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Wellington Seniors Panel Supports Survey, ‘Homegrown Heroes’

Volume 39, Number 7 February 16 - February 22, 2018

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Wellington’s Senior Advisory Committee discussed an upcoming senior survey, senior community volunteering and ways in which to get seniors more involved and engaged in the community during the board’s monthly meeting on Thursday, Feb. 8. Page 3

Horses Healing Hearts Hosts Annual White White West Gala

The seventh annual White White West party, an evening of dancing, food, drinks, silent auction and live entertainment was held Friday, Feb. 9 at Wellington National Golf Club. The event benefited Horses Healing Hearts, a charity that uses horses to help children of alcoholics and addicts. Dave Aronberg, Roxanna Cella and Peter Wylde were the event’s honorary chairs. Page 5

Live 360 Teen Art Salon Exhibition Takes Place At Wellington Green

Isabella Bustamante, founder of the Teen Art Salon in New York City, launched at a special exhibition in the Live 360 Studio on Thursday, Feb. 8 at the Mall at Wellington Green. Teen Art Salon promotes and supports the creative pursuits of youth by providing free arts programming for young adults ages 13-19. Page 15


Yet Another Massacre: Many Ideas, But A Solution Eludes Us

The last time we discussed much-needed improvements in both enforcing existing gun laws and strengthening the laws currently in place, it was after the June 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. Well, here we are again, after this week’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in nearby Parkland, where 17 people were brutally murdered on a South Florida high school campus. Page 4 DEPARTMENT INDEX NEWS...............................3 - 15 OPINION.................................. 4 NEWS BRIEFS.................... 7 - 8 PEOPLE................................. 16 SCHOOLS.............................. 17 COLUMNS............................. 18 BUSINESS..................... 28 - 29 SPORTS..........................31 - 33 CALENDAR............................ 34 CLASSIFIEDS................ 35 - 38 Visit Us On The Web At WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM

The Wellington Chamber of Commerce hosted its 5K Polo Dash & Bash on Sunday, Feb. 11 at the Grand Champions Polo Club. At the event was a vendor village, a 155-foot obstacle course, food and more. Shown above, the six-year-old through eight-year-old group starts the mini dash. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 22 PHOTO BY JACK LOWENSTEIN/TOWN-CRIER


Village, Foundation Sign Agreement To Work Together

By Jack Lowenstein Town-Crier Staff Report Wellington Mayor Anne Gerwig and Tom Wenham of the Wellington Community Foundation signed a memorandum of understanding at the Wellington Village Council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 13. “It formalizes the partnership between us to support the needs of our community, specifically with seniors, veterans and our youth,” Community Services Director Paulette Edwards explained. “It gives us the opportunity to partner with this nonprofit organization, to be able to assess the needs of the community, and those needs then will be able to be addressed and help the village in addressing those needs in the community.” Wenham, chair of the foundation and a former Wellington mayor, appeared at the meeting to thank the village for its continued partnership.

“On behalf of the board members of the Wellington Community Foundation… we are proud to be partners with the village on this memorandum of understanding with a focus on Wellington seniors, veterans and children, supporting their quality of life by working together on community projects,” Wenham said. Aside from Wenham, the foundation’s board members include Mickey Smith, Robbin Lee, Maria Becker, Barry Manning, Jim Sackett, Maggie Zeller, Hope Barron, Joanna Boynton and Dr. Gordon Johnson. “It was two years ago this month that the council turned the Wellington Community Foundation over to those committed to benefiting the residents of Wellington,” Wenham said. “During these past two years, your Wellington Community Foundation board has worked See COUNCIL, page 4


Fred Pinto Wants To Maintain Quality Of Life As RPB Mayor

By Jack Lowenstein Town-Crier Staff Report Royal Palm Beach Mayor Fred Pinto is seeking a second term with the gavel, asking residents of the village to return him to the dais on Tuesday, March 13. Pinto faces a challenge from former Councilwoman Martha Webster in a rematch of Royal Palm Beach’s 2016 mayoral election. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for the citizens in this village,” Pinto said. “I feel that I understand what their concerns are about, and I think I’ve always been able to address that and articulate that.” Pinto was first elected to the council in 2003. He recalled how he was encouraged to seek the open seat at the time, winning a four-way race. He believes his Wall Street experience has served him and the village in business decisions made during his time on the council, and since he was elected mayor two years ago. “I looked down in the future

of the village and where the village was then. I anticipated some major business decisions needing to be made for the future of the community,” Pinto said, proud of where the village stands today because of those decisions. His greatest concern lies with the safety of residents. “We talk about quality of life. The key component to a high quality of life is people want to feel safe,” Pinto said. “They want to feel like their children are safe. They want to feel their parents, their grandparents are safe. Everybody wants a safe environment.” Pinto is confident in the work he, the other council members and village staff have put in to bring safety to the village, stressing that the crime statistics decrease with each passing year. “Unfortunately, we have people who want to emphasize anomalous events that may happen and try to paint that as, ‘Oh, we have a problem.’ That simply is nothing more than someone who is doing

Fred Pinto fear-mongering,” he said. While Pinto wants to address safety in Royal Palm Beach, he does not believe there is a major problem with crime in the community. “Crime is ubiquitous. It can happen anywhere, anytime, no matter See PINTO, page 21

Webster Stresses ‘Family Values’ In RPB Mayor’s Race

By Jack Lowenstein Town-Crier Staff Report Former Councilwoman Martha Webster is seeking to reclaim a seat on the Royal Palm Beach Village Council, challenging Mayor Fred Pinto in his bid for a second term. The election will be held on Tuesday, March 13. “This is a very good campaign. I’m very enthusiastic about it,” Webster said. “I have a lot of assistance, a lot of volunteers with this — really an outpouring from the community that I haven’t seen for a couple of years. It’s heartwarming, and it’s exciting.” Webster served on the council from 2009 to 2013. Since then, she has run several times to return to elected office; most recently her unsuccessful bid against Pinto for mayor in 2016. A longtime resident of the village, Webster’s vision for Royal Palm Beach lies in the hometown culture and family values it continues to exude. But she feels

that there are areas that need to be evaluated in order to stay the course. “I believe that our values are very important,” she said, noting that the village was recognized as one of the top 10 towns for families to live in 2010, while she was on the council. “I’ve always represented honesty and integrity, and I think the person who serves in that leadership role needs to represent the village, have a good face for the village and a good reputation for the village.” Webster believes there has been an increase in crime in the village, and that is something she plans to address with the opportunity to serve as mayor. “In the last two years, we have seen an increase in crime and the intensity of some of the crime and, notably, talk about home invasion. We had a hit-and-run; we had an assault at Commons Park. These are things that are unheard of here.”

Martha Webster Webster said she has been working with neighborhood crime programs in Royal Palm Beach, and she is impressed with the community leadership and response. “Counterpoint, the Willows, La Mancha — they’ve stepped up; See WEBSTER, page 21

The World Championship Equestrian Triathlon, a benefit for the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club, took place Sunday, Feb. 11 at Deeridge Farms in Wellington. The family-friendly competition featured top polo, hunter-jumper and dressage athletes competing, with a twist — the athletes did not compete in their own sports. Shown above Lisa and Chris Von Martels with Jill Irving. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 19 PHOTO BY BETSY LABELLE/TOWN-CRIER

LGWCD Board Addresses Canal Trash Problem

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District Board of Supervisors on Monday discussed ways to clean the community of trash, especially in the canals. The canal trash problem became evident when recent canal dredging unearthed large amounts of trash and junk along with silt. Resident Virginia Standish pointed out that water levels have been low, which not only presented a fire hazard in the event firefighters have to draw water from canals, but also exposed debris in the canals. Former Supervisor Don Widing said he noticed that the district is losing canal banks to erosion and encouraged the board to mow the top and leave the sides alone to allow growth on the sides in order to slow erosion. Supervisor Karen Piesley said she would like to see the trash cleared from the silt pulled from the bottom of canals, surmising that digging out the canals causes more dirt to fall in. LGWCD Administrator Stephen Yohe said the silt is stacked at the side of the canal and allowed to

dry. Day laborers are hired to pull the garbage out. He explained that canals are dug out to maintain their design capacity to handle extreme storm events, and to let water drain from residential properties. Supervisor Simon Fernandez said that the district and town should start addressing the issue of trash by enacting a law requiring residents to put trash and bags in cans so loose trash does not wind up in canals and animals do not tear open the trash bags. Supervisor Connie Bell noted that Marge Herzog of the Loxahatchee Groves Landowners’ Association solicits young people to help clean roads and canals, and agreed that if the town enforces requirements for trash containers, it would be helpful. She added that the town has discussed trash bins like those used by many municipalities but said it would be costlier than the present service. Bell also pointed out that illegal dumping is easy to trace. “If we find out it is your trash, we will take it to the next level,” she said. Yohe said district staff noticed recently there were about 20 tires See TRASH, page 21

Town-Crier To Host RPB Candidates Forum Feb. 26

The Town-Crier newspaper will host a televised Royal Palm Beach candidates forum Monday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Royal Palm Beach Village Meeting Hall council chambers. The four candidates seeking seats on the Royal Palm Beach Village Council in this year’s election have been invited to the forum. In the race for mayor, incumbent Mayor Fred Pinto is being challenged by former Councilwoman Martha Webster, while Sam Ro-

man is challenging Councilwoman Selena Smith for the Group 3 seat. The municipal election will be held Tuesday, March 13. The Feb. 26 forum will last approximately two hours and will be moderated by retired WPTV news anchor Jim Sackett with questions posed by Town-Crier staff members and the community. Sackett has moderated several Royal Palm Beach election forums in the past. “From my perspective, it’s helping to give back to the

community,” Sackett said. “Any election, no matter how big or how small, is very, very important to the people of that community. Come out and listen to what they have to say, and then be sure to go vote.” All residents are invited to attend the forum. For those who cannot make it in person, the forum will be broadcast on the village’s Channel 18 and streamed live on the village’s web site. The forum will be broken up into two 50-minute sessions with a

10-minute break in between. Each candidate will provide an opening statement before being asked a series of questions by Town-Crier staff members. Residents will be invited to submit questions during the first half of the forum. Moderator-chosen questions from those submitted will be asked during the second half of the forum. Each candidate will be given time to make a closing statement. “We’re excited to once again

stage this event for the Royal Palm Beach community,” Town-Crier Publisher Barry Manning said. “We look forward to a very informative candidates forum. Our mission at the Town-Crier is to keep residents informed on important local issues, and crucial to that is helping to keep voters informed on election issues.” The Royal Palm Beach Village Meeting Hall is located at the southeast corner of Okeechobee and Royal Palm Beach boulevards.

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Seniors Panel Supports Survey, ‘Homegrown Heroes’ Program

By Dani Salgueiro Town-Crier Staff Report Wellington’s Senior Advisory Committee discussed an upcoming senior survey, senior community volunteering and ways in which to get seniors more involved and engaged in the community during the board’s monthly meeting on Thursday, Feb. 8. Committee Member Mary Kastner had previously been assigned the task of drafting a survey that will eventually be used to improve the lives of Wellington’s older residents. The committee aims to use the survey to increase participation and get a quick and efficient response from Wellington’s senior community in order to make changes that will benefit the majority of senior citizens. “The purpose of the survey is to determine in which areas Wellington could do more for its senior population,” Kastner explained. She proposed a survey composed of nine categories. Some of the areas Kastner thought might be

improved for Wellington’s seniors are communications, economics, education, health, recreation, transportation and volunteering. Kastner stressed the importance of getting feedback from seniors. She broke down her categories by bringing to question whether seniors would benefit from things such as additional newsletters, educational programs, a concise and updated list of Wellington businesses that offer senior discounts, more community recreational groups and a community health fair for seniors. “These are meant to be broad topics,” she explained. Committee Member Sampson Nebb pointed out that much of what Kastner was proposing would be difficult to implement in terms of budget. Committee Member Sharon Lascola brought up the length of Kastner’s survey as another issue. Vice Chair Veronica McCue, heading up the meeting in place of Chair Howard Trager, explained

that she was asked simply to come up with different suggestions and ideas that could be included in the senior survey and that it would be proposed to the Wellington Village Council, which would make a final decision on whether Kastner’s suggestions would be achievable. “This is a survey; it doesn’t mean we have to implement these things. They are just ideas to bring to the community,” Committee Member Jose Soto added. “We can make the changes as a group.” The board voted to keep the survey as written in order to send it to the council for consideration. Nebb and Lascola dissented on the 3-2 vote. The meeting went on to discuss senior volunteering and the Homegrown Heroes proposal. Seniors already in the volunteer program were asked if they had interest in volunteering at local elementary schools. Since the program launched, 10 senior citizens have been working at the Wellington Elementary School media center.

“There are two other schools that are in desperate need of our volunteers,” McCue said. The committee plans to reach out to the community asking for more volunteers. McCue said that the announcement asking for more volunteers will be made at the next Wellington Seniors Club luncheon and will also be in the next printed newsletter. McCue explained the Homegrown Heroes idea. The plan was derived from Wellington’s Hometown Heroes program, which honors Wellington residents who have, in some way, made Wellington better. Homegrown Heroes would honor seniors over 60 who have lived in Wellington for 20 years or longer and have watched the community grow and change. There would be one Homegrown Hero per month, and they would tell their Wellington-related story on video. The committee aims to make the Homegrown Heroes videos

for schools, in order to educate students about the history and evolution of the Wellington community. Nominations for Homegrown Heroes could be made by anyone and submitted to the Senior Advisory Committee or the Wellington Community Services Department. The committee voted unanimously in favor of supporting the Homegrown Heroes idea, sending it to the council for approval. The final topic of the meeting stretched from discussing the monthly meeting time to the importance of getting other senior citizens to attend the sessions. On another unanimous vote, the committee agreed to begin holding meetings at 4:30 p.m. starting in May. When audience members commented on the new set time for future meetings, committee members said that it is a priority to them that senior citizens attend and participate in the communication happening at the meetings.

Resident Francine Strauss expressed concern that senior citizens are not aware that the committee meets every month and that they can voice their opinions and concerns at the meetings. Committee members said they hope more people will continue to show up and engage in the conversation. On other final matters, the committee revisited the importance of having a health fair for Wellington’s senior citizens. Lascola advocated for the health fair, noting that she has witnessed health fairs succeed in Royal Palm Beach. Paulette Edwards, Wellington’s community services director, assured the committee that a health fair is in the near future for senior citizens in Wellington. “We were thinking late spring or over the summer,” she said. The health fair conversation will continue at next month’s meeting, set for Thursday, March 8 at 3:30 p.m.

American Equestrians Got Talent To Be An All-Star, One-Night Gala By Betsy LaBelle Town-Crier Staff Report American Equestrians Got Talent (AEGT) this year will be a one-night-only, all-star gala event. Nine finalists from the three former years and one wildcard will compete against each other in a Battle of the Stars, on Sunday, March 18 at 6 p.m. at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival showgrounds, located at 13500 South Shore Blvd. in Wellington. There is one slot left for a talented singer, dancer and stage artist to beat the former finalists. To apply, visit and submit a video. The masterminds behind AEGT, Robert Dover and Kimberly Van Kampen, founder of Discover Dressage, have revamped the competition for this year. The contestants will include: David Willis (Season 2), Brian Lookabill (Season 1), Taylor Hughes (Season 1), Teaghan James (Seasons 1 and 2), Kylie Peitz (Season 3), Cassie Ortiz (Season 3), Kayden Muller (Season 2), Ki-Juan Minors (Season 1) and Michael Boone (Season 3). “We decided this year to bring

back our beloved finalists in a one-night-only, all-star gala review. It will be a wonderful gala with dancing, a silent auction and a very short live auction,” Van Kampen said. “We are really excited to host the event and encourage a talented person to submit a video for that tenth spot available to compete for the prize.” She invited the entire Wellington community to come out for the event. “If you love music and you love to dance, and you love to watch the talent we have here in Wellington, please come and see them,” Van Kampen said. “Our show has launched some amazing careers for a number of these talented performers, and we have them all coming back. It’s really going to be a fun evening.” Every dollar raised goes to the United States Equestrian Federation to support programs for the top athletes to prepare for upcoming championships, such as the 2020 Olympics and this year’s World Equestrian Games in Tryon, N.C. “It’s exciting that starting this year, the U.S. Equestrian Federation is starting a new youth program called the Emerging

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Dressage Athletes Program to help the youth make it to the high-performance championship level,” Van Kampen noted. “This includes all the Junior/Young Rider and Under 25 Grand Prix division riders across the country. We are working to raise $1 million for a four-year program.” Dover was also excited about the upcoming event. “We are going to have a big battle of the stars from the talent from the last three years. They are going to be battling it out for more prize money than we have ever had, and we have one wildcard,” he said. “That wildcard will come from anyone in this community, from South Florida or anywhere if they send in a video audition at before March 7. Our producers will be looking at all the applications for the spot and will select the final contestant on March 9.” That contestant will have an equal opportunity to win the grand prize. “March 18 is going to be a big event,” Dover said. “We are looking forward to having one spectacular judge from the talent industry to be here. It’s going to be an amazing night.”

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Yet Another Massacre: Many Ideas, But A Solution Eludes Us

The last time we discussed much-needed improvements in both enforcing existing gun laws and strengthening the laws currently in place, it was after the June 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. Well, here we are again, after this week’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in nearby Parkland, where 17 people were brutally murdered on a South Florida high school campus. The alleged shooter, a former student, was armed with smoke grenades and multiple weapons, including an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle. Twenty months later, and we still have no answers. Well, that’s not exactly correct. We have answers. What we haven’t seen are solutions implemented to at least try and stem the epidemic of mass shootings in the United States. According to a May 2012 poll conducted by right-leaning pollster Frank Luntz for the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns, gun-owning Americans, including National Rifle Association members, overwhelmingly support several of the common-sense measures typically described as “gun control.” These include: • Requiring criminal background checks on gun owners and gun shop employees; • Prohibiting terrorist watch list members from acquiring guns; • Mandating that gun-owners tell the police when their gun is stolen; • Concealed carry permits should be restricted to individuals who have completed a safety training course and are age 21 and older; and • Concealed carry permits shouldn’t be given to perpetrators of violent misdemeanors or individuals arrested for domestic violence. Following the Sandy Hook shooting in December 2012, Newsweek correspondent Michael Tomasky argued the right to bear arms can and should be regulated by the states — not by the federal government via the Second Amendment. “Congress should tell states, in the wake of this surely worse epidemic of gun violence, that they must put some substance into

the phrase ‘well-regulated militia,’” Tomasky said, quoting the most overlooked phrase of the Second Amendment. “They must define ‘well-regulated militia’ to include not only the National Guard, but all legally registered gun-owners in the state. If they fail to do so, and in line with the precedent set by the drinking-age act, they risk losing 10 percent of their federal law-enforcement funding.” There is some precedence to this. In the early 1980s, America was up in arms about drunk driving. After much debate and hand wringing about what to do, the focus was narrowed down to younger motorists, who tended to be the more irresponsible drivers. So Congress passed the National Minimum Drinking Age Act, which told states where the legal drinking age varied: you must raise the drinking age in your state to 21 by a specific date. If the states refused, the federal government would deny them 10 percent of their highway money. “Threatening financial penalties should make states get in line pretty fast,” Tomasky reasoned. “They’ll all comply, as they did in the 1980s. What governor is going to want to be responsible for losing 10 percent of his law-enforcement money?” It’s an interesting concept, but one of many when it comes to balancing the right to bear arms with the safety and security of a modern society. Can there be change? Will there be change? More specifically, will there be meaningful change — the type that both assuages the fears of gun rights advocates and those who want to prevent the seemingly random acts of violence that result in anywhere from one murder to a massacre? The key part of this is developing and accepting a philosophical adjustment that our national culture can both buy into and implement. Gun control is one of those “hot button” topics that brings out a ton of emotion — emotion that can (and often does) override logic. Recent events, including this week’s mass killing at Parkland’s high school, have called for an adjustment in the United States’ citizenry’s social contract. It’s time to see what the actual result of this ideological shift leads to... for our individual and collective future.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Support For Fred Pinto

Citizens of Royal Palm Beach: March 13 is a very critical day. We must come out to choose wisely for our community, our families and ourselves. Our current mayor, Fred Pinto, has been involved in sound decision making and strong leadership since 2003. Under his leadership, we have enjoyed 15 years of improvement to our beloved community. We must continue to support and work with our mayor to bring about continued progress for our village. Throughout his years of service to our village, Pinto has been a proponent of citizen communication. Comments, concerns and questions regarding village issues are always welcome at council meetings. Understanding that all citizens may not be able to attend such meetings, the mayor has created

an online communication link called “The Mayor’s Vector.” This notification system is accessible through the village web site. Citizens can sign up to be informed via e-mail or text about agenda items for upcoming council meetings, actions taken by the council at previous meetings, Royal Palm Beach calendar events and other pertinent village news. Citizens are also encouraged to e-mail the mayor any comments or questions they may have. Greater accessibility helps us to make our voices heard so that our mayor can act on our behalf. Pinto was instrumental in establishing the Annual Citizens Summit for feedback on plans that the council is considering. All those who subscribe to the Mayor’s Vector were invited to attend this past year’s event. Close to 100 residents participated. This is yet another example of community support and collaboration with our

mayor, who strives for continued progress. On March 13, we must communicate our desires for our village. We must choose a leader who is capable and well-equipped to keep us on the right path. We must choose to vote for Fred Pinto! Michael Rose Royal Palm Beach

A Need For Change In RPB

Having lived in Royal Palm Beach since 2003, I have become aware of the changing dynamics of our community, and the need for a real change. Crime is up despite assurance from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office that this is not so. We realize, unfortunately, that it has escalated from car vandalism to the violent home invasion last July near Commons Park, to the attempted sexual assault of

the woman with her child, also in the park, and another attempted attack there. It appears to me that our mayor has issues of his own, and has turned his back on the people of our village, not addressing the real issues at hand. I truly think Martha Webster has our community’s best interest at heart, and has the credentials to do so. She served on the Royal Palm Beach Council (2008-2013) and was vice mayor in 2010. She is involved in many community services and was a founding member of the Western Business Alliance. She is also involved with veterans and military outreach, the homeless coalition, the hunger coalition, Habitat for Humanity, among others. She has numerous public service affiliations as well, as can be seen on her Facebook page. She recognizes the need to preserve family values, is committed to restoring neighborhood

safety and is willing to facilitate effective plans to do so and following through on this. I really feel she knows our village and the necessities of its population. She will listen to our concerns and our suggestions; she’s part of our village. We need to know we have someone on our

side who will consider us first in all issues, as well as implementing a plan to keep our neighborhoods safe. Failure to vote for a change will bring the same complacency we’ve experienced in the past years. Nancy Sciaretta Royal Palm Beach

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After 19 Years, Siemens Ends Its Popular Academic Contest After 19 years Siemens Corp. is ending its well-known academic contest. Long a juicy opportunity to reach fame while making significant money, Siemens has ended the popular contest for youngsters

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in math, science and technology. What a shame! The Siemens program encouraged high schoolers across America to submit original projects in the above categories for the chance to win some big college

scholarships from $1,000 to $100,000. Over its tenure, more than $10 million in scholarships were awarded. Some 28,000 students submitted projects, and more than 1,600 won scholarships.

Siemens noted in the announcement release, “We have adjusted our investments.” The company went on to say, “Addressing inequalities in economic opportunity for the vanishing middle class is an area

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continued from page 1 very hard on procuring funds to achieve the many activities and products that have made Wellington the hometown community we all love and support.” Wenham told council members that the foundation is ready to

move forward with the joint initiatives he described. “Let’s jointly sign this memorandum of understanding and start working together for the betterment of Wellington,” Wenham said. Gerwig thanked Wenham and the foundation for the community involvement they have engaged among different people in Wellington through the work it has done. “I would like to thank you for

what you have done with this community foundation and to bring a focus to our seniors staying in our community, and our veterans who have served, and the people who might fall between other cracks,” Gerwig said. “You’re going to be filling that role.” Councilman Michael Napoleone applauded the foundation and its efforts in Wellington. “You guys have just hit the ground running and haven’t

Wellington Community Foundation Chair Tom Wenham and Wellington Mayor Anne Gerwig sign the memorandum of understanding as Mickey Smith, a foundation board member, looks on.


stopped running,” he said. “You have a great board, and you’re all individually assets to the community, but collectively you’ve been amazing.” Councilman Michael Drahos also commended the foundation. “I love this charity. I love talking them up every chance I get,” Drahos said. “You guys are all-stars, and you are living up to the hype, so every time you accomplish something more and greater, you just set the bar higher for yourself.” He went on to say that the village and the foundation continue to share a great partnership for the Wellington community. Vice Mayor John McGovern, alongside Gerwig, who was then a councilwoman, both were part of the vote in favor of separating the foundation from the village as an independent entity unto itself. “That really is one of the proudest votes that I have cast, being here to celebrate all that the Wellington Community Foundation has become, but really to talk about this memorandum of understanding, which moves that one step forward,” McGovern said. “There’s so many things that we can do in community services through the village that require matching funds, or matching funds to make it go further and change lives for more people.” Councilwoman Tanya Siskind spoke about the experience of attending foundation events. “You’re so dedicated to our community,” Siskind said. “Chil-

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Scouts from Pack 125 attended the council meeting as part of a presentation on their annual Pinewood Derby. dren, veterans and seniors — there is not a more noble cause. People are relying on this partnership, and I know there’s going to be great things coming out of it.” Wenham stressed the teamwork that goes into the success of the foundation. “It does take great people working with us who want this to succeed,” Wenham said. “I think we’ve worked hard. We stand together. We meet monthly… Paulette has joined us for a few of the meetings, so you’re welcomed.” McGovern made a motion to approve the memorandum, seconded by Drahos. The motion was approved unanimously. Gerwig and Wenham signed the

memorandum for a continued partnership between the village and the foundation, as did Village Attorney Laurie Cohen and Village Clerk Chevelle Nubin. In other business: • The council approved Palm Beach Central High School’s and Wellington High School’s Project Graduation sponsorships by the village. • Council members approved authorization to negotiate a contract to provide engineering and architectural services for Greenbriar Park and South Shore Park. Kimley-Horn & Associates is the firm that the village will enter negotiations with for the two projects.

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The seventh annual White White West party, an evening of dancing, food, drinks, silent auction and live entertainment was held Friday, Feb. 9 at Wellington National Golf Club. The event benefited Horses Healing Hearts, a charity that uses horses to help children of alcoholics and addicts. Dave Aronberg, Roxanna Cella and Peter Wylde were the event’s honorary chairs. Iconic 1960s singer Connie Francis was a special guest. For more information about Horses Healing Hearts, visit PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Jesse Baker, Doug Marty, Tom Blake and Julie Sandoval.

Bob and Karen Cavanagh with State Attorney Dave Aronberg.

Tony Coppola with Horses Healing Hearts founder and Liz Olszewski.

Neal McLaughlin, Susan Shelly and Trish McLaughlin of McLaughlin Racing Stables.

John and Susie Sheldrake.

Johnny and Mary Francis Perricone.

Famed singer Connie Francis (white hat, seated second from left) surrounded by her fans.

Jessica and Geoffrey Fear of Provident Jewelry with Nancy Rossi and Cheryl Love.

Laurie Chaplin with Horses Healing Hearts founder Liz Olszewski.


The Rainforest Clinic for Birds & Exotics hosted its annual Rainforest Parrot Party on Sunday, Feb. 11 in Loxahatchee Groves. Veterinarian Dr. Susan Clubb, owner of the clinic, gave educational presentations during the day, along with other presenters. Specialty vendors, as well as bird adoptions, were available. For info., call (561) 795-4878 or visit www. PHOTOS BY JACK LOWENSTEIN/TOWN-CRIER

Terry Timberlake, veterinarian Dr. Susan Clubb and Margherita Ferragamo.

Susan Van den Broek with Felix, a mocking cockatoo.

Adalya Vervlied, Meghan Boloier holding Smurphy, a hyacinth macaw, and Abigail Argenti.

Xavier Mizser, Nicole Zayas and Marcell Mizser try their hand at some fishing.

Concetta Ferragamo with Bonnie, a blue-headed macaw.

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Lox Groves Incumbent Jarriel Seeks Fourth Term On Council

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Vice Mayor Ron Jarriel is running for his fourth term on the Loxahatchee Groves Town Council. He faces two challengers, Phillis Maniglia and Neil O’Neal III, in his bid to retain Seat 1. The election will be on Tuesday, March 13. Jarriel is a 57-year resident of Loxahatchee Groves. He has been married to his wife, Sharon, for 45 years. They chose to stay in Loxahatchee Groves and raise their family in the community. They have one son, who is the fourth generation of Jarriels to live in the Loxahatchee Groves area. Jarriel spent four years in the U.S. Marine Corps and is a Vietnam War veteran. He retired from Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue after 31 years of service, and spent nine years on the Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District Board of Supervisors before being elected to the Loxahatchee Groves Town Council in 2009. He has been re-elected twice since then. Jarriel believes that he is the most qualified candidate to sit on the council due to his experience. “I have put a lot into both the town council and the Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District,” he said. “I have helped make many decisions for both boards. I feel that because of this experience, I am the most qualified to once again sit on this council.” He highlights his top accomplishment

as working hard to bring Palm Beach State College to the Groves. “Getting PBSC was a great accomplishment for the residents of the western communities,” Jarriel said. “I fought hard to help make that happen. Along with the college, we got our own shopping center, Loxahatchee Groves Commons. It’s a great convenience for our residents, as well as neighboring communities.” Another accomplishment he is proud to have been a part of is the purchasing of the Loxahatchee Groves Town Hall building at 155 F Road from the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce at approximately half of what building a new building would have cost. He also thinks the paving of South B Road, which was paid for by the developers of Loxahatchee Groves Commons at no cost to the residents, is another great accomplishment. Jarriel lists the top three issues in this campaign as providing safer and improved roads, improving drainage throughout the community, and building multi-purpose trails throughout the town that connect with neighboring communities. He feels there are services not currently provided by the town that should be, including an RV park that would allow equestrians to board and enjoy riding trails, and getting the long-delayed multi-purpose trails going. Roads are a perennial issue in Loxahatchee Groves, and Jarriel advocates for

road improvements using South B Road as a model. He favors using money to build the roads in a 55/45 state match from grants, gas tax funds, revenue from commercial development on State Road 80, and developers that want to build and do business in the Groves, and assessments, if needed. Jarriel supports the current effort to make the LGWCD a dependent district to the Town of Loxahatchee Groves with the condition that the LGWCD becomes the town’s public utilities department. “We can have our own graders and employees to grade our roads whenever needed and cut costs to our residents,” Jarriel said. “At this time, we are spending too much money on private contractors when we should have an interlocal agreement with the water control district to grade our roads, cutting costs to the residents and improving the condition of the roads.” He envisions Okeechobee Blvd. to stay as two lanes with proper turning lanes that allow traffic to flow smoothly, with beautiful landscaping in the median. Jarriel thinks that the town needs more commercial development in order to bring in more revenue to pay for better roads, drainage, parks and the multi-purpose trails. “The commercial should remain on Southern Blvd. so that access can be made off a major thoroughfare and not infringe on the quality of life of our residents,” he said.

In his opinion, Town Manager Bill Underwood is doing a good job, but Jarriel would like better response to road repair needs. “The town manager is highly qualified and highly respected by the League of Cities,” he said. “He is getting the job done. I would like to see a quicker response to some of the emergency road problems in the town and more concern about the condition of our roads.” He said that the town’s budget took some hard hits over the past year but should recover without taking drastic measures. “I believe that we have enough money in the budget to do a better job on improving our roads,” Jarriel said. “If we had not had a hurricane this year, our budget would be looking a lot better. If the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office cost had not doubled, that would have been great. I would like to put more funds into multi-purpose trails. Due to extenuating circumstances this past year, our budget is very tight. I believe by the end of the year, through more revenue coming in, our funds will be looking good again.” His vision for the future of Loxahatchee Groves includes better roads, better drainage and a better quality of life for everyone, with property values continuing to go up, and a town that has become united working together for the betterment of all. He thinks voters should vote for him due to his decades of experience with both the Town of Loxahatchee Groves and

Ron Jarriel the Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District. “I am the best qualified for this job,” Jarriel said. “I was on the Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District board for nine years, learning how to improve both drainage and roads. I gave that up to sit on the town council, which I am very proud to be able to have served on. After 18 years of serving on both boards, I feel that I have a lot of knowledge and experience to do the best job I can for our residents. As a 57-year resident, my heart is in our town. I will continue to listen and strive to do what is best for all of us.”

Community Activist Phillis Maniglia Seeking Lox Council Seat

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Phillis Maniglia, a regular at Loxahatchee Groves Town Council meetings, is challenging incumbent Vice Mayor Ron Jarriel in the race for Seat 1. Fellow challenger Neil O’Neal III is also on the Tuesday, March 13 election ballot. Maniglia, a real estate professional specializing in horse farms, said she has acquired strength and skills through equestrian sportsmanship and has gained other skills through her day-to-day endeavors. “I have acquired public relations skills from retail and hospitality, problem-solving and deadlines from my construction experience, and negotiations, compromise and conflict management from my real estate job,” she said. Maniglia feels that she is the best qualified candidate because she has been very active in town issues and public speaking at meetings, and was sent by her peers to the Neighborhoods USA conference in 2014 to learn about government and collaborative leadership skills. She lists her top accomplishments as overcoming the tragedy of a car accident in 1991 that left her incapacitated for a time and almost rendered her homeless. A former drywall finisher, she was unable to work for years. “I almost lost my life, my leg and my home,” Maniglia said. “I turned it around to become a self-made businessperson.” The top three issues of the campaign

are getting enough money for the town to continue to function, improving and maintaining the roads, and clearing the town of trash and stopping illegal dumping, she said. “Town financing is definitely number one,” Maniglia said. “Roads is only number two because of number one, and trash. I’m finding in my campaigning that the citizens of this town are very upset about the trash, debris and dumping in this town.” She believes there are services not provided by the town that should be, including hiring staff to conduct regular cleanup and maintenance on the roads and canals. “I feel that we should have a daily maintenance program, a daily maintenance entity for roads and trash, including our canals,” Maniglia said. “That would include potholes and picking up trash that has been dumped on the side of the road that normal residents are unable to pick up. Definitely, somebody needs to clean these canals.” She would improve the town’s roads with the help of higher government sources, with matching funds from the town. “I would like to see upgraded, safe roads and an implemented maintenance regimen, and we would seek matching funds from the federal, state and county entities,” she said. Maniglia strongly supports the current effort by the Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District Board of Supervisors to

become a dependent district to the town. The local bill initiated by the board passed its final legislative committee on Tuesday. If passed by the legislature and signed by the governor, it will go to a referendum. “We do not need two governmental bodies and their expensive staff,” she said. Maniglia envisions the future of Okeechobee Blvd. as being made safer for local drivers who feel threatened by speeding pass-through traffic, with low-impact uses that encourage residential enterprise that allows for an orderly flow of traffic. She supports commercial uses along Southern Blvd. that are designated in the town’s comprehensive plan. “Southern Blvd. is currently the commercial corridor for Loxahatchee Groves,” Maniglia said. She hesitated to comment on the job Town Manager Bill Underwood is doing until she has the opportunity to work with him, but she has ideas for changes to code enforcement and the building department. “It would be irresponsible of me to comment prior to working with the town management in a professional capacity,” Maniglia said. “I would like to see some changes to the code enforcement and the building department, and I do have ideas for that as well.” She has commented often at meetings about inequities of “selective code enforcement” in the town, and improvements needed in the process to improve equity. “[Selective code enforcement] is still

going on with the signs,” Maniglia said, referring to recent citations received by owners of commercial property over allegedly illegal signs. “I think it’s ridiculous, but I would like to see an end to selective code enforcement. I think that by changing our council, that’s going to start happening, but I think that I would like code enforcement, that when somebody comes in and files a complaint, that it’s in a four-copy document where one copy goes to the town, one copy goes to the code enforcement officer, one copy goes to the complainer and one copy goes to the [receiver of the complaint]. That’s only one suggestion regarding code enforcement. You know I’ve had a problem with code enforcement for a long time in this town, and I’m going to have a say, because I’m getting elected.” Maniglia is concerned about the town’s budget, which required a unanimous vote to approve the tax rate increase needed to fully cover the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office budget that almost doubled. The proposed increase failed by a single vote, which has left the town short on funds this year. “Since there are no funds currently, I believe the budget may need more trimming, and we need to make more sacrifices until we’re back in the black,” she said. Her vision for the future of Loxahatchee Groves is a clean, green and prosperous community-minded town. Maniglia said voters should vote for

Phillis Maniglia her because she will always be interested in hearing the concerns, suggestions and complaints of the residents and landowners. “I will always be respectful to my fellow council members, the management, and especially to the residents and landowners of the town we love, whether we agree with them or not,” she said. She added that she is thankful that this campaign does not appear to have the drama of the past. “I thank my fellow contestants for that,” Maniglia said. “We’ve had a lot of drama in our town.”

O’Neal Puts Focus On Roads In Race For Groves Council Seat

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Political newcomer Neil O’Neal III is running against incumbent Vice Mayor Ron Jarriel and challenger Phillis Maniglia for Seat 1 on the Loxahatchee Groves Town Council. The election will be Tuesday, March 13. O’Neal is a fourth-generation Palm Beach County native. “My family has lived here for quite a while and lived here in the Groves for about eight years now,” he said. “I worked for my family’s roofing company during my high school years and went off to the University of Central Florida for a year and came back, and I’m working for my family again.” While back at home he got his real estate license. “I’ve been working with that and my family business,” he said. “About a year and a half ago, I got involved with the town in local politics and became a member of the Republican Executive Committee and decided to run for town council.” O’Neal believes that he is best qualified as a candidate due to his background in real estate, which gives him insight into the town’s effort to grow commercial uses. “I believe I’m a very pragmatic and reserved person,” he said. “I’m not outspoken a lot of times, but I think I do a

pretty good job about telling how I feel about certain things. I believe I can be there to represent everybody. I want to benefit the town and help solve the problems that we have.” O’Neal, who is 21 years old, explained that he does not have a lot of accomplishments to name, but is proud that he got his real estate license. “Being able to pass the test was pretty great for me,” he said. “Running for town council at my age, a lot of people aren’t even thinking about that.” He believes that the top issues of the campaign are getting roads the proper care and protecting them from pass-through traffic, and revising the town’s Uniform Land Development Code. He thinks that road services should be improved in the town. “The roads are pretty bad, and fixing those are the main priority,” O’Neal said. “Even after we get proper funding for the roads, we still don’t have a lot of money to work with that will provide any other services for the town.” He would like to see a newsletter sent out to residents to keep them educated about what’s going on. O’Neal favors a focus on improving roads and finding a way to pay for them. “The roads are definitely a crisis now,” he said. “We need to bring them up and fix the drainage. How would we pay for it? The town has a tax assessment that they’re

going to have on the tax rolls for next year, and also pass an increased millage rate. That way we can properly fund the town and what we have now. We had to trim the budget quite a bit because we weren’t able to pass the recommended millage rate.” O’Neal envisions the future of Okeechobee Blvd. as two lanes for as long as possible. “The county intends to four-lane it regardless of what we have to say,” he said. “The construction of a four-lane road between Folsom Road and Seminole Pratt isn’t in their five-year plan yet, but I know that eventually they will start to allocate funds for that. The least we can do is begin construction of traffic-calming devices so that way we can deter more pass-through traffic.” He said commercial development is relevant to the town because it is getting more applications as the economy improves. “I believe that the current policy about keeping commercial on Southern is something I support,” he said. “I don’t believe the town has anywhere else, as of right now, where it can support commercial.” O’Neal thinks the town has a great town manager, but he can only do what the council directs him to do. “The burden pretty much lies on the council to give feasible and clear direction to the management company on what the council wants to happen,” he said. “I think

they do a pretty good job for what they have to deal with.” He thinks the town’s budget is tight, but he has not seen any serious consequences. “I haven’t seen any major red flags within the budget… that we could change because most everything that the town pays for is contractual, such as the sheriff’s contract or code enforcement, but there’s not major line items within the budget that we’re able to change,” O’Neal said. His immediate vision for the future of Loxahatchee Groves is smooth, dry roads. “I would like our town to be the rural paradise that it is,” he said. “There’s a lot of agricultural, equestrian, and some people just move out here for the privacy. I think one thing that will be part of our future is the new commercial that is going up on Southern, and that’s going to be a major convenience to residents. I think we need to make sure we’re approving commercial that will be better tailored to the residents and something they will all benefit from.” O’Neal said voters should vote for him because he does not have any special interests in the town. “I think that I am very concerned for the residents,” he said. “I don’t see anything else but things that would help the residents.” He said he would not take the council member pay in order to help pay for the

Neil O’Neal III roads, and if elected would not take town real estate listings. “I think that voting for me, as someone who is going to live here for quite a while, since I am young, I have many years left to live here,” O’Neal said. “I’d like to see it preserved here for not only my generation, but for the older generations that live here, as well as future generations. I think that my job, first and foremost, is to help all the residents and better improve the lifestyle that we have,” he said. Learn more at

NEWS BRIEFS Fair Housing Essay, Poster & Video Contests Seek Entries

“50 Years: Continue the Dream of Fair Housing” is the theme of this year’s annual Fair Housing Month poster, essay and audio-visual contest. The contest is sponsored by the Palm Beach County Office of Equal Opportunity in collaboration with the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches and the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County. Students in Palm Beach County are urged to create a poster, essay

or video that conveys the message that it is illegal to discriminate in the sale or rental of housing because of race, color, religion, familial status, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status and gender identity or expression. Students are allowed to submit only one entry for each category, no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, March 30. Students in third, fourth and fifth grade may submit a poster; students in sixth, seventh and eighth grade may submit a poster and/ or an essay; and students in ninth through 12th grade may submit an essay and/or video. New for 2018: All participants will receive five community ser-

vice hours for each entry submitted. First-place winners in elementary and middle school will be awarded $100 cash. High school first-place winners will be awarded a tablet PC. Second-place winners receive at least $50 at each grade level, and third-place winners will be awarded at least $25 at each grade level. Winners will be announced on April 9, and prizes will be awarded on April 18 at a reception in West Palm Beach hosted by the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches, the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County and the Palm Beach County Office of Equal Opportunity. For contest rules, and more

information, visit www.pbcgov. com/equalopportunity or contact Pamela Guerrier at (561) 355-4884 or

PBC Community Revitalization Team To Meet On Feb. 20

Bring your neighbors and join Palm Beach County Mayor Melissa McKinlay and Countywide Community Revitalization Team (CCRT) members for a public meeting hosted by the Office of Community Revitalization on Tuesday, Feb. 20, beginning at 6 p.m.

The meeting at Vista Center (2300 N. Jog Rd., Suite 1W47, West Palm Beach) will focus on neighborhood safety and community revitalization efforts. McKinlay will share her views on community revitalization and respond to questions from the audience. Interested residents are encouraged to e-mail questions to prior to the meeting. There will be an engaging community conversation on neighborhood safety facilitated by PBSO Chief Deputy Michael Gauger. The agenda will also include a mini workshop titled “Community Revitalization: Effective Leadership & Emerging Trends” facilitated by Darrel B. Searcy, founder

and CEO of Chandler Campbelle & Daschle. This workshop will provide an overview of community revitalization and leadership strategies that residents can use to engage effectively in the revitalization process, while learning about the latest trends and leading-edge practices. This public meeting is an opportunity to meet McKinlay, join the conversation on neighborhood safety, learn about community revitalization and leadership strategies, and network with county agencies, partners and other community leaders who are making a difference in their community. For more information, contact Houston Tate at (561) 233-5303 or

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NEWS BRIEFS Bike Trail Rodeo March 10 In RPB

The Village of Royal Palm Beach will celebrate Bike Month in March with a free Bike Trail Rodeo on Saturday, March 10 prior to West Fest festivities. The free family event is a perfect opportunity to bring your family and friends out and participate in a beginner (three mile), intermediate (five mile) or advanced (seven mile) bike ride on the bike trail pathways in Royal Palm Beach and Commons Park. Start times will be 9 a.m. for the advanced course, 9:30 a.m. for the intermediate course and 10 a.m. for the beginner course. Giveaways and drinks will be provided to participants. For complete event details and event course maps, visit or call (561) 790-5149.

LGLA Candidates Forum Feb. 22

The Loxahatchee Groves Landowners’ Association (LGLA) will meet Thursday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m.

at the Palms West Presbyterian Church (13689 Okeechobee Blvd.). The program for the evening will be a candidates forum for those seeking to be elected to Seat 1 on the Loxahatchee Groves Town Council. Come and hear what Ron Jarriel, Phillis Maniglia and Neil O’Neal have to say in response to the concerns of the citizens who have submitted questions for the moderator. If you have a question to submit, send it to Come prepared to hear the answers the candidates give to each question. All residents are welcomed to attend, but only members of the LGLA can make motions or vote on a motion. LGLA dues are $30. They can be mailed to LGLA, P.O. Box 96, Loxahatchee, FL 33470. For more information, call Herzog at (561) 818-9114.

Village Plans More Events On Lake Wellington

In addition to its Lakeside Family Fun Days series debuting this weekend, Wellington has an-

nounced the addition of two Family Fun Nights on Lake Wellington, located behind the Wellington Community Center at 12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd. Each event features a different theme, with “Mardi Gras” set for Tuesday, March 20, and “A Lei’d Back Luau” scheduled for Thursday, April 26. Both events run from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and are free to attend. The Mardi Gras night on Tuesday, March 20 will include a live jazz band, food trucks, face painting, a balloon artist, lawn games and a Mardi Gras boat parade starting at 7 p.m. Those interested in participating in the parade should contact Jack Brownson at The Lei’d Back Luau night on Thursday, April 26, features live Island-style music, food trucks from Wellington’s Thursday night food truck series, hula dancers, face painting, a balloon artist, lawn games and a Polynesian show featuring dances from Hawaii and Tahiti starting at 5:30 p.m. Guests are invited to learn how to hula with the dancers and remain after the show for photo opportunities. Both events include refresh-

ments available for purchase (cash only), and guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets for seating. For more information, visit

PBC To Offer ‘Powerful Tools For Caregivers’

Are you a caregiver who is feeling stressed? The Palm Beach County Division of Senior Services is facilitating the “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” series from Feb. 21 through March 28. Six sessions will be held on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. at the North County Senior Center (5217 Northlake Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens). There is no fee, but participants must pre-register in order to receive study materials, including a resource book. “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” is an educational series designed to provide caregivers with the information, skills and resources needed to take care of themselves while caring for a family member or friend who may live nearby or far away. The goal is to help

caregivers thrive in order to be more beneficial to those they are looking after. The program assists caregivers reduce stress, improve self-confidence, communicate feelings more effectively, balance their lives, increase their ability to make tough decisions and locate helpful resources. Class size is limited, and pre-registration is required. For more information, call (561) 694-5438.

Gluten-Free Expo Feb. 24

Adhering to a gluten-free lifestyle can be frustrating for those with celiac disease or other gluten sensitivities and allergies, but a local event is coming back to South Florida to help attendees deal with those challenges. The South Florida Gluten Free Expo will take place at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center (9067 Southern Blvd.) on Saturday, Feb. 24. The expo is being re-launched after being held by the South Florida Celiac Support Group from 2008 through 2014. “This event is a day to educate and celebrate

all things gluten-free, with the goal of making life easier for those who need to eat gluten-free,” event coordinator Matthew Bolich said. The event will include local and national exhibitors, educational presentations, door prizes and gluten-free samples. The expo will be open to the public from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. General admission and VIP advance tickets are on sale now, or they can be purchased at the door. Youth ages 12 and under are free to attend with an adult. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Alessio Fasano, a world-renowned pediatric gastroenterologist, research scientist and founder of the Center for Celiac Research at Massachusetts General Hospital. His visionary research led to the awareness of celiac disease as a growing public health problem in the United States. Many companies represented at the event have carved out a gluten-free niche by producing products that are difficult to replicate or find in a gluten-free form. The South Florida Celiac Support Group and Connecting Gluten-Free are hosting the event. Further information can be found at

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WRMC To Construct Freestanding Emergency Department In Westlake

Wellington Regional Medical Center, working with the City of Westlake, announced plans this week to expand access to emergency care in central Palm Beach County with the construction of a freestanding emergency department in Minto’s Westlake development. The hospital received site plan approval from the City of Westlake at a meeting held Monday, Feb. 12. Located on the east side of

Seminole Pratt Whitney Road at the south side of Persimmon Blvd. East, the full-service emergency room will provide emergency care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The new facility is expected to open in late 2018. “We are honored and excited to be the first non-residential development in the Westlake community,” WRMC CEO Robbin Lee said. “By expanding our emergency services, we can better meet the needs of our growing community

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and provide access to emergency care where it is needed. It has been our goal to create a true emergency department by including a full complement of services, staff and technology. We will be equipped to handle everything from scrapes and sprains, to patients who are experiencing chest pain and the symptoms of a stroke.” According to Westlake officials, the Westlake City Council approved a plan calling for a 10,379-square-foot freestanding emergency department with room for future expansion of a 2,000-square-foot medical office building. The 5.66-acre site at 16400 Persimmon Blvd. will be sold by Minto Communities Inc. to Universal Health Services Inc., WRMC’s parent company. “This is our first significant non-residential project to date at Westlake, and the first major expansion of Wellington Regional Medical Center outside of its current campus,” Minto Vice President John Carter said. “In the early stages of our community development for Westlake,

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Colorado Defeats Prestige Worldwide 12-8 In Ylvisaker Cup Action At IPC

The Ylvisaker Cup, the third tournament of the 20-goal season at International Polo Club Palm Beach, continued last weekend with four matches, highlighting the best of high-goal polo. The featured Sunday game saw Colorado claim its second victory in the competition, defeating Prestige Worldwide 12-8. The first half of the game was even, but Colorado managed to gain a slight advantage. The match saw impressive play from Diego Cavanagh. The Argentine was quick in attack and a key playmaker for his team. The score at halftime was 5-4 in favor of Rob Jornayvaz’s Colorado, but after a great fourth chukker, Prestige Worldwide managed to tie the game 7-7. Things slowly started to shift in the fifth chukker, as three goals from Cavanagh and one from youngster Santino Magrini gave Colorado a comfortable 11-7 lead.

The four-goal margin proved fatal for Prestige Worldwide. The final chukker saw each team score one goal each, ultimately solidifying Colorado’s victory. The team looked in good form with great skill, as competition heads into the latter half of the winter polo season. “It was a very difficult match, which we were lucky enough to win. [Adolfo] Cambiaso was supporting us quite a bit from the pony lines. Diego [Cavanagh] is a great player and captain, and that was shown on the field,” Colorado 7-goaler Juan Britos said. “We had our strategies and tactics, and luckily they worked out well enough to win. I think the key was our consistency, when we carried on trying even when things seemed like they weren’t working out. We are very happy to have won.” Britos was named MVP, while Quiniela, played by Cavanagh, was named Best Playing Pony.

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Smokey Named Mascot Of March 10 Peggy Adams Walk At CityPlace

Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League’s 17th annual Barry Crown Walk for the Animals will take place on Saturday, March 10 at CityPlace in West Palm Beach. A special guest at the event will be 2018 Walk Mascot Smokey. Smokey, now known as Fenrir or Fen, was found chained to a tree and trapped in a brush fire in March 2017. “The little guy was burned up pretty good. Even when we grabbed him, he was very distressed. I was concerned whether he would live,” said Capt. Gregg Gordon of West Palm Beach Fire Rescue. Thousands of dollars from hundreds of concerned citizens mobilized to save the animal. Saving Smokey was touch and go for a while. “He had third-degree burns, some internal, and his leg was burned down to the bone,” said Dr. Beth Keser, the league’s lead veterinarian. “Smokey received 40 treatments in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, two blood transfusions, extensive wound care and lots of love from staff and volunteers at the league.” Dr. Katelyn Thomas, a veterinary intern at Jupiter Pet Emergency and Specialty Center, one of the veterinary interns who cared for Smokey during his first two months of recovery, fell in love with him and ended up adopting him. All of those who join the Walk for the Animals will save the lives of many injured, homeless and abandoned animals in Palm Beach County — just like Smokey. The pet-friendly walk begins at 9 a.m. with check-in and registration, live entertainment and a free breakfast compliments of Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Animal Kindness Unit. At 10:15

Firefighter Marcos Orozco, Capt. Gregg Gordon, Lauren Gordon and Dr. Katelyn Thomas. a.m., after the opening ceremonies, participants will enjoy a scenic walk that will begin and end near the Cheesecake Factory. As participants complete the route, they’ll enjoy pet costume contests with amazing prize baskets at center stage. There will also be live entertainment, local vendors, and a silent auction and raffle area with great prizes. Participants are encouraged to pre-register to walk and form teams. Each registrant who raises at least $35 will receive a free tshirt and a special gift for their pet. “Our Walk for the Animals has grown tremendously over the years, and we are very excited to have CityPlace host this year’s Walk.” Peggy Adams CEO Rich Anderson said. “As a nonprofit that receives no city, state or federal government funding, the league relies on community support to help us provide services to more than 45,000 dogs, cats, puppies and kittens every year. To learn more, call (561) 5306057 or visit www.walkwithpeggy. org.

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The International Buddhist Progress Society and the Buddha’s Light International Association of Miami joined the West Palm Beach subchapter in hosting a Chinese New Year Celebration to welcome the year of the dog at the Olympia Clubhouse in Wellington on Saturday, Feb. 10. The event was open to the public and included dinner and cultural entertainment. PHOTOS BY DANI SALGUEIRO/TOWN-CRIER

BLIA Miami President Lung Chiu, BLIA West Palm Beach President Jenny Lee, Yung Han and Deryck Mei.

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“Tea performer” Gabriela Guerrero, teaches the different ways to enjoy tea.

Jeff Osias, Mark Nathan, Raul Haynes and Albert Echevaria, of Wellington’s Wing Chun Kung Fu group.

Jenny Lee and BLIA West Palm Beach Vice President Lihua Zhang.

Lang Smith decorates Chinese lanterns.

Monica Shang performs a traditional folk dance.

Keg Fang makes Chinese calligraphy, a Chinese New Year tradition for luck.

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The Royal Palm Beach Quilting Rippers gathered to make lap quilts to donate to the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center. Ten ladies worked a week on each of the 16 quilts being donated. The Rippers meet Mondays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center. For more information, contact Virginia Davis at PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Miriam Backes, Virginia Davis, Marilyn Dulin, Laura Levene, Berbeth Lewis, Ruth Nelson, Aida Rodriguez, Caroline Sigmon, Jazz Satterthwaite and Mary Sterling with lap quilts.

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Jess Santamaria was recognized as the “Champion of Children” by the Connections Education Center during their recent fundraiser dinner for their new school for children who are part of the autism community. Over the past 30 years, Santamaria has sponsored numerous community projects for children, including My Brothers’/ Sisters’ Keeper Scholarships (over 500 scholarships given to date, based solely on good deeds); Cops Helping Kids, a boxing program for young boys and girls in the Glades, which also teaches the

youngsters self-discipline and character formation (this program also named Jess “Champion of Kids”; Young Singers of the Palm Beaches; and Santamaria dedicated the Wellington Mall to “all our children.” Other awards were also given to James and Anne Louise D’Loughy as Outstanding Philanthropist; John Glidden for the Founders Award; and Marco Alfieri for the Young Ambassador Award. Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Michael Williams, anchor for WPTV News Channel 5. More than 170

supporters of Connections Education Center attended the successful event at the Croquet Club of the Palm Beaches. Connections Education Center’s mission is to foster the necessary learning, social and self-care skills in students of the autism spectrum, using evidencebased practices and a family-oriented approach, while employing the most state-of-the-art techniques in a warm, family-centered environment. For additional information about Connections Education Center, call (561) 328-6042. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Dr. Sonia Kay and Stephen J. Padula, current board president, with Jess Santamaria as he accepts the Champion of Children award saying, “All children must have the opportunity to attain their potential.”

WPTV News Channel 5 anchor Michael Williams, master of ceremonies, with Maya Cohen, a student with autism.

Dr. Sonia Kay, incoming board president, and Maya Cohen presented Jess Santamaria with the award.

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Isabella Bustamante, founder of the Teen Art Salon in New York City, launched at a special exhibition in the Live 360 Studio on Thursday, Feb. 8 at the Mall at Wellington Green. Teen Art Salon promotes and supports the creative pursuits of youth by providing free arts programming for young adults ages 13-19. The program aims to cultivate South Florida’s young artist community. Due to overwhelming response to the program, there will be a second class starting up. Visit for more info. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Ashley Illsley shows her horse pencil sketch to Quinn Wilke.

Quinn Wilke, assistant to Isabella Bustamante, works on her art.

Teen Art Salon founder Isabella Bustamante with the artwork “Classroom Study” by Ruby Cardozo.

Frankie Sarchie-Casamassima with Emerald Cove Middle School art teacher Kim Kovacs.

Jacob “Gunpei” Penna shows Isabella Bustamante his enhanced digital anime artwork based on a video game.

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Artist Laurie Snow Hein Aims To Help Wild Horses Artist Laurie Snow Hein, a member of the Wellington Art Society, recently submitted three of her horse paintings to the Wellington Community Center gallery to be on display until April. Her collection of wild horse paintings is Hein’s way of helping preserve these truly amazing animals in their natural, protected environments. In 2010, Hein spent a week in North Dakota with her daughter to visit the state parks and a horse sanctuary to see these magnificent animals for herself. Fascinated by these wild horse herds, she began capturing their magnificent, unspoiled beauty in a series of paintings. Half of all proceeds from her horse painting sales will go to a

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Legal Aid Society Holds Fundraiser At WEF On Saturday, Jan. 27, more than 200 friends and supporters of the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County gathered at the Wellington Club at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center to enjoy an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a spectacular show jumping competition. The evening benefited Legal Aid’s 30th anniversary Pro Bono Recognition Gala to be held Saturday, May 12 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. The presenting sponsor of this year’s equestrian event was GL Homes, which partners with Legal Aid on two of its programs serving disabled and homeless youth in the

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The fifth annual Young Singers Mary Murray 5K was held at Okeeheelee Park on Saturday, Feb. 3. More than 400 participants took to the course and were met at the finish line with pancakes from Cub Scout Pack 141. More than $10,000 was raised. (Above) The group at the starting line. (Below left) The overall female winner was Young Singers’ Board member Sue Llende. (Below right) First place male 20-29 winner Drew Blankstein with his dad Alan Blankstein. The 5K is in named after Drew’s grandmother, Mary Murray.

The Tyler McLellan Foundation is getting ready for the eighth Annual “Tyler’s Team” Charity Poker Classic being held on Sunday, March 25 at the Palm Beach Kennel Club. This year’s event will be giving back to multiple youth sports teams all from Palm Beach County. “2018 is the 10th year of our son’s passing and our eighth year holding this event in his name, all to help keep kids in youth sports,” TMF President Kevin McLellan said. This year, TMF will be donating back 20 percent to each Palm Beach County sports team. Teams will be chosen on a first-come, first-served basis. To qualify for placement, each team must prepay registration of 10 players ($500) prior to March 23. If they are one of the first 10 teams registered, they will receive their first $100 donation to their team before

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SRHS FBLA Brings Home District Wins

Students in the Seminole Ridge High School Future Business Leaders of America chapter recently took part in district competition, with eight Hawks qualifying for state competition in March. Winners and their competition categories advancing to the state tournament include: Amanda Alvarez (third place, Business Law); Maia Anderson (fourth place, Advertising); Brianna Gregoire (first place, Organizational Leadership); Jeffrey Danison (first place, Cybersecurity); Kael Fertil (sixth place, Computer Problem Solving); Ikalia Maldonado (third place, Journalism); Gena Rai (sec-

ond place, Impromptu Speaking); and Preshus Ramdass (fifth place, Business Calculations). Additional district competition winners include Melina Lopez (third place, Client Service), and Sebastien Bien Aime and Joshua Gregoire (fifth place, Entrepreneurship). Hawk Wrestlers Compete at County Tournament — The SRHS wrestling team recently competed in the Palm Beach County championships. Hawks broke into the top 10 teams with an eighth-place finish and four wrestlers earning trophies. Congratulations to Mitchell Clark (170

pounds, second place); Nelson Sutton (285 pounds, third place); Juan Hernandez (160 pounds, sixth place); and Matt Susich (138 pounds, sixth place). Clark’s championship match, undoubtedly the most exciting of the tournament, extended to four overtime periods and came down to a single point awarded to his opponent. Cheerleading News — Following their silver performance Jan. 26 as FHSAA regional runners-up, the Hawk Competition Cheerleaders, took the bronze Feb. 4-5 at statewide competition with a score of 74.2, just 3.2 points out of first place. “The team per-

formed the best I’ve seen the entire year,” coach Tammy Licavoli said. “I’m so proud of the athletes and all that they went through this year. To come out and perform like they did was exceptionally rewarding.” Students of the Week — The Students of the Week program recognizes Hawks, nominated by staff, for academic excellence, behavior and assistance with campus events. Congratulations to the Students of the Week for Feb. 5-9: Hearst Carrington (grade 9), Andrew Hardaway (grade 10), Austin McCreath (grade 11) and Milly Mendoza (grade 12).

New Horizons Elementary School Offers Many Extracurricular Clubs

New Horizons Elementary School is well-known as one of only three elementary schools recognized as an International Spanish Academy. However, New Horizons offers many opportunities for all of its students to participate in after-school programs.

The school utilizes grants to fund a robust tutorial program for students that need support in reading or math. Beyond that, the school hosts other clubs, including art club and chorus, which participate in several community and equestrian


Emerald Cove Middle School is home to a dozen artists who won “Best Representation of the Winter Equestrian Festival” at the Wellington horse show on Saturday, Feb. 3. This is their fourth-consecutive win. Art teacher Kimberley Kovacs is proud of her students’ winning design, which was inspired by a quote from Black Beauty author Anna Sewel: “Now I say that with cruelty and oppression, it is everybody’s business to interfere when they see it.” They selected this quote to represent this year’s theme: “What it means to be a star.” A star exhibits kindness and compassion for others when it might be easier to turn a blind eye.

events throughout the school year. More than 200 students participate weekly in the school’s running club, hosted by physical education teacher Kirstin Voitus. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the chess club, computer coding club, Spanish

club and many others. Students and parents both enjoy the opportunity for students to interact with each other in these diverse settings. The school will strive to continue to offer opportunities for students to participate in activities such as these.


The Osceola Creek Middle School Robotics Club, sponsored by teacher Jose Dorado, recently participated in the First Lego League Competition with 28 other middle schools. Congratulations to the team, which received the trophy for the Core Values Award. Members of the team include Elizabeth Anderson, Andres Benitez-Jaimes, Abigail Gibson, Thomas Karbowski, Jacob Piloto, Michael Reilly, Angel Robles, Christian Roque and Tristan Verret.

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The students at Golden Grove Elementary School celebrated the 100th day of school on Monday, Feb. 5. Students in many classes counted out 100 items and shared 100 favorite snacks and treats. Cristal Mazzeo and her first-graders dressed up like 100-year-old grandmas and grandpas to celebrate the day.


The Equestrian Trails Elementary School physical education department participated in the Young Singers 5K Family Walk/Run on Saturday, Feb. 3. The school is proud of all of its participants, especially Michael Murphy, who came in second in the 9 and under age group, and Alec Asaro, who came in third in the 10 to 14 age group. In addition, Alejandro Rincon sang the national anthem, along with the Young Singers. Shown above are: Alec Asaro (fourth grade), Michael Murphy (third grade), Sebastian Rincon (kindergarten) and Alejandro Rincon (third grade) with coach Liza Asch.

Leslie Joy Mann, 59, of Loxahatchee, died peacefully at home on February 8, 2018. She was born in Englewood, New Jersey on September 21, 1958, and grew up in a loving family in Oradell, NJ, and, after a move south in 1972, Royal Palm Beach, FL. Leslie was a resident or had a presence in the Western Communities for over 45 years. Leslie graduated from Twin Lakes High School, attended Florida State University and Palm Beach Junior College, and earned a B.A. in Political Science from Florida Atlantic University. Leslie had an illustrious career in public service, and a side career as an animal rights activist. She began her political life on County Commissioner Dennis Koehler’s Congressional campaign; was an assistant to Nancy Pelosi at the Democratic National Committee and a delegate at the 1984 Democratic National Convention in San Francisco; was a regional ombudsman for Governor Mario Cuomo in New York; worked for the North Carolina Department of Information Services; and was Public Relations Coordinator for the Broward County Department of Children and Families. Leslie had held positions with the Victory School in Miami, the Palm Beach Coalition for the Homeless, NuVista Living at Wellington Green, and the Hippocrates Health Institute. In her second vocation – her true calling – Leslie founded two animal rescue organizations: Whiskers in Troy, NY, and Independent Animal Rescue in Hillsborough, NC. Leslie successfully spearheaded a campaign to establish the Florida Animal Friend license plate, raising money for spay/neuter efforts across the state. Leslie was married for 10 years to Ayhan Celik. She had no children, but through her life cared for many canine and feline children, including Eli, Emma, Nicholas, Raja, Teddy, Tigress, and Tyler. She was a loving daughter, caring sister, and doting aunt. She is preceded in death by her beloved mother, Flora Weissman Mann of blessed memory; and survived by her father Jay Mann of Loxahatchee; brothers Barry Stewart Mann and David Mann, sisters-in-laws Sheri Mann Stewart and Tara Mann, niece Rachel Mann, and nephews Ethan, Tendal, and Royce Mann, all of Atlanta, GA; and her last menagerie: canines Chrissy, Kaija, and Rosie, and felines Adam, Joshua, Leo, Lucy, and Penelope.

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9321 Memorial Park Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33073 (561) 627-2277 Donations can be made in Leslie’s honor to Independent Animal Rescue in Durham, NC (, Big Dog Ranch Rescue in Loxahatchee Groves (

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I Need Emotional Support After Reading About Poor Pebbles

I hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day — full of love and hope and commitment and support, like the unflagging support one gets from a hamster. Yes, I know I wrote about peacocks last week, but our “Emotional Support Animal of the Week” award goes to... the lowly hamster. For those who refuse to wear a peacock, don’t have the luxury of owning a cuddly elephant, and for whom a dog is just too blasé, the hamster has rolled in to fill the gap. Yet, for one airplane-bound hamster in particular, things did not go well. In addition to being banned from the plane, “Pebbles” was flushed down the toilet, supposedly at the suggestion of airline personnel. (Just search the internet for

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The Sonic BOOMER “emotional support hamster” if you don’t believe me!) To me, this story is simply not believable. In the first place, a person who needs any emotional support at all would never have been able to do such a thing. I am debatably stable, and there is no way I could. In the second place, there are a

lot of things the airlines do not want you flushing down their tubes, and hamsters are the least of them. Yet everyone wants to accommodate the needs of the truly fragile. Delta Airlines, in a frantic move to be pro-active before “emotional support rattlesnakes” become an issue, recently expanded their no-fly list to include “anything with tusks.” Sigh. Have we really entered an age where we need to be told not to enter a busy airport accompanied by a charging warthog? Delta also wants to see a letter from the doctor who prescribed the emotional support animal. No more scrawling “She needs help” on a cardboard luggage tag and signing it, “The Rooster.”

You know, people constantly complain about over-regulation but, to my mind, regulations have proliferated only as common sense has declined. Preschools didn’t used to have “No Guns Allowed” signs on the door, people weren’t using lit matches to check fuel levels and toilet bowl cleaners didn’t need to “recommend” that children not drink from toilets. But, hey, that was back when warning labels were reserved for serious heavy machinery, and we were all eating peanuts with reckless abandon. Peanuts! What were we thinking? I went online to bolster my case and found a host of real, honest-to-goodness, currently-in-use warning labels. Here are my favorites:

• Do not hold the wrong end of the chainsaw. • This vanishing marker should not be used to sign legal documents. • Do not iron shirt while wearing shirt. • Hair dryers for hair on head only. • This product moves when used; exercise caution when riding. • Do not put any person in this washer. And this truly worthless warning: • If you cannot read all cautions and warnings, do not use this product. Because these signs and labels were probably mandated after someone won a lawsuit, it’s only a matter of time before every toilet features the warning, “Do not flush paper towels, feminine hygiene products or hamsters.”

‘15:17 To Paris’ A Crowd-Pleaser, But A Ho-Hum Eastwood Effort

I am really sorry to write that The 15:17 to Paris, the new Clint Eastwood movie, is a bit of a disappointment. I am a longtime fan of the man and generally love his films, but this one just does not work as well as most of his recent movies. It is not a bad film, mind you. I doubt Eastwood is capable of that. It is far more an audience film than a critic’s one. But a film made to celebrate a moment of heroism has to be more than a quick showing of the act. The title comes from the name of the train that left Amsterdam at that time (3:17 p.m., for those not used to the 24-hour clock). Three American soldiers — Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler — became heroes when, almost all alone, they stopped an armed terrorist on the train. Eastwood uses that as a “poster moment” for American courage and determination. That in itself is good. The problem is the time spent getting there.

‘I’ On CULTURE By Leonard Wechsler Early on we see the kids growing up, one wanting to be an astronaut, one a paleontologist (especially if he could actually be with dinosaurs, à la Jurassic Park), and the third fascinated by the military. Eastwood even has fun using posters and souvenirs from his own movies. Then we turn to the grown soldiers, each playing himself. It is a nice gimmick, reminiscent of Audie Murphy in To Hell and Back. It brings a nice sense of reality to the picture as the audience realizes we

are seeing the actual people involved, rather than portrayals of them. In one way, this is a real change from Eastwood’s work. In American Sniper, there was a whole lot of fiction involved in the interpretation. Here we see the three friends not only taking down the gunman (and let us not forget that they were helped by a Brit and a German), but the time leading up to the heroism. We see them backpacking through Europe. While there, we see them have a chance to discuss war and heroism and a whole variety of themes Eastwood really likes. The friends move from Rome to Venice to Berlin and finally get to Amsterdam, where they get on the fateful train. The script has Stone, in particular, feeling a sense that something was going to happen. Of course, that might just be a well-intentioned screenwriter trying to build up to a climax.

Was there a form of predestination? Should Americans involve themselves in dealing with terrorism in Europe? There is a little bit in the film about the forces — economic, political and social — that have led to the crisis Europe now faces. Eastwood never answers these questions. He clearly also does not subscribe to the “great man” theory of history. His heroes tend to be ordinary people, whether his movie is about hero pilot Sully or these three kids. But they come through in a pinch. Even his fictional characters of recent years, as in Gran Torino, are regular people who rise above themselves. Ironically, Sadler constantly takes selfies of himself, often doing silly things. And when the action actually began, he was unable to do so. Eastwood, however, in essence takes over that role for him. He seems a bit silly and immature, but he comes through in the end, another of

Eastwood’s favorite themes. The cast is pretty good. The main players, the three soldiers, actually play themselves fairly well, something not as simple as it might seem. The other players are generally not as important, but they provide a few sparks that keep the continuity flowing. The audience clearly enjoyed the film a lot more than the critics, and that is understandable. We have become used to slow build-ups to get anywhere, and quite often there is nothing really left at the end. Here we see young Americans, overly typical Americans, doing something heroic. There is a real takeaway, and many critics care very little about that or about American nationalism. So, this becomes a really nice B-movie. It will not be nominated for awards, but it does provide a nice hour or so at the theater.

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The World Championship Equestrian Triathlon, a benefit for the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club, took place Sunday, Feb. 11 at Deeridge Farms in Wellington. The family-friendly competition featured top polo, hunter-jumper and dressage athletes competing, with a twist — the athletes did not compete in their own sports. In the spotlight was the Boys & Girls Club hunger relief program.


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‘Family Values’ Focus

continued from page 1 the community has stepped up,” Webster said. “I believe that we need to have a comprehensive approach on what’s happening in the village, and that includes working with our county commissioner.” Webster said that the village needs to bring in the judicial system to help with the issues she has recognized, and that involves a closer partnership with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. “We have a contract with our PBSO,” Webster said. “Let’s bring in our community, say, ‘What’s happening? What are the concerns? Do we have the right personnel in the right places?’ So, let’s take a look at that, but all of us get together and come up with a comprehensive plan.” Webster wants to maintain the village’s finances, believing they

are in good shape but need to be given care so the finances continue to be kept up well. “I want to maintain the financial integrity of the village. They have a good reserve due to prudent real-estate investments and prudent real-estate purchases,” Webster said. “We have a good millage rate. I’d like to see that stay low, and we may be looking at losing some ad-valorem [taxes] in the [additional] homestead exemption proposal that’s coming. I think we will have to be cautious of that.” Webster looks at keeping the infrastructure intact and in good condition. “I want us to continue to pursue to keep our roadways and infrastructure in top shape,” she said. “I think while we have the assets, we should be working on making sure that our village is safe and our roadways are good.” Webster believes that council meetings are conducted well. However, she wants to improve on the public participation at meetings in the village. “I think there’s time for it. I just

don’t think that we have people making the public comment,” Webster said. “One of the things that I did and have always done is I have always been out in the community talking to people. They see me out, and I think by speaking with them, I can encourage them to be more involved.” When asked about how the village might ease traffic problems, Webster said it will be important to work closely with the Florida Department of Transportation on the expansion of Southern Blvd. “I have a lot of experience with that because I worked very closely with them through the process of the extension of State Road 7,” she said. “That expansion is going to impact our residents, even going to the flyover. So, we’re not only going to have to work with FDOT, but with Wellington and Loxahatchee, just as we did with State Road 7. That’s a community effort.” Regarding future development west of the village, Webster said that Royal Palm Beach needs to be working closely with Westlake.

She said part of the work that needs to be put in comes with the village’s presence on the Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization. “We all have to work together on these things because, again, we can work here on our roadways, but they’re not the roadways that are going to be impacted. It’s going to be Okeechobee Blvd., Southern Blvd., State Road 7. We have a very small voice on [the MPO], so it’s very important that we show leadership,” she said. Regarding future development in the interior of the village, Webster said it’s a greater focus on upkeep and less on new development, since the village is close to buildout. “We already have homes on our 165 acres there on Crestwood, and most of our development now is along Southern Blvd.,” Webster said. “Internally, what we’re looking at is the redevelopment and the rehabilitation of older centers that are falling down, and that’s something we have to look at and encourage.”

Webster believes that the council conducts itself in a positive manner but thinks that the many approvals of variance requests in the village needs to be readdressed in how the council handles and responds to those requests. “We have an idea of what we want our village to be,” Webster said. “Those are things that I just look carefully at. I’m not too keen on giving variances... I’m not saying don’t do it. As a councilwoman, I’ve given variances within the village to individual citizens, and sometimes when you see the same problem come up and up and up again, and they’re asking for a variance, then you need to ask, ‘Wait a minute, does the ordinance need to be modified?’” That is on a residential, small scale, Webster said. She believes when dealing with developers who make a request, the village needs to educate them about what the village strives toward with new development and its overall image. “I don’t think that we have to take anything that comes along,” Webster said. “I think we can be a

little choosy, and maybe if they’re not going to be a good developer or a good provider or understanding of who we are, maybe we should sit back and wait for somebody else who may be. It may offer more to the community.” For the future development in the village, Webster wants to focus on bringing higher-paid job opportunities to residents and people working in the village. “When I was on the council, I worked to bring in Aldi and American Tire. I’m very proud of those,” Webster said. “They offer high-paid employment. They employ 90 people there, and the average salary is $45,000 a year, and they have benefits, and they’re 40-hour-a-week jobs.” Webster envisions the village continuing “to be that family community that I moved into, came back to and believe in. I think we’re special. I don’t think we have to be that big place.” Webster is confident in her ability to serve as mayor of Royal Palm Beach. “I bring experience, leadership and integrity,” she said.

“I’ve always represented honesty and integrity, and I think the person who serves in that leadership role needs to represent the village, have a good face for the village and a good reputation for the village,” Martha Webster explained.


Maintain Quality Of Life

continued from page 1 where you go in this world,” Pinto said. “Overall, we don’t have problems in this village that big cities have.” Pinto wants to maintain the village’s current finances. “Right now, the village manager and I are talking about the fact that in November, the citizens will have a right to vote on an additional homestead exemption,” he said. “I’m quite confident that’s going to pass, because people will determine this is a good thing individually.” However, he foresees that potential vote having an impact on village revenues. “We’re looking at a $300,000 to $500,000 shortfall,” Pinto said. “So, the village manager and I have been talking about, ‘OK, how do we accommodate that shortfall.’” Moving forward, Pinto is confi-

dent in village finances as a whole. “Our current finances are excellent,” Pinto said. “The fact that we have no debt. We have what we call an operational expense budget. Last year it was about $21 million. This fiscal year it’s about $21 million. We got another $21 million of our CIP [capital improvements program], and you put that all together, it comes out to about $43 million.” Pinto seeks to find ways to mitigate the impact of development happening nearby. “Let’s make sure that we can go with a strategy where the road development goes on the south side of State Road 80 to the north side of Northlake,” Pinto said. “They’re going to have to do a lot of expansion on the Northlake corridor. They don’t have a choice.” Speaking about development to the west, Pinto said it will bring traffic. “I’ve been very critical of [the Florida Department of Transportation’s] analysis of the State Road 80 corridor, and that’s because they came to a conclusion and a recommendation of putting more lanes in place for more cars to get

from east to west and west to east.” Pinto said that everyone needs to change their mindset regarding traffic and transportation. “We need to start thinking about the dollars that we are pouring in to build more roads and more lanes for more cars, should be invested in a mobility model, where light rail is a solution that’s employed,” Pinto said. “It encompasses a lot of potential solutions. There’s a lot of technology that has been deployed, not only in this state but around the country. They’re providing these tram-type solutions or monorail-type solutions, even if it’s an express bus solution.” For traffic problems within the village, Pinto said there have been traffic issues forever. He said there are heavier traffic patterns during rush hours in the morning and in the evening. “Last year, we did something significant. We created a traffic-calming policy in the village that permits local neighborhoods to petition and request we do an analysis to determine if we put traffic calming like speed humps or something in their local streets,” Pinto said. “We’ll see how the

people feel about it after it’s in.” Part of being mayor is having a working relationship with the village manager, and Pinto is more than happy with the time he has had working alongside Village Manager Ray Liggins. “Ray has grown incredibly into his role, and he’s doing an excellent job,” Pinto said. “I’m very happy with Ray and very happy with the working relationship we have.” As for the council, Pinto wants to continue in the direction that the village has aimed for. “More importantly, though, is not getting into business that we shouldn’t get into,” Pinto said. “We’re a local government. There are certain issues we cannot and should not try to take on.” Pinto brought up the matter of education in the village. “We can talk to the people at the school district, but at the end of the day, they have a very large budget to run the school district, and I want to hold their feet to the fire,” Pinto said. “I’ve been telling citizens this for 15 years, ‘If you’ve got a problem with the school district, go down there,

and tell them your problem as a parent.’” Pinto still has the motivation to serve as mayor and believes he has made important decisions for the village that have made positive impacts on its citizens. “We didn’t just get here overnight. It was a lot of hard work, a lot of hard decisions and making decisions that are about good governance and not about politics,” Pinto said. “That’s who I am. That’s who I’ve been, and that’s who I will continue to be.” Recently, Pinto found himself in the news for a less-positive reason. He was arrested in November when his wife called the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office after a dispute at their home. No charges were filed against him, and he recounted what happened. “We had an argument. It was verbal. We had no altercation, or anything that was going on,” Pinto said. “[My wife] called 911 and wanted to defuse things, and they had a policy based on their protocol… They followed the policy, which I endorsed, of erring on the side of caution.” Pinto said he will be addressing

residents, sending mail to all voters to address the arrest. “I’m sending out mail to the voters to address that specifically. It’s nothing political… It’s ‘here is what happened,’” Pinto said. “It was just a verbal disagreement, and there was nothing harmful or physical that went on. No charges… were filed. It’s unfortunate, and I apologize for that.” Pinto wants to maintain the quality of life and value that he believes the village provides for its citizens. “My vision for the future is that all the decisions we make going forward take into context where we want this village to be, look like, in 10 to 15 years down the road,” he said. Pinto is confident in his ability to continue serving residents as mayor. “I’ve served them in an excellent way, and I want to continue serving them,” Pinto said. “There is still work to be done. I’ve demonstrated my leadership. I’ve demonstrated my ability and my skill set in terms of applying intelligent governance to how this village should be run, and I would like the opportunity to continue serving.”

“I have a tremendous amount of respect for the citizens in this village,” Fred Pinto said. “I feel that I understand what their concerns are about, and I think I’ve always been able to address that and articulate that.”


Discussion At LGWCD Meeting

continued from page 1 and 20 bags of potting soil dumped on the side of a road. “The most irritating thing is soda cans, sandwich wrappers and bags from people going to work,” he said. Fernandez added that dumping is illegal and subject to stiff punishment. “I don’t think residents are oblivious to the fact that dumping is punishable by law,” he said, adding that the district could start by notifying residents to put trash in cans, and crack down on companies such as landscapers and nurseries that put their trash out at the expense of residents. He also suggested working on a pickup policy so residents don’t have to bring trash out beside the canals.

Yohe said the district should coordinate with the town to have a unified approach. He vowed to start discussion at the next Intergovernmental Coordination Committee meeting on Feb. 28. Piesley said she did not recall seeing district staff out cleaning roads, other than big stuff, and Yohe said his staff cannot commit time to cleaning debris without sacrificing other projects. LGWCD Chair Anita Kane asked to see if the district has money in the budget to hire day laborers to pick up trash. Bell added that the district should work with the town to resolve the trash problem. Dennis Lipp, chair of the town’s Planning & Zoning Committee, said during the incorporation effort, they discussed what kind of laws to pass to control littering, and said they found that laws don’t work unless they are accompanied by stiff penalties. He said his wife and friend go out periodically to pick up trash. “That’s really the key,” Lipp

said. “If you’re proud of your neighborhood, you want it to look good. What we need to do is incentivize residents to clean up.” Fernandez said he noticed there are many people doing community hours and suggested tapping into that potential resource. Fernandez asked Yohe whether trash is cleared during the canal cleaning operation, and Yohe said most of debris is in the sludge, which must be allowed to dry before removing the trash. Fernandez suggested using a mesh to filter debris as it is removed from the canals. Yohe said that would slow canal cleaning, and that the district’s primary objective is to ensure drainage, and removing trash is secondary. In other business, Yohe showed the board a map of culverts scheduled for cleaning of silt, and culverts to be sawn back due to damage caused by district mowers. Prior to the saw cut, the district will notify owners and will gain permission to saw and clean the culvert.

Kane asked when it will start, and Yohe said in May, when the district will also start moving an earthen bank off the OGEM paving on North A Road. Yohe said the district will rent special equipment to do that project, adding that all Okeechobee Blvd. culverts had been cleaned, greatly improving drainage in the north end of the community, and explained that unless the canals are cleaned, more dirt would be pushed into culverts. The board also rejected a set of second bids to conduct a forensic audit on the remaining $400,000 loan for OGEM road resealing and maintenance secured by the district, which would revert to the town. Kane said the prices of about $53,000 far exceed the $10,000 she anticipated, although they were lower than approximately $100,000 during the first round of bids. “Our intent was to make sure all records were safe,” she said. “For my money, I would say it’s too much.”

She suggested it would be more prudent to have the board treasurer meet with town staff and see if they have specific questions. “I think this is way over the top,” Kane said. “If they want a forensic audit, leave it to them.” She added that there is now talk by the district and town of paying down the loan, which remains at about $400,000, which was to be used for clear-coating maintenance of OGEM roads. Fernandez made a motion to reject all the proposals, which carried 5-0. The board also decided to pay off its BankUnited loan. Yohe said he received an e-mail from the town manager stipulating that the council had voted to recommend that the board consider returning that loan to the bank. The board also reviewed staff plans to publish a newsletter about the district explaining what it does, what it has done the past 14 years, and how it spends the property owners’ assessments. The four-page printed newsletter, to be

mailed to all residents, will also direct readers to a web site, which has an expanded newsletter. The newsletter will include topics such as the annual landowners meeting, which will now coincide with town elections in March, rather than its former June date, and explain how the change has resulted in the extension of sitting supervisors’ terms. It will also include changes in staff vacation and sick time, the latest information on becoming a dependent district — which passed the final legislative committee meeting on Tuesday — as well as special projects. Fernandez asked that the newsletter include information on how to dispose of garbage and give information on a tire collection project. Herzog reminded residents that the LGLA will host a town council Seat 1 candidates forum with Ron Jarriel, Phillis Maniglia and Neil O’Neal on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. at Palms West Presbyterian Church.

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WELLINGTON CHAMBER HOLDS 5K POLO DASH & BASH AT GRAND CHAMPIONS The Wellington Chamber of Commerce hosted its 5K Polo Dash & Bash on Sunday, Feb. 11 at the Grand Champions Polo Club. At the event was a vendor village, a 155-foot obstacle course, food and more. For more info., call the Wellington Chamber at (561) 792-6525 or visit PHOTOS BY JACK LOWENSTEIN/TOWN-CRIER

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Daniel Bluman Wins $384,000 Grand Prix At WEF

In the first five star Grand Prix of the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival circuit, Daniel Bluman of Israel and Ladriano Z, owned by Over The Top Stables LLC, rose to the top of the class in the $384,000 Fidelity Investments Grand Prix on Saturday, Feb. 10 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington. Page 27

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Adrienne Lyle Gets Five-Star Victory At AGDF

Adrienne Lyle and Salvino improved on their Grand Prix performance from Thursday, Feb. 8 to ride an error-free test and win the Grand Prix Special CDI5*, presented by CaptiveOne Advisors, on Saturday, Feb. 10 at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. Page 31


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Wellington Soccer Girls Fall 1-0 To Boca In Regionals

T h e We l l i n g t o n H i g h School girls soccer team’s post-season was cut short with a tough 1-0 loss to nemesis Boca Raton High School in the Class 5A regional semifinals on Friday, Feb. 9. The two teams have a long history of battling in the post-season. Last year, Wellington fell to Boca in overtime. Page 31

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Bluman Wins $384,000 Fidelity Investments Grand Prix In the first five star Grand Prix of the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival circuit, Daniel Bluman of Israel and Ladriano Z, owned by Over The Top Stables LLC, rose to the top of the class in the $384,000 Fidelity Investments Grand Prix on Saturday, Feb. 10 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington. There were 40 entries in the Grand Prix, contesting a challenging course set by Kelvin Bywater in front of a packed stadium of show

jumping fans. Just two were clear to advance to the jump-off. First into the ring for the second round was FEI World Cup Finals winner and Olympic silver medalist Beat Mändli of Switzerland riding Dsarie, a 10-year-old KWPN mare owned by Grand Road Partners GmbH. They laid the gauntlet with a clear round in a time of 40.47 seconds, with Dsarie giving her customary bucks after going through the timers.

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Hampton Classic Grand Prix CSI 4* in September. With tears in his eyes listening to the Israeli national anthem as the flag was raised, Bluman reflected on his victory and what it meant to him as a representative of Israel, having recently switched nationalities from Colombia. “Israel does mean a lot to me,” he said. “Like I’ve said in the past, for me to change nationalities was a big thing. I’m a very proud Colombian as well. I’ve been blessed to have been able to listen to the Israeli anthem more in the last year since I changed than ever before, so I was just sort of reflecting on that and being thankful and just enjoying the moment.” For her top finishes this week, Margie Engle was named the Martha Jolicoeur Leading Lady Rider for WEF 5. The owners of Ladriano Z also received a stay in a luxury studio at the Brazilian Court Hotel. The Saturday Night Lights series continues throughout the 12-week WEF circuit, held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington. Hunter, jumper and equitation competition at WEF continues through April 1, offering more than $9 million in prize money. For more info., visit

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The Northern Palm Beach Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association will meet on Wednesday, March 14 at the Embassy Suites Hotel (4350 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens) with networking starting at 6 p.m. The cost is $25. Guests are welcome. The speaker will be Ann Marie Sorrell on “Marketing and Communication.” Sorrell is the president and CEO of the Mosaic Group, an award-winning marketing, public relations and events management firm. She is also the founder of MustAttend Events Inc., an online events marketing and management software that offers deals on conferences, as well as business, political and charitable events. Sorrell is the author of Chronicles of a Serial Dater, a journal through the good, bad, funny and steamy of dating and relationships. She serves on several community boards, including the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches and is president of Girls II Women, a member of the National Association of Health Service Executives, the National Association of Black Women in Construction, the American Marketing Association, Urban League Young Professionals of Palm Beach County and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

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Applebee’s Restaurant Hosting Teacher Essay Contest

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar recently announced the return of its Above and “BEE”yond Teacher Essay Contest, which will recognize top teachers, as nominated by their students, by awarding them with a sponsorship check and end-of-year class party, courtesy of Applebee’s. The contest is being offered at Applebee’s restaurants in Florida and

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U.S. Department of State Honors County’s Passport Facilities

The Palm Beach County Clerk & Comptroller’s passport facilities in Palm Beach Gardens, Delray Beach and Belle Glade were recently recognized by the U.S. Department of State with the 2017 Most Innovative Award. “They have a truly customer-service approach in conducting outreach and educating customers about the passport application process through the use of workshops and social media,” Deputy Assistant Secretary Brenda Sprague said. “The approach ensures that customers have a positive and worthwhile experience.” To facilitate customers’ needs, the clerk’s office has held special passport fairs when the facilities would normally be closed and also held a public workshop that covered complicated passport issues. The workshop is also available online. “Customer service is a priority for our office, and we’re very honored to have been recognized for our efforts,” Palm Beach County Clerk & Comptroller Sharon R. Bock said. “We are always looking for ways to provide access and make processes

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Wellington Soccer Girls Fall 1-0 To Boca In Regional Semifinals

By Gene Nardi Town-Crier Staff Report The Wellington High School girls soccer team’s post-season was cut short with a tough 1-0 loss to nemesis Boca Raton High School in the Class 5A regional semifinals on Friday, Feb. 9. It was the second time that the teams faced each other on the season, with Boca previously blanking the Wolverines 3-0. The two teams have a long history of battling in the post-season. Last year, Wellington fell to Boca in overtime. The Bobcats (16-2-1) scored the only goal of the match in the 14th

minute after both teams battled for the advantage, moving the ball the length of the pitch. Boca took a shot from about seven yards out that seared the turf into the opposite corner off a pass for the 1-0 lead. Wellington (19-3-1) pressed the action, creating an opportunity just before the water break, but a stingy Bobcat freshman goalkeeper, Lara Larco, denied the Wolverine equalizer. In the 30th minute, Wellington built an attack from their defending third and pressured the Boca defense. Samantha Sullivan drove a header off a crossing pass from

Wellington’s Samantha Sullivan heads the ball toward the Boca goal.

Alexandra Rehr, directly on frame, but again the Wolverines were denied the equalizer. They had two opportunities from set plays that they could not capitalize on. Boca Raton began to pressure an apparently frustrated Wellington squad, but the Wolverines held on defensively to deny the Bobcats any additional scores before the half. Both teams entered the second half with urgency, Wellington needing an equalizer, and Boca trying to secure the lead. Boca pressed the action, but a solid defensive stand by See WOLVERINES, page 33

Grace Langsam heads the ball for Wellington toward the Boca goal.

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Grand Prix Special CDI5* winners Adrienne Lyle and Salvino. PHOTO BY SUSAN J. STICKLE

Adrienne Lyle and Salvino improved on their Grand Prix performance from Thursday, Feb. 8 to ride an error-free test and win the Grand Prix Special CDI5*, presented by CaptiveOne Advisors, on Saturday, Feb. 10 at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. Lyle and 11-year-old Salvino cruised to victory with 75.319 percent, representing a new personal best high score for the pair. The top three in the class represented a clean podium sweep for the U.S.A. in the fifth week of the AGDF in Wellington. “I was thrilled with him today,” said Lyle, who trains with Debbie McDonald and rides the Sandro Hit stallion for owner Betsy Juliano. “It means a ton to win the five-star special; this is huge, especially on a horse we haven’t even been competing a full year at this level. In the Grand Prix, he was running a little

bit through my aids, so today we took the time to make him stay back and wait. He felt like he was right with me throughout the whole test. If he understands what you want, he always does it for you. He has tremendous potential that we’re only just beginning to tap into.” Australian judge Susan Hoevenaars agreed. “There was so much harmony, and it was a joy to judge,” she said. The winner of the Grand Prix, Olivia LaGoy-Weltz, had to settle for second place on her own Lonoir, a 14-year-old gelding, logging 72.851 percent. “The goal is clean rides, but I left the ones [the one-time changes] in the warm-up,” she said. “We did a super line right before we went in, but I think we were both a bit overheated. I was super proud of him. The quality level is coming up, and everyone has full confidence that

the consistency is going to fall into place. When it does, it’s going to be pretty cool.” Third-place finisher Tuny Page was pleased to be able to put two sub-70 percent scores on Woodstock at the AGDF in January behind her, and her ever-improving performances elevated her from seventh in the Grand Prix. “I was happy with how my horse presented himself and with the quality of his gaits,” she said of the 15-year-old gelding. “This is only our fourth test back this season, and it has taken four rides to get him back and for him to wait for me. Now it’s a question of developing more inner calmness in the next two months as he settles into the routine again.” The 12-week AGDF circuit continues through March 31. For additional information, visit www.

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SPORTS & RECREATION PBC Youth Services Now Two Wellington Wrestling Club Accepting Applications Athletes Capture State AAU Titles For Camp Scholarships The Wellington Wrestling Club Marvel (middle school, 117 practices on Tuesdays and Thurs-

The Palm Beach County Youth Services Department is accepting applications for summer camp scholarships through April 13. The Summer Camp Scholarship Program offers eligible children, ages 5 to 14 and a special population up to age 17, a full scholarship to day camp for the entire summer. It allows parents to work with the knowledge that their children are safe and gives children educational and recreational opportunities for growth. The scholarship covers all tuition and fees for children residing in families with income at or below

150 percent of federal poverty guidelines. Parents may choose from participating camps in Palm Beach County. To access the application form and view a list of outreach events, visit Pages/Summer_Camp.aspx. For more information, contact the Youth Services Department at (561) 242-5713 or YSD-summercamp@ The Summer Camp Scholarship Program is funded by the Palm Beach County Youth Services Department and the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County.

captured two state titles at the AAU State Championships earlier this month. Tyler Gray (second/third grade, 72 pounds) and Tucker Gray (kindergarten/first grade, 62 pounds) both won their divisions. James

pounds) finished in fourth place. Ryan King (middle school, 110 pounds) and Sam Marvel (middle school, 90 pounds) both finished one match away from placing in the top four. The Wellington Wrestling Club

days at the Village Park in Wellington. Practices are available for beginners and advanced wrestlers. For more information, contact coach Travis Gray at travis.gray@ or (561) 827-8595.

Handcycling Clinic At The CMAA Therapeutic Recreation Complex

Celebrate Florida Bicycle Month with the Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation Department by learning a new Paralympic sport: how to ride a handcycle. Participants will learn proper techniques and go out for a group ride through John Prince Park. The event will take place Saturday, March 10 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the CMAA Therapeutic

Recreation Complex, located at 2728 Lake Worth Road. To RSVP for this free event, call Daniella Robbins at (561) 966-7083. The CMAA Therapeutic Recreation Complex is operated by the Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation Department. For more information on the complex and other therapeutic recreation programs, visit

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SPORTS & RECREATION late in the second half to tie the match, but Larco came up big for the Bobcats with crucial saves. One Wolverine shot was from 24 yards out that looked sure to hit the upper right, but Larco left the ground and batted the ball off frame. Samantha Jenkins hit a corner

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kick into the Boca box, connecting with Sullivan for a header, but Larco stood in the way again. The opportunities were many for the Wolverines in the second half, but the Boca Bobcats held on for the 1-0 victory, ending Wellington’s season for the second-straight year.

Genbu-Kai Karate Students Promoted

Genbu-Kai Karate recently tested and promoted five Karate Kids, formerly known as Ninjas, to their next level belts. All are from the Wellington, Royal Palm Beach and Lake Worth areas. The 16-month Ninja program is specifically designed for preschool children ages 4 to 6. Emphasis is placed on improving fine and gross motor skills, while teaching eight life skills: focus, teamwork, control, balance, memory, discipline, fitness and coordination. Students learn how to set and achieve goals while practicing twice a week and advancing through their nine required rank levels. The program is a preparatory program for the junior karate program. For more information about classes, call (561) 804-1002 or visit

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Saturday, Feb. 17 • Wellington’s annual Tribute Music & Food Truck Festival returns to the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) for two weekends, Feb. 15-17 and Feb. 22-24, full of food trucks, costumed character entertainment, and music by some of the best tribute bands in South Florida. For more info., visit amphitheater. • The Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association will walk in Okeeheelee Park (7500 Forest Hill Blvd.) on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 7:30 a.m. Call Paul Cummings at (561) 596-4423 for more info. • The Palm Beach County Thrift Store auction will take place Saturday, Feb. 17 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2455 Vista Parkway in West Palm Beach. Visit for more info. • Audubon of the Everglades will hold a family-friendly bird walk at Peaceful Waters Sanctuary in Wellington on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 8 a.m. Visit for more info. • Wellington will host Lakeside Family Fun Days, a series of family-friendly events on Lake Wellington, located behind the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) on Saturdays, Feb. 17, March 10 and April 14 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Each event features a variety of free activities for the entire family to enjoy. For more info., visit • The Green Market at Wellington will be open Saturday, Feb. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. near the Wellington Amphitheater. For more info., visit • The Palm Beach Zoo will host DragonFest, its annual celebration of the Chinese New Year, on Saturday, Feb. 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit for more info. • The Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach will hold a class about Lego Architecture on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 10:30 a.m. Visit www.fourarts. org for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host an Acoustic Java Jam for adults on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. Experience a caffeinated collection of local talent or bring your acoustic instruments and jam out. Coffee will be provided. Call (561) 790-6030 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Kitchen Chat: Mediterranean Cuisine & Spices for ages 14 and up on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 2:30 p.m. Borrow a cookbook, test a recipe and share your tips and kitchen adventures. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Gems of Hope: The African-American Spiritual” for adults on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 2:30 p.m. Take a glimpse back into the origin, purpose and necessity of the art form known as the African-American spiritual with vocalist Katie Gilmore. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free Stevie Wonder tribute concert, along with a food


truck invasion, on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 5 p.m. Visit for more info. • The Rotary Club of Royal Palm Beach will honor Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Michael Gauger as its Citizen of the Year ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 17. The tribute dinner will begin at 6 p.m. at the Police Benevolent Association banquet hall (2100 N. Florida Mango Road, West Palm Beach). To secure tickets, call Lynn Balch at (561) 601-7297 or Dan Splain at (561) 282-6800. Proceeds from the event will fund charitable endeavors. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach will present George Benson in an exclusive evening of classic music and greatest hits on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. Visit for more info. Sunday, Feb. 18 • Audubon of the Everglades will hold a birding car pool at STA-1E in Wellington on Sunday, Feb. 18 at 7:30 a.m. Visit www.auduboneverglades. org for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach Green Market & Bazaar will be open Sunday, Feb. 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Veterans Park. For more info., visit • The 2018 high-goal polo season will continue Sunday, Feb. 18 with the Ylivasker Cup Final at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. Polo matches are open to the public, with a wide range of hospitality and guest seating options. For more info., visit • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach will present Ten Grands, Ten Pianos, Ten World-Class Pianists on Sunday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. Visit for more info. Monday, Feb. 19 • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach will present Broadway Titans: The Life of a Broadway Producer with Fran Weissler, Roy Furman and Rodger Hess, moderated by Lee Wolf, on Monday, Feb. 19 at 11:30 a.m. Visit for more info. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach will present Yamato, The Drummers of Japan on Monday, Feb. 19 and Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.kravis. org for more info. Tuesday, Feb. 20 • The Western Business Alliance will hold its monthly breakfast at Mel’s Way Bistro on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 8 a.m. For more info., visit www. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature “Three Funny Jewish Men: Jerry Seinfeld, Jerry Lewis & Jackie Mason” on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 3 p.m. Dr. Rose Feinberg explores the lives of three unique comedians, including their career highlights, marriages and events that shaped their lives and careers. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach will host David Ignatius speaking about A Writing Life: What I’ve Learned as a Journalist, Novelist and Librettist on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 3 p.m.

Call (561) 655-7226 or visit for more info. • Wellington will hold a Neighborhood Walk & Talk in the 12th Fairway community on Tuesday, Feb. 20 from 4 to 6 p.m. Call (561) 791-4764 or visit for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host its Anime Otaku Club for ages 12 to 17 on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. Hang out, watch anime, eat snacks, and talk with friends and fellow fans about cool shows from Japan. Call (561) 681-4100 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Songs of Triumph: A History of the Negro Spiritual for adults on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. Using the art of storytelling and music in a presentation by Dr. Naia Johnston-Bush. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County will host a program on “The Future of Jewish Families” with Avraham Infeld on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). For more info., call (561) 242-6687 or visit www.jewishpalmbeach. org/westernmainevent. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Wonders of the Night Sky Telescope Viewing Session on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. Join the Astronomical Society of the Palm Beaches and learn about constellations as you stargaze from sunset to 8:30 p.m. outside, if the skies are clear. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • Congregation L’Dor Va-Dor (3475 W. Woolbright Road, Boynton Beach) will hold its Sam Silver Controversial Issues Series on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. For more info., call (561) 968-0688 or e-mail • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host a Wonders of the Night Sky Telescope Viewing Session for adults on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. Encounter numerous celestial wonders with a telescope viewing provided by the Astronomical Society of the Palm Beaches. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. Wednesday, Feb. 21 • The Wellington Chamber of Commerce will host a Wellington council candidates forum at the International Polo Club Palm Beach (3667 120th Ave. South) on Wednesday, Feb. 21. Registration starts at 11:30 a.m., and the event begins at noon. Seat 2 candidates are incumbent Tanya Siskind and challenger Frank Ferrano. Seat 3 candidates are incumbent John McGovern and challenger Bart Novack. For more info., visit www. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Book Chat: Case Histories by Kate Atkinson for adults on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. in a staff-led discussion. Copies of the book are available. Light refreshments will be served. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host its Lego Club for ages 5 to 12 on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 3 p.m. Build, imagine and play with Lego bricks. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Musical Toddlers & Tykes for children under age 4 on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 3:30 p.m. Do you love story time songs? Join in for a jam session. Call (561) 681-4100 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Paper Quilled Monogram program for adults on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. Learn basic techniques to create a fancy scrolled monogram. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • Wellington will hold a Neighborhood Watch Meeting for the Lakeside Shores community on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. For more info., visit • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Virtual Reality Fun with the Oculus Rift for ages 12 and up on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. Test out the newest technology and be prepared to have fun. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host its Adult Coloring Club for ages 16 and up

The Town-Crier on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m. Color for fun and relaxation with other coloring enthusiasts. Coloring pages and materials will be provided, or bring your own coloring book. Call (561) 6814100 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host a Writers Reading Open Mic for ages 18 and up on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m. Writers are invited to share their work in this open mic event or come just to listen. Preferred reading length is no more than five minutes of a family-friendly subject matter. Call (561) 7906030 to pre-register. • Shulamit Hadassah will host member, midwife and educator Shari Daniels speaking on human slavery in the Middle East and Far East on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. at Palm Beach County Fire -Rescue Station #30 (9910 Stribling Way, Wellington). Thursday, Feb. 22 • The Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach will host a Preschool Story Time for ages 4 and under on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 10:30 a.m. Call (561) 655-2776 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Winter Olympics Event for ages 5 to 12 on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 2:30 p.m. Compete in a Winter Olympics event and go for the gold. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free Billy Joel tribute concert, along with a food truck invasion, on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 5 p.m. Visit for more info. • The Panther Ridge Conservation Center (14755 Palm Beach Point Blvd., Wellington) will host “Walk on the Wild Side” on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. The benefit will support the care of exotic felines that have been abandoned, abused or neglected. The cost is $125 per person. For more information, call (561) 795-8914 or visit • The Puerto Rican/Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will hold a business, educational and social networking meeting on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. at Patagonia Argentinian Steak House (675 Royal Palm Beach Blvd., Royal Palm Beach). The guest speaker will be PBSO Col. Tony Araujo. For more info., e-mail santosarroyo@, call (561) 889-6527 or visit Friday, Feb. 23 • Palm Beach Opera will present Candide at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts from Friday, Feb. 23 through Sunday, Feb. 25. For more info., visit • Cirque Italia, the spectacular water circus from Italy, will perform on two weekends, Feb. 23-26 and March 1-4 across the street from the Palm Beach Kennel Club in West Palm Beach. For more info., visit • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Now I Know My ABCs for ages 2 to 5 on Friday, Feb. 23 at 10 a.m. Enjoy playing literacy-based games with your child to introduce and reinforce the alphabet. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach will present Performing Your Life: Storytelling Workshop hosted by Mike Daisey on Friday, Feb. 23 at 1:30 p.m. Visit www. for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Kids Wii U Gaming and More for ages 7 to 12 on Friday Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. Play Wii U and board games with friends. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free Prince/Michael Jackson tribute concert, along with a food truck invasion, on Friday, Feb. 23 at 5 p.m. Visit for more info. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach will present Mike Daisey: The End of Journalism on Friday, Feb. 23 and Saturday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.kravis. org for more info. Send calendar items to: The Town-Crier, 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 33, Wellington, FL 33414 or e-mail

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Bailey’s Irish Cream ...................$19.99 750ML Kahlua ......................................$35.99 1.75L



13860 Wellington Trace 5899 Southeast Fed. Hwy D-1 (The Courtyard Shops) (Coves Center)


 772-283-9900


Dewars Scotch Whisky ..............$29.99 1.75L J.W. Red Label Scotch ...............$29.99 1.75L Chivas Regal .............................$49.99 1.75L Clan MacGregor Rare Blended ...$19.99 1.75L J&B Scotch ...............................$33.99 1.75L Ballentine’s Scotch ...................$25.99 1.75L Seagram’s VO............................$24.99 1.75L BUDWEISER Jameson’s Irish Whiskey ............$43.99 1.75L REG/LIGHT Courvoisier VS Cognac...............$19.99 750ML 12 PACK Crown Royal ..............................$39.99 1.75L BOTTLES OR CANS Canadian Club ...........................$19.99 1.75L $ Glenlivet 12 yrs. ........................$79.99 1.75L Wild Turkey Honey Liquor ...........$19.99 750ML COORS Jaegermeister............................$19.99 750ML Jim Beam Red Stag ...................$14.99 750ML LIGHT Jim Beam .................................$24.99 1.75L 12 PACK



RUM Captain Morgan Rum .................$21.99 1.75L Bacardi Rum (Light & Dark) ........$16.99 1.75L Brugal Anejo Rum ......................$37.99 1.75L Appleton Rum............................$25.99 1.75L Ron Rico (Light & Dark) .............$15.99 1.75L Mount Gay Rum .........................$39.99 1.75L Don Q Rum (Light & Dark) ..........$21.99 1.75L Sailor Jerry Rum ........................$26.99 1.75L Malibu Rum ..............................$19.99 1.75L Admiral Nelson 80 Rum .............$16.99 1.75L Cruzan Rum (Light & Dark) .........$18.99 1.75L Ron Zacapa Rum ......................$39.99 1.75L



12 PACK $



These prices good with this ad only. Good thru 2/29/2018. Photos are for illustrative purposes only. We are not responsible for Typographical errors.

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