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Lox Council OKs Negotiations With New Waste Contractor

Volume 40, Number 32 August 23 - August 29, 2019

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The Loxahatchee Groves Town Council approved a motion Tuesday, Aug. 20 for town staff to negotiate with a new solid waste disposal contractor, Coastal Waste & Recycling, while continuing negotiations with its current contractor, Waste Pro. Page 3

Tree’s Wings To Compete At National Buffalo Wing Festival

A local icon in Royal Palm Beach, Tree’s Wings & Ribs is heading to the big show in Buffalo, N.Y., this Labor Day weekend to compete against the best wing-makers in the world. Page 7

The Royal Palm Beach Seniors Activities Group held a birthday celebration for its two oldest seniors on Friday, Aug. 16 at the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center. Kathleen Stavropulos and Attis Solomon, shown above, both will turn 97 years old soon. Friends and family were on hand, and everyone had a box lunch and cake. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 7 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

The Okeeheelee Nature Center Hosts Unique Owl-Themed Yoga Class

On Saturday, Aug. 17, the Okeeheelee Nature Center held an Owl Yoga class. Four owls were perched in corners of the room while Layna Moehl, a yoga teacher and naturalist, led participants through the poses. Page 8

Temple B’nai Jacob Starts Fall Season With Open House

Temple B’nai Jacob of Wellington held an open house on Sunday, Aug. 18, offering the community the opportunity to meet with the new rabbinical team of Rabbi David Abrams and Rabbi Matan Peled. Page 15

Wolverines Drop Kickoff Classic Game 43-7 To Treasure Coast

The Wellington High School football team hosted Treasure Coast High School on Friday, Aug. 16 for a pre-season kickoff classic game, falling to the perennial powerhouse Titans 43-7. Page 19 DEPARTMENT INDEX NEWS...............................3 - 18 NEWS BRIEFS......................... 7 SCHOOLS................................ 9 COLUMNS............................. 16 BUSINESS............................. 17 CALENDAR............................ 18 SPORTS......................... 19 - 20 CLASSIFIEDS................ 21 - 22 Visit Us On The Web At WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM

Players Club Owner Gets First Approval For Condo Project

By Gina M. Capone Town-Crier Staff Report Wellington’s Planning, Zoning & Adjustment Board granted approvals last week that could turn the site of the Players Club into 50 luxury condominiums. Known as the Players Club Residences, the project included several related items for the board to consider. Two of the items were regarding building height: a comprehensive plan text amendment and a zoning text amendment to allow building heights in excess of 35 feet. Property owner Neil Hirsch and Sperin LLC also asked for a comprehensive plan amendment to modify the property from Commercial Recreation to Residential F, as well as a master plan amendment allowing 50 dwelling units and formalizing the access points that exist on the site. The site plan currently proposes

a four-story, 42-unit condo building with underground parking spaces and detached eight-unit townhouses with 14 underground spaces. However, there has been some discussion to include all the units in a single building. Currently known as the Players Club Residences, the project will in the future be marketed as Coach House Wellington. Jon Schmidt of the architectural firm Schmidt Nichols represented Hirsch in front of the board on Wednesday, Aug. 14 regarding changes to the 5.58-acre site located at 13410 South Shore Blvd. “Mr. Hirsch has assembled an A-1 team behind this,” Schmidt said. “This team is diligently working weekly on the design details for this project to create an ultra-high, luxury-end condominium project. We feel we are responding to a void in the Wellington market, which is a

lock-and-leave, full-service condominium building.” The sticking point with staff has been the building’s height. Schmidt said that is necessary to maintain large setbacks and plenty of greenery. “We have considerable setbacks that I will show you in the site plan,” he said. “When we are able to go to this height, we are able to put parking underneath the building, and that provides considerable additional green space on the site. We are going to be well over the code and 50 percent green.” Since the property will be marketed to equestrians, Schmidt said that it will actually reduce traffic in the area. “We are contiguous to the EOZD [Equestrian Overlay Zoning District],” Schmidt explained. “This creates walkability to the [equestrian] venues. It reduces See PLAYERS CLUB, page 18

Wellington Puts A Focus On Fixing Thoroughfare Hedges

By Gina M. Capone Town-Crier Staff Report Hedges are an important aesthetic to the Village of Wellington, and Planning & Zoning Manager David Flinchum led a presentation before Wellington’s Architectural Review Board on Wednesday, Aug. 21, explaining what the village would like to see along main thoroughfares, with a special note on what hedge plants thrive and others that should be avoided. The discussion included a look at several residential properties along Forest Hill Blvd., where in some cases, fences and hedges lack uniform coverage, malfunctioning sprinklers do not allow plants to be watered sufficiently to thrive, or sometimes plant growth is combined with weeds and other invasive species. “For those of you who have lived here a while, the Forest Hill Blvd. hedges have long been a topic of discussion,” Flinchum said. “It’s interesting how many times you drive by it. It’s when you

actually walk it that you see a lot of things you don’t realize are there.” Recently, Flinchum and his team have put a focus on hedge issues. “For the past couple of months, we have been marking where these properties are along the thoroughfares, Flinchum said. “Tonight, we are going to concentrate on Forest Hill Blvd., which is a true thoroughfare. It starts outside the village to the east and then runs through the village.” Flinchum focused on properties between Block Island and Guilford. He explained that there are eight open code cases at this time for hedge violations. Some of the properties are homesteaded, and others are landowners who are out of the area. Flinchum showed the board various slides of hedges that were not up to code, and the reasons why they don’t live up to Wellington’s hedge standards. Then he showed slides in a PowerPoint presentation of hedges that were

well-maintained with the look that the village is trying to implement. Photographs of poorly maintained Ficus hedges show thick trunks with little vegetation. The fence is not covered at all by greenery. “If you look at the trunks of a Ficus, once they get over four inches in diameter, they are never going to sprout,” Flinchum explained. “You can top them all you want, but it will not re-grow its skirt. The other problem I see is irrigation. Most of the properties I did see are disconnected or uprooted.” Some property owners don’t have a gate through their fence line and have little access to the area that is growing the hedge, Flinchum noted. “The problem I believe is that people don’t have the access [to the hedge],” he said. “It’s kind of out of sight, out of mind. A lot of these cases, I believe, will be coming to the magistrate probably in September. We will be working See HEDGES, page 4

ITID To Consider Charter Change Creating A Path To Incorporation

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Indian Trail Improvement District Board of Supervisors reviewed a long list of legislative priorities for next year’s state legislative session on Wednesday, Aug. 21, including several items that did not get to the floor of the legislature this year. After an in-depth discussion, the board approved a new goal — to get legislation passed that would allow Acreage residents a possible vote on incorporation. At the head of ITID’s legislative priorities were the completion of the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area levee at a cost of $5.7 million, construction of the M-O Canal gate and continuation of the Moss property stormwater project, each at a cost

of $400,000, which all died in committee. The supervisors still want to pursue those projects but amending ITID’s charter to allow an incorporation vote dominated the discussion. Although special districts such as ITID are forbidden by statute to advocate for incorporation, the electorate can amend the charter to allow incorporation through a voter-initiated referendum. ITID’s lobbyist David Ramba was on hand for the discussion. He noted the situation in Broward County, which in recent years has eliminated all of its unincorporated areas, insisting that all developed land be contained within municipalities. “They no longer have any unincorporated developed land in See ITID BOARD, page 18


More than 300 participants joined in the fun on the courts of the Wellington Tennis Center for the Back to School Tennis Bash on Saturday, Aug. 17. This free event gave kids a sample of Wellington’s Youth Tennis Program. Shown above, six-yearold Calliope Chateau learns how to play tennis. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 5 PHOTO BY CALLIE SHARKEY/TOWN-CRIER

RPB Incumbents To Seek Re-Election

By Callie Sharkey Town-Crier Staff Report While the next municipal election isn’t until March 2020, the three incumbents up for re-election in Royal Palm Beach are already making plans to seek new twoyear terms. Candidates used to have until February to qualify for the ballot. However, due to changes in state law and corresponding requests from the Supervisor of Elections Office, the qualifying period is now two months earlier, with candidates needing to decide by early December. The election will be held Tuesday, March 17, 2020, on the same ballot as Florida’s Presidential Preference Primary. While challengers haven’t yet emerged, Royal Palm Beach Mayor Fred Pinto, Councilwoman Selena Samios and Councilman Jeff Hmara will be seeking re-election. Pinto has been on the Royal Palm Beach Village Council since 2003 and is wrapping up his sec-

ond two-year term as mayor. “We’ve worked hard to get where we are,” he said. “We’ve paid off all our debt, are continuing to provide new services and haven’t raised the tax rate in 25 years. A study recently found Royal Palm Beach to be in the top 10 percent of safest cities, and we are very proud of that.” Creating a unique space for people to settle down and raise their children, or retire and be close to their children, is very important to Pinto. Projects that find immediate use by the community is also high on his list. “One of our big accomplishments is the complete remodel and expansion of the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center. It’s really lovely, and the village residents just love it,” he said, adding that additional touches, such as chandeliers, will be on the way soon. Pinto said he enjoys being in local government and having closer interactions with the community. See RPB ELECTION, page 18

RPBHS Kicker Aims To Help St. Jude’s Kick Cancer

By Gene Nardi Town-Crier Staff Report As if attending high school and being a place kicker/punter for the Royal Palm Beach High School Wildcats football team weren’t enough, senior Dominick Grosso has taken on a community challenge to team up with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to help in the fight against cancer. Grosso explained that the Kicking Cancer program is raising money and awareness for the fight against cancer. Donations can be made online. “I heard about Kicking Cancer at Kohl’s Kicking Camp,” Grosso explained. “One of the representatives was there, and she shared another kicker’s story and informed

me on how to sign up and how the program works.” This struck close to home for Grosso. Last summer, his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, and it heavily impacted the whole family. “My summer consisted of football practices and helping care for her,” Grosso said. “She had several surgeries, and life for our family slowed down. She was very restricted and spent most of her time resting.” When Grosso heard about the Kicking Cancer program, it made him reflect on how it could help his family. “It reminded me of my mom, and I thought about the joy it would bring her when I told her what I was doing,” he said.

The program works through community support. Those interested can visit Grosso’s profile and make donations. “When you make a pledge, every kick I make is money going to my overall goal of raising $1,000. However, it would be wonderful if I was able to raise more,” Grosso said. This is Grosso’s first year participating in the Kicking Cancer program, and he looks forward to meeting those involved at the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “Student athletes mean a lot to the program,” he said. “The more athletes sign up, the more money can be raised toward fighting canSee GROSSO, page 4

Royal Palm Beach kicker Dominick Grosso puts the ball through PHOTO BY GENE NARDI/TOWN-CRIER the uprights to fight cancer.

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Library Director Informs RPB Council Of Available Services

By Callie Sharkey Town-Crier Staff Report Palm Beach County Library System Director Doug Crane gave a special presentation on the past and future of the library system

at the Royal Palm Beach Village Council meeting on Thursday, Aug. 15. “I just want to offer a few highlights about the library service in Royal Palm Beach,” Crane

said. “We lend out material to the public. Yes, books, but beyond books, we provide DVDs, CDs and a growing collection of physical material. Plus, we have a growing collection of electronic

Councilman Richard Valuntas, Councilwoman Selena Samios, Palm Beach County Library System Director Doug Crane, Mayor Fred Pinto, Vice Mayor Jan Rodusky and Councilman Jeff Hmara.


material all available online.” Electronic materials available on a mobile device or home computer include e-books, audio books, videos, music and movies. The library system also recently began circulating mobile hotspots that provide internet access to those who need it. These services are all free with a valid Palm Beach County library card. “Also, we have a few unusual items we’ve begun circulating over the last few years, including citizenship kits for those interested in becoming citizens of the United States,” Crane said. “Birding backpacks is a neat item we introduced this year, which contains all the information and materials you’d want to go out and explore the great birding stretches in our community, including binoculars, birding guides, notebooks and other fun items.” The library also offers free research assistance on nearly any topic, including federal, state and local government. “Not too long ago, we did research for the equestrian community,” Crane said. “There’s always a problem with horses and how we deal with horse waste, so it shows we don’t mind dealing with stinky problems along the way.” Other services include a wide variety of programs for all ages

from babies to seniors, as well as training courses. Computer training is available for those wanting to learn the basics to others looking to create a podcast, and the library system is expanding its resources to include equipment for virtual reality, as well as photo and video editing projects. Council members were impressed by the wide array of resources available. “I didn’t know you could go any place and learn the skills associated with podcasting,” Councilman Jeff Hmara said. “That’s quite an extensive set of capabilities, and, of course, a lot of it is tech-oriented, which really is great stuff.” The Palm Beach County Library System is celebrating its milestone 50th anniversary this year with special events countywide. An official birthday party is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 4 p.m. at the Royal Palm Beach branch library. Mayor Fred Pinto will be reading at the event, along with other special activities. The Royal Palm Beach branch library is located at 500 Civic Center Way, near the southwest intersection of Royal Palm Beach and Okeechobee boulevards. To learn more about programs and services available, call (561) 7906030 or visit

In other business: • Pinto spoke about the recognition that the village recently received from neighbor Loxahatchee Groves on its recent 60th anniversary milestone. He brought with him the award he received from the Loxahatchee Groves Town Council for all the council to see, and Village Clerk Diane DiSanto read the proclamation. • The council voted 5-0 to approve site plan modifications for Our Lady Queen of Peace Cemetery at 10941 Southern Blvd., as requested by George Gentile of the planning firm 2GHO. The plan was a preemptive housekeeping plan to allow for the construction of mausoleums, columbaria, parking and driveways as needed over the next 10 years. • The council also voted unanimously to renew a 30-year franchise agreement with the Florida Power & Light Company, before the existing agreement expires in the first quarter of 2020. “It is keeping the 6 percent franchise fee. However, it will increase the revenue to the village by approximately $88,000 per year,” FP&L representative Stephanie Mitrione said. “The other change is we no longer have the 10 percent holdback each month, so you will receive 100 percent of the revenue at the end of each month.”

Lox Council OKs Negotiations With Second Waste Contractor

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Loxahatchee Groves Town Council approved a motion Tuesday, Aug. 20 for town staff to negotiate with a new solid waste disposal contractor, Coastal Waste & Recycling, while continuing negotiations with its current contractor, Waste Pro. Waste Pro has proposed an increase of $7.50 per month, per household. Assistant Town Manager Francine Ramaglia said staff had talked with other solid waste disposal providers about a contract, including Advanced Disposal, which recently entered into a contract with the City of Westlake, but that firm declined an offer to work with the town. “At our last meeting, you asked if we would go back and see what Advanced Disposal could do for us,” Ramaglia said.

“They were very willing to try to accommodate us as part of an agreement with the Solid Waste Authority. They actually made a capital request so that they could get new equipment, not because we asked for new equipment, but because they have deployed their other equipment, and they were turned down for their capital request. I’m not surprised by that, because they are in the middle of a six-month transition prior to acquisition. They said they were very sorry, but their equipment had already been deployed to Westlake.” The town has also been continuing to speak with Chris Schulle, regional division manager for Waste Pro, the town’s current contractor. “Chris and Waste Pro are very happy to work with us in terms of looking at changing our business model, and they appreciated all

the different suggestions from the selection committee,” Ramaglia said. However, for a one-year renewal, their price would be $42 per month, per residence, up from $35.50 per month. “They also have some significant equipment maintenance costs that they have to do, so that’s why it’s $42 for the upcoming year,” she said, explaining that a request for proposals for a new contract would be for five years at the current rate if the town does not get new cans. “We pay $35.50 right now. If we wanted to get new cans, we would add $2.10 a cart, and that would make it $37.60. We can stay with the cans we have and keep it at $35.50.” Ramaglia asked the council to give staff permission to speak with Coastal Waste & Recycling without closing negotiations with Waste Pro, tentatively to be dis-

cussed at the Sept. 5 council meeting. “Hopefully, we would be able to bring you something else back to consider,” she said. “We can make a decision to go with Waste Pro tonight and not go to Coastal, or we could make a decision to talk to Coastal and see if there is a way that we have an advantage from talking to them.” Councilwoman Phillis Maniglia told Schulle that one of the questions she is getting from residents is whether they can have more than one collection can. “Every now and then we clean out our garages. While it’s not a regular thing all the time, for some folks it is,” Maniglia said. “Is that going to be an issue?” Schulle pointed out that the town owns the cans. “If you tell me that this resident now has two cans, we make note of it,” he said.

Town Manager Jamie Titcomb said it has not yet been determined if a resident with two cans would be assessed for a second can, although the previous contract provided for a second can at a reduced rate. “The thing we cautioned you about was not allowing people to amass cans to substitute for commercial containerized service,” Titcomb said. Maniglia asked if the town could allow periodic cleanouts or selling collection bags for additional waste disposal, but Schulle said that could compromise Waste Pro’s tipping allowance with the Solid Waste Authority. “This is all based on disposal credit,” Schulle said. “Going over the credit, who’s paying for disposal after that point? I am.” Schulle added that the town continually goes over the allotted amount on yard waste and trash.

Maniglia said she felt Waste Pro had offered the best price, and she did not see Coastal Waste making a better offer. “I say get this behind us, and I would like us to just go with Waste Pro. Either take the one-year or the five-year,” she said. “I know we have had problems, [but] this is the year to say, ‘You have a business, get a dumpster. The citizens of this town are not paying to pick up your debris.’” Vice Mayor Dave DeMarois made a motion to follow the staff recommendation to begin negotiations with Coastal without concluding negotiations with Waste Pro. “I want to at least have another option to look at,” DeMarois said, citing problems that the town has had in the past with Waste Pro. The motion carried 3-1 with Maniglia opposed and Councilwoman Lisa El-Ramey absent.

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Education Committee Hears Keely Spinelli Grant Presentations

By Gina M. Capone Town-Crier Staff Report Wellington’s Education Committee met Tuesday, Aug. 20 to review the success of last year’s Keely Spinelli Grant Program and find out how Wellington schools plan to spend this year’s money. The committee heard from elementary, middle and high school principals, who described how the grants have made a difference for their school children, especially under-performing students in the lowest 25th percentile. The overarching goal of the Keely Spinelli Grant Program is to help bring those students up to grade level. Central Regional Superintendent Valerie Zuloaga-Haines noted how important the grants have been in making a difference in Wellington schools. “When schools, families and community groups work together to support learning, children tend to do better in school, stay in school longer and like school more,” Zuloaga-Haines said. She explained that the grant program supports the Palm Beach County School District’s four long-term goals: increasing proficiency in third grade reading to 75 percent or higher, ensuring high school readiness, promoting high school graduation and fostering post-graduate success. The program is named in honor of the late Binks Forest Elementary School Principal Keely Spinelli, a literacy-focused educator who died of cancer in 2008. In 2013, the Village of Wellington created the Keely Spinelli Grant Program with the intent of offering financial assistance to students at 11 village schools. Every year, each school receives grants that get put to good use helping students achieve elevated reading skills while offering tutoring tools to advance the abilities

of children in science and math. Each year, school principals must reapply, noting what the money will be used for. On Tuesday evening, the grant recipients explained how the money has influenced their children to learn, and how they will use this year’s money in their schools. The Wellington Village Council approved $400,000 from the general operating fund to go toward the Keely Spinelli Grant Program for 11 schools. Each school will be awarded $35,363 to create advancements for lower-achieving students, enriching their learning. Binks Forest Elementary School Assistant Principal Karen Berard was the first educator to address the board. “We, together with all of Binks Forest, wanted to thank you for continuing to support our school, and the other schools in Wellington,” Berard said. “We focused mainly with this grant money on the lowest 25 percent. In reading, we went from 61 percent to 78 percent for our lowest 25 percent. We were able to use a little bit of that money for science curriculum, and our scores went up from 73 percent to 82 percent, which is a huge gain if you look across the district.” This year’s money will be used toward language arts and math programming. “We have a big emphasis on third grade,” Berard said. “This is a big emphasis in the district. One of the areas is tutorial groups. This has been a very significant part of our improvements. We would also like to get a few more Chromebooks so we can access online reading and math programs.” Elbridge Gale Elementary School Principal Gail Pasterczyk thanked the committee for its support. “These gains could not have

been made [without the grants]. There are no other funds in our schools to do what we are able to do,” Pasterczyk said. “Last year was the first year we were able to help more than just the third, fourth and fifth graders. We were grateful for that flexibility because we are so extremely proud of our first graders. Out of 150 students, we had only one child not where they needed to be at the end of the year.” Palm Beach Central High School Principal Darren Edgecomb told the committee that the grants are an important expansion of his school. “I want to express our gratitude as well,” Edgecomb said. “The latitude you have given us with the grant has made things possible. We were recognized for our 95 percent graduation rate. We spend the vast majority of our money on tutorials.

This is what we plan on continuing to do. We have lunch tutorials. We have math labs, after-school tutorials, and Saturday tutorials in math and reading. This is the main way for reaching all of our students.” After nearly a dozen principals made their presentations, School Board Member Marcia Andrews also thanked the board for Wellington’s support of its local schools. “I am so proud to be your school board member. We have straight A-level schools. With the council and the Wellington Education Board, we are awesome as a family and a team,” Andrews said. “Keely Spinelli, I knew her personally. She made the difference here, and you’re continuing that legacy, as all of us are.” Vice Mayor Michael Napoleone attended the meeting and thanked the school administrators and the

committee for their hard work. “You all know how proud we are of our schools,” Napoleone said. “We are an A-rated school district. It’s all because of the work that you do every day. From the principals to the staff, to the teachers, students, the involved parents — we have a great village. I want to thank all of you for what you do.” In other business: • The board picked its chair and vice chair for the upcoming year. John Webber will remain chair, while Shelly Albright will remain vice chair. • Community Services Director Paulette Edwards gave the committee an update on village programs, such as the SWAG (Students Working to Achieve Greatness) program, which was initiated in 2017 and provides in-

ternships for high school students. “We had 12 students who went through the SWAG program this summer,” Edwards said. “We have a total of 34 graduates through the program. This year, as we do every year, we had students from both Palm Beach Central and Wellington high schools. They were located at positions all over Wellington and some at Palm Beach County. We had some located at the county commissioner’s office and the state attorney’s office.” Edwards noted that Wellington hosted another successful backto-school event at the end of July. “We served more than 800 families,” she said. “We had 1,000 backpacks that were available. Families lined up as early as 7:30 a.m. on that Saturday to participate in the program. Everyone was so thankful.”

The Wellington Education Committee with local principals and educators, including Gail Pasterczyk, Michele Johnson, Maria Vaughan, Dana Pallaria, Orlando Mastrapa, Edilia De La Vega, Darren Edgecomb, Michael Aronson, Blake Bennett, Eugina Smith Feaman, Karen Berard and John Rejc. School Board Member Marcia Andrews, Instructional Elementary Superintendent Vivian Green, Instructional Secondary Superintendent Karen Whetsell and Regional Superintendent Valerie Zuloaga-Haines were also in attendance. PHOTO BY GINA M. CAPONE/TOWN-CRIER

Census Expert Stresses Local Importance Of The 2020 Count

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Sanford Goodman, a local agent with the Atlanta Regional Census Center, addressed members of the Western Communities Council on Monday, Aug. 19 about the importance of getting an accurate Palm Beach County count in the 2020 Census in order to receive the proper amount of funding over the next decade. Goodman said the county has lost about $300 million in funding due to failures to report an accurate census count in 2010. Required by the U.S. Constitution, the census is taken every 10 years and is used not only to divvy up congressional membership among the states, but it is also a barometer tied to vast amounts of federal funding. “Money goes out from the federal government that is appropriated by Congress to the tune of $675 billion a year for the next 10 years,” Goodman said. “That’s where it really becomes dicey. We didn’t get our fair share 10 years ago, and because we didn’t, we’ve suffered.” In the 2010 census, it is estimated that there were a million children under age 5 nationwide


Three Plant Suggestions

continued from page 1 with them, recommending what they can do quickly to get them in compliance.” Wellington amended the height of fences, walls and hedges based on the size of the property in 2015. The ordinance explains that “the hedge height requirements are essential in keeping a maintained appearance while ensuring safety and privacy for residents and travelers throughout the community and along the major thoroughfares.” Homeowners should be aware of the plantings they choose, Flinchum said. They should make sure that the plants grow quickly, covering the fencing with plants that complement the fence material but also are in keeping with the look that the village is trying to promote. Cocoplum or Chrysobalanus icaco is a plant that is recommend-

who were not counted. “When we tried to find out why, we got some really weird answers,” Goodman said, explaining that one was that young children don’t count in some cultures, so they didn’t list them on the form. “In other cases, people who live in rental housing where they have a lease, they didn’t tell the truth on the lease. They said that they were husband and wife and child, and they forgot to mention about the other children. When it came time for the census, they were afraid that if they divulged that information, there would be a red flag, they would lose their lease, or they would have a rent increase.” During the last census, it was done initially with a paper mailing. People would get it in the mail with a self-addressed, stamped envelope going back to the United States Census Bureau. “There were 10 questions, and that was it,” Goodman said. “If they didn’t respond after a reasonable period of time, there was a knock on the door.” He added that the personal follow-up was not terribly successful because the count did not go up very much. ed by the village. It is an evergreen, broad-leafed shrub with leathery leaves that range in color from green to light red. Some plants range from 3 to 9 feet tall, but others can get as tall as 30 feet. Another recommended plant is Podocarpus. Hardy and low-maintenance, Podocarpus has cones with scales, which form a fleshy, berry-like, vessel. They can reach 130 feet high. These shrubs can become thick, lush and large enough to work as a privacy screen. The plant is ideal for South Florida. Green Arboricola is the third plant that the village recommends, as it has a lush and tropical look. They are easy to grow and can be planted in the sun or shade. They are hardy plants and grow fast. If you clip back the branches, the hedge still looks nice. To comply with the hedge ordinances, homeowners should take some time to examine their fences and hedges, especially if the property is on a main thoroughfare. If there is open space between the hedges, if weeds and


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“Come 2020, they have a new way of doing it,” Goodman said. “They’re going to go with a postcard invitation for people to go online and self-respond. That online self-response is expected to be 95 percent. That’s what the bureau says. The idea is to mail out those cards in waves, starting on March 12, 2020. So, somewhere between March 12 and March 20, every household will receive that postcard.” On March 16, the U.S. Census Bureau will immediately start calling people, asking why they did not respond. “That’s how fast they expect the response to be. Right now, they’re going through a process called address canvassing,” he said, explaining that people with the bureau verify the addresses for the postcards to be sent. “What they’re going to do is not only send out that invitation, but then they’re going to follow up with letters, and finally with letters and questionnaires. They expect that to be about 5 percent of the population.” There will be a final reminder postcard toward mid-April, followed by people knocking on doors.

“If they don’t do it, there will be a second visit, and then there will be a third visit. After the third visit, they’ll say, ‘We give up, we’re going to your next-door neighbor and we’re going to get the information we need from there.’” Goodman stressed that it is important to capture the information of snowbirds who split their time between Palm Beach County and somewhere up north, because they utilize local services such as hospitals and other public facilities eligible for federal funding while they are here. The process ends on Dec. 31, 2020, when the bureau is required by law to report out its state-bystate count. “That count is what’s used for reapportionment of the seats in the U.S. House of Representatives,” he said, adding that countless organizations also use the census data for planning. He said people will be able to take the survey on paper or by phone if they don’t want to use a computer. “There is not one question that would in any way be offensive to anybody in any way,” he said. “They ask, ‘Who is the person responding? How many people

live in this house? How many people don’t live in this house but live here sometimes? How many people live in some other place?’ There is nothing about your Social Security number.” Goodman said the survey does ask about race and nationality. “These are the same questions that were asked 10 years ago,” he said. “The question they took out was, ‘Are you a renter, or do you own your home?’” Goodman said that question was removed because it is already asked by the American Community Survey, a division of the U.S. Census Bureau. He said the bureau has received the support of the Palm Beach County Library System, which has opened its resources to help people fill out the survey, adding that there are alternate methods of getting counts for homeless people and those with rural addresses. Loxahatchee Groves Councilwoman Laura Danowski noted that there are many Spanish and non-English-speaking residents in her community with unknown addresses. “Does the census have any kind of program or boots on the ground who speak Spanish or Creole?” Danowski asked. Goodman said that people will be able to fill out the census form online or by phone in more than 12 different languages. “They will also be able to re-


Kicking Cancer Project

Podocarpus is one of the village’s recommended hedge plants. other non-flattering combinations the property, since open properties of plants are growing unmanaged, are not required to have a hedge. or if the height is not six feet tall Neighbors have the choice of and covering the fence material, growing hedges 10 feet tall, unless then action should be taken to the property is a villa, duplex or bring the hedges back to the proper multi-family home, then six feet is aesthetic, Flinchum said. the maximum. Properties growing Thoroughfare hedges are not hedges over 10 feet tall must get required unless there is a fence on approval.

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continued from page 1 cer. I know how expensive cancer can get, and with Kicking Cancer, I can help patients pay for some expenses.” St. Jude has long been in the fight against cancer and other diseases through advancing cures and providing the most advanced treatment available, while also making sure that families are not left with the bill. Grosso was quick to express his appreciation for the support he has received from his football teammates. “The boys are more motivated to put points up on

spond by the phone to enumerators, census takers, who will speak those 12 different languages,” he said, explaining that the bureau is working to accommodate speakers of other languages. In other business, Palm Beach County Engineer David Ricks presented a map of planned arterial roadway improvements, including Seminole Pratt Whitney Road, Northlake Blvd., Coconut Blvd. and State Road 7. Ricks noted that the State Road 7 extension is on hold pending the resolution of a permit that has been stalled. “[The Florida Department of Transportation] is still committed to that project,” Ricks said. “They are going to address some drainage issues that the City of West Palm Beach has some concerns about. The timeline of how they are going to assess that is still to be determined, but they are definitely committed to the project. It is just not going to happen as fast as we would wish it.” Other projects on Seminole Pratt Whitney Road and Northlake Blvd. are underway this year, with segments on Northlake starting in 2020 and 2021. The widening of Coconut Blvd. from two lanes to five lanes is scheduled to begin in segments in 2022 and 2023. “These are part of the county’s five-year road program just updated this past July,” Ricks said. the board,” he said. “I also had a meeting with my coaching staff telling them what I was doing and how the charity works. All of them supported me and are going to try and get more team members to participate.” For the short term, Grosso plans on attacking the goal posts this season to bulk up donations as one of Palm Beach County’s premier kickers. He does, however, have a longer-term goal of kicking in college and maintaining his growing relationship with St. Jude and Kicking Cancer. “Though it is only my first year, I look forward to working with them in college,” he said. To make a contribution, or for more information on the program, visit and search for Grosso’s fundraiser, or donate through Facebook at


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More than 300 participants joined in the fun on the courts of the Wellington Tennis Center for the Back to School Tennis Bash on Saturday, Aug. 17. This free, family-oriented event gave kids and parents a sample of Wellington’s new after-school Youth Tennis Program along with the Junior Aces Tennis Clinic. For more information about programs at the tennis center, located at 3100 Lyons Road, call (561) 791-4775 or visit PHOTOS BY CALLIE SHARKEY/TOWN-CRIER

Kylee, Jace, Lucas and Breece Rogers are ready to join the fun.

Sinai Gatete keeps her eye on the ball.

Sophia Rodman goes for the ball like a pro.

Wellington Tennis Center Pro Sergio Trevino gives Lucas Dueppetell some tips on his swing.

Volunteers Bob and Amy Bender toss balls during the event.

Young Alex Singer already has a serious serve.

Elizabeth Rodriguez has no fear as she takes on a serve.

Skyla Valdivia makes a great lunge to catch the ball in time.

Josiah Bender takes a swing.

Bella Cabrera with her mother Audrey.

Wellington staff members Charie DeFloria and Laura Maher register participants.

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Tree’s Wings To Compete At National Buffalo Wing Festival

By Callie Sharkey Town-Crier Staff Report A local icon in Royal Palm Beach, Tree’s Wings & Ribs is heading to the big show in Buffalo, N.Y., this Labor Day weekend to compete against the best wingmakers in the world. For the first time, the restaurant’s team has been invited to travel north and participate in the 2019 National Buffalo Wing Festival to be held Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. 1, and the local team is excited to be bringing a taste of Florida along for the ride. “We rented a big, 15-person van, and we are going to load it full of everything that we can and just have ourselves a road trip,” said Tree’s Wings General Manager Erin Townsend, who will join the

crew on the journey. “We’ve already put together a road trip playlist, and all the decorations are super Florida. We sliced pool noodles to put on the posts and have hot pink flamingos, too.” Being one of the 25 specially selected competitors is a big deal in the world of wings. Representatives come from all across the United States and beyond. In previous years, representatives from countries including England and Mexico have presented their wing creations for judging. “We are sending a team of five people to prepare and serve more than 15,000 wings during the event,” Tree’s Wings owner Andy Maynard said. “I originally reached out to Drew [Cerza], the ‘Wing King,’ not to compete

but just to get on his radar. He researched our web site and saw that we had won best wings locally 18 years in a row, and when they had a cancellation, he invited us to come.” At the time, a waiting list of 53 restaurants were hoping to snag a spot, but the Wing King chose to move Tree’s Wings & Ribs to the top of list and give the vacancy to a rookie competitor. The restaurant staff was so excited that they wanted to share the experience with local fans and decided to offer a contest. Two VIP passes to the National Buffalo Wing Festival, with flight, hotel accommodations and a trip to Niagara Falls, were up for grabs. “We had more than 1,000 entries,” Townsend said. “A local

(L-R) Kauwela Perreira, Tony Daddi, Ashley Mondragon, Erin Townsend and Chase Brandine.

celebrity pulled out the winning name at our Fourth of July event. Danielle and Rob Cervi are just as excited as we are to have this experience.” Tree’s Wings is entered in five different categories during the festival, and three of those flavors are currently on the menu. Two additional flavors are set for introduction during the competition. “We are in the traditional medium level. Our hot is considered medium. Two other pre-existing flavors are the Cajun and barbecue. We also entered in the creative sweet and creative barbecue divisions,” Townsend said. “We are introducing the flamingo wing as the creative barbecue and a fluffer nutter wing as the creative sweet.” Chef Kauwela Perreira hails from Hawaii and developed an inspired — and hot pink — chicken wing that wowed staff and will hopefully wow the judges, too. The flamingo wing has never been on the menu, but post-competition, patrons are encouraged to ask for this special item if they want to try it for themselves. The fluffer nutter was developed as a side project of Maynard’s, adding to the fun and diversity at the festival. “He likes to make unique wings for the staff meals,” Townsend said. “We had to be creative for the competition because you can only have one wing at a time. So, to accommodate that, we are doing a peanut butter wing with a dollop of marshmallow cream.” The fluffer nutter wing is a novelty item and not currently available at the restaurant. The five-person team of Erin Townsend, Chef Kauwela Perreira, Ashley Mondragon, Tony Daddi and Chase Brandine will have a week-long adventure to show the icons of chicken wings

Chef Kauwela Perreira prepares some wings. what South Florida has to offer. “I love really having the chance to show the world that we are amazing,” Townsend said. “Some franchises have huge marketing budgets, but we keep that momand-pop feel. We cannot wait to prove how we can compete and hold our own with the big dogs.” To learn more about the history the 2019 National Buffalo Wing

Festival, or to get tickets and head up north to root for Tree’s Wings in person, visit www.buffalowing. com. Tree’s Wings & Ribs is located at 603 Royal Palm Beach Blvd. and food is available for dine-in, to-go or delivery. To learn more about the menu, catering or other services, call (561) 791-1535 or visit


The Royal Palm Beach Seniors Activities Group held a birthday celebration for its two oldest seniors on Friday, Aug. 16 at the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center. Volunteer Attis Solomon and Kathleen Stavropulos both will turn 97 years old soon. Friends and family were on hand, and everyone had a box lunch and cake. The ladies received gifts and flowers. Dick Carmine then sang a variety of favorite songs from the 1920s through the 1960s as the guests sang along. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Merle Solomon, Kitty Lannaman and Barbara Browne with Attis Solomon (seated).

Dick Carmine sings the oldies.

Melrose King and Barbara Massiah.

Elaine Mathis, Cheryl Lower, Dolly Hughes, Kathleen Stavropulos, Lorna Pearson, Attis Solomon, Vinette Tracy and Prudel Belle.

Kathleen Stavropulos and Attis Solomon celebrate their birthdays.

Diane Schuessler, Amy Liendo, Bill Smelser, Gretchen Lugo, Kathleen Stavropulos and Nancy Pennell.

Maria Casanova, Dora Maniscalco and Kathleen Stavropulos.

Attis Solomon with daughters Merle Solomon and Barbara Browne.

NEWS BRIEFS Women’s Commission Discussion Sessions

The Palm Beach County Advisory Commission on Women will host a series of discussion sessions next month on issues pertaining to women. The sessions, which include one in Wellington, are free, and the public is invited to provide input. Topics include discrimination, employment, domestic violence, education, healthcare, homelessness, addiction, job training, housing, the elderly and financial literacy. All are welcome to attend any of the following sessions: • Palm Beach County Library Gardens Branch (11303 Campus Drive, Palm Beach Gardens) on Tuesday, Sept. 10 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. • Palm Beach County Library Wellington Branch (1951 Royal Fern Drive, Wellington) on Thursday, Sept. 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. • Belle Glade Civic Center (725 NW 4th Street, Belle Glade) on Wednesday, Sept. 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. • Palm Beach County Library Hagen Ranch Branch (14350 Ha-

gen Ranch Road, Delray Beach) on Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. • Palm Beach County Library Main Branch (3650 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach) on Thursday, Sept. 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, e-mail or call (561) 355-4884. Visit to learn more about the Palm Beach County Office of Equal Opportunity.

McKinlay Named President-Elect Of The FAC

Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay has been named president-elect of the Florida Association of Counties (FAC). “It’s an honor to have the trust of county officials throughout the state, and I look forward to continuing my efforts to help protect home rule authority in this new role,” McKinlay said. She will serve as president-elect for the next year and is in line to become president next summer. McKinlay previously served as first vice president of the FAC in 2018-19. For more than 85 years, the Florida Association of Counties has represented the diverse interests

of Florida’s counties, emphasizing the importance of protecting home rule, the concept that government closest to the people governs best. The FAC helps counties effectively serve and represent Floridians by strengthening and preserving county home rule through advocacy, education and collaboration.

Women Of Note Seeks Members

Do you love to sing? The award-winning Women of Note Chorus invites women of all ages to join the a cappella group. Whether a novice or knowledgeable singer, you’ll experience two evenings of education, harmony and ringing chords, barbershop style, on Wednesdays, Sept. 16 and Sept. 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the United Methodist Church of the Palm Beaches (900 Brandywine Road, West Palm Beach). To reserve your spot, e-mail membership@womenofnote. com or call (877) 966-7464, ext. 2. Visit to learn more.

Legion Auxiliary Meeting Sept. 4

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit #367 of Royal Palm Beach will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 4 at

10 a.m. at the Palms West Presbyterian Church (13689 Okeechobee Blvd., Loxahatchee Groves). The mission of the American Legion Auxiliary since its beginning has been to sponsor volunteer programs on the national and local levels, focusing on veterans, young people and the community. For more information, or directions, call President Marge Herzog at (561) 818-9114.

Palm Beach County Seeks Artists For Traffic Signal Box Project

Palm Beach County’s Art in Public Places program invites student, emerging and professional artists residing throughout Palm Beach County to participate in Outside the Box, a community public art project that will transform up to 36 ordinary traffic signal boxes into vibrant works of art. Located in municipal and unincorporated Belle Glade, Pahokee and South Bay, this public infrastructure provides ideal “canvases” to enhance streetscapes and foster a unique sense of place for residents and visitors to the Lake Region.

Artists are invited to create original art, in diverse media, inspired by contemporary and historical attributes of the Lake Region’s natural and human-made environments, communities, recreational activities, education, arts, culture, industry and more. “Outside the Box offers artists a chance to create site-specific outdoor public art even if their original artwork medium cannot withstand South Florida weather,” Palm Beach County Public Art Program Administrator Elayna Toby Singer said. “Digitally translating images onto vinyl enables us to transform two-dimensional artworks into three-dimensional outdoor sculptures.” The Palm Beach County Public Art Committee and the Engineering & Public Works Department Traffic Division will select concept art designs. After artists finalize their artwork, county-hired vendors will photograph all artwork, print images onto adhesive vinyl and install them onto pre-selected county and FDOT traffic signal boxes. Artists will keep their original artwork. The deadline for entry is Sept. 6 at 5 p.m. In mid-September, up to 60 artists will be shortlisted and receive $250 to develop a concept art proposal. In early November, up to 36 artists will be chosen as finalists and awarded an ad-

ditional $750 to complete their art design. Vinyl art wraps of those designs will then be installed on traffic signal boxes next spring or early summer, culminating with a community event featuring the artists with their concept and final artworks at the library in Belle Glade. A downloadable map highlighting the art with locations will be available. For the complete Call to Artists and application details, visit Pages/Calls-to-Artists.aspx.

Women’s Group To Begin Season On Sept. 5

The 42nd season of the Women of the Western Communities will begin with a dinner meeting on Thursday, Sept. 5 at the Wellington National Golf Club. The meeting will start with a happy hour at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. The donation for the month of September will be school supplies for the children residing at Harmony House. RSVP to Tara Zimmerman at tara@zaflorida. com by Saturday, Aug. 31. Learn more about the Women of the Western Communities at

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On Saturday, Aug. 17, the Okeeheelee Nature Center held an Owl Yoga class. It was the facility’s first owl-themed yoga class, and it attracted a nice crowd. Four owls were perched in corners of the room while Layna Moehl, a yoga teacher and naturalist, led participants through the poses. Future animal-themed yoga classes are planned for the nature center. For more information, call (561) 233-1400 or visit the PHOTOS BY ERIN DAVISSON/TOWN-CRIER

Naturalist and yoga instructor Layna Moehl with Colby.

Alex was one of the owls surveying the room.

The yoga class gets underway.

Breast cancer survivor Andrea Ficocello has used yoga to help get her through the treatments.

Colby watches the class.

Eti Swinford and Heidi Larson.

Participants get into a yoga pose.

Houdini didn’t give a hoot as the class went on around him.

Gabriela Drew with Oliver the owl.

Department Of Health Suggests Aronberg Selected To Represent Precautions Against West Nile Prosecutors On National Board

The Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County’s early warning system for mosquito-borne diseases, the Sentinel Chicken Program, has detected West Nile Virus in the Belle Glade and Pahokee areas. Residents are advised to take the necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. “We are constantly monitoring for mosquito-borne diseases like West Nile Virus, Chikungunya and St. Louis Encephalitis. This confirmation of West Nile Virus is a good reminder for all to take the necessary preventive measures,” Department of Health Palm Beach County Director Dr. Alina Alonso said. The last reported human case of

West Nile Virus was in 2011. To protect against mosquito bites, people are advised to drain any standing water from around their home or business, as mosquitoes leave their eggs in even the smallest water containers. Residents are also advised to make sure that windows and doors are screened properly, in good condition and to use air conditioning. When outside, use an insect repellent that contains DEET or Picardin, wear lightweight longsleeved shirts, long pants and socks, especially at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active. The Department of Health has sentinel chicken flocks strategically placed throughout the county

from Delray Beach to Jupiter and from West Palm Beach to Belle Glade and Pahokee. These chickens donate blood samples weekly to be tested by the Bureau of Public Health Laboratory for the presence of mosquito-borne viruses. Chickens do not contract the disease but can carry the virus in their blood. The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts. For more information about the Florida Department of Health, visit www.

Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg will represent prosecutors nationwide for a six-year term on the board of directors of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP). Aronberg, who had made the opioid epidemic a focal point of his career, will serve as the only current prosecutor on the 20-member board. As a member of the board, Aronberg will help lead a national training, membership and advocacy organization representing more than 40,000 justice and treatment professionals working in more than 3,000 treatment courts. “State Attorney Aronberg’s dedication to evidence-based in-

terventions to combat substance use in Florida is a model for the nation,” NADCP Chief Executive Officer Carson Fox said. “I have no doubt that with the addition of his leadership to the board, NADCP will continue to strengthen and expand the treatment court field.” Aronberg said that he is looking forward to this new appointment. “From drug court to veterans court, Palm Beach County’s alternative courts have always led the way to reduce incarceration and recidivism,” he said. “I am proud to have a leadership role in the top national organization for treatment courts, which improve public safety at reduced cost by moving people with substance use

and mental health disorders out of the criminal justice system into lives of recovery and stability.” Aronberg has fought the opioid crisis since he was an assistant attorney general in 2001, when he was the first to investigate Purdue Pharma for its marketing of OxyContin. Later, as the Florida Attorney General’s Special Prosecutor for Prescription Drug Trafficking, or “Drug Czar,” he helped shut down the state’s pill mills. In July 2016, Aronberg established the Sober Homes Task Force, which has largely cleaned up the drug treatment and sober home industries in Palm Beach County and led to a 40 percent decrease in opioid overdose deaths in 2018.

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Welcome Back Breakfast For WES Faculty

On Monday, Aug. 5, Wellington Elementary School’s faculty was welcomed back by school administration at the Madison Green Country Club. A delicious buffet breakfast was served, along with inspirational speeches from Principal Dr. Maria Vaughan and Assistant Principal Donna Dekersky. It was also the first faculty meeting for the new school year. Introductions of new faculty members took place, along with faculty sharing their celebrations

and vacation experiences during the summer. PTO representatives spoke and were also responsible for the beautiful decorations, bookkeeping procedures were discussed by bookkeeper Laurie Maglocco and substitute procedures were discussed by administrative assistant Patrice Culler-Everett. Wellington Elementary School is proud to be an A-rated school again this year, and the teachers were complimented for working so hard and diligently.

School District Offering Stadium Naming Rights

The School District of Palm Beach County last week announced a new business partnership initiative to allow for company naming rights to select high school stadiums, including at Palm Beach Central High School in Wellington. The initiative will generate revenue for the high school and other high schools throughout the district. “Through this opportunity, businesses can show the community their support of public education in Palm Beach County while building brand recognition with thousands of potential customers,” Superintendent Donald Fennoy said. “Most importantly, the students will ultimately be the ones who benefit both in the classroom and on the field.” The stadiums immediately available for naming rights are Palm Beach Lakes High School, Atlantic High School and Palm Beach Central High School. The cost and terms of the nam-

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Wellington Student Gabriella Hernandez Receives National Honor

The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) recently announced that Gabriella Hernandez of Wellington High School has been selected to become a member of the organization. The society recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment. The announcement was made by NSHSS Founder and Chairman Claes Nobel, senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes. “On behalf of NSHSS, I am honored to recognize the hard work, sacrifice and commitment that Gabriella has demonstrated to achieve this exceptional level of academic excellence,” Nobel said. “Gabriella is now a member of a unique community of scholars — a community that represents our very best hope for the future.” ‘‘We are proud to provide lifetime membership to young scholars to support their growth and

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LCS AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF ZOO KEEPERS HOSTS GOLF TOURNEY IN RPB The Lion Country Safari Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers presented a Charity Golf Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 17 at the Madison Green Country Club in Royal Palm Beach. The AAZK is a nonprofit membership association composed of animal care professionals and others. It is dedicated to advancing excellence in the animal-keeping profession, supporting conservation projects, and promoting the preservation of natural resources and wildlife. The Lion Country Safari chapter hosts events throughout the year to raise money for these efforts. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

First place winners: Kimberlee Wuenstel, Jen Rucker, Jason Matta, Libby Gregory, Keaton Davis, Frank Derny, Francisco Quiej, Ashley Ullrich and Ed Portman.

Ed Portman with Mike Paulino, who purchased Derek Jeter sports items.

Ashley Ullrich with Jean Elm, who won a tote bag.

Ed Portman with raffle winner Mike Barnes

American Association of Zoo Keepers Secretary Kimberlee Wuenstel, Vice President Ashley Ullrich, Treasurer Jen Rucker, Communications Officer Frank Derney and member Marissa Carreras.

LeAnn Chester won a plaster cast of a lion pawprint.

Second place winners (tie): Frank Ferrante, Jen Rucker, Harm Schutte, Frank Derney, Alicia Hogue, Mike Barnes and Ed Portman.

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New Program At The Arc Is Aiming For National Recognition

The Arc of Palm Beach County has developed a model to increase acceptance for people with disabilities. Stand Up is a leadership training experience that matches high-performing teens with sameage peers at The Arc. Due to the mentor program’s success, the nonprofit has been nominated for the Program Innovation Award and is leading the charge to get Stand Up implemented on a national level. The Arc adopted the Stand Up program in 2018. Students undergo leadership and disability inclusion training and commit to at least 80 volunteer hours. They can serve in a variety of programs, including summer camp, career exploration, and at fundraising and awareness-building events.

Stand Up members and graduates receive priority consideration for paid positions at programs offered through The Arc. Since coming under The Arc’s umbrella, Stand Up has doubled its membership. “One of our goals at The Arc is to create positive experiences for the people we serve and open the minds of those who interact with them,” President & CEO Kimberly McCarten said. “The Stand Up program has resulted in learning and growth for both the mentors and mentees. The interactions that happen in this program bridge differences, highlight varied communication styles and establish lasting bonds. This program is a model for how to build an inclusive community.” Stand Up members gain lead-

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Stand Up Members — (Front row) Dhilan Krishansamy, Gaige Van Bommel, Leah Van Bommel, Lauren Shiell, Gabriela Taboada, Clara Sullivan, Camille Robinson and Grace McCauley; and (back row) Jessica McCarten, David Walker, William McCarten, Nika Wolfs, Dena Wolfs and Jillian McVey.

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Wellington Collegiate Academy 701-3462

United States Post Office

#1 Education Place 753-6563





Dr. Michael Harris 204-3242

Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce 790-6200

Wheels of Wellington 795-3038




Dr. Rosa Fernandez, M.D. 793-3232

Cynthia’s Town & Country Travel 793-1737




Alan Gerwig & Associates, Inc. 792-9000

Dunamis Capital Consulting 313-0535

State Farm Insurance 790-0303

FirstService Residential 795-7767



Personal service, business expertise and a friendly environment

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Leasing Information Call Chris Santamaria 793-4500

Dr. Steven Miller, DDS 798-8023

Barron & Kogan, CPAs 795-4448





Children’s House of Wellington 790-3748

Allstate Insurance 798-0230

Children’s Pediatric Dentistry 793-7515

Temple B’nai Jacob 793-4347









Advanced Imaging Specialists 800-354-6868

Pizzazz Hair Design 798-1100

Edward Jones & Co. 798-6184

Woody’s of Wellington 798-1440

Villari’s Studios of Self Defense 792-1100

Animal Medical Clinic 798-2900

Andrea Rusher, LCSW 444-7230

Taylor Chiropractic Center 793-5050









RJ Behar & Company 333-7201

Sunvest Mortgage Group 337-4848

Polo Insurance Agency 798-5443

Advanced Therapy & Wellness Center 779-2050

Aroma Café 422-9020

JDC Development 790-4471

PC Pros of Wellington 420-0554

Tom Wenham, Inc. 333-9843








South Shore Title, Inc. 798-9092

Nutinfits 795-3278

Marshall & Sterling Insurance 318-5604

Wellington Jewelry 798-6110

Glamorous Nail Spa 422-8882

La Mundial 459-1629


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WELLINGTON’S TEMPLE B’NAI JACOB STARTS FALL SEASON WITH OPEN HOUSE Temple B’nai Jacob of Wellington held an open house on Sunday, Aug. 18, offering the community the opportunity to meet with the new rabbinical team of Rabbi David Abrams and Rabbi Matan Peled, as well as temple board members and religious school teachers. This year’s religious school session gets underway this weekend. Kids enjoyed craft activities and refreshments. For more info., call (561) 793-4347 or visit PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Rabbi David Abrams and Rabbi Matan Peled.

Lila Kaplan and Ella Bender.

Rabbi Matan Peled and Lt. Col. Zohar Vloski from the Jewish National Fund.

Ella Bender, Morry Silverman, Dr. Michael Bruck, Lenore Glickman, Jerry Bank, Alison Moorman, Joe Grossman, Andrea Cohan, Alan Cohan and Rabbi Matan Peled.

Teacher Michelle Dubin paints rocks with Mitchell Bernstein and Gemma Wolfe.

Lenore Glickman with some of the temple children.

Michael, Zoe, Noah and Liat Bruck.

Joe Grossman accepts a donation for the “projector fund” from Andrea Cohan as Alan Cohan looks on.

Wellington Cares To Host Free Early-Bird Registration Open For Grandparents Day Event Sept. 7 2020 Komen Race For The Cure At The Mall At Wellington Green

Wellington Cares will host a free event celebrating National Grandparents Day on Saturday, Sept. 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mall at Wellington Green’s Live 360 room. All are welcome to attend this event with the goal of bridging the generational gap, one bond at a time. Guests will be treated to a fun afternoon with food, interactive games, story time and activities for all ages from the Mall at Wellington Green, Ford’s Garage, Luv 2 Play and Chick-fil-A. Grandparents Day is a day

for young and old to honor each other, and an opportunity for civic engagement for all generations. There are three purposes for National Grandparents Day: to honor grandparents, to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children’s children, and to help children become aware of the strength, information and guidance that older people can offer. “This is just another way our amazing volunteers are helping our local senior residents,” said Diane Gutman, volunteer coordinator for Wellington Cares. “We

are excited to share in the fun with the community and encourage families of all ages to come and openly embrace the opportunity to interact with a fellow neighbor of the opposite age range.” Guests will be able to hear more about the organization, the free services it offers, and discover the impact that Wellington Cares volunteers have in the community. The event is free to attend, and sponsorships start at $50. For more information about the event or sponsorships, call (561) 5688818 or visit www.wellington

Men, women and children of all ages who are dedicated to the fight against breast cancer and are ready to “join the flock” early can now do so with early registration for the 2020 Susan G. Komen South Florida Race for the Cure. Participants can take advantage of discounted race registration fees from now through Oct. 1 at the early-bird pricing rates of $25 for adults and $10 for youth. The 29th annual Susan G. Komen South Florida Race for the Cure will take place on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 in downtown West Palm Beach at the Meyer Amphitheatre (105 Evernia Street, West Palm Beach). With the goal to raise $1 million

in 2020, the race is symbolic of Komen Florida’s commitment to ensuring that no woman — or man — ever walks alone on the breast cancer journey. The family-friendly event is an opportunity for runners, walkers, corporate, community and school teams, and individuals of all ages, to enjoy a morning full of activities. Funds raised will support Susan G. Komen’s bold goal to reduce the nation’s 40,000 breast cancer deaths by 50 percent by 2026. Additionally, the participant who raises the most money (minimum of $1,000) by Oct. 15 will receive a four-day, three-night stay for two at any Sandals Resort location.

Discounted online registration and a full schedule of the day’s festivities can be found by visiting www.komensouthflorida. org/race. The last day for discounted online registration fees is Oct. 1 at 11:59 p.m. Adult fees will increase by $10 from Oct. 2 through Jan. 24. All fees will increase an additional $5 the day of race. Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. For more information, call (561) 514-3020 or visit


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As They Say, Good Help Is Hard To Find... Especially For Me!

Under the title “Good Help is Hard to Find” comes this little nugget — we have just said goodbye to Clerk #7 at our antiques mall. Clerks 1 through 6 have generally gone the same route. The job isn’t that hard. You basically need to know how to ring up sales on a cash register we purchased because it is “the easiest cash register in the world,” make change, stick the stuff in a bag and wave goodbye pleasantly. When nothing needs to be rung up, you can fill your empty hours by vacuuming or squirting Windex onto dusty plates and wiping it off with a paper towel. This is, evidently, too much for some people.

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The Sonic BOOMER Number 7 couldn’t cut it on several levels. And before you start mumbling about “kids these days,” let me inform you that this was a retired person; a man who had held a real job in the real world for decades. During training, he seemed OK — un-

enthusiastic and stubborn, but minimally OK. I cut him some slack because he was retired — he didn’t need to be doing this. “My wife wants me out of the house,” he said. I should’ve asked why. After explaining (again) what the job entailed, I told him where the Windex was. “I’m not very good at cleaning,” he said. This was Clue #1. “You know what’s good for that? Practice!” I answered. Grumbling, he sloppily wiped off the base of a lamp. The lamp immediately sold. “See?” I encouraged him. He did not seem encouraged. He seemed upset that we had achieved the desired result instead of him being able to

prove that cleaning was something I really, really did not want him to do. At the end of the day, he couldn’t get the cash drawer to balance. This was Clue #2. “Try it again, and I’ll see if I can figure out where things are going wrong,” I said. He counted the drawer and, when he got to the nickels, he counted, “54 cents.” “Um, that could be it,” I said. “How can you end up with 54 if you’re just counting nickels?” He showed me how. “These five nickels make 25 cents,” he said. “Yes.” “And these next five nickels bring it to 50 cents,” he said. “Yes.”

“And then there are four nickels left — 54 cents.” Sigh. He lasted a few more days, but in the end, it was clear why his wife wanted him out of the house — he wouldn’t do anything he didn’t want to do and, if he wanted to do it, he did it wrong. His best choice was to sit in a chair and not move — something he did successfully for hours on end. I’m not bitter about losing him — far from it. I’m bitter because, if statistics are correct, this guy probably spent 40 years of his life making more money than the woman working next to him, doing the same job.

Springsteen Music And A Great Story In ‘Blinded By The Light’

Britain has produced four films in the last year dealing with the impact of rock music on people. All have been at least pretty good. Blinded by the Light is even better than that. It deals with issues of racism and family for a young man obsessed with the music (and perhaps even more to the point, the lyrics) of legendary rocker Bruce Springsteen. The film was inspired by the life of journalist Sarfraz Manzoor and his love of the works of Springsteen. Manzoor was a co-author of the film. Javed (Viviek Kalra) lives in Luton, England, as part of a Pakistani family who fled that country due to war. He lives with parents Malik (Kulvinder Ghir) and Noor (Meera Ganatra) as well as a couple of sisters. He loves rock music and feels more a part of British society in some ways than from his homeland. His greatest hope is to escape by going to college. But even at college, his father finds ways to embarrass him. Then his life

‘I’ On CULTURE By Leonard Wechsler changes when the only other Pakistani at the school introduces him to Springsteen’s music, describing it as “the key to all that is true in this #$%& world.” Javed develops his writing skills under the guidance of teacher Ms. Clay (Hayley Atwell) and even falls in love with activist Eliza (Nell Williams). He faces terrible racism, including violence against himself and his family. His father is laid off from work; the head of the school newspaper will not even read his work. That is when he turns to Springsteen. Inspired by “the

boss,” he returns to work and begins to be appreciated, although not by his father. However, the songs inspire him to stand up for himself and even to ask Eliza out on a date. The film spends much time examining the sorry state of race relations in 1980s England, but it becomes clear that Javed, now inspired, is becoming more forceful, thinking more for himself. He even gets an internship at the local newspaper. He begins to get recognition, but the outright racism constantly moves front and center. Eventually, Javed gets a chance to go to New Jersey for a writing program, not far from where Springsteen grew up. That leads to a family split. Some of the racist elements of British society were brought up a bit in Bohemian Rhapsody, another film about a foreign-born Brit influenced by rock music. Yet it was quite muted, limited to a few places at the very beginning and quickly

forgotten as the band Queen became a major force. Here it stands front and center. The most fascinating element is how music seems to transcend boundaries. It was the working class connection, as well as the dreams of Springsteen, that affected Javed so deeply. Some critics have decried “cultural imperialism” as groups “borrow and then change” elements of other cultures, but these cultural transactions have a way of uniting people far more than dividing them. Freddy Mercury was a Parsee who became a rock god and front man for a major band in Bohemian Rhapsody. Working class Reginald Dwight became the flamboyant Elton John in Rocketman. Fictional character John Malik was of a South Asian background in the Beatles homage film Yesterday, but it made no difference in the film. At this time in world history, coming together is far more important than finding reasons for division. All hail rock ’n’ roll!

The cast is uniformly good. Kalra really inhabits his part — not easy because of all its complexity. He had to move through almost dream-like music sections into dealing with the horror of open racism. But he dominates. Ghir is also very good as the father. It would be easy to turn the part into a caricature. But his emotions come through, both his anger and his love. Atwell is, as usual, classy. She turns a small part into a pivotal one. I also liked Williams in a role that could well have turned into a bit of “radical mean girl” but stayed very human. Everyone played a strong role in a very good ensemble cast. I enjoyed this film. Yes, I admit hearing Springsteen’s music would help any film I see, but the story of how one man’s music can impact someone else to change and to grow is a very strong theme. This is one of those good films you should see.


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Chenette Selected As New CEO At Area Agency On Aging

The Area Agency on Aging of Palm Beach/Treasure Coast Inc. has chosen Dwight D. Chenette as its new CEO. He is a man with a passion to the mission of caring for people, augmented with leadership skills, financial acumen and an understanding of programming necessary to promote independence, dignity and well-being of seniors and adults with disabilities. “The CEO opportunity at the Area Agency on Aging leverages my strengths, knowledge and experience in a unique way,” he said. “The ability to apply my expertise to assist our seniors to age with an appropriate quality of life is exciting to me.” With a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health and a master’s of business administration degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at Hartford, Chenette is an executive with significant experience in nonprofit management and a dedication to supporting healthy

communities. He served for 17 years at the Health Care District of Palm Beach County, ten of those years as its CEO. For the last eight years, Chenette served as president for an HMO serving Medicaid. James Sugarman, chair of the Area Agency on Aging’s board, said, “We are fortunate to have Dwight joining us as our new CEO. He will bring to our agency his strong commitment to seniors and his skills in fundraising and organizational development and as such the AAA will benefit greatly.” The Area Agency on Aging represents a solid, essential entity dedicated to promoting, supporting and advocating for the independence, dignity and well-being of seniors, adults with disabilities and those who care for them in a manner that values diversity, reflects communities and embraces the collaboration of the aging network. Now in its 31st year, the Area Agency on Aging has a strong history of helping vulnerable residents.

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Brach Eichler Attorney Lani Dornfeld Of Wellington Listed Among Best Lawyers

Fifteen attorneys at Brach Eichler LLC have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2020, including attorney Lani Dornfeld of Wellington, who has been included on the list for the first time. Dornfeld, who was named in the field of healthcare law, is a member in the healthcare law practice, where she represents a variety of healthcare providers, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, hospices, physician and dental groups, and individual healthcare practitioners.

She handles regulatory, corporate and transactional matters. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Brach Eichler LLC is a full-service law firm based in Roseland, N.J. With more than 70 attorneys, the firm is focused on a wide array of practice areas. For more information, visit www.bracheichler. com.

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FoundCare To Host Job Fair For Medical Professionals

FoundCare Inc., a federally qualified healthcare provider with seven locations throughout Palm Beach County serving 15,000 local residents each year, will host a job fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at its main office at 2330 S. Congress Ave. in West Palm Beach. Jobs are currently available at several FoundCare centers and include part-time and full-time positions. FoundCare is hiring eligibility specialists, medical case managers, peer navigators with HIV/ AIDS experience, medical assistants and patient access representatives, among other positions. Applicants for these positions

should arrive with photo ID, relevant licensure and a resumé to be ready for on-the-spot interviews. “FoundCare is continuing to expand services in Palm Beach County, and we are excited for this growth phase, but we need qualified medical professionals to join our team as we enhance our mission of providing quality healthcare in our community,” FoundCare CEO Yolette Bonnet said. “We encourage anyone looking for a great employment opportunity to visit us during our job fair event.” FoundCare offers full-time employees a comprehensive health insurance plan, retirement plan

with matching contributions, short-term and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid holidays and paid time off. For more information about the job fair and to see specific positions available, interested applicants can visit To meet its mission of fulfilling unmet healthcare and social service needs of individuals and families, FoundCare offers pediatrics, adult medicine, chronic disease management, behavioral health services, dentistry, laboratory work and X-rays, and an on-site pharmacy — all as a one-stop shop at its West Palm Beach location.

Palm Beach County Tax Collector’s Office Wins Two National Communications Awards

Palm Beach County Tax Collector Anne M. Gannon recently announced that her agency was honored with two national awards, including a top prize, for its communications and marketing products. The agency was recognized at the National Association of Government Communicators’ (NAGC) banquet held in Washington, D.C. The Tax Collector’s Office won first place in the Best Grassroots Marketing Campaign category for its “Take Your Hour Back” campaign. This educational campaign emphasized more convenient methods for conducting business with the agency to help clients avoid waiting nearly one hour in line in a service center. The campaign included tips to make

interactions more efficient and painless, including offering convenient payment options. The agency also took home the Award of Excellence in the Most Improved Publication category for its 2019 Tax Planner & Services Guide. This award recognized the many design and readability improvements made to this popular publication. “To be recognized nationally for our communications work is a significant accomplishment for our agency,” Gannon said. “We were competing against government agencies of all sizes, including federal, state and local organizations.” Earlier this year, the Tax Collector’s Office earned local awards for communications and marketing excellence for its monthly newsletter, Tax Talk with Anne Gannon,

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Allegiant Announces New Nonstop Service To PBI From Six Cities

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continue our growth in Florida by adding these new routes,” said Drew Wells, Allegiant vice president of planning and revenue. “The timing couldn’t be better. With so much to offer visitors, Palm Beach is an ideal location for a warm winter getaway.” The new year-round routes to PBI include: Pittsburgh via Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) beginning Nov. 14; Charlotte

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continued from page 1 traffic from the current use to our proposed use.” He added that the project will also be good for Wellington’s finances. “The assessed value will be somewhere around $140 million, with permit and impact fees to the town of over $1 million,” Schmidt said. “There will be more than 500 jobs for construction and 12 fulltime positions. It will be a low-impact building compared to its tax base that it will be providing.” The 50 high-end condominium

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continued from page 1 After 60 successful years as an incorporated entity, he understands that the hard work never stops and is always looking to improve Royal Palm Beach as a whole. “The landscape for hospitals has changed in Florida, and now we are working with Palms West Hospital, who have agreed that they want to be annexed in and join the village. That’s something I’ve been working on for a year-anda-half,” Pinto said. “The timing is right for them to get rooted as part of this community. It’s going to be great for the them, it is going to be great for the village.” Pinto is looking forward to the opportunity to continue working with what he sees as a very functional council that gets things done for the residents.

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continued from page 1 Broward County,” he said. “It was a 10-year project.” Eventually, he predicted, that is what is going to happen in Palm Beach County. “It’s based on utilities, it’s based on law enforcement, it’s based on all sorts of different issues,” Ramba said. “The idea is that the district needs to plan for the future. There’s a general legal standard that you should not be expending district funds on incorporation of your district, because that is not a power or duty outlined under Chapter 298.” However, the district can spend money on amending its charter, the state law that gives ITID its powers. “If you amend your local bill to work on [incorporation] from a planning perspective, you are amending your special act and you can spend funds,” he said. For example, while the district cannot spend money on a specific incorporation study, there are planning functions that fall within the allowable items. “Because of the early session,

units, some 4,000 square feet in living space, will have an underground parking area with private garages, elevators and a rooftop pool, replacing the existing restaurant facility located on the site. “There is a high tax climate that’s pushing a lot of people to relocate to Florida,” Schmidt said. “I think this is a great location and will have international exposure to enhance the Wellington brand.” He also projected that it might interest local residents with large estates who might like to downsize. The height request required a significant amount of negotiations with village staff. The petitioners asked for 72 feet originally. Village staff was

not willing to recommend this height, so discussions brought the petitioners to agree to something lower. The building will not exceed 56 feet in height, except in some areas where elevators will be located, as well as creating a barrier that can increase height by 15 percent around the rooftop pool. This would increase the height to 65 feet in these non-dwelling areas. The changes to the building height requirements in the comprehensive plan would apply village wide, so village staff drafted them to limit the locations where they can be applied. In order to comply with the change and request more than 35 feet, an applicant has to incor-

porate an additional setback, be within a planned development, be within residential area E, F, G or H, and be at least two acres in size. Currently the code provides that for every foot above 35 feet, one must provide another foot of setback. If one goes over 56 feet, there is a limitation of 15 percent, limited to areas that are not dwelling units. Development Review Coordinator Cory Lyn Cramer presented these changes to the board. “In order to attain that additional 15 percent, you will have to step it back a foot and a half,” Cramer said. “So, that would be a total of two-and-a-half feet.” The amendments were ap-

proved by the board mostly on 6-1 votes. The comprehensive plan map amendment was approved unanimously, while the two items regarding building height were approved 6-1 with Board Member Maureen Martinez dissenting. The master plan amendment was approved 6-1 with Board Member Alan Shullman opposed. The proposal next heads to the Wellington Village Council for approval, with a preliminary hearing currently scheduled for Oct. 8. In other business, St. Rita Catholic Church, located at the northwest corner of Big Blue Trace and Paddock Drive, petitioned the board to approve a site plan to demolish the existing par-

ish center and construct a new 11,500-square-foot parish center with an outdoor play area and a new configuration of the parking area. The application asked for a conditional use for a 2,200-squarefoot daycare facility. The renderings showed a new building with a drop-off area for children. Board Member Elizabeth Mariaca recommended speed bumps be placed along the drop-off line in order to keep the traffic maintained at a proper speed. After an extensive PowerPoint presentation, the church got its approvals from the board. The conditional use application next heads to the Wellington Village Council for final approval.

“I think my track record speaks for itself,” he said. “We have a relatively new council, and I’m glad, because I find myself sharing information about policy and direction, and I think we all work together extremely well.” Samios is wrapping up her second term on the council, running for re-election to retain Seat 4 for another two years. “I would like to continue serving the village and its residents,” Samios said. “I love the village, and I feel that I still have quite a bit to contribute.” During her time on the council, Samios feels both proud and inspired by the many projects followed through to completion. “I’m am very proud of all that we have accomplished over the last three-and-a-half years. We have instituted a puppy mill ban, renovated the Cultural Center, increased the number of family owned and operated businesses, and increased the communication

mediums available to residents,” Samios said. “We are also continuing to improve with an increase in the number of public parks, improvements to Royal Palm Beach Commons Park with a stage and family-friendly events, and providing various opportunities for our seniors, including two senior living and memory care facilities currently being built.” While thankful for the time she has already served, Samios sees a bright future ahead and is excited to continue her work on the council. “I am extremely proud and honored that the voters have given me the privilege to represent them, and if I am fortunate enough to be re-elected, I will continue to make sure that the village remains an amazing place to live for all generations,” she said. “I will continue to work on implementing findings from our senior needs assessment, including a solution

for transportation, working with our local businesses to help them thrive, and to assist with residents’ needs and wishes.” Seat 1 incumbent Hmara was first elected in 2012. He said he takes great joy in spending time as a public servant, giving back to the community he loves. “Our council and staff together form an excellent team. As such, no one person is solely responsible for any accomplishment. Together, we have balanced our budget without tax rate increases, while meeting the rapidly growing demand for all kinds of services,” Hmara said. “We established a Senior Referral Program to help connect Royal Palm Beach seniors with existing community assistance resources, like the Area Agency on Aging. Our local schools have greatly improved. We now have five A-rated schools and two B-rated schools. We’ve conducted public workshops on landscaping, traffic calming and strategic plan-

ning to inform our residents and to get their feedback.” While past successes are important, Hmara’s mind is on the future. His top priority remains to keep Royal Palm Beach fiscally sound, but there are other issues he plans to address. “I have a goal to solve current and future traffic problems. For example, establishing a transit hub at the new Southern Blvd. development [west of Lowe’s] that will provide easy access to express, high quality bus service,” he said. “We are in the process of adding much-needed streetlights to Okeechobee Blvd. from State Road 7 to Folsom Road for public safety.” Other goals on Hmara’s list include supporting the growing community of senior citizens, helping village schools, addressing public safety concerns, and constantly balancing the development and redevelopment taking place in the community.

“I’ll continue to seek innovative solutions,” he said. “We’re always looking for ways to make Royal Palm Beach even better tomorrow than it is today.” Hmara noted that he has been endorsed by the Palm Beach County Firefighters/Paramedics and said he is always willing to meet with residents to hear their concerns. “I’m always available to listen, to see first-hand and to collaborate on issues and ideas,” he said. “I encourage everyone to seize any and all opportunities to get involved in our community. Your input and help has — and always will — make a huge difference.” According to the Royal Palm Beach Village Clerk’s Office, the formal election qualifying period opens on Monday, Dec. 2 at 8 a.m. and closes on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 5 p.m. Interested candidates should call (561) 790-5102 for more information.

I wanted to make sure you guys knew about that and have a workshop discussion,” Ramba said. “All these issues are issues that we can continue to kick down the road, but you currently have a new manager who has plenty of municipal experience.” He said that ITID has opportunities to increase its power to deal with conflicts, such as residents’ arguments for or against streetlights and fights with Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue over speed bumps. Ramba noted that the last time he brought up incorporation was in 2004, and he nearly got run out of the room. “It’s 15 years later, and the same issues are still out here,” he said, adding that he and ITID’s legal staff would need several weeks to draft the necessary documents. He asked for board members’ opinions on how to deal with issues, whether through county services, the district, a combination of county and district services, or to move toward municipal incorporation. ITID President Betty Argue said one of the issues discussed at an earlier meeting is the difficulty in making contiguous boundaries for a municipality. For example,

ITID’s boundaries include parts of other municipalities. Bay Hill and Rustic Lakes, which are part of the district, have been annexed into Palm Beach Gardens, while Madison Green and other areas are part of Royal Palm Beach. “In order to remove them from our legislative boundaries, we would need to coordinate with those municipalities to come up with an interlocal agreement, and the board would have to be in agreement that we would pursue that,” she said. Argue did express concerns that The Acreage could be annexed piecemeal by other municipalities. “I kind of feel like we’re sitting ducks with Palm Beach Gardens annexing Rustic Lakes and Bay Hill,” she said. “That brings them across Northlake [Blvd.]. It now allows them to continue annexing.” She said the argument against annexation is that the community is protected by the Acreage Neighborhood Plan and the county’s comprehensive plan. “Guess what? State statute overrides all of that,” she said. “We don’t have the protections that I’ve always argued that we have because the statutes say that we don’t need to have all that. We’re

in a situation where we wouldn’t even be able to fight it at this point, except as it relates to works of the district.” Argue recommended that the board come up with a charter amendment that would allow a petition that would trigger authorization to take the steps to look at an electorate-driven incorporation. “If the electors don’t want it, then that’s fine,” she said. “I don’t think there has actually been a formal referendum on incorporation.” Supervisor Joni Martin agreed with taking an initial step toward incorporation. “I’m just hearing way too many complaints from residents who feel like we’re just being run over,” Martin said. “We’re also mindful that many of the residents never wanted to be incorporated… but we need some real protection, otherwise we are going to wind up being annexed into Palm Beach Gardens and being parts of Westlake and parts of Royal Palm Beach.” Supervisor Tim Sayre asked Ramba how the question of amending the charter to allow an avenue for incorporation came up, and Ramba said the question had

always been there. He had brought it up in order to avoid further delay, if the electorate wanted to initiate the process. Sayre said there are major pitfalls to incorporation as well. “I have no problem looking at it,” he said. “If that’s what the people want, that’s great. If it’s not what they want, that’s fine with me also.” However, he cautioned against what he sees as scare tactics. “Palm Beach Gardens has not annexed anybody that doesn’t have city water, that doesn’t have [sanitary sewer],” he said. “They’re not interested in houses that have wells and septic tanks. Loxahatchee Groves can annex us, but they’re not interested in doing that either. Royal Palm Beach could annex, too, but it would cost them a ton of money.” Sayre said he was willing to look at a possible incorporation, but he wanted to be sure that both sides of the argument were presented. Argue clarified that she only wants to provide an avenue for residents if they so choose. “We’re not taking any steps to incorporate,” she said. “All I’m doing is asking the board to consider putting in a path to do that.”

She said that she had brought up the question in order to give Ramba and his staff time to draw up the necessary documents for the board’s possible approval in September, in time to go before the Palm Beach County Legislative Delegation. Sayre asked how many voters would be needed to sign a petition to start the process. “We have about 30,000 registered voters out here; 40 percent of 30,000 is 12,000,” he said. Ramba said a lower number would probably be sufficient to get the process started. “There’s a 3,000 level for recalling municipal officials,” he said. “There’s all sorts of standards out there — 1,500 is 5 percent of 30,000, and 5 percent seems like a reasonable number for you to be able to take a look at it.” He said 40 percent is still the ultimate target to initiate an actual referendum, which would require 50 percent plus one of votes cast to approve incorporation. Argue received a consensus of the board to draft a local bill to amend the charter. Ramba said he would work with the district’s legal staff to have the documents ready for approval in September.

COMMUNITY CALENDAR Saturday, Aug. 24 • The Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association will hike 8 to 10 miles in the Dupuis Wildlife Management Area (23500 SW Kanner Highway, Canal Point) on Saturday, Aug. 24 at 7:45 a.m. Bring two liters of water to keep hydrated, along with snacks. Call Amy Saperstein at (561) 2895551 for more info. • The Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Kids World Family Fun Fest will be at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center on Saturday, Aug. 24 and Sunday, Aug. 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, offering something for all children. For more info., visit www. • The Okeeheelee Nature Center (7715 Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a Nature Walk on Saturday, Aug. 24 at 10:30 a.m. for families of all ages. This event is free with no reservations required. Go on a free guided nature walk through the pine flatwoods ecosystem and learn about the plants and animals that live there. For more information, call (561) 233-1400 or visit • Horses That Help will host a community fundraiser with events for the whole family on Saturday, Aug. 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hamlin House Community Center (14893 89th Place North). For more information, call (561) 281-8599 or visit www. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Fun With Coding for ages 7 to 17 on Saturday, Aug. 24 at 2:30 p.m. Learn to code with Code Palm Beach mentors. Fifteen laptops will be provided; personal laptops are also allowed. Parents or caregivers must attend. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. Sunday, Aug. 25 • The Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association will walk in Frenchman’s Forest (12201 Prosperity Farms Road, Palm Beach Gardens) on Sunday, Aug. 25 at 7:20 a.m. Call Alan Collins at (561) 586-0486 for more info. • Parents with young children through age 12 are invited to join Temple B’nai Jacob of Wellington for the first day of Jewish religious school on Sunday, Aug. 25 from 10 a.m. to noon. For more info., call (561) 793-4347, e-mail or visit www.

• Check out the Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida on Sunday, Aug. 25 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive). For more info., contact Alexa Rubin at (561) 632-7791 or arubin@gssef. org, or Peggy at or (561) 723-1285. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Civics Trivia Contest on Sunday, Aug. 25 at 2:30 p.m. Teams of two to six will answer civics trivia questions and compete to win prizes. Bring your friends to form a team or join others and play along. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Monday, Aug. 26 • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Kids Snack & Paint for ages 7 to 11 on Monday, Aug. 26 at 4:30 p.m. The start of a new school year can be stressful. Meet up with your friends, enjoy snacks and paint on a blank canvas while listening to relaxing music. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Fantasy Football 2019 for ages 16 and up on Monday, Aug. 26 at 6 p.m. Gear up for a fun-filled football season and assemble the ultimate roster at this live draft session. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Teen Snack & Paint for ages 12 to 17 on Monday, Aug. 26 at 6:15 p.m. The start of a new school year can be stressful. Meet up with your friends, enjoy snacks and paint on a blank canvas while listening to some relaxing music. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. Tuesday, Aug. 27 • Wellington’s Community Services Department will host its first Senior Volunteer Fair on Tuesday, Aug. 27 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Wellington Community Center. Local nonprofits and community partners will be in attendance to market and share volunteer opportunities. There will be refreshments and giveaways during the event. Pre-registration is required to attend. To pre-register, call the Community Services Office at (561) 791-4796. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host After School Bingo Time for ages 6 to 12 on Tuesday, Aug. 27

at 4 p.m. Play a few games of old-fashioned bingo and win some prizes. Call (561) 7906030 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Cross That Stitch for ages 14 and up on Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 5:30 p.m. Love to cross-stitch? Learn the basics to get started or choose from a variety of patterns to improve your skills. Materials will be provided. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization will hold its eighth annual Uncorked: An Evening of Downright ExtraOrdinary Food and Wine on Tuesday, Aug. 27 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Wine Cellar in Renaissance Commons (1500 Gateway Blvd., Boynton Beach). Guests will enjoy a variety of fine wines and food. Admission is $20 per person in advance and $30 at the door, space permitting. To RSVP, visit www. or mail a check with guest names to: GCDSO, 915 S. Federal Highway, Boynton Beach, FL 33435. For more info., contact Corinne Pike at (561) 752-3383 or • A Quarter Auction to benefit the AAZK Chapter at Lion Country Safari will be held Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 6 p.m. at the Pirate’s Well (12041 Southern Blvd.). For more info., visit • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Line Dancing on Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 6:30 p.m. for beginners and experienced line dancers. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Village Council will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex. For more info., visit Wednesday, Aug. 28 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Crystal Bead Sun Catchers on Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 10:30 a.m. Create a beautiful beaded sun catcher that sparkles. Materials will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Chamber of Commerce will host its State of the Village Luncheon with Mayor Anne Gerwig on Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 11:30 a.m. at the International Polo Club Palm Beach (3667 120th Avenue

South, Wellington). For more info., call (561) 792-6525 or visit www.wellingtonchamber. com. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host a Book Discussion on The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See on Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 2 p.m. Copies are available at the research services desk. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida will host a Give Back Night on Wednesday, Aug. 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Chick-Fil-A locations in Royal Palm Beach (206 S. State Road 7) and Wellington (10300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). For more info., contact Alexa Rubin at (561) 632-7791 or, or Peggy at or (561) 723-1285. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Teen Takeover for ages 12 to 17 on Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 6 p.m. Enjoy Wii games, board games and more. Bring a friend and make new ones. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Dungeons & Dragons on Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 6:30 p.m. Join other D&D enthusiasts as they assume the roles of characters journeying through a magical world. Books, dice and other materials will be available. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. Thursday, Aug. 29 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host its STEAM Club for ages 5 to 12 on Thursday, Aug. 29 at 3 p.m. Use science, design and engineering skills to learn about gravity using pom-poms. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Play Dough Play Date for ages 4 to 7 on Thursday, Aug. 29 at 4:30 p.m. Knead, roll and mold using Play-Doh and Play-Doh tools. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free 1980s rock concert by Rubixx, along with food trucks, on Thursday, Aug. 29 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. For more info., visit www. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host a Book Chat on Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover for adults on Thursday, Aug. 29 at 6 p.m. Copies are available. Refresh-

ments will be provided. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • Check out the Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida on Thursday, Aug. 29 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.). For more info., contact Alexa Rubin at (561) 632-7791 or, or Peggy at or (561) 723-1285. Saturday, Aug. 31 • The Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association will host a clip and walk at the Okeeheelee Park Nature Center (7715 Forest Hill Blvd.) on Saturday, Aug. 31 at 7:30 a.m. Call Paul Cummings at (561) 596-4423 for more info. • The Okeeheelee Nature Center (7715 Forest Hill Blvd.) will host Archery for Beginners for ages 8 and up Saturday, Aug. 31 at 9:30 a.m. This program costs $10 per person. Learn the basics of archery from safety to shooting and develop a great new skill during this two-hour program. Equipment will be provided. For more info., call (561) 2331400 or visit • The Women of the Western Communities will host Paint Party Fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 31 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Wellington National Golf Club (400 Binks Forest Drive, Wellington). Register for this event at www. Tuesday, Sept. 3 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Sunflowers for ages 5 to 12 on Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 3 p.m. Learn about the life cycle of plants, and start a plant of your own. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • Wellington’s Community Services Department will hold a Walk & Talk in the Hawthorne Neighborhood on Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 5 p.m. For more info., call Community Services at (561) 791-4796. Wednesday, Sept. 4 • Check out the Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida on Wednesday, Sept. 4 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Panera Bread (11131 Southern Blvd., Royal Palm Beach). For more info., contact Alexa Rubin at (561) 632-7791 or, or Peggy at or (561) 723-1285. Send calendar items to: The Town-Crier, 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 33, Wellington, FL 33414 or e-mail news@gotowncrier. com.

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Wolverines Drop Kickoff Classic Game 43-7 To Treasure Coast

By Gene Nardi Town-Crier Staff Report The Wellington High School football team hosted Treasure Coast High School on Friday, Aug. 16 for a pre-season kickoff classic game, falling to the perennial powerhouse Titans 43-7. The Wolverines elected to play the visiting Titans because the coaches needed a learning tool to preview where the squad measures up against bigger teams, according to Wellington head coach Tom Abel. “There’s a reason we scheduled them. It shows them the effort the boys have to put in the weight room,” he explained. “It’s a measuring stick to see where we’re at, and if they want to go deep in the playoffs, they know what they have to do. Treasure Coast is a successful program, and we aspire to be like them.” Wellington went three-and-out on its initial possession of the game and shanked a punt to give the Titans prime real estate to

threaten for an early lead. They did just that, striking first to go up 6-0. The Wolverines continued to struggle offensively, and later gave away another Treasure Coast score, trailing 12-0 to start the second quarter. The Wolverines closed the margin when quarterback Blake Kendall hit receiver Tristan Abinet for a 62-yard touchdown pass to make the score 12-7. Wellington had difficulty stopping the Titan offense, and late in the second quarter found themselves down 19-7. The Wolverine offense, after holding the Titan offensive unit to a punt, drove nearly 60 yards into the Treasure Coast red zone but turned over the ball after failing to convert on fourth down. Three plays later, before the half ended, the Titans found the end zone to take a 25-7 lead into the locker room. The second half did not fare better for the Wolverines. Offensively, they could not sustain a consistent attack, and defensively they could not contain the Titan offense,

Wellington running back Lenori Williams looks for running room.

which put up another 18 points before the final whistle. Abel and his coaching staff did note that the Titans stayed away from standout defensive end Stephen Passeggiata most of the night, but the Wolverine still managed to make several plays. “We have to do a better job of moving him around, and we didn’t do that,” Abel said. “If the coaches can’t get it done, then that’s on us, but we haven’t given up on the boys. It’s a long season. We know what we have to fix.” One thing the Wolverines excelled in was the kicking game. They averaged more than 50 yards per punt and posted two touchbacks on kickoffs. “Our kicking game is the best in the county,” Abel said. Abel added that Wellington will look at film and has four days to fix some things on both sides of the ball as they prepare for a two-game road schedule, opening up with Palm Beach Lakes High School on Friday, Aug. 23 at 6:30 p.m.

Wolverine receiver Adrian Hector tries to shake the last tackler on the opening kickoff.

Wellington quarterback Blake Kendall throws down field.


The Wolverine defense stops the Treasure Coast ball carrier for a loss.

Finlay Toussaint tries to stay in bounds after a long reception for the Wolverines.

Broncos Fall In Pre-Season Game To Defending State Champs

By Gene Nardi Town-Crier Staff Report On Friday, Aug. 16, the Palm Beach Central High School football team hosted the defending Class 6A state champions Miami Northwestern High School for a kickoff classic, falling to the Bulls 36-6 under a rain-filled sky. The Broncos are the defending District 9-8A champions and are coming off an 11-2 record with a regional finals appearance last season. The team welcomed the opportunity to host the MaimiDade County juggernauts. “We wanted to play the best. We wanted to see how good we can be,” first-year coach Scott Littles said. “The Bulls are a good team and very athletic, but we have some play makers, and we have to find a way to get them going.” Littles used the pre-season matchup as inspiring motivation for the players. “We told the kids that at the end of the day, we want

to be the best, so playing teams that we would beat does not help us,” he said. “We got punched in the mouth, and now we have an amazing opportunity to respond heading into the regular season.” The Broncos battled in the first half defensively, yet trailed 16-0 going into the locker room. The team struggled to find a rhythm on offense going against the fast Bulls defense. Frustration continued at the start of the second half when Miami Northwestern scored on their first possession of the half in just three plays to grab a 22-0 lead. The Broncos found some life on offense, sustaining a 44-yard drive, but could not move the chains farther to threaten the red zone. The Bulls would add two more scores in the final quarter, one on a 43-yard punt return, to extend the lead to 36-0. The Palm Beach Central special teams took advantage of a bad

Cedric Johnson looks for space as he dodges a Bulls defender.

Bull snap. As the punter fumbled the ball on the saturated turf, the Bronco rushing squad swarmed the punter to give the Broncos possession inside the 10-yard line. Chris Alban tackled the punter, who fumbled the ball, and Tim Downey nearly returned it for a touchdown. The Broncos closed the gap by recording their lone score of the game with a four-yard touchdown run by freshman quarterback Ahmad Haston. According to Littles, confidence remains high for the Broncos as they enter the regular season this week. “Adversity defines a man and a team,” he explained. “I have confidence that our kids will respond, fix what we need to fix and get ready for a really good Atlantic team.” The Broncos will host Atlantic High School for the regular season opener Friday, Aug. 23 at 6:30 p.m.

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We offer full veterinary services for small animals: • Heartworm Prevention • International Health Certificates • In-House Labs

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OVER 30 YEARS Of Experience In The Healthcare Industry




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