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The Wycliffe Stiffs Stickball League’s tenth season is one for the books now, but the 79 league members, spouses, guests and friends gathered for the league’s annual awards luncheon and roast March 29 at the Wycliffe Golf & Country Club. Page 3

‘Shattered Dreams’ Promotes Safe Driving

To reinforce the dangers of distracted and drunken driving, Palm Beach Central High School presented Shattered Dreams on Thursday, March 29. Students acted out a prom night car accident for a group of 700 seniors. Page 20

OPINION As Hand Recount Settles Election, It’s Time To Move Forward

Finally, Wellington’s vote-counting debacle is over. Last Saturday’s hand recount has put to rest any remaining questions about who won the March 13 municipal election. The hand count of the nearly 6,000 ballots was exactly what needed to happen in order to move on from this issue. It’s now time for both sides to move forward as a unified community. Page 4 DEPARTMENT INDEX NEWS ................................3 - 9 OPINION .................................4 CRIME NEWS .........................6 NEWS BRIEFS........................ 8 POLO/EQUESTRIAN ............ 13 SCHOOLS ............................ 15 PEOPLE ........................ 16 - 17 COLUMNS .................... 25 - 26 BUSINESS .................... 27 - 29 CAMPS .........................30 - 33 SPORTS ........................ 39 - 42 CALENDAR ...................44 - 45 CLASSIFIEDS ................ 46 - 50 Visit Us On The Web At WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM

Recount Confirms Wins For Margolis, Greene & Willhite By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report A manual recount held last Saturday formally declared Bob Margolis, Matt Willhite and John Greene the rightful winners of the disputed March 13 Wellington election. After three weeks of meetings, court hearings and uncertainty over the vote, Palm Beach County Circuit Court Judge Robin Rosen-

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berg approved a request last Thursday for an expedited hand count. The six-hour hand count on Saturday, held at the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections facility in Riviera Beach, found the numbers to be almost exactly the same as the March 19 machine recount ordered by Wellington Canvassing Board members the day See RECOUNT, page 19

Students from four schools gathered March 30 at Wellington Village Park for “Wellington Kids Care 2012,” which raised money for childhood cancer research. Wellington, Palm Beach Central and Cardinal Newman high schools, and Dreyfoos School of the Arts students and teachers had their heads shaved to support the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Shown here are Julia Prosen, Brianna Delvalle, Caitlin McNamee, Chassadi Summers and Toni Boltz. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 9 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Deadlocked Groves Council Denies Day Property Project By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Loxahatchee Groves Town Council deadlocked 2-2 Tuesday on an application to change the land use for 9.3 acres at the southwest corner of Folsom Road and Okeechobee Blvd. from rural residential to low-density commercial. The Day property application was going through the first reading of its land use change, and although that would require only a simple majority vote to approve, the second and final reading will require a super-majority of 4-1 to amend the town’s comprehensive plan, according to Town Attorney D.J. Doody. Councilman Tom Goltzené did not attend Tuesday’s meeting, which featured a standing-roomonly crowd of about 50 residents. Most speakers were against the application. Planning consultant Jim Fleis-

chmann said that the Day property met all requirements for a smallscale land-use amendment. The land has 655 feet fronting Okeechobee Blvd., a county-designated collector road, and 570 feet on Folsom Road, an urban local road in the town’s plan, he said. “Okeechobee and Folsom are the only two roads in town with these designations,” he said. Adjacent are a 19-acre vacant parcel to the north, Folsom Farms’ 9.4-acre commercial landscape nursery to the south, a planned residential development to the east in Royal Palm Beach and the 35,000-square-foot Red Barn retail commercial feed store, paint store and dance studio on 4.9 acres to the west. The current future land-use designation for the Day property is one residential unit per 5 acres, and the application would have changed the designation to com-

mercial low on all the property, he said. The applicant had revised a previous proposal, which came up in January, that called for two different designations of commercial low on 4.9 acres and commercial low office on 4.3 acres. If the amendment had been approved, it would have reduced the requested square footage from a maximum of 40,510 square feet of commercial space, which had been reduced by almost 19,000 square feet from the previously requested commercial retail and office space. All infrastructure needs would be met if the application were approved, Fleischmann said. “Okeechobee and Folsom are the two highest-designated roadways outside of Southern Blvd. within the town,” he said. “We felt that a residential [land use] of one unit per five acres would not be See GROVES, page 19

Congressman Allen West Meets With Voters In Royal Palm Beach By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report U.S. Rep. Allen West (R-District 22) was at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center on Monday to kick off his re-election campaign and introduce himself to voters in a newly redrawn district. West announced earlier this year that he would seek election to the seat originally expected to be Congressman Tom Rooney’s new seat, in the proposed District 18, which covers all of Martin and St. Lucie counties, as well as large portions of northern Palm Beach County. Rooney plans to run in the newly created District 17, which covers large parts of rural western and central Florida. West’s current district, which runs from central Palm Beach County south into Broward County, has been redrawn into a seat expected to favor a Democrat. A retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, West sat down to speak informally with about 30 people at

the RPB Cultural Center. He noted that some of the best communication sessions he had with his troops were sit-down sessions talking about their concerns. “That’s what leadership and being a commander is about,” West said, explaining that with a newly drawn district, it’s important for him to get out and introduce himself. “I’m happy to be here because we need to get out and start meeting people and talking to folks. Most people don’t know who I am. We have to introduce, maybe reintroduce, but just solidify who we are and what we believe in.” West said the United States has the highest corporate business tax rate in the world at 39.2 percent, which with local taxes comes out to 43 percent to 46 percent. “We want to get back to producing and manufacturing and growing and expanding this economy; that’s not how we’re going to turn it around,” he said, explain-

ing that he had just come from a luncheon with a group of small business owners. “All we have to do is look throughout this community, all through South Florida. We still have a double-digit unemployment rate here in South Florida. It’s higher than the state. It’s higher than the national unemployment rate.” West said he has seen all the empty local storefronts. “Who used to be there? Americans who had an idea, entrepreneurs who had a vision,” he said. “That’s all over this country… and the more you raise income tax, those storefronts are not going to get open.” West added that the regulatory environment and policies of the federal government are the antithesis to small businesses being able to grow. “That’s some of the problems that we see that need changing,” he said. As an example, he said Environmental Protection Agency AdminSee WEST IN RPB, page 7

Wellington election winners Bob Margolis, John Greene and Matt Willhite after the results were announced. PHOTO BY LAUREN MIRÓ/TOWN-CRIER

ACREAGE LIBRARY GRAND OPENING

The grand opening of the new Acreage branch of the Palm Beach County Library System was held Saturday, March 31. Hundreds came out to see the new library, check out books and enjoy a day of entertainment with music, food and fun. Shown above, Brett Ovcen is among the first to check out books with help from Sarah Smedley. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 5 PHOTO BY LAUREN MIRÓ/TOWN-CRIER

ALA Begins Work On Neighborhood Plan By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report The Acreage Landowners’ Association met Monday, April 2 at the Indian Trail Improvement District office to discuss changes to its outdated Acreage Neighborhood Plan. Discussion centered on whether to expand the plan to include certain properties such as CalleryJudge Grove. ALA Director Jay Sweet told the board he’d like to see CalleryJudge included in the plan. “There’s a good reason to do that,” he said. “They have an approved plan. They have this high-

er density, this town center if you will, that we can use depending on what our positions are on commercial.” ALA Government Liaison Mike Erickson was concerned with the idea. “There’s a big difference in referencing it for non-residential elements,” he said, “and trying to incorporate it into the plan.” Sweet said that the board would need to justify referencing CalleryJudge in the plan. “We have to be careful with it,” he said, “but it would be a separate element.” Sweet noted that the ALA’s articles of incorporation say that its See ALA, page 19

Schools Compete In Horse-Decorating Competition By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Wellington’s public school children got the opportunity to flex their creative muscles for a chance to win prize money for their school as part of Equestrian Sports Productions’ inaugural horse statue competition. Each of the Wellington area’s 12 public schools was given a fiberglass horse to decorate in any manner students saw fit over five weeks. “My wife and I came up with the idea to engage those kids who are in the arts,” Equestrian Sports Productions CEO Mark Bellissimo said. “We wanted it to be a blank canvas with no constraints so that the students could express them-

selves through the horses.” Bellissimo said he was amazed by the quality of the designs. A panel of five judges awarded the prizes. The judges included riders, show officials and art gallery owners. Originally, three prizes were to be awarded. But Bellissimo said the judges were so thrilled with the entries, they decided to award more. Every school that participated was given at least $500. Okeeheelee Middle School came away the big winner, taking the awards for Most Inspirational and Best Overall and $1,500. Three awards of $750 were awarded to the following schools: New Horizons Elementary, Most Creative; Wellington Elementary

School, Most Artistic; and Polo Park Middle School, Most Original. Okeeheelee Middle School Principal David Samore said he was thrilled about the competition. “The arts at Okeeheelee Middle School are very strong,” he said. “When we got our horse, we said, ‘Why don’t we paint images that represent our school?’” The statue was painted with a variety of images, from a saxophone representing the school’s music program, a flamenco dancer representing its relationship with Spain, and a depiction of a horse’s skeletal leg — a nod to the school’s science program. “Our horse truly represented us,” he said. “And when we saw

the other horses, we could see that each one was very special in its own way.” The horse even has the school’s coat of arms, mascot and logo. “The project took on a life of its own,” he said, “to the point where we decided to name the horse ‘Espresso.’ It’s very personal to our school.” Samore said that half of the prize would be used for the art department with the rest of the cash going into the student fund, helping low-income students offset costs. The horses will be on display at the Global Dressage Festival. “The community can see what an amazing job the students did,” Bellissimo said. “We have such See HORSES, page 19

Okeeheelee Middle School’s winning horse statue design.


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Without A Champion, Reservoir Project Stays On Back Burner By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Palm Beach County Commission decided Tuesday not to put any money now toward a proposal to create a reservoir to provide water for Palm Beach and Broward counties — but also not to pull out of the project altogether. Although South Florida has endured severe droughts in recent years, utilities in Palm Beach and Broward counties have lent halfhearted, if any, support to a plan that some water officials say would cushion the area against shortages. Palm Beach County Water Utilities Director Bevin Beaudet briefed commissioners on the status of the C-51 Reservoir Project, which he characterized as an important plan that faces significant logistical issues. Beaudet said that the region sorely needs a new source of water, which is available, although the price appears to be high and the technology is yet to be fully proven. He explained that of Florida’s total rainfall, 61 percent is lost to evaporation, 38 percent is lost to

tide, and only 1 percent goes to consumptive use. The 38 percent that goes to tide is lost due to a lack of storage. “We get plenty of rain,” Beaudet said. “It comes in the rainy season. If we could store that water, we would have the answer to our water problems.” He added that the water lost to tide through the C-51 Canal damages the ecology of the Lake Worth Lagoon. The C-51 Canal and the L-8 Canal have historically worked together to drain water during the wet season and draw water from Lake Okeechobee during the dry season, but drawing water from the lake has become problematic in recent years. Lake levels are at historic lows, and water quality in the lake has deteriorated. Beaudet said that the area around 20-Mile Bend, where one reservoir exists, has impervious rock to about 60 feet below the ground, where an additional pit could be dug to store water. “It gives an opportunity to provide some of that storage that we need,” he said.

In 2006, the South Florida Water Management District bought the existing rock pit that had been dug out in the area, now known as the L-8 Reservoir. “That’s a 50,000acre-foot reservoir,” Beaudet said. “That’s a huge reservoir.” It was part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) to provide water to North County, primarily for the restoration of the Loxahatchee River and charge wells owned by the Seacoast Utility Authority. Beaudet said some people have asserted that the reservoir is a failure, but that is only because it was never completed. “First of all, there’s still no pumps to pump the water out of the pit and move it to where it needs to be,” he said. “Secondly, there’s no flow ways.” The main flow way that was designed to move water to the Loxahatchee River was never dug, Beaudet said, adding that the other flow way moves water to the Grassy Waters Preserve and the West Palm Beach Water Catchment Area, which cannot take a lot of water. “You’ve got this beauti-

ful reservoir and no pumps or flow ways to move the water,” he said. There also is an issue with a buildup of chlorides in the reservoir, most likely due to the inability to move water through it, Beaudet said. The C-51 Project would be another pit adjacent to the L-8 Reservoir and would be built the same way — mined out, with the owners of the land selling the shell rock, and the pit later being converted to a reservoir. The reservoir would be about 75,000 acre feet, 50 percent larger than the L-8 Reservoir, and water stored there would be used primarily for southern areas, extending into Broward. “That water would need to be conveyed to the well fields in south Palm Beach County and farther south to Broward County,” Beaudet said. “That would be done through the Lake Worth Drainage District system of canals. They, for the most part, already exist.” Issues that Beaudet and other participants in the project are trying to address include timing, wa-

ter quality, project cost, participation and leadership, he said. As for timing, not all the water utilities need the additional water as soon as others. “As far as Palm Beach County is concerned, we don’t need this additional water until 2023 or afterward,” Beaudet said. The project could be hampered by numeric water quality standards being developed by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection that could put limitations on the quality of water allowed in canals, as well as Broward County’s ordinance requiring certain water quality standards in its canals. The cost of the project is estimated at $755 million to $1 billion, which Beaudet said seems like a lot, but if 80 percent of the affected utilities participate, it would be less than half the cost of a reverse osmosis alternative, which will become necessary as existing wells become brackish if they are not charged with fresh water. Another stumbling block is that of 53 utilities in Palm Beach and

Broward counties, only nine have endorsed a memorandum of understanding that was sent out asking for their participation. “With that kind of participation, there is no way we can afford the project,” Beaudet said. The Lake Worth Drainage District has been taking a lead role in trying to move the project along, but it has been unable to muster widespread support. The South Florida Water Management District has supported the project but has taken a hands-off approach so far, Beaudet said, adding that he thought the SFWMD is the only agency that can move the project forward. Beaudet recommended that the SFWMD be encouraged to take a leadership role in the project and integrate it into its Lower East Coast Water Supply Plan currently under development. As far as the county’s participation, Beaudet recommended that the county keep an eye on the plan but not spend anything on it right now. The commissioners agreed with that course of action.

Wycliffe Stickball League Hosts End-Of-Season Awards Luncheon By Chris Felker Town-Crier Staff Report The Wycliffe Stiffs Stickball League’s tenth season is one for the books now, and “next year” finally came for one captain who’d never won a championship in nine tries. It was always “wait ’til next year” for Al Chaikin, just like it was for the Brooklyn Dodgers for so many years until they finally won their one and only world championship in 1955. Chaikin and his Bronx Bombers this season had borrowed Brooklyn’s ’55 war cry — “Next Year is Now!” — and indeed it was (although, ironically, the Dodgers had beaten their arch-rival New York Yankees — the original “Bronx Bombers” — for the 1955 championship). “Ten years, and he’s been a captain for nine years,” Wycliffe Stiffs Commissioner Marty Ross said about Chaikin, “and he went from down in fourth place and came back and won it.” It’s the second year in a row that the fourth-place team has come back to triumph. In the championship game March 22 at Village Park,

Chaikin led his Bombers to a 6-3 come-from-behind win against the regular season pennant-winning Boston Diehards. Flags were at half-staff for the playoff games that week — the league had lost one of its longtime players and a Hall of Famer, Boston’s Paul Camandona, who died March 17. That was tough on his comrades, but it was still a great year, Ross said. “We had our best season in terms of no one getting hurt, everyone having a great time together, friendships being built, renewed and extended,” he said. The 2011-12 season ended with that championship game, but the 79 league members, spouses, guests and friends of the league also gathered for the league’s annual awards luncheon and roast March 29 at the Wycliffe Golf & Country Club. To cap it off, as a special treat, Ross brought in the official Brooklyn historian, Ron Schweiger, to regale the audience with his stories of yore. Schweiger entertained the players and guests with a slide presentation and colorful anecdotes

about the borough’s rich history and its storied baseball franchise that in 1957 moved to Los Angeles. He brought along a proclamation from Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz honoring Ross for the 10th anniversary of the league. The league’s oldest player, Norm Graff, served as master of ceremonies for the luncheon, presenting awards and recognizing the captains for the “roast” portion of the program. Now that the season has concluded, Ross will sit down with Harry Klaff, director of operations, to prepare for the 2012-13 season by reviewing individual batting and pitching performances, ranking players, recruiting next year’s teams and captains, then conducting a draft to try to achieve another well-rounded league. Klaff is a sports statistic fanatic, which comes in handy. And as is the tradition, they’ll offer the captains the chance to name their own teams. Last year ’s champs, the Congressional Barons, had gotten off to a 1-7 start and capped off their turnaround by upsetting the two-

time defending champion New York Egg Creams in the season’s final game last April. The Congressional Barons were skippered by Arnie Westerman, who returned this year. Norman Negrin, 77, managed the Egg Creams and had won two titles in a row in only his second and third years playing, but then decided to retire as a captain. So this year, there was no team named after the league’s signature beverage. “The chocolate egg cream drink is a longtime favorite,” Ross said, and the league’s homemade championship trophy is shaped like the egg cream beverage glass. The drink is a mixture of chocolate (Fox’s U-Bet fat free chocolate syrup only, thank you), milk and seltzer water. During off-season, league members will take outings to Florida Panthers games and may have some social gatherings with guest speakers. But until next fall, they’ll have the memories of another great season to reflect on. To learn more about the Wycliffe Stiffs Stickball League, e-mail Ross at wycliffestiffs@aol.com.

Official Proclamation — Brooklyn historian Ron Schweiger (right) presents Marty Ross (left) with a proclamation from Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz on the 10th anniversary of the Wycliffe Stiffs Stickball League. PHOTO COURTESY THE WYCLIFFE STIFFS STICKBALL LEAGUE


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As Hand Recount Settles Election, It Is Time To Move Forward Finally, Wellington’s vote-counting debacle is over. Last Saturday’s hand recount put to rest any remaining questions about who won the March 13 municipal election: Bob Margolis, Matt Willhite and John Greene. After a post-election audit revealed that the initial results were incorrectly tallied, what had already been an extremely tense election turned even more illtempered, with widespread disagreement over how to handle the situation and multiple lawsuits filed. Some wanted the original winners seated on a technicality, while others demanded that the winners of the March 19 machine recount be seated immediately even while doubts lingered in the minds of a significant minority. Still, others — including the Town-Crier — called for a hand recount, arguing that it was the only way to settle the matter and move forward. We commend the Wellington Canvassing Board for deciding to go through with the recount, as well as Palm Beach County Circuit Court Judge Robin Rosenberg for swiftly making the recount a reality and allowing an impartial group of county workers to examine each ballot as campaign representatives looked on. In our March 23 editorial calling for the hand recount, we argued that Wellington cannot take

four years of a significant minority questioning the legitimacy of the council. However, had the March 13 results been left in place, there would be much more than a significant minority doubting the council’s legitimacy. Last Saturday’s hand count of the nearly 6,000 ballots was exactly what needed to happen to give the soon-to-be-seated council its governing legitimacy. We’re glad that the process wasn’t drawn out too long, but more important, we’re pleased that it was resolved definitively, rather than left to linger in the backs of people’s minds. What happened last Saturday was exactly what was required in order to move forward from this debacle. It happened in such a way so that it is clear to both sides what the outcome was, and now the council can get on with the business of governing Wellington. The candidates who were found to have lost their races have conceded, and now we need to figure out how to move forward together as a community and heal the deep wounds that this particularly nasty election season has caused. Wellington has enough real-world issues to deal with over the next four years and will need a strong council to properly address them. The election is now in the past. Now it’s time to start tackling those issues and for both sides to move forward as a unified community.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Hostetler Thanks Her Supporters At the conclusion of the Wellington campaign and election season, I wish to thank the many people who supported me in countless ways. Running for a council seat confirmed to me that some of the most amazing people in the world live right in my own back yard, Wellington. I will be forever grateful for the friendships, old and new, that have been forged through this experience. Moving forward, I will continue to support those causes that make this a great hometown. Shauna Hostetler Wellington Editor’s note: Mrs. Hostetler was a candidate for Seat 1 on the Wellington Village Council.

Al Paglia Congratulates Winners, Thanks Supporters First of all, I would like to congratulate Bob Margolis, John Greene and my opponent Matt Willhite on finally being determined winners of our March 13 election. When I embarked on this journey last September and filed for a council seat, I never envisioned the election campaign would have been what it has been the past seven months. I wanted to draw a contrast to Matt’s voting record and where I would have voted on the same issues, and offer the voters a choice, as Matt was unopposed for his re-election bid. I never doubted Matt’s integrity or dedication as a public servant. He has performed his job as an elected official admirably and with respect. I assumed that when March 13 finally arrived, each of us were confident that we would emerge as a winner. When the results were posted on the Supervisor of Elections web site late that evening that I had won by 212 votes, I was overwhelmed with excitement. However, a mere five days later, after learning the audit [found that] a computer error certified the wrong results and had me a loser by 900 votes, I was astonished and shocked. Lawsuits have been filed by all parties urging the courts to correct the situation, and our canvassing board ordered a hand count to verify the second set of numbers. This was conducted on March 31 and re-certified. Let us all put this issue to rest and behind us and accept the new

winners and welcome them to the challenges that lie ahead. Let’s ask them to reach across the aisle in a spirit of cooperation and work with our wonderful management team for the overall good of all of us. Congratulations to the new certified winners. Now let’s all work together to continue to build our town as the best place to live in Florida. Lastly, thank you to all the residents who supported me during the campaign. You made it all worthwhile. Al Paglia Wellington Editor’s note: Mr. Paglia was a candidate for Seat 4 on the Wellington Village Council.

RPB Should Start By Fixing What They Have Ron Bukley’s article last week, “Several Park Improvements On The Drawing Board In RPB,” caught my eye because I believe Royal Palm Beach has done an outstanding job of building and maintaining its parks. I was very pleased to read that they are sparing no expense spending hundreds of thousands of dollars buying equipment, rebuilding children’s play areas, replacing the kitchen and baths at the RPB Cultural Center, because it cost money to keep things nice and safe for residents. What disappointed me was I didn’t see any money mentioned that was being put aside for florescent aerosol paint cans — you know, those crazy brightyellow or orange colors you see them paint on the roads. The reason I bring this is up is because about two years ago, a couple was walking through beautiful Earth Day Park — no playgrounds, just a nice gazebo, plenty of oak trees and some bench seats that attract many seniors and small children. Anyway, the woman fell and was hurt pretty bad. She tripped over the broken asphalt walkway, hurt her leg, arm and head, and couldn’t walk for a few months. Not looking to cause any trouble, they notified the Parks & Recreation Department and advised them of the accident, and how the village was opening themselves up to possible liability because of the problem. Well, the very next day, RPB workers were out at the park with — you guessed it — yellow florescent paint, which they used to mark all the dangerous areas. We all assumed the village would be out to repair these danger areas, but then the days turned into weeks, which turned into months and then into years.

Then several months ago, a mother and her small child were playing in the same park, and the child tripped over the broken asphalt walkway and fell, hurting his leg. So the mother quickly contacted the village and advised them of the danger, and yep — you guessed it — they were out there the very next day spraying the dangerous areas again, but this time they used orange florescent paint. Now the days have turned into weeks, which have turned into months, and I assume will turn into years until somebody else gets hurt. While Royal Palm Beach will boast how they will spend hundreds of thousands of our tax dollars to build a new kitchen and baths for the cultural center, or buy lawn equipment for $80,000, they refuse to fix a sidewalk that has been and still is a danger to those who use it. I think our parks are fantastic. I’m very much looking forward to the opening of Commons Park, but really, it would be nice if Royal Palm Beach would just fix the walkway in Earth Day Park before somebody really gets hurt and sues. Peter ReJune Royal Palm Beach

Laugh Out Loud Cancelled By Wellington I would like to start off by thanking all those people who appreciate and attended Laugh Out Loud at the Wellington Amphitheater in the past. Unfortunately, Wellington decided to cancel future scheduled comedy events. It seems that the one or two complaints that some of the material may have crossed over the “PG” line carries more weight than the hundreds of people who have been coming every month to enjoy our local comics and occasional club headliner that have done spots during our comedy series. Albeit, we have promoted as family-friendly, and the performers have known to keep it clean, which on the most has been accomplished. The powers that be who run the scheduling feel that those two or three phone calls (as far as we have been told) seem to carry too much weight. We started this comedy showcase back in 2010 and after a few rain outs and cold weather, we were starting to regularly attract over 120 people to enjoy a free night out in the community. We were put on hiatus for the summer, for an unknown reason, which seemed strange being that we were on a roll and the crowd was expecting our monthly event.

After starting back up in the fall of 2011, we had to once again build up the attendance to where we attracted around 100 people. I respect the decision of those creating the event schedule, but do not understand why they would disband the event when it seems the only events put on by the village that attracts a decent crowd are the tribute performances. Once again, I appreciate the support from the community and the comedians who have been part of Laugh Out Loud. I do, however, urge those who would like to see this type of family comedy showcase to continue to contact the Village of Wellington and let them know you would like for them to put comedy back on the schedule. Peter Wein Wellington

Louda: Okee Does Not Need Commercial This past Tuesday, at the meeting of the Loxahatchee Groves Town Council, a proposal to build offices and a restaurant at the corner of Okeechobee Blvd. and Folsom Road was denied. This was in large part due to citizen activism and participation. As a member of the Loxahatchee Groves Neighborhood Planning Committee and a past councilman involved in the visioning and comp plan process, I remain proud that we can live up to the vision of the majority of citizens in our little town. That said, I do sympathize with the landowners along Okeechobee Blvd. who have had their speculative dreams of selling out to commercial and moving away. Did I say sympathize? Oops, I meant “understand.” Make money, get out and leave an unsightly, no matter how well-planned, commercialized strip behind. People say that they cannot have single family homes along Okeechobee Blvd. That’s strange; there are plenty there just west of Loxahatchee Groves and all along Seminole Pratt Whitney Road. Speculation, whether in land or lotto tickets, has no guarantees. Many uses besides commercial offices, restaurants and even single family homes can and do exist for properties along Okeechobee. Green markets, landscape businesses, small office footprints (size of a single-family home), nurseries and anything else with low density and intensity. Preferably, to me, things that are operated only 8 to 5… well, maybe 7 to 6. How about thinking out of the box? For example, divide lands

along Okeechobee into 5-acre parcels (it may take a consortium of adjacent landowners), install a really good buffer (trees, bushes, fences), and run an internal shared access road off the adjacent letter road into this new rural-residential development, perhaps with an equestrian theme, shared barn area, whatever. Let your imagination do something — something besides Burger King and doctors’ offices. Bill Louda Loxahatchee Groves

‘Obamacare’ Lost Me My Insurance Regarding last week’s letter “Many Benefits To Obamacare,” I have to disagree. Before it passed, I had full coverage insurance and was paying about $100/month for it. Then Obamacare passed, and it immediately went to $200/month. It was that way for a while and then went to $500/month. A few months later, they dropped me completely. When I tried to enroll under a new plan, they denied me based on their claim that I had diabetes. However, my doctor said that I don’t have diabetes. He wrote them a letter explaining this and even sent my lab results proving it. They wrote back claiming that I still had diabetes (despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary) and also claimed that after reviewing the lab results, that because one of my cholesterol numbers was barely elevated, that I also had heart disease — something my doctor also denies. The truth is that the insurance companies were fishing for a reason to dump me because I’m almost 50. The agent suggested a high-risk pool, but the cost of that is beyond ridiculous. The best quote I got from a company that would take me was $500/month with a $10,000 yearly deductible, which is effectively no insurance at all. So in summary, thanks to Obamacare, for the first time in my life, I now have no health insurance at all. I hope it gets repealed soon. It was the wrong direction.

What we need is Medicare for all, that way, everyone is automatically covered with a $10,000 deductible catastrophic policy with no plan premiums. Those who can afford it can purchase Medigap insurance from private companies to insure under the Medicare deductible. But if Obamacare stands, I will simply have to do without health insurance. Dennis Hawkins The Acreage

Beware Latest IG Funding Plan Citizens beware: They are coming after your money! There are now 14 cities (Wellington is dropping their lawsuit) that still want you to pay for the inspector general with new tax dollars, rather than have the contractors of their city pay a .025 percent fee on their contracts with the city. That is the plan that Palm Beach County adopted to cover the IG’s cost, and the plan that Miami-Dade has been using for the last 13 years. So don’t let them kid you that it won’t work. Why is it not good enough for these 14 cities? Why are they protecting their contractors? Their latest ploy was to give exemptions to 46 categories, which so diluted the funding base that there were not enough funds to adequately pay for the inspector general. The commissioners saw through this ruse and voted down that plan 70. Their new idea is to set up a taxing district, which would raise your taxes by increasing your millage rate. That’s your tax dollars being spent, instead of the contractors’. Isn’t it about time the cities come to their senses and drop this costly lawsuit, like Wellington is doing, and go along with the contractors fee program? No cost to the cities, and no cost the residents. It will only cost the contractors a minuscule amount — $2,500 on a $1 million contract. If the cities still don’t get it, vote officials out of office just like Wellington did. Morley Alperstein Wellington

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PBC Well Protection Program In Danger As Communities Opt Out By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Palm Beach County Commission postponed action last week on a well field protection ordinance. At a March 27 workshop, the measure was pushed back 60 days so officials can try to get municipalities that have dropped out of the program back on board. Since 80 percent of Palm Beach County’s potable water comes from groundwater sources, the county’s Environmental Resources Management department is tasked with protecting well fields from the risk of contamination. ERM representative Robert Robbins said that the department

would not have adequate financing for its well field protection program in 2012, and the service would be provided only to municipalities that have agreed to pay into the plan. “As a result, we had to do some revisions of our well field map,” Robbins said. “We were surprised after we did our budget, thinking that we had sufficient utilities participating, [but] many of the utilities are not participating, even some of those that we thought were likely to participate.” As a result, only about half of the groundwater that is drawn from the county would be covered by the well field cost-share pro-

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Worth and Delray Beach, are still in the program. Those entities pay the most, and are allowing the program to continue to operate. County Administrator Robert Weisman said Palm Beach Gardens led the charge not to participate. Commissioner Karen Marcus said individual commissioners might be able to help by reaching out to communities that have elected not to participate. Robbins said his department has contacted those municipalities many times. “I suspect some are watching today to see what will happen,” he said. “We certainly invited them all to participate.” Marcus said it would be good

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HUNDREDS TURN OUT FOR GRAND OPENING OF NEW ACREAGE BRANCH LIBRARY

The grand opening of the new Acreage branch of the Palm Beach County Librar y System at 15801 Orange Blvd. was held Saturday, March 31. Hundreds of residents came out to see the new library, check out books and enjoy a day of entertainment with music, food and fun. For more info., call (561) 233-2600 or visit www.pbclibrary.org. PHOTOS BY LAUREN MIRÓ/TOWN-CRIER

Officials cut the ribbon to open the new library.

Maria and Anna Lucia Breves search the library’s database.

Hannah Murray (front), Priscilla Kalchik, Julie Swartz, Jordan Chung Lee and Alexandra Guevarez check out the teen section.

Lily Locke with Baileigh and Bo Finch in the children’s section.

County Commissioner Jess Santamaria (left) and Indian Trail Improvement District President Michelle Damone (right).

Acreage Landowners’ Association Vice President Domingo Flores and President Bob Renna check out the new library.

KIDS CANCER FOUNDATION HOSTS OPEN HOUSE AT NEW KIDS CANCER CENTER The Kids Cancer Foundation held a grand-opening celebration Sunday, April 1 at the new Kids Cancer Center at 12989 Southern Blvd., Suite 201 on the Palms West Hospital campus. The facility was open to friends and family of young cancer patients for refreshments and tours. For more info., visit www.kidscancersf.org. SEE VIDEO AT WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM PHOTOS BY JESSICA GREGOIRE/TOWN-CRIER

Cancer patient Allison Leslie with her mother Martha.

Bernadette and Courtney Wolfe.

KCF executive board member Sandy Erb and her daughter Ainsley.

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Attempted Armed Burglary In RPB By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report MARCH 30 — A resident of Counterpoint Estates called the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office substation in Royal Palm Beach late last Friday night regarding an attempted armed burglary. According to a PBSO report, at approximately 10:13 p.m., the victim was sitting in her garage with the door open when an unknown black male, wearing all black and a ski mask, entered the garage with a gun. According to the report, two more unknown men in ski masks entered the garage. The first suspect approached the victim and said something to her that she didn’t understand. According to the report, the victim yelled and ran into her house, locking the door. She told her husband what had happened, and he called the PBSO. Deputies arrived on scene, but the suspects had already left. A search by K9 units led deputies to the power lines near Bobwhite Road and Sandpiper Avenue, but there was no further information at the time of the report. ••• MARCH 30 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach responded to the Steak ’N Shake on State Road 7 last Friday evening regarding a vehicle burglary. According to a PBSO report, the victim parked his vehicle outside the restaurant at approximately 10:30 p.m. last Thursday. When he returned to his vehicle last Friday at approximately 7:30 a.m., he discovered that someone had removed his JLAudio amplifier and three speakers, as well as his Clarion CD player. The stolen items were valued at approximately $1,400. DNA evidence was taken at the scene, but there were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. APRIL 1 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Wellington was dispatched to a home in Equestrian Club Estates last Sunday morning regarding a theft. According to a PBSO report, the victim was staying at the home after prom activities with several other students. The victim said she plugged her white iPhone 4S into a charger at approximately 12 a.m. Sunday morning. When she returned about nine hours later, she

discovered it missing. The victim said that the other students in the home were her friends, so she doesn’t know who would have taken it. The phone was valued at approximately $800. APRIL 2 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach was dispatched to a gas station on Southern Blvd. early Monday morning regarding a business burglary. According to a PBSO report, the deputy arrived to find an unoccupied Ford F250 crashed into the front glass doors of the gas station. Video surveillance footage showed that at approximately 2:39 a.m., two F250s were in the parking lot, occupied by unknown masked men. The first suspect rammed the truck into the glass doors, while the second truck backed up to the building. According to the report, three suspects entered the building and removed a safe, got into the second vehicle and fled the area. The business owner believed the safe contained approximately $10,000. It was also discovered that the suspects stole the truck from a car dealership on Southern Blvd. There was no further information available at the time of the report. APRIL 2 — An employee of a gas station on Belvedere Road contacted the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach early Monday to report a burglary. According to a PBSO report, the employee went to work at approximately 4:20 a.m. Monday morning to discover that the cashier door window was broken. Video surveillance footage showed that at approximately 2:50 a.m., an unknown black male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, white gloves and white shoes threw a paver through the window, breaking it. He then reached through the window and stole four scratch-off tickets valued at approximately $40. There was no further information at the time of the report. APRIL 3 — A West Palm Beach man was arrested early Tuesday morning on charges of theft following a traffic stop on Okeechobee Blvd. According to a PBSO report, a deputy from the Royal Palm Beach substation pulled over 22-year-old Jonathan Carranza Vargas for driving with a suspendSee BLOTTER, page 19

Motorcyclist Dies In Wellington Trace Crash MARCH 31 — A Wellington man died Saturday afternoon following a crash on Wellington Trace outside the Pinewood Grove community. According to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office report, at approximately 4:39 p.m., 24-yearold James Duemig was riding his motorcycle westbound on Well-

ington Trace. Meanwhile, a 2001 Nissan Maxima was exiting Pinewood Grove, making a left onto Wellington Trace. According to the report, the Nissan turned left into the path of Duemig’s motorcycle. Duemig, who was wearing a helmet, was ejected from the motorcycle and struck the road. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Aero Club Collision Claims Wellington Man APRIL 1 — A Wellington man died early last Sunday morning following a traffic crash on Aero Club Drive south of Grumman Court. According to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office report, 23year-old Maxwell Katz was traveling at a high rate of speed down Aero Club Drive when he lost con-

trol of his 2001 Acura TL. According to the report, the car began spinning counter-clockwise and skid off the west side of the road, hitting a tree. Katz was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. According to the report, he was not wearing a seatbelt.

Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is asking for the public’s help in finding these wanted fugitives: • Edmina Davis is a black female, 5’1” tall and weighing 172 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. She has a tattoo on her right leg and scar on her left calf. Her date of birth is 05/22/87. Davis is wanted for violation of probation on a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Her occupation is unknown. Her last known addresses were Amaryllis Avenue in Pahokee and Oliver Lane in Royal Palm Beach. Davis is wanted as of 04/05/12. • Deolall Seecharran, a.k.a. Brian Singh, is a white male, 5’6” tall and weighing 120 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. He has a tattoo of a sun on his right shoulder. His date of birth is 05/ 11/88. Seecharran is wanted for failure to appear on charges of burglary to an occupied dwelling and criminal mischief. His occupation is construction. His last known address was at large. Seecharran is wanted as of 04/05/12. 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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Central Palm Beach Chamber Hosts Inaugural Breakfast Meeting By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce, the product of the recent merger of the Palms West and Greater Lake Worth chambers of commerce, held its first monthly breakfast at JFK Medical Center in Atlantis, where leaders explained how the merger is progressing. “Since we are merged, we have a lot of activities going on,” CEO Jaene Miranda said. She called attention to the Business Tune-up Series running in the western communities. It has been so successful that the chamber is considering running a similar program on the coast. “At 7:30 in the morning on the last Wednesday of the month, we have a topic that gets discussed,” Miranda explained. “This time it’s going to be identity theft, how not to be a victim and protect your workplace. We’ve had some great programs, such as using the Internet and social marketing. We’re all trying to get our hands around that.” A big event coming up is the chamber’s installation gala set for Friday, April 27 at 6 p.m. at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. Seats cost $125, and sponsorships are available. Miranda introduced Maureen Gross, director of the nonprofit Palms West Community Founda-

tion, who runs the auctions at the gala. “We get a huge variety of products from member businesses,” she said. “You can expose your services to 300 to 400 business leaders in our combined Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce.” Gross said another major event coming soon is the annual Stiletto Award Luncheon, recognizing outstanding women in the community. That will be held Thursday, April 12 at Breakers West. Gross explained other functions of the foundation, which include the Women in Business quarterly luncheon series, awarding scholarships to graduating seniors, the Wellington Community Fitness 5K Run & Walk and many other special events. “The mission of the foundation is to be the liaison between the business community and charitable projects in the community,” Gross said, noting that the foundation has raised a record amount of money for scholarships, which now includes Lake Worth High School. Miranda also introduced members of the chamber staff and explained their roles. “I think it’s important for our members to understand the support that we have behind all the programming that we do,” she said. Mary Lou Bedford is the director of marketing and membership

development, while Jessica Clasby is in charge of the Young Professionals program and membership services. “If any of you have issues with your membership or want to get more involved, in mixers or referrals in your organization, or have young professionals, please come and see me,” Clasby said. Tony Zapata is a membership account representative. “My main job is to see that the chamber continues to grow,” he said. “I’m out there on the road every day finding businesses that will benefit by connecting with other members. So if you have anybody you think would benefit from the chamber, you can bring them to me.” Special Events Coordinator Marc Schlags handles the wide array of events put on by the chamber. “Of all the events that we do, you would think that we have a huge staff,” Miranda said. “We don’t. We just have this incredible man, Marc Schlags.” Schlags said he has gone full circle, having started his career at the Lake Worth Chamber doing membership sales. “It’s grown into special events, which is what my passion is, as special events director for the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce,” he said. “We just got done with Reggae Fest, the Royal Palm Art & Music Festival

Nadine Burns, the chamber’s Lake Worth office manager, speaks at the breakfast.

JFK Director of Surgical Services Beverly Lindsay, Vice President of Physician Ser vices Madelyn Christopher, Marketing Coordinator Michelle Morejon, Marketing Director Nicole Baxter and Central Palm Beach County Chamber CEO Jaene Miranda. PHOTOS BY RON BUKLEY/TOWN-CRIER

and the Lake Worth Street Painting Festival within a month’s time,” he said. “All three festivals were very successful for our communities. I’m looking forward to the future.” Miranda also introduced Nadine Burns, who works at the Lake Worth office. Burns said it was nice to see old friends and new faces at the breakfast. “We do everything for everybody out of the Lake Worth office,” Burns said. “One thing that I’ve been working on, this is the second year that Lake Worth has

been the site for the Women for Women Run.” The run will take place Saturday, April 7 starting at 7 a.m. Last year sold out at 500 entries, she said, and 700 women are expected this year. “We’ve partnered with Girls on the Run, a national organization that’s a mentoring program for young girls 8 to 14,” Burns said. “This year we’ll have 19 men join us because 19 men, whether they are fathers or mentors, will be running alongside young women in downtown Lake Worth.” Burns said the Lake Worth of-

fice also serves as a community welcome center. “We greet people who are looking for services,” she said. “They go to a chamber to find businesses that are reputable businesses in the community that they can deal with, so we take pride on being able to relate to people who walk in, call and e-mail in. It’s thrilling to me to see the growth that this chamber has done.” For more information about the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of commerce, visit www.cpb chamber.com.

County Commission Might Hear Comp Plan Changes More Often By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Palm Beach County Commission agreed last week to consider allowing more than two transmittal rounds of comprehensive plan changes to the state per year, over objections from some residents who said it is already difficult to keep track of proposed land use changes. Any comp plan changes outside the two transmittal rounds would only be considered if approved by a super-majority of five votes. The proposed amendment was prompted by legislative changes last year that altered growth management provisions, including the elimination of the twice-per-year limit on amendment rounds, as well as the bulk of the requirements

for the period of evaluation and appraisal of comprehensive plans. The county’s Local Planning Agency recommended approval of the change in an 11-0 vote March 9. Mike Erickson, governmental liaison for the Acreage Landowners’ Association, said he thought having the ability to hold additional rounds for land use changes ran contrary to transparency in government. “As a layman with a job trying to make a living, trying also to protect our community, it’s a challenge to make all these meetings,” Erickson said. “I believe that two rounds are absolutely enough for land use. Land use is a big picture. It’s a long-term plan for the future.” Erickson said he believed that giving a developer the ability to

apply for a large-scale land use change at any time would be detrimental to neighboring residents’ ability to object to a plan if they desired. “The legislation passed says you could do more, but that doesn’t mean we need to be like Tallahassee,” Erickson said. “I implore you to protect this community, to keep it at the original schedule of two rounds per year.” Acreage residents Patricia Curry and Alex Larson also spoke against the amendment. Palm Beach County Planning Director Lorenzo Aghemo said the new legislation allows local governments to have more than two transmittal rounds but does not require it. The proposed amendment al-

Wellington Rotary To Sponsor Gay Polo After-Party April 14 On Saturday, April 14, the Well- year’s after-party, also sponsored party with the players! ington Rotary Club will sponsor by the Rotary Club, this year’s Tickets to the victory party are the “victory” after-party for the looks to be an even better time. available for $50 each from Magthird annual International Gay Polo Polo players from all over the world gie Zeller by calling (561) 715-9262 Tournament held earlier that day will be in attendance, so come and or (561) 753-3389. at the Grand Champions Polo Club. The party will be held at the newly opened Graffito Restaurant (formerly the White Horse Tavern) on Equestrian Drive near the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. The party starts at 6:30 p.m. and will feature a wonderful Italian buffet dinner and open bar. The evening will move right along when DJ Adam West (Mr. South Beach) brings his renowned dance music to the outdoor courtyard. The Wellington Rotary Club will conduct a live auction later in the evening to help raise money for its local charitable causes, which include the Lord’s Place serving homeless women with children, Back to Basics providing clothing for disadvantaged children in Palm Beach County, and Junior Rotary Club Event Committee — (L-R) Mason Phelps, Barry ManAchievement. ning, Andrew Burr, Maggie Zeller, Don Gross, Karen Hardin and Based on the reaction to last Larry Kemp at the Polo Gear Store on Pierson Road. FOR MORE ON THE THIRD ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL GAY POLO TOURNAMENT, SEE PAGE 42

lowing more than two rounds per year reflects the commission’s expressed interest last year, Aghemo said. Assistant County Attorney Robert Banks said the commission now only has the power to conduct an additional transmittal hearing in the event of an emergency such as a hurricane that would necessitate a faster response, and the amendment would give the commission the flexibility of responding to a situation such as a favorable business opportunity. Commissioner Steven Abrams suggested that staff create criteria for allowing more than one round. “Maybe we want to have more flexibility than civil defense,” Abrams said.

Commissioner Priscilla Taylor said she would like to have the discretion. “We have to assume that when times get better we might have the opportunity that someone wants to come in to create jobs or enhance our area,” Taylor said. “I don’t see where there is a downside.” Commissioner Burt Aaronson also favored the amendment. “If somebody were to come in tomorrow and say they needed something real fast and we needed to make a decision, otherwise they were going to another county, it gives us the flexibility to be able to do it. It doesn’t mean we have to do it, but it gives us the flexibility,” he said.

Deputy County Administrator Verdenia Baker asked for feedback on the types of circumstances commissioners would consider to hold an additional meeting and said county staff would develop a policy. Commission Chair Shelley Vana suggested that they simply require a 5-2 vote to consider any amendment outside the two regular rounds. Aghemo said that concept would be added when the amendment comes back for adoption in July or August. Commissioner Karen Marcus made a motion to approve the amendment for transmittal, and it carried 6-0 with Commissioner Jess Santamaria absent.

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continued from page 1 istrator Lisa Jackson, who testified before the House Energy & Commerce Committee last year, was asked whether she took into consideration the economic impact and ramifications of the regulations her department was producing, and she said no. “You think about the farmers out here in western Palm Beach County, the EPA came down with this numeric content criteria. They said that farmers had to reduce runoff water parts per billion purer than rainwater,” he said. “I know some of the municipalities got hit with that also.” West said people have asked EPA representatives how they came up with the formula, and they don’t have an answer. “These are the things that are happening out there that are absolutely driving people crazy,” he said. “That’s the uncertainty that we have here in this environment.” Regarding healthcare, West said there is no denying there is a healthcare problem in the United States, but that creating 159 new agencies is not the way to go about fixing it. He said the new healthcare plan would add 16,000 new IRS agents, 11 new taxes, cut Medicare by $575 billion and have 15 unelected bureaucrats make decisions about Medicare price controls. “If we allow that to happen, you’re going to see some of the biggest tax increases you have ever seen in the history of the United States of America,” he said. West asserted that the federal government is topheavy, pointing out the number of construction cranes in Washington, D.C. “They’re building in Washington, D.C., but we’re not building down here,” he said. “The construction industry has absolutely been devastated. The capital of the American citizen is not being invested locally. It’s being kidnapped up

Congressman Allen West with local Tea Party representativ e Gina Rascati. in Washington and being wastefully spent.” West said he is also increasingly frustrated with the growing deficit and Congress’s inability to approve a budget. “Today represents day 1,071 that the U.S. Senate hasn’t passed a budget,” he said. “There’s only one thing constitutionally that you’re supposed to do up there in Washington, D.C., and that’s pass the budget.” West, well known as a conservative lightening rod, said there are some people who don’t like him because he stands on principle and tells the truth. “I have two teenage daughters, and I have a promise that I’m going to leave them something better than what my parents and grandparents left for me, and that’s a challenge for each and every one of us,” he said. To learn more about West, visit www.allenwestfor congress.com.


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NEWS BRIEFS Autism Benefit April 15 At Iron Lion Fitness Iron Lion Fitness, a boutique fitness studio that offers personal training, indoor cycling, yoga and a weight-management program, will host a special charity event featuring food, drinks, music and cycling for a good cause. The event will be held Sunday, April 15 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the new Iron Lion Fitness Studio (10660 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 160, Wellington). Admission is complimentary, but attendees are encouraged to donate a minimum of $10 per ride to benefit the Palm Beach School for Autism. “This is a great opportunity for Palm Beach County locals to come out and support the Palm Beach School for Autism,” said Seth Kaufmann, co-owner of Iron Lion Fitness. “Our goal is to raise money for One Piece at a Time, a campaign to support the Palm Beach School for Autism’s new facility in Lantana.” A raffle will also be held featuring several high-end items from local businesses and Miami Heat tickets. In addition, Fit2Run will

have a registration table available for its 4 Miler Club Challenge. The mission of the Palm Beach School for Autism is to provide a developmentally appropriate education using intensive behavioral strategies for students with autism spectrum disorder and related disabilities. Iron Lion Fitness Studio’s mission is to use the latest innovations, methods and proven trends in exercise science to lead and inspire clients on their journey toward peak physical and mental health through first-rate personal training, cycling classes, yoga classes and weight-management counseling. For more information on how to volunteer or donate, call Gen Lane at (561) 312-9573. For more information about Iron Lion Fitness, visit www.ironlionfit.com.

Earth Day Event April 22 In Wellington Wellington is combining Earth Day and Arbor Day into one celebration, which will take place Sunday, April 22 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater.

The event will feature demonstrations every half hour highlighting a variety of topics, including honey bees, solar panels, greening your home and composting. There will be vendors on hand as well, including Bruce’s Ghost Peppers, Solid Waste Authority, Whole Foods, the Wellington Tree Board and the Wellington Garden Club. In addition, the first 250 to arrive will be offered free smoothies, seedlings and reusable bags. There will also be a raffle for rain barrels hand-painted by local elementary school students. The event is sponsored by Jet Hauling and Whole Foods Market. For more information, call (561) 753-2484.

P.W. Hospital Contest In Honor Of Nurses Week In celebration of Nurses Week 2012, Palms West Hospital is conducting an art and poetry contest for children in the community. The Palms West Hospital Nurses Week coloring and poetry contest is open to children ages 4-17. In each entry, the child should acknowledge their favorite nurse, a famous

nurse, or a family member who is a nurse (past or present) in a colorful drawing or in a poem. The contest is underway now and ends 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 2. Entries must be received no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 2. All pictures and poems must be the sole, original work of the entrant. Limit one entry per person. Palms West Hospital is not responsible for entries that are incomplete, lost, late, postage-due, misdirected or illegible. Participants agree that Palms West Hospital may display their name and entry in the hospital, on the web and in media. Palms West Hospital reserves the right to disqualify any entries it deems inappropriate. A qualified panel of nurses will select the winning entries based on talent and skill, during Nurses Week May 6-12. Age groups are as follows: 4-5, 6-7, 8-10, 11-13 and 14-17. The top two entries in each age category will receive a prize. The first-place entries will be displayed in the Children’s Hospital at Palms West. Winners will be notified on or after Friday, May 11, at the phone number given on the entry form. The winners’ names and entries will also be posted on the Palms

West Hospital web site at that time. The entry should be size 8.5”x11” or larger and must include the child’s name, age, address, phone number, parent’s name, school and grade level. Entries can be either dropped off in person at Palms West Hospital, Main Security Desk or mailed to: Palms West Hospital, Attn: Silvia Stradi, Nurse’s Week Art & Poetry Contest, 13001 Southern Blvd., Loxahatchee, FL 33470. If you would like to submit a poem vie e-mail, contact silvia. stradi@hcahealthcare.com.

Toxicity Lecture April 12 At Symons Chiro Symons Family Chiropractic (1011 N. State Road 7, Suite D, Royal Palm Beach) will host educational events on toxicity throughout the month of April. Remove toxic interference from your life by using the five essentials of real health from Maximized Living. Join Dr. Matthew Symons Thursday, April 12 at 7 p.m. for the “Maximized Living Workshop on Toxicity.”

Toxicity is a major, unseen influence in the widespread pandemic of disease in North America. With Maximized Living’s Five Essentials, learn how you can take action to build your health and create a safe environment for you and your family. “Most people have no idea,” Symons said. “Things we use every single day have toxic properties, and they are damaging our health.” Studies have shown that the average fetus has more than 2,000 manmade chemicals in the embryonic fluid and actually enters the world with these toxins. Come and learn five easy things to do to easily help you decrease your exposure to deadly toxins. Symons Family Chiropractic is offering the Maximized Living healthcare delivery system in order to bring real health to the community. Learn the resources and tools for total wellness. Call (561) 333-8353 to learn more about these events and the Maximized Living healthcare system, and find out if you are in a toxic environment by taking the toxicity test at www.maximizedliving makeover.com.


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HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS SHOW THAT ‘WELLINGTON KIDS CARE’ ABOUT CANCER

Four high schools gathered Friday, March 30 at Wellington Village Park for “ Wellington Kids Care 2012,” an event held to raise money for childhood cancer research. Wellington, Palm Beach Central and Cardinal Newman high schools, and Dreyfoos School of the Arts students and teachers had their heads shaved to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Donations were also made to Locks of Love, and cancer survivors shared their experiences. MORE PHOTOS AT WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Chris and Jennifer Tanner with their children Ellie, Eston and Evie. Wellington Councilwoman Anne Gerwig cuts Caitlin McNamee’s hair.

St. Baldrick’s Board Member Francis Feeney congratulates Rob and Toni Boltz.

Joe Wagner, Austin Sweeney, Kamil Bask a, and Blake Calk.

Sydney Vitale, Chrissie Auguste and Jacob Sanchez rub Chassadi Summers’ head for luck.

Wellington High School students Jenna Laucirca, Rachel Goldenberg and Brittany Arnold.

Trinity West Church Celebrates Adoption With Special Event At WHS By Jessica Gregoire Town-Crier Staff Report Opening your home to a child in need may seem difficult, but it can be extremely rewarding. The benefits of adopting or fostering a child outweigh any apprehensions, said Trinity West Church Lead Pastor Bryan Rosenbarger at a recent Wellington discussion on adoption opportunities. “It’s such a great feeling to be impacting a child’s life,” he said. Rosenbarger and his wife of 16 years, Cynthia, are in the process of adopting their first foster child, 11-month-old Jordyn. The Rosenbargers started as foster parents for Jordyn but soon grew an inevitable attachment to him. “We loved him so much that we had to adopt him,” he said. “He brings so much joy into our lives.”

Rosenbarger, along with other members of the church, have made it their mission to advocate for adoption and foster parenting. With help from church member Stephen Tiger, who was adopted as a child, Rosenbarger put together the Celebrate Adoption event. Held on Sunday, March 18 in the Wellington High School auditorium, guests received an opportunity to learn about everything pertaining to adoption and foster parenting. Representatives from Place of Hope, 4Kids of South Florida and Hope for Families provided information to prospective families. For Tiger, the issue of adoption is extremely close to his heart. “I am adopted, so I’m trying to help pay it forward,” he said.

Tiger’s adoption journey goes back to 1957 in Trenton, N.J., where he was born to a single mother who was an Italian immigrant. At 43 years old with three children, Tiger’s biological mother conceived him with a black man. “At that time, it was not accepted,” Tiger said. “So my life would have been a lot harder had I not been adopted.” Celebrate Adoption is Tiger’s opportunity to spread the word about the tremendous impact of adoption on a person’s life. “I want people to know about my experiences through adoption,” he said. “You could potentially be saving a person’s life, because you don’t know where they could end up with otherwise.” Tiger believes without adoption and foster parenting, people don’t

have the guidance needed to succeed in life. “They could end up with the wrong people, on the streets, doing drugs or anything else,” he said. “It doesn’t mean that you won’t go down these paths if you have parents, but the odds are so much greater for those who don’t.” Tiger is thankful to have been adopted into a caring, loving and accepting family, who supported him. “I was lucky to have been adopted into a family who loved me for who I am,” he said. And race should not be an issue, he said. “As long as a family is willing to open up their heart to any child, race should not matter,” Tiger said. “I was lucky that my adoptive mother was Italian, so I See ADOPTION, page 19

Lead Pastor Bryan Rosenbarger and his wife Cynthia and their foster child and soon to be adopted son Jordyn. PHOTOS BY JESSICA GREGOIRE/TOWN-CRIER


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Lechuza Caracas Defeats Audi 14-8 In U.S. Open Action At IPC The Nespresso 108th U.S. Open Polo Championship kicked off with an exciting match Sunday, April 1 as sunny skies shined down on Piaget Field at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. The 4 p.m. featured game pitted Lechuza Caracas against the Audi team, a familiar match-up from the 2011 U.S. Open. Lechuza Caracas came away with the win 14-8.

Glorida Mirabales, Keela Gajadha and Jessica Turner.

Taylor Hughes began the match with a splendid rendition of the national anthem, followed by the coin toss officiated by World Series champion, St. Louis Cardinals legend and Hall of Famer Lou Brock. Also open for the first time last weekend was the new two-story Nespresso mobile boutique. Invited guests were able to sip coffee and espresso while taking in the match from the modern facility. Audi’s Marc Ganzi put his team ahead in the first chukker within the first minute of play, but Lechuza Caracas’s Sapo Caset quickly fired back to tie it up 1-1. Additional goals from both teams kept the score even at 2-2 at the end of the first chukker. The second chukker belonged to Lechuza, which outscored Audi 5-1. Lechuza kept the momentum, allowing only one goal per period for Audi through the fifth chukker, leaving Audi trailing by seven goals, 13-6. Gonzalito Pieres of Audi scored a pair of penalty goals in the final

On the polo field, Lechuza Caracas dominated for the 14-8 win. chukker, but by then it was too late. Lechuza Caracas took the victory 14-8. Lechuza’s Caset led all scoring with eight goals and his teammate, Facundo Obregon, was named MVP. The Sunday, April 8 featured 4 p.m. match-up is Zacara vs. Or-

chard Hill as the International Polo Club Palm Beach continues to host the Nespresso 108th U.S. Open Polo Championship. With seven state-of-the-art polo fields, a stunning newly renovated pavilion and a variety of entertainment, IPC is the place to see

Chukker with Jackie and Lou Brock. IMAGES COURTESY LILA PHOTO

and be seen every Sunday. Whether it’s enjoying a glass of champagne, the spectacular fieldside brunch, or partaking in reserved lawn seating, Wellington Kids Zone or general admission seating, the International Polo Club Palm Beach has something

to offer every level of spectator. For season information and tickets, visit www.internationalpolo club.com. Find IPC on Facebook, follow on Twitter @SundayPolo or visit www.ipcscoreboard.com for up-to-date scores, schedules, rosters and all other polo info.

Daniel Bluman Wins $500,000 FTI Consulting CSI 5* Finale Grand Prix Twenty-two-year-old Daniel Bluman of Colombia jumped to an exciting victory last Saturday night in the $500,000 FTI Consulting Finale Grand Prix CSI 5* on the final weekend of the 2012 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival. Over 7,000 fans filled the stands to see the best of the best from the winter circuit compete under the lights in the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Bluman and his mount Sancha LS earned the top prize in a three-horse jump-off over Canada’s Ian Millar and Star Power and USA’s Lauren Hough and Quick Study. Alan Wade of Ireland designed the course for last Saturday night’s grand prix and set a challenging track for the 45 qualified entries. Only three were able to jump the first round course entirely without fault to advance to the jump-off, and all three had single rails through the short course, making time the deciding factor. An impressive cheering section exploded with applause as Bluman and Sancha LS completed the first perfect trip through round one’s course. The pair then returned first for the jump-off and had four faults, but when the following two riders also had rails, Bluman’s time

of 48.97 seconds made him the victor. Millar was the second rider to clear the first round course without fault aboard Team Works’ Star Power. The duo returned for the jump-off and also had a rail on course, and their time of 49.30 seconds placed second. Hough and Laura Mateo’s Quick Study were the final pair to put their name on the jump-off list and immediately followed Millar’s round over the short course. Hough took her time, attempting to have the only clear round, but met heartbreak as Quick Study dropped a rail at the last fence. Their slower time of 55.97 seconds finished third. Hough and Quick Study finished second in this same class last year. Lauren Tisbo and her mount King Kolibri, owned by Tequestrian Farms LLC, showed their cool under pressure in front of the huge crowd in round one. The duo completed the first clear round over the course, but incurred a single time fault for exceeding the time allowed. Katie Dinan also cleared the course, but finished with one time fault aboard Nougat Du Vallet, owned by Grant Road Partners

LLC. Dinan was the faster of the two, completing the course in 88.56 seconds to earn the fourth-place prize. Tisbo and King Kolibri’s time of 91.91 seconds placed fifth. The $100,000 FTI Consulting Rider Challenge concluded last Saturday night after 12 weeks of jumper competition. Laura Kraut led the standings and earned a $50,000 cut of the bonus money for her success during the circuit. Kent Farrington finished in second place ($25,000), Eric Lamaze third ($15,000) and Ben Maher fourth ($10,000). Last Saturday’s $32,000 Suncast 1.50m Championship Jumper Series Classic was the final of 12 weeks of competition. The popular series hosted 12 events, seven of which were FEI Rolex world ranking points classes. The class had 40 entries, five of which were able to proceed to the jump-off after a clear round. First to go in the opening round and the jump-off was series leader Nick Skelton and Unique, owned by Beverley Widdowson. They put down a fast, clear round in 37.64 seconds to make the rest of the field chase them. Their round would hold up for second place. Catherine Pasmore and Pasmore Stables LLC’s My Boy were

next in, and while they had the winning time in hand (36.61 seconds), a rail relegated them to fourth place. Lamaze and his first mount in the jump-off, Hunter’s Scendix, were next in. After a miscommunication at the first jump, Lamaze jumped one more fence and then chose to retire in the jump-off, putting them in fifth place. Tina Fletcher was next in on Lady Harris’ Hello Sailor. They went for the slow, easy clear round in 47.39 seconds to finish in fourth place. Lamaze and Coriana van Klapscheut, his mount owned by Artisan Farms, slipped over the jumps and through the timers in 35.930 seconds for the win. The $50,000 Suncast 1.50m Championship Jumper Series bonus awards were presented last Saturday, with Skelton taking home the top prize of $25,000 for his consistent success in the division. Maher won $15,000 for second place, while Cian O’Connor finished third and won $10,000. Cathy Blundell of Montreal captured the championship tricolor in last week’s FarmVet AmateurOwner 3’3” 36 & Older division atop her mount, Troubadour. The pair scored two firsts and a fifth over fences and finished third in

Daniel Bluman and Sancha LS. PHOTO COURTESY SPORTFOT

the under saddle, claiming victory with 25 points. Reserve honors went to World Time, an 11-yearold Oldenburg ridden by Becky Gochman. Gochman and her mount collected a first and two thirds over fences, bringing home the reserve tricolor with 18 points. The winning mount, Troubadour, is a 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood imported by Angela CovertLawrence and Jeff Rundle. Additional hunter champs last week included Lacey Gilberston and McKayla Langmeier.

Gilbertson topped the Bainbridge Amateur-Owner Hunter 1835 division with 30.5 points atop her 10-year-old Mecklenberg, Condanas. In the Marley Goodman Small Junior Hunter 15 & Under division, Langmeier captured the championship tricolor with 22 points atop her mount, Czar-Z, a 9-year-old Warmblood owned by Linda Langmeier. The 12-week Winter Equestrian Festival concluded on April 1. For full results, visit www.show groundslive.com.


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Sign Up To Take Part In ‘Secret Gardens Of Wellington’ Tour April 14 The Wellington Garden Club will host a garden tour titled “The Secret Gardens of Wellington” Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. rain or shine. Visit six beautifully planted gardens, all designed with many surprising touches. Pass through a swinging gate to discover unusual plants, fruit trees and vegetable gardens. Walk under an arbor into a quiet world of butterflies, fish ponds and fruit trees. There will be six spectacular gardens to stroll through, and don’t miss the special garden events such as rare fruit sampling, tea and tastings, a unique plant sale, or try your luck at an array of raffle prizes.

Each garden was specifically chosen because of its uniqueness and variety of species. Garden club members will be available to answer gardening questions throughout the tour. At the fourth garden, members of the Palm Beach Chapter of the Rare Fruit Council will be on hand to discuss the fruit growing in this particular garden and what can be grown in yours. Samples of locally grown fruit will be available to try. At the third garden, there will be a plant sale featuring the best landscape and tropical plants to complement your garden. Talk to knowledgeable master gardeners and bring home a new plant.

Raffle tickets may be purchased at the First Baptist Church of Wellington (12700 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) and at all the gardens throughout the tour. Raffle tickets cost $5 each or three for $10. The prizes will surely appeal to everyone and are not geared only to gardeners. Advance garden tour tickets cost $20 and are available at Whole Foods Market on State Road 7 in Wellington, the Delray Garden Center (3827 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach) and on Saturday, April 7 at the Wellington Green Market at the Wellington Amphitheater. Tickets cost $25 on the day of the tour and are sold only at First Baptist Church of Wellington. To

order tickets by mail, call (561) 7911561 or e-mail info@wellington gardenclub.org. Net profits from this fundraising event will support scholarships and community projects, junior garden clubs, and Habitat for Humanity landscaping. With over 160 members, the Wellington Garden Club has been active in supporting Habitat for Humanity landscaping, educational scholarships and junior garden clubs. For more information about the Secret Gardens of Wellington garden tour, call Joan Kaplan at (561) 795-4888 or visit the Wellington Garden Club’s web site at www. wellingtongardenclub.org.

Lisa Stattmiller-Ferrano in her home garden.

TWO LAW FIRMS ANNOUNCE ALLIANCE WITH AN EVENT AT DRESSAGE STADIUM

Morris Laing Evans Brock & Kennedy and European Equine Lawyers announced their alliance Friday, March 30 at the Global Pavilion at the Global Dressage Festival Stadium. Together, the firms will be able to facilitate international legal services in equine law practice. For more info., visit www.morrislaing.com or www.europeanequinelawyers.com. PHOTOS BY LAUREN MIRÓ/TOWN-CRIER

Members of Morris Laing Evans Brock & Kennedy and European Equine Lawyers at last week’s announcement.

Pieter de Koning, Blanca Greenstein, Luc Schelstraete and Khari Taustin.

Equestrian Sport Productions President Michael Stone with Blanca and Alan Greenstein.

RPB RELAY FOR LIFE TEAMS HOLD INFORMATIONAL MEETING AT MARBAR GRILLE The American Cancer Society’s Royal Palm Beach Relay for Life team members met for an information meeting Thursday, March 29 at the MarBar Grille at Madison Green. The relay will take place Saturday, April 14 at Royal Palm Beach High School star ting at 3 p.m. For more info., visit www.relayforlife.org/royalpalmbeachfl. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Event Committee: Chairman Rob Hill, Wendy Casperson, Cheryl Dunn Bychek, Krista McNevin, Todd and Chris Waxx, Debi Wam pler and Marty Fischer.

The Treasures in the Chest team from Crestwood Middle School.

Team Droppin’ Knowledge: Ricci Saeni, Brandi Pennington, Robin O’Brien, Tanetta Maria and Crystal Kucharsky.


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Seminole Ridge Hawk Chorus ‘Spring Fling’ Auction Underway The Seminole Ridge High School chorus online auction “Spring Fling” is open now through Sunday, April 8 at www. biddingforgood.com/srhs. Auction items range from exotic vacation getaways to donated items guaranteed to delight. All proceeds go to support the choral department. Haven’t planned your summer vacation yet? Package some items together and create a bargain pack-

age. Now’s your chance to get all the great items you want and support the SRHS. Tell friends, family, community: let the bidding begin. • Multi-Cultural Night April 13 — The SRHS world language department will present its fifth annual Multi-Cultural Night on Friday, April 13. The event will begin at 5 p.m. with dinner in the cafeteria, sponsored by Pollo Tropical, featuring your choice of chicken or pork, plus black beans and rice, plantains, a dinner roll, and a fountain drink. Our multi-cultural night will also display crafts and student work from cultures around the world, including recreations of paintings by Spanish masters. And finally, enjoy a revue in the auditorium featuring a showcase of student performances and talent featuring music, song and dance, including Irish stepdancing, Jamaican divas and a Bollywood fashion show. Tickets are now available at the school for $10. For more information, contact event sponsor Enny Cannestro at enny.cannestro@ palmbeachschools.org. • Landstrom Chosen SECME Master Teacher Mentor — For

over 30 years, a major focus of SECME, a national nonprofit educational alliance, has been teacher professional development focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. SECME’s capstone event for professional renewal and revitalization is its annual summer institute, hosted by one of its 42-member engineering universities — this year by the University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa. This professional development opportunity, presented by member university faculty, partner industry and government experts, and SECME master teachers, provides educators with curriculum activities aligned to national standards, cuttingedge content knowledge and a framework for implementing programs. Among SECME’s cadre of teachers with a strong tradition of leadership and service is SRHS physics teacher Erich Landstrom, who has been asked to serve as one of 11 summer institute master teacher mentors this year. Landstrom’s focus during the institute will be to enhance participants’ teaching by leading professional

learning communities, and afterwards to provide participants with post-institute support. SECME incorporates 40 school systems, 39 major engineering universities, and industries and agencies in 15 states, the District of Columbia and the Caribbean. Its mission is to increase the number of students prepared to enter and complete post-secondary studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, thus creating a diverse and globally competitive workforce. For more information, visit www.secme.org. • Moylan Earns State Book Award — SRHS 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 March 21 at the annual historical and cultural awards ceremony sponsored by the state’s Division of CulturalAffairs. Moylan will also be recognized April 19 at the Florida Library As-

Library Science by Fabienne Bernard. sociation Conference Banquet in Orlando. 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. • Hawk Art on Display — The

16th annual Women in the Visual Arts presentation, at the Sugar Sand Community Center in Boca Raton, features a number of awardwinning SRHS artists. The school congratulates Fabienne Bernard, Christopher Brown, Titiana Fedor, Jessy Persaud, Cydney Rallo and Patricia Serrano for their WITVA recognition.

NEW HORIZONS Ideal School Students Jump Rope For Charity Students at Ideal Elementary Heart Association. RECOGNIZES HIGH School and Dream Middle School “Jump Rope for Heart went retook a big leap for a great charity ally well, and the students had a HONOR ROLL STUDENTS lastJump week. great time,” Krieger said. “We’re Rope for Heart is an an- looking forward to doing it for our

New Horizons Elementary School recently celebrated the accomplishments of high honor roll students. Seventy students in grades two through five who achieved straight A grades on their report cards were treated to “Breakfast with the Principal.” Each student was awarded a medal. The event was sponsored by the school’s PTA. Pictured here are Principal Betsy Cardozo and Assistant Principal Mickey Simmel with the high honor roll awardees.

nual event held at the schools to raise money for the American Heart Association. This year, the school raised more than $6,000 for the charity. Physical education teacher Max Krieger was in charge of putting together this year’s event, and close to 200 students participated. “We were excited to raise so much money this year,” Krieger said. “In fact, we were able to get 50 percent more donations in 2012 than in 2011, which is quite an accomplishment.” On the day of the jump, all the students gathered in the parking lot with their jump ropes in hand. Students jumped for five minutes while the song “Space Jam” played over the school’s sound system to show their support for heart health and the American

fifth year next year and raising even more money.” Ideal and Dream students celebrated the successful event by forming a large heart to symbolize the meaning behind such an important cause. Ideal Elementary School and Dream Middle School are leaders in the use of multiple intelligence theory in the classroom. Their expertise in innovative education draws students from preschool through eighth grade throughout Palm Beach County. To find out more about the school, visit its web site at www. dreamideal.com or call (561) 7912881. (Right) Ideal School students raised over $6,000 for the American Heart Association.

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Local Chief Tiger Tail Society CAR Members Win At State Conference The Chief Tiger Tail Society Children of the American Revolution hosted the 81st annual state conference of the Florida Society of the Children of the American Revolution March 30 through April 1. “Societies from around the state attended,” said Talia Fradkin, president of the Chief Tiger Tail Society. “The event was presided over by our own state president, Kaitlyn Elizabeth Mouring.” The Chief Tiger Tail Society won 24 awards including seven first-place ribbons, the prestigious Gold Ribbon State Merit Award, and the Tri-Color Ribbon for Florida State Standard of Excellence and the Florida State

Standard of Excellence Trophy. The state theme was “Guiding Us Into Freedom.” Members achieved their goal of raising money for Paws for Patriots, a group that provides guide dogs to injured soldiers. Florida State Societies presented the organization with a check for $6,000 to train a service dog and provide room and board for the veteran during training. Members of the local society ran for state office and won. Samantha Mouring was elected second vice president. Fradkin was elected Florida state historian. The girls were presented and installed on Saturday, March 31. The members dance followed in the grand ballroom.

Chloe Skorupa, K aitlyn Mouring and Talia Fradkin.

(Front row, L-R) Erin and Ryan Berish, Ariana Mouring, Ava Spurlin and Talia Fradkin; (back row) Chase Skorupa, Cole Spurlin, Samantha Ciminera, Samantha Mouring, State President Kaitlyn Mouring and Senior Society President Susan Fradkin.

Lorenzo Dumancas Joan Lunden To Speak At EWPB Awards Lunch Honored At Wooster Lorenzo Dumancas, a graduate of Wellington High School and a junior physics major at the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, received the Mahesh K. Garg Prize in Physics at Wooster’s 42nd annual recognition banquet. The Mahesh K. Garg Prize in Physics is awarded to an upperclass physics major who has displayed interest in and potential for applying physics beyond the classroom and is judged to have the scholarly and personality traits for using science to serve society. The College of Wooster is Amer-

ica’s premier college for mentored undergraduate research. Every Wooster senior works one-on-one with a faculty adviser to create an original research project, written work, performance or art exhibit. In the process, each develops independent judgment, analytical ability, creativity, project-management and time-management skills, and strong written and oral communication skills. Founded in 1866, the college enrolls approximately 2,000 students. For more information, visit www. wooster.edu.

Joan Lunden

Executive Women of the Palm Beaches will host its 29th annual Women in Leadership Awards Luncheon on Thursday, May 3 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. The keynote speaker will be Joan Lunden. Lunden is one of America’s most recognized and trusted television personalities. For nearly 20 years, she anchored Good Morning America, television’s top-rated early morning news show. She now hosts RLTV’s Taking Care with Joan Lunden, in which she educates women on issues such as health, childcare, nutrition and medicine. The luncheon will honor wom-

en from three community sectors — volunteer, public and private — whose talents and qualities have made an impact in their business and charitable activities. In commemoration of its 30th anniversary, Executive Women will present a special Inspirational Leadership Award to its founder and first president, Cynthia Allen Gracey, for her lifelong example and service to Palm Beach County. Despite dealing with CMT, a lifelong neuro-muscular disorder, Gracey has raised two sons, served as a caregiver to her parents and other family members, practiced law and been a visionary community activist.

Executive Women’s mission is to promote the professional and personal advancement of women through networking and resource sharing and by helping them to develop and realize their potential as leaders. Proceeds from the luncheon benefit EWPB’s scholarship and grant programs that are administered through its charitable foundation, Executive Women Outreach. For information about sponsorship opportunities to support EWPB’s programs, or to purchase tickets to the luncheon, call (561) 684-9117, e-mail info@ewpb.org or visit the EWPB web site at www. ewpb.org.


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The King’s Academy’s Annual ‘Mane Event’ Is A Huge Success More than 250 friends and families of the King’s Academy came together Friday, March 2 for the Mane Event Dinner & Auction, the school’s major fundraising event of the year. The Mane Event, which raised more than $268,000, was led by cochairs Andrea Titus and Connie Tuller, along with a leadership team composed of Michelle Collier, Kami Kolkana, Denise Meers, Irelys Pattee and Dana Wilkerson. The committee worked hard throughout the year to make the event a memorable one. It is only through their efforts that the Mane Event is possible. This year’s event, titled “Passport to Paris,” was held at the Wycliffe Golf & Country Club. TKA supporters had the opportunity to show their support by bidding on more than 500 unique silent and live auction items, including family getaways, entertainment events, memorabilia and the wildly popular “We Love TKA” spirit experiences. This year, the auction committee added a new element of fun, using a handheld electronic bidding system, which created excitement as guests were intent

on competing for the coveted items. “The evening brings faculty, parents, grandparents and friends together to celebrate the work that is done at TKA and their commitment to providing our students with excellent academic and quality Christian education,” said Andrea Titus, event chair and TKA parent. During dinner, guests were treated to a sneak preview and live performance by the school’s cast of Les Miserables under the direction of David Snyder, the school’s artistic director. The full production will take place on TKA’s campus mid-April. The live auction was led by the spirit of friendly competition as auctioneers TKA parent Ray Titus and TKA teacher Tim Willcox worked as a team to keep guests interested and bidding. This year’s special project, “Call from the Heart,” raised more than $21,000. The annual event has raised more than $2.25 million over its 11year history. All proceeds from the Mane Event support the King’s Academy’s annual fund, including need-based financial assis-

tance, co-curricular programming, faculty development, facilities improvement and technology. The King’s Academy thanks presenting sponsors Insurance Office of America, Regal Paint Centers, Revan Racing Inc., Liz and John Raese, and Ashley and Joe Maguire; platinum sponsors Equity Trust Company, Wells Fargo Bank, United Franchise Group, and Shirleen and Ed Aiello; and gold sponsors Insurance Office Express, John and Kim Cobb, and Dale and Cathy Hedrick. The King’s Academy is a nationally recognized private Christian school serving approximately 1,200 students from preschool through 12th grade. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Association of Christian Schools International, and the Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools. The King’s Academy serves students and their families across Palm Beach and Hendry counties at its main campus at Belvedere Road and Sansbury’s Way in West Palm Beach, its Clewiston campus on Caribbean Avenue and its satellite preschool

campuses in Greenacres, Palm Beach Gardens and Royal Palm Beach. More information about the King’s Academy is available at www.tka.net. (Clockwise from right) Bidding fun with the handheld electronic bidding system; TKA families enjoy the evening; presenting sponsors Joe and Ashley Maguire.

Judy Eisinger Launches New Graphic Design Series For Newborns Judy Eisinger’s mixed-media paintings hang in galleries and private art collections around the world. Now the Wellington artist’s latest series of bold, colorful artwork can be found in the most unlikely of places — the nurseries of newborns. Eisinger has created a series of

newborn-themed graphic designs, which she has turned into “fineart baby-naming keepsakes” and sells through her online store, Tinook.com. Not surprisingly, the artist’s inspiration for beautifully expressive nursery art came from a place of personal joy, when her son told

The mural Eisinger created for her grandchild.

her she was about to become a grandma. “All grandmas know the thrill, delight and happiness of hearing that news for the first time,” Eisinger said. “But as an artist, something else clicked into place. Like most creative people, I wanted to channel those emotions through expressions of art.” Born in Budapest, Hungary, Eisinger emigrated to the U.S., where she began painting at an early age. She has taught graphic design as an adjunct professor at Palm Beach State College; illustrated, wrote and self-published a children’s book; and is the owner and creative lead at Yudit Design, a fullservice graphic design agency. Eisinger’s mixed-media paintings are bold and daring in both color and contrast. Her talent and wealth of experience brings an open-minded adaptive process to her paintings, which have earned her a covey of regional and national awards over the last 30 years. They can be viewed at www. yuditdesign.com. Now, with Eisinger’s first grandchild on the way, it was time for

her to have some fun and create something special. First there was the mural for the nursery featuring a color palette chosen by the new mom-to-be and the theme by the new dad, a fair with animals, midway rides — all the trimmings of a county fair. Then came the baby shower. Eisinger wanted to create a gift for her son and daughter-in-law to enjoy — something personal and binding, between them and the new baby. “I just wanted to create a work of art that always reminded them of the love and joy of being parents,” Eisinger said. So Eisinger decided to design a work of art that celebrates a new baby’s identity, his or her name. “Standard birth certificates are industrial documents that get locked away,” she said. So the idea of a fine art newborn naming keepsake print was born — tinook.com. Two close friends, also with first grandchildren on the way, asked Eisinger to create a print for them as well. The rest, as they say, is history.

Some of the designs available at Tinook.com. Each 16” x 20” signature print or 11” x 14” companion print is a beautifully designed unique work of art that includes room for the newborn’s name, birthday and parents’ names. Filling in the baby’s information is easy with the little “Heart” pen that comes with each print. The prints fit standard off-theshelf frames, and each signature print is signed by the artist. Ti-

nook prints are a wonderful addition to any baby’s nursery, and the companion size is a perfect gift for any doting grandparent — a gift of joy that lasts a lifetime. For more information, visit www. tinook.com and browse through the Tinook collection, “like” Tinook at www.facebook.com/tinook keepsakes or visit www.etsy.com/ shop/tinook.


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WELLINGTON AMPHITHEATER PRESENTS HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL SHOWCASE The Wellington Amphitheat er hosted “A Touch of Broadway: A Musical Preview” on Saturday, March 31. The event featured local high school students performing scenes from their upcoming performances. The King’s Academy did scenes from Les Miserables, Wellington Christian School presented the Brothers Grimm version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and Wellington High School staged highlights from Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. SEE VIDEO FROM THIS EVENT AT WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM PHOTOS BY JESSICA GREGOIRE/TOWN-CRIER

Wellington High School’s Amy Seach as Muriel and David Johnston as Andre Thibault in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

Wellington Christian School’s Jessica Pereira as the Witch Hex and Alissa Sanchez as Queen Brangomar in Snow White.

TKA’s Corinne McDonald as Fantine in Les Miserables.

Jesse Fallen as Freddy Benson (left) and Ashley Gideos as Christine Colgate (right) in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

Wellington Christian School’s Rachael and Rebekah Satalino as the Branches in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Jade Warren as Snow White.

TKA’s Dane Gerwig on stage.

A SECOND CHANCE RESCUE HOSTS DOG ADOPTION EVENT AT IRON LION FITNESS A Second Chance Puppies & Kittens Rescue hosted a Dog Adoption and Wag Weeunion on Sunday, April 1 at Iron Lion Fitness Studio in Wellington. Adoptable dogs were on display to the public for viewing and adoption. For more info., visit www.asecondchancerescue.org. PHOTOS BY JESSICA GREGOIRE/TOWN-CRIER

A Second Chance volunteer Suzanne Chartier with Valentine, Goose and Jackie.

Iron Lion co-founders Michael Bates and Seth Kaufmann (second and fourth from right) with A Second Chance volunteers Shelley Eramo, Theresa Dayo, Ruth Douthitt, Lisa Beadle and Sue Pierpont, and Nicole Sierra of Mind Body Sole.

Jared Kaufmann inside Iron Lion Fitness Studio with Naomi.


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continued from page 9 was able to learn about that part of me, but I learned about black culture on my own, which for me was OK.” Tiger believes it’s everyone’s responsibility to give back. He wants to let people in the community understand how important adoption and foster-parenting is, and how he is an example of its benefits. “I was given the opportunity to

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continued from page 1 the vote-counting mix-up was discovered. Margolis received 2,947 votes (50.6 percent) to Mayor Darell Bowen’s 2,877 votes (49.4 percent). Meanwhile, Greene took 2,957 votes (51.85 percent) to Shauna Hostetler’s 2,745 votes (48.15 percent) in the Seat 1 race. Willhite easily won the Seat 4 race, taking 3,342 votes (58.07 percent) to former Councilman Al Paglia’s 2,412 votes (41.93 percent). The only difference between last Saturday’s numbers and the March 19 machine recount were two under-votes in the races for seats 1 and 4, Village Clerk Awilda Rodriguez said. Shortly after the hand recount results were announced, the canvassing board met and declared Margolis, Greene and Willhite

graduate from college and accomplish many other things I would never have if I was not adopted,” he said. “My biological parents could not give me the same things that my adoptive parents have.” For the Rosenbargers, they have learned more about themselves through adoption. “These children have benefited our lives and made a difference in our world,” Bryan Rosenbarger said. “It’s amazing to think that they are helping us as much as we are helping them.” For more information about local adoption agencies, visit www.placeofhope.com, www. hopeforfamilies.org, www.4kids ofsfl.org or www.trinitywest.org. winners of the election. The candidates will be sworn in before the April 10 council meeting. Margolis said he is looking forward to getting on with village business. “The process worked,” he said. “We were happy to see that the manual recount was perfect. [Supervisor of Elections] Susan Bucher did a phenomenal job of guiding everyone through the process.” He added, however, that he’s looking forward to being officially sworn in. “While I’m confident that the results are certified,” he said, “we’re not sworn in yet. When we’re officially sworn in, we’ll all breathe a sigh of relief.” Margolis said he is looking ahead, noting that big items like the budget, the Equestrian Village project and committee appointments are set to come up soon. First and foremost, however, he plans to tackle Wellington’s involvement in the lawsuit against the Office of the Inspector General. “I added it to next week’s agen-

Official counters tally the ballots.

Rick and Thelma Ramnauth with their adopted baby boy Jacob. da because I would like to have it dismissed,” he said. To help get residents engaged, Margolis said he’d like to bring back the importance of advisory boards and committees, as well as encourage residents to speak at meetings. “It seems like [the boards and committees] have been watered down for whatever reason,” he said. “We really need to make them feel important again and let them set their own agendas.” He also wants to see seniors have a say. “We sunset a senior advisory board some years ago,” Margolis said. “I think it’s time to get those folks back together, whether it’s the same people or new seniors. We need to get their input, especially about the new community center.” Margolis said he will be receptive to residents’ ideas. “We need to be a little more user-friendly during council meetings,” he said. “It’s a chance for the public to represent their needs and views, and we shouldn’t limit that.” Willhite said he was pleased with the outcome. “I felt like I did a lot to represent Wellington,” he said. “I put my heart and soul into the race and ran a good, clean campaign. So, I was disappointed to think that I lost.” He said that winning is validation that residents feel he has done a good job representing them. “I think residents thought a lot of me and what I’d done,” he said. “I swung the largest margin of votes and the largest amount of votes cast.”

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continued from page 1 talent in Wellington, and we wanted to highlight that.” Bellissimo said that he has received offers to buy the horses, and would like to see the competition become an annual event. “Then we could auction the horses off with the net proceeds going back to the schools,” he said. He thanked program coordinator Anne Caroline Valtin for her work in coordinating the schools. “She did a wonderful job organizing it,” he said. “She worked hard to organize the schools and coordinate this. She was very excited about it and did a great job.” Bellissimo said that this is one of the ways the equestrian community continues to try to support local schools. “We want to reach out to every dimension of the schools in the community,” he said. “We are able to feature the musical and theatrical programs each week, with the students performing the national anthem and giving some sort of performance before the show. This was a way for us to reach out to the artists in the schools.” Samore said he was grateful for their efforts. “On behalf of all the schools involved,” he said, “I just want to say that what Mark and Katherine Bellissimo are doing and have

Well Fields

Communities Cut Funding continued from page 4 tied somehow to the inspector general funding issue,” Weisman said. “In some people’s minds, it’s part of the overall question of the county trying to push an expenditure down on the city that they don’t want. They would rather do it themselves than participate and pay the county something extra for it.” Robbins said ERM’s well field protection rules require a 500-foot buffer around wells and restrict certain land uses with the potential to adversely affect groundwater. Commissioner Priscilla Taylor said she was taken aback that Riviera Beach elected not to participate, with the number of businesses close to wells, some of which have had issues with contamination. Robbins said the county ordinance had not been in effect when those incidents happened. “As a

Okeeheelee Middle School Principal David Samore and art teacher Dolores Santiago with Mark and Katherine Bellissimo.

Willhite said he was grateful that Bucher identified the problem and moved quickly to rectify it. “I felt the hand count was the most accurate way to prove that the voters did vote for me,” he said. Willhite said he will continue to work toward bringing the community together and doing what’s best, noting that even though candidates had different ideas, everyone wants to see Wellington succeed. “Everyone who ran cares about Wellington,” he said. “I think we need to calm the community down and assure them that we are working for the betterment of Wellington. Whatever the council does over the next four years, each one of us is doing what we think is best for Wellington, no matter who you

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continued from page 1 appropriate for the site and a more intensive commercial development was more appropriate.” Fleischmann added that the proposed floor area ratio for commercial low would allow space for extensive landscaping buffers. Looking at consistency with the comp plan, Fleischmann said there is no language that prohibits or supports commercial development on Okeechobee Blvd. “We went to the future land-use element, which is the principal directive for the town in the comprehensive plan governing land-use decisions including amendments,” which says the town should protect residential and agricultural uses and encourage limited economic growth. Conditions attached to the project would incorporate Rural Vista guidelines and require the developer to coordinate connectivity with Red Barn to reduce traffic impact. The Loxahatchee Groves Planning & Zoning Board recommended approval in a 3-2 vote. Mayor Dave Browning said the intent of the comprehensive plan was to have commercial development along Southern Blvd. and low-impact non-residential along Okeechobee Blvd. “I’m having a hard time seeing how this is consistent with the comp plan,” he said. “Honestly, I’m a little flabbergasted. I put a lot of years in the neighborhood plan. We kept saying low-impact nonresidential on Okeechobee, and the commercial was going to go to Southern, and when we put our comp plan together, we said lowimpact non-residential.”

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Wellington Elementary School’s entry. done to try to involve the schools in the equestrian world is very refreshing and very much appreci-

Polo Park Middle School’s “Trojan horse.” ated. They are doing something that no one has ever done before, and something that was needed.”

result from those high-profile contaminations, Riviera Beach had to put in filtration systems for their drinking-water treatment plants,” Robbins said. “Those filtration systems are still in place today. This program is designed to prevent contamination. Their well fields already have filtering. I imagine it’s very high-maintenance filtration.” Robbins said the liability for municipalities is that if a contaminant leaches into the well field, the municipality might have to shut down that well, at great expense. “When it came time to trace back where the contaminant came from, if we’re not regulating in that neighborhood, we don’t have a list of chemicals in that neighborhood, and it would be harder,” he said. Weisman said the cost of fixing a well that has become contaminated far exceeds the cost of protecting it. “It is foolish not to do this,” he said. “Perhaps you need to bump this up to a higher political level with the city councils… Surely they are going to come knocking on our door if they have

a contamination issue and they can’t deliver water.” Commission Chair Shelley Vana said she thought the county should find a way to step up and pay the estimated $500,000 for the service. “We have been the victims of cost-shifting from the state and we don’t like it, and I’m sure they look at this as cost shifting from the county, and they don’t like it,” Vana said. “If there are people who want to do their own, fine, but I think we need to step up and do it.” Commissioner Paulette Burdick favored the cost-sharing, in light of recent water problems that West Palm Beach has had. It is one of the entities that had elected not to participate. Taylor made a motion to continue the well field protection ordinance even if the county has to pay for it but to try and reach out to the municipalities that opted not to participate. However, Marcus said she would like 60 days to try to negotiate with the non-participating communities. The commissioners agreed to postpone action until then.

continued from page 1 boundaries are the same as Indian Trail but that the proposed map in the plan is not the same. Erickson was concerned that the board would be trying to expand the plan to include a lot of property, such as the Sluggett property at the corner of Southern Blvd. and Seminole Pratt Whitney Road, which is not an active unit in Indian Trail. “I would highly recommend we get an approved, updated plan first,” he said, “and then we can go back in and talk about annexing all kinds of things. We can reference in the plan contiguous properties.” But Sweet said that the plan should address the areas that ALA wants to include. “Annexation into the plan is what you want,” he said. “You don’t want a plan with a spot here, spot here, spot here. By saying ‘we believe this should be part of our

Blotter continued from page 6 ed license. During a search of his vehicle prior to tow, the deputy discovered numerous credit cards, gift cards, cash, drivers’ licenses and a woman’s wallet. The victim was notified of her belongings, which were taken while she was in Target, where Vargas is an employee. According to the report, the deputy recovered the victim’s

Lorraine and Gus Flores with their adopted daughters Shani and Mari Flores.

Celebrate Adoption coordinators Yvette and Stephen Tiger.

are, how much money you have or what your interests are.” Greene said he felt fortunate that the mistake was caught, ensuring that the correct candidates were put in office. “It’s easier for me, thinking that I lost and ending up winning, than for someone who thought they won and then found out they lost,” he said. “I feel fortunate that the mistake was caught, made public and corrected.” Greene said he was in support of the hand recount but wanted to be sure it was done swiftly. “If that’s what it took to bring closure so that everyone feels that every vote was counted, I have no problem with that,” he said. “What we didn’t want to do was leave it in their hands to file suit.

So we got it in front of a judge and said if a hand count is necessary, we wanted to move it forward as quickly as possible.” Now that the results have been certified, Greene said his first goal is getting up to speed. “I want to get a good handle on things,” he said, noting that he has been meeting with Wellington staff. “This is not just about a single issue. I’m an objective person who wants to do what is best for the community on all issues.” Greene thanked his supporters but noted that he will be a voice for all residents, whether they voted for him or not. “Whether you voted for me or didn’t vote for me, I will continue to fight for you and to make Wellington a better place,” he said.

Browning said that commercial uses on Okeechobee were to be considered case-by-case, “and then you’re coming to me with a staff recommendation that is based on a property that has uses from property line to property line, road to back. I can’t see how you say it is consistent with the comp plan,” he added. Kieran Kilday of Urban Design Kilday Studios, the land planner for the project, said they had reduced the floor area ratio in order to comply. “To give you an idea what this means, the Red Barn has 35,000 square feet on 4.9 acres, roughly half the acreage that we have,” he said. “We’re asking for 40,000 square feet, only 5,000 more, on 9.3 acres. We definitely heard you.” But Browning also pointed out that the Day family had developed the Red Barn property through the county at an intensity much higher than residents wanted. “I think it’s something we need to address,” Browning said. “I think we’ve moved in the right direction… [but] I was hoping for a little more movement.” During public comment, resident Ilene Rindom was one of more than a dozen speakers opposing the application. She said that when the Red Barn asked for zoning changes, residents were told it was for a hay and feed store and small engine and tractor repair shop. “There’s a paint store and a dance studio,” Rindom said. “We were lied to once; shame on them.” Rindom said she has been involved in many workshops and neighborhood plan meetings where there was always a consensus that Southern was where residents want commercial. “The wording in the comp plan and neighborhood plan was forced down our throats by the county,” she said.

Okeechobee Blvd. resident Gaye Hankla was one of few who spoke for the application. “I support Bill Day because this property is unique. You already have commercial next door, and anybody who owns on Okeechobee that doesn’t live there, check out their taxes. What is their property really worth? You can’t sell it; you can’t develop it. What good is it?” Hankla said. Hankla said residents of Okeechobee Blvd. asked to meet with the town council and were denied. “I have two acres. I can’t develop it. Commercial is really useless to me. You think Okeechobee is beautiful? It looks like trash to me — vacant, and nobody can do anything with their property,” she said. Planning & Zoning Board Member Grace Joyce, a professional planner, said parts of the comp plan need to be addressed and that Fleishmann did the best he could under the regulations. “For a year now, I have been stating we need to look at the comp plan because there is no vision for Okeechobee,” Joyce said. “Time and time again, I have been knocked down with that request.” Councilman Ron Jarriel said he thought the Day application is the only one that qualifies for a land-use change under existing regulations and would favor the project. Councilman Jim Rockett said he’d listened to the people. “I’m looking for what the people here tonight had to say,” he said. Councilman Ryan Liang said he’d prefer commercial on Southern Blvd. first, but felt the applicant had met all the requirements to at least pass its first reading. Jarriel made a motion to accept the application’s first reading. The motion was seconded by Liang, but failed 2-2 with Browning and Rockett opposed.

plan,’ I believe we’ll have better standing when they come before the county for approval on something.” Sweet said that the county could then use the neighborhood plan to address the surrounding impact. “We can’t make someone do something or not do something,” he said, “that is not in our jurisdiction. Even when it is in our jurisdiction, we are a very intense advisory committee. That’s what the plan does. It gives us some legal standing.” Erickson suggested that the plan include wording that would bring active units under the ALA’s jurisdiction automatically. “We can very much force and should force,” he said, “that once an area comes in as an active unit of development of Indian Trail, it automatically is incorporated into the plan. We should have that wording in there so we don’t have to go back and get approval.” However, Callery-Judge isn’t inside the legislative boundaries of Indian Trail, Erickson noted. “And therefore, not anyone can actually be a member of the ALA

from there,” he said. “That is a different element.” Sweet said that a property owner could ask to become a member. Erickson did agree with Sweet that Callery-Judge is the place to increase services in The Acreage. “I think that’s the reason we can use it to our advantage,” Sweet said. “We can’t control what goes into Callery-Judge. But we can use what goes in there to control everything else.” Currently, ALA bylaws say that a member must have joined three months prior to vote. Erickson suggested the board change it to allow recent members to vote on issues only, not elections. “We could have free sign-ups at the meeting,” he said. “I don’t care about the money.” Sweet said that the board could take a poll, noting that members must be property owners but that the issue affects everyone. “It’s a better way to do it,” he said. “That way we don’t have to worry about property ownership.” For more information on the Acreage Neighborhood Plan, visit www.acreagelandowners.org.

purse from the Target dumpster. Vargas was arrested and taken to the Palm Beach County Jail, where he was charged with theft, tampering with evidence, dealing in stolen property and credit card theft. APRIL 3 — A deputy from the PBSO’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation was dispatched to a home on 162nd Drive North Tuesday morning regarding a theft. According to a PBSO report, the

victim said that 500 feet of copper wire, valued at approximately $1,000, was missing from the property. Additionally, the victim said that the perpetrator(s) damaged an outlet and two circuit breakers, the front fence, the sprinkler system and the tree farm. The property damage was valued at approximately $3,950. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report.


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PBCHS SENIORS HOLD ‘SHATTERED DREAMS’ EVENT TO PROMOTE SAFE DRIVING

To reinforce the dangers of distracted and drunken driving, Palm Beach Central High School presented its Shattered Dreams program Thursday, March 29. Students acted out a prom night car accident for a group of 700 seniors. The event began in the school auditorium and ended with the car accident scene in the stadium, with the Trauma Hawk and personnel from Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. SEE VIDEO FROM THIS EVENT AT WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM PHOTOS BY JESSICA GREGOIRE/TOWN-CRIER

Students with Gregory Croucher of the PBSO DUI Enforcement Unit and PBSO Capt. Albert Borroto.

Aldo Araujo, Summer Pliskow, Keagan Cerny, Nashka Desrosiers, Carrington Price, Riley Phillips, Michelle Kimelstein, Preston Everett, Stephanie Smith and Joel Miller.

Students act out the prom night scenario.

St. Mary’s Medical Center’s Laureen Mohr and David Summers with Tara Kistel Kirschner of the Dori Slosberg Foundation.

Jessica Zurita, Donna Baxter and Gail Marshall with PBCHS Assistant Principal Larry Greenberg.

Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue personnel.

PARKINSON FOUNDATION PRESENTS EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE IN ROYAL PALM

The South Palm Beach County Chapter of the National Parkinson Foundation held its 2012 Parkinson Educational Conference on Friday, March 30 at the Royal P alm Beach Cultural Center. More than 160 people attended the event, which featured information on services available for patients with Parkinson’s disease to take charge of their care and make a plan to manage the disease. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Parkinson Foundation CIO and VP of Programs Peter Schmidt, South Palm Beach County Chapter President Irving Layton and Scripps Research Institute Professor Dr. Philip LoGrasso.

RPB Parkinson Support Group dancers led by Shele English.

Hospital Without Walls Home Health Agency Directors of Client Services Sharda Paraho and Erin Woodward.


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The 29th Palm Beach Dressage Derby was held at the International Horse Sport Palm Beach Champions Park in Loxahatchee’s Equestrian Estates community March 1-4. A record number of entries competed, including top rider s from Sweden, Denmark, Germany, as well as the entire United States. Ellen Rosenberg’s Column, Page 25

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RPBHS Baseball Squad Tops Rival Wellington 7-3

The Wellington High School varsity baseball team hosted rival Royal Palm Beach on Thursday, March 29, and fell to the visiting Wildcats 7-3. Royal Palm Beach took a one-run lead early in the first inning on a walk. The Wildcats had the bases loaded, and Wellington walked the next batter, forcing the score. Page 39

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Aiming t o provide patients the best in oral care, Dr. Jordan Cherkinsky practices at Lake Worth Dentist, of f Lake Worth Road just east of Florida’s Turnpike. His patients’ oral health is his top priority. Being a dentist is more than just working on teeth, Cherkinsky said. “It’s an art,” he explained. “I remember when I took my first course in dental school, the dean taught the class, and the first thing out of his mouth was, ‘Dentistry is an art as well as a science.’” Page 27

Sports Lady Broncos Softball Team Shuts Out Royal Palm Beach High 9-0

The Palm Beach Central High School girls varsity softball team visited Royal Palm Beach on Friday, March 31 and shut out the Lady Wildcats 9-0. The Lady Broncos came out strong, making key plays that helped them offensively, while maintaining a solid defense to keep the Lady Wildcats from scoring. Page 39

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Annual Palm Beach Dressage Derby A Great Success The 29th Palm Beach Dressage Derby was held at the International Horse Sport Palm Beach Champions Park in Loxahatchee’s Equestrian Estates community March 1-4. The show was a USEF High Performance Qualifying Competition for this year’s World Cup and Olympic games in London. A record number of entries competed, including top riders from Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Canada, Colombia, Spain, Mexico and Argentina, as well as the entire United States. “We have a record year for riders competing in the Grand Prix, and a wait list as well,” said Noreen O’Sullivan, the show manager. “I’ve had competitors tell me the derby’s their top show for the season.” Originally held in 1983 at the Hanover Horse Farm, the Palm Beach Dressage Derby was one of the first competitions to offer top prize money and bring the best European judges to the U.S. Many top riders and trainers trace their roots to the Palm Beach Dressage Derby. In 1999, the derby reorganized as a nonprofit and moved to its current home, now known as the IHS Champions Park at Equestrian Estates. In 2000, it hosted the United States Equestrian Team Selection Trials. In 2010, the International Horse Sport Palm Beach partnership took over, expanding the series to five shows. Get updates all week long... follow Ellen Rosenberg on Twitter at twitter.com/ HorseTalkFL or stop by the Tales from the Trails page on Facebook and click “like.”

Tales From The Trails By Ellen Rosenberg The IHS management group consists of Lars Petersen, Danish FEI Olympic rider, trainer and five-time Danish national champion; Ed Borreson, FEI rider and trainer who has earned his U.S. Dressage Federation gold, silver and bronze medals; Noreen O’Sullivan, managing partner and show manager, who brings more than 15 years of show management experience; and John Flanagan, managing partner and sponsorship coordinator for the Wellington Classic Dressage and the Gold Coast Dressage Association. “We’re very excited to present the 29th annual Palm Beach Dressage Derby,” Borresen said. “It’s an honor for IHS to host this show with Mary Anne McPhail, who’s been such an amazing benefactor to our sport and community.” The IHS Champions Park consists of 50 acres, 10 rings, 15 acres of parking, 150 horse stalls for international horses, 200 temporary stalls for the national shows and a new western events arena. The arena layout and footing in the main competition rings and warmups have been upgraded to include one of

Ashley Holzer and Tuny Page at the Palm Beach Dressage Derby. the premier arena footings available in the world, GGT Footing. “This footing’s used at many top competitions in Europe,” Petersen said. “The park offers a wonderfully unique country atmosphere in Florida that horses really like. It’s a laid-back atmosphere, very natural. Horses like to work here in a natural setting, away

from the hustle and bustle.” “While the competition will be world-class, we have a fantastic vendor row featuring an amazing array of dressage shopping, from tack and apparel to jewelry and gifts,” Flanagan added. “There’s something for everyone.” Another nice feature was the free admisSee ROSENBERG, page 26


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Easter’s Childhood Memories Dominated By A Big Bunny Sunday is Easter. Women wear new spring dresses to church; men shave and shine their shoes; children spiral into the ozone propelled by sugar. Ah, to be a kid again. My brothers, my sister and I were absolutely rabid about finding our Easter baskets. Who wasn’t? Children the world over are up at dawn tearing the house apart. I mean, think about it. If you’re not old enough to work, you are totally dependent upon others for your income whether those “others” are parents, relatives, a man in a furry red suit or the Easter Bunny. And the only “income” with any value Get your Sonic Boomer humor every day! Follow Deborah Welky on Twitter at twitter.com/TheSonicBoomer. On Facebook, stop by “The Sonic Boomer” page and click the “Like” button.

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The Sonic BOOMER whatsoever is candy and toys, of course. That is the currency of childhood. Food, clothing, shelter, transportation — those are givens. Somebody magically provides those. Most children don’t trouble their pretty little towheads about stuff like that. But where is their next candy bar coming from? That is a serious matter. So the prospects of a large white rabbit (or a small purple squirrel... we’re not fussy) coming right to our door bearing candy is exciting.

The home delivery aspect is key. And the hiding of the basket? We’ll jump through any hoop necessary. Give us candy! It goes without saying that the first child to awaken on Easter morning is duty-bound to wake the entire household. “EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEaster!” is the alarm clock of the day. Within seconds, every child is out of every bed. Within minutes, the entire house has been turned upside down in the search for baskets. Within an hour, there’s Easter grass everywhere. As a mother, I would like to take this moment to call out the person who came up with the idea of shredding cellophane to make Easter grass. Why cellophane? Why take a nearly transparent substance fully charged with static electricity and put it in a situation where it will be hysterically flung around the house two hours before company comes for brunch? And, in case you haven’t noticed, it doesn’t

even look like grass. The Easter bunny is a sadist, that’s what I think. Foil candy wrappers are another of his little tricks. You take four kids who can barely tie their shoes and tempt them with delicious chocolate that has been insidiously and mechanically encased in thin pink foil, and what do you get? A veritable barrage of “Help me unwrap this! Hurry! Me first!” And repeat. Don’t even get me started on the lethal combination of pastel clothing and chocolate-covered marshmallow eggs. Stain-producing and sticky both. A two-fer. Sigh. I think that bunny is out to get me. But for kids — who do not have to vacuum up cellophane, unwrap foil ovoids or get a chocolate smear out of a pink dress while walking up the sidewalk into church — Easter is one good time. Hope yours is just as happy.

‘Wrath Of The Titans’ Is An Amusing But Mediocre Movie There are problems with Wrath of the Titans, although it is not a really bad movie, just a B movie that cost a fortune because of 3-D tricks that really are of little value. Since Avatar, we’ve had far too many movies shot using 3-D, mostly because it allows the producers to charge more and make more money. In most cases, it adds nothing. This film is no exception. Part of the problem is that it should have been called “Pique of a Few of the Gods.” The gods in the movie — Zeus, Hades, Ares — do a lot of scenery-chewing, but what the revolt against Zeus (Liam Neeson) is based on is that Hades (Ralph Fiennes) was condemned to the underworld and that Ares (Édgar Ramirez) is upset that Zeus, his daddy, didn’t love him. Because of this they are ready to sell him, and humanity and the rest of Earth, out to Zeus’ (and Hades’) father (and Ares’ grandfather), the Titan Cronos. By the way, in Greek mythology, Cronos actually ate Hades and thought he ate Zeus, who escaped, overthrew him and forced him to vomit up a whole group of gods and goddesses, including Hades. Why the gods would trust anyone who did that is beyond anyone’s

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continued from page 25 sion. The show grounds were bustling when I visited on Saturday morning, March 3. “So far, everything has been excellent,” said O’Sullivan, sitting in her golf cart. “The classes are full. The level of horses and riders is phenomenal.” “It’s a great show,” agreed Judge Wim Ernes. “Very well-organized, a great atmosphere and facility, nice and open. We’re seeing some excellent competitors and rides.” Sitting and watching were Tuny Page, U.S. freestyle champion, U.S. representative to the FEI World Cup, alternate to the 2006 World Equestrian Games Team, and 2007 U.S. representative at CHIO Aachen; and Ashley Holzer, who rode on Canada’s bronze medal team at the 1988 Seoul Olympics and represented

ken. The whole idea never arose in Greek mythology; they could imagine Zeus becoming a swan but not any of the gods selling out to a Titan. Cronos is the only Titan shown, by the way, and is a not-very-scary bit of computer imaging. At any rate, in the story, Zeus’ half-mortal son Perseus (Sam Worthington), continuing the story from the not-wildly-successful Clash of the Titans, is seen as a widower with a young son, Helius (John Bell), who refuses to help Zeus in the struggle. He winds up being dragged into the fighting, joining Andromeda (Rosamund Pike) whom he had helped in the first movie, and the roguish Agenor (Toby Kebbell), the half-mortal son of Poseidon, in a rescue mission into Hades.

A lot of people get killed, although — as expected — our heroes survive. Eventually, there is a big battle that ends with Perseus and Zeus reconciling along with Hades. A lot is made about how good sons can strengthen their fathers. It might have helped if Worthington were a really strong actor; he knows his lines but seldom brings any feeling to them. The plot has never been part of Greek mythology. Ares never challenged Zeus; Hades knew that Zeus was more powerful. There was resentment there, and a couple of interesting myths, but Hades, in the Greek pantheon, was no fool. Add to that the problem that the Cyclopes (plural of Cyclops) were the children of Poseidon. In this movie they attacked their half-brother Agenor. Hephaestus (Bill Nighy) is shown as a doddering old man, another bit of new mythology. Small points, really, but these demonstrate the lack of care shown with all the rest of the story. Despite my carping, the movie does move through its battle scenes, not to mention special effects, all designed for 3-D, a refreshing change from a lot of other movies. The battle scenes are effective, but most of the time, the actors just chew up the scenery as Zeus tells

everyone he loves them. Some respond well; others simply try to kill him. The plot is almost the same as one for Thor, which used a different mythology but the same plot of one brother going after the other and killing their father. But the movie manages to kill a couple of hours fairly painlessly. It is a lot better than the first film. The mortals are far stronger; Andromeda actually behaves like an adult woman, strong as well as beautiful. Agenor is derivative to a degree as the rogue who becomes heroic along the way, but is enjoyable. And Perseus makes for a stolid hero. I cannot wholeheartedly recommend the movie, but if you like sword and sandal flicks and enjoy having things flying at your head during 3-D special effects, you will enjoy the film. There is a bit of joy in it that was lacking in the earlier film, and a few of the effects actually are special. On the other hand, there are better movies out there right now, and we are approaching the summer blockbuster season. If you like your mythology old, get the DVD of Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, and if you want it new, see The Hunger Games.

her homeland in the 2004 Olympics in Athens and the 2008 Beijing Games. “I love this show,” Page said. “Every year, they make significant improvements. I especially love the new footing. They also always have great judges. There are four Olympic judges here. This is so important, because their opinions are accurate. They’ve seen all the top riders throughout the world, so their feedback helps a rider focus on what needs improving. You’re comparing yourself to riders all over the world, which is just what we need heading into the Olympics. We know what the judges are looking for, and it’s a great way to prepare for the Games.” Dressage in Florida has come so far, Holzer said. “The best competitors in this sport spend half their year here,” she noted. “Many riders used to go to Spain for the Sunshine Tour, but this is even better. Dressage is a relatively young sport in the U.S., compared to Europe,

but like they say in the movies, if you build a great venue like this one, they will come. And this is a perfect venue. The times are changing. The top European riders compete here, and I’ve never seen that elsewhere in the States.” “Another nice thing about these shows is they accommodate a wide level of riders,” Page pointed out. “Yes, there are all the top competitors, but there are classes for much lower level riders and amateurs as well. This means a trainer can bring all kinds of clients, as well as younger horses who need experience.” “Between this show and the Global Dressage Festival at WEF, I’m extremely impressed,” Holzer said. “There’s something for everyone.” “This isn’t a competition between venues,” Page agreed. “A rising tide lifts all ships. Having a variety of shows and venues just means

more people come. Different venues offer different opportunities. Some horses do better in a quieter, more open setting like this, while others thrive in the busier setting of WEF. It also affords riders the chance to accustom horses to different showing experiences. What it does is make everyone’s game better, and bring the competition to a higher level. It profits everyone. There’s room for all the venues.” A rider who was equally pleased with the show was Shannon Dueck, who’d just finished riding Ayscha, her 11-year-old Oldenberg mare, in the Grand Prix Special. “I’m thrilled,” she said as she dismounted. “The biggest thing to remember about dressage is that competition’s not a goal but a journey. Everyone has their ups and downs. I hope everyone sees the whole picture.” For more information, visit www.ihspb.com or www.pbderby.com.

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Dr. Jordan Cherkinsky inside the office at Lake Worth Dentist. PHOTO BY JESSICA GREGOIRE/TOWN-CRIER

Dentistry Is An Art Form For Dr. Jordan Cherkinsky By Jessica Gregoire Town-Crier Staff Report Aiming to provide his patients the best in oral care, Dr. Jordan Cherkinsky is a local dentist with 32 years of experience. As a 1977 graduate of Georgetown University School of Dentistry, he has gained the knowledge and skills that have made him well-trusted in his profession. Cherkinsky practices at Lake Worth Dentist, off Lake Worth Road just east of Florida’s Turnpike. His patients’ oral health and well being are his top priorities. “I take really good care of my patients,” Cherkinsky said. “They just love me.” For Cherkinsky, dentistry is more than just a profession, it’s his passion. “It’s fun for me, and I believe if there’s no fun in what I’m doing, then I would not be doing it,” he said. Cherkinsky attributes his love of dentistry to his second love — art. “I was an artist for many years, and I’ve done drawings and paintings, and I’m constantly making posters,” he said. Being a dentist is more than just working on teeth, according to Cherkinsky. “It’s an art,” he said. “I remember when I took my first course in dental school, the dean of the department taught the class, and the first thing out of his mouth was, ‘Dentistry is an art as well as a science.’” This concept has always stuck with Cherkinsky, and he has carried it into his practice. Cherkinsky began his dental career in Brooklyn, Mich., where he practiced for 11 years. “But the weather was just awful up there during the winter, and we could not take it anymore,” he said. Cherkinsky moved to Florida in 1988 and practiced in West Palm Beach from 1989 to 2005, when he moved his practice to Wellington. Cherkinsky’s practice previously was located in the Wellington Courtyard Shops. “We

recently moved to the Lake Worth location because we had a great opportunity here,” he said. Cherkinsky specializes in full mouth reconstruction “either by using precision, removable dentures, implants or crowns if necessary,” he said. “What we are really trying to do is rehabilitate and teach people how to take care of themselves.” The focus for Cherkinsky and his staff is to ensure that patients have a positive experience at the dentist. “We do this by talking with them and reassuring them that I know what I’m doing,” he said. “My goal is for them to be comfortable with themselves, so that they can look and feel better, and I can’t do that if they are not comfortable with my abilities.” Whether Cherkinsky is doing implants or restorations, he makes sure that patients are well informed on the procedures. “Whatever I’m doing to the patient, it’s all the same process,” he said. “One of the most important parts of dentistry is the bond we create with our patients.” Some of the other procedures Cherkinsky offers include root canals, crown and bridge, precision attachment dentures, and other specialized implant services. When a patient comes in with a problem, Cherkinsky follows a set procedure. “It’s about first listening to what the patient wants, then addressing what their needs are at the moment and completing the process,” he said. For a standard checkup with a new patient who is coming in for a cleaning, Cherkinsky follows a different set of procedures. “They get a full mouth set of X-rays, a complete examination, cleaning, and if they are young they get fluoride,” he said. Lake Worth Dentist is located at 6910 Lake Worth Road. For more information, call (561) 790-6660.

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Weston Awarded AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating Dante Alexander Weston, an associate with Gordon & Doner P.A., has been awarded an AV Preeminent Peer Review rating by MartindaleHubbell. The rating is a combination of general ethics standards and legal ability ratings. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and judiciary across multiple jurisdictions and geographic locations. AV is the highest possible rating. The law firm of Gordon & Doner has been serving the community for more than 19 years. Its practice areas include personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, defective products, workers’ compensation, veterans benefits and immigration law. Gordon & Doner has offices in Palm Beach Gardens, Stuart, Pembroke Pines and Fort Lauderdale. Gordon & Doner’s office is located at 4114 Northlake Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens. For more information, call (561) 333-3333 or visit www. fortheinjured.com.

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PBC Property Appraiser’s Web Site Gets Technical Overhaul

The Palm Beach County Property Appraiser’s Office has completed a technical overhaul of its web site, www.pbcgov.com/papa. The interactive web site went live Monday, March 26, Property Appraiser Gary Nikolits noted. “It has been updated with specially designed features to complement the user-friendly functions that have made PAPA so popular over the years,” he said. PAPA, which stands for Property Appraiser’s Public Access, gets 150,000 hits a month and is the most used government site in Palm Beach County. Assistant Property Appraiser Dorothy Jacks spearheaded the

project. “We incorporated advanced web technology that lets PAPA run more efficiently and faster,” Jacks said. The development team conducted online user surveys and focus groups, “and we rewrote the site based on comments from the public,” Jacks said. An expanded sales search function, for example, makes it easy to email or export the data. “This function was among the most requested by businesspeople who need to share their research with clients or colleagues,” Jacks said. Users will still find the features they are familiar with, including on-

line filing to apply for homestead exemptions. “Although the look is very different, we designed the site to make the transition as simple as possible for our veteran PAPA users,” Jacks said. Palm Beach County’s Information Systems Services and the Property Appraiser’s Office Technology Services worked on the project under Jacks’ direction. PAPA debuted in 2004, and since then the development team has regularly added new or expanded features. PAPA holds a Webby Worthy Award from the International Webby Awards, which honors outstanding web sites that set Internet standards.

ABWA To Meet April 11 In P.B. Gardens

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The Northern Palm Beach Chapter of the American Business Women’sAssociation will meet Wednesday, April 11 at the PGA Doubletree Hotel in Palm Beach Gardens. The April speaker will be Susan Jeck, owner of Be Fit in Jupiter with a program titled “Being Fit.” The mission of the American Business Women’s Association is to

bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking, support and national recognition. Networking will take place from 6 to 6:30 p.m., with the dinner and program beginning at 6:30 p.m. The cost

is $30, and guests are welcome. The Doubletree Hotel is located at 4431 PGA Blvd. To make reservations, or for more information, call Dottie Smith at (772) 341-2823 or Sharon Maupin at (561) 329-4485. For additional information, call Chapter President Kandyce Key at (561) 908-4798 or visit www. abwanpbflorida.org.


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CENTRAL PALM BEACH COUNTY CHAMBER HOSTS RIBBON CUTTINGS

Joey’s Outback Adventures — The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting for Joey’s Outback Adventures in Wellington. The indoor children’s playground is located at 10670 W. Forest Hill Blvd. For more info., call (561) 204-4554 or visit www.joeysoutback.com. Shown above are Joey’s Outback Adventures staff with Central Chamber ambassadors.

FLTax Group — Ambassadors from the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting for FLTax Group. The firm, which offers tax and accounting services, is located at 8461 Lake Worth Road, Suite 156. For more info., call (561) 847-2863 or visit www.fltaxgroup.com. Pictured above are FLTax Group staff members with Central Chamber ambassadors.

SHBO Technologies — Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce ambassadors recently joined SHBO Technologies LLC for a ribbon cutting. Located at 510 Business Park Way, Suite B, in Royal Palm Beach, SHBO offers IT support. For more inf o., call (561) 283-0825 or visit www.shbo-tech.com. Shown here are SHBO Technologies staff with Central Chamber ambassadors.

ABWA Chapter To Host Annual Fashion Show On April 28 The Northern Palm Beach Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association will host its 16th annual fashion show and luncheon Saturday, April 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the PGA DoubleTree Hotel. The cost is $40, and it

is open to the public. Fashion coordinator Rose Meyerowich will present spring and resort fashions from area boutiques. Attendees will enjoy spectacular fashions, a luncheon and a chance to win some of the

door prizes donated by local businesses. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase for items such as a set of tires, fitness center memberships, hotel stays, gift baskets and more. All proceeds from the event will help to support

member education and scholarships. For tickets or more information, contact Nancy Abbott at (561) 310-6313 or email villageinteriorsflorida @gmail.com. The mission of the American Business Women’s As-

sociation is to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professional through leadership, education, networking, support and

national recognition. For more information on the American Business Women’s Association, contact Chapter President Kandyce Key at (561) 9084798 or e-mail bwa.npbflorida @gmail.com.


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Xtreme Tae Kwon Do Offering Kickboxing And MMA Programs

By Gustavo Pope-Guerriero class. Kickboxing and MMA are a good way Special to the Town-Crier to tone your body and lead a more healthful We are excited to inform you about our two lifestyle. new programs here at Xtreme Tae Kwon Do: Stress reduction is also a major benefit of contact kickboxing and mixed martial arts, or kickboxing and MMA. The martial arts used MMA as it is commonly known. in these classes require concentration and Kickboxing and mixed martial arts (MMA) focus, which relieves frustration and releases provide a fast-paced, cardio-intensive, total anger. Kickboxing and MMA also enhance body workout that tones flab and strength- coordination and balance. Since your body is ens muscles. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be punching, kicking and in motion for about an hour, your heart benejabbing your way to better health, and you fits from a strong cardiovascular workout. will learn how to defend yourKickboxing and MMA workself. The moves you learn are outs are an energizing way to primarily self-defense tactics. effectively reach and maintain Kickboxing and MMA comyour weight goals. bine boxing with martial arts. Come and try it out! Stop by Instructors generally employ a the front desk to get more inseries of punches, jabs, upperformation, or call us at (561) 795cuts and hooks mixed with 2823. round-house, push and sideGrandmaster Gustavo kick drills. MMA also incorpoPope-Guerriero is director of rates grappling drills (ground tae kwon do at Ultima Fitfighting). ness/Xtreme Tae Kwon Do. He Performing these moves with is a seventh-degree black belt. intensity and accuracy, the enUltima is located at 12799 W. tire body becomes strengthForest Hill Blvd. in Wellingened. Nutrition and fitness web ton. For more information, sites report that you can burn call (561) 795-2823 or visit 590 to 863 calories in a one-hour Gustavo Pope-Guerriero www.ultimafitness.com.


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Academy for Child Enrichment — Summer Camp Children will enjoy field trips and activities such as swimming, bowling, sk ating, science museum, movies and picnics. Tuition includes camera surveillance, 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 www.smallworldpbc.com. Armory Art Center Summer Art Camp — The Armory Art Center is excited to bring a series of theme-based sessions to elementary school through high school aged children for this year’s summer camp. Experienced instructors have developed projects relating to the themes of each week. Activities are age-appropriate and focus on a child’s artistic and creative development. Students age 4.5 to 7 years old will rotate among several studio areas daily in ceramic sculpture, drawing, painting and other creative mediums. Teen workshops include wheel throwing, pho tography, drawing, sculpture, mixed-media, fashion illustration, printmaking, papermaking, glass fusing, collage and more! All art materials are included in the cost of tuition. The Armor y Art Cent er is located at 1700 Parker Ave., W est Palm Beach. For more info., visit www.armoryart.org or call (561) 832-1776. Breakers West Summer Camp — Calling all campers for a summer of fun! Children ages 5 to 14 are invited to Breakers West for Summer Camp 2012. Enjoy wildlife demonstrations, science experiments, magic shows, arts & crafts, cooking classes, golf, tennis, basketball, daily swimming instruction and so much more! Camp runs June 11 through Aug .17 (excluding July 2-6), Monday through Friday from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sessions are $300 per camper, per week, plus a one-time registration fee of $50, which includes a camp essentials bag. Discounts are offered to families registering multiple children or for multiple sessions. Aftercare is available. To register for Breakers West Summer Camp, call (561) 653-6330. 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, e xperienced staff continues to nur ture. There are nine weeks 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 www.cambridgepreschools.com. 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, Monda y through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The camp will take place at P alm Beach Central High School and accepts children from 3 to 13 years. For more information, or to register, visit www.wellingtonjewishcenter.org or call (561) 333-4663. Camp Giddy-Up — Ravenwood Riding Academy has been located in Wellington for 22 years. Licensed and insured, with all safety equipment provided, they are located on a beautiful, safe and clean farm with plenty of shade. Ravenwood is now accepting 12 students per session, ages 6-14. Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday thr ough 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.ravenwoodridingacademy.com. Hurry, sessions f ill 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 two-week session has a theme, such as Indian Days, Circus Days and Medieval Days. Casperey Stables has a weekly swim party and ends each session with a horse show and family BBQ. Call soon: this small, quality program f ills quickly! To learn more about the camp, located at 2330 D Road in Loxahatchee Groves, call (561) 792-4990 or visit www.caspereystables.com. Dream Believer Stables Horse Camp — Dream Believer is devoted to education of horsemanship, encouraging a healthy relationship be tween horse and rider, to develop confidence whether you are a competitive rider or just wanting to enjoy the pleasure aspect of riding. The family atmosphere encourages strengthening knowledge through hands-on horse care. Learn every aspect of horse care from riding to bathing. At Dream Believer, 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 Hollo w Tree Dr., Wellington. For more info., call (56 1) 289-8515 or visit www.dreambelieverstables.com. Golden Grove Gator Camp — Gator Camp is back and ready for fun! Gator Camp will run for eight one-week sessions June 11 through Aug. 3 for campers aged 5 and up. Campers do not have to be enrolled at Golden Grove to attend. This year, Golden Grove is offering two special-

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interest camps. Drama camp runs June 18-29 and Music camp (voice/keyboard) runs July 23-27. Campers receive 4 hours of instruction each day. Campers enjoy f ield trips, on-campus programming, group activities, cooking and arts & crafts. Contact Ms. Pat Packard at (561) 904-9730 for more information. High Touch High Tech/The Lab — The Lab is happy to announce that it is expanding into a larger facility conveniently located off State Road 7 and Lantana Road. Science is presented by High Touch High Tech, the leader in hands-on science education for the last 17 years. Each day will be a new adventure from interacting with “lab critters” to launching rockets and panning for gems. The program offers affordable pricing, experiments with lots of cool science take-homes, art, physical activities and more. The Lab taps into children’s natural curiosity and provides them with safe and fun activities that help them learn about the world around them. Expect awesome fun as kids make slime, erupt volcanoes, make ice cream, tie dye t-shirts and more! The Learning Foundation of Florida’s Academic Summer Camp — TLFF’s elementary, middle and high school summer academic school/camp program has several different service options available to assist the diverse needs of students. TLFF’s K-8th grade summer program focuses on individualized academic remediation. TLFF uses weekly themes, a variety of teaching strategies, including a multi-sensory/hands-on approach and creative lessons. TLFF’s high school summer program focuses on grade forgiveness and/or acceleration. Students who have received D or F grades in classes may redo them for a higher grade. Students can also accelerate and take classes to get ahead. Both programs are open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. t o 12:30 p.m. beginning June 18 and running through Aug. 3. For more information, call TLFF at (561) 795-6886. 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 surv eillance, 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.smallworldpbc.com. Royal Palm Covenant Tutoring Summer Camp 2012 — Children ages 5 to 14 will enjoy field trips to Lion Country Safari, museums, parks, bowling, movies, the zoo and activities such as sports, ar ts & crafts, cooking and more fun. Camp runs Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Open enrollment for the camp is going on now. A one-time registration fee of $25 per child includes a T-Shirt. The camp is located at 660 Royal Palm Beach Blvd., Royal Palm Beach. Call (561) 793-1077 to register. Temple Beth Torah’s Leonie Arguetty Preschool — If your child is between 2 and 6 years old, “Summer of Fun” Enrichment Camp at Temple Beth Torah’s Leonie Arguetty Preschool is the place to be! Your child will enjoy a variety of fun activities that will make them smile, while promoting learning and social development. Activities include: arts & crafts, gymnastics, computers, sports, nature, cooking, water play and a state-of-the-art playground. They’re sure to love the weekly entertainment, including High Touch High Tech, storytellers and animal shows. All of this in a loving and nurturing environment. The program is full time or part time for eight weeks. Free summer VPK is available for those entering kindergarten who have not yet used their voucher. No w enrolling for preschool 2012-13. Call Sandy at (561) 793-2649 for more information, or e-mail psdirector@templebethtorah.net. Tiny Tik es — Tiny Tikes camp is geared toward the elementary-age camper. Daily activities are sure to keep the campers happy, busy and engaged. Trips include bowling, skating and movies weekly, as well as special trips including the zoo, science museum and much more! They have three conveniently located centers which open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. Activities occur throughout the day, both at the center and out on the bus. Meals are included. Call (561) 790-1780 now to reserve your space or visit Tiny Tikes at 16245 Okeechobee Blvd. in Royal Palm Beach. Villari’s of Wellington — Villari’s is pleased to announce its 2012 Kids Summer Boot Camp. The four-week summer camp program offers very simple fitness, confidence and fun for your child. The camp is open to children 8 years and older. Camp staff is pleased to of fer this fastpaced, upbeat approach to both kids fitness and fun. Camp consists of martial arts class, games and crafts. 2012 Kids Summer Boot Camp runs July 2-July 6, July 9-July 13, July 16July 20 and July 23-July 27. It will be closed July 4. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Camp starts promptly at 9 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m. The cost is $189 for one week, $359 for two weeks or $699 for all four weeks. Call (561) 792-1100 to save your space. Villari’s is located at 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd, Suite 7, in the original W ellington Mall. 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, scultpure 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 completed work daily. Total cost includes all free supplies: $190 per week. Call (561) 793-6489 for more information.


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‘Master Harold’ Opens This Weekend At P.B. Dramaworks Palm Beach Dramaworks, West Palm Beach’s only resident professional theater, continues its 12th anniversary season with Athol Fugard’s play Master Harold… and the Boys on Friday, April 6 at 8 p.m. at the company’s Don &Ann Brown Theatre at 201 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. Specially priced preview performances are slated for April 4 and 5 with regularly scheduled curtain times through Sunday, April 29. Based on Fugard’s early life in South Africa, Master Harold… and the Boys tells the story of Willie and Sam, two black waiters who work in the St. George’s Park Tea Room, and Hally, the tea-room owner’s son. Hally has known Willie and Sam all his life and is very fond of them both; however, on one rainy day in

1950 their wide-ranging discussions illustrate all that unites us and the gulf that still divides us. Considered to be one of Fugard’s greatest pieces, Master Harold… and the Boys tells the universal story of human relationships that are put to the test by societal and personal forces. Producing Artistic Director William Hayes will direct the production featuring Paul Bodie, Summer Hill Seven and Jared McGuire. The play will feature scenery designed by Michael Amico, costumes designed by Erin Amico, lights designed by Ron Burns and sound designed by Rich Szczublewski. Fugard, a South African playwright, actor and director, dedicated much of his talent to the analysis and commentary on Apartheid. His plays were often controversial and

many were initially banned from being produced in his homeland. His many political and racially driven plays include No-Good Friday, The Blood Knot, Sizwe Bansi Is Dead and My Children! My Africa! Most recently, Fugard received the Special 2011 Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement. Palm Beach Dramaworks’ 12th anniversary season will conclude with Proof by David Auburn (May 25 through June 17). The performance schedule is as follows: evening performances will take place at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Matinee performances will take place at 2 p.m. Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Individual tickets cost $55 for all performances. Student tickets are available for $10.

Group rates for 20 or more and discounted season subscriptions are also available. Palm Beach Dramaworks is a nonprofit, professional theater and is a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the South Florida Theatre League, the Southeastern Theatre Conference, the Florida Professional Theatres Association, the Florida Theatre Conference and the Palm Beach County Cultural Council. Dramaworks’ new Don & Ann Brown Theater is located in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach. For additional information, call the box office at (561) 514-4042, open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., or visit www. palmbeachdramaworks.org.

‘Better Than Damn Good’ Premiere April 23 At Mizner Park

Stuart Meltzer

Parade Productions, Boca Raton’s newest theater company, will follow up its successful debut production of Donald Margulies’ Brooklyn Boy with a reading of South Florida playwright Stuart Meltzer’s comedy Better Than Damn Good. The reading will take place Monday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Studio at Mizner Park in Boca Raton. Written in a sophisticated voice reminiscent of a young Woody Allen, Meltzer’s tour de force comedy follows a group of Manhattanites through their complicated, toofunny, too-real dilemmas. Director Kim St. Leon has assembled a top-notch cast, including Michael McKeever, Michael Gioia, Jacqueline Laggy, Kim Ostrenko, Nan Walter, Linda Ellis, Candace Caplin, Natasha Waisfeld and Meltzer himself. All will participate in a

talk-back following the performance. Recognized as one of South Florida’s finest and busiest directors, Meltzer enjoys writing immensely. “It is an enormously fun and creative time for me when I get to put on the playwright’s hat,” he said. “I don’t often get that opportunity, but it is one that feels the most comfortable, oddly enough. And I am thrilled to have my play read with the wonderful creative and producing team at Parade Productions. Being a new theater company in South Florida, it is wonderful to have another place where local playwrights can workshop material and hear it read. Kim St. Leon is an incredible director who understands my style and rhythms very well. She totally understands the characters, and I feel very happy that she likes the play as much as she does.”

Meltzer is the artistic director and a founding member of Zoetic Stage. He directed The SantaLand Diaries, Michael McKeever’s world premiere play Moscow and the world premiere of Christopher Demos-Brown’s Captiva, for which he is currently nominated for a Carbonell Award for Best Director of a Play. In 2010, he directed Zoetic Stage’s critically acclaimed inaugural production of South Beach Babylon. Previously, Meltzer served as the artistic director of City Theatre in Miami, where he oversaw and expanded the Summer Shorts Festival. His New York credits include Romulus Linney’s Gint, Harold Pinter’s One for the Road, Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls, as well as Slawomir Morzek’s Striptease. South Florida directing credits in-

clude Kiss of the Spider Woman, Painted Alice, Barefoot Boy with Shoes On, Everything Will Be Different and Melt. He received his MFA in directing from the Actors Studio in 2002 and BFA from New World School of the Arts in Miami, where he currently serves as part of the adjunct faculty. Parade Productions is a not-forprofit theater company whose mission is “to produce high quality theatre experiences that entertain, enlighten, inform, uplift and inspire audiences, sending them home with new thoughts, insights, questions and ideas.” Tickets cost $12 and can be purchased online at www.parade productions.org or by calling (866) 811-4111. For group sales, call (561) 291-9678. The Studio at Mizner Park is located at 201 Plaza Real.

L.W. Playhouse ‘Wine & Dine’ Fundraiser April 18 At Paradiso The Lake Worth Playhouse is closing out its 59th season in high style. The playhouse will host a unique fundraising event Thursday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Paradiso Ristorante, an elegant restaurant two blocks from the playhouse that draws fans from all over Palm Beach and attracts rave reviews. The evening will center around a wine tasting featuring a variety of fine wines for sampling. Each wine will be accompanied by specially prepared hors d’oeuvre selection, allowing each guest to sample a diversity or wines and complementing dishes. Guests will be entertained throughout the evening by Paradiso’s host present to provide unique information of the history of the wines. In addition, the principal cast of The Music Man will be in attendance, bringing their own

unique flair to the evening’s festivities. Rounding off the evening will be a silent auction featuring items including Disney Park Hopper tickets, a stay at the Colony Hotel, a TooJay’s gift certificate, an Eye Candy sugar designer cake, a Palm Beach Zoo membership, a PGA gift certificate and a Lake Worth Playhouse gift certificate. The Lake Worth Playhouse is a nonprofit community theater with a diverse array of offerings, including award-winning dramas, comedies, musicals, area premieres, Broadway favorites, children’s shows, ballets and operas on film, live concerts, improv comedy and alternative programming. In addition to its main stage theatrical fare, the playhouse presents year-round independent and foreign

films in the Stonzek Theatre, an intimate black-box style theater equipped with a large viewing screen and high-definition projection. The playhouse is proud to offer a variety of educational programs for adults and children, as well as community outreach initiatives that bring cultural programs into the neighborhoods of underserved youth and also make theater available free of charge for disadvantaged citizens in the community. Angelo Romano, master chef and owner of Paradiso Ristorante, has accumulated and honed his culinary skills by working at a wide range of luxurious resort towns including the Italian Riviera, Capri, Anacapri, Bermuda and Palm Beach. Romano’s background has influenced his desire to include only the

freshest ingredients in his menu selections. He was only 14 years old when he was chosen for a summer job at the restaurant Faraglioni, located on Capri, the island know for its mouthwatering Mediterranean cuisine. There, Romano learned tricks of the trade from the best chefs of northern Italy, France and Switzerland. Romano’s passion and enthusiasm for his restaurants and Italian cuisine have earned him two longrunning successful dining establishments with superlative reputations in an industry that is notoriously fickle in its tastes. Paradiso Ristorante is located at 625 Lucerne Ave. in downtown Lake Worth. Valet, street and lot parking are available. Tickets cost $40 and can be purchased through the Lake Worth

Playhouse box office at (561) 5866410 or at the playhouse web site at www.lakeworthplayhouse.org.


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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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Royal Palm Beach Baseball Squad Tops Wellington 7-3 By Gene Nardi Town-Crier Staff Report The Wellington High School varsity baseball team hosted rival Royal Palm Beach on Thursday, March 29, and fell to the visiting Wildcats 7-3. Royal Palm Beach (17-2) took a one-run lead early in the first inning on a walk. The Wildcats had the bases loaded, and Wellington (6-11) walked the next batter, forcing the score. Royal Palm Beach added two more runs in the second inning when Chris Barr smacked a triple into right field, sending two runners to the plate, extending his team’s lead. The Wol-

verines closed the gap a bit, adding a run in the second, then added two more in the bottom of the third to tie the contest 3-3. The Wildcats drove in one more run in the fifth inning and shut down the Wolverines the rest of the way. Royal Palm Beach managed three more runs in the final inning to make the final score 7-3. Both squads had four hits apiece. The Wildcats had one error, while Wellington made two. Key performers of the game were Royal Palm Beach’s Justin Lauginger, who pitched a complete game; Chris Barr, who had three base hits, two RBIs and two runs scored; and

Connor Brennan, who had three RBIs. Wellington’s Peter Rivera and Danny Bigtree each had one RBI. Royal Palm Beach traveled to Forest Hill on Friday, March 30, defeating the Falcons 13-0 in five innings. Wellington lost a close game to host Palm Beach Gardens, falling 43. Despite Palm Beach Gardens putting up three errors, they were able to pull out the victory over the Wolverines. Wellington hosted Palm Beach Central on Tuesday night, and the host Broncos defeated the Wolverines 6-3. The Wolverines travel to William T. Dwyer High School on Friday for a 7 p.m. game. Wellington first baseman Kaelan Jacobs shows the umpire he has control of the ball, but RPB’s Kevin Scranton is ruled safe.

RPB’s Chris Barr slides into third base, while Wellington third baseman Peter Rivera tries to bring down the ball for the tag.

Wellington first baseman Kaelan Jacobs runs to second.

Wellington catcher James Lovett dives back to first after a big lead-off, while RPB first baseman Chris Barr makes the catch. PHOTOS BY GENE NARDI/TOWN-CRIER

Lady Broncos Softball Team Shuts Out Royal Palm Beach 9-0 By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report The Palm Beach Central High School girls varsity softball team visited Royal Palm Beach on Friday, March 31 and shut out the Lady Wildcats 9-0. The Lady Broncos came out

Palm Beach Central’s Alexandra VanWagner swings for a hit.

Bronco Sara Vazquez runs for home plate.

strong, making key plays that helped them offensively, while maintaining a solid defense to keep the Lady Wildcats from scoring. Palm Beach Central scored three runs early in the game, leaving Royal Palm Beach trying to catch up. Then, in the sixth inning, the Lady Broncos put away the win with six back-to-back runs. Alexandra VanWagner got on base, and Alex Pisa drove her to second. A hit by Sara Vazquez loaded the bases, and Kristen Garceau drove them home. But they weren’t finished. Errors by the Lady Wildcats allowed Palm Beach Central to bring in more runners. Runs by Garceau, Victoria Manning and Amanda Blanchard sealed the Lady Broncos’ win 9-0. Palm Beach Central traveled to William T. Dwyer High School on Wednesday, April 4, while Royal Palm Beach traveled to Seminole Ridge High School on Thursday, April 5, but results were not available at press time.

Wildcat Jenna Bellach takes her swing.

RPB’s Bethany Alex winds up. PHOTOS BY LAUREN MIRÓ/TOWN-CRIER


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Kelley Farmer Wins $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby The 2012 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival drew to a close last Sunday. The featured attraction of the day was the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Stadium, and Kelley Farmer rode Nancy Amling’s Taken to victory. Competition concluded in the International Arena with the junior and amateur-owner jumpers competing in their final classics. Beginning in the morning, Abigail McArdle jumped to victory in the $10,000 Griffis Group High Junior Jumper Classic aboard Bravoman. Cara Dayton and Caballero 81 earned top honors in the $10,000 Charles Owen Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, and Alexandra Crown and Can Be Good won the $10,000 South Florida SportChassis Low Junior Jumper Classic. In the Beval Palm Beach Adult Medal, Tracey Mack-Gorin won the final class, while MacNamara won the circuit award. Schaefer Raposa wrapped her last week with wins in the Marley Goodman Small and Antares Lar ge 16-17 Junior Hunters. The $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby was the highlight class of the day and held on the grass derby field at the Stadium. The top 25 finishers from Saturday’s first

round returned for their handy round and jumped over a variety of fences, including the hedge brush, table bank and derby bank. There were 16 jumps on the course designed by Bobby Murphy, and it tested not only the horses’ versatility, but their stamina. The first horse in the ring was Charleston Z, ridden and owned by Victoria Press. The junior rider scored a 182 in the second round to move from 25th to 12th place. A big move from ninth to second place came from Declaration, ridden by Scott Stewart for Fashion Farm. Stewart and Declaration picked up a gallop and had no troubles on the course. The judges rewarded them with a second round score of 218 for a total of 396 for second place. Jennifer Alfano and Jersey Boy were sitting in second place after the first round, and they had a solid second round trip to finish with a total of 386.5 points for third place. Ireland’s Alan Wade set the courses in the International Arena all week and finished out with a successful day last Sunday. In the $10,000 Charles Owen Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, 76 entries showed and 21 cleared the course to advance to the jump-off. Sixteen jumped double clear, and

Dayton and Caballero 81 had the fastest round in 30.085 seconds for the win. Chandra Cummin and Ornella R placed second in 30.917 seconds. Michaelle Navarro-Grau and Maharshi finished third with a time of 31.052 seconds. The $10,000 South Florida SportChassis Low Junior Jumper Classic completed the day’s competition with a win for 16-year-old Alexandra Crown and her mount Can Be Good, a 12-year-old German-bred Holsteiner mare. That class saw 54 entries and 17 made it to the jump-off. Eight jumped double clear, and Crown and Can Be Good finished with the fastest jump-off time in 29.700 seconds for the win. Jackson Brittan and Silver Oak Farm LLC’s Torpedo finished second with their time of 30.195 seconds. Victoria Colvin andAx-Cent, owned by Rivers Edge, placed third in 30.468 seconds. The first class in the International Arena last Sunday morning was the $10,000 Griffis Group High Junior Jumper Classic. There were 25 entries and just three were clean to advance to the jump-off. Class winner McArdle, 17, of Barrington, Ill., rode Bravoman, an 11-year-old Argentine stallion, to victory. They gained the victory over Lillie Keenan

Kelley Farmer and Taken. PHOTO COURTESY SPORTFOT

on Abigail Wexner’s Zycarla Z and Kira Kerkorian on Malcolm. Mack-Gorin of Mystic, Conn., surpassed a field of 15 to claim top honors in last week’s Beval Palm Beach Adult Medal. The race to accumulate the highest number of points this season, and be named circuit champion in the division, remained close up to the very end. Ultimately, MacNamara of Philadelphia, Pa., pulled ahead by just one point above Mack-Gorin to win the series with 64 points. In the Junior Hunter arena, Ra-

posa wowed judges atop her Marley Goodman Small and Antares Large Junior 16-17 mounts, Turtle Bay and Enzo. Raposa captured the championship tricolor in both divisions, earning 28 points on Turtle Bay, a bay Warmblood gelding owned by Terrapin Hill Farm LLC, and 40.5 points on Enzo, an 8-yearold chestnut Warmblood owned by David Oberkircher. The 2012 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival has come to a close. For full results, visit www. showgroundslive.com.

This Week at The Four Arts Exhibit Extended! Now On Display Through Sunday, April 29 Recapturing the Real West:The Collections of William I. Koch $5 • (561) 655-7226 On Display All Season Florida’s Wetlands • No charge • (561) 655-2776 Ongoing Mondays,Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. Campus on the Lake Class:Yogalates with Rassika Sabine Bourgi $15 per session • (561) 805-8562 Sunday, April 8 Easter: Offices, Libraries, Gallery and Gardens Closed Monday, April 9 at 10:30 a.m. (Preschool); 2:30 p.m. (Family) Story Time: Rain Day No charge • (561) 655-2776

Tuesday, April 10 at 3 p.m. Campus on the Go: Wildlife Odysseys with Claudine Laabs: Nature Lovers Delight, Green Cay and Wakodahatchee $65 • Reservations required • (561) 805-8562 Tuesday, April 10 at 5:30 p.m. or Wednesday, April 11 at 11 a.m. Book Discussion: Clara and Mr.Tiffany by Susan Vreeland Thursday, April 12 at 10:30 a.m. (Preschool); 2:30 p.m. (Family) Story Time: Flower Day • No charge • (561) 655-2776 Friday, April 13 Western Film Festival: Unforgiven (R) at 2:30 and 8 p.m. and McCabe and Mrs. Miller (R) at 5:15 p.m. Sunday, April 15 at 3 p.m. Concert: Kruger Brothers with Special Guests The Amernet String Quartet • $15 • (561) 805-8562

FOUR ARTS. FOR EVERYONE.

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Teams Announced For The April 14 Gay Polo Tournament Marc and Melissa Ganzi, owners of the Grand Champions Polo Club and honorary chairs of the third annual International Gay Polo Tournament, have announced the professional players who will anchor the four teams: Jason Crowder, Nic Roldan, Joey Casey and Juan Bollini. The event will take place Saturday, April 14 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Grand Champions Polo Club in Wellington. Crowder, rated 6 goals, grew up on a polo field. As a child, he lived in a condo on the edge of the main field at the Santa Barbara Polo Club. He played on the undefeated Lucchese team that swept the 20-goal series. Crowder was crowned MVP of the

2011 Pacific Coast Open and currently plays for the Piaget polo team in the 20-goal series. Roldan, rated 7 goals, is one of the top professional polo players in the world and holds many of the highest accolades in the sport, including being the youngest player to ever win the U.S. Open Polo Championship at age 15. Roldan is a brand ambassador for luxury Swiss watchmaker Piaget and a Wilhelmina model. Casey is a former 7-goaler and has played professional polo for 28 years. His family has been breeding polo ponies for more than 40 years. He is recognized as a great horseman and one of the most experi-

enced American players. Currently rated at 4 goals, Casey’s career highlights include six-time Sunshine League Championship and fourtime winner of the International Gold Cup Championships, USPA Gold Cup Championship along with playing in numerous U.S. Opens. Bollini is a former 8-goaler, currently rated 5 goals. Bollini has won many tournaments including the Gold Cup, the Monty Waterbury and the East Coast Open. The Polo Gear/Palm Beach Rox Team will include GPL players Talbot Logan of New York, Dwight Tran of Connecticut and Jean-Marc Herouin of California, and will be led by Roldan.

Acreage Flag Football Registration Acreage Flag Football (AFF) will begin registration this month for its co-ed flag football fall season. Registration dates are April 14 and 28, and May 12 and 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the pavilion at Acreage Community Park. 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 division. Teams must consist of no fewer than seven players, must have an adult coach/manager, and all players must be 18 years old or younger as of Sept. 1 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 Acreage Community 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 flagfootball.com for individual registration forms and team registration forms.

Logan is the vice president of marketing for Ralph Lauren and got his start in show jumping. “I was very interested in competing in a horse sport that was also team based,” he said. “The excitement of the game and the opportunity to travel to great locations is a huge draw.” Phil Tremo of Palm Beach and Washington, D.C., Gina Padilla of California and Dan Haynia of New York will play on the Cedar Crest Stables/Star Meadow Team, anchored by Casey. Tremo also rode in the hunter/ jumper world before he found the sport of polo. “What’s really different about polo is that it is much more competitive to me,” Tremo said. “I love the team aspect of it. What I didn’t understand about polo was that there’s so much to the sport in terms of strategy and tactics.” Tom Landry of California, Mark Bennett of Palm Beach and Gordon Ross of Canada make up the Gordon W. Ross Team-Re/Max to be led by Crowder. “I never participated in sports and had never ridden a horse,” Landry recalled. “When I learned about GPL, I thought I would give it a try. Immediately I was hooked.

It appeals to me on several different levels; the personal physical challenge of riding and learning the sport, and the team experience and camaraderie.” GPL founder Chip McKenney of California, Jack Hoffman of New York and Christine Vermes of California will make up the Gamma Mu team, anchored by Bollini. “I tried the gay businessmen’s association, the gay lawyers’ association and none of those really resonated with me,” McKenney said, discussing why he founded the GPL. “I didn’t want to sit around at cocktail parties, I wanted to do something. I started to play a little polo and it occurred to me that this would be a great sport to bring to the gay and lesbian community.” For tickets or additional information about the tournament, call (561) 753-3389 or visit www.gaypolo tournament.blog.com/tickets.


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Saturday, April 7 • The Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association will walk John Prince Park in Lake Worth on Saturday, April 7 at 7:30 a.m. Set your own pace and walk the distance you choose, with breakfast afterward at TooJay’s. Call Paul Cummings at (561) 963-9906 for more info. • Visit the Wellington Green Market on Saturday, April 7 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. • Wellington’s Annual Egg Hunt will take place Saturday, April 7 beginning at 10 a.m. on the sof tball fields at Village Park (11700 Pierson Road). The egg hunt will be divided into four age groups: age 2 and under, 3-4, 57 and 8-10. Families are encouraged to arrive early. For info., visit www.wellingtonfl.gov. • Nature’s Center (5301 State Road 7, Lake Worth) will host “Composting and Backyard Gardening” on Saturday, April 7 at 2 p.m. Join in-house botanist Julia Gehring to discuss the proper techniques of composting at home. The class is free to the public and walk-ins are welcome. Call (561) 434-5777 to register. Visit www.thenaturescenter.com for more info. Sunday, April 8 • St. Peter’s United Methodist Church will host a sunrise service Sunday, April 8 at 6:30 a.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 7935712 or visit www.stpetersumc.org for info. • The Loxahatchee chapter of the Florida Trail Association hike Jonathan Dickinson State Park in southern Martin County on Sunday, April 8. Meet at the front gate on U.S. 1 at 8 a.m. Bring two full bottles of water to keep hydrated. Call Mary Miller at (561) 391-7942 for more info. Monday, April 9 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature Simple Seasonal Origami on Monday, April 9 at 4 p.m. for age 8 and up. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District Board of Supervisors will meet Monday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the district office (101 West D Road). Call (561) 7930884 for more info. Tuesday, April 10 • Na’amat USA, Sharon Chapter of Royal Palm Beach will host a discussion of the film Sarah’s Key on Tuesday, April 10 at 11:30 a.m. at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center (151 Civic Center Way, Royal Palm Beach). The discussion will be led by Terry

Thowdis, and a light lunch will be served. RSVP to Joan Berkowitz at (561) 790-1443. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Behind the Scenes at Saturday Night Live & NBC” on Tuesday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m. Cameraman Jan Kasoff will share stories and memorabilia from when he worked at Saturday Night Live. Register online at www.pbclibrary.org/nlw. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington Village Council will meet Tuesday, April 10 at 7 p.m. at the municipal complex (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). For more info., call (561) 791-4000 or visit www.wellingtonfl.gov. Wednesday, April 11 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Board Game Challenge on Wednesday, April 11 at 3 p.m. for age 6 and up. Challenge others to Chutes and Ladders, Candyland and other board games. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host a “Fancy Nancy Tea Party” on Wednesday, April 11 at 4 p.m. for ages 4 to 7. Play gorgeous games and create fancy crafts to celebrate the most divine diva. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Safety Council of Palm Beach County will present a Basic Driver Improvement Course on Wednesday, April 11 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Wellington High School (2101 Greenview Shores Blvd., Wellington). Visit www.safetycouncilpbc.org for more information, or call (561) 845-8233. • The Indian Trail Improvement District Board of Supervisors will meet Wednesday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the district office (13476 61st St. North). Call (561) 793-0874 or visit www.indiantrail.com for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host a Poetry Workshop on Wednesday, April 11 at 7 p.m. for adults. Award-winning poet Stacie Kiner will critique and discuss some of the world’s finest contemporary and classic poetr y. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. Thursday, April 12 • The Palms West Community Foundation will present its Red Stiletto Women of the Year Awards on Thursday, April 12 at noon at the Breakers West Country Club (1550 Flagler Parkway, West Palm Beach). For more info., call Maureen Gross at (561) 7906200 or e-mail maureen@palmswest.com. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Forging Your Financial FuSee CALENDAR, page 45


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COMMUNITY CALENDAR CALENDAR, continued from page 44 ture” on Thursday, April 12 at 2:30 p.m. for adults. The Financial Planning Association of the Gold Coast will offer an informative talk about retirement plans. Call (561) 7906070 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host “All Hands On Craft” on Thursday, April 12 at 2:30 p.m. for adults. Make and take a whimsical book sculpture and check out the library’s favorite craft books. Materials will be provided. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host “Kings & Queens Story Time” on Thursday, April 12 at 3:30 p.m. for ages 3 to 6.Celebrate the birthday of Hans Christian Andersen with fairy tales, songs and a simple craft. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce will host a mixer Thursday, April 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Ncognito Fitness (420 S. State Road 7, Royal Palm Beach). Call (561) 790-6200 or visit www. cpbchamber.com for more info. • The Safety Council of Palm Beach County will host a Motorcycle Course on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, April 12, 14 and 15 at Wellington High School (2101 Greenview Shores Blvd.). This combined classroom and road course is now required for motorcycle endorsement. Hours are Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit www.safetycouncil pbc.org for info., or call (561) 845-8233. • The Western Communities Council will meet Thursday, April 12 at 7 p.m. at Royal Palm Beach Village Hall (1050 Royal Palm Beach Blvd.). Call (561) 790-5100 or visit www.royalpalmbeach.com for more info. • The King’s Academy (8401 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach) will present a 25th anniversary production of Boublil & Schönberg’s legendary musical Les Misérables April 12-21. Show times are 7 p.m. April 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21, and 1 p.m. April 14 and 21. Tickets cost $15 to $25 and can be ordered online at www.tkafinearts.net or by calling (888) 718-4253. Friday, April 13 • The Wellington Open Golf Championship will take place Friday, April 13 at the Binks Forest Golf Club (400 Binks Forest Drive). Play will be in professional and amateur divisions. Call (561) 333-5731 or visit www. binksforestgc.com for more info. • The sixth annual Jenna McCann Memo-

rial Golf Tournament will take place Friday, April 13 at the Madison Green Golf Club (2001 Crestwood Blvd. N.). Check-in is at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. An awards presentation, dinner and silent auction will follow. For more info., contact Tom Leinwol at (561) 632-0341 or t.leinwol@ yahoo.com. • Wellington’s finest dining establishments will offer their tastiest samplings Friday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center at Flavors of Wellington 2012. In addition to sampling great food, attendees will enjoy an evening of dancing to a 25-piece stage band. Tickets cost $25 in advance and $30 at the door. VIP reserved tables begin at $300. Call the Wellington Chamber at (561) 792-6525 or visit www.wellingtonchamber.com for more info. Saturday, April 14 • St. Peter’s United Methodist Church (12200 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will hold its firstever Adult Amateur Co-Ed Dodgeball Tournament on Saturday, April 14. Registration costs $180 per team. Fees include a day full of double-elimination tournament play and a meal ticket for each player. For more info., contact Kevin Drummond at (561) 5125644 or spumcdodgeball@gmail.com. • The annual Royal Palm Beach Community Garage Sale will take place Saturday, April 14 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Veterans Park on Royal Palm Beach Blvd. A free shuttle will provide pick-up and drop-off at the Cultural Center and Village Hall. For more info., call (561) 790-5149. • The Wellington Garden Club will host “Secret Gardens of Wellington: A Garden Tour” Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit a variety of beautifully planted gardens. Tickets cost $20 in advance, available April 7 at Whole Foods Market (2635 State Road 7, Wellington) and at the Wellington Green Market (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.), and $25 the day of the tour, sold only at First Baptist Church of Wellington (12700 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). For info., call (561) 791-1561 or e-mail info@wellingtongardenclub.org. • The third annual International Gay Polo Tournament will take place Saturday, April 14 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Grand Champions Polo Club in Wellington. For tickets, call (561) 753-3389 or visit www.gaypolotournament. blog.com/tickets. Send calendar items to: The Town-Crier, 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 31, Wellington, FL 33414. FAX: (561) 793-6090. Email: news@gotowncrier.com.

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

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

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

COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS CAMP COUNSELORS — needed for Summer Horse Camp. Must have experience with Horses, and be over the age of 13. 561-7934109 FRONT DESK CLERK — for operating the front desk of hotel, good verbal and written communication skills, spontaneous desire to assist others and provide excellent customer service, flexible schedule needed, mainly night shift, weekends and holidays. Experience preferred. Please send resume via email or fax. info@royalinnhotel.com Fax 561-795-1502 SEAMSTRESS WANTED — Minimum 4 years experience. Use of Industrial Machine. Call 561-3015338

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

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

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

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

RJA PAINTING & DECORATING, INC. — Interior Exterior, Faux Finish, Residential,Commercial.Lic. #U17536 Rocky Armento, Jr. 561793-5455 561-662-7102 J&B PRESSURE CLEANING & PAINTING, INC. — Established 1984. All types of pressure cleaning, roofs, houses, driveways, patios etc. Commercial & Residential. Interior & Exterior painting. Certified pressure cleaning & painting contractor. Lic. #U21552 Call Butch 309-6975 or visit our website at www.jbpressurecleaningandpainting.com

JOHN PERGOLIZZI PAINTING INC. — Interior/Exterior - Repaint specialist, pressure cleaning, popcorn ceiling, drywall repair & roof painting. Family owned/owner operator. Free Est. 798-4964 Lic. #U18473

THE MASTER HANDYMAN — All Types of Home Repairs & Improvements. No job too big or small done right the first time every time 40 yrs of satisfied customers. See me on Angies List. Tom (561) 801-2010 or (954) 444-3178 Serving Palm Beach and Broward Counties. BILLY’S HOME REPAIRS INC. REMODEL & REPAIRS — Interior Trim, crown molding, rottenwood repair, door inst allation, minor d r y w a l l , k i t c h e n s / c a b i n e ts / countertops, wood flooring. Bonded and Insured U#19699. Call 7919900 or 628-9215 HANDYMAN AND CLEANING SERVICES — Caza Services for all your handyman and cleaning needs. 18 years experience. No job is too small. Call us today. Insured 561-802-8300 or 754-242-3459

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

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

COLORS BY CORO, INC. — Int./ Ext. residential painting, over 20 yrs exp. Small Jobs welcome. Free est. Ins. 561-383-8666. Owner/Operated. Lic.# U20627 Ins. Wellington Resident \ JEREMY JAMES PLUMBING — Licensed plumber, legitimate estimate. Water heaters, new construction. CFC1426242. Bonded Insured. CFC1426242. 561-6016458

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

MINOR ROOF REPAIRS DON HARTMANN ROOFING — Roof painting, Carpentry. Lic. #U13677 967-5580 ROBERT G. HARTMANN ROOFING — Specializing in rep airs. Free estimates, Bonded,insured. Lic. #CCC 058317 Ph: 561-790-0763. ROOFING REPAIRS REROOFING ALL TYPES — Pinewood Construction, Inc. Honest and reliable. Serving Palm Beach County for over 20 years. Call Mike 561-3090134 Lic. Ins. Bonded. CGC023773 RC-0067207

ROBERT CHERRY ROOFING INC Reroofing - Repair - Waterproofing 561-791-2612 or 954-741-4580 State Lic.& Ins. #CCC-1326048 JOHN C. BEALE BUILDING & ROOFING — Additions, remodeling, roof rep airs & replacements, screened porches. Licensed & Insured. Call for Free Estimates. 561798-6448 ccc1326383 ccc1250306

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

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

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

Available for immediate occupancy. Three-bedroom, two-bath villastyle home in desirable River Bridge gated community. Newly renovated, modern kitchen with granite and stainless appliances. Tile floor throughout. Two-car garage. Move-in ready. Steps from community pool. Access to private rec facilities. Cable TV, lawn maintenance and 24-hour security included. Available for rent, $1,550/ month. Call Josh at (561) 315-6727 for more info.

GOLDEN LAKES VILLAGE — 55 and over 1 bedroom, 1-1/2 bath, unfurnished upper apartment, walkin closets, waterview, clean and bright, near clubhouse, with all amenities. Annual lease includes water and cable $600 monthly. Principles only 561-478-7115

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

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

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

TREES TRIMMED AND REMOVED — 561-798-0412 D.M. YOUNG TREE SERVICE. Family Owned & Operated Lic. & Insured 1992-12121 Visit our website at dmyoungtreeservice.com

PAPERHANGING BY DEBI — Professional Installation,Removal. Repair of Paper. Neat, Clean & Reliable. Quality work with a woman's touch. 30 years experience. No Job too big or too small. Lic. & Ins. References available. 561-795-5263

HOUSE FOR SALE — 3 bedroom/ 2 bath home, 10.5 plus acres, also approved to be sub-divided into 4 parcels. Horse Lover’s Dream. Wellington Little Ranches. 12033 Acme Road Just Reduced Please call Julie Poof, 561-222-0601or rent $3500/monthly LOVELY 2/2 CONDO — with terrace view of new dressage club in gated Palm Beach Polo Country Club. Storage rooms, garage parking, pool, pet friendly. Updated, spacious and possible to buy furnished. Washer/Dryer/Storage Room. Close to showgrounds. $200,000 203-820-5923

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 continental trailer. $14,500 561762-7000


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Corner of Pierson Rd. and South Shore Blvd., Wellington, Florida â&#x20AC;˘ 561-793-5867 â&#x20AC;˘ www.globaldressagefestival.com Free General Admission. For reserved or premiere seating, fine dining options, or group sales (10-500 people), call or text Annette Goyette at 561-779-1660 or email annette@equestriansport.com


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