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HOLIDAY PARADE IN WELLINGTON

The Loxahatchee Groves Town Council and the Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District Board of Supervisors are finalizing plans for a Saturday, Jan. 14 joint meeting from 9 a.m. to noon at Loxahatchee Groves Elementary School. Page 3

RPBHS Christmas Tree Sale Through Dec. 22

The Royal Palm Beach High School Student Council is selling Christmas trees now through Dec. 22. The money will be used for student council activities, teacher appreciation and school improvements. Page 9

The 28th annual Western Communities Holiday Parade, presented by the Palms West Chamber of Commerce, made its way along Forest Hill Blvd. on Sunday, Dec. 11. The event kicked off with the Holiday Mile race, followed by parade entries. Shown here are the Solid Gold Twirlers, who won first place in the Performing Group category. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 5 PHOTO BY LAUREN MIRÓ/TOWN-CRIER

Back To Bethlehem At Community Of Hope

Community of Hope Church in Loxahatchee Groves is featuring “Back to Bethlehem.” The event gives people the opportunity to walk through a replica of the ancient city and experience what life was like when Jesus was born. Page 12

Binks Forest Event Benefits Michael Ryan

More than 200 friends, coworkers, vendors and family were at the Binks Forest Golf Club last week for the We Are Family Golf Challenge. The Dec. 9 event raised more than $20,000 to benefit the club’s assistant golf professional, Mike Ryan, and his family. Ryan’s 21-year-old son, Michael, requires 24-hour attention to contend with medical problems. Page 13

OPINION Score One For RPB, But More Is Needed

Royal Palm Beach scored an economic win this week as it was announced the village will be home to a distribution center for grocery retailer Aldi. That is a huge deal, and one that will pay off greatly, adding 100 immediate construction jobs with more permanent jobs to follow once the facility is operational. However, it is only the start of the economic development that our area needs. Page 4 DEPARTMENT INDEX NEWS ............................. 3 - 13 OPINION ................................ 4 CRIME NEWS ........................ 6 NEWS BRIEFS .......................8 SCHOOLS .....................14 - 15 PEOPLE........................ 16 - 17 COLUMNS .................... 25 - 27 BUSINESS ...................29 - 31 ENTERTAINMENT ................32 SPORTS .......................37 - 39 CALENDAR...................40 - 41 CLASSIFIEDS ...............42 - 46 Visit Us On The Web At WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM

Several Council Hopefuls Eye Available Wellington Seat By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report There will be a vacancy on the Wellington Village Council in March, and a number of candidates have come forward to seek the job. Seat 1, currently held by termlimited Mayor Pro Tem Dr. Carmine Priore, has already drawn four potential candidates, with more expected before filing closes in mid-February. Former Wellington Councilman Al Paglia, Isles at Wellington resident John Greene, equestrian activist Carol Coleman and Binks Forest resident Shauna Hostetler had filed paperwork as of Wednesday. Two other seats are up for election March 13. Vice Mayor Matt Willhite is seeking re-election to Seat 4 and is currently unopposed. Mayor Darell Bowen is also seeking re-election. Former Councilman Bob Margolis has filed paperwork to run against Bowen.

AL PAGLIA Paglia is a longtime Wellington resident who served on the council from 1998 until 2002. He said he wants to continue his service to the community. Paglia grew up in Connecticut and attended the University of New Haven, where he received a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering. He spent 24 years in the U.S. Army Reserves. Paglia and his wife, Rosemary, moved to Wellington in 1978 with their three children. “Wellington was such a gift for us to find,” he said. “It was a great community to raise our children in, and we want to keep it that way for our children’s children.” Paglia has worked as a purchasing professional for more than 30 years for entities such as the Palm Beach County School District, Broward County and the City of Boca Raton. He later opened Palm Beach Contract Furniture, which he sold in 2010.

A longtime activist in the community, Paglia served as a member of the St. Rita Catholic Church Knights of Columbus, as a board member of the Wellington Boys & Girls Club, as co-chair for the Western Communities Relay for Life and on the annual “Tootsie Roll” drive for mentally challenged children. After one term on the Wellington council, he narrowly lost his re-election bid to Lizbeth Benacquisto, now a state senator. While on the council, Paglia advocated for additional services for senior citizens. Most notably, he championed the idea of a trolley system in Wellington. Though much has changed since his time in office, Paglia said he would strive to be a councilman who fights to maintain the great quality of life Wellington residents know and love. Paglia said he believes that realestate foreclosures and crime are See SEAT 1, page 18

Two Groves Seats Up In March By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Loxahatchee Groves Town Council seats currently held by Ryan Liang and Ron Jarriel will be up for election March 13. Liang confirmed this week that he will seek re-election, but Jarriel remains undecided. Jarriel, 53, said he has talked with his wife, Sharon, about running again. “My wife’s opinion means more to me than anything else,” he said. He expects to make a decision after getting input from residents at the Jan. 14 joint meeting between the council and the Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District Board of Supervisors. Jarriel, who is finishing his first term on the council, previously served as an LGWCD supervisor and has been in local elected office since 2000. “I’ve still got some unfinished projects,” he said. “I want healthier and safer roads, and hopefully by April, we’ll have four new

roads with the OGEM [open graded emulsified mix] on them.” Jarriel said he also would like to see the completion of an equestrian, bicycle and pedestrian trail network in town. “I honestly believe we can have one of the finest equestrian trails in Palm Beach County because I want it to go around the square of Loxahatchee Groves,” he said. “Royal Palm Beach can have access to it, Wellington can have access to it, and Indian Trail. I’ve talked to a grant writer and I’ve talked to other people and taken them out and showed them what we’ve got to work with, and they seem to think it could be a beautiful thing.” Jarriel said he is optimistic about the new town management team, Underwood Management Services Group, and Town Manager Mark Kutney. “They’re so happy to be working for us,” he said. “It’s obvious by their personality and their smiles. I do believe they are so

very knowledgeable in many fields.” Jarriel said he thought the firm might be able to win a grant for the equestrian trails, perhaps even for better roads. “I think they’ve got all the qualifications and the knowledge, so I think I could really enjoy working with them,” he said. A key success of his first term, Jarriel said, was the improving of relations between the town council and water control district. The two boards had been at odds when the town first incorporated, and Jarriel thinks that he and Liang coming on the council have promoted an improved relationship. “You had three council members who wanted to dissolve the water control district without even asking any questions, and now we’ve got such a good working relationship with them,” he said. “Working together, we’ve got such a bright future.” Jarriel said now that relations See GROVES VOTE, page 18

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Equestrian Panel Supports Proposal For Stadium Land By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report The Wellington Equestrian Preserve Committee recommended approval Wednesday for comprehensive plan, zoning and master plan amendments that would allow for a hotel, retail area and other changes to the old Palm Beach Polo stadium property at the corner of South Shore Blvd. and Pierson Road. The 96-acre parcel, dubbed the Equestrian Village, is the future site of a covered arena and worldclass equestrian venue that will host high-level dressage competition. Owned by Wellington Equestrian Partners (WEP), it will be the sister site to the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Wellington Planning & Zoning Manager David Flinchum told committee members that the changes would add a hotel as a conditional use, increase building coverage, and allow an expanded number of retail uses and a commercial equestrian arena.

“When this application came to us, we found that there were a lot of things that needed to change in the comprehensive plan and zoning text,” he said. “Hotels, restaurants and other businesses in the equestrian preserve are conditional uses. Right now, there are very few allowed uses under the commercial recreational zoning.” Changes to the comprehensive plan would be threefold, Flinchum said. They would allow for hotels and amend a provision that limits building height to 35 feet, allow building coverage to expand, and allow for commercial uses such as the hotel, restaurants, retail outlets and offices. But the changes would come with some conditions, he said. For example, any hotel would have to be connected to an arterial road — meaning South Shore Blvd. “The language is very specific to limit hotels to the location on Pierson and South Shore,” he said. “The hotel must have direct access to and be located at an intersecSee STADIUM, page 18

SENIORS CLUB PARTY

The Wellington Seniors Club held its annual installation of officers and holiday dinner dance Friday, Dec. 9 at the Binks Forest Golf Club. Pictured here are Wellington Mayor Darell Bowen, Mary and Tony Alfalla, and Sherry Bowen. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 9 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/T OWN-CRIER

ITID Board Awards Park Project Bids By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Indian Trail Improvement District Board of Supervisors selected contractors for architectural design, land planning and construction administration for the Acreage Community Park expansion at its meeting Wednesday. The board awarded architectural design to Tercilla Courtemanche Architects, land planning to Cotleur & Hearing and project administration to Mike Guinaugh Engineering. The 2011-12 ITID budget includes $4 million for the southern expansion of Acreage Community Park. As project work moves forward, detailed budgets will be prepared and submitted to the board. It is anticipated that negotiations with the firms will be completed in time for presentation to the board in January. Tercilla Courtemanche partner Rene Tercilla said his firm is nearby, located on Okeechobee Blvd., and has in-house, accredited LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) staff. “Because of all the public work we do, it’s a requirement for all those public expenditures,” Tercil-

la said. “We’ve proven to our clients that we can design different solutions to every issue.” The firm’s 12 staff members have done more than $1 billion worth of public design work, aside from private clients. He said he takes a hands-on approach to managing projects. “You’ll always see me at every one of your meetings from the time that we start design discussions, to the bidding process to the construction process,” Tercilla said. He added that an element critical to a project is the ability to lead the design process. “Oftentimes, failures of design projects [occur because] somebody needs to be the one leading the charge, explaining options, explaining consequences to options, and that’s something I think we’re good at,” Tercilla said. The firm is also good at making changes on the spot using computer software, he said. “We make changes and are able to do that quickly,” he said. Tercilla showed mock-ups of the community center building called for at the park and demonstrated attention to detail, such as See ITID, page 4

Aldi Confirms Decision To Locate Project In Royal Palm By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report After months of negotiation, grocery retailer Aldi has finalized plans to build a 500,000-squarefoot distribution center in Royal Palm Beach. At a news conference Wednesday at Royal Palm Beach Village Hall, company representatives said that the facility will handle distribution responsibilities for 70 planned retail stores in the South Florida market. Business Development Board of Palm Beach County President Kelly Smallridge said Aldi’s plans, which will bring 100 immediate

construction jobs and 520 permanent jobs to the area, was great news for Palm Beach County. “We are here today to share news about one of the largest economic development deals in the State of Florida this year coming to the Village of Royal Palm Beach,” Smallridge said. The very competitive project involved the collaboration of many, including Palm Beach County, Royal Palm Beach, the BDB and Aldi representatives, Smallridge said. “I can’t tell you how great today feels after working 20 months on this project,” she said. “It is my

pleasure to confirm that Aldi will build a 500,000-square-foot office and warehouse space that will be used for the division headquarters and regional distribution center.” In addition to $50 million in capital expenditures, the company anticipates annual local expenditures of $25 million and an investment of $182 million for retail store construction in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties. The Royal Palm Beach center will distribute goods to all three counties. “The 500,000 square feet is only phase one,” Smallridge said. The project will be built on a

70-acre site nestled between Royal Palm Beach High School to the north and the Regal Cinemas to the south. It will be accessed from State Road 7. County Commissioner Jess Santamaria said he cut an out-oftown vacation short in order to return for Wednesday’s announcement. “I’d like to welcome the representatives from Aldi,” Santamaria said. “I am truly looking forward to a long-lasting, successful relationship with you. I have no doubt that you will be good partners in our endeavors and good See ALDI, page 18

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Lox Groves Town, District Preparing For January Joint Meeting By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Loxahatchee Groves Town Council and the Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District Board of Supervisors are finalizing plans for a Saturday, Jan. 14 joint meeting from 9 a.m. to noon at Loxahatchee Groves Elementary School. Council members last week discussed issues to be addressed at the upcoming joint meeting and decided to request opinions from

the attorneys for both entities on what the procedure for a merger might be. At the Dec. 6 council meeting, Town Manager Mark Kutney zeroed in on the Jan. 14 date, but said that he had spoken to school officials about other open Saturdays and was told that Jan. 7, 21 and 28 are also available. Kutney added that LGWCD Administrator Clete Saunier had told him that two district supervisors, Don Widing and Dave De-

Marois, would not be able to make the Jan. 14 meeting. Further, the LGWCD supervisors had also discussed having a professional facilitator to manage the meeting and would be willing to share the cost. “I’m bringing this back to you now for your consideration because I am going to need new direction very quickly in terms of what I need to do to make this happen,” Kutney said. Councilman Ron Jarriel said the

council had offered flexible dates. “I think we need to go ahead with the meeting,” he said. “If we’re slack on two board members, shame on them, and I’ll let them know personally how I feel.” Councilman Tom Goltzené agreed. “We let them know several months ago, and we’ve been using this date for over a month,” he said. Jarriel did say he favored having a facilitator. “I think a facilitator is a good idea,” he said. “I think

we need a professional, and that way, the facilitator will give us the end results of what he thinks the workshop was all about, and we need an outsider for that.” At a meeting this Monday, the LGWCD supervisors approved up to $2,000 for their share of the cost of an attorney and a facilitator for the meeting. However, Councilman Jim Rockett said he did not see why Kutney could not facilitate the meeting. “We’re not taking a vote

on anything,” Rockett said. “We’re not talking about argumentative situations, as far as I know, between the two entities. As I recall, it was informational factsharing.” Jarriel said he did not think Kutney should run the meeting since his appointment, and that of Underwood Management Services Group, remains controversial among some in the town. “No matter what we do, someSee MEETING, page 7

Wellington Council Agrees To Reconsider Rules On Personal RVs By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report The issue of recreational vehicles for personal use is set to come back before the Wellington Village Council after members directed staff Tuesday to draft an ordinance that would address the issue. During public comments, Wellington Chamber of Commerce Equestrian Committee Co-Chair Victor Connor asked council members to reconsider the issue. “The issue needs to be addressed,” he said. The issue of RVs for personal use in the Equestrian Overlay Zoning District was shot down by council members earlier this year when bundled with a proposal to allow an RV park. “We’re trying to get an individual ordinance that would allow the

use of individual recreational vehicles in the Equestrian Preserve,” Connor said. Connor said he submitted a proposal that would allow one RV on properties between one and five acres, two RVs on properties of six to 10 acres, and a maximum of four RVs on properties of 10 or more acres. “We’re not married to those numbers,” he said. “We’re more interested in coming out and working out a number that works for the equestrian community and that staff is able to enforce.” About 30 residents came out to show their support for the measure. Connor requested that the council direct staff to work out a reasonable ordinance “to try and resolve this issue at least on a temporary basis for this season.”

Mayor Pro Tem Dr. Carmine Priore said he wanted the council to revisit the issue. He cautioned residents that the ordinance that comes back might not be exactly what Connor proposed. “It will have to go through the process,” Priore said. “It may be somewhat different, but as long as there is approval for the concept, I believe we should look again at the issue.” Councilman Howard Coates acknowledged that it was a controversial issue but felt it needed to be addressed. “Even though I voted against the RV park, I did come out of that meeting with a feeling that we have a problem we haven’t found a solution to,” he said. Coates noted that aerial photos of Wellington show that residents

are using and storing RVs even though it’s against village code. “It’s clear that there’s a demand for having someplace to park RVs during the season,” he said. “Our existing laws do not permit that. It’s a situation where our current laws are not being honored, and if we enforced them as written, it would cause a problem.” Though he said he is still not in favor of an RV park, Coates said he would like to go back to the drawing board. “I don’t think we gave the issue due and fair consideration,” he said. “I’d like to address it at a council level.” Coates applauded residents for coming out and showing support but reminded them that they need to come back when decisions are being made.

“The more important meeting is when we have to hear the issue again,” he said. “Last time, residents were 95 percent on the other side of the issue. Do come out. We listen, and it gives us the understanding that there is support for both sides and we have to balance the interests of all equestrians.” Mayor Darell Bowen agreed. “If you all had been here before, it might have been resolved then,” he said. Vice Mayor Matt Willhite pointed out that the issue might have more residents come out on both sides if discussed at this time of the year, when equestrians are in Wellington. “It’s a testament that the more issues we bring up this time of the year, the more participation we get

and the better it is for the village,” he said. Village Attorney Jeff Kurtz said that a draft of the ordinance probably could be available by the council’s first meeting in January. “If the council thinks the ordinance is appropriate, it would then move through the committee process,” he said. At that time, the council could direct staff to be more lenient on enforcement regarding RVs until the new ordinance is approved. “In the best-case scenario,” Kurtz said, “it would go to the January Wellington Equestrian Preserve Committee meeting, to the Planning, Zoning & Adjustment Board in February, and first reading would be the last meeting in February.”

DUNKIN’ DONUTS BUILDING NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN WELLINGTON PLAZA Construction began Monday, Dec. 12 on the new drive-through Dunkin’ Donuts in the Wellington Plaza on Forest Hill Blvd., near the intersection at Wellington Trace. The shop will replace the shuttered Mobil gas station, which was located in the plaza for 24 years but has been vacant for the past five years. Construction crews began the demolition b y breaking down the roof. PHOTOS BY R ON BUKLEY/TOWN-CRIER

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Aldi A Big Score For Royal Palm Beach, But Much More Is Needed Royal Palm Beach scored a big win this week when it was announced the village will be home to a distribution center for grocery retailer Aldi, which is about to make a big push into South Florida. In what was described by Business Development Board President Kelly Smallridge as “one of the largest economic development deals in the State of Florida this year,” the plan puts the Royal Palm Beach facility at the forefront of Aldi’s South Florida market, handling distribution services for the 70 stores planned for Palm Beach, Broward and MiamiDade counties. This will pay off greatly, adding 100 immediate construction jobs with more permanent jobs to follow. However, it is only the start of the economic development that our area needs. We commend Royal Palm Beach officials, who worked with the BDB, Palm Beach County and Aldi representatives to ensure that a deal would be made. They were informed that they’d have to be proactive to make the deal happen, and to their credit, they were. According to Aldi officials, the company will hire local people to fill 90 percent of the approximately 100 jobs at the distribution center. These are the types of employment opportunities we need in this area — full-time jobs that can help adults earn a living. Though most development plans aren’t always as beneficial to the area, this is an example that shows there can be a significant upside to commercial development if approached correctly. It also shows that there is a bigger picture

to consider when deciding which businesses to welcome into the community, one that considers the broader economic implications. Years ago, when the business expansion first began along the State Road 7 corridor, some were concerned about the rapid influx of new commercial development to what had traditionally been bedroom communities. Today, few would argue the importance that corridor plays in the local economy. With the area reaching build-out and fewer spots left to develop, smart development becomes all the more necessary. In the bigger picture, just as useful as the Aldi distribution center in Royal Palm Beach is Aldi’s plan to open stores across the region. This could begin to solve one of the largest problems plaguing the area — vacant storefronts. While the addition of an international company like Aldi is a definite boon to the area, numerous retailers have disappeared in recent years, leaving large empty buildings in their absence: the Circuit City near the Mall at Wellington Green, the several Winn-Dixie supermarkets in the western communities, the Albertson’s in Royal Palm Beach, to name just a few larger parcels. Though there have been a few recent openings to fill some of these spaces — most notably the Burlington Coat Factory in the old Kmart on Southern Blvd. and hhgregg where Linens ’n Things used to be — many more are needed for our long-term economic health. Aldi’s arrival is an important step toward that end. Ten more just like it, and a solution will be at hand.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Alperstein: Attorney’s Statement Not Correct On Nov. 29, I gave a speech to the Wellington Village Council. The thrust of the speech was for Wellington to cease being part of a lawsuit to not fund the inspector general. I pointed out that neither Wellington proper nor the residents of Wellington will have to pay for the inspector general’s services if they follow Palm Beach County’s method of funding, which is to have the vendor/contractors pay a fee of one quarter of 1 percent on all contracts with the county. A million-dollar deal would cost the vendor only $2,500. Miami-Dade has been using this funding mechanism for 13 years. After my speech, Village Attorney Jeff Kurtz made comments to the council that the speakers are entitled to their opinions — but not entitled to their own facts. He went on to say that I misstated the facts with respect to how this ordinance is being funded. He said it is simply incorrect; it is not in place and has not been voted on to be in place in the future. Well Mr. Kurtz, you are not entitled to your own facts. What you stated is not the facts. You are mistaken, and I tried to point

that out by calling for a point of order. Here are the facts: On Sept. 27, at a budget public hearing, the commissioners did vote 7-0 to fund the inspector general for the county using the vendor/contract system. [County Administrator Bob] Weisman stated that the fee collection would be implemented Oct. 1, 2012. Joseph P. Doucette from the Office of the Inspector General also confirmed the Board of County Commissioners approval. I now ask Mr. Kurtz to print a retraction of his false statements, and to go before the Wellington Village Council at their next meeting to apologize to the Wellington council and the residents of Wellington for his mistaken remarks. Wellington should adopt this funding program. They should drop this lawsuit, and let the inspector general get back to watching over waste, fraud and abuse for the county and the municipalities. Morley Alperstein Wellington

Sexton Replies To Nielsen This is a brief letter in response to Mr. Richard Nielsen’s questioning some of my statements in previous letters (“Affordable Care Act Is Needed,” Dec. 2). Mr. Nielsen said that the question of whether corporation’s tax-

es are ultimately paid by the consumer is “a little bit more complicated than just yes or no.” Well, actually, it is not complicated at all. A corporation (unless fully subsidized by government) cannot continue to be viable without profit. Profit is gross income less gross expenses. Expenses include taxes. Income is from sales to customers. Unless the amount that customers provide is sufficient to pay all expenses, including taxes, there is no profit. Customers ultimately pay a corporation’s taxes. Mr. Nielsen also said that I confuse the freedom for a willing seller and a willing buyer to engage in exchange (free market) with governmental redistribution of wealth. He claims, as well, that the market in the U.S. is still free of government interference. As to interference in the market, I will mention an old instance and an upcoming one. A willing worker is not allowed to negotiate a wage with a willing hirer. The interference is the minimum wage. It is unlawful for anyone to hire me for less than minimum wage, even though I am willing to work for less than statutory minimum. When the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented, everyone will be required to have health insurance. Unless insurance is provided by someone else, that means each will be required to purchase insurance, whether or not they wish to do so — hardly a willing

buyer situation. Additionally, the insurance that must be bought must meet strict government standards. That is, if there is a seller who wishes to craft a policy just to suit me, that policy cannot be sold or bought unless the government sanctions it. These old and new examples are not isolated incidences. I cannot buy a television that receives only one, or even a dozen, channels. The government says it cannot be manufactured. Soon I will not be allowed to buy a 100-watt incandescent light bulb. Too inefficient, says the government. It goes on and on. Perhaps Mr. Nielsen doesn’t notice it because he has become so used to it. Finally, as to his claim that I confuse the free market and governmental redistribution of wealth, I admit that I am confused, but only by his claim. For some unknown reason Mr. Nielsen confuses redistribution of wealth with normal governmental operations such as “public schools, libraries, fire departments, security forces, streets, etc.” The earned income tax credit (EITC) is an example of direct redistribution of income. I hesitate to directly address other citizens’ writings. I prefer rather to deal with impersonal issues. I do feel that Mr. Nielsen’s comments on my statements require a rational response. Phil Sexton Wellington

Great Seniors Club Trip Just a quick note to thank the Wellington Seniors Club leadership for coordinating a wonderful trip recently to the First Baptist Church of Fort Lauderdale for its Christmas pageant show. Thanks to the hard work of Nancy Salviola, Elizabeth Graham and Mary Alfalla, over 80 of us on two buses departed our community center at noon and saw a Radio City Music Hall show with 1,000 performers, live donkeys, camels and dancing with choreography that would rival most Las Vegas professionals. After the spectacular show, we were taken to the Fifth Avenue Grill in Pompano Beach for a wonderful dinner, with small groups sharing our remembrances of the show. Thank you Wellington Seniors Club leadership for working so hard for all of us to usher in the holiday season in such grand style. I encourage all seniors to

check out www.wellingtonseniors club.org and join this wonderful group of residents. Rosemary and I are “members for life.” Al Paglia Wellington Editor’s note: Mr. Paglia is a candidate for Wellington Village Council Seat 1.

Church Thanks Bellissimo, WEP The people of Pahokee and in particular, the migrant children of St. Mary in Pahokee, would like to thank the Bellissimo family and the Wellington Equestrian Partners for their tremendous generosity toward our Christmas Party with Santa 2011. May the God of St. Nicholas, the first Santa Claus, and the father of the baby Jesus bless you and yours during this great season of joy. Father John Mericantante St. Mary Catholic Church Pahokee

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Rep. Allen West: Why South Florida Needs More One-Percenters Perhaps the most conspicuous symbol of wealth in our society is a mega yacht. These magnificent vessels, measuring 100 feet or more in length, are attainable by only those “millionaires and billionaires” among us. These mega-yacht owners are the very same “one-percenters” currently being vilified by both the Occupiers of Wall Street and one particular Occupier of the White House. These Occupiers resent mega yachts as a symbol of ill-gotten gains, of wealth stolen from others and squandered needlessly. But I would like to ask those Occupiers a few questions. What about the mechanics, dockhands, electricians, carpenters, plumbers, welders and fiberglass laminators who build these yachts? What about the crew, captains, cleaners and caterers who service these yachts? Are the livelihoods these “99-percenters” sustain from this industry frivolous and expendable? Do the Occupiers care at all about “the workers?” Evidently not. When the “one-percenters” are asked to pay their fair share with a “luxury tax” on their yachts and decide maybe they won’t buy a yacht

POINT OF VIEW By U.S. Congressman Allen West (R-District 22) after all, who suffers the most? The obvious answer: those who build, service and provision mega yachts — skilled workers paid an hourly wage, and small, family-owned businesses and local retailers. The marine industry in South Florida supports over 200,000 workers. Each super yacht built requires over 1,000 workers to complete. Ten percent of the purchase price of each yacht goes into maintenance each year, performed by 99-percenters such as mechanics, dockhands, cleaners and other service staff. In two years, we will have the best mega-yacht facility in the world, when Rybovich opens for business in Riviera Beach. This year, I had the pleasure of visiting

the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, where I participated in a Congressional summit with members of the Marine Industries Association. I toured a breathtaking 165-foot vessel with a $50 million price tag. It would take $5 million to maintain this yacht’s impeccable seaworthiness each year — and somewhere around $125,000 just to fill up the gas tank. In every way, this yacht exemplified the greatness of our free-market capitalist system here in the United States. First, that individuals have the capability to purchase and maintain a vessel of this kind, and second, that here in America we have the capabilities of production, manufacturing, investment, innovation, ingenuity and craftsmanship to produce them in the first place. As I walked along the floating docks and spent time speaking to vendors and yacht builders, it was easy to get a sense of pride in America. Many of the vendors are family-owned businesses which have existed for years and will be handed down to the next generation (unless policies such as high “estate taxes” continue to ruin the American dream of building a business and passing it on).

At the Congressional summit, we discussed the concerns of the marine industry, which centered primarily on the ideological “war” on the biggest producers and consumers. Liberals call these producers “the rich,” and demand they pay their “fair share.” The marine industry fears for its livelihood because of this war against the private sector, and the emphasis on growing bigger government to redistribute wealth and “increase fairness.” Rich people did not get our country into its fiscal mess. Rich people are not responsible for increasing our national debt from $10.6 trillion in 2009 to $15 trillion today. Rich people are not the reason Medicare will go bankrupt in 13 years without reform, and Social Security will be exhausted an estimated 11 years after that. There are not enough rich people to solve our financial problems anyway. Confiscating 100 percent of the income generated by all those earning more than $10 million a year would yield $240 billion — enough to fund government spending for about two months. To the Occupiers of Wall Street and the White House, mega yachts are symbols

of the problems we have in this country, but they could not be more wrong. Here in South Florida in particular, mega yachts and the luxury marine industry are key parts of the solution. Bloated government is the problem, and bloated, over-reaching government that attempts to penalize “the rich” will end up punishing the very people it purports to help. Liberals seem to conveniently overlook that while it does indeed take great wealth to purchase a mega yacht, the wealth is transferred to those who build and service it. Far better for that wealth to be distributed among businesses and workers here in South Florida, than poured down the drain in Washington. Let us reduce regulations and bureaucratic red tape on our small businesses in the marine industry so they can thrive and better serve their customers. Let us reform the corporate tax structure to help American yacht-builders remain competitive versus manufacturers in China. And above all, let us set the conditions for economic success to create more super wealthy individuals so they can purchase more and more yachts, for that is the American entrepreneurial dream.

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continued from page 1 the types of floors and ceilings and the various consequences, including maintenance and durability. Supervisor Carlos Enriquez asked about adherence to budgets, and Tercilla said all his projects have come in under budget. “We’re very good about working with our contractors while we’re designing,” he said. “We also have a general contractor as part of our staff, so we are very good at working with those numbers. We don’t have anything that has come in over budget.” The other candidates were Currie Sowards Aguila Architects and REG Architects.

Senior Planner Jan Polson with Cotleur & Hearing, which was awarded the land planning and landscaping contract, said she has been a resident of The Acreage for 26 years. “I have been active in the community with my children, as well as volunteering with different activities and boards,” Polson said. “I have extensive knowledge of planning in Palm Beach County, as my first job was with Palm Beach County in 1977.” Polson said she respected the accomplishments of the board. “I know it comes from a lot of hard work and a lot of caring and teamwork,” she said. “It would truly be an honor to work and pay back for what Indian Trail has done for this community. I feel that my knowledge and experience would be a great asset to the area. I care about

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GREAT TURNOUT FOR HOLIDAY PARADE AND HOLIDAY MILE RACE IN WELLINGTON The 28th annual Western Communities Holiday Parade, presented by the Palms West Chamber of Commerce, made its way along Forest Hill Blvd. on Sunday, Dec. 11. The event kicked of f with the Holiday Mile race, followed by parade entries. Parade winners are as follows: Best In Show – Ideal Dream School; Decorated Vehicle – first place, Binks Forest, and second place, Cub Scout Pack 118; Performing Group – first place, Solid Gold Twirlers, and second place, Wellington Landings Middle School Majorettes; Adult Float – first place, Knights of Columbus, and second place Life Church; Juvenile Float – first place, Wellington Christian School, and second place, Cub Scout Pack 125; Marching Band – first place, John I. Leonard High School, and second place, Palm Beach Central High School; and Marching Gr oup – first place thinkPINKkids, and second place, Wellington Elementar y School Twirlers. SEE VIDEO FROM THIS EVENT AT WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM PHOTOS BY LAUREN MIRÓ/T OWN-CRIER

Members of ThinkPINKkids march in the parade.

Wellington Mayor Pro Tem Dr. Carmine Priore waves to the crowd.

Loxahatchee Groves Mayor David Browning.

Palms West Chamber CEO Jaene Miranda with State Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto.

Santa and Mrs. Claus wish everyone a rockin’ holiday.

Miss Snow Queen 2011 Kelly Wagner.

A storm trooper from the 501st Everglades Squad shows some holiday cheer.

State Rep. Joseph Abruzzo hands out candy.

Joanna, William and Catherine Boynton finish the Holiday Mile.


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Armed Robbery Suspect Flees Scene In RPB By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report DEC. 7 — A deputy from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a gas station on Royal Palm Beach Blvd. late last Wednesday night regarding an armed robbery. According to a PBSO report, at approximately 9:30 p.m., the victim was putting air in his tires when an unknown black male approached him with what appeared to be a gun. The suspect ordered the victim to empty his truck. According to the report, when the perpetrator got close to the victim, the victim grabbed the gun and wrestled with him. The victim said the perpetrator struck him in the ear and then wiggled out of his grasp. According to the report, the perpetrator fled across Royal Palm Beach Blvd. toward the McDonald’s parking lot and disappeared. A deputy arrived on scene, and the K-9 unit was able to trace the perpetrator’s scent to the Lakeview apartment complex. However, the perpetrator was not found. He is described as a black male with a dreadlocks hairstyle and wearing black baggy clothing. ••• NOV. 28 — A resident of the Grand Isles called the PBSO substation in Wellington on Monday, Nov. 28 in response to an animal attack. According to a PBSO report, at approximately 3:50 p.m., the victim was jogging with his unleashed dog on Old Lighthouse Circle when a large black dog attacked him, leaving a laceration on his left wrist. A neighbor said she was outside with the black dog on a leash, and when the victim ran by, the dog lunged. The neighbor said she was unsure if the dog was attacking the victim or his dog. According to the report, the deputy met with the dog’s owner, who said he is up to date on all of his vaccinations. DEC. 9 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach was dispatched to a home in La Mancha last Friday morning regarding a vehicle burglary. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 9 p.m. last Thursday and 8 a.m. the following morning, someone entered the victim’s car and stole a Garmin GPS, Blackberry cell phone and HP laptop computer. The victim said he believed he locked his car door, but when he entered the car, he discovered the items missing. The stolen items were valued at approximately $2,500. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. DEC. 10 — A resident of 57th Road North called the PBSO’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation last Saturday morning regarding a residential burglary. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 6 p.m. last Friday and 9 a.m. the following morning, someone gained access to the home through the front window of the home and stole a water pump, a drill and a Sony television. The stolen items were valued at approximately $566. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. DEC. 11 — A Pahokee man was arrested last Sunday morning on drug charges following a traffic stop in the Shoma Homes community. According to a PBSO report, a deputy from the Royal Palm Beach substation pulled over a black Ford for an expired tag. The deputy made contact with the driver, 18-year-old Richard

Brown III. During his conversation with Brown, the deputy observed some rolling papers in the waistband of Brown’s shorts.According to the report, the deputy asked Brown to step out of the vehicle. After a search of Brown, the deputy found a plastic bag with approximately .5 grams of marijuana in Brown’s right front pocket. According to the report, during a search of the vehicle, the deputy found a marijuana cigarette and an unloaded semi-automatic .25 caliber pistol under the front passenger seat and its magazine in the glove box. According to the report, none of the passengers nor Brown would claim the gun. Brown was arrested and taken to the Palm Beach County Jail, where he was charged with possession of marijuana under 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia. DEC. 12 — An employee of the Wal-Mart Supercenter on Belvedere Road called the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach on Monday afternoon to report a theft. According to a PBSO report, at approximately 1 p.m., the victim left her HTC Evo cell phone in the ladies room at the rear of the store. When she realized she misplaced the phone, she returned to the bathroom to find several females who said they had not seen her phone. The phone was valued at approximately $350. According to the report, the victim called Sprint, and a representative told her that the phone has GPS tracking. There was no further information at the time of the report. DEC. 12 — A deputy from the PBSO’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation responded Monday to a home on 68th Street North regarding an act of vandalism. According to a PBSO report, the complainant said he arrived at the property at noon and discovered the rear door frame had been damaged from being pried open. He checked inside and found the front door unlocked. According to the report, the perpetrator(s) removed the electric meter and cut the main copper wire. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. DEC. 13 — A Lake Worth resident contacted the PBSO substation in Wellington to report a theft. According to a PBSO report, the victim was at the Macy’s department store in the Mall at Wellington Green on Tuesday, and sometime between 5:30 and 6 p.m., someone stole her Apple iPhone 4 with an OtterBox case from her purse. The victim said she had the phone in the store, but when she went to use it at another store, she noticed it was missing. The phone was valued at approximately $600. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. DEC. 13 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach was dispatched to a home in Saratoga Pines on Tuesday morning regarding a vehicle burglary. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 9 p.m. Monday and 7:30 a.m. the following morning, someone entered the victim’s unlocked car and went through his center console but did not take anything. The victim said that there have been several incidents of vandalism in the area. According to the report, he said he observed several juveniles loitering in the area, but there were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report.

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Wellington Asks Chamber Members To Help Those Less Fortunate By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Members of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce heard Wednesday from Wellington officials who asked members to share a bit of Christmas cheer with local children who may not have a bright holiday. Wellington Mayor Darell Bowen and Neighborhood Advocate Meridith Tuckwood asked members to help with the Holiday Toy Drive and also with a new initiative to help homeless students in Wellington. “You already do so much for the community,” Tuckwood said, “but we’re asking for something else.” The Holiday Toy Drive runs through Dec. 20, and residents can drop off new, unwrapped toys at any Wellington office. Tuckwood said that although there are many toy drives this time of year, most of them don’t cater to Wellington.

“Toys for Tots is a wonderful program, but not a single toy stays in Wellington,” she said. “The toys get shipped out of Wellington, which is why we have to do our own toy drive.” Wellington has identified about 300 children who are Wellington residents, and an additional four Wellington families who have children suffering from cancer. “This is our third year doing this,” Tuckwood said. “We are grateful to work with the chamber, and we’ve always had an overwhelming amount of support.” Tuckwood said that older children are often overlooked and added that local businesses can help by providing gift certificates either for items or for things such as dance classes, sports and other activities that help get children motivated and also give back to community businesses.

Last year, Tuckwood said, the drive was so successful that Wellington was able to take care of children in the community as well as those spending the holidays on the pediatric floor at Palms West Hospital. More toys went to Belle Glade and the Children’s Home Society. Even the children in need are getting in on the holiday cheer this year, Tuckwood said. “We’re encouraging them to participate by making cards for families that have children who are ill during the holidays,” she said, “and they’re sending letters to soldiers serving overseas. We’re trying to create more engagement with the families.” Bowen said that Wellington has identified an additional 50 Wellington students who are homeless. “It’s appalling that we have this in Wellington,” he said. “We want to help these children for Christ-

mas, but more than that, we want to find them a place where they and their families can live.” Bowen said Wellington will be working to find a solution that he hopes will be mimicked by other

municipalities. “We can’t take care of the entire county,” he said, “but we can try to come up with something that addresses the problem. Those kids didn’t choose to be homeless. They’re in a tough sit-

uation, and I think we as a society need to figure out a way to help them.” For more information, call Wellington staff at (561) 7914000.

(Left) Neighborhood Advocate Meridith Tuckwood discusses the toy drive. (Right) Wellington Mayor Darell Bowen addresses chamber members while Chamber President Michael Stone looks on. PHOTOS BY LAUREN MIRÓ/T OWN-CRIER

Lox District Approves Bid For Delayed OGEM Road Improvements By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District Board of Supervisors approved a bid for a long-delayed paving project Monday. The open graded emulsified mix (OGEM) paving of several road segments came in well under budget. The process for paving North A Road, North and South C Road, and South D Road started more than a year ago with a series of referendums approved by affected property owners. The process required the LGWCD to get approval of a local bill by the state legislature granting the district presumptive use of right-of-ways it has maintained for years. The contract was awarded to North Florida Emulsions, which bid $1,599,766. The other bidder

was Roadway Management at $2,410,827. The amount approved for financing by the district was $2.6 million. District Administrator Clete Saunier said contract execution will occur at the Jan. 9 meeting, with formal authorization to proceed with construction being issued immediately. Drainage improvements should begin no later than February, with the OGEM stabilization work commencing soon after. All construction is anticipated to be completed no later than May. “I think that the progress we’re making with the OGEM road resurfacing and speed tables is going to be one of the more significant accomplishments of this year, and next year I look forward to everything falling into place,” Supervisor John Ryan said. Ryan made a motion to accept

the bid, which was seconded by Supervisor Don Widing. The motion carried 4-0 with Supervisor Robert Snowball absent. The board also unanimously approved a road improvement financing agreement not to exceed $2.6 million with Bank United. Widing asked about speed bumps and signage, and Saunier said the projects would be similar to OGEM surfacing on F Road that was done by Palm Beach County. Ryan said he had attended the bid opening, where the low bidder affirmed that he was familiar with the district and had done a required site inspection. “I feel very good about the experience and qualifications of the bidder,” Ryan said. “I think Clete has incorporated a lot of information with reference to the initial estimates, so I think a very com-

prehensive review has been made, not only of the adequacy of the low bid, but how it relates to the overall project cost.” Supervisor Frank Schiola noted previous discussion about spacing the speed humps out more, but Saunier said the spacing is 500 feet, based on the Institute of Transportation Engineers design guidelines. “They will be, I believe, much more uniform than what we have on F Road,” Saunier said, explaining that F Road was more of a pilot project. “I think that we will get better speed tables out of this material and mix that we’re using.” Schiola said there is no way to maintain 30 mph on F Road. “It’s more like 30, then go down to between 15 and 20 miles to go over the speed hump, then you go back up again,” he said. “I know

this is a complaint that we’ve heard at the board meetings before, and I hope that our speed humps would be a little bit wider.” Widing said he disagreed with spacing out the speed humps more. “They are there for one purpose, to slow down traffic, to keep our community safe and secure, and keep people from landing in the canals,” Widing said, adding that the F Road paving had demonstrated the increased safety. “We have had very little if any occurrences of putting a car in the canal and suffering any consequences, albeit, no guardrail. In my opinion, that has been a very good test project.” Ryan said he had ridden several times on F Road. “I don’t drive over 25 miles an hour,” he said. “I don’t find the speed humps a problem.”

He added that he has been impressed with the way the humps on F Road have decreased speeding. “I think we will have increased safety,” Ryan said. During public comment, resident Marge Herzog said she had some concern about equestrians complaining that it’s difficult to get their trailers over the humps. In other business: • The board approved an employee group health insurance plan with Blue Cross/Blue Shield Wells Fargo that was 10 percent greater at $69,000. Ryan made a motion to approve the plan, but asked that they review their coverage next year. The motion carried 4-0. • Saunier reported that the 148th Terrace North culvert connecting residents north of the North Road Canal was finished at a cost of about $48,000.

K2 MIXED MARTIAL ARTS HOSTS BENEFIT KICK-ATHON AT PIERCE HAMMOCK K2 Mixed Martial Arts School of Royal Palm Beach and Greenacres held a kick-athon Saturday, Dec. 10 at Pierce Hammock Elementary School in The Acreage to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. The event was part of the academy’s belt graduation ceremony as a way to raise money for a charitable cause. For more info., visit www.k2life.com. PHOTOS BY JESSICA GREGOIRE/TOWN-CRIER SEE VIDEO FROM THIS EVENT AT WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM

Students participate in the kick-athon.

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continued from page 3 body’s going to say they’re on the side of the town council, or they’re on the side of the water control district,” he said. “We need a neutral person who does not pick sides so they can’t come back and say that after the fact.” Mayor Dave Browning said he has not been impressed with professional facilitators used in the past. He suggested Saunier as facilitator. “All a facilitator is going to do is make sure that nobody jumps

up and starts screaming and hollering,” Browning said. “They’re going to keep the peace, so if the water control board is afraid that somehow it’s not going to be fair, I’m fine with Clete doing it.” Saunier said he did not think it would be appropriate for him to facilitate. “Politics being what they are, there’s facts and there’s politics,” Saunier said. “With a third-party facilitator, at least the perception would be that this person has no dog in anyone’s hunt politically. That person would be able to tell someone to sit down and shut up without any reprisal.” Browning asked Kutney if he had a facilitator in mind, and Kut-

Brian Manning prepares to break down cement blocks. ney said he had worked with someone in the past at the John Scott Dailey Institute of Government at Florida Atlantic University and had other people he could contact, but he needed to move quickly on it. Jarriel made a motion to direct Kutney to pursue a facilitator, and the motion carried 3-2 with Goltzené and Councilman Ryan Liang opposed. Kutney said the Intergovernmental Coordinating Committee had also discussed the joint meeting and thought it might be a good idea for the town and district attorneys to offer opinions on what consolidation would mean for both entities.

Goltzené said he favored having opinions from both attorneys. “There has been a lot of talk, and there have been a lot of things written,” he said. “I would like to see what the truth is from our attorneys, on the record. We need one set of facts.” Goltzené said many people have been talking about a possible merger, but they do not have a definition of what such a merger would entail. “I want to know what we need to do,” he said. Browning said he was not sure if both attorneys would be able to come to agreement on how it would be done. Jarriel questioned the cost of

Matt Owsiany, Sensei William Wright, Joey Chrisley and Sempai Ryan Jones. getting opinions from both attorneys. “Personally, I think Clete and the water control district attorney know what the procedure would be if we want to combine,” he said. “We’re talking about a facilitator, and here we are wanting to pay $400 an hour for two lawyers. To me, the purpose of this workshop is for the people of Loxahatchee Groves to tell us what they expect out of us. It’s for us to come together and talk about the future.” Goltzené said he wanted to have clear direction on what the procedure would be to merge if they decide to do so, and that requires legal opinions, especially on apparent conflicting statutes on the

future configuration of the water control district, having one supervisor elected by the electorate rather than a one-acre, one-vote method. “I don’t want to spend a lot of money on it, but it would be better to spend it on that,” he said. Rockett said the purpose of the meeting was to try to address the issue, not necessarily to resolve it. “It’s going to cost us a little money, but it seems like it’s enough of an interest to spend some money because it’s addressing those in the town who have a concern,” he said. Goltzené made a motion to have the town attorney look into the process of merging, which carried 5-0.


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NEWS BRIEFS Wellington Children’s Fishing Classic

Attendees at last year’s Breakfast with Santa gather with St. Nick.

Kids Cancer Foundation’s ‘Breakfast With Santa’ Dec. 17 In Royal Palm The Kids Cancer Foundation, the Professional Firefighters and Paramedics of Palm Beach County and the Palm Beach County FOOLS once again will host the annual Breakfast with Santa. This year’s event will take place Saturday, Dec. 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Madison Green Golf Club (2001 Crestwood Blvd. North, Royal Palm Beach). At the event, the kids and their families will be treated to a continental breakfast while they anxiously await Santa’s arrival. This year, Santa will have some extra help from Miami Dolphins football players and Miami Marlins baseball players, which is sure to

bring some added excitement to the day. The morning of holiday joy is made possible thanks to loyal supporters Studio One to One, the Village of Wellington, the Royal Palm Beach Rotary Club, Sweets Foundation, Mattel, Aeropostale, Bonefish Mac’s, Easy Storage, and Girl Scouts troops 20100 and 20114. Thanks to their support, the children and their families have the opportunity to, at least momentarily, forget their daily battle with childhood cancer and relish in the joy of the holidays. For more info., visit www.kids cancersf.org or contact Michelle O’Boyle at (561) 371-1298.

Grab your fishing tackle and get ready to reel in “the big one” at the 21st annual Children’s Holiday Fishing Classic on Saturday, Dec. 17 at the Wellington Community Center dock (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). This free fishing tournament is presented by Wellington in conjunction with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and is open to all local children age 15 and younger. Registration opens at 8 a.m. at the dock and pavilion area on Lake Wellington with the tournament to follow from 9 to 11 a.m. Participants are allowed to cast their lines from the dock and surrounding shore (boats are discouraged). The awards and fish tales follow from 11 a.m. to noon. Trophies will be awarded for first, second and third place (based on the total weight of fish caught and released) in each age group: 6 and under, 7 to 9, 10 to 12 and 13 to 15. Each child who participates in the tournament will receive a free gift from Gambler Lures. Parents are encouraged to attend and watch the excitement, but no one over age 15 is allowed to fish or assist the children in fishing (aside from helping baiting hooks and removing catches). The 21st annual Children’s Holiday Fishing Classic is made possible by patron sponsor the Lake Wellington Professional Centre, as well as the following sponsors:

Gander Mountain of Palm Beach Gardens, Publix, Lt. John Reed and Family, ZemGear, Tom Sawyer and Family, Florida Sportsman and ReelFish Deals. Registration forms are available at the Wellington Community Center and Village Park. For more information about this event, call (561) 791-4005.

Tickets On Sale For Father Daughter Dance Fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers and all types of families are invited to take part in Wellington’s annual Father Daughter Dance on Saturday, Feb. 4. It will be a night of delight designed for dads to share with their daughters ages 5 to 14 and includes dancing, a delicious dinner, games and pictures. Each couple will receive a free keepsake to cherish the memories of this fun evening. The Father Daughter Dance will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Village Park gymnasium (11700 Pierson Road). Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale through Friday, Jan. 27 at the Wellington Community Center and the Village Park gymnasium. The cost is $50 per resident couple and $62.50 per non-resident couple. Additional tickets may be purchased for $20 per resident and $25 per non-resident. This is a popular event, so be sure to buy your tickets as early as possible. For more information, call (561) 791-4005. This event is sponsored by Simon Orthodon-

tics, and additional sponsorship opportunities are still available.

Royal Palm Beach Offering Six Scholarships The Royal Palm Beach Village Council will award six $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors residing in Royal Palm Beach. Seniors may pick up an application from their high school guidance office or from the village clerk’s office at Village Hall (1050 Royal Palm Beach Blvd.). It can be downloaded from the village’s web site at www.royalpalmbeach. com. The application must be postmarked no later than Feb. 3 or may be hand-delivered to the village clerk’s office by 5 p.m. on Feb 3. Finalists must be available for interviews on April 7. The Education Advisory Board Scholarship Committee will make the final determination. Winners will be announced in April, and the scholarships will be awarded at the village council meeting May 17. For more information, call the village clerk at (561) 790-5102.

Celebration Championship At Binks Forest Binks Forest Golf Club will host the inaugural Celebration Team Golf Championship from Friday through Sunday, Jan. 2022. The event is a two-person, combined score golf tournament, conducted over two days on two courses in two countries for the price of only $399 per person.

“This is going to be too much fun,” event coordinator Bob Still said. “Young, old, guys, gals or couples can participate, and any skill level will enjoy playing.” The event begins with a morning round of golf at the Binks Forest Golf Club in Wellington on Friday, Jan. 20. Following golf, players will travel to the Port of Palm Beach and board the Celebration Cruise Line. Late that afternoon, the ship will sail to the Bahamas, where the players tee-off the morning of Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Reef Course at Our Lucaya Golf Club. Scores from the two rounds of golf from each team will be combined to determine the low gross and low net champions. The $399 entry fee for the event includes the golf, cruise accommodations based on double occupancy, port fees and taxes, prizes and more. The tournament’s second course site is the perfect golf setting. The beautiful backdrop of the Grand Bahama Island makes it one of the most spectacular places to tee off in the world. “I want to emphasize that everything is included in the $399 price other than personal expenses on the ship such as gambling or going to the spa,” Still said. “The success of this event will depend on participation, and we hope there are golfers throughout the area interested. You do not have to be a member of Binks Forest or Grand Lucayan to participate.” The deadline to enter is Jan. 9. For more info., contact Bob Still at (561) 670-8489 or via e-mail at bstill@binksforestgc.com.


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WELLINGTON SENIORS CLUB ENJOYS ANNUAL INSTALLATION DINNER AND DANCE The Wellington Seniors Club held its annual installation of officers and holiday dinner dance Friday, Dec. 9 at the Binks Forest Golf Club. Howard Trager introduced the 2012 board of directors, and DJ Jeffrey Bryer provided music. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/T OWN-CRIER

The W ellington Seniors Club Board of Directors.

(Seated) Loretta Katz and Sally Schwartz; (standing) Zena Plous and Iris Goldson.

Lillian Floyd, Barbara Powers and Virginia Swanson.

(Seated) Jessie Gehring and Dolores Siruek; (standing) Marilyn and John Trimble.

Collette and Giovanni Cardinale with Elaine and Charles Vacarro.

Senior s dance the Electric Slide.

CHRISTMAS TREE SALE THROUGH DEC. 22 AT ROYAL PALM BEACH HIGH SCHOOL

The Royal Palm Beach High School Student Council is selling Christmas trees now through Dec. 22. More than 600 trees and some wreaths were delivered to them after Thanksgiving. The money will be used for student council activities, teacher appreciation and school improvements. Sale hours are 4 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/T OWN-CRIER

Michael and Meghan Martinez with their tree and wreath.

Douglas, Aiva, Lockewood and Maya Drummond.

Tyler Kane trims branches from a tree.


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BACK TO BETHLEHEM RETURNS TO LOXAHATCHEE’S COMMUNITY OF HOPE CHURCH Community of Hope Church in Loxahatchee Groves is featuring “Back to Bethlehem.” The event gives people the oppor tunity to walk through a replica of the ancient city of Bethlehem and experience what life was like when Jesus was born. The event includes actors who play villagers, merchants, Roman guards, Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus and more. Back to Bethlehem opened last weekend and will conclude Frida y and Saturday, Dec. 16 and 17. For more info, visit www.gocoh.com. PHOTOS BY JESSICA GREGOIRE/TOWN-CRIER

Adrienne Dixon, Megan Froehlich, Ariane Dixon and Savannah Velazquez play villagers. Kyle Weaver and Todd Krajewski as Roman guards.

Victor Copan plays a Rabbi.

Francesca D’Agostino and Debbie Diegel sign in with the census taker.

David Lenz and Nancy Bentz as villagers.

Judy Yettito, Bonnie Goldberg and Dawn Sobik.

OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE CEMETERY HOSTS PRAISE & WORSHIP CONCERT

Our Lady Queen of Peace Cemetery in Royal Palm Beach held its second annual Praise and Worship Christmas concer t “Celebration of the Birth of Our Loud” on Friday, Dec. 9 at the chapel pavilion. Guests listened t o festive music played by Catholic musicians while enjoying refreshments. For more info., visit www.ourqueen.org. PHOTOS BY JESSICA GREGOIRE/TOWN-CRIER

Thomas and Presley Jordan, Caitlyn Esposito, Gabrielle Harris, Glory Reid and Kendel Jordan.

Marianne Stapleton and Lynne Marksz serve guests warm drinks and snacks.

Carol Lof fredo and Lillian Szpindor.


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Binks Forest Hosts Golf Challenge Event To Benefit Michael Ryan An on-and-off downpour at Binks Forest Golf Club throughout the day could not dampen the spirits of more than 200 friends, co-workers, vendors and family members attending the We Are Family Golf Challenge. The Dec. 9 event raised more than $20,000 from the golf event and silent auction that will benefit the club’s assistant golf professional, Mike Ryan, and his family. Ryan’s 21-year-old son, Michael, requires 24-hour attention to contend with medical problems caused by aspiration pneumonia and severe autism. “I could not be more moved by the generosity exhibited by every-

one here today,” said Binks Forest Golf Club co-owner Jordan Paul, who addressed everyone gathered after the golf outing. “We really are a family, and we’ve come together today to help in a tremendous fashion.” According to Binks Forest General Manager Greg Schroeder, the event was “the brainchild of several members and staff who wanted to do something significant to help Mike’s family. This was fantastic and done in a short period of planning time. Only the weather tried to mess with us, and that didn’t impact participation.” The event sold out quickly as not only members of the club par-

John Monaco, Stewart Wheeler, Valerie and Michael Danzey.

ticipated, but vendors and other local business partners. Friends of the Ryan family came from as far away as Ocala to attend the dinner and auction after the golf tournament. Michael Ryan Jr. has suffered from autism his entire life. However, this past summer he contracted aspiration pneumonia and his condition became critical. He must be fed by a feeding tube in order to receive any nourishment. But, due to his autism, he often removes the tube without knowing the consequences. Around-the-clock care is required. “This gift today means so much to the family,” Mike Ryan said. “I can’t thank everyone enough for

all their prayers, kind thoughts and this event.” Winners of the scramble were Justin Coats, Lew Gallego, Joshua Jones and Naret Viravong. Second place went to Richard Kingston, Chris Perron, and Nick and Scott Cinilia; and third place went to Tom Weber, Sue Eusepi, Dean Andreozzi and Larry Portnoy. Scores were calculated on 30 percent of each player ’s handicap. If you would like to donate to the We Are Family cause, checks are being accepted at Binks Forest Golf Club, 400 Binks Forest Drive, Wellington, FL 33414 or by calling (561) 333-5731. Ask for Greg Schroeder.

Josephine Cabell and Judi Bowles.

Michael Ryan (lef t) and his father Mike (right) with first-place winner Lew Gallego. PHOTOS BY JESSICA GREGOIRE/TOWN-CRIER

Second-place winners Richard Kingston, Chris Perron, and Nick and Scott Cinilia.

PONY RIDES, ITEMS FOR SALE & MORE AT GOOD EARTH FARM’S GARAGE SALE

Good Earth Farm in Loxahatchee Groves held a “Monster Garage Sale” on Saturday, Dec. 10, offering mini-massages, clothes, horsey things and more. Guests enjoyed pony rides and food from the café, with all proceeds benefiting the more than 160 unique animals. For more info., visit www.goodearthfarm.info. PHOTOS BY LAUREN MIRÓ/T OWN-CRIER

Volunteers Dakota Gonzalez and Louis Baccari give Emaly Atonal a pony ride on Bugsey.

The Brewer and Atonal families enjoyed the day.

Austin and A.J. Brewer.


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Wildcats Excel At Princeton Competition

Principal Dan Frank, Alston Moore, Cassidy Grochmal and School Police Officer Sandy Molenda.

The Royal Palm Beach High School Wildcat speech and debate team recently competed at the Princeton Classic Invitational High School Speech and Debate Tournament. The team demonstrated that not only is it among the top placing schools in Palm Beach County, but in the country. The following students received awards: Anthony Nadeau, fifth place in Oral Interpretation; Delisa Stephenson, fifth place in Dramatic Interpretation; and Anthony Nadeau and Delisa Stephenson, fifth place in Duo Interpretation.

The Princeton Classic combines Princeton’s tradition of excellence in debate with the opportunity for high school students and coaches to compete amongst the nation’s best debaters and orators. The tournament is considered one of the biggest in the country with more than 1,000 participants from more than 100 schools competing. “It was a challenge and an honor for the Wildcats to make it to the finals rounds, much less place fifth,” RPBHS Director of Speech and Debate Eric Jeraci said.

The King’s Academy’s honor choir, His People, kicked off the beginning of its very busy Christmas season, which consists of more than 25 performances, culminating with a performance at EPCOT as part of Disney’s Candlelight Processional. On Nov. 29, His People performed in the annual tree-lighting celebration in Palm Beach. The afternoon consisted of Christmas carols on the steps of the Colony Hotel for the community and patrons, followed by the featured performance at the fountains on South County Road preceding the tree lighting. The students then traveled to the Sailfish Club where they sang carols as guests arrived for the annual “Adopt a Family” Christmas dinner. TKA has been invited to

participate in this wonderful event every year since 1999. His People joined the Palm Beach Atlantic University choir for its annual performance of Handel’s Messiah on Dec. 5. “This is a huge honor and we are thrilled to have received the invitation from Dr. Holland, director of PBA choirs,” TKA choir director Sonia Santiago said. His People will be part of a mass choir, performing alongside professional soloists and a full orchestra at the PBA DeSantis Family Chapel. A number of TKA alumni will be performing with the PBA choirs including Mikah Adams (2011), Colin Aliapoulios (2011), A.J. Titus (2010) and Shelby Klawonn (2009) who will sing at this event. Additional His People high-

Osceola Creek ScholarAthletes Of The Month TKA Choir ‘His People’ Having A Busy Season

Osceola Creek Middle School has announced the recipients of its Scholar-Athlete Award for November. The award is sponsored by the school police and honors varsity athletes who also excel in academics, effort, behavior and school spirit, and serve as role models for others. This month’s honorees, both eighth-grade students, carry high grade point averages as well as play varsity sports. Girls volleyball honored 13year-old Cassidy Grochmal. “She not only is a good player but has an exemplary attitude on and off the court,” coach Shayne Sanderford said. Grochmal, who carries a 3.53 grade-point average, is a member of the National Junior Honor Society. She enjoys BMX competition and was honored as Best All-

Around Cheerleader by the Acreage Athletic League. Grochmal is undecided on which college she wants to attend but has decided on an elementary education career. Boys soccer honored Alston Moore. “This young man carries a humble attitude and is a positive leader to our soccer program,” coach Tony Bugeja said. Moore, 14, who carries a 5.00 grade-point average, also plays travel soccer in Sunrise. He wants to attend Florida State University as a prelude to a career in architecture. Supporting the program are Subway, Domino’s Pizza and Burger King (located at Seminole Pratt Whitney Road and Orange Blvd.) and Dairy Queen (at Royal Palm Beach and Okeechobee boulevards), which donated free food coupons.

Anthony Nadeau, Alyssa Ramos, Eric Jeraci (coach), Delisa Stephenson, Joshua Harkins and Luis Hernandez.

His People members perform at the Colony Hotel. lights include a return performance at TKA’s Christmas Open House and Auction Underwriting Party, Christ Fellowship Special Needs Christmas Lunch, First Baptist Church Christmas Lun-

cheon, Leisureville, Bear Lakes Country Club and Lost Tree Village. The choir enjoys the numerous opportunities to share the message of Christ’s birth during this joyous season.


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Seminole Ridge SECME Students Compete In Robotics Competition Seminole Ridge High School SECME (Science, Engineering, Communications, Mathematics, Enrichment) students competed in the South Florida Championship of the VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) at Gulliver Preparatory School in Miami on Sunday, Dec. 4. VRC Team 1614 consisted of robot drivers Connor Piegaro and Bert Sivongsay, field scouts Kadeem Spencer and Jesse Mendheim, and programmer Brandon Gearty. To prepare for the competition, the group designed and built a robot (affectionately nicknamed “Iron Dragon”) that could quickly and efficiently solve the specific obstacles and challenges in playing VEX Gateway. The goal of Gateway is to attain a higher score than the opponent by scoring barrels and balls in goals. Two alliances — red and blue — are composed of randomly paired teams to compete during a 20-second autonomous period followed by two minutes of driver-controlled play. The allies work both independently in the isolation zones behind the Gateway and together in the interaction zone.

SRHS students competed with and against 47 teams from across the state. The Hawks qualified for the quarterfinals but were oneand-done during the playoffs. Still, the team’s coach, physics teacher Erich Landstrom, was impressed. Each week, Seminole SECME students apply what they’ve learned about science, technology, engineering and math in order to build the semiautonomous VEX machines. And through the competition, students learn an equally important skill set: communication, project management, site management and composure, working together on a variety of challenges and obstacles requiring problem-solving skills. The SECME VRC team must raise funds to cover the cost of robot parts, competition entry fees and transportation expenses. Support them this holiday season by making a matching gift at http:// tinyurl.com/AdoptSeminoleSECME. All gifts are welcome. • More Hawk AP Scholars — Several additional SRHS students have earned Advanced Placement Scholar Awards from the College Board in recognition of their ex-

ceptional achievement on AP exams. These students have at least one more year in which to complete college-level work and possibly earn a higher-level AP Scholar Award. Hawk seniors Michael Canlas, Julia Frate, Rachel Hand and Natalie Kass qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. Hawk seniors Jessica Jarrell and Kristina Thompson qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. • Debaters Join the Patriot Games — The SRHS debate team traveled to Fairfax, Va., over the Dec. 2-4 weekend to compete in the George Mason University Patriot Games Invitational Tournament. Cash Galko earned a winning record in Lincoln-Douglas debate, as did Matt Oates and Robert Botkin in the Public Forum event, placing among the top 50 nationwide. Wayne Selogy was

nominated best legislator during all three rounds of student Congressional debate and scored the highest marks possible on all of his speeches. • JROTC Attends 82nd Airborne Dinner — Cadet officers from the SRHS Army JROTC academy attended the 82nd Airborne Division Association’s annual dinner at the Doubletree Hotel in West Palm Beach. Cadets John Caban, Kimberly Engle, Jaime Marchand, Devon Redmond and Timothy Ruback performed a saber arch for the veterans and their families as they entered the banquet hall, and the Hawk color guard posted the colors as part of the opening ceremony. Cadets met numerous VIPs, including guest speaker and Congressman Allen West and retired Brigadier General Albin F. Irzyk. • Got PJs? — The SRHS chapter of the National Art Honor Society is collecting pajamas for patients who are in the Palms West Hospital children’s oncology ward. “All too often, the children have been rushed there with no time for

Connor Piegaro, Erich Landstrom, Ber t Sivongsay, Jesse Mendheim, Kadeem Spencer and Brendan Gearty. family to stop to get their own clothes or belongings,” NAHS sponsor Gwenn Seuling said. “Let’s help make these children more comfortable in what’s often a very uncomfortable situation.” What can you do? Bring in pajamas! Patients need new (tag-on, in-package) pajamas in all sizes ranging from newborns to 18year-olds. Snuggies, nighties, pa-

jamas, even sweatpants and Tshirts are welcome. Students can bring donations to Room 3-102 to earn two community service hours for each donation. “This is a year-long project, but we’d like to bring the first pajama presents to Palms West before the holidays,” Seuling said. “Please bring your pajama presents to us by Thursday, Dec. 22.”

PBCHS PHOTOGRAPHERS Wellington Christian School Honors Veterans With music, prayer and inspi- day, he will bring peace that lasts FEATURED AT NORTON rational words from U.S. Con- forever.”

“Effects of Glass,” an exhibit of photographs by Palm Beach Central High School students, is on display throughout December at the Norton Museum of Art. The exhibit features works by the following PBCHS students: Saray Alfonso, Clarissa Zaide, Meagan Dobson, Victor Galicia, Genesis Gonzalez, Ashley Oldfield and April Lewis, whose work is shown above. Isabella Remolina and Victor Galicia’s exhibit “Reading in Nature” will be on exhibit at the Pine Jog Environmental Education Center.

gressman Allen West (R-District 22), Wellington Christian School students and staff paid tribute to local military veterans Nov. 11 in the school auditorium. The annual WCS Veterans Day festivities featured a wide array of patriotic songs and hymns performed by WCS choir and band members in an effort to remember the heroic sacrifice made by the more than three dozen servicemen and women in attendance. WCS Headmaster Dr. Timothy Sansbury began the celebration by posing a simple question to students ranging from kindergarten through 12th grade: “What is Veterans Day for?” Sansbury explained to the students that Veterans Day celebrates the sacrifices of the servicemen and women, not war itself. “Today we honor the veterans who made a great sacrifice for our country,” Sansbury said. “We celebrate that our God brings good even out of events as awful as war, knowing that he will work good out of all that happens, and one

Wellington Presbyterian Church Pastor Dr. Eric Molicki led the assembly with a prayer of gratitude to God for those who serve in the armed forces. West — who also attended the event last year — reminded the children of the day’s true meaning with a highly spiritual message. West, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel who comes from four generations of military service, flipped over the dog tag he was wearing and quoted Psalm 144:1: “Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle.” West went on to explain to the children how the veterans present had given fully of themselves to protect the freedoms cherished by this country since its foundation more than 200 years ago. When he was done speaking, West presented Sansbury an American flag which flew over the nation’s Capitol. Sansbury then introduced each of the veterans in attendance, who

Congressman Allen West with WCS Headmaster Timothy Sansbury sat on stage with West. Among those honored were three veterans from World War II —Raymond Harvey, John Magazzu and Weems Jones — along with many others who served in Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan, and who included WCS alumni, teachers, parents, grandparents and extended family members.

The entire gathering of veterans received a standing ovation from the crowd after their introductions by Sansbury. The elementary school students added another poignant moment to the festivities with a medley of ballads, which featured a chorus dedicated to each branch of the military: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.


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WHS Senior Allison Parssi Is A YoungArts Merit Award Winner Wellington High School senior Allison Parssi has been announced as a YoungArts Merit Award winner in the area of photography. Chosen from more than 5,000 applicants in nine disciplines in the visual, literary and performing arts, Parssi will receive a monetary award and join the ranks of the 16,000 YoungArts alumni. YoungArts is the core program of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. Parssi is one of this year’s YoungArts 271 Merit Award Winners, selected in a blind adjudication process from a pool representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as all U.S. territories. There are a total of 597 Young-

Arts winners in total, including 152 YoungArts Finalists. YoungArts Finalists are invited to attend YoungArts Week in Miami during the week of Jan. 9-14, which includes master classes taught by world-renowned artists; performances and exhibitions; and further adjudication leading to the possibility to become a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts and visit the White House. YoungArts Week performances will be streamed live on www.youngarts. org. All winners also will be eligible to participate in regional programs in New York and Miami. “We are honored to recognize all of these fine young artists,” said Paul T. Lehr, NFAA’s executive director of YoungArts. “They rep-

resent the next generation of extraordinary artistic talent, and it is our hope that their experience with YoungArts will compel them to pursue their passions.” YoungArts is the only organization in the nation to recognize students in nine discipline categories of cinematic arts, dance, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice and writing. The NFAA’s mission is to identify emerging artists, provide educational enrichment and assistance in their pursuit of the arts, and to raise the appreciation for and support of the arts in American society. Dedicated to inspiring and nurturing young artists, NFAA was founded in 1981 by businessman

and visionary, the late Ted Arison, and his wife Lin. The YoungArts program identifies the next generation of emerging artists and contributes to the cultural vitality of the nation by investing in the artistic development of thousands of gifted artists in nine disciplines in the performing, literary and visual arts. At the request of the Commission on Presidential Scholars, which is appointed by the president of the United States, NFAA serves as the exclusive nominating agency for the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts. The YoungArts program has honored over 16,000 young artists with more than $6 million in monetary awards and nearly $84

million in college scholarship opportunities. Alumni go on to become leading professionals in their fields. They include actresses Vanessa Williams and Kerry Washington, four-time Tony Award nominee Raúl Esparza, American Ballet Theatre Executive Director Rachel Moore, recording artists Nicki Minaj and Chris Young, musician Jennifer Koh, choreographer Desmond Richardson, and internationally acclaimed multimedia artist Doug Aitken. For more information about YoungArts, visit www.youngarts. org. For a complete list of 2012 YoungArts Winners, visit www. youngarts.org/2012-youngartswinners.

Allison Parssi

Florida CAR Members Executive Women Event Benefits Scholarships Attend A Number Of Community Events Attendance at community events is a big part of what the Florida Society of the Children of the American Revolution is all about. State officers and members of the Florida Society CAR recently attended and participated in the 38th annual British Night Watch Parade in St. Augustine. The Night Watch Parade started at Government House at the west end of the plaza, then looped through downtown St. Augustine to the City Gates, and returning to the plaza. The children and their DAR and SAR sponsors dressed in period clothing and bore candles and lanterns “making their way with merriment and good company.” However, for the Florida Society of the Children of the American Revolution members, this event was not the only of its kind that the group participates in. Local societies participate in many community events on Independence Day, Memorial Day, Veterans Day and others. This year, State President Kaitlyn Mouring, 15 of Greenacres, has attended 10 events to date, with invitations to hundreds more. “The CAR has its foundation in community; we, like our CAR creed says, must take an active part just like the boys and girls of 1776,” Mouring said at the event. The state society promotes com-

Annelies, Samantha, Ariana and Kaitlyn Mouring. munity involvement through its state and national programs. The 2011-12 state program “Guiding Us Into Freedom” is raising funds to sponsor the training of a guide dog for a wounded veteran recipient. The national 2011-12 program “Living the American Dream” is working with the Fisher House Foundation, a facility where soldiers and their families can stay during treatment at a VA hospital, to provide awareness and financial and volunteer opportunities.

A grand double staircase entry, with delectable treats below, set the festive tone as guests entered Executive Women of the Palm Beaches’ annual holiday basket auction to benefit the Executive Women Outreach scholarship program and the Girls II Women organization. The staircase and lovely setting belonged to Northern Trust in North Palm Beach, which generously hosted the lovely event and provided the entertainment. The auction raised $5,558, which is a record for the event. Auction chairs were Gina Sabean, Natalie Alvarez and Christine Pitts. Executive Women Outreach is the fundraising arm of Executive Women of the Palm Beaches. Proceeds benefit scholarship and grant programs in Palm Beach County. Girls II Women is a local, nonprofit organization dedicated to mentoring young girls, ages 1114, who attend middle schools in Belle Glade and West Palm Beach. The organization coordinates after-school programs and cultural field trips to encourage girls to stay in school and offer them a variety of cultural, educational and career options. “It is a joy for us to see these young women flourish and set important goals for their lives,” said Michelle Diffenderfer ,

founding member of Girls II Women and an Executive Women of the Palm Beaches member. At the auction event, Executive Women of the Palm Beaches President Monica Manolas introduced three young ladies participating in the Girls II Women program, who spoke briefly about their experiences and thanked the attendees for their support. They included Ja’Kai Britt from West Palm Beach, Courtlyn Patrick from Riviera Beach and Brianna Williams of West Palm Beach, all eighthgraders attending Roosevelt Middle School. Manolas also introduced Executive Women of the Palm Beaches member Lisa Peterfreund, who donated $2,000 to Girls II Women on behalf of the Merrill G. & Emita E. Hastings Foundation. Executive Women of the Palm Beaches’ mission is to provide a dynamic presence dedicated to the professional and personal advancement of women through networking, sharing resources and encouraging leadership. Through Executive Women Outreach, the organization provides financial support to scholarships and community projects. For more information about Executive Women of the Palm Beaches, call (561) 684-9117 or visit the organization’s web site at www.ewpb.or g.

Executive Women Outreach Chair Deborah Jaffe and event chair s Natalie Alvarez, Christine Pitts and Gina Sabean.

Merrill G. & Emita E. Hastings Foundation and EWPB member Lisa Peterfreund with students Ja’Kai Britt and Cour tlyn Patrick and Girls II Women founding member Michelle Diffenderfer.

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RPB DANCERS DONATE TO ADOPT A FAMILY

Dancers from Royal Palm Beach High School joined the Adopt a Family Program for the 2011 holiday season. The dancers each brought in a festive wrapped gift for their assigned adopted family member. A total of 150 wrapped gifts, along with a holiday tree, were all brought to the dance room on Friday, Dec. 9. Dance Director Michele Blecher bagged the gifts and contacted the Adopt a Family programmer to arrange a pick up. Blecher’s goal was to teach her high school students that the act of giving from the heart is the best feeling in the world. Shown above are the donations.

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Chief Tiger Tail Society Benefits Fisher House On Sunday, Dec. 11, the Chief Tiger Tail Society celebrated the holiday spirit by making and donating items to support our troops and their families. The national project “Living the American Dream” raises funds for the Fisher House Foundation, where families of those being treated can stay.

Virginia Davis and Talia Fradkin sew pillowcases for the Fisher House.

The members are planning a trip to the local Fisher House, and are looking forward to helping out with donations. In anticipation, the members made patriotic and seasonal pillowcases and prepared care packages and cards for our troops. “The members of the Spirit of Liberty Daughters of the American Revolution of Wellington that attend all our meetings help the younger members sew and decorate,” said Talia Fradkin of Wellington, president of the Chief Tiger Tail Society and State Public Relations Committee chair. “We get a lot of support from DAR and SAR. With their help, we attend many community events and activities, like British Night Watch. Since our own Kaitlyn Mouring is state president, her project ‘Paws for Patriots’ is a central theme at all of our events and meetings. We are trying to raise money to provide guide dogs to injured soldiers. The Veterans Administration does not cover the cost. The holidays are about giving, and we need to remember

(Front row, L-R) Ava Spurlin, Erin Berish and Chief Tiger Tail Society President Talia Fradkin; (back) State President Kaitlyn Mouring, Cole Spurlin and State Registrar Samantha Mouring. those soldiers who fought for our freedom.” Members and prospective members worked together to

make this a patriotic holiday season. For more information, visit www.nscar.org or www.florida societycar.org.

New Horizons Student Recognized By Spain-Florida Foundation 500 Aidan Winaker, a first-grade student at New Horizons Elementary School, was selected as the only student in Palm Beach County to be recognized by the SpainFlorida Foundation for his artistic talent. The awards ceremony took

place Dec. 12 at the Spanish Cultural Center in Miami. Titled “XVI Century: The Arrival of the Spanish to Florida,” the competition has provided grade school students from first to 12th grade yet another year to ex-

press their imagination through art and writing. The third edition of the contest boasted more than 2,000 students from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Before receiving their awards,

the students read their poems and essays. These will remain on display at the Spanish Cultural Center for some days. The awards include bicycles, gift cards and digital cameras as well as diplomas. Responsible for selecting the

winning works to be exhibited was a jury composed of representatives from the Spain-Florida Foundation 500 Years, Ana Isabel Sánchez Salmerón, education advisor at the Office at the Consulate General of Spain in Miami;

Dora Valdez-Fauli, director of ArteAmerica; Carol Damian, director of the Frost Art Museum at FIU; Laura Alonso-Gallo, English professor at Barry University; and Maripaz Martínez Soler, art market consultant.


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continued from page 1 neighbors to the Village of Royal Palm Beach.” Smallridge said the village played a critical role in securing the deal. “I remember making the call to the village manager and speaking to the mayor and council members,” Smallridge said. “The Village of Royal Palm Beach said, ‘How can we make this happen? We want this business in our back yard.’ They really played a critical role.” Mayor Matty Mattioli said that in his 30 years as a resident and 20 years on the council, he never imagined a project of such regional importance coming to Royal Palm Beach. “It’s like Christmas came a little early for us,” Mattioli said. “This is really a special day for the village, and it should be because the new Aldi distribution center points to the future for our residents. We would like to thank them personally for the job opportunities that they are affording our residents. I have confidence that Aldi will be a popular presence in our community.” Vice Mayor Richard Valuntas was also happy that Aldi chose Royal Palm Beach. “I think you’re going to find that this is a great place to be,” he said. “I think it’s going to take more bold companies like Aldi who are investing in infrastructure and creating jobs to help us get out of these tough economic times.” Councilman Fred Pinto credited Aldi representatives for balancing the company’s needs with

maintaining the quality of life for residents. “We said to them very clearly, ‘If you’re willing to work with us, we’ll work with you to meet our mutual goals,’” he said. “I think the outcome at the end of the day demonstrates that we have been able to do that.” Councilwoman Martha Webster thanked the BDB for steering everyone to secure the deal and credited village staff with working on behalf of the residents. “I think we have a wonderful project here, a great company that’s really an asset to our community, and I think that you, Aldi, represent the future economic growth of our village,” she said. “This is what we need for the residents. We are very, very grateful for that.” Aldi National Warehouse Coordinator Brian McGee said he was enthused by the amount of support for the project. “It’s always fun to work with a community and see this kind of support for a project like ours,” he said. “I’m very proud of our company. I really do enjoy what I do and I feel like it’s my own, and I think anybody who has worked with me on this project has been able to see that.” McGee said the support of local representatives has been very positive. “I’ve traveled all over the country, and it’s always particularly rewarding to work with a community like Royal Palm,” McGee said. “They have been so willing to understand our challenges and needs, and work with us to openly solve those problems and create a win-win situation.” McGee said 90 percent of the approximately 100 jobs at the dis-

tribution center will be filled by local people. “We will bring in a few executives to run a division of this magnitude,” he said. “From there, that will help us spur store growth in South Florida.” Aldi’s goal, he said, is to have 60 to 70 stores in South Florida, possibly more in the future, with about 20 stores in Palm Beach County. Each one will create eight to 12 jobs. “As far as pay goes, it’s always evaluated in the market we are in,” McGee said. “We are always very good paying for what we do, and our benefits packages are always very good.” The types of jobs will be warehouse, truck driving and store employees. McGee said he had already started the approval process and that he hoped construction would begin soon. “Construction has already begun on some of the stores, with plenty more slated,” he said. The Royal Palm Beach site was selected over sites in Broward and Miami-Dade for several reasons, including being a strategic transportation location with a businessfriendly tax structure. McGee said the teamwork atmosphere in the community also went far. “We want to be in a community for years,” he said. “When we settle in, we plan to be there for a very long time.” German-owned Aldi operates more than 1,000 stores in 31 states, with most of the company’s premium products sold under its own private label at prices 40 percent below traditional grocery retailers. The company currently operates eight stores in South Florida. The only one in Palm Beach County is in Delray Beach.

Hometown Holiday Dec. 17 In Wellington Get ready for a night of holiday magic at the Wellington Amphitheater Saturday, Dec. 17 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Wellington’s Hometown Holiday event. This fun-filled night will feature the Binks Forest Elementary School choir and Seminole Ridge High School’s Musagetes cham-

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continued from page 1 issues that affect all of Wellington, not just a few neighborhoods. “If you drive through some of the gated communities, you can see foreclosed homes with their grass unkempt,” he said. “This is a problem for the whole community.” Though he noted that some of the problems were on a national level, he said that as a councilman, he would push incentives to help small businesses and residents stay afloat. “There are federal and state grants available to some businesses,” Paglia said. “I would hold workshops to show these small business owners how they can recoup their savings, get tax incentives and help them stay alive.” He fondly recalled spending Sunday afternoons with his family at the old Palm Beach Polo stadium, and said he was glad to see the Wellington Equestrian Village project planned for the same site.

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continued from page 1 tion with an arterial road which, in the equestrian preserve, is South Shore Blvd.” Equestrian Preserve Committee Chairman Dr. Scott Swerdlin, who is also a veterinarian for the Winter Equestrian Festival, asked whether the proposal specifically defines what a hotel is. Flinchum said it does not, because the hotel may consist of rooms to rent and rooms owned by individuals that are then rented out. Swerdlin also noted that WEP was asking for a 66-foot-tall hotel and asked whether it was up to Wellington staff to recommend a height. Flinchum said that the Hampton Inn near the Mall at Wellington Green is four stories and 54

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continued from page 1 have improved, he is not sure the two governments should merge. He said he thinks the district functions very well on its own for the most part, especially under the leadership of District Administrator Clete Saunier. “I personally feel Clete has done an outstanding job managing the canals and the roads,” he said. Jarriel is also enthused about Palm Beach State College’s plans to open a campus in Loxahatchee Groves. “A year ago, I don’t think any

ber choir as well as a showcase of the ballet The Nutcracker performed by Wellington Ballet Theatre directed by Rocky Duval. The show also will include musical performances by Taylor Renee, Lindsey Livingston and Lizzie Sider, with vocalist Tina Livingston serving as the mas-

ter of ceremonies. The Wellington Amphitheater is located at 12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd. Be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the show. For more information, call Cultural Programs & Facilities Manager Joe Piconcelli at (561) 7914756.

Business Development Board President Kelly Smallridge.

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John F. ‘Jack’ Kennedy Sr. Dies At 66 John F. “Jack” Kennedy, 66, of Valencia Lakes in Wimauma, Fla., passed away Monday, Dec. 12 from complications from his brave battle with esophageal cancer, surrounded by his loving wife and children. He was born in Toledo, Ohio and lived in Fort Lauderdale and Wellington; Marietta, Ga.; and most recently Wimauma, where he resided for the past four years. Kennedy graduated from Central Catholic High School in Toledo and the University of Toledo where he majored in business administration. He had a successful sales career, first with U.S. Gypsum Company where he won numerous contests that took him and his wife on trips around the world. Kennedy was then promoted to district manager in Atlanta, Ga. After 18 years with the company, he started his own sales company, J.F. Kennedy & Associates. At first, Kennedy sold construction materials, but for the past nine years his concentration was the insurance industry.

Kennedy proudly served the United States for six years in the Air Force Reserves. He was a member of the University of Toledo and Michigan State alumni, Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Riverview Chamber of Commerce, South Shore Business Association, the Sun City Chamber of Commerce and numerous networking groups. Kennedy was an avid Notre Dame and Atlanta Braves fan. He was a proud Florida Atlantic University and University of Central Florida alumni father. Kennedy is survived by his wife of 37 years, Joyce E. Kennedy; his daughter, Jacqueline A. KennedyGarretson and son-in-law Brad M. Garretson, who were married on Oct. 10, 2010; his son, John F. Kennedy Jr., and fiancée Jaclyn L. Pereira; his mother-in-law, Grace H. Mantel; sisters Jeanne Todak, Kathleen Kennedy, Pat Czerniakowski and Mary Sue Kennedy; and many nieces and nephews. Kennedy was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Ethel

Jack Kennedy Kennedy, and his father-in-law, Gerald Mantel. The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15 at Zipperer’s Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be held Friday, Dec. 16 at 11 a.m. at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Sun City Center. whether they be residents on opposing sides or council members with differing opinions. “I don’t have a horse in this race, pardon the pun,” he said. “I have an open mind and can sit with both parties and discuss an issue.” Wellington is a community made up of many different groups, Greene said, and he would be a voice for them all. “I am a candidate who can appeal to a broad base,” he said. “Wellington is not made up of just young people, just families or just seniors.” He said he is looking forward to going door-to-door and learning what matters most to residents. “It will allow me to get out to the voters and find what’s important to them,” Greene said. “I don’t have an agenda. I want to be their voice.” Greene said he would be a councilman who keeps Wellington a place residents can be proud of. “I’m proud to have called Wellington my home for 10 years,” he said. “As a council member, I’ll be sure to keep it that way.” For more about Greene, visit www.johngreenecampaign.com.

“I think it’s a wonderful thing,” he said. “It was an empty facility, with the stadium falling apart. What’s wrong with building that up?” Overall, Paglia said he will be a candidate who speaks his mind and represents residents. “I am a candidate for all the people,” he said. “When I see a controversial item, I’m not afraid to speak out and ensure it is handled.” For more information about Paglia, visit www.alpaglia.com. JOHN GREENE John Greene is a 10-year Wellington resident. “I am passionate about Wellington and issues in Wellington,” he said, “and I’ve always had a passion for politics.” Greene was born in New York City and raised in St. Louis, where he graduated from Webster University with a bachelor’s degree in business marketing. He spent some time working in business development in the printing and packing industry before moving to Wellington in 2001 with his wife, Dana. He now works doing business develop-

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ment for a large security firm. A resident of the Isles at Wellington, Greene has served on the Mariners Cove Neighborhood Association as president and vice president, and currently serves on the Fines and Enforcement Committee. “Each neighborhood [in the Isles] has its own board of directors and master development,” he explained. “I was on the initial board for our community and was

instrumental in drafting our policies and our bylaws.” Greene and his wife have three children, two of whom attend Palm Beach Central High School; the other is a student at Polo Park Middle School. He has been active with many volunteer programs for organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club, Palm Beach County Youth Court, Vacation Bible School, the Solid Waste Authority’s “Paint

Your Heart Out” and the Special Olympics. “We have a strong connection to this community,” Greene said of his family. “For us, it has been a pleasant 10 years. It’s a place we call home, and the place our children will remember as our home.” Greene said he is running for the council to give back to the community he loves. “I thought it was time in my life to give something back,” he said. “I have a good career, and I have been very fortunate in my life. I want to give something back to the community. I think it takes someone with passion, someone who is invested in the community.” Greene said he would be an open-minded councilman who helps to foster Wellington as it grows. “I think there are some issues on the horizon,” he said. “As Wellington continues to grow, I want to be sure we grow and develop responsibly.” Though he noted that there are always opposing sides to every issue, Greene said he would be a councilman who could sit and discuss issues with the opposition,

feet tall. He said the hotel at this site is proposed to be five stories with a garage. As for restaurants, Flinchum said that Wellington staff was recommending making them conditional uses as well. “It would have to come back through the committees — yours, zoning and the council,” he said. “You would be able to monitor them.” Restaurants would be limited to no more than 5,000 square feet, which Flinchum said is about the size of Buca di Beppo near the Mall at Wellington Green. He cautioned committee members, however, that the amendments they make are not site-specific. “This is a village-wide amendment,” he said. “Any changes would apply to other [similarly zoned] parcels as well if we got a new application.” Mark Bellissimo, managing partner of Wellington Equestrian

Partners, told committee members that his company is trying to expand Wellington’s world-class equestrian venues to add the often-overlooked dressage community. “We’re trying to create something new and make Wellington an equestrian lifestyle destination,” he said. “This will transform Wellington from a horse show community into an industry.” He noted that a hotel was appropriate on the site because of the number of visitors to the area. The Palm Beach County Sports Commission released a report that said the Winter Equestrian Festival generates more than 47,000 bed nights. About 40 residents came out to provide input on the matter, many supporting the project. Those opposed expressed concern not about a dressage facility but the commercial elements of the project. Wellington Equestrian Preser-

vation Alliance Executive Director Mat Forrest said that his group supports the equestrian elements of the project. “In concept, we support all of the dressage facility ideas,” he said. “Where we are drawing the line is the unprecedented commercial development that goes with it.” He said it was not a personal issue but, rather, concern for the preservation of the equestrian environment. Forrest said he was concerned about the 220,000-square-foot hotel, which he said is larger than a Wal-Mart Supercenter. “That intersection is an important entryway to the equestrian world,” he said. “We should protect it.” Victor Connor, speaking as cochairman of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce Equestrian Committee, said the chamber fully supports the plan. On a personal note, Connor said that he is a reformed skeptic on

the development of the equestrian venues. “I look back at what has happened,” he said. “Based on what [Bellissimo] has accomplished, I support this plan, and based on what he has accomplished in the past, I think this will be for the benefit of Wellington.” Olympic dressage rider Robert Dover, a Wellington resident who approached WEP to bring highlevel dressage back to Wellington, said this was a key element needed in the community. “I have had to spend half of my adult life in Europe in order to represent my country,” he said. “The sport has always been played in Europe. In order to be a contender, it was necessary to go play against the big boys and girls over there.” He said he hoped European dressage riders would make Wellington their winter home. “I believe that we can have a world-class show grounds where

the world can come to us to compete,” he said. “It will change everything for our sport. It will change the rules so that we can compete on par with Europe.” Committee members were largely in favor of the project. “If I’m going to go to the beach, I want to be at a hotel that’s on the beach,” Committee Member Carlos Arellano said. “I think this project is fine. I think we need the hotel there in front of the horses. I don’t see anything wrong with the project that can’t be fixed. I support the idea of having the hotel there with the horses, and I think we should support this.” But concerns about a conflict of interest prompted Swerdlin to remove himself from the voting. All of the measures then passed 4-0. The issue will be heard at the Jan. 4 meeting of Wellington’s Planning, Zoning & Adjustment Board before moving on to the Wellington Village Council.

of us would have dreamed that Palm Beach State College would want to come to Loxahatchee, and they wouldn’t be here if Wellington had obliged them with what they wanted,” Jarriel said. “I think that’s one of the greatest things that will happen to Loxahatchee, and I like it personally because it will draw the other communities to a better relationship with Loxahatchee. We’re at the center of something great.” The past few months have seen many positive milestones, Jarriel said. “To me, the hard part’s over,” he said. “We completed the comp plan. We cleared up the lawsuit. That would have held us up on just

about anything that we wanted to do in the future.” He urged residents to come out to the Jan. 14 meeting and participate. “I think the future is going to be positive, especially if this workshop turns out to be what I want it to be,” he said. “I’d like to see people come to us and tell us what they’d like to see for the future, and I’m trying to get as many people to attend as possible.” Jarriel said he has tried over the past year to get someone he could trust to replace him. “We’ve got some people out there who want to fight for some reason. They want to fight with the water control district, they want to fight with

the town, and that’s unnecessary,” he said. “If we don’t come together as a team, we’re not going to be able to accomplish what needs to be accomplished.” Jarriel said the town has enough revenue coming in to realistically pursue some improvements. “I see a lot of opportunities, and I’d like to be a part of that,” he said. Regardless of whether he runs again, Jarriel said he intends to support Liang. “Ryan is young and up and coming, but he’s a smart young man,” Jarriel said. “To me, for him to take time out to be on the council … I’m proud of him, and I think he’s good for the council.”

Liang said he thinks the council has done well the past three years. “I feel that we got over a lot of the major hurdles that we had to get done,” he said. “Now the next part is working on projects that the people of Loxahatchee need or want. Some of the big things are the horse trails, some of the road issues; there’s a lot of drainage issues that we need to fix. For the next three years, I’d like to focus on getting projects done for the town that we need.” Liang said he thinks things are starting to look up for the town. “We have Palm Beach State College more than likely going to start

breaking ground soon,” he said. “Definitely within the next three years they’ll have something at that location, so that’s a huge plus for the town. We’re still growing, and as problems arise, we’ll deal with them.” As for the new management team, Liang said he is satisfied so far. “It seems like they’re working pretty well, so right now I don’t have any issues with them,” he said. “We’ll just have to wait and see how they do. It has only been a few months.” Formal qualifying for the March 13 election opens in late January.


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CHRISTMAS IN YESTERYEAR VILLAGE BRINGS HOLIDAY SPIRIT TO FAIRGROUNDS Christmas in Yesteryear Village is open at the South Florida Fairgrounds, transporting visitors to an old-fashioned Christmas on Main Street Florida. Children sing carols and play simple games, the historic buildings are decorated with lights and garlands, and costumed re-enactors tell stories of days of yore. The event continues Dec. 16-18 from 5 to 9 p.m. For more info., call (561) 7905245 or visit www.southfloridafair.com. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/T OWN-CRIER

Emma Polly, Mary Lanier and Carol Peaden perform at the Red Level Baptist Church.

Becki Powell shows off her gingerbread house.

Santa and Mrs. Claus with Marli and Melanie Wilhoit.

Carol Bailey at the Riddle House.

The group Men of Honor performs.

Catherine, Haley, Aidan, Junior and Lance Rossell make a craft.


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Dr. Michael Carinda Offers Hydrohorse Therapy

Dr. Michael Carinda runs Equine Performance Sports Medicine at the South Florida Trotting Center, which has an equine aquatic rehab machine: the Hydrohorse Underwater Treadmill System. It helps with the recovery for a variety of conditions. Ellen Rosenberg’s Column, Page 25

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Wolverine Basketball Boys Fall To Gardens 54-42

The Wellington High School boys varsity basketball team fell to Palm Beach Gardens 54-42 at a home game Friday, Dec. 9. The Wolverines (5-2) were quickly overpowered by the Gators, who jumped out to an early lead that Wellington couldn’t catch. Page 37

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Business Wellington’s European Day Spa Offers Quality Services By Experienced Team

A relaxing sanctuar y in the heart of Wellington, European Day Spa is an upscale spa offering quality beauty service and expertise to the community. Technicians and staff have many years of experience and enjo y catering to clients with one-on-one personal attention. The spa offers a team of 21 technicians who are experienced in spa manicure and pedicures, many massage therapy procedures and facials. Page 29

Sports Lady Broncos Soccer Team Tops WHS 4-1; Boys Teams Tie At 1

The P alm Beach Central High School girls and boys varsity soccer teams hosted crosstown riv al Wellington High School on Friday, Dec. 9. The boys game ended in a 1-1 tie, while the Lady Broncos defeated Wellington 4-1, marking the team’s first win over the Wolverines. Page 37

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Dr. Michael Carinda Specializes In Hydrohorse Therapy Horse in a swimming pool? Most people’s first thought would be how’d he get in? Closely followed by how do we get him out? Ah, but this pool was built just for horses, and they love it. Dr. Michael Carinda runs Equine Performance Sports Medicine at the South Florida Trotting Center on State Road 7, just south of Hypoluxo Road. (The sign says Training Center — ignore it.) The Trotting Center houses 400 Standardbreds, 325 of them yearlings learning to drive, the other 75 working racehorses whose owners prefer to stable them in a quieter, more relaxed setting. Carinda works with these, and other, horses. He clearly loves the Standardbreds. “They are the smartest, easiest breed to train,” he said. “It comes from their background. They’re easy to work with, calm, and have great endurance.” This American breed dates back to the mid18th century and includes Narragansett and Canadian Pacers, Thoroughbreds, Norfolk Trotters, Hackneys and Morgans. The most famous sire, Messenger, who came to the United States in 1788, produced both runners and trotters. Nearly every trotter or pacer traces its lineage back to his son, Hambletonian 10. Get updates all week long... follow Ellen Rosenberg on Twitter at twitter.com/ HorseTalkFL or stop by the Tales from the Trails page on Facebook and click “like.”

Tales From The Trails By Ellen Rosenberg They were called Standardbreds because, in order to be registered, each horse had to be able to trot a mile within the “standard” of 2 minutes and 30 seconds. The National Association of Trotting Horse Breeders opened the Standardbred Stud Book in the U.S. in 1879. Carinda explains that some Standardbreds naturally trot, and some naturally pace, depending on their sire. The pacers go much faster and race in hopples (pronounced “hobbles”) to keep them from breaking stride. “If they go off-stride in a race and break into a run, they’re disqualified,” he said. Carinda has been practicing in South Florida for 23 years and works with all sorts of horses, including hunter/jumpers, dressage horses and Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse race horses. “Everything but polo,” he laughs. “That’s its own circuit.” His wife, Viktoria Jackson Carinda, trains hunter/jumpers at Sunshine Meadows in Delray Beach. They live in Wellington. Carinda is also certified in TCVM, or traditional Chinese veterinary medicine, and

Dr. Michael Carinda and groom Donnie Carroll help Louie into the Hydrohorse. does acupuncture and herbology. He’s a graduate of the Chi Institute in Reddick, Fla., a satellite school of the University of Beijing. “I offer a range of treatments and modalities, anything to help the horse,” he said.

These include digital ultrasound, digital radiology, echo cardiography, shock wave therapy and his equine aquatic rehab machine: the Hydrohorse Underwater Treadmill SysSee ROSENBERG, page 27


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Join Me As I Recall The Big Christmas Party Of My Youth I miss the Interstate Drop Forge Christmas Party. What do you mean you’ve never heard of it? It was so magical! Well, I guess if you didn’t grow up in Wisconsin and if you weren’t lucky enough to have a dad who mashed steel into pistons and if that dad didn’t work specifically at Interstate Drop Forge, then I guess there is a possibility that you never heard of their Christmas party. My heart goes out to you. But for me the memories are strong. And every year about this time, I let myself revel in them. Let me take you there the best I can. It’s December in a state that many still believe to be part of Canada. The temperature is in the teens. Mom and Dad have dressed us Get your Sonic Boomer humor every day! Follow Deborah Welky on Twitter at twitter.com/TheSonicBoomer. On Facebook, stop by “The Sonic Boomer” page and click the “Like” button.

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The Sonic BOOMER kids in our Sunday best, then squashed us into winter coats, scarves, hats, mittens and boots. They are hoping we don’t wrinkle too badly because Dad’s boss will be there. “There” is the Elks Club in downtown Milwaukee. The whole building has been rented for the evening — the meeting hall, the banquet hall, the bowling alley, the bar, the whole nine yards. We arrive amid a swirl of snow, and Dad pulls open the gigantic wooden front doors. Inside, Christmas carols are banging away at full volume and everyone is laughing and talking at once. This being the ’60s, the air is thick

with cigarette smoke. We hand our coats to the hat check girl (a real hat check girl! Were we at the Ritz?!), then Dad hustles us off into a quiet corner to give us one last speech on how we’d better behave ourselves because his boss will be there. Once released, we dash madly into the room, where we are basically ignored by our parents for the rest of the evening. It’s not that they trust us to behave, it’s that they want to talk to other adults. All the adults do. And that’s what we kids count on. We start out trying to be good by sitting in metal folding chairs and watching scratchy cartoons and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer on a tripod movie screen. Then my brother Jimmy sees a kid carrying a little cup of ice cream and ferrets out the source. He nudges me, and we leave the movie to walk across the (increasingly sticky) floor to a little window where women are handing out Dixie cups of ice cream and paper cups of soda pop to anyone who asks! For free! The mere prospect of this is simply mind-

boggling. In the days before drive-through windows, soda was a luxury. Especially in Wisconsin, kids drank milk. It was practically a law. We only got soda when company came over. Maybe. (We were also thin as reeds, but that’s another story.) Anyway, it took Jimmy about 30 seconds to figure out how to make his own ice cream soda, and soon all the kids were doing it. He was an Interstate Drop Forge Christmas Party hero! Mom and Dad eventually found us and corralled us back to our seats because now it was time for the talent show. The children of various employees got up on stage (were we in Hollywood?!) and sang a song or played the violin or did whatever other show-offy thing their parents made them do. Then, all of a sudden, the big front doors opened, a blast of cold air flooded the room, there was a loud jingling noise and a stomping of boots, and — you guessed it — Santa Claus had arrived! (Next week: Santa asks The Big Question)

There’s Far Too Much Going On In ‘New Year’s Eve’ Movie The problem with movies such as New Year’s Eve is that there are so many stars in so many differing story arcs that very little of it really matters to the audience. The ball at Times Square won’t descend so that Claire (Hilary Swank) could get fired by her boss (Matthew Broderick), but happily cranky electrician Kominsky (Hector Elizondo) comes to the rescue so she can run to say goodbye to her dying father (Robert DeNiro) being cared for by nurse Aimee (Halle Berry). It sounds like a great story, but it’s just part of more than half a dozen stories that keep mixing together, preventing anyone from really identifying much with any of the performers. We have gorgeous chef Laura (Katherine Heigl) being wooed by former boyfriend, rock singer Jensen (Jon Bon Jovi). They have had a history. And she’s cooking, assisted by Sofia Vergara, for a fancy party run by Rose (Cherry Jones), whose son Sam (Josh Duhamel) is trying to get back to New York so he can meet a mystery woman he met and fell for on the previous New Year’s Eve. And then Bon Jovi’s backup singer Elise (Lea Michele) is stuck in an elevator on her way to her concert, her

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continued from page 25 tem. It holds 2,400 gallons of water and has massaging jets and a whirlpool. “We don’t use the whirlpool too much,” he laughed. “All those bubbles scare the hell out of the horses.” Indeed, everything about the Hydrohorse is built to reassure and comfort horses. It’s 45 feet long, and the walkways into and out of the deepest part, which holds the treadmill, are ribbed rubber and gently slanted — horses don’t just drop into a deep pool.

big break, with grumpy comic book artist Randy (Aston Kutcher). And we should not forget frantic mom Kim (Sarah Jessica Parker) trying to rein in the teenage hormones of her 15-year-old daughter Hailey (Abigail Breslin). And there’s a battle over which of two ladies (Jessica Biel or Sarah Paulson) gives birth first and wins a cash award. And lonely middleaged Ingrid (Michelle Pfeiffer… huh? She’s gorgeous, except in this movie) is being escorted through a bucket list of items by young messenger Paul (Zac Efron). There are so many stories in the movie that what we actually have is a series of interspersed sketches. There is no time for character development. Any one of the story lines might have been the basic skeleton for an in-

teresting movie, but there are just so many people that it is hard to keep track. I actually had to check out a web site listing actors when I wrote this column because I could not remember most of the characters’ names. There are so many performers (and I have left a few out) that after a while, everything becomes a blur. Garry Marshall is one of the great comedy producer/directors. He has a long list of movies (Beaches, Pretty Woman, Runaway Bride) and television series (Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, Mork and Mindy) that have won us over. Last year, he did a similar film, Valentine’s Day, that made a huge profit. But the story arcs in that one held together better. There is nothing wrong with movies that are simply fun on their own terms. I read a few reviews of this film, and some of the critics used the film’s flaws as ways to demonstrate their own cleverness. I have to agree with many of them that there are gaping holes in the plot and that the huge number of performers does make it hard to keep track of what is going on. But on the other hand, having easily recog-

nized performers creates characters even when it seems as though there is no back story. For example, because everyone has seen Halle Berry so often, we immediately accept her as a warm, caring nurse. When she dolls herself up (for one of the more heartwarming moments), the fact that she has transformed herself into a great beauty hardly shocks us. The movie has a lot of funny moments, as well as a lot of simply good ones. Bon Jovi performing can’t be bad, and Lea Michele does him one better with a heartfelt “Auld Lang Syne.” Vergara is hysterically funny, and “hysterically” is certainly the perfect word. No one performs badly, and all seem to have a good time. There are also a lot of nicely sentimental moments, beautifully blended throughout the comedy. I once told my wife that there are some movies that come under the heading of “bad movies that really are wonderfully entertaining.” This movie fits neatly into the category. It is not nearly as good as many of the dramas and even comedy dramas coming out at this time of the year. But it is warm and funny and totally harmless, the kind of movie you could probably enjoy watching on New Year’s Eve.

“We can adjust the water depth, for a pony or small horse, and the treadmill speed,” Carinda explained. “For optimum results, horses spend 30 minutes a day in it and travel the equivalent of 5.6 miles. We build up to that. We start out with five to seven minutes the first day, then increase it by two minutes each day.” The Hydrohorse is great for speeding recovery time for a variety of conditions: bowed tendons and other soft tissue injuries, broken or chipped bones, navicular and other orthopedic surgery recovery. In the latter case, the stitches come out after 10-14 days, and they go right into the pool. “This is a great conditioning and rehabilitation tool,” Carinda said. “Most of our patients

ship in and stay here for one to three months. They’re in the pool every day, unless there’s a lightning storm. The water supports 65 to 70 percent of their weight, so the injury isn’t stressed. The resistance maintains and builds conditioning, especially in the back, butt and shoulders. “In a classic example, a horse with a high suspensory injury would stand in a stall for 90 days, then start back into training. With this therapy, we inject the site with stem cells and platelet-rich plasma, give them one month off, then swim them for two months. They don’t lose condition and are ready to go back into training right away.” They work with any breed, and get a lot of referrals from Dr. Ben Schachter and Dr. Alan

Nixon at Wellington Equine Associates. Full board costs $2,000 a month and includes daily swimming. Donnie Carroll, a Grand Circuit groom, cares for all the horses — and he’s “as good a horseman as you’ll find anywhere,” Carinda said. But anyone’s welcome to ship in and swim their horse for a very reasonable $20 per swim. And the horses really enjoy it. “The first time a horse gets in, he’s usually OK. Sometimes we use carrot treats if he’s uncertain,” Carinda said. “The second time they may act up a little. But after that, they can’t wait to return and walk right in. You can’t beat the pool. There’s no down side to it.” For more information, call Dr. Michael Carinda at (561) 445-5352.

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European Day Spa technicians and staff members with owner Corina Zavici (right). PHOTO BY JESSICA GREGOIRE/TOWN-CRIER

Wellington’s European Day Spa Offers Quality Services By An Experienced Team By Jessica Gregoire Town-Crier Staff Report A relaxing sanctuary in the heart of Wellington, European Day Spa is an upscale spa offering quality beauty service and expertise to the community. Technicians and staff have many years of experience and enjoy catering to clients with one-on-one personal attention. “When you see that from your own hands, a client’s skin has become radiant and glowing and the person is very happy, that’s the best part,” owner Corina Zavici said. “It’s a very rewarding profession.” Zavici opened European Day Spa four years ago and has over 14 years of experience in the spa industry. Originally from Romania, Zavici has always had a passion for beauty and health. When she first came to the United States in 1991, she worked as a registered nurse for three years, but something kept on pulling her in the direction of the beauty industry. “Deep down, for my entire life, I was compelled by the whole beauty industry,” Zavici said. “So I turned to this profession because it makes me really happy, and I genuinely enjoy what I do.” With sufficient medical experience under her belt, Zavici decided to follow her heart and opened two European Day Spa locations, one in New York and one in New Jersey. Although Zavici’s business was successful, she decided after 16 years of living up north that it was time for a change, so she sold her northern locations. “I was at a time in my life where I needed a change, and I felt like I needed something different,” she said. Zavici set her sights on Wellington after a visit with some friends over a New Year’s vacation. “I absolutely feel in love with Wellington,” she said. For Zavici, Wellington was a prime spot for a new European Day Spa location. “It’s a little hidden treasure of Florida, and in my opinion it’s one of the most beautiful areas in Florida,” she said.

The spa offers a team of 21 technicians who are experienced in spa manicure and pedicures, many massage therapy procedures and facials. “Many technicians have dual licenses and can do everything,” Zavici said. “And the technicians here continue their education, with once-a-month trainings for massage, facials, manicure and pedicure, so we always know what is new in the industry.” Zavici believes clients enjoy coming to European Day Spa not only for its upscale service, but also for the relationship they have with the technicians. “There is a special bond that the technicians have with their clients,” she said. European Day Spa carries healthful botanical products, which are therapeutic for the skin. “Especially in this oversaturated market, clients have to read what specific products they are putting on their skin,” Zavici said. European Day Spa offers a variety of facials, which include a double oxygen facial, toning facial, chemical peel facial, microdermabrasion and oxygen blasts. “We use pure oxygen and 87 combinations of minerals and vitamins,” Zavici said. “All of these procedures have impressive results.” The spa’s technicians educate clients on how to keep a healthy skin appearance. “We show them what products to use and teach them how to use the products,” Zavici said. “And we give them all types of information and books to understand and recognize their skin types.” Zavici also emphasizes the importance of cleanliness at European Day Spa. “Because of my medical background, I focus mostly on the sterilization and sanitation,” she said. “That’s why we don’t have absolutely any kind of problems in that regard.” European Day Spa is located in the Wellington Plaza at 12783-G W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington. For more information, visit www.wellingtoneuropeandayspa.com or call (561) 790-0505.

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See’s Candies Gift Center Open In Mall At Wellington Green The holiday frenzy is here, and See’s Candies Gift Center is back in the area for the holidays. Its annual holiday gift center is open now through Dec. 26 in the Mall at Wellington Green. Below are some of the many offering available at See’s: • Winter Wonderland Box — This special box is filled with chocolate pieces such as Scotchmallows, butterscotch squares, milk chocolate foil balls and molasses chips. The cost is $6.80 for 4.8 oz. • Truffles — The most divine chocolate See’s has to offer. Each Truffle features a richly flavored center with a delicate chocolate coating. Flavors include dark chocolate chip, café au lait, hazelnut, malt, key lime, raspberry and lemon, offered in a beautiful gold box. The cost is $10.05 for a half-pound and $20.10 for 1 lb. • Gourmet Lollypops — Candy fanciers of all ages love these unique square lollypops made from heavy cream, butter and flavors of real vanilla, Colombian coffee, smooth chocolate and rich butterscotch.

Assorted flavors include vanilla, butterscotch, chocolate and café latté. The cost is $7.80 for 12 lollypops and $17.40 for 30. • Peanut Brittle — Fresh AAgrade butter and premium peanuts combine to make this signature See’s peanut brittle. Cooked slowly and rolled by hand to create a tender yet snappy brittle. The cost is $5.85 for 5 oz. or $17.70 for 1.5 lbs. Sugar-free peanut brittle costs $9.75 for 8 oz. For more information, visit www. sees.com.

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Hospice Of PBC Physician Achieves Prestigious Honor

Hospice of Palm Beach County has announced that Dr. James W. Smith Jr. has achieved the status of Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. The fellowship designation is based on the achievement of a significant body of work in the field of hospice and palliative medicine. Smith, who has been on staff at Hospice of Palm Beach County for the last seven years, dedicates a great deal of his time to the education and training of hospice and palliative care to second and third year medical students. He also has numerous volunteer and academic endeavors to his credit. Smith serves as the organization’s internal expert on pediatric end-oflife care. In addition to his work with Hospice of Palm Beach County, he has been in family practice since 1984. “We are incredibly proud of Dr. Smith’s achievement,” said Dr. Faustino Gonzalez, vice president of medical affairs for Hospice of Palm Beach County. “This presti-

gious honor truly reflects his excellence in the field and contributions to the hospice and palliative medicine community. His achievement exemplifies the quality of care we are able to provide the patients and families in our care.” In addition to Smith, the majority of the organization’s team of physicians is board certified in hospice and palliative care — five of them also achieving the status of Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Hospice of Palm Beach County is the leading provider of hospice care in the community. Since 1978, its expert staff have cared for nearly 70,000 patients nearing end-oflife. When a cure is no longer an option, Hospice puts patients and families first — committed to doing whatever it takes to provide compassionate care and ensure the highest quality of life. To learn more about Hospice of Palm Beach County’s award-winning interdisciplinary care teams, and the programs and services the

Dr. James W. Smith Jr. organization offers to patients and families in the community, visit www.hpbc.com or call (800) HOSPICE. Hospice of Palm Beach County cares for everyone who needs and wants its services, regardless of ability to pay.

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Marshall Foundation Names Raffenberg To Board Of Directors Nancy Marshall, president of the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation, has announced that Matthew Raffenberg has been named to the nonprofit organization’s board of directors. As the environmental services manager for Florida Power & Light Company in Juno Beach, Raffenberg has spent more than 13 years working in the area of environmental compliance and permitting, environmental science and aquatic ecology. Prior to joining FPL in 2005, he was a senior environmental scientist and project manager for Lawl-

er, Mutsky and Skelly Engineers LLP – Ener gy Group, and he worked for several years as assistant research scientist on the State of Illinois’ Natural History Survey. Raffenberg has served as chair of the Natural Resources Committee for the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce. He earned a bachelor’s degree in natural resources at Ohio State University and a master’s degree in wildlife and fisheries biology from the University of Vermont. “Matthew Raffenberg has extensive experience managing water

projects in a range of aquatic environments including wetlands, large river systems, reservoirs, inland lakes, tidal rivers, and estuaries, which will make him an incredibly valuable addition to the Marshall Foundation’s Board of Directors,” Marshall said. Based in Palm Beach County, the Marshall Foundation champions the restoration and preservation of the greater Everglades ecosystem through science-based education and outreach programs. Annually, more than 25,000 elementary and high school students

in Palm Beach County actively participate in the Marshall Foundation’s various education programs. Founded in 1998, the nonprofit or ganization has in recent years awarded more than $450,000 in scholarships and internships, planted nearly 100,000 native Florida trees in wetland areas, and involved more than 5,000 volunteers in hands-on restoration projects. For more information about the Marshall Foundation, call (561) 233-9004 or visit www.artmarshall. com.

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An IRS Reminder: Time Running Short For 2011 Tax Moves The Internal Revenue Service is reminding taxpayers they have just a couple of weeks left to make some final tax moves for the 2011 tax year. The following are several key points to consider: • Charitable Contributions — Make 2011 deductible charitable contributions no later than Dec. 31. Give to a qualified public charity and keep a paper trail. Clothing and household items must generally be in good used condition or better to be deductible. Donations charged to a credit card by Dec. 31 are deduct-

ible for 2011 even if the bill is paid in 2012. Taxpayers must be itemizing deductions on a Schedule A in order to benefit. • Save Energy, Save on Taxes Later — Improve your home. The home-energy tax credit expires at the end of this year; it’s worth 10 percent of the cost of new windows, doors, skylights, insulation, and heating and air conditioning systems, up to a maximum $500 credit (but no more than $200 can be allocated to new windows). You must install the upgrades by Dec. 31 in

order to claim the credit, but you can’t claim it for 2011 if you already took advantage of $500 or more of energy tax credits in previous years. • Sell the Losers — Check investments and consider a portfolio adjustment. Taxpayers can deduct capital losses up to the amount of capital gains plus $3,000. This deduction is “above the line” so all can benefit. • Retirement Account Contributions — The maximum 2011 IRA contribution is $5,000 ($6,000 if age 50 or over). Eligible taxpayers can

also deduct their IRA contributions. The Retirement Savings Contribution Credit or “saver’s credit” is also available to taxpayers who contribute to a retirement plan and whose income is generally less than $56,500. This under-the-radar tax credit may be worth up to $2,000 for eligible taxpayers. • Sales Tax Deduction — This deduction allows taxpayers who itemize on IRS Schedule A to deduct state sales tax in lieu of state income tax. It especially benefits Florida taxpayers since there is no

state income tax. Those considering buying a big-ticket item such as a new car might consider doing so before year end as those big-ticket items can be added to the state sales tax tables found in the 2011 IRS 1040 instruction booklet or online at www.irs.gov. • Save Receipts and Paperwork — Accurate record keeping is a must and also provides a good reminder. For more year-end tax information and to access all IRS forms and publications, visit www.irs.gov.


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Parade Productions To Present ‘Brooklyn Boy’ At Mizner Parade Productions, Boca Raton’s newest theater company, has completed casting for its upcoming production of Brooklyn Boy. It will run Jan. 26 through Feb. 12 at the Studio at Mizner Park. Artistic Director Kim St. Leon and Producing Director Candace Caplin are extremely pleased with their cast. “It took us a while,” Caplin said. “We refused to ‘settle’ — and we’re delighted with each and every one of our choices.” Brooklyn Boy has been called one of Donald Margulies’ funniest and most moving plays. With sparkling dialogue, humor and just the right amount of poignancy, the playwright examines the consequences of success and reminds us that nobody’s journey through life can be made without some bad decisions, wrong directions or regrets. St. Leon, who will direct the production, brings over 35 years of stage, television and film experience to the company. Among her many stage credits are acclaimed productions of Faith Healer at Inside/Out Theater, Nine Parts of Desire and The Memory of Water at the Mosaic Theatre, many seasons of City Theatre’s “Summer Shorts,” the world premiere of Men Don’t Go to

Heaven for the Alchemy Theater Company, Zombie Prom and Five Women Wearing the Same Dress at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, and the award-winning regional production of Frankie and Johnny at the Claire De Lune. “Brooklyn Boy spoke to me on so many levels,” St. Leon said. “It’s about family forgiveness, acceptance, the crazy artist life… But it’s especially about parents and children — how we have written on each other with words and deeds, and how patterns and ways families communicate are passed on from generation to generation.” Avi Hoffman will star as author Eric Weiss, who discovers his newfound success and celebrity comes with some unexpected complications. Hoffman is one of South Florida’s busiest and most popular actors. He is celebrated for his awardwinning one-man shows Too Jewish? and Too Jewish, Too!, broadcast nationally on PBS. His newest show, Still Jewish After All These Years, is scheduled to open in New York in May 2012. The multi-talented Hoffman is the founder of the National Center for Jewish Cultural Arts and the New Vista Theatre. He recently directed As Bees in

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Honey Drown at Rising Action Theatre and has just completed an extremely successful turn as Wilber Turnblad in the Actor’s Playhouse production of Hairspray. Michael Gioia (Ira Zimmer) is well known to South Florida audiences. He is the owner and executive director of the Acting School of South Florida, holds a master’s degree from the University of Florida, and is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and the Screen Actors’ Guild. He has acted or directed more than 75 productions in theater and film.

Ryan Didato (Tyler Shaw) holds a bachelor’s degree in acting from New World School of the Arts. His recent appearance as Mark Rothko’s assistant Ken in Red at GableStage earned him rave reviews from audiences and critics alike. Some of his other South Florida credits include The Irish Curse at Mosaic Theatre (Silver Palm, Best Ensemble), Speech and Debate at GableStage (Carbonell nominated, Best Ensemble), and Camp Kappawanna for City Theatre. Rounding out the cast are Jacqueline Laggy, Sy Fish, Blaze Powers

and Candace Caplin. Parade Productions is a not-forprofit theater company whose mission is “to produce high-quality theater experiences that entertain, enlighten, inform, uplift and inspire audiences, sending them home with new thoughts, insights, questions and ideas.” Performances will take place Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $30 ($25 for groups of 20 or more). Tickets are available online at www.parade productions.org. For group sales, call (561) 291-9678.

The Phantom Recommends Kids Cookie-Decorating Events Children of all ages are invited to bread men, Christmas trees, dre- Hospital at St. Mary’s Medical Cendecorate holiday cookies at Prosec- idels, and menorahs — and they will ter. co Café at PGA Commons in Palm also provide icing, sprinkles, colThe children, who will be decoBeach Gardens on Saturday, Dec. ored sugar and chocolate for the rating the cookies at these two con17 from 3 to 5 p.m., and at its sister children to decorate the cookies. tests, are asked to register for the restaurant, Saquella Café in Royal “My children, my wife and I events online at www.proseccocafe. Palm Place in Boca Raton, on Sun- wanted to find a way to celebrate com or www.saquellacafe.com, so day, Dec. 18 from 3 to 5 p.m. the holidays and to give back to oth- that Sekerel will have an accurate Each child who participates in the er children,” Sekerel said. “We are head count. Children will also be cookie-decorating contest will have very blessed to be able to host these able to register, on-site, at each the opportunity to decorate two two events, at both of our restau- event, as well. cookies and to compete for three rants, that will bring joy to the chilThe children will be decorating cash prizes — $75, $50, and $25 dren who will be decorating the their cookies on long, 60-foot tables — at each restaurant. Children are cookies and to the children who will at each event. While the contest at also asked to bring at least one new, be receiving toys at St. Mary’s. Prosecco Café will be held on the unwrapped toy to this fun familyChild Life Program Director outdoor patio at the restaurant, the oriented event, which will then be David Tkac said he and others at the contest at Saquella Café will be held donated to children at St. Mary’s Parent-Child Center ’s Child Life in the road in front of the restauMedical Center in West Palm Beach program value the support of the rant, at Royal Palm Place in Boca this month. community during the holidays. Raton, which will be blocked off for “This is a wonderful way to cele- “When children are ill and in the the event. brate the holidays,” said Avi Seker- hospital, they unable to celebrate the Sekerel is expecting several hun- infants through age 18 at St. Mary’s sandwiches and flat breads and el chef/owner of Prosecco Café and holidays with their loved ones,” dred children each day for the cook- Medical Center. Volunteers, includ- creamy gelato, along with a wide Saquella Café. “The children can Tkac said. “The gifts that the chil- ie decorating contest and toy col- ing the Pop Warner cheerleading variety of delicious entrees. The have fun decorating and eating the dren receive from caring individu- lection. Each child who registers team from Royal Palm Beach, will emphasis at the restaurant is on cookies — which we will bake at als really makes a difference dur- will be given a number that will be be in uniform and they will be help- scratch-cooking and a definitive No our restaurants — but they will also ing their hospital stay.” placed next to their cookies. The ing out with both cookie decorat- Fry Zone. be donating toys to the children that The Parent-Child Center Inc. has judges will choose the most creative ing contests. Saquella Café is located in Royal are at St. Mary’s. We are proud to two special programs, the Child Life cookies and award prizes between Prosecco Café and Saquella Café Palm Place at 410 Via De Palmas be able to get the community in- and Pediatric Oncology Support 4:30 and 5 p.m. each day. The chil- are dedicated to serving up soul-sat- Boca Raton. Call (561) 338-8840 volved, in a wonderful family-cen- Team (POST) programs, which are dren who win first, second and third isfying dishes that comprise high- or visit www.saquellacafe.com for tered event, that captures the true dedicated to providing medical psy- place at each contest will receive quality, healthful ingredients — more information. spirit of the season.” chosocial support services to chil- cash prizes of $75, $50 and $25, with Mediterranean and Asian acProsecco Café is located in PGA Sekerel noted that he and his tal- dren who have acute or chronic respectively. This event is free and cents — for breakfast, lunch, din- Commons at 4580 PGA Blvd. in ented bakers will provide an array health conditions and their families. open to children of all ages. As for ner and in-between. Diners are also Palm Beach Gardens. Call (561) of delicious homemade cookies Both programs provide services to donations, new, unwrapped toys are enticed by yummy fresh baked 622-3222 or visit www.prosecco gratis — in the shapes of ginger- children who are in the Children’s needed for children ranging from goods, refreshing salads, inventive cafe.com for more information. Joe Nasuti, the Phantom, is a featured writer for the Town-Crier, Forever Young and www.yournews.com. Comments & recommendations are welcome at thephantomdiners@aol.com.


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Lady Broncos Soccer Team Tops WHS 4-1; Boys Tie At 1 By Gene Nardi Town-Crier Staff Report The Palm Beach Central High School girls and boys varsity soccer teams hosted cross-town rival Wellington High School on Friday, Dec. 9. The boys game ended in a 1-1 tie, while the Lady Broncos defeated Wellington 4-1, marking the team’s first win over the Wolverines. For the past seven years, Wellington consistently has topped the Lady Broncos on the pitch, which has always added fuel to the rivalry. The Palm Beach Central squad was determined to “break the spell” on their home turf. On a damp field, from rain

Lady Bronco Isabella Grajales goes up for a header. PHOTOS BY GENE NARDI/TOWN-CRIER

throughout the day, Palm Beach Central kicked off and played Wellington head-to-head for 40 minutes, with neither team scoring by the end of the first half. Near the end of the half, the Broncos nearly took the lead when a defensive foul by Wellington in the penalty area created a penalty kick. Palm Beach Central forward Natalia Hernandez’s kick was saved by the Wolverine keeper Antoinette Walton. The second half is when everything opened up for the Broncos. In the first minute of play, Amber Agrillo took a shot inside on the Wellington frame, putting it in the back of the net to take the lead; the Broncos would never give up the lead. With Palm Beach Central leading 1-0 early in the second half, Wellington did manage to force Bronco keeper Hayley Brunner to make seven saves, but the Palm Beach Central defense would not break. Bronco midfielder Michelle Nilsen scored for the Broncos as she fought for a ball deep on the attacking third, taking a shot from the left side that beat the Wellington keeper, hitting the far right corner of the net to extend the lead 2-0. Wellington, down by 2, adjusted their formation and continued to pressure the Palm Beach Central defense as the rain began to fall. Wellington midfielder Katie Casey scored the lone goal on a penalty kick to cut the Palm Beach Central lead 2-1. As the match approached

Wolverine Raylynn Malec heads the ball from a corner kick. full time, Palm Beach Central capitalized on two Wellington defensive errors, scoring twice in less than two minutes to extend their lead 4-1, putting it out of reach for the Wolverines. Bronco midfielder Mia Griner scored, and Hernandez put in the final goal. Palm Beach Central earned local bragging rights for the first time with the 4-1 victory. The boys game was a different story. Both squads had opportunities, but each were denied by the goalkeepers, coming up big on several occasions. The Broncos scored See SOCCER, page 38

Bronco Michelle Nilsen battles Katie Casey for control.

Alyssa May settles the ball for control against Wellington.

Bronco Natalia Hernandez keeps possession while Natalie Kelly defends.

Wolverine Boys Basketball Squad Falls To Gardens 54-42 By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report The Wellington High School boys varsity basketball team fell to Palm Beach Gardens 54-42 at a home game Friday, Dec. 9. The Wolverines (5-2) were quickly overpowered by the Gators, who

jumped out to an early lead that Wellington couldn’t catch. In the first quarter, Gardens dominated 207. In the second quarter, Wellington fought to keep the Gators from scoring, holding them to only 12 points. However, the Wolverines

Wellington’s Alex Peavler takes the ball around a Gators’ defender

were only able to put in an additional four baskets, ending the half 32-15. The third quarter saw more action for the Wolverines, who were able to score more baskets than Gardens, cutting into their lead. Wellington put up 12 points to the Gators’ 9, but it wasn’t enough to take the lead and the teams finished the quarter 41-27. Midway through the fourth quarter, the Wolverines cut Gardens’ lead to 10 points. With four minutes left in the game, Wellington was down 45-35, but personal fouls and calls for holding against the Wolverines gave Gardens free points. The Wolverines fought to make up the points, but those mistakes put the Gators on the free-throw line eight times in the quarter. Ultimately, Wellington couldn’t make up the points and lost 54-42. Stephane Beneche led the Wolverines with 14 points, while Mike Morosco added 10 points. The Wolverines travel to Royal Palm Beach on Friday, Dec. 16 for a 7:30 p.m. game.

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RPB Recreational Youth Basketball News Royal Palm Beach will soon hold registration for the high school division of its youth basketball program. The high school division is co-ed and is open to both Royal Palm Beach residents and non-residents. For residents, registration will begin Friday, Dec. 30 at the Royal Palm Recreation Center. Registrations will be accepted Dec. 30 through Feb. 17 or until filled. Players not living in Royal Palm Beach may register beginning Jan. 5. Call the Royal Palm Recreation Center at (561) 790-5124 for more information. Players may also register online at www.royalpalmbeach.

com from Jan. 5 through Feb. 15 until filled. Register early as spaces are limited. In addition, volunteer coaches are needed for the youth basketball program. A coaches organizational meeting for the high school division of the youth basketball program will be held Monday, Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. at the recreation center. Coaches will evaluate players on Tuesday, Feb 21. The league’s games will be held Tuesday and Thursday nights at the rec center gymnasium. Coaches are required to register in advance. For more information, call (561) 790-5124 or visit www.royalpalmbeach.com.

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continued from page 37 their first goal of the evening when forward Sebastain Quiroz fought through the Wellington defense, and placed the ball into the net to make the score 1-0. Palm Beach Central would battle to hold their lead, as Wellington dominated in the possession arena, passing the ball accurately. Welling-

ton struck in the 68th minute with the equalizer. Defender Danny Rubio pushed up the pitch, sneaking through the Palm Beach Central defense and sliding in to push the ball past the Bronco keeper. Both teams rallied back with opportunities, but again, only to be denied by strong defensive play. Bronco keeper Anthony Petrone and Wolverine keeper Dillon Gilliano each provided solid play to end the match 1-1. Bronco Warren Sainvil battles to win the ball from Wellington’s Luis Zamorano.

Cobras To Hold Travel Baseball Tryouts Dec. 27 The West Boynton Cobras 10-U travel baseball team will hold tryouts Tuesday, Dec. 27 at 5 p.m. at the Lake Worth baseball fields (900 22nd Ave. North, Lake Worth). Players cannot turn 11 before May 1. The team will compete in the Florida Travel Baseball League 10-

U Majors Division as well as the Amateur Athletic Union/South Florida Travel Baseball League. For additional information, contact Luke Rivara at (954) 740-0712 or westboyntoncobras@bellsouth. net, or visit the team’s web site at www.westboyntoncobras.com.

Wellington forward Jesus Castellon takes a shot on goal against Palm Beach Central.

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Allianz Championship Invites Nonprofits To Join Fundraiser Registration is now open for nonprofits to tee-up to participate in the Allianz Championship’s second annual “Birdies Fore Charity,” a fundraising program in which participating nonprofit organizations solicit pledges from supporters based on the number of birdies made by PGA Champions Tour players during the three-day championship play Friday through Sunday, Feb. 10-12. According to Allianz Championship Tournament Director Ryan Dillon, participating organizations keep 100 percent of the pledges collected on their behalf. Donor participants supporting their charity of choice can either make a one-time flat donation (minimum $10), or make a pledge of 2 cents or more for each birdie made by Champions Tour players during the 2012 Allianz Championship. Participating donors can either choose one of organizations listed at the tournament’s web site at www.allianzchampionship.com/ pages/birdies-fore-charity or choose to make the donation to benefit another charity of their choice. To date, nonprofits registered to benefit from participation include Take Stock In Children, 4KIDS of South Florida, the Farmworker Coordinating Council of Palm Beach County, the

Autism Society of Broward County and SB Idea Inc. Other than postage for mailing in completed pledge forms for administration to the Allianz Championship, there is no cost to organizations to take part in the program. The Allianz Championship provides all the online donation administration, pledge forms for participating organizations, and program administration, invoicing, processing and accounting, but will not solicit pledges of behalf of any participating organization. “We look forward to increasing the ‘field of nonprofits’ and ‘charity purse’ this year as the inaugural group saw just how easy it was to raise much-needed funds without all the hassle of administration,” Dillon said. “The fundraising opportunities are unlimited.” He noted that a pledge of 2 cents per birdie times 800 birdies can yield a total of $16, and if there are 500 participants, that adds up to $8,000, with participating charities receiving 100 percent of their collected donations. As an added incentive to donors, each person who makes a pledge to Birdies Fore Charity will be given a “chance to win” by guessing the total number of birdies made by

Champions Tour players during the 2012 Allianz Championship. One correct guess will win two tickets to the 2012 Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Georgia. Donors also qualify to win random drawings conducted by the Allianz Championship. The contest is open to participants 18 years or older; one guess is allowed per Birdies Fore Charity pledge with no more than 10 total entries per participant. To participate in the Allianz Championship Birdies Fore Charities, nonprofits and their supporters can visit www.allianzchampion ship.com, contact Danielle Husby at dhusby@allianzchampionship. com or call the tournament office at (561) 241-GOLF (4653). The tournament is managed by Pro Links Sports, headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. Directing six tournaments on the Champions Tour schedule, all are continuously voted in the top ten tournaments by the players. This reputation attracts the top golfers on the PGA Championship Tour to Boca Raton, along with other legends of golf. The week-long sixth annual Allianz Championship schedule of events includes three days of championship play from Friday through Sunday, Feb. 10-12, plus the sec-

Family Day will take place Satur day, Feb. 11. ond annual Women’s Executive Pro-Am on Tuesday, Feb. 7 with an Executive Pro-Am Draw Party that evening; two days of Executive ProAm play on Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 8 and 9; and the third annual Golf & Wine Experience and second annual Family Day during

the second day of championship play, Saturday, Feb. 11. The Allianz Championship, with free general admission on all three championship play days, will be held on the Old Course at Broken Sound Club, 1401 NW 51st Street (Yamato Road) in Boca Raton.


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Saturday, Dec. 17 • The Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association will hike Okeeheelee Park (7715 Forest Hill Blvd.) on Saturday, Dec. 17. Hike about 4 miles in Palm Beach County’s largest park, beginning at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast afterward. Call Daisy at (561) 439-5780 for more info. • The Audubon Society of the Everglades will hold a bird walk on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 8 a.m. at the Okeeheelee Nature Center (7715 Forest Hill Blvd.). Meet on the porch. For more info., contact Linda Humphries at (561) 742-7791 or hlindaase@aol.com. • Visit the Wellington Green Market on Saturday, Dec. 17 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host “Writing Series: Critiquing” for adults Satur day, Dec. 17 at 9 a.m. Critique partners are an invaluable part of the writing process, helping you improve your manuscript. Par ticipants will discuss critiquing and do a sample exercise together. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • St. Peter’s United Methodist Church (12200 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington) invites the community to join in The Nativity Experience, a celebration of the Christmas story through drama and music, on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 17 and 18 at 7 p.m. Tickets are free but are being distributed in advance to ensure seating. A reception will follow both productions. For info., call (561) 793-5712 or visit www.stpeters-umc.org. Sunday, Dec. 18 • The Acreage Horseman’s Association will hold its Barrel Racing Awards Banquet at noon on Sunday, Dec. 18 at Nicole Hornstein Equestrian Park (14780 Hamlin Blvd.). The top six point-winners for the past season will be awarded saddles worth $1,300 each, and every child who participated will receive a certificate or plaque. The club will provide the main course and drinks. Attendees are requested to bring a potluck dish to share. For more info., visit www.acreage horseman.com. • Honeybee’s Hydroponic U-Pick (15550 Okeechobee Blvd., Loxahatchee Groves) will host a Ladybug Release Party on Sunday, Dec. 18 to release ladybugs to fight off the bad bugs eating its strawberries. Each person will receive ladybugs to release on the farm. There will be bounce houses and other activities, including a costume contest

for 12 and under. Registration begins at 1 p.m., and the contest starts at 3 p.m. Ladybugs will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or while supplies last. Food and drinks will be available. For info., call (561) 795-3399. Monday, Dec. 19 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature “Legos” for age 8 and up Monday, Dec. 19 at 4 p.m. Builders inspire themselves to create vehicles or buildings out of Lego pieces. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Cleanup Story Time” for ages 4 to 9 on Monday, Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m. Who knew cleaning could be so much fun? Encourage children to enjoy chores. Parents or guardians are invited. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Tuesday, Dec. 20 • The Palm Beach County Commission will meet Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 9:30 a.m. at the government center’s Jane M. Thompson Memorial Chambers (301 N. Olive Ave., sixth floor, West Palm Beach). For more info., visit www.pbcgov.com. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host “Novel Destinations: Book Discussion Series” for adults Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 2 p.m. Barbara Harnick will lead a discussion of A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. Sign up and check out the book. Call (561) 7906030 for more info. • The Loxahatchee Groves Town Council will meet Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District office (101 West D Road). For more info., call (561) 793-2418 or visit www. loxahatcheegroves.org. Wednesday, Dec. 21 • Applications for the Wellington Idol Talent Contest will be taken through Wednesday, Dec. 21 at the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) and Village Park (11700 Pierson Road) during normal business hours. Competition will be held at the Wellington Amphitheater over several weekends in late January and early February. The competition is open to amateur performers who live in Wellington or attend a Wellington school. Registration is $20 for individuals and $40 for groups. For more info., or to download an application, visit www.wellingtonfl.gov. • “Tiny Tales” Jewish Story Time and Crafts for children ages 3 to 5 will begin See CALENDAR, page 41


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COMMUNITY CALENDAR CALENDAR, continued from page 40 Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 11 a.m. at Temple Beth Tikvah (4550 Jog Road Greenacres) and continue every Wednesday through the winter. There is no charge, and it’s open to the public. Call (561) 967-3600 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Novel Destinations: Book Discussion Series” for adults Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 6:30 p.m. Sara Harris will lead a discussion of The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. Sign up and check out the book. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Thursday, Dec. 22 • Temple Beth Tikvah (4550 Jog Road, Greenacres) will present Cantor Lyle Rockler on Thursday, Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. as part of its Cultural Series. Rockler will discuss his book Chazzonos, a story about cantor Hal Perlmutter, whose life changed forever when he inherited an unexpected windfall. The program is free. Call (561) 967-3600 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host “Reptile Stor y Time” for ages 4 to 6 on Thur sday, Dec. 22 at 3:30 p.m. Listen to stories about lizards and snakes, sing songs and make a simple craft. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Wellington Jewish Center will host a free Chanukah Party on Thursday, Dec. 22 at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). The event will take place from 4 to 7 p.m., with a menorah lighting at 6 p.m. There will be a mobile arcade for kids and live music for adults, featuring a live per formance by Kadosh. F or more info., call (561) 333-4663 or visit www. wellingtonjewishcenter.org. Saturday, Dec. 24 • The Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association will hike Apoxee Park in the West Palm Beach Water Catchment Area on Saturday, Dec. 24. Meet at the entrance on Jog Road, 1 mile north of Okeechobee Blvd. at 8 a.m. for a challenging 8mile hike. Plenty of water is a must. Call Joe at (561) 616-8790 for more info. • Visit the Wellington Green Market on Saturday, Dec. 24 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. Sunday, Dec. 25 • The Jewish Community Center of the Palm Beaches invites the community to two fun, family-friendly events planned in Jupi-

ter and Palm Beach Gardens on Sunday, Dec. 25. Join Ken Krimstein, author of Kvetch As Kvetch Can, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Talay Thai in Palm Beach Gardens for an afternoon of food and laughter. Admission is $42 and includes dinner. For more info., call Melissa Engelberg at (561) 712-5226 or e-mail melissae@jcconline.com. Latkes on the Lanes will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at Jupiter Lanes bowling alley. This includes a latke-tasting competition, the Great Dreidle Spin-Off and a fun day of bowling. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for children ages 8 to 16, which includes unlimited bowling and shoe rental. For more info., call Rachel Fox at (561) 712-5279 or e-mail rachelf@jcconline.com. Monday, Dec. 26 • Good Earth Farm (2141 B Road, Loxahatchee Groves) will host “Winter Camp at the Farm” for ages 6 to 12 Monday through Friday, Dec. 26-30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A hot lunch served each day in the cafe is included in the cost of $230. Only 20 children will be accepted. Call Nancy at (561) 792-2666 for reservations and more info. Tuesday, Dec. 27 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Winter Break Wonderland” for all ages Tuesday, Dec. 27 at 10:15 a.m. Try it for an hour or all morning long. It’s your choice: board games in the story time room, or puzzles and coloring in the youth services area. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will feature “Winter Break Fun: Paper Beads” on Tuesday, Dec. 27 at 3:30 p.m. for ages 10 to 15. Learn how to make paper beads out of magazines, then turn the beads into bracelets, necklaces and earrings. Call (561) 790-6030 to preregister. • The Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center (100 Sweet Bay Lane) will host a trip to Florida Atlantic University on Tuesday, Dec. 27 for a clinic by FAU men’s basketball coach Mike Jarvis, who will go over “Skills for Life: The Fundamentals You Need to Succeed.” On Dec. 28, participants will visit the FAU arena for the Owls’ basketball game against Siena. All camp registration will be through the recreation center. For more info., call (561) 215-5958. Send calendar items to: The Town-Crier, 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 31, Wellington, FL 33414. FAX: (561) 793-6090. Email: news@gotowncrier.com.

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HUNTINGTON LEARNING CENTER — in W ellington needs EXAM PREP COORDINAT OR Bachelors Degree- Demonstrate Solid Performance on SAT and ACT (either verbal or math sections) Available to work evenings and Saturdays. Also needed: EXAM PREP TUTORS Now Hiring SAT/ACT Preparation T utors. Must have a 4 year degree preferably in Mathmetics or English. Be available to tutor on Saturdays. Please e-mail resume to:marlenegiraud@hlcwellington.com VOLUNTEERS NEEDED — 14 years and over for community service. Have fun with animals & kids 792-2666 WELLINGTON CAB HIRING — part-time dispatcher. Dispatcher experience, computer literate, telephone etiquette. Pro-active self starter individual looking for career. Some days - mostly nights & weekends. 561-333-0181 ENTRY LEVEL RECEPTIONIST — Computer literate. Heavy phones & filing. Fax resume 561333-2680 WINDOW INSTALLERS WANTED Subcontractors only. Top Pay. No Brokers. Call Matt 561-714-8490 Lic. & ins. QUALIFIED PIZZA DRIVERS — Over 21 experienced delivery person apply in person 601 RPB Blvd. Pizzano’s PART-TIME MEDICAL OFFICE — computer skills & good organizational skills a plus. File room, posting charts & front desk work. Hours are Flexible. Call between 10 am & 4pm Monday - Friday 561-2364557

HOUSE FOR SALE — 3 bedroom/2 bath home, 10.5 plus acres, also approved to be sub-divided into 4 parcels. Horse Lover’s Dream. Wellington Little Ranches. 12033 Acme Road Just Reduced Please call Julie Poof, 561-222-0601or rent $3500/monthly

LOXAHATCHEE GROVES 3/2/2 RANCH HOME –— 4266 sq. ft. on 5 acres. $250,000 Structure built w/o permits. Sold as is. Cash Sale 561-315-0570

REAL ESTATE FOR RENT — Efficiency, fully furnished, full kitchen & bath,TV, cable, Washer/Dryer, all utilities included. One person, No Pets, No Smokers. Short Term Lease $800 Per Month. 1st & Security call 561-790-0857 or 561-6320464

GARAGE SALE FOR A CAUSE — BROCK SMITH CANCER FUND Saturday, Dec. 17th 8 a.m. 340 Business Parkway, Royal Palm Beach. Furniture, clothes, household items, baby clothes, toys etc.

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

MOBILE-TEC ON-SITE COMPUTER SERVICE — The computer experts that come to you! Hardware/ Software setup, support & troubleshooting w w w.mobiletec.ne t. 561-248-2611 D.J. COMPUTER — Home & office, Spyware removal, websites, networks, repairs, upgrades, virus removal, tutoring. Call Jeff 561-3331923 Cell 561-252-1186 Lic’d Well. & Palm Beach. We accept major credit cards.

STOP SCRATCHING AND GNAWING Promote healing & hair growth. Stamp out ITCHAMACALLITTS! Shampoo with HAPPY JACK itch. No More apply Skin balm add Tonekote to diet. Goldcoast Feed 793-4607 www.kennelvax.com

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

HOUSECLEANING — 20 yrs experience. Excellent local references. Shopping available. 561-572-1782 I WILL CLEAN YOUR HOUSE OR APARTMENT — Reasonable rates, excellent references call Roxanne at 561-693-8163 HURRICANE SHUTTERS P&M CONTRACTORS — ACCORDION SHUTTERS Gutters, screen enclosures, siding, soffits, aluminum roofs, Serving the Western Communities. Since 1985. U-17189 561-791-9777

NOT FOR PROFIT — Government Corporation Issued and Gtd. Call me for a free quote. Marc Piven, Agent 561-635-1168 Auto & Commercial Available.

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

MOLD & MILDEW INSPECTIONS Air Quality Testing, leak detection. US building inspectors, mention this ad for discount. 561-784-8811. State of Fl. Lic. & Ins. #MRSA1796

RJA PAINTING & DECORATING, INC. — Interior Exterior, Faux Finish, Residential,Commercial.Lic. #U17536 Rocky Armento, Jr. 561793-5455 561-662-7102 WANTED TO BUY: Cash for unwanted New/Used Woman’s/Men’s Name Brand Perfumes .5 ounces and up at least half full. Wellington Area. 561-432-8055

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

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

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

HOME INSPECTIONS — Windstorm Mitigation Inspections, Mold Inspections, Air Quality Testing. State of Florida Lic. & Ins. #HI2147 US Building Inspectors 561-7848811

JOHN PERGOLIZZI PAINTING INC. — Interior/Exterior - Repaint specialist, pressure cleaning, popcorn ceiling, drywall repair & roof painting. Family owned/owner operator. Free Est. 798-4964 Lic. #U18473 COLORS BY CORO, INC. — Int./ Ext. residential painting, over 20 yrs exp. Small Jobs welcome. Free est. Ins. 561-383-8666. Owner/Operated. Lic.# U20627 Ins. Wellington Resident \ JEREMY JAMES PLUMBING — Licensed plumber, legitimate estimate. Water heaters, new construction. CFC1426242. Bonded Insured. CFC1426242. 561-601-6458

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

MINOR ROOF REPAIRS DON HARTMANN ROOFING — Roof painting, Carpentry. Lic. #U13677 967-5580 ROBERT G. HARTMANN ROOFING — Specializing in repairs. Free estimates, Bonded,insured. Lic. #CCC 058317 Ph: 561-790-0763. ROOFING REPAIRS REROOFING ALL TYPES — Pinewood Construction, Inc. Honest and reliable. Serving Palm Beach County for over 20 years. Call Mike 561-309-0134 Lic. Ins. Bonded. CGC-023773 RC0067207 ROBERT CHERRY ROOFING INC Reroofing - Repair Waterproofing 561-791-2612 or 954-741-4580 State Lic.& Ins. #CCC-1326048

TOWN-CRIER CLASSIFIEDS GET RESULTS CALL 793-3576 FOR INFO. JOHN C. BEALE BUILDING & ROOFING — Additions, remodeling, roof rep airs & replacements, screened porches. Licensed & Insured. Call for Free Estimates. 561798-6448 ccc1326383 ccc1250306

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

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

ACCORDION SHUTTERS — Gutters, screen enclosures, siding, soffits, aluminum roofs, Serving the Western Communities. Since 1985. U-17189 561-791-9777 TOWN-CRIER CLASSIFIEDS CALL 793-3576 FOR INFO.

AQUATIC SPRINKLER, LLC — Complete repair of all types of systems. Owner Operated. Michael 561-964-6004Lic.#U17871 Bonded & Ins. Serving the Western Communities Since 1990 SPECIALIZING IN BATHROOM REMODELING — Free estimates serving South Florida since 1980. Quality you expect, service you deserve. Lic. bonded & Ins. U21006 561-662-9258

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


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