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LGWCD Amends Culvert Policy To Save Money, Mowers And More

Volume 35, Number 7 February 14 - February 20, 2014

Serving Palms West Since 1980


The Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District Board of Supervisors on Monday amended its policy to no longer require end walls on culverts 18 inches or less, as long as the culvert extends at least 2 feet out. LGWCD Administrator Stephen Yohe said that culverts 18 inches and smaller are sufficient without an end wall as long as the culvert extends 2 feet beyond the canal bank. Page 3

Sock Animal Fun At Women Of The Western Communities

Women of the Western Communities held its monthly meeting Thursday, Feb. 6 at the Wanderers Club in Wellington. Attendees enjoyed an evening making sock animals to be donated. Page 5

Young At Heart Club Receives Certificate From Sheriff’s Office

The Young at Heart Club held its monthly luncheon Friday, Feb. 7 at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office honored the group with a Certificate of Appreciation for supporting the Unified Local Food Drive and Toys 4 Tots programs in 2013. Page 9

OPINION As Elections Near, Make Sure You’re An Informed Voter

With less than a month left before municipal elections in Wellington and Royal Palm Beach, voters will have the opportunity to learn about their possible representatives in three races — two in Wellington and one in Royal Palm Beach. Make a point to become informed on the candidates and the issues in your area. And don’t just stop there. Be sure to go out and vote. In local elections, one vote can truly make a difference, and it’s important as ever to have your voice heard. Page 4 DEPARTMENT INDEX NEWS................................. 3 - 9 OPINION.................................. 4 CRIME NEWS.......................... 6 NEWS BRIEFS......................... 8 PEOPLE................................. 13 SCHOOLS.......................14 - 15 COLUMNS...................... 16, 25 BUSINESS......................26 - 27 SPORTS..........................31 - 33 CALENDAR............................ 34 CLASSIFIEDS................ 35 - 39 Visit Us On The Web At WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM

Wellington’s inaugural American Cancer Society Bark for Life was held Sunday, Feb. 9 at the Wellington Dog Park. Attendees enjoyed pet vendors and medical providers, contests for dogs and owners, crafts, food trucks and more. Shown here are big dog winners Michelle Hirshberg with Noah and Evan Eisenberg with Cobalt (Kristin Martin not shown). MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 20 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Residents Request Wellington Rethink Community Center Plan

By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report A group of residents is urging the Wellington Village Council to consider new proposals for the rebuilding and redesign of the Wellington Community Center and the Wellington Tennis Center. Although the council will not vote on the matter until its next meeting, several residents presented a “citizens hybrid proposal” Tuesday night, offering alternatives to the council’s current plan, which involves moving the Wellington Tennis Center to a 15-acre parcel on Lyons Road. The council planned to vote Tuesday to award a $13.8 million contract to Pirtle Construction for tearing down and rebuilding the community center and moving the tennis courts. But approximately two hours before the meeting, Councilman John Greene became sick and had to be rushed to the hospital with an unspecified illness. Council members decided to postpone discussion on the issue until Feb. 25, so Greene will be able to participate.

Residents Roy and Judy Rosner, who have opposed moving the tennis center at past meetings, said the council should consider different options to save taxpayers money. “We’re here tonight to ask you to revisit an old decision in light of excessive over-budget costs,” Judy Rosner said. “The village is now in a position to achieve its objectives of a brand-new lakefront community center and a large, revitalized tennis center.” She said the proposals could cut Wellington’s costs by as much as $8.5 million. Roy Rosner noted that for the proposed $13.8 million contract, Wellington would add about 80 parking spots at the new community center, while the tennis facility would have five more courts — for a total of 21 — at its new location. But now that the village owns the Lake Wellington Professional Centre, Roy Rosner said the site could be reconfigured to share space and keep all the amenities at Wellington’s Town Center. “[The professional center] affords us a great opportunity to share space — for example, the

parking space — to change traffic flows if necessary, and to reconfigure accordingly,” he said. In the first of three proposals for a reconfiguration, Rosner pointed out that the site could share parking with Lake Wellington, rebuild the community center south of its current location and add several tennis courts to meet the council’s desires. “We also reconfigured the parking lot of the Lake Wellington Professional Centre and added space for about 60 more parking spaces along the south edge of the swimming complex,” Rosner said. “That would be a total of about 180 additional parking spaces.” The proposal would also create a separate tennis pro shop and office, which would be located along the courts. “We could change the traffic patterns to the tennis center and provide better access to the courts,” he said. This would provide all the same services the council has requested without moving the tennis center, Rosner said. “It provides for exactly the same See COUNCIL, page 20

Royal Palm Council Drops New Entrances From Park Changes

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Royal Palm Beach Village Council approved master plan amendments for Royal Palm Beach Commons Park last week without two new pedestrian and bicycle entrances at the park’s north end. Residents near the proposed entrances presented a petition in opposition to the idea at the council’s meeting Thursday, Feb. 6. The entrances were part of proposed changes to the park’s plan that include the location of a new dog park and community gardens, expand the use of the great lawn and add two restrooms. Ed Palmowski of Heron Parkway, near one of the proposed pedestrian entrances, brought a petition signed by 32 residents

opposing the village’s plan to create a new park entrance at the site of a foreclosed single-family home at 109 Heron Parkway that Royal Palm Beach had purchased recently. Palmowski said that he and his wife, Barbara, had chosen to purchase their home 20 years ago because of the quiet neighborhood. “Many of my neighbors have expressed the same reason for living there as well,” he said. “We settled on Royal Palm Beach because of the peaceful, hometown feel and the open neighborhoods with tree-lined streets, on the back side of a golf course.” Palmowski said he and his neighbors were happy when the village purchased the shuttered golf course property and converted

it to a park. He also applauded the council for purchasing the foreclosed home, which he said had become a blight on the neighborhood. “The issue that we have is that when the house finally went on the market, the village quickly outbid other competitors to purchase the home and now wants to create an entrance to the park, all done without notice or solicitation of input from the surrounding residents,” Palmowski said. “The creation of a public entrance here will forever alter the configuration of this family subdivision and the character of the neighborhood.” He asserted that the new entryway would result in more traffic in the neighborhood, with park users’ vehicles lining the streets, trash, See ENTRANCES, page 20

Two RPB Officials Return To Council Seats Unopposed

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Royal Palm Beach Vice Mayor Jeff Hmara and Councilman Richard Valuntas each got another two years in office having drawn no opponents when filing closed Tuesday. Hmara returns for a second term in Seat 1, while Valuntas is beginning his third term in Seat 3. Mayor Matty Mattioli, meanwhile, will face three challengers on March 11: businesswoman Laurel Bennett, community activist and Royal Palm Beach Planning & Zoning Commission Alternate Felicia Matula and former Royal Palm Beach Councilwoman Martha Webster. Hmara, who won a three-way race to claim an open seat in 2012, said he perceives having no challengers to mean he has the community’s general approval. “I’ll take that as kind of a vote of confidence that I seem to be doing the right thing for the most part,”

Hmara said. “I think that’s an indication to encourage me to keep doing what I’m doing. There’s plenty to be done out there, that’s for sure.” Hmara believes he has accomplished something on each of the issues he promised voters two years ago. “When I look back at some of those things, like compatible development in the area, transparency of government, education and veterans’ activities, I can see that I’ve actually done something in each of those areas, but there is much to be done,” he said. Hmara looks back at the redesignation of the land use for the village’s old wastewater treatment plant site from utility to singlefamily residences as one of the most significant accomplishments of the past two years. It was an issue that brought much strife among council members and residents for years, but See NEW TERMS, page 7


The Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center held its 27th annual auction and dinner on Friday, Feb. 7 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. The theme was “Pioneering New Frontiers.” Shown here, the Sticky Bunns defended their title as BuckOff Champions. (L-R) Ava Stearns, Maria Moore, Caitlyn Zaranek and McKinsey Hughes aboard Rocky the Bull. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 9 PHOTO BY LAUREN MIRÓ/TOWN-CRIER

Coates Puts Focus On His Experience And Independence

By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Wellington Vice Mayor Howard Coates hopes Wellington voters will give him another four years when he faces a challenge from resident Matt Kurit next month. At the close of qualifying on Tuesday afternoon, four candidates had qualified to run for two seats on the Wellington Village Council in the Tuesday, March 11 municipal election. Coates and Kurit will vie for Seat 3, while Wellington Councilwoman Anne Gerwig and resident Sharon Lascola both filed for Seat 2. Coates has served on the council since 2009, when he was appointed to a one-year term after now-Mayor Bob Margolis stepped down to run for Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections. In 2010, he won a full term unopposed. Coates has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida, a law degree from Yale Law School

and a master’s degree in business administration from Florida Atlantic University. He has practiced law in Palm Beach County for nearly 25 years. Coates said that his legal experience — and most notably his mediation experience — has been a benefit on the council. “I think my legal experience, on many occasions, has been a positive, especially with the quasi-judicial issues we have had,” Coates said. “I think it has been beneficial for the council to have one of its own members with a legal background. And I think my mediation experience, for better or worse, has helped bridge the gap.” Coates is a longtime Wellington resident. He and his wife, Cheri, have four children. He has served on several boards, including the Boys & Girls Club of Wellington and the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County. “I’ve watched the community See COATES, page 7

Town-Crier To Host RPB Candidates Forum Feb. 18

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Town-Crier will host a televised Royal Palm Beach candidates forum on Tuesday, Feb. 18 in the Village Meeting Hall Council Chambers. The forum, moderated by retired WPTV news anchor Jim Sackett, will get underway at 7 p.m. and last approximately two hours. The forum will feature the four mayoral candidates — incumbent Mayor Matty Mattioli and his three challengers: businesswoman Laurel Bennett, community activist and Royal Palm Beach Planning & Zoning Commission Alternate Felicia Matula and former Councilwoman Martha Webster. All four

have agreed to attend the forum. Vice Mayor Jeff Hmara and Councilman Richard Valuntas were re-elected unopposed when filing closed Tuesday. They will not participate in the forum, which will be televised on the village’s Channel 18. Sackett has moderated many successful forums in Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, West Palm Beach and Wellington, both before and after he retired in 2011. He believes it’s a great way to get the word out about the candidates’ various stances, not only for them, but for voters, too. “I take the point of view that hopefully people will know that there is going to be a debate, to

come out and see face-to-face who these candidates are and listen to them,” Sackett said. “It’s nice to read about what they say, but it’s valuable in the context of being there in person and hearing them.” The forum will be divided into two 45-minute parts. In the first 45 minutes, each candidate will have two minutes for an opening statement, followed by a round-robin format of questioning, staggered so that each candidate has the opportunity to answer questions first. Each candidate will have one minute to respond to each question, which will be asked by a panel made up of Town-Crier Executive Editor Joshua Manning, Managing Editor Ron Bukley and

News Editor Lauren Miró, moderated by Sackett. The second half will consist of Sackett asking questions selected from audience submissions, which will be screened for duplicates and worded so that each candidate can answer. Questions specifically worded to paint a particular candidate in a negative light will not be included. At the end, each candidate will have one minute for a closing statement. After no candidates forum was held before the 2013 election, the Royal Palm Beach Village Council solicited bids from groups willing to stage one prior to the 2014 election. In September, the council

reviewed the proposals and invited the Town-Crier to stage the event. “Our mission at the Town-Crier is to keep residents informed on important local issues, and crucial to that is making sure that our communities have informed electorates,” Manning said. “We’re proud to be able to stage this event for the Royal Palm Beach community and look forward to a lively and informative candidates forum.” The Village Meeting Hall is located at the southeast corner of Okeechobee and Royal Palm Beach boulevards. The candidates forum is open to the public, and the entire community is welcome to attend.

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Wellington Council Discusses Use Of Logos As Village Seal

By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Wellington Village Council members tentatively approved a measure Tuesday to clear up some confusion over which combination of its logos and mottos constitute the village’s official seal. For many years, Wellington used a seal with three trees, but it was recently redesigned to include a symbol of the village’s equestrian elements and, later, the tagline, “A great hometown, let us show you.” Village Attorney Laurie Cohen noted that state law lets municipalities develop their own official seals and specify how they can be used. However, she noted that the horse head and slogan had never been officially included in Wellington’s seal. “We’re proposing that we designate these as part of the official Wellington seal,” she said. “So, along with the trees that have

traditionally been our logo, this would allow any combination in any color to be considered the official village seal.” The ordinance would also allow staff to create regulations for outside parties to use the seal at Wellington’s discretion. Councilman Matt Willhite asked what the difference between an official and unofficial use would be. Cohen explained that an official use of the seal comes from the village, while unofficial would be used by a third party, such as a charity or other organization. “You can choose to allow unofficial use of the seal, or just reserve it for official use,” Cohen said. Willhite said he agreed with the regulations to allow unofficial use, but wanted to see rules drafted for official use of the seal by representatives of the village, such as employees. Village Manager Paul Schofield said the matter could be handled internally.

Willhite asked for clarification about using the logos together or separately. “What can we do with these?” Cohen said Wellington could choose to use the trees by themselves, the horse head or the slogan, and it would be considered an official seal. “It allows for any combination in any color,” she said. Councilwoman Anne Gerwig asked about village partners using the seal. “If we partner with the Boys & Girls Club, will they be allowed to use the seal?” she asked. Cohen said they would, if they are authorized to do so. “My recollection is that when we are a co-sponsor of things, we allow the seal to be used. It’s being used in its official capacity,” she said, adding that anyone who uses the village seal and is not an employee or representative of Wellington would have to request permission to use it.

The different elements of Wellington’s logo under consideration to be part of the village seal. Gerwig suggested companies making presentations to the village be allowed to use the seal in a presentation. Vice Mayor Howard Coates said he wanted to make it clear that the village is not changing its official seal but merely adding additional options. “We are not changing anything,” he said. “We are adding some language and a slogan to accentuate our existing logo.” Cohen agreed. “We’re just adding some flexibility in what we can

LGWCD Amends Culvert Policy To Save Money, Mowers And Damaged Culverts

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District Board of Supervisors on Monday amended its policy to no longer require end walls on culverts 18 inches or less, as long as the culvert extends at least 2 feet out. LGWCD Administrator Stephen Yohe said that culverts 18 inches and smaller are sufficient without an end wall as long as the culvert extends 2 feet beyond the canal bank. He explained that during mowing of canal banks, the operator can see the pipe and avoid damaging the pipe. “The problem with end walls is the operators damage both the mower and the end wall when they hit the end wall,” Yohe said. “The other advantage of not including an end wall is $1,500 to $2,000 in cost savings.” District staff discussed the subject with engineer Jim Noth, vice president of Erdman Anthony of Florida, who confirmed that it is common practice to extend pipes beyond the edge of the bank without an end wall. Supervisor John Ryan said he understood that the original intent of the policy was to cut the culvert

and pour the end wall to follow the slope of the canal bank so that the operator could mow over them without damage — and a vehicle that goes off the road is directed over the end wall instead of being stopped abruptly. Yohe agreed, but since the construction is an expensive process, he said it is really overkill for culverts 18 inches or less. “There could be some areas, particularly at intersections, where it is warranted,” Yohe said. “As district administrator, I would recommend that, in particular if we were having a discussion with the district engineer in those cases, but 99 percent of the time, you don’t need an end wall.” Supervisor Don Widing made a motion to approve the policy amendment, which carried 5-0. In other business, Yohe said that at the last Intergovernmental Committee meeting on Jan. 15, it was reported that F Road improvements by the new Groves Medical Plaza were complete, and the district released the $132,827 provided by the developer to assure the construction. Yohe said preparation work was also discussed for Bryan and Compton roads and Marcella

Blvd. before resurfacing. He said the town had also issued a notice to proceed to the district to replace a culvert at F Road and Compton Road, and the district is ordering materials to expedite its installation. Ryan pointed out that the project has been fully coordinated with the town and the town’s engineer will be responsible for monitoring and final approval. Yohe said that the district is the contractor on the project and agreed that the town will do the final inspection. Widing said that with past experiences on those roads, he wanted to make sure the district had someone on site who understands the application process for open graded emulsion mix, although the town, not the district, is contracting the resurfacing. “I want to make sure that we have somebody on site who understands the application process for that material,” Widing said, explaining that the district had had a compete load of the emulsion removed because it was not the right mixture. “The contractor had put some shell rock in. I don’t want to belabor that, but the point is we’ve got to have somebody there who understands the process.”

Yohe said the town has a 14-year veteran engineer who is familiar with the process, but Widing said he would like to have someone from the district on hand with experience in that type of work. Yohe also reported that the new long-reach backhoe received by the district on Jan. 21 is currently excavating full-time at the North E Road Canal. That project is subject to a 75 percent reimbursement under a USDA agreement. A notice was sent to the Loxahatchee Groves Landowners’ Association and the town’s Roadways, Equestrian Trails & Greenways Advisory Committee to advise that the E Road Canal equestrian trail is temporarily closed during the excavation. The notice was also posted on the district and town web sites. Yohe said district staff had met with USDA engineers on Feb. 6 to review progress on the project agreement, and USDA representatives recognized that the district will not be finished with a related excavation project on North Road by the end of the extended project agreement deadline of March 18 and is amenable to supporting an additional 90-day extension.

use as our village seal,” she said. Coates acknowledged that Wellington’s classic orange and green seal has become part of the village’s history. “I think part of the concern is we know there is a history in the orange and green trees,” he said. Cohen said the council could choose to eliminate the other seals and use only the orange and green trees. Then Coates pointed out that even that had not been officially designated Wellington’s seal, and she agreed. “None of this has been officially designated,” Cohen said. “The only thing that has been done is the orange trees have been copyrighted.” Willhite didn’t like the potential for the seal to be used in any color and said there should be official colors. “If you wanted to put it on a shirt in another color, you could do that, but I think these should be the official colors,” he said. Cohen said that would be possible, but noted that if someone changed the color of the logos, it would no longer be an official seal. “You can direct the manager to say you want the seal in the green color, but designate the seal in any color if future councils want to change it,” she said. Willhite asked whether state law allows for two official seals.

Cohen said there was no language that says two seals are permitted, but noted that the wording to allow “any combination” of the logos in the official seal would allow Wellington to use any portion of the seal in an official capacity. Gerwig said she didn’t want to see Wellington replace its existing signs to change the colors. “Although I see the benefit of branding, I wouldn’t want to replace all the existing entry signs, as they don’t seem to have a uniform,” she said. “But, in the future, I would say we use the seal. I just don’t want to see us replace everything we have.” Willhite agreed. “I do think we have too many renditions of the seal,” he said. “I’m not suggesting we go back and change anything.” Schofield suggested that the official seal be designated in its original colors to be used on official documents and other items but that the council also protect the ability to use it in other colors. “What you see in those colors is what we can begin transitioning everything to,” he said. Gerwig made a motion to approve the ordinance setting guidelines, which carried 4-0, with Councilman John Greene absent due to illness. The ordinance will get a second look later this month.

ALA To Host Feb. 19 Meeting To Discuss Development Issues

The Acreage Landowners’ Association will host a discussion on development in The Acreage and its impact on the community Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. in the Seminole Ridge High School auditorium at 4601 Seminole Pratt Whitney Road. The meeting will include discussion of the proposed Minto West development on the 3,900-

acre former Callery-Judge Grove property. Attendees should have a photo ID available to verify that they are area residents. There will be a vote by community residents on the Minto project. For more information on Palm Beach County’s consideration of the Minto West project, visit www.


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As Local Elections Near, Make Sure You’re An Informed Voter

With less than a month left before the March 11 municipal elections in Wellington and Royal Palm Beach, voters will have the opportunity to learn about their possible representatives in three races — two in Wellington and one in Royal Palm Beach. When the qualifying period ended this week, two candidates were seeking each available seat on the Wellington Village Council, while four candidates qualified for the mayor’s seat in Royal Palm Beach. The races are officially on, and it’s important that voters sit up and take notice of what each candidate has to say. Leading up to the election, there will be plenty of information about each candidate and their views released in the media, including the Town-Crier’s traditional election profiles. By keeping up on the issues, voters will be able to evaluate who they feel will best represent them. Despite traditionally low voter turnout in local elections, the matters debated by local municipalities tend to affect voters most directly. One of the best ways for voters to evaluate candidates is during the forums that typically occur before the vote. Forums are important opportunities for residents to ask questions and see candidates think on their feet while answering and responding to opponents. Unfortunately, Wellington residents may not get the chance to compare candidates in a live

debate this year. Out of three proposed forums, two of them — one run by the Wellington Chamber of Commerce and one by the Landowners of the Equestrian Preserve — will only feature two candidates, one for each seat. A third forum planned for Wednesday, Feb. 26 hosted by the Council of Community Associations could be the only opportunity for candidates to meet each other directly. Hopefully this happens, as voters deserve the chance to see candidates in the flesh discussing the issues that are important to them. It’s important not only that all forums offer all candidates the opportunity to present their side for voters, but also that candidates prioritize these events as a way to get in front of their intended constituents. Royal Palm Beach residents will have an opportunity to watch mayoral candidates in action on Tuesday, Feb. 18 when the Town-Crier hosts a candidates forum at the Royal Palm Beach Village Meeting Hall beginning at 7 p.m. The forum will be televised on RPB’s Channel 18, but residents are welcome to attend and submit questions for the candidates. No matter where you get your election news — in person, on the television, online or in this newspaper — make a point to be informed on the candidates and the issues in your area. Then be sure to vote. In local elections, one vote can truly make a difference — and it’s as important as ever to have your voice heard.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Louda On Minto West’s Mailer

I can now sit down and write this letter as my hysterical laughter and abject nausea have subsided. You see I received the “Insight on Minto West” mailer today. “Minto inspires better places to inspire life.” This is about as insulting and condescending as their previous statement that their project is needed “to enlighten and enliven the western communities.” I hope that the residents of the central western communities (The Acreage, Loxahatchee, Loxahatchee Groves, Deer Run and Fox Trail) read — really read — their flier. See the “testimonial” from a former Acreage resident who chose to move to a Minto development. This is what we in the western communities should be most aware of, choice. She chose the lifestyle of the PortoSol-style development. Again, her choice. But what of our choices — rural and ex-urban without all of the manicuring of streets, lawns and freedoms? Also, as you read the large “testimonial,” please do not overlook the fact that she is a Realtor — any possible self-service in this “testimonial?” Palm Beach County won a few awards for great planning toward the end of the last millennium — they were for balanced growth and most of all for the tier system. We are rural and ex-urban. Minto West is absolute urban, and then for them to call their plan “Old Florida” is absolutely ludicrous. As I have suggested to many over the years, please read A Land Remembered by Patrick Smith and pay particular attention to the third to the last line: “Where did it all go, Papa? ... Where?” If you are a resident of the central western communities, ask yourself: Why did I move out here? Peace, quiet, livestock, equestrian interests, gardens, nurseries, a dark night sky, wildlife, friendly folk who do not shy away from a “howdy” or a wave, or any of the other reasons that I routinely hear. It is time to get off our rocking chairs and inundate Palm Beach County government at all levels, official and staff, with one very short word — no. I thank you for your time and consideration. Dr. Bill Louda Loxahatchee Groves

Out Of Control Invasive Plants In The Acreage

I have lived in The Acreage since 1988, and for the past seven years or so, I have seen an explosion of invasive exotic plants in this area.

A year ago, I became aware that a lot we own had become a forest of earleaf acacias — the most invasive of all the exotic trees, in my opinion. At that time, I started removing these exotics and many others. Now that I’m almost done with this undertaking, I feel I must tell others about this problem. The invasive exotic plants choke the native plants to death. They are fast growers and prolific seed producers, which makes them an environmental nightmare. This problem is not being taken seriously enough by residents and the government. To remove large numbers of these exotics is an overwhelming task to undertake, but it must be done. Removing these plants permanently will improve our health, our safety, Florida’s ecology and the beauty of our properties. Please look for the “Palm Beach County Prohibited Plants” brochure online. The brochure has pictures of the prohibited plants, which include Brazilian pepper, carrotwood, earleaf acacia and the Queensland umbrella tree. Once you have the brochure, walk around your yard to see how many of these exotics are growing there. Also, visit the Mounts Botanical Gardens and the Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Office, as well as your local library, for information on the subject. I’m 53 years old, and if I can clear an entire forest of earleaf acacias and other exotics with a pruning saw, hand pruners and the occasional help my husband offers with the chainsaw, then so can you. The trick is to cut as low as you can, remove and discard the seeds in a plastic bag and spray the stump with Roundup, which might require repeated applications. I predict that if we don’t do something about this problem now, in less than 10 years we will see forests of these invasive exotics everywhere in The Acreage. Don’t assume that lawncare workers will take care of this for you. I’m pretty sure most are not familiar with invasive plants. Plant useful natives such as cocoplum and wild coffee to feed the hungry native wildlife and the many birds which visit our area. Please help stop the spread of the invasive exotic plants. Christine Boyette The Acreage

Support For Felicia Matula

I am writing this letter in support of Felicia Matula, my good friend who is running for the Royal Palm Beach mayor position. She is a young candidate with fresh ideas, a different work background (non-political) and a known member of our community. There are

a number of reasons why I think Matula is the best candidate for this position. In 2010, Matula was instrumental in organizing Hawthorne and the surrounding neighborhoods in objecting to the commercial development of the former wastewater treatment plant property behind Hawthorne Estates. As a result, more than 200 (standing room only) Royal Palm Beach residents attended several heated council meetings, resulting in the majority of the council voting against the project. In contrast, former councilwoman and current mayoral candidate Martha Webster voted in favor of the project. In addition, as the 2012 commissioner of the Royal Palm Beach Softball Association, chair of the Recreation Advisory Board and past and current Relay for Life team captain, Matula has demonstrated strong leadership skills in the community. Her three children attend H.L. Johnson Elementary and Crestwood Middle schools, plus she has been a Royal Palm Beach resident for 14 years. In 2010, Matula persuaded her employer, Pinnacle Hotel Management, to make Royal Palm Beach its corporate headquarters. Currently, she is CFO, employs nine people locally and is responsible for an additional 90 jobs throughout the country. Her opponents have suggested that Felicia Matula lacks the necessary experience for the office. I highly disagree. Since when does a strong business background and extensive volunteer leadership positions disqualify an individual for mayor? My neighbors, friends, colleagues and I support Felicia Matula, this well-qualified candidate, for mayor. Elizabeth Torres Royal Palm Beach

The Problem Is Fluoride Overuse

Regarding “Fluoridation Does Not Lower IQ” (Letters, Feb. 7), I found the letter both enlightening and rich in opinion of what has been both contentious and controversial. If what is being discussed is additional fluoridation from a single source, I would be inclined, although not entirely convinced, of fluoride’s value. What I’ve been led to understand from various sources, including the ADA, is that fluoride’s main benefit is found to be its value in hardening the enamel of teeth in young and developing children. Moreover, adults receive little benefit from fluoride, since their dental problems stem not from hardness of their enamel, but receding gums and gingivitis,

which may have both kidney and cardiac implications. The addition of fluoride to the water in the amounts suggested is not where problems may arise, but in the unmonitored total fluoride used to prevent cavities in young patients whose enamel has not reached sufficient hardness to resist disease. There are many young people using fluoride toothpaste, using fluoride mouthwash and getting fluoride treatments by their dentists, and the long-term implications from using all these sources is unknown. We are living longer, and many of our problems may be attributed to our longevity, but to declare something safe in any amount carries with it the responsibility of discovering error and links to existing diseases for which their etiology has, thus far, eluded us. Richard Nielsen Royal Palm Beach

‘Dr. Strangelove’ Or Wellington?

I would recommend that councilmen [Matt] Willhite, [John] Greene and [Howard] Coates see the picture Dr. Strangelove made in 1964 with Peter Sellers, Sterling Hayden and George C. Scott. Hayden is a crazed general who gives the orders to drop atomic bombs on Russia because they are fluoridating our drinking water. Looks like our Tea Party fanatics have won again. What is next, removing books from our library that the Tea Party doesn’t like? The people of Wellington will be the laughing stock of the nation. Let the people of Wellington decide if they want fluoridation of our drinking water. Put it on the ballot. Some people will have second thoughts about moving into Wellington, now hostile to science. I can’t wait to kick Willhite, Greene and Coates off our council. Martin Shapiro Wellington

Register Your Opinion On Horse Trails

Regarding our equestrian trails, I have been riding our wonderful trails for 20 years and wish to stop public works from ruining them and also spending a great amount of tax money in the process. Horses work on grass and dirt very well, not on ground up road waste and other material that has to be purchased, mixed and spread. This is unnecessary, harmful to horses’ feet and costly. At the very least, our village residents and equestrians should have a vote in this matter. We have approached this matter

before, in 2013, and I wonder why public works is still persisting. I refer to the material on the trails as “gravel.” Whatever it is called, it can injure both horses and riders in a fall. The “test” area is at the trail entry 100 yards east of the corner of Appaloosa Trail and Greenbriar Blvd., north to the canal near Rolling Rock Road. Please send your opinions to the mayor, village manager, council members and [Wellington Equestrian Committee Chair] Cynthia Gardner. Please participate! Peter Granata Wellington

Speed Bumps For Sunset But Not Tangerine

The shameful shenanigans of the Indian Trail Improvement District continues unabated in various forms. Their meetings would have the makings of a good TV soap. I wonder if there is a method to their madness. I travel along Sunset Blvd. several times per week at various times between Royal Palm Beach Blvd. and 110th Avenue North. Only on two occasions have I ever witnessed a speeding vehicle. Other motorists and some residents along Sunset Blvd. can verify this. There are four law enforcement officers residing on that short stretch of road, and the presence of their vehicles could well be a deterrent to speeders, so it is safe to conclude that there is no speeding, no accidents and, above all, no fatalities along Sunset Blvd. east of Royal Palm Beach Blvd. Given these facts, one wonders why ITID just installed speed bumps on Sunset Blvd. and also on 110th Avenue North. Is there a method to their madness? Tangerine Blvd. (just west of Royal Palm Beach Blvd.), on the other hand, has several instances of speeding vehicles per day. There have been numerous accidents and more than one fatality. Yet it is not a priority for ITID, as requests for speed bumps by residents fall on deaf ears. In the last local election, I voted for supervisors [Michelle] Damone and [Gary] Dunkley. After the most recent fatality, I e-mailed Damone and Dunkley stressing the urgent need for speed bumps/humps. Needless to say, my e-mails generated no response.

Many angry residents in my neck of the woods are concerned about safety and fed up with being treated with contempt by ITID board members, and can’t wait to see if the current board members would have the gall to seek re-election. My message to all ITID board members: ignore us at your peril. Karl Witter The Acreage

Paglia On Fluoride, Equestrians

Just a quick note to our council, as a former councilman and vice mayor, serving with Kathy Foster, Dr. Carmine Priore, Tom Wenham, Paul Adams and, in 2000, Mark Miles and Linda Bolton, please rest assured we all wrestled with the controversial issue of fluoridation of our drinking water. In 1999 and 2000, we debated it heavily and, in 2000, voted to include it in our water treatment system for our residents. The decision was not made without much scientific testimony from both sides. I actually conducted a personal survey, open to residents to call my home, and after two or three weeks of phone calls, the response from residents was overwhelming to proceed with this to protect their health. I would urge our elected officials to reconsider this issue. The Centers for Disease Control has overwhelmingly endorsed it, and more than 70 percent of American municipalities treat water supplies with fluoride to safeguard from dental disease issues. Regarding equestrian issues, I congratulate the council for moving forward this year and making peace with our equestrian partners to enable the village to maintain its position as the “equestrian capital of America.” Regarding council compensation, all the best to our council. I would urge you to consider this for future councils, raising your compensation to be on a par with our neighboring municipalities, like Royal Palm Beach, Greenacres and Lake Worth, as you are vastly underpaid for all the public service work you do for us. All the best in keeping Wellington “a great hometown.” Al Paglia Wellington

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Women Of The Western Communities Event Features Sock Animal Fun

Women of the Western Communities held its monthly meeting Thursday, Feb. 6 at the Wanderers Club in Wellington. Attendees enjoyed an evening making sock animals to be donated. For more info., contact Mair Armand at (561) 635-0011 or e-mail photos by Julie Unger/town-crier

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Golf Tournament At RPB’s Village Golf Club Benefits Brenden Oakes The inaugural U.S. Student Ambassador Golf Tournament was held Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Village Golf Club in Royal Palm Beach. Proceeds will help fund local U.S. Student Ambassador Brenden Oakes’ overseas travels as part of People to People. The trip will be photos by Denise Fleischman/town-crier a learning experience that few get to experience.

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By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report FEB. 10 — A resident of Lily Court called the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office substation in Wellington early Monday morning after she was robbed at gunpoint in her home. According to a PBSO report, at approximately 4 a.m., the victim heard her dog barking at the front door and opened it. An unknown male then grabbed her and put a silver revolver up to her neck. According to the report, a second man then entered the home with a bag and walked through the house, looking for items to take. The victim was forced to lie on the floor, face down, for approximately 40 minutes while the suspects were in her home. The suspects then fled in an unknown direction. According to the report, the suspects stole the victim’s LG cell phone and a black and gray bag containing fake jewelry. The first suspect is described as a lightskinned black male, approximately 5’7” and wearing a dark-colored, long-sleeved hooded sweater. The second suspect was described as a black male, approximately 6’ tall, wearing a black shirt with a red shirt wrapped around his face. There was no further information available at the time of the report. ••• FEB. 5 — A deputy from the PBSO’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation responded to a home on 23rd Court North last Wednesday afternoon regarding a home burglary. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 8 and 11:30 a.m. someone entered the victim’s home and stole several electronics. The perpetrator(s) backed a truck up to the front door of the home, then walked around to the east-side door and pried open the deadbolt to gain access to the home. At approximately 9:30 a.m., the victim logged onto one of his computers from another location and noticed that two of his four personal computers were offline, and he could not get the webcams to work. The victim arrived at the residence at approximately 11:30 a.m. and noticed that the front gate was open and that there were tire tracks from what appeared to be a truck on the driveway. There were also fresh boot prints on the covered sidewalk, leading to the side door. According to the report, the victim entered the home to discover that 10 to 15 of his old laptops had been stolen, along with a 42inch Samsung television, several web cameras, computer mouses, computer discs and a machete. The stolen items were valued at more than $50,000. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. FEB. 6 — A resident of Cheatham Hill Blvd. called the PBSO’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation last Thursday to report a theft. According to a PBSO report, the victim had his air-conditioning unit replaced at approximately 3 p.m. last Wednesday. When he came home last Thursday at approximately 3 p.m., he discovered that the new Maytag air-conditioning condenser unit, located on the west side of the property, had been disassembled, with most of the parts stolen. The stolen items were valued at approximately $2,000. According to the report, the deputy observed tire marks from a truck backing up along the south side of the home and turning onto 37th Road North. The tire tracks continued in a western direction.

There was no further information available at the time of the report. FEB. 7 — A deputy from the PBSO’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation was called to a home on 170th Avenue North last Friday afternoon regarding a theft. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 3 p.m. last Thursday and 1:30 p.m. the following afternoon, someone entered the victim’s property and disassembled the air-conditioning unit, stealing most of the parts from the air-conditioning condenser. According to the report, the fence was removed near the main gate at the canal access on 170th Avenue North. The stolen items were valued at approximately $1,500. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. FEB. 8 — A Lake Worth resident called the PBSO substation in Wellington last Saturday evening regarding a theft at Village Park on Pierson Road. According to a PBSO report, the victim was at the Village Park gym playing basketball. He put his gym bag containing an iPod touch in a locker at approximately 5:45 p.m. and padlocked it with his own personal lock. When he returned from playing basketball at approximately 8 p.m., he opened his locker to find the iPod case sitting on top of his gym bag with the iPod missing. The victim did not know who would have taken the item or how they accessed the locker. The stolen item was valued at approximately $300. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. FEB. 9 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Wellington was dispatched to a home in the Wellington’s Edge community last Sunday regarding a vehicle burglary. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 7 p.m. last Friday and 3 p.m. the following afternoon, someone entered the victim’s vehicle and stole approximately $220 from his wallet, which he kept in the center console of the vehicle. The victim said no credit cards or other items were taken. According to the report, the victim said he locked the vehicle, but the deputy saw no signs of forced entry. The victim last saw the cash in his wallet when he was grocery shopping. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. FEB. 9 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Wellington was called to the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center last Sunday morning regarding a vehicle theft. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 9:30 p.m. Saturday night and 5:30 a.m. the next morning, someone stole the victim’s EZ Go golf cart from outside one of the stabling tents. The victim said no one else had permission to drive the cart. The stolen golf cart was described as a four-seat, silver EZ Go cart with the farm’s name written across the front of it. It was valued at approximately $4,800. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. FEB. 9 — A resident of the Isles at Wellington called the PBSO substation in Wellington last Sunday afternoon to report a vehicle burglary. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 10 p.m. last Saturday and 2:30 p.m. the following afternoon, someone entered the victim’s unlocked vehicle and stole a Louis Vuitton diaper bag from the rear floorboard, as See BLOTTER, page 18

Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is asking for the public’s help in finding these wanted fugitives: • Russell Richardson is a white male, 5’10” tall and weighing 190 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. He has multiple tattoos. His date of birth is 09/18/69. Richardson is wanted for failure to appear on charges of grand theft. His last known addresses were Northwest 70th Street in Boca Raton and Sunset Point Circle in Wellington. He is wanted as of 02/06/14. • Douglas Thompson, alias Donte Thompson, is a black male, 5’11” tall and weighing 129 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. He has tattoos on both arms. His date of birth is 10/29/81. Thompson is wanted for violation of probation on resisting an officer with violence and criminal mischief. His last known addresses were Southwest 7th Street in Belle Glade and Lily Court in Wellington. He is wanted as of 02/06/14. Remain anonymous and you may be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward. Call Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS (8477) or visit www.crimestopperspbc. com.

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School District Works To Maintain Stability For Homeless Students

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Judith McInnes of the Palm Beach County School District’s Student Intervention Services gave a presentation at the Royal Palm Beach Education Advisory Board meeting Monday on how the district attempts to keep homeless students on course. The presentation came about after Royal Palm Beach High School student representative Garrett Johnson gave a report last month on a project with the Florida Association of Student Councils called Helping Hands, which aims to support homeless students, coordinating with the Florida Coalition for the Homeless.

McInnes said the district has a homeless education program that seeks to keep the homeless students’ environment as stable as possible. She said the face of homelessness is much broader than the stereotype of people panhandling at intersections. “It could be your neighbor; it could be the secretary at the school,” McInnes said. Student Intervention Services offers services including health and foster care, a teen parent program and homeless education services. “The School District of Palm Beach County’s Homeless Education Assistance Program Resource Team carries out the federally

mandated policies to ensure that homeless children and teens have free access to appropriate public education,” McInnes explained. The program is under the auspices of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act, a federal law that ensures immediate enrollment and educational stability for homeless children. “It is not an option, but a mandate to address those students,” McInnes said. She said that perceptions of homelessness, often inaccurate, drive the types of services that are provided within the schools and community. “They say that most people are two paychecks away from being

homeless,” she said, explaining that homelessness does not define the student. “Our students are artists, they’re athletes, they’re graduates, they’re surfers, and so many times when we look at the label of homelessness, that becomes their description. Homelessness is a temporary situation, and what we find is that most of the families that we work with are first-time homeless.” Homelessness in many cases in Palm Beach County is caused by home foreclosure, lack of affordable housing and domestic violence. Students then find themselves living in many different housing situations, McInnes said. “We have

families living in cars. We have families that are homeless because of natural disasters, whether it be a fire or a hurricane,” she said. “We have families that are currently dwelling in motels, in local campgrounds and in our shelters.” More than 3,000 homeless students were identified last year, she said, although the number is probably greater than that. “The majority of the families are living in sheltered situations,” McInnes said. “Right now there are very few emergency shelters, transitional programs around the country, so when this bill was modified, it is now including the sheltered.” The growing groups that have been noticed over the past couple

of years are unaccompanied youth or teens who are no longer living with a parent or legal guardian. “What we find is that these students are often couch-surfing or doubled up,” McInnes said. It is estimated that 10 percent of all children experiencing poverty or who receive free or reducedprice lunches will experience homelessness over the course of a year, she said. About 102,000 students receive free and reducedcost lunches. “Take 10 percent of that number, and that could be the number of homeless students in Palm Beach County,” McInnes said. The definition of homeless See HOMELESS, page 20

Palm Beach Rangers To Host Golf Tourney March 2 At RPB Village Club

The Palm Beach Rangers U-12 travel baseball team will host a benefit golf tournament on Sunday, March 2 at the Village Golf Club in Royal Palm Beach. The tournament will be a fourperson team scramble format with check-in time at 11:30 a.m. followed by a 1 p.m. shotgun start. All proceeds from the tournament will support the team throughout the season and in tournament play. Players will enjoy food donated from area restaurants and beverages spread throughout the course. There will be numerous fun and challenging activities on


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continued from page 1 grow,” he said. “What I’ve recognized is that nothing stands still. What I think is important is how we manage our growth to preserve the quality of life and hometown atmosphere that makes the community such a great place to live.” Coates said that he is seeking a second term to continue the progress made over the past several years, especially with infrastructure improvements. “We’ve made great progress in creating a central part of Wellington with the construction of the amphitheater and Scott’s Place, which were all built in the time I’ve served,” he said. “We’ve completed the restoration of Forest Hill Blvd., and also made a lot of progress in improving the drainage situation in the equestrian area and throughout Wellington. We have made infrastructure improvements to provide us with services for decades to come.” Coates said he has been an independent voice on the council,

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continued from page 1 has now been resolved. “However, we have many more decisions to be made when we get to the site plan stage before it actually manifests itself into something that we think is the right mix of the right kind of homes with the right amount of green space,” he said. Other issues coming up include a 35-acre mixed residential and commercial development called Park Central at Cypress Key on Southern Blvd. east of the Publix shopping center at Crestwood Blvd. “That will be coming before us, and there will certainly be issues to be dealt with,” Hmara said. Developer K. Hovnanian recently bought the property from the Maharaj family, which had partially developed it before the economic downturn.

the course, including hole-in-one contests. The $100 player fee includes green fees and cart, open driving range, contests, awards, surprises, gift goody bags, a catered awards reception buffet, on course food and beverages, a silent auction and raffle prizes. Sponsorships are still available, including a tournament sponsorship from $1,000 down to $100 hole/tee signs. For more information, call Ed Portman at (561) 602-4409, the Village Golf Club at (561) 7931400 or Kason Gabbard at (772) 360-6918.

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helping to bring consensus on what have sometimes been divisive issues. “I have worked not to be coopted by any special interests, which has allowed me to be much more independent than the average person,” he said. “I try to bring people together rather than have some of the division we have seen. I can still serve that role, and I think there are issues where that role is important.” He said an example of this was his push for a settlement in issues surrounding the Equestrian Village site. “I was always an advocate to push us along a settlement path,” Coates said. “I consider that an accomplishment.” He believes that the village has finally begun to heal after several divisive years. “I think some things will take a while to heal, but all of the council has made a conscious effort to make things better,” Coates said. “We all recognized that the personal attacks and vitriol were not productive and not favored in the community. I think everyone has taken big steps to get past that.” If re-elected, Coates said he would see through many of the

planned drainage programs. He would also like to see the council take another look at the medical arts district concept, as well as create a plan for the K-Park property. “One of the most important things is that we have the infrastructure in place to avoid the flooding we saw with the most recent storms,” he said. “I’d also like to see a cohesive vision for K-Park that is the consensus of the council. I’m still committed to it being public land, and I think it should be used for a public purpose.” The planned medical arts district fell apart when Wellington couldn’t bring some of the property owners together, Coates said. “I do not want to let that potential idea die,” he said. “If we could develop that area in a way that creates jobs and has long-term sustainability, I’d like to keep that high on the agenda.” He encouraged voters to choose him as an independent voice that will advocate for the best interest of residents. “I think if you’re looking for someone truly independent on the issues, who votes in the best

interest for all of Wellington, I have shown time and time again that’s the way I vote,” he said. “I want to help maintain balance in the community, between the businesses and residential portions, as well as all the other facets of the community.” For more information, visit Kurit is an Ohio native who moved to South Florida when he was 7 years old. He moved to Wellington in 2004 with his wife, Kathy, and their two daughters. He is an executive sales representative for Johnson & Johnson and holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Florida Atlantic University. Kurit was appointed to Wellington’s Education Advisory Board in 2008 and served for four years. He said he is running to put a priority on local schools and recreation facilities, as well as the preservation of green space. “I want to assist our local schools, as well as our parks and recreation programs to make sure they continue to be a top priority,”

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Kurit told the Town-Crier Wednesday. “I also want to be sure we continue to preserve green space.” If elected, Kurit said he’d also like to revisit the fluoridation of Wellington’s water, noting that many residents have expressed concern at the council’s decision last month to remove fluoride from the water. “I’m committed to listening to both sides of every story and making sure we do what’s best

for Wellington’s future,” he said. “A lot of people have brought the fluoride issue to my attention. I think it needs to be looked at again from a scientific standpoint. We need to look at the data, which I believe shows having fluoride in water is beneficial as a whole. I’m not sure we took the side of Wellington on that one.” For more information, visit ForVillageCouncil.

“There are typical issues of the developer wanting one thing and the community is concerned about some of the ideas that the developer has,” he said. Issues also remain to be worked through with the developers of a commercial center at the southwest corner of Pioneer Road and State Road 7, which faces objections from residents of the nearby Westwood neighborhood. Hmara is also concerned about proposed developments outside the village, including Minto West and Highland Dunes, which he said will affect local roads. “We have to see that things are done in a timely fashion now that we’ve lost this concurrency demand,” Hmara said. “It’s up to us now, with the county hopefully working with the surrounding communities, not to stifle growth, but see that it’s done in the right way.” Other pressing issues include following up on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s

proposed flood maps and making sure that the State Road 7 connection to Northlake Blvd. is finished. “I’ve worked for the federal government long enough to know that if you take your eye off an issue that might be of concern to you, thinking that it’s going well, that’s just when it reverses course on you and you wind up with a serious problem,” Hmara said. He is also proud of the work being done by the Royal Palm Beach Education Advisory Board, to which he is the council’s liaison. “We’ve got some good people whose instincts and backgrounds are a good match for the subject of education,” Hmara said. Like Hmara, Valuntas believes that voters think he’s doing a good enough job not to challenge him. This is the second time in a row that he has won a new term without opposition. “I hope people at least see the logic or reasoning behind the positions or votes that I have taken,” Valuntas said. “Hopefully it’s ap-

parent enough to folks why I am doing what I’m doing.” Valuntas cites a recent stand he took to repeal the village’s “blue law” prohibiting Sunday morning sales of packaged alcohol because he thought it was discriminatory. “I’ve got no problem looking at ordinances that are on the books and seeing if they are still applicable today,” he said. “If they need to be revisited, I’ve got no problem with that.” He believes that two huge accomplishments during his time in office were finally getting Royal Palm Beach Commons Park open and maintaining the same tax rate despite a difficult economy. “I don’t think taxes have actually gone down, but it’s a good thing to keep the tax rates steady and lend a little predictability to what people expect their tax rates to be, at least for the municipality,” he said. Balancing the budget and paying for Commons Park maintenance, estimated at about $500,000 a year, is a big concern, he said. “It’s well-

used, but it costs money to maintain it and it’s going to come from tax dollars, or whatever we can do to offset that,” Valuntas said. He also sees getting a land-use designation that everyone seems to be comfortable with for the wastewater treatment plant site as a major accomplishment. “In addition, one of the biggest things was getting Aldi to locate here in Royal Palm Beach,” Valuntas said. “Whenever I drive by there, I see a lot of construction and a lot of stuff going on, so that’s good and can’t get done quick enough as far as I’m concerned.” He also wants to see the completion of the SR 7 extension to Northlake Blvd. “I’m looking forward to what the people have apparently been looking forward to for three decades,” he said. “I know some people against it are trying to throw a monkey wrench through lobbying up in Washington and in Tallahassee, but hopefully the Florida Department of Trans-

portation is doing its job. It’s a much-needed thing not only for the residents of Royal Palm Beach, but The Acreage and even folks up in Palm Beach Gardens and West Palm Beach.” Valuntas is also concerned about the development of Cypress Key, which is adjacent to the Cypress Head community, where he and his family live. Opposition to the original Cypress Key plans spurred Valuntas’ early forays into Royal Palm Beach community activism. He said the new developer is asking for changes to the previously approved plan, including more commercial and less office space, and eliminating an entrance with a traffic light at the center of the development, using existing intersections to the east and west instead. Valuntas said that would negatively affect his community. “He apparently wants considerable changes, which we’ll see if they come to pass or not,” Valuntas said.

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news Briefs South Florida Fair Plans Bluegrass Event

The South Florida Fair will host Bluegrass and Bar-B-Que on Friday, Feb. 28 through Sunday, March 2 in the historic Yesteryear Village at the South Florida Fairgrounds. The event will be open from 4 to 10 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $15 and free for children 2 and under. Parking is free. Camping is $35 per night. Sponsored by Coca-Cola, Ford and Kubota, the family-oriented event will showcase top-notch bluegrass music featuring Ricky Skaggs, a 14-time Grammy Award winner, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28, and Grammy Award-winning multi-instrumentalist Sam Bush at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 1. Local bands include Pine Island Express, Keith Bass and the Florida Bluegrass Express, Mathew Sabatella and the Rambling String Band, the Atlantic Bluegrass Band, the Dusty Road Rangers, Up Root Hootenanny, the Myakka River

Bluegrass Band, Little Roy & Lizzy, Highway 41 South and the Shadetree Pickers. Other activities will include a variety of foods and delicacies, jam sessions, a green market, arts and crafts, old-fashioned games for kids, vendors of all kinds, and a car show on Saturday, March 1. Backpacks, food, glass containers and alcohol are prohibited. To learn about sponsorship opportunities, call (561) 790-5233 or e-mail to theresa@southfloridafair. com or Download a vendor application at or call (561) 790-5245 or e-mail lorie@ for vendor information. For general information, call (561) 793-0333.

Strathmore Gate West To Host Mayoral Forum

The Strathmore Gate West Homeowners’ Association will host a Royal Palm Beach Mayoral Forum at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23. The forum will take place at the Strathmore Gate West Clubhouse at 100 Indian Head

Circle in Royal Palm Beach. The event will allow the candidates to explain their platforms, engage in a question-and-answer session and discuss issues. All of the candidates have confirmed their attendance, and refreshments will be served. For more info., call (561) 795-9882.

Race For The Arts Returns On March 1

On Saturday, March 1, the 13th annual Race for the Arts/Celebration of Young Artists and Color Me 4K Fun Run-Walk will be held at Dreher Park South near the Palm Beach Zoo in West Palm Beach. The event is designed to showcase the fine arts opportunities for students in Palm Beach County and help support the programs. All proceeds go directly to fine arts programs and students in participating schools. Attendees will enjoy music and artwork courtesy of Palm Beach County students. Art displays and performances will take place at the Dreher Park South Main Pavilion and along the race route. Limited to the first 500 who register, the

Color Me Run is for runners and walkers of all speeds, ages, shapes and sizes. Be sure to wear a white shirt or use the one provided. Shirts will be color plastered at the finish. Runners and walkers will begin the 4k at the starting line like a new artist canvas. By the end, participants will be a “work of art.” Registration and packet pickup starts at 6 a.m. The 5K race begins at 7 a.m. with the Color Me 4K Fun Run at 8 a.m. Students will perform from 7 to 10 a.m. Visit to download a registration form or register online at com. The web site also has dates for early packet pickup at Fit2Run in the Mall at Wellington Green and Boca Raton and ER Bradley’s. The Race for the Arts needs community help as participants and volunteers. For more information, call (561) 329-9455 or visit

Next FLARA Meeting March 3

The Western Communities chapter of the Florida Alliance for Retired Americans (FLARA) will meet at 1 p.m. on Monday,

March 3 at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church (12200 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington). A representative from the Florida Attorney General’s office will give a presentation on “How to Change the Florida Constitution.” The presentation is open to the public. FLARA is a politically active club working to influence legislation on progressive issues. For more info., call Nancy Tanner (561) 793-9677.

Masterworks Chorus Musical Journey March 2

Grab your passport as the Masterworks Chorus of the Palm Beaches presents “Around the World in Eighty Minutes” at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 2 at the DeSantis Family Chapel on Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach. Expand your musical horizons as the 70-voice auditioned chorus sings an exciting selection of works from composers spanning the globe. It will be a light and delightful performance sure to leave a smile on your face. Advanced tickets are $20, and tickets are $25 at the door. Free parking is available in a garage on

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‘Volley-Bowl’ Event Feb. 17

The Young Professionals of Wellington and the Equestrian Sport Council have partnered to host the inaugural “Wellington Volley-Bowl” at the sand volleyball courts located near the Wellington Dog Park off Greenbriar Blvd. on Monday, Feb. 17. Activities will start with a barbecue at 3 p.m. and preliminary matches starting shortly thereafter. The event will be a round-robin tournament featuring teams from the Young Professionals of Wellington, the Equestrian Sport Council and others. Individual players are welcome and will be assigned to teams. Attendees are welcome to bring their own food and beverage. There will be a barbecue grill available. Spectators and kids are welcome. For more info., contact Dean Turney at (561) 346-5497 or dean.


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Vinceremos Riding Center Hosts 27th Annual Dinner-Dance At IPC

The Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center held its 27th annual auction and dinner on Friday, Feb. 7 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. The theme was “Pioneering New Frontiers.” The night began with a silent auction and the popular BuckOff Tournament, followed by dinner, a live auction and dancing. For more info., visit photos by Lauren Miró/town-crier

Ruth Menor, Riders of the Year Glory Hoffman and Addison Kleinman, Olympian Judy Garofalo Torres, Lee Kleinman and Volunteers of the Year Neal Fishman, Brianna Fortuna and Rebecca Kobosko.

The Benefabulous Cowboys: Thomas Sehweizer, Will Piper, Josh List and Thomas Ravenel.

Celebrity Hostess Tami Hoag, Young Professionals Chair Devon Kane, Chairwoman Tuny Page and Executive Director Ruth Menor.

Sophia Calamari of Team Orion prepares to ride Rocky the Bull.

John and Toy Wash enjoy dinner.

Vinceremos founder Ruth Menor with her daughter, Sarah.

Young At Heart Club Receives Certificate Of Appreciation From PBSO The Young at Heart Club held its monthly luncheon Friday, Feb. 7 at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office honored the group with a Certificate of Appreciation for supporting the Unified Local Food Drive and Toys 4 Tots prophotos by Denise Fleischman/town-crier grams in 2013. Charism, a.k.a. Barry and Maxine Jaffe, entertained guests with song and dance.

Maxine and Barry Jaffe entertain with a dance.

Young at Heart President Margie Bonner receives a Certificate of Appreciation from the PBSO’s Diane Smith.

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Ashley Mobilia Collects Supplies And Raises Funds For Big Dog Ranch Rescue

Ashley Mobilia and her mother Janice have volunteered at Big Dog Rescue Ranch twice weekly for nine months. Although Ashley is only 9 years old, she goes there to walk, feed, bathe and provide companionship to the rescued dogs. In December, Binks Forest Elementary School allowed her to organize a fundraiser and accept dog supply donations at the school. In January, she made 1,000 photocopy announcements to send home with students, and she addressed the school on morning televised announcements. The families at Binks Forest donated hundreds of items, includ-

ing dog food, treats, tennis balls, leashes, towels and other supplies. The estimated value of the items was around $1,000. Mobilia collected all of the items at the school on her birthday at the end of January and spent the afternoon delivering the supplies and volunteering at the animal rescue facility. She also requested that friends attending her birthday party bring dog supply donations instead of gifts for her. She was able to donate more than $150 in cash.

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(Right) Ashley Mobilia with the supplies she collected for Big Dog Ranch Rescue.

Wellington Piano Duo To Perform At Norton The Piano duo Gastesi-Bezerra of Wellington returns to the Norton Museum for a concert that will feature music from John Cage to Philip Glass, among other composers who were touched by the pop aesthetic of the 1960s. The event will take place on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 3 p.m. Pianists Estibaliz Gastesi and Márcio Bezerra are staunch supporters of new music. They have commissioned and premiered more than 20 works by renowned and upcoming composers. Reflecting the duo’s commitment to perform new music “be(Left) Local pianists Estibaliz Gastesi and Márcio Bezerra.

yond the world premiere,” new works have been subsequently performed in different countries of the Americas and Europe for a wide array of audiences. In recognition of this mission, the duo has been awarded the Encore Grant by the American Composers Forum and the Gene Gutchë Performance Incentive Fund by the Schubert Club. Tickets will be available at Visitor Services on the day of the concert at $3 for members and $5 for non-members. Theater doors open at 2 p.m. and seating is available on a first-come, firstserved basis. For more info., call (561) 8325196 or visit

Wellington Rotary Honors Students Of The Quarter

The Rotary Club of Wellington held its Student of the Quarter dinner on Jan. 30 at the Wanderers Club. Jay Broder served as the master of ceremonies and coordinated with the faculty advisers at area high schools in choosing the award winners. The club honored Brianna Starcher, a senior at Wellington High School. Starcher is involved in many extracurricular activities including the Interact Club, which she joined last spring and became heavily involved in during the fall semester. Starcher is currently club secretary, and she personally recruited

many new members into the club. She led projects such Honor Flight and Pennies for Polio, whose proceeds were donated to Rotary International’s fight against polio. The club also honored Virginia Lopez-Nadal, a sophomore at Palm Beach Central High School. She has been an active member of the Interact Club since the beginning of the school year. Last quarter, Lopez-Nadal was voted member of the month within the club because of her commitment and dedication to Interact. The energy and positive attitude she brings to the classroom is part of who she is and is demonstrated

by her actions at every Interact event she participates in. Along with being involved with Interact, Lopez-Nadal carries a heavy course load and is an excellent student. The Rotary Club of Wellington sponsors both Interact clubs at Wellington High School and

While flowers, romantic dinners and gifts exchanged on Valentine’s Day may ensure a fun night for many couples, many women seem to lose interest in sex once they’ve been in a relationship for a while. Men often step up their game on holidays or at the beginning of a relationship, which may amplify a woman’s interest, and when that phase ends and day-to-day reality sets in, the excitement can wane. Intrigued by the elusive nature of desire, gynecologist and Wellington resident Maureen Whelihan and journalist Anne Rodgers surveyed 1,300 local women ages 15 to 97 for their book, Kiss and Tell (www.kissandtellbook. com), and found out firsthand

what women said helped keep the spark going. Kiss and Tell illuminates the fantasies and realities of women in each decade of their lives. Rodgers and Whelihan break down responses to questions such as, “What are you thinking about during sex?” and “What is the one thing in regard to sex you wish your partner wouldn’t do?” Whelihan lives in Wellington and is a founding partner of the Center for Sexual Health in Charlotte, N.C. Rodgers, a former writer and editor for the Palm Beach Post and the Austin American-Statesman, lives in West Palm Beach and spent a year conducting the interviews for Kiss and Tell.

RPB Couple Marks 55th Anniversary

Palm Beach Central High School. The clubs give the students early exposure to Rotary and its impact on the world. For more information about the Rotary Club of Wellington, or to become a member, call Bob Salerno at (561) 512-8247 or e-mail

Cody Lasagna Completes Training

Air Force Airman Cody D. Lasagna recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military dis-

cipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Lasagna is the son of Kevin Lasagna of Royal Palm Beach. He is a 2012 graduate of Seminole Ridge High School.

Andre and Mari Cayouette of Royal Palm Beach celebrated 55 years of marriage on Friday, Feb. 7.

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Golden Grove And SRHS Plant Trees

On Friday, Jan. 31, Golden Grove Elementary School and Seminole Ridge High School Key Club members teamed up for a day to plant 39 native species in order to restore the natural habitat. The initiative was a result of a grant given to the school by Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful. The mission of Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful is to enhance the quality of life in Palm Beach County through programs and partnerships that encourage public agencies, private entities, residents and visitors to reduce litter and waste, increase recycling, beautify and maintain public spaces, and inspire generations of environmental stewards. Shown here are Daniel Davila, Antonio Ruiz, Manuel Jardines, Allen Nardone, Aliyah Lumia, Zack Forde, Courtney Barrett, Francky Baudet, Damian Acosta, Skye Roraff, Skyla Owen, Dale Barnhard from the Palm Beach County School District and Dr. Estibaliz Gastesi from Golden Grove.

New Horizons Kids Celebrate Just Read

New Horizons students participated in many activities during “Just Read Florida” week. Reading teacher Karen Butts, with the help of the Literacy Committee, provided each class with a mystery book written by author Jan Brett. Each day students received clues and had fun guessing the book titles and listening to the stories. During the week, Fah Davidson’s kindergarten class focused on “Winter Story Time” by interacting with stories about winter, a snowman and winter animals. Many guest readers were invited to the classroom to read books, including Principal Betsy Cardozo. Shown here is Davidson’s class with Cardozo.

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Berean Praise Band Rocks Fairgrounds

The praise band from Berean Christian School was given the opportunity to perform for the community at the South Florida Fair on Thursday, Jan. 30. The well-attended performance included songs such as “God Bless the Broken Road,” led by senior Jordyn Elardo; “Jesus Take the Wheel,” led by senior Sarah Twohill, and “Strangely Dim,” led by junior Megan Dwyer. In addition to the community viewing of the performance, Berean Christian School family, friends and faculty enjoyed

coming out to support the praise band. “I’m happy to have the different perspective of singing in front of an audience that does not only consist of the student body, as is the case with school chapels,” Elardo said of the performance. For more information about the music programs, or any other program at Berean Christian School, visit (Right) The Berean Christian School praise band on stage at the South Florida Fair.

TKA Theatre Performs ‘Little Women’

The King’s Academy’s High School Theatre Company produced and performed six intimate shows of Little Women in its second annual Black Box Dessert Theatre production. It was a charming show with 12 of the King’s Academy’s finest students telling the story of the four March sisters at the Alcott’s family home in Concord, Mass. The sold-out audiences were delighted by the actors, the setting and the delicious desserts. The King’s Academy will be presenting Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera on April 24 through 26 and May

1 through 3 — sure to be among the best productions in the history of the theatre company. Tickets sales for Phantom are open and are selling quickly. For tickets, call (561) 686-4244, ext. 362. The King’s Academy is a nationally recognized private Christian school serving approximately 1,200 students from preschool through 12th grade. More information about TKA is available at (Right) A scene from the King’s Academy production of Little Women.

Oxbridge Juniors To Study At Cambridge Juniors at the Oxbridge Academy will soon get to experience college life at the University of Cambridge, due to a specially tailored program by the university’s Institute of Continuing Education. The independent high school in West Palm Beach will launch its own “Cambridge Scholars Program.” During the two-week study abroad trip in March, Oxbridge Academy students and faculty will first stay at Madingley Hall before moving to one of the Cambridge colleges in the city center. They will learn from Cambridge faculty, participate in cultural and educational excursions, and be immersed in a study of leadership as reflected in British history and literature. The group will examine patterns of British leadership and discuss how it could serve as a model for current and future generations. The 15 students selected for the

inaugural trip were chosen through a competitive application process out of an applicant pool of more than 113. Students were required to research one of the royal dynasties of Britain and prepare a short video on the topic. A panel of Oxbridge teachers evaluated the video projects and then interviewed the top finalists. The following juniors were chosen to participate in the program: Keehle Amicon, Isabella Bergonzoli, Alison Bowlby, Claudia Canamas-Donnelly, Sarah Cook, Sam Dash, Ryenne Dietrick, Miriam Khan, Chase Morell, Gray Newfield, Matthew Ridgeway, Josemaria Silvestrini, Katelyn Slaight, Samantha Stein and Allison Taylor. “The program aligns perfectly with Oxbridge Academy’s mission to provide a world-class, life-defining educational experience to students,” said Robert C. Parsons, the school’s president

Oxbridge Academy juniors who will attend the University of Cambridge in March. and CEO. “This trip will provide students with a first-hand view of how leadership and creativity evolved in Britain over several centuries. As we work to prepare our future leaders, there’s no bet-

ter teacher than history.” Founded in 1209, the University of Cambridge is one of the world’s oldest universities and is known for its outstanding academic achievement and research.

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The Hawk Battalion Brings Home Awards WHS Academic Games On Saturday, Jan. 25, the Seminole Ridge High School JROTC Hawk Battalion drill team traveled to Forest Hill High School to compete in a countywide drill meet. At the event, there were competitions by gender in unarmed regulation, armed regulation and color guard. The cadets competed fiercely, placing first in color guard (led by cadet Morgan Wilson) and third in male armed regulation (led by cadet John DiCampli). During the “knockout” round of the meet, team commander Devon Breen placed second out of nearly 150 cadets.

The Hawk Battalion took first place in color guard at a county competition.

Led by cadet Master Sergeant James Aspenwall and cadet Second Lieutenant Donald MacRostie, the Seminole Ridge Army JROTC also competed recently in a marksmanship competition at Atlantic High School. They took the bronze against Atlantic and South Fork high schools. Tristan Poston placed first in standing marksmanship with a score of 73 and received a rifle badge for his shooting skills. Poston and Logan Waltersdorff qualified for the sharpshooter medal. Aspenwall, MacRostie, and Alec Wasko qualified for the marksmanship medal.

Rosarian Students Help Less Fortunate

Approximately 70 members of the Rosarian Academy community participated in a large-scale gleaning effort Saturday, Feb. 1 to provide food for those less fortunate in Palm Beach County. Pre-school through eighth-grade students and families spent the morning picking an estimated 9,000 pounds of bell peppers later delivered to the Palm Beach County Food Bank and then distributed to about 100 local agencies and shelters that feed the hungry. Rosarian students, parents, teachers and friends filled 600 boxes of peppers, which is enough to feed 2,400 people for one week. Gleaning is so important because 52 million pounds of produce on farms are wasted every year. CROS Ministries, the event

organizer, works with local farmers to allow volunteers to glean, or pick, the crops that are left after the harvest. The food is perfectly edible but does not meet supermarket standards. Through this meaningful community service project, the students experience the power of making a positive difference in the lives of the needy. The service project was a strong end to the final day of Catholic Schools Week, held Jan. 26 through Feb. 1. Catholic Schools Week is celebrated annually on a national level the last week in January. Catholic schools observe the week with Masses, open houses, service projects and gatherings. Founded in 1925, the Rosarian

Rosarian Academy students and families helped to provide food for less fortunate members of the community. Academy educates students in The private, coeducational pre-kindergarten through eighth school is located on Flagler Drive grade and offers a strong academic in downtown West Palm Beach program enriched by athletics, and is sponsored by the Adrian visual and performing arts, and Dominican Sisters. For more info., community service opportunities. visit


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Team Heads To States

Wellington High School academic games team members Akai James and Mason Graham will advance to the state competition for the Social Studies Academic Games. Team member Mitch Gulkis will advance to the national competition. The team is sponsored by Rebecca Carter. Shown here are Carter, James, Gulkis and Graham with their awards.

A Big Win For WLMS Academic Games Team

Members of the Wellington Landings Middle School Academic Games Team took home first place in Palm Beach County for the social studies competition. Shown here is Christopher Cartagena with the academic games team.


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Valentine’s Day: Candy Company Plot Designed To Ruin My Diet It’s finally here — Valentine’s Day. Many people consider Valentine’s Day to be a day of love; a day when you look around and your heart fills with joy as you realize how many of your family members, friends, even spouses love you; a day when you have a chance to return that love in an obvious way. Now if you consider Valentine’s Day a day of love, you go out and buy flowers, greeting cards, sexy lingerie, anything that will make your peeps feel loved because, after all, you appreciate their admiration. In return, your peeps will shower you with gifts wrapped in red or pink, suggestive DVDs and/or candlelit dinners in restaurants. Lots of kisses and hugs and handholding will take place that day, be-

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The Sonic BOOMER cause you and those around you consider Valentine’s Day to be a day of love. But I know Valentine’s Day for what it really is — a subversive attempt by the candy makers of the world to steer us off our diets and into a ditch. Yes! I mean, think about it. We started down this path of destruction on Halloween, a

day that used to be about thin things like vampires and skeletons and ghosts, and somehow morphed into a celebration of all things sugar. We continued right on into Thanksgiving, where we give thanks for many things, but mostly food. Wherever we went to celebrate, we started at the front door with a cocktail and some chocolate-covered cashews and ended up passed out in front of the television surrounded by pumpkin pie crumbs and a very happy dog. We took what the Pilgrims started (with a scrawny turkey and a handful of corn) and turned it into a full-blown culinary gorgefest. And just in case we came to our senses the next day, we were immediately swirled into a month of holiday parties that ended

with sugarplums in our heads and candy in our socks. We stumbled, blinded by the onset of diabetes, toward the end of December, where any person in their right mind would settle down and start gathering information for tax day. But no. We have to test our endurance with one more late-night bash — New Year’s Eve. In short, we spend the last quarter of the year acting like irresponsible (but gleeful) loons and, by New Year’s Day, we have simply had enough. It may have been that final maraschino cherry that pushed us over the edge but, whatever it was, we are through. We take ourselves firmly in hand and drag our sorry butts down to the gym and plead with them to scandalize us back into shape and, for 43 days, we work out

— bending, stretching, reaching, running and taking the stairs instead of the elevator. We are blissfully unaware that waiting in the wings with a chocolately smirk on its heart-shaped face, is Valentine’s Day. And I don’t care how hard you’ve worked over the past month and a half, when someone you love presents you with a red velvet heart filled with delectable bonbons, you are going to give them a huge hug, open that box and eat one. Because you’ve been so sugar-deprived for so long, you will probably eat two. That leaves about 22 bonbons sitting there, lonely and provocative with their “come-hither” chocolate swirls on top. Beckoning. Always beckoning. Aaaaaaand, there you go.

Clooney’s ‘Monuments Men’ Fascinating, But Bad For Big Screen The problem with The Monuments Men is that it seems far too similar to a lot of the cheap historical docudramas found on the History Channel. Yes, it has plenty of big stars in it. But although the topic — the saving of historical treasures stolen by Nazis before the Soviets got to them during World War II — is worthy, there is remarkably little exciting in the film. Uplifting yes, dramatic no. George Clooney, who stars in the film, directed it and was a co-author, should be commended for wanting to commemorate the good work done by these people. But the film itself, unfortunately, is only interesting. It is not exciting or gripping. Clooney copies many World War II films in terms of technique to tell the story of the U.S. Army’s Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives program. U.S. authorities were concerned about the destruction of

‘I’ On Culture By Leonard Wechsler Europe’s artistic heritage and gathered a group of art historians and artists to locate and save art looted by the Nazis during the war. German leader Adolf Hitler had planned to gather all of them once he won the war and put them in a museum honoring himself. Corruption, of course, meant that much of the art was stolen along the way. As the war was coming to a close, a new problem arose in that the Soviet Union wanted to

take the art and use it as part of war reparations the Russians felt they were owed from the Germans. Even worse, Hitler had issued a decree that all the art should be destroyed if he were killed. Clooney plays Frank Stokes (based on real-life Monuments Man George Stout), who rounds up a new kind of “dirty dozen.” Instead of being crooks, they are artists and art historians who are quickly trained and then sent out to follow American troops as they take back territory from the Germans. It should be noted that although based on real people, the characters presented are fake, with their characters altered for dramatic purposes. The story has been done before, particularly in the movie The Train, which, by concentrating the action on a single event, was able to focus its dramatic themes better. Clooney assembled his own cast, most

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of whom are well known: John Goodman, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville and Jean Dujardin play the team members. Having well-known performers was effective; we can feel a real connection to them. When Goodman gives one of his patented sighs, you really feel for him. All of the actors perform well. A major problem was that they divided up the action by breaking up the group (historically accurate but dramatically bad). As soon as one group started getting involved, the movie switched to another group’s action. Many of the scenes are effective, but they never quite string together. I particularly liked the story of Sam Epstein (Dimitri Leonidas), based on real-life infantryman Harry Ettlinger, a Jewish refugee from Germany who had lived as a child in the German city where there was

a stunning self-portrait by Rembrandt. As a Jew, he had not been allowed to enter the museum to view it. Finding it in a salt mine, able to look on it as a free American soldier, was a wonderful dramatic moment. There are several of them in the movie, but they do not seem to be linked. I also liked Bonneville as Donald Jeffries, an alcoholic looking for redemption by saving a Michelangelo. There was a long sub-plot about a woman (Cate Blanchett) who worked in Paris’s Jeu De Paume museum, one of my favorites. The Germans had used the museum as a shipping house to distribute art all over Europe. Pretending she did not understand German, she kept track of thousands of pieces of art. Interspersed in all of this is Clooney’s narration about the need to preserve our See WECHSLER, page 18

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Maserati Returns As Title Sponsor Of U.S. Open Polo Championship At IPC

For the second year in a row, two prestigious powerhouses, Maserati and the International Polo Club Palm Beach, reunite for the Maserati U.S. Open Polo Championship. “We are thrilled to have Maserati back at IPC, not only as the event’s title sponsor, but as the event’s exclusive automobile partner. It’s an iconic brand that personifies passion. Maserati is instantly recognized as one of the world’s great brands,” IPC President John Wash said. “We look forward to working with Maserati, whose very foundation is based upon passion and a balance of performance and luxury. It’s the perfect pairing of two world-class brands.” Touted as the Super Bowl of polo, the U.S. Open Polo Championship is a four-week, 26-goal

tournament that will highlight the International Polo Club’s 11th season and four-month winter polo season. The championship matches will be played on March 30, and April 6, 13 and 20 (Easter Sunday), showcasing the world’s most fabled, 10-goal players, including Adolfo Cambiaso and Facundo Pieres. “Polo awes with its combination of beauty, power and precision. The connection with our core values of inspired design, passion, performance and sophistication is an ideal match,” said Peter Grady, president and chief executive officer of Maserati North America. “We are proud to bring Maserati back to IPC for a second year.” Generating over 500 horsepower out of its Ferrari-built, twinturbo V8, the Trident marquee will

be represented in a full line display, featuring the all-new Quattroporte GTS. This full-size sport sedan, also available with all-wheel drive, defines “the absolute opposite of ordinary,” with Italian style and coach-built style setting it apart from the pack. Also featured is a second allnew car, which drove Maserati to record sales in 2013, the Maserati Ghibli. This Italian, midsize sport sedan offers all-wheel drive capability and over 400 horsepower. The elegance and timeless grace of the GranTurismo Convertible and Coupe will be represented, each delivering thoroughbred performance with comfort for four adults. The U.S. Open Polo Championship, the most prestigious tournament in the United States, dates back to 1904, where it was


first played at Meadowbrook Polo Club in Old Westbury, N.Y. In 2004, the tournament arrived at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington, where the thundering of hooves have graced the greens ever since. High-goal polo action takes place every Sunday through April 20 at IPC. Tickets for Sunday polo range from $10 general admission to $120 for box seating. Tickets for the lavish Sunday brunch at the Pavilion start at $100, and reception prices begin at $55, upward to $330 for the Veuve Clicquot brunch package for two. Tickets can be purchased online at www. or by calling (561) 204-5687. (Right) The world’s best players will compete in the Maserati U.S. Open Polo Championship.

Boys & Girls Club Gets Set For Inaugural Polo Day On March 9

Boys & Girls Club Polo Day — (L-R) Melissa Ganzi, Neil Hirsch, Julie Kime, Ray and Terrie Mooney, and Penny Williams.

The International Polo Club Palm Beach and Grand Champions Polo Club will celebrate the opening of the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club and honor its namesake with a day of polo next month. The “Great Futures Celebrity Polo Match” and “Great Futures Brunch at Polo,” both benefiting the local Wellington club, are planned for Sunday, March 9 by event chairs Melissa and Marc Ganzi, Terrie and Ray Mooney, and Keith and Penny Williams. Boys & Girls Club Polo Day kicks off at 10 a.m. with a celebrity, three-team, round-robin polo match featuring honorary event chairs, Ralph Lauren’s “Face of Polo” Nacho Figueras and America’s Most Wanted star John Walsh.

“We are so pleased to be hosting the celebrity polo match here at Grand Champions,” said Marc Ganzi, polo player and owner of the Grand Champions Polo Club with his wife, Melissa. “Neil Hirsch has set a great example for our polo community by giving back to those who need us most here in Wellington — our children. We wanted to do everything possible to raise the awareness of this life-changing organization. This celebrity match will help us make an impact.” The morning match will be free to the public. The three teams will also include top polo professionals and patrons of the game. The celebrity match will be followed by a 12:30 p.m. brunch at the International Polo Club Palm

Beach. “We are expecting 150 sponsors and guests to join us for a wonderful culinary experience, followed by the 3 p.m. Piaget Gold Cup match,” said Ray Mooney, IPC’s director of facilities and a member of the board of directors of the Wellington Boys & Girls Club. “March 9 will be Boys & Girls Club Day at IPC. Our club children and their families will have the opportunity to be an integral part of our celebration, including the singing of the national anthem.” A silent and live auction will be included in the festivities. Proceeds from the day’s events will support the Neil S. Hirsch Boys & Girls Club in Wellington, one of 13 clubs run by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County.

“Our clubs provide services during non-school hours, as well as summer camp opportunities, to nearly 6,000 boys and girls from ages 6 to 18 throughout the county,” said Keith Williams, principal of Nievera Williams Design and a Boys & Girls Club Corporate Board member. “Clubs emphasize educational, vocational, social, recreational, health, leadership and character building skills in a positive and safe atmosphere. Through quality programs, the club experience provides children with the guidance they need to make a healthy transition from childhood to young adulthood.” For more information about the March 9 events, call Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County CEO Jaene Miranda at (561) 847-6221.

Free Dyslexia Information Session For Parents, Educators In Wellington Feb. 25

The Little Place Too, a private preschool in Wellington, will host a free information session on dyslexia featuring Susie van der Vorst, well-known education advocate and co-founder of Camp Spring Creek, at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25. at the Little Place Too (2995 Greenbriar Blvd., Wellington). Owner Susan Russell invited van der Vorst after sending one of her school’s teachers to Camp

Spring Creek’s 70-hour Associate Level Orton-Gillingham training at the North Carolina facility. “Dyslexia doesn’t necessarily mean you read backward, as people often think,” van der Vorst explained. “Children with dyslexia have difficulty processing language, but they are often very gifted in analytical reasoning and creativity, which is why a high percentage of people with dyslexia become corporate CEOs,

engineers, artists, entrepreneurs, surgeons and architects.” At the information session, van der Vorst will touch on early intervention techniques that help parents and teachers determine whether or not their child has a learning difference as early as age four. She will also answer common questions, dispel myths and discuss available resources. “We’re just getting into the Orton-Gillingham approach at the

Little Place,” Russell said. “I can already see a positive difference. It helps all of us understand how to help our children in the best ways possible.” The approach is one of the most highly effective methods for teaching the structure of language using multisensory techniques. With support, people with dyslexia lead lives of accomplishment. “We often see students make

two to three years’ worth of progress during a six- to eight-week session at camp,” said van der Vorst, who has nearly 30 years of teaching and tutoring experience. “Our approach is designed to target a child’s individual strengths and weaknesses and help them excel. But we also recognize the value of keeping kids active throughout the day. These kids can’t learn as well if they’re stuck behind a desk. The learning needs

to be hands-on so that they can get multiple senses involved.” For van der Vorst, the primary motivator in spreading the word about dyslexia is because she believes that reading is a civic right and that no child should be excluded because traditional teaching methods don’t teach some children the way they need to be taught. The session is free and open to the public. For more info., call (561) 790-0808.

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Local Foods/Local Gardens Harvest Festival Feb. 16 In Lake Worth The Gray Mockingbird Community Garden will host its quarterly Local Foods/Local Gardens Harvest Festival on Sunday, Feb. 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The public is invited. The garden’s community partner, Urban Growers Community Farm, has put together a broad range of local producers to demonstrate creative ways of growing sustainable foods. Live musicians, locally brewed beer, a petting zoo and food products sourced from

local farms will be featured. The vendor stations, solely dedicated to food and gardens, open at 11 a.m. Working closely with the Scottish Rite Masonic Temple, Brian Kirsch and his team of volunteers will salute an art project for their destination garden. A mural of hand-painted tile will be unveiled and dedicated by Lake Worth Mayor Pam Triolo at 1 p.m. State Sen. Jeff Clemens and County Commissioner Shelley Vana will also be in attendance.

Special guest chef Penny Lewis, based in Abergavenny, Wales, and a frequent demonstrator at the world-famous Abergavenny Food Festival, will appear at the celebration for the first time. Including the royal family as her culinary customers, Lewis also cooks at a significant number of “stately homes” throughout the United Kingdom and Europe. Demonstrating her in-demand kitchen techniques, with her enthusiasm for locally sourced food,

Lewis will share royal tidbits as she prepares four courses “Fit for a Queen.” To register for the $20 Penny Lewis demonstration, visit Ramping up the menu of events is the garden’s first “Top Local Chef-in-Training Competition.” Culinary students will vie for the title by preparing foods with locally grown and sourced product before a team of celebrity judges. The Gray Mockingbird Garden offers 10 to 15 percent of its har-

vest to halfway houses, shelters and food banks, in an effort to assist in feeding the hungry of Palm Beach County. It also supplies food to local restaurants, helping to provide funds for the upkeep of the grounds while serving to build public awareness about eating locally. Garden members can get a small plot for their own garden project, and classes are available in gardening techniques. The garden is located at 2000 North D Street, on the premises of

the Scottish Rite Masonic Temple, in Lake Worth. For more info., call Brian Kirsch at (561) 246-0148 or visit In addition to Lewis’s demonstration on Feb. 16, she will be offering small class demonstrations at 6 p.m. on Feb. 17, 18 and 20, for $25, where she will feature instruction on four courses, including a dining experience and a booklet of recipes. To learn more, call (561) 506-6994 or e-mail jann@

RPB Rotary Club Hosts Joint Fellowship With RPBHS Interact Club Ten members of the Interact Club of Royal Palm Beach High School led by Darrell Schwartz, along with fellow teacher Liz Lauscher, attended a joint event with the Royal Palm Beach Rotary Club on Thursday, Jan. 30. Interact President Christopher Milliche reported on the Sept. 21 beach cleanup at Phipps Ocean Park. The students participated in their school’s homecoming festivities and dodgeball tournament. They also had an event for Holocaust Remembrance Day,

and they participated in a student food drive for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Unified Food Drive, showing just how much the students care about taking care of their community. Royal Palm Beach Rotary Club President-Elect Diane Smith commended the efforts of the students. Milliche also discussed the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life event coming up on April 5-6 before handing over the floor to Schwartz, who discussed a

Darfur fundraising project. A U.S. company has created a solar-powered cooking utensil to help prepare meals, that at $40 would last a year. Schwartz appealed for donations to purchase the utensils and ship them to Darfur as the club’s major project. Two in attendance, Bassey E. Okon and Rayhn Ahmet, donated to the cause. Royal Palm Beach Rotary Club President Selena Smith asked Okon to present certifications of recognition to the students. A certificate of achievement as

Pony Derby At WEF Gives Foster Kids A Jump Start

On Friday, March 7, young riders from across the country will saddle up for foster children at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival’s first annual Jump for the Children Pony Derby, benefitting the Friends of Foster Children. Children ages 7 to 17 will compete in three $5,000 Pony Derby Classics with small, medium and large divisions at the Stadium (13500 South Shore Blvd., Wellington). The Jump for the Children Pony Derby kicks off at 10 a.m. and will be followed by a tented gala dinner, where children are invited to join parents to bid on an array of children-friendly silent auction items ranging from a trip with a veterinarian for a day, to a day at Gulfstream Park to witness the behind-the-scenes world of Thoroughbred racing. Other activities include a horseless horse show sponsored by

JustWorld International and an equine apparel and pre-owned tack raffle by the Young Ambassadors of Give a Buck for Special Equestrians, a statewide nonprofit that raises money and awareness for therapeutic riding programs for the disabled. The Jump for the Children Pony Derby will benefit Friends of Foster Children of Southwest Florida (FFC), whose mission is to provide abused, neglected and abandoned children in Southwest Florida with the social, educational and financial support the state does not. FFC focuses on filling in the gaps in the state foster system. FFC’s support ranges from tutoring and after-school programs to enrichment activities that nurture a child’s talents and passions. “The funds raised from the Pony Derby will help us give these children a chance to become successful and strong adults. For

many children, the programs provided by FFC are their first chance to be truly cared for and loved,” said Tara Bieling, the event’s organizer and coordinator of events and community outreach for FFC. “We are profoundly grateful to David Burton for giving us the opportunity to host this derby and gala at the Wellington show grounds. It is a fun way for children to be introduced to philanthropy and is a great way for the equestrian community to give back and support these often overlooked children.” Sponsors include Charles Moorcroft Inc., Palm Beach Equine Clinic, ME.N.U., Back Country Farm, Peacock Ridge, Ponies & Palms Show Stable LLC, PZazz Productions Inc., Equestrian Sports Productions LLC and many others. For tickets, or more information, call Bieling at (239) 2002230.

Interact Student of the Quarter was presented to Gabriella Garza, along with a Barnes & Noble gift card. Milliche was awarded a distinguished service citation, along with fellow students Daniel Ammons, Justin Eden, Peter Nguyen, Giovanna Garza, Alexander Milliche, Luis Felix, Gabriella Garza and Sabrina Agramonte. The Royal Palm Beach Rotary Club meets Thursdays at 7:30 a.m. at Friendly’s on State Road 7. Visit for more info.

Selena Smith, Christopher Milliche, Gabriella Garza and Bassey E. Okon at the Jan. 30 Royal Palm Beach Rotary Club meeting.

PBC Substance Abuse Coalition To Honor Alcohol Prevention Poster Contest Winners Feb. 17

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The Palm Beach County Substance Awareness Coalition recently announced its Alcohol Prevention Poster Contest winners. More than 1,074 students from 38 Palm Beach County schools entered this year. Fifteen semifinalists were nominated, and then local artists and online voters each chose winners in the three categories — elementary, middle and high school. More than 4,300 people voted online, and the artist judges were Ilene Adams, Trina Slade Burks and Rolando Chang Barrero. “We have to compete against alcohol companies, who can spend millions of dollars advertising for those kids’ attention,” Program Director Alexa Lee said. “I think it’s really important for them to see a positive message about being alcohol free.” The top six posters and title sponsor winner will be displayed on all 900 school buses in the Palm Beach County School District. Every winning student also receives

Adobe Photoshop software and a $50 gift card. Local finalists include Royal Palm Beach High School senior Jameel Weekes, Western Pines Middle School seventh-grader Chevelle Machleid and Cypress Trails Elementary School fifth-grader Dominic Janiszewski. Winners, their families, teachers and principals are invited to attend an awards ceremony at the Hanley Center on Monday, Feb. 17. The community is invited to help place the winning posters on the school buses on Tuesday, Feb. 18. Sponsors included the Wellington Rotary Club, the School District of Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, the South Florida Fair and Allstate. Members of the Wellington Rotary Club will be helping students place the posters on the buses. The winners are: elementary students Breanna Sandoval, kindergarten, Pine Jog Elementary School, Critics’ Choice, and Trin-

ity Suma, fourth grade, Manatee Elementary School, People’s Choice; middle school students Sabrina Roche, seventh grade, Palm Springs Middle School, Critics’ Choice, and Grace Wiley, eighth grade, Independence Middle School, People’s Choice; and high school students Deondra Pink, 12th grade, South Tech Academy, Critics’ Choice, and Anthony Marcos, 10th grade, Spanish River High School, People’s Choice. Title sponsor the Hanley Center honored Bradley Cash, an 11th grader at South Tech Academy. Since 2002, the Palm Beach County Substance Awareness Coalition has coordinated Palm Beach County’s efforts to keep communities healthy, safe and drug-free. By bringing together local educators, substance abuse professionals, law enforcement administrators and business leaders, PBCSAC helps steer youth and adults away from harmful substances. For more info., visit

south on the lakefront,” he said. “If you take this a step further and remove the buildings associated with the Lake Wellington Professional Centre, you’d have a blank slate where your imagination could run wild.” He noted that the option to tear down the Lake Wellington Professional Centre completely as outlined in a third option would be the most expensive, with costs similar to Wellington’s current plans. But he said the first option, which shifts several of the site’s key areas, would be cheaper and still meet the needs of the community.

“I don’t want to just build a parking lot on this site,” Rosner said. “I want to have a completely integrated recreational and cultural commons.” He noted that replacing the current tennis courts and adding the five additional courts would save the village about $4 million in costs associated with site planning for a new tennis center. “And when you’re all done, you’d still have 15 acres on Lyons Road worth $8.5 million,” he said. At about $7.7 million for the Rosners’ proposal, Wellington would save $2.5 million from its original budget of $10.5 million,

and more than $5 million from the current proposed contract, he pointed out. During public comment, several residents spoke in favor of the proposal. Dr. Harvey Klein said the way the complex is currently configured is better for families and teens. “If children want to take tennis lessons... they can then walk to the pool complex,” he said. “That’s the idea of a community center. Moving the tennis center is the equivalent of saying, ‘Well, we have soccer fields but if you want to play baseball, you have to drive

to Greenacres.’ This exists to have things integrated. The reason Village Park works so well is because you have so many fields and so much going on that it creates a sense of community.” Others wanted to make sure there was enough room for senior citizens, first and foremost. “At our monthly meetings, we cannot accommodate the nearly 300 or more seniors who attend,” said Sally Schwartz, the Wellington Seniors Club membership chair. “We do not appreciate the idea of being squeezed into a small room again. We have been promised for many years that

the council would find a way to accommodate us.” Tony Fransetta said he thought Wellington’s staff had evaluated all options and noted that there are not many services available to residents living on Wellington’s east side. “The people living on the east side have the same rights as the residents on the west side,” he said. “Let’s not spend more time and effort on this than we have to.” Council members did not comment on the proposal but encouraged residents to return for the Feb. 25 meeting, when public comment will be heard before any vote.

an and bicycle access.” Another proposed access is farther west at the northern end of the park, which staff proposes to purchase from one of the adjacent residents. “There is a significant gap between the locations of about 145 feet, so there would be room if one of the property owners wants to entertain selling an access there,” Marsh said. Resident Michael Delrossi said that if the access point does move forward, it must be done properly so that it does not lead to people parking on swales and in people’s yards. Delrossi suggested hedges and other buffers to protect the privacy of adjoining residents’ homes. “I’m trying to find answers and help these people out,” he said. Resident Jose Ospina objected to proposed bike paths in the proximity of homes, adding that residents next to the park enjoyed the current openness with no fences separating their homes

from the park. “One of the nicest things about living here is we have the open space,” he said. “But having these bike paths so close to the houses is going to put us in jeopardy.” Councilman Fred Pinto said he heard the residents’ message. “You don’t want the entrances to go in,” he said. “As far as I’m concerned, it doesn’t have to happen.” He stressed that the intent of the entrances was to provide more accessibility for the residents in the neighborhood. He also had concerns about the proximity of bike paths to the homes and the perception that privacy and safety could be compromised. “I don’t think we can answer that question tonight, but I am very glad to hear your input on that,” Pinto said. Village Manager Ray Liggins said the proposed changes came about with the addition of the dog park as a change to the master

housing administered under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 have helped homeless families and those about to face homelessness recover from their situation, McInnes said, although there are families living in cars, under bridges and in local campgrounds. “We also classify McKinney-Vento kids as those living in substandard housing,” McInnes said. “Questions to ask are, Does your dwelling have heat? Electricity? Does it have windows? Are you currently living in overcrowded conditions? Families of four in one bedroom expected to share bathrooms and maybe a living room with three other families?” The McKinney-Vento Act addresses three areas: school access,

school stability and academic success. “What they found under the No Child Left Behind Act was that there were still children being left behind, and those were homeless,” McInnes said. “They found that transportation was one of the greatest barriers that kept these children from succeeding.” Many homeless families move from address to address in the course of a year, and the McKinney-Vento Act assures that the student can remain in one school. “When students move from one school to another school, they can lose between four and six months of academic stability,” McInnes said. “One of the goals for McKinney-Vento and Palm Beach County is one school, one year.”

plan. “The bike path was not in the change to the master plan because that was in the plan from the beginning,” Liggins said. “This is to get council direction before we go through the official process that would include notifications. Liggins added that vehicles were never in the plan and that “no parking” signs would be placed in the area so that it does not become a problem. Mayor Matty Mattioli said that the plan is only conceptual and that if the residents do not like it, the council would change it. Councilman Richard Valuntas said the plan should go through a process that would include public input. “We went through a charette with the dog park, and I don’t see why we can’t do the same thing with the entrances,” he said. “To me, it makes sense to withdraw these entrances from the proposed modification to the master plan and set up a charette on the issue.” Councilman David Swift agreed with Valuntas regarding the entrances and the bike paths, but wanted to move ahead with the rest of the proposed master plan.

“We have to do budgets, and we have to include what we’re talking about here,” Swift said. “I have spoken to a lot of people who are very positive about all this, and you will hear from them also, but I think we can work all this out and all go home happy.” Other proposed park changes include the addition of another exit on Royal Palm Beach Blvd. to alleviate traffic jams getting out of the park after major events, which will necessitate the relocation of a future proposed senior living facility. The dog park would share about 2.6 acres that was originally going to be a horticultural center for use by residents. The total cost for the project is about $90,000. Two restrooms would be added to the two existing ones on the Great Lawn, which at about $200,000 would pay for themselves in eight to 10 years, Marsh said, considering that the village rents portable toilets for major functions. One area of the park would be modified to accommodate a performance stage, Marsh added,

pointing out that the village spends about $6,000 for a temporary stage for major events. Modifications also call for a miniature golf area and a flying disc course near the driving range. Vice Mayor Jeff Hmara said he had several meetings with residents along Heron Parkway and it appeared that there was a great deal of information that they did not have. “In order for them to make sense of what is being proposed, they need to have that information,” he said. “I definitely think we can do a better job of notifying and including their input.” Swift made a motion to move ahead with the master plan amendments, excluding the two proposed new entrances, which was seconded by Pinto, with the understanding that the bike path in the park would be excluded from drawings in a future meeting since it was not part of the current agenda item. The motion carried 3-2. Mattioli and Hmara dissented, opposed to moving forward with the master plan amendments as set out by the majority.


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continued from page 1 building that has been requested and the same tennis capability with 21 courts,” he said. “The only thing that’s different is the location of the tennis center.” If the village were to consider demolishing the Lake Wellington Professional Centre, more options for the site would be available, Rosner said. “We could move the community center to a better location further


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continued from page 1 damaged lawns and potential hangout spots. Palmowski asked the council to halt any modifications to the existing park configuration until it can facilitate meetings with concerned residents to review the plans. William Coyne of Sandpiper Avenue was concerned about the loss of privacy if the proposed new entrances were built. “Imagine sitting in your back yard and bicyclists peering in with no one to stop them,” he said. Village Engineer Chris Marsh said the entrances would make the park more accessible for pedestrians or bicyclists from about 680 nearby homes. “There’s no planned parking in this area,” he said. “It would be totally pedestri-


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continued from page 7 under No Child Left Behind is sharing the housing of others due to economic hardship or natural disaster. “We have families that are living in transitional programs,” she said, pointing out that Palm Beach County does not have emergency housing. “The transitional programs could be family, domestic violence and youth shelters. We have families currently living in motels due to lack of permanent housing.” Programs such as Rapid Re-


continued from page 6 well as a Stella and Dot wallet and Gucci sunglasses from the center console. The stolen items were valued at approximately $3,550. The victim said she had a sleepover for her daughter and her friends that night, but was not sure who would have taken the items. There was no further information available at the time of the report. FEB. 10 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Wellington was called Monday to a home in the Olympia community regarding a burglary. According to a PBSO report, the complainant said the residents of the home

were evicted at the beginning of the month. The complainant, who manages the property, was at the home last Sunday to clean out trash. Sometime between 2 p.m. last Sunday and 1 p.m. the following afternoon, someone entered the home and stole a Whirlpool stainless steel stove and microwave and a white clothes dryer. According to the report, a witness observed a white box truck at the home last Sunday, after the complainant had left. The stolen items were valued at approximately $1,550. There was no further information available at the time of the report.


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continued from page 16 heritage and civilization against evil. While I concur heartily, the dramatic weaknesses of the film kept pulling it down. I do not wish to create the impression that this is a bad movie. It is not. As a history buff, it is both interesting and important. But, considering the price we have to pay for movie tickets, it would have worked far better as a TV movie.

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Wellington Dog Park’s Bark For Life Helps American Cancer Society Wellington’s inaugural American Cancer Society Bark for Life was held Sunday, Feb. 9 at the Wellington Dog Park. Attendees enjoyed pet vendors and medical providers, contests for dogs and owners, crafts, food trucks and more. All proceeds supported the American photos by Denise Fleischman/town-crier Cancer Society.

James Cavanagh with Napoleon, Karen Cavanagh with Peanut, Sebastion Gerardi and Dr. Jean Oberg with Mimi.

Best dressed dog winner King James with Candyce Perez.

Members of the event committee hand out goodie bags.

Bill Lerner and Connie at the kissing booth.

Haley and Jake Ivancevic decorate bags.

Dragon got a mirochip from Dr. Jean Oberg with help from owner Wick Hotchkiss and vet tech Penny Durfy.

Renaissance Charter School In RPB Celebrates School Choice Day

Renaissance Charter School at Palms West celebrated School Choice Week on Tuesday, Feb. 4. The event featured performances from the school chorus, cheer clubs and guitar students. The new charter school opened last August in Royal Palm Beach. For more info., visit photos by Julie Unger/town-crier

The Secondary Cheer Club puts on a show.

The Sixth-Grade Music Club performs.

First graders sing the school song.

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Mustang Film Premieres Feb. 21 At RPB Theater

“All horses matter, but wild horses are special,” explained Ellie Phipps Price, executive producer of American Mustang, a new movie that’s part documentary, part narrative, and will premiere Friday, Feb. 21 at Regal Cinemas in RPB. Screenings will continue daily through Feb. 27. Ellen Rosenberg’s Column, Page 25

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Wellington Wins District Wrestling Title

The District 10-3A Championship Tournament took place Saturday, Feb. 1 at Seminole Ridge High School. Wellington High School won the district championship with 212.5 points. All 14 Wellington wrestlers advanced to the regional tournament. Page 31

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Wellington Chamber Of Commerce Announces Health Festival Chairmen

The Wellington Chamber of Commerce has announced that Dr. Randall Laurich of the Wellness Experience of Wellington and Johnny Meier of My Community Pharmacy will serve as chairmen of the 2014 Wellington Health & Wellness Festival. The event will be held Saturday, March 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater. Page 26


U-9 Soccer Team Meets Players At U.S.-Russia Game

The United States Women’s National Soccer Team played Russia in an international match at Florida Atlantic University on Feb. 8. The Americans shut out the Russians 7-0. Also tasting a bit of victory was a Wellington youth soccer team, which got to participate in the opening ceremony. Page 31

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Mustang Film Premieres Feb. 21 With WEF Demo Feb. 28

“All horses matter, but wild horses are special,” explained Ellie Phipps Price, executive producer of American Mustang, a new movie that’s part documentary, part narrative, and will have its local premiere Friday evening, Feb. 21 at Regal Cinemas on State Road 7 in Royal Palm Beach. “They’re beautiful and majestic in a special way, part of our American history, and they’re in danger of losing their way of life,” Price said. Multiple screenings will continue daily through Feb. 27. In addition to telling a good story, the mission of the people involved in the film is to raise awareness of these wild horses’ plight, especially among horse lovers in our area, a unique equestrian community. “We want people to know what’s happening,” media consultant Erin Gilmore said. “The problem is that when wild horses are rounded up, they lose their herd structure and families. Also, because they can’t roam freely, their hooves don’t get worn in a natural way, leading to foot problems. And, of course, it’s expensive keeping and feeding that many horses.” The current adoption policy run by the federal government has its problems. “Yes, they hold periodic adoption events,

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Tales From The Trails By Ellen Rosenberg which are great, but that’s a lot of wild horses to try to place,” Gilmore said. “There aren’t enough homes for all of them. We’re very worried the Bureau of Land Management will eventually allow buyers to ship them to slaughter in Canada or Mexico. We’re hoping to start a conversation where other solutions can be discussed, such as birth control, ending the roundups and rethinking the way the land is allocated.” According to the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, a coalition of more than 50 public interest groups, environmentalists, organizations and historical societies whose goal is to see government reform of wild horse management policies and restore protections to wild horses and burros under federal law, there are more mustangs being held in captivity than allowed to live free in the wild. The struggle to protect wild horses from excess roundups has been raging for decades among the BLM, cattle ranchers and wild horse activists, who are at odds in a battle for land use rights in which the horses often come out on the losing end.

Wild mustangs graze on the western plains in the film American Mustang, presented in 3D, opening at the Regal Cinemas Royal Palm 18 on Feb. 21. The 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horse and helicopter and kept in government holding Burro Act designates public land for the facilities. There are only 32,000 horses left protection of wild horses. Since its passage, in the wild, and 50,000-plus held in captivhowever, more than 270,000 wild horses and ity. Rounding up wild horses and placing burros have been removed from public lands them in holding pens breaks up their natural by the BLM. Ranchers insist that federal land family bands and condemns them to a dull, used for cattle and sheep grazing is threatened unnatural life. by the grazing habits of wild horses. But While some are adopted into good homes, horse activists argue that cattle outnumber there are more than the market can absorb. horses on federal land 50 to 1, and since The BLM spends more than 70 percent of its 1971, protected land for horses has shrunk budget on roundups and keeping wild horses, by 40 percent. while only 6 percent is spent on sustainable Captured wild horses are rounded up by See ROSENBERG, page 33

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Wellington Chamber Announces Health Festival Chairmen The Wellington Chamber of Commerce has announced that Dr. Randall Laurich of the Wellness Experience of Wellington and Johnny Meier of My Community Pharmacy will serve as chairmen of the 2014 Wellington Health & Wellness Festival. The event will be held Saturday, March 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater. The goal of this event, presented by the chamber’s Medical & Wellness Committee, is to create awareness of the many dimensions

of wellness through experiential booth exhibits. A variety of specialties will be showcased, including chiropractic spinal screenings, medical screenings, cutting-edge fitness trends, integrative and holistic medicine, aromatherapy, pet therapy, massages and heart-healthy food samples. Laurich has been practicing chiropractic wellness care since 1998, when he graduated from the Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic. His special focus and passion is helping people change the patterns

and habits that are preventing the body from healing itself. Laurich’s broad knowledge in diverse fields including nutrition and exercise therapy, as well as his experience in personal growth and motivational leadership, allows him to partner with each patient to help them achieve their desired health goals. Laurich is the incoming president of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce. Johnny Meier and his wife, Meroe, founded My Community Pharmacy in 2008 with the dream

Choice Of Champions Teams Up With The Horse Of Course At Dressage Fest

The Choice of Champions is teaming up with the Horse of Course at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. The Choice of Champions’ complete line of supplements will be available at the Horse of Course’s mobile store located at the Global Dressage Festival show grounds at 13500 South Shore Blvd. in Wellington. Everyone is welcome to take 10 percent off the price of their first purchase, and enjoy watching some of the best dressage in the world. “Choice of Champions is all about

teaming up with great equestrians who put their equine partners’ health and conditioning first and foremost,” owner Allyn Maix said. “It is so important to stay smart and keep your horses at their best.” Top riders such as Mikala Gundersen, Juan Matute, Sahar Daniel Hirosh, Caroline Roffman, MaryHaskins Gurganus, Endel Ots and Danielle Gallager have discovered the benefits of using Choice of Champions. Choice of Champions International is based in Wellington and

produces a full line of supplements designed to fit the needs of a variety of horses that compete in many different disciplines. Maix encourages horse owners, riders and trainers to try the products. Free samples are available by visiting www.choiceofchamps. com, calling (800) 868-1077 or call Roxanne at (561) 906-0909 to set up an appointment. (Right) Beth Haist of the Horse of Course with Allyn Maix of Choice of Champions.

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of providing extraordinary patient care in their new hometown. They have succeeded in growing the pharmacy, and in 2010, the business relocated from Kobosko’s Crossing to the Whole Foods plaza to accommodate the increasing volume of patients. Meier has strived to be an active member of the Wellington community. He has been a supporter of local charities such as Hugs & Kisses and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. He was invited to serve as the event chair of the American Cancer

Society’s Wellington Relay for Life in 2013, during which he helped raise approximately $40,000. He will once again lead the Wellington walk again in 2014. Meier is a member of the American Legion and served active duty in the U.S. Air Force. He is an incoming board member and an active member of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce. March 3 is the registration deadline for the Wellington Health & Wellness Festival. For more info., call (561) 792-6525.

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Aspen Dental Opens New Practice On SR 7 In Wellington

On Thursday, Feb. 20, a new Aspen Dental office is opening in Wellington. Located at 440 S. State Road 7, the practice will provide dental services ranging from dentures and preventive care to general dentistry and restoration. Dr. Flora Bentsi Enchil, lead dentist at the Wellington office, earned her degree from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry in 2010. Enchil looks forward to meeting the Wellington community

and providing access to high-quality dental care and education. The Wellington practice is in a state where 56 out of 67 of the counties (including Palm Beach County) have dental health professional shortage areas as designated by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. According to a study conducted in 2013 by Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management, each new Aspen Dental-branded

Caridad Center To Host Neighborhood Biz Mixer

The Caridad Center is hosting a breakfast with a presentation and tour to inform local businesses about the Caridad Clinic on Wednesday, Feb. 19, with breakfast from 8 to 9 a.m. Brief tours will begin at 9 a.m., where Caridad Clinic patients will speak about their experiences and the help they have received from the doctors and dentists who volunteer their time at the clinic. The event is underwritten by Signature Storage. Area business people can bring information about their businesses to share with their neighbors and learn about volunteer opportunities at

Caridad. Reservations are required and space is limited. For more information, call (561) 853-1638 or e-mail The Caridad Center, located at 8645 W. Boynton Beach Blvd., is the largest free healthcare and dental clinic in Florida, serving the working poor and recently uninsured throughout Palm Beach County. More than 400 doctors, dentists and other medical professionals donate their time and provide services valued at over $2.3 million a year. Caridad Center serves more than 5,600 patients annually. For more information, visit

office supports local community growth by contributing more than $1.3 million in positive economic impact through job creation and capital investment. Aspen Dental will provide comprehensive exams, hygiene services, treatment of periodontal (gum) disease, extractions, fillings, oral surgery, whitening, and crown and bridge work. The office features digital radiography and offers advanced screening for oral cancer. The dentists at Aspen Dental take a comprehensive approach to dental care. Following the initial exam and X-rays, patients receive a customized treatment plan designed by the dentist with long-term oral

and overall health in mind. Aspen Dental offers special promotions, senior discounts, and free new-patient exams and X-rays for patients without dental insurance. The office will be open extended hours, including evenings and select Saturdays, so that patients can see the dentist at a time that works best for their schedule. Walk-in and emergency patients are welcome. Aspen Dental has its own on-site denture laboratory, which helps facilitate quick turnaround for denture repairs, relines or adjustments. To schedule an appointment, call (561) 753-6963 or (800) 277-3633, or visit Aspen Dental is one of the largest

and fastest-growing networks of independent dental care providers in the U.S. with more than 400 practices in communities across 27 states. As part of its mission to provide America with a healthy mouth, Aspen Dental is providing millions of Americans with access to quality, affordable dental care. To learn more about Aspen Dental practices and services, preview the Aspen Dental patient experience, get answers to general treatment questions, find a location and schedule appointments, visit www.aspen To learn more about careers at Aspen Dental, visit www.aspendental

Cooperative Extension 4-H Program To Offer Free Teen Finance Workshop

The Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Service is offering another free session of its “On Your Own Financial Literacy Workshop” on Tuesday, Feb. 18. In this hands-on class, children ages 12 to 18 will learn survival skills for the future. Participants will learn how to understand and manage finances in a simulated real-world environment.

Membership in 4-H is not required. The workshop will be held Tuesday, Feb. 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cooperative Extension Service, 559 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach. Tuesday is not a school day. Activities include: taking a personality test; discovering careers that match personality type; learning about salary, payroll and taxes; learning how to write checks; devel-

oping a budget in a chosen career and family situation; and shopping at the “4-H City” for housing, transportation, food, child care, clothing, entertainment, insurance and utilities while staying in a budget. Pre-registration is required and attendees must be able to read well and use a calculator. For more info., e-mail or call (561) 233-1731.

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Wellington Wolverines Win The District Wrestling Title The District 10-3A Championship Tournament took place Saturday, Feb. 1 at Seminole Ridge High School. Wellington High School won the district championship with 212.5 points. In addition to the team’s championship, all 14 Wellington wrestlers advanced to the regional tournament. Seminole Ridge came in second place with 178.0 points. Palm Beach Central High School placed third with 102.5 points, and Royal Palm Beach High School placed fourth with 74.50 points.

The district tournament also included John I. Leonard and Lake Worth high schools. Wellington led the pack with seven district champions. Seminole Ridge recorded four district champions. Palm Beach Central had two champions, and Royal Palm Beach had one district champion. The four schools sent a total of 41 wrestlers to the regional tournament in Martin County on Saturday, Feb. 8. There, the Wolverines took second place in the regional tournament

behind St. Thomas Aquinas High School and qualified seven individual wrestlers for the state tournament in Lakeland. Briar Macfarlane and Nik Bonadies were named champions, Brandon Paz took second place, Colton Macfarlane took third place, and Andrew Mitchell, Marcus Morin and Devin Gillotte took fourth place. Briar Macfarlane joins Bonadies with more than 100 career varsity wins, which has only been achieved by four other wrestlers in Wellington High School history.

Coach Travis Gray with the Wellington High School district championship wrestling team.

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District champions from each weight class included: (front row) Bryce Marcus, PBCHS; Tyler Difiore, PBCHS; Briar Macfarlane, WHS; Nik Bonadies, WHS; Marcus Morin, WHS; Chris Zaskey, RPBHS; and Victor Olofin, SRHS; (back row) Brandon Paz, WHS; Robert Lapeter, SRHS; Nick Keller, SRHS; Devin Gillotte, WHS; Noah Coulter, WHS; A.J. Lopez, WHS and Troy Artiles, SRHS.

The Seminole Ridge High School wrestling team.

U-9 Soccer Team Meets Players At U.S.-Russia Game

By Gene Nardi Town-Crier Staff Report The United States Women’s National Soccer Team played Russia in an international match at Florida Atlantic University Stadium in Boca Raton on Saturday, Feb. 8. The Americans shut out the Russian team 7-0. Also tasting a bit of victory was a U-9 Wellington youth soccer team, which had the honor of participating in the opening ceremony escort of the national players prior to the

game. The ceremony is a tradition of the game. The girls arrived early and prepared for their moment by practicing before the game. Overwhelmed by the atmosphere inside the stadium, and presence of famous players such as Abby Wambach and Hope Solo, the team glowed with smiles. “They’re really excited about doing this,” Wellington coach Jennifer White said. “It’s a big deal for them.” The stadium filled, and the music

The Wellington U-9 soccer team at the stadium.

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began to play. The announcer started the dialogue and the girls, dressed in their ceremony soccer uniforms sponsored by McDonalds, held the hands of the national athletes and walked out to the center of the pitch for the national anthems. Smiles were displayed from beginning to end. Their mission was a success, and they were able to enjoy the game. U.S. Soccer is no stranger to the region and has a strong fan base in South Florida. FAU was the host venue for the national team’s game against China in 2012. Saturday’s match drew in 8,857 fans. The Americans out-shot Russia 32-3 during the contest and elevated its unbeaten streak to 41 games. The U.S. team exercised patience, and it took a little more than 20 minutes for the Americans to reach pay-dirt with their first goal, but constant pressure on the Russian defense indicated that it would soon break. Carli Lloyd slalomed through the defense and drove in the first score off a cross form Heather O’Reilly. That was the spark that started an American scoring frenzy. Three minutes later, O’Reilly scored from a misplaced Russian defensive pass.

American Team striker Amy Rodriguez is dragged down by the last Russian defender, Valentina Orlova, during a breakaway. The U.S. would lead at the half 3-0 with one more goal from Lloyd. Christen Press tallied two goals in the second half, Sydney Leroux and Abby Wambach each scored to put the exclamation as to why

the U.S. team is FIFA’s top-ranked team. Both teams traveled to Atlanta for a rematch in the second leg of their series, but the results were not available by press time.

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TKA Seniors Score Big on National Signing Day Feb. 5

The King’s Academy had seven athletes commit to college teams by signing national letters of intent on Wednesday, Feb. 5. The athletes who signed are as follows: Running back James Holland signed to play football at Colgate University; fullback Garrett Larson signed to play football for Davidson College; kicker Paul Schumacher signed to play football at Gardner-Webb University; Makayla Barrantes signed to play soccer at Huntington University; Sarah Collins signed to play soccer at Stetson University; Travis Gonzalez signed to play soccer at Campbell University; and John Mattessich signed to play soccer at Mercer University.

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Karate Students Practice Kangeiko

Students from the Genbu-Kai Karate school in Wellington arrived at Ocean Ridge Park on Sunday, Jan. 12 at 6:45 a.m. to practice Kangeiko. Kangeiko, loosely translated, means “winter training,” and this type of training is a special test of endurance, which forges character development within the participants. It’s also an excellent way for the students to form new friendships.

In Japan, Kangeiko is practiced outside, in the snow during the winter. Sensei Keith Moore often held Kangeiko in his New York schools before moving to Florida. While some parents thought it was crazy to practice outside in the snow and cold, the students loved it and looked forward to it each year. For more information on Genbu-Kai Karate classes, call (561) 804-1002 or visit

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Two Seminole Ridge High School athletes signed scholarship letters of intent on National Signing Day. Congratulations to offensive lineman Mark Jason (above with his family), who signed with the Florida Institute of Technology, and to track star Danielle Livingstone (below with her family and coach), who signed with Georgia State University.

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SRHS Cheerleaders Second In State

Seminole Ridge High School’s cheerleading squad placed second in the Class 2A large non-tumbling division at the 2014 Florida High School Athletic Association Competitive Cheerleading State Championships. The competition was held Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Silver Spurs Arena in Orlando. This year, Seminole Ridge was one of 16 squads to compete at the state championship. The Hawks came in second place by only 2.5 points. This is the second year in a


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continued from page 25 practices such as birth control and protecting horses on the range. The preservation campaign evaluated BLM data on forage allocations in 50 Herd Management Areas where roundups were conducted between 2010 and 2012. The BLM allocated 82.5 percent of forage in designated wild horse areas to privately owned livestock and just 17.5 percent to wild horses — despite that the BLM is mandated by federal law to protect wild horses, whereas livestock grazing is authorized entirely

row that the squad has placed second at the state championships after coming in third in 2012. Other local teams competing in the Class 2A large non-tumbling division were Royal Palm Beach High School and John I Leonard High School. Wellington High School also made it to the finals and placed third in the Class 2A small co-ed division. Jupiter High School came in fourth place in finals in the Class 2A medium varsity tumbling division. Suncoast High School placed first

in the Class 1A large non-tumbling division, and the Kings Academy placed first for the fifth year in a row in the Class 1A small non-tumbling division. Next up, the Hawk cheerleaders were headed to the national championship that the team qualified for back in December. They were the only Florida team competing in their division at an event hosted by the Universal Cheerleaders Association and will be televised on ESPN at a later date.

The Seminole Ridge cheerleaders with Principal James Campbell.

at the discretion of the Secretary of the Interior. The horse activists feel that there is an inequitable distribution of resources, since the “appropriate management level” for wild horses is only 166 per HMA (which constitutes 249,000 acres). This means only one horse is allowed per 1,500 acres, or 2.3 square miles. Meanwhile, the average equivalent of cows permitted to graze per HMA is 9,380. This puts BLM’s claims of wild horse overpopulation in perspective. When the wild horse population exceeds the artificially low “appropriate management levels,” the BLM claims the horses are overpopulating. But in almost every area, the number of livestock

per HMA far exceeds the number of wild horses. The American Mustang filmmakers will sponsor a booth at the Winter Equestrian Festival from Feb. 19 to March 4 and hold a mustang demonstration on Feb. 28 with Elisa Wallace. She’ll be bringing Rune, with whom she won the 2012 Extreme Mustang Makeover. Started in 2007 by the Mustang Heritage Foundation, the Extreme Mustang Makeover pairs trainers from all over the country with wild mustangs that need adoptive homes. Trainers and horses are randomly matched, and they have 120 days to turn the mustangs into suitable pleasure horses. Wallace believes she is the first eventer to take on the challenge.

The demonstration will precede the $75,000 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup. Wallace partnered with the film to build awareness for the plight of the American mustang and increase overall awareness of wild horses. Admission is free, but there’s a $20/carload parking cost. The competition begins at 7 p.m., and the mustang demonstration just prior to that. Wallace will also do a demonstration the next night, March 1, at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. “Yes, there’s a lot of big money and politics involved in this issue,” Gilmore admitted. “But we believe that if more people understand what’s going on, we can change policies. These horses should be

valued and protected. They’re as much an American icon as the bald eagle.” The movie appeals to a wide, family audience and doesn’t depict cruelty. “It shows the beauty of their lives in the wild,” Gilmore said. “They deserve to be able to continue to live this way. We hope the film will start a conversation between the American people, the BLM and ranchers to find better management practices. Come see the movie, show your support and get involved.” For more information, visit www. For movie show times, visit www. or check local listings.

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Saturday, Feb. 15 • Lots in a wide range of collecting categories will be sold at the fifth annual Palm Beach Auction on Saturday through Monday, Feb. 1517 by Louis J. Dianni LLC at the Hilton Hotel & Conference Center (150 Australian Ave., West Palm Beach). Start times all three days will be at noon. For more info., visit • The Episcopal Church Women of St. David’s in the Pines Episcopal Church in Wellington will hold its Annual Bazaar on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Money will help ECW outreach projects. E-mail for more info. • The Cruzan Amphitheatre will host a job fair on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 8 a.m. to noon to recruit new employees for the upcoming season. For more info., call (561) 795-8883. • The Wellington Green Market will feature the 2014 Radish Festival on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 9 a.m. to 1. p.m. Attendees can learn about radishes. The event will take place at the Wellington Municipal Complex (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). For more info., call (561) 283-5856. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature Chess Club for Kids for ages 8 and up Saturday, Feb. 15 at 2:30 p.m. Practice strategy skills with other players. Basic game knowledge is required. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Meet the Author: Virginia Lynn Moylan for adults Saturday, Feb. 15 at 2:30 p.m. The local author will discuss her award-winning book, Zora Neale Hurston’s Final Decade. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Crafts for Kids for ages 3 to 8 on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 3 p.m. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host RPB Teen Xpressions for ages 12 to 17 on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 3 p.m. Share your original poems, writings, artwork, etc. with a group of your peers. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • Mario Lopez will be at the new Palm Beach Outlets on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 6 p.m. to host Celebrity Style, a free show open to the public. For more info., visit • Talk show host Katie Couric will host for the ninth annual Foreverglades benefit Saturday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Breakers Palm Beach. Actor Michael Keaton will serve as the honorary chair, and the Zac Brown Band will perform. The benefit raises money to support programs of the Everglades Foundation. For more information, visit Sunday, Feb. 16 • The Audubon Society of the Everglades will hold a Backyard Bird Count on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 7 a.m. at Stormwater Treatment Area 1E in a car pool tour managed by the South Florida Water Management District. Pre-register by calling Linda at (561) 742-7791. Get more information at

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• The Acreage Green Market will take place Sunday, Feb. 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Acreage Community Park (6701 140th Ave. North). For more info., visit or call (561) 929-0237. • The Royal Palm Beach Green Market & Bazaar will take place Sunday, Feb. 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park (11600 Poinciana Blvd.). For more info., visit • The Gray Mockingbird Community Garden will host its quarterly Local Foods/Local Gardens Harvest Festival on Sunday, Feb. 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The public is invited. During the event there will be a special presentation by Welsh guest chef Penny Lewis, who will prepare four courses “Fit for a Queen.” While the general event is free, the special chef presentation will cost $20. The garden is located at 2000 North D Street, on the premises of the Scottish Rite Masonic Temple, in Lake Worth. For more information, call Brian Kirsch at (561) 246-0148 or visit • The International Polo Club Palm Beach (3667 120th Avenue South, Wellington) will continue its 2014 season Sunday, Feb. 16 with the Ylvisaker Cup. For tickets, visit or call (561) 204-5687. • The Women of Valor of Congregation L’Dor Va-Dor will sponsor the Joyce Saltman Comedy Show & Luncheon to raise funds for the restoration of the congregation’s Holocaust Torah on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. at the Palm Beach School of Autism (8480 Lantana Road, Lantana). For tickets, or more information, call Evelyn at (561) 967-2102. • The Jewish Genealogical Society of Palm Beach County will hold its annual luncheon Sunday, Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. at the Delray Beach Golf Club (2200 Highland Ave., Delray Beach). For more info., contact Eric at (561) 702-9505 or Ina at • Whole Foods Market in Wellington (2635 State Road 7) will host “Date Night” on Sunday, Feb. 16 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sample of three delicious dishes showcasing dates. There is no charge. Call (561) 904-4000 to pre-register. Monday, Feb. 17 • The Palm Beach County Substance Awareness Coalition will hold an award ceremony Monday, Feb. 17 at 5:30 p.m. at the Hanley Center (933 45th St., West Palm Beach) for the annual poster contest sponsored by the Wellington Rotary Club. For more information, visit Tuesday, Feb. 18 • Whole Foods Market in Wellington (2635 State Road 7) will host the “It Takes a Village” parenting group series beginning Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 10 a.m., with two other presentations in March and April. The first in the series is “How to be a Green Mama” with simple ways to make healthier, more natural alternatives. For more info., visit Call (561) 904-4000 to pre-register.

• The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature Dream, Discover, Do for ages 2 and 3 on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 1 p.m. Talk, sing, read, write and play to build early literacy skills. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Wanted: At the OK Corral for ages 6 to 12 on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 1:30 p.m. School’s out, so play a game of horseshoes, spot the desperado on the wanted poster, learn the steps to a country line dance and listen to stories of the wild, wild west. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature Tween Gaming for ages 8 to 12 on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 3 p.m. Bring a friend for Wii gaming and board game fun. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature Chess Club for Adults on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. Chess fans unite to practice strategy skills. Basic game knowledge is required. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Town-Crier will host the official Royal Palm Beach Candidates Forum on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Village Meeting Hall (1050 Royal Palm Beach Blvd.). Call (561) 790-5100 or visit for info. • La Vida Massage (129 State Road 7, Royal Palm Beach) will host a health seminar Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. The event is free, but space is limited. RSVP to (561) 790-7755. Wednesday, Feb. 19 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature Heart of the Cards for ages 12 and up Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. Bring Yu-Gi-Oh! cards and get ready to battle, trade and make new friends. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Groundbreaking Reads: Adult Book Discussion Series on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. The group will discuss Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth. Sign up and check out the book. Call (561) 681-4100 for more info. • Shulamit Hadassah will host psychic and medium Rochelle Sydney on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. at PBCFR Fire Station #30 (9910 Stribling Way, Wellington). The suggested donation is $6 for members and $10 for non-members. RSVP to Shirley at or call (561) 204-1894. Thursday, Feb. 20 • Temple Beth Tikvah (4550 Jog Road, Greenacres) will present the L’Chaim Series, “Live Life to the Fullest in Your Safe Home Environment” on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 12:30 p.m. Ted Bickoff with the Homecare Safety Institute will discuss how to make your home safe and secure. Bagels and lox and dessert will be served at this free event. Call (561) 967-3600 to RSVP. • Wellington’s Food Truck Invasion will take place Thursday, Feb. 20 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 753-2484 or visit www. for more info.

The Town-Crier • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature Pajama Tales for ages 2 to 6 on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. Wear your jammies and wind down for the evening with bedtime stories. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host It’s Game Time for ages 6 to 12 on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. Have a snack and play Wii, board games or card games. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature the adult program Social Media for Business on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. led by certified business analyst Sharon Geltner. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach Village Council will meet Thursday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. at Village Hall (1050 Royal Palm Beach Blvd.). Call (561) 7905100 or visit for info. Friday, Feb. 21 • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Bookercise: Move, Dance, Wiggle and Shake for ages 2 to 6 on Friday, Feb. 21 at 10:30 a.m. Enjoy wiggling and shaking to music while using scarves, egg shakers and other instruments all in the name of reading readiness. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Titanic Time Machine for ages 8 to 12 on Friday, Feb. 21 at 3 p.m. Play Titanic Trivia, feel the frigidness of an iceberg and the temperatures of the deep North Atlantic waters and learn about the people who survived or perished. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host the Tribute Music & Food Truck Festival on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21 and 22 from 5 to 10:30 p.m. each day. Call (561) 753-2484 or visit www.wellingtonfl. gov for more info. • Whole Foods Market in Wellington (2635 State Road 7) will host Gluten-Free Cooking on Friday, Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m. Learn how to prepare a gluten-free meal that tastes great and is easy to prepare. Call (561) 904-4000 to pre-register. • Temple B’nai Jacob of Wellington will welcome singer and Cantorial Soloist Sharon Alcalay Leibovici for the 7 p.m. “Jewish Melodies Shabbat” on Friday, Feb. 21. For more info., call (561) 793-4347 or visit www.templebnaijacob. com. • Horses Healing Hearts will host its White, White West Party at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21 at the Coach House, formerly the Players Club, at 13410 South Shore Blvd. in Wellington. For more info., visit Saturday, Feb. 22 • The Color Vibe 5K will be held Saturday, Feb. 22 at the South Florida Fairgrounds. A fun run and color dance party are also planned. For more info., visit Send calendar items to: The Town-Crier, 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 31, Wellington, FL 33414. FAX: (561) 793-6090. E-mail: news@

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


Are you planning to purchase a sofa, refrigerator, matress set or other large or small item(s) that doesn’t fit in your car or SUV? Maybe your planning to purchase something from a garage/estate sale, Craigslist, or a vendor and faced with the same problem? Call, or text me at 561-670-5298, email me at I own moving blankets, and moving dolly’s for a smooth transport. Additional labor and services available upon request. I own a Ford E-250 Van***Note: I’m 1 Man in a Van*** Available after 5 pm weekdays, all day weekends. Same day service! 561-670-5298 Jack Man in a Van

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

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. #2012-252779

COMPUTER REPAIR D.J. COMPUTER — Home & office, Spyware removal, websites, networks, repairs, upgrades, virus removal, tutoring. Call Jeff 561-333-1923 Cell 561-252-1186 Lic’d Well. & Palm Beach. We accept major credit cards.

O COMPUTER SERVICES (PC OR MAC) A N Y W H E R E , A N Y T I M E S P Y WA R E / VIRUS REMOVAL — Manufacture restore, network setup (WiFi or Wired), repairs, upgrades. Call Val 561-713-5276

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PLUMBING JEREMY JAMES PLUMBING — Licensed plumber, legitimate estimate. Water heaters, new construction. CFC1426242. Bonded Insured. CFC1426242. 561-601-6458

PRESSURE CLEANING 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 & painti n g c o n t r a c t o r. L i c . # U 2 1 5 5 2 C a l l Butch at 309-6975 or visit us at www. D R I V E W AY C L E A N I N G — S t a r t i n g at$59. $50 Off House Exterior Wash, Free Sidewalk Cleaning (up to 50 Ft.) with roof cleaning.Pressure Pros of Palm Beach, Inc. 561-718-9851 Lic. & Insured.



THE MASTER HANDYMAN — All Types of Home Repairs & Improvements. No job too big or small done right the first time every time 40 yrs of satisfied customers. See me on Angies List. Tom (561) 801-2010 or (954) 444-3178 Serving Palm Beach and Broward Counties.

MINOR ROOF REPAIRS Don Hartmann R oofing — R o o f p a i n t ing, Carpentry. Lic. #U13677 967-5580

BILLY’S HOME REPAIRS INC. REMODEL & REPAIRS — Interior Trim, crown molding, rottenwood repair, door installation, minor drywall,kitchens/cabinets/countertops, wood flooring. Bonded and Insured U#19699. Call 791-9900 or 628-9215

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


ROBERT G. HARTMANN ROOFING — Specializing in repairs. Free estimates, Bonded,insured. Lic. #CCC 058317 Ph: 561-790-0763.


ACCORDION SHUTTERS — Gutters, screen enclosures, siding, soffits, aluminum roofs, Serving the Western Communities. Since 1985. U-17189 561-791-9777



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

TAX PREPARATION E X P E R I E N C E D TA X P R E PA R ER— with expertise with individuals and small businesses . Hack and Tax Accounting Services LLC. 561-214-6171

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

FOR SALE FINE CHINA & SILVERWARE WITH CHEST — Service for 12. Really beautiful. Best offer 561-790-5653 FURNITURE FOR SALE — Yamaha Baby Grand w/disk Lavier System. $5,000.Country French Dining Table w/6 chairs. $1500. French love seat $300. Secretary $600. Chinese and other antiques. 561-795-0533 WHIRLPOOL SIDE BY SIDE — 25.4 cubic ft. refrigerator. Bisque, looks and runs like new. Asking $600 call 561-352-9991 or 561-791-4485 PLACE YOUR EMPLOYMENT AD HERE CALL 793-3576 TODAY

WELLINGTON HIDDEN CREEK’S ANNUAL GARAGE AND YARD SALE — Saturday, February 22, 2014 , 8:00 a.m. to Noon (12:00 p.m.) Rain or Shine!


GREAT DENTAL $4.00 FEBRUARY — Includes Vision/Prescriptions/Chiropractor, Whole House Covered, Call John at 561716-0771. Great Job opportunity available.


FOR RENT - GREENACRES ROOMMATE TO SHARE — 2 bedroom 2 bath apartment - Purdy & Jog Road. $550 per month. Looking for under 35 years old. 954-296-3748

HOUSE FOR SALE - WEST PALM BEACH BREAKERS WEST — 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 car garage, pool, gated upscale - 2 golf courses in community, membership optional. $300,000 By owner. 561-795-0533

OFFICE SPACE LAW OFFICE TO SHARE: — Royal Palm/ Wellington. Two furnished executive offices plus two secretarial work stations, use of conference room, reception, kitchen. Utilities included. $1,450 month. 561-793-1200, ext. 1 or 561-386-7307

BOOKKEEPER NEEDED — part-time, experienced in QuickBooks, flexible hours. Please fax resume to 561-791-0952

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





JOHN 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


WATER TREATMENT NEED A NEW WATER SYSTEM! — Let us come out and give you an estimate. Call Mike 561-792-5400


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

TRIPLE QUALITY PAINTING, INC. — The finest materials, service & price. Painting Exterior & Interior, Pressure Cleaning, Roof, & Patios, Roof Cleaning, Wood Repair & Faux Finishes Lic. # U21140 7 5 4 - 2 4 5 - 0 8 5 9 o r 5 6 1 - 5 5 7 - 3 11 3

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

ROOFING REPAIRS REROOFING ALL TYPES — Pinewood Construction, Inc. Honest and reliable. Serving Palm Beach County for over 20 years. Call Mike 561-309-0134 Lic. Ins. Bonded. CGC-023773 RC-0067207

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 ourwebsite at www.

COLORS BY CORO, INC. — Int./Ext. residential painting, over 20 yrs exp. Small Jobs welcome. Free est. Ins. 561-383-8666. Owner/Operated. Lic.# U20627 Ins. Wellington Resident


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HUNTINGTON LEARNING CENTER IN WELLINGTON — Now hiring certified teachers.$10-$15/hour. Call 561-594-1920 E-mail: WELLINGTON TOWNCAR DRIVERS & DISPATCHERS — retirees welcome. Call 561-333-0181. Full-Time Part-Time. DRIVERS: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus! — Great pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-855-517-2488 PT/FT SALES HELP WANTED — For local flooring store expanding. Sales experience a plus. Will train the right person. 561-333-2306 CABINET INSTALLER NEEDED FOR KITCHEN AND BATH REMODELING — Experienced in all remodeling phasesmust have tools, truck and Florida Drivers License.Must pass background check Email resume to: HELP WANTED: HAIRDRESSER w/ following — For family style salon. Flexible hours, commission or chair rental. 561313-8763. Call Valerie. Royal Palm Beach.

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Green Market Family Fun Each Sunday • 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. SPEND A DAY IN THE PARK

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