes. Took me forever to learn to walk upright. You think that was easy? You think I wasn’t taunted? (“Your father and I never walked upright, and that was good enough for us! But not this next generation — oh no. You kids think you’re so smart!”) But we did it, and the polar bears could, too. How cool would it be to see polar bears walking around on two legs? Slathering on sunscreen? Celebrating their move to the south by toasting each other with Cokes? (“Canada is so warm! I’m going to try Florida next. I hear manatees are a lot slower than

seals.” “Yes, Sheldon, and the streets are paved with gold. Be realistic.”) Here I must interject a bit of my own history. When my maternal grandmother, Anna Polivka, left Poland alone at age 15, it was because things weren’t going so well in her native land, either. She’d heard the same streets-paved-with-gold story, so she screwed up her courage and headed for America. And you know what happened the minute she stepped off the boat? She found a gold coin lying in the street. So not everything is doom and gloom. Sometimes relocation is good. Sometimes evolution is good. If the dinosaurs had only planned ahead and built underground shelters, we wouldn’t be looking at their bones in museums today. Hopefully, the polar bears are smarter than that. And if manatees aren’t to their taste, perhaps they’d like to try a meteorologist or two.

Not Impressed By The New Zac Efron Movie ‘The Lucky One’ The problem with The Lucky One is not that it’s predictable; does anyone think Superman would die in one of his movies? Or that the hero would not get the girl? The problem really is that while set up as one of the typical Nicholas Sparks romances, there are holes in the story line that make it a bit pathetic. Logan (Zac Efron) is a GI in Iraq who sees something a bit off the road and checks it out. His friends, moving on down the road, get blown up. He survives because he stopped and found a picture of a pretty girl. He becomes obsessed with finding her. If this were not a romance, he might even be called a stalker. At any rate, he discovers who she is when he’s home in Colorado after his combat tour and, to keep his treasured dog with him, walks to Louisiana… another plot hole. That is one very long walk. And when he meets the girl, Beth (Taylor Schilling), instead of telling her why he had walked across the country, decides he wants to keep it a secret. Somehow, Logan feels too insecure to explain why he came, which, in the long run, of course, is


Saddle Fitting

continued from page 23 the years, I’ve fit thousands of horses. It’s a profession where I’m always learning. The horses are my teachers. You learn a technique of how to place the wool in the saddle panels, how to lay it in to avoid knots, how to place the wool so it supports the rider. That support can make a huge difference and affect the horse either positively or negatively.” Sasscer advises having a saddle fitting before you start riding with a new horse/new saddle combination: either a new horse with your old saddle, or your old horse with a new saddle. A poorly fitting saddle can actually cause lameness. She once saw this firsthand. “A client called me to come out to her barn. She’d just bought a young Lusitano stallion and couldn’t wait to start riding him,” Sasscer recalled. “He was only 2, so I said, ‘Call me back in a year,’ and she did. I went out — I

supposed to provide suspense. And no one seems to really wonder why someone from Colorado would come all the way to Louisiana to work in a kennel. They do have those in both states. So Beth, working at a kennel, suddenly has a new guy around. That bothers her ex-husband, Keith (Jay R. Ferguson), a real meanie who just happens to be the law in the town. So Logan works his butt off, flexes some muscles, and Beth notices. Really notices. Of course, there are problems. Every romantic story needs them. In this case, it’s the fact that Logan has trouble telling Beth the reason he came after her, making her wonder just a bit if he wasn’t somewhat creepy. And, of course,

there’s the ex-husband. But since this is a romance, we know what will eventually happen. The leads are too bland. Efron has bulked up from the skinny kid he was in High School Musical but still lacks maturity. Staring out at the scenery with a blank look on your face is not really acting. Schilling is pretty enough, but in this mild romantic piece, the moviemakers almost have to point out that she is first getting turned on and later falling in love. Ferguson is over the top as the bad guy, actually giving a strong performance. Unfortunately, there is no balance at all in the character, which seriously damages the sense of drama. Blythe Danner is strong as the crotchety grandmother, tossing off pithy one-liners as she pushes for the relationship. The worst thing about the film is that by idealizing its characters (Logan is a veteran, loves chess, children — particularly Beth’s — along with dogs and playing the piano), it removes a great deal of the drama. Of course Beth will fall for Logan. He is just about perfect, the fitting counterweight to her miserable ex-husband who had made her unhappy. And she is lovely. And so what?

work out of my car — and we got him fitted, and all was well. I noticed another horse turned out in a field and asked about him. She told me he was a 12-year-old retired Morgan. That seemed very young to be retired. She explained he’d gone lame. We brought him up, I fitted him in a new saddle, and she rode him out, perfectly sound. That was the most dramatic example I ever saw of how something as simple as a properly fitting saddle can make a huge difference.” The owner finished her ride with tears in her eyes. “She said he’d been lame for three years,” Sasscer said. “After that, he went on to have a career as a riding and show horse — all because of the right saddle.” How do you know if a saddle doesn’t fit properly? If something starts to be different in the horse’s reaction or behavior. If he’s always done something a certain way, and it changes, have the horse and the equipment evaluated. “I usually advise people to have their sad-

dle fit checked once a year,” Sasscer said. “If they’re in heavy competition, then twice a year.” Sasscer checks for balance, how the saddle lays on the horse’s back, and for any pressure points. Having a properly fitted saddle is only part of the equation: You also have to know exactly how to place it on your horse’s back. This affects both the rider’s position and the horse’s movement. Sasscer is a bit of a gypsy. She works out of her car and sets up her booth at most of the dressage shows. She also visits barns and provides personal service. “I can work on most brands of saddles, as long as the panels are wool-stuffed,” she said. “The ones made in England and Germany generally are. I love what I do. My hobby has become my professional life. It’s the best of both worlds.” For more information, call Diane Sasscer at (561) 649-2314, or visit her web site at

‘I’ On CULTURE By Leonard Wechsler

You should want your leads to fall in love. But when they are practically perfect, they just don’t come across as real. The leads become stick figures; you know where they are headed, but there’s no dramatic meat on the bone. He’s too pretty to come across as the slightly obsessed lover, and she’s so pretty that you have to know that the ex-husband would never be right for her. The drama level in the picture is not quite as high as the romance movies produced by the Hallmark Channel. Those might have leprechauns in them, or magical characters of one sort or another. But a perfect man and perfect woman? Those might be about the rarest things of all. The confrontation between the hero and the villain just never really explodes. As a result, this is a sweet film. It is the kind of movie that might make someone feel good tucked away at home with a loved one. Bland food is nice when you’re home sick. A little more spice makes it interesting. Unfortunately, this movie is not one that makes it worthwhile to spend $20 on tickets plus a hefty amount for snacks at your local theater. Wait for an “on demand” showing or DVD.

Kevin Perkins Golf Academy To Host Free Junior Golf Clinics The Kevin Perkins Golf Academy will offer free junior golf clinics at Palm Beach Polo & Hunt Club in Wellington. The free junior clinics are open to boys and girls ages 7-17. Golf clubs will be provided if needed. The free junior clinics will be held during the following dates and times: Saturday, April 28 from 1 to 2 p.m.; Saturday, May 5 from 1 to 2 p.m.; and Saturday, May 12 from 1 to 2 p.m. Any junior who would like to attend the clinics may register by e-mail at dkperkins4 or by calling (561) 301-3783. For more information about the free junior golf clinics and other programs provided by the Kevin Perkins Golf Academy, visit

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Owners John Natale and Jeff Mangel of Palm Beach Aquatics. PHOTO BY JESSICA GREGOIRE/TOWN-CRIER

Palm Beach Aquatics Offers Eco-Friendly Environmental Services By Jessica Gregoire Town-Crier Staff Report Keeping the lakes and environment clean since 1998, Palm Beach Aquatics offers fullservice restoration and maintenance. Owners Jeff Mangel and John Natale — a former marine biologist and management and marketing professional, respectively — established the company after the two friends decided to combine their skills to start a new business. For 14 years, they have been providing all types of lake and environmental maintenance services, and have expanded to include a location in Tampa, which is run by Mangel’s son. Palm Beach Aquatics specializes in anything pertaining to light environmental maintenance, wetland restoration and mitigation maintenance for compliance with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards. “We do everything from fish-stocking to fountains to aerators,” Mangel said. Mangel and Natale first meet with clients for an initial consultation to understand what they want. Based on this assessment, they determine what process would be most beneficial to get the job done properly with successful results. “We also educate our customers,” Natale said. “This is the most important part because we have to make them understand how the lake is an ecosystem, and the complexities of how it works.” Palm Beach Aquatics focuses on keeping the environment as clean as possible through various eco-friendly processes. One of the ways is by using fewer chemicals to treat lakes and wetlands, and they have adapted the use of Weedoo Boats, eco-friendly vessels that clean lakes and canals without harming the environment. “We have solar aeration systems,” Natale said. “Aerations are a bubbler, like in a fish tank that bubble up. They can help put oxygen into water, and this helps the water, in turn helping the plants and fish naturally.”

The use of fewer chemicals to treat the environment is extremely important to Palm Beach Aquatics. “We think that is the future,” Natale said. They have seen the shift in the industry, with the limited use of chemicals over the years, and an emphasis on alternative processes. “When we started this company, we probably had 20-plus chemicals we were able to use in the field,” Natale said. “We are now down to a dozen or less that are in the market right now.” Palm Beach Aquatics tries to use the best possible alternatives to clean and maintain the environment. “The chemicals that we do use are all EPAapproved,” Natale said. “But we are still trying to move into an even more green arena, and we believe we are going to be one of the first companies in Palm Beach County to be more green in chemical use.” Palm Beach Aquatics assists customers in making sure they are in compliance with EPA standards. “We work with mostly developments, from golf courses to communities with HOAs to people with private ponds,” Mangel said. “We not only want to make sure that they are in compliance, but they are moving in a green direction through plants, aerators and manual removal equipment.” Keeping the environment clean and free of chemicals that may be harmful to people’s health is a major concern for many of Palm Beach Aquatics’ clients. “Especially in the equestrian communities, where they don’t want a lot of chemicals in the water where the horses might play in or drink it — that has become one of our specialties, working with the equestrian community,” Mangel said. “And we work with a lot of farmers out here as well.” Palm Beach Aquatics is located at 1555 Folsom Road in Loxahatchee Groves. For more information, visit or call (561) 719-8900.

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WRMC Awarded Accreditation As A Primary Stroke Center Wellington Regional Medical Center’s Stroke Program has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation as a primary stroke center demonstrating compliance with the Joint Commission’s national standards and guidelines for healthcare quality and safety. To achieve this prestigious certification, Wellington Regional underwent rigorous on-site evaluation by Joint Commission reviewers with expertise in stroke care. The decision for certification is based on evaluation of compliance with the standards and clinical practice guidelines developed by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. “We are so pleased to receive this distinction from the Joint Commission and to be recognized for our commitment to providing effective and timely stroke care for our patients,” Wellington Regional Medical Center CEO Jerel Humphrey said. “This is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”

Each year, 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke. Stroke is the nation’s fourth-leading cause of death and the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States. A stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted or severely limited, depriving the brain tissue of oxygen and nutrients. Within minutes, brain cells begin to die. Early stroke treatment can make a big difference in limiting damage and the potential for complications. Wellington Regional Medical Center’s Stroke Center works to spread awareness about stroke symptoms and stroke prevention through community lectures and screenings. In recognition of Stroke Awareness Month in May, Wellington Regional Medical Center will be offering free screenings for cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure on Saturdays, May 5, 12 and 19 from 9 a.m. to noon. Call (561) 798-9880 for more information.


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Realtors Association Awards Local Student Contest Winners

Each year, the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches (RAPB) partners with the Palm Beach County Office of Equal Opportunity to promote the importance of fair housing to local youths with poster, essay and video contests. This year’s theme was “Fair Housing: We Are All Part of the Puzzle.” Students from grade levels three, seven and 11 participated in the contest by designing posters, writing essays and producing videos that convey the importance of fair housing. Through various promotional avenues, the sponsors and educators encouraged the public to view the entries online and vote for their favorite. During the awards reception, Pamela Banks, the chairwoman of the RAPB Community Outreach Committee, announced the winners of the contest to a room filled with educators, proud parents and organization members. Pamela Guerrier, director of Palm Beach County’s Office of Equal Opportunity, presented a heartfelt address to the audience related to the Civil Rights Act of 1968. This year’s winners of the poster

RAPB leaders with contest winners at the reception. contest are as follows: first place, Nicholas Debase, Atlantis AcadeAnthony Alves, Lantana Middle my. Alexa Lightle and Taylor Walsh School; second place, William Eli- from Park Vista High School were zondo, Loggers’ Run Middle named the winner of the video conSchool; and third place, Alexandria test. Award recipients were presentTrombetta, Lantana Middle School. ed with certificates of recognition The winners of the essay contest and gift cards. are as follows: first place, Jonah For more information about the King, Seminole Ridge High School; Realtors Association of the Palm second place, Alexandra Dejesus, Beaches, visit its web site at www. Atlantis Academy; and third place,

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South Florida Science Museum Breaks Ground On Expansion Launching the South Florida Science Museum from good to great, museum leadership and community leaders invited the general public to a groundbreaking reception April 5 at the museum’s Dreher Park facility.

Featuring entertainment, refreshments, interactive science experiments and more, the celebration not only honored the museum’s past 50 years as a beloved South Florida institution, it offered leadership an opportunity to unveil plans for the

Dr. Symons To Work With Olympic Athletes In London Royal Palm Beach chiropractor Dr. Matthew Symons has been chosen as the only chiropractic doctor in South Florida to be a member of Wellness Advisory Council at the London Olympics this August. The Wellness Advisory Council (WAC) is the official chiropractic and performance provider for the United States wrestling, judo, weightlifting and para-olympic volleyball teams. WAC also takes care of the 2010 MLS Cup Champions the Colorado Rapids, the U.S. Martial Arts team and many of the top MMA teams and fighters. “The doctors of Maximized Living are an important part of our team,” said Jose Rodriguez, CEO of the USA Judo team. “We now have doctors working at multiple competitions that range from grassroots

tournaments to the world championships.” Symons is now in his 11th year of practice at his original location in Royal Palm Beach, serving the community for their healthcare needs. It is his passion to teach and serve the people of his community that drives him daily. Dr. Symons utilizes cutting-edge, spinal corrective chiropractic. He offers nutritional counseling, exercise programs and various workshops on wellness, stress management, etc. His wellness center also offers massage therapy. Symons Family Chiropractic is offering the Maximized Living healthcare delivery system in order to bring real health to the community. Call (561) 333-8353 to learn more about the Maximized Living healthcare system.

museum’s new foundation for the next 50 years. Earlier this year, the Palm Beach County Commission unanimously approved a $2.4 million grant for the museum’s newly revised expansion plan. Coupled with money raised from the museum’s staff and board members, the current $3 million in cash and pledges for the campaign is enough for the museum to break ground on a 6,000-square-foot expansion and to renovate the current main exhibit spaces, according to Lew Crampton, South Florida Science Museum CEO. “For more than 50 years, the South Florida Science Museum has inspired youth and visitors with hands-on, minds-on experiences,” Crampton said. “Today, with more than 150,000 visitors per year and an additional 45,000 students being served by the museum, we aim to redefine the way we think, learn and interact with science in our lives. It’s important to note that the South Florida Science Museum is currently the second busiest science center in the country. This expansion will take the museum from a good institution to a great one. This community deserves an incredible science center and the time is right to move forward with this next step.”

Groundbreaking — Museum CEO Lew Crampton, county commissioners Paulette Burdick and Shelley Vana, Matt Lorentzen, Charlie Lorentzen, Harrison Fisher, Frances Fisher and WPB Mayor Jeri Muoio. IMAGE COURTESY LUCIEN CAPEHART PHOTOGRAPHY

According to Crampton, the museum will launch a $1.5 million capital campaign over the next 18 months to add quality exhibits and new visitor amenities to the current expansion plans. Additional plans for the capital campaign include a new permanent interactive exhibit featuring “Science on a Sphere,” an exploration of the world’s climate and natural environment with particular focus on

our region’s specialty, the hurricane; an Everglades exhibit including aquatic tanks, an outdoor interpretive display and a simulated airboat ride; and a newly expanded science and nature path. To support the South Florida Science Museum’s capital campaign efforts, contact Development Director Marcy Hoffman at (561) 370-7738 or, or visit the museum’s web site at

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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 sur veillance, creative curriculum, computers and all meals. Registration is now being accepted for Summer Camp. Registration is free for new customers only. Se habla Español. Visit the Academy for Child Enrichment at 700 Camellia Dr., Royal Palm Beach. For more info., call (561) 798-3458 or visit

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 Camp. 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.small

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 thr ough 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. Af ter-care is available. To register for Breaker s West Summer Camp, call (561) 653-6330.

Pierce Hammock Elementary Summer Camp Pr ogram — Summer is just around the corner, so make plans now to sign up with Pierce Hammock Elementary School. Pierce Hammock has been serving the west area since 2004 and would love for you to join in the summer fun. Monday is oncampus activity day: participate in arts & crafts, sports, cooking, computers and more. Tuesday through Friday will be off-campus days. Field trips include museums, wildlife excursions, water parks, arcades and other exciting places. Hurry, sessions fill quickly. For more information, or to register, call (56 1) 633-4530 or visit Afterschool and click on “2012 Summer Camp Info.”

Camp Cambridge — Camp Cambridge, serving age two through second grade, combines academic excellence, summertime fun and a safe environment to create an unforgettable summer experience. Theme-based curriculum and in-house field trips complement the concepts explored by all. Year-round, experienced staff continues to nurture. There are nine w eeks of camp offered at Cambridge Schools, located at 1920 Royal Fern Drive in Wellington. Activities include: swimming, art, math, computers, sports, science and cooking. A certified swim instructor provides instruction to children ages 3 and up, Mommy & Me classes, private/group lessons and team swim programs. Bilingual classes, kindergarten readiness and enrichment classes available as well. For more info., visit

Royal Palm Covenant Tutoring Summer Camp 2012 — Children ages 5 to 14 will enjoy field trips t o 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 R oyal Palm Beach Blvd., Royal Palm Beach. Call (561) 793-1077 to register or for more information.

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 years. To register, visit 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 well 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. Register today by calling (561) 793-4109 or visit www.ravenwoodriding 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 opportunities each day, arts & crafts 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 twoweek 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 camp, located at 2330 D Road in Loxahatchee Groves, call (561) 792-4990 or visit Dream Believer Stables Horse Camp — Dream Believer is devoted to education of horsemanship, encouraging a healthy relationship between horse and rider, t o 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 Belie ver, your child will feel as if they have their own horse. The program accepts beginning level through advanced riders in the riding academy. Let them know what your goals are, and they will help you achieve them. The program is located at 16600 Hollow Tree Dr., W ellington. For more info., call (561) 289-8515 or visit High Touch High Tech/The Lab — The Lab is happy to announce that it is expanding into a larger facility located near State R oad 7 and Lantana Road. Science is presented b y 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) 44 4-3978 for info. Junior Golf Foundation of America Golf Camp — Join the Summer Junior Golf Camp at Okeeheelee Golf Course, P ark Ridge Golf Course and John Prince Golf Learning Center. New or seasoned golfers will develop skills while having a blast doing so. The Junior Golf Foundation of America provides junior golfers with the tools to enjoy the game for a lifetime. Professional PGA/LPGA golf instructors, trained coaches and staff are carefully picked for their love of junior golf, teaching abilities and inspirational approach. The program emphasizes safety, fun, sportsmanship and personal attention. Camps run 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday with extended camp available until 3 p.m. at Okeeheelee. Written evaluation reports, prizes/trophies, of ficial JGFA it ems, a certif icate of completion and a pizza party on the last day is included. Also available: camps for 3-5 year olds, camps for advance/tournament golfers, Junior Golf tournaments, weekly programs and leagues, walk-up clinics, LPGA*USG A Girls Golf Club and Summer Play Pass. Visit or call (561) 964-GOLF for more information.

Temple Beth Torah’s Leonie Arguetty Preschool — If your child is between 2 and 6 year s old, “Summer of Fun” Enrichment Camp at Temple Beth Torah’s Leonie Arguetty Preschool is the place to be! Your child will enjoy a varie ty 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 enter tainment, including High Touch High Tech, storyt ellers 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 v oucher. Now enrolling for preschool 2012-13. Call Sandy at (561) 793-2649 for more information, or e-mail psdirector@temple 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 Farm 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. For more info., call Nancy at (561) 792-2666. 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, sk ating 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 your space or visit Tiny Tikes at 16245 Okeechobee Blvd. in Loxahatchee. 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, clay, tile, papier mache, textiles and observational drawing/shading for audition prep. Individualized instruction for all skill levels. Take home com pleted wor k daily. Total cost includes all free supplies: $190 per week. Call (561) 793-6489 for more information.

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‘Memories Of Elvis’ Tribute Show On May 4 In Boca Raton As part of its successful Friday Night Live monthly entertainment series, Downtown Boca will feature evening headliner Chris MacDonald — the “ultimate Elvis tribute artist” — performing live with his concert band and dancers in Sanborn Square on Friday, May 4. MacDonald will literally “rock the blocks” and streets around the park in true sock hop/ Boca Bop fashion, expecting his current and soon-to-be fans to be singing and dancing in the streets during this free and open-to-thepublic event Visitors are encouraged to “come early, stay late... where something for everyone awaits” as thousands have done for previous Friday Night Live events, which included the City Link Beerfest in March and a Latin jazz performance by the popular Tito Puente Jr. in April. Friday Night Live festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. with the popular Gourmet Truck Expo that will be serving up a unique street-side culinary experience with café seating, followed by a themed pre-show dance showcase and group lesson of the official Downtown Boca Bop line dance by the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in downtown Boca at 7 p.m., and Chris MacDonald and his “Memories of Elvis” highenergy tribute show will bring back the magic of the King of Rock ’n’ Roll when he takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. With this newly updated production, complete with costumes, dancers and concert

band, the show will include production numbers with costume changes and songs representing the different stages of Presley’s incredible career including the 1950s, the movies, the 1968 comeback and the 1970s White Fringe Vegas concerts. MacDonald has performed in the famous Legends in Concert stage productions throughout the country and has appeared with Presley’s own original backup group the Jordanaires. He has the honor of being the only tribute artist approved and contracted by Elvis Presley Enterprises for the annual Elvis week and Birthday week festivities at Graceland’s Heartbreak Hotel for seven consecutive years (2000-06). MacDonald’s full production show has consistently sold out venues throughout the United States, including those in cities such as Las Vegas, New York and Miami. MacDonald’s vocals have also earned him Broward County’s Florida Country Music Association’s Male Vocalist of the Year award and a feature track on The Deuces Wild compilation CD which received the FCMA Best CD of the Year award. “We’re looking forward to continuously build upon the early success of the Friday Night Live series with a dynamic act that has been a hit all over the country,” Downtown Manager Ruby Childers said, adding that the Friday Night Live event in June is themed “Walkway to Waterway Summertime Fest,” with Jimmy Buffet and Tom Petty–

style island sounds, dining and shopping activities to downtown Boca’s Palmetto Park Road area. On the first Friday of every month, the Friday Night Live series fills parts of downtown Boca Raton (including Sanborn Square and Palmetto Park Road), showcasing live themed entertainment by awardwinning bands and vocalists as participating shops, restaurants and clubs extend their hours for shopping and strolling and offer Friday Night Live samplings, discounts and specials. In addition, the Gourmet Truck Expo will line the event streets with themed culinary offerings and café style seating, art galleries plan exhibitions, boutiques may feature streetside fashion or trunk shows, and more for exploring and enjoying the destination, from Mizner Park to Royal Palm Place, including the signature collection of shops and boutiques, restaurants and galleries along Palmetto Park Road and Plaza Real South. Unless noted, all evenings are free and begin with festivities beginning at 6:30 p.m. and live entertainment to take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Dates and themes planned include the following: May 4, Sock Hop/Boca Bop at Sanborn Square; June 1, Walkway to Waterway Summertime Fest at Palmetto Park Road; July 6 Americana/Picnic in the Park at Sanborn Square; Aug. 3, CountryTown at Sanborn Square; Sept. 7, Brazilian Beat on Palmetto

Elvis tribute artis Chris MacDonald. Park Road; Oct. 5, Community & Culture (location to be determined); Nov. 2, Spirit of Thanksgiving at Sanborn Square; and Dec. 7, Holiday Sounds at Sanborn Square. Rain dates may be scheduled for the following Friday subject to artist availability; themes are subject to change. For more information, visit

Palm Beach Pops Season Subscriptions Are On Sale Now Bob Lappin and the Palm Beach Pops, Florida’s premier Pops orchestra, is offering another season of sophisticated musical entertainment with the announcement of six signature concert series. Audiences are invited to hear “the music you love, live” as the orchestra celebrates 21 years of outstanding music from the Great American Songbook with special guest artists including American Idol finalist Tamyra Gray, pianist and vocalist Tony DeSare, Broadway leading lady Christine Andreas, Vegas superstar Clint Holmes and more. Led by music director and conductor Bob Lappin, the Palm Beach Pops performs more than 36 subscription concerts a year in South Florida at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, the Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, the Eissey Campus Theatre at Palm Beach State College in Palm Beach Gardens, as well as at other national venues. “A subscription to the Palm Beach Pops concert season is a great investment into cultural arts in this community, and as many of our patrons know, the performances are incredible,” Executive Director David Quilleon said. “We rely on our family of subscribers to support our music endeavors and to be able to

bring such world-class concerts with a lush orchestra to this area.” The 2012-13 season will open Nov. 3. Six-concert season subscriptions are now on sale for $125 and up. Concerts include: • “Autumn in New York” — From the East Side to the West Side, Harlem to the Copa, Broadway to Tin Pan Alley, experience the music that embodies the heart and soul of the Big Apple. Performances will take place Nov. 3-5 at FAU’s Kaye Auditorium; Nov. 6 and 7 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts; and Nov. 8 at PBSC’s Eissey Theatre. • “Home for the Holidays” — Enjoy holiday favorites along with standards from the Great American Songbook as the Palm Beach Pops bring season’s greetings to South Florida during the most magical time of the year. This series will feature Tony DeSare, an audience favorite from the 2011-12 season and American Idol finalist, star of Broadway and television, Tamyra Gray. Performances will take place Nov. 26-27 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts; Nov. 28-30 at FAU’s Kaye Auditorium; and Dec. 2 at PBSC’s Eissey Theatre. • “Here’s to the Ladies” — Broadway leading actress Christine Andreas joins the orchestra with a tribute to the great ladies of the American Songbook, including Ethel Merman, Barbra Streisand,

Judy Garland and more. Performances will take place Jan. 4-6 at FAU’s Kaye Auditorium; Jan. 8 at PBSC’s Eissey Theatre; and Jan. 9 and 10 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. • “The Maestro of the Movies: The Music of John Williams and More” — Join the Pops as they pay tribute to one of the best composers of film, John Williams, the acclaimed composer for blockbuster movies such as Star Wars, Schindler’s List, Jaws, Superman and many others. Performances will take place Feb. 2, 4 and 6 at FAU’s Kaye Auditorium; Feb. 5 at PBSC’s Eissey Theatre; and Feb. 7 and 8 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. • “The Music of James Taylor, Billy Joel, Elton John, Paul Simon & More” — Experience an evening of music featuring songs from Billy Joel, Elton John, Sting, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, James Taylor and more with Vegas entertainer and audience favorite Clint Holmes. Performances will take place Feb. 25 and 26 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts; Feb. 27 and 28 and March 4 at FAU’s Kaye Auditorium; and March 3 at PBSC’s Eissey Theatre. • “Sensational Broadway” — A Palm Beach Pops tradition, audiences will delight in the wondrous songs of musical theater as the Pops

Bob Lappin will lead the Palm Beach Pops through another season of music from the Great American Songbook. bring Broadway’s favorite hits to the South Florida stage. Performances will take place March 27-29 at FAU’s Kaye Auditorium; March 30 at PBSC’s Eissey Theatre; and April 1 and 2 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. Subscriptions to a series of six concerts for the 2012-13 season are on sale now. The cost for subscriptions is $125 to $495 for Kravis Center performances, $138 to $360 for performances at the Kaye Auditorium, and $399 to $469 for performances at the Eissey Theatre. To buy tickets, call the Palm Beach Pops box office at (561) 832-7677 or visit www.

Individual tickets go on sale in August and are priced from $29 to $89. Tickets may be purchased at the Palm Beach Pops box office at 500 S. Australian Ave., Suite 100, West Palm Beach, or by calling the box office or visiting www.palm The Palm Beach Pops box office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday. Visit www.palm for additional information. Performances begin at 8 p.m. Programs, artists and dates are subject to change. There are no refunds or exchanges.

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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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WHS Lacrosse Boys Edge P.B. Central For District Title By Gene Nardi Town-Crier Staff Report The Wellington High School boys varsity lacrosse team won the District 23 championship Wednesday, April 17, defeating Palm Beach Central 8-7 in a game played at Park Vista High School. Both teams made it to the final match after winning their semifinal game. Wellington faced playoff host Park Vista and bested the Cobras 136. Palm Beach Central edged Cardinal Newman 9-8.

Wellington (11-6) started out their semifinal match a bit slow as Park Vista (8-9) scored quickly. Wellington rallied back, and both squads went score for score, until the Wolverines found their rhythm and closed the first half in the lead 5-2. Wellington never lost their lead the rest of the contest and defeated the Cobras 13-6. Wellington goalkeeper Logan Masta made 12 saves for the Wolverines. Attacker Patrick Oporto scored seven goals and made three assists.

Wellington attacker Tyler Kuhlman launches a shot on goal against Park Vista in the semifinal game. PHOTOS BY GENE NARDI/TOWN-CRIER

Palm Beach Central (10-9) faced Cardinal Newman in their semifinal match and quickly found themselves trailing the Crusaders 2-0. Palm Beach Central attacker Nick Ferro commanded a rally for the Broncos, putting in two quick scores to even it up at 2-2. The Broncos were able to take a halftime lead with a goal to make the score 5-4. The Crusaders then tied in the third period 6-6, but Palm Beach Central would answer back and hold on to the 9-8 victory. Ferro scored four goals against Cardinal Newman, A.J. Blouin put in two goals and had five assists, and goalkeeper Trent Abel had 11 saves for the Broncos. The District 23 championship game between Wellington and Palm Beach Central was supposed to be played last Friday night, but a lightning delay caused the game to be rescheduled for Sunday. It was the third and final meeting of the season for the cross-town rivals. The Broncos led the series coming in, winning both games earlier in the season. The Wolverines were not to be denied in the final match. Both battled throughout matching score for score. Wellington took a late lead and held on to win 8-7, earning the district 23 crown. Jason D’Aoust, Tyler Kuhlman and Patrick Oporto each scored three goals. Goalkeeper Logan Masta played solid earning 15 saves. Palm Beach Central finished their season at 109. Wellington hosted St. Andrews (19-2) Tuesday night in the state first round play-in match, coming away with a disappointing 24-4 loss.

Wellington’s Allen Moye attacks the Park Vista goal.

Bronco A.J. Blouin carries the ball against Cardinal Newman in their semifinal game.

Bronco defender Ryan Liermann battles for control of the ball.

Wellington Girls Lacrosse Team Finishes Second In District

Wellington’s Kathleen Gerrits looks to pass the ball.

Caroline Kurtz takes the ball into the Lady Cobras’ territory. PHOTOS BY LAUREN MIRÓ/TOWN-CRIER

By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report The Wellington High School girls varsity lacrosse team finished second in the district championships after a narrow 15-14 loss to Park Vista at home. Both teams went goal-for-goal early in the game, but Park Vista jumped out to a lead in the second half, leaving the Lady Wolverines struggling to catch up. But Wellington battled hard to bring the game down to only 1 point, though ultimately they fell short. A lightning delay stopped the game with only a few minutes left in the first half. Coming out of the break, Olivia DiCarlantonio scored to tie the score at 6. But the Lady Cobras responded with a goal to go into halftime leading 7-6. Park Vista scored first in the second half. But Lady Wolverine Gabby Klyotskin grabbed the ball off the next draw and ran unchallenged to the goal to narrow Park Vista’s

lead 8-7. Klyotskin followed it up with another goal on the next draw to tie the score at 8. Both teams scored again to tie at 9. But soon after, Park Vista put in back-to-back goals to make the score 11-9. Wellington’s Caroline Kurtz, with an assist by Klyotskin, scored with 19:30 left in the game. Then DiCarlantonio put in two goals, giving Wellington the lead 12-11. Park Vista responded with a goal to tie the game at 12 with about 17 minutes left in the game. Both teams fought for nearly 10 minutes, with neither able to break the tie. Finally, with about 8 minutes left in the game, Park Vista scored to take the lead 13-12. The Lady Wolverines continued to fight to hold back the Lady Cobras, and kept them from scoring for several minutes. But with 1:19 left in the game, Park Vista scored again to extend their lead 14-12.

What followed was an intense minute of play that saw three goals scored in less than a minute. First, Park Vista scored with one minute left on the clock to make the score 15-12. Not willing to go down without a fight, the Lady Wolverines fought back. Kathleen Gerrits picked up the ball off the draw and passed to DiCarlantonio who put in a goal, making the score 15-13 with 50 seconds left in the game. Wellington also picked up the next draw. Gerrits passed to Kurtz, who carried the ball into Lady Cobra territory. Kurtz passed to DiCarlantonio, who whipped the ball to Klyotskin, who put the ball in for a goal and narrowed the Lady Cobra lead to 1 point with 37 seconds on the clock. But Park Vista got the next draw and when the buzzer sounded, the Lady Wolverines were down 15-14, giving them second place in the district.

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Young Wellington Gymnasts Ranking Tops In The State Three young Wellington gymnasts are ranked among the top in the state, and are preparing to compete against the top gymnasts from the southeast region of the United States. Julia Wortman, and Mikayla and Gabriella Hotaling were part of the winning Level 8 team from American Twisters that took top honors

at the Florida State Championship Meet in Orlando on April 5 and 6, and at the National Gymnastics Challenge held March 9-11 at the University of Georgia in Athens. The team’s first-place win in Athens was the ideal warm-up to the state meet. “We beat several outstanding teams from 17 different states, most

AFF Registration Starts This Weekend Acreage Flag Football (AFF) will begin soon registration for the coed flag football fall 2012 season. Registration dates are April 28, May 12 and May 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Acreage Community Park in the pavilion. Registration is open to boys and girls ages 5-18 (and in high school) as of Sept. 1. Registration costs $95 which includes full uniforms, referees, insurance and Super Bowl events. This season, AFF is starting a Bring Your Own Team high school boys flag football division. Teams must consist of no fewer than 7 players, must have an adult coach/man-

ager, and all players must be 18 or younger as of Sept. 1, 2012 and be registered in high school. Players will each pay a $95 registration fee, which includes full uniforms, referees, insurance and Super Bowl events. Coaches must collect all registration fees and bring them along with the team registration form to the park on Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in order to register. For more information about AFF or the new All Boys Division, visit the AFF web site at www.acreage Individual registration forms and team registration forms can also be found on the web site.

notably one of the top three teams in Texas and the top teams from Virginia and Alabama,” American Twisters head coach Gary Anderson said. At that meet, Julia, 11, took first place in floor exercise and was among the top three on the vault. Mikayla, 9, placed first on the uneven bars and was among the top three on the balance beam. All three girls travel five days a week to American Twisters in Coconut Creek to train. “I love gymnastics,” said Julia, a fifth-grader at Binks Forest Elementary School. “Twisters has become my second home, and my teammates and coaches are like family.” “She’s very dedicated,” said Julia’s dad, Scott Wortman. “I love watching her compete, and when I see her smiling on the winners stand, it makes all that training worthwhile.” For 9-year-old Mikayla and 11year-old Gabriella, gymnastics is a family affair. Their father, Ryan, is also a coach at American Twisters. “It’s very exciting to be a part of such a great gym with awesome coaches and a group of talented, hardworking girls,” he said. At the Florida State Meet, 220 of Florida’s top Level 8 gymnasts who had earned at least a 32 out of 40

overall score at a previous sanctioned meet competed for one of the eight spots on the Florida State team that will compete against the seven other state teams in the southeast region April 21-22 in Orlando. Seven Level 8 teammates from American Twisters made theAll Stars team and five placed among the top 10. The girls competed among others in their own age group and competed for best overall scores. Mikayla ranked No. 5 in the State of Florida, making the Florida State team. Gabriella ranked No. 9, just missing the eighth team spot by .025 points. Gabriella and Julia both made the All Stars team. Each of the three Wellington girls took first-place wins in their age group. Julia took first place on the beam. Mikayla, a fourth-grader at Coral Reef Elementary School, and one of the youngest Level 8s in the state, took two first-place wins in her age group, winning both bars and beam. She also took third on floor and fifth on vault. Gabriella, a sixth-grader at Emerald Cove Middle School, took first on beam, second on bars, third on vault and fourth on floor. While the girls may have dreams of competing one day in the Olym-

Gabriella Hotaling, Mikayla Hotaling and Julia Wortman. pics, their parents have their sights on a different goal — college scholarships. “They maintain nearly straight As in school, train at the gym for fourplus hours five days a week, and although less than others, still find quality time to spend with friends and family,” said Julia’s mom, Missy Wortman. “If any of them have a shot at the Olympics, that would be wonderful. But if they choose to continue, the ultimate goal would be college scholarships.”

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SPORTS & RECREATION Myskowski Posts Golfslinger Victory At Madison Green

Sifu Norbert Tinwin and Sensei Keith Moore.

Karate School Adds Tai-Chi And Kung-Fu Genbu-Kai Karate in the Wellington Marketplace recently added taichi and kung-fu to the programs offered at the school. Sifu (teacher) Norbert TinWin is certified to represent the WuShu Research Institute and teaches the yang-style tai-chi. TinWin has studied under gold medallist sifu BoSim Marc in China Town Boston for

many years. Classes are offered for students 14 years old and older. TinWin is also teaching the kung-fu program, and currently holds a thirddegree black sash (belt) in kung-fu. Classes in kung-fu are offered for children through adults. For more information on the classes, call (561) 804-1002 or visit

Matthew Myskowski of Palm City earned his second Tour victory Tuesday, April 17 with a six under par 66 at the Madison Green Golf Club in Royal Palm Beach. After turning in 34 with three birdies and a bogey on the front, Myskowski, 22, birdied Nos. 11, 12, 14 and 15 to win by four strokes, earning $1,000 from the $3,610 purse. Myskowski joined the Golfslinger Tour in the summer of 2009. His only other win was last July 20 with 65 at the Evergreen Club in Palm City. Ryan Keeney of Las Vegas, Nev., was second with 70 on two birdies and a bogey on each nine, receiving $525. The Golfslinger’s 38th tournament of the year drew 27 players. Two of the five events have been completed for the second Nationwide Bonus Series. The leading money winner will receive $1,000 toward his entry fee for a Monday qualifier later this year on either the PGA or Nationwide tour. The current standings are as follows: first place, Pierre-Henri Soero, $1,067.50; second place, Myskowski, $1,000; and third place, Jeff Ivall, $825. For information and entry, visit


The Wellington Wave U-12 girls yellow team won second place at the 2012 South Florida Shootout held April 14 and 15 in Miami Lakes. The team battled through weather ranging from torrential downpours to sweltering heat to outscore its three opponents 10-1 before proceeding to the finals to bring home the silver medal. Pictured above are coach Kevin Allahar, Kaylie Bartick, Alejandra Maradiaga, Katrina Calkins, Kailey Repici, Olivia Botich, Rhiannon Crawford, Sarah Hanford, Amanda Addison, Riley Bresnahan and Alexia Mullings.

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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 Loxahatchee chapter of the Florida Trail Association will host a 7-mile hike in Apoxee Park in the West Palm Beach Water Catchment Area on Saturday, April 28 at 8 a.m. Plenty of water is a must. Call (561) 616-8790 for more info. • The Mounts Botanical Garden (531 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach) will hold its annual Spring Plant Sale on Saturday, April 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free for Mounts members, $10 for non-members. For more info., call (561) 233-1757 or visit • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host “Royal Palm Readers” on Saturday, April 28 at 10:30 a.m. for adults featuring an informal book discussion of Room by Emma Donoghue. Sign up and check out the book. Call (561) 790-6030 for more info. • The Northern Palm Beach Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association will host its 16th annual Fashion Show & Luncheon on Saturday, April 28 at 11 a.m. at the PGA DoubleTree Hotel. The cost is $40, and it is open to the public. For more info., contact Kandyce Key at (561) 908-4798 or e-mail • Whole Foods Market (2635 State Road 7, Wellington) will present “Engine 2: 28 Day Challenge Introduction” on Saturday, April 28 at 2 p.m. This revolutionary nutrientpacked action plan was created by Rip Esselstyn, former professional tri-athlete and firefight er, and author of the best-selling book The Engine 2 Diet. There is no charge. Call (561) 904-4000 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host a Teen Advisory Posse meeting Saturday, April 28 at 2:30 p.m. for ages 12 to 17. Share your ideas for future teen programs. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host an Anime Club meeting Saturday, April 28 at 3 p.m. for ages 12 to 17. Watch anime, eat Pocky and check out the library’s newest manga titles. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Chess Club meeting on

Saturday, April 28 at 3:30 p.m. for age 8 and up. Chess fans unite to practice strategy skills. Basic game knowledge is required. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • 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. Sunday, April 29 • The Acreage Horseman’s Association will host its inaugural Tack Swap & Sale on Sunday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Nicole Hornstein Equestrian P ark (14780 Hamlin Blvd., The Acreage). The cost is $20 per space. Consignment tables are available for those with just a few items to sell. Vendors are welcome at spaces for $30 and more. All proceeds go to the club. E-mail for more info. • Whole Foods Market (2635 State Road 7, Wellington) will host “Cooking on a Budget” on Sunday, April 29 at 1 p.m. Learn to save money while still preparing delicious and healthful meals. There is no charge. Call (561) 904-4000 to pre-register. Monday, April 30 • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host “Funky Farm Tales” on Monday, April 30 at 11:15 a.m. for ages 3 to 5. Hear what animals do on the farm when the farmer isn’t looking. (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Dia de los Niños, Dia de los Libros (Day of the Child, Day of the Book) on Monday, April 30 at 3:30 p.m. for ages 3 to 6. Celebrate books, children and bilingual literacy with stories, music and a craft. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. Tuesday, May 1 • The Palm Beach County Commission will meet Tuesday, May 1 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 more info., visit • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will have VolunTeen applications available for ages 12 to 17 on Tuesday, May 1 at 10 a.m. Want to earn summer volunteer hours? Pick up a VolunTeen application. Space is limited. The volunteer service runs from June 9 to Aug. 3. Call (561) 7906030 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature “Coupon Strategies” for See CALENDAR, page 43

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR CALENDAR, continued from page 42 adults Tuesday, May 1 at 2:30 p.m. Financial education specialist Christie Hardcastle will show how to save on groceries using smart coupon strategies. Call (561) 7906070 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Crochet Club meetings on Tuesdays, May 1, 8, 15 and 22 at 5 p.m. for age 9 to adult. Learn introductory stitches or bring current projects and socialize. Yarn will be available for new participants. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • Elbridge Gale Elementary School in Wellington will host its kindergarten roundup Tuesday, May 1 at 6 p.m. The school will hand out kindergarten registration packets at this time. There will be a presentation by Principal Gail Pasterczyk and Assistant Principal Heather Alfonso. Uniform shirts and Tshirts will be available to purchase. For more info., call (561) 422-9300. • The Loxahatchee Groves Town Council will meet Tuesday, May 1 at 7 p.m. at the Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District office (101 West D Road). Call (561) 7932418 or visit for more info. Wednesday, May 2 • New Horizons Elementary School in Wellington will hold its kindergarten roundup on Wednesday, May 2 at 8:30 a.m. in the cafeteria. Parents and children are invited to visit the school. For more info., call (561) 651-0500. Thursday, May 3 • Na’amat USA will host its 86th anniversary luncheon Thursday, May 3 at 11:30 a.m. at the Indian Springs Country Club (El Clair Ranch Road, Delray Beach). National President Elizabeth Raider will be the keynote speaker. The cost is $150 per person. RSVP to (561) 368-8898. • Executive Women of the Palm Beaches will present its Women In Leadership Awards Luncheon on Thursday, May 3 at 11:30 a.m., at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts (701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach). The keynote speaker will be journalist, author and television personality Joan Lunden. Tickets cost $100 for members and $125 for nonmembers. For more info., call (561) 68 4-9117, e-mail info@ or visit • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Writers’ Critique Workshop for adults on Thursday, May 3 at 6 p.m. Share, offer, and accept constructive criticism and

comments to improve your fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Call (561) 790-6070 to preregister. • The “Acreage Avengers” will assemble at the Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) on Thursday, May 3 at 6:30 p.m. for ages 12 to 17. Share your ideas about programs you would like, then celebrate the release of the new movie The Avengers with trivia and games. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Palm Springs Acoustic Bluegrass Jam takes place the first Thursday of each month at the Palm Springs library (217 Cypress Lane). The next jam will take place May 3 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. For more info., call the library at (561) 965-2204, Sandy Bradbury at (561) 358-7975, or Rosemari Vincent and Randy Powell at (561) 5850937. • The Royal Palm Beach Village Council will meet Thursday, May 3 at 7 p.m. at Village Hall (1050 Royal Palm Beach Blvd.). Call (561) 790-5100 or visit www.royalpalm for more info. Friday, 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 live monarch butterfly release. For information about how you can help the gallery, e-mail All donations are tax deductible. Visit www.clay for more info. • Elvis tribute artist Chris MacDonald will per form Memories of Elvis on Friday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. at Mizner Park’s Sanborn Square in downtown Boca Raton. Bring your chairs and blankets, or rent a chair for $2. For more info., visit or call (561) 367-7070. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will present a free screening of the movie Night With Chronicle on Friday, May 4 at 8 p.m. Bring your own seating. Call (561) 753-2484 for more information. Saturday, May 5 • A re-dedication ceremony for the playground at Tiger Shark Cove Park in Wellington will take place Saturday, May 5 at 10 a.m. For more info., call (561) 791-4000 or visit Send calendar items to: The Town-Crier, 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 31, Wellington, FL 33414. FAX: (561) 793-6090. Email:

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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 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED — 14 years and over for community service. Have fun with animals & kids 792-2666

MEDICAL ASSISTANT NEEDED IN LOXAHA TCHEE/BOYNTON BEACH — Busy Dermatology practice, full-time, experience preferred, must be available for flexible hours, evenings and weekends. Fax resume to 561-790-7568 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. Fax 561-795-1502

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

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

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

COMMUNITY WIDE GARAGE SALE THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 28 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. — Numerous garage sales in gated community: clothes, toys, tools, furniture, electronics, bikes, & more. Wellington Shores: Lake W orth Road West of 441

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

MULTI-FAMILY GARAGE SALE — THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 7:30 a.m. Kitchenware, artwork, misc. furnishings, home accessories, exercise equipment etc. 1054 Larch way CHURCH BAZAAR/FUNDRAISER SATURDAY, MAY 5TH FROM 7:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. ROYAL PALM COVENANT CHURCH, 660 ROYAL PALM BEACH BLVD. Items include Jewelry, Mosiac Glass Artwork, Clothing, Antiques etc. VENDOR SPACE STILL AVAILABLE. Call 793-1077 or 3512753

ANMAR CO.—James’ All Around Handyman Service. Excellent craf tman Old time values. Once you’ve had me! You’ll have me back! Lic. Ins. Certified Residential Contractor CRC 1327426 561-248-8528

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

MOBILE-TEC ON-SITE COMPUTER SERVICE — The computer experts that come to you! Hardware/ Software setup, support & troubleshooting w w 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

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” 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

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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

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.

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

2001 20ft PROLINE WALK AROUND — 150XL Mercury saltwater series outboard, Depth/fish finder, vhf, stereo/cd/ipod player. Bimini top, fish rigged, porta poddy, cover. Boat in great shape. 2008 continent al trailer. $14,500 561-762-7000

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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

JOHN PERGOLIZZI PAINTING INC. — Interior/Exterior - Repaint specialist, pressure cleaning, popcorn ceiling, drywall repair & roof painting. Family owned/owner operator. Free Est. 798-4964 Lic. #U18473 COLORS BY CORO, INC. — Int./ Ext. residential painting, over 20 yrs exp. Small Jobs welcome. Free est. Ins. 561-383-8666. Owner/Operated. Lic.# U20627 Ins. Wellington Resident PLACE YOUR PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AD HERE CALL 7933576 T ODAY TO PLACE YOUR AD \ 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 & p ainting contractor . Lic. #U21552 Call Butch at 309-6975 or visit us at

MINOR ROOF REPAIRS DON HARTMANN ROOFING — Roof painting, Carpentry. Lic. #U13677 967-5580 ROBERT G. HARTMANN ROOFING — Specializing in repairs. Free estimates, Bonded,insured. Lic. #CCC 058317 Ph: 561-790-0763. ROOFING REPAIRS REROOFING ALL TYPES — Pinewood Construction, Inc. Honest and reliable. Serving Palm Beach County for over 20 years. Call Mike 561-3090134 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.

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

AQUATIC SPRINKLER, LLC — Complete repair of all types of systems. Owner Operated. Michael 561-964-6004Lic.#U17871 Bonded & Ins. Serving the Western Communities Since 1990

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SHORT TERM FURNISHED HOME 3/2/2 — private pool available immediately through November. Fairway Cove. Beautiful community $1,450/mo. Lawn & Pool Service included. 561-972-0219 561-791-0699

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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