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County Commission Joins In Support Of C-51 Reservoir Project

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The Palm Beach County Commission joined the South Florida Water Management District and other water agencies Tuesday, Nov. 29 to support the C-51 Reservoir project near 20-Mile Bend. It’s intended to restore water to the Loxahatchee River and control flooding in The Acreage, among other benefits. Page 3

PBSO Food Drive Distributes Holiday Meals To Families

Members of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office distributed meal bags for Thanksgiving to local families last weekend. Food other than traditional items went to replenish local food pantries. Food was received from schools across the western communities through a food drive in November. Page 16

WCFL Hosts Turkey Bowl At Village Park

The Western Communities Football League held its annual Turkey Bowl on Saturday, Nov. 19 at Village Park in Wellington. The Turkey Bowl was a series of Varsity All-Star football games. Attendees were asked to bring five canned goods to be donated to the Daily Food Bank to support those in need. Page 17

OPINION Fidel Castro Is Dead, But The Damage Will Last Generations

For Cuban expatriates around the world, especially here in Florida, the news of Fidel Castro’s death was met with a wide array of emotions, mostly loud cheers of jubilation to sighs of longawaited relief. It was already a holiday weekend, but now even more so for a community that has been awaiting liberation of their homeland for six decades. Alas, there has been no liberation, as Castro’s brother Raul remains firmly in command of the island nation. Yet the heyday of the brutal Castro dictatorship is long gone. Page 4 DEPARTMENT INDEX NEWS................................. 3 - 9 OPINION.................................. 4 NEWS BRIEFS......................... 6 PEOPLE................................. 11 SCHOOLS...................... 12 - 13 COLUMNS.......................14, 21 BUSINESS..................... 22 - 23 SPORTS..........................27 - 29 CALENDAR............................ 30 CLASSIFIEDS.................31 - 34 Visit Us On The Web At WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM

Bethesda Health’s Urgent Care, Women’s Health & Imaging Center held a grand opening ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 26 at its new location, at 10520 W. Forest Hill Blvd., in front of the Mall at Wellington Green. Shown above are architect Les Czaczyk, Bethesda Health CEO Roger Kirk and general contractor Joel Barham. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 5 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Dec. 12 Meeting On Acreage Incorporation Feasibility Plan

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report With a feasibility study in hand on the merits and disadvantages of The Acreage incorporating as a municipality, members of Preserve the Lifestyle of the Acreage Now (PLAN) will host a meeting on Monday, Dec. 12 to go over the study and invite public input. The meeting will be at the Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) at 7 p.m. “Our feasibility study is complete, and we have a meeting coming up,” organizer Brett Taylor said. “Our feasibility study was done by a group of professors at Florida Atlantic University. It was not as much as we were first told it would be, for roughly half of what it was supposed to cost.” The purpose of the Dec. 12 meeting is to go over the feasibility study page by page and answer

whatever questions residents have, Taylor said. “The feasibility study really comes down to an initial budget for the proposed municipality, and it projects out five years to show the costs and the revenues that would be generated if we actually are incorporated. We want the people to see exactly what it says,” he said. By the end of January, the group will start a series of meetings to go over a proposed municipal charter that is currently being drafted. “That will also be gone over page by page, and we welcome as much public input as we can get, from anybody willing to share ideas,” Taylor said. “We’ll go through it page by page, line by line, and the more public interest and public input, the better.” Taylor said that the members of PLAN have done lot of homework

studying the pros and cons of incorporation. “People don’t realize the hours we spend,” he said. “I’ve been on the phone with various elected officials from other cities, mayors, town administrators. We read multiple charters from other municipalities to really get an idea of what ideas are good and what ideas are not. Is there such a thing as a perfect charter? Probably not.” He said a charter review board would be created to go over the charter after a year and suggest whatever changes need to be made. Taylor noted that Palm Beach County staff and elected officials have remained neutral on the incorporation effort, although they do not appear to be in opposition. “They were very concerned at the GL Homes meeting that any See PLAN, page 7

Commons Park Amphitheater Set For Completion Next Fall

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Due to construction changes and a sound study done after resident complaints about noise from Royal Palm Beach Commons Park, a new amphitheater at the park will not be ready by the original target date of next July. Instead, completion is expected next fall. Royal Palm Beach Parks & Recreation Director Lou Recchio gave an update on the status of construction of the new amphitheater at the Recreation Advisory Board meeting on Monday, Nov. 28, as well as completion of the perimeter pathway, which will be ideal for 5K events. Recchio said a contractor has been hired to build the amphitheater and new restrooms, and a preconstruction meeting took place this week. Work will get underway right after the holidays. “You’re going to see a lot of activity out at Commons Park putting that amphitheater in,” he said. The initial target date was July 4, but that has been moved to coin-

cide with next year’s Fall Festival in October. “We made some changes and adjustments,” Recchio said. “We had sound issues that we wanted to make sure we address, so July 4 is unrealistic. We’re probably looking more in the line of the Fall Festival. It probably should be ready by then, [but] the weather determines a lot, which we have no control over.” Worst-case scenario is that the amphitheater will not be ready until next year’s holiday festivities in December. Recchio added that the northern pathway at Commons Park will be finished soon, making a complete loop around the perimeter of the park. “When you enter the park at Poinciana Blvd. on the north side, which is undeveloped, we’ve got the driving range and the putting greens, but that’s where the next phase of the pathway will be, on the perimeter of that, which is going to be about a mile and a half,” he said. “The entire perimeter will

be a 3-mile walk, so to have a 5K, it’s ideal.” He said 5K events currently run twice around on the existing southern portion of the pathway. “They won’t have to go twice around,” Recchio said. “There will be one complete lap, and it will be a great addition.” The pathway addition will also connect with a new pedestrian entrance to the park from Heron Parkway. “If you remember, a year or so ago we bought a house and tore it down and opened it up,” Recchio said. “It’s a vacant lot, which is going to be a pathway so that people in the neighborhood can walk to the park. It is not for vehicular traffic; strictly pedestrian traffic.” Recchio added that the Fourth of July celebration will go on as in the past, with temporary stages while the amphitheater construction is going on. “They know that they have to keep it clean,” he said of the contractors. “Visitors are coming See REC BOARD, page 7

Holiday Parade To Roll Down Forest Hill Blvd. Dec. 11

By Julie Unger Town-Crier Staff Report The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce and the Village of Wellington will host the 33rd annual Wellington Holiday Parade on Sunday, Dec. 11. The theme of this year’s parade is “Hollywood Movie Magic.” “I love the theme,” Central Palm Beach County Chamber CEO Mary Lou Bedford said. “It was something that the staff come up with.” Floats and performers are embracing the theme, she said, getting into the holiday spirit with movies that bring them back to memories of holidays during their childhood, or special holiday memories through the years. Just a week away, residents and visitors will be able to see the magic created as dozens of marching bands, decorated floats, dancing groups and other sights

to be seen will walk, dance and march their way along Forest Hill Blvd. from the original Wellington Mall to the Wellington Amphitheater. The parade begins at 1:30 p.m., with roads closing at 1 p.m. Holiday Park, a special location with crafts, arts, food and music at the Wellington Amphitheater, will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s master of ceremonies will be Ben Boynton, and parade judges will include Jim Sackett, Karen Cavanagh and Sal Delgreco. At 3:30 p.m., Santa will be arriving at the judge’s stand to mark the end of the parade. Holiday Park will offer plenty for everyone, Wellington’s Cultural Programs & Facilities Manager Joe Piconcelli said. There will be vendors and music around the amphitheater. The parade just keeps getting See PARADE, page 7


The Mall at Wellington Green hosted its Paws ’N’ Claus Pet Photo Night on Sunday, Nov. 27. Well-mannered pets were invited to spend some quality time with Santa Claus. Shown here is St. Nick with Jet, Abby and Casey, owned by Nikki Schellenberg. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 17 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Wellington Holiday Toy Drive Underway

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Village of Wellington is partnering with Wellington InterFaith and local businesses on the eighth annual Hometown Holiday Toy Drive. The toy drive follows up on the recent Hometown Holiday Food Drive, where organizers asked the ages of children in families receiving food baskets for Thanksgiving. “That’s what creates our toy drive list, along with any other people who call in or are nominated through their faith-based organizations,” said organizer Meridith Tuckwood, senior services specialist with the village. The food drive served 207 families, which amounts to almost 1,000 people. It was the largest food drive so far, Tuckwood said. “That means that we have 350 local children,” she said. “That means we have to have at least 700 toys. That doesn’t include any toys that we bring to the pediatric unit at Palms West Hospital, and

we always visit those kids in the hospital for the holidays.” Parents will be invited on Dec. 22 to St. Peter’s United Methodist Church to pick two items per child, and they will have the opportunity to have them wrapped at the event. The effort also supports the Kids Cancer Foundation and HomeSafe, a program that works with abused children. “We have partners that donate funds and collect toys for us,” Tuckwood said. Sponsors include the Mall at Wellington Green, ARA Management, Jet Hauling Inc., Ultima Fitness, the Christopher Aguirre Memorial Foundation, the Goddard School for Early Childhood Development and the Wellington Jingle Bell Run. “Our sponsors help us to purchase anything that we don’t receive,” Tuckwood said. “The typical age that gets missed are the older kids, the 18-year-olds, so we partner with Walgreens for that, and we get basketballs and See TOY DRIVE, page 15

Food Pantry Helps At Thanksgiving And Year Round

By Denise Fleischman and Julie Unger Town-Crier Staff Report The Royal Palm Covenant Church Food Pantry gave out Thanksgiving supplies, produce and turkeys to residents in need on Tuesday, Nov. 22 from the food pantry’s location in the Royal Plaza shopping center. “Our intention is to make sure that anybody who comes to us needing groceries for Thanksgiving, that they leave here with a Thanksgiving basket,” said Pastor Michael Rose, who led a team of volunteers distributing the food items. “We don’t want anybody in our community that we can help to go without.” The program was prepared to

hand out food to 500 families. “The numbers that we’re working with are about 500 families this year,” Rose said. “If we go over 500, and we usually do, we do our best to make sure that everybody leaves with something.” The church’s food program received help from a wide array of donors, who provided both food, money and manpower. Among the major donors, Rose said, were Jess Santamaria and My Brothers’/Sisters’ Keeper. The Royal Palm Beach Rotary Club, the Western Business Alliance, REACH, Debt Helpers, Palms West Hospital and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office were also big supporters. J&J Produce provided refrigerated trailers to

help keep turkeys fresh and also donated fresh produce. Rose was also thankful for support from Feeding South Florida. “We would not be able to have this food pantry without Feeding South Florida,” he said. “Their support is just magnificent.” Rose also praised the 30-plus volunteers who made the project a success. “We want to give a big thank you to all of the volunteers who came out and helped us,” he said. All of this community support makes a major difference in the lives of people served by the church’s food pantry. “There are many, many people in our community who have needs See FOOD PANTRY, page 9

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Forest Hill Blvd. Improvements To Be Done In Time For Parade

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Forest Hill Blvd. drainage improvements that have been hampering traffic through Wellington over the past several months are expected to be done by Dec. 6, in time for the annual Wellington Holiday Parade on Dec. 11. The project’s completion, going on north of the Wellington Municipal Complex, has caused detours while the road was raised 2 feet and a larger culvert was installed at the C-13 Canal. The $1.26 million project resulted from flooding that occurred for several days after Tropical Storm Isaac in 2012, which also flooded several other roads in the village, including Pierson Road

and South Shore Blvd., which have had similar improvement projects done. “South Shore was under water for several days,” Village Manager Paul Schofield told the Town-Crier on Wednesday. “Isaac hit on a Monday, and we had additional rainfall on Tuesday, but we didn’t have South Shore dried out until early that following Friday morning.” Raising Forest Hill Blvd. and replacing the culvert will significantly reduce the chances of it flooding again, he said. “It’s a much bigger culvert,” Schofield said. “It was one of those flood control projects, and one of the problems that we had, with the extensive damage that we

had to the village from Tropical Storm Isaac. FEMA told us that because we didn’t close the road, we weren’t eligible for federal assistance. We decided that if the feds said letting people get back and forth to their homes is now non-covered damage, we’ll just raise the road so we don’t have this problem again.” A significant part of the cost was replacing the culvert. “In order to put in that really big culvert, we had to pull the road up anyway, and really, what you’re talking about is just a little bit of extra fill,” Schofield explained. “Raising it wasn’t a significant part of the cost. The biggest part of the cost was pulling the road out and putting the culvert in, then

coming back in and repaving it.” The road is currently being paved, and he expected it to be done before the end of the week. “They are going to start removing all the material that is stored out there, and they’re going to put some temporary striping on it,” Schofield said. “We can’t put the permanent striping on it because the asphalt has to cure. About two months later, we’ll come back in and put the permanent striping on it.” The village has made extensive efforts during the detours to minimize traffic snarls, including changing the timing of the traffic light at Wellington Trace to allow longer vehicle flow on Forest Hill Blvd. while lanes were closed.

Schofield, who drives the road to and from work, said he has not found it all that bad. “Generally speaking, you’re talking one more light cycle at Wellington Trace and Forest Hill,” he said. Other projects to improve drainage include canal widening and installing variable speed pumps. “We’ve done some canal widening projects, we’ve also modified our pump stations because when they were put in, they were designed as single-speed pumps so they were either on or off,” he said. “We’ve modified them now so that we can vary the rate of flow.” Two projects are included in the

coming year’s budget. Turn lanes, road raising and traffic engineering are budgeted at $1 million for Big Blue Trace at Barberry Drive, Big Blue Trace at Wiltshire Village Drive, and an extended turn lane at Pierson Road and South Shore Blvd. Replacing culverts under Forest Hill Blvd. just west of the Mall at Wellington Green is also planned, although not currently funded. “Those are smaller culverts at some point we have to replace, but we’re not going to be doing that now; that’s a year or two down the road,” Schofield said. “We’d like to get the people a year or so of Forest Hill Blvd. open before we work on it someplace else.”

County Commission Joins In Support Of C-51 Reservoir Project

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Palm Beach County Commission joined the South Florida Water Management District and other water agencies Tuesday, Nov. 29 to support the C-51 Reservoir project near 20-Mile Bend. It’s intended to restore water to the Loxahatchee River and control flooding in The Acreage, among other benefits. The commissioners also heard reports on other water-related projects, including an effort to control invasive exotic plant species inside the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, and supply water south to Broward County. A diverse group of water managers asked commissioners to support a locally preferred option that will use the C-51 Reservoir to provide a better water supply, reduce freshwater flow to the Lake Worth Lagoon and enhance flood protection for the western communities. Palm Beach County Water Resource Manager Ken Todd said restoration efforts for the Everglades and related water systems have been highly successful. SFWMD Executive Director Peter Antonacci said he was grateful to taxpayers for about $1.5 billion that has been spent for Everglades restoration since 1992, including the Loxahatchee refuge. Antonacci explained that water restoration efforts began in 1988 when the United States sued the

cent reduction based on a historic baseline, and the EAA has been achieving more than 50 percent.” The original design goal for the STAs was 50 parts per billion in their outflow, and in 2012, the metric was lowered to 13 parts per billion. Through state-mandated water management programs, the SFWMD plans to develop more STAs and water storage reservoirs to improve timing and distribution of runoff coming from the agricultural areas to enhance the performance. Van Horn said that each STA has to reach 13 parts per billion by 2024 and, averaged together, they are releasing about 20 parts per billion. Historically, the phosphorus release ranged from 100 to 300 parts per billion. “We’ve made a lot of progress in that respect, and we are getting a lot closer to that 13 parts per billion,” he said. “Currently, we have about 57,000 acres in STAs. By 2024, we’ll be up to 64,000 acres, and we’ll also have 116,000 acre-feet of storage in three flow equalization basins.” He said that the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, once overloaded with phosphorus, has been significantly reduced over the past five years to about 10 parts per billion through use of the STAs, although there is still a concentration of about 90 parts per billion at the north end of the refuge that does not receive the benefit of the STAs. Palm Beach County Vice Mayor

Melissa McKinlay asked whether there were counts on water coming in from north of Lake Okeechobee, and Van Horn said that the concentrations are high at the watersheds just north of the lake, 300 to 400 parts per billion, and around 90 parts per billion farther north in the Kissimmee watershed. About 95 percent of the water coming into Lake Okeechobee is from the north. Antonacci said a tremendous amount of phosphorus comes to the lake from the north. “We have our work cut out for us up north,” he said. Palm Beach County Mayor Paulette Burdick asked about the status of the refuge over the lygodium fern invading tree islands and a dispute with the Department of the Interior, which has been administering the refuge, although it is owned by SFWMD. “We met, and the Department of the Interior said all the right things, but they didn’t do the right things. They did not ask Congress for the money to correct the problem,” Antonacci said. Out of desperation, the SFWMD board formally notified the Department of the Interior that it was in violation for its failure to control lygodium. “No one wants to bring about a collision course between governments, but the board felt like they needed to do something,” Antonacci said. Palm Beach County Environmental Resources Management

Director Rob Robbins credited Todd with bringing together diverse interests to support the water plan. “Today, that is really our takeaway message,” said Robbins, who congratulated the SFWMD on its success in reducing nutrient levels. He explained that the drainage system is very old, created in the 1940s with the objective to drain the land rather than retain water. “It brings a lot of water into the Lake Worth Lagoon where it doesn’t need to be, where it’s harmful,” Robbins said. “At the same time, we do not have enough freshwater getting up to the Loxahatchee River system. Everyone agrees that we should take freshwater where it’s harmful to where we do not have enough freshwater.” Robbins said that the natural areas in the northwestern part of the county have abundant freshwater, including the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area, where a tentative plan calls for routing its water through the Mecca property, the C-18 Canal and the Loxahatchee Slough to the Loxahatchee River system. Another option involves routing water from the C-51 Reservoir through the M Canal into the Grassy Waters Preserve and up to the Loxahatchee Slough. Robbins noted that Indian Trail Improvement District Engineer Jay Foy was to make a presentaSee WATER, page 15

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area is broken into cells, [and the] cells have different plants in them,” Antonacci said. “The water is allowed to flow through there at different times of the year at different rates at different heights, and all this is done with the kind of precision that you would be proud of. The report is sunny; it’s beyond the expectations of anyone in 1992. Twenty-four years later, we have a success story to tell.” SFWMD engineer Stuart Van Horn said numerous projects are underway to improve water quality. There are six stormwater treatment areas (STAs), primarily in Palm Beach County. “There are multiple mandates associated with tracking how the program is working,” Van Horn said, including controls on the amount of phosphorus that can be released from agricultural areas, as well as limits on its release from the STAs. The state water quality standard is 10 parts per billion, he said, explaining that one part per billion is equivalent to one drop of phosphorus in an Olympic-size swimming pool. Best management practices through source control in the Everglades Agricultural Area have removed more than 3,000 metric tons of phosphorus. “That phosphorus would have gone to the Everglades [but] has now been taken out through the application of those source control programs,” Van Horn said. “There is a mandate to achieve a 25 per-



State of Florida and the SFWMD alleging water quality violations, including the pollution of the refuge. The case was settled in 1992. “The result of that was a series of comprehensive meetings with scientists to… figure out what we do about cleansing the water that goes to our Everglades, the remnants here in Palm Beach County and the traditional Everglades farther south in Broward and Miami-Dade,” he said. It was decided at the time to create stormwater treatment areas to cleanse the water as it flows south. “I have to tell you that at the time, no one reasonably believed that those water treatment areas were going to work as well as they have,” Antonacci said. “It has been a tremendous success.” The district and state have purchased more than 50,000 acres of land, mostly in Palm Beach County, to clean the water that goes to the Everglades, he explained. “We’ve experimented a great deal over the last 20 years on how to operate these enormous water treatment areas that are filled with plant life that cleanse the water as it moves south,” Antonacci said. “The scientists at the South Florida Water Management District have really put shoulder to the wheel the last 10 years to make sure that these stormwater treatment areas work the way they’re supposed to.” The cleansing process is very complex, he said. “Each stormwater treatment


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Fidel Castro Is Dead, But The Damage Will Last Generations

For Cuban expatriates around the world, especially here in South Florida, the news of Fidel Castro’s death on Nov. 25 was met with a wide array of emotions, mostly loud cheers of jubilation to sighs of long-awaited relief. It was already a holiday weekend, but now even more so for a community that has been awaiting liberation of their homeland for six decades. Alas, there has been no liberation, as Castro’s brother Raul remains firmly in command of the island nation just 90 miles off Florida’s coast. Yet the heyday of the brutal Castro dictatorship is long gone. The 90-year-old Castro, ruled Cuba for 49 long, torturous years (he took power in a 1959 revolution), creating a one-party state and becoming a central figure in the Cold War. For five decades, the bearded dictator defied U.S. efforts to topple him. Under his heavy-handed rule, most Cubans lived in poverty, while he and his close associates lived in extreme luxury. When the word “dictator” is uttered, we usually think of individuals like Adolf Hitler or Josef Stalin, of Idi Amin or Castro. All of these, and sadly plenty more through recent history, have used the same playbook when it comes to ruling with an iron fist. Under Castro, “undesirables” were rounded up and sent to work camps. Those could be political dissents or rivals, as well as minority groups such as Jehovah’s Witnesses and gays. Castro was a tyrant who imposed communism on Cuba for more than 60 years, while torturing and killing tens of thousands more who disagreed with him. The total of the Castro regime death toll may never be known. Additionally, there was no religious liberty under Castro. Dissidents were tortured, imprisoned or killed. So extreme was Castro’s control, he banned Christmas from being celebrated for 30 years. There are those who say Castro was misunderstood, that he wasn’t all bad. He built free schools and hospitals, dramatically improving healthcare and the literacy rate. True enough,

Royal Palm Administration Is Trying To Bully HOAs

Royal Palm Beach Village Manager Ray Liggins on Nov. 3 informed the Royal Palm Beach Village Council about the village’s strategic plan. (Liggins Updates Council On Progress With Strategic Plan Items, Nov. 11). In this speech, Mr. Liggins alleged that the irrigation system on the northern end of Crestwood Blvd. is not in place because it “is the responsibility of the homeowners’ association,” and he said the village has “been in contact with them over the last eight years, and there is still some confusion. I understand that code enforcement is giving them a courtesy notice.” Indeed, there is confusion — confusion on the part of the village, and it needs a response. When Crestwood Blvd. was turned from a dirt road into a real street, the Saratoga at Royal Palm POA accepted the duty of irrigating the median and the swales. The village provided the permits to place the sprinkler heads to the right and the left of the concrete walkway, and hired a company to link the irrigation pipes through sleeves across the street, including the median. Six years ago, the village decided to widen the walkways. Saratoga was ordered to replace the irrigation pipes and the sprinkler heads. The village received a big grant, but demanded Saratoga to pay fully for this work and offered to hire a company to do it. Two bids were provided, but Saratoga rejected the offer and found an alternative for half the price, $81,000. However, the two street sides could not be connected because the village was unable to show where six of the connecting sleeves had been placed. It took a

but at what cost? The ends do not justify the means. As a wise philosopher once said, “Many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view.” The facts: Castro ruled with repression and hypocrisy. Government-sponsored censorship prevented people from reading whatever they want. Castro executed thousands by firing squad and sentenced thousands more to jail and hard labor. Committees for the Defense of the Revolution and block leaders kept people in fear of being spied upon, or called out for being anti-Castro. Two years ago, President Barack Obama began to thaw the decades-long icy relationship between the United States and Cuba. While a trade embargo remains in place, travel restrictions have been lifted, diplomatic relations restored and, as of just recently, direct flights run between South Florida and Havana. Many criticized the move, questioning how the U.S. could work with such a regime, still led by Fidel Castro’s brother. Others offered praise, opining that the previous policy had never worked, so maybe a new tactic was needed. Some have blamed the U.S. trade embargo as the reason life remains so hard for Cubans in Cuba. We disagree. The true reason is not the trade embargo, but an oppressive government that decries capitalist enterprise and controls every aspect of financial betterment. Raul Castro has taken small steps toward opening the Cuban economy toward limited capitalism. His human rights record, while still dismal, seems to be better than his now-deceased brother. Like two years ago, we continue to support improved relations between the United States and Cuba. Then, as now, it is not about rewarding the terrible Castro regime. It is about pointing the next generation of Cuba’s leaders away from the darkness and into the light. Fidel Castro is dead, but the damage will last generations. Nevertheless, Cuba must be rebuilt, and the United States should help.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR major effort and time to force the village engineer to solve the problem. The new irrigation system was finally fully installed in 2014. One year later, the village approached Saratoga to buy a strip of its land (Tract C). The village needed this parcel in order to sell the area of the former wastewater treatment plant. With it, the village was in a better position to get a good price for the otherwise practically landlocked village-owned real estate. The two sides negotiated for about a year, and the land (Tract C) was finally sold last January directly to the new developer, Lennar Homes Inc. The village received $35 million, and Saratoga roughly $700,000. With this change of ownership, the irrigation system had to be divided into three parts, namely Lennar and Saratoga’s two subdivisions. Saratoga hired companies for its share of the work. However, the village was slow in providing the permits. That’s why 11 months later, the new systems are not fully installed yet. In the meantime, the village renewed Crestwood Blvd. between the two Saratoga subdivisions. The base of the street was bulldozed, and the irrigation pipes and some of the irrigation sleeves between the median and the two sides of the street were damaged. Although those sleeves never belonged to Saratoga, and one side of the street, including the old well and pump, now belonged to Lennar, the village demanded that Saratoga repair the sleeves, arguing that originally they had not been placed deep enough in the ground. Due to the mismanagement by the village, there is still no irrigation on this part of Crestwood Blvd. Instead of cooperating with Saratoga (and Lennar), the village engineer sent a “courtesy note” of “inaction” not to the Saratoga POA, but to the two subdivisions that had nothing to do with the

whole affair. The president of the Pines HOA replied and pointed out the village’s confusion. This was taken as an insult and might explain the obstructionist behavior toward Saratoga. The delay in granting permits for the new wells resulted in the delay of discovering where the road construction destroyed the irrigation pipes and the sprinkler heads. Without water flowing through the system, there was no way for the POA to locate the damaged sprinkler heads. This is now used by the village to not fulfill its obligation to insist that the road construction company pay for the damage. Mr. Liggins is fully aware of the situation but omits to see his own part of the “confusion.” Instead of threatening an association that helped him to rake in $35 million he should better send a note to his own staff. Guenter Langer, Secretary Saratoga at Royal Palm POA Editor’s note: Mr. Langer wrote this letter on behalf of himself and two other Saratoga community presidents, Toby Siegel and Doris Wolman.

Clerk Will Watch Over Money From Penny Sales Tax Vote

One of the most important aspects of my job as Palm Beach County’s independently elected clerk and comptroller is to ensure that your county government tax dollars are properly used. When Palm Beach County receives its 30 percent portion from the sales tax increase that voters recently passed, rest assured that my office will examine and account for every penny that is allocated and spent. As the official “watchdog” of all county funds, I am consti-

tutionally tasked to provide the necessary “checks and balances” on the county’s budget, revenue and spending. In other words, I hold the public’s funds as a fiduciary by ensuring there is money for budgetary needs, all taxpayer money used is spent legally and that a public purpose exists for the spending of this money. As such, these additional sales tax funds will be deposited into a new, specific fund earmarked just for this purpose. A dedicated staff person will be assigned to monitor the receipts coming in, as well as audit any expenditure from this new fund. I know your tax dollars are in good hands. We are here to protect and preserve public funds with integrity and accountability. We affirm our commitment to fiduciary best practices through legal, professional and ethical financial standards of excellence. We were the first county government office in the country to be certified by the Centre for Fiduciary Excellence (CEFEX) for our management of county funds and were just certified again for the eighth consecutive year. You can trust my office will audit every single penny; and, as part of my commitment to transparency, I will annually, or more often, report the use of those funds to you, the taxpayers. Sharon R. Bock, Esq. Palm Beach County Clerk & Comptroller

Stop The Presses!

The Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District Board of Supervisors has reached out again to the Loxahatchee Groves Town Council to ask for a joint meeting about town roads and maintenance. Part of the issue revolves around the LGWCD hesitation to take over

maintenance of town roads and turning remaining district roads. Supervisor Don Widing said that he does not care about who winds up with the power or authority to manage the roads. “I look at this more as a resident,” he said. “I’m more concerned for the residents, the cost containment and the level of service. To me, it’s all in the numbers, and any government should be operated that way.” Stop the presses! I can’t agree more... it is all about cost containment and level of service. To me, as a general contractor, the numbers indicate whether my family eats or not. Any business, any government should be operated that way, but Supervisor Widing, you are not looking at it as a resident. You have not attended council sessions on a frequent basis to ask in three minutes of public comment about cost containment and quality service. You have a vote while other residents do not. For the LGWCD fiscal year 2014-15, with the LGWCD touting in local media, a built-in surplus of $150,000, which the town reduction of gas tax revenue resulted in a some $93,000 surplus; ended with a deficit of $116,000. Do the math: In one year, the LGWCD was overbudget $209,000. For the LGWCD fiscal year 2015-16, the LGWCD was overbudget $70,000. Does the $279,000 over budget

for 24 months indicate Administrator Steve Yohe has been operating at a monthly deficit of $11,625 under the supervision of former treasurer John Ryan? Is that cost containment? Go to press: Widing said that the town appears to be spending a lot of money for its private contractor, Bergeron Land Development, compared with district costs, but a closer look is needed. “When I look at the numbers, and what the town has already spent, it’s a lot of money, but I can’t say for sure that it’s apples to apples, because when I hear Bergeron is putting rock down, how much rock are we putting down?” he wondered. Stop the presses: You get what you pay for! Go to press: Supervisor Widing commented, “Either we’re going to be in the road business or we’re going to be out of the road business.” Stop the presses: Did Supervisor Widing just call for the question? Turn the remaining LGWCD designated roads over to the town... Go to press: Widing said he wants the community to no longer be divided over the roads. “This has been struggle for a long time,” Widing said. “How come we’re 10 years into this process and still haven’t figured this out?” Keith Harris Loxahatchee Groves


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Wellington To Celebrate B&G Club’s ‘Passport To Paradise’ Jan. 6

The Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club will host its 29th annual Wellington Dinner Dance, themed “Passport to Paradise,” on Friday, Jan. 6 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach, with proceeds helping the club serve an additional 150 Wellington children in 2017. For more than two decades, this event has brought supporters and

Returning event chairs Marley Goodman-Overman and Georgina Bloomberg.

philanthropists of the Boys & Girls Club of Wellington together for an evening of cocktails, silent and live auctions, dinner and dancing. The Wellington Dinner Dance is the largest fundraising event benefiting the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club. “We are honored to have an elite group of people leading this event, including Georgina Bloomberg, Dr. Colette Brown-Graham, Marley Goodman-Overman and Dr. Daxa Patel as this year’s chairmen, as well as Nicolette Goldfarb as our 2017 junior chair. Our honorary chairs include Dr. Edward and Maria Becker and John and Julie Kime,” said Jaene Miranda, president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County. “Each of them brings something extraordinary to the table and will help us achieve our goal of bringing quality programming to a growing number of children and teens, setting them on the path for a bright future.” The Wellington Dinner Dance is proud to have the support of Georgina Bloomberg, Complete Healthcare for Women, the Neil S. Hirsch Family Foundation,

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BETHESDA OPENS NEW URGENT CARE, WOMEN’S HEALTH & IMAGING CENTER Bethesda Health’s Urgent Care, Women’s Health & Imaging Center held a grand opening ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 26 at its new location, at 10520 W. Forest Hill Blvd., in front of the Mall at Wellington Green. There were free screenings for blood pressure and glucose levels. Visitors took a tour of the facility and met the mammography and imaging staff. Wellington Vice Mayor John McGovern spoke at the dedication ceremony, as did Bethesda Health President & CEO Roger Kirk, who recognized key individuals instrumental in getting the center built, including general contractor Joel Barham and architect Les Czaczyk. The center is affiliated with Bethesda Hospital West. For more info., visit PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Wellington Vice Mayor John McGovern (center) joins Bethesda officials for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Mamographer Dina Coss with a 3D Tomography scanner.

Samantha and Casey Morris make a new friend.

Women’s Center Director Larraine Chrystal, Imaging Center Director Lori Robinson, Medical Community Liason Joey Weiss and Urgent Care Office Manager Sherrie Helbling.

Sherrie Helbling, Diana Booth, Angel Myrick, Jeraldine Garcia, Laura Alvarez, Nicole Mozealous and Angela Walker.

Carolina Maroto shows off the new CT scanner.

Bethesda Health CEO Roger Kirk addresses attendees.

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Many Family-Friendly Holiday Events Planned In Wellington

Wellington has a whole host of fun, family activities with a holiday theme scheduled throughout the month of December. Dec. 2, Holiday Tree Lighting & Free Movie Night — Start December festivities off with a Holiday Tree Lighting and a free movie night on Friday, Dec. 2, at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). The tree lighting occurs at 7 p.m., and will be followed by a free showing of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (PG-13) beginning at 7:30 p.m. Attendees should bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. Visit www.wellingtonfl. gov/events for more information. Dec. 3, Wellington Winterfest — This year, Wellington Winterfest returns to the Wellington

Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 5 to 10 p.m. Hosted by the Wellington Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Village of Wellington, the event features musical and dance performances by local talent, more than 50 exhibitors, blizzard beach live snow, a kids winter wonderland, zip lining, obstacle courses and special guest Vanilla Ice. Visit for more information. Dec. 11, 33rd Annual Holiday Parade — The annual Wellington Holiday Parade, hosted by the Village of Wellington and the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce, returns on Sunday, Dec. 11. Enjoy this free day of fun and festivities with a judged pa-

rade filled with imaginative floats, marching bands, characters, dance troupes and more. The parade begins at 1:30 p.m. and winds its way down Forest Hill Blvd. from Wellington Trace to Ken Adams Way. Vendors will be on site with goodies available for purchase. Grab your family and come on out for this fantastic holiday event. Visit for more information. Dec. 16, Free Movie Night: The Santa Clause — Bring out the family for a free showing of the holiday classic The Santa Clause (PG), beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16, at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Attendees should bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. Visit www. for more information. Dec. 17, 26th Annual Children’s Holiday Fishing Classic — Grab your fishing tackle and get ready to reel in “the big one” at the 26th annual Children’s Holiday Fishing Classic on Saturday, Dec. 17 at the Village Park front lake (11700 Pierson Road). This free fishing tournament is presented by the Village of Wellington, in conjunction with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission. The tournament is open to all local children ages 15 and younger. Register in advance by downloading the form at www. Registration on the day of the event opens at 8 a.m., and the tournament runs from 9 to 11 a.m. Awards and fish tales

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NEWS BRIEFS Art Society To Feature Lynda Turek-Koehler

The Wellington Art Society demonstrator for the Wednesday, Dec. 14 meeting will be well known jewelry artist Lynda Turek-Koehler. The meeting will take place at the new Wellington Community Center on Forest Hill Blvd. A meet and greet will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a special holiday theme and food. A brief meeting and a member spotlight will precede the demonstration by Turek-Koehler. Turek-Koehler is largely selftaught and uses materials found in nature, in a mine or even at a local thrift shop. Each original piece of jewelry is unique, and her use of gems, shells and pearls creates one-of-a-kind pieces. Her jewelry is always fresh, elegant, fun and young. She makes her own chains, and silversmithing is another of her special talents. Her pieces have been worn at the White House. She also creates unique bridal jewelry. Turek-Koehler is a member of the Gem and Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches and the Bead

Society of the Palm Beaches. She teaches jewelry classes at the Jupiter Community Center during the school year and offers private and group lessons. Her jewelry is on display at Harbourside in Jupiter and in her Worth Avenue store. The Wellington Art Society is a nonprofit charitable organization in its 36th year. It is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, allowing both local and regional artists to display their art work in local galleries, interact with other artists and serve the community through their art. For more information visit

School Boundary Change Input Meeting Dec. 5

A community input meeting has been scheduled to collect feedback on the Western Pines Middle School to Osceola Creek Middle School Study OC-1. The meeting will take place Monday, Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the Osceola Creek Middle School cafeteria, located at 6775 180th Ave. North in The Acreage.


The proposal will shift students in the planned Westlake community from overcrowded Western Pines to underutilized Osceola Creek. To review the studies and learn more about the boundary process, visit planning/boundaries. The next Advisory Boundary Committee meeting will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the board room at the Fulton-Holland Educational Services Center (3300 Forest Hill Blvd., West Palm Beach).

Wes Kain Gives Back To The Community

Wes Kain, co-star of The Vanilla Ice Project, will be the emcee at Wellington Winterfest on Saturday, Dec. 3 with Vanilla Ice at the Wellington Amphitheater. On Tuesday, Dec. 6, Kain, who grew up in Greenacres, will be presenting a “wish list” to the Greenacres Community Center at 501 Swain Blvd. He is donating a 50-inch TV and projector, along with numerous movies, an

Xbox One plus several games and controllers, board games for every grade level, and sporting equipment such as basketballs, volleyballs, soccer balls and ping pong paddles. He will be there to present the wish list items to the children at 5 p.m. On Saturday, Dec. 10, Kain again will be emceeing Vanilla Ice’s annual Toys for Tots Party at Downtown at the Gardens.

Quaker Month Observances

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Adrienne Ferrin Of Royal Palm Beach Dies At Age 88

Adrienne Ferrin, age 88 of Royal Palm Beach, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 26. Ferrin is survived by her daughter Rhonda Ferrin Davis (Dr. Winston Davis, son-in-law) and son Andre Lamont Ferrin, as well as her brother Dr. Felix McLymont and three grandchildren, Jason Davis (Mosi Aba Davis), Christopher Davis and Jordan Davis, and two great-grandchildren, Jason Davis II and Micah Davis. She is also survived by nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. She was predeceased by her husband, Vivian A. Ferrin, a former member of the Royal Palm Beach Village Council, and sister Pearline Dedrick. A memorial service will be held Friday, Dec. 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Palms West Presbyterian Church (13689 Okeechobee Blvd., Loxahatchee Groves), and a celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m., also at Palms West Presbyterian Church. Family and friends are invited

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Money For Corbett Levee And Controlling Incorporation Top Palm Beach County’s Agenda For 2017 Legislative Session

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Palm Beach County’s list of state legislative priorities includes funding for completion of the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area levee, controls on the ability of developers to incorporate their projects before people are actually there, support for infrastructure improvements and action to control sober homes. All these items are included on the Palm Beach County Commission’s wish list for the next legislative session in Tallahassee. County staff presented the proposed priorities at the county commission’s workshop meeting Tuesday. Legislative Affairs Director Rebecca De La Rosa said financing to control substance abuse, especially opiates, is needed not just in Palm Beach County but statewide. De La Rosa added that State Attorney Dave Aronberg is also involved with the effort to control the growing problem of opiate use, and Aronberg and county staff will support sober home and

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continued from page 1 bigger and better each year, Piconcelli said. “If you’ve been like I’ve been, back here since the very beginning, and saw it from when it originally started to where it is today, it’s an amazing event,” Piconcelli said. Longtime chamber volunteer Dennis Witkowski put together the first parade and has chaired the event ever since. “Every year we try to improve a little bit. I think we’ve managed to do it some way or another,” Witkowski said. “I can remember organizing the first one like it was yesterday. It has been a long time, but it’s just so near and dear to my heart. I get a lot of personal joy and satisfaction out of it every year.” This year, the grand marshals will be Dance Theatre at Wellington’s DTX Dance Team, which recently was invited to dance at the 2016 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Part of the fun of the parade is being one of the thousands of spectators, where you can see all of the performers and floats going

opiate abuse legislation. Better intergovernmental coordination on transportation and infrastructure issues is also on the list. Requiring residency of elected officials is an issue that Palm Beach County Vice Mayor Melissa McKinlay introduced, which sprang from the incorporation of the City of Westlake, which has nonresidents sitting on its first council. Senior welfare is an issue that Commissioner Mary Lou Berger has been pushing. De La Rosa said this issue is important because the senior population is increasing rapidly in the county and statewide. Also at McKinlay’s request, staff is focusing on agriculture and individuals who choose to farm land. Environmental and natural resource issues remain a priority on the legislative agenda. Assistant County Administrator Todd Bonlarron said appropriation requests include infrastructure requests to deliver potable water in the Glades

area, the $28 million beach and inlet management program, the Loxahatchee River preservation program of more than $4 million, the Lake Worth Lagoon project for $3.4 million as the state share, the Lake Okeechobee restoration component asking for $2 million from the state, and the Corbett levee system improvement project for about $3.5 million. That project was partially completed with a previous $4 million from the state. Bonlarron said the Corbett project needs to be finished so that runoff from Corbett will spill over a dam into the Mecca property and not threaten The Acreage. Funding for the C-51 boat lift project is also on the list, which would take small boats over existing water control structures on the C-51 Canal from the Lake Worth Lagoon to Lake Okeechobee. The plan also calls for support of mosquito control efforts, which became an issue during the Zika virus outbreak over the summer.

It also calls for continued support of land purchase efforts by the Land Acquisition Trust Fund. “We will continue to ask the state to look at opportunities, whether it is acquiring new land, but specifically for management of the local lands and being able to provide some type of a match to local governments to manage some of the land we currently own more effectively,” Bonlarron said. Regarding the City of Westlake, Commissioner Mack Bernard asked whether there is any legislation moving to change how new municipalities are created. Bonlarron said the only legislation proposed would deal with municipal elected officials and their residency in that municipality. “We’ve included that in our package to the state legislature to make some changes in state law ensuring that municipal officials when they are elected must reside in their municipality, unlike the case in Westlake right now,” he said. Regarding municipal incorporation, Bonlarron said that the

growth management section of the legislative priorities list talks about attempts that have been made at the state level to hamper local governments’ ability to control land use. “That’s one of the ways that Westlake came about,” he said. McKinlay favored repealing a Florida statute that enabled the creation of Westlake, which was with the help of Seminole Improvement District. “That’s my position on it. I think your language preventing any further changes to the statutes that allow for an independent district or special district conversion is a very smooth way of putting it,” she said. McKinlay also supported the residency requirement for elected municipal officials. “I just think that if you are elected to represent a city, you also should reside in that city,” she said. Commissioner Dave Kerner said that Westlake and the residency issue might be dealt with through the county charter. “One of the things I’d like to do is examine our charter,”

Kerner said. “I think there is the ability for a county charter to preempt a municipal charter. We do that in certain areas right now for our charter on issues of law enforcement and environmental issues, so it’s possible that we could place a provision before the voters to mandate that for any municipality within Palm Beach County, their elected officials reside in that municipality.” Kerner also asked if there is something commissioners can do to support the C-51 Canal boat lift project for the coming legislative session. Bonlarron said the commission was successful in getting some kind of appropriation to support the boat lift project. “In terms of what the specific number is going to be this year, I don’t know if that has been determined,” he said. “When that has been determined, there is a coalition of different constituencies working together as a team to do that, and we will work closely with them.” The commissioners approved the priorities list in concept.

Bob Marcello Baseball Complex, designed for high-school-age players, is finished, and the tennis courts have been renovated. “We’ve gone through the final walkthrough,” he said. “Everything is good to go. With the additions that we made, we did not touch the infield of the ballfield. We did the outfield drainage, adding some more turf. We expanded the fence and went out from 285 feet to 325 feet. We added a pathway, which goes completely

around the perimeter of the park. We’ve added a little fishing dock with a small picnic pavilion on the water, and we totally renovated the two tennis courts there.” Recchio noted that the village fielded frequent calls about when those tennis courts would open. “They are open, and people have been out there,” he said. “This year, the only thing we’re going to be doing, which is in our budget and has been approved, is putting new lights on those tennis

courts. That will be done sometime this spring.” The ballfield will be open in time for the spring high school baseball season. “You’ll actually have the kids right up through high school who will be able to play at the Bob Marcello Baseball Complex,” Recchio said. “We have requests all the time from the coaches at the high schools to use the field. It will be open to them, so now you’ll have kids from 4 years old up to

19 years old playing in that park.” The village is moving forward with other projects and that he will update the committee about at its next meeting. “We’ve got a lot on our plate right now, but they’re moving along, and we’re pretty excited about it,” Recchio said. The village will have two trees lit up this holiday season, one at Veterans Park and another at Commons Park. Through Jan. 2, the splash fountain at Veterans

Park will be shut off. “The tree is going in the middle of the [splash] park,” Recchio said. “That’s where it was for the first time. Prior to that, we had it up on the hill next to the Veterans Memorial. This is more centralized, and it seems to work out a lot better.” Royal Palm Beach’s Winter Fest 2016 is set for Saturday, Dec. 3 at Commons Park. Activities will start at 1 p.m., with the tree lighting at 6:15 p.m. and the arrival of Santa Claus at 6:30 p.m.

Along with public participation and donations, Taylor said he would appreciate volunteers to come forward. “We’re making progress, and I think people will be pretty impressed with the study and the things that could be available to us in terms of revenue,” he said. “I know I was impressed; I was shocked.” Taylor said that he has talked

with officials in Loxahatchee Groves, which incorporated 10 years ago, as well as Wellington officials involved with the village’s incorporation in 1995. He talked to former Loxahatchee Groves Councilman Dennis Lipp, one of the leaders of that community’s incorporation effort, about the process. “A lot of the revenue sources are based on population,” he said,

pointing out that Loxahatchee Groves, which gets a great deal of money from revenue sharing, has only about 4,000 people, and The Acreage had almost 40,000 in the 2010 census. “It’s a long process. It’s going to take time, but we’re willing to put in the work.” Taylor said that PLAN is seeking donations to support the incorporation effort. “We don’t have the money to

do some of the things we would like to,” Taylor said. “We still struggle to do advertisements and promotion. Our web site is not all it should be. We’re working on it so it will be more functional, so people can get more information. We’re working to get more information out. I think that’s one of the criticisms — that we’re not working hard enough to get information out to people. However, it’s

expensive. We purchased signs at one point. We don’t know what happened to them, but they were removed. That was hundreds of dollars. We certainly can’t afford radio or TV ads.” He said the group is depending on word of mouth and social media to get the word out. For more information, search for “Preserve the Lifestyle of the Acreage Now” on Facebook.

by. Bedford enjoys watching the spectators’ reactions. “I always get excited to see the spectators,” she said. “They’re just incredible. They start getting there early in the morning — it’s like a family affair with multigenerational groups together.” There’s tailgating, and neighbors, friends and family come together, some knowing one another, some not, and they bond while seeing different organizations within the community take part in the parade. “It captures the spirt of the holiday,” Bedford said. The excitement is contagious as the parade is about to begin, and people can hear the helicopter flying overhead, Bedford explained. This is Bedford’s second parade as the CEO of the chamber, but her sixth year taking part in the parade. “The parade keeps getting better every year. We’re excited to have a lot of the entries that we’ve had in the past, and a lot of new entries as well,” she said. It wouldn’t be possible, however, without the parade committee. “Our committee is just phenomenal,” Bedford said. “Everyone does so much to make it a success. I really enjoy that aspect of it.” Bedford, Witkowski and Piconcelli are joined on the committee by Al Stickley, Bruce Delaney,

Chris O’Connor, Chris Pragid, David Leland, Denise Testai, Dennis Flaherty, Eli Shaivitz, Emily Statnick, Jim Lewis, Jim O’Neil, Jody Marlow, Joel Dowley, Johnny Brief, Kayla Pragid, Kelly Boudreau, Kim Alter, Kimberly Leland, Marc Kleiman, Mark Bozicevic, Michelle Garvey, Sal Rongo, Scott Poritz and Tad Rowe. “We’re going to have a really, really great parade,” Witkowski said. “I get excited about it every year because it’s the western communities’ finest hour. Everyone comes together. The spirit of the holidays is so evident. Everyone is filled with joy. The greatest joy that I get every year is watching the faces of the people along the parade route, and whether they have a relative in the parade or they’re just out enjoying being with the rest of the community, everyone’s in such a great mood.” The chamber, he said, offers at least 10 scholarships to graduating high school students in the western communities as a result of the parade. “We have an extra benefit that the community enjoys that most people aren’t even aware of,” he said, explaining that entry fees and sponsorships are used to fund the scholarships. The parade attracts 15,000 to

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continued from page 1 and need help,” Rose said. “Even though they might be working, they don’t have that extra dollar to do the things that they would like to do. We’re just delighted to know that we can help. I will continue to do this for as long as I am pastor at Royal Palm Covenant Church.” Currently, the church does not have a permanent home. It operates the food pantry out of space

donated by Jess Santamaria and hosts services at the Regal Cinemas on State Road 7 every Sunday at 10 a.m. “Everyone is welcome to come and worship with us. We are a church that doesn’t believe in just coming together to worship,” Rose said. “We serve the community; that’s our worship… Even without a church home, we’re still able to meet needs in our community. We didn’t stop. We will continue. We’re about ministry. We’re about meeting needs. We’re about touching lives. We’re about helping people who need help.” The Royal Palm Covenant Church Food Pantry supplies food to the hungry all year round. For more information, visit www. or call (561) 7931077.


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Golf Tournament Raises $42,000 For Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County hosted the 35th annual Wellington Golf Tournament to benefit the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club of Wellington on Sunday, Nov. 13 at the Wanderers Club. The tournament raised nearly $42,000. Prior to golfing, participants were treated to breakfast, courtesy of Whole Foods Market Wellington and Kennesaw Juice. Attendees could also participate in a raffle and putting contest. The event concluded with a luncheon where a club member shared his impact story, sponsors of the event were recognized and the awards were handed out. Taking the first-place trophies home were Rick Bielen, Elliot Bonner, Nicole Papadakis and Lance Schnittman. Coming in second place was the team of James Cour-

banou, Richard Hoffman, Connor Martling and Kevin Steakin. The 35th annual Wellington Golf Tournament was chaired by Nic Roldan and honorary chair Ed Portman. Committee members included Todd Barron, Jim Bomar, Elliot Bonner, John Hornberger, Julie Kime, Ray Mooney and Mickey Smith. Gold sponsors were the Wanderers Club and the William H. Pitt Foundation. Orchard Hill Polo underwrote golf polos and hats. Silver sponsors include B/E Aerospace, Deloitte Tax LLP, Ernst & Young, H&J Contracting, Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith PLLC and Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLC.

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The St. Peter’s Child Enrichment Center held its annual CROS (Christians Reaching Out to Society) Food Drive. The preschool collected 1,590 non-perishable food items to be donated to those in need this holiday season.

(Right) The first-place team of Rick Bielen, Lance Schnittman, Nicole Papadakis and Elliot Bonner.

Property Appraiser’s Office Donates Food

Mike Pratt of the Property Appraiser’s Office with Coeliah Bryson and Howard Fox of Extended Hands with the donated food.

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The Palm Beach County Property Appraiser’s Office recently donated 15,089 pounds of food to Extended Hands Community Outreach of West Palm Beach. Donations were collected as part of the office’s 17th annual Holiday Food Drive during the month of November. The special food-raising campaign is administered by the employees of the office. Each canned good item goes directly to Extended Hands, which provides food, clothing and other basic necessities to families living in the West Palm Beach area. “I am extremely proud of this year’s efforts by our generous employees,” Property Appraiser

Gary Nikolits said. “It’s a privilege to be able to deliver this food that will serve the needs of our neighbors in West Palm Beach and the surrounding area.” The Property Appraiser’s Office encourages and supports employee community service involvement throughout Palm Beach County. Its employees are dedicated to the responsibility of giving back to the community. “The support of the Property Appraiser’s Office has been overwhelming through the years,” said Coeliah Bryson, director of Extended Hands. “There is such a need in our community. This donation will carry us through the year.”


Jaime Tino To Play Softball At Stetson

Jaime Tino signed a letter of intent to play softball at Stetson University in the Atlantic-Sun Conference on Nov. 9 at Royal Palm Beach High School. Tino started playing softball when she was 5 years old with the Royal Palm Beach Youth Softball recreational league. She then moved into the travel program and progressed to play for the Stumps Bandits coached by Dave Hir, currently the head coach for RPBHS. Tino verbally committed to

Stetson University in her sophomore year. She has been a varsity starting pitcher since her freshman year. Tino has led the county in strikeouts each year of her high school career with an average ERA of .871. Tino is a student in the RPBHS medical academy, a member of the National Honor Society and is ranked in the top 10 percent of her class. She will continue her education in integrated health sciences at Stetson University.

Jaime Tino signs her letter of intent to play softball at Stetson University.

On Saturday, Nov. 19, members of the Wellington Garden Club planted native shrubs, trees and sod at a Habitat for Humanity home being built in West Palm Beach. Pictured above are Linda DeSanti (standing) and Deb Russell helping kids of the new owner-to-be plant a Bahama Strongbark tree in their new backyard. Garden Club members lend a hand several times a year to Habitat for Humanity.

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Students At Western Academy Charter School Participate In Fossil Dig


The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office PBSO District 9 substation recently supported the families of Loxahatchee Groves Elementary School. The PBSO provided 15 turkeys with all of the fixings. Shown above is Principal Richard Myerson with PBSO representatives.

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Recently, 35 Western Academy Charter School sixth-grade students and parents participated in a fossil dig at Peace River in Arcadia, Fla. Students were successful in unearthing ancient shark’s teeth, horse teeth, tapir teeth, and pieces of turtle shell and fish bones. These uncovered fossils ranged from 3 million to 15 million years old. The students who participated in this exciting and memorable trip were part of the Western Academy Charter School’s paleontology class and school club. The experience was one they will not soon forget. The students already have plans on returning to the dig site for additional fossils in March 2017.

Western Academy students sift through the Peace River looking for fossils during a recent trip.

Seminole Ridge High School Cheer Teams Take First-Place Finishes In Recent Competition

(Front row) Harrison Koeppel, William Brodner and Terrell Seabrooks; and (back row) Alyson Brusie and Robert Linck.

Oxbridge Debaters Rank Nationally

Oxbridge Academy senior William Brodner made school history recently, becoming the first debater to win three first-place awards in one tournament. He took the top spot in International Extemporaneous Speaking, Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking and Impromptu Speaking at the Cypress Bay Tradition Tournament in Weston. Senior Terrell Seabrooks continued his winning streak with a first-place finish in the tournament’s Congressional Round Robin debate. Juniors Robbie Linck and Alyson Brusie placed second and eighth respectively in Public Forum, and Harrison Koeppel finished fifth in International Extemporaneous Speaking. Seabrooks has been sharpening his skills all season. He won first

place in the same category at the 2016 Florida Blue Key Speech and Debate Tournament, held in October at the University of Florida. Seabrooks prevailed in the highstakes competition against some of the best congressional debaters in the nation. His debate on mandatory voting not only earned him a trophy, but also a scholarship prize. He is currently ranked second in the nation in Student Congress. The duo of Linck and Brusie won second place in three different tournaments, including Florida Blue Key, Big Bass Round Robin in New Orleans and Houston Bellaire Round Robin. Linck is currently ranked sixth and Brusie, a Wellington resident, is ranked eighth in the nation for Public Forum.

The Seminole Ridge High School junior varsity and varsity competition cheer teams took firstplace finishes Nov. 19 in competition with a dozen area public and private schools. • Hawk Raiders Compete at Regionals — The SRHS Army JROTC Raiders gave it their all in regional competition Nov. 19. Two SRHS male teams placed sixth and eighth, and the first SRHS all-female team took the bronze in the five-kilo run, the fitness test and the tire flip. • Chorus Earns Superiors — The SRHS choral department

performed in district solo and ensemble assessments Nov. 18, and several choristers advanced to state assessments. Congratulations to these Hawk groups and soloists on receiving Superior ratings and qualifying for state assessments in April: Groups: concert women’s ensemble; FlyBoyz men’s barbershop quartet (Freddy Caceres, Ertonn Chatelain, Robert Hunt and Zach Vera); Musagetes madrigal ensemble; ‘Muses’ women’s barbershop quartet (Danielle Leslie, Danielle Parks, Rowan Pelfrey and Jordaine Randon); Philammonus

The Seminole Ridge junior varsity competition cheer team.

men’s ensemble; and Philammonus men’s show choir. Musical theater soloists: Danielle Leslie, Danielle Parks, Rowan Pelfrey and Jordaine Randon. Vocal soloists: Shantel Brown, Danielle Parks, Rowan Pelfrey and Jordaine Randon. Congratulations to these Hawk groups and soloists on receiving Excellent ratings: Groups: beginning women’s ensemble and Musagetes acappella ensemble. Musical theater soloists: Shantel Brown and Freddy Caceres. Vocal soloists: Freddy Caceres,

Shane Laurent and Zach Vera. Superior Thespians Move to States — SRHS drama students, in district thespian competition Nov. 19, returned with three Superiors in duet acting. Congratulations to the duos of Ana Fonteccio and Georgia Williams, Lex Long and Cassandra Yanes, and Matt Coon and Alex Quiggle. All listed students are eligible to continue on to the state competition. SRHS also received four Excellents: Rowan Pelfrey (monologue, solo musical), Ethan Engh (monologue) and Deja Gamble (playwriting).

The Seminole Ridge varsity competition cheer team.

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WLMS Showcases Its Choice Programs

Wellington Landings Middle School highlighted its choice programs at the WLMS Choice Program Open House on Nov. 17. More than 700 students and parents attended the event. Wellington Landings showcased its Fine Arts Academy course offerings and its Pre-Information Technology Academy course offerings. The fine arts program offers both meaningful and enriching opportunities in the areas of chorus, handbells, band, music-keyboard/piano, drama, art, TV production, speech and debate, and journalism. The pre-informa-

tion technology program offers an innovative, integrated learning environment focused on computers, technology and communications. Performances by WLMS chorus, band and dance students were just a few of the stunning presentations enjoyed by those in attendance. Staff members explained the many opportunities available for middle school students who are interested in fine arts or technology. For more information about Wellington Landings Choice Programs, contact Wellington Landings at (561) 792-8100.

The Wellington Landings Middle School debate team.

WLMS Debaters Shine At The Weiss School

Wellington Landings Middle School fine arts students get ready to perform.

Wellington Landings Middle School chorus students sing.

Wellington Landings Middle School students performing during the Choice Program Open House.



Frontier Elementary School kindergarten students, shown above, recently participated in Thanksgiving festivities by promoting “Save a Turkey, Eat Pizza.”

Rosann Tatti’s and Mari Soriano’s third-grade classes at Wellington Elementary School recently conducted a science experiment while using their artistic skills at the same time. They were studying a unit on matter when the students got an opportunity to paint with frozen paint. The third-graders then went on to watch their artwork transform into something else as the heat from the sun and friction caused the paint to melt their creations. They observed how the heat from the sun evaporated the water and left the paint.




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On Nov. 16, the Wellington Landings Middle School debate team competed in its first away tournament of the 2016-17 Palm Beach County Middle School Debate League season at the Weiss School. WLMS debaters did a fantastic job representing the school with not only their abilities, but also with their sportsmanship. Several students placed in their events as a result of their effort and dedication. The debate team members look forward to showcasing their talent and improvement through the remaining tournaments of the season.

The following students took home individual awards: Congress Varsity Chamber A, Jaiden Blinston, sixth place; Congress Novice Chamber A, Rylee Bleakley, second place, and Megan Gonzales-Mugaburu, fourth place; Congress Novice Chamber B, Alexander Bartley, fifth place; Congress Novice Chamber C, Casey Siner, second place, and Rebeca Lopez-Anzures, fifth place; Oral Interpretation of Literature, Esperancia Senneus; and Public Forum, Matthew McGann and Sophia Osborne, first place. The WLMS debate team meets Wednesday after school.


Thirty-three members of the Palm Beach Central High School debate team competed at Seminole Ridge High School on Nov. 19 against 400 students from 20 other local high schools. The Bronco debaters had its most successful tournament ever, winning eight trophies and two ribbons: Marlana Lawrence and Joevante Jean received first place in Varsity Two-Person Acting; Jack Shaevitz and Jena Rashid received third place in Varsity Two-Person Acting; Tyler Hutchinson and Elian Dones received first in Novice Two-Person Acting; Dominic LaFlame and Vanessa Phan received third place in Novice Two-Person Acting; and Ben Gott and Logan Downs received fourth place in Novice Two-Person Acting. Congratulations to these hard-working members of the debate team and their coach, Daryl Hall.

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Running Estate Sales Can Be Fun, But Things Can Get Strange I run estate sales for people near my antique store and conducted one just last weekend. The client was my typical client or, should I say, what is quickly becoming my typical client — Baby Boomers who live up north but whose parents moved to Florida. Sometimes the parents are merely downsizing, but sometimes they’ve died and these kids are now executors. It’s a tough time in a kid’s life, and I say “kid” because these “executors” are the same age as kids I played with on the playground. It really does seem like yesterday for both of us, and I feel bad for these now-orphans. Because they loved their parents, they don’t want to clean out the

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The Sonic BOOMER house — it’s very sad. That’s where I come in. I’m sad, but at least I didn’t know their parents personally. I got into the business by mistake. A lawyer friend of mine needed to liquidate the contents of a house so it could be sold. I know how to price things for sale,

and I like to clean (yes, I know, I’m an aberration), so I said I’d do it. The sale was a success and word got out. I’ve been running estate sales ever since. Sometimes the “kids” work alongside me, sometimes they check in once in a while, sometimes they give me a key and tell me to send them a check. You want to get to know about someone? Root around in their house for a week. By the time everything they owned is set up on tables, you know them pretty well. You know if the woman cooked (tons of dishes), if the man did woodworking (tons of tools), if they traveled (tons of souvenirs). You get to know their family through photographs.

Here’s what I’ve learned... People are good. They struggle. They do their best. They try to be healthy and neat and organized as long as they physically can. Most families have at least one relative in the military. And everybody loves their grandchildren. But I’ve come across some weird and creepy stuff, too. (Don’t judge: Think about what’s in your own home first.) Some of the more bizarre contents have included: • A box of Rover’s ashes. (“I’ve been looking for those! Did you find the other six pets?”) • A candy-apple red cattle prod (“I guess they were using that for protection.”) • The skeleton of a dead rat (“Um, well,

the house has been vacant for a while.”) • A box of glass eyes (“Oh, yeah. I forgot to tell you my sister was missing an eye.”) Sometimes the house itself is weird. I cleaned out one where the all the interior walls had been painted black. The lighting was green. (“Mom was getting severe migraines. She liked it dark. I’m beginning to feel a bit depressed staying here, though.”) I blurted out, “You gotta get out of here!” The client moved to a penthouse on the beach and called to say how remarkably happy she now felt. So, now I’m a liquidator and a therapist. In fact, I just came up with a new motto for my business: “Settling your estate and your head.” Who wouldn’t want that?

‘Allied’ More About Starry Coupling Than The War It’s Set In

Some movies look and sound better in the “coming attractions” reels than the real thing. Such is the case with Allied, a movie supposedly about World War II but really about the appeal of its two stars. In theory, it probably sounded wonderful. In reality, it has more than a bit of charm but plot problems you could drive a panzer division through. A French Canadian spy, Max Vatan (Brad Pitt), works for the British and parachutes into Nazi-controlled French North Africa to work with French Resistance worker Marianne Beauséjour (Marion Cotillard) to kill some key Nazis. She is tough, maybe tougher than he is, but somehow, while escaping from a deadly mission, in the middle of a huge sandstorm, the two of them take time off for some non-job-related nookie. Well, when you look as good as they do, why not? They arrive in Casablanca (a really nice war movie, far better than this one, cen-

‘I’ On CULTURE By Leonard Wechsler tered on that town) and, in fancy formal wear, shoot up a whole group of people, at least some of whom might be Nazis. Despite warnings by Marianne that love in wartime is crazy, Max proposes. They settle down to a life of child-rearing in England. But somehow the British bosses wind up suspecting Marianne of being a Nazi spy. It seems a bit of a stretch, but the British aristocracy has never been known for tolerance. That leads to Max’s orders to find out whether the mother of his child is a spy

and, if she is, to kill her. I think the old army leaders called that morale-raising. At any rate, the rest of the film consists of watching all the suspicions raised. Nothing like demanding that a man who risked his life for you spy on his wife and maybe kill her. Of course, anyone who has watched more than a handful of movies knows the rules about having really good-looking heroes kill their really brave, heroic, good-looking wives, so why bother worrying about the ending? If that bit sounds a lot like the general plot of Mr. and Mrs. Smith, the movie Pitt made with then-wife Angelina Jolie, take note that this is not a comedy. It is, however, very stylish. In some ways, it is a throwback to old Hollywood; the stars could do whatever was called for in a film, but they always looked great while doing it. Robert Zemeckis, the director, has done

many great films (Back to the Future 1, 2 and 3, Romancing the Stone, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and Forest Gump). He brings back the sense of glamor of Old Hollywood. The film and the stars always look great. His use of computer-generated imagery is very effective as he re-creates the town of Casablanca and the desert surrounding it before re-creating war-torn England. Pitt is good as the conflicted hero. Yes, he spends most of the last half of the movie with a confused look on his face, but that should be expected in the part. He may not be as able to show many conflicting emotions as some other stars, but he looks far better than most while doing so. Whoever handled his makeup, which really convinces us that a 52-yearold guy is a youngster, deserves an Oscar nomination. Cotillard, however, is fantastic. She is not only beautiful, but she is able to

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really keep the audience guessing about her motivations. This is one of a whole lot of movies where she is really impressive. She’s got the style and the acting chops to pull off a complex part. When she’s on screen, Pitt seems smaller. Jared Harris, as his commanding officer Frank Heslop, becomes the face of impregnable British smugness. This is hardly a bad movie, but it is far from being really good. In Casablanca, Bogart and Bergman might have said that their problems don’t amount to a hill of beans in a crazy world, but no one believed it then or even now. In this film, the characters clearly take precedence over minor issues like the World War II situation, and we don’t give a hill of beans about them. That is a real shame. Not a bad date movie, but it would probably be best to wait a couple of months and see it On Demand for far less.

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continued from page 3 tion on water projects in the area but could not attend. “Jay Foy represents a lot of folks who have a compromised drainage system,” Robbins said. “It doesn’t work well when it rains hard. He wants a big bucket of storage when it’s raining very hard.” Loxahatchee River District Executive Director Albrey Arrington said that he and eight other stakeholders in the local-option plan support it because it makes sense and stores water for times of drought.

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lington, the event features musical and dance performances by local talent, more than 50 exhibitors and special guest Vanilla Ice. Complimentary shuttles will begin at 5:30 p.m. from the original Wellington Mall (12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Guests should park by the main entrance, and not in the Checkers or Boston Market lots. Shuttles will also run from the First Baptist Church of Wellington

(12700 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) and the Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive). A park and walk option is available at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church (12200 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) with alternative parking at the Chancellor Corporate Center (12008/12012 South Shore Blvd.). Winterfest guests are warned not to park at the Shoppes at Chancellor or the Town Square Publix

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“We’re bringing forward all holding hands saying we believe this is a sound, logical project,” Arrington said. “It addresses water timing, storage and the right water quantity, although there are water quality benefits.” He said the L-8 Reservoir, which sits alongside the C-51 Reservoir, had been intended to provide water to the Loxahatchee Slough but was repurposed through state-level decisions to benefit the Everglades. “We understand that,” he said. “I’m disheartened. They said in trade, we’ll give you Mecca. That’s a bad trade, but I don’t have that many cards to play.” Arrington said the C-51 Reservoir project could easily be called the L-8 expansion.

“They literally are neighbors, and if they added a culvert or broke a segment of a berm, they would be intimately connected,” he said, explaining that, like the L-8 Reservoir, it is a deepwater reservoir with large storage capacity. “If I represented people in western Palm Beach County, that’s a hugely good thing,” he said. “C-51 provides flood protection benefit to The Acreage.” He said the C-51 Reservoir will definitively restore flow to the Loxahatchee River, and significantly increase the amount of potable water available. “The C-51, the locally preferred option, will significantly restore the wellfields of many of the coastal areas, alleviating saltwater

intrusion and other problems,” Arrington said. Todd said the C-51 Reservoir pilot project is a new program through Florida Senate Bill 552, called the “water bill,” seeking state financing of up to 50 percent of project costs, and would be at the sole discretion of the SFWMD, although the board has not yet voted on it. The project includes provisions to provide water to Broward County, which will be paid for by water utility companies there. McKinlay made a motion to write a letter to the Florida Legislature in support of Phase 1 of the C-51 Pilot Project, which carried 6-0 with Commissioner Hal Valeche absent.

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continued from page 1 footballs and soccer balls, and then we also get gift cards from Walmart, so that if the child needs socks or underwear or a pair of shorts, they can do a one-stop shop over there. You can only have one gift card, and it must be for a child 15 or older.” She anticipates they will need 800 to 900 toys this year. “This is going to be one of our biggest because our food drive was the biggest it has ever been,” Tuckwood said. “We’ve got a lot of great partners working with us. InterFaith does a fantastic job. Our job at the village is to do the marketing, get the groups and help administratively, but they do the fundraising and they do the legwork. We get the volunteers through Volunteer Wellington, and they help us sort the toys the

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cal expenses are becoming more and more unmanageable for the family. For more information, call Short Stacks at (561) 422-9898. day before. It’s just a really great community effort.” She is proud that the village has been successful over the years in taking care of those less fortunate in the community. “It shows that when we work together, and come together, we can accomplish many things,” Tuckwood said. “I hope that our community will rally again and recognize those less fortunate during this season of giving.” Unwrapped toys can be dropped off at Village Hall (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.), Village Park (11700 Pierson Road), Ultima Fitness (12799 W. Forest Hill Blvd.), the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.), the Neighborhood Services Office (1092 Wellington Trace), the Lake Wellington Professional Centre (12161 Ken Adams Way) and all Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue stations in Wellington. For more information, call Tuckwood at (561) 753-2476 or (561) 310-3626, or e-mail

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Members of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office distributed meal bags for Thanksgiving to local families last weekend. Food other than traditional items went to replenish local food pantries, such as the Royal Palm Covenant Church. Food was received from PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER schools across the western communities through a food drive in November.

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A diverse entertainment lineup is coming to the 2017 South Florida Fair, including bands to tie into the fair’s New Orleans theme. Eight national bands ranging from Christian rock and country to Cajun and good time rock ’n’ roll will perform, along with more than 150 local and regional bands, dance groups, school choirs and jazz bands on four stages. Jordan Feliz will kick off the national entertainment schedule at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15. Starting his career as a hard-touring heavy metal singer, he switched gears to become a church worship leader, before signing a Nashville record deal writing songs as an R&B groove-pop artist. Sidewalk Prophets also will perform on Sunday, Jan. 15. This

gospel-focused group is known for creating a type of sanctuary for their listeners with singles like “Live Like That” and “You Love Me Anyway.” At 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17, Dr. John & The Nite Trippers will perform. Dr. John is a six-time Grammy Award-winning musician. Known throughout the world as the embodiment of New Orleans music, he is an international cultural icon. During the 1960s, he performed on albums by Sonny and Cher, Van Morrison, Aretha Franklin and the Rolling Stones. Starting at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan 18, Neal McCoy takes the stage. He has released 15 studio albums and 34 singles to country radio. In 1993, he emerged with back-to-back number 1 singles

“No Doubt About It” and “Wink.” On Thursday, Jan. 19, at 8 p.m., following the first of two Bike Night parades, Molly Hatchet will entertain guests. Their music, a mixture of blues, country, gospel and the English invasion of rock ’n’ roll, was to be coined “Southern Rock.” At 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 23, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band will bring the unmistakable sound of the Crescent City, performing its vibrant and irresistible style of New Orleans jazz. The band has traveled worldwide spreading their mission to nurture and perpetuate this unique art form. Whether performing at Carnegie Hall or for British royalty, their music embodies a timeless spirit. Ben Jaffe, current director and

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Bryant views his audience as a lifelong relationship and music is the connection. The main stage lineup will conclude with the fair’s second Bike Night at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26, with 38 Special. After more than three decades together, this band continues to bring their signature blast of Southern Rock to more than 100 cities a year. Their many gold and platinum awards stand in testament to the endurance of a legendary powerhouse. Some of the songs most associated with them are “Hold On Loosely,” “Rockin’ into the Night” and “Second Chance.” General concert seating is free with a fair admission ticket. Reserved seating is also available for purchase online at www.


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PUPS SPEND QUALITY TIME WITH SANTA AT THE MALL AT WELLINGTON GREEN The Mall at Wellington Green hosted its Paws ’N’ Claus Pet Photo Night on Sunday, Nov. 27 at the Ice Palace. Well-mannered cats, dogs and other friendly pets were invited to spend time at the Ice Palace in the Grand Court with Santa Claus and have photos taken. There will be another Paws ’N’ Claws on Sunday, Dec. 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. All pets must be on a leash or in a carrier. For more information, visit PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

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The Western Communities Football League held its annual Turkey Bowl on Saturday, Nov. 19 at Village Park in Wellington. The Turkey Bowl was a series of Varsity All-Star football games that began at 9 a.m. and ended at 2 p.m. Attendees were asked to bring five canned goods to be donated to the Daily Food Bank to support those in need this holiday season. For more information, visit www. PHOTOS BY BRIANNE SIMONE/TOWN-CRIER AND COURTESY JEN RIVERA

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Wrestling season kicked off last week, and the Wellington High School grapplers hosted their pre-season classic. Teams in attendance were Forest Hill, Santaluces and Palm Beach Gardens. Wellington won both of its meets, against Forest Hill, 66-15, and Palm Beach Gardens, 48-21. Page 27

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Advice From Equine Massage Therapist Bonnie Kiefer

Bonnie Kiefer remembers her first time on a pony, even though she was only 2 years old. It was a pony ride at a carnival, and she recalls what the pony looked like, the smell of the saddle, everything. She began riding regularly at age 6 and attended her first show at age 8. By then, her family had moved from Michigan to the Coconut Creek area of South Florida, and riding and showing hunters and jumpers became her life. She worked showing Quarter Horses and as a Thoroughbred groom and exercise rider at the track while schooling and showing horses for her own clients. She rode young Grand Prix jumpers, acquired some dressage training, and rode cutting and reining horses in Florida and Georgia. Bonnie currently offers riding lessons, horse training, show coaching and horse evaluations. One vocation that gives her great satisfaction is equine massage therapy. Certified three years ago, she has studied the methods of such highly respected massage therapists as JeanPierre Hourdebaigt, Susan-Smith Massie and Jim Masterson. She believes that her extensive experience affords her a greater understanding of the horse as a whole. She coordinates with trainers, veterinarians, chiropractors and other equine service providers to ensure the best outcome for each horse. Get updates all week long... follow Ellen Rosenberg on Twitter at TalkFL.

Tales From The Trails By Ellen Rosenberg “I am so passionate about this,” Bonnie said. “When I do a massage, I find out as much as I can about each horse, its background, problems, the full circumference of each horse’s life, not just the riding discipline. After each session, I send the owner a complete report. I consult with the owner over the phone before the first session, poking and prying to find out what’s going on. It’s my firm belief that all horse problems are mainly due to human error. Horses are at the mercy of their owners, handlers and the environment chosen for them. Hence, it’s our responsibility to insure their safety, comfort, happiness, health and mental wellness. I work with owners to come up with solutions.” Sometimes, there are complex or hidden reasons for a horse’s behavior, she said. “Something owners should consider is allowing horses to have as much turnout as possible, which might necessitate a change in stabling arrangements,” Bonnie said. “If a horse needs to be stalled, I suggest a stall with an attached individual paddock, so the horse can move around and choose whether

Bonnie Kiefer works on Ellen Rosenberg’s mare. to be indoors or out. Ill-fitting tack is another cribbing. Even girthing a horse too tightly or major source of problems, as is the wrong bit. quickly, or using the wrong type of grooming Nutrition also plays a big part in how a horse implement, can cause problems.” feels and performs, including supplements Bonnie offers a first-time evaluation and and treats. Some horses are prone to ulcers. massage for free, so owners can see what she Too rich a diet can harm hooves. Horses are does and decide whether to continue. She big, but they’re delicate. The least little thing recommends one massage a week for the first can imbalance them, and one problem can month, then as needed after that. I decided to quickly multiply to many, and then show up take her up on the offer and had her come out as behavioral vices like weaving, kicking or See ROSENBERG, page 29

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Skeleton Optics Joins With B&G Club On Tower Shoot

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County is excited to announce Skeleton Optics’ sponsorship of the upcoming Tower Shoot at the Pine Creek Sporting Club in Okeechobee. Inspired by the clubs’ mission and the event’s premium outdoors lifestyle shared with the brand, Skeleton Optics founders Mark and Lori Llano of Wellington have signed on as the awards and gift package sponsor for the event. Participants will receive a pair of sunglasses from their MultiCam Edition product line, along with other unique lifestyle products. “There is a saying that our eyes are the windows to the soul,” Mark Llano said. “This is all the more apparent when looking into the eyes of our youth. We hope with our partnership we are able to assist the clubs in providing a better future for the children of our community. With sunglasses by Skeleton Optics, we

hope your eyes become ‘windows to a better world.’” The Boys & Girls Clubs are proud to partner with Skeleton Optics on this event, which raises money for local youth. Charity and adventure are part of both the founder’s and the brand’s DNA. Exploring everything that the world has to offer, from rushing rivers to majestic peaks, inspires the Llanos. It’s this sense of adventure, of having “no boundaries,” that fuels them and Skeleton Optics. Anchored in Wellington, the company’s sunglasses are inspired through the spirt of adventure and created from a relentless pursuit of superior, integrated design. Fashioned using high-quality components that include polarized lenses manufactured by Carl Zeiss Vision, the world’s recognized leader in optics, and Grilamid TR-90 frames designed and manufactured in Italy, Skeleton Optics creates

high-performance optics that promote active engagement with the great outdoors. To learn more about Skeleton Optics and its products, visit www. The Tower Shoot will take place Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Pine Creek Sporting Club (23721 NE 48th Ave., Okeechobee). Chairmen Kim Fonseca and Chuck Schumacher look forward to bringing together supporters. The field is limited to 24 guns. Guests can expect a full day of activities, including: breakfast, high tower, pheasant release, lunch at the club and an afternoon pheasant walk-up. The Tower Shoot 12 gauge sponsors include Chuck Schumacher, the Moss Foundation and Jason Regalbuto. Pine Creek Sporting Club is providing the lunch sponsorship, while Chuck Steger is the photography underwriting sponsor. Proceeds from the event will

Mark and Lori Llano of Wellington are the owners of Skeleton Optics. support club programs, which in a positive and safe atmosphere. emphasize education, vocational, For more information and event social, recreational, health, leader- registration, visit ship and character-building skills event-list.

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The event will take place Saturday, Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fulton-Holland Educational Services Center (3300 Forest Hill Blvd., West Palm Beach). Businesses interested in bidding on projects financed by the expected $2.7 billion

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Blaze Pizza Supports Shriners Hospitals’ ‘Be Burn Aware’ Campaign For Holiday Safety

According to an independent survey commissioned by Shriners Hospitals for Children, many Americans do not follow key fire and burn safety tips during the holiday season, which can be the most dangerous time of year. That is why Shriners Hospitals for Children is once again joining forces with Blaze Pizza for the “Be Burn Aware” campaign to keep families safe from fires and burn injuries this holiday season. From Nov. 30 through Dec. 16, customers who donate to Shriners Hospitals for Children at South Florida Blaze Pizza restaurants will receive a free dessert on their next visit. “We’re proud to partner with Shriners Hospitals for Children, which does so much to improve the lives of young burn patients and their families,” Blaze Pizza’s Adam Cummis said. Visit participating Blaze Pizza locations in South Florida, including the one at 250 S. State Road 7 in Royal Palm Beach, throughout December to learn more about Shriners

Hospitals for Children and how you can “Be Burn Aware.” The national survey, conducted as part of the Shriners Hospitals for Children annual Be Burn Aware campaign, polled adults across the nation on their fire safety knowledge and practices. Although overall awareness was high, the survey revealed several gaps in action. The largest gap was associated with live Christmas trees, one of the most dangerous fire hazards in homes during this time of year. More than half of those surveyed said that they do not water their live Christmas trees daily, even though nearly three-quarters of respondents were aware of the potentially lifesaving results of this practice. The survey results also show: • Seventy percent are aware that live Christmas trees should be watered daily, but only 45 percent actually do. • Twenty-five percent leave lit candles unattended in their homes. • Twenty-seven percent leave lit candles within the reach of children. • Forty-seven percent do not keep

a lid or cookie sheet nearby when cooking to use in case there’s a need to extinguish a fire. • Twenty-five percent do not turn pot handles to the back of the stove and out of children’s reach so as to avoid potential scalding injuries. “Some of these findings seem alarming, but each year our burn hospitals see the results — children who’ve been injured in cooking-related accidents or in fires associated with decorations or candles,” said Dr. Kenneth Guidera, chief medical officer at Shriners Hospitals for Children. “These injuries can mean years of ongoing treatments to a child’s growing skin and extensive rehabilitation.” As the experts in pediatric burn treatment, Shriners Hospitals for Children’s staff provides critical, surgical and rehabilitative burn care to children, regardless of a family’s ability to pay. Visit for additional tips to prevent burn injuries, activity books for children and educational materials for the entire family.

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In partnership with Support Our Troops, Venture Construction Group of Florida provided a new roof to Sgt. Sam Horwitz of the U.S. Army National Guard at his home in West Palm Beach Nov. 17-18 through Owens Corning’s national Roof Deployment Project. Horwitz served two tours overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan, returned home and found he had severe roof damage. As a way to show gratitude to military personnel and families who have made great sacrifices, Venture Construction Group of Florida and Owens Corning provided materials and labor for the new roof. Shown above are (L-R) Sandra Lawson, Bobby Ainsworth, Neysa Nordstrom, Gary Keffer and Joe Duoba of Venture Construction with Sgt. Sam Horwitz.

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Area Teams Play In Charger Shootout Basketball Classic

By Gene Nardi Town-Crier Staff Report Over Thanksgiving weekend, while many were eating leftovers from their holiday meals, local high school basketball teams competed in the eighth annual Charger Shootout

Classic. The tournament drew some of the best teams in the state from Orlando to Miami, 16 in all. Royal Palm Beach and Wellington high schools competed in the two-day event. The tournament was a shootout style, meaning that teams

Wellington’s Trent Frazier tries to get by a Miami Central defender.

played a maximum of two games, with no bracketing for a playoff. Royal Palm Beach played Boyd Anderson on Friday night for the first game and won 70-55, but fell in the second contest on Saturday to Olympia, 63-51. The Wildcats relied on aggressive play from Leonard Thorpe and Jules Jasmin to control the tempo. Cristian Crespo contributed with his accuracy at the

net, tallying 13 points against Boyd Anderson. Wellington played Miami Central in its first game Friday afternoon and defeated the Rockets 76-53, but fell short against Blanche Ely 54-63 on Saturday. Wellington starts its season 1-1, while Royal Palm Beach also carries a 1-1 record into next week. The Wolverines controlled the

Wellington’s Sage Chen-Young goes for a layup against Miami Central.

Royal Palm Beach’s Jules Jasmin dunks for the Wildcats in the Boyd Anderson game.

momentum of the first game against the Miami Central with Illinois commit Trent Frazier and Sage Chen-Young dominating the tempo and combining for 53 points. The tournament provides local teams with the opportunity to play other teams from outside the area. “It gives us the chance to play some of the best teams, which makes us See BASKETBALL, page 28

Royal Palm Beach’s Cristian Crespo leaps up for two points to add to his tally. PHOTOS BY GENE NARDI/TOWN-CRIER

Wolverine Grapplers Shine In The Pre-Season Opener

By Gene Nardi Town-Crier Staff Report Wrestling season kicked off last week, and the Wellington High School grapplers hosted their annual pre-season classic. Teams in attendance were Forest Hill, Santaluces and Palm Beach Gardens high schools. The Wellington squad won

both of its meets, first against Forest Hill, 66-15, and then against Palm Beach Gardens, 48-21. The meet serves as a tune-up to get wrestlers ready to compete in the regular season. Last year, the Wolverines qualified a school record nine wrestlers for the state tournament.

Wellington wrestler Eric Reid (145 lbs.) pins Forest Hill’s Nate Auld.

Some returning to the mat this year are Camreryn Townsend at 132 pounds, Jacob Treanor at 152 pounds, Eric Saber at 170 pounds and Isaac Adonis at 195 pounds. Saber, a junior, qualified for the Super 32 Pre-Season National Tournament recently. The Wellington wrestling pro-

Wellington’s Jacob Treanor (152 lbs.) tries to avoid a take-down by Dan Ferreria of Palm Beach Gardens.

gram has developed into an area power over the years under the tutelage of head coach Travis Gray, who’s in his 11th season with the Wolverines. Gray was the 2016 Coach of the Year. His squad finished the season with a 27-9 record and led the Wolverines to county and district championships last season.

Gray is also a coach for the Wellington Wrestling Club. The club has a large following in the wrestling community and competes throughout the year. Kids as young as 8 can start grapping on the mat, which explains much of the Wolverines’ success over the years. Wellington is See WRESTLING, page 29

Wellington’s Eric Saber (170 lbs.) tries to turn Palm Beach Gardens’ Jamie Long to his back. PHOTOS BY GENE NARDI/TOWN-CRIER

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TKA’s Kozan And Costa Sign To Play Sports In College The King’s Academy Lions Athletics recently recognized two athletes who will be playing at the collegiate level after graduation. Senior Andrew Kozan committed to Auburn University to play golf.

He is the 2016 Antigua National High School National Team Champion and Individual Champion, Puerto Rico Junior Open Champion, Westminster Christian Academy Individual Champion and named


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continued from page 27 better,” Wellington head coach Matt Colin said. Royal Palm Beach’s Crespo had 13 points and two 3-point goals against Boyd Anderson, and Rodson Entienne added 12 points. Against Olympia, Crespo had 11 points and three 3-pointers. Jasmin had 20 points and 10 rebounds. Jordan Samuels scored 17 points. For Wellington, against Miami Central, Frazier put up 29 points and three 3-point goals, while ChenYoung had 24 points and two 3-point goals. Against Blanche Ely, Frazier put up 22 points, Chen-Young had 13 points, and Bryan Williams had six points and two 3-point goals. Royal Palm Beach had games this week against Palm Beach Central and William T. Dwyer, while Wel-

Wellington’s Miguel Peart battles for possession of the ball against Miami Central.


lington played Village Academy, but results were not available by press time.

to the 2015-16 American Family Insurance All-USA Boys Golf second team. Kozan was ranked at one point in the Polo Golf Rankings and earned exemption into the PGA Tour’s Puerto Rico Open in 2015. He has finished inside the top 10 numerous times in 2016, including a second-place finish at the Haas Family Invitational. He was named firstteam Rolex Junior All-American in 2015 and Palm Beach County’s 2015 Golfer of the Year. In 2015, he was the FHSAA 1A District 20 Individual Champion, the FHSAA 1A Region 7 Individual Title, and placed fifth at the FHSAA 1A State Finals for the Lions. Kozan won his division in the Florida Junior Tour Championship. Senior Dylan Costa committed to Florida Southern University to play baseball. Costa was part of the Palm Beach Post Spring All-Area teams. He finished last season as a junior with a .467 batting average, with 9 RBI, and stole 20 bases to successfully complete 80 percent of his steals. Also, he led the team, which earned the second seed in a brutally tough 4A District 6 game and made its first FHSAA regional appearance since 2013, losing a 1-run game in the regional semifinals.

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Wolverines Shine

continued from page 27 sure to remain competitive this season and will look to win the regional title. The Wolverines settled for the runner-up spot last season. Results from the pre-season classic are as follows: Wellington vs. Forest Hill: 106-pound Jesse Weinberg (Wellington) forfeit; 113-pound Kevin Hernandez (Forest Hill) pin Davio Coury (Wellington); 120-pound Justin Henry (Wellington) pin; 126-pound Robert Saldarriaga (Wellington) pin Carlos Chang (Forest Hill); 132-pound Derick Gould (Forest Hill) dec. Adam Parrish (Wellington); 138-pound Cameryn Townsend (Wellington) pin Kyle


Bonnie Kiefer

continued from page 21 to work on one of my mares. I found her to be professional and knowledgeable. Because of the prior phone interview, she knew my horse’s full background before she started, then worked on the mare from

SPORTS & RECREATION Milliken (Forest Hill); 145-pound Eric Reid (Wellington) pin Nate Auld (Forest Hill); 152-pound Jacob Treanor (Wellington) pin Julio Alvarez (Forest Hill); 160-pound Steele Holman (Wellington) pin Izaiah Cardona (Forest Hill); 170-pound Jake Pilat (Wellington) pin Bruno Rossi (Forest Hill); 182-pound Eric Saber (Wellington) forfeit; 195-pound Stephen Passeggiata (Wellington) pin Jorge Loy (Forest Hill); 220-pound Jacob Thomas (Wellington) pin Jordan Earle (Forest Hill); and 285-pound Eddie Dejesus (Forest Hill) pin Julian Odums (Wellington). Wellington vs. Palm Beach Gardens: 106-pound Jesse Weinberg (Wellington) pin Jilovens Marcelin (Palm Beach Gardens); 113-pound Luigi Vaccaro (Palm Beach Gardens) pin Davio Coury (Wellington); 120-pound Justin Henry (Welling-

ton) pin Evans Charles (Palm Beach Gardens); 126-pound Robert Saldarriaga (Wellington) pin Asher Ogden (Palm Beach Gardens); 132-pound Adam Parrish (Wellington) forfeit; 138-pound Cameryn Townsend (Wellington) pin Rashaud Dorestin (Palm Beach Gardens); 145-pound Eric Reid (Wellington) pin Alphanso Williams (Palm Beach Gardens); 152-pound Dan Ferreira (Palm Beach Gardens) dec. Jacob Treanor (Wellington); 160-pound Steele Holman (Wellington) dec. Jason Quesada (Palm Beach Gardens); 170-pound Eric Saber (Wellington) dec. Jamie Long (Palm Beach Gardens); 182-pound Lindel Coffie (Palm Beach Gardens) pin Jake Pilat (Wellington); 195-pound Stephen Passeggiata (Wellington) forfeit; and 285-pound Ahmed Khaleel (Palm Beach Gardens) pin Jacob Thomas (Wellington).

head to tail. During the massage, she discussed her observations and offered suggestions. She also offered a complimentary tack fitting. There was noticeable improvement in my horse’s flexibility by the end, and the mare looked relaxed and happy. Bonnie demonstrated some exercises that I could do each day. I had Bonnie out a second time, and the mare did even better. After each session, she e-mailed

me a detailed report outlining her observations and included helpful suggestions toward my horse’s muscle recovery and/or sustained health. She encouraged me contact her any time with any questions. “Try not to think of me as just a massage therapist,” Bonnie said. “I go above and beyond what you would normally expect, because I believe in incorporating all aspects of your horse’s life into my equation

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Wellington’s Cameryn Townsend (138 lbs.) looks for a takedown against Forest Hill’s Kyle Milliken.


as it pertains to healthy muscle, great overall body function, desired behavior, optimum performance and the horse’s overall well-being. I offer collaborative, helpful advice and problem-solving suggestions about your horse’s daily program, hoping you’re open-minded, as these may be sensitive discussions regarding possible changes in feeding, routine, exercise or riding/training techniques. Be assured that I do so

only when absolutely necessary. My intention is never to step on anyone’s toes, but in full support of what I believe will help your horse. I base my results and observations from acquired knowledge and my own personal experience working with horses over 40 years.” For more information, or to schedule your free equine massage, call (407) 538-1942 or visit www.

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Saturday, Dec. 3 • The West Palm Beach Antiques Festival will be at the South Florida Fairgrounds on Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4. For more information, visit • The Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association will walk in John Prince Park (2520 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth) on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7 a.m. Call Paul Cummings at (561) 963-9906 or visit for more info. • The Audubon Society of the Everglades will walk in Stormwater Treatment Area 1E in Wellington on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 a.m. Advance registration is required at www.ase-sta-1e. Visit www.auduboneverglades. org for more info. • Skeleton Optics of Wellington will sponsor the upcoming second annual Tower Shoot at the Pine Creek Sporting Club in Okeechobee on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 8 a.m. to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County. Visit www. for more info. • The Mall at Wellington Green will host Mallstars Breakfast With Santa on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. For more info., visit www. • The School District and Palm Beach County will hold a Vendor Registration and Certification Fair to pre-register vendors for upcoming projects on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fulton-Holland Educational Services Center (3300 Forest Hill Blvd., West Palm Beach). All registration fees will be waived at the event. Contact Michelle Andrewin at (561) 434-8508 or for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Let It Snow!” for ages 2 to 6 on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 11 a.m. Snow days in Florida are rare, so enjoy stories, songs and a craft in a winter wonderland. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The inaugural West Palm Beach Arts Festival at the Armory Art Center (1700 Parker Ave., West Palm Beach), presented by PNC Arts Alive, is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more info., visit • Amber’s Animal Outreach and All Paws Animal Clinic will host Holiday Pet Photos with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 3 from noon to 2 p.m. at All Paws Animal Clinic (1011 N. State Road 7, Royal Palm Beach). For a $10 donation, you and your pet will get a 4-by-7 framed photo with Santa Claus. Proceeds will benefit Amber’s Animal Outreach. Refreshments will be provided by All Paws. For more info., visit • Royal Palm Beach’s annual Winter Festival, Winter Fest 2016, will take place on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 1 to 9 p.m. at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park, located at 11600 Poinciana Blvd. For more info., call (561) 790-5149 or visit • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will present Absolute Brightness, written by and starring James Lecesne with original music by Duncan Sheik and directed by Tony Speciale, on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. Teens and adults alike will be inspired by this uplifting story about humanity and dignity. Lecesne is a co-founder of the Trevor Project, the only nationwide 24-hour suicide prevention and crisis intervention lifeline for LGBTQ and questioning youth. Visit www. for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host an Acoustic Java Jam for adults on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. Experience a caffeinated collection of local talent, or bring your acoustic instruments and jam out while enjoying a hot cup of java. Call (561) 681-4100 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Dungeons & Dragons for ages 12 and up on Saturdays, Dec. 3, 17 and 31 at 2 p.m. Adventure in the world of Dungeons & Dragons with wizards, warriors and evil monsters. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Teen Wii U Gaming & More


for ages 12 to 17 on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. Enjoy Wii gaming and classic board game fun. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host its Anime Club for ages 12 to 17 on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 3 p.m. Meet other teens who enjoy watching and talking about anime. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Palm Beach Zoo will host Panthers & PJs Family Overnight at the Zoo on Saturday, Dec. 3 starting at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy special night-time tours, crafts and activities, pizza and a continental breakfast. Visit family-overnights for more info. • The Wellington Chamber of Commerce and the Village of Wellington will present Winterfest 2016 at the Wellington Amphitheater on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 7 to 10 p.m. featuring Vanilla Ice. There will be musical and dance performances by local talent, exhibitors, retail shopping, food vendors and more. For more info., or for sponsorship opportunities, visit • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will present the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. Visit for more info. Sunday, Dec. 4 • The Audubon Society of the Everglades will walk in the Wellington Preserve on Sunday, Dec. 4 starting at 8 a.m. Visit www.auduboneverglades. org for more info. • The Robert Sharon Chorale will present Celebration in Song at the DeSantis Chapel (300 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach) on Sunday Dec. 4 at 3 p.m. For more info., visit www. Monday, Dec. 5 • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host “Write, Read & Critique!” for adults on Mondays, Dec. 5 and 19 at 9:30 a.m. Participants will improve their craft by reading and discussing their work. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Mounts Botanical Garden (531 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach) will host “Plants Can’t Run Away… But They Have Awesome Coping Skills” on Monday, Dec. 5 at 9:30 a.m. Garden guru Dr. George Rogers will discuss how plants deal with the blazing sun and deep dark shadows, flood and drought, lousy soil, fungi, bugs and bacteria. Visit for more info. • A Community Input Meeting for boundary changes for Western Pines and Osceola Creek middle schools will be held on Monday, Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Osceola Creek Middle School (6775 180th Ave. North). To learn more about the boundary process, visit www.palmbeachschools. org/planning/boundaries. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host its Chess Club for Adults on Monday, Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. Chess fans will practice strategy skills with other players. Basic game knowledge is required. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association will meet Monday, Dec. 5 at the Okeeheelee Nature Center (7715 Forest Hill Blvd.) with a social at 7 p.m. and program at 7:30 p.m. Call Margaret Brabham at (561) 324-3543 or visit for more info. Tuesday, Dec. 6 • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will present Kravis on Broadway: An American in Paris from Tuesday, Dec. 6 through Sunday, Dec. 11 in the Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. Concert Hall. For more information, visit • Wellington Cares will hold its fourth annual corporate meeting and luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 11:30 a.m. at Casa Tequila Mexican Cuisine in Wellington. Call Diane Gutman at (561) 568-8818 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Art for Adults: Beginner’s Series Figure Drawing for ages 16 and up on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. Learn to draw by practicing the fundamentals of figurative drawing.

Using graphite and charcoal, learn the basics of figure drawing and how to use proportions. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Tween Gaming for ages 8 to 12 on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 2:30 p.m. Bring a friend for Wii gaming and board game fun. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Stitching Starters Beginning Crochet for ages 10 and up on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 4:30 p.m. Learn the basics of crocheting. If you know how to crochet already, then bring your projects in to work on them while helping out newly minted crocheters. Children must be able to work independently. Materials will not be provided. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • Families interested in learning more about the Oxbridge Academy (3151 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach), an independent secondary school, are invited to attend an open house on Tuesday, Dec. 6. Tour the 54-acre campus, meet the faculty, talk to current students, and learn about Oxbridge’s academic, arts and athletics programs. Refreshments and registration begins at 5 p.m. To register, call (561) 972-9826 or visit • The Audubon Society of the Everglades will hold its annual Holiday Pot Luck Dinner & Lecture on Tuesday, Dec. 6, with dinner at 6 p.m. and a lecture at 7 p.m. with photographer Susan Falkner on “Working Birds of Florida.” Visit www. for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host DIY Holiday Table Decorations for adults on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. Learn about affordable centerpiece ideas, napkin folding and flower arranging, and make a simple napkin ring holder. Materials will be provided. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host a Pizza Chat for ages 12 to 17 on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. Chat with the group about a book, movie, game, anime or show, while enjoying pizza and drinks. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Better Than the Movie?” for adults on Tuesdays, Dec. 6 and Dec. 20 at 6:30 p.m. The library continues its series of book versus movie discussions by watching and talking about The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith. Pick up a copy of the book at the research services desk. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Wonders of the Night Sky: Telescope Viewing Session for adults on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. Join the Astronomical Society of the Palm Beaches and learn about constellations as you stargaze from sunset to 8:30 p.m. outside, if the skies are clear. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will present the California Guitar Trio on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. with artists who performed on King Crimson’s comeback tour performing on acoustic guitars. Visit for more info. Wednesday, Dec. 7 • American Legion Auxiliary Unit 367 of Royal Palm Beach will meet Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. for the unit’s annual breakfast at Hilary’s Restaurant. For more info., call Marge Herzog at (561) 791-9875 or Joan Shewmake at (561) 792-2317. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Science of Parenthood” for all ages on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m. Norine Dworkin-McDaniel, co-author of Science of Parenthood: Thoroughly Unscientific Explanations for Utterly Baffling Parenting Situations, shares her observations and punchlines that make up this wonderful work of humor. Call (561) 7906070 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Teen Trivia Night for ages 12 and up on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m. How well do you know pop culture, movies and more? Test

The Town-Crier your knowledge and your teamwork skills as you battle to be the best. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. Thursday, Dec. 8 • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Musical Munchkins Baby Story Time Special for babies under 32 months on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 10 a.m. Call (561) 7906030 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host “Catch That Gingerbread Man!” for ages 3 to 5 on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 11:15 a.m. Participate in an interactive version of the Gingerbread Man story, then gather round family and friends to decorate delicious cookies. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Seasonal Origami for adults on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. Discover the art of Japanese paper folding to transform a plain piece of paper into decorations to adorn gifts, cards or your home. Materials will be provided. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host food trucks on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 5 p.m. with a live concert by the Flyers at 6:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Mosaic Candle Holders for ages 12 to 17 on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. Make a candle holder using multi-colored see-through gems. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Scrabble for Adults on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m. Join other Scrabble fans for a fun evening of word play. Basic game knowledge is required. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Friday, Dec. 9 • The Mounts Botanical Garden (531 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach) will host Stories in the Garden: Shapes All Around for ages 2 to 6 on Friday, Dec. 9 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Children will enjoy interactive stories, songs and learning activities. To pre-register, call (561) 233-1751. • The Women’s Chamber of Commerce and the Women’s Chamber Foundation will hold its Annual Holiday Luncheon, sponsored by Palm Beach State College, on Friday, Dec. 9 at 11 a.m. at the West Palm Beach Marriott. Visit www. for more info. • The Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County will host a panel discussion on “Treating Schizophrenia: New Advances” on Friday, Dec. 9 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Clayton Hutchison Agricultural Center. Visit for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Lego Bricks for ages 5 to 12 on Friday, Dec. 9 at 2:30 p.m. Build, imagine and create using Lego bricks. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Toddler Art Time for ages 1 and 2 on Friday, Dec. 9 at 3:15 p.m. or 4:15 p.m. Bring the little ones to this experiential art class designed just for tiny artists. Dress to get messy. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Acrobats of Cirquetacular in “Snowkus Pocus” will be at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center (1977 College Drive, Belle Glade) on Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. For more info., call (561) 993-1160 or visit • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will present The Other Mozart, written and performed by Sylvia Milo, on Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. The Other Mozart is the true and untold story of Maria Anna Mozart, the sister of Amadeus. She, too, was a child prodigy — a keyboard virtuoso and composer who toured Europe with her brother. Visit www.kravis. org for more info. Saturday, Dec. 10 • Buckler’s Craft Fair will be at the South Florida Fairgrounds on Saturday, Dec. 10 and Sunday, Dec. 11. For more information, visit www. Send calendar items to: The Town-Crier, 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 33, Wellington, FL 33414 or e-mail

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EMPLOYMENT MAKE $2000 A WEEK— Sales exp a plus, great networking skills, valid drivers license. Mature and or retired candidates are encouraged to apply. Join our team call Mark 561-352-0298. PA R T- T I M E C L A S S R O O M T E A C H ER — 3-5 year olds. CDA/40 hours - 6 hours per week - $13 per hour. Call 561856-5202. Royal Palm Beach Location. CHILDCARE TEACHER ASSISTANT — Looking for teacher assistant, experience preferred please. Hours are (8 a.m. - 2 p.m. ) or (2 p.m. - 6 p.m. ) This facility is located in Western Communities. Call (561) 793-5860

BUSY LOXAHATCHEE PLANT NURSERY — Hiring full-time box truck delivery driver/ Nursery worker. Monday thru Friday. Some 5 a.m. deliveries and heavy lifting required. Must have clean driving record and willing to have a criminal background check apply in person at 12839 25th Street North, Loxahatchee, Fl 33470. 561-790-3789. MOCK JURORS — $ $ Earn $12 Per Hour $ $ Spend 6-10 hrs on a given wkday night, wkday or wkend serving as a juror in a mock trial to evaluate settlement of an actual court case. If you have a valid FL DL or State I.D.,a U.S. Citizen, and eligible to vote, enroll with us on: SIGNUPDIRECT.COM (please fill out on line form completely for consideration) or only if you do not have access to a computer Call: 1-800-544-5798. (On-line sign up preferred). *****Mock Trials will be held in Lake Worth.




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GARAGE SALE — THIS SATURDAY, DEC 3rd 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Furniture, Christmas, & household items, quilts, toys, something for everyone. 18080 West Sycamore Dr. & Learwood

FOR SALE 32+ ACRES OF FUNCTIONAL HORSE TERRAIN - LOXAHATCHEE GROVES — E Rd. NORTH OF OKEECHOBEE. Cleared, beautiful and private. 54 stables outfitted for private usage or income. Seller financing available. Call Boris - Remax Prestige 561-313-5636

A BEACON HAVEN ASSISTED LIVING A Beacon Haven Assisted Living Facility Wellington, Florida 33414. 561-513-9493. Cell 561-596-9726

TIRED OF HOLDING YOUR CAT IN THE WAITING ROOM? — Call Critter Home Care and Stay Home Dr. Don Denoff. 561-517-8705

ESTATE SALE — THIS WEEKEND Dec. 3rd thru Dec. 6th, Friday, Saturday & Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 16318 E. Epson Drive Loxahatchee. Estate Sale everything must go!

WELLINGTON MULTI-FAMILY GARAGE SALE — NEXT SATURDAY, DEC 10th starting at 7:00 a.m. — Tools, clothes, Knic-Knacs, craft, Kitchen appliances, Christmas, Toys and much more. 13785 Sunflower Ct. (Off Wellington Trace & Greenview Shores across from Little Learners Preschool)

EMPLOYMENT WANTED HOME HEALTH AIDE AVAILABLE — Experienced Home Health Aide seeks new position. Flexible hours, full time or part time, day or night. I am a Licensed CNA who has worked as a home health aide and also as a nanny. I have many years of experience taking care of the elderly at home. Price negotiable, references provided upon request. Call Pat at (561) 294-1423. SEEKING POSITION: Companion to elderly person, non-medical position, college educated. Please call 561-324-5807. SEEKING POSITION: Highly extroverted outgoing women with exemplary customer service skills looking for P/T job: anything from receptionist to hostess to server to pet sitter. Call Lily 561-215-4724.

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20 BEAUTIFUL ACRES — Dry cleared and ready for barns, stables, a ranch or just a home of your design. Call Boris Carrazana - Remax Prestige 561-313-5636

OFFICE SPACE FOR RENT REAL ESTATE/OFFICE SPACE/VIRTUAL OFFICES-SPACES — Legal and Financial offices located in Wellington have semi-private offices and virtual offices available for quality tenants immediately. Great opportunity for an accountant, insurance or financial professional, solo attorney and others. Office space options start at $350/month. Call 561-665-6570 Karyn or email Karyn@

LAND FOR SALE OUT OF AREA 51+/- — ROLLING ACRES OF FENCED AND X FENCED PASTURE. Large stocked pond surrounded by huge grandaddy oaks. Conveniently located 2 miles to I-75 between Gainsville and Lake City. It’s out of the 500 year flood plain. It is located in Columbia county close to Springs, Rivers and parks. The Taxes are under $300 and no impact fees. There are 2 wells with electric and septic. It can be divided into 4 parcels. The soil is vey good for farming or raising cattle and horses. First time offered at this price. $220,000 OBO (no owner finance) Call 386-497-4983 or 386365-2709 e-mail GORGEOUS NORTH FLORIDA LAND

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

CLEANING - HOME/OFFICE WE CLEAN OFFICES & PRIVATE HOMES — Licensed & Insured. Call for an estimate and to schedule your apartment. Discount for Central Palm Beach County Chamber members and to all new clients for first cleaning. 561-385-8243 Lic. #2012-25277 CLEANING LADY — I can help get your house cleaner than ever! Try me once and you will not be disappointed! 561-657-0420 Patrycja PRO CLEAN PLUS — Full home cleaning. Pet and house sitting plus more. Years of experience, reliable with excellent references. Call text 561-7794149 or email

DRIVEWAY REPAIR D R I V E W AY S — F r e e e s t i m a t e s A & M ASPHALT SEAL COATING commercial and residential. Patching potholes, striping, repair existing asphalt & save money all work guaranteed. Li c.& Ins. 1 0 0 0 4 5 0 6 2 5 6 1 -6 6 7 - 7 7 1 6

HOME IMPROVEMENTS ANMAR CO.— James’ All Around Handyman Service. Excellent craftsman Old time values. Once you’ve had me! You’ll have me back! Lic. Ins. Certified Residential Contractor CRC1327426 561-248-8528

LOCKSHOP & SECURITY CENTER CK'S LOCKSHOP & SECURITY CENTER.— Since 1960. Keys - Locks-Safes-Decorative/ Commercial Hardware-Access Control Systems-Card & Key Fobs -Medco. High Security Locks-Alarms/Monitoring/Surveillance Camera Systems 561-732-9418

PAINTING J&B PRESSURE CLEANING & PAINTING, INC. — Established 1984. All types of pressure cleaning, roofs, houses, driveways, patios etc. Commercial & Residential. Interior & Exterior painting. Certified pressure cleaning & painting contractor. Lic. #U21552 Call Butch 309-6975 or visit our website at 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. 561-578-2873. Owner/Operated. Lic.# U20627 Ins. Wellington Resident


PET HEALTH CARE PRODUCTS HAPPY JACK LIQUIVIC ® — Recognized safe & effective against hook & roundworms by US CVM... Grand Prix 561-792-2853.

PEST CONTROL DELUXE LAWN AND PEST MANAGEMENT Lawn Pests, Weeds, Rodents and Interior Pests. Since 1991. Good Communicators. Call (561)795­-7045

ROOFING ROBERT G. HARTMANN ROOFING — Specializing in repairs. Free estimates, Bonded,insured. Lic. #CCC 058317 Ph: 561-790-0763. ROOFING REPAIRS RE-ROOFING 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 RC-0067207 NEIL O’NEAL JR. ROOFING — Roofing & Reroofing. Family owned and operated. Residential/Commercial. Wood Replacement, Roof Coatings, Solar Vents, Skylights & Roof Ventilation. 561-656-4945 Lic. & Insured CCC1330208.Free Estimates

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

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

SPRINKLER SYSTEMS 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

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

TILE & GROUT CLEANING/RESTORATION AMERICA'S GROUT AND TILE CLEANING REPAIR & RESTORATION EXPERTS — We use Groutsmith™ Professional Products to Restore Floors, Showers, Countertops, Walls and Fireplaces. You can Trust the Groutsmith™ with all your Tile and Grout needs. Don't replace it, Restore it! 561-507-0388 TILE & FLOORING INSTALLATION: Perfect Tile & Flooring Inc. — We Specialize in ceramic, stone, and porcelain tile installation. We also do wood, laminate, and vinyl plank flooring installation. We service all of Palm Beach County and some of the surrounding area's. We are locally owned and operated with 15 years of experience. We do kitchens, bathrooms, showers and floors. No job too big no job to small. We do it all. Free estimates anytime. Please call 561-512-1104 or 561672-8334 to schedule your estimate today.

WALLPAPERING 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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Whether Your Looking For Your Dream Home, Listing or Selling, Investment Property, Vacation Home or Rental, I Can Help.

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s a m t is r h C My Holiday Wish L ist

Big diamond for my right hand s Diamond earrings… studs, hoops or drop or 2-tone New or pre-owned Rolex watch… steel earrings Equestrian jewelry… bracelet, pendant or Redesign my wedding set into a new look Strand of big, juicy pearls Fill out and leave in a Custom-made monogram jewelry conspicuous Diamond tennis bracelet place! lex Ro my r fo l ze be Diamond Everyday-wear diamond pendant

__ My biggest wish ____________________ _ My 2nd biggest wish__________________ __ I’ll settle for ______________________

4 Convenient Locations – Full Services in All Stores! Wellington Green Square Forest Hill Blvd Wellington 561-847-4919

Publix Courtyard Wellington Trace Wellington 561-753-7937

Costco/Stein Mart Center Southern Blvd Royal Palm Beach 561-784-5220

“Always buying gold and silver for the highest prices.”

Tractor Supply Center Southern Blvd Loxahatchee Groves 561-904-6081

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Celebrate the Season with Us We are open for Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Years Eve & New Years

Early Menu $13.95 must be seated by 5:15 p.m. (Excludes Holidays) APPETIZERS (SELECT ONE)

Caesar Salad, Mixed Greens, Pasta Fagioli, or Minestrone ENTRÉES (SELECT ONE)

Lunch Specials

Chicken Marsala/Chicken Francese Eggplant Parmigiana/Eggplant Rollatini Chicken Parmigiana/Sausage & Peppers Pork Chop/Veal Parmigiana Zuppa Di Mussels/Sole/Tilapia

11 am - 4 pm Daily - $5.50 and Up

Happy Hour Monday thru Thursday 11:00 a.m. - 7 pm

~ Fish may be prepared either Oreganata, Luciano, Francese, or Grilled ~


Cannoli or Chocolate Cake Hours Sunday - Thursday: 11 am - 10 pm Friday & Saturday: 11 am - 11 pm Lunch Served Everyday 11 am - 4 pm

Hot Coffee or Hot Tea with Dessert Please NO Substitutions/NO Coupons

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8260 Jog Road, Boynton Beach, FL (on Jog Road South of LeChalet on the east side of the road)

Tel: 561.336.3862 Fax: 561.336.3865 •

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NOW ACCEPTING Reservations for: Christmas Eve • Christmas Day New Years Eve • New Years Day

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