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Volume 33, Number 35 August 31 - September 6, 2012

Massive Rains From Isaac Inundate The Acreage

In a 4-3 decision, the Palm Beach County Commission last week approved a change to the Uniform Land Development Code that will allow livestock to be kept on property in The Acreage and Jupiter Farms. However, the commissioners postponed adoption of other rules to provide further regulation. Page 3

A road leading off Persimmon Blvd. is covered by storm water, flowing into the adjoining yards.

Temple B’nai Jacob Moving Forward With Plans For New Building

After five years in the community, Temple B’nai Jacob is moving forward with plans to build a new synagogue. More than 40 temple members gathered on the stormy Sunday afternoon of Aug. 26 for a reception to review and discuss the plans with architect Joseph Kaller. Page 7


Wellington Working Around The Clock To Drain Stormwater By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report As floodwaters begin to subside, Wellington officials said they will continue to work around the clock to help those areas most damaged by the crippling rainfall from Tropical Storm Isaac. Though northern sections of the village are drying out, areas to the south — mostly in the Wellington Equestrian Preserve — continue

to be a problem, Deputy Village Manager John Bonde told the Town-Crier Wednesday. “As bad as it was in the northern half of the village, it was far worse in the south,” he said. “We understand the frustrations our residents have, and we’re doing everything to mitigate those issues.” Additionally, Wellington is continuing to address concerns re-

Wellington Sisters Paint Bottles To Raise Money For Charities

Sitting at the kitchen table of their Wellington home, 11-yearold Michaela and 14-year-old Samantha Ryan carefully paint empty wine bottles with intricate designs. The sisters have painted more than 20 bottles since they began selling them for charity in July. Page 9

OPINION Isaac’s Flooding Brings Anger And Blame Game

The western communities were dealt a blow this week after Tropical Storm Isaac brought massive amounts of rain to the area. Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, Loxahatchee Groves and The Acreage all were affected. However, the situation in The Acreage has become quite severe. Many residents are angry, some focusing their ire on the Indian Trail Improvement District. However, there’s plenty of blame to go around: from Mother Nature to regional and state governments that have dragged their feet for decades. Page 4 DEPARTMENT INDEX NEWS ............................. 3 - 11 OPINION .................................4 CRIME NEWS .........................6 NEWS BRIEFS..................... 10 SCHOOLS ............................ 12 PEOPLE ............................... 13 COLUMNS .................... 21 - 22 BUSINESS .....................23- 25 ENTERTAINMENT .................27 SPORTS ........................ 31 - 33 CALENDAR ...................34 - 35 CLASSIFIEDS ................ 36 - 40 Visit Us On The Web At WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM

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garding septic tanks and mosquitoes, which are often a problem following flooding. “We’re trying to get water levels down so it doesn’t continue to affect the drain fields,” he said. “Wellington will be doing additional spraying for mosquitoes, and the county is doing aerial spraying.” Roadways south of Pierson Road continue to be an issue, and it could be several days before the village returns to normal, Bonde said. At the Wellington Village Council meeting Tuesday night, Village Manager Paul Schofield estimated that floodwaters caused approximately $1 million in property damage to village property. Among the most flooded communities were the Aero Club, Binks Forest, Meadow Wood and Oakmont, but none was hit as hard as the equestrian communities — especially Palm Beach Point. “There is a significant amount of water there,” Schofield said. “This rainfall was beyond what the [drainage] system was designed for.” He said, however, that there had been no incidents of homes flooding. “We have not identified a See ISAAC, page 5

Capt. Hart Asks Wellington For Help Fighting Problem Tenants By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Getting Wellington’s transitional neighborhoods back on track will take measures “with some teeth,” Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Jay Hart told members of the Wellington Village Council on Tuesday. The issue arose during discussion of the PBSO’s agreement and service plan with the village. Hart said that among his goals for next year is to reduce property crime below 1,000 incidents, but added that doing so might take some help from the village. “What is the common denominator of crime?” Hart asked. “It’s the population that moves in; it’s the population that moves out. If we have a population moving into our village that we can’t control, crime is going to go up.” He noted that Wellington has

10 deputies for a population of 58,000 people. “We’re playing zone defense,” Hart said. “There’s only so much we can do. Every year we ask ourselves what we can do. Can 10 deputies affect crime?” Hart said that most of the crime comes from a small percentage of communities. “I believe that 8 percent of our neighborhoods are causing 30 percent of our crime,” he said. “Those are rental communities. So if you have any tools in our tool chest that can help our landlords, I’m asking if you can help.” He pointed to the Landlord 411 program, which Wellington began last year, hoping to bring landlords together to address the problem. “I thought that was a great program,” he said. “I don’t know where [Wellington] is at with the

program, but if we could help move that forward, it would be great.” Hart said that in the White Pine area, a landlord had agreed to move problem tenants out but grew concerned when other landlords didn’t follow suit. “He had 10 units move out because they were undesirable residents,” Hart said. “But he was watching the other landlords fill up their units. He kept asking why he was the only one not making money. So what is he going to do? He’s going to fill up those units, and we’re going to have to keep going back to the same houses to deal with problem residents.” Hart said that arresting those residents doesn’t seem to curb the problem. “We need to bring some teeth into this,” he said. “It’s going to affect our crime. We’re going to See PBSO, page 16

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report More than a foot of rain from Tropical Storm Isaac brought flooding throughout the western communities — especially in The Acreage. As of Wednesday night, many parts of The Acreage remained inundated with standing water. Indian Trail Improvement District Administrator Tanya Quickel said relief should be coming soon now that ITID has gotten permission from the South Florida Water Management District to release more water to the south, and also from the City of West Palm Beach to pump into its M-1 Canal, which empties into the city’s water catchment area. “We’ve installed temporary pumps to discharge into the M-1 Canal,” Quickel told the Town-Crier Wednesday. “That’s new discharge we did not have. We also have 100 percent additional discharge from the road to the 40th Street structures where the M-1 Canal is, thanks to working with the Village of Royal Palm Beach and the South Florida Water Management District.” Quickel said that ITID staff closed a berm separating 40th Street from the M-1 Canal that is believed to have been opened by residents. The road washed out as a result, but Quickel said ITID staff was on the job. “The breach has been stopped, but… road repairs go with it,” she said, adding that the work is continuing.

Three pumps were running this week at the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area to the north of the community to lower the water level there and try to avoid a possible breach in the dike that separates Corbett from The Acreage. “The goal is to relieve some of the pressure because they, of course, received a great deal of rainfall as well,” Quickel said. She added that both her district and the SFWMD were monitoring the berm along the Corbett area, adding that supplies have been stockpiled close by in case something more catastrophic occurs. As of Wednesday, there was only some minor seepage, which is common. “Our water levels are equally high on our side, so it’s actually in equilibrium right now on each side of the berm,” Quickel said. “We are watching that.” Quickel said it would probably take several weeks to get all the water out of The Acreage. “The paved through roads are much improved over the last few days,” she said. “There are some that are still problematic, but they have gotten better. We are starting to see some improvements on the quarter-mile roads, but that is where the biggest challenge is next, to get those drained. We are working hard, continuing our discharge to the west as well as the south.” ITID is also working with the school district to get Acreage chilSee FLOODING, page 16


Caribbean-Americans for Community Involvement (CAFCI) presented its 20th annual Youth Talent Showcase on Saturday, Aug. 25 at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center. Shown above, Victoria Rose Hockton performs a song from Spamalot. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 11 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Health Department Warns Septic Users In Wake Of Flooding By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Palm Beach County Health Department is warning residents in flooded areas of health concerns they should be aware of in the wake of Tropical Storm Isaac, including the possibility of contaminated wells, flooded septic tanks and mosquitoes. Septic tanks in The Acreage, Loxahatchee Groves and equestrian areas in Wellington are of specific concern. “A lot of those have been covered with floodwaters, and so

have their drain fields,” health department representative Tim O’Connor said. “When those drain off, it’s probably a good idea to have them pumped out, because they will still be full to capacity even after those floodwaters go away.” Meanwhile, there could be seepage into the floodwaters. “It’s a good likelihood that those top waters are probably seeping up into the floodwaters on a person’s property, so that’s where some of your contamination See SEPTIC, page 16

Findlays Finally Laid To Rest On The Land They Loved By Ellen Rosenberg Town-Crier Staff Report On Thursday, Aug. 23, about a dozen people gathered at Big Dog Ranch Rescue to celebrate two people who had dedicated most of their lives to helping care for injured and abandoned wildlife. At 11 a.m., they gathered around a small memorial and shared memories. Then the ashes of Bonnie and Wallace Findlay were mingled with the dirt of the land where they had both lived and died. The hole was filled in, and the engraved stone was put back in place over it. For nearly 30 years, Bonnie and Wally, who were half-brother and half-sister, ran the Bambi Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary on the 30-acre

property at 10948 Acme Road, the last property on the left at the end of the winding dirt lane. That was long before Lowe’s and the other big-box stores were built, back when State Road 7 was a two-lane road cutting through empty scrub, citrus groves and cattle pastures. Bambi reflected its rural surroundings. It was an overgrown, ramshackle jungle of a place, with cages and enclosures, many handbuilt by Wally, set willy-nilly among the Australian pines. A flock of noisy peacocks strutted through the place, screaming a greeting to arriving patrons. Pelicans swam in the pool in their large enclosure, some awaiting release, some permanent residents due to crippling injuries. Bonnie never

said no to any bird or animal. Of course, Bambi has been gone for 15 years. A fire swept through the sanctuary early on the morning of Tuesday, Feb. 4, 1997, destroying the mobile home where Bonnie and Wally lived, and damaging the garage where they did most of their work. Most devastating of all, Wally perished in the fire, dead of a gunshot wound to the head; self-inflicted, said the police report — a verdict no one who knew him ever accepted. Bonnie died three years later, on March 4, 2000, of cancer. Before her death, Bonnie partnered with the Folke H. Peterson Foundation, a charitable trust, and a new wildlife center grew out of See FINDLAYS, page 8

Friends and family members gather at the memorial to Bonnie and Wallace Findlay. PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

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Commissioners OK Keeping Livestock, But Postpone Other Rules By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report In a 4-3 decision, the Palm Beach County Commission last week approved a change to the Uniform Land Development Code that will allow livestock to be kept on property in The Acreage and Jupiter Farms. The change, approved Aug. 23, would protect residents on lots smaller than 2 acres in the agricultural and exurban tiers who are guaranteed the right to keep livestock in the comprehensive plan but previously had no supporting language in the land development code. However, the commissioners postponed adoption of other rules that would provide further regulation on items such as accessory structures, setbacks and sale of goods, which will be discussed in future workshop sessions. Zoning Director Jon MacGillis noted that his staff had met with members of the public Aug. 15 as directed by the commissioners, and made some changes to the code in response to that input, including some on the sale of products from the properties. Commissioner Karen Marcus said the intent of the change initially was to eliminate restrictions on the minimum size of property

in The Acreage and Jupiter Farms because a woman in Jupiter Farms had been cited for having a rooster after a neighbor complained about its crowing. “There are a lot of folks in Jupiter Farms and The Acreage who have less than 2 acres, and we were not aware that they could not have their household chickens, roosters or animals on there,” Marcus said. “My original intent was only to change the acreage size, that’s all. But staff felt they needed to clean up the code so that when another complaint that might come in, they had some very specific criteria there to be able to decide whether to issue a violation or citation.” Due to the many public opinions expressed on the proposed ordinance, Marcus suggested that the commissioners change only the acreage size for now and postpone the remainder of the proposed ordinance until further review and public input. “We’re going to hear from the public, obviously, but it would be my suggestion today that if we pass this ULDC change, we only pass the acreage size,” she said. “That would only allow some of the communities to go back to some form of a task force to really talk about the different types of

uses. They may all be different, but you’re always going to have someone who doesn’t like the chicken or the rooster or the noise.” Marcus said eliminating the minimum acreage would not harm anyone and would help anyone in the agricultural and exurban tiers who wish to keep livestock. “I think it helps everybody, and then ask staff to put together a task force to bring back when everybody has had that input, then suggest those changes, because I think the more we’re tweaking it, the more difficult it’s getting,” she said. MacGillis said the minimum acreage of 2 acres as it exists now is only for hobby bird breeding, and ULDC standards for keeping livestock had never been adopted. Staff explained that the person in Jupiter Farms who had been cited for keeping a rooster was cited under the county’s bird ordinance. The proposed amendments would set standards for keeping livestock, which do not currently exist, and eliminate the minimum acreage for property in the agricultural and exurban tiers. Commissioner Priscilla Taylor said the e-mails she had received were about changing the ordinance. “I would suggest we not do anything at all to it today, and

go back and have some more discussion,” she said. “When you go back and start affecting other areas, to me you’re fixing some areas but opening up another end. Some of their questions sounded rather valid to me.” Taylor said she would rather postpone approval of the changes and not give any more citations until they work out the details. Commissioner Burt Aaronson said he would prefer to develop a code that worked on a categorical basis, rather than just for TheAcreage and Jupiter Farms. “You can’t just say this area can have this and that area can have that,” he said. “I think you have to look at it countywide.” Planning, Zoning & Building Executive Director Rebecca Caldwell said her department is charged with protecting the rights of all residents of the county and that the proposed changes were in an effort to achieve that. “We have narrowly tailored these regulations to separate poultry from birds in the development code and to enact a code that protects the rights of the residents in the rural and exurban communities to have domestic livestock,” Caldwell said, explaining that the comp plan says residents can have livestock in those areas but also calls for standards to be

enacted. “The language addresses only the standards for accessory structures associated with keeping livestock, and the new standards are more lenient than those currently in the ULDC.” After listening to hours of input from residents, Caldwell noted that regulations on the sale of products, which is currently not allowed, had been changed. The new proposed regulations would be more lenient, allowing the sale of products grown or raised onsite up to $15,000 in value. Jupiter Farms resident Melinda Seeman, whose rooster drew the complaint from a neighbor and a subsequent county citation, which led to the development of the proposed new regulations, thanked the commission for its efforts. “I come here every time and I say thank you for all the work that’s gone into this, and there has been an extraordinary amount of work that has gone into this. In 50 years of living, I’ve never seen so much hoo-ha over chickens. I didn’t move into an HOA, or Pembroke Pines or Boca, or into a condo in Delray with my rooster and ask you to make it OK for him to be there,” she said, explaining that she lives in an agricultural/residential area where there is a guaranteed right to have livestock.

Seeman added that she thought the only problem is that some people don’t understand that a chicken is livestock, not a pet bird. “You know, I’ve taken personal hits from this on every single side,” she said. “I’ve had people say, ‘Don’t make it personal.’Well, you know what? It is personal. If you do one thing today, change the definition of a chicken. It’s not a hobby bird. It’s livestock.” Acreage resident Patricia Curry asked that the commissioners only approve the portion of the ordinance that guarantees residents the right to keep livestock and postpone the rest for further consideration, citing problems with the proposed setback regulations that she said would severely restrict the use of property. Anne Kuhl of The Acreage asked that the ordinance be postponed because she thought the regulations were restrictive to residents who wish to raise livestock. “Why would we be required to get permits for structures used for keeping our animals?” Kuhl asked. Marcus made a motion to only insert language into the ULDC to allow livestock on land less than 2 acres and postpone the remaining changes, and it carried 4-3, with Commission Chair Shelley Vana, Aaronson and Taylor opposed.

Wellington Grants Grille Extended Hours, Adding More Conditions By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Members of the Wellington Village Council agreed this week to extend the hours of operation for the Grille Fashion Cuisine on South Shore Blvd. and sign off on a cocktail lounge designation for the business, but they also insisted on conditions to protect nearby homeowners. At a meeting Tuesday, the council approved a conditional-use permit that will allow the restaurant to have a liquor license within 250 feet of residences. Though the restaurant’s owners had requested to stay open until midnight from Monday through Wednesday and 2 a.m. Thursday through Sunday, council members were concerned about nearby residents. “Noise restrictions are there to protect everyone,” Councilman Matt Willhite said. “I have some concerns about the residences in

the area and the time frame.” Instead, council members voted to extend the restaurant’s hours of operation from 11 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. They also required that outdoor food and drink service cease by 11 p.m. every day, and barred outdoor entertainment. Additionally, the Grille must undergo a yearly audit and prove that at least 51 percent of its annual income comes from food sales. Director of Growth Management Bob Basehart explained that the business must have permission from Wellington to operate a cocktail lounge within 250 feet of a home. “Commercial properties within 300 feet of a residential structure are required to close by 11 p.m.,” he added. “This conditional-use approval will allow the business to operate as a cocktail lounge.”

Basehart said that the Grille was requesting the conditional use because it hopes to fall under a state license that would allow it to make less than 51 percent of its daily profit from food sales. Owners Dustin Parfitt and Juan Gando told council members that usually they make the bulk of their income from food sales, but that during busier months — especially around holidays — events, company parties and the added boost from seasonal residents have pushed alcohol sales higher. “We’re not trying to break any rules,” Parfitt said. “We just want to be competitive with other restaurants. If we close at 11 p.m., everyone is just going to go [somewhere else], and they make money. We have to be competitive to make our money for the season and last through the summer.” Last month, Wellington’s Plan-

ning, Zoning & Adjustment Board recommended approval of the measure with several conditions. The Grille would have to continue to operate as a restaurant and serve full-course meals the entire time alcohol is served. It also must adhere to noise restrictions, have no outdoor entertainment and is prohibited from transferring the conditional-use approval to a new owner or business. But staff did not recommend approval of the measure, Basehart said. “Staff believes the proximity of the property… is way too close to residences to justify a nightclub or cocktail lounge,” he told council members. “Secondly, there’s a history of complaints from the property.” Though he said he thought the Grille has done a good job in addressing complaints — many which came from when the prop-

erty housed a different restaurant — he still had concerns. Vice Mayor Howard Coates asked Basehart whether he thought the conditions would help cut down on noise. Basehart said he believed they would. “We are not changing our recommendation,” Basehart said. “But we acknowledge that the conditions of approval substantially mitigate the concerns that we have. We have no strong objection to the approval of this application.” Coates asked whether Wellington had expanded hours of operation for any other restaurants. Basehart said that several locations, including Graffito South, the Players Club and the Gallery at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, had extended hours. Village Attorney Jeff Kurtz also pointed out that the McDonald’s on Greenview Shores Blvd. is open 24 hours, and that the council also

approved extended hours for Dunkin’ Donuts on Forest Hill Blvd. “The Players Club is pretty close to residences,” Coates said. “And [Graffito] is obviously very close to residences.” Kurtz noted that the Players Club is subject to regulations by the village, as well. Coates said he was looking to establish continuity in the way Wellington addresses similar requests. “We have to have some consistency in how we address these issues,” he said. “They are literally all over the board. If we don’t allow this request, is it fair to this business that the Players Club is allowed to remain open as late as it is? We have a precedent where this is allowed.” He pointed to the Dunkin’ Donuts. “You can literally jump from the roof of Dunkin’ Donuts into See GRILLE, page 4

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Isaac’s Water Brings Anger And Blame, But We Need Solutions The western communities were dealt a blow this week after Tropical Storm Isaac brought massive amounts of rains to the area. Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, Loxahatchee Groves and The Acreage all were affected. However, the situation in The Acreage has become quite severe. Residents are angry, some focusing their ire on the Indian Trail Improvement District. There’s plenty of blame to go around: from Mother Nature to regional and state governments that have dragged their feet for decades. We understand that residents are angry. But just as ITID officials must be empathetic to the needs of the people it serves, it would behoove those people to educate themselves and understand the district’s situation as well. For decades, regional authorities have known that the drainage system serving The Acreage is inadequate for a community that now has 40,000 residents. Time and again plans have been drawn up to solve the problem, and those plans have always been put on hold. If it isn’t due to a lack of money, then it’s water quality in proposed rock pit reservoirs or lack of land to make a flow way work. Often it’s regional governments with competing interests blocking one another. Some people wonder why the Town-Crier insists on writing about boring topics like water management policy on a regular basis. (Case in point: a county meeting in April where commissioners decided that another western reservoir was a nice idea, but not one they were ready to commit to.) We have been trying to get people to pay attention to the fact that water management matters, and it is unfortunate that it takes a situation like this to illustrate how important it is. Just two weeks ago, the county tentatively approved a land swap with the South Florida Water

Management District to create the “missing link” flow way on the Mecca Farms land. Why did this excite Indian Trail officials? More capacity might let the SFWMD finally give ITID the drainage rights it has long been requesting. Given ITID’s current capabilities and infrastructure, flooded streets are expected in major storm events. Though district officials have tried to improve this situation, their powers are limited. There is no real government in The Acreage, only an improvement district with limited powers and limited taxing authority. Major improvements need county and state support. Then again, the people of The Acreage chose to live in the community exactly because of its limited government. And unfortunately, we saw the consequences this week. If you’re not going to pay the taxes to a municipality, you can’t expect to have the same level of service and have a local government you can hold accountable. However, the powers that be — the regional water managers and the county government — need to stop dragging their feet on regional water management issues. It is not time to set up another task force to discuss it for another year. While there was water intrusion into some homes, properties in The Acreage, by and large, were not destroyed by Isaac. That means what we’re dealing with is a giant inconvenience for most people, not Katrina-style devastation. As of Wednesday, the waters are slowly receding. Why? Because now that other areas are dry, regional water managers and neighboring communities have lent ITID their capacity. That’s very nice of them, but it’s not enough.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Learn From The Storm What did we learn from Tropical Storm Isaac as a community? As local and state authorities assess the damage and flooding to our great hometown, we should really take this as an opportunity to revise our emergency management plans, gated community action plan and local relief efforts. As my neighbor said yesterday, “Just because it has not happened before, does not mean that it cannot happen.” The mentality that something of this magnitude has not happened in the past has to change. Obviously the dynamics of a community change with time, and so do our challenges and needs. As we come together as a community underwater, as we stare into the lagoons that are our driveways, we wonder when will the dirty water subside or better yet, when will help arrive? We should consider putting together resident committees to help organize efforts in our immediate area when a storm is predicted. We need to also offer assistance to our elderly residents and establish clear lines of communication with our property management companies liaison, homeowners’ association boards and our local officials. Coupled with all the technology available to us today, we should be able to overcome any storm that threatens us.

One thing that I’m sure we are all grateful for: the rain has stopped. Judith Burnstine Wellington

U.S. Needs Romney/Ryan Editor’s note: Marge Fitzgerald’s original letter, “The Threat To America Is Real,” was published Aug. 17. I knew my letter would ruffle some liberal feathers, and that’s a good thing! I stand by every word, and those attempting to contradict the facts will hopefully cause voters to do their own research before they vote. The comments at the end of the letters [in the letters section at] were excellent. To learn more, go see the documentary 2016: Obama’s America. To address a few points mentioned, I agree that Gov. Romney should show his tax returns, not that it matters; we know he is wealthy and probably took advantage of all legal tax deductions. Then, hopefully Romney can get back to the real issues of the economy, jobs and healthcare. Barack Obama should then show his transcripts and disclose who paid his tuition and trips to foreign countries while he was a poor college student. Romneycare was designed for a single state, not a national healthcare take-over. The Romney-Ryan

plan will offer better solutions, save failing programs for future generations and “protect Medicare.” As Congressman Ryan explained, all seniors 55 and older will keep their Medicare as is — no changes. Those 54 and younger will have the option upon retirement to either subscribe to Medicare or use a voucher for coverage. The choice will be theirs to make, not a government mandate. Accusations about Gov. Romney’s outsourcing are false. declared, “we found no evidence to support the claim that Romney, while he was still running Bain Capital, shipped American jobs overseas.” In fact, Gov. Romney started hundreds of well-known American companies (with private money, not tax dollars), which created millions of American jobs that continue to grow and prosper today. President Obama is the real “outsourcer in chief.” To list a few: He gave our tax dollars to China for the construction of America’s roads and bridges, with our unemployment at over 8.3 percent (“U.S. Bridges, Roads Being Built by Chinese Firms,” video, ABC News). He gave millions to Brazil and other countries for oil exploration, rather than to American companies who have been denied drilling permits for four years! The Keystone pipeline alone would have created thousands of jobs in numerous states and was repeatedly proven environmentally safe!

Hundreds of NASA jobs are gone, and we must now pay Russia to take our astronauts to the International Space Station. Obama also outsourced $529 million to Finland to assemble electric cars, rather than using an American company. Please research these facts yourself since the media failed to do so. Romney and Ryan may be boring, stiff, intellectual geeks, but they are exactly what we need to save America. The Romney and Ryan team has the experience and proven leadership necessary to restore America’s greatness as a world power and will regain the respect and trust of other nations. It is time for the rock star to retire to Hollywood to be with his friends. Marge Fitzgerald Wellington

Rooney Survey Is Misleading Florida Republican Rep. Tom Rooney has been conducting a yes/no survey regarding support (or not) of $716 billion Obamacare cuts to Medicare that (he says) will directly impact seniors. This survey is misleading because it leaves out very important facts related to these cuts. Cuts actually come from eliminating a massive subsidy to private insurers and a gradual cut to some providers (Medicare Advantage, for instance) as well as re-

duced fraud. Other cuts are in payments to hospitals and other facilities that are expected to experience increased funding as a result of required health insurance — costs that are now passed on to people who do have health insurance coverage to pay for those that don’t. These “cuts” are good things in achieving the goal to keep Medicare solvent. This is just another example of Republican disinformation (lies) based upon the GOP philosophy that if you tell a lie often enough, it will be believed. And unfortunately for the too-often-mislead public, the lie is believed and perpetuated. Congressman Allen West suggests that Obama is feeding Americans a “crap” sandwich. West is crass and incendiary with his political remarks — untruthful as well. Congressmen like Rooney and West should be ashamed for perpetuating misleading information regarding Obamacare (actually, the Affordable Care Act). Better, they should promulgate a law that requires factual and truthful infor-

mation in all political ads — and surveys. Patricia Abbott Royal Palm Beach

Solve Midwestern Drought With Pipelines There is an urgent need for a permanent solution to the Midwest drought situation. This current drought in the Midwest will soon affect food prices. Whilst some areas of the country consistently experience an abundance of rainfall, other areas are prone to drought, severely affecting agricultural crops such as corn, fruits and vegetables as well as livestock. I cannot understand why we cannot run pipelines from the areas with excessive amounts of rainfall to these drought-stricken areas. This is an ongoing situation that needs to be addressed now. To the authorities, I say, “Let common sense prevail.” Solve this See LETTERS, page 16

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First It Was Smartphones, Now It’s Smart Watches... What’s Next? Since the incredible smartphone has pretty much taken over the technological world these days, alert marketers are seeking new worlds to conquer. Enter the wrist watch, now being poked, prodded and peeled to the core as ultra smart designers seek new opportunities to

Footloose and... By Jules W. Rabin lighten our pocketbooks.

Many of the world’s largest and most prestigious companies like Sony, Nike and Apple, plus a plethora of start up whizzes, are now working on smart watches. Hopefully the resultant products will integrate magically with the smartphone to enhance and help (and control) every part of our

lives. Sony already has released a smart watch, a 2-inch-square screen that displays e-mails and Twitter posts, plus other text, all from an Android smartphone. Then there is Nike Fuel, a black band with colored lights, which measures the daily energy you exert in addition to telling the

time. Lesser known Pebble is a remarkable new entry that can play music as well as display text, tell the weather and process much more information from a smart phone. A key for those designers, now hard at work, is to find a strong balance between fashion

and technology. Since the wrist watch has also come to be seen as a fashion statement, it presents visual problems not usually associated with the inside pocket–hugging smart phone. As for me, I will still be delighted on my next birthday if you send along a Rolex.


RPB Zoning Board Approves Signs For 7Eleven Conversion At Crossroads Plaza By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Royal Palm Beach Planning & Zoning Commission approved a sign package on Tuesday to convert a convenience store to a 7Eleven store at the Mobil gas station in the Crossroads Shopping Center at the northeast corner of Royal Palm Beach and Okeechobee boulevards. The wall signs would carry the “7” in fire-engine red with a green “Eleven,” and the monument sign would split the 7-Eleven sign with


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continued from page 3 the community next to it,” Coates said. Councilwoman Anne Gerwig asked how the restaurant owners had addressed complaints. Basehart said that code enforcement continued to visit the restaurant and that noise regulations were not violated again. “We haven’t heard a complaint since,” he said. During public comment, the

the Mobil sign, Development Review Coordinator Kevin Erwin said. Several commissioners complimented 7-Eleven representative Susan Young on the configuration of the sign, which had been adapted to fit within the existing Mobil sign space. Commissioner Jackie Larson said she was surprised. “We just saw a 7-Eleven store recently, and when I opened the package I guess I had a preconceived notion of what it was going to look

like, and it didn’t,” she said. Larson asked whether there is no set configuration for the signs, and Young said they were more focused on keeping the shape of the existing sign space. “There’s no set shape,” Young said. “Every store is different.” Young said that was the last conversion they have planned for the village, unless the company buys more stores. “We changed over two in Royal Palm, so this will be the second and final store, unless they buy

more,” Young said. “They bought 133 of these last year.” Commissioner Richard Becher also approved of the design. “My only comments are very simple: I like the colors of the wall sign, and I really like the colors of the monument sign,” he said. “I would second that,” commission alternate Michael Axelberd said. “I think it looks really sharp.” Commissioner Michael Newkirk made a motion to approve the sign package, which carried unanimously.

crowd was enthusiastically in support of the Grille. Alexander Zilo, representing the Equestrian Forum, said that the changes would keep people in Wellington. “Instead of going out to Palm Beach or Clematis, they will stay local,” he said. He also spoke highly of Parfitt and Gando, specifically for creating a safe environment. “We know from our own children that they check IDs very closely,” he said. “I feel comfortable having my daughters go to his facilities.”

Speaking to council members, Gando said that he and his partner are particularly concerned about the safety of their guests late at night. “We pay cab companies to stay at our restaurant,” he said. Gando added that having the conditional use was integral to being able to have the state license — which cost $80,000 — and to be competitive. “The Grille makes money for four-and-a-half months out of the year,” he said. “The extra money we get, we have to pay for the other seven-and-a-half months.”

Both Gerwig and Willhite said they thought 2 a.m. was too late to be open. “I think that 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights is acceptable,” Gerwig said. “And I believe they should close at 11 p.m. on weeknights.” She also expressed concerns about the noise caused by outdoor dining if it were to continue late at night. “That was the problem,” she said. “It hasn’t been the indoor noise. It’s people outdoors, and they’re yelling.” Gando said he would agree to provide extra buffering and stop


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serving food outside at night. Councilman John Greene made a motion to allow the conditional use with the conditions imposed by the zoning board, as well as disallowing outdoor entertainment and adjusting the hours of operation from 7 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. from Monday through Thursday and from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Additionally, the Grille would be subject to an annual audit and a requirement that the total annual food sales be at least 51 percent. Kurtz explained that was not the same as the state requirement. “We

won’t look at it on a day-by-day basis,” he said. The motion passed unanimously, and Margolis asked whether the owners could return at any time to ask for further adjustments. Kurtz said that the motion would have to be made without prejudice for that to occur, and suggested that the council reopen the motion. “They cannot come back within a year for conditional use unless the motion is made without prejudice,” he said. Greene amended his motion, and that also passed unanimously.

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continued from page 1 place where the actual living area was flooded,” Schofield said. “In some homes, the water is up on driveways or in the pool. In the Saddle Trail community, there have been some septic tank failures.” The only community to have structural damage, he said, was Little Ranches. “Some of those barns, especially those that predate incorporation, have several feet of water in them,” he said. Schofield also quelled rumors that Wellington had shut off its pumps. “We’re still pumping at the maximum rate,” he said. Bonde said that Wellington has made progress since the rain stopped Tuesday afternoon, and he hopes to see the community dry out soon. “We’re looking at the weather forecast and we think it will be a good dry period with wind. We’re crossing our fingers, and barring more rain, things should be back to normal in five or six days,” he said. Mayor Bob Margolis said Wednesday that he’d been on a tour of the village and felt Wellington was “doing better.” “Pierson Road looks good except for a few pockets,” he said. “But the farms and barns out in the Equestrian Preserve are pretty much flooded.” Wellington had an unprecedented 17 inches of rain between Sunday and Tuesday — far more than was dropped on the village during the hurricanes of the past decade. “The 17 inches of rain has been validated,” Bonde said. “Twelve inches is a one-in-100-year event, but to have 17 inches… no one could have anticipated that.” Margolis agreed. “This was the 100-year storm,” he said. “Everyone said to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. I don’t think I will see this much rain again in my lifetime.” The so-called “100-year storm” for Wellington — a theoretical worst-case-scenario storm that governs building elevation and water control regulations — was anticipated to generate 12.5 inches of water.

“Homes are set at 100-year flood elevations, plus 2 inches,” Bonde said. “There’s nothing we could have done. We did prepare, we had water blowing out of here a week in advance, but we didn’t anticipate that sort of storm. Most residents have never seen this sort of storm.” Bonde said that Wellington began to prepare for the storm early, lowering the water level in its canals as early as Tuesday last week. “The prediction at that time was that it was going to be 4 to 6 inches of rain,” he said. But a large band from the storm sat over the western communities, dropping near-constant rainfall that overflowed canals and flooded roads and properties. Schofield told council members that this storm brought more than double the rainfall of the most recent hurricanes. “When Hurricane Frances came through in 2004, it brought 8.1 inches of water over four days,” he said. “[Hurricane] Jeanne brought 5.5 inches over three days, and [Hurricane] Wilma had 2.2 inches. Hurricanes typically move faster and never had this type of rainfall associated with it.” Bonde said that Wellington had 10 pumps operating at maximum capacity. “They were working around the clock,” he said. “But we were getting inundated with rain faster than the system is designed to move water. We were losing the battle as it was coming into Monday night. By 11 p.m., the waters were still rising.” Wellington was able to get permission from the South Florida Water Management District to turn on its emergency 11th pump station, which drains into the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. “We have very rarely had to use it,” Bonde said. “I have been here 10 years, and we have never used it.” The additional pump helped drain 80,000 gallons a minute, Bonde said. Schofield said that Wellington has been draining an average of 700,000 gallons of water a minute since last Wednesday. Bonde said that Wellington would take advantage of any emergency federal financing to make improvements to areas that had the worst flooding. “Even if a storm like this never happens again, we want to make sure those areas are protected,” he said.

He said that Wellington is using this experience to improve its stormwater management. “We are mapping everything,” Bonde said. “We’ll use this data to discuss improvements we can make for the future.” Margolis said that though no one could have expected this amount of rain, he believes Wellington was as prepared as it could have been. “We have to have some discussions about what we might do in the future,” he said. “Paul [Schofield] has some ideas. Some of our vehicles may need to be a bit higher, and we may need to increase the height of some of the roads. It’s going to be a learning experience.”

Bonde lauded Wellington’s staff for their hard work throughout the storm. “I can’t say enough about how well our staff performed,” he said. “We had people refuse to go home because they wanted to help. That’s the type of commitment we have from our staff.” Margolis agreed. “Our staff did everything it could and better,” he said. Though Wellington’s outlook is bright, he noted that not everyone has had the same luck. “I hope everyone gets through this safe and sound,” Margolis said. “Our hearts go out to those communities that continue to be affected by this.”

An underwater section of Forest Hill Blvd. near the First Baptist Church in Wellington.

An underwater section of Wellington Trace near Wellington Christian School.

The grounds near the Wellington Municipal Complex became a “swimming hole” for some residents.

Drivers take their chances Monday afternoon on Wellington Trace near Forest Hill Blvd.

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PBSO: Beware Of Burglaries, Truck Thefts In Groves By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report A rash of home burglaries and truck thefts have marred Loxahatchee Groves’ usually low crime rate, according to Lt. David Combs, commander of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office District 15 substation. “We’ve had a number of burglaries and stolen vehicles,� Combs said, explaining that PBSO deputies made some arrests on organized burglaries coming out of Riviera Beach. “We were able to make five [arrests], and we have three that are on the lam. We have 12 motor vehicles that we are working at one site.� Speaking at the Loxahatchee Groves Landowners’ Association meeting Aug. 23, Combs said other charges and arrests are anticipated as the PBSO investigates the case further. “That was excellent work, and it was in coordination with our district and Royal Palm Beach, so kudos to those guys,� Combs said. “They did a terrific job.� Another problem that the sheriff’s office is trying to make progress on is a professional vehicle theft group working the area. “They specialize in taking the Ford F-series pickup trucks, the 250s and 350s especially,� Combs said. “We’re working closely with auto theft to see if we can make some headway. These are pros. These guys are really, really good. They are so good, that there is an F-250 in Loxahatchee Groves that I’m having people check on about every two hours because it actually belongs to one of ours.� The professional auto theft rings leave few, if any, clues. “It’s


almost a needle in a haystack to get the pros,� Combs said. “The amateurs are a little bit easier because they do silly things. The kid that drove the truck back to the house, that’s not professional. These trucks disappear and they’re never seen again.� The thefts are so prevalent that one person Combs knows takes the ignition plugs out of his truck when he goes out of town. “Any place that is a rural area and you have bigger vehicles like that, it’s always going to be an issue,� Combs said. “Let’s face it — they don’t have those things in suburban West Palm Beach.� Combs advised people to take special precautions and not make mistakes such as leaving their keys in their vehicle. “I recommend that people keep everything locked,� he said. Combs said the thefts have been perpetrated primarily at night. He said he did not know whether the trucks were being driven away or possibly towed. “We have no idea because nobody hears anything,� he said.

Jewelry Stolen From Home In Wellington By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report AUG. 28 — A resident of Headwater Circle contacted the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office substation in Wellington on Tuesday evening to report a residential burglary. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., someone entered the victim’s home and ransacked her closets, taking numerous pieces of jewelry. The victim said she had not had any guests in the house, but that last Saturday at approximately 8:45 p.m. a young white male knocked on her door and asked for help, but that she contacted the PBSO to help him. There was no further information available at the time of the report. ••• AUG. 18 —A Miami woman was arrested Saturday, Aug. 18 on charges of shoplifting from the Mall at Wellington Green. According to a PBSO report, a deputy from the Wellington substation was dispatched to JCPenney after a loss prevention officer observed 33-year-old Wendy Bush remove several items of clothing from the store without paying for them. According to the report, when the loss prevention officer confronted her, Bush fled the area on foot. The deputy was able to locate her hiding in the restroom of a restaurant near the mall, and recovered $408 in clothing and sneakers. Bush was arrested and taken to

the Palm Beach County Jail, where she was charged with grand theft. AUG. 20 — An employee of a land development company contacted the PBSO substation in Wellington on Monday, Aug. 20 to report an act of vandalism. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15 and 7 a.m. the following morning, someone drove in circles on a piece of property at the intersection of 50th Street South and Everglades Way. According to the report, the company is constructing polo fields on the property, but it had not yet laid sod. The complainant said that the damage was consistent with that of a large truck, but the damage was minimal. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. AUG. 27 — A deputy from the PBSO’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation was dispatched to a home on 62nd Road North on Monday afternoon regarding an act of vandalism. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. last Friday, someone knocked over the wooden pole that holds her mailbox. According to the report, the victim said she believed that a garbage truck or recycling truck may have done it. She said that many people use her driveway to turn around on her road. According to the report, the victim said she contacted the Solid Waste Authority See BLOTTER, page 16

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Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is asking for the public’s help in finding these wanted fugitives: • Joseph Bryant is a white male, 6’0� tall and weighing 140 lbs., with brown hair and blue eyes. He has multiple tattoos. His date of birth is 05/08/91. Bryant is wanted for violation of probation for dealing in stolen property (two felony counts). His occupation is unknown. His last known addresses were Morgate Circle in Royal Palm Beach and Hickory Trail in Wellington. Bryant is wanted as of 08/23/12. • Keri Ann Tomlinson is a black female, 5’11� tall and weighing 130 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. Her date of bir th is 03/09/89. Tomlinson is wanted for failure to appear on charges of grand theft and check forgery. Her occupation is unknown. Her last known addresses were Lake Carol Drive in Royal Palm Beach and York Court in Wellington. Tomlinson is wanted as of 08/23/12. Remain anonymous and you may be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward. Call Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS (8477) or visit www.crimestopperspbc. com.

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Temple B’nai Jacob Moving Forward With Plans For New Building By Jessica Gregoire Town-Crier Staff Report After five years in the community, Temple B’nai Jacob is moving forward with plans to build a new synagogue. More than 40 temple members gathered on the stormy Sunday afternoon of Aug. 26 for a reception at the home of Eve and Bruce Sauer to review and discuss the plans with building committee members and architect Joseph Kaller. The congregation is highly anticipating the 13,500-square-foot facility. The new building is projected to be more than six times the size of their current facility, which is a leased storefront inside the original Wellington Mall. The new location is at the corner of Lake Worth Road and Barefoot Lake Drive between the Isles and Wellington Shores communities. Initial funding for the project was donated by a generous supporting member, who prefers to remain anonymous. Temple B’nai Jacob is a Conservative temple founded five years ago by a small group of young Jewish families as Congregation B’nai Avraham. “We started with three children in our Hebrew school, and now we have over 60,” Rabbi David Abrams said. “Within five years, we really blossomed a lot, and we really outgrew our first location.” Mel Kohan was one of the founding members of the temple. He became involved because he saw the need for a Conservative congregation in Wellington. “All the places I’ve lived before in Connecticut, Parkland and West Palm Beach, all had many types of synagogues, and I felt that we needed one here in Wellington,” he said. Kohan contacted the United Synagogue of Conservative Juda-

ism’s regional office. “I spoke with the director, and he said that they also realized demographically that Wellington was a good place to start a new Conservative synagogue,” Kohan said. “We began by having meetings in Wellington, and people showed up, and soon enough we were having Friday night services.” Advisory Council co-chairs Brad and Shana Chase remember the first temple meeting, which was at their home in Wellington. “The rabbi was there, and that was before we even had children of our own,” Brad recalled. Now, five years later, at 135 member families and growing, the synagogue is running at full capacity, as more and more people join. “People are starting to take notice of everything that we do,” Kohan said. The opportunity for a newer and bigger facility developed three years ago, after Congregation B’nai Avraham merged with Temple B’nai Jacob of Palm Springs to form Temple B’nai Jacob of Wellington. “They sold their building and joined us, so we had the capital to build a new building,” explained Rob Solomon, co-chair of the building committee. “We are at the point now where we need more space, and we have to build a new building because it’s too crowded.” At the reception, building committee leaders discussed the importance of the facility to the temple and its members, and explained the first phase of the development project, which includes a capital campaign to raise more building funds. “This is our kickoff dinner to officially open the campaign and get all the members involved,” Solomon said. “This is kind of like our plea for help from everyone to

help us get this going, because it is going to happen.” Kaller presented the first mockup of the building and answered questions. “The whole process has been wonderful,” he said. “Working with the committee and the members has been great, particularly putting everyone’s ideas and needs into the design.” The new building’s projected site plan offers a large parking lot with eight handicapped parking spots, a covered drop-off area, a lobby that leads into a 3,800-

square-foot sanctuary or multipurpose room, a kitchen, conference room, gift shop, offices, storage rooms, a playground, courtyard, and children’s area with ample space for learning and six to eight projected classrooms. This is a tremendous improvement, said education director and committee co-chair Andrea Cohan. “The children are very important to our temple, and there will be a lot of space for our education programs to grow,” she said. After committee members make

Architect Joseph Kaller presents the first site plan mock-up.

all the necessary improvements and revisions, the site plan will go before Wellington officials for approval. Solomon is hoping that the new synagogue will be a place for members to learn and grow. “We want this to be a place where we can pass on to our children the same religious education we received when we were children,” he said. Morry Silverman, co-chair of the building committee, is campaigning to get members to volunteer and donate their time and money

to assist in the development of the new synagogue. “It’s not easy asking people to help out,” he said. “It’s something I feel uncomfortable doing, and I know a lot of people are, but we have to do it.” The facility will cost $2 million to build, and the temple has raised almost $1 million. A groundbreaking is planned for spring 2013, and completion is expected in the spring of 2014. To learn more about the congregation, visit www.templebnai or call (561) 793-4347.

Rob Solomon and Morry Silverman with a project rendering.

(Left) Temple B’nai Jacob President Gerald Bank, Rabbi Da vid Abrams and P ast President Mel Kohan. (Center) Advisory Council cochairs Brad and Shana Chase. (Right) Bank with reception hosts Eve and Bruce Sauer. PHOTOS B Y JESSICA GREGOIRE/TOWN-CRIER

Gina Sauber Entertains With Stories Of ‘A Time Remembered’ By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Dressed in a flowered cotton long dress and blouse in the style a pioneer woman might have made for herself, Gina Sauber of Loxahatchee Groves focused on early lifestyles of Floridians in her presentation “A Time Remembered” last week at the Aug. 23 meeting of the Loxahatchee Groves Landowners’ Association. A 10-year volunteer at Yesteryear Village at the South Florida Fairgrounds, Sauber has been making presentations independently for about two years. More recently, she has started pulling along her “portable museum” created from an old camping trailer. “I spent two years refurbishing her,” she said. “I brought her back from the dead.” At first, Sauber was going to use it for camping, but decided to create her mini museum, which she finished in April. “I do a lot of presentations, and I have lots of stuff to carry,” she said. “I was getting a little too old for this, so I thought I’d turn it into a little mobile learning center.” Then again, Sauber herself is like a mobile learning center, carrying the tanned skins of a fox, a coyote and an alligator. “I like hunting, and if you get me talking about hunting, I’ll never shut up. This is a coyote, the first coyote I ever saw. You can see where I got him,” she said, pointing to a hole in the dressed skin. “Some people don’t like hunters, but I say if we didn’t take these coyotes, they’d be taking your dogs and cats.” Displaying her fox skin, she said: “You’ve seen foxes running

across the road. Well, this one didn’t make it. I was not too far behind it. I scooped him up, threw him in my car, threw him in my freezer, and a friend tanned his hide for me.” She passed around a basket of alligator “scutes,” the network of bones running the length of an alligator’s back, and invited everyone to take one. Then she explained the alligator hide. “This one was a roadkill,” she said. “They gave me permission to take roadkill for a while, but they have taken that away from me. They don’t want everyone to think they can get permission. All those bumps along the back are individual bones called scutes. There’s 144 scutes on every alligator.” Aside from serving as a coat of armor, the scutes also heat up the coldblooded alligator’s body as it suns itself. “This dark skin helps draw the heat in, and this is the bone that’s under that dark skin,” she said. “It’s also an armor plate that helps protect alligators from other alligators.” Sauber had been on an alligator hunt the night before her presentation and caught one that had only three legs. “They’re always eating each other,” she said. She won her first alligator harvest permit, which the state awards by lottery, in 2005. “I requested Lake Okeechobee, and my first attempt, I got lucky,” she said. “My first alligator was an 11-and-a-half-foot alligator. He’s hung over my fireplace. My air-conditioning guy came in a few years later and said, ‘Boy, did your husband get that?’ I said, ‘No, that’s my alligator.’That shut him up right quick.”

Sauber and the LGLA attendees then moved to the trailer, where fiddler Jim Waldeck played some bluegrass mood music as Sauber poured lemonade for everyone. Sauber said she loves teaching children how things were in Florida’s pioneer days and how people had to hunt for their food. “It’s all about teaching children and calling their attention to nature and the outdoors,” she said. Holding a pine branch damaged by lightning, she explained that it is “lighterwood,” which was cherished by pioneer families for kindling fires because of its high resin content. Sauber also has a cypress knee that she was able to get after a homeowner illegally destroyed a stand on his property. “You can’t legally cut cypress knees,” she said. Using a raccoon skin, she explained how her stretching boards are used to treat hides during tan-

ning. “I got these from Wisconsin this summer,” Sauber said. “Picture me carrying these two boards through the airport. My cousin up in Wisconsin, his dog got his first coon, and he donated it to my program. The coons up there are so much darker than the ones down here, I guess because it’s so much colder up there.” Other items on display include a Brahma bull skull, a chamber pot and turkey feathers from wild turkeys she shot herself. “When I take a turkey, I don’t just take the meat,” she said. “I recycle everything. I don’t just hunt an animal and pop out the breast meat. I recycle the feathers, everything I possibly can.” Sauber also displayed primitive toys made for pioneer children, including yo-yos and a stereo optic viewer. Holding a stuffed toy recognizable as a horse, she said pioneer children were able to amuse themselves with such toys.

Robin McLeod and Marge Herzog in the traveling exhibit.

“Back in the day, children would spend hours making horsey noises,” she said. “This is what they used to play with. I ask children if they could play with this, and they say, ‘Oh yeah,’ but probably not as long as children did back in the day.” Asked whether she had read the book A Land Remembered by Patrick D. Smith about three generations of a pioneer family in Florida, she said she had. “I have it here inside,” she said. Sauber added that on Nov. 10, Yesteryear Village will have an event called “Sip & Stroll,” when historian and author Harvey Oyer will give a lecture on his books, including the bestselling children’s book The Last Egret, a story about the adventures of a young Florida pioneer named Charlie Pierce. For more information about Sauber, call (561) 670-6065 or e-mail

Gina Sauber with a basket of alligator scutes.

Fiddler Jim Waldeck provides bluegrass and other folk music. PHOTOS BY RON BUKLEY/TOWN-CRIER

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continued from page 1 the ashes of the old one. The Folke Peterson Wildlife Center opened in 2004, having cleared the land and all the old cages and built a new building and habitats. It closed its doors five years later, in the summer of 2009, and for two years the land stood vacant, until Big Dog Ranch Rescue opened there in 2011. “We are honored to have Bonnie and Wally’s ashes here,” said Lauree Simmons, president of Big Dog Ranch Rescue, who also attended the service. “We’re very thankful to Bonnie, who started this place where we now save so many dogs. Hopefully, we’ll keep saving animals here.” “I’m happy Bonnie and Wally are finally back home where they belong,” said Sue Shearouse, a good friend of Bonnie and the person who brought her and the Peterson group together. “Burying them here was seriously overdue.”

“It has been a long time coming,” agreed Joni Goodine. “I’m glad my friends and mentors are home.” The group shared stories of the people they’d known and loved. Charlie Dennis, who had been a Florida Freshwater Fish and Game officer and the bane of Bonnie’s existence, recalled stories of some of their altercations. “I never hated her, though she hated me,” he chuckled. “I just wanted her to do right by the animals.” “Bonnie was a pioneer in Florida rehabbing,” said David Hitzig, executive director of the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary in Jupiter. “She wasn’t shy. She’d tell you exactly what she thought.” “They were unique,” said Terry Wolf, wildlife director of Lion Country Safari. “We’ll never see their like again,” added Barbara Perrone, who took care of Bonnie after the fire and helped revamp the burnedout garage into the house that still stands on the grounds. “They were really something,”

said Sandy Lewis, a friend and fellow rehabber. “Bonnie was a hoot,” said Carl Breithaupt, their nephew. Carl and his wife, Julie, came down especially for the ceremony. He shared stories about his Uncle Wallace playing with him and his sister when they were kids, and about how Wally would visit during his shore leaves from the U.S. Navy and Merchant Marines. “He’d get down and wrestle with us and give us rides like he was a horse,” he recalled. “Aunt Bonnie was not like that. One time I sent her a thank-you letter for something she’d sent me, and the next time she called, she corrected all the grammatical errors I’d made in the note.” And I was there as well. In fact, the whole ceremony grew out of a project I’d been working on for more than a year: writing a book about Bonnie, Wally and Bambi. They had been good friends of mine. I spent many days volunteering at Bambi, learning from them and getting to know them. After they both died, after the cen-

ter was gone, it irked me that they seemed to have just vanished when they had given so much to the people and animals of Palm Beach County. It just didn’t seem right. In tracking down information and interviewing people, I stumbled across many mysteries and uncovered all sorts of unexpected findings. When I finally located Carl, Bonnie and Wally’s nephew, he provided a treasure trove of documents and memories. His mother, Terry, was Wally’s sister and Bonnie’s half-sister. In fact, Carl still had their ashes, undecided what to do with them. “Listen,” I told him. “You’ve held them this long. Hold onto them a little longer, because with any luck, we’ll get them buried back at Bambi.” It took cajoling, begging, waiting and hoping, but it finally happened. Bonnie and Wally came home for good, back to the land where they both lived and died, back where they wanted to be. Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, was a good day.

Friends and family share stories of Wallace and Bonnie Findlay, known for rescuing and caring for animals in need. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Julie Breithaupt says goodbye.

Busch Wildlife Sanctuary’s David Hitzig.

Julie and Carl Breithaupt, relatives of the Findlays.

Charlie Dennis, Ellen Rosenberg, Barbara Perrone, David Hitzig and Jo Ann Burkett look over a garden tribute.

Lion Country Safari’s Terry Wolfe.

A garden tribute to St. Francis, Patron Saint of Animals.

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Wellington Sisters Paint Bottles To Raise Money For Charities By Jessica Gregoire Town-Crier Staff Report Sitting at the kitchen table of their Wellington home, 11-yearold Michaela and 14-year-old Samantha Ryan carefully paint empty wine bottles with intricate designs. The sisters have painted more than 20 bottles since they began selling them for charity in July during the monthly Girls Night Out event at the Players Club in Wellington. It’s not a business because they don’t keep any of the money, nor an organization, but just two young girls giving back the best way they know how, by making colorful bottle art. The sisters use recycled bottles and paint designs, which buyers can use as vases, incense holders or for anything else that comes to mind. They call their project Busy Hands, because their products are all handmade artisan crafts. Michaela said she started doing it as a way to express her creativity after her art teacher at Panther Run Elementary School encouraged her to paint. “She taught me how to do them, and I got addicted to making them,” Michaela said. “She told me that no art is bad art, so I kept on going.” Michaela enjoyed making the bottles so much, she got her sister

Samantha involved in the process, and over the summer they began creating bottles from recycled wine and liquor bottles. “We get bottles from my mom, her friends and our neighbor next door,” Michaela said. They started out giving away the bottles to friends and family. Then Michaela came up with the idea to sell the bottles to raise money for charity. Their mother, Joanne, thought it was a wonderful idea. She made some calls, enlisting assistance so her daughters would get the word out. Soon enough, Joanne got her friends from the Kids Cancer Foundation to take interest, and they told her about the Girls Night Out event. The children were given the opportunity to sell their bottles to raise money for a different charity every month, whichever is being supported by that month’s event. “The first charity they were helping was the Kids Cancer Foundation,” Joanne said. “So they made a sign that said, ‘Help Us Help Them, Kids Helping Kids.’” That first event reinforced their relationship with the Kids Cancer Foundation, and the sisters have been asked to participate in some of its events. Their goal is to donate $2,000plus to charities. They’re open to helping all types of charities, and

Michaela and Samantha Ryan with some bottles they crafted. their main goal is to give back to off a golf cart, Michaela suffered a others while enjoying being cre- skull fracture and bleeding in the ative — especially for Michaela, brain. who has been painting since she “A lot of charities came around was 5 and has a great passion for and gave her lots of gifts,” Joanna creating art. said. “And when she came out, “She loves doing artistic stuff,” she wanted to do something Joanne said. “It’s great that she where she could give back.” could incorporate that with helpCharities such as Little Smiles ing charities, so that works out visited Michaela and made an imperfectly for her.” pact on her life. “It felt like people Michaela’s desire to help oth- actually cared for other people who ers comes from her weeklong stay are injured, other than the nurses in the hospital last year after a trau- and doctors,” she said. matic head injury, an experience The bottles are $3 each, and all that changed her life. After falling proceeds go to charity. The girls

Samantha and Michaela Ryan paint bottles. PHOTOS BY JESSICA GREGOIRE/TOWN-CRIER

use their own money for the paint and accessories. The sisters are open to shipping the bottles out of state. “We can also make custom ones, with people’s names on them,” Michaela said. The sisters do it all on their own, without any help from anyone. “I’ve tried to do one, but it did not come out as good as theirs,” Joanne said. “To have the patience to do all those dots and small detailed designs, I just don’t know how they do it.” Creating one bottle can take all

day. From cleaning it to painting the designs, it’s a long process. The first step is to clean the bottle, removing the labels by soaking the bottle in hot water and using sandpaper to scrape off the excess labeling or glue. Then the painting begins, which can take all day depending on the design. Occasionally, Joanne will give them some design ideas. “For the most part, they come up with their own ideas, which are really good,” she said. For more information, e-mail

Acreage/Loxahatchee Relay For Life Leader Seeks Volunteers By Jessica Gregoire Town-Crier Staff Report Two-time cancer survivor Diane O’Connor is asking for support from the community for the 2013 American Cancer Society Loxa-

hatchee/Acreage Relay for Life. As the 2013 event chair, she is gearing up early, recruiting committee members and getting fundraising efforts started. The theme for the relay is “Car-

Diane O’Connor (center with hat) with her family and relay team at the 2012 event.

nival,” and it will take place April 13-14 at Acreage Community Park. The event consists of teams of community members, ranging from cancer survivors to local students, gathering to camp out overnight to raise money for the American Cancer Society’s programs and services in the community. The relay includes a survivors walk and dinner, live entertainment, food, games and various activities. According to O’Connor, the 2013 relay will be a little different from the 2012 event. It will be opening to the public at noon, earlier than in previous years. “We are gearing it more toward the community and family, so that people with kids can bring them out to the relay in the daytime,” she explained. Guests will be allowed to stay until 11 p.m. “The general public after that has to leave, and then we will have it only open to relay

teams and committee members until 6 a.m. the next morning, when it ends,” she said. This will give the community more time to participate in the relay and support the cause. “We want people to come out and have fun,” O’Connor said. “Starting earlier will definitely help us raise more money.” O’Connor is looking for a team development chair — someone who has a passion for helping cancer victims and their families. The chair would be responsible for creating a subcommittee for team retention and team development. “These people recruit new teams and keep in touch with other teams to make sure that the other teams are still on board,” O’Connor said. This is an important role, and O’Connor really needs people who are willing to give it their all — “someone who knows their community and is strong-minded

enough to run the committee, and make sure they are doing what they are supposed to do,” she said. The team development chair will also be involved in all events and fundraising initiatives leading up to the relay next year. “For example, we have the Acreage Fall Festival coming up Nov. 3,” O’Connor said. “We are going to have a float where we will be giving out candy to kids and cards about the relay.” O’Connor is also looking to put together several relay committees. She needs a fundraising committee, someone to control web content and someone with accounting skills. “This person would be responsible for tracking all the money that comes in,” she said. There also needs to be a preparations committee for the actual relay event. “There’s quite a few committees, and I want the community to be involved and be a part of them,” O’Connor said.

The committees will be putting together events throughout the year to raise awareness and money. “We are going to be doing community garage sales, bake sales and all types of fundraisers around the community so that we can keep everyone involved,” O’Connor said. Money raised from the Relay for Life provides many services for cancer patients, from research to uplifting personal activities. Some of its services include Camp Rock for children suffering with cancer, a 24-hour help line for people having a difficult time emotionally and Look Good Feel Better, a program that sends volunteers into hospitals to give makeovers to cancer patients. “This is all about the survivor,” O’Connor said. “We want as many survivors as we can.” After the kickoff, the survivors See RELAY, page 16

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NEWS BRIEFS Wellington Art Society Open House Sept. 12 The Wellington Art Society will host its first regular meeting of the 2012-13 season Wednesday, Sept. 12 in the Grand Cypress room at the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). This evening is a chance for artists and art lovers to hear about the exciting new offerings that the Wellington Art Society has planned for the coming year. Fabulous artwork is on display in the society’s new exhibit space in the Wellington Municipal Complex. These original works are available for sale and are rotated quarterly. The art society also has ongoing exhibitions at Whole Foods Market in Wellington, which feature art society members for threemonth-long shows. Refreshments will be served beginning at 6 p.m. and there will a raffle that is open to all attendees. At 6:15 p.m. there will be a special presentation by Wellington to 14 local students receiving congressional certificates awarded by Congressman Ted Deutch for an art

show they participated in sponsored by the village. Each year, the Wellington Art Society awards scholarships to Palm Beach County graduating seniors who will be attending art schools All money raised by the Wellington Art Society go toward these scholarships. The general meeting begins at 7 p.m. when the year’s calendar will be revealed, which includes calls to artists, workshops, exciting demonstrations by well-known artists and opportunities to create an even better art community. This year, the society will also present ArtFest on the Green, a two-day event with artist and vendors from around the county. The event will be held Jan. 5-6, 2013 at the Wellington Amphitheater. More information and applications are available at wellingtonart

Wellington Garden Club To Meet Sept. 10 The Wellington Garden Club will meet Monday, Sept. 10 at the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) with a business meeting at 10:30 a.m.

followed by lunch at 11:30 a.m. and a program at 12:30 p.m. presented by James Currie. Currie’s program, “Birding Adventures from Around the World,” will feature video clips from his TV exploits filming the planet’s amazing bird life. A lifelong wildlife enthusiast and native of South Africa, Currie is fast becoming the most recognizable face in North American birding. He hosts the popular birding TV show Nikon’s Birding Adventures, now going into its fifth season on the NBC Sports Network. Currie also hosts the action birding show Aerial Assassins on National Geographic, aired in the U.S. and worldwide in 2012. He has led professional wildlife and birding tours for 15 years, and his passion for birding, adventure and remote cultures has taken him to nearly every corner of the globe. For more information about Currie, visit his web site at www.birdingadventures. com. Guests are welcome to attend the Sept. 10 meeting. There is no admission fee, but seating is limited. To reserve a seat, call Jayne at (561) 791-0273.

KOC Soccer Challenge Set For Sept. 16 The local Knights of Columbus M.J. Benvenuti #8419 will sponsor a youth soccer challenge Sunday, Sept. 16 at noon at Wellington Village Park. It is open to boys and girls ages 10-14. The Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge is sponsored annually, with winners progressing through local, district and state competitions. All contestants on the local level will be recognized for their participation in this event. All players are required to furnish proof of age and a written parental consent. The Knights of Columbus is an international Catholic fraternal service organization with 1.8 million members in 14,000 local councils throughout the world. Last year, the Knights of Columbus organizations volunteered more than 70 million hours of charitable activities and $154 million to charitable and benevolent causes, sponsoring projects to benefit their churches, communities, councils, culture of life, families and youth. For more information, call the

Faith Formation Office at St. Rita Catholic Church at (561) 795-4321.

Wellington’s Inaugural Square Dance Oct. 6 Grab your partner and do-si-do to the inaugural Adult Square Dance on Oct. 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Wellington’s Village Park gymnasium. The event will feature a barbecue-style dinner and cocktails from 6 to 7 p.m., with the professional caller and dancing beginning at 7 p.m. Feel free to wear your cowboy boots and finest square-dancing attire. This event is for every level, from beginners to the experienced dancers. Free childcare will be provided for ages 5-12 at the same location. Tickets cost $40 per person or $280 for a table of eight, and they are currently on sale at the front desks of the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) and the Village Park gymnasium (11700 Pierson Road). Tickets are limited, and sales will end Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. For more information, call (561) 791-4005.

Wellington Issues Call To Young Artists There’s a new opportunity for youthful Wellington artists to see their creations on public display. Wellington is teaming up with the Wellington Art Society for the “Student Art Program,” which puts youth artwork on display at the Wellington Community Center and the Village Park gymnasium. High school students who either live in Wellington or attend a Wellington school are invited to deliver their original works of art to the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 100) on Wednesday, Sept. 12 between 4 and 6 p.m. The exhibit will open the following day on Thursday, Sept. 13 and the artwork will be on display for a four-month rotation ending in January 2013. Make sure the artwork is framed. The Wellington Art Society will select the artwork for the exhibit. Information and entry forms with program dates and guidelines are available from the Wellington Art Society at (561) 791-2194 as well as art teachers at Wellington’s schools.

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‘STARS OF TOMORROW’ PERFORM AT CAFCI’S ANNUAL TALENT SHOW IN RPB Caribbean-Americans for Community Involvement (CAFCI) presented its 20th annual Youth Talent Showcase on Saturday, Aug. 25 at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center. The show featured “Stars of Tomorrow” from the community. It was a full evening with 23 performances of singing, dancing and music. SEE VIDEO FROM THIS EVENT AT WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Gabrielle and Giselle Graham perform “Sonata” on their violins.

Jade Evori Master performs a Michael Jackson song.

Morgan Shim leads the Pledge of Allegience.

Allison and Majesty Smith sing “The House That Built Me.”

Hannah Mahoney sings an original song, “Being with You.”

Demi Master performs “The Windy City.”

Biana Pinchuk sings “O Mio Babino Caro.”

Jazmine Ferguson performs a praise and worship dance.

Lilly Marie sings “Popular” from the musical Wicked.

Marsha Elliott gives flowers to Master of Ceremonies Christi Knight.

CAFCI board members gather for a photo to end the evening.

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Wellington Christian School PTF Hosts Back-To-School Luncheon As part of the campus-wide pre-service week and to kick off the new school year, the Wellington Christian School Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF) hosted its annual back-to-school luncheon welcoming new and returning teachers, staff and administrators. This year’s annual PTF event provided not only a special time for fellowship and prayer but also included a raffle with fun, school-spirited gifts and a fullserve “candy bar.” This was a special treat for all, as they headed into final meetings to prepare for the students’ arrival on Monday, Aug. 20. The very close partnering be-

tween parents, teachers, staff and administrators to support all students at Wellington Christian School is a unique and vital link to the success of the school’s community. The focus is to provide a college preparatory education for students and families in Wellington and nearby communities, with an emphasis on developing independent learners who think critically and understand what it means to think and live as followers of Christ. Wellington Christian School is an accredited PK-12 Christian school, located at 1000 Wellington Trace. For more information, visit www.wellingtonchristian. org.

The Welcome Back Teacher Luncheon Committee: Tiffany Greene, Lynn Kelly, Tammie Sprague and Amy Mandor.

Joanne Pazos, Kelly Walker, Natasha McMilan, Debbie Leeder, Jena Beno, Anna Woodruff and Susie Cohen.

Students Prepare For New Year At Summer Enrichment Programs While most students spent their summer sleeping late, more than 100 students from area schools set their alarms and woke with the sun. Students at Lake Shore Middle School and Atlantic, Boynton Beach, Lake Worth, Santaluces, Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Beach Lakes and Royal Palm Beach high schools benefited from Advanced Placement Incentive Program (APIP) grant funded programs designed to provide enrichment and practice in skills that will support student success in the coming school year and beyond. More than 30 Lake Shore stu-

dents with the potential for success in Algebra I Honors classes spent two weeks at the All About Algebra enrichment program, refreshing their algebraic thinking skills and receiving an early introduction into Algebra I course content. Taught by three outstanding faculty members, classes included collaborative group work, direct instruction and independent work. Pre and post tests guided instruction and provided students with daily feedback on their progress. Students participating are now well-prepared for the rigors of


New Horizons Elementary School recently welcomed some new staff members. With the expansion of the Dual Language International Spanish Academy to a Choice Program, New Horizons has added new staff members. Shown above are Clara Acosta, Kristina Kickle, Lourdes Sanchez, Ryan Watson, Juan Jose Martinez-Ramos, Kristina Krieger, Brenda Williams and Marjorie Dickerman.

this high school level course. While Lake Shore’s students tackled topics like the Pythagorean Theorem, incoming freshmen and continuing students at Atlantic, Boynton Beach, Lake Worth, Santaluces, Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Beach Lakes and Royal Palm Beach high schools built, tested, demolished, redesigned and rebuilt exemplary structures during the Engineering Enrichment Program. For two weeks, students worked in groups to conceptualize and execute towers, platforms and bridges. After testing original designs to the point of failure, stu-

dents reflected on the design, point of failure and materials used to analyze deficiencies in design. After a critical analysis of the original design, students redesigned, rebuilt and retested structures. Redesigned structures proved to be well-engineered and withstood greater stressors, demonstrating that the redesign process is a crucial step in any project. Royal Palm Beach High School invited rising ninth- through 12thgrade students with an interest in and potential for success in Advanced Placement coursework to participate in a weeklong intensive

AP boot camp. Taught by content area AP teachers in seminar-style classes, students focused on topics including critical reading, persuasive writing, literary analysis, self advocacy and time management. Incoming freshmen spent additional time learning school specific traditions, policies and procedures in an effort to ease the transition to high school. For more on the summer enrichment programs supported by APIP grants, contact College Readiness Manager Becky Youngman at (561) 982-0945 or becky.youngman

RPBHS students Joseph Fleuricot and Jordan Ruiz work on a project.

TKA Seniors Attend Summer Music Symposium This summer, four members of the King’s Academy marching band and color guard attended the Music for All Summer Symposium and Leadership Weekend Experience. TKA seniors Sierra Cortes, Sarah Hood, Gwyneth Lowe and Celeste McDonald traveled to Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., for the opportunity to grow as musicians, performers and leaders. The two-day Leadership Weekend Experience exposed them to team-building exercises, strategies and techniques using hands-on problem solving activities. “We learned the true dynamics of leadership and how to lead effectively,” Lowe said. “They forced us to get out of our comfort zone and develop not only leadership skills, but life skills that are truly important.”

Following the two-day leadership laboratory, Lowe and McDonald moved on to the Drum Major Track where they received personalized lessons, helping them to develop a foundation for conducting. Lessons included conducting instruction and evaluation, teaching and communication techniques, and also concerts and events every night. Color Guard captains Cortes and Hood attended the Color Guard Track and spent time immersing themselves in extensive training in amazing facilities. The intensive sessions included instruction in dance and movement, performance, and flag, rifle and sabre technique. All four girls are excited to put what they learned into practice this year.

Sarah Hood, Celeste McDonald, Gwyneth Lowe and Sierra Cortes.

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Area Physicians Take Part In Kretzer Piano Benefit Showcase Eighteen physicians — including some from the western communities — took part in Kretzer Piano’s “Physicians Talent Showcase” on Tuesday, Aug. 22 in the Harriet Himmel Theater at CityPlace in West Palm Beach. The 18 “rockin’ docs” lit up the stage with a Beatles medley to open the show. Among those participating in the showcase were dermatologist Dr. Marianne Carroll, neonatologist Dr. Marie Ambroise Thigpen, Dr. Robin Shecter, Stage Director Bruce Linser, internist Dr. Sara Ferrer; Dr. Robin Arrigo, Dr. Linda Johnson, ob/gyn Dr. Maureen Whelihan, pathologist Dr. Gordon Johnson, general surgeon Dr. Tom Rowe, Angelo Caruso, internist Dr. Andrew Moffitt, plastic surgeon Dr. Tim AbouSayed, veterinarian Dr. Xavier Garcia, Kretzer Piano Producer/Music Director Kathi Kretzer, oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Jeronimo Guzman, internist Dr. Lenny Sukienik, pulmonologist Dr. Kenneth Fuquay, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Richard Weiner, Dr. John Fernandez, Palm Beach Medical Society President Dr. Jack Zeltzer and Vocal Director Craig Wich of the Craig Wich Performing Arts Studio.

Kretzer Piano of Jupiter presented “Physicians Talent Showcase” as part of its ongoing “Music for the Mind” concert series benefiting music education and children’s charities. This one benefited Adopt a Family of the Palm Beaches and raised close to $40,000 for Project Grow, for children ages 5 to 12 who live in the agency’s housing programs. Project Grow focuses on building social, emotional and educational skills for these formerly homeless children, and instills the self-confidence necessary for a healthy childhood. Held on the third Tuesday of every month in the Harriet Himmel Theater at CityPlace, the Music for the Mind concerts feature musical groups from Palm Beach County. Beginning in 2002, Music for the Mind has provided 8,200 young musicians the opportunity to perform while raising over $240,000 to help keep music in locals schools and the community. Kretzer Piano is located at 240 W. Indiantown Road in Jupiter. For more information, call (561) 7480036 or visit Kretzer’s web site at

Lee Sayler, Dr. Jack Zeltzer, Bruce Linser, Dr. Maureen Whelihan and Craig Wich.

Dr. Robin Shecter of Wellington Regional Medical Center.

Showcase participants gather for a group photo.

WRMC dermatologist Dr. Marianne Carroll played “Piano Man.” PHOTOS BY TRACEY BENSON PHOTOGRAPHY

SCOTT REAVY HONORED Lyric Theatre Hosts ‘Deliverance’ Anniversary

U.S. Army Specialist Brendon M. Reavy recently received a Purple Heart for injuries suffered while on combat patrol in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. Reavy remains deployed with the U.S. Army 4th Infantry Division. He is assigned to the 3rd Squadron 61st Cavalry Regiment based at Fort Carson, Colo. Reavy is the son of Scott and Patricia Reavy of The Acreage and a 2009 Seminole Ridge High School graduate. Shown above, Reavy receives the Purple Heart from Lt. Col. Hancock.

To a standing ovation, longtime movie star and Palm Beach County native Burt Reynolds took the stage at the Lyric Theatre on the evening of Thursday, Aug. 16, after a special 40th anniversary screening of his widely acclaimed film Deliverance. The standing-room-only crowd anxiously awaited Reynolds’ responses to a question-and-answer session arranged by Lyric Executive Director John Loesser. With his trademark self-deprecating sense of humor, Reynolds charmed his audience as he told stories of his adventures during the filming of the movie. Additional footage was included in the talkback and provided a rare opportunity for his fans to go “behind the scenes.” “I haven’t seen Burt look this healthy or happier in years,” Loesser said after the event, which was billed as a benefit for the Burt Reynolds Institute for Film and Theatre (BRIFT). “I can’t wait for

him to return with his one-man show, ‘An Evening with Burt Reynolds.’” Performance dates Reynolds’ show are set for Jan. 30 and 31, 2013. The Burt Reynolds Institute for Film and Theatre is a nonprofit committed to educating and involving the community and artists in all aspects of film, television, theater, live performances, film festivals and exhibitions, as well as preserving Reynolds’ memorabilia and the history of the film industry. Adhering to its namesake’s philosophy of “giving back,” BRIFT offers reasonably priced classes in acting and film making, guaranteeing that knowledge of the arts is available to everyone. Additionally, the BRIFT Saturday Spotlight Series provides unique, one-of-akind family-friendly entertainment for theater-goers of all ages. For more info., visit

Jon Voight, Ronny Cox, Ned Beatty and Burt Reynolds at the Burt Reynolds Museum. PHOTO BY STEVE CLARK

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PLENTY OF FAMILY FUN AT OUR KIDS WORLD AT SOUTH FLORIDA FAIRGROUNDS Our Kids World Family Fun Fest presented by South Florida Ford Dealers was held Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25 and 26 at the South Florida Fairgrounds. It featured children’s activities, games, bounce houses, pony rides, a petting zoo, character meet-and-greets, Gator Land and more for a weekend of wholesome fun. For more info., visit PHOTOS BY JESSICA GREGOIRE/TOWN-CRIER

Joey’s Outback Adventures mascot Joey the Kangaroo greets Julianna and Jason Knowles.

Gymnastics Revolution employee Selena Houck helps Maggie Poeteat do a flip.

Kelvin, Emily, Zuriel and Kayla Abreu.

Palm Beach Skate Zone mascot Puck the Polar Bear gives Brylee and Craig Davis a hug.

Ella and Emily Pardillo dance on stage.

Cameron Wigel helps his son Jeremy climb the rock wall.

WILLOWS RESIDENTS MEET WITH PBSO TO DISCUSS NEIGHBORHOOD CRIME Residents of the Willows in Royal Palm Beach met with Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office personnel for a crime prevention meeting Wednesday, Aug. 22 at Willows Park. PBSO representatives provided statistics showing that crime in the Willows was down from last year on most offenses such as vandalism and drug-related crimes. If residents see any suspicious activity, dangerous situations or a crime being committed, they are urged to report it. School Board Police representatives stressed that residents should call if they see students out during school hours. For more info., call (561) 790-5180. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Diane Catala, RPB Code Enforcement Supervisor Linda Walker, Laverne Johnson and School Police Officer Ricquel Lyles.

PBSO Community Outreach Coordinator Diane Smith speaks to Willows residents.

Laverne Johnson, School Police Officer Ricquel Lyles, PBSO Detective Dave Carina and Elizabeth Martinez.

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NEWS Flooding

Draining, But Slowly

continued from page 1 dren back in school. On Wednesday, all Palm Beach County schools opened except eight, including all those in The Acreage. “They are probably going to be closed tomorrow [Thursday] because children cannot safely get from their homes to the school buses, and a lot of people are still trapped in their homes,” she said. “They can’t easily get out to get their kids to school or to go to work, so they’re talking with us as we make progress reducing the flooding.” While the vast majority of homes in The Acreage were spared water intrusion, some houses have flooded. Quickel said the county Emergency Operations Center has been working to help people who are unable to get in and out of their homes and need assistance. “They have a rescue unit that has been assigned to help with that,” she said. “If it’s a life/safety issue, they are asked to call 911 for the emergency services to respond and help with that.” She stressed that only a few homes were flooded. “There are some; [but] there are many more that the water is up to or very near their homes,” Quickel said. “It is the street flooding that is more prevalent, than actual flooding of the interior of the homes.” Quickel noted that Gov. Rick Scott flew over the area Wednesday morning to assess the damage. “He received a briefing from the South Florida Water Management District that clearly showed the severe impact of the amount of rainfall over such a large area, and multiple places that were impacted, the Village of Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, us, Loxahatchee Groves, and the challenges faced for all of our discharge. It’s just more than these systems were designed to store and be able to convey quickly,” she said. Quickel added that there was a lot of discussion about the Corbett area and the berm, so state officials understand the potential risk of a dike failure, as well as ITID’s limited authorization to discharge to the south. “He seemed very aware and keenly concerned about the residents and their ability to be able for children to get to school and for people to return to work and their safety with that,” she said. “That was helpful. We’re looking for long-term solutions, which are not inexpensive, to address these issues. They’ve been around for decades. Indian Trail has asked for additional discharge for decades, additional storage; we’ve discussed the berm many, many times in the past. It really is critically clear now how important those changes are from what just happened.” While governments work to


Beware Wells Also

continued from page 1 will be coming from,” O’Connor said. “It’s kind of a bubbling-up. You wouldn’t see anything like heavy fecal matter, but it could potentially have E. coli in it and other types of bacteria.” He cautioned that people should not go into the floodwaters. “Our primary concern is the safety of all individuals, and we’re concerned that they stay healthy, so we’re putting out advisories as much as possible,” he said. “One is avoiding those floodwaters or contact with the floodwaters. You


Landlord Regulations ‘Need Teeth’

continued from page 1 do the best we can, but if there’s another way to fight this battle, I’m open to it.” Vice Mayor Howard Coates said he was concerned about the transitional neighborhoods. “I keep hearing anecdotally that the transitional neighborhoods are slipping,” he said. “We had initial progress and made that better, and now it’s slipping. I also keep hearing that we have an increasing gang presence here in Wellington.” If that was true, Coates said he’d like to develop measures to stop it. “I have found it’s easier to deal with things in their nascent stage,” he said. Hart said it was hard to say whether the neighborhoods were declining. “We find with crime that it ebbs and flows,” he said. “We are probably in a time when it is flowing. Can you attribute it to the population? Probably.” Hart said that there are several

clean up, some inundated residents are angry. James Varvaro, a 25-year Acreage resident, said he thinks changes need to be made at ITID. “We’re building parks out here in The Acreage, and we’re building parks in Royal Palm Beach, and we’re building parks in Wellington,” Varvaro said. “All these parks are underwater. We’ve had storms before, and sometimes it would get flooded and there’s water all over the place and people’s lives get ruined, but this is the worst storm I’ve seen in 25 years. It’s just ridiculous.” Varvaro said he believes residents need to get together and coordinate their efforts for emergency management. “When you call up, everybody says, ‘It’s not my problem,’” he said. “The bottom line is, instead of building these parks, they need to secure our communities so we don’t get flooded out every time we have a major storm. We spend a lot of money on the feel-good stuff and not enough on the necessary stuff.” Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District Chairman Dave DeMarois was leading the recovery efforts there instead of District Administrator Clete Saunier, who was out of town. DeMarois said most of the lettered roads in Loxahatchee Groves were passable but not dry as of Wednesday night. Last Friday morning, he participated in a conference call with the South Florida Water Management District and other affected agencies. “At that time they assured us that it would be 3 to 6 inches of water, that’s it,” he noted. The LGWCD worked quickly to lower canal levels. “We had our gates open, and technically we’re not supposed to,” DeMarois said. “Friday we had the gates open; Saturday we had the gates open. Saturday afternoon, I rode the district and the water levels were down. We had 15 inches of rain that accumulated. It just overran all of our canals, as it did with everyone else.” It will take a while before all the standing water is out of the Groves. “We’re in the process of trying to keep the canals free where the water flows, but we have so much water draining from properties that they’re staying pretty high,” DeMarois said, explaining that flood-

ing is the worst in the north end because all the drainage is to the south. DeMarois said he personally fielded many of the complaints. “Everybody has been saying we’re doing a lousy job, but we don’t mind that; we can document our job and we’ll take blame for it if there’s blame due, and we’ll take credit if there’s credit due,” he said. Some homes in Loxahatchee Groves have flooded, but DeMarois did not have a definite number because, he believed, most of them were coping on their own. He urged people with flooding problems or whose property was destroyed to contact the Town of Loxahatchee Groves, which is keeping records of the damage. Attorney and Loxahatchee Groves resident Andrew D. Stine said people have contacted him who were adversely affected by the storm. “I believe, as the people believe who have been adversely affected from the flooding, that it was because of Indian Trail’s inability to properly pump the water out of their location,” Stine said. “I believe that has caused the flooding and the damage to the homes throughout the western communities.” Stine noted that most of the insurance residents carry is for hurricane and not flood damage. “They have a right to be redressed because the government entity, Indian Trail, did not fulfill their obligation to the citizens, and it is a taxing district, so they have an absolute responsibility to protect these people’s homes, their chattel, horses, livestock, even chickens, also protect their landscaping equipment and their plants,” he said. Palm Beach County is using the county’s automated call system to ask residents about flooding damage to their homes. The message will ask residents to call the county’s information center at (561) 7126400 to report how much flood water has entered their home and whether they carry flood insurance. This information, officials said, is necessary to conduct damage assessments resulting from Tropical Storm Isaac. Residents who do not receive an automated call but have had water enter their homes should call the number immediately.

The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce building at F Road and Southern Blvd. had a moat.

Stormwater rose, completely engulfing most roads in The Acreage.

Cars and trucks are at “no wake speed” as they pass each other on Persimmon Blvd.

Standing water at the corner of Royal Palm Beach and Sunset boulevards.

Large culverts at Collecting Canal and D roads churn with stormwater runoff. PHOTOS BY RON BUKLEY AND LAUREN MIRÓ/TOWN-CRIER

can step on a nail; you have snakes, insects, chemicals from yard fertilizer or insecticides. We want to make sure people avoid contact with those waters when possible.” If you do come in contact with floodwaters, be sure to practice good hygiene, he said. “Make sure to use good soap and water to clean up, and use hand sanitizers when it’s available,” O’Connor suggested. He said there is a shelter at the South Florida Fairgrounds for displaced families but that the health department is working with other groups for long-term shelter. “For some of the people who have to be evacuated from their homes, we’re looking at a long-term shel-

ter arrangement for them,” O’Connor said. “The fairgrounds serve as more of an immediate situation, but we’re working with the Red Cross and other providers for some potentially long-term housing if need be.” Residents can call the Emergency Operations Center at (561) 7126400 for more information or for evacuation or if they have had water intrusion in their house. O’Connor also cautioned that there will be swarms of mosquitoes as a result of the flooding, starting with the black marsh mosquitoes. “They don’t generally carry any disease, but those will be the first ones people will see,” he said. “That will be this weekend in a lot of areas, but in the next

10 days the culex, which carry the West Nile Virus and others, will start hatching out.” The Mosquito Control Division is getting its trucks ready to go at the first signs, he said. “They’ll start with low-level spraying from the trucks, and then aerial spraying,” he said. People should drain any standing water around their homes if possible and empty any containers where mosquitoes can alight and lay their eggs, O’Connor said. People going outside should use insect repellent and wear longsleeved shirts and pants. O’Connor also cautioned homeowners to be alert to possible well contamination from the flood. If floodwaters have reached a

ongoing investigations that he couldn’t comment on. “But there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and it’s not a train,” he assured council members. “I don’t think it’s out of control. It goes back to maybe getting with landlords and getting participation. I think we could get landlords together and get good people in there.” Regarding gangs, Hart said he was not aware of any known gang members living in Wellington. “There are some wannabes,” he said. “But as far as known gang members, do they come into the city? Absolutely. They travel the county. It’s a regional problem.” He said that it might not take additional law-enforcement officers to curb crime but, instead, government and the community coming together to address the problem. Councilman John Greene pointed to The Isles at Wellington, where the community has come together to stomp out crime. Hart said it was an effective program. “It reduced crime in one neighborhood by 85 percent in residential and 95 percent in vehicle,” Hart said. “Everybody communicated. It’s a matter of getting on board, sitting down at the table

and trying to figure out how it can be applied village-wide.” Mayor Bob Margolis recalled that Wellington has tried in the past to encourage good citizens to come to Wellington while curbing those who might cause crime. “We called it the renter’s agreement,” he said. “We do, in this village, need to give you assistance with the transitional neighborhoods and some of the single-family homes.” Margolis said he wanted to know not where crimes are being committed but where the known criminals are living. “I bet you dollars to doughnuts that you’re going to see a great influx of those people doing the crimes living in the transitional neighborhoods,” Margolis said. “I think we should stop at nothing to give you assistance.” In addition to discussion of the transitional neighborhoods, Hart told council members that he aims to reduce property and violent crimes as well as traffic fatalities. “This year, residential burglaries are down slightly and vehicle burglaries are up,” he said. “Ninety-nine percent of those vehicles are unlocked. It’s very hard to prevent that.” He said that though Wellington

has a low crime rate, with many residents living in gated communities, there is a false sense of security. “We have many kids out there creeping,” he said. “They are going around and opening doors. They are not smashing windows, just opening doors and taking what they can get.” Hart said that a current problem has been robberies prompted by criminals selling items on Craigslist. “We have had three people who wanted to purchase an item drive to Wellington from out of the area, and they end up getting robbed,” he said. The issue of traffic fatalities is a concern countywide, Hart said. He attributed the problem to texting and driving, which is currently not illegal in Florida. “It’s not unique to Wellington,” he said. “There have been increased fatalities across the county.” Deputy Village Manager John Bonde told council members that the $7.6 million agreement with PBSO remains unchanged, both in price and manpower, for three years in a row. Greene made a motion that the council approve the agreement, which carried unanimously.

homeowner’s well, if there is a change in the appearance or taste of the water, or even if they are unsure about the impact of flooding on the water quality in the area, they should boil all water they use for drinking, making beverages, cooking, brushing teeth, washing dishes and washing areas of the skin that have been cut or injured. The water should be brought to a rolling boil for at least one minute. Bottled water may also be used for all those purposes. If a homeowner’s own well has been flooded, it must be disinfect-

Letters continued from page 4 problem now. Do not burden the consumers with higher food prices. This crisis can and should be avoided. According to a recent Wall Street Journal report, more than $2 billion has already been spent on the upcoming election. To me, and I hope to most Americans, this is obscene for politicians to spend that kind of money in an attempt to buy the White House. (Overseas countries/companies should

Blotter continued from page 6 and spoke to an employee who said that the company’s truck was not responsible for damage done to the pole. There were no other suspects at the time of the report. AUG. 28 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Wellington responded Tuesday evening to a home in Olympia regarding a burglary attempt. According to a PBSO report, the victim went to a neighbor’s house at approximately 6 p.m. When he returned approximately four hours later, the victim discovered that one of his rear sliding glass doors had been smashed out. According to the report, there was no evidence that entry had been made to the home. There was approximately $400 in damage to the sliding glass door. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report.

ed and tested, O’Connor said. It is important to disinfect both the well and all of the household plumbing to assure that all infectious agents are killed. Anyone who has water treatment devices should replace all membranes, cartridges and filters. Water softeners and water heaters should also receive special attention to ensure that they do not reintroduce bacteria into plumbing systems. For more information, contact the Palm Beach County Health Department at (561) 840-4500 or visit not be allowed to impact our elections with their contributions.) Some of that $2 billion would go a long way toward creating jobs running those pipelines and so on. I remember a childhood hurricane poem: June, too soon. July, stand by. August, you must. September, remember. October, all over. Hopefully, now that we are in the peak of hurricane season, some of this rainfall will alleviate the drought situation, thus averting a hike in food prices, which is not welcome at this or any other time. Karl Witter The Acreage


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continued from page 9 will be given a ticket, which will allow them access to have lunch at any table during the relay. “Then before the luminaria ceremony at 6 o’clock, the survivors are going to have a beautiful sit-down dinner, which will be catered,” O’Connor said. The next committee meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 10 at Horizon Baptist Church, 12965 Orange Blvd. in The Acreage. For more information, e-mail or call (561) 904-9196, or visit the 2013 Loxahatchee/Acreage Relay For Life page on Facebook.

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Miss Rodeo PBC Pageant Returns Oct. 13

If you’re interested in both riding and beauty pageants, Chelsea Chilcutt wants to hear from you. She’s in charge of the upcoming Miss Rodeo Palm Beach County competition, scheduled for Oct. 13 at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center. Ellen Rosenberg’s Column, Page 21

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Broncos Football Squad Tops Village Academy 68-44

The Palm Beach Central High School varsity football team defeated visiting Village Academy 68-44 in the pre-season Kickoff Classic on Thursday, Aug. 23. Though Village Academy momentarily pulled ahead in the second half, the Broncos fought back and came out on top. Page 31



Business Italian-Style Shopping In Royal Palm Beach At Joseph’s Classic Market

Joseph’s Classic Market in Royal Palm Beach is reminiscent of a Brooklyn Italian-style deli, bakery, butcher, gr ocer and restaurant all rolled into one, for a onestop shop for fresh, high-quality products. A Brooklyn native, co-owner owner and founder Joseph Acierno decided to open the market in 2005. He opened his first location in Boca Raton, and soon after the Palm Beach Gardens and Royal Palm Beach locations followed. Page 23

Sports WHS Football Squad Shuts Out Suncoast 22-0 In Kickoff Classic

The Wellington High School varsity football team shut out visiting Suncoast High School 22-0 during the pre-season Kickoff Classic on Friday, Aug. 24 in Wellington. Despite heavy rains and a long lightning delay midway through the game, the Wolverines were able to push past the elements to win. Page 31

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Miss Rodeo Palm Beach County Pageant Returns Oct. 13 If you’re interested in both riding and beauty pageants, Chelsea Chilcutt wants to hear from you. She’s in charge of the upcoming Miss Rodeo Palm Beach County competition, scheduled for Oct. 13 at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center, a preliminary event for the larger Miss Rodeo Florida and, ultimately, Miss Rodeo America pageants. Chilcutt, who lives in Loxahatchee, has been competing in both horse shows and beauty pageants since she was little. “I’ve been riding my whole life,” Chilcutt said. “My mom, Vicki Moore, has horses, so I just grew up with them. I started out riding English, but then decided that wasn’t my thing, so I switched to Western pleasure and barrel racing.” She started in beauty pageants at a young age. “My mom started me when I was little. I was Baby Miss Oklahoma in 1986, and it just kind of grew from there,” Chilcutt said. “I enjoy doing both. Riding is great, of course, and the beauty contests are a great experience. I really like the community involvement aspect, where if you win, you get to participate in all sorts of events which help out organizations.” Pageants also helped her attend college. “I was the Florida Cinderella Woman for 200910. I won a scholarship which helped me attend FAU and Palm Beach State College, and Get updates all week long... follow Ellen Rosenberg on Twitter at HorseTalkFL or stop by the Tales from the Trails page on Facebook and click “like.”

Tales From The Trails By Ellen Rosenberg I also was their representative at all sorts of charity events, like Project Lifesaver, Relay for Life and the Siberian Husky Rescue,” she said. That year was a good one for Chilcutt. She was also the high-scoring rider in the Acreage Horseman’s Association 4-D Barrel racing circuit and won the trophy saddle. “This contest is unique, because it combines horsemanship with a beauty contest,” she explained. “Although this contest is a preliminary for the Miss Florida Rodeo competition, it is not directly connected with them or with Miss Rodeo America. We follow their guidelines, and the winners can go on to compete in Miss Florida Rodeo. Then those winners move on to the Miss Rodeo America pageant.” Even though this contest is for Miss Rodeo Palm Beach County, contestants don’t have to live in Palm Beach County. “It’s open to anyone from anywhere in the state,” Chilcutt said. “Last year it was held for the first time, and we had 23 entries. This year, I’m hoping more people will give it a try. The en-

The winners of last year’s Miss Rodeo Palm Beach County competition. try deadline is Oct. 6, but if someone enters before Sept. 8, there’s an early-bird special of $10 off.” The entry fee is $60. The four major divisions are 0-35 months, which competes in

Western Wear and Photogenic; 3-6 years, which competes in Western Wear, Onstage Questions and Photogenic; 7-9 years, which competes in Western Wear with Onstage See ROSENBERG, page 22

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No Matter What I Do, I Will Never Be A Morning Person! Today I am up at 4:30 in the morning. I went to bed too early, and this is what I get for it. I’d better watch it or I’ll accidentally become a morning person. Come to think of it, since I’m up anyway, I think I’ll try being a morning person. Maybe I’ll like it and come over from the dark side. Phones aren’t ringing, and that’s good. But night people have that perk, too. It’s cooler outside (maybe even way cooler) since the concrete hasn’t had time to absorb much heat. So that’s good. It’s so nice out there that I’d go for a walk, but it’s still dark. If anything happened to me, people would demand to know what I was doing wandering around out there at 4:30 a.m. “in Get your Sonic Boomer humor every day! Follow Deborah Welky on Twitter at On Facebook, stop by “The Sonic Boomer” page and click the “Like” button.

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The Sonic BOOMER the dark.” Evidently, the cool, pleasant dark is to be avoided at all costs. I could eat something, but I’m not hungry. Breakfast is a morning person trait. Lots of people wake up ready to go, ready to eat. Not me. I’m a late-night muncher. I could munch straight through ’til morning if the snacks would hold out. But I don’t want to start my day with butter in my stomach. Yuck. Even on an experimental basis, I can’t do it. So. What is there to do this early? I could watch TV, but the best shows are on at night.

Morning shows are heavily laced with weather reports and exercise routines. They feature perky hosts who are trying to convince the viewer that starting their day early is a good thing. Wow. That is a job I would not want. Put me on Good Morning, America, and I’d simply snarl, “What are you doing up? Go back to bed!” then lecture the viewers about how people would probably be nicer to each other if they got enough sleep. Then I’d curl up in a ball on the set and start snoring. I can’t turn on anything as loud as the TV right now anyway. Mark is still sleeping, and, well, you already know how I feel about people getting enough sleep. Maybe I’ll bake something. Naw. I don’t want to rattle around in the kitchen. I suppose I could sit quietly and read a book, but I just finished a really good one and I’d like to give it time to sink in and affect my life. Sigh. I’m bored. Morning is seriously overrated.

Maybe I’ll grab my keys and go for a drive. If I coast down the driveway, Mark will never hear the motor. That’s it! No, when Mark eventually wakes up and finds the car missing, he may worry. He may think I drove myself to the emergency room. He may think I got a panicked call from one of the kids. He may think I was kidnapped. I’d better stay put. But I could get him some doughnuts while I’m out. He’d wake up and I’d say: “See, honey? Toasty warm fresh-from-the-oven doughnuts!” That’s a good cover for a wee-hours ride. Much better than “See, honey? I just put 20 miles on the car driving around aimlessly, trying to figure out what it is you people like about morning. Oh, and here’s some earthshattering news: The sun came up.” Wow. Even I can see that anyone who snarls at the sun for coming up is probably still a night owl. Eeh. I tried.

I Had Low Expectations For ‘Hit & Run,’ But It Wasn’t Bad I did not have high hopes for Hit & Run, the comedy that just opened. It is part of that end-of-summer/beginning-of-fall movie season that usually signifies not good enough to either be a summer blockbuster or a movie deserving consideration for awards. But it was a decent, enjoyable “B” movie. There were no real surprises, and the plot was a bit threadbare, but an attractive cast with a deft manner of handling wisecracks left me with a pretty good feeling as I left the theater. Charlie Bronson (Dax Shepard) actually chose his own name when he went into the Witness Protection Program. He and his girlfriend, Annie (Kristen Bell), live an idyllic existence in rural California where she teaches at a local college. Then a well-meaning boss (Kristin Chenoweth) recommends her for a dream job, but she would have to live in Los Angeles, a place that Charlie needs to avoid. He decides that he’ll risk taking her there since L.A. is a big place, not knowing that her former boyfriend Gil (Michael Rosenbaum) has penetrated his identity and notifies the people Charlie has testified against that he is coming. Led by Alex Dimitri (a very strange-


Miss Rodeo Palm Beach County continued from page 21 Question, Closed Interview and Photogenic; and 10 and Up, which also adds Horsemanship. Anyone in any of the 10-and-up contests competing in horsemanship must be members of the Palm Beach County Mounted Posse organization, which is helping to present the event. “For the Horsemanship portion, competitors will ride a set pattern,” Chilcutt explained. “You can use your own horse or borrow one. The judging is based on general riding skills, showmanship and pattern execution. The interviews are short and let the judges see how well you speak and hold a conversation. Pho-

looking Bradley Cooper), they begin a long chase to get him. In the middle of the whole mess, a likable but almost totally incompetent U.S. marshal named Randy (Tom Arnold), assigned to protect Charlie, manages to muddle his way through a long series of sight gags usually centered on firing his weapon at inopportune times and destroying his own car. The plot occasionally meanders, but the cast is so likable it barely matters. Shepard, who wrote and co-directed the movie, comes across as both a pleasant slacker and a man who actually has a sense of integrity. He manages to be a screw-up, a philosopher and a man of real feelings — and somehow carries them all off. Listening to him defending his

not telling his girlfriend that he had helped rob 13 banks but should not be judged because he is now a “different person” is hilarious. Bell handles the part of the one really sane person in the film really well. Her relationship with Shepard’s character seems real, possibly because she is actually engaged to the actor. There are real sparks between them. Their relationship is one of the more interesting ones in recent movies. They love, they battle and they clearly care for each other throughout. That relationship is one of the factors that raises this movie into the plus column. Cooper is hilarious as Charlie’s former partner in crime (somewhere in the middle of the film, Charlie becomes more known by his previous, real identity, Yul Perkins) who has quite a few grievances. The central one is the money from the robberies buried on the Perkins farm (Beau Bridges has a great cameo as Charlie/Yul’s father who winds up in a couple of key scenes); then there’s his eight months in jail while awaiting trial. Yul’s testimony was so tainted that he was not convicted, but he was raped in jail. The discussions of the rape

were as unpolitically correct as might be imagined, but somehow manage to avoid ruining the comic mood. He plays totally against type, and it works quite well. There are a lot of very good performances. Joy Bryant is excellent as one of the gang chasing Charlie. Watching him explain to Annie that her character was a “former fiancée” was priceless. But she was both gorgeous and persuasive. Arnold was funny and managed to divert us from plot holes throughout the film. His relationship with highway cop Terry (Jess Rowland) worked well. In many ways, the film reminded me of the old Road movies from a half-century ago as the lead characters wandered through California, encountering strange types and having adventures that occasionally had nothing at all to do with the main plot. This is not a bad film at all. I look forward to more films by Shepard. He has an excellent comic touch that moves the film into the plus column. Keep in mind, it does not match the best of the summer films, but if you want a fun comedy that requires almost no thought to appreciate, this may be for you.

togenic awards are based on a submitted 5by-7 color photograph. The overall appearance should be neat and consistent with appropriate Western attire, including any brand of jeans, a long-sleeved shirt, Western boots, hat and belt.” Chilcutt stressed that pageants are not like what is shown on TV. “This is a natural pageant. It’s not at all glitzy, nothing like the contests shown on the TV show Toddlers and Tiaras. The judges will be looking for contestants who are personable and comfortable in their own skins, and who know how to handle a horse quietly and professionally,” she said. “They’ll be looking for an nice overall appearance of both horse and rider.” Overall Division Queens will win a crown, a sash and a paid entry to the Miss Rodeo Florida pageant.

Last year’s winner in the 7-9 age group, Sweetheart Miss Rodeo Palm Beach County, was Claisyn Crampton from Ocala. “We drove down and attended the competition, which was held at the Nicole Hornstein Equestrian Park in The Acreage,” said J.J. Crampton, Claisyn’s mother. “It was a really fun opportunity and a nice venue. Claisyn competed in Western Wear, Interview and Photogenic. It was wonderful for her, and built up her confidence and selfesteem.” Crampton said the experience has been useful to her daughter. “That kind of experience carries over into a lot of other situations, even something like handling nerves on the first day of school,” she said. “Children competing in this kind of event can apply what they learn in a lot of different ways. Claisyn has made

many public appearances at a lot of shows because of her title. She has grown a lot. She has to give up her title this year, and I think she’ll go through withdrawal until she can compete again next year in the 10 and up division. I’d highly recommend this pageant to anyone who loves shows and horses. Chelsea did a great job. It was well-run and very organized, and she provided Claisyn with a lot of community service opportunities during the year.” “I’m really looking forward to this year’s contest.” Chilcutt said. “It should be a lot of fun. It will start at about 9, and go until it’s over. Admission is free, so everyone is welcome to come out and watch. It should definitely be a fun community event promoting equine sports and rodeo.” For more information, or an entry form, call Chilcutt at (561) 352-4225.

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Joseph’s Classic Market Director of Marketing Debbie Fiore-Clark with co-owner Joseph Acierno Jr. PHOTO BY JESSICA GREGOIRE/TOWN-CRIER

Italian-Style Shopping In Royal Palm Beach At Joseph’s Classic Market

By Jessica Gregoire facelift,” Acierno Jr. said. “A change is good Town-Crier Staff Report for the eyes because when people walk in and A little piece of Brooklyn’s Italian culture is see something different, hopefully it hits them present in the western communities with Jo- with a different feel, so they can feel comfortseph’s Classic Market. able when they shop.” The market is reminiscent of a Brooklyn ItalThe produce section is the first area cusian-style deli, bakery, butcher, grocer and res- tomers enter, and the most popular section in taurant all rolled into one, for a one-stop shop the market, with a variety of fruits, from orfor fresh, high-quality products. anges to strawberries, and vegetables, from A Brooklyn native, co-owner owner and whole artichokes to zucchini. “Everything is founder Joseph Acierno decided to open the fresh, and the owner, with 30 years of specialmarket in 2005, after witnessing that the South ty food experience, buys high-quality stuff,” Florida region was lacking a classic Italian- Fiore-Clark said. “He has stuff imported from style market. He opened his first location in New York, Italy and all over.” Boca Raton, and soon after the Palm Beach For the Aciernos, it’s all about providing Gardens and Royal Palm Beach locations fol- the freshest products to clients any way poslowed. sible, from their freshly sliced turkey off the According to the store’s director of market- frame at the deli to freshly baked bread in the ing, Debbie Fiore-Clark, the owner chose to bakery. “We are all about high-quality speopen a location in Royal Palm Beach due to its cialty products and food,” Acierno Jr. said. family-oriented neighborhood charm, which “And if our clients ask for something special, fits the market’s style. like a particular cut with the fat trimmed a cer“The market is a place where people feel tain way, we do it for them.” warm, and they could walk in and eat and taste The market is largely known for its highthings, just a real old-school Italian-style quality meats and produce. The bread and Brooklyn market feel,” Fiore-Clark said. pastries are freshly baked and include some Joseph’s Classic Market celebrated its Italian specialty items such as cannolis and fourth year in the western communities on sfogliatelle. “We have a popular, gourmet-toSaturday, Aug. 25, with live music, food sam- go option, which features dinner for two and pling, wine tasting, prizes and specials. includes a salad, sides, main course and desJoseph Acierno Jr., co-owner and general sert, and you could feed up to four people manager of the Royal Palm Beach location, with it,” Fiore-Clark said. wants customers to feel like they’re a part of The market is looking to continue working the family when they enter the store. “Our with the community through events and spongoal is to make the people happy, by making it sorships. “We want to encourage the families a friendly, open environment for people to in the neighborhood to come in and visit for shop in,” he said. the day, and for it not to be a chore to shop The market has undergone a revamping to but a pleasant experience,” Fiore-Clark said. take the location to the next level. From the Joseph’s Classic Market is located at 10479 outside of the market, with a dining area, to Southern Blvd., Royal Palm Beach, inside the when customers walk in to the market, there Village Shoppes at the northwest corner of are warm and inviting colors, open space and Southern and State Road 7. For more informahigh ceilings. “We tried to open things up a tion, visit or little on the floor and gave it a little bit of a call (561) 204-4405. SEE VIDEO FROM JOSEPH’S CLASSIC MARKET AT WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM

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CFC Recognizes Smiles By Glerum Child and Family Connections thanks Dr. Karen Glerum and her staff at Smiles By Glerum for seeing and treating eight of the CFC’s foster children in her dental office recently. Glerum is one of a number of area dental professionals who has agreed to help the CFC’s children have the healthy smiles they deserve. Glerum’s generosity is the kickoff for the next few months of dental fairs for foster children in Palm Beach County. CFC is working on this project with its case management provider agency, Children’s Home Society of Florida South Coastal Division and the Florida Department of Children and Families. Upcoming clinics are scheduled at FoundCare Health Center in West Palm Beach, which has offered its dental clinic facility for these fairs. Currently, a number of area dentists as well as other dental care professionals have volunteered to participate in these fairs. Many have also pledged to offer continued services for these children at their own practices after the fairs conclude.

Dr. Karen Glerum Glerum and her office are a shining example of how the community helps support at-risk children in Palm Beach County. CFC salutes her and all the professionals who are pitching in. If you know of a dental professional who would be interested in helping children, contact Steve Bardy at (561) 868-4330 or stephen.

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Marshall Foundation Names Dr. Beer To Board Of Directors

Nancy Marshall, president of the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation for the Everglades, has announced that Dr. Kenneth Beer has been named to the nonprofit organization’s board of directors. “As a distinguished physician who has operated a successful dermatological practice in West Palm Beach since 1994, Dr. Beer brings nearly two decades of community leadership in Palm Beach County as well as numerous personal and professional relationships,” Marshall said. “His commitment to preserving and protecting our environment fits perfectly with the passion and objectives of the Marshall Foundation for the Everglades.” The founder of the Cosmetic Bootcamp, a training program for dermatologists and plastic surgeons, Beer also is the author of the book Palm Beach Perfect Skin and has contributed numerous articles to medical publications and textbooks, as well as to the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Time, Vogue , Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping and many more. In addition, he serves on the editorial boards of several leading med-

ical journals, and he has appeared as an expert source on The Martha Stewart Show, The CBS Early Show Live and numerous local NBC and ABC news affiliates. He also served as medical director for the Weather Channel and Rays Awareness Program in 2001. Beer earned his bachelor’s degree in zoology (magna cum laude, dean’s list) at Duke University in North Carolina, spent a semester studying at Oxford, and received his master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He later spent three years in dermatology residency and a year as a dermatopathology fellow at the University of Chicago. In addition to the Marshall Foundation Board of Directors, Beer serves on the New Hope Charities Inc. Advisory Board and the Suncoast High School Foundation Board of Directors. Based in Palm Beach County, the Marshall Foundation champions the restoration and preservation of the greater Everglades ecosystem through science-based education and outreach programs. Annually, more than 25,000 elementary and

Dr. Kenneth Beer high school students in Palm Beach County actively participate in the Marshall Foundation’s various education programs. For more information about the Marshall Foundation, call (561) 233-9004 or visit www.artmarshall. com.

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Lynn U. Music Friends Elects Three New Board Members Lynn University Friends of the Conservatory of Music, a volunteer organization that raises funds to promote high-quality performance education for exceptionally talented young musicians, has elected three new members to its board of directors for a three-year term: Barbara Block, Jeannine Morris and Lewis Roth. Marilyn Swillinger, the newly elected president of the group, will serve for a period of two years. Established in 2003, the Friends of the Conservatory of Music has raised significant funds for annual and endowed student scholarships through annual donations and special events such as the Gingerbread Holiday Concert held at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. This year’s concert is set for Sunday, Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. Sponsorship tables of 10 and individual tickets are available. To order tickets, call (561) 237-9000. One of the leading conservatories within a university environment, the Lynn Conservatory of Music admits a highly select group

Barbara Block

Lewis Roth

of gifted musicians from around the world to pursue rigorous solo, chamber and orchestral training, as well as a carefully crafted academic program of study that leads to the bachelor ’s or master ’s degrees in music, or a professional performance certificate. The distinguished faculty brings a wealth of experience and expertise to stu-

dents who consistently earn the highest honors at international competitions and join leading orchestras and prominent faculties around the globe. For more information on the Friends of the Conservatory or table sponsorships for the Gingerbread Holiday Concert, call (561) 237-7745.

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New Web And Digital Services Company Opens In Wellington has formally announced the launch of its web site and entrance to the Wellington business community. The company is focused on helping small business find simple solutions to their web and digital design problems. is run by Michelle Cavanaugh Donn, who has years of experience using digital communication to further her own businesses. Donn has experience in fields ranging from construction and nonprofit to retail. Her varied experience has given her a wealth of knowledge that she is excited to share with others, especially startups and women-owned businesses. The company will harness the power of Donn’s local network of skilled professionals with expert knowledge in a wide range of online marketing and digital design fields, in addition to Donn’s own abilities.

A local Wellington-based web and digital services company focused on the small business and start-up market, is unique in that all design contracts include an education component that will help the business owner learn enough about their new web site or other system that they can avoid monthly maintenance charges by doing basic maintenance work themselves. A longtime resident of Wellington, Donn has a passion for helping new and small businesses succeed. She opened her first company at the age of 22 and has never looked back, having worked in a variety of fields in Dallas, Chicago and South Florida. Her diverse background is an asset that she is happy to exploit for her customers’ benefit. For more information about, visit the web site or call Donn at (561) 319-6253.

Send business news items to: The Town-Crier Newspaper, 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 31, Wellington, FL 33414. Fax: (561) 793-6090. E-mail:

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‘Elmo Makes Music’ Coming To The Kravis Center Oct. 12-14 Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and all their Sesame Street friends are taking to the stage to share their love of music in Sesame Street Live Elmo Makes Music at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts Friday, Oct. 12 through Sunday, Oct. 14. Tickets for all five performances are on sale now. Jenny, an enthusiastic new music teacher, arrives on Sesame Street only to discover that her instruments are missing. Jenny’s new Muppet friends quickly come to the rescue and discover “instruments” they never knew existed… rubber duckies, trash can lids and even cookie jars. Elmo, Abby Cadabby and friends teach children that everyone can make and enjoy beautiful music together. Like television’s Sesame Street, each Sesame Street Live production features timeless lessons for all ages. Through the razzle-dazzle of this Broadway-quality musical production, children learn about patience,

acceptance and teamwork. The universal appeal of a Sesame Street Live production continues long after preschool. Adults will appreciate the high-tech stagecraft, cleverly written scripts, and music they’ll recognize and enjoy sharing with children, such as “The Hustle,” “You Should Be Dancing” and “Rockin’ Robin.” Elmo Makes Music features nearly two dozen songs, including classics that children will love to sing along with such as “C Is for Cookie” and “The Alphabet Song.” Show times are Friday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 13 at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 14 at 1 and 4:30 p.m. Tickets cost $12, $16 and $26. A limited number of $35 Gold Circle seats and $55 Sunny Seats are also available. Sunny Seats feature VIP seats and a pre-show reception with two Sesame Street Live friends. On opening night, all seats (excluding Gold Circle and Sunny Seats) cost $12. Additional fees

and special offers may apply. The Kravis Center is located at 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach. For more information, call (561) 832-7469. To charge tickets by phone, call the Kravis Center Box Office at (800) KRAVIS1 or Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets may also be purchased online at www. or For information on Sesame Street Live, visit www.sesamestreetlive. com or become a fan on Facebook. Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization that revolutionized children’s television programming with the landmark Sesame Street. The workshop produces local Sesame Street programs, seen in over 150 countries, and other acclaimed shows to help bridge the literacy gap including Electric Company. Beyond television, the workshop produces content for multiple media platforms on a wide range of issues including literacy, health and

The characters in Sesame Street Live’s Elmo Makes Music. PHOTO COURTESY SESAME WORKSHOP

military deployment. Initiatives meet specific needs to help young children and families develop critical skills, acquire healthy habits and

build emotional strength to prepare them for lifelong learning. Learn more at www.sesame

Cultural Council’s ‘Continuum’ Features Art Grads, Students Ten Master of Fine Arts visual arts graduates and 10 MFA candidates from Florida Atlantic University have come together to show their works in the all-new exhibition “Continuum,” on display now through Nov. 10 at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County (601 Lake Ave., Lake Worth). The exhibit is free and open to the public. “Continuum,” organized and planned by the students, presents a collection of a wide range of media

including painting, ceramics, mixed media and performance. “Continuum” also promises a variety of changing and interactive events for the public to enjoy planned to complement the works in the exhibition. Some events include artist talks, walking tours and performances by students who enjoy studies in the music and theatre departments at Florida Atlantic University. Two upcoming special “Continuum” events open for registration in-

An untitled silkscreen print by Linda Behar.

clude artist lectures on Sept. 29 and Oct. 27, starting at 2 p.m. each day, and artist-led tours Sept. 15 and 22, and Oct. 13 and 20, also starting at 2 p.m. each day. Lectures and tours are free to members and cost $10 for nonmembers. Space for each event is limited. To RSVP for the lectures, visit https://www.surveymonkey. com/s/continuumpresentations. To RSVP for the tours, visit https:// To learn more about the benefits of membership with the Cultural Council, contact Debbie Calabria, the Cultural Council’s membership and special projects manager, at dcalabria@palmbeach or call (561) 472-3330. Rena Blades, president and CEO of the Cultural Council, calls “Continuum” a “celebration of the spirit of education in the arts.” “Many Master of Fine Arts graduates who live in South Florida continue to make a tangible impact upon the area in the arts community as volunteers, educators, curators and exhibiting artists,” Blades said. “‘Continuum’ provided these students a chance to learn real-life skills associated with curating, installing and planning an exhibit, as well as executing public programs.” Carol Prusa, professor of painting and drawing at Florida Atlantic University, said that the council offers the right setting for “Continuum.” “Providing a stimulating intellectual environment where artists can resolve their sensibility into compelling visual form is necessary for our community to remain vibrant — as art is dynamic and changes as our need for it changes,” Prusa said.

Students prepare to open “Continuum.” “The Department of Visual Arts and Art History at Florida Atlantic University joins with the Cultural Council to celebrate our connected roles to nurture imagination and promote inspiration. “Continuum” provides a mirror in which to see ourselves.” Jill Lavetsky, an artist exhibiting an original mixed-media work in “Continuum,” is pleased to share the exhibitions with fellow MFA candidates and graduates of the university’s program alike. Some have been awarded South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowships. “I’m excited to make a connection with past graduates of this unique program and to be a part of strengthening the community artists in South Florida,” said Lavetsky, who is planning to graduate in 2013.

The Cultural Council is Palm Beach County’s official arts agency and serves nonprofit cultural organizations and professional artists throughout the county. The Cultural Council’s responsibilities include marketing the county’s cultural experiences to visitors and residents, administering grants to organizations and artists, expanding arts and cultural education opportunities, advocating for funding and artsfriendly policies, and serving cultural organizations and artists through capacity building training and exposure to funders and audiences. Admission to the Cultural Council is free and open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit

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Broncos Top Village Academy 68-44 In Pre-Season Football By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report The Palm Beach Central High School boys varsity football team defeated visiting Village Academy 68-44 in the pre-season Kickoff Classic on Thursday, Aug. 23. The Broncos jumped out to an early lead, scoring three times in the first quarter. With one minute to go, the Broncos were up 14-0 when running back Lloyd Howard ran in a

touchdown to extend the lead to 200. Bronco kicker Cameron Golob scored an extra-point to make the score 21-0. But the Tigers weren’t willing to be shut out and ran 66 yards in the final seconds of the quarter to score. A successful 2-point conversion made the score 21-8 going into the second quarter. The Broncos responded minutes later with a touchdown by Tommy

Palm Beach Central’s Cameron Golob puts in a field goal.

Br onco Tommy McDonald breaks through the Tiger defense.

McDonald. An extra-point kick by Golob made the score 28-8 with about nine minutes left in the half. Though the Broncos’ running game was strong, the Tigers threw several successful passes to advance. One such pass landed them on the Broncos’ 5 yard line with 7 minutes left in the half. Another pass left them inches from the end zone, and finally the Tigers pushed in for a touchdown. The 2-point conversion attempt was unsuccessful, and the score was 28-14 with 4:30 left in the half. The Broncos answered again two minutes later when Howard ran in another touchdown. Golob’s kick was blocked, making the score 3414. But the Broncos’ lead slipped in the final minutes of the half. With a minute remaining, the Tigers put in a touchdown and a 2-point conversion to make the score 34-22. Then, Palm Beach Central fumbled the kick return and Village Academy picked it up. With 46 seconds left, the Tigers started from the Broncos’ 38 yard line and ran in a touchdown, making the score 34-28. A successful 2point conversion narrowed the Broncos’ lead to 34-30. Coming out of halftime, a Tiger touchdown momentarily put Village Academy ahead 36-34. But the momentum didn’t last. The Broncos fought back, scoring several more times to finish the game 68-44. The Broncos open the regular season by taking on Seminole Ridge High School at home Friday, Aug. 31 for a 7 p.m. game.

Lloyd Howard runs down the field for a Bronco touchdown.

Tommy McDonald runs in a first down. PHOTOS BY LAUREN MIRÓ/TOWN-CRIER

WHS Football Squad Shuts Out Suncoast 22-0 In Kickoff Classic By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report The Wellington High School varsity football team shut out visiting Suncoast High School 22-0 during the pre-season Kickoff Classic on

Friday, Aug. 24 in Wellington. Despite heavy rains and a long lightning delay midway through the game, the Wolverines were able to push past the elements to win. Early in the first quarter, Welling-

Wolverine Matt Sabatino breaks away from the Suncoast defense.

ton ran in a long touchdown, and an extra-point kick made the score 7-0 early on. On the Wolverines’ next possession, Suncoast intercepted a pass but was unable to capitalize on the catch. Neither team was able to score for the remainder of the quarter, which finished with the Wolverines ahead 7-0. Wellington extended its lead in the second quarter, scoring early on to make it 13-0. Though Suncoast tried to hold back the Wolverines, Shamar Jackman scored again for Wellington with 5:54 left in the half. With the extra-point attempt blocked by Suncoast, the score stood at 19-0. Moments later, incoming storms prompted a lightning delay. Despite the break, Suncoast was not able to put points on the board. But they held Wellington to only a field goal, and the game finished 22-0. The Wolverines travel to Boynton Beach High School on Friday, Aug. 30 for a 7 p.m. game.

Wellington’s Danick Duffus runs the ball. PHOTOS BY LAUREN MIRÓ/TOWN-CRIER

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Wellington Tennis Center To Host 10-U Festival Oct. 6

(Front, L-R) Tatianna Davila, Stacy Nelson, Rylee Greene and Emma Rochefort; (back) Natasha Davila, Aliy ah Smith and Favela Turios.

Acreage Prep Buccaneer Cheerleaders Named Squad Of The Week

The Acreage Prep Buccaneers cheerleaders have been chosen Squad of the Week by Acreage Cheerleading and the Acreage Athletic League for the week of Aug. 18. This squad consists of girls ages 58. This energetic squad loves team bonding, as well as learning new and exciting cheers. The Prep Buccaneers cheerleaders are coached by Glenna Davila and Amanda DeCosta. In other Acreage sports news, the

AAL and the Acreage Tackle Football League have announced the Tackle Players of the Week for the week of Aug. 18 are as follows: Landon Carmen (Prep Buccaneers), Kade McDonald (Prep Dolphins), Seth Yurak and Reyan Blake (Collegiate Buccaneers), Dalton Blakenly (Collegiate Dolphins), Jordan Bochis (Collegiate Giants), Preston Colp (Pro Dolphins), Shawn Herron (Pro Eagles), Justin Perez (Pro Giants) and Mark Chase (Pro Bucs).

In conjunction with the thousands of USTA Free Tennis Play Days being held across the country in celebration of Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play, the Wellington Tennis Center will host a free 10 & Under Tennis Festival on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. “The event will have on-court tennis activities, USTA Jr. Team Tennis match play, a bounce house, a DJ, crafts, raffle prizes and much more,” said Debbie Ellsworth, USTA Florida 10 & Under tennis coordinator for Wellington. “It will be fun for the entire family, and it’s all free, so come ready to have fun.” The event will utilize the USTA10 & Under Tennis format, which allows smaller children to play tennis on smaller court sizes, with racquet sizes that fit their hands, foam and low-compression balls, a simple scoring system, all adjusted to ease kids into the sport. Similar mini-tennis formats have long been popular in Europe, where current stars such as Roger Federer and Kim Clijsters first learned the game with age-adjusted racquets, balls and court sizes. During the festival, parents and

children can also sign-up for lessons or programming at the following local facilities: the Wellington Tennis Center, Black Diamond,Village Walk, Olympia and Fountains. Information will also be available for parents and players on local USTA Florida Jr. Team Tennis leagues and other play opportunities. USTA Jr. Team Tennis (JTT) brings kids together in teams to play singles, doubles and mixed doubles against other teams. It promotes social skills and important values by fostering cooperation and unity, as well as individual self-growth. It is designed for kids ages 5-18, and matches can be held anywhere from a local park or school to a commercial or private club. JTT teams are co-ed and divided by the play levels beginner, intermediate and advanced, and utilize the 10 & Under format for the 10-U and 8-U leagues. The event is an effort to get kids active and involved in tennis following National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. USTA Free Tennis Play Days provide kids and parents of all skill levels with the opportunity to experience tennis in a social and fun setting. The event is

open to the public with an emphasis placed on family participation, effort and sportsmanship. Partnering with the USTA Free Tennis Play Day at the Wellington Tennis Center are sponsors Abrakadoodle Art Education, Lowes, Tijuana Flats, TCBY, Sports Authority, Whole Foods, Publix, Palms West Monthly, Solrx, YouFit Health Clubs and Wilson Tennis. For information on area 10 & Under Tennis opportunities, or the Oct. 6 festival, contact Ellsworth at Established in 1949, USTA Florida is a section of the United States Tennis Association. It is a not-forprofit volunteer organization with more than 50,000 members, 1,000 organizational members and a $4 million budget. As the official governing body of tennis in Florida, USTA Florida operates from an executive office in Daytona Beach with 28 staff members and more than 600 volunteers throughout the state working toward a mission to promote and develop tennis in Florida. To learn more about USTA Florida, visit www.usta

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RPBHS Volleyball Off To Good Start By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report With a preseason tournament win under its belt, the Royal Palm Beach High School girls varsity volleyball team is looking forward to a winning season. The Lady Wildcats defeated Jupiter Christian School in two games, 25-18 and 25-10, and Atlantic High School 25-11 and 25-17 to win the tournament Thursday, Aug. 23.

RPB’s Crizzy Wilson and Bailey Williams jump up for a block.

“They were nervous at first,” head coach Sal Ciano told the TownCrier. “But they settled down in the second game [against Jupiter Christian]. Jupiter Christian is a good team, and the bottom line is that 2510 is a pretty good score.” As the volleyball program continues to grow, Royal Palm Beach continues to have a young team. New this year are three freshman: Leila Belakbir, Crizzy Watson and Bailey Williams. “[Williams] was on theAll-Florida team,” Ciano said. “She was on the Junior Olympic team that played in Colorado.” But the Lady Wildcats have several experienced starters returning, including third-generation players Bayley and Brianne Cook and Kiersten Abdell. The Cook twins’ older sisters, Cassidy and Amanda, played volleyball for the Wildcats, along with Abdell’s sisters, Shaina and Kala. “We’re really proud of that,” Ciano said. “They’re the third generation to come through our program.” Also returning this year is senior Gabby Marionakis. Ciano said he has a team of good all-around players.


Brianne Cook lines up a serve. PHOTOS BY LAUREN MIRÓ/TOWN-CRIER

“They play a pretty good allaround game,” he said. “We have two really good setters, and two other girls on the court who could be setters on anybody else’s team. We don’t get in trouble because people step up and set the ball.” Additionally, the team has been playing together for several years. “They all play club together,” Ciano said. “And we’re getting some kids with real talent. We look good.”

The Acreage Athletic League and the Acreage Tackle Football League have announced the Prep Buccaneers as the Spotlight Team of the Week for the week of Aug. 18. Coached by Doug Moreau, the Buccaneers won their second game 13-12 and showed great improvement. Moreau is assisted by Adonis Montalvo, Sean Bailey and Mark Vanscoy. The players are Stephon Gryskiewicz, Landon Carmen, Tyler Williams, John Burow, Gunnar Star, Denver Combs, Hunter Vanscoy, Nicholas Willett, Gavin Woods, Nicholas Pamphile, Mikey Montalvo, Dominic Alexis, Colton King, Pito Mangual, Elijah Bailey and Leo Basile.

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR Saturday, Sept. 1 • The South Florida Hitmen 10-U traveling baseball team is holding Baseball Tryouts through Sept. 12 to compete in the upcoming 2012 fall season. Players cannot turn 11 before May 1, 2013. Contact coach Jason Hugus at (561) 758-7916 or e-mail for more information, or visit • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will recruit student volunteers in grades six through 12 for “Be a Reading Buddy” classes on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 10 a.m. Earn volunteer service hours for school by reading and playing literacy games with a child in grades K to 5 on Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. Pick up an application. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will recruit “Be a Reading Buddy” volunteers in grades 6 to 12 on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 2 p.m. Earn volunteer service hours by helping a child in grades K to 5 with reading skills. Pick up an application. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. Tuesday, Sept. 4 • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will start “Fall Story Times” for children under 5 on Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 10:15 a.m. Pick up a flier for dates and times. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host “Poetry Recital Practice” for ages 7 to 11 on Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. Memorize a favorite poem or one you’ve written and create simple props and costume pieces for performance. You must be able to attend the poetry recital on Oct. 9 at 6:30 p.m. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will present “The Science Behind Dinosaurs” for ages 6 to 8 on Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. Learn basic facts about how paleontologists study dinosaurs and make a few hands-on discoveries of your own. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Loxahatchee Groves Town Council will meet Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District office (101 West D Road). Call (561) 7932418 or visit for more info. Wednesday, Sept. 5 • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will present “Could You Be a Cahill?” for ages 8 to 12 on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. Test your mettle to find out if you could protect the

secrets of the 39 Clues. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host “Reading Buddies” for grades K to 5 on Wednesdays, Sept. 5 through Oct. 24 at 4:30 p.m. If you need practice reading, work once a week with a teen to read together and play literacy games. Pick up an application. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. Thursday, Sept. 6 • The Wellington High School Autism Awareness Club will feature author Ruth Hartman Berge on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 3 p.m. in the WHS lecture hall. Hartman’s book Betty Tales: The True Stor y of a Brave Bobblehead Cat shares the lessons Betty’s family has learned, and it teaches children and adults to overcome obstacles. For more info., call WHS at (561) 795-4900. • The Palm Beach County Commission will host a public budget hearing on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. in the government center’s Jane M. Thompson Memorial Chambers (301 N. Olive Ave., Sixth Floor, West Palm Beach). For more info., visit www. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will present “Anime Origins” for ages 12 to 17 on Thursdays, Sept. 6, 13 and 20 at 6:30 p.m. Check out the latest cartoons and fashions from Japan and make your own Japanese-style snack. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Writers Critique Workshop for adults on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 6:30 p.m. Share, offer and accept constructive criticism and comments to improve your fiction, nonfiction and poetry in a supportive atmosphere led by Florida Writers Association member Caryn DeVincenti. Call (561) 7906070 to pre-register. • Golden Grove Elementary School (5959 140th Ave., The Acreage) will host Girl Scouts Registration on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. Contact Sue Holmes at (561) 427-6902 or for more info. Friday, Sept. 7 • Christian Homeschool Support of the Western Communities will host its first monthly meeting of the 2012-13 school year Friday, Sept. 7 at 1 p.m. Come hear all the ideas CHS has planned for the new year. All area homeschoolers are encouraged to attend. The discounted annual membership of $10 per family ends soon. Call (561) 753See CALENDAR, page 35

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR CALENDAR, continued from page 34 4750 for the meeting location in The Acreage and other information. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 Forest Hill Blvd.) will feature a free screening of the movie World Trade Center on Friday, Sept. 7 at 7:30 p.m. Bring your own seating. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. Saturday, Sept. 8 • Women at Rest will present the seminar “Embrace His Grace” on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Covenant Centre International (9153 Roan Lane, Palm Beach Gardens). The event includes continental breakfast and lunch. For more info., e-mail To register visit • Mounts Botanical Garden (531 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach) will host the wor kshop “Farm Your Backyard: Vegetable Growing” on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mounts Exhibit Hall A in the Clayton Hutcheson Complex. The cost is $30 for members and $40 for nonmembers. For more info., call (561) 233-1757 or visit www. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature “Grandparents Are Great!” for ages 2 to 8 on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 10:15 a.m. Celebrate the grandmothers and grandfathers you love and make a special Grandparents’ Day gift to take home. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • Wellington American Legion Chris Reyka Memorial Post 390 will host the Future Heroes Charity Golf Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 1 p.m. at the Binks Forest Golf Club. Proceeds will benefit local youth, patriotic and veteran support programs. For more info., call John Isola at (561) 795-2721, Mike Pancia at (561) 324-5403 or Ed Portman at (561) 602-4409, or e-mail wellingtonlegion Sunday, Sept. 9 • Grandparents Day will be celebrated with a children’s fashion show Sunday, Sept. 9 at 3 p.m. inside the original Wellington Mall (12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington) hosted by Nimia’s Creations and Portada Florida. For more info., call (561) 255-0549 or (954) 655-8820. • The Wellington Jewish Center (13860 Wellington Trace, Suite 4) will host an open house, shofar factory and family barbecue Sunday, Sept. 9 from 4 to 6 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. For more info., call (561) 3334663 or visit www. wellingtonjewishcenter. org.

Monday, Sept. 10 • The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly luncheon Monday, Sept. 10 at 11:30 a.m. at the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 790-6200 or visit for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will present “Manners Matter” for ages 4 to 7 on Monday, Sept. 10 at 3:30 p.m. Learn social graces and build confidence with etiquette games and activities. Call (561) 6814100 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Simple Seasonal Origami” for age 8 and up Monday, Sept. 10 at 4 p.m. Try your hand at simple origami paper folding. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will present “Reading Buddies” for grades K to 5 on Mondays, Sept. 10 through Oct. 22 at 4:30 p.m. If you need practice reading, work once a week with a teen to read together and play literacy games. Pick up an application. Call (561) 681 4100 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Crochet Club for ages 9 to 14 on Mondays at 5 p.m. Learn basic crochet skills and socialize while you work. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • Panther Run Elementary School (10775 Lake Worth Road) will host Girl Scouts Registration on Monday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. Contact Sue Holmes at (561) 427-6902 or for more info. • The Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District will meet Monday, Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the district office (101 West D Road). Call (561) 793-0884 or visit www. for more info. Tuesday, Sept. 11 • The Palm Beach County Commission will meet Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 9:30 a.m. in the government center’s Jane M. Thompson Memorial Chambers (301 N. Olive Ave., Sixth Floor, West Palm Beach). For more info., visit • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will feature Crochet Club for age 9 and up on Tuesdays, Sept. 11, 18 and 25 at 5 p.m. Learn introductory stitches or bring current projects and socialize. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. Send calendar items to: The Town-Crier, 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 31, Wellington, FL 33414. FAX: (561) 793-6090. Email:

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

WE CLEAN OFFICES & PRIVATE HOMES — Licensed & Insured. Call for an estimate and to schedule your apartment. Discount for Central Palm Beach County Chamber members and to all new clients for first cleaning. 561-385-8243 Lic. #2012-252779

MOBILE-TEC ON-SITE COMPUTER SERVICE — The computer experts that come to you! Hardware/ Software setup, support & troubleshooting w w t. 561-248-2611 D.J. COMPUTER — Home & office, Spyware removal, websites, networks, repairs, upgrades, virus removal, tutoring. Call Jeff 561-3331923 Cell 561-252-1186 Lic’d Well. & Palm Beach. We accept major credit cards. HAPPY JACK LIQUIVIC® Recognized safe & effective against hook & roundworms by US Center for Veterinary Medicine. Grand Prix 561-792-2853 Stop scratching & gnawing. Promote healing & hair growth. Stamp out ITCHAMCALLITS! Shampoo with HAPPY JACK ® Itch No More, apply Skin Balm® add Tonekote to diet. Goldcoast Feed 793-4607

DRIVEWAYS — Free estimates A & M ASPHALT SEAL COATING commercial and residential. Patching potholes, striping, repair existing asphalt & save money all work guaranteed. Lic.& Ins. 100045062 561-667-7716

HANDYMAN AND CLEANING SERVICES — Caza Services for all your handyman and cleaning needs. 18 years experience. No job is too small. Call us today. Insured 561-802-8300 or 754-242-3459

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

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

HURRICANE SHUTTERS P&M CONTRACT ORS — ACCORDION SHUTTERS Gutters, screen enclosures, siding, sof fits, aluminum roofs, Serving the W estern Communities. Since 1985. U-17189 561791-9777

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

WH LANDSCAPE & DESIGN — Specializing in Landscape Design Pressure clean your driveway, sidewalk or p atio. For estimate call Mike or Joey 561-818-5298 or 561-965-0539 Lic. #45-5033273 Very Reasonable ALL credit cards accepted

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

THE MASTER HANDYMAN — All Types of Home Repairs & Improvements. No job too big or small done right the first time every time 40 yrs of satisfied customers. See me on Angies List. Tom (561) 801-2010 or (954) 444-3178 Serving Palm Beach and Broward Counties. BILLY’S HOME REPAIRS INC. REMODEL & REPAIRS — Interior Trim, crown molding, rottenwood repair, door inst allation, minor drywall,kitchens/cabinets / countertops, wood flooring. Bonded and Insured U#19699. Call 7919900 or 628-9215

JOHN PERGOLIZZI PAINTING INC. — Interior/Exterior - Repaint specialist, pressure cleaning, popcorn ceiling, drywall repair & roof painting. Family owned/owner operator . Free Est. 798-4964 Lic. #U18473 COLORS BY CORO, INC. — Int./ Ext. residential p ainting, over 20 yrs exp. Small Jobs welcome. Free est. Ins. 561-383-8666. Owner/Operated. Lic.# U20627 Ins. W ellington Resident

PETS OF WELLINGTON — 13889 Wellington Trace, Suite A-12, Wellington. Dates: 9/16, 10/14, 11/11 3:30 P.M. till 5:00 P.M. 561-768-2817

JEREMY JAMES PLUMBING — Licensed plumber, legitimate estimate. Water heaters, new construction. CFC1426242. Bonded Insured. CFC1426242. 561-6016458 PLUMBING REPAIR — Drain cleaning, roofing repair, roof cleaning & pressure cleaning, facia, & wood, rot repair, kitchen, door & window repair. visit us at 561-252-3992 T OWN-CRIER NEWSPAPER CLASSFIEDS GET RESULTS CALL T ODAY TO PLACE YOUR AD AD HERE 561-793-7606

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

MINOR ROOF REPAIRS DON HARTMANN ROOFING — Roof painting, Carpentry. Lic. #U13677 967-5580 ROBERT G. HARTMANN ROOFING — Specializing in repairs. Free estimates, Bonded,insured. Lic. #CCC 058317 Ph: 561-790-0763. ROOFING REPAIRS REROOFING ALL TYPES — Pinewood Construction, Inc. Honest and reliable. Serving Palm Beach County for over 20 years. Call Mike 561-3090134 Lic. Ins. Bonded. CGC023773 RC-0067207 JOHN C. BEALE BUILDING & ROOFING — Additions, remodeling, roof repairs & replacements, screened porches. Licensed & Insured. Call for Free Estimates. 561798-6448 ccc1326383 ccc1250306

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

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

ACCORDION SHUTTERS — Gutters, screen enclosures, siding, soffits, aluminum roofs, Serving the Western Communities. Since 1985. U-17189 561-791-9777 HURRICANE SEASON IS HERE —Jupiter Aluminum Product s for your • Windows • Doors • Shutters 561-747-4166

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

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

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

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

REALESTATEAUCTIONS.COM Lots, condos, farms & homes Buy or Sell Fast! 561-822-3896

55 Yr + Villa Apartment for Rent — Royal Palm Beach Blvd. Across from new p ark. 2/2 water and cable included. Access to pool and clubhouse. 1088 Sq. Ft. of living space with screened in porch, ceiling fans in all rooms, vertical blinds on all windows, tile floors, hurricane accordions on all windows. One year lease $825/month. Contact Carlos at 561-379-3685

APARTMENT FOR RENT — Small apartment for rent. All utilities included. $700 per month. Call 305-481-3789

FURNISHED HOUSE FOR RENT/ SHORT OR LONG TERM — situated in a cul-de-sac and 5 minutes away from Spruce Meadows, this 2000 sf. 2 story newer house in Shawnessy has hardwood floor throughout and 2.5 bathrooms. Leather furniture, 48” TV and a Piano in main floor. Master bedroom has Jacuzzi. 2 large size bedrooms and bonus room. Wireless Internet, double att ached garage, fenced backyard with BBQ. Weekly housekeeping, linen service and lawn cutting plus all utilities included. For more details call (403) 808-7254 OR (403) 700-2065 106.33 ACRE EQUESTRIAN FARM NEAR AIKEN, SC — Please call Debbie Harrison, Realtor with Blanchard and Calhoun Real Estate Co., at 803-480-5245 for details.

HUNTINGTON LEARNING CENTER — in Wellington needs EXAM PREP COORDINATOR Bachelors Degree- Demonstrate Solid Performance on SAT and ACT (either verbal or math sections) Available to work evenings and Saturdays. Also needed: EXAM PREP TUTORS Now Hiring SAT/ACT Prep aration T utors. Must have a 4 year degree preferably in Mathmetics or English. Be available to tutor on Saturdays. Please e-mail your resume to ENTR Y LEVEL RECEPTIONIST — Computer literate. Heavy phones & filing. Fax resume 561-333-2680 FRONT DESK — Loxahatchee/ Boynton Beach. Busy Dermatology practices, full-time, experience preferred, must be available for flexible hours, evenings and weekends. Fax resume to 561-790-7568 MEDICAL ASSISTANT NEEDED IN LOXAHA TCHEE/BOYNTON BEACH — Busy Dermatology practice, full-time, experience preferred, must be available for flexible hours, evenings and weekends. Fax resume to 561-790-7568 PRE-SCHOOL AFTERNOON ASSISTANT needed Mon.-Fri. 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. Experience preferred 7900808 Be a WINESHOP at Home Independent W ine Consultant. Build a career in the wine industry , work own hours, Call 561-843-3288 DRIVERS WANTED — Full time, Part-Time, Day and Night Shifts. Retirees Welcome. Clean Drivers license required. W ellington Towncar/Cab. 561-333-0181 NOW HIRING — Managers, Asst. Managers, Receptionist, Shipping Clerks and Forklif t Operator positions available for Produce Company in Loxahatchee. Previous produce experiencea plus. FullTime and seasonal positions available. Must be able to work overtime as needed. Excellent pay and benefits. Apply@4003 Seminole Pratt Whitney Road, Loxahatchee, Fl 33470 between Tuesday - Thursday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

B2B FIELD REPS W ANTED— Exp anding Counterfeit Money Detection Agency. Top commissions and bonuses paid weekly. No cold calling. Fax resume to 561-5337400 DRIVERS DEDICATED ACCOUNT! — Top pay. Benefits, Miles. GREA T home-time and more. 1-888-567-4854. W erner Enterprises - $2,000 sign on bonus. WINDOW INSTALLERS WANTED Subcontractors only. Top Pay. No Brokers. Call Matt 561-714-8490

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