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Strong School Year Underway At RPB’s H.L. Johnson Elementary

Volume 40, Number 47 December 13 - December 19, 2019

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The Royal Palm Beach Education Advisory Board received an update on activities at village schools Monday, Dec. 9. While the meeting touched on a number of Royal Palm Beach schools, the specific focus was on H.L. Johnson Elementary School. Page 3

Wellington Seniors Club Hosts Annual Dinner Dance At Mayacoo

The Wellington Seniors Club held its annual dinner dance on Friday, Dec. 6 at Mayacoo Lakes Country Club. Several lucky seniors won gift cards as tickets were drawn throughout the evening. Lu White & Friends played oldies music as the seniors danced the night away. Page 10

The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce and the Village of Wellington hosted the 36th annual Wellington Holiday Parade themed “Favorite Holiday Memories” on Sunday, Dec. 8. More than 100 marching groups took part in the parade along Forest Hill Blvd. Shown above is Major Gen. Wayne Jackson and Sgt. Wayne Jackson riding with the Project 425 contingent, which won Best In Show. (Inset) State Attorney Dave Aronberg and Cookie wave to the crowd. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 5 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Herzog Challenges DeMarois For Loxahatchee Groves Seat

Wolverine Basketball Boys Defeat Visiting Sem Ridge 71-51

On Friday, Dec. 6, the Wellington High School boys varsity basketball team hosted Seminole Ridge High School and held onto the lead throughout, defeating the Hawks 71-51. With the win, Wellington has maintained a 4-0 record early in the season. Page 21

Santas On The Run 5K Returns To Royal Palm Beach Commons Park

More than 300 runners participated in the annual Santas on the Run 5K and Reindeer Dash 1K on Saturday, Dec. 7 at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park. The event raised money and awareness for Dogs to the Rescue, which provides assistance offsetting the costs of training therapy dogs for first responders. Page 23 DEPARTMENT INDEX NEWS...............................3 - 18 NEWS BRIEFS......................... 7 PEOPLE................................... 8 SCHOOLS................................ 9 COLUMNS............................. 16 BUSINESS............................. 17 CALENDAR............................ 18 CLASSIFIEDS................ 19 - 20 SPORTS...........................21, 23 Visit Us On The Web At WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Former Loxahatchee Groves Councilwoman Marge Herzog has qualified to run for Seat 5 in the Tuesday, March 17 municipal election against incumbent Vice Mayor Dave DeMarois, who qualified last week. The filing deadline closed Tuesday, Dec. 10. The Seat 5 race will be the only town election on the ballot, although Loxahatchee Groves voters will also decide on several charter amendments on the March 17 ballot, which will also include Florida’s presidential primary. Herzog, who was on the Loxahatchee Groves Incorporation Committee, was elected to the inaugural Loxahatchee Groves Town Council in 2007 but was defeated by former Councilman Ryan Liang after her first term in a politically charged election. Since then, she has remained active with the American Legion Auxiliary and the Loxahatchee Groves Landowners’Association, where she serves as president. “I’m registered, and I’m all set to go. My bank account is open, and I’m collecting funds,” she told the Town-Crier on Wednesday. The faceoff reawakens old

conflicts with DeMarois, who was on the Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District Board of Supervisors at the time and staunchly opposed the incorporation effort. Herzog also pioneered the effort to get the first popularly elected member of the LGWCD board, as opposed to a proxy vote based on the number of acres owned, which also raised the rancor of LGWCD supporters. She was also one of the first residents to support the LGWCD becoming a dependent district to the town. “I called Dave and told him that I was running, and he was fine with it,” Herzog said. “I told him that I’m hoping for a clean campaign, and I’m expecting the same from him. We don’t need any dirty politics… but that’s campaigning. It’s always going to be there.” DeMarois defeated former Councilman Tom Goltzené by 19 votes in March 2017. Herzog said she is running because she feels residents need to identify more with the reasons the town incorporated. “We’ve got to have people who are more community minded, that like civic duty, and that’s me,” she said. “I like giving back to the community.” Herzog came to Florida in 1993

and soon became a permanent resident of Loxahatchee Groves. “I lived in Broward for 18 months, and I decided that was not the place where I wanted to be,” she recalled. “We moved up here to Loxahatchee Groves, and my son and daughter came with us and lived here with us for a while. Then they went off and married, had their own children, and George and I stayed here. We just loved the quiet, peaceful area and the friendliness of [the residents].” Herzog attended William Patterson University in New Jersey where she studied teaching. Her husband, George, died in October 2018. “I was on the committee to incorporate Loxahatchee Groves from the LGLA, that’s where it started,” she said. “We went to Tallahassee twice trying to get approval. The first year we were stopped because the owner of the property where the college is wanted to develop that property.” If elected, Herzog said she wants to have a more unified feeling in the town. “There’s some very distant groups that I’d like to find out what would make them happy and figure out why there is such division.”

Seven Tribute Bands To Perform At Wellington Bahamas Benefit

By M. Dennis Taylor Town-Crier Staff Report The horror stories of Hurricane Dorian aren’t making daily headlines anymore, but the protracted suffering of the Bahamian people hit hardest by the killer storm continues as they try to clean up and rebuild their broken lives. Efforts large and small are on-going from big charities to grassroots organizations. In fact, there’s a Bahamas benefit in Wellington on Sunday, Dec. 15 you might want to go to even if

it wasn’t for a great cause. “If ever you were going to help out, the time is still now,” said Paul Goldschlag, who performs as Bruce Springsteen in the Boss Project, a popular tribute band that frequently plays at the Wellington Amphitheater. Right after Dorian stalled over Abaco in September, destroying parts of the northern Bahamas, Goldschlag put his music to work to help. “We were playing at the Venice Performing Arts Center on the

west coast of Florida, and I heard a story of a man who watched helplessly from across the room, balanced on furniture, as his wife drowned on the second floor of their home during the hurricane,” he recalled. Goldschlag decided to donate his earnings from the gig to the Bahamian people, and all nine of his bandmates agreed. They all donated and invited the audience to join with them. “We raised a nice sum of money, and I knew See BENEFIT, page 7

Three Incumbents Unchallenged For New Terms In RPB

By Meredith Burow Town-Crier Staff Report Royal Palm Beach’s municipal election planned for March 17, 2020 was canceled this week when the qualifying deadline passed Tuesday, Dec. 10 without other candidates coming forward to challenge the three incumbents up for election. As a result, Mayor Fred Pinto, Councilwoman Selena Samios and Councilman Jeff Hmara will retain their seats for another twoyear term. It was the second year in a row that Royal Palm Beach’s municipal election was scrapped for the lack of challengers. Voters, however, will still go to the polls on March 17 for Florida’s presidential primary. The three incumbents expressed gratitude to village residents for the opportunity to continue in their positions and told the TownCrier that they plan to continue with their current goals to serve the village. Mayor Fred Pinto said that he is

looking forward to several already initiated projects in Royal Palm Beach, including the voluntary annexation of Palms West Hospital. According to Pinto, the hospital becoming an official part of the village will be mutually beneficial. “By them coming to the village, we get to partner with them and be able to support them,” Pinto said. “And their government will be the local government here. The village council would then be able to have the oversight to make sure that they can get the things that they want to get done. So, it’s a tremendous opportunity for them, as well.” Along with the practical benefits, Pinto also sees it as another opportunity for residents to take pride in their village. Pinto expressed a desire to maintain a “Mayberry-esque” quality in Royal Palm Beach. In referencing the fictitious small town from The Andy Griffith Show, Pinto explained that he wants to see the village exist See INCUMBENTS, page 4


Royal Palm Beach Winter Fest took place on Saturday, Dec. 7 at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park. Local community groups performed live, while kids enjoyed a fun zone with a petting zoo, pony rides and more. Shown above, Juliana Knight and Destiny Williams mail letters to Santa. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 11 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Westlake Council OKs Site Plan For Christ Fellowship

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report At a public hearing on Monday, Dec. 9, the Westlake City Council approved a site plan for Christ Fellowship Church, as well as the initial phases of the International Sports Training Facility (ISTF), a school that will cater to young soccer athletes. Both the church and the school will be on the east side of Seminole Pratt Whitney Road at the community’s southern border. The 38,155-square-foot Christ Fellowship worship center will be separated from the soccer school by a parking lot. It is on 12.771 acres and surrounded on the other three sides by the fields and facilities of the 91-acre soccer facility.

Main access will be off internal roads known as Waters Edge Drive and Ilex Way. Westlake Planning Consultant Nilsa Zacarias said the current application for the church was for the worship center, and that applications for future ancillary facilities of about 25,000 square feet would come before the council in the future. The required parking for the worship center is 217 spaces, but the applicant is proposing 627 spaces, in anticipation of the future 25,000 square feet of space. The application does not currently provide for signage. “The applicant has decided to come back in front of the council See CHURCH, page 18

Wellington OKs Slimmed-Down Development Rules

By M. Dennis Taylor Town-Crier Staff Report At its Tuesday, Dec. 10 meeting, the Wellington Village Council approved the repeal, replacement and recodification of the village’s Land Development Regulations in their entirety, plus an annual measure that they’d like not to revisit — the seasonal permit for horse shows at Equestrian Village. The four-year project to rewrite the LDRs has been a team effort that involved eliminating duplicate, contradictory and irrelevant information, and creating a log of changes that will, going forward, provide a roadmap of all modifications made to the document, complete with the rationale behind the changes. This way, future users

have a history of the changes. Planning, Zoning & Building Director Bob Basehart and Development Review Coordinator Cory Cramer submitted the final document, which is one-third its original size. The council had already held public hearings on all of the 10 chapters, except six and three. Six is a placeholder for future needs so the numbers don’t change should it be added later. Three is definitions, acronyms or abbreviations used in the document. This section went to the council before it was reviewed by the Planning, Zoning & Adjustment Board, which was scheduled to review the item Wednesday, Dec. 11. It was not expected there would be

any significant changes, so the order of approval was reversed to save a month. Any changes can be made before the final reading and adoption of the entire recodified LDRs at the council meeting Jan. 20, 2020. “Let’s be clear here,” Councilman John McGovern said. “No requirements were added or taken away.” Village Manager Paul Schofield said that the regulations are streamlined for anyone who needed to use it. The volume of paper has been reduced by two-thirds. He explained that everything is in there once, with no duplications. “It is all published in one place,” Schofield said, adding that village See REGULATIONS, page 18

Development Review Coordinator Cory Cramer and Planning, Zoning & Building Director Bob Basehart display the before and after sizes of Wellington’s Land Development Regulations.


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Re-Print From The Palm Beach Post “Point of View” - Friday, December 6, 2019

A beautiful day in the neighborhood being in the world. I’d write my doctoral dissertation Rogers wasn’t afraid to tackle tough topics like war, on the communication style racism and death. He believed of Fred Rogers and his children’s feelings were commitment to listening and important and took the time to interpersonal relationships. I imagined I’d interview scores of listen to their hearts, even if children who grew up watching their words were jumbled and “Mister Roger’s Neighborhood” unformed. and use his gentle, patient style Long before “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” I of truly seeing each person as wondered if there was a place an exemplar for a new ethos in America where the sort of in America, one based in noncommunity Rogers envisioned violence, true care for others and respectful dialogue. It didn’t could thrive. Today, I am more convinced that the tiny happen. I went with a French flickers of light present in close philosopher instead. friendships are the places that Those days, when I would present the greatest potential mention my dreams of to turn the ship of disrespect interviewing Mister Rogers, around, set a course for it was met with laughter, kindness, and move toward awkward silence, or outright renewed civility. Yes, in our condescension. But now, after small business associations. nearly 20 years of keeping my Yes, in our classrooms and unscripted feelings in the can, boardrooms. Yes, on our perhaps the world is ready to farms and in our factories. stop chuckling. So much of what Fred Rogers Yes, wherever two or three are gathered. Yes, indeed, in our stood for and poured into neighborhoods. children’s television seems to be a part of a bygone era. Consider, for example, his STEPHANIE BENNETT, WEST PALM BEACH ability to hold a moment steady Editor’s note: Bennett is an author, and professor at Palm Beach Atlantic University, in silence while the cameras where for the last 15 years she has taught of were rolling. It was his way of Communication, Faith, and Culture. Once upon a time, I thought

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Strong School Year Underway At RPB’s H.L. Johnson Elementary

By Meredith Burow Town-Crier Staff Report The Royal Palm Beach Education Advisory Board received an update on activities at village schools Monday, Dec. 9. While the meeting touched on a number of Royal Palm Beach schools, the specific focus was on H.L. Johnson Elementary School. H.L. Johnson’s VPK students opened the meeting with a musi-

cal performance, followed by a demonstration from the school’s cheerleading team. Once the students were done, Principal Jennifer Makowski began her presentation. According to Makowski, the school has had a stellar 2019, maintaining the A rating it received the previous year. It has also achieved the Golden School Award, meaning it has met the Florida Department of Education’s

H.L. Johnson Elementary School Principal Jennifer Makowski updates the Education Advisory Board about her school.

high standard of having at least 80 percent of the school’s staff trained in school volunteerism, a designated volunteer coordinator and a total number of volunteer service hours equal to or exceeding twice the number of students enrolled. H.L. Johnson has also received recognition as a Five Star School by the FDOE, a Green School of Excellence and an Everglades Champion School. The students have already completed a number of volunteer opportunities this school year, such as a pajama drive in which the school collected more than 130 pairs of pajamas, Assistant Principal Danielle Agudelo said. They also collected 3,100 cans and food items for the local food drive, performed a campus and beach cleanup, and participated in the Relay for Life. H.L. Johnson also participated in the Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s “Unwrap the Waves” initiative, in which students save their candy wrappers and send them to the center, which then recycles and converts them to school supplies. Following its sea turtle “adoption,” the school continues to partner with the Loggerhead Marinelife Center by helping to sponsor the turtle’s care. “We have a turtle this year — Bailey — and the students really enjoy making sure to save those candy wrappers,” Agudelo said.

Along with community service activities, students have been given a plethora of enrichment opportunities. “Our teachers have really stepped out above and beyond to have field trips for the students,” Agudelo said. Some of the field trips available to the students include a trip to the Flagler Museum, MacArthur State Park, St. Augustine, the Kennedy Space Center and the Little Red Schoolhouse. The schoolhouse is particularly fun for the students as they dress up in 19th century garb. H.L. Johnson students also have the opportunity to compete in the Special Olympics. “We have our fabulous PTO that has put in more than 5,000 hours,” Agudelo said. “None of it would be possible without us all working together.” According to Makowski, H.L. Johnson is a cluster site for students who have emotional, behavioral and intellectual disabilities, as well as being a hub for gifted students. “We still do serve gifted students,” Makowski said. “We have about seven schools that still feed into us for gifted.” The school has also opened up a second VPK unit, bringing in a total of 38 little Jaguars. “At H.L. Johnson, we try not to only look at just the academics for the students, but we try to look at

Foundation Wraps Hundreds Of Gifts For Wellington Children

On Monday, Dec. 9, Wellington Community Foundation board members and volunteers joined in to wrap hundreds of presents to be delivered to children in need at Binks Forest and New Horizons elementary schools. Gift bags filled with the basics — underwear, socks, sneakers and an age-appropriate toy — will be delivered for Wellington children to open on Christmas morning. “It is due to the generous donations of our community members that many children in need will wake up to at least one gift this holiday season,” WCF Chair Tom Wenham said. Wenham, along with several other board members and volunteers, gathered at the original Wellington Mall for the gift-

wrapping event. Wenham thanked mall owner Jess Santamaria, who graciously donated space for the foundation to store and organize the hundreds of items purchased for the holiday project. This is one of the many initiatives the foundation has undertaken in 2019. WCF board members look forward to continuing to serve Wellington children in need for years to come. The Wellington Community Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization committed to benefiting Wellington’s seniors, children and veterans by supporting and improving their quality of life and help in “Building A Stronger Community.” For more information, visit www.wellington

Wellington Community Foundation board members and volunteers (L-R) Jim Sackett, Dr. Gordon Johnson, Theresa Trzepacz, Anna Talbot, Maggie Zeller, Maria Becker and Tom Wenham with some of the gifts wrapped at the Dec. 9 event.

Meeting attendees were treated to a demonstration by the H.L. Johnson Elementary School cheerleaders.


all of the components that students need to be successful.” Makowski said. “A lot of the enrichment activities we do are the [things] the kids really find fun and exciting, and they want to come to school, and they want to learn.” In addition to community events and enrichment opportunities, H.L. Johnson has recently begun Morning Meetings. Every morning, the students and teachers meet together to socialize, get to know each other and understand each other better. “It’s touching on a great component with the kids every morning where they’re having that opportunity to build relationships with each other and with their teachers,” Makowski said. Education Advisory Board Vice Chair Julie Highsmith has two children attending H.L. Johnson and voiced their love for the Morning Meetings. “They both talk about it almost every day, what their teacher said to them. It makes them closer to their teacher,” Highsmith said. “It’s an amazing thing that they’re doing.” Though H.L. Johnson was the main focus of the meeting, there were also updates on Royal Palm Beach High School, Crestwood Middle School, Royal Palm Beach Elementary School and Cypress Trails Elementary School. While the night’s presenters did not hesitate to point to the competency and success of local schools, Highsmith still considers there to be a significant stigma against Royal Palm Beach schools.

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“We’re very serious about our education,” she said. “We want people who live in Royal Palm Beach to go to Royal Palm Beach schools.” On that topic, Makowski noted that 48 students at H.L. Johnson are under controlled open enrollment, meaning that they are students outside of the H.L. Johnson’s boundaries choosing to attend the elementary school for its programming. Educating the community on the good that’s actually taking place in Royal Palm Beach schools is key to breaking the stigma, Highsmith said. “There are many rumors going around, but a lot of it is inaccurate information,” she said. “So here, accurate information is being presented by the principals on what’s happening at the schools.”

Councilman Jeff Hmara, liaison to the committee, and Jacqueline Shimhue-Davy pass out cake post-meeting, thanking the volunteers for their service this year.

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Westlake Faces Issues With Scheduling First Council Election

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Westlake City Council members learned on Monday, Dec. 9 that the community’s first municipal election may be postponed due to clerical errors and charter issues. Westlake’s sitting council, aside from one member who was appointed later to fill a vacancy, was appointed by developer Minto as part of the community’s incorporation. The “transitional council” will serve until elections are held, with two seats scheduled for election in March 2020 and three seats scheduled for election in March 2022. The charter calls for the election to be held the second Tuesday of March in an election year, which would be March 10, but Florida’s presidential primary election has been set for March 17. Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections

Wendy Sartory Link told county municipalities earlier this year that March 10 elections will not be feasible, asking that they be moved to March 17. A second reference in the Westlake charter notes only March 2020 for elections, but there are other issues. At the council meeting, City Attorney Pam Booker said she had reached out to Link’s office in search for alternatives for the Westlake election. “At this point, the city is not able to make any of those dates to have those elections in March,” Booker said. “The elections are handled by the supervisor of elections. She has to make sure she can coordinate it, get out the mailed ballots and get them to the printer in time. She is a new supervisor of elections, and they have new equipment… One of

the options discussed over the last couple of weeks was having our elections on March 31, the date set for runoff elections, as an option. That might be a possibility, but she’s not 100 percent certain.” Booker added that the qualifying period for the election may need to be changed from noon on Tuesday, Jan. 28 through Tuesday, Feb. 11 to a yet-to-be determined date. Booker explained that those dates would conflict with publication notices, which would be over the Christmas holidays. Other municipalities were instructed by Link to pull back their qualifying periods for March elections to December. Loxahatchee Groves and Royal Palm Beach closed qualifying on Dec. 10, while Wellington will close qualifying on Dec. 17. Qualifying dates can be amended by council ordinance.

“Even though it is not consistent with our charter, Florida Statutes does allow that, but we still do not meet the time frame to get them to the printer, so another option is to have the elections in the month of June when the City of Belle Glade is having its elections. Then we would be able to share some of the costs of the supervisor’s functions, versus having it be a total special election where we would be totally responsible for all the costs associated with the machines, the training, the printing of the ballots and things of that nature,” Booker said. “That’s where we stand now unless something changes within the next couple of days. If [Link] is able to push that printing date back for the mail-out ballots, that would require two more meetings this month by the council to adopt that ordinance changing the dates

for the election, as well as our qualification period.” Mayor Roger Manning agreed that qualifying would be difficult over the holidays. Vice Mayor Katrina Long-Robinson was not happy with the situation. “How did this happen?” she asked. Booker explained that municipal elections are generally handled by the city clerk. “We did have someone who is supposed to be responsible for some of these clerk functions,” Booker said. “She is no longer with the city, and the new city clerk, Zoie Burgess, recently started. It was too late at that point to get everything in place for elections.” Booker added that having a separate special election would cost about $20,000. The council set Dec. 16 and

Dec. 30 to have special meetings to approve an ordinance changing the election date and qualifying period. Long-Robinson also asked that notifications be posted on the city’s web site as soon as possible. Booker also pointed out in a memo to the council that candidates must have maintained residency for one year before qualifying. Councilman Phillip Everett, whose seat will be open, has lived in Westlake for a year. Councilman John Stanavitch, whose seat is also open, has not. Everett told the Town-Crier on Monday that he has not decided if he will run for election. Stanavitch made a motion to approve an agreement with the Supervisor of Elections Office to provide processing equipment and election services, although the date has not yet been set, which carried 5-0.

Lox Committee Supports Land Use Change For B Road Property

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Loxahatchee Groves Planning & Zoning Committee, meeting as the Local Planning Agency, recommended approval Tuesday, Dec. 10 of a land use amendment that would change the land use of almost 15 acres on the east side of B Road from agricultural residential to mixed-use commercial. The change would allow a feed store fronting on B Road to operate once again. The land, owned by resident Seth Brier, is surrounded on three sides by commercial uses: Loxahatchee Groves Commons to the west; the Groves Town Center that has been approved for a future Wawa convenience store, Aldi grocery store and bank to the south; and a future senior living facility to the east. Planning consultant Jim Fleischmann explained that the item before the committee was a pro-


No Election In Royal Palm Beach

continued from page 1 within a state of community and familiarity. While Pinto expressed excitement regarding the new initiatives taking place in Royal Palm Beach, his main goal goes beyond new ideas. According to Pinto, his primary goal is to sustain the level of excellence that residents have come to expect from the village. “We’re at a good place, and now

posed large-scale land use map amendment and three special policies to add to the future land use element of the comprehensive plan. “The project’s name is 444/556 B Road LLC, and it encompasses two parcels of land on the east side of B Road directly across from Palm Beach State College and 1,000 feet north of Southern Blvd.,” Fleischmann said. Attorney Al Malefatto said the applicant is looking to change the use of the property from rural residential to commercial. “I’m here to tell you why you should support our request,” Malefatto said. “It’s a matter of fairness, really — fairness to the property owner and respect for the property owner’s property rights. The subject property is now surrounded on three sides either built or approved and coming.” He said the entire area was rural residential at one time, but

more than 200 acres has since been approved for commercial development. “Now it’s all commercial or institutional except for my client’s property and the Red Clover Nursery immediately to his north,” Malefatto said. He noted that in July 2017, the town passed a special policy that allowed Brier to ask for the land use and zoning amendment, even though his property fronts B Road rather than Southern or Okeechobee boulevards, as required by the town for commercial operations. “With this special policy, we’re permitted now to have this property also rezoned,” Malefatto said. “That was done because of the fact that the property is surrounded by development. That was the correct first step. It has been a while. It has been two years for us to get here, but now we’re asking you to complete the job and recommend approval of our request, consistent

with the surrounding land uses.” Planner Josh Nichols, representing Brier, said they did not want to set a precedent with any other part of the town. “What’s unique about this is that Mr. Brier’s site is an anomaly,” Nichols said, explaining that the special policy approved by the council provides that commercial development cannot creep farther north on B Road. “From a precedent-setting standpoint, this would not do that.” He described the existing uses on the Brier property, with commercial stables on the east side that fit in with rural residential uses, a wholesale nursery, an equestrian riding ring, several residential units, a wholesale/retail nursery and general retail sales on the west side of the property, explaining that the retail sales was the impetus for the request for the land use change. Nichols added that the applicant

has reduced his square footage from the original request for a mixed commercial land use. “We took a step back, and we said we’ll do the entire property as commercial low,” he said. “The commercial low takes up the entire 14.74 acres, and what we did instead of having a conservation land use at the north end, we did an equestrian trail easement.” Brier said the basis for his application was to be able to run an equestrian feed store in an equestrian-oriented town. His store was shut down for noncompliance with the town policy prohibiting the operation of retail businesses that do not front on Southern or Okeechobee boulevards, although he has business licenses from the county. If approved, he plans to open other equestrian-oriented stores. The committee spent almost two hours discussing the details of the request, but Committee

Alternate Veronica Close finally made a motion to approve the application, but restrict commercial low uses to the southwest quadrant, allowing 30,000 square feet of space, of which no more than 7,500 square feet can be retail space, with the remainder be allowed for retail storage space. The balance of the property would remain agricultural residential and conservation. Any nonconforming or illegal uses would remain in place until the property is rezoned and developed. Her motion carried 4-1 with Chair William Bell dissenting over concern for additional potential commercial uses on the property. The application will now go before the Loxahatchee Groves Town Council for consideration and, if approved, to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity for its opinion, and then back to the council for final approval.

we all have to work hard to make sure that we stay there, and stay on the right track,” Pinto said. Samios is now wrapping up her second term on the council and looks forward to the future. “I do look forward to serving the residents and representing them over the next two years,” she said. “So, I appreciate the opportunity.” As the liaison to the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Advisory Board, Samios has a passion for community involvement and said she loves the fact that with development coming on, they have land dedicated for public use, and there are plans to increase the number of village parks.

“Each neighborhood has its own public park,” Samios said. “And it’s great that each park has its own elements that attract people to go there.” Samios also listed her other key issues: local businesses, the village’s senior population and transparency within local government. She has an inherent passion for the senior population, as she was raised by her grandparents while her parents were living in the West Indies. Currently, she serves as the marketing coordinator for Wellington Cares, a nonprofit organization that enlists volunteers to assist seniors who still live at home but need a little extra help.

Samios said she sees Royal Palm Beach community involvement as an important practice because it helps to promote both togetherness and a hometown feel. “I personally think it’s a great idea to get to know each other,” Samios said. “I think you have that sense of security and camaraderie and familiarity when you get to know your residents and your neighbors.” Likewise, Hmara also encourages community fellowship and connection within the Royal Palm Beach community. “Everything we do, really, has that thread of connectedness running through it,” Hmara said. As a U.S. Army veteran, Hmara

has a particular passion for helping veterans acclimate back into society. He is specifically sympathetic toward the struggles post-9/11 veterans face. “A lot of our young veterans feel disconnected, and so there’s a lot of work to be done, and I’ve had some ideas,” Hmara said. “So hopefully, we’ll at some point in time — maybe using existing organizations like the American Legion and the VFW — get them connected again, and then get our civilian society to understand what they bring — the leadership, the commitment, dedication and reliability.” While Hmara said he believes the nation as a whole could im-

prove in its treatment of young veterans, at least within his sphere of influence, residents can make a difference in veterans’ lives. “I keep looking for that connection that will reach out to them effectively, that will let them know that they’re not alone,” Hmara said. But Hmara’s desire for community connection reaches well beyond veterans. “I really like to help build a greater sense of community, a sense of belonging, a sense of ownership, a sense of connectedness,” he said. “And what I found is, you do that one program at a time, maybe one volunteer at a time.”


Wellington Cares, a volunteer organization that assists senior citizens in need, held its seventh Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on Friday, Dec. 6 at Piatto Bravo restaurant in Wellington. Sharing smiles and stories of success, the volunteers were treated to lunch as organization leaders thanked them for their service to local seniors. Volunteer Ann Brinson received a special shoutout for volunteering a total of 118 hours in 2019, the highest of all in the group. PHOTOS BY MEREDITH BUROW/TOWN-CRIER

Lauren Henley, Allison Negri, Cheryl Anders, Diane Gutman and Marion Frank with Wellington Community Foundation Chair Tom Wenham.

Iseult Broglio and Carole Browne carry poinsettias to deliver to participating Wellington seniors, courtesy of the Wellington Community Foundation.

Volunteer Evelyn Regan.


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The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce and the Village of Wellington hosted the 36th annual Wellington Holiday Parade themed “Favorite Holiday Memories” on Sunday, Dec. 8. More than 100 marching groups took part in the parade along Forest Hill Blvd. Congratulations to the following parade winners and runners-up: Best In Show - Project 425; Decorated Vehicle – Wellington National Golf Club (first) and Elbridge Gale Elementary School (second); Performing Group – Kem Kids (first) and Jaguar Athletic Cheer (second); Adult Float – Retreat Behavioral Health (first) and Calvary Grace Chapel (second); Juvenile Float – Cub Scouts Pack 125 (first) and Wellington Wizards Rugby (second); Marching Band – Wellington High School (first) and Palm Beach Central High School (second); and Marching Group – Cats Gymnastics (first) and New Horizons Elementary School (second). PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Santa (Mark Candreva) and Mrs. Claus (Maggie Zeller) with Tommy, Tony and Sarah Sale along with Luke and Jack Zeller on the Rotary float at the end of the parade.

The PBSO Color Guard leads the parade.

PBC Sheriff Ric and Dorothy Bradshaw.

Cub Scout Pack 125 won for Juvenile Float.

Mike Carroll of Project 425, which won Best in Show.

Wellington Councilman John & Michelle McGovern with Emilia and Victoria. Parade Judge Karen Cavanagh with Mary Lou Bedford of the chamber.

Luke Gerwig, Amara Rupolo, Alan and Mayor Anne Gerwig, and Jessica, Leighton and Jordan Chusid.

Parade Judge CBS 12 News Anchor Jim Grimes, Parade Grand Marshal Emily Brooke and CBS 12 Operations Manager Bob Butterfield.

Cats Gymnastics won for Marching Group.

Miss South Florida Fair Mariluz Cook and PBSO Chief Deputy Mike Gauger on the fair float. County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay.

Kem Kids Dance Studio won for Performing Group.

The Seminole Ridge High School marching band.

Wellington Councilman Michael and Luca Napoleone, George Hudspeth, Tony Pando and RPB Mayor Fred Pinto.

Wellington High School won for Marching Band. Wellington Mayor Anne Gerwig with grandson Leighton Chusid.

Loxahatchee Groves Mayor Robert Shorr, RPB Mayor Fred Pinto and Westlake Mayor Roger Manning.

Ann & Tommy Holt on the Yesteryear Village float.

Retreat Behavioral Health won for Adult Float.

The Outsiders Drill Team rides down Forest Hill Blvd.

The Royal Palm Beach High School band.

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New York-Style Pizzeria Big Rocco’s Now Open In Royal Palm

By M. Dennis Taylor Town-Crier Staff Report A true New York pizzeria, Big Rocco’s Pizzeria & Tavern has opened in Royal Palm Beach in the Burlington shopping center at the northwest corner of State Road 7 and Southern Blvd. It has the lofty goal of serving nothing less than authentic New York pizza. The full-service big brother of Big Rocco’s Pizza Express in Wellington, which has been offering the delicious, distinctive pizzas since 2015, the new pizzeria and full tavern just opened to rave reviews in November. One customer said of their pizza, “I am from New York, so I’m a pizza snob. I’ve tried many local places… I believe the only place you can get New York pizza is a New York pizzeria, but this is


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continued from page 1 I wanted to organize a benefit in Wellington to raise even more money,” he explained. That show will be held this Sunday, Dec. 15, from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater, and nine great acts have all agreed to donate their time to perform at “DiVinyl Intervention: A Classic

pretty dang close, at prices that are competitive with the cookie-cutter places.” Director of Operations Earl Sarver sees the establishment as more than purveyors of perfect pizzas. “We’re kid-friendly, but there is a full bar for the adults,” he said. Sarver explained how he learned to make New York-style pizza as a youth. “In the 1980s, a teenager could make money mowing lawns or delivering newspapers. I have allergies too badly for lawn work, and I’m not getting up a 4 a.m. for anybody. Cooking pizzas is in my blood,” Sarver said as he expertly kneaded a ball of dough. Along the way, Sarver said he had true, expert pizza-making mentors, and when they opened Big Rocco’s, he relied upon an updated recipe handed down to him

by his uncle, from way back when. “We’re contemporary and modern, slightly upscale, with no checkered table clothes and gaudy wine bottles dripping wax,” Sarver said. The spacious, open-plan restaurant surrounds the full central bar with a featured happy hour. There is a traditional observation window so customers can see the pizzas being tossed. Big Rocco’s has an impressive wine collection and offers a private room that can accommodate 50 people for social functions. The restaurant even provides private menu catering. With appetizers starting at just a couple of bucks, subs and salads in the $9 to $11 range and an extra-large, 20-inch pizza starting at $17.99 with 20 additional

toppings to choose from, there is something for every family’s taste. Select from a dozen gourmet pizzas, seven-layer vegetable lasagna, or chicken piccata, Florentine or alfredo — and much more. Owner Vikas Bansal said that they knew they were on to something with the positive response they got to the pizza at the express store in Wellington. “We knew we had to bring a full restaurant pizzeria and tavern to the area,” he said. Sarver is married to wife Tricia and has two grown children, a lifetime of pizza experience and a great sense of humor. “Some customers told me this area has so many New Yorkers it is considered a sixth borough,” he said. “They told me it is about time someone opened a true, authentic New York pizzeria here. Now we have.”

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Rock Benefit for the Bahamas.” Many residents know the great line up of bands that frequently play in the area and at the Wellington Amphitheater, and some of the best are scheduled, including: a Michael Buble Tribute, All Heart - Heart Tribute, Crystal Visions of Fleetwood Mac, an Aretha Franklin Tribute, Turnstiles - Billy Joel Tribute, the Long Run Band - Ultimate Eagles Tribute and the Boss Project - Bruce Springsteen Tribute, plus comedic genius Michael Panzeca.

Goldschlag said that everyone is donating their time and not taking a penny, including the lighting and sound people, even the RVs used for the green rooms for the upcoming act to use to get ready. To distribute the funds in the Bahamas, Goldschlag said that he reached out to Cristina Zenato of the organization People of the Water, a nonprofit organization that typically helps with marine biology and environmental education in the Bahamas. “She can get the money into the

hands of the people, so 100 percent of the money goes to the people in need and not a portion of it going to the large organization handling it,” said Goldschlag, who added that Zenato has been providing videos of the work being done. Goldschlag said that the Village of Wellington has helped out and that Cleveland Clinic agreed to be a major sponsor for things that could not be donated. “The food trucks will all be there, and it is going to be fantastic,” he said. He stressed that the need is

great and hopes that many local residents attend the benefit. “I read that more than $34 billion in damage was done to that part of the Bahamas, and people are still needing food, water and clean clothes. The infrastructure has been destroyed, and the people need help,” Goldschlag said. Tickets start at less than $20 and are still available. Children under 12 are free. “The outpouring, especially in Wellington, has been wonderful, and the tickets are pretty cheap. People get to see

all these great bands for about 20 bucks — that’s unheard of,” said Goldschlag, who added that the benefit came together quickly. “It was so quick, so easy. Everyone got on the bandwagon. Now we hope the community will come out for a great day of shows from great, top-tier bands.” Food trucks will be on site; bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Tickets are available through For information on how to donate, e-mail

Big Rocco’s Executive Chef Stephané Cherilus and Director of Operations Earl Sarver invite you to visit the new restaurant.



On Friday, Dec. 6, the Wellington Amphitheater held its annual tree-lighting ceremony hosted by the Wellington Village Council, which assisted in the countdown to lighting the Christmas tree. Santa Claus made his annual appearance, joined by Elsa, Olaf, Elmo and a walking dreidel. Both children and adults alike took pictures with Santa and the surprise guests. Later in the evening, the Blues Brothers Soul Band performed a tribute concert. PHOTOS BY ERIN DAVISSON/TOWN-CRIER

The Christmas tree and menorah at the Wellington Amphitheater. Madison Cortinas visits with Santa Claus.

The Blues Brothers Soul Band entertains the crowd.

Elsa and Olaf were on hand to amuse children.

The Berrio family gets into the holiday spirit.

Wellington Village Council members John McGovern, Michael Drahos, Mayor Anne Gerwig, Michael Napoleone and Tanya Siskind by the newly lit tree.

NEWS BRIEFS Boating Safety Course

The Palm Beach Sail & Power Squadron/America’s Boating Club will hold a two-day boating safety course on Saturday, Jan. 18 and Sunday, Jan. 19 at the group’s headquarters located at 1125 Old Dixie Hwy. in Lake Park. Class starts at 8 a.m. for registration. The course covers safety and emergency procedures, navigation, boat handling, anchoring, rules of the road, fueling and more. Passing a test at the end of the course will earn the Florida Boating Safety Education Card, which is required by the state for everyone born after Jan. 1, 1988 who operates a boat with a motor of 10 hp or more. The cost is $70. For more info., call Rick Wood at (561) 542-1146 or Cal Cearley at (561) 670-1922.

Father Daughter Dance Tickets Now On Sale

Fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers and all blends of families are invited to take part in Wellington’s annual Father Daughter Dance on Saturday, Jan. 25. It will be a night of delight designed for daughters ages 5 to 14, and includes dinner, dessert, dancing, games, photos and more. Each couple will receive keepsakes to cherish the magical memories. The theme for the evening is “A Night Under the Big Top.” The Father Daughter Dance will take place in the Village Park gymnasium at 11700 Pierson Road from 6 to 9 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now through Jan. 23 at 5 p.m., or until

tickets are sold out. Tickets can be purchased at the Village Park gymnasium and the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). The cost is $50 per resident couple and $62.50 per non-resident couple. Additional tickets can be purchased for $20 per resident and $25 per nonresident. This event is expected to sell out, so be sure to purchase tickets early. For more info., call (561) 753-2484 or visit This event is partially sponsored by Simon Orthodontics and the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Health Specialty Center. Additional sponsorship opportunities are still available.

Willhite, Taddeo File Legislation On Water Issues

State Rep. Matt Willhite (DDistrict 86) recently filed HB 861, along with State Sen. Annette Taddeo (D-District 40), who filed SB 1112. This proposed legislation would impose fees on bottled water operators for extracting water from state waters, including water from Florida springs. The proceeds would be deposited into the Wastewater Treatment and Stormwater Management Revolving Loan Trust Fund, which will be eligible for federal matching funds, and be used for water infrastructure projects throughout the state. “Florida is one of the fastestgrowing states in the nation, with roughly 900 new residents every day,” Willhite said. “With such a growing population, we must ensure that all natural resources are shared fairly and equitably. Water is our most precious resource, and

it is limited. Therefore, we must make sure that we enact policies that reflect the increasing pressures on our water supply so that we are sustaining these resources for all Floridians.” Taddeo also commented on the issue. “It is unconscionable that certain corporate water bottling companies exploit our state water, without paying their fair share, while all other companies who bottle water through municipalities pay for their water,” she said. “This is a corporate welfare loophole that has allowed these companies to exploit our precious water supply. This bill will help us bring to an end this abusive practice.”

TAP To Stage ‘James And The Giant Peach’

Theatre Arts Productions (TAP) will present Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach from Friday, Jan. 10 through Sunday, Jan. 12 at Wellington High School, located at 2101 Greenview Shores Blvd. in Wellington. When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach, launching him on a journey of enormous proportions. James and the Giant Peach will feature a cast of 16 Palm Beach County actors ranging from ages 6 to 79. TAP Artistic Director Jaycie M. Cohen will stage this production, leading a creative team comprised of music director Michael Lubben, assistant music director Gabriella Farrell, choreographer Sara Kenny, costume designer Giedre Priddy and sound/makeup designer Marlo Cohen.

Based on the classic children’s book of the same name, James and the Giant Peach features music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and a book by Timothy Allen McDonald. The show is produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling (561) 723-6154 or sending an e-mail to

CCRT To Meet On Dec. 17

Join the Countywide Community Revitalization Team (CCRT) for a public meeting hosted by the Office of Community Revitalization (OCR) on Tuesday, Dec. 17 beginning at 10 a.m. The meeting at Vista Center (2300 N. Jog Road, West Palm Beach) will focus on the Palm Beach County Department of Housing and Economic Sustainability’s Five Year Consolidated Plan presented by Senior Planner Michael Sklar. The Five Year Consolidated Plan is required by the United States Department of Housing & Urban Development so that Palm Beach County will continue to be eligible to receive funding under federal programs. This public meeting will also provide an opportunity to network with county agencies, OCR partners and other community leaders who strive to make a difference in their communities. For more info., contact Houston Tate at (561) 2335303 or

19th Annual Ford & Friends Meet Jan. 11

The Early Ford V-8 Club of Palm Beach Region 129 will return to the Brass Monkey Tavern (7781 Lake Worth Road) on Saturday, Jan. 11. The show runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and spectators receive free admission. The event is open to all flathead Ford, Lincoln and Mercury automobiles. Hot rods and race cars with flatheads are also permitted, along with Model T and Model

A cars. The pre-registration cost is $10 and must be received by Jan. 7. Registration on show day is open from 8 to 11 a.m. for $15. There is no charge for a second or third vehicle. Dashboard plaques will be awarded to contestants. The event will also feature a live DJ, barbecue and vendors. Flea market and vendor spaces (16 feet by 20 feet) are available for $20. Contestants are permitted to display for-sale signs on automobiles. For more information about the event, call Vern Lehto at (561) 267-5983.


On Thursday, Dec. 5, the Wildcat Dancers Dance Team, the RPB Dancers and the Elite Dance Team presented their winter performance, “Shut Up and Dance,” in the Royal Palm Beach High School auditorium. The show showcased the dancers’ technique and showmanship, which was taught to them by master teacher and choreographer Michele Blecher. Each dance routine was full of energy. Each dance section had the difficult task to dance the whole song with a prop, which the dancers mastered. The show’s culmination had the audience on their feet dancing as the dancers took to the aisles of the auditorium, pulling the audience members onto their feet, making the audience a part of the grand finale.

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Two Speakers Visit RPB Rotary Club Meeting

Wellington Building Official Jacek Tomasik and Senior Permitting Technician Juan Sanchez at the BOAPBC annual luncheon.

Wellington Building Staff Recognized With Award

The Building Officials Association of Palm Beach County (BOAPBC) recently recognized two Wellington Building Department officials with top honors during the 2019 BOAPBC annual luncheon. Building Official Jacek Tomasik received the 2019 Building Official of the Year award for demonstrating professional abilities recognized as an example for all members of the code enforcement profession and furthering the cause of safety in the built environment within his jurisdiction and state.

Senior Permitting Technician Juan Sanchez received the 2019 Permit Technician of the Year award for supporting, educating and promoting the importance of permit technicians in his community and statewide. “We are proud to celebrate the accomplishments of Mr. Tomasik and Mr. Sanchez,” Wellington’s Assistant Village Manager Jim Barnes said. “They are dedicated members of our staff, with an outstanding commitment to professionalism and public safety service.”

Dr. Jill Shutes Named VP At Alzheimer’s Community Care

Alzheimer’s Community Care has named Dr. Jill Shutes of Wellington as its new vice president of community care services. Prior to joining Alzheimer’s Community Care, Shutes worked as an assistant professor of nursing in the graduate nursing program at Palm Beach Atlantic University. Shutes has more than 20 years of experience as a geriatric nurse practitioner working mainly in long-term care, assisted living and skilled nursing facilities throughout South Florida. Originally from New Jersey, she holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Rutgers College of Nursing, a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and a doctoral degree in nursing practice from Florida Atlantic University. Shutes will continue teaching as adjunct faculty at Palm Beach Atlantic University, as well as continue to serve on the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty (NONPF) Special Interest

Dr. Jill Shutes Group Gerontology and serve as president of the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society Chi Phi Chapter. Celebrating 20 years of service, Alzheimer’s Community Care is the largest provider of community-based, dementia-specific services in Florida. The nonprofit organization serves 4,500 individuals in Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties.

The Rotary Club of Royal Palm Beach welcomed two outstanding and informative speakers to its Thursday, Dec. 5 meeting at the Pirate’s Well in Royal Palm Beach. The first speaker, Israel Gonzalez, is a retired master chief in the United States Navy who leads the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps program at Royal Palm Beach High School. Gonzalez was introduced by Rotary Past President Jeff Hmara, himself a retired career U.S. Army officer. Gonzalez, in the few years that he has headed the Navy JROTC at RPBHS, has grown the program to almost 200 cadets. The cadets learn naval science and leadership as part of their voluntary training program. The corps of cadets features an award-winning, all-female color guard that is winning plaudits all over the Sunshine State under the tutelage of Gonzalez. The JROTC program is open to all students wishing to participate. For those intending to attend college, the program enables students to apply for ROTC college scholarships. For those students who may be interested in the service academies, participation in the

Debra Tendrich of Eat Better Live Better speaks on childhood obesity. program gives an added edge in the highly competitive service academy appointment process. Any JROTC cadet who may be interested in enlisting in the armed forces after high school graduation could be entitled to enter one or two pay grades higher than other enlistees. Following his presentation, Gonzalez answered numerous

Israel Gonzalez receives a memento of his Rotary Club visit from Jeff Hmara. questions from the audience and ucation and healthy foods. was presented with a rememEat Better Live Better offers brance of his visit by Hmara. an eight-week nutrition program The morning’s second speaker that will provide a student with was Debra Tendrich of Welling- the foundation for a healthier life ton. She is the founder and CEO of through improved nutrition. A Eat Better Live Better, a nonprofit $26 tax deductible contribution with a mission to help prevent, will sponsor one student for the reverse and reduce childhood eight-week program. For more obesity and provide families and information about the program, communities with nutritional ed- call (561) 344-1022.

Oxbridge Academy Hosts Annual Golf Classic At The Breakers

Nearly 100 golfers took to the links at the Breakers Ocean Course for the Oxbridge Academy’s annual golf classic on Monday, Nov. 18. PGA Pro Brad Faxon hosted a short-game clinic for players to kick off the day. Faxon, whose daughter is a senior at Oxbridge, shared some of his secrets, skills and stories that helped him earn eight wins on the PGA Tour. The day culminated with a cocktail reception and awards ceremony on the front lawn. Players toasted their own game, along with the winning family foursome of Ralph, Josh, Greg and Ralph Sr. Della Pietra for first place net and first place gross winners of Joseph White, Bryce Newell, Brandon Grzandziel and Lester Hooker. Members of the Golf Classic Committee attending included co-chairs P.H. Horgan III and Matt Smith, Hampton Beebe, Michael Calkin, Dory Faxon, Justin Girard, Steven Green, Hunter Hallowell, Kevin Johnson, Rob Konrad, Sean Lang, Doug Luce and Rick Ofsanko.

PGA Pro Brad Faxon with the Oxbridge girls and boys varsity golf teams. The Oxbridge Academy boys and girls golf teams both recently made school history by winning the regional championships, and both teams clinched on the same day. Additionally, Oxbridge senior

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WLMS Hosts Perfect Score Celebration EMERALD COVE ARTISTS

Earning a perfect score on a Florida Standards Assessment or an end-of-course exam is a phenomenal achievement. On Nov. 19, Wellington Landings Middle School held a Perfect Score Celebration to recognize 46 students who achieved a perfect score on one or more of their state standardized tests last spring, with several students earning perfect scores on two or three tests.

Friends and family members attended the ceremony, and students were recognized and awarded certificates. The concert chorus, under the direction of Alayna Carver, performed at the ceremony. The school congratulates the following students on their outstanding achievements: Sixth graders: Merin Ajith, Donald Fennoy, Serena Amro Gazze, Jacob Guzik, Daniella

Iglesias, Ella Jiveh, Rayan Kha, Soha Khan, Eli Leblanc, Kirsten Maarsingh, Savannah Main, Melody Pratz, Everett Robertson and Sophia Stechschulte. Seventh graders: Grace Essery, Jordan Goldberg, Christopher Hoffman, Jasper Hu-Manning, Adrien Llorens, Kelli Martin and Garrett Mitchell. Eighth graders: Alexa Acosta, Nathaniel Boniforti, Sofia Brescia,


Jesse Brodtman, Landon Clements, Mia Cyril, Omar Castillo, Caleb DaSilva, Nicolas DeObaldia, Lorena Del Collado, Sophia Diconza, Jennifer Gormley, Andrew Hynes, Scott Kairalla, Mason Laible, Jaden Mendiondo-Barrio, Isel Neira, Ammar Qasem, Chloe Rabin, Courtney Reid, Hayden Ryan, Isabella Sanchez, Bethany Smith, Tobias Smith and Hannah Teebagy.

Forty-six Wellington Landings students achieved perfect scores on one or more of their state standardized tests last year.


The School District of Palm Beach County gives schools an opportunity to exhibit student-created artwork each year, including at the “Art Dazzle” Fall K-12 Art Exhibit. Jennifer Ryan Trammell, an eighth-grade student who attends Emerald Cove Middle School, is pictured here accepting an award certificate from her art teacher Kimberley Kovacs. Trammell is one of 14 student artists whose exceptional masterpieces were selected to be placed on display. Many Emerald Cove artists will be entering their work in this year’s Scholastic Art Competition with hopes to be further recognized for their accomplishments.

The Palm Beach Central High School Athletics Department recently partnered with the school’s Literacy Team to send Bronco athletes to Discovery Key Elementary School to read to kindergarten students through second graders. To date, four varsity athletes — Khadeem Chronicle, Anarjahe Douriet, Colby Gullo and Jayda Coicou — chose a book from their childhood to share with the elementary school students. The athletes were questioned, hugged and were even asked to “autograph” a class set of papers.



The Palm Beach Central High School Bronco Band finished its season at the Florida Marching Band Championships on Nov. 23. The Bronco Band earned its 10th finals appearance in school history and the fourth in a row. In the finals, the band gave one of its best performances of the year, earning the silver medal and finished as the state runner-up. The school congratulations the band and its director, James Yaques.

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The Wellington Seniors Club held its annual dinner dance on Friday, Dec. 6 at Mayacoo Lakes Country Club. Several lucky seniors won gift cards as tickets were drawn throughout the evening. Lu White & Friends played oldies music as the seniors danced the night away. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Bob and Janice Downs, Patrick and Marian Stone, Bob Nappi, Sherie Scalzitti, and Alina and Ramon Silvacoll.

Flora and Irwin Mautner with Elaine and Eric Stoller.

Judi and Bob Jennings with Mario and Violetta Loaiza.

Dr. Wes and Barbara Boughner.

Carmen and Jose Ortiz (seated) with Mayra and Richard Hart.

Marian and Patrick Stone on the dance floor.

Anne and Vin Giuliano with Jerry and Audrey Freedman.

Mary Rowe, Fran Langley, Eileen Dix and Marie Coleman.

Wellington Seniors Club executive board members Ramon Silvacoll, Robert Nappi, Frank Anderson, Mae Loglisi, Eileen Kuhnel, Stephanie Parreco, Marie Coleman and Cecilia Torrisi.

Maureen Katz, Susan Elpant, Elaine Stoller, Anne Giuliano and Flora Mautner.

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Royal Palm Beach Winter Fest took place on Saturday, Dec. 7 at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park. Local community schools, choirs, bands and dancers performed live, while kids enjoyed a fun zone with a petting zoo, pony rides and more. After the tree lighting, attendees enjoyed fireworks and Santa heard kids’ wishes and posed for photos. There was also a gingerbread house decorating contest during the full day of free family fun. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

The Santa crew with members of the Royal Palm Beach Village Council.

Santa and his helpers join Mayor Fred Pinto, Councilman Richard Valuntas, Councilman Jeff Hmara and Councilwoman Selena Samios on stage as fireworks are set off overhead.

U.S. Congressman Brian Mast visits with pony Max.

Groovolution’s Emily Budrys performs.

The Victorian Voices of South Florida on stage.

Royal Palm Beach Mayor Fred Pinto with Donielle and Annie Pinto.

Liliana Jach enjoys ice skating.

Annie Pinto mails a letter to Santa in the mailbox built by Carolyn Hmara. Gingerbread house contestants Hailey Georgic, Emily Bartimore, Cayden Rotella and Clare Bartimore.

Bethany Bryant, Natalia Rodriguez, Brielle Farina and Neriah Bennett of Tiny Tots do butterfly stretches.

Zlata Zyrianova and Emilia Arthur with Frozen characters.

Ruthann Kravetz and Mary Ellen Paulton look over gingerbread houses.

Coral and Serenity Recchio, Christopher Carmichael and Lou Recchio with Simba.

Edwin Lugo and Cole Estevez of Boy Scouts Troop 111 walk around with snacks and water for sale at the event.

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Using Up My Old Postcards Proved To Be A Difficult Challenge

My love affair with the U.S. Postal Service is well-known. I have stood up for it against its many detractors for decades, staunchly defending it with, “Well, I’d like to see you take a letter from Florida to Alaska, and then back again because the address is wrong — all for less than 60 cents!” These detractors always come up with crabby responses. “I wouldn’t,” they answer as they go about a far more efficient (and way more expensive) service. Still, a letter to Alaska is not what currently has me irked with my longtime friends in the mail business. What has me annoyed is a small stack of blank postcards. Because I have sweet people who like to drop me a line now and then,

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The Sonic BOOMER I benevolently thought, “Why not toss a few of these in with their Christmas gifts? Then they don’t have to pay for postage just to ask how I am.” Of course, I am not so out of the loop that I would expect the postage to be the same as it was when the postcards were first purchased. And I didn’t want to task

these sweet people with going to the post office to update the postage. I had to do it for them. I walked into my local post office and asked, “How much does a penny postal go for these days?” The mail clerk asked, “What’s a penny postal?” “Oh,” I laughed. “Sorry. That’s what my grandma used to call a postcard.” “A postcard costs 35 cents to mail.” “Well, I have 72 marked three cents; 11 marked four cents; one marked six cents; and five marked 10 cents. I also have some one-cent and three-cent stamps I’d like to use up, so-o-o-o...” “You have to buy stamps by the sheet.” “But then I’ll end up with oddball

amounts like I have now,” I complained. She shrugged. “OK, well, starting with the four-cent postcards, I’ll need 11 30-cent stamps to round out my one-cent stamps.” “We don’t have 30-cent stamps. I can give you six five-cent stamps.” “Per card? They’ll never fit!” I complained. She shrugged. The people behind me were shifting from foot to foot and making little coughing sounds. “OK, never mind. Just give me 99 35-cent stamps, and I’ll paste them over the postage printed on the card which, incidentally, was already paid for.” “Maybe back in 1902,” she shrugged. The people behind me laughed out

loud. I guess 1902 money is extinct now. In fact, if you find a dollar marked “silver certificate,” you may as well crumple it up and throw it away. “Anyway,” she added. “I don’t have 35-cent stamps. Only 55-cent stamps.” “But then they may as well send me a letter!” I complained. She shrugged, adding, “Besides, postage rates may be going up soon.” “’When?” I asked. She shrugged. I’ve got a good idea on how to save the U.S. Postal Service. Forget trying to make money on stamps and postcards and things. Instead, charge by the shrug! Anyway, I looked it up. First class mail rates are not projected to go up in 2020.

Our Fast-Changing Times Bring Many Changes To Movie Styles

Things change very fast nowadays, and movies often date themselves because of their themes. I was thinking about this when I watched the Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks romantic comedy You’ve Got Mail this past week. For those of you who are not movie lovers, this was a remake of a movie from the late 1930s called Little Shop Around the Corner, which itself was based on a play called Parfumerie. In the old movie, a pair of workers in a ritzy gift store in Eastern Europe (perfume store in the play) who do not care for each other both get involved in a lonely heart’s club, where they send anonymous letters to others in hopes of creating relationships that go deep enough that they actually meet. And, of course, the two workers fall in love through their letters, not knowing that the folks they are falling in love with are the fellow workers they do not like.

‘I’ On CULTURE By Leonard Wechsler Eventually, of course, things worked out. But there were so many things that changed since before World War II that the 1990s movie could no longer be realistic that way. For example, in the old days, a letter sent in the morning might well get to the recipient later that day in a big city. They actually had more than one delivery a day (whether that was because they were abusing the mail carriers or not is not for me to say). By the 1990s, most of

us felt lucky if we got a letter within the same city within a day or so. Talk about slowing down romance! And few of us wrote letters anymore. On top of that, high-end gift stores or perfume stores were disappearing. So, a new format had to be created, and what else but the new (at that time) system of e-mail? You could still be anonymous with your identity, and the mail would be delivered more or less instantly. There was even the special thrill, if you used AOL, where you would hear a voice announce, “You’ve Got Mail.” And since the gift stores were out, book stores could be in, and what better way to represent the times than to have the man’s big chain bookstore destroying the intimate, sweet neighborhood children’s book store of the woman? And times changed again. We are inundated with e-mails and other messages.

There are no thrills when a message comes in. I get more than a hundred e-mails a day, and only a handful are from actual people I know. All it takes is one online purchase, and the e-mails are forever. Things got so bad years ago that the cute little voice was cut off. Of course, in some ways it lives on through the assorted tones we get for text messages when they arrive. And for those of my generation, writing long missives about my feelings is far easier on a computer keyboard than on my small phone. Of course, these days more messages are on phones, and that ruins a real lot of the messaging. Not to mention, those big barracuda book stores that wiped out most of the little ones in the You’ve Got Mail have mostly gone by the wayside, as they were swallowed up by the great white whale named, not Moby Dick, but Amazon.

One could argue that those changes were after all rather minor. The key thing is that love is still the same, even in the movies, but that isn’t quite true either. Back in the first movie, girls who might actually be intimate with a suitor before marriage were considered “bad girls.” Even if they seemed sweet, they were not role models. By the time of the second movie, both of the potential lovers were living with others when the film started. And who cared? And if there’s another remake, who knows what the gimmick will be? Of course, the love part could really be different. In a couple of years, I expect a film that plays on gender identity issues. Perhaps one will be transgendered, but that bit of personal history never gets mentioned early on. Call me old-fashioned, but I think I enjoy the old-time movies more.


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Dr. LaTanya McNeal Appointed To Health Care District’s Hospital Advisory Board

Dr. LaTanya L. McNeal, executive dean of Palm Beach State College’s Belle Glade campus, was recently appointed to the Lakeside Health Advisory Board, the Health Care District of Palm Beach County’s hospital advisory board. The board advises the Health Care District Board of Commissioners on issues related to the overall health and wellness of Glades residents, visitors and underserved members of the community. McNeal fills the seat vacated by Dr. Maria Vallejo, who retired in March as vice president for growth and expansion and provost of Palm Beach State College’s Belle Glade and Loxahatchee Groves campuses. “I am honored to serve on the Lakeside Health Advisory Board to help support Lakeside Medical Center as the heart of healthcare in the Glades,” McNeal said. “This teaching hospital is a vital component of the healthcare safety net,

and I look forward to working with the board to help meet the healthcare needs of our community.” McNeal is an educator with 23 years of experience in secondary and post-secondary education. Prior to her recent promotion to executive dean, she served as assistant dean of student services. McNeal is the chair of the Glades Area Advisory Board for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County, serves as an AdvanceED External Review school accreditation team member for the State of Florida and is a member of the Lake Okeechobee Regional Economic Alliance. She also serves on the Glades Career Readiness Roundtable, the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center Advisory Board and the Pahokee Rotary. “We are pleased to welcome Dr. McNeal as a member of the Lakeside Health Advisory Board,” Health Care District CEO Darcy J. Davis said. “Her leadership in the rural western communities will

be an asset to our hospital and the patients we serve.” McNeal obtained her bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences and master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of North Florida. In 2018, she obtained her doctoral degree in higher education and organizational leadership from Nova Southeastern University. “We are thrilled to have Dr. McNeal join the Lakeside Health Advisory Board,” Executive Director Janet D. Moreland said. “She brings an extensive background in education and a wealth of experience and service in the Glades community.” The members of the Lakeside Health Advisory Board also include Chair Rev. Robert Rease, Vice Chair Dr. Alina M. Alonso, Secretary Mary Weeks, Julia Hale, Inger Harvey, Eddie Rhodes and Carolyn W. Jones. Lakeside Medical Center is a 70-bed, acute care, teaching

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Michelle McGovern Joins President’s Circle At Wellington Chamber

The Wellington Chamber of Commerce recently announced the appointment of Michelle McGovern to the President’s Circle. Michelle Oyola McGovern serves as director of government and community relations for Baptist Health South Florida, South Florida’s largest nonprofit healthcare system. Prior to joining Baptist Health South Florida in 2019, she was an 18-year employee in the office of U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson where she served as state director. McGovern is a past president of the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches, past president of SunFest and a founding member of West Palm 100. In addition to being a proud member of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, she currently serves on the board of trustees for the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches.

Michelle Oyola McGovern McGovern is a Florida native and graduate of Florida Atlantic University. She and her husband, Wellington Councilman John McGovern, have two daughters, Emilia and Victoria.

Herman Law Announces Inaugural Second Chance Scholarship Winner

Wellington attorney Ron Herman, managing partner of Herman Law P.A., recently announced that Kahleel Foster has been chosen as the winner of the 2019 Herman Law inaugural Second Chance Scholarship. The Second Chance Scholarship provides assistance to a deserving college student who is a convicted felon or a child of a convicted felon and who overcame personal obstacles in the pursuit of a college education. While millions of students have access to federal loans and grants each year, individuals with a crim-

inal record may be ineligible for such financial aid. The best way to reduce recidivism is to educate inmates so that they are better able to reintegrate into society, Herman explained. In addition, beyond the incarcerated person, entire families and communities suffer. “Education is the cornerstone of criminal justice reform, and we are excited to give a deserving student a second chance,” he added. Herman Law P.A. thanks Rock Legal, which joined as a sponsor of the scholarship. Foster wrote the winning essay,

detailing his background. “My mother was a teen mom, she got pregnant when she was 16. My father has been in and out of prison since I was three years old. On paper, the odds were stacked against me, but I was blessed to have a strong mother who would not let statistics dictate our future,” Foster wrote. After college, Foster would like to help others. “I would like to create a business that ensures that ex-offenders after release have a support system to help them get back on their feet,” he wrote. The $700 scholarship award can

be applied to any school-related costs. Herman Law P.A. is an established West Palm Beach white collar criminal defense firm. Herman defends complex cases, with experience representing companies and professionals fighting government investigations. With litigation experience spanning two decades, Herman has handled more than 150 jury trials during his esteemed career. For more info., visit (Right) Second Chance Scholarship winner Kahleel Foster.

Wellington Green Poll Finds 47 Percent Start Holiday Shopping After Thanksgiving

According to the Mall at Wellington Green’s holiday poll, 48 percent of area shoppers got a jump on holiday gifts this year by either shopping year-round or starting their search in October or November, while 47 percent planned to start their holiday shopping after Thanksgiving, and just 5 percent will wait until the last minute. The poll, which surveyed 266 individuals in the Palm Beach

area, also found that area shoppers are self-sufficient, with more than 65 percent saying they like to wrap their own presents, while 18 percent would like someone else to do it, 8 percent would donate to a charity to wrap and 9 percent plan to use gift bags. To fit this demand, the Mall at Wellington Green is offering a free do-it-yourself gift wrap station across from the Ice Palace in the Grand Court, complete

with wrapping paper, ribbons and bows. More than 60 percent of survey respondents said going to the mall was a preferred way to shop because they can touch and feel items and instantly have them in-hand, while about 33 percent said they enjoy going to the mall for time with family and friends. The survey also found that sugar cookies rule, with 54 percent of respondents choosing it as their

favorite cookie, followed by only 22 percent rooting for the “holiday classic” gingerbread. In addition, the poll reports that stumped shoppers should focus on fun or electronics, with 34 percent of respondents choosing experiences as the hottest gift, followed by 32 percent who chose electronics and 22 percent who would prefer self-care items. “It was so fun to do this poll and get a feel for what our community

enjoys throughout the holiday season,” said Rachelle Crain, marketing director at the Mall at Wellington Green. “The Mall at Wellington Green definitely has what our shoppers are looking for this season, and we’re excited to offer amazing holiday events like our annual visits with Santa and holiday dance and music performances, along with our free DIY gift wrapping station, which truly make our center a one-stop

destination this season.” The Mall at Wellington Green is located at 10300 W. Forest Hill Blvd. at the intersection of Forest Hill Blvd. and State Road 7 in Wellington. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Restaurant, theater, department store and holiday hours may vary. For more information, visit

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continued from page 1 with a master sign plan,” Zacarias said. “That master sign plan will include the monument sign, a wall sign and directional signs. The applicant has two choices. Choice number one is to provide the signs all at once at these meetings. Choice number two is to come back later with a master sign plan, so the applicant decided to come back later.” Zacarias added that the applica-


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continued from page 1 staff made sure that everything is consistent with Wellington’s comprehensive plan. Vice Mayor Michael Napoleone congratulated the staff on the years-long effort. “You took 1,200 pages down to 300 pages. That is a herculean task. You guys and your team have rewritten the entire code. Thank you for now and the future,” he said. McGovern agreed, calling it “an historic task.” “In 2015, this council, this team, said this could be done better,” he said, explaining that the village

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NEWS tion meets all code requirements for landscaping, drainage and traffic. Donaldson Hearing, representing the applicant, said this will be Christ Fellowship’s 11th campus. The plat, which is a permitted use under Westlake’s code, was approved at the council’s Nov. 5 meeting. The sanctuary will have 800 seats and cover 11.3 percent of the total acreage. “The closest campus is the Royal Palm [Beach] campus, which was built in an old Target store at [State Road 7] and Southern Blvd.,” he said. “This campus will provide some relief for the Royal Palm campus, as well as serve

the residents of Westlake and the surrounding areas.” The project’s roadways and pedestrian pathways will be coordinated with the ISTF facility that will surround the church on three sides, as well as walkways on Seminole Pratt Whitney Road to the west. Hearing said that construction will begin as soon as a permit is submitted before the end of the year and will be completed in time for Christmas 2020. Vice Mayor Katrina Long-Robinson made a motion to approve the application, which carried 5-0. The council also approved a site plan for the initial phases of the adjacent ISTF project. The council approved the mas-

ter site plan in October, which is in several phases, including seven soccer fields, parking, storage, cafeterias, training areas, an observation building, a covered field, medical and professional offices, dormitories, a performing arts center, and an elementary, middle and high school. Landscaping is included for each parcel. Hearing said all the uses for the ISTF are permitted under Westlake’s land development code. “On Oct. 28, you approved the Phase 1A site plan, which is now well into the permitting process, as well as the plat for the 91-acre overall parcel,” he said. “Tonight, we’re asking for site plan approval, so we’re just implementing those

things that were shown on the master plan, consistent with the requirements of your code, on three of the parcels: Parcel 1, which will be a 24,400-square-foot office and medical facility; Parcel 2, which will be a 500-student lower school; and Parcel 5, which will be an 800-student upper school, together with dormitories and a commons building.” Hearing added that additional dormitories are planned for the future. The office and medical facility design uses an energy-efficient international style that will integrate into the second phase, with access from Ilex Way with a covered drop-off area and pedestrian access to the west, as well as

connections to the lower school. The 500-student lower school will include play and training areas. The upper school will include dormitories and a physical plant that will serve both the upper and lower schools. “We built a small bus loop in the front at the main entrance, so it is secure, one point of entrance to the school and dormitories, or what we refer to as the residential village,” Hearing said. “We also have an activity center for anybody who is housed there, where they can have some indoor recreation, as well as a pool outside.” Councilwoman Kara Crump made a motion to approve the site plan, which carried 5-0.

then had a reputation as a hard place to do business, with regulations that were unclear, inconsistent and hard to follow. McGovern said that the council could be judged by this as a potential signature accomplishment. Councilwoman Tanya Siskind summed it up pointing to the existing volume in an oversized binder and the comparatively thin copy of the rewrite. “The visual says it all,” she said. In other business: • The first of two annual measures was to update the comprehensive plan for the capital improvements for the next five years and also update the school district’s capital improvements with figures supplied by it. Schofield explained that the council is statutorily required to transmit the budget to the state. “This is simply

a reporting item,” he said. • The second perennial was never intended to be an annual item, but the Equestrian Village site — home of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival — currently operates on a seasonal permit that must be approved each year until required upgrades to Pierson Road have been made. Once the upgrades are made, the site will have a permanent permit. However, the roadwork — at one time projected to be a $1 million improvement expenditure — has been delayed for various reasons since 2012. Florida law allows that anytime an emergency is declared by the governor’s office for a specific area, the owner of a property can request an automatic development order extension simply by notifying the village.

Due to on-going litigation over the site, this opportunity has been invoked every year for the past seven, as the governor’s office has protected citizens from hurricane damage that potentially threatened the area. “The village was never a party in this litigation,” said Village Attorney Laurie Cohen, adding, “This is perfectly legal and is their right.” It is a case of the village having a golden goose that lays golden eggs but hasn’t cleaned up after itself like it agreed to. Engineer Michael Sexton, representing owner Wellington Equestrian Partners and Managing Partner Mark Bellissimo, assured the council that this should be the final extension. “My understanding is that all of the appeals have been exhausted and the time to go to the supreme

court has passed,” he said referring to the ongoing litigation. “It’s finally over,” McGovern verified. “This [ruling] is a final decision,” Cohen agreed. McGovern asked if hurricanes Irma or Dorian had caused a delay. “Did the opioid epidemic cause a delay?” he asked, noting another of the governor’s declared Palm Beach County emergencies. Sexton said they had not. “On behalf of the residents, I want to say that there is a difference between what you are allowed to do and what you should do,” McGovern said. “I am deeply hopeful that we will not need to have this discussion again next year.” “There are drainage issues with that area as well,” Mayor Anne Gerwig added. Schofield explained that the

village’s plan is to add a turning lane to Pierson Road and South Shore Blvd. with culverts to improve drainage, and that the owner would pay the cost estimate of their requirements, and the village would handle the project under a single contract. With renewed optimism, the council approved the application under the same conditions as previously. On the application, there are two less dates in December, and it was noted that there have been no complaints from the public. “We all realize this is going to be a team effort,” said Gerwig, who advised residents not to expect miracles. “I don’t want anyone to think that event traffic will receive a huge relief. I don’t want them to think there is a panacea in this action.” “It will help,” McGovern added.

COMMUNITY CALENDAR Saturday, Dec. 14 • The West Palm Beach Boat Show will continue at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center on Saturday, Dec. 14 and Sunday, Dec. 15. For more information, visit • Buckler’s Craft Fair will be at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center on Saturday, Dec. 14 and Sunday, Dec. 15. For more info., visit • The 29th annual Children’s Holiday Fishing Classic will be held Saturday, Dec. 14 at Village Park (11700 Pierson Road) for ages 15 and younger. Registration opens at 8 a.m. with the tournament from 9 to 11 a.m., followed by awards. Register in advance at the Wellington Community Center or Village Park. Participants are encouraged to bring their own fishing rod. A limited supply of rods will be available to use for those who don’t have their own. Bait will be provided. Visit for more info. • Audubon Everglades will hold a guided bird walk at the Wakodahatchee Wetlands (13026 Jog Road, Delray Beach) on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 8 to 10 a.m. Visit www. for more info. • The Kids Cancer Foundation will host its 12th annual Breakfast With Santa on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the South Florida Fairgrounds. RSVP to Nicole at (561) 236-1110 or nicole@ • The Royal Palm Beach Green Market & Bazaar is held on Saturdays at the Village Hall campus (1050 Royal Palm Beach Blvd.) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more info., visit • The South Florida Science Center & Aquarium will host its fourth annual Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. This event embraces the spirit of the do-it-yourself movement and features local and regional makers sharing emerging tech, hobbies and experiments across a variety of categories. Those interested should sign up by visiting https:// For more information, call (561) 832-1988 or visit www. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Gentle Yoga & Meditation on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 10:30 a.m. Relax and exercise with certified yoga instructor Dr. Maruti Ram Gudavalli. Bring water, a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host a Sewing Lab for ages 15 and up on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. Bring your current project, work on a pattern or practice sewing using one of the library’s sewing machines. Basic materials will be provided. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register.

• The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host a Jane Austen Birthday Party for ages 16 and up on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. Jane Austen games and movies must be enjoyed with tea and good company. Join in this birthday celebration. Refreshments will be provided. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host a Holiday Storytime with local author Laura Boldin-Fournier for children 10 and under on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 3 p.m. Boldin-Fournier will read Orangutan’s Night Before Christmas and sign purchased copies of her book. Learn how books are published, and participate in a raffle and a craft. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • Wellington’s annual holiday boat parade Light Up The Lake will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14 on Lake Wellington, visible from the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Boats will launch from Meadowland Cove at 6:20 p.m. and are expected to pass behind the Wellington Community Center around 6:25 p.m. Contact Jack Brownson at for more info. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a free Fleetwood Mac Holiday Tribute concert by Dreams: Crystal Visions of Fleetwood Mac on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. For more info., visit • The Choral Society of the Palm Beaches will host “Voices in Celebration: A Holiday to Remember” on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 15 at 4 p.m. at the Osher Lifelong Learning Auditorium at Florida Atlantic University’s Jupiter Campus (5353 Parkside Drive, Jupiter). For more info., visit or call (561) 626-9997. Sunday, Dec. 15 • The eighth annual Wellington Jingle Bell 5K Run will be held Sunday, Dec. 15 at Village Park (11700 Pierson Road) starting at 7 a.m. Participants are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy for the Hometown Holiday Toy Drive. All participants will be provided with jingle bells to wear prior to the start of the race. For more details, and registration information, view the event’s Facebook page or visit • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Paper Globes for ages 16 and up on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 1 p.m. Create unique triskele paper globes to decorate your home or use as a gift. Materials will be provided. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • DiVinyl Intervention: A Classic Rock Benefit for the Bahamas will be held Sunday, Dec. 15 from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater. For more info., e-mail or visit www. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Trivia Contest for adults on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 2:30 p.m. Teams will answer trivia questions and compete to win prizes. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Robert Sharon Chorale will host its holiday concert on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. at the DeSantis Family Chapel (300 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach). For tickets, visit or call (561) MUSIC-45. Monday, Dec. 16 • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will present Orchester Wien: The Vienna Academy Orchestra with conductor and organist Martin Haselböck and soprano Robin Johannsen on Monday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. Visit for more information. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Jazz Is Love: No Bullying Workshop for grades K through 4 on Monday, Dec. 16 at 4 p.m. Go on a musical journey with a special guest. Learn how life can be about respect, acceptance and togetherness. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host The Coloring Club: Winter for ages 13 and up on Monday, Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. Color for fun and relaxation with other coloring enthusiasts. Coloring pages and materials will be provided or bring your own to work on. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. Tuesday, Dec. 17 • Toy donations will be accepted through Tuesday, Dec. 17 for Wellington’s Hometown Holiday Toy Drive in partnership with the Wellington Interfaith Council and Baptist Health South Florida. Residents should drop off new, unwrapped toys at the Wellington Municipal Complex (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.), Village Park (11700 Pierson Road), the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.), the Community Services Office (1092 Wellington Trace), the Lake Wellington Professional Centre (12133 Ken Adams Way), and Schaefer Drugs and Ultima Fitness in the Wellington Plaza. Residents needing assistance can register by calling Community Services at (561) 791-4796 or their local house of worship. All requests must be made prior to Tuesday, Dec. 16. For more info., call Program Coordinator Kyle Ostroff at (561) 791-4764. • The Senior Referral Program of Royal Palm Beach will staff an information desk to help seniors and their caregivers identify and access services for their special needs on Tuesday, Dec. 17 and Thursday, Dec. 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center (100 Sweet Bay Lane). No appointment is needed for this free service; just stop by the desk. For more info.,

call (561) 790-5188. People interested in volunteering are also encouraged to stop by. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host RPB Kids Coloring Club: Winter Wonderland for ages 2 and up on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 4 p.m. Enjoy a relaxing hour of coloring. Color snowmen, penguins, snowflakes and more. All materials will be provided. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Teen Trivia for ages 12 and up on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. Show off your knowledge of topics from cartoons to Cleopatra and fandoms to physics. Team up with friends and battle for bragging rights and prizes. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 681-4100 for more info. Wednesday, Dec. 18 • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will present My Life On A Diet starring Renée Taylor from Wednesday, Dec. 18 through Sunday, Dec. 22. Visit www.kravis. com for more info. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will present Ann Hampton Callaway: The Linda Ronstadt Songbook on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Visit www. for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Book Discussion: A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum for adults on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Book Arts for ages 16 and up on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. Learn the basics of book origami to transform your old books into works of art. Materials will be provided. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Teen Takeover for ages 12 to 17 on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. Enjoy Wii games, board games and more. Bring a friend and make new ones. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • Shulamit Hadassah will host its 15th annual Chanukah party on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. For more info., call (518) 209-7215 or e-mail Thursday, Dec. 19 • Audubon Everglades will hold a bird trip to T.M. Goodwin/Broadmoor Unit in Fellsmere on Thursday, Dec. 19 in an all-day guided birding trip to a wetland restoration project in the upper St. Johns River Basin. Advanced registration is required at www. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Five Little Senses Baby Sensory Play for ages 3 to 18 months on Thursday, Dec. 19 at 10 a.m. Stimulate your little one’s senses and encourage them to explore with various sensory playtime activities. All abilities are welcome. Dress to get


messy. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Career Transitions on Thursday, Dec. 19 at 2 p.m. Learn about an online guidance center that helps you to browse career paths, build a résumé, create a cover letter and practice with interview simulations. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host STEAM: Paper Plate Hovercraft for ages 5 to 12 on Thursday, Dec. 19 at 3 p.m. Use your science and engineering skills to create a hovercraft. Call (561) 7906070 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Let It Snow for ages 5 to 9 on Thursday, Dec. 19 at 3 p.m. Get in the winter spirit and celebrate the fun of snow. Play with “snow” in the library and make a fun snow craft. Call (561) 681-4100 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host a Tween/Teen Kahoot Trivia Challenge for ages 11 to 17 on Thursday, Dec. 19 at 4:30 p.m. Show how much you know about Hamilton, Stranger Things and other fandoms by answering trivia using your own mobile device or a library laptop. Refreshments will be provided. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a free classic rock concert by Viva with food trucks on Thursday, Dec. 19 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Call (561) 7532484 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Book Chat: The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris on Thursday, Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. Copies are available. Refreshments will be provided. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach Village Council will meet on Thursday, Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at Royal Palm Beach Village Hall. Visit www. for more info. Friday, Dec. 20 • The Village of Wellington will offer an AARP Smart Driving Course for ages 50 and up on Friday, Dec. 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Panther Room of the Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 791-4796 for more info. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will present The Isley Brothers: You Wanna Make Me Shout 60th Anniversary Tour on Friday, Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. Visit www.kravis. com for more info. Saturday, Dec. 21 • Enjoy a Classic Christmas in Yesteryear Village at the South Florida Fairgrounds on Saturday, Dec. 21 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with visits from Santa Claus at 12:30 and 5 p.m., Christmas carols and Christmas crafts. Historic buildings will be decorated indicative of the time portrayed in Yesteryear Village. For more info., visit



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Wolverine Basketball Boys Defeat Visiting Sem Ridge 71-51

By Gene Nardi Town-Crier Staff Report On Friday, Dec. 6, the Wellington High School boys varsity basketball team hosted Seminole Ridge High School and held onto the lead throughout, defeating the Hawks 71-51. With the win, Wellington maintained a 4-0 record early in the season. The Wolverines played a near complete game, rotating players through the contest. “We had built a big lead, and that was a good opportunity to play other players who work really hard in practice but don’t necessarily get a lot of playing time,” Welling-

ton coach Matt Colin explained. “It also helps to evaluate those guys in live action.” The Wolverines opened up quickly, pushing into double digits on the scoreboard to lead the Hawks 15-3 midpoint in the first period. At the sound of the buzzer ending the first period, Wellington commanded a 26-6 advantage. The Wellington defense held the Hawks to a single digit most of the first half of play. Seminole Ridge rallied late in the half to close the margin to 39-12 before the half ended. Wellington was able to consistently maintain close to a 20-point

lead for the balance, closing out the third period 56-28, with the coaching staff rotating players continuously through the second half as well. The Hawks fired back, despite turning the ball over early on, and closed in 62-38 well into the final period. The Hawks at one point got as close as 16 points to the Wellington lead, but it was the Wolverines that secured the 71-51 victory. Wellington was too strong for the Hawk defense, with every Wolverine player scoring at some point in the game. “We’re very happy for our team and the players that every single

player on our team scored in the game,” Colin said. “I thought our press, which we just recently started to work on, worked very well, causing a lot of turnovers or quick shots. We still need to work on transition offense and making good decisions.” Nick Green led the Wolverine scoring with 17. Leonty Frazier and Marvel Allen each totaled seven points. The Hawks did outscore Wellington in the final period 23-15, and Tylar Cerez led the Hawks with 15 points. Connor Kolb and Delkis Adams each had two three-point baskets for Seminole Ridge.

Wellington’s Keon Kinared tries to power through the Hawk defense but is held up by Tylar Cerez.


Wellington’s Nick Green splits the Hawk defense and leaps to the board.

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Leonty Frazier goes up for a basket for the Wolverines.


The Wellington Youth Lacrosse Association — known as the Wellington Wolfpack — held a well-attended workshop for kids of all skill levels at Village Park on Friday, Dec. 6. Participants did not need equipment, and they were also treated to pizza and Kona Ice after working hard. More than 60 children ranging in age from five to 14 had the chance to brush-up on their skills or try out lacrosse as a new sport. For more information, or to register for the upcoming lacrosse season, visit or call (561) 899-WLAX (9529). PHOTOS BY CALLIE SHARKEY/TOWN-CRIER

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The Wellington Wrestling team finished in second place at a 30team tournament held at Hialeah Gardens High School last weekend. Leading the way was 145-pound senior Lukas Forehand, who was the team’s only individual champion. Shown above are Elijah Green, coach Mike Shaughnessy, Jorge Garcia, coach Travis Gray, Noah Buswell, Juan Quintero, Lukas Forehand, Preston Morrow, Jesse Weinberg, Patrick Jones, Aaron Sandlofer, Ethan Howard, Mason Powell, Ryan King, Seth Rhodes, James Marvel, Cameron Howard, coach Adam Ferrara and Justin Henry.

On Nov. 15, Wellington High School soccer player Joseph Pinto signed to play as a goalkeeper at Thomas University. Pinto was scouted through travel soccer. He has been playing since he was four years old. Shown above with Pinto (seated) is coach Chris Carrera, brother Nicholas Pinto, and parents Barbara and Bill Pinto.

Seminole Ridge High School student Eric Weiss recently signed a scholarship to play baseball at Fayetteville Tech in North Carolina. Weiss, a pitcher and third baseman for the Hawks, was all-conference for the Seminole Ridge in 2019 as a junior. Shown above is coach Aaron Navarro, Weiss, head coach Trent Pendergast and Principal Dr. James Campbell.


More than 300 runners participated in the annual Santas on the Run 5K and Reindeer Dash 1K on Saturday, Dec. 7 at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park. The Chick-fil-A Cow was also in attendance, dressed as Santa. The event raises money and awareness for Dogs to the ResPHOTOS BY CALLIE SHARKEY/TOWN-CRIER cue, which provides assistance offsetting the costs of training therapy dogs for first responders.

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