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WELLINGTON CHAMBER HOSTS 5K

The Royal Palm Beach Education Advisory Board meeting on Monday, Feb. 10 featured a standing-room-only crowd of enthusiastic parents, school administrators, students, teachers and citizens coming together to encourage local excellence in education and to hear a presentation on Crestwood Middle School and a short performance by Crestwood’s band. Page 3

Veterans Group Unified Dream Hosts 5K Event At RPB Commons Park

Cool weather gave way to sunny skies on Saturday, Feb. 8 as people walked, jogged, ran or tossed during “The Battle Within,” Unified Dream’s 5K Run & Cornhole Tournament fundraiser at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park. A veterans’ service organization, Unified Dream held the event to raise money to send veterans on a service project to Haiti. Page 7

Madison Green Hosts Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches Golf Tourney

The eighth annual Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches Golf Tournament was held on Friday, Feb. 7 at the Madison Green Golf Club in Royal Palm Beach. Page 12

Bronco Hoops Cap Senior Night With 64-60 Win Over Hawks

The Palm Beach Central High School basketball team hosted rival Seminole Ridge High School on Thursday, Feb. 6, grabbing a narrow 64-60 win with a late rally in the final period. Page 17 DEPARTMENT INDEX NEWS...............................3 - 15 NEWS BRIEFS......................... 6 SPORTS..........................17 - 18 BUSINESS............................. 19 SCHOOLS...................... 20 - 21 PEOPLE................................. 22 COLUMNS............................. 27 CALENDAR............................ 28 CLASSIFIEDS................ 29 - 30 Visit Us On The Web At WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM

Runners were ready on a chilly morning for the Wellington Chamber’s Community 5K on Saturday, Feb. 8 at Palm Beach Central High School. The event welcomed runners of all ages with music, refreshments, vendors and medals at the finish line. Julian Aramburo of Greenacres took first place, well ahead of the crowd with a time of 21:46. Shown above, younger runners take the lead as the race gets underway. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 15 PHOTO BY CALLIE SHARKEY/TOWN-CRIER

Gauntlet Of Polo Takes Center Stage At IPC In Wellington

By Mike May Town-Crier Staff Report The Gauntlet of Polo, an elite three-tournament series featuring 14 of the world’s best polo teams, is now underway. This is the second year of the Gauntlet of Polo, which started earlier this month at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington. Games will continue across three high-goal tournaments until the finale on Sunday, April 19. During a West Palm Beach reception on Wednesday, Feb. 12, the details of the Gauntlet of Polo were released to the media. In attendance were polo association executives, top polo players, polo enthusiasts and Palm Beach County tourism officials. The first Gauntlet event is the C.V. Whitney Cup, which runs from Feb. 1 to Feb. 23. The second event is the USPA Gold Cup, which starts on Feb. 22 and concludes on March 22. The third and final event of the Gauntlet series is the prestigious U.S. Open Polo Championship, which begins on March 21 and wraps up on April 19. All three tournaments will be contested at the International Polo Club Palm Beach with key games on U.S. Polo Assn. Field 1.

Shannon Stilson of USPA Global Licensing and Global Polo Entertainment CEO David Cummings flank the Gauntlet of Polo championship trophy. PHOTO BY MIKE MAY/TOWN-CRIER It’s worth noting that one portion of the Gauntlet of Polo will be receiving network television coverage for the second straight year. On Sunday, April 26 at 2 pm., CBS Sports will broadcast the U.S. Open Polo Championship final. The Gauntlet is hosted by IPC and sanctioned by the United States Polo Association (USPA), the sport’s governing body. It is sponsored by USPA Global Licensing (USPAGL), which oversees the U.S. Polo Assn. brand.

The Gauntlet offers $500,000 in prize money via the three tournaments, and if one team is able to win all three Gauntlet of Polo events, it will also receive a $500,000 bonus, for a total purse of $1,000,000. What makes the Gauntlet of Polo so unique and appealing is that it combines these three top tournaments into a high-stakes series. In addition to the three individual titles at stake, any team See GAUNTLET, page 13

New Owner Has Big Plans For Polo West, But Many Remain Skeptical

By M. Dennis Taylor Town-Crier Staff Report Dr. Scott Swerdlin is an affable individual with a sterling reputation in Wellington earned over years of service to the community, and he has a dream. His veterinary practice still thrives, but today, he has a new focus — redeveloping the longclosed 150-acre Polo West golf course property, and that has a bevy of nearby residents teed off and wanting to stay the course. “I want to do something with the last large area of land in Wellington to develop, where 10 to 15 years from now I can look at what we did as a big team and feel proud,” said Swerdlin in an interview with the Town-Crier. Swerdlin sees the land as a defunct a golf course whose time has “come and gone.” Popularity in golf is waning, he said, noting a number of reports that have reached similar conclusions. “It will never be golf again,” said Swerdlin, who envisions residences instead, in a variety of sizes and density, with perhaps even equestrian estates on the property. Polo West is located along the west side of South Shore Blvd. between Big Blue Trace and Greenview Shores Blvd. The last plan to redevelop the land was put forward by former owner Glenn Straub two years ago. It was shot down by the Wellington Village Council after an outcry against the proposal by residents, particularly those in the Polo West Estates community that surrounds the ill-fated course. Swerdlin is the new owner of the property, although several critics still see Straub in control behind the scenes. While many residents are said to be opposed to Swerdlin’s project, few were willing to talk on the record. For example, the Polo West Estates HOA controls the ingress and egress of the road to the golf course property. Skeptical

of previous redevelopment plans, no members of the HOA would speak on the record under advice from their attorney. Eventually, resident Angela Lacy said she would talk about the project and ask a friend or two to speak as well. By the time the meeting occurred the next day, 10 self-selected, concerned residents, including former Wellington Mayor Tom Wenham and his wife Regis, gathered ready to share their vision. Many walked to the immaculate residence along the closed course that is subject to sporadic upkeep. “Look out back. That is what I wanted, that is what I bought,” said Lacy, pointing to a mowed fairway. She said that her property is a great place for kids and dogs with a great view. “I don’t want to be on the water,” Lacy said. The consensus of the group was that they wanted a golf course, and nothing else would make them happy. They plan to organize and fight to keep one of the last large undeveloped pieces of property in central Wellington just that. “We want it back the way it was,” said Pat Evans, who said that the community supported a golf course at nine holes. “They [the previous owners] never gave it a try, never ran it as an 18-hole golf course.” “We can live with it like it is. We have everything we need,” Winston Handwerker added. While Swerdlin has purchased the property, he is said to have a limited time period to use his resources, which includes his reputation, to get something approved for the land. Snazzy mounted renderings are circulating with Swerdlin’s suggested uses at his area meetings touted as 2020 Vision Committees seeking neighbors’ input. “We will have as many meetings as it takes See POLO WEST, page 7

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ITID Hosts Meeting With Hopes Of Getting SR 7 Back On Track

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Indian Trail Improvement District hosted a public meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at Seminole Ridge High School about the recent deletion of State Road 7 from the long-range transportation plan by the Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency. The TPA’s next board meeting is on Thursday, Feb. 20 at its new office at 301 Datura Street in West Palm Beach. At that meeting, officials from the western communities hope to get SR 7 back on the map. Tuesday’s meeting was led by ITID President Betty Argue, who introduced an array of speakers

that included Palm Beach County District 6 Commissioner Melissa McKinlay, Palm Beach County Engineer David Ricks, TPA Executive Director Nick Uhren, Florida Department of Transportation Director of Transportation Development Steven Braun and ITID Supervisor Tim Sayre. Argue also introduced many other officials in the audience, which included ITID Vice President Jennifer Hager, ITID Supervisor Michael Johnson, ITID Supervisor Joni Martin, Westlake Mayor Roger Manning, Royal Palm Beach Vice Mayor Jan Rodusky, Wellington Councilman John McGovern, ITID Executive Director Burgess Hanson, ITID Engineer

Jay Foy, ITID Traffic Engineer Joe Capra, Kim DeLaney with the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council and Loxahatchee Groves Councilwoman Lisa El-Ramey. Argue said the purpose of the meeting was to get input from members of the public to show local support for the extension of SR 7 to Northlake Blvd. About 60 people attended the meeting. Argue explained that the SR 7 extension had been on the longrange thoroughfare map for decades before the TPA board voted to remove it in December. “As a result of that, we need to get it back on the long-range thoroughfare map, and the way See SR 7 MEETING, page 13

Wellington’s Classic Brew Fest returned to Wellington’s Town Center on Saturday, Feb. 8. Attendees, 21 and over only, enjoyed an impressive array of beer and hard ciders from around Florida and beyond, accompanied by an assortment of food trucks and other craft beer-centric games, entertainment and live music. Shown above are American German Club members Jennifer McDaniel, Jay Vollstedt and Ms. Winefest 2019 Christina Vollstedt. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 5 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

WHS Band Revels In Prestigious Invitation To London

By Meredith Burow Town-Crier Staff Report A pleasant English accent read an official invitation to an excited crowd at Wellington High School on Tuesday, Feb. 11. “In recognition of a reputation for outstanding performance abilities, the patrons and organizers of London’s New Year’s Day Parade and Festival take great pleasure in extending an invitation to the Wellington High School Mighty Wolverine Sound Marching Band to travel to London and participate in the 35th annual New Year’s Day Parade and Festival.” Thus began an exciting journey for the school’s band students, as London dignitaries Bob Bone, co-founder and executive director

of the London parade, and senior parade patron Steve Summers formally invited the 150-member band to perform at the iconic event. This unique opportunity is offered to a small number of American high schools each year. Wellington was nominated by West Boca Raton High School, which previously performed in the parade, and their invitation was then approved. “We’ve been asked to apply for this for a long time, and to finally think that it might happen is just incredible,” said Mary Oser, Wellington High School’s band director for almost 30 years. Despite previous encouragements to apply for the prestigious

opportunity, obstacles stood in the band’s way up until now. “It was never really the right time,” said Sara Pawelkoski, an auxiliary instructor with the band. “This has been the first time that [Oser has] just been really able to organize it and get everybody on board.” According to Bone, who founded the celebration three decades ago, 9,000 people participated in the 2020 parade, with 750,000 more crowding the London streets to watch. “Why do they come out on New Year’s Day to see the parade? Why do you think?” Bone asked the wide-eyed band members. “It’s the weather! Everybody wants to See WHS BAND, page 4

Wellington High School band students wave British flags.

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RPB Ed Board Highlights Good News Out Of Crestwood, RPBHS

By Denis Eirikis Town-Crier Staff Report The Royal Palm Beach Education Advisory Board meeting on Monday, Feb. 10 featured a standing-room-only crowd of enthusiastic parents, school administrators, students, teachers and citizens coming together to encourage local excellence in education and to hear a presentation on Crestwood Middle School and a short performance by Crestwood’s band. While Crestwood was the meeting’s focus, Board Chair Krystal Clark started the meeting by praising Royal Palm Beach High School. “I want to publicly commend Royal Palm Beach High School for winning the Triple Crown of awards this year,” she said, noting that Dr. Jesús Armas was recently named Principal of the Year, Daniela Boyd was named Teacher of

the Year and Nikki Lanier was named High School Counselor of the Year. Each Education Advisory Board meeting focuses on a particular school, and this month’s focus was Crestwood Middle School. Principal Dr. Stephanie Nance started her presentation by introducing the Crestwood Middle School band led by Band Director Jeneve Jarvis. About 25 members of the band treated the packed house of parents and education professionals to three tunes: “America the Beautiful,” “Grand Old Flag” and “The Yorktown March.” Nance said that the most exciting thing going on right now at Crestwood is the success of the school’s various academies, each designed to provide tailored educational opportunities not previously available at the school.

“Crestwood is all about providing students with opportunity,” she said. “Each of our academies now provide students with educational opportunities, some not previously available in the village.” Crestwood academies include Infinity Gifted Academy, PreEngineering/STEM Academy, Pre-Business IT Academy, and the Multimedia, Music and Communications Academy. “Crestwood opens more doors for students now than ever before,” said parent Jonathan Amaya, who came out to honor his old alma mater and to see his son perform in the band. “I wish they had some of these programs back 20-some years ago when my wife and I attended Crestwood. I sometimes wonder if I was exposed to musical education back then, whether my life and career might have turned out a little differently.”

Principal Dr. Stephanie Nance addresses the board. Vincent DeJesus, an eighth grader and skilled percussionist, enjoys the music programs available at the school. “I never thought I would benefit from handbells, which got

Jeneve Jarvis conducts the Crestwood Middle School band.

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me interested in percussion,” he said. “Now I love playing drums. Getting good at this gives me confidence. The experience of practicing hard and learning to play a musical instrument, I suspect, is

going to help me as I tackle college and higher education.” Jarvis said keeping kids excited about school is the whole idea. “It’s mind-boggling how thirsty See CRESTWOOD, page 13

Players Club Demolished To Make Way For Coach House Condos

By Meredith Burow Town-Crier Staff Report An end of an era was marked Thursday, Feb. 6 when the Players Club building — one of the oldest, most iconic hangouts in the heart of Wellington — was demolished. Coach House Wellington, a highend, luxury development with 34 resort-style condominiums, will soon take its place. “I think this is great for Wellington,” said Vice Mayor Michael Napoleone, one of many people who stopped by to watch the old building torn down. “This is a

building that needed to be reimagined, and this is a good use for this property on this location. It’s going to increase property values around this area.” Approvals for the new residential development were granted by the Wellington Village Council late last year. It is adjacent to the Adequan Global Dressage Festival showgrounds and just around the corner from the Winter Equestrian Festival showgrounds. The properties are being marketed to members of the equestrian community, among others looking for a

Water is sprayed on the site to keep the dust at bay during the demolition process.

turnkey luxury residential offering in Wellington. The condos will range from about 2,800 square feet to about 5,800 square feet under air. Residents can look forward to rooftop cabanas, expansive balconies, private garages and guest suites. As the horse sport epicenter of South Florida, the area has heavily limited development rights, which is why Coach House Wellington Sales Director John Greene, a former member of the Wellington Village Council, said the new community is the perfect

niche for equestrian residents. “We have the ability to build something special and yet have great proximity,” Greene said. “We’ve got easy access to the show grounds for hunter/jumpers and dressage, and it’s a quick ride over to polo. So, it really is proximity.” As the lot is only 5.5 acres yet set to house the spacious residences and amenities, the majority of parking is to be below ground with elevators to lift residents directly into their condos. “This site will look like a park.

Contractor René Alonso, Coach House Wellington Sales Director John Greene and Wellington Vice Mayor Michael Napoleone watch the demolition.

We’ve got more than 50 percent open green space, lush landscape,” Greene said. “So, from the road, you really won’t see much of the building, and it’ll just really feel very special when you come to the gate.” The development is set for completion in 2022 with prices starting at $2.5 million. Visit www. coachhousewellington.com to learn more. (Right) Wood and debris rain down from the canopy as demolition gets underway.

Wildcat Demolition Superintendent Thor Geyer saunters away from the Players Club debris.

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Wellington Equestrian Committee Reviews Map Of Polo Fields

By Carol Porter Town-Crier Staff Report Wellington’s Equestrian Preserve Committee held a workshop meeting Wednesday, Feb. 5 to discuss a number of items, but foremost was the status of polo fields in the greater Wellington area. Assistant Planning, Zoning & Building Director Michael O’Dell, the committee’s staff liaison, asked for input on where polo fields are located within the region, which also includes nearby communities such as Loxahatchee Groves and other areas. The polo field survey is part of a larger effort to quantify the local impact of the equestrian industry. While there are straight-forward ways to survey horses and riders in the more regulated show jumping and dressage communities, quantifying the number of horses and people involved in polo has been more of a challenge.

O’Dell has been working to develop maps that show the impact of the equestrian industry and polo in the Village of Wellington. For polo, that also includes activities as simple as stick-and-ball play and smaller groups of people playing and practicing in a less-organized manner. O’Dell said that Wellington is trying to wrap up its data collection efforts so it would have a baseline of what to look for as is it moves forward. “We are tracking the number of people and horses that are competing,” O’Dell said. “The number of fields show an investment. Polo is continuing to move around in the village. You are moving from one field to the next. It takes a number of fields to make that happen. This is just another way of showing how they can stay here and compete in Wellington. Over time, we will be able to expand outward.

This is just a way of seeing what has changed and what hasn’t.” Looking over O’Dell’s maps, Committee Member Dr. Kristy Lund said that this was the first time she had seen data like this. She was surprised at how many fields there were in Wellington and in neighboring communities. Some committee members commented on the quality of several of the listed fields, noting the muck on some of them. Committee Member Carlos Arellano suggested that the village do a map of sections 28 and 34 and see whether the fields there were being used for dressage or hunter/ jumper activities. Committee Chair Jane Cleveland said that she was happy with the report and that village staff had been very helpful in getting all the data in that was needed. “You were a super help in getting the data for WEF,” Cleveland

said. “We need this information. We are all happy with it. We will do that again in the summer.” On to other topics, committee members and O’Dell once again spoke about horse waste and what to do with it. The item has been an ongoing issue for decades. O’Dell said that village staff had met recently with people about how to better dispose of it, and they were making progress on the issue. O’Dell said that the village is looking into ways of removing ammonia from the horse waste and creating revenue at the same time. “We are continuing to meet with people,” O’Dell said. “We met with some people in September. They brought another twist into it. It’s the first time we have heard about generating revenue. They were considering using steam to remove the ammonia from the waste, which would make it a sellable product in the agricultural

industry. We are pursuing that scenario right now.” O’Dell said that Wellington has gotten some calls about illegal dumping, and they are following up on those. Cleveland asked about improvements planned for Pierson Road and South Shore Blvd., and what progress had been made with them, as well as improvements along Gene Mische Way and the southern access point to the horse show. O’Dell said that progress has been slow. “We are waiting for the improvements to get done,” he said. “The developers are taking advantage of the delays.” Cleveland asked about whether staff could send the equestrian permit requests to the committee for their review and consideration. O’Dell said that if the committee wants certain permits to come before them, they could request the Wellington Village Council

to send them to the committee for their review. The committee then voted 6-1 to make that request. Committee Member Annabelle Garrett brought up the issue of traffic along Lake Worth Road, an ongoing problem during the season, and that perhaps a traffic light could be installed at 120th Avenue South and Lake Worth Road. She said the intersection has become dangerous and is very hard to traverse in the daytime hours. “The only time you can pass is midnight,” she said. “It’s really a dangerous intersection.” Committee members also commented on a recent controversy with the Mall at Wellington Green in which the mall had accepted large banner advertisements for equestrian activities in Ocala, which was not helpful to the community in Wellington. They said they were glad to see that the banners had been removed.

Westlake Sets New Qualifying Period After Advertising Error

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Westlake City Council on Monday, Feb. 10 approved a new qualifying period for council candidates. The new dates will be Tuesday, Feb. 25 through Friday, March 6. The action was taken after an advertising error was discovered regarding the previous qualifying period. City Attorney Pam Booker said that when the council set the qualifying dates by ordinance at two meetings in December to comply with the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Office’s dates to hold the Tuesday, March 31 election, it was discovered that the second reading had not been properly advertised. “According to law, that entire process is invalid, so we’re back here tonight to set those dates,”

WHS Band

Invitation To London

continued from page 1 come out because it’s a nice, warm, sunny day.” Bone was joking, of course, given London’s cold winter climate. Actually, he continued, it’s the quality of entertainment that keeps the masses wanting more. “You guys are clearly amazingly talented,” Summers said. “The enthusiasm is brilliant, you’re clearly incredibly dedicated — exactly what we need in our parade.” Along with the visitors from across the pond, Wellington officials also shuffled into the band room for the occasion. Among them was Councilman John McGovern, who was one of the first graduating students at Wellington High School who had

Booker said. “The supervisor of elections is able to print ballots in a timely fashion. Therefore, she is still able to accommodate us and have the election on March 31.” Booker explained that the first reading of the new ordinance resetting the dates would be that evening, with the second reading set for Feb. 24. Qualifying will then open on Tuesday, Feb. 25 and close Friday, March 6. She added that candidates who qualified in the previous period would be able to use the same paperwork. However, new candidates may emerge. During the qualifying period ending Jan. 14, candidate Patric Paul qualified to run unopposed for Seat 1, while candidates Jeffrey Keller and John Paul O’Connor qualified to run for Seat 3. “There is a modification that is attended all four years. “To get invited to the London parade and to have this group of dignitaries fly across the ocean to come here and invite us is something that this band, this band director, and the school should be really proud of,” McGovern said. “We’re really proud for them.” While the band has been officially invited to perform in the parade, it still has to be approved by the Palm Beach County School Board before any flights can be booked, and that approval has not yet been scheduled. Still, students and teachers are hopeful that they will have the opportunity to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. “I’m excited because we have this opportunity to show everyone what Wellington can do as a band,” ninth-grader Sydney Nembhard said. “And it’s a good opportunity for everyone.”

before you… [that] will allow the candidates to qualify for election during the last qualification period to keep their designation of their treasurer and their account,” Booker said. “Those forms will still be valid.” Councilman Phillip Everett made a motion to approve the ordinance’s first reading, which carried 4-0 with Vice Mayor Katrina Long-Robinson absent. In other business, the council approved final reading of an ordinance regulating off-street parking and loading. Westlake Planning Consultant Nilsa Zacarias said the first reading of the ordinance passed in October, and she reviewed changes that had been made since then. For single-family attached dwellings, off-street parking will be provided within 360 feet of

the dwelling. Residential parking space was reduced from 9 feet by 20 feet to 8.5 feet by 20 feet. Queuing for teller lanes and ATM lanes was decreased from five to three, and from three to two, respectively. Valet parking requirements were clarified and made consistent for all uses. Language for loading areas was also clarified, and developers who want to deviate from the code would have to provide studies to justify the deviation, to be reviewed by the city engineer. “The spirit of this is to protect our single-family neighborhoods,” Zacharias said. “No off-street loading shall be located within 100 feet of a single-family residential developed area.” For multi-family dwellings, the number of parking spaces was set at one space per bedroom, and a

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The ordinance also provides for classification of vendors and distributors, as well as licensing of non-restaurant retail beverage stores and retail liquor stores; provides advertising guidelines for retail beverage stores and retail liquor stores situated within a hotel or restaurant; and provides for payment of excise taxes and the sale of license-specific alcoholic beverages. The ordinance also provides operating hours for retail package stores, liquor and beverage stores and club vendors. It prohibits delivery of alcoholic beverages on Sunday and also provides restrictions on public consumption in public places and certain private places. Crump made a motion to approve the first reading of the ordinance, which carried 4-0.

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The young audience enjoys Bob Bone’s witty speech.

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For more than 27 years, CAFCI has provided awards to deserving students to assist with their college expenses. Palm Beach County high school seniors interested in applying for the award can obtain the application at www.cafcipbc. org. The completed application is due Feb. 28. Requirements for the CAFCI award include a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; an official transcript in a sealed envelope; a letter of acceptance from an accredited college or institute of higher education; evidence of school and community involvement; two letters of recommendation from

teachers, counselors or coaches; and an essay to demonstrate interest and knowledge of Caribbean culture and affairs. Students meeting the requirements will be invited for an interview, after which the selection for awards is made. The CAFCI Student Assistance funds are raised by generous donations from CAFCI members and supporters, community partners/stakeholders and from proceeds generated from CAFCI’s annual Friendship Ball. For more information about CAFCI, visit www.cafcipbc.org or call (561) 790-4002.

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WHS Principal Cara Hayden, Wellington Vice Mayor Michael Napoleone, Councilman John McGovern, Councilwoman Tanya Siskind and Wellington Chamber President Stuart Hack.

Steve Summers hands the invitation to Band Director Mary Oser.

minimum of five percent of spaces for guest parking. Councilwoman Cara Crump made a motion to approve the final reading of the ordinance, which passed 4-0. The council also approved the first reading of an ordinance regulating the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages in the community. Booker said the ordinance had been before the council previously for review, and some minor typographical errors had been corrected. Provisions include a 1,500-foot minimum distance for outdoor entertainment from a residential property. Cocktail lounges, breweries and bars must have 200 feet of separation in the downtown mixed-use area, and they can’t be adjacent to one another.

Steve Summers presents pins to Band Captain Benjamin Konsker and Drum Major Samantha Govero.

Steve Summers gives Principal Cara Hayden a gift from across the pond.

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Regarding the election for one Loxahatchee Groves Town Council seat, the council is pretty balanced right now. These council members have been getting things started and finished. They have come together, making decisions and our roads are improving. I hope this five-member council will remain the same after the election and continue getting things done. No council agrees all the time, but this present council is pretty balanced and is not all one-sided. All council members should look to improve Loxahatchee Groves. A town needs to be diverse to survive. In our town, we have commercial, residential and agriculture. Building of roads (such as South B Road) to have safe, passable roads, less continual maintenance cost and having the roads drain should be a top priority of all present and future elected council members until the job of roads is complete. Everything takes money. Selecting the correct council members who will make the tough decisions

that will benefit all of Loxahatchee Groves is the key. Some decisions are not always popular, but are necessary to bring money into a town and have it survive without breaking the pocketbooks of its residents. Money should be spent to build roads correctly (like South B Road), so they will last a long time, be safe to travel on, not need continual daily maintenance and not have residents worry about the roads every time it rains or what travels on them. A lot of money has been thrown away over many years trying to maintain dirt roads, and we always end up in a hole or trying to avoid them. This council is working well together, and Councilman Dave Demarois has supported residents who have wanted their roads paved, drainage put in and trails done. Going forward in 2020, let’s keep this council the same and keep improving. When voting, re-elect David Demarois. Also, the council chooses who they want to appoint as mayor. We should not limit the council’s choice by a term limit for the mayor position. Let the council choose who they want. Marianne Miles Loxahatchee Groves

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BREW FEST BRINGS BEER-LOVING CROWD TO WELLINGTON’S TOWN CENTER

Wellington’s Classic Brew Fest returned to Wellington’s Town Center on Saturday, Feb. 8. Attendees, 21 and over only, enjoyed an impressive array of beer and hard ciders from around Florida and beyond, accompanied by an assortment of food trucks and other craft beer-centric games, entertainment and live music. The event was hosted by the Village of Wellington in conjunction with BrewFest Partners. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Vice Mayor Michael Napoleone, Mayor Anne Gerwig, Councilman John McGovern and Councilwoman Tanya Siskind.

David Goggans and Alicia Brand.

Royal Palm Brewing’s Scott Cassone, Kenny Strode and Larry Farrell.

Massage Envy’s Debra Spellman, Samantha Reynolds, Natalie Andino, Nikki Mack-Casimir and Jermayne Williams.

Scuba Steve, Donnie Torriero and Mike Wolfe.

Mark Paratore, Anthony Dougherty, Nicole Dougherty, Jeannine Dougherty, Richard Dougherty and Stacie Maggio.

Agata and Travis Dittfurth enjoy a sample from Wicked Weed Brewery.

Kevin Carroll with sponsor Harbor Chase of Wellington Crossing.

Tracy Ciucci, Suzette Freedman and Christina Ciucci.

YOUNG AT HEART CLUB MEMBERS ENJOY VALENTINE’S DAY PARTY IN RPB

The Royal Palm Beach Young at Heart Club held a Valentine’s Day Party on Friday, Feb. 7 at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center. After lunch, the Fabulons played dance music from the 1960s and 1970s while seniors had fun dancing. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Ruthann Kravetz, Mary Ellen Pauleon, Barbara Stafirn and Barbara Jackson.

Primrose Graham and Donna Dale.

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The Loxahatchee Groves Landowners’ Association will meet on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Palms West Presbyterian Church (13689 Okeechobee Blvd.). The program for the evening will be a Loxahatchee Groves Town Council candidates forum. Send forum questions to Dennis Lipp at d_lipp@comcast.net. Lipp will give the questions to the moderator at the start of the meeting to organize for asking the candidates. The public is welcome to attend, but only LGLA members are allowed to vote or make motions.

Garden Club To Hold Document Shredding Event

Wellington Garden Club will hold a document shredding fundraiser event on Saturday, Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to noon in the parking lot at the Wellington Municipal Complex (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). For a $5 per box donation, a

letter-sized box/container will be securely and safely shredded on site. The donation for a legal-sized box/container is $10. Only cash or checks are accepted. There will be volunteers on hand to assist with unloading boxes. All proceeds from this fundraising event will support the club’s charitable contributions for environmental school and camp scholarships, Habitat for Humanity, community beautification projects and junior garden clubs in and around the Wellington area. For more info., call Kathy Hernicz at (561) 791-4419.

Big Bounce America Event Coming To RPB

The Big Bounce America, home of the Guinness-certified “World’s Largest Bounce House,” is set to inflate from Friday, Feb. 28 through Sunday, March 1 at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park (11600 Poinciana Blvd.). Produced by XL Event Labs, the Big Bounce America tour is the biggest touring inflatable

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Swim Meet At Aquatics Complex

The Wellington Wahoos will host a swim meet at the Wellington Aquatics Complex from Friday, Feb. 14 through Sunday, Feb. 16. The entire pool will be closed during the meet, beginning at 3 p.m. Friday. The schedule for the meet is as follows: Friday, Feb. 14 — Open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; closed 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 — Closed for the day to accommodate the meet. Sunday, Feb. 16 — Closed per

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Indian Trail Board OKs New Contractor To Finish Acreage Park

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Indian Trail Improvement District Board of Supervisors on Wednesday, Feb. 12 approved a new contractor to finish Acreage Community Park’s southern expansion. Project Manager Jim Orf said the district has found a contractor, Loren Jock Trucking, who is willing to work with the district to finish the park after the board ended its contract with Rosso Site Development due to work deficiencies. “We’ve been working diligently to try to get an agreement with them, and it’s something that we can accept,” Orf said. “We’ve been working through two attorneys to get the agreement spelled out.” Orf explained that the contract will be on a time and materials

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continued from page 1 to make the neighbors comfortable,” he said. Swerdlin said he is planning on working with a team from the University of Florida to maintain the uniqueness of the Village of Wellington. He said the land would be developed in an eco-sustainable way with 20 percent of the land restored to a natural ecosystem and habitat with “pocket parks and cypress hammocks, water retention and multi-use trails.” “Corridors will be created that are good in case of hurricanes, with land corridors that are good for animals, and the water quality will be improved,” Swerdlin continued. “We have the opportunity to put in exactly what we want — not lots or row houses. Everyone will have a nice visual in their backyard.” Swerdlin said that many attend-

basis for an estimated 90-day contract. “He wasn’t able to get a lot of subcontractors to come in and price out the known items, but we did get a contract amount of a little over $40,000 on the striking, sidewalk marking, wheel stops and things like that for the parking lot,” he said. “Unfortunately, there’s a lot of rework and other work that needs to be done that it’s complicated to get a price for.” Orf added that a surveyor will be needed to do some rework with the retention ponds and football field. He estimated it will be a little over $240,000 total to finish the work. “It’s time and materials, so if he hires an asphalt contractor to put extra layers of asphalt, it will be negotiated at a price that we will have to work on,” he said, adding that the contract was a fair price for

everybody for an unfinished project that they were stepping into. ITID President Betty Argue asked if the contractor finishes the park sooner than 90 days, would it reduce the price of the contract? “It’s for the time worked. If we get done, it will get knocked back to the time they were on the job,” Orf said, adding that he and the contractor were still working on a list of subcontractors to work on the project, which would be submitted to the board. Supervisor Jennifer Hager made a motion to approve the contract, which carried 5-0. In other business, the board approved the purchase of 720 feet of 84-inch steel-reinforced polyethylene pipe at a cost of $260,310 to replace culverts at three major east/ west canal crossings, one on Hall Blvd. and two on 140th Avenue

ing his meetings liked the idea of equestrian estates, and the land would be developed so no one had to look at trucks or trailers or manure. However, he’s not sure that will fly with village officials. “I don’t think the Wellington Village Council wants equestrian,” he noted. Some of the concerned neighbors agreed. “The property is not in the equestrian overlay,” Evans noted. Swerdlin said his meetings have had about 150 or more residents with only 19 saying it must remain a golf course. “I’m not sure seven percent will dictate what happens,” he said. He stressed that he has gone before neighbors to see what they will support before he put anything before the village officially. “With my background, I make evidencebased decisions for the direction we go,” Swerdlin said. “A lack of communication about the current plans, and suspicion of the previous owner, means we will have to win over one neighbor at a time.” Judging from the opponents who spoke to the Town-Crier, that will not be easy.

“That’s why he hired a public relations firm that specializes in development,” Lacy said. “He will need to ask for a change of zoning, and the council will not let that happen,” Evans added. Handwerker said that at his meetings, Swerdlin presented option A, B and C. “I wondered about an option D — do nothing,” he said. Selections offered by Swerdlin’s team at one time or another have included estates, multi-family, high density, three-story and assisted living. “I didn’t know we were so unhappy to need Dr. Swerdlin to come in and change things,” Handwerker said. Many of the concerned residents rebuffed Swerdlin’s assertion that golf is dying. They cited recent stories that golf courses have bottomed out and the demand now exceeds the supply. “Golf courses do profit if they are managed correctly,” Eden Delgado said. Susan Miller commented that her husband has had trouble getting on a course nearby recently. Lacy didn’t like the plan of any new construction that would

North. The order is to prepare canal crossings in anticipation of a Florida Department of Transportation traffic-calming project due to start in November. ITID Assistant Executive Director Rob Robinson said he had conferred with ITID Engineer Jay Foy about the quality of the pipe, as opposed to concrete, and the 100-year polyethylene pipe had a comparable life at about half the cost. Joint assembly also contributed to the cost savings, as well as the relatively large order, Robinson said. Shipping from a company in Alabama constituted $27,750 of the cost. Argue asked about the cost of concrete as an alternative, and Foy said the concrete culverts are in 4-foot sections that are much harder to fit than the polyethylene pipe, which would about double

the cost of the projects. The only disadvantage is that the polyethylene pipe must have backfill compacted around it, he said. Robinson said the project will be similar to others that the in-house culvert crews are doing, except the diameter of the pipe will be much larger. Hager made a motion to approve the purchase, which carried 5-0. The board also agreed by consensus to search for a consultant to prepare a strategic plan for the district, at a cost of up to $40,000. Argue said she is concerned that the district does not have a strategic plan. “I think it’s essential with all of the things that we are working on,” she said. “If we have a strategic plan, it starts to bring things together for us and for the community. It doesn’t matter

who’s sitting up here, or who’s out there, they’ll understand what our strategic plan is.” ITID Executive Director Burgess Hanson pointed out the advantages of having a neutral facilitator to develop a plan, and he felt that could be done for less than $40,000. “I don’t think we’ll spend a lot of money to put together and write an initial statement and vision,” he said. Hanson said an independent consultant to work with the board and himself as a bystander was important so that the final statement would not be perceived as a plan that came from staff. “Our approach, from a staff perspective, is once you do all that, then we come up with the tactical goals every budget year and make sure that we’re hitting the mark that the board has set,” he said.

Over the next year, a battle will likely play out pitting the residents of Polo West Estates against the new owner of the shuttered golf course property that surrounds their homes. compete with the existing homes in Polo West, affecting their resale value. Evans and others agreed that Swerdlin is a nice guy who has done great things in Wellington,

but with this latest project has become “a front man for Straub.” To applause, Lacy summed up the group consensus: “Let’s defeat Swerdlin. Let it go back to Straub. He can mow the lawn.”

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The trouble is, Lacy said, it is being sold as developable land when it should be sold as a golf course, adding that she told Swerdlin, “You paid $16 million. You overpaid for a golf course.”

VETERANS GROUP UNIFIED DREAM HOSTS 5K EVENT AT RPB COMMONS PARK

Cool weather gave way to sunny skies on Saturday, Feb. 8 as people walked, jogged, ran or tossed during “The Battle Within,” Unified Dream’s 5K Run & Cornhole Tournament fundraiser at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park. A veterans’ service organization, Unified Dream held the event to raise money to send veterans on a service project to Haiti. To learn more about Unified Dream, visit www. unifieddream.org. PHOTOS BY MEREDITH BUROW/TOWN-CRIER

Korean War veteran Fredric Solomon with Vietnam War veteran Jerry Klein.

Royal Palm Beach Councilman Jeff Hmara takes a shot during the cornhole competition.

Bryant Madden and Fred Tseng after the 5K.

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WOMEN’S SELF-CARE AND MENTAL HEALTH EXPO AT WELLINGTON GREEN

On Sunday, Feb. 9, the Mall at Wellington Green hosted Dare to Self-Care, a women’s self-care and mental health expo, at the mall’s Live 360 studio, sponsored by Retreat Behavioral Health. The expo had various options for women to choose how to take care of themselves. There was also a raffle with all proceeds going to the 211 Crisis Hotline. PHOTOS BY ERIN DAVISSON/TOWN-CRIER

Ronavia Williams leads a creative writing and journalism session.

Volunteers Liza Piekarsky and Alicia Vannini.

Marissa Hayes of Retreat Behavioral Health with event planner Samantha Rehtorik.

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Ward Scores Big Win In Fidelity Investments Grand Prix CSI5*

Two-time U.S. Olympic team gold medalist McLain Ward charged to a win in the $401,000 Fidelity Investments Grand Prix CSI5* in front of a packed International Arena riding Noche de Ronda during Saturday Night Lights at the 2020 Winter Equestrian Festival on Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington. Forty of the world’s best riders crossed the timers to Anthony D’Ambrosio’s and Andy Christiansen’s first-round track with 12 posting perfect rounds to advance to a jump-off. U.S. Olympic team silver medalist Kent Farrington and Gazelle sat in the leading position on a time of 39.51 seconds when Ward entered the ring. To the roar of the crowd, Ward and Noche de Ronda broke the timers double-clear in 37.47 seconds.

“That’s about all Ronda and I had to give,” Ward said. “I think for any of us, at that level, when you get to go after the one that sets the time, you have a bit of an advantage. Normally, you come out by winning or crashing, one or the other. It all came off very nice and the horse really performed spectacularly.” Ward got the ride on Noche de Ronda as part of a dream realized for owner Marilla van Beuren. Ward owns the 11-year-old Oldenburg mare together with her and Bob Russell. The mare was only jumping 1.35m with Ward a year ago when some injuries in his string sent her on a plane to the CHIO Aachen Nations’ Cup, where she jumped double clear and paved the way for herself as a top contender. “Marilla has been in this game

and been an avid fan and follower of the sport for many years, and it was her dream to own a Grand Prix horse,” Ward said. “We found this mare last year with Maarten Huygens that was produced by Manuel Lecuona. It has been a really wonderful story for us and her. It’s nice sometimes when the good guy wins.” Ward admits that nights like this are still a thrill. “It doesn’t get easier, the stress doesn’t get less, but it’s a little bit like a drug; I love it, and it’s killing me at the same time,” he said. “I’m very excited about these nights. I’m still nervous for the big nights, but I really find great pleasure in the fight.” Farrington and Gazelle lived up to the 14-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare’s namesake and showcased their footspeed to finish the runner-up. “I got beat today

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MADISON GREEN HOSTS FLORIDA SHERIFFS YOUTH RANCHES GOLF TOURNEY

The eighth annual Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches Golf Tournament was held on Friday, Feb. 7 at the Madison Green Golf Club in Royal Palm Beach. There were on-course contests and drawings for prizes. Awards were given out at a barbecue dinner. The fundraiser helps at-risk kids ages 10 to 15 to go to camp and learn coping skills, leadership training and educational activities. Learn more at www.youthranches.org. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Golf Pro Scott Stowell, Maria Knapp, first place winners Mark Solomon, Lyle Kirkland and Tim Kirkland, and PBSO Chief Deputy Mike Gauger.

Golf Pro Scott Stowell, Maria Knapp, Closest to the Pin winner John Alcutt and PBSO Chief Deputy Mike Gauger.

Golf Pro Scott Stowell, Maria Knapp, second place winners Ryan Steinfeldt, Joe Gall and Chris Abour, and PBSO Chief Deputy Mike Gauger.

Chris Arbour won a drawing for a Dell laptop computer.

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Women of the Western Communities met for a dinner meeting on Thursday, Feb. 6 at the Wellington National Golf Club. In keeping with Valentine’s Day, ladies wore large red paper hearts on their backs, and friends wrote little messages on them. PBSO District 9 Community Outreach Coordinator Diane Smith spoke about personal, home and work safety for women. For more info., visit www. facebook.com/womenofthewesterncommunities. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

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Barky Pines To Host 5K Fun Run/Walk Event Feb. 15 In RPB

Barky Pines Animal Rescue & Sanctuary, in partnership with Leadership Palm Beach County, will host its inaugural Puppy Love 5K Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, Feb. 15 at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park, starting at 7:30 a.m. The cost to participate in the 5K is $35. At 8 a.m., there will be a free 1K event for participants running or walking with their pets. There are also virtual and group registration options. All 5K registrations include a shirt and

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continued from page 1 that wins all three events will be crowned the Gauntlet Champion. It happened last year when Pilot won each title. Pilot returns this season as the defending champion. Those who work in the polo universe are thrilled about the second year of the Gauntlet of Polo. “The Gauntlet of Polo is our sport’s ultimate competition, with the best teams competing against each other over the course of the three-month competition for the largest purse in USPA history,” said David Cummings, president and CEO of Global Polo Entertainment. “Our goal is to create the premier polo event to watch. Fans on site at IPC and those watching the final around the world on CBS Sports will witness the very best our sport has to offer, along with the tradition, thrill and glamour of polo.” USPA CEO Bob Puetz said the series puts on display the best of the sport. “The Gauntlet of Polo features the best players, best teams and best organizations,” Puetz said. “This year’s field has two new teams, Dutta Corp and Patagones. The USPA looks forward to another highly competitive winter season that culminates with 14 teams vying for three of the most historic trophies in North America. Pilot is returning this year with Lucas Escobar to defend the Gauntlet championship against the

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continued from page 1 to do that is to show our support,” she said. “I know that many of you have been along since the beginning of this battle, advocating for this road, showing up for many different meetings and giving your comments, and we’re asking you to please do it again.” She noted that everyone had been given a form asking for comments to be submitted at the TPA

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continued from page 3 kids are to learn something and get good at it,” she said. “Working with kids from grades six to eight is the best job in the world. These are such formative years. I love being part of a team that conspires to provide kids with opportunities.” Science teacher Briana Moncur is new to Crestwood, enjoying her

participation medal. To register, visit http://bit.ly/2Qloeqc. On-site registration begins at 6:30 a.m. Grand Marshal Royal Palm Beach Councilwoman Selena Samios will kick off the 5K at 7:30 a.m., joined by special guest Miss Florida United States 2019 Carla Erskine. Alyssa Coons will sing the national anthem. Guests can also look forward to pet adoptions, a variety of exhibitors, kids’ activities, a DJ, massages, fitness demonstrations, fire

safety demonstrations and more. In conjunction with the event, Barky Pines will conduct a supply drive. For each supply donated, guests will be entered to win raffle prizes. Supplies needed by Barky Pines include pee pads, cleaning supplies, large dog bowls, small dog beds, small dog harnesses and leashes, and farm animal feed. Current sponsors include: Marybel Reinoso Coleman PA; the Parking Solution; Katzman, Wasserman, Bernadinin & Ruben-

top teams, players and horses from around the world.” USPA Chairman Stewart Armstrong expects this year to build on the Gauntlet’s success in its inaugural year. “The Gauntlet of Polo is a breath of fresh air,” he said. “As an association, we are delighted at our strong level of competition. Our effort was to produce the best polo that we can deliver.” Carlucho Arellano, UPSA executive director, agreed. “This is the most competitive series of polo tournaments in the world,” he said. There are three main ways that fans can watch all three Gauntlet of Polo events. They can attend as spectators, where they can watch the competition in person, on site, at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington, or it can be viewed via live streaming on Global Polo Network TV at www.globalpolo.com, or game highlights can be seen on Global Polo Network TV at www.globalpolo.com. “With www.globalpolo.com, you will be able to watch the polo game on any device, anywhere, at any time,” Cummings said. The three on-air presenters who will be describing the action will be Toby Wayman, Karl Ude-Martinez and Camila Gonzalez. Wayman will be handling play-byplay duties, Ude-Martinez will be the analyst and Gonzalez will oversee interviews along the sidelines. Last year, history was made during the inaugural Gauntlet of Polo season, when Pilot captured all three events to win the $500,000 bonus and earn a total of $1,000,000.

Pilot will defend its title against a strong field of contenders, which includes five 10-goal players, the highest polo handicap available. The 10-goalers competing this year will be Sapo Caset, Facundo Pieres, Gonzalito Pieres, Polito Pieres and Pelon Stirling. Brothers Facundo and Gonzalito Pieres were members of Pilot’s winning team last year. Geronimo Obregon, a 5-goaler for Patagones, competed in the inaugural series last year and is playing again this year, with a high level of confidence. “It’s an amazing tournament and really fun, too. We are competing against the best competition,” Obregon said. “We have a good chance to win. Our team is well organized.” It’s worth noting that Obregon and his Patagones teammates won their opening match in the C.V. Whitney Cup 10-8 against Old Hickory Bourbon in early February. “We are enjoying the moment,” Obregon smiled. Patagones has its second C.V. Whitney Cup match on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. versus Daily Racing Form, which is led by 6-goal player Jared Zenni. When asked whether Patagones or Daily Racing Form will prevail in the upcoming match, Obregon showed no lack of confidence for his team. “My team, of course,” he proclaimed. The 14 teams competing in the 2020 Gauntlet of Polo include: Cessna, Coca-Cola, Daily Racing Form, Dutta Corp, Equuleus, La Indiana, Las Monjitas, Old Hickory Bourbon, Park Place, Patagones, Pilot, Postage Stamp

meeting. The TPA web site also has a link at www.palmbeachtpa. org/forms/lrtp-amend-1 where residents can submit their input. McKinlay said the area affected by SR 7 is special because it includes many active and retired law enforcement officers and firefighters. She asked them to stand and lead the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. “What happened in December is when we were getting ready to approve the final long-range transportation plan, the City of Boca Raton decided that they wanted to remove eight projects from the long-range plan at the last minute as an amendment,” she

explained. “When that amendment was brought forward, Joe Peduzzi, who is a commissioner for the City of West Palm Beach, saw an opportunity. He said, ‘If they can make an amendment, then I can make an amendment, too.’ And he made an amendment to remove State Road 7, in addition to the eight projects from Boca Raton.” McKinlay said that the county has been in a struggle with cities on the coast over impact fee revenues and how those revenues are going to be collected and spent. “The City of Palm Beach Gardens has led that charge, that they shouldn’t have to collect impact fees for road improvements any-

sophomore year of teaching. “The opportunities for kids at Crestwood are endless, whether they are interested in music, science or even working on the yearbook,” said Moncur, who is the faculty advisor for the yearbook, which conducted a photo shoot of the band in the lobby of the Village Meeting Hall after their well-received performance. Susana Perez came out to see her daughter Julian play clarinet and was delighted with the band’s performance. “One of the things I like about Crestwood is that there are lots of opportunities for parents to be

involved with their middle-schoolers’ lives,” she said. “My one piece of advice to every parent out there is this: Please, please be active and involved in your child’s educational journey.” Nance said she welcomes such parental involvement. “At the end of the day, our core mission is working together as partners with parents to provide a positive learning experience for all students,” she said. The Royal Palm Beach Education Advisory Board meets on the second Monday of each month at 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.royalpalmbeach.com.

stein; Heather Smith Illustrated Properties; Western Communities Chiropractic; Laura Kline Re/ Max; Nomad Mobile Fitness; Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming Wellington; the Berman Law Group; Leonard Bryant Photography; Hendrix Services; DJ Mike Rizz; Jeff & Ileene Fisher; Aqua Soft; Tito’s Handmade Vodka; Thrive; Wellington Agricultural; HealthSource Chiropractic; and U.S. Truss. To support this inaugural event,

view sponsorship opportunities at www.barkypinesanimalrescue. com, call (561) 402-1451 or e-mail barkypines@gmail.com. “For our inaugural Puppy Love 5K event, we are so excited to be partnering with Leadership Palm Beach County and its Engage Forward program. Together, we hope that this event will raise awareness of our mission, which is saving the lives of unwanted, homeless and urgent pets at our county shelter. This event will further allow

J. Michael Prince, president/CEO of U.S. Polo Assn., is excited about the Gauntlet of Polo’s second season in Wellington.

The coveted U.S. Open Polo Championship trophy.

Barky Pines to rehabilitate them and find them loving homes, or sanctuary them here at the farm,” Barky Pines Director Elizabeth Accomando said. Barky Pines is an animal rescue and sanctuary located in Loxahatchee. Its mission is to save animals that would otherwise be euthanized and to find furry friends their forever homes. Barky Pines is the second largest rescuer of animals from Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control.

United States Polo Association Chairman Stewart Armstrong expects a strong level of competition at the Gaunlet of Polo.

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Farm, Santa Clara and Tonkawa. “It’s an honor to work with these 14 teams,” said J. Michael Prince, president and CEO of U.S. Polo Assn., the global brand associated

with the USPA that is sponsoring the series. To learn more about the Gauntlet of Polo, visit www.uspolo.org/ gauntlet-of-polo. For information

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more, and they want to institute a mobility fee to do an alternative transportation plan for the east coast of this county,” she said. This puts people in the central part of the county at a severe disadvantage, McKinlay said. “Our networks are not completely builtout yet, and we need to make sure that we complete those networks so that everybody in this county can move around,” she said. McKinlay added that the vote was the first time in her six years sitting on the TPA, and for five years before that working for the county, that she has seen any TPA members oppose SR 7, except for the two members from the City of West Palm Beach and the District 2 county commissioner, who also represents the City of West Palm Beach. She believes that the 9-8 vote deleting SR 7 was not so much opposition to the road, as it was resentment toward the county for imposing impact fees on new development, although most of the cost for completing SR 7 would come from state and federal funds. “Our concerns are, what were the impacts to the rest of this plan when you remove these major road projects?” McKinlay asked. “It affects all the little pieces, and it is going to have a domino effect.” McKinlay said she hopes to introduce an amendment at the

Feb. 20 meeting to get SR 7 back on the map. She added that there is a chance that the amendment will pass, explaining that one member who voted in the majority was confused as to what she was voting for. She added that the Port of Palm Beach, whose TPA member voted for the removal of SR 7, recently passed a resolution supporting SR 7, and pointed out that a majority of the five county commissioners sitting on the TPA board support the SR 7 extension, and the county strongly supports getting the road back on the plan. She urged those attending to submit comments to the TPA supporting the road if they cannot attend the meeting. “It’s hard to get to these meetings,” McKinlay said. “I get it. They start at nine o’clock in the morning, and they’re downtown, but if we don’t show a significant number of people in support of this project, we could be at risk.” She warned that the new TPA office is relatively small, with about 90 chairs, and finding parking is difficult. “If I lived in The Acreage, I would be frustrated trying to get to that kind of meeting,” McKinlay said. “You are just as effective submitting those comments online or in writing as you would be if you showed up there that morning.” Ricks said the SR 7 extension

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WELLINGTON CHAMBER HOSTS 5K AT PALM BEACH CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL

Runners were ready on a chilly morning for the Wellington Chamber’s Community 5K on Saturday, Feb. 8 at Palm Beach Central High School. The event welcomed runners of all ages with music, refreshments, vendors and medals at the finish line. Julian Aramburo of Greenacres took first place, well ahead of the crowd with a time of 21:46. The first woman to cross the finish line was Hanna Locker of Wellington, who came in second overall. Third place went to Bernard Hechanova, also of Wellington. Charity partners included the South Florida Science Center & Aquarium and Amber’s Animal Outreach, while Joe DiMaggio’s Children’s Health Specialty Center sponsored activities for kids. PHOTOS BY CALLIE SHARKEY/TOWN-CRIER

Runners take off from the starting line. Diann Hack, Daryl and Val Lyon, Jack Rosen and Mayor Anne Gerwig.

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Second-place runner and top female Hanna Locker.

Runners get a bit of the Wellness Experience from Sabine Clark and Dr. Randall Laurich. Many Palm Beach Central students volunteered their time for the event.

Amber and Kelly Nelson with Willy and Carly, two pups up for adoption.

Brayden Buser and Dusty Parfitt ran together.

First-place runner Julian Aramburo crosses the finish line.

Jenni Fried of Wellington keeps the pace through the home stretch.

Pamela and Hailey Ross get ready to run.

Charity partner South Florida Science Center & Aquarium representatives Jasmin Tarakmi and Kaley Grau.

Palm Beach Central’s Lisa Gullo and Michelle McGovern of Baptist Health South Florida help the 5K runners stay hydrated.

Members of the Palm Beach Central High School drumline get runners pumped up for the race.

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Bronco Hoops Cap Senior Night With 64-60 Win Over Hawks

By Gene Nardi Town-Crier Staff Report The Palm Beach Central High School basketball team hosted rival Seminole Ridge High School on Thursday, Feb. 6, grabbing a narrow 64-60 win with a late rally in the final period. The Hawks managed to hold the lead most of the way, but a young Bronco team with just three seniors relied on their team leaders to cap their senior night with the victory. “We have a group of kids who are winners, especially the three seniors,” Bronco head coach Jason Pitman said. “They know how to step up and what is required to finish games like these.” The senior trio of Eduardo Diaz, Andrew Flete and Justin Harrison contributed throughout the contest to keep the Broncos in the game, winning rebounds and splitting the seams in the Seminole Ridge defense.

“Diaz is the ultimate competitor. He wants to win no matter what and will sacrifice his body to come out on top. Flete is one of the most improved players I have ever coached, from where he started to the player he is now. It’s actually quite impressive. Harrison has an incredible gut with an infectious personality. His maturity to fill in the holes that the team has each night speaks of his character and willingness to help the team,” Pitman said of his seniors. The big difference early on was that the Hawks were able to hit seven of the eight three-point baskets in the first half that temporarily rattled the Broncos. Tylar Cerez totaled 24 points on the night for the Hawks and accounted for a couple of the three-pointers. Seminole Ridge was more accurate at the rim in the first half to lead 38-30 at the buzzer. In the second half, the Broncos

Seminole Ridge’s Tylar Cerez tries to move the ball up the court as Bronco Leo Puckering defends.

methodically chipped away at the Seminole Ridge lead, tying the game twice. With less than three minutes to go, the Broncos tied it at 55-55 when Jenarrian Cross hit backto-back three-pointers and hit a free throw. The Hawks quickly returned the favor from a Bronco foul and reclaimed the lead. With less than two minutes to play, Cross hit his third three-point basket to lift the Broncos into the lead for the first time in the game, 60-57. With 19 seconds remaining, William Van Hook dropped in two more points from the free-throw line to secure the 64-60 comefrom-behind win. Diaz finished with 19 points and three three-point baskets. Cross totaled 12 points and three threepoint baskets. With the victory, the Broncos finished the regular season 17-7 and entered the district tournament this week as the fifth seed.

Bronco senior Eduardo Diaz takes the ball up the court.

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Bronco senior Justin Harrison leaps toward the board for a shot at two points.

Palm Beach Central senior Andrew Flete leaps up for a shot.

Palm Beach Central’s Jenarrian Cross leaps toward the rim.

Las Monjitas, Postage Stamp & Tonkawa Nab C.V. Whitney Cup Wins

A busy second day of the C.V. Whitney Cup tournament saw three games Sunday, Feb. 9, beginning with an exciting match between Las Monjitas and Equuleus, with Las Monjitas completing a comeback to capture the 10-8 victory. The featured game of the week on U.S. Polo Assn. Field 1 was a defensive game, highlighting the play of Postage Stamp Farm, claiming a 9-7 win over Daily Racing Form. The final match of the day showcased the dominance of Tonkawa in the first half as they cruised to a 14-10 victory over Santa Clara. A tale of two halves, the first game between Equuleus and Las Monjitas was decided in the final chukker after Las Monjitas fought back from a 6-2 deficit in the opening half. Led by five goals from Francisco Elizalde, Las Monjitas overcame inaccurate shooting to score seven of the final eight goals in the game and complete the comeback in their 2020 Gauntlet of Polo debut. A slow start from Las Monjitas resulted in Equuleus holding an early 2-0 lead after the first chukker, after goals from Inaki Laprida and Mariano Gonzalez. Magoo Laprida quickly extended the lead to three to begin the second chuk-

ker. Mackenzie Weisz finally got Las Monjitas on the scoreboard, but Magoo Laprida excelled the remainder of the half, adding two more goals to give Equuleus a 6-2 lead. The game changed after halftime with Las Monjitas relying on the duo of Elizalde and Pelon Stirling to fight their way back. Stirling and Gonzalez traded goals for their respective teams in the fourth chukker, but Las Monjitas began a run of five unanswered goals, the last of which gave Las Monjitas their first lead of the game at 8-7. Gonzalez’s fourth goal of the game restored the tie at 8-8, but Elizalde scored two consecutive late goals to carry Las Monjitas to the 10-8 victory. Postage Stamp Farm and Daily Racing Form produced a defensive battle. Six of the final 10 goals of the game came from the penalty line, as Postage Stamp Farm found themselves in foul trouble, but a balanced team effort led to a narrow two-goal victory. Lerin Zubiaurre opened the scoring for Postage Stamp Farm, but Daily Racing Form responded with a goal from Costi Caset and an impressive goal from a distance by Agustin Obregon to take a 2-1 lead. Postage Stamp Farm

struggled to convert their chances, shooting just two-for-eight in the first half, yet the score was tied 3-3 after three chukkers. Taking control of the game for the first time, Postage Stamp Farm began the second half with consecutive goals from Peke Gonzalez and Felipe Tro to hold a 5-3 lead. Failing to score a field goal in the second half, Daily Racing Form relied on the penalty line for offense, beginning with a penalty two conversion from Jared Zenni to pull them back within one. The fifth chukker saw a combined seven fouls, resulting in three penalty goals for Daily Racing Form, but Postage Stamp Farm was led by Zubiaurre, who scored three goals to push the lead back to two. A scoreless final chukker saw Postage Stamp Farm keep Daily Racing Form pinned in their own half, resulting in the 9-7 final score. The final game of the day, played on the fields at Tonkawa, displayed a dominant attack from Tonkawa against Santa Clara. Exploding for 11 goals in the opening half, Tonkawa overwhelmed Santa Clara across the field, led by a double-digit scoring performance from Sapo Caset, who finished with 10 goals in the game. A different player scored each

of the first four goals, including former Santa Clara player Ignacio Toccalino, helping Tonkawa race out to a 4-0 lead and leave Santa Clara stunned in the opening minutes. A second goal from Caset pushed the lead to five, until Luis Escobar finally ended the run on a penalty two conversion. The remainder of the first half proved to be all Tonkawa, as they dominated possession and kept Santa Clara a step behind. Scoring six more goals before the end of the half, Caset was an offensive force, completing runs on the goal and penalty attempts to give his team a commanding 11-2 lead at halftime. With the nearly insurmountable nine-goal lead, Tonkawa sat back in the second half, allowing Santa Clara to find their footing and start to fight their way back into the game. Matias Magrini made his impact on the game with three goals over the fifth and sixth chukkers, but after Caset’s goal in the fifth chukker brought Tonkawa’s total to 14, Santa Clara wasn’t left with enough time to close the deficit, and Tonkawa cruised to the dominant 14-10 victory. C.V. Whitney Cup action continues this weekend. Visit www. internationalpoloclub.com for more info.

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Madison Lee Finishes TKA Basketball Career As 1,000-Point Scorer

Madison Lee was recently honored as homecoming queen with homecoming king Carlo Basile.

Good things happen to good people, and that has certainly been the case for Madison Lee. She recently became the eighth female basketball player in her school’s history to join the 1,000-point club. A student at the King’s Academy for five years, her experience has been characterized by family and service. Her father, coach Ronnie Lee, was the defensive coordinator for Lions football during its most successful four-year run in school history. He continues to assist the school and the athletic department on a regular basis. Eileen Lee, her mother, is the associate director of international learning at TKA. Lee’s older brother Chris was a three-sport athlete his senior season, including a South Florida Conference football champion and captain of the basketball team. Madison’s time at TKA has been much more than just playing basketball. She has served in a wide variety of roles, formal and informal, on campus. Her senior year, she has demonstrated her servant leadership abilities by being one of only 14 students chosen to serve as prefect leader. Her wide array of service, kind spirit and athletic abilities led her to be voted the 2019-20 homecoming queen. “Madison and the Lee family

are another great example of what make the King’s Academy a special place, special people. You couldn’t ask for a better example of a true student-athlete than Madi,” Athletic Director Dr. Chris Hobbs said. On the court, Madison’s career has been one of consistent excellence for five years of varsity basketball. Her effort has been consistently high. Her jump shot and free throws have been consistently accurate. Her defensive prowess has consistently terrorized opponents. Her humble spirit has consistently impacted her teammates. All that consistency led to Madison eclipsing the 1,000-point mark on Friday, Jan. 24 at the Oxbridge Academy. When the 15-foot shot from the baseline swished through the net, she didn’t even know what had happened until a timeout was called and the public address announcer acknowledged the accomplishment. Her accomplishment was formally recognized one week later on senior night, as she scored her first basket of the game. The sincere celebration of teammates, coaches and fans was just another evidence that good things happen to good people. “Madi has a rare combination of calming influence and fierce

competitor,” girls basketball coach Chris Race said. “Her teammates just gravitate to her, and she’s a

joy to coach. She’s a great allaround kid who has earned this achievement.”

WHS WRESTLERS CAPTURE TEAM TITLE

The Wellington High School wrestling team captured the team title at the Palm Beach County Wrestling Hall of Fame tournament last weekend. It was an outstanding performance throughout the lineup for the Wolverines. Individual champions included Patrick Jones, Sean Mauermann, Luke Forehand and Justin Henry. Second-place winners were Ethan Howard, James Marvel, Seth Rhodes, Jesse Weinberg and Elijah Green. Also winners were Ryan King (third place), Juan Quintero (fourth place), Jorge Garcia (fifth place) and Preston Morrow (sixth place).

HAWK FOOTBALLERS SIGN SCHOLARSHIPS

SRHS BASKETBALL GIRLS WIN DISTRICTS

Seminole Ridge High School wide receiver and kick returner Logan Feuerbach and cornerback Andre Fuller signed scholarships on National Signing Day. Feuerbach signed with Dakota Wesleyan in South Dakota, while Fuller signed with University Arkansas-Pine Bluff. (Above left) Andre Fuller (front center) with his mother Fran Edmond and brother Tre, along with Athletic Director Scott Parks, Principal Dr. James Campbell, assistant coach Elton Gilkes and head coach Rick Casko. (Above right) Logan Feuerbach with his parents, along with Athletic Director Scott Parks, assistant coach Elton Gilkes, Principal Dr. James Campbell and head coach Rick Casko.

The Seminole Ridge High School girls basketball team recently won the district title, defeating West Boca Raton High School 64-42 for the first district title in school history. Jahnae Midget led the Hawks with 32 points and 12 rebounds. Seminole Ridge hosted a regional quarterfinal game on Thursday, Feb. 13.

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Stock Custom Homes Sells Third Estate Home In Wellington Area

Stock Custom Homes, the luxury homebuilding division of Stock Development, has sold an estate home located at 3093 Blue Cypress Lane in the Palm Beach Polo Golf & Country Club, the company’s third in that community. Stunning West Indies-style architecture and opulence abound in this nearly 4,000-square-foot under-air four-bedroom residence that features interior design by the acclaimed Soco Interiors. Ideally situated with lake views, the custom estate features soaring ceilings, a spacious state-of-the-art kitchen, and expansive outdoor

living, including a pool and spa. A combination of clean, modern finishes with more natural, earthy elements, the main floor throughout is a contemporary oversized stone while the lighting mixes in reclaimed wood and aged iron. The furniture is relaxed and focused on comfort with a mix of distinctive metal pieces and unique stained and painted casegoods. The color palette has layers of earthy neutrals, fresh whites and cool grays, along with accents of smoky blue and gold. There are more estates available by Stock Custom Homes in the

neighborhood. One is located at 3109 Blue Cypress Lane. The sophisticated and traditionally designed home features four bedrooms, four full baths and one half bath, and a two-car garage. It also offers a gorgeous outdoor living space boasting a large covered lanai, summer kitchen, and a luxurious pool and spa. Recently completed, another estate at 12338 Cypress Island Way presents stunning views of the lake and championship golf course and boasts five bedrooms, five full baths and two half baths, a four-car garage and more than

MARK CROSS LAUNCHES EQUESTRIAN COLLECTION

On Monday, Feb. 3, Mark Cross celebrated the launch of its equestrian collection with a reception at Bluman Equestrian in Wellington. The event showcased the new pieces, while guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and entertainment. For more info., visit www.markcross.com/collections/ equestrian.

Lion Country Safari Welcomes Baby Rhino

Lion Country Safari welcomed a female Southern White Rhinoceros calf to its herd on Jan. 30. Both the calf and mom are now located in the rhino maternity area, where they can spend some quality time bonding together. The maternity area is visible to guests in their cars from the road in the Hwange National Park section of the drive-through safari. The baby, named Elna (meaning “beloved” in Afrikaans), is the fourth offspring born to her mother, Bloom. Rhino gestation is approximately 16 months long, after which females give birth to

a single calf weighing between 88 and 132 pounds. Of the five species of rhinos (White, Black, Indian, Sumatran and Javan), the white rhino is the most abundant with approximately 20,000 alive today, but all five species are in peril due mostly to poaching. Lion Country Safari is home to 13 White Rhinos — 10 females and 3 males. Since 1979, Lion Country Safari has had 36 rhino offspring and is proud to participate in the White Rhinoceros Species Survival Plan.

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Tune Up Your Footing Facts With Premier Equestrian At Lunch & Learn

Horse arena footing has become a hot topic over the past 20 years. It has evolved from a simple sand surface to precisely engineered layers of base materials with mixtures of carefully chosen sands, textiles, fibers and rubber materials to protect and enhance horses’ health and performance. Heidi Zorn, president of Premier Equestrian Inc., will be the featured speaker for the Winter Equestrian Festival’s weekly Lunch & Learn Series on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 11:30 a.m. “Footing Facts” will include an in-depth look at the effects that footing surfaces have on horses and the effect of riding on various surfaces over time. The Lunch & Learn lectures take place at the Wellington Club at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

An entrepreneur and equestrian from Salt Lake City, Zorn is an expert in arena surface design. She is a repeat presenter at the Lunch & Learn series, having first presented her “Footing Facts” in 2016. “This series is like TED Talks for horse people,” Zorn said. “My topic is designed to inform people about the critical importance of the arena surface, the place that can make or break your horse.” This lively session will include information about arena sand characteristics, footing products, types of surfaces for the dressage and jumping disciplines, as well as common construction and maintenance practices. The talk will also include the interaction between arena surfaces and equine biomechanics. Premier Equestrian is North

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Limitless Medical Logs To Unveil New App At Chronic Illness Forum

Southern White Rhinoceros calf Elna was born recently.

Limitless Medical Logs will launch a new health app ahead of free Palm Beach County Chronic Illness Forum on Thursday, Feb. 20 at the Palm Beach State College Loxahatchee Groves campus (15845 Southern Blvd., Room LGA 139). Limitless Medical Logs, which was created to help patients log their symptoms, pain and questions, will be unveiling the new

app onsite at the free chronic illness forum. The app was created by Wellington resident and Chiari malformation survivor Jordan Ray, who will be speaking at the chronic illness forum. Visitors will be able to view the app and speak with Ray about the benefits. Other speakers at the event will be Michelle McGovern of Baptist Health South Florida, State Rep.

Matt Willhite, Susan G. Komen Executive Director Kate Watt and others. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Health Care District of Palm Beach County’s free mobile clinic will be available on site. The chronic illness forum will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. To register, visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/ community-relations-and-engagement.


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RPBHS Counselor Named School District Counselor Of The Year

WES WINS HEROES FOR EDUCATION 5K

Royal Palm Beach High School Counseling Services Coordinator Nikki Lanier has been named as the 2020 School District of Palm Beach County Counselor of the Year. Lanier was presented the award recently at the district’s annual Principals-Counselors Breakfast. Lanier has been a school counselor at Lake Worth Middle School and Royal Palm Beach High School for a total of 15 years. The last six years, she has been the coordinator for the Royal Palm Beach High School Counseling Department. “In the last five years, the demands of school counseling have taken on a brand-new meaning, and counseling departments are not what they used to be,” Principal Dr. Jesús Armas said. “Mrs. Lanier has masterfully led the creation of a Counseling Services Department at Royal Palm Beach High School that truly delivers wrap-around services. Her knowledge, insight, pragmatism and

Wellington Elementary School recently participated in the Heroes for Education 5K. The school is proud to announce that it earned first place for the “Fastest Elementary School.” As a result, the “Wildcats on the Run” earned a $500 prize. Additionally, fifth-grader Eden Tiscione won first place for the girls 10 & Under age group with a time of 22:55 minutes — an amazing accomplishment. Shown above is Principal Dr. Maria Vaughan with Tiscione holding the check for $500.

visionary wisdom are invaluable to the team, and consequently to the school. Mrs. Lanier is a master counselor by any definition of the term and in every imaginable way.” Along with Lanier’s award, Royal Palm Beach High School is also home to the current Teacher of the Year Daniella Boyd and the current Principal of the Year Dr. Jesús Armas, who is calling this rare feat “the Triple Crown.” “While honored to have received these awards, none of us were campaigning to get them,” he said. “I know that I speak for Daniella and Nikki when I say that we’re grateful, but that this is actually a testament to the brilliant work that the faculty, staff and students of Royal Palm Beach High School do every day. I’m proud of the culture of collaboration that we have on our campus and the work ethic exhibited by our faculty and staff. Royal Palm Beach High School is certainly a great place to learn and work.”

The Ideal School in Royal Palm Beach became a living wax museum on Thursday, Jan. 30, when elementary and middle school students celebrated famous figures who represented one of Harvard Professor Howard Gardner’s eight

Multiple Intelligences — Bodily Kinesthetic, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, Logical/Mathematical, Musical/Rhythmical, Naturalist, Visual/Spatial and Verbal/Linguistic. Students in second through

The Polo Park Middle School robotics students have been working hard all year. This is only their third year competing in robotics under the coaching of David Grad and Payton Nowling. Last year, both teams qualified for the state invitational. This year, Grad decided to open up robotics to add a third team. The decision has been very promising. As of Feb. 8, all three teams went to their individual qualifiers, and all three qualified for the regional tournament. They also all had special accolades. Team Nexus (above left) won the high score in the robot game, as well as the overall champion of their qualifier. Team Pioneers (above center) won the best project award. Team Challengers (above right) also won the high score in the robot game, as well as the overall champion of their qualifier. All three teams will compete on Saturday, Feb. 15 for an opportunity to move on to the state invitational in Niceville on March 28.

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display of academic excellence. This interactive learning experience is part of the school’s enriched language arts curriculum. The Ideal School has been enriching the lives of students and their families for almost three decades. It was founded in 1993 by Dr. Kris and Wendy Soderman, the active co-principals/ owners of the school.

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Panther Run Students Shine In PTA Reflections Contest

Panther Run Elementary School is proud to announce that four talented students will be competing at the state level of the National PTA Reflections Art Contest. Panther Run had 30 total entries for the PTA Reflections Art Contest. Out of those, 10 entries moved on to the county level. Six of those entries will move onto the state level. Moving onto the state level are second grader Gabriella Small with a total of three entries in photography, literature and music, Zoey Narain (first gradedance), Ava-Marie Narain (second grade-dance) and Sophia Cole (fourth grade-visual arts). The other four amazing entries at the county level were fourth graders Brielle Gagnan (visual arts), Amelia Cole (visual arts), Taylor Burke (literature) and Jordan Molnar (photography). For 50 years, National PTA’s Reflections program has helped students explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love for learning that will

The Panther Run students honored as part of the PTA Reflections Art Contest. help them become more successful year is “Look Within.” Students in school and in life. Each year, submit their completed works more than 300,000 students create of art in the categories of dance original works of art in response choreography, film production, to a student-selected theme. The literature, music composition, theme for the 2019-20 program photography and visual arts.

EMERALD COVE FBLA TEAM BRINGS HOME THE ARMOR

Emerald Cove Middle School’s FBLA students brought home the armor after competing in 11 competitions, varying from Business Etiquette and Financial Literacy to Computer Science, Coding and more. Students won first place in eight of the middle school competitions, second place in five competitions and third place in seven competitions. Overall, 37 students are now eligible to compete at this year’s FBLA State Competition in March.

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SRHS Chorus Receives Superior Ratings At District Assessment

The Seminole Ridge High School chorus recently performed at the District Solo & Ensemble Performance Assessment, receiving multiple Superior and Excellent ratings. Joanelly Velez and Mia Gonzalez received Superior ratings in the Vocal Solos category, while Duet Shaun Gordon and Elijah Lindsey, as well as the Women’s Chorus, also received Superior ratings. A Superior rating qualifies the students for the State Solo & Ensemble Assessments to be held April 2 at Palm Beach Atlantic University. Dual Enrollment Orientation Night — Palm Beach State College is hosting a dual enrollment orientation for all interested students in grades 9 through 12. Dual enrollment provides high school students an opportunity to earn college credits tuition-free while still in high school. Students and parents will have the opportunity to view a presentation on dual enrollment and apply to PBSC on the spot. The orientation will be on Feb. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at

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Florida Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis, along with Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, recognized members of Florida’s firefighting community on Monday, Feb. 3 for their outstanding accomplishments in the fire service industry during the 2020 Fire Service Awards. Among the honorees was State Rep. Matt Willhite, a Palm Beach County legislator and captain with Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue. Willhite, a Wellington resident, was honored as Florida Professional Firefighter of the Year.

The Wellington Garden Club will host its Petite Flower Show “It’s a Small World” in the Grand Court on the lower level of the Mall at Wellington Green on Saturday, Feb. 29 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The show’s theme, “It’s a Small World,” was inspired by exquisitely crafted doll houses created by garden club member and Wellington resident Carol Coleman. Visitors will see multiple doll houses of all sizes and shapes surrounded by incredible petite floral designs, ranging in size from 5 inches to 12 inches tall, and superb horticulture specimens that are naturally small or dwarf, as well as whimsical botanical arts, special educational, photography and youth exhibits, all of which illustrate the theme. An added feature on Saturday is a raffle of a wide variety of items, including gift certificates to restaurants, admission to local attractions like the Morikami Museum, Rapids Water Park and Lion Country Safari, several gift certificates for area florists, a unique “lottery tree” and much more. Sunday’s added attractions include an “Ask the Experts” booth

staffed by Florida Master Gardeners and hourly presentations from noon to 4 p.m. on a wide variety of subjects, including aquaponic gardening, Plant America with Trees sponsored by National Garden Clubs, tips on growing fruit trees and how to garden with native plants to attract wildlife, which will include vouchers for free native plants at selected nurseries. “The Mall at Wellington Green is thrilled to be the host site for this truly unique event,” said Rachelle Crain, marketing director for the Mall at Wellington Green. “The Petite Flower Show is sure to delight everyone.” The Wellington Garden Club is a nonprofit organization with more than 135 members that has been serving local communities since 1981. A member of the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs and National Garden Clubs Inc., the club’s mission is to further the education of members and the public in the fields of gardening, horticulture, botany, floral design, landscape design, and to promote environmental awareness and the conservation of natural resources. Visit www.wellingtongardenclub. org to learn more.

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Wellington Nurse/Paramedic Returns Home After Helping Life.Church Teams Up With Kids Cancer Foundation Kids Cancer Foundation At State Of The Union Address andTheLife.Church celebrated the

Timothy Waterhouse, a registered nurse/paramedic from Wellington, recently returned home from Washington, D.C., after providing medical support during the State of the Union Address on Feb. 4. Waterhouse serves as a member of the National Disaster Medical System’s (NDMS) Disaster Medical Assistance Team. During events such as the State of the Union, NDMS personnel, along with U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps officers, stand ready to provide advanced life support and basic medical care to everyone attending the event. NDMS is a federally administered program that can support communities with medical care, veterinarian care and mortuary assistance during disasters or public health emergencies. NDMS is among the resources made available by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’

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start of their second year in partnership at a Kids Night Out event on Friday, Feb. 7. Life.Church volunteers supported families by giving them an evening of fun that included doing crafts, playing games, and spending time listening and laughing with them. As part of the celebration, the Kids Cancer Foundation accepted a $15,000 grant that will deepen the significant impact the foundation is making in the lives of kids and families facing childhood cancer. “It’s incredibly inspiring to see the difference made by the Kids Cancer Foundation in the lives of these families who are facing the most difficult battle of their lives,” said Noel Forkey, associate LifeGroups/LifeMissions pastor at Life.Church Wellington. “The foundation leaders and volunteers are on the front lines fighting beside these families, and we’re honored to help them further their impact within this community.”

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Any Holiday That Revolves Around Chocolate Is Good For Me!

Valentine’s Day! Yes, just when many of us have successfully navigated through the sugary sweets that mark the end-ofyear holidays, made solemn New Year’s resolutions that amazingly resulted in a diet plan that seems to be working for us, and “just said no” to carbohydrates on the advice of our doctors, up pops the one holiday whose very name seems synonymous with chocolate. If there’s one thing better than chocolate, it’s chocolate swathed in love. Because love removes all guilt. It’s a guilt eraser. “Here, have a heart-shaped box of heart-clogging candy! I’m not giving it to you because of the calories or anything,

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real Debbie can’t talk at all because her mouth is full of, well, you know. Not only that, but I’ve bought Valentine chocolates for everyone I know. For those far away, I’ve sent valentine cards that include $20 bills with the express instructions to, “Buy yourself some chocolate!” I made my husband Mark a cake in the shape of a heart. Yellow cake is his favorite but, of course, it has chocolate frosting. And chocolate chips. And I serve it with chocolate milk. It’s too much! Just kidding. It’s not. I shop early to get the best selection. In fact, I start my Valentine’s Day chocolate shopping as soon as I see a pink and red display anywhere, which is usually the

day after Christmas. These stores are relentless! Thank goodness. I’ve had a stash of chocolates under my bed for two months. If I have a visitor anytime between Dec. 26 and Feb. 14, I am able to dart under my bed, scrabble through my inventory, and bestow upon them a box of chocolates carefully selected for... anybody. Seriously, it’s chocolate! Occasionally, I’ll buy sugar-free chocolates, but only as a prank. Who in their right mind wants that? I’ll hand the unwitting recipient the box, watch their face fall when they read the “sugar-free” label, then triumphantly produce the real thing. “Surprise! Gotcha!” They will sigh

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The new Birds of Prey movie, or to be precise Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is a really fun mess. It makes fairly little sense, being described by others as either a feminist war cry or sexist misogynistic junk. The plot is almost ridiculous. But it is also a lot of fun, as long as you don’t worry about little things like having a sensible plot. Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) was the demented sidekick/girlfriend of the Joker. Although a psychiatrist, she gives it all up to help him escape, and for a while is untouchable as his paramour. As this film begins, however, her voiceover describes how they broke up, complete with many strange details. As soon as all the nasty guys in town find out she is not under the Joker’s protection, they go after her. A cute trick used for the film is having the reasons for the anger posted next to

‘I’ On CULTURE By Leonard Wechsler each of the folks. The anger seems to be reasonable in many cases. The lead gangster in town, Roman Sionis (Ewan McGregor), also known as Black Mask, decides he wants to have fun killing her and sends his top henchman Victor Zsasz (Chris Messina) out to get her. Harley gets drunk and is about to be abducted when the singer at the nightclub she was at, Dinah Lance (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), kicks some serious male butt. She is actually Black Canary and has an interesting

superpower. It turns out Dinah has been working for brilliant and often drunken cop Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez), a woman often passed over for promotions by unworthy men. Things get crazier when teen pickpocket Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco) steals the fabulous Bertinelli diamond, which has instructions for gaining a lost fortune engraved on it. Sionis sends just about everyone in the city out in a search for the girl. Harley is sent to show her penance, Dinah because she has been forced to be Sionis’ driver, Montoya because she wants to solve a major case and get recognition, as well as the masked Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), who is the one survivor of the Bertinelli family and wants revenge. The women are all forced to work together. Yes, this is a feminist message, but the characters are so different and so weird,

that much of it disappears into the fun. The film moves away from the standard DC mythology. Cassandra Cain, here a teen criminal, is better known as Batgirl. And most of the backstory of the other superhero women is generally ignored and altered. The cast is strong. Robbie made a huge impression as Harley back in the dismal Suicide Squad movie. The cupie doll face with the manic smile and wide-open eyes as she wipes out literally dozens of bad guys is a delight. She even manages to show some real emotion and do it well. The other women are also strong. They manage to be both tough, beautiful and very female. I particularly liked Smollet-Bell, who not only has the looks, but can do great high kicks and sings beautifully. The film, written by a woman (Christina Hodson), directed by a woman (Cathy

Yan) and produced by a woman (Robbie), is different from the usual. The women seem to actually behave like women in the real world. Yes, there are more than a few jokes about Cassandra’s need to use a bathroom and all of the men are sleazy (someday a female-led movie will actually have a nice guy or two around), but the action keeps moving. There are many fight scenes, and the one at the end is easily one of the best I’ve seen. Not much in the way of super heroics, just a lot of great “dance fighting.” It was fun, but if you’re looking for real quality, the film is a bit like the sandwich Harley is always chasing. The ingredients are cheap and out of date, but it tastes so good while eating. Later, you might need that bathroom. Not a bad film, but not really worth the price of the ticket or the popcorn you might want to eat.

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR Saturday, Feb. 15 • The 45th annual Greek Festival Greek Food & Wine Fest will continue Saturday, Feb. 15 and Sunday, Feb. 16 at the corner of Southern Blvd. and Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach. Visit www.greekfestwpb.com for more info. • Barky Pines Animal Rescue & Sanctuary, in partnership with Leadership Palm Beach County, will host its inaugural Puppy Love 5K Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 a.m. at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park. To register, visit http://bit.ly/2Qloeqc. Visit www.barkypinesanimalrescue.com, call (561) 402-1451 or e-mail barkypines@gmail. com for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach Green Market & Bazaar will be held on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Village Hall campus (1050 Royal Palm Beach Blvd.). Visit www. rpbgreenmarket.com for more info. • Palm Beach State College’s Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center Advisory Board will host its inaugural Tee-Off for Kids fundraising golf tournament Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Belle Glade Municipal Golf Club. Proceeds will help fund arts-based educational outreach programs in local schools. Registration for the four-man scramble format tournament will begin at 8 a.m. with the tournament starting at 9 a.m. For more info., call (561) 993-1160 or visit www.dollyhand.org. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Garden Talks for ages 15 and up on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 10:30 a.m. Expand your knowledge with other garden enthusiasts. Share gardening ideas as well as seeds, seedlings and cuttings. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host an Acoustic Java Jam for adults on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 2 p.m. Experience a caffeinated collection of local talent or bring your acoustic instruments and jam out. Coffee will be provided. Call (561) 790-6030 for more info. Sunday, Feb. 16 • The 2020 season at the International Polo Club Palm Beach will continue Sunday, Feb. 9 with the C.V. Whitney Cup. For more information, call (561) 204-5687 or visit www.internationalpoloclub.com. • The Horses & Hounds Charitable Foundation, located at 11399 Piping Plover Road in the Homeland neighborhood, will host its annual fundraiser to benefit Tri-County Animal Rescue on Sunday, Feb. 16 from 2:30 to 5 p.m. RSVP to Jeri Caprio at (954) 673-0706. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will present Vinicius Cantuária Sings Antonio Carlos Jobim on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.kravis.org for more info. Monday, Feb. 17 • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will present the Russian State Symphony Orchestra with conductor Valery Polyansky and pianist Polina Osetinskaya on Monday, Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. Visit www.kravis.org for more info. • KB Social Artworking will host a Paint & Create Fundraiser on Monday, Feb. 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Kocomo’s Island Grill (7040 Seminole Pratt Whitney Road) to benefit AAZK Lion Country Safari. For more info., visit www.facebook.com/kbsocialartworking. Tuesday, Feb. 18 • Audubon Everglades will hold a birding trip at Snook Islands (mile marker 50.5 on

U.S. 27 in southwest Palm Beach County) on Sunday, Feb. 16 from 8 to 11 a.m. Visit www. audboneverglades.org for more info. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will present 50 Years of Rock-N-Roll as part of the Adults at Leisure Series on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Visit www. kravis.org for more info. • Join Classic Champions and the Wellington Equestrian Center for an educational afternoon on Tuesday, Feb.18 from noon to 4 p.m. for a Collaborative Forum on assessing and educating 5,6 and 7-year-old jumpers. Breeders, owners, riders, trainers, veterinarians and anyone interested in the development of young jumpers are welcome to attend. Wellington Equestrian Center is located at 5219 130th Avenue South in Wellington. For more info., contact Mary Ann Simonds at (561) 235-3641 or maryann. simonds@gmail.com. • The Senior Referral Program of Royal Palm Beach will staff an information desk to help seniors and their caregivers identify and access services for their special needs on Tuesday, Feb. 18 and Thursday, Feb. 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center (100 Sweet Bay Lane). No appointment is needed for this free service; just stop by the desk. For more info., call (561) 790-5188. People interested in volunteering are also encouraged to stop by. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Crafternoon: Bath Bombs for ages 15 and up on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. Make luxurious and fragrant bath bombs. Materials will be provided. Call (561) 6814100 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “A History of African American Literature” for adults on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m. FAU Professor Dr. Sika Dagbovie-Mullins will present a brief history of African American literature with recommendations. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Wednesday, Feb. 19 • The League of Women Voters Hot Topic Luncheon will be “A Conversation about Life, Trauma and Healing” with Rodney Burk, licensed clinical social worker, and Andrea Blau, clinical psychosocial educator, on Wednesday, Feb. 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Atlantis Country Club (190 South Atlantis Blvd.). RSVP online at www.lwvpbc.org or call Estelle Friedman at (561) 968-4123. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host a Book Discussion on Free Cyntoia: My Search for Redemption in the American Prison System by Cyntoia Brown-Long on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host its STEAM Club for ages 5 to 12 on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. Use science, design and engineering skills to create panpipe flutes. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Chapter Crafter for ages 5 to 9 on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 3:15 p.m. Enjoy stories and crafts for school-aged kids. Call (561) 681-4100 for more info. • The Scripps Research Institute Front Row Lecture Series on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 4 p.m. will feature neuroscientist Dr. Courtney Miller on “The Surprising Science of Memory Erasure.” Miller and her laboratory team are finding ways to selectively interfere

with memories that can trigger drug addiction relapse or drive PTSD symptoms. To reserve a seat at this free event, register at www. scripps.edu/frontrowfl, e-mail frontrowfl@ scripps.edu or call (561) 228-2016. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Dungeons & Dragons on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m. Join other D&D enthusiasts as they assume the roles of characters journeying through a magical world. Books, dice and other materials will be available. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Conrad-Sunrise Chapter of the American Hibiscus Society will meet Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Mounts Botanical Garden main meeting hall on Military Trail in West Palm Beach, just south of Belvedere Road. The featured speaker will be Dr Michael Pusin, a well-known speaker on gardening, on “My Favorite Plants.” Learn more at www.conradsunrisehibiscus.com. • The Arts Garage in Delray Beach will present folk-rock artist and Grammy nominee Steve Forbert on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 8 p.m. For more info., call (561) 450-6357 or visit www.artsgarage.org. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will present Michael Feinstein Conducts the Kravis Center Pops Orchestra on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 8 p.m. Visit www.kravis.org for more info. Thursday, Feb. 20 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “The Myths & Gifts of Hospice Care” on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 3 p.m. Wendi Geller from MorseLife will dispel the myths surrounding hospice care and bring the gift of music therapy. Call (561) 7906070 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Snowman Bingo for ages 4 to 10 on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 3:15 p.m. Play the classic game with a wintry twist. Chocolate bingo markers and prizes add to the fun. Call (561) 681-4100 for more info. • Palm Beach International Airport and Palm Beach County Art in Public Places invites you to meet featured artists, mix, mingle and enjoy extraordinary art and live music at “Artfully Discovering the Palm Beaches” highlighting the diverse beauty there is to discover throughout Palm Beach County, on Thursday, Feb. 20 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Airport Art Gallery at Palm Beach International Airport, Level 2. The exhibition runs through April 13. • Osceola Creek Middle School (6775 180th Ave. North) will hold a resource fair on Thursday, Feb. 20 from 6 to 7 p.m. with several different community organizations, such as Palm Beach County Youth Services, community health centers, Healthy Mothers/ Healthy Babies and multilingual psychotherapy centers that can provide local families with crucial resources. For more info., call (561) 422-2500. • The Panther Ridge Conservation Center (2143 D Road, Loxahatchee Groves) will host Take a Dip on the Wild Side, a benefit to support the center’s exotic felines, on Thursday, Feb. 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. For more info., visit pantherridge.org, call (561) 795-8914 or e-mail pantheridge@aol.com. • Quarters for Kindness will host a Quarter Auction to benefit the Relay for Life of Western Palm Beach County on Thursday, Feb. 20 at the Dancing Crane (11401 Northlake Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens). Doors open at 6

p.m. For more info., visit www.facebook.com/ quartersforkindnesskerrybarnes. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Writers Live Presents Mamta Chaudhry for adults on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. Chaudhry will discuss her critically acclaimed debut novel Haunting Paris. Books will be available for purchase. A book signing will follow. Pre-register at www. pbclibrary.org/writers-live-2020 or call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach Village Council will meet on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. Visit www.royalpalmbeach.com for more info. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will present Gina Chavez on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.kravis.org for more info. Friday, Feb. 21 • The West Palm Beach Spring Home Show will be at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center from Friday, Feb. 21 through Sunday, Feb. 23. For more info., visit www. westpalmhomeshow.com/free-pass. • Audubon Everglades will hold a birding trip at MacArthur Beach State Park (10900 Florida A1A, North Palm Beach) on Friday, Feb. 21 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Visit www. audboneverglades.org for more info. • The Wellington Community Center (12150 Forest Hill Blvd.) will host an AARP Smart Driving Course for ages 50 and up on Friday, Feb. 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (561) 791-4796 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Our Presidents for ages 5 to 10 on Friday, Feb. 21 at 3 p.m. Honor the history of our nation’s leaders, see how democracy works and make a patriotic craft to celebrate freedom. Call (561) 681-4100 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Coding With Tech Toys: Snap Circuits Arcade for ages 4 to 11 on Friday, Feb. 21 at 4 p.m. Learn about electricity by connecting circuits to create an array of projects in a snap. Call (561) 7906030 to pre-register. • The Youth Baseball Association Royal Palm Beach will open its spring season with a ceremony on Friday, Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Bob Marcello Baseball Complex at Willows Park (100 Wildcat Way, Royal Palm Beach). For more info., visit www.baseballrpb.com. • The amazing violin players Sons of Mystro will be at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center in Belle Glade on Friday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. For more info., visit www.dollyhand.org. • MusicWorks will present award-winning singer-songwriter Judy Collins on Friday, Feb. 21 at 8 p.m. at the Eissey Theatre on the campus of Palm Beach State College (11051 Campus Drive, Palm Beach Gardens). For more info., visit www.musicworksconcerts. com. Saturday, Feb. 22 • St. David’s in the Pines Episcopal Church, at the corner of Forest Hill Blvd. and Wellington Trace, will hold its annual rummage sale on Saturday, Feb. 22 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 23 from 8 a.m. to noon. There will be a wide variety of items for sale at great prices, including gently used clothing, shoes, jewelry, framed prints, household items, knick-knacks, china, glassware, vases, small appliances, CDs, books, puzzles, baked goods (cookies, loaf breads and bar cookies), chili, hot dogs, and

drinks. For more info., call Nancy Schroeder at (561) 792-0244. • Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League’s 19th annual Barry Crown Walk for the Animals will be held Saturday, Feb. 22 at 9 a.m. at the Meyer Amphitheatre (105 Evernia St., West Palm Beach). Visit www.walkwithpeggy. org or call (561) 530-6057 for more info. • Wellington Garden Club will hold a Document Shredding Fundraiser Event on Saturday, Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Wellington Municipal Center parking lot at 12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd. For more info., call Kathy Hernicz at (561) 791-4419. • Now in its third year, Celebrating Black Florida at the Norton Museum of Art showcases the art and cultural histories of black Floridians, as well as the Norton’s growing collection of works by artists of African descent. The event will run from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22 and is free to the public. For more info., call (561) 832-5196 or visit www.norton.org. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Book Arts for ages 16 and up on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. Learn the basics of book origami to transform your old books into works of art. Materials will be provided. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Sewing Lab for ages 16 and up on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. Bring your current project, work on a pattern or practice sewing using one of the library’s sewing machines. Basic materials will be provided. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host “It’s Your Move!: Chess Club” for ages 8 to 11 on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 2:15 p.m. Learn how to play this strategic game with members of the Royal Palm Beach High School Chess Club. All materials will be provided. Call (561) 7906030 to pre-register. Sunday, Feb. 23 • The 2020 season at the International Polo Club Palm Beach will continue Sunday, Feb. 23 with the C.V. Whitney Cup Final. For more information, call (561) 204-5687 or visit www.internationalpoloclub.com. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Trivia Contest for adults on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 2:30 p.m. Teams of two to six will answer trivia questions and compete to win prizes. Bring friends to form a team or join others and play along. Call (561) 7906070 to pre-register. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will present the West-Eastern Divan Ensemble on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. Visit www.kravis.org for more info. Tuesday, Feb. 25 • The Wellington Community Center (12150 Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a Senior Symposium on Tuesday, Feb. 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Grande Ballroom. The topic is “Lunch & Learn: Medicare Changes in 2020” with speaker Jeffrey Rothstein. Call (561) 791-4796 to pre-register. • The Wellington Village Council will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for more info. Send calendar items to: The Town-Crier, 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 33, Wellington, FL 33414 or e-mail news@gotowncrier. com.

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Plumbing POO-MAN — Pumping, plumbing, & drain cleaning. For all your septic & plumbing needs! Let the Poo Crew come to you. 561-318-8416

Roofing

INTERESTED? CALL DAWN RIVERA TODAY AT 561-793-7606

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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

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Part-Time Graphic Designer Busy local publishing company is looking for a part-time graphic designer. The qualified candidate must be proficient in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign. PC platform. Web design and social media experience a plus, pay will commensurate with experience and ability.

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ROBERT G. HARTMANN ROOFING — Specializing in repairs. Free estimates, Bonded,insured. Lic. #CCC 058317 Ph: 561-790-0763. R O O F I N G R E PA I R S R E - R O O F I N G A L L 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

Screening J O H N ’ S S C R E E N R E PA I R S E R V I C E — Pool & patio re-screening. Stay tight,wrinkle-free,guaranteed! CRC1329708 call u s 7 9 8 - 3 1 3 2 . w w w. p o o l s c r e e n r e p a i r. c o m

Septic Service DANNY’S SEPTIC SERVICE — 561-689-1555 Commercial/Residential Septic Tank and Grease Trap Pumping *Drain Fields *Lift Stations *Drain Cleaning w w w. D a n n y s - S e p t i c . c o m L i c # S R O 111 6 9 6

Sprinkler Systems AQUATIC SPRINKLER, LLC — Complete repair of all types of systems. Owner Operated. Michael Office: 561-964-6004 Cell: 561236-8595 Lic.#U17871 Bonded & Ins. Serving the Western Communities Since 1990

Tree Service TREES TRIMMED AND REMOVED — 561798-0412 D.M. YOUNG TREE SERVICE. Family Owned & Operated Lic. & Insured 1992-12121 Visit our website at dmyoungtreeservice.com

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

For Sale POOL TABLE — 561-315-1508 call or text Acreage/Loxahatchee Area. Must pickup $150.

Seeking Employment HOME HEALTH AIDE AVAILABLE — Experienced Home Health Aide seeks new position. Flexible hours, full time, day or night. I am a Licensed CNA who has worked as a home health aide and also as a nanny. I have many years of experience taking care of the elderly at home. Price negotiable, references provided upon request. Call Pat at (561) 294-1423.


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Less invasive option for valve disease treatment offers benefit with fewer risks Aortic valve stenosis is one of the most common and serious conditions Robert J. Cubeddu, MD affecting the heart’s valves. It is a narrowing of the aortic valve opening, which is the passage for oxygen-rich blood to leave the heart and go out into the body. When the valve opening is narrowed, the flow of this blood is blocked or reduced. This condition is most common in people 65 or older, severely affecting nearly 500,000 people in the United States each year. It can cause shortness of breath, chest pain, congestive heart failure, and, ultimately, death if left untreated. A revolutionary approach to treatment Replacing the diseased valve is the standard treatment for most patients with aortic stenosis. Until recently, however, the replacement had to be done through a surgical procedure in which the patient’s chest was opened in order to access the heart. In recent years, the transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure has revolutionized treatment for aortic stenosis. It is minimally invasive, allowing the surgeon to replace the valve through a catheter placed in the femoral artery, which runs up the thigh, through the abdomen and to the heart.

A multitude of studies have shown TAVR to be a safe and effective alternative to traditional valve replacement, offering patients minimal risk and discomfort, a shorter hospital stay (usually only one or two days vs. five to seven days with the open procedure), and a prompt recovery. “Aortic stenosis is a condition that offers a malignant course. As with open heart surgery, this procedure cures the condition,” says Robert J. Cubeddu, MD, Chairman of Cardiovascular Medicine and Section Head for Structural Heart Disease at Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Tomsich Heart and Vascular Center, “Many centers offer TAVR but our team has tremendous expertise and experience in this type of treatment.” Specialists in Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Heart and Vascular Center have more than 10 years of experience with TAVR procedures and the center performs among the highest volume of implants in the state of Florida. Our experience in TAVR and our expertise in structural heart disease translate to the best possible outcomes for our patients.

specialize in the treatment of structural heart disease conditions using the latest medical and surgical treatment options. Our clinical expertise is enhanced by our team’s access to the best medical technology, including one of the most advanced hybrid operating rooms and percutaneous surgical labs in the country, located at our Weston campus. The core of the Structural Heart Disease Program is our team of expert cardiac specialists representing clinical cardiology, interventional cardiology, electrophysiology and cardiac pacing, cardiac surgery, cardiac imaging and cardiac anesthesia — all of which are a part of Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Heart and Vascular Center.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Cubeddu, visit ClevelandClinicFlorida.org/Heart or call 800.639.DOCTOR. Visit ClevelandClinicFlorida. org/Heart to learn more about Cleveland Clinic Florida’s heart care capabilities and expert team.

Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Structural Heart Disease Program Cleveland Clinic is a leader in cardiac care, having been ranked No. 1 in the nation for the past 25 years by U.S. News & World Report. Our physicians in the Structural Heart Disease Program

From everyday care to life-changing care. Make an appointment at 954.228.8791 ClevelandClinicFlorida.org/ForEveryCare