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Israel Tennis Centers Foundation Returns To Wycliffe March 2

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The Israel Tennis Centers Foundation is once again coming to the Wellington area with a HighPerformance Tennis Exhibition and Grand Reception at the Wycliffe Golf & Country Club. The tennis exhibition matches take place at Wycliffe’s Stadium Court on Saturday, March 2 from 3:45 to 7 p.m. Immediately after the exhibition, the reception will take place in the dining room. Page 3

RPB Board Discusses H.L. Johnson Programs

The Royal Palm Beach Education Advisory Board met Monday, Feb. 11 to discuss issues and improvements in local schools — this time with a specific emphasis on H.L. Johnson Elementary School and school security overall. Page 4

The 2019 Chesapeake International Horse Show, hosted by Victoria McCullough, was held on Feb. 8-10 at Crab Orchard Farm in Wellington. The event included a number of driving competitions featuring beautiful teams of Percherons, Belgians and Clydesdales. McCullough, of the Wellington-based Chesapeake Clydesdales, supported the EQUUS Foundation and the Young Singers of the Palm Beaches during the event. Shown above are the Clydesdales from Burger Barn in Ohsweken, Ontario. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 12 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Danowski, McLendon Square Off For Seat 2 On Lox Council

CAFCI Black History Month Celebration

On Saturday, Feb. 9, CAFCI held a special Black History Month celebration. A brief meeting was followed by cultural performances. Audrey Smith recited a poem written by Maya Angelou. After the poem, a dance group did an amazing performance. Then, guest speaker Yvonne Belcher stepped up to offer an inspiring speech. Page 10

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Former Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District Supervisor Laura Danowski is challenging Loxahatchee Groves Vice Mayor Todd McLendon for Seat 2 on the Loxahatchee Groves Town Council. The election for a threeyear term will be held on Tuesday, March 12. Two other seats will be on the ballot. In the special election for a two-year term in Seat 3, Councilwoman Anita Kane, who was appointed to fill a vacancy, is being challenged by Lisa El-Ramey. Seat 4 will be left open by the retirement of Mayor Dave Browning. Residents Robert Shorr and Karen Plante are vying for that seat. Danowski told the Town-Crier that she has the desire and ability to fix issues that are dividing the town and putting it in turmoil. Goals foremost in Danowski’s mind are to fix drainage and roads. “Prior to September 2017, regardless of weather or conditions, we had drivable roads,” she said. “It’s alarming to me that since the district was taken over in

June 2018, that it has taken until February 2019 to get a grader and in-house employees to do the work. We need to be able to provide services that we can afford now and going forward, so one of my goals is better management of our money, which includes plans, which includes long-range thinking, and decisions that don’t necessarily benefit or heavily burden a select few while other residents don’t get what they need.” Danowski also wants to address police service, since the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office has given notice that it will not renew its contract when it expires in October. “I sent a letter to Sheriff [Ric] Bradshaw asking if there is anything that he could share with me — remember that I am still a citizen, I’m not an elected official of any type — if there is any insight that he can provide,” Danowski said. “His liaison called me back and said, ‘We, the sheriff’s department, are not addressing anything regarding Loxahatchee Groves until after your election.’ That can be interpreted a number of differ-

ent ways, and I’m not going to speculate on any of them, but that is a primary goal for me.” Danowski said that because the town is being presented with the idea of creating its own police force — or looking elsewhere for police service — she does not support removing the language from the charter that requires the PBSO be in charge of police protection, as stated in a referendum question on the March 12 ballot. Danowski also has thoughts on the other referendum question, on whether or not the town should be allowed to take out long-term debt, which is currently prohibited in the town charter. “I will fully disclose that at the candidates’ forum,” set for Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. at Palms West Presbyterian Church, hosted by the Loxahatchee Groves Landowners’ Association, she said. Danowski said she looks forward to working with the town’s new manager, Jamie Titcomb, who will take the position on March 18. “We had a couple of opportunities to exchange a few sentences,” See LOX SEAT 2, page 20

Wellington Pursuing Agreement To Build New Fields At WHS

By M. Dennis Taylor Town-Crier Staff Report The theme was parks and recreation at the Tuesday, Feb. 12 meeting of the Wellington Village Council. The meeting included the approval to proceed in developing an interlocal agreement with the Palm Beach County School District and Wellington High School to build facilities and fields on school land for joint use by the high school and the village, as well as the naming of a firm to provide a Parks & Recreation Master Plan. The approval of the interlocal agreement involves the construction of fields and support facilities previously planned for the nearby Greenbriar Park property. Councilman Michael Napoleone pointed out that the interlocal agreement to maintain several multi-purpose fields at Wellington High School would preserve the Greenbriar Park land for future use, perhaps decided years down the road. Awards for the conceptual design phase went to Kimley-Horn and Associates in the amount of $14,855, as well and Kaufman Lynn Construction in the amount of $9,805 to provide engineering/ architectural and construction manager at risk (CMAR) services. Assistant Village Manager Jim Barnes said that using either property, the money would come from the one-cent sales surtax, which currently amounts to approximately $10 million accrued. “Working within the confines of the existing high school property, we would have more fields and facilities than were planned for the Greenbriar parcel, and we would save money on drainage, water, sewer, cutting and filling.” Vice Mayor Michael Drahos said there is already the existing infrastructure at the high school property. “So, we get much more

for our dollar, and we get to keep our land,” he said. Barnes added that the project will not compromise security at the school, and there would be no comingling that would compromise security related to parking and access. He said all facilities will be lighted, but there would be no racquetball courts, because they present safety and security issues by providing blind spots. Councilwoman Tanya Siskind pointed out that the vote this week was not a final decision on the project. “The action tonight allows us to do the project, but doesn’t require us to do it, thus we can move forward,” she said. There is an option on the table to move Wellington’s competition pool to the high school site, an idea that didn’t sit well with Mayor Anne Gerwig. Gerwig stressed that she did not want to move the pool, but that the action before the council did not call for a decision on that, only that there would be an agreement that they could, if a future council wanted to, years from now. Gerwig also worried that an interlocal agreement is like a marriage, and there could be a need for a dissolution of the marriage and wanted to make sure that the village is protected. “Marriages can break up,” she said. “Not from my personal point of view, but I’ve heard of it.” Councilman John McGovern said that the interlocal agreement would be a win-win. “We would be remiss if we did not explore this opportunity and try to make this happen,” he said. In the public input portion of the meeting, two residents commented. Bruce Tumin spoke against the interlocal agreement saying that village residents had already paid taxes to build the school. “Why See FIELDS, page 20


Wellington Residents Offer Opinions On Town Center

Seminole Ridge Basketball Girls Earn District Runner-Up Spot

On Friday, Feb. 8, the Seminole Ridge High School girls basketball team hosted the Class 9A, District 9 final four with the Hawks earning the runner-up spot in the finals. The Hawks fell 64-50 to Palm Beach Gardens High School in the championship round. Page 23 DEPARTMENT INDEX NEWS...............................3 - 20 LETTERS.................................. 4 NEWS BRIEFS......................... 7 SCHOOLS........................... 8 - 9 COLUMNS............................. 18 CALENDAR............................ 20 BUSINESS............................. 21 CLASSIFIEDS................. 22, 25 SPORTS..........................23 - 24 Visit Us On The Web At WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report About 70 residents showed up Wednesday, Feb. 13 to speak at a town hall meeting at the Wellington Community Center on possible changes to Wellington’s Town Center area. The Town Center project, at a cost of more than $20 million, would continue the village’s central complex, which now consists of the Wellington Municipal Complex, the Wellington Community Center, the Wellington Aquatics Complex, the Wellington Amphitheater, the Patriot Memorial and Scott’s Place playground. Among the concepts under discussion is a proposal to tear down the nearby Lake Wellington Professional Centre in order to better utilize the Lake Wellington waterfront. However, speakers at the meeting did not favor that idea.

Assistant Village Manager Jim Barnes told attendees that this was the third in a series of meetings on the proposed Town Center changes to collect opinions on the many options, which could include moving the village’s swimming pool. After Barnes gave a brief presentation on the history of the site’s development, residents were invited to speak from one of two podiums set up at the front of the meeting room. Since Wellington incorporated, Barnes said the population has grown to more than 65,000 residents in 2019, reflecting a growing need for village services. In 2013, the village purchased the Lake Wellington Professional Centre for $4 million, which has returned about $280,000 a year in rent from its tenants, although no significant capital improvements have been made to the 30-year-old

building, which needs a new roof, among other renovations. “In 2008, we looked at the Town Center and started our process planning for the site, albeit piecemeal,” Barnes said. “We had decided that we need to make improvements in the existing village assets on the property and make one major improvement.” That was to move village offices that had been scattered all over the community into a central location. The permanent amphitheater was added nearby, as well as the memorial and the playground. In 2016, the new Wellington Community Center was constructed, replacing the old facility, which had been built by a private developer as a country club in the 1970s and could not accommodate the many activities needed to serve the growing community. The origiSee TOWN HALL, page 7

The Village of Wellington, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and the FAU Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) hosted “A Day for Autism: Building Bridges with Law Enforcement Picnic” on Sunday, Feb. 10 in front of the Wellington Community Center. The PBSO K9 and mounted units were available for a meet-and-greet, while a fun zone had bounce houses, games, crafts, face painting and more. Shown above are Daily Acosta, Yairemi Agula and Julia Gonzalez with PBSO K9 Tucker. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 5 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Feb. 19 Fundraiser Will Support Shinkevich Family

By Callie Sharkey Town-Crier Staff Report Local businesses and the community have come together to support an area family during their time of need. Tree’s Wings & Ribs, located at 603 Royal Palm Beach Blvd., will host a fundraiser on Tuesday, Feb. 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to benefit local resident Kelley Shinkevich, who is battling breast cancer while also dealing with losing her husband Mike Shinkevich to laryngeal cancer earlier this month. The fundraiser is intended to offset the cost and bills accumulated as the Shinkevichs endured many challenges over the past year. Last February, the Shinkevich home was infested with black

mold that required significant work to repair. The following month, Kelley was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer requiring surgery in April. Then in May, Mike was diagnosed with laryngeal cancer. The couple went through surgery, radiation and chemotherapy treatments side by side. They continued to run their business, J. Campbell Decorative Concrete Resurfacing, until Mike’s condition worsened to the point the pair could no longer work. “Kelley put off her own surgery while taking care of Mike,” said her sister, Jackie Pertusiello. “She was still struggling with the side effects of neuropathy from the chemo.” The Shinkevichs have been very

involved with the organization My Brother’s/Sister’s Keeper Charitable Trust. So, friends and family banded together and began organizing ways to help two people who constantly helped others. In November, close friend Erica Del Valle launched a GoFundMe page on behalf of the couple, with Kelley Shinkevich as the beneficiary. The $50,000 goal of the campaign has not yet been reached, and supporters can continue to donate through a fund titled “Michael and Kelley Shinkevich” at www. Sadly, on Feb. 6, Mike lost his cancer battle. A memorial service took place on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Palms West Funeral Home. “They’re fighters and still fighting through it,” family friend Don

Gross said. “Kelley is fighting on her own now. She fought for her dad [Ron Tomchin] before he passed away, her husband, and now she fights for herself. They are very strong people.” Now Kelley’s fight starts anew as she prepares to continue fighting her own war against cancer. She has not yet finished with treatments, as much of her own care was delayed so she could spend time caring for her husband. “She was a rock — strong, and absolutely amazing,” said Kelley’s mother, Elaine Tomchin. “Totally devoted to Mike and his treatment 24/7, Kelley took care of him.” Kelley delayed the tradition of “ringing the bell” when her last chemo treatment ended, in the See SHINKEVICH, page 7

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RPB Council Could Decide To Scale Back Meeting Schedule

By Callie Sharkey Town-Crier Staff Report At the Thursday, Feb. 7 meeting of the Royal Palm Beach Village Council, Mayor Fred Pinto brought up the idea of scaling back the council’s meeting sched-

ule from twice a month to once a month, adding a second meeting only if time-sensitive issues need to be addressed. Pinto asked that the idea be added to the council’s Feb. 21 agenda to discuss and accept public com-

Mike Mikolaichik receives acknowledgment for 10 years of service with the village. (L-R) Councilman Richard Valuntas, Vice Mayor Selena Samios, Mike Mikolaichik, Mayor Fred Pinto, Councilwoman Jan Rodusky and Councilman Jeff Hmara. PHOTO BY CALLIE SHARKEY/TOWN-CRIER

ment. He noted that a reduction in meetings from twice a month to once a month still complies with the village’s charter. The new permanent schedule would have meetings on the third Thursday of each month, with the option to schedule meetings on the first Thursday of the month to address time-sensitive issues, as needed. The council agreed to add the item to the Feb. 21 agenda. In other business: • The council started the meeting by honoring Mike Mikolaichik, the assistant director of the Parks & Recreation Department, for his 10 years of service. He started as a program supervisor in athletics in 2009. “We are talking about a gentleman who is a key component of the leadership team for the Parks & Recreation Department,” Pinto said. “He’s a take-charge type of person, and he doesn’t shy away from making tough and sometimes unpopular decisions. Mike is a true leader in the sense that he leads by

example and doesn’t ask anyone to do something that he wouldn’t do himself.” Pinto thanked Mikolaichik and looked forward to his continued service. “Mike is truly an asset to the department and is a vital part of its future and the future of the entire village, and we want at least another 10 years or more,” Pinto said. • Councilman Jeff Hmara reported on the upcoming 120-day legislative session items posted by the Florida League of Cities, including one that directly impacts the future for local governments. At the meeting, the council adopted Resolution No. 19-03 to recognize 50 years of maintaining municipal home rule and also committed to helping residents better understand its benefits. “We have good reason to be concerned for maintaining our local decision-making authority,” Hmara said. “We are going to be defending home rule again. New administration, lots of new people,

and there is no lack of indication we are going to be battling this again case by case.” He explained that bills including the term “pre-emption” are designed to move decisive action on various issues up to Tallahassee instead of keeping the authority at the municipal or county level. The bills vary widely from the management of vegetable gardens to how council meetings are structured. • Two items on the council’s regular agenda were approved unanimously without any members of the public offering comment. One was an application seeking final plat approval for a parcel known as the Westland Center on Business Parkway. The plat will allow the owner to subdivide the land for the purpose of sale. Also approved unanimously was an updated site plan and architectural approval for the Royal Palm Beach Chapel, located at 660 Royal Palm Beach Blvd. The application brings the property up to current village building codes.

• During public comment, resident Diane Queller addressed the council about boat traffic in the canal behind her neighborhood. While the concern about boat volume was addressed a few years ago, the concern now is the speed at which boaters travel. “The problem that we’re having is that we have not seen the marine patrol out there. The only time we saw them was in December when we had the boat parade,” Queller said. In addition to safety, the concern is the erosion of shoreline property. Pinto responded that the village manager will follow up with law enforcement to address the issue. • Hmara took a moment to remind those interested in applying for one of the 10 scholarships available to graduating seniors that the deadline for applications is Feb. 15 at 5 p.m. Applications can also be dropped off at the clerk’s office. Scholarship finalists must also be available to attend an in-person interview on Saturday, April 27.

Israel Tennis Centers Foundation Returns To Wycliffe March 2

By Callie Sharkey Town-Crier Staff Report The Israel Tennis Centers Foundation is once again coming to the Wellington area with a High-Performance Tennis Exhibition and Grand Reception at the Wycliffe Golf & Country Club. The tennis exhibition matches take place at Wycliffe’s Stadium Court on Saturday, March 2 from 3:45 to 7 p.m. The tennis event is free, but reservations are required, as the venue was full last year. Immediately after the exhibition, the reception will take place in the dining room. While the event is fairly new to the area, the program and its work have a long history. “About 47 years ago in Israel, they realized there is a very big underprivileged population of children,” event co-chair Marty Ross explained. “And they realized that these children would not have an easy time to be able to grow up and mature and contribute to society.” The organization now supports 14 tennis centers across Israel. Children are accepted in the program regardless of religion, gender or skill level. “We serve more than 20,000

children, and we are considered to be one of the largest social services in Israel,” said Yani Yair, vice president of development for the Israel Tennis Centers Foundation. “The goal was to keep children off the streets by having tennis as a medium, bring them into a safe and positive environment, and improve their quality of life. What we do at the centers is empower our children through sports and education.” The intentions of the Israel Tennis Centers Foundation reach far beyond teaching kids about sports. It offers programs for children with special needs, living in at-risk communities and those immigrating to Israel from other countries. “We serve Jewish children, Christian children and Muslim children,” Yair said. “We do a lot of social activities and a lot of field trips. We celebrate holidays. One of the unique things is regardless of background or religion, you are still welcome.” Programs like ITC’s Coexistence get the kids together on the tennis courts where they learn respect for each other. Yair feels the long-term impacts of the program

create strong leaders and provide new opportunities, as well as hope for the future. “I was one of the first children who came back,” Yair said. “And from the centers, the social aspect of being in a place that helped me with my education, it helped shape my life and give me life skills. I learned how to deal with success and failure, and how to work hard. You can relate to other areas in life with the skills learned.” Another unique service provided is the Girls at Risk Empowerment Program. Designed specifically to help girls ages 12 to 16 years old, it helps give these young women both the skills and confidence to live successful lives as adults. The centers also provide children help with homework and tutors when needed. Hot meals are also available for children who are less fortunate and need extra support. “It is meaningful,” Yair said. “Through the years, I think it is important that we have served more than half-a-million children. It is definitely impactful on the society in Israel.”

The support and training for the children has yielded measurable results. According to the ITC, hundreds of youth graduating from the program have received scholarships to play tennis at colleges and universities in the U.S. “These kids are growing up with bombs and bullets,” Ross said. “This is teaching kids how to live by competing and how to have fun.” The exhibition travels to several locations in Florida each winter, and Wycliffe joined the list of sites just last year. Hundreds came out to watch the young athletes in action on the court and stayed afterward to learn more about the participants first-hand. The four young ambassadors speaking at the reception this year range in age from 9 to 19 years old. “What makes this special is the children have the opportunity to speak and share about their life in Israel, and what impact the organization has on their life. Hearing from the children is inspiring,” Yair said. Both the tennis exhibition and grand reception are scheduled for Saturday, March 2 at the Wycliffe

The Israel Tennis Center winter 2019 student team.


Golf & Country Club, with matches taking place from 3:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. In the case of inclement weather, the matches will move to Sunday, March 3 at 10 a.m. The event is being sponsored by Ellen and Steve Wechsler. The


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RPB Ed Board Discusses H.L. Johnson Programs, School Security

By Meredith Burow Town-Crier Staff Report The Royal Palm Beach Education Advisory Board met Monday, Feb. 11 to discuss issues and improvements in local schools — this time with a specific emphasis on H.L. Johnson Elementary School and school security overall. Palm Beach County School Board Member Marcia Andrews also updated the community on recent strides made to increase school safety. Following a musical demonstration by H.L. Johnson’s chorus, Principal Jennifer Makowski shared details of the school’s most recent statistics and events, noting early on that the school’s state grade has risen from a B to an A. According to Makowski, the school faculty is constantly striving to improve academic development in their students, with a recent method being an implementation of nonfiction texts in kindergarten reading.

“We are increasing our nonfiction texts, which is the big part of the FSA, and so we’ve been working with our PTO on increasing the number of books that we have in our classrooms,” Makowski said. “They’re not all just the fairytales, the poems, those kinds of things — it’s more nonfiction, which the kids are really enjoying.” Board Chair Dr. Bill Thallemer inquired as to how this approach affects students and their reading. According to Makowski, the advancement in student language skills as a result of this change is remarkable. With students now working with concrete, everyday concepts in their reading, higher-level language is becoming more easily applicable to them, Makowski explained, and the children are grasping the concepts more easily than they had prior to this strategic shift. “The vocabulary that the students are using — it’s tremen-

dous, the things that they’re saying, and that they can apply it because it’s nonfiction,” Makowski said. Makowski went on to mention a few of the many enrichment clubs available to H.L. Johnson students, including Coding and Robotics, Student Council, TV Production and the STEM-based SECME program, which won first place in the mousetrap car races last year. In addition to this, every student participates in the science fair each year. Critical thinking is a high priority at H.L. Johnson, Makowski said, and is infused within the curriculum. Asked to provide additional details of what critical thinking looks like at the school, Makowski described the school’s Socratic seminars, in which students learn and apply what they’ve learned through debate. “The students will be given a topic, and they have to do research and come up with exactly what

their stance is on the topic, and then they go back and forth, and they debate that topic,” Makowski said. “And so, we have fifth-graders debating crises that are going on in the world, and they’re taking that and they’re researching it to come up with their stance and then how they’re going to defend it… That’s taking their just basic knowledge, and it’s taking it that one step further.” Makowski also touched on the changes made to enhance H.L. Johnson’s security, one of which was moving the students to inside the cafeteria for both arrival and dismissal. The school is already implementing upgraded crisis response bags that are to be hung on the inside of each classroom door, and is set to receive additional security cameras, card readers and a perimeter fence by the end of the year. School safety in Palm Beach County was a significant topic of the meeting. School Board Mem-

ber Marcia Andrews followed Makowski’s presentation with her own, centered specifically around school security. With the first anniversary of the Parkland shooting on Valentine’s Day, Andrews talked about not only the improvements made in school security, but also the steps taken to remember and memorialize the lives lost at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14, 2018. In honor of the victims of the Parkland shooting, Andrews discussed the “17 Acts of Kindness” event, in which every school in Palm Beach County is participating in one act of kindness a day, remembering the 17 people who died last year at the western Broward County high school. These acts of kindness include sending a note of encouragement to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and thanking a police officer in person. “We have to memorialize,”

Andrews said. “We have to be able to remember and to have sympathy and just know we’re all there together.” Andrews said she feels good about where Palm Beach County stands following the actions taken to improve school security in the past year, such as efforts to have a police officer, as well as mental health counselors, stationed at each school in the county. “We’ve actually gone through with the chief of police and leadership [and] in-school security to look at every school, look at possibilities of upgrades where we see we may have weaknesses,” Andrews said. “I feel good that every school has been looked at, and I do feel that we’re safe.” To show support for the Parkland victims and survivors, as well as to see those efforts put forth by Palm Beach County schools, go to Instagram and use the hashtags #StrongerTogether and #17ActsofKindness.

technology services staff within the utility. Each year, the DEP presents awards to wastewater and drinking water facilities around the state that demonstrate excellence in operation, maintenance, innovative treatment, waste reduction, pollution prevention, recycling or other special achievements. These awards are presented to recognize facilities that demonstrate a special commitment to excellence.

and use of tropical and rare fruit in South Florida and around the world, will host its annual Tropical Fruit Tree & Edible Plant Sale on Saturday, March 9. The popular event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in concourse buildings 6 through 10 at the South Florida Fairgrounds. At this year’s Tropical Fruit Tree & Edible Plant Sale, vendors from all over the state will offer a wide variety of delightful and delicious fruit trees. Visitors are encouraged to bring a wagon to help carry purchased plants. Both admission and parking are free. For more information about the Palm Beach Chapter of the Rare Fruit Council International, visit

NEWS BRIEFS Nominations Open For Giraffe Award

The Women’s Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the 24th annual Giraffe Awards. The Giraffe Awards Luncheon will take place on Thursday, March 21 at the Colony Palm Beach, recognizing women in Palm Beach County who have “Stuck Their Necks Out” for other women in the community. “We are extremely excited for this year’s event,” said LeAnna Carey, founder of Women Who Innovate and president of the Women’s Chamber of Commerce

of Palm Beach County. “This is a way to recognize those women who selflessly help others.” This year’s luncheon will bring a new twist to the annual event with entertainment from Jill and Rich from Legends Radio, shopping and celebrating women of all ages. Sponsorship opportunities begin at $195 and include invitations to all programs. Information is available at A special VIP event will be held prior to the luncheon at the Chesterfield on March 12 to honor this year’s nominees and thank sponsors. “As a past nominee and now emcee of the event, I look forward to continuing the tradition of recognizing and honoring women

in our community,” said Michele Wright, former news anchor and founder and CEO of What’s Trending Palm Beach. The VIP event will also showcase historical women of PBC. “Now in its 24th year, the chamber’s celebration begins with a Women’s History Month Proclamation in the commission chambers on March 12 at 9 a.m., followed by the VIP reception at the beautiful Chesterfield Hotel on Palm Beach at 5:30 p.m., and closing out the month is the Giraffe Awards Luncheon on March 21 at 11 a.m., where we celebrate exceptional women in our community,” said Giraffe Committee co-chair and immediate chamber past president Heather Gray.

Wellington’s Water Facility Receives Award

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has awarded the 2018 Domestic Wastewater Plant Operations Excellence Award to Wellington’s Water Reclamation Facility. This prestigious industry award serves as recognition of Wellington’s outstanding treatment plant operation, maintenance and compliance. The award is presented to only one facility in each of the six DEP statewide regions. Special recognition goes out to the Water Reclamation Facility staff, plant maintenance staff and

Rare Fruit Sale Set For March 9

The Palm Beach Chapter of the Rare Fruit Council International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and further cultivation

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Green-Lighting Everglades Drilling A Troubling Sign

The Sunshine State is blessed with one of the world’s most biodiverse and scenic natural wonders: the Florida Everglades, which spans more than 730 square miles in South Florida and draws nearly one million visitors each year. I join the generations of public servants who recognize the need to preserve this state treasure through increased funding for restoration projects, protections for wildlife such as wading birds and Florida panthers, as well as smart restrictions on development near sensitive Everglades habitats. As Marjory Stoneman Douglas once said, “There are no other Everglades in the world,” so we must preserve it while we can. I’m proud to have spent my time in public service advocating for Florida’s River of Grass. Having worked for U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, who was one of the Everglades’ best champions, I witnessed firsthand how universally treasured the Everglades are, not only in Florida, but also in Washington, where Everglades restoration regularly receives a significant share of the federal natural resources budget. As a county commissioner representing an area bordering the Water Conservation Areas of the Everglades, I remain fully committed to sustainably using natural resources and leaving them cleaner than we found them. With so much time and taxpayer dollars invested in saving the Everglades, it’s disappointing that our courts — so-called “protectors” of the Everglades — have seemingly turned a blind eye to one of the greatest threats it has experienced in our lifetime: oil and natural gas drilling. Recently, drilling on a site in the Everglades was given the go-ahead by a three-judge panel in the First District Court of Appeal. We need to call on Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Legislature to step in and vehemently oppose this decision. Florida leaders on both sides of the aisle have strongly rejected offshore drilling, because we all recognize the risk it poses to our beaches and economy. Florida’s environment and our economy go hand-in-hand. Without a clean

and healthy environment, Florida wouldn’t be a desirable place to live, work, retire and vacation. If our beaches are important enough to protect from drilling, why aren’t our Everglades? I encourage all Floridians to consider the consequences of remaining silent on the threat oil drilling poses in Florida, especially in environmentally sensitive areas like the Florida Everglades. Now is the time for engagement and activism, starting with our leaders in Tallahassee and Washington. County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay District 6

Diminishing The Quality Of Life In RPB

After several years of careful and thoughtful searching, many of us chose to buy a new or pre-existing home in Royal Palm Beach for very deliberate reasons. It may be for a retirement home or families just starting out — the place where we will live out our final days or raise children. We need proximity access to available healthcare, necessary shopping and recreation without the danger of excessive traffic and overcrowding. We also want a safe, mature community that already had the problems worked out and with well-integrated open green space. We want a home that will appreciate in value in an area that attracts like-minded homeowners who want the peace, quiet and predictability of stable, well-seasoned neighborhoods. After studying the Village Green Project presentation to build a 450-unit residential development on the Village Golf Club, we are afraid that proposal will disrupt, change and make uncertain the very basis upon which we carefully chose to locate in Royal Palm Beach. There are existing in-process developments that will already stress the quality-of-life in Royal Palm Beach. The Village Green Project will bring an new influx of residents to the heart of Royal Palm Beach that will add and severely stress the supporting infrastructure we all share, such as water, sewer, electricity, fire and emergency response, police protection, traffic patterns/management, evacuation routing, street

maintenance, sanitation, etc. New support services and personnel will be required, like schools, firemen and fire equipment, policemen and police equipment, village planners and code inspectors, animal control, etc. Our village is almost built out. There are limits on what can be done to solve the impacts of that development. For example, you can’t widen Okeechobee and Royal Palm Beach boulevards. The taxes on the existing residents will rise to compensate for shortages due to the impact of new developments. Building 450 more homes at this location will add thousands of more people and cars, which can’t possibly improve the long-established environment that’s currently here. That impact as described will lead to a decrease in our home values. Those living in the proximity of the golf course paid a premium for that location, which will now be reduced in value. We have already seen an increase of unwanted activities in the area, such as vandalism, car break-ins and scammers. Adding more population through uncontrolled residential building will only add to our security worries. Added population density equals more crime, more solicitor traffic, more nefarious people and more exploitation opportunities. In total, the negative impacts of increased noise, crime, traffic, etc. will decrease value. That value will be decreased again by discouraging the discriminating buyer from wanting to settle here. The project clearly benefits those who stand to financially gain from it. However, in all the negative implications of their plans, all we see for current homeowners and the Village of Royal Palm Beach is great loss, both in community reputation and in quality of life. We choose to live here for very specific reasons that this project now threatens. We, therefore, oppose the Village Green Project and ask the Royal Palm Beach Village Council to reject the plan and support the residents and our quality of life. Joe Sicilia Royal Palm Beach

Kudos For New Senior Lounge

I want to thank the Village of Wellington for the terrific new

Senior Lounge in the Wellington Community Center. I hope people will utilize this pleasant space to meet friends for a game of chess or one of the many board games or puzzles provided. There’s also lots of books, TV, coffee, free Wi-Fi and up-to-date information of interest to residents, especially seniors. Bring your friends. Pat Keeler Wellington

Response To Batcheler Letter

This letter is in response to Joyce Batcheler’s letter titled “Concerns About Actions Taken By Lox Town Council,” published on Feb. 8. Let’s begin with the rather large elephant that is living between the lines in the former councilwoman’s letter. The elephant being the undeniable irony that Mrs. Batcheler has recently and astonishingly regained her “voice”… a voice that was glaringly absent during her short time on the dais. Also, it’s rather curious that in her letter, Mrs. Batcheler refers to Loxahatchee Groves as “your town” not “our town”… which raises the question, has she recently moved, or are the sentiments in the letter actually her own? Mrs. Batcheler’s comments regarding the process by which our council fired the current town manager and subsequently hired a new town manager was found to be, after a brief but thorough investigation, totally within the town council’s purview — a completely legal maneuver which broke no Sunshine Laws. Concerning Loxahatchee Groves residents’ ability to provide input to this process, let’s not forget that the council is an elected board. Council members are voted in by residents — chosen and placed there to be our voice! That is our input, a vote! Here is a quick summation: the above-mentioned action taken on a 4-1 vote by the council, which can be broken down like this: 473 votes of the 591 total votes (March 2018 results) were validated by this 4-1 council vote. In other words, 80 percent of the voting public was duly represented! Mrs. Batcheler wrote in her letter about the hiring of a new town manager, “council members, with the exception of Dave DeMarois, voted to hire him without any

review of any other candidates.” This comment warrants a reminder that we residents have been told repeatedly and unabashedly that “no one wants to work for Loxahatchee Groves,” as we are a “bunch of unruly rabble-rousers who cannot be managed.” So, we should be thanking our lucky stars that our council has, against all odds, actually found someone who is well-qualified, well-respected and, most importantly, willing if not eager to fill this position. Mrs. Batcheler’s annotations concerning the “payout” on Bill Underwood’s contract are reproachable. Mrs. Batcheler has conveniently omitted the fact that she played a significant part in putting us in this regretful situation. She seems to have overlooked the fact that she was on the council at the time of the farce that was called “contract negotiations.” This was one of the most memorable moments that Mrs. Batcheler’s curious silence on the dais can be directly linked to the travesty that resulted in the notorious Underwood contract — a contract that she voted to approve and was well aware that with her “aye” vote, this contract would place a heavy financial burden on our town. Mrs. Batcheler also seems to hope that we citizens have forgotten that it was shortly after this dubious vote that she abandoned ship, effectively leaving 118 voting residents without a voice. What/ who makes her think we want to hear from her now? The remainder of Mrs. Batcheler’s letter brings up the sheriff, code enforcement and borrowing money for roads, which reads like a hodge-podge of random complaints from a disgruntled individual. This nonsensical diatribe begs the question, if these issues were of such dire importance to Mrs. Batcheler, and her constituents, why did she desert her post? She should have stayed on the council, she should have used her voice when she had the opportunity. Former Councilwoman Joyce

Batcheler should heed her own advice when asking residents to “do a little research,” instead she has admittedly used “the rumor mill” to obtain information, which has repeatedly proven itself to be unreliable, if not a slanderous source. This is a sad commentary on what Mrs. Batcheler is willing to endorse. And finally, in her letter, Mrs. Batcheler makes comments regarding the paving of certain deadend roads. Her comments imply that these roads take us nowhere and therefore deserve little or no attention from the town. This sentiment is exactly our opinion of her letter… its contents take us nowhere and, therefore, deserves little or no attention. Jo Siciliano Loxahatchee Groves

Support For Anita Kane

Anita Kane was appointed by a 3-0 vote of the Loxahatchee Groves Town Council to finish the term of a council member who resigned. I have known Ms. Kane for the last five or six years, and she is a leader in our community, as well as running her own business. Ms. Kane is a proven leader. I personally have known her from the Loxahatchee Groves Finance Advisory & Audit Committee, of which she was the chair, and also from the Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District board, of which she was also the chair. In reality, it is tough to make decisions, but having seen and heard her in action, I feel that she has the voters and residents of Loxahatchee Groves in mind and will try to protect their quality of life, as well as the financial stability of the town. This letter is in support of Anita Kane, who is running in the upcoming Loxahatchee Groves election for Seat 3. Ken Johnson Loxahatchee Groves

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The Village of Wellington, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and the FAU Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) hosted “A Day for Autism: Building Bridges with Law Enforcement Picnic” on Sunday, Feb. 10 in front of the Wellington Community Center. The PBSO K9 and mounted units were available for a meet-and-greet. A PBSO car was covered in handprints and messages by the kids. A fun zone had bounce houses, games, crafts, face painting and more. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Vice Mayor Michael Drahos with daughters Sophia and Julia, Dr. Randy Laurich of the Wellness Experience and Councilman John McGovern with his daughter Victoria.

PBSO deputies Jason Welch and Lee Hines with aviation drones.

Lt. Ron Bailey, firefighter/paramedic Mike Perry, driver operator Chris Recht, firefighter/paramedic Jean Cancel, Capt. Kevin Kimberly and Capt. Bob Smallacombe of PBCFR Station 25.

Wellington Councilwoman Tanya Siskind with PBSO Deputy Audrey Miranda aboard Bella and Deputy Ronell Barrios aboard Liberty.

Alan Gerwig, PBSO Capt. Rolando Silva, Mayor Anne Gerwig and Sheriff’s Foundation Coordinator Steve Moss.

Mason Brocato at the sensory bin.

Urijah Charping spins the wheel.

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Eilen Santos with a chicken that had just laid an egg.

Gabriela Polo and David Polo put their prints on the car.

Ronaldo Gonzalez inside the Emergency Communications Unit.

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Join us for a Great Night with Great Food for a GREAT CAUSE! Please join us in an evening of fun to benefit and support the Shinkevich Family. Starting with Black Mold destroying a large part of their home early last year with little help from their insurance, Mike and Kelly Shinkevich began what would be just the first of many steps down a long road. Shortly after, Kelley was diagnosed with a very aggressive cancer, leading to a double mastectomy in April. To make matters worse, Mike was diagnosed with laryngeal cancer in May. Kelley and Mike worked hard together, with love and understanding, staying true to their vows of thick and thin. Sadly, Mike lost his battle Tuesday, February 5th. Mike and Kelley have always worked hard and have generously helped so many in our community for years.

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Lox Council Hashes Out Changes To Tree Preservation Rules

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Loxahatchee Groves Town Council approved the preliminary reading of a revised tree ordinance last week but will make some changes before its final approval. Planning consultant Jim Fleischmann said the ordinance is a rewrite of the town’s tree preservation and invasive exotic species ordinance. “This ordinance does need to be heard by the town’s Local Planning Agency, but we’re going to have the LPA meeting prior to the second reading of the ordinance, and that’s perfectly appropriate,” Fleischmann said, adding that the ordinance is one of the most important documents in that it regulates the removal of trees in the town. “It helps to preserve the tree canopy, which is a major component of the town’s rural character.” Fleischmann praised the town’s Uniform Land Development Committee, which spent many meetings rewriting the ordinance. “They worked extremely hard on this,” he said. The committee went over the ordinance word by word and came up with what he considers a superior ordinance to the old one. “We had several very heated debates on certain topics in the

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continued from page 1 nal tennis courts were also torn down and moved to a new site near the Olympia development. Lake Wellington has mixed benefits in that it has held adjoining property values up, although its purpose is for water retention. “The water body behind it is Lake Wellington. Absolutely, it is a drainage pond. It is a manmade lake so people could build properties and build homes, but it also is, oddly enough, a feature that made those homes valuable and made this property here valuable and desirable, and it continues to be used for other purposes… Clearly, the design of this building tries to take advantage of the lake.” Among the key goals of the


Fundraiser On Feb. 19

continued from page 1 hope that she and Mike would ring the bell together. On Tuesday, Feb. 19, the community is invited to join friends and family at Tree’s Wings & Ribs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. where they can enjoy food, drinks and live entertainment. Admission to the event is $10 per ticket, with the proceeds di-

ordinance and… we did end up in consensus and made several very good improvements to the current ordinance,” Fleischmann said. He explained that the committee wound up deleting the existing ordinance and replaced it with a totally new version with nine different topics. “The first is a total revision of the code to make it more concise and in a more readable format for those property owners and developers who are going to have to use the ordinance,” Fleischmann said. “The second was the addition of multiple key definitions that make the ordinance more readable and better understood.” The new ordinance also makes a clear distinction between the requirements for exemptions, waivers and tree removal permits. Exempt activities, such as removal of invasive exotics or the clearing of agricultural land or pastures for maintenance, do not require approval from the town. Tree removal waivers are only allowed in the agricultural residential district that are approved by the town, but no mitigation is required. Tree removal permits are approved by the town and require mitigation for removal of native trees. “If you take a tree out, you have to relocate it or you have to pay to the town’s tree removal mitiga-

tion fund for the replacement,” Fleischmann said. Tree removal permits for large tracts, such as a sod farm recently approved by the council for the Miami Dolphins, formerly approved by the town manager, must now go before the council. “Tree removal permits are now done administratively,” Fleischmann said. “The way it’s being proposed is that the town manager would have the option to take it to the town council for approval if he deems that it’s a necessary consideration by the council.” Fleischmann added that the sod farm had to make a $2 million donation to the tree mitigation fund, but it will receive all that back when they receive an agricultural designation. However, under the new ordinance, the sod farm would have made a $200,000 non-refundable donation. The revised ordinance also has a tree replacement plan calling for specific sizes of replacement and makes a provision that property owners can be receivers of trees that are removed from other properties. “That’s a tree mitigation alternative that we’ve added into the code,” Fleischmann said. “We’ve also added a specimen tree list. Those are large, prime examples of native trees. The mitigation for re-

moving specimen trees is greater.” The new ordinance also includes changes in setback requirements for commercial and institutional districts that can be granted by the council in trade for preservation of trees on the site. “If there’s a property that has several good specimen trees and they would have to be taken down in order to meet the setback requirements or the parking requirements, they can come to the council and see if they can make a trade,” Fleischmann said, citing examples such as fewer or smaller parking spaces. Councilwoman Anita Kane said she appreciated the hard work of the committee and made a motion to approve the preliminary reading of the ordinance. Mayor Dave Browning said he also appreciated the work of the committee but had a problem with the ordinance. “Going all the way back to the founding of our town, we were trying to stop clear-cutting of the land because we lose our tree canopy, and we lose the character of our community,” Browning said. Browning added that with the council’s suspension of code enforcement except for health, safety and welfare reasons, there is no way that the town can enforce a ban on clear cutting.

current Town Center project is to provide better access and utilization of the lake. The comments of residents, however, did not reflect a desire to lose the Lake Wellington Professional Centre or relocate the swimming pool. Roxanne Stein, president of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, did not favor the Town Center project. “Whether it’s my long career in television, or the fact that I have lived in this wonderful village for almost 25 years, people seem to think I have a say in how things are run in the village,” Stein said. “In the last couple of months… I have had people come up to me, no fewer than 100 people, and ask me, ‘Why is there even a proposal to develop the waterfront? There’s a beach 30 minutes away. Why would we put any money into developing that?’ Not one person

has said to me, ‘Wow, that’s a great idea.’” Shirley Siegel, a 12-year resident, said she could not see the advantages of tearing down a $12 million swimming pool and putting it somewhere else. “I do not believe that it is necessary to try and make this place look like downtown West Palm Beach, specifically CityPlace, which is not doing that well,” she said. Former Mayor Tom Wenham, a resident for 38 years, questioned whether the proposed project is a need or a want. “I think that needs to be outlined to the residents and the taxpayers,” Wenham said, adding that he attended the previous Town Center meeting at the Village Park gym where attendees broke out into groups. “They had all kinds of diagrams laid out on the table for every table that was there,” Wenham said. “What concerned me was they had one in white where the Town Center would be, and all I saw was the community center, the amphitheater and village hall. I thought, ‘Where’s the pool?’ That’s why I’m speaking tonight. I think [the pool] should stay here, not move it over to Wellington High School… It bothers me that the pool was not shown, so that meant that the council has already made a decision to get rid of the pool.” Wenham agreed that parking is a problem in the area but suggested that the village work out a parking agreement with the nearby Town Square shopping center to use its

parking spaces at night. “I don’t want to see a parking garage three or four stories high in the middle of our Town Center,” Wenham said. “Perhaps the council should have a referendum on this.” Dolores Bocian, a resident of Mayfair near the proposed Town Center project, said she was concerned about security and noise. “I moved in about a year ago because of its location, because of its safety, security and construction,” Bocian said. “I’m concerned because of property values… We are a senior community, over 55. While many of us are still active, there are many of us who still enjoy that quiet evening on our deck. We don’t necessarily want the traffic, the pollution, the noise, etc.” Steve Cagnet said he appreciated the community input and had attended many of the planning meetings. “Everything that we do has a big reflection on what the future is going to be,” Cagnet said. “We have the offices for probably 170 different people.” Cagnet said he is now retired but has held numerous positions in Florida, including as community relations manager for a large energy company and as a certified real estate appraiser for more than 20 years. He saw value in the existing Lake Wellington Professional Centre. “There were times that I had to work out of a small office, and I think that’s all wonderful and great attributes, and I think the

rectly benefiting the Shinkevich family. “Mike was one of the most generous, loving and caring men I’ve ever known. He loved to fish, play golf and would do anything for the people he loved,” Pertusiello said. The family and team at Tree’s Wings & Ribs welcome everyone to come by for good food, live music from Rick Nelson and to honor Mike and Kelley Shinkevich. For more information on the event, visit Tree’s Wings & Ribs on Facebook at www.facebook. com/TreesWingsRPB.

During public comment, former Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District Supervisor John Ryan said he appreciated the work that had gone into the ordinance, but even with code enforcement in place, the town would have difficulty enforcing it. “I don’t think we’re going to have enough employees at the town level that we’re going to be content to pay to really carry this out in this level of detail,” Ryan said. Fleischmann explained that the cost of enforcement would be covered under a mandatory cost recovery fee from the developer, but Vice Mayor Todd McLendon said landowners who clear trees illegally escape those recovery fees. Town Attorney Michael Cirullo said landowners facing high fees for illegal activities escape high daily fines when they let the fines go so long that they exceed the value of the property, which comes under scrutiny by judges deciding on the cases. Resident Paul Coleman said he did not think the town should give a landowner an agricultural exemption allowing him to clear cut trees before they can show they have a bona fide agricultural use. Marianne Miles, who sits on the Uniform Land Development

Committee, asked if there is a way to place a lien on a property that is changing hands until the new owner has proof of agricultural use, and Cirullo said he would research the question. McLendon said he felt there should be a requirement that trees be removed from utility easements, so they do not grow into power lines, but the ordinance does not make that mandatory. Councilwoman Phillis Maniglia said she felt the ordinance goes too far in some cases and recommended another tweaking before its final reading. Cirullo reminded the council that the town has the existing ordinance in place until the council approves the final reading of the new ordinance. “If you don’t pass this, it is not eliminating the existing rules,” Cirullo said. Fleischmann said the new ordinance is not as restrictive to property owners as the existing ordinance. “I think we probably should take it back for review,” he said. “If you could give me a list of topics for us to cover, that would help.” Kane amended her motion to approve the ordinance with the provision to go back and look at changes that had been discussed that evening, which carried 5-0.

Assistant Village Manager Jim Barnes discusses the Town Center project.


character of the community here is one of the finest that I have ever seen,” he said. Cagnet said that the town should look not only at the highest and best use financially, but also what is best for the community. “I am familiar with a lot of things that are going on, and I

can see what the people are doing here in our community and our leadership,” he said. “I was told that they are trying to get some information. A lot of times they have preconceived opinions in their leadership. My feeling is we don’t need to spend a lot of money to do what we’re doing.”

The museum will welcome Archaeological Institute of America guest lecturer Hannah Friedman, an assistant professor at Texas Tech University. She will be speaking on the ancient Roman site of Libarna in Northern Italy. Current excavations shed light on the urban life of this important outpost during the Roman period following the Punic Wars. The event is free, with light refreshments provided and donations appreciated. The lecture will take place in the Live 360 Studio, next door to the Palm Beach Museum of Natural History. For more info., visit

host a short course swim meet at the Wellington Aquatics Complex from Friday, Feb. 15 through Sunday, Feb. 17. The entire pool will be closed during the meet, beginning at 2 p.m. on Friday. The pool will be closed for the entire day on Saturday, Feb. 16 to accommodate the meet. The pool will be closed on Sunday, Feb. 17 as well, per its normal hours of operation. The Aquatics Complex is located at 12072 W. Forest Hill Blvd. and features an Olympic-sized swimming pool, diving boards, water slides, an aquatic spray ground, baby pool, concession stand and locker rooms. The facility is generally open from Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the winter season. For more information about aquatics programs, call (561) 791-4770 or visit www.

NEWS BRIEFS Purim Carnival March 10 In Wellington

Temple Beth Torah, in conjunction with Temple B’nai Jacob of Wellington, will hold its annual Purim Carnival on Sunday, March 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will include a dunk tank, bounce house, games, prizes, food, face painting, crafts, entertainment, a costume contest and a Hamantashen baking contest. Wristbands, which include bounce houses, games, crafts, a slice of pizza, chips and a drink, will be sold through March 8 for $15. The wristbands will be $20 the day of the event. For more information, or to purchase wristbands, contact Temple Beth Torah at (561) 793-2700 or info@

Wellington Seeks Input On Aero Club Drive Improvements

Wellington is seeking resident input about their priorities for roadway improvements along Aero Club Drive. Proposed modifications include drainage improvements, adding bicycle lanes, irrigation and landscaping. The proposed bicycle lanes are part of priorities set in the Bicycle & Pedestrian Circulation Plan approved in 2016. Once completed, the plan will enhance the village’s connectivity through a series of bicycle and pedestrian pathways. Funding for the project comes from a Transportation Planning Agency grant, funded by the Florida Department of Transportation. The funding will be available in 2020 and will cover the construction of bicycle lanes on both sides

of Aero Club Drive from Binks Forest Drive to Greenbriar Blvd. As part of the overall design of the project, various aspects affecting Aero Club Drive were also examined, including drainage, irrigation and landscaping improvements that would correspond with FPL’s “Right Tree, Right Place” program. Roadway improvements made with FDOT grant money must meet clear zone requirements established by the state agency. Wellington staff has attended homeowners’ association meetings of four out of the five neighborhoods surrounding Aero Club Drive, with the fifth HOA meeting scheduled for Feb. 18. At each meeting, three options were presented, showing varying degrees of improvements, both with and without curbing and the appropriate clear zone requirements. Village residents are encouraged to view these options and take part in the survey by visiting www.

Art Society To Host Feb. 26 Reception

The Wellington Art Society will host a reception for its latest exhibits on Tuesday, Feb. 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Community Center and the Wellington Municipal Complex. The reception is open to the public, free of charge. There will be light refreshments, door prizes, a demonstration by Jean Williard and a People’s Choice Award presented. The exhibit “Equine” is on view at the Wellington Community Center and “Viewpoint” can be seen at the Wellington Municipal Complex. There will be 95 pieces of art by 30 artists, including paintings, sculptures and jewelry. Most original art is for sale, and many artists offer prints of their work. This is a wonderful chance to see

beautiful art in all mediums and meet the artists. The following artists will be exhibiting: Lynne Bernay, Betty Brodie, Lara Chapman, Jeanette Childress, Hildegard Donavan, Sandra Encaou, Gail Erikson, Audrey Freeman, Vivian Gomez, Stan Greenfield, Patsy Heller, Elizabeth Hehmeyer, Cynthia Hockaden, Annamaria Hunt, Laura Jaffe, Joanne Baker MacLeod, Todd Mayfield, Susan Mosely, Christopher Mosquera, Leslie Pfeiffer, George Rhodes, Holly Rutchey, Rekha Shivdasani, Isadore Smith, George Taylor, Buu Truong, Haydee Ullfig, Geraldine Weinart, Jean Williard and Betty Jane Zedonek. For more information visit

Veterans Quarterly Town Hall Meeting

The West Palm Beach VA Medical Center will host a town hall meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 4 p.m. at 7305 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, in Room 4B-116. This event is open to all veterans and their loved ones. Department of Veterans Affairs town hall meetings provide an opportunity for VA leadership to present updates on topics which impact veterans, their families and other stakeholders. For more information, contact Kenita Gordon at (561) 422-8607 or kenita.

free and open to the public. The event will feature food and music. In addition, Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue will conduct fire truck tours. There will also be games, face painting and photo opportunities with PBSC’s mascot, Palmer the Panther. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs. There will be an array of community partners with information tables and giveaway items. For more information, contact Christina Seado Vasquez at or (561) 790-9009.

Museum Lecture March 1 At Mall

The Palm Beach Museum of Natural History, located in the Mall at Wellington Green, will continue its lecture series on Friday, March 1 from 7 to 9 p.m.

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Palm Beach State College’s Loxahatchee Groves campus will hold a Family Fun Day to increase community engagement from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16 on the patio. The activities are

Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue held a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 6 for the new Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Station 22 serving the Acreage/Loxahatchee area, including the City of Westlake. Leaders from PBCFR, Palm Beach County, Westlake, the Indian Trail Improvement District, Local 2928, community groups and residents came to celebrate and dig in the first shovels. PHOTO COURTESY PALM BEACH COUNTY FIRE-RESCUE

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Super Stars Shine At Wellington Landings


Wellington Landings Middle School’s universal guideline, “students and teachers are respectful, responsible and resilient,” (STARRR), was the focus of activities and assemblies on Jan. 18, when the school celebrated Super STARRR Day. Student talent was showcased in assemblies that included performances by many of the school’s performing groups. The chorus sang and the jazz band played; dancers and cheerleaders performed. Drama and debate students also participated. Sports teams and after-school clubs were also highlighted.

During assemblies, super star students were recognized for the good choices they make every day. Students walked the red carpet and shared how they demonstrate respect, responsibility and resilience. A special presentation was made to honor officer Bob Keating, who was recently promoted to a new position as a detective with the School District Police Department. Classroom lessons and activities focused on responsibility, encouraging students to take personal responsibility for their work, their words, their actions and their character. Students learned strategies that will ensure continued success.

(Above) School cheerleaders perform at the Wellington Landings Super STARRR Assembly. (Below) Drama students perform at the assembly. (Left) Dancers get ready to take the stage.

Eighteen Palm Beach Central High School students recently received awards for their research projects at the Palm Beach Regional Science & Engineering Fair. Six students will be advancing to the State Science & Engineering Fair in March. Students include Courtney Sgaliardich, Lindsey Miller, Chassidy Khamninh, Marina Karki, Shelby Beckford, Danielle Hardeman, Paola Soto-Perez, Ana Vanegas, Diego Mora, Emily Weimer, Raima Sarker, Coleen Peggs, Christina Hermida, Lourdes Marchena, Diane Altidor, Victoria Cannata, Abby Sherry and Rafael Casanova-Silva. Congratulations to these outstanding students, shown above, as well as their teacher and mentor Rob Bartenslager.

Seminole Ridge FBLA Students Qualify For The State Finals

Despite being one of the newer and smaller programs in the county with only 24 students, the Seminole Ridge High School Future Business Leaders of America chapter had 11 students qualify to compete at the state championship at the end of March. The 11 students competed at the local district competition and placed high enough to move forward. The results from the district categories and winners for Seminole

Ridge are as follows: Accounting I, D.J. Austin (sixth); Computer Problem Solving, Kael Fertil (third); Economics, Evan Upson (fourth); Entrepreneurship, Joshua Gregoire (second); Public Speaking, Melissa Tellez (third); Health Care Administration, Trinity Harmon (fifth); Introduction to Business Procedures, Maia Anderson (first); Introduction to Information Technology, Ikalia Maldonado (sixth); Organization-

The Seminole Ridge High School cheerleaders won the state title.

al Leadership, Kayla Mckenzie (fourth); and Publication Design, Shivana Ramnarine and Petriena Patterson (second). The FBLA State Competition takes place in Orlando from March 22 through March 25. Hawk Cheerleaders State Champions — The Seminole Ridge cheerleading team won first place at the FHSAA state cheerleading championships at the Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center on the campus of the University of Florida in Gainesville. This is the first ever state championship in cheerleading in the history of the school. Seminole Ridge Dance Program Feb. 20 — The Seminole Ridge dance program is having a “World of Dance” theme show, and the preliminary round will take place Thursday, Feb. 20 after school from 3 to 5 p.m. There is no charge to get in, and it is open to all students, faculty and staff. Seminole Ridge Dance Marathon Supports Pediatric Patients — Dance Marathon will be held Friday, Feb. 22 from 3 to 10 p.m., where students will stand up to cancer, raising money for pediat-

ric patients at UF Health Shands Hospital and the Children’s Miracle Network. If you wish to make a donation, or sponsor the event, e-mail shawna.ahmad@ or visit All students participating must register by Feb. 23. Seminole Ridge Students Win at Regional Science Fair — Twenty students from the Seminole Ridge Biotechnology Academy competed at the Palm Beach County Regional Science & Engineering Fair in December at the South Florida Fairgrounds. The award ceremony was held Jan. 17 at Santaluces High School. Students participated in a grueling judging process and presented their class research projects and came out winners. The following awards were won by the students: Nicole Marvez won fourth place in the category of Earth and Environmental and the Stockholm Junior Water Prize with her project, “The Effect of Fertilizer on Bioluminescence in Vibrio fischeri.” Grace Waldron won second place in the category of Biomedical and Health Science with her

project, “The Effect of Garlic on Atherosclerosis.” She will advance to the state competition in Lakeland. Bethany Seltzer won second place in the category of Plant Sciences and the American Society of Sugarcane Technologies award for her project, “Hypersensitivity Response in Different Lettuce Cultivars to Xanthomonas campestris.” She will advance to the state competition. William Habegger won fourth place in the category of Plant Sciences with his project, “Pesticide Detection in Fragaria ananess and Spinacia oleraces.” Karie Abel won third place in the category of Biomedical and Health Science with her project, “The Effect of Temperature on the Production of Formaldehyde by Juul Juice.” Aneeshea Cason won fourth place in the category of Animal Sciences with her project, “The Effect of Essential Oil on Plaque Formation in Canis familiaris.” William Bartenslager won fourth place in the category of Biomedical and Health Science with his project, “The Effect of

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On Sunday, Jan. 20 and Saturday, Feb. 2, the Polo Park Middle School Cyber Stallions Robotics Teams competed in their annual qualifier tournaments. The two teams have been working for the past four months for these qualifiers. Both teams won the overall champions award for each of their qualifiers, putting them at the top levels of all areas judged in the tournament. The club is only in its second season, so it was a huge accomplishment. The team is now off to regionals at Boynton Beach High School on Feb. 23.

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TAKE YOUR CHILD TO WORK DAY A HUGE SUCCESS AT WELLINGTON ELEMENTARY On Friday, Feb. 1, Wellington Elementary School participated in the Palm Beach County School District’s Take Your Child to Work Day. Children accompanied their mothers and fathers and got to experience what their parent’s day was like. School administration started the day with a breakfast for the children. The students enjoyed the children in the classrooms and around the campus. Some of the children on campus read to the students, assisted them with a special craft and ate lunch with them. Shown right are pre-K assistant Viviana Colman with her daughter Leyla; speech and language pathologist Amy Midlarsky with her sons Ian and Noah; VPK teacher Stella O’Brien with her daughter Delilah Cruz; McKenna Tosner with her mother, VPK teacher Cathy Eckstein and daughter Caleigh Tosner; daughters Mikaela, Madison and Juliana with their mother, VPK assistant Karla Martin; speech and language pathologist Cheryl Payne with her daughter Taylor; and twins Ava and Jillian with their mother, pre-K teacher Brooke Friedman.

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Palm Beach Central High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) members won district awards recently with first place being awarded to Nathan Yaris, Duc Tran, Matthew Lehman and Sara Garfield. PBCHS students swept the awards with 29 state qualifying winners: Logan Rohack, Charlize Cooper, Georgia Brooks, Lucas Werneck, Darian Schneider, Tyler Taylor, Julia Cesare, Alyssa Leong, Jessica Kassis, Jett Schneider, Tejasavi Kari, Dominik Coble, Zac Farhi, Gabriela Brocious, Chase Strelec, Christian Mejia, Kyla Balfour, Caden Bravos, Chidi Ibezim, Tiffany Nguyen, Nyssa Wilson, Jaiden Patel, Paavan Patel, Kush Thakor and Sarang Patel. (Above left) Jessica Kassis, Matthew Lehman and Alyssa Leong. (Above right) Sara Garfield and Tejasavi Kari.


Emerald Cove Middle School students David Rockmacher, Samira Agbi, Jude Kuffour and Anna Fulkerson represented their school at the FIRST League Robotics competition. The event was held at Palm Beach State College on Saturday, Feb. 2. The program introduces a scientific and real-world challenge for teams to focus on and research. They competed in three events against other middle schools that tested their skills in teamwork, programming and design.


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On Saturday, Feb. 9, CAFCI held a special Black History Month celebration at the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center. A brief meeting was followed by an evening of cultural performances. Audrey Smith recited a poem written by Maya Angelou. After the poem, a dance group did an amazing performance. Then, guest speaker Yvonne Belcher stepped up to offer an inspiring speech. PHOTOS BY ERIN DAVISSON/TOWN-CRIER

Guest speaker Yvonne Belcher delivers her speech.

Diana Bishop-McIntosh.

CAFCI President Dennis Wright addresses members.

Winston Davis and Lawrence Logan.

Port Commissioner Joseph Anderson, Councilwoman KaShamba Miller-Anderson and Latchmin Jaramillo.

Audrey Smith recites a Maya Angelou poem.

RPB Councilman Jeff Hmara addresses the group.

A dance group performs for Black History Month.

Martin Fuchs Grabs $391,000 Fidelity Investments Grand Prix CSI 5*

The first five-star competition of the 2019 Winter Equestrian Festival brought together top show jumpers to compete in the $391,000 Fidelity Investments Grand Prix CSI 5* on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Martin Fuchs and Clooney 51, owned by Luigi Baleri, captured the victory. Out of 40 entries in the Grand Prix, 18 were clear over the course designed by Kelvin Bywater of Great Britain. It was a footrace in the jump-off, with nine finding the path to double clear, but it would come down to who took the biggest chances to see who would stand atop the first five-star podium of the circuit. The trailblazer in the jump-off

was Wilton Porter on Sleepy P Ranch LLC’s Caletto Cabana. They set the clear round time at 34.97 seconds. Three horses later, Spencer Smith and Ashland Farms’ Theodore Manciais brought the leading time down to 34.89 seconds. Eight trips followed until Fuchs and Clooney 51 trotted into the ring. Taking a gamble by leaving out a stride into the double combination and taking advantage of his horse’s giant stride, Fuchs made short work of the course, coming home in a time of 33.13 seconds. “I knew my horse is in great shape. He has been great in the outdoor season over the past few months,” said Fuchs of the 13-year-old Westphalian gelding.

“He’s very experienced, so it was good for him to bring him straight out here under the lights.” Following Fuchs, Daniel Coyle and Ariel Grange’s Quintin were quick and clear in 34.90 seconds for sixth place. Richie Moloney and Rocksy Music, owned by Equinimity LLC, put on the afterburners for the final three jumps on course, but it would not be quite enough as they finished in 34.42 seconds for third place. Riding out of the second to last position, Conor Swail and Vanessa Mannix’s Flower were also quick in 34.69 seconds, which slotted them just off the podium in fourth place. Stalking the leading time as the last to go in the jump-off, Kent Farrington and Gazelle, a horse he

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The 2019 Chesapeake International Horse Show, hosted by Victoria McCullough, was held on Feb. 8-10 at Crab Orchard Farm in Wellington. The event included competitions in classic six-horse hitch, ladies cart, four-horse hitch, ladies team, eight-horse hitch and unicorn. Each breed (Percherons, Belgians and Clydesdales) win points that add up during the North American Six-Horse Hitch Classic Series. McCullough, of the Wellington-based Chesapeake Clydesdales, supported the EQUUS Foundation and the Young Singers of the Palm Beaches during the event. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

The Young Singers of the Palm Beaches sing the national anthem, joined by the Choir of the Glades.

Victoria McCullough and Jim Westbrook with the Chesapeake Clydesdales of Wellington.

Janine Regier and Bob Funk.

Bella, James and Shannon Farrall with Ruth Smith.

Belgians from E.H. Perkins Construction in Massachusetts with Dusty Bezick.

Julie Westbrook rolls the mane of BJ, a member of the Chesapeake Clydesdales of Wellington.

Percherons from Blue Ribbon Farm in Missouri with Alli Woodbury.

The Zubrod Percherons from Oklahoma with Dr. Chad Zubrod and Melissa Zubrod.

Dutta Corp Claims Ylvisaker Cup To Sweep 20-Goal Season At IPC

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Lucas Diaz Alberdi relentlessly pressured the ball. The defensive strategy held Pilot to just two field goals on six shots throughout the entire game. While Dutta Corp’s aggressive defense resulted in 15 fouls and eight penalty attempts for Pilot, it also caused numerous turnovers and interceptions that allowed Dutta Corp to dominate open play. The balanced Dutta Corp counter attack saw three players finish with at least three goals to capture the Ylvisaker Cup. In what was expected to be a fast, high-scoring game, it was a scoreless first chukker that set the table for Dutta Corp to hand Pilot their first loss of the tournament. An improved defense saw Pilot record just one shot and zero field

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tunity. The fourth chukker saw Alberdi add his second goal of the game, along with Timmy Dutta’s first goal to extend Dutta Corp’s lead to four. Held to zero field goals in the second half, Pilot’s only offense came from four penalty goals off the mallet of Pieres and James, while their inability to generate shot opportunities was the story of the game. Pilot pulled within two goals in the final chukker, but a goal from Alberdi sealed the Dutta Corp victory. Alberdi captured the MVP, while Colombres’ Coquito claimed Best Playing Pony. Now underway at IPC is the C.V. Whitney Cup Tournament, the first leg of the highly anticipated Gauntlet of Polo. Learn more at

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Shopping With My Granddaughter Always Leaves Me Inspired

I hope everyone had a happy Valentine’s Day and, if you are madly in love and/or have children or grandchildren, I know you did. I was pushing my 4-year-old granddaughter Tess down the greeting card aisle last week when she flung out a hand, grabbed a valentine from the rack, and said, “I want to get this for my brother.” I slowed down the stroller and looked at what she had seemingly randomly grabbed — it was the perfect card. We continued on, and she snagged another one “for mommy and daddy,” much as a frog snags a moving fly from the air. On this one, both sentiment and artwork were also perfect. Considering the kid can’t read, I was in awe.

then I realized she meant “I want that” or, more correctly, “I will have that” because, today, she has a tutu for every day of the week. She wears them with leggings and asks to have her hair put up “in a bundle.” Maybe she’s a budding ballerina. In the meantime, we shop. The first time I took her to a mall, she pieced together, “Is this a mall? I love the mall!” and did an impromptu happy dance — in her tutu, of course. Right now, our mall shopping trips are centered around three things — the children’s clothing store, the play area and the hot pretzel stand. If her 6-year-old brother is along, we include a stop at an automated drink machine where, for two

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dollars, he can watch a metal arm go to the bottle or can of his choice, and send it rumbling down the chute. Half the time, he’s not even thirsty; it’s more like a pinball machine to him. I spend a little money on the kids whenever we’re at the mall, but their mother makes sure they bring their own money. If they want to “waste money” on a drink machine, they have to use their own money to do it. The kids earn this money by selling lemonade or, more recently, cookies at the end of their driveway. In about an hour and a half, the cookie sale raked in $42. Their father kept a watchful eye over them while their mother spent her time in the

kitchen, hurriedly baking batch after batch of cookies. At the end of the day, she told the kids, “You know, cookie dough isn’t free. What about the cost of goods sold? What about my pay?” They stepped out of earshot to discuss it, then gave her a dollar. That’s quite a return on investment! They’re also good at saving their money. When Tess’s mother asked how much she was going to spend at the mall, Tess answered, “Nothing.” “Good girl.” “I’m going to spend your money.” That didn’t work out like Tess had hoped, but in shopping as in valentines, “It’s the thought that counts.”

‘What Men Want’ Is An Unimpressive Remake Of An Older Film The new film What Men Want has been promoted as a remake response film to the successful 2000 Mel Gibson movie What Women Want. Instead of a male learning to become a better man as he learns about women by hearing their thoughts, we have a woman who simply tries to manipulate the men around her and causes chaos for all. Ali Davis (Taraji P. Henson) is a workaholic sports agent with the best numbers among her peers in a large sports firm. Still, she gets passed over for promotion time after time and is actually told that she doesn’t get along that well with men. Added to that, she is also told to “stay in your own lane.” Instead of filing a discrimination suit that would be an easy victory, she gets drunk and has a one-night stand with a bartender (Aldis Hodge), who is actually a decent guy, so she ignores him for a while. She loses a possible client and

that might mean less than she imagines. Ali gets challenged to sign a young basketball player Jamal Barry (Shane Paul McGhie). Her problem is that the person deciding on representation is Jamal’s father Joe “Dolla” Barry (Tracy Morgan), who really believes in family. Ali (pronounced like the famed fighter because her dad was a fan) brings the bartender and his six-year-old son as her family, assuming that because she can read their thoughts, she can get away with the game she is playing. And things, not surprisingly, don’t go well. The cast is good, although Henson, a truly superior actress, overdoes the force. She goes all out so much that there is not nearly as much contrast and shading as there might be. Morgan is fabulous, as usual. He walks away with his scenes. And I really liked Hodge as man who tries to teach Ali that sex is better when there

‘I’ On CULTURE By Leonard Wechsler in a semi-fog goes to a psychic (Erykah Badu), who feeds her weird tea leaves. She hits her head a bit later and can suddenly hear men’s thoughts. This does give her a great advantage, except, since this is a comedy, she blows it. Trying to use her advantage, she does everything wrong. She has quick sex with a lot of men, tossing them aside as soon as she gets satisfied. She ignores her girlfriends, who really want to help her, and all in the name of a promotion

is love involved. But the funniest of all is Badu as the psychic. Since her main job is as a singer, she was a delightful surprise, totally daffy throughout her scenes. What was really missing from the film is what made the male version have meaning for me. Mel Gibson hearing women’s thoughts taught him that women despised him, and he listened. He helped a young woman he had previously ignored at work through a crisis, really connected with his teen daughter and did right by the women he had pushed aside through his actions. One of the keys in the film was the promotion of the reality that women do have thoughts and feelings different than men, and Gibson (and presumably much of the audience) learns to respect that. Ali simply used her ability as a form of manipulation — and the men seem never to think at all. Things have changed greatly in terms of the balance of the war of the sexes in

recent years. There is a passing allusion to the #MeToo movement in the film, just a mention. That could have led to some interesting situations. Unfortunately, director Adam Shankman focuses on the raunch and not on much else. The men in the film almost never have anything useful to say. Their minds seem limited to being good “bros” and admiring key body parts of females around them. Had the first movie done that to women, there might have been major protests. Calling men names has become so commonplace that few people even seem to notice any more. Still, the movie does have more than a few laughs, even if some of them are due to gross humor. I did laugh some of the time, but, frankly, I was not able to sympathize much with Ali as time went on. She could have learned; instead, she tried to rule. This is one that can be easily skipped.


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continued from page 1 she said. “He is our leadership now, and we just need to make it work.” However, Danowski disagreed with the process the council followed in appointing Titcomb. The council bypassed getting requests for proposals and directly hired Titcomb, although the town attorney said it is within the parameters of the council to hire and fire the manager at will. “I think that was a complete travesty and dismissal of our process,” Danowski said. “There

NEWS was no RFP, there was no equal opportunity, there were no other candidates considered. I do not for one minute believe that this was an emergency decision.” Danowski was an LGWCD supervisor from June 2015 to June 2018 and served several months on the Roadways, Equestrian, Trails & Greenway Advisory Committee. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland. “I am a problem solver and a very good listener, and I’m a very good mediator,” Danowski said. Originally from New York, Danowski has lived in Loxahatchee Groves for 14 years. McLendon told the Town-Crier that he has fulfilled the campaign promises that he made during his successful election campaign in

2016. “Every single one of them I accomplished, and there’s 15 others that I have accomplished,” he said. “I would like that to continue. Your first term, there is a learning curve and a lot to figure out and get adjusted. So, if I think that if I did as many good things as I did in my first term, I’m entitled to move into my second term.” McLendon said his accomplishments include franchise fees for the solid waste contract for commercial businesses. “That will lower the pressure on the residents for their taxes,” he said. “We’ve adopted a couple of different policies for getting roads improved, to make that a possibility, where before there were no policies in place for that to happen with the town.” He also called for making the

ily suspended on Friday, Feb. 8 to address facility conditions due to flooding. During the closure, retail operations were moved to the Palms West Post Office, located at 10299 Southern Blvd. in Royal Palm Beach. However, post office box customers were still able to pick up their mail at the Loxahatchee Post

Office during the closure. Retail and delivery operations resumed on Wednesday. Retail hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The post office is closed Saturday and Sunday. The United States Postal Service apologizes to its customers for any inconvenience caused by the temporary suspension of operations.

LGWCD dependent to the town. “We got that done,” McLendon said. Although it was not a campaign promise, in response to the most recent hurricane, the council adopted an ordinance requiring all future utility lines be buried underground. “Although that ordinance only affects new utilities, you’ve got to start somewhere,” McLendon said. “That may be many years in the making to see if it has any effect.” McLendon also took part in changing town hall hours to a 10hour day, four days a week at no extra cost to the town to make it more accessible to residents. He was also able to get a policy adopted that if a resident had long-term code violations, they could have up to a year to come into compliance. “That helped people who had issues that they had been doing something illegal out here for 20 years and maybe never realized it wasn’t legal, and finally code enforcement came after them,” he said. “Instead of having 30 days or 60 days to correct something that has been going on for decades, they have up to a year now to do that.” McLendon was also instrumental in strengthening the town’s ethics code. “We had an issue where a developer got turned down, and a council member worked behind the

Webb said there will be a fourstep approach to developing the master plan. First will be a learning stage, followed by exploring alternatives, then envisioning the plan and finally, implementing the plan. Eight focus groups, 10 stakeholder meetings, two evening meetings and some surveys will be scheduled. “But we can add some more if needed to create an open, transparent process,” Webb said. Gerwig noted that discussions regarding recreation programs tend to bring out residents in droves. “I’ve been sitting up here several years, and I can tell you baseball is the way to pack this room,” said Gerwig, who added that swimming, equestrians and some land use issues will also bring out the crowds. Gerwig verified that studies that have been done in the past can be used as part of the master plan project. Siskind said she liked that Webb

and his firm, “would bring a fresh perspective to existing data.” Drahos felt it was important to have a checkpoint midway through the project to make sure the study includes what the village is expecting and is as detailed as they need it. He stressed that he wanted the consultant to ask every stakeholder for their input. Napoleone echoed that sentiment. “We have to get the silent majority, and not just the vocal minority,” he said. Webb said he did not want to have a finished report and have one contingent say, “But you never talked to me.” He will also seek to overcome barriers to participation that prevent some residents from using the parks and recreation facilities. “We really try hard to create data collection that is a statistically valid cross-section to represent what the entire community wants,” Webb said. In other business: • A housekeeping measure ini-

tiated by Village Attorney Laurie Cohen passed unanimously on its first reading. Cohen explained the situation briefly. “We received a letter from the Federal Housing Finance Agency objecting to paying the mortgage registration on vacant properties because a state law exempts them from paying that fee. When we researched the issue, we felt that a Florida court could go either way,” Cohen said. However, she noted that since it affects just 17 properties in the village, it was more expedient to add language that said the owner would be exempt to the extent the ordinance allows. “We can go back and change this if we decide later this is a fight worth fighting, but this puts the matter to bed,” Gerwig said. • Cohen also reported that the village’s lawsuit regarding nine parcels in the Big Blue area with 130 code violations had prevailed in the Circuit Court Appellate Division and the summons is ex-

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Interlocal Agreement

continued from page 1 should we be using our money to improve their property?” he asked. “Why should we pay for it twice?” Rick Whalen, a resident who taught at Wellington High School, spoke in favor of the idea, saying that it would be good for the school and the community. The council voted unanimously to pursue the non-binding interlocal agreement. Drafting a Parks & Recreation Master Plan was also approved 5-0. It will be developed, at a cost of $149,000, over the next 9 to 12 months. “We will hold focus groups and meet with stakeholders, attempting to engage with everybody. We can’t say yes to everything, but we’ll seek public input over the coming months,” said Joe Webb of the consulting firm AECOM.

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scenes and resurfaced the item at the next meeting, which approved the development, but we had no idea what had taken place. So, we strengthened the ethics code that would prevent that from happening again,” McLendon said. The council also implemented business tax receipts that are in place with other municipalities. “That helps offset the taxes on residents,” McLendon said. He is also proud of a policy change so that the council, rather than the Planning & Zoning Committee, is now the town’s Local Planning Agency. “That was to streamline the process for fixing our codes,” he said. “It puts more work on the council, but it helps with the biggest problem with the town right

now, which is our codes, and we’re trying to get that process moving faster.” McLendon said he also prevented another pay raise for council members. His goals if re-elected are to fix problems with the town’s codes. “We’ve got some major problems with our codes,” McLendon said. “I was against hiring code enforcement when we did, knowing that we have major issues with our codes, and I said it then, when we were hiring our code officer. I said we’re making a mistake. There’s a rule book that every sitting council member agrees has major problems. I voted against it, and, unfortunately, every other council member voted to hire code enforcement.”

pected to be delivered this week. A $6.7 million lien, including penalties and interest, began when the property owner illegally clear-cut a portion of the land. • McGovern encouraged citizens to take the Aero Club Drive survey on the Wellington web site at aeroclubsurvey. It garners public input on proposed landscaping and drainage changes on the western Wellington thoroughfare. Drahos, however, was not happy that the survey was released without council input. “It is important that surveys such as this come before the council for input before they go out,” he said. Village Manager Paul Schofield apologized to the council and stressed that it would not happen again. Gerwig felt it was important that residents know that the village isn’t pushing one answer on the survey regarding the future of the Washingtonian palm trees on Aero Club Drive. “We won’t ask for

your opinion and then try to steer your opinion,” she said. Schofield stressed that there was no intention to present anything other than the options. • During council reports, Siskind said that she had recently attended a Boy Scouts of America meeting in which one of the country’s first groups of female scouts was made welcome, and she congratulated the scouts on having girls to follow in the fathers’ and brothers’ footsteps. McGovern asked that orange lighting be used on Valentine’s Day in the village in solidarity with the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting one year ago. Barnes said it could be done in time, and the council consensus was to implement it. Napoleone congratulated last weekend’s “A Day for Autism” event at the Wellington Community Center, and Drahos added that Napoleone deserves credit for his efforts in championing the event.

COMMUNITY CALENDAR Saturday, Feb. 16 • The Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association’s annual six-day Ocean to Lake Hiking Trail Backpacking Event is set for Saturday, Feb. 16 through Thursday, Feb. 23. This 62-mile backpacking event from Lake Okeechobee to the Atlantic Ocean is a strenuous activity and for experienced backpackers only and is limited to 25 hikers due to campsite restrictions. Contact Fred Davis at or (561) 585-6386 for more info. • The Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association will walk in Okeeheelee Park South (7500 Forest Hill Blvd.) on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 7:30 a.m. Contact Paul Cummings at (561) 596-4423 for more info. • The Green Market at Wellington will be held Saturday, Feb. 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. near the Wellington Amphitheater. For info., visit • The Palm Beach Zoo will host a Ladybug Release Party on Saturday, Feb. 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit for more info. • The Wellington Garden Club will hold a document shredding fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. to noon at the PNC Bank branch at 12000 W. Forest Hill Blvd. in Wellington between Publix and the Wellington Amphitheater. For a donation of $5, a letter-sized box/container will be shredded. For a $10 donation, a legal-sized box/container will be shredded. Only cash or checks will be accepted. There will be volunteers on hand to assist with unloading boxes. For more info., call Jan Seagrave at (561) 793-1697. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Miniatures by Pamela O’Brien for ages 15 and up on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 10:15 a.m. Miniaturist and blogger Pamela O’Brien will speak about the world of miniatures and present the winners of the Miniature Library Contest. Call (561) 6814100 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Books & Kids: Bilingual Story Time for ages 2 to 5 on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 10:30 a.m. Listen to stories, songs, rhymes and fun in both English and Spanish. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host a Unicorn Story Time for ages 3 to 5 on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 11:15 a.m. Travel to the land of make-believe with dazzling unicorns in this special story time. Hear stories, songs and create a magical, mystical creature craft. Call (561) 681-4100 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host an Acoustic Java Jam for adults on Saturday, Feb. 16 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 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host It’s Your Move: Chess Club for ages 8 to 17 on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 2 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) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The annual Lucchese 40-Goal Challenge to benefit the Polo Players Support

Group will return to the International Polo Club Palm Beach on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 3 p.m. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Dave Offen at dave@ or call (516) 528-3821 or (647) 620-4533 for more information, or visit • The Wellington Classic Brew Fest will take place Saturday, Feb. 16 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Wellington Town Center, with craft brews and live music by the Andrew Morris Band playing country hits and classics. Visit for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Musical Concert for adults by Vikash Sharma, a celebrated local singer and musician of Guyanese descent, performing classical Indian music, on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 3:30 p.m. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host food trucks and a free Foreigner tribute concert on Saturday, Feb. 16 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Visit for more info. • Feeding the Hungry Inc. will host its inaugural fundraising event on Saturday, Feb. 16 from 7 to 11 p.m. with its “Sharing the Love” bash at the Wellington National Golf Club (400 Binks Forest Drive, Wellington). The nonprofit organization provides tutoring for children and ESOL classes to adults and distributes food, as well as clothing, furniture, toys, appliances and home goods, to more than 400 families from five locations within Palm Beach County. For more info., visit www. Sunday, Feb. 17 • The Royal Palm Beach Green Market & Bazaar will be held Sunday, Feb. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Veterans Park (1036 Royal Palm Beach Blvd.). For more info., visit www. • The 2019 season at the International Polo Club Palm Beach will continue Sunday, Feb. 17 with the Butler Handicap. For tickets, or more information, call (561) 204-5687 or visit Monday, Feb. 18 • The Kravis Center Cultural Society will host a Lunch & Learn on “Louis B. Mayer and the Screen Goddesses He Discovered: Joan Crawford, Lana Turner, and Greta Garbo,” with Scott Eyman interviewed by Steven Caras on Monday, Feb. 18 at 11:30 a.m. Visit for more info. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will host a screening of The Long Walk Home (1990) as part of the African-American Film Festival on Monday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. Visit for more info. Tuesday, Feb. 19 • 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. 19 and Thursday, Feb. 21 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 Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will host Evolving presented by the Writers’ Academy at the Kravis Center on Tuesdays,

Feb. 19 through March 26 at 1:30 3 p.m. Visit for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Free E-books for adults on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. Learn about the library’s e-book services, including the new Cloud Library app. Bring your device, user name and password, along with your library card number. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Writers Live Presents Jane Heller for adults on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. Heller started her career promoting many bestselling authors before becoming a bestselling author herself. A book signing will follow. Pre-register at www.pbclibrary. org/writers-live-2019. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Alma Thomas Expressionist Mosaics for ages 5 to 12 on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. Get inspired by the work of Alma Thomas and create your own expressionist work of art. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will present pianist Dominic Cheli in his Florida debut on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m. Visit for more info. Wednesday, Feb. 20 • The League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County will host a Hot Topic Luncheon on “Why Courts Matter” with Damien Filer, communications director for the Progress Florida Institute, on Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Atlantis Country Club. Visit or call Esther Friedman at (561) 968-4123 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Joys of Jewish Humor, Part 2” for adults on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 2:30 p.m. In their jokes and stories, Jews speak across generational, ethnic, class and religious lines. You don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy classic Jewish humor. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Lego Bricks for ages 5 to 12 on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 3 p.m. Build, imagine and play with Lego bricks. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The West Palm Beach VA Medical Center (7305 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach) will host a town hall meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 4 p.m. in Room 4B-116. The event is open to all veterans and their loved ones. VA town hall meetings provide an opportunity for VA leadership to present updates on topics which impact veterans, their families and other stakeholders. For more info., contact Kenita Gordon at (561) 422-8607 or kenita. • An informational meeting on Wellington’s Great Neighborhoods Grant Program will be held Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. at the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) explaining how grant recipients can receive up to $15,000 for qualifying home projects. For more info., call (561) 791-4796. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Extreme Trivia for ages 12 to 17 on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. Challenge yourself and your friends in this extreme trivia game. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Teen Trivia for ages 12 and up on

Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. Show off your knowledge of topics from cartoons to Cleopatra and fandom to physics. Team up with friends and battle to be the best. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 681-4100 for more info. • Shulamit Hadassah will present Rabbi Cookie Lea Olshein on “Sex in the Texts: A Lively Conversation About Who Can, Should and Must in the Jewish Tradition” on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. at PBCFR Station 30 (9910 Stribling Way, Wellington). RSVP to Helene at coolmama18@hotmail. com or (561) 512-3172. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will present the Alabama indie group Act of Congress on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m. Visit for more info. Thursday, Feb. 21 • The Kravis Center Film & Literary Club will hold a screening of Love in the Afternoon on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 11 a.m. Visit www. for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Orisirisi African Folklore Presents Moonlight Stories for all ages on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 3 p.m. Orisirisi shares the beauty of African life and culture through storytelling with African drumming, spirited call-and-response songs and fun-filled audience participation. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host its STEAM Club for ages 5 to 12 on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 3 p.m. Create, play and learn, experimenting with slime. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free Fleetwood Mac tribute concert, along with food trucks, on Thursday, Feb. 21 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Visit events for more info. • Wellington Art Society member Stan Greenfield will speak about what motivates his choice of subject and how he creates his paintings on Thursday, Feb. 21 and Thursday, March 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Whole Foods Market Gallery in Wellington, where he has an ongoing exhibition. For more info., visit www.wellingtonartsociety. org. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Fake News Game Show for adults on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m. Think you can spot fake news? This trivia-style competition hosted by the Society of Professional Journalists will put your skills to the test while sharing tips for spotting fake news and determining the credibility of media outlets. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Friday, Feb. 22 • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Here Comes the Sun for ages 7 to 10 on Friday, Feb. 22 at 3 p.m. Chase away the gray winter days with solar science, experiments with light and color, and paint a colorful suncatcher for your window. Call (561) 681-4100 for more info. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free Eagles tribute concert, along with food trucks, on Friday, Feb. 22 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Visit for more info. Saturday, Feb. 23 • The St. David’s Episcopal Church Women (ECW) will host its annual rummage sale

on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 24 from 8 a.m. to noon at St. David’s in the Pines Episcopal Church, located at the corner of Wellington Trace and Forest Hill Blvd. For more info., call (561) 793-1976. • Participants can help save homeless, abandoned and injured animals in need by registering for Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League’s 18th Annual Barry Crown Walk for the Animals on Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Meyer Amphitheatre (105 Evernia Street, West Palm Beach). The pet-friendly one-mile walk begins at 9 a.m. with check-in and registration, live entertainment and a free breakfast. At 10:15 a.m., after opening ceremonies, participants will enjoy a scenic walk along the West Palm Beach waterfront down Flagler Drive. To learn more about the walk, or for sponsorship opportunities, visit www. or call (561) 530-6057. • The Green Market at Wellington will be held Saturday, Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. near the Wellington Amphitheater. For info., visit • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free Elton John tribute concert, along with food trucks, on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Visit for more info. • “Get Painted at the Artists Ball” will take place at the Armory Art Center (811 Park Place, West Palm Beach) on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 7 to 10 p.m. Guests who want to participate in the fun will arrive dressed in white and will be painted on the spot by select artists. Tickets can be purchased at Sunday, Feb. 24 • The 2019 season at the International Polo Club Palm Beach will continue Sunday, Feb. 26 with the C.W. Whitney Cup. For tickets, or more info., call (561) 204-5687 or visit • Forever Greyhounds will host its sixth annual FUNdraising Event: An Afternoon of Laughter on Sunday, Feb. 24 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Palm Beach Improv (550 S. Rosemary Ave., Suite 250, West Palm Beach). The event will feature comedians Frank Del Pizzo and Carl Rimi, who will set the stage for an afternoon of belly laughs and fun that will include a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, door prizes and more. All proceeds go directly to the medical care and transport/relocation of retired racing greyhounds. Free parking for the event is available at any of the five parking garages at City Place. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. For more info., visit or call (561) 574-7756. • A Gala Cantorial Concert featuring 12 outstanding cantors from the Southeast Region of the Cantors Assembly, including several with ties to the western communities, will take place on Sunday, Feb. 24 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Temple Beth Am (7205 Royal Palm Blvd., Margate) in Broward County. The cantors will be singing Broadway, pops, modern Jewish composers, duets, Israeli classics, opera, Yiddish songs and Hazzanut. For more information, or to purchase tickets online, visit 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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Joe DiMaggio Children’s Health Specialty I.T. Solutions Of South Florida Celebrates Center In Wellington Opens On Feb. 18

One of the most respected names in pediatric care and the resources of one of South Florida’s largest children’s hospitals will soon be available in Wellington, making it easier for Palm Beach County children and families to access care for specific medical needs. The Joe DiMaggio Children’s Health Specialty Center in Wellington is scheduled to open Monday, Feb. 18, with medical professionals in six specialties — endocrinology, pulmonology, otolaryngology, orthopedics, general surgery and neurology — welcoming patients. Comprehensive imaging (MRI and ultrasound), outpatient surgery and rehabilitation services will also be available at the more than 30,000-squarefoot, freestanding facility. The Joe DiMaggio Children’s Health Specialty Center in Wellington is one of three locations in Palm Beach County that provide specialized pediatric care. The other two are Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital physician offices

in Boca Raton. “We’re proud to have earned a reputation for high quality, patient and family-centered care, and we’ll bring that same level of service to families in Wellington,” said Caitlin Beck Stella, CEO of Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. “At the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Health Specialty Center in Wellington, we’ll be an extension of the care area pediatricians provide, often working in collaboration with them to improve the health of local children.” Stella said the specialty center will feature online scheduling and the same kid-friendly décor and “Power of Play” philosophy as Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, the 226-bed hospital in Hollywood. The children’s hospital was the first pediatric facility in the world to receive Planetree’s Person-Centered Organization designation. An open house for the community to tour the specialty center and meet its staff is set for Saturday, March 16. The Joe DiMaggio Children’s

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An interior rendering of the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Health Specialty Center in Wellington. Health Specialty Center in Wel- tablished in 1992, the hospital lington is located at 3377 N. State combines advanced technology Road 7 between Lake Worth Road and the expertise of the largest, and Forest Hill Blvd. The facility most diverse group of board-cercan be reached at (561) 341-7000. tified pediatric specialists in the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hos- region. The hospital is staffed 24 pital is one of the region’s leading hours a day by world-class pediapediatric hospitals, offering a tricians, pediatric specialists, specomprehensive scope of health- cialty-trained nurses and ancillary care services and programs in a support staff. To learn more, visit child-friendly atmosphere. Es-

CaptiveOne Advisors Sponsors The Vinceremos Special Olympics Team

CaptiveOne Advisors recently announced its sponsorship of the Special Olympics team at the Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center. “CaptiveOne is proud to announce that it is providing complete riding outfits for the 15 riders of the Vinceremos Special Olympics team,” Laura Southard, CaptiveOne’s brand ambassador, announced at the Vinceremos Dinner & Benefit Auction held Feb. 1. Ruth Menor, the founder of Vinceremos and coach of their Special Olympics team, was elated to receive the “competition scholarships.” CaptiveOne is teaming up with EC Pro, an equestrian fashion store, to supply the team with branded team show jackets, competition shirts and breeches. “This is the most creative and meaningful donation any one of our sponsors has ever come up with,” Menor told the 440 gathered supporters at the pavilion of the International Polo Club Palm Beach. “In the past, our Special Olympics team has competed in outfits

that didn’t match,” explained Susan Guinan, chief operating officer at Vinceremos. She said that Vinceremos is grateful for each and every contribution. “Special Olympians are often seen as individuals with disabilities trying to compete in a sport,” Guinan said. “But they are athletes; they practice and prepare for competition with the same heart and discipline as all Olympians.” Being a part of a team builds pride in each member, each other and those who support them. “The uniform serves as a visual reminder to all of that dedication and respect,” Guinan said. “Vinceremos is grateful that CaptiveOne recognizes the commitment of these special equestrians.” Vinceremos serves children and veterans with developmental, physical and psychological disabilities in its dynamic stable environment. In 2018, the charity taught 5,900 lessons, and Vinceremos volunteers spent 21,000 hours serving the community.

Fifteen years ago, few cell phones offered cameras, Bluetooth was just emerging and MySpace was in its infancy. At the same time, Deana and Jason Pizzo were combining her business acumen with his technology skills. Together, they founded I.T. Solutions of South Florida, an award-winning managed service provider and woman-owned business based in Lake Worth. Jason Pizzo grew up in Wellington and graduated from Wellington High School in 1991. He remained local until joining the U.S. Army’s XVIII Airborne Corps 35th Signal Brigade as a network switching systems operator. In 2001, he returned to Palm Beach County with his family. “In 2004, I started I.T. Solutions of South Florida with my wife, out of our living room, with a strong desire to use my passion for technology to help others,” said Jason Pizzo, CIO and co-founder of the company. I.T. Solutions of South Florida continues to stand the test of time, growing and evolving with technology and customer needs. “I.T. Solutions of South Florida has grown into a full-service I.T. consulting company, serving more than 200 small and medium-sized businesses both locally and nationally,” Jason said, noting that local clients include the United States Polo Association and SunFest. Deana also grew up in Palm Beach County, so it made sense to the couple to raise their family and start their business here.

I.T. Solutions of South Florida upgraded their office dramatically since the inception of the company. In 2004, the family dining room was the central work area and the couple’s 3-year-old son and 9-month-old daughter were always close by. The company now operates out of a state-of-theart 3,600-square-foot space where the emphasis is on technology and employee satisfaction. “I’m very proud of our corporate culture,” said Deana Pizzo, CEO of I.T. Solutions of South Florida. “You spend more waking hours with your coworkers than you do with your own family. So, we want to foster a fun atmosphere and make sure our employees know that they are appreciated every single day.” This approach earned I.T. Solutions of South Florida the honor of being named among the “2019 Best Places To Work” by the South Florida Business Journal. “That is the award we are most proud of,” Deana said. The South Florida Business Journal also recognized the company in 2017 as the 11th Fastest-Growing Technology Company. I.T. Solutions of South Florida also earned several industry accolades, including a spot in the Top 100 Managed Security Category in North America. The company founders plan to hire additional network engineers and purchase their own office space within the next few years. For more information, visit

Backstreet Fashions Coming To Wellington Green Commons

Laura Southard, CaptiveOne’s brand ambassador, presents the “competition scholarships” to Vinceremos founder Ruth Menor and Kai Sepersaude, rider of the year, while Elle Woolley of EC Pro is hugged by volunteer of the year Evan Hubner. Wayne Jenkins, the founder of CaptiveOne Advisors and a longtime Wellington resident, told Guinan, “I am thrilled to support Vinceremos. You are doing such amazing work right in my hometown community.”

CaptiveOne’s partner, EC Pro, hosted “Vinceremos Day” at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival on Feb. 8, and will do so at the Winter Equestrian Festival on March 23, with a portion of net profits going to Vinceremos.

Weingarten Realty recently announced that Backstreet Fashions is leasing 1,530 square feet of space at Wellington Green Commons and is scheduled to open for business during the first quarter of 2019. Wellington Green Commons is located in the retail hub anchored by the Mall at Wellington Green. It is home to tenants like Whole Foods and a variety of both local and national retailers and restau-

rants. The center is between Lime Drive and NuVista Avenue off of State Road 7 in Wellington. Leasing Executive Nicole Townsend with Weingarten Realty represented the landlord in the transaction. Weingarten Realty Investors is a shopping center owner, manager and developer owning or operating a total of 185 properties in 17 states. To learn more, visit www.

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Seminole Ridge Basketball Girls Earn The District Runner-Up Spot

By Gene Nardi Town-Crier Staff Report On Friday, Feb. 8, the Seminole Ridge High School girls basketball team hosted the Class 9A, District 9 final four with the Hawks earning the runner-up spot in the finals. The Hawks fell 64-50 to Palm Beach Gardens High School in the championship round. The loss marked the third time Seminole Ridge (22-4) lost to the Gators. Palm Beach Gardens (204, 9-0) notched their fourth district title with the win. “We have to rebound better, fight harder and stay true to our-

selves and our identity,” said second year Hawks coach Maria Hudson about her team’s performance. “Gardens is a very fast, talented and well-coached team. We have a very young team.” Two of the Hawks’ key impact players did not dress for the game due to injury, Jahnae Midget and Aspen Johnson may likely be absent the remainder of the postseason. The Hawks trailed by the end of the first half 32-15 but were able to rally and close the margin. The surge kept the Gators from pulling away in the second half.

Seminole Ridge got within seven, but still trailed 45-38 after Ashley Thornton hit two free throws in the fourth period. “We’re a man-to-man team. In the second half, we came out a lot better than the first half because we went man-to-man, but when you do that, you can give up fouls,” Hudson said. Late in the final period, the Gators jumped out with a 14-point run to extend their margin and all but secured the district title. Thornton and sophomore Lynzie Smikle tried to rally the Hawks to chip away at the gap that Palm

Beach Gardens built, but it was not enough to challenge for the lead, making the final 64-50. Thornton put up 15 points, six assists and five rebounds, while Smikle recorded 12 points and 15 rebounds for the Hawks. “We have a very young team and have to let them know it’s OK, it happens, play hard and fight,” Hudson said. As the district runner-up, the Hawks traveled to Boca Raton High School on Thursday, Feb. 14 to take on the Bobcats in the first round of regional competition, but results were not available by press time.

Seminole Ridge’s India Shepherd defends for the Hawks.

Alliyah Tatah shoots from the free-throw line for the Hawks.

Seminole Ridge’s Aneeshea Cason goes up for a shot from the outside.

Seminole Ridge’s Lynzie Smikle goes up for a two-point basket.

Ashley Thornton tries to get points for the Hawks as she is tripped by a Gator defender.


Six Nations To Face Off At CSIO5* Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup Teams from six nations, including many of the biggest names in the sport, have entered for the CSIO5* Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup of the United States of America, the only qualifier in the U.S. for the 2019 Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup Final in Barcelona, Spain, next fall. The prestigious team competition takes place this weekend at Deeridge Farms, a world-class venue in the heart of Wellington. It is the second of three elite, highperformance events as part of the Palm Beach Masters Series. The Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup is celebrating its 110th year in 2019 and features international teams made up of the world’s top-ranked horses and riders. National federations from around the world assemble teams of their most talented horse-andrider combinations, and the groups compete as a team, just as they do in the Olympics. After holding a brief residence in Ocala, the event is making a celebratory return to Wellington thanks to the newly expanded Palm Beach Masters Series, where it will remain through 2021. Teams from six nations — Canada, Colombia, Ireland, Israel, Mexico and the United States — will go head-to-head in the

Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup USA, navigating courses set by one of the world’s most respected designers, Ireland’s Alan Wade. The world-class event will host 60 Olympic-caliber athletes from 13 countries who will be competing with 116 horses for a whopping $716,500 in prize money. Deeridge Farms’ Nations Cup week, which got underway Wednesday, Feb. 13, also includes FEI Jumping Nations Cup youth competitions for Young Riders, Juniors and Children, showcasing the next generation of elite show jumping talent. Having won the team gold medal at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games, the team silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, championed the last two FEI Jumping World Cup Finals and took the FEI Nations Cup team silver medal at the 2017 final and team bronze medal in 2016, the U.S. riders are a force to be reckoned with and will undoubtedly give competitors a run for the money. The five-member NetJets U.S. Jumping Team for the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup USA will feature four Olympic veterans, the last two Longines FEI World Cup Champions and three of the

four members of the U.S.’s gold medal team from the 2018 WEG. The U.S. team features Beezie Madden, a four-time Olympic veteran, two-time Olympic gold medalist and the reigning Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Final Champion; McLain Ward, a fellow four-time Olympian with two gold medals and winner of the 2017 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Final; 2008 Olympic and 2018 WEG team gold medalist Laura Kraut; 2000 Olympic veteran Margie Engle; and Devin Ryan, 2018 WEG team gold medalist and runner-up at the 2018 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Final. Other top U.S. riders who will be competing as individuals include Olympic veterans Lucy Davis, Kent Farrington and Lauren Hough, along with Lucy Deslauriers, recent Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Wellington Champion Alex Granato, Eve Jobs, Marilyn Little, Todd Minikus, Wilton Porter, Jessica Springsteen, Catherine Tyree and Adrienne Sternlicht. The entry list of riders from the other nations’ teams includes some of the biggest names in the sport. Canada’s athletes include Mario Deslauriers, an Olympic veteran who won the 1984 FEI World Cup Final at just 19 years old, as well as Hyde Moffat, Erynn Ballard,

Tiffany Foster, Susan Horn, Amy Millar and Keean White. Mexico will be represented by five athletes, including Eugenio Garza Perez, Enrique Gonzalez, Manuel Gonzalez Dufrane, Fernando Martinez Sommer and Juan Jose Zendejas Salgado. The Irish contingent is strong, featuring Cormac Hanley, Darragh Kenny, Paul O’Shea, Conor Swail and Shane Sweetnam. Daniel Bluman, a two-time Olympic veteran, heads the list of entries from Israel that also includes Ashlee Bond, Ilan Ferder and Danielle Goldstein. Riders from Colombia include Juan Pablo Betancourt, Ilan Bluman, Juan Manuel Gallego, John Perez Bohm and Roberto Teran Tafur. In addition to the six countries sending teams to compete, Australia, Brazil, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Switzerland and Venezuela will have riders competing as individuals. Headlining this group of riders are some of the sport’s most accomplished riders, including Great Britain’s Ben Maher, a three-time Olympic veteran and currently the seventh-ranked rider in the world, and Martin Fuchs of Switzerland, who made his Olympic debut in 2016 and was the individual silver medalist at

Two-time Olympic Gold medalist Beezie Madden and Breitling LS, the reigning Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Final Champions, will ride for the U.S. team. PHOTO BY SHANNON BRINKMAN/US EQUESTRIAN the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Beach Masters Series events are from the Berkshire Bank VIP Games. “We are thrilled and honored to Club, an exquisite two-story venue bring the prestigious Longines FEI for watching the top-level compeJumping Nations Cup USA back tition in both competition arenas. to Wellington,” said Lou Jacobs, Club members are treated to speco-founder of the Palm Beach cial amenities and one-of-a-kind Masters Series with siblings Char- culinary creations from Delaware lie Jacobs and Katie Robinson. North’s Patina Restaurant Group. “We have a superb list of entries, In addition to the gourmet food and we look forward to welcoming served, a complimentary open bar everyone to Deeridge Farms for and table service are also included. The Palm Beach Masters Series what we believe will be one of the most exciting equestrian events in wants everyone to come to the event and wave their flags for the the country.” See NATIONS CUP, page 24 The best views for the Palm

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THREE HAWK FOOTBALL Valiente Defeats Audi In Overtime In World PLAYERS SIGN FOR Polo League Action At Grand Champions In front of a packed house, Va- a scoreless opening chukker, Audi COLLEGE PLAY liente rallied in overtime to win its bounced back with two goals from

Seminole Ridge High School football had 3 football players sign scholarships to play college ball last week. Peter Sinoyiannis signed with the Florida Institute of Technology. Ty’Korian Brown signed with Tusculum College and Ertonn Chatelain signed with St. Thomas University.

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World Polo League season-opener Sunday, Feb. 10 in the featured game at the Grand Champions Polo Club. Valiente (Agustin Nero, Santi Torres, Pablo MacDonough and Poroto Cambiaso) defeated Audi (Marc Ganzi, Jason Crowder, Nic Roldan and Pelon Sterling) 8-7 in overtime. MacDonough scored a team high four goals, including the game-winner with 7:16 left in the overtime chukker and was named Most Valuable Player. “Sometimes when you see you have a chance, you try to keep the ball and take your chance,” MacDonough said. “To score, you have to shoot. Sometimes it goes in, sometimes it goes out. We were lucky it went in.” The game marked the successful U.S. 26-goal debut of 13-year-old Poroto Cambiaso, son of 10-goal polo great Adolfo Cambiaso. Cambiaso replaced team sponsor and WPL co-founder Bob Jornayvaz in the lineup. It was the first time MacDonough played in a game with Cambiaso. “He is amazing,” MacDonough said. “He will definitely be one of the best players in the world in maybe four or five years.” The crowd was mesmerized by Cambiaso stripping Roldan of the ball and weaving his way through defenders twice his size. Cambiaso and Torres each added one goal for Valiente, which started out with a 2-0 lead on handicap. It was the first time Valiente played together as a team. “I think the World Polo League is definitely here to stay,” MacDonough said. “It’s the very first year, and it’s already showing some new people who are very interested and coming to watch.” The evenly-matched teams battled throughout the game. After

Roldan and one from Sterling to take the lead, 3-2. Audi extended its lead to 5-2 in the third chukker before Valiente scored its first goal from the field with 1:40 left on Torres’ great cut shot and another from MacDonough scoring off a high angled goal with three seconds left to trail, 5-4, at the half. MacDonough lofted another goal through the air to tie the game 5-5 with 4:58 left in the fourth chukker. MacDonough weaved his way through a crowd of defenders to score enabling Valiente to take the lead for the first time, 6-5. Ganzi converted a 30-yard penalty shot to tie the game 6-6 with 7:23 left. Cambiaso then took off after winning the throw-in to regain the lead for Valiente, 7-6. Both teams had scoring opportunities early in the sixth chukker before Roldan hit a 30-yard pen-

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Poroto Cambiaso of Valiente reaches to hook Marc Ganzi of Audi. alty shot to tie the game again, 7-7. Both teams had more scoring opportunities before time ran out, sending the game into overtime. World Polo League play continued this week. Eight teams are competing in bracket play with the final set for Feb. 17 at Grand Champions at 4 p.m. table, all guests must have already purchased membership access. Each reserved table seats six and is good for one day of use. For ticket information, visit https:// nations-cup/vip-hospitality. The Palm Beach Masters Series has added several exciting features to its 2019 events. The Just World International Kids’ Zone, new Boardwalk Boutiques, the Taylor Harris Beach Bar and new picnic style tailgating spaces offer a oneof-a-kind experience for the whole family. New for 2019, general admission and parking are free for all spectators. General admission seating in the grandstands is available on a first-come, first-served basis for all events. Further information on the Palm Beach Masters Series is available at


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Equestrian Village 13500 South Shore Blvd. Wellington, FL 33414 561.793.5867

Main Grounds at PBIEC 3400 Equestrian Club Drive Wellington, FL 33414 561.793.JUMP (5867)

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