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Volume 38, Number 7 February 17 - February 23, 2017

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Wellington’s Architectural Review Board met Wednesday, Feb. 15 and approved the components that architects have designed for the new Lemongrass Asian Bistro restaurant in the Mall at Wellington Green. Page 3

LGWCD To Celebrate Its 100th Anniversary

The Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District is looking for ideas to recognize its 100th anniversary, which is coming up on April 4. Page 4

Great Performers On Stage At ‘American Equestrians Got Talent’

In its fifth week, the 2017 season of American Equestrians Got Talent showcased seven performers competing for $1,000 in prize money on Wednesday, Feb. 8, auditioning for a chance to appear in the competition’s finale next month. Page 7

The Equestrian Aid Foundation presented “Althea,” a special show featuring former Cavalia artists, at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival facility in Wellington on Sunday, Feb. 12. The show featured amazing feats of horses and humans working together. Shown above are EAF Vice President Robert Ross, President Stephanie Riggio Bulger and Board Member Robert Dover. STORY & MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 9 PHOTO BY JULIE UNGER/TOWN-CRIER

OPINION Welcome To The Season Of Unnecessary High-Stakes Testing

Lawmakers in Tallahassee must have enjoyed taking dozens of high-stakes standardized tests when they were growing up. At least it seems that way, given the ever-increasing volume and intensity of high-stakes statewide testing. How else can one explain the mass stress levels elementary, middle and high school students will be dealing with starting later this month when the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) testing begins? Page 4 DEPARTMENT INDEX NEWS................................. 3 - 9 OPINION.................................. 4 NEWS BRIEFS......................... 7 PEOPLE................................. 13 SCHOOLS.......................14 - 15 COLUMNS...................... 16, 25 BUSINESS......................26 - 27 SPORTS..........................29 - 31 CALENDAR............................ 32 CLASSIFIEDS.................33 - 37 Visit Us On The Web At WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Indian Trail Improvement District Board of Supervisors scheduled a special meeting for Wednesday, March 1 to discuss Acreage incorporation efforts, as well as legislative priorities. At a meeting Wednesday, Supervisor Betty Argue noted that Preserve the Lifestye of the Acreage Now (PLAN) has been holding meetings to inform the public about its efforts. PLAN took over the incorporation initiative as a political action committee from the Acreage Landowners’ Association, which researched incorporation initially but does not participate in political activities. “They now have a feasibility study and charter on their web site,” Argue said. “I believe that in December, we invited them to do a presentation to our board, and they declined.” ITID Manager Jim Shallman

explained that PLAN had called a meeting the day before the ITID meeting, and supervisors had been invited. Argue said it was important for ITID to get involved, because it is mentioned in the proposed charter that it become a dependent district. “I would like to invite them, whether it be a workshop meeting or whatever, but I would like to invite them to do a presentation, sometime soon, because it’s my understanding, from the last meeting that I attended, that they plan to have this before the legislature in this session, not the next legislative session, and part of their charter is making Indian Trail a dependent district,” she said. “This is something that affects us, and I think we should be discussing it.” Argue asked ITID’s legal staff to review whether ITID can be made a dependent district as part of the charter. “The statutory requirements of See ITID BOARD, page 4

New Campus To Open Feb. 28 PAINTING FUNDRAISER

By Julie Unger Town-Crier Staff Report Palm Beach State College’s new Loxahatchee Groves campus will hold its grand opening celebration Tuesday, Feb. 28 with a reception at 4 p.m., a ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m. and campus tours at 5 p.m.

Located at 15845 Southern Blvd., the site is officially named the Dr. Dennis P. Gallon Campus. The first day of classes is set for Monday, Feb. 27. Assistant Manager of Facilities Planning & Construction James Storms gave the Town-Crier a

Greensteins Host Wellington Wolves Basketball Fundraiser

Alan and Blanca Greenstein of Wellington, in partnership with Chris Fratalia, hosted a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction benefiting the Wellington Wolves youth basketball program Friday, Feb. 10 at their Paddock Park home. Page 19

ITID Board Calls For Meeting To Discuss Incorporation Effort

The new Palm Beach State College campus will open with a ceremony on Feb. 28.


sneak peek of the campus Monday. “It’s a beautiful building,” he said. “It’s actually, I think, one of the most exciting buildings architecturally inside.” The first building, Building A, is a 50,000-square-foot multipurpose building with offices, three stories of classrooms, computer labs, and a large, flexible lecture hall with motorized blackout shades, space for 229 chairs and 61 tables, and will feature multiple large televisions. The school is built in accordance with the International Green Construction Code — all of the classrooms have automatic LED lights, and the parking lot has bioswales with plants. The parking spaces in the parking lot are made of impervious concrete, which filters water when it rains that waters the plants in the bioswales and then goes to the retention pond. The second building will contain labs, medical technology, and robotic and high-technology mediSee NEW CAMPUS, page 19

Karen Cavanagh and Dusty Art Live, a mobile painting party company, hosted a paint and wine party benefit for the Wellington Community Foundation on Thursday, Feb. 9 at Wellington National Golf & Equestrian Club. Guests chose various pre-drawn subjects on canvas and painted them. Shown above are some of the attendees with their finished artwork. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 5 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Town-Crier To Host RPB Election DeMarois Takes On Candidates Forum On Feb. 27 Goltzené For Seat On Lox Town Council

By Julie Unger Town-Crier Staff Report The Town-Crier newspaper will host a televised Royal Palm Beach candidates forum Monday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. in 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 the Group 2 seat, former Councilman Richard Valuntas is challenging Councilman David Swift, while Renatta Adan-Espinoza is challenging Councilwoman Jan Rodusky for the Group 4 seat. The municipal election will be held Tuesday, March 14. The Feb. 27 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,” he said. “Any election, no matter how big or how small, is very, very important to the people of that community. It’s my way of saying, ‘Look, here are your candidates. Come out and listen to what they have to say, and then go to the ballot, vote and submit your ballot.’” Giving back to the community and doing his part to inform the residents of Royal Palm Beach about their candidates is important to Sackett, a longtime resident of the western communities. 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 an enlightening 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.

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Former Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District Chairman and 19-year Supervisor Dave DeMarois is challenging Loxahatchee Groves Town Councilman Tom Goltzené for Seat 5 on the Loxahatchee Groves Town Council. Seat 5 is the only council seat up for election this year. Goltzené and DeMarois will face off Tuesday, March 14. DeMarois, a 31-year resident of Loxahatchee Groves, left the board in June 2016 when Simon Fernandez and Anita Kane won election to the LGWCD board. Former Supervisor John Ryan had chosen not to seek re-election. DeMarois noted that he has a long history of working for the residents of Loxahatchee Groves, including getting county water

utilities installed in some areas while he was a supervisor, which has helped lower fire insurance premiums for many residents. “We did North Road, where they put in the piping underneath the water when they were going to do Scripps,” he said. “We got all of those canals re-dug. We got new embankments put in, and we got hydrants put in. That was a multimillion-dollar thing that we got for the citizens of Loxahatchee Groves. The fire hydrants saved on fire insurance for them, so we’re proud of that.” He added that working with Palm Beach County, the district also had South F Road paved, and in the process opened up an equestrian trail. “That was one of the first ones we had in Loxahatchee Groves,” DeMarois said. “We’ve been proSee DEMAROIS, page 19

The Sunflowers Are In Bloom... But Not For Long!

By Julie Unger Town-Crier Staff Report Five acres of bright, cheerful sunflowers are still in bloom, for a short time only — the window of time for the blooms is rapidly closing. You can find them at Liberty Farm, located at 1300 D Road in Loxahatchee Groves. Rajesh Sinha, of Palm Beach Sunflowers, is proud of his test field of black oil sunflowers. “They range from two to fourand-a-half feet tall. We use them for birdseed, cut flowers and, in New Jersey, we press them into cooking oil,” he said. The Sinhas have a sunflower book about their sunflower maze in New Jersey. There are 10 educational check-

in stations along the quarter-mile to half-mile path cutting a peace sign through the field, with a kids’ scavenger hunt, a photo frame and more to explore in the sandy sunflower field. Sunflowers have to be planted every year and are heliotropic, meaning that when they first bud, the blooms follow the sun. “Once they fully open and bloom, they face east only,” Sinha said. “Morning pictures are beautiful.” The family has been farming sunflowers for 10 years. They’re the largest black oil sunflower farmer on the East Coast, and partner with the New Jersey Audubon Society, supplying seeds to 31 stores. This year, they’ve started pressing cooking oil.

“The first year we grew sunflowers, we had a 10-acre test field, and it was gorgeous,” he said. “If you get inside the field… the pictures are amazing.” At the New Jersey farm, they cut a maze into the field and opened it up to the public to take photos. Now, they’ve replicated their sunflower maze in South Florida. Sinha’s wife, Jolene, was born and raised in Florida, which has brought them to South Florida over the years to visit friends and family. Sinha’s father-in-law, Jody Plitt, helps out and has been painting a mural at the maze. Honeybees fly throughout the field and are friendly, he said, although he suggests avoiding See SUNFLOWERS, page 19

Two-year-old Cyrus Sinha stands among blooming sunflowers on his family’s farm.


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LGWCD Seeks Another Joint Meeting With Town On Roads ASAP

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report During a discussion of quitclaim deeds Monday required by the Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District Board of Supervisors to turn over remaining district roads to the Town of Loxahatchee Groves, Chairman Frank Schiola passed the gavel to make a motion to turn over all district roads with the provision that the remaining debt of residents who approved a bond issue for their road improvements be settled. The motion failed for lack of a second, although other supervisors favored continuing negotiations that began at a joint meeting with the Loxahatchee Groves Town Council last month to turn over remaining district roads to the town, where all attending appeared to be in consensus. “Since we were all at the meeting, we heard what each other said about our respective counterpartners at the town,” Schiola said. “I did listen very, very carefully, not only to them, but to the board up here.” He said that Supervisor Anita Kane made a lot of sense when she first came on the board about the

inequity of taxing some residents who agreed to bond issues to have their roads paved with opengraded emulsified mix (OGEM). “The town made it very clear that they want a list of the roads now,” Schiola said. “I want to give them the roads now, and I want to put it in the form of a motion now in front of this board that we turn over the remaining Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District roads to the Town of Loxahatchee Groves, and I want to also put in there with the proviso that because they do want us out of the road business, and I do want to get out of the road business, that they go in and take over the $1.2 million debt that’s on the OGEM roads.” No one seconded the motion, and LGWCD Attorney Mary Viator pointed out that the agenda item had been intended for discussion only. “I expected a lot of discussion about this, and I’ve thought long and hard about this, but right now the town owns North A Road, C Road and D Road, but yet the district is accepting assessments that those landowners agreed to through a legal vote,” Schiola said. “Why are they paying an

assessment when everybody else in Loxahatchee Groves is getting their roads paved? It doesn’t seem right to me. It doesn’t seem fair.” He added that he understood that at the time, the district had no funding mechanism other than a bond issue approved by referendum. “Then the town came in and said, ‘We’re going to start paving roads.’ But because these roads were already done, those weren’t part of the equation,” Schiola said. “Those people there are paying district taxes, they’re paying that assessment and they’re paying town taxes. If this $6 million bond comes through for the town, they’ll be paying on that also.” Schiola said to be fair, the town should take over the responsibility of paying off the debt service on the roads that the district paved. Supervisor Don Widing said the board had met in good faith with the council and had agreed to continue quarterly joint meetings. “I think that may have been stretched out a little too far, but I think we need to respect the process,” Widing said. “I don’t disagree conceptually with what Mr. Schiola has to say. I think in

the end, I would want the same outcome. I think it is the right thing to do.” He added that if the district wants to change its agreements with the town to turn over the roads, it should not be tangled up with money discussions. “The money is separate, and what’s complicating all this is it’s going to take a little time,” Widing said. “I think we can get there, and I have the same destination. We’re each probably going to take a couple of separate roads to get there.” He said one of the money complications that had not been discussed was gas tax money that the town had been allotting to the district for road maintenance. “It has been a bargaining chip and a pain to me personally because it has been used that way,” Widing said. “I don’t want to offend anybody in the town, but that’s the way it has been interpreted to me.” Widing said the district will still have a mission, and with the loss of the gas tax money will face either cutbacks in services or assessment increases. The district also would face legal questions as to the le-

gality of the town taking over the district’s debt for road resurfacing that has already been incurred. “We’re not there yet,” he said. “It may be doable, or it may not. If the town wants to take over that debt and bail them out, I don’t disagree with that, either. That would be a great thing to do, and it would be the fair thing to do for the community, but that’s where I’ve got to stop and say that’s the town’s business.” Widing said that his goal is a plan by the town to start the process. “I don’t have answers for that yet, and I thought the purpose of the quarterly meetings was to do that,” he said, suggesting that they go to monthly joint meetings until all the issues are resolved. Supervisor Anita Kane agreed that the road transfer and the money are two separate issues, and the money issues would be more complicated. “There have been some discussions about repaving some of those roads, and they should be some of the first ones to take advantage of the OGEM that’s already down there, and asphalting over the top of it so that it doesn’t deteriorate completely,” Kane said. “There

has already been a significant amount of money invested in those roads… so those should be some of the first that we put asphalt over.” Supervisor Simon Fernandez said it was significant that the district and the town had met to discuss the roads. “I think the next most important thing is another meeting not three months away,” Fernandez said. He suggested that LGWCD Administrator Steve Yohe get another meeting going with the town to answer some of the questions raised that evening so the result will come after a smooth transition. Widing agreed that a meeting sooner rather than later should be considered because the town and district would be starting their budget processes soon. Supervisor Laura Danowski said she would like to find a plan and suggested that the town take the lead on that. “I would like fairness and equity for all the residents,” she said. “Underwood Management has nine lovely plaques on their wall about their accounting prowess and money management and cost accounting. Put something on paper. The residents deserve a plan.”

“The town owns North A Road, C Road and D Road, but yet the district is accepting assessments that those landowners agreed to through a legal vote,” LGWCD Chairman Frank Schiola said. “Why are they paying an assessment when everybody else in Loxahatchee Groves is getting their roads paved?”

Wellington Board OKs Plans For Restaurant At Wellington Green

By Jack Lowenstein Town-Crier Staff Report Wellington’s Architectural Review Board met Wednesday, Feb. 15 and approved the components that architects have designed for the new Lemongrass Asian Bistro

restaurant in the Mall at Wellington Green. This new restaurant is directly adjacent to the newly finished Paragon Theaters, explained JGMA Vice President Jason Nuttelman. JGMA, an architecture and de-

sign firm based in Chicago, also worked on the Paragon Theaters project. “We really feel like this finishes that new brand and that new façade,” Nuttelman said of the restaurant.

An artist’s rendering of the planned Lemongrass Asian Bistro restaurant in Wellington.

Lemongrass will have a patio that comes out farther than the building previously did. Nuttelman said this will help to create an identity and brand for the new addition to the mall, along with the movie theater. Lemongrass will have a “green wall” at its storefront. The wall isn’t only green in color; it will be green in nature, as the wall will be made up of various “potted plants.” There will be two separate green walls, one with the restaurant signage near the entrance and another one to the left of the entrance, closer to the movie theater. “That green wall is actually being installed right now, and the plantings will be delivered tomorrow,” Nuttelman said. The idea for this living wall was an important design aspect for Nuttelman. “It really completes the composition of the rebranding of the mall in this area,” Nuttelman said. “It’s

hard to believe that this used to be a truck dock in this area of the mall.” Board Member Roger Grave de Peralta was concerned about maintenance for the green walls. “Is there any sort of requirement for them to maintain a green wall?” Grave de Peralta asked. A representative of Starwood Retail Partners, the company that owns and manages the mall, said the maintenance will be taken care of in two ways: the tenant will take care of daily maintenance, while the landlord will make sure there is an irrigation system installed to nurture the plants. “I’m sure they’re going to want to get it well-maintained,” Board Member Ron Shamash said. “Otherwise, that will be detrimental to business.” Shamash made a motion to approve the original request for modifications to exterior elevations, colors and signage with technical deviations for Lemongrass Asian Bistro. The request for

maintenance of the green wall by Grave de Peralta was also added to the motion. The final motion for approval passed unanimously. Originally, the new movie theater and the restaurant were approved through a new amendment to the mall’s master plan in June 2015. This allowed construction of the movie theater and creation of the outdoor patio in this new section of the mall. The front of the restaurant is also going to be made up of glass and metal panels, which are designed to produce a good environment for natural lighting. “And now, it’s a grand entry into a theater, two new restaurants,” Nuttelman said. “So, we are just really excited how it has transformed an underutilized part of this existing mall.” Lemongrass Asian Bistro has existing locations in Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach and Fort Lauderdale. For more info., visit www.lemongrassasianbistro. com.

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The Season Of Unnecessary High-Stakes Testing Has Returned

Lawmakers in Tallahassee must have enjoyed taking dozens of high-stakes standardized tests when they were growing up. At least it seems that way, given the ever-increasing volume and intensity of high-stakes statewide testing. How else can one explain the mass stress levels elementary, middle and high school students will be dealing with starting later this month when the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) testing begins? The FSA, which rose from the ashes of the much-hated and much-maligned Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) several years ago, has fared no better at doing true assessments of our students. After a rocky roll-out, it continues to be a money pit with no known bottom, where millions of dollars are wasted annually in the quest to try and validate whether students are learning enough and educators are teaching effectively. We’ve written about this before, and we will continue to do so until the powers that be in Tallahassee change the process and stop the madness. Case in point: this year, fourth-graders at public schools across the state will be asked to spend two hours in a controlled setting writing what amounts to an advanced-level essay that their parents likely could not do until at least the high school level. Each of the several body paragraphs need to be between seven and nine sentences, incorporating a

main idea, an elaboration on why this contention is important, a specific quote from the accompanying text for support, and an explanation on why or how this supports the initial idea. Plus there’s the need for a strong introduction with an attention-getting device, as well as a strong conclusion where the student elaborates on what has been written already. We are willing to bet there are many parents who were given a glimpse of the writing structure and are stressing out as much as their children. In high school debate, this style is known as “CWDI” — claim, warrant, data, impact — and is used by nationally ranked debaters with years of experience in the event. And this is what is now expected of fourth graders. Most of them will probably accomplish this goal. Why? Teachers have been teaching specifically how to take the test all year long. Enough! Standardized tests should be a baseline, not something that freaks out children, teachers, administrators and parents alike. Do students understand the material they should understand by a certain grade level? Great! If not, let’s go back to the drawing board and teach them what they need to learn and figure out why they didn’t perform as expected. Students and learning should be the focus of every test given, not the livelihood of teachers and (with a bad schoolwide grade) the property values of an entire neighborhood. We wish our lawmakers would have figured this out already.


LGWCD Brainstorming Ideas To Celebrate 100th Anniversary

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District is looking for ideas to recognize its 100th anniversary, which is coming up on April 4. “I’ve kicked this around with some of the supervisors in coming up with something to recognize the 100 years,” District Administrator Steve Yohe said. “It would be a shame just to ignore it. I’m not suggesting a party, but something that somebody will have as memorabilia.” Yohe said he had heard several ideas, including a newsletter to reflect on the district’s past 100 years. Other ideas include a commemorative coin, a time capsule,

a 100th anniversary district flag, a 100th anniversary district coffee cup and/or a 100th anniversary district writing pen. “It could be a number of things, and some of these things we threw in just to generate some ideas,” he said. Supervisor Don Widing said he would favor a flier, brochure or newsletter. “I think there is an opportunity to let people really understand the role that we play in keeping this community safe, and I think that’s a great thing,” Widing said. “It’s an opportunity to explain what services we provide and what this means to them for their safety.” Supervisor Laura Danowski said her first question would be how much it would cost.

“If we have any extra revenue, it would be cool to have a cup with one of the historic pictures on it, and then a blurb, ‘This is what we do. This is why we do it,’” Danowski said. She also asked whether the district should charge for the cup, and if residents should come to the office to buy it or have it shipped to them. “I’m just brainstorming here, but it needs to be acknowledged,” she said. “If truth be told, I think if a newsletter came in my mailbox I probably wouldn’t read it — not to be disparaging, but it’s important. The district has been around 100 years. We need to come up with something.” LGWCD President Frank Schiola said that a cup, com-

memorative pen or coin are all good ideas. Widing suggested a media release that captures the core values of the district, and pointing out the work that district staff does. “[They have] multiple safety awards,” he said. “They’ve got a good performance record. There has never been an embarrassment to this district in all my time here, so we’ve got a good professional workforce to keep the residents safe.” Supervisor Anita Kane said she would also favor a news release. “If there was anything to go with, something useful like a cup or pen or something like that,” she said. Danowski suggested taking out advertisements each of the four

Fridays in April to tell the story behind the centennial. Widing questioned how they would know how many pens, cups or coins to buy, and Schiola said an advertisement could invite residents to respond if they are interested. “If it’s a pen or whatever, call the district office and leave your name, address,” he said. “That way we’d know how many to order. If people don’t call, apparently they don’t want it.” Supervisor Simon Fernandez questioned whether the cost of commemorative items, along with shipping costs, could become prohibitive, and Danowski said she would research that and report back at the next meeting. Former Supervisor John Ryan

suggested involving Southern States Land & Timber Company, which once owned about 2 million acres in South Florida, including the Loxahatchee Groves property. “We were the first development,” Ryan said. “If you go on the web site for Southern States Land & Timber, they devote an awful lot of their web site to the history of Loxahatchee Groves. The head of Southern States Land & Timber back in the early 1900s was also the first president of our district. His name is on the deed of easement. They might provide some sponsorship.” To learn about Southern States Land & Timber’s role in the history of Loxahatchee Groves, visit

Wellington OKs Resolution For Residents On Canvassing Board

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Wellington Village Council approved a resolution Tuesday appointing an Election Canvassing Board member and alternate to break possible ties, but postponed the appointment of those members until its next meeting in order to get more candidates. Last March, an amendment to the village’s charter was approved by the voters requiring that, in those years in which the Election Canvassing Board will be comprised of an even number of members, a community member and an alternate be appointed to avoid a possible tie.

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continued from page 1 making a special district a dependent district requires the vote of this board and the support of this board,” she said. “If you could please research that and be available to answer those questions when we have the meeting.” Argue pointed out that they will be going to Palm Beach County Days in Tallahassee on March 7, and it is something they might want to discuss before that, as well as other legislative priorities. “We have not had a discussion

Village Attorney Laurie Cohen said the resolution for consideration calls for the appointments to be made a year in advance. “This resolution establishes eligibility requirements and lays out duties of the canvassing board member,” Cohen said, adding that at the council’s next meeting they would go through the process of actually appointing the member and alternate. Election Canvassing Board members currently are any council members not seeking re-election and the village clerk. Mayor Anne Gerwig said an announcement that the village is seeking candidates would be

posted to Wellington’s web site, along with the requirements for eligibility. Cohen said there had been discussion whether canvassing board members should be precluded from participating in campaigns for the election that is being canvassed. “You all felt it was too restrictive to require elected council members not to participate because people have elected you to represent them, and appreciate your input on upcoming elections, but you felt that the community canvassing board member and the alternate should be more neutral and should not be permitted to participate in election campaigns,” she said.

Gerwig said that council members are all sworn officers, and asked whether the appointed member would be given any kind of oath, explaining that anyone testifying in a quasi-judicial hearing must take an oath. “I don’t know that it matters,” Cohen said. “The clerk does not have any kind of an oath. She’s not an elected person. The supervisor of elections, who participates as a canvassing board member in many elections, is not taking an oath for that purpose, so I don’t really think that it matters. The purpose of it is to have neutrality and have another person who could potentially break a tie for those elections

that are stand-alone municipal elections.” Gerwig said the need may never arise for an appointee. “At the end of the qualifying, we know if we have an even number or an odd number on the canvassing board,” she said. Cohen said that even in the years that the village is not canvassing the ballots because the county canvassing board is canvassing the ballots, they would still need an appointed member to participate in the certification of the county’s results. “In every municipal election that we have, we would want to go ahead and put someone in place to

serve,” she said. “Wellington has its own canvassing board either to canvass the election when it’s a stand-alone election, or in every case to certify the results. So, based on the language of the charter, if there is an even number of canvassing board members without the addition of the community board member and alternate, then I would say that you want to appoint them. Since we never will really know until the qualifying period, I would think that in each election it would be appropriate to select someone a year in advance.” Councilman Michael Napoleone made a motion to approve the resolution, which carried 5-0.

as a board in terms of what our legislative priorities are, and March 7 is right around the corner,” she said. Shallman said folders had been distributed to supervisors. “I know they have, but we have not as a board discussed it,” Argue said. She pointed out that most public entities, including the county, take public input on its legislative priorities. “We can consider that as part of what we’re going there for,” Argue said. “The public is the one, the taxpayers, who are paying us to go. I think we should be having a public meeting and a discussion about what our priorities are, taking public input into that.”

She made a motion to discuss the incorporation effort and invite PLAN to make a presentation. “If they choose to attend, they do; if they don’t, I’d like a presentation to the board,” Argue said. “If they don’t [attend], we can do our own review at a meeting reviewing the proposed charter and how it impacts us.” She requested that the meeting be held before the trip to Tallahassee and also include a discussion of ITID’s legislative priorities. ITID President Jennifer Hager said the next regular meeting is set for Wednesday, March 15, but the board could move it up to an earlier date. Supervisor Carol Jacobs, who was attending by telephone, point-

ed out that the board also has the Florida Association of Special Districts meeting coming up March 22. “I think we should be fully prepared as the Indian Trail Board of Supervisors, to have all the issues, pros and cons, and I agree with some sort of a meeting,” Jacobs said. She also agreed that legal staff should look into the legal implications of incorporation on Indian Trail. Shallman pointed out that only one supervisor has reservations for the FASD meeting, and it is generally focused on administrative staff. “I plan on going,” Jacobs said, adding that she plans on making

reservations. “We need to ask these questions of what our powers are regarding being incorporated. We need to have both sides of the story.” Jacobs seconded Argue’s motion to have a meeting early in March before those meetings. Supervisor Gary Dunkley agreed that the board needs a plan of action. “PLAN failed to inform us of what they were doing that is going to affect us,” Dunkley said. “Before we go to Tallahassee, we do need a meeting to sit down and plan a strategy. Doing one-by-one with each supervisor, we’re not able to feed off of one another and find out what is important for this district. Also, citizens should have

a chance to express what they feel so we can represent everyone’s opinion.” Hager asked if they could plan a special meeting to take action, if necessary, on an incorporation position, as well as public input on the legislative priorities. ITID Attorney Mary Viator said they could advertise it as a meeting. “There would be two issues, incorporation and legislative priorities,” Argue said. The board approved Argue’s motion 5-0, and agreed to meet Wednesday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m. To learn more about PLAN’s Acreage incorporation effort, visit www.preservetheacreagenow. com.

NEWS BRIEFS Autism Speaks Walk March 5 In Downtown WPB

The Palm Beach chapter of Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, will hold its 2017 Palm Beach Autism Speaks Walk on Sunday, March 5 at the Meyer Amphitheatre in downtown West Palm Beach. Proceeds from the walk will support Autism Speaks’ mission to promote solutions for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. The Palm Beach event will include a 2-mile walk and a family friendly atmosphere, including a sensory friendly opening ceremony and a Mission Moment, to recognize the love of everyone there. The event will be emceed by WPTV anchor Mike Trim with performances from students from the Palm Beach School of Autism, Rock Point Academy and more.

Don’t forget to stop by the Autism Speaks resource tent for all your informative needs. “The Palm Beach Autism Speaks Walk is helping fund vital services and innovative solutions that improve quality of life for people with autism in our community,” said Marla Garchik, walk co-chair. “We are eager to support crucial work by researchers, service providers and medical experts, both close to home and all across the country.” In recent years, Autism Speaks has made a significant impact in the Palm Beach County area. Through its Local Grants Program, Autism Speaks has provided funding to innovative local service providers. Alpha Xi Delta is the North American sponsor of Autism Speaks Walk. Since 2009, Alpha Xi Delta has raised more than $5 million for Autism Speaks. Alpha Xi Delta’s work not only generates vital funds for autism research, but

also raises awareness for autism. “We’re very proud of the work our members have helped Autism Speaks accomplish,” said Elysia Gallivan, executive director of Alpha Xi Delta. “This partnership is especially meaningful for our sisters, families and friends, as the number of people affected by autism continues to increase.” South Florida Ford is the local presenting sponsor, and other local sponsors of the walk include the Garchik Family Foundation, FPL, the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, Searcy Denny Scarola Barnhart and Shipley, Stanley Steemer, Evolving Minds Together, Palm Beach Behavioral Health and Wellness, Rock Point Academy/Developmental Intervention Specialists, Zenith Psychological Services, WPTV NewsChannel5, Kool 105.5, MIA 92.1, 1290 WJNO, Gater 98.7, Wild 95.5, 94.3 Real Radio and Events by Janeal. Register for the Autism Speaks

Stallion Grading Event Feb. 21

The first Anglo European Studbook Stallion Grading and Global Grand Prix of Florida will be held at the Global Dressage Stadium in Wellington on Tuesday, Feb. 21, starting at 10 a.m. and finishing around 4:30 p.m. Wellington Mayor Anne Gerwig, along with a representative of Global Horse Transport will present the trophy to the winner of the First Grand Prix of Florida at approximately 3:30 p.m. at the stadium. Prior to the trophy presentation, representatives from Reid Equine Clinic, Tackeria and Vizcaya Farms will present trophies to the winners of the Anglo European Studbook Stallion Grading. Two sponsors, Swarovs-

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Karen Cavanagh and Dusty Art Live, a mobile painting party company, hosted a paint and wine party benefit for the Wellington Community Foundation on Thursday, Feb. 9 at Wellington National Golf & Equestrian Club. Guests chose various pre-drawn subjects on canvas and painted them. The money raised will be used for programs that support Wellington children and seniors. For more info., visit PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Guests with their finished artwork.

Dusty Francis gives Theresa Luca some helpful hints as Debbie Plaxen looks on.

Sue Gonzalez paints Thumper.

Dusty Art Live owner Dustin Francis, Erin Kehs, Braden Giffin and Josh Koxter.

Regis and Tom Wenham.

Lisa Lowi with her Pink Panther painting.

Bill Fleck painted the Cheshire Cat.

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The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Western Palm Beach County held a team meeting and party Thursday, Feb. 9 at Royal Palm Beach High School. The Relay for Life will take place Saturday, March 11 from 3 to 11 p.m. at the South Florida Fairgrounds. Coming up Saturday, Feb. 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. is the Bark For Life fundraiser at the South Florida Fairgrounds. PHOTOS BY JULIE UNGER/TOWN-CRIER

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The Western Business Alliance held its inaugural Founders Award Luncheon on Friday, Feb. 10 at the Mayacoo Lakes Country Club. Several local business members received awards for their outstanding service, leadership and success. A special remembrance was held for Ron Tomchin, TWBA co-founder and chairman, who passed away in December. For more info., visit www.thewesternbusiness

Award winners and nominees gather for a group photo.

Natalie Stolbach and Eric Gordon present Joan Scherer with the award in the Volunteer Citizen category.

Jackie Pertusiello, Elaine Tomchin and Kelley Shinkevich, Ron Tomchin’s daughters and wife, listen as Eric Gordon speaks.

Peter Wein of the WEI Network receives the award in the Micro Business category.

Dr. Peter Licata of the Palm Beach County School District is honored in the Education category.

TWBA Chairman Eric Gordon, guest speaker Brady Ballard of the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, and Kevin Dalton.

Small Business category winner Jack Rosen of CJR Fine Arts & Frames accepts his award.

Jeffrey Chapman of the Palm Beach Habilitation Center accepts the award in the Nonprofit category.


Founders Sponsor Jess Santamaria speaks.


Royal Palm Beach seniors enjoyed a Valentine’s Day luncheon party Friday, Feb. 10 at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center with entertainment by local favorite Rick Nelson. The seniors had a great time dressing up to celebrate the holiday. For more information about senior activities in Royal Palm Beach, call (561) 790-5149. PHOTOS BY JACK LOWENSTEIN/TOWN-CRIER

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District Planner Explains Early Science Program To RPB Ed Board

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report At Monday’s meeting of the Royal Palm Beach Education Advisory Board, Thomas Salinsky, elementary science program planner with the Palm Beach County School District, explained the advances it has made to turn around a downward trend in science scores. Salinsky said a presentation that evening by Cypress Trails Elementary School about its science program was the perfect preamble to his presentation. “That warms my heart because that is exactly what I’m talking

to you about tonight, about some of the definite challenges that we have at the school district,” he said. The long-term goals are high. In the next five years, the district wants to get 75 percent of third-graders reading at grade level. “This lays the foundation for our challenges,” Salinsky said. “The research shows that we need to have a really good focus on what we’re doing in K through 5 instruction in science because that lays the foundation for success not in sixth through eighth grade, but also secondary and beyond.”

The district is developing elementary science programs that help students grapple with concepts as early as kindergarten. “[They] actually spiral into middle school,” Salinsky said. “They’re tested in fifth grade, they’re tested in eighth grade, and beyond when the students in high school go out into physics and biology. The research tells us that we really need to focus on what we’re doing at that primary and elementary level, because it dictates their success in the future.” In grades three and four, students study plant parts and func-

tions, life cycles of plants and animals, weathering and erosion, mineral properties, the Earth’s rotation, and the movement of the sun, moon and stars. In grade five, they learn body organs and functions, electricity, and physical and chemical changes. Salinsky said one of the issues is pressure for students to perform highly in fifth grade when they are tested. “One of the challenges in the district and the state is that we have to stop looking at content areas in isolation,” he said. “We do a lot of looking at science and

what we’re doing in fifth grade. We need to start looking vertically and focusing on what are we doing in kindergarten through fifth grade to make sure we build that success and that fidelity through the grade levels.” He noted that Palm Beach County has always stayed above the state level. “That’s good, and we’ve always remained at the top of the urban seven,” Salinsky said. “Last year, we slipped into second place in the urban seven, but that’s good because it creates competition, and competition

motivates us to get back up to that top spot.” Data from 2015 to 2016 showed that the district dropped 1 percent in science proficiency, which is not statistically significant, but the trend from 2013 to 2016 dropped 6 percent. “We talked about the urgency for focus on science, and we should not see these scores in our district or in this state. So, we need to do a look at this as a learning community and a challenge to come together around, not just at what we’re doing at the school See ED BOARD, page 19

RPB Continues To Develop Plans To Improve Senior Services

By Jack Lowenstein Town-Crier Staff Report Royal Palm Beach’s Senior AdHoc Advisory Board met Thursday, Feb. 9 with representatives from Palm Beach County’s Division of Senior Services (DOSS) and PMG Associates to further its goals of improving senior services in the village. The board, PMG Associates and DOSS all covered some aspect of accessibility regarding the availability of senior services in Royal Palm Beach. Kathy Gonot of PMG Associates cited accessibility as being a potential issue for seniors in the area. “We will be looking at the needs that the senior population puts out and says that they want, what they need and looking at the gaps, looking at what’s in the community and available and accessible to the senior population,” she said. Senior Ad-Hoc Advisory Board Chair Iris Levin mentioned accessibility as an issue with the services DOSS offers to local seniors in need.

The county division has four locations in Palm Beach County — Lake Worth, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens and Belle Glade. “Certainly, let us know, and we will be there for any activity that you have,” DOSS Quality Assurance Coordinator Maggie Longoria said. Gonot recommended that the village have an office space available for agencies such as the Area Agency on Aging to come to once a week and to publicize it for seniors in need. This would give people in the community the ability to sit face-to-face with agencies, be listened to and be helped in any way possible to meet their individual needs. “[This way], they know that they can go somewhere every Monday of the month or twice a month and speak to someone, and it’s right in their neighborhood,” she said. Many services are offered in downtown areas that might not be easy to get to for Royal Palm Beach residents.

“Are there things that you all need that aren’t seen by what is being provided by the village or by the Young at Heart Club or agencies that are in Palm Beach County?” Gonot asked. Levin believes that there is not enough advertisement or news about these programs in local publications. “This is information that they should be getting, and I haven’t seen anything, I would say, really advertising these things in the last year in The Palm Beach Post or in our local paper, which is the Town-Crier,” Levin said. “This is something that our committee is going to be working on to see how we can improve services, and, certainly, this is a big advantage to many seniors.” DOSS is a state-financed and federally financed program through the Department of Elder Affairs and the Older Americans Act, respectively. The funding provided to DOSS through grants is about $4 million, which is then matched by Palm Beach County, totaling around $8 million for bud-

get spending toward senior needs in the county. “I wanted to mention that we’re the lead agency in the north part of the county, but for a client to qualify for services, for example, for daycare or for in-home services, they have to call our gatekeeper, which is the [Area Agency on Aging],” Longoria said. “They do an assessment, which is a state assessment, and they prioritize the needs of the clients.” Roughly 675 seniors are being provided in-homes services through DOSS, and about 28 of those seniors are residents of Royal Palm Beach, DOSS Volunteer Coordinator Jason Josephs said. Then there is the number of people who DOSS serves on a weekly basis in its centers. “We have meal-site lines and senior center clients; we have about, I would say, 4,000 or more people who come into the center, and they can go one day a week or [more],” Longoria said. Phil Gonot of PMG Associates presented materials to the board that addressed the ability to reach

the senior population in Royal Palm Beach, emphasizing communication among all parties who work to improve accessibility and education to meet the needs of seniors in the area. There will be a focus group open to the public tentatively scheduled for some time in March. He urged the advisory board to get it scheduled as soon as possible. The study by PMG is to be finished by June 30. “If we start sliding, we will never make this,” he said. Communication was the theme of the presentation from PMG, and both Kathy and Phil Gonot targeted the idea as being the glue to succeeding in the improvement of services and quality for the senior population of the village. “In my mind, if you don’t communicate, you’re not doing your job, and you’re not doing it correctly,” Kathy said. “And one of the things that I want to represent and give to the village at the end of the time is not only what the gap service needs assessment is, but how can these services be better

communicated; how can they be better to serve your population here?” Phil gave a call to action to the advisory board. “One of the things we want to hear from you is ways to get that participation up as high as possible,” he said. Phil said one of his firm’s specialties is public opinion surveys, having completed more than 850 nationwide. “We make sure that we understand how to talk to people and get the information out of them,” Phil said. “Sometimes they are personal questions; we understand that. But we do our best to make them sure or understand we’re there to try to help them and provide services to them that they need.” Conducting a focus group can have obstacles when trying to get the message across. “The problem we see with focus groups is you have to have an interest,” Phil said. “I would hope that the people in this population would have an interest. It affects their lives. This could affect their future.”


In its fifth week, the 2017 season of American Equestrians Got Talent showcased seven performers competing for $1,000 in prize money on Wednesday, Feb. 8, auditioning for a chance to appear in the competition’s finale next month. Dressage Olympian and AEGT founder Robert Dover hosted the night’s festivities. The performers were judged by WPTV’s Roxanne Stein, P.J. Rizvi, and Susie and Tim Dutta. At the end of the evening, Robert Gallardo danced his way to victory. AEGT is a fundraiser to benefit USEF high performance programs. Audition rounds continue Wednesday evenings at the Wellington Community Center through March 8, with the grand finale set for Saturday, March 19 at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival showgrounds. For more info., visit www.facebook. com/AmericanEquestriansGotTalent. PHOTOS BY JACK LOWENSTEIN/TOWN-CRIER

Judges P.J. Rizvi, Roxanne Stein, and Susie and Tim Dutta.

Cassie Ortiz sang a Whitney Houston song to grab one of the week’s finalist spots.

Kyaunnee Richardson sang as the returning winner from the previous week.

Tarek Chakib grabbed a finalist spot with Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.”

Winner Robert Gallardo was the only dancer to perform.

Taylor Hughes performed the classic Dolly Parton song “Jolene.”

Zack Duckworth, a previous winner, performed a song by Justin Bieber.

St. David’s Rummage Sale

St. David’s-in-the-Pines Episcopal Church in Wellington will hold its annual rummage sale and bazaar Saturday, Feb. 25 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 26 from 8 a.m. to noon, with gently used clothing/shoes, household items, linens, small appliances, costume jewelry, books, music and more for sale, along with baked goods, fruit cups, chili with cornbread, hot dogs, soda, coffee and iced tea. The church is located at the corner of Forest Hill Blvd. and Wellington Trace. For more info., contact Nancy Schroeder at (561) 792-0244 or

LGLA Meeting Set For Feb. 23

The Loxahatchee Groves Landowners’ Association will meet Thursday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Palms West Presbyterian Church (13689 Okeechobee Blvd.). The program will feature Pat Schroeder from 2-1-1 Palm Beach County. 2-1-1 is the local community helpline and crisis hotline serving

A returning winner, Michael Boone sang and danced to the popular Robin Thicke song “Blurred Lines.”

Alyssa Marie Coon sang while playing the keyboard.

A returning winner, Brandon Olavarria performed freestyle poetry.

Charlie Tota and Jim DiBattista performed a duet of the John Lennon song “Imagine.”

Winning contestant Robert Gallardo with Robert Dover.

NEWS BRIEFS Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. Staff provides crisis intervention, information, assessment and referral to community resources and services. Calls to 2-1-1 are free, confidential and available 24/7. The organization also provides advocacy programs, such as Help Me Grow, Special Needs HelpLine, Elder Crisis Outreach, the “Sunshine” daily phone call and the “Teen Help Guide.” To learn more, call 2-1-1 or visit For more information about the LGLA, contact Marge Herzog at (561) 818-9114 or marge@

IPC Adds Fourth 26-Goal Tournament

The International Polo Club Palm Beach will host the USPA Butler Handicap from March 26 through April 2. The single-elimination tournament gives teams the opportunity to compete in a fourth 26-goal championship this spring. This tournament adds to IPC’s impressive high-goal roster, including its three other 26-goal

tournaments: the C.V. Whitney Cup, the USPA Gold Cup and the U.S. Open Polo Championship. The USPA Butler Handicap, inaugurated in 1954, honors Paul Butler, his family and their contributions to American polo. The tournament has been an important United States Polo Association event for more than six decades. For more information, visit

Fundraiser For Forever Greyhounds

Forever Greyhounds will hold its fourth annual “Out of the Ordinary Into the Extraordinary” fundraiser at the Palm Beach Improv (550 S. Rosemary Ave., Suite 250, West Palm Beach) on Sunday, Feb. 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. featuring Frank Del Pizzo, impersonator Mr. Billy and two comedian colleagues, who will set the stage for an afternoon of laughs. There will be a silent auction, raffles and door prizes. All money raised will go to the care and transport of greyhounds. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. There is free parking

in any of the CityPlace parking garages. Forever Greyhounds is dedicated to transporting and relocating retired racing greyhounds throughout the United States and Canada. These dogs are then placed in forever homes by other greyhound adoption groups. In addition, Forever Greyhounds works with foster homes and provides medical care/rehabilitation. For more info., call (561) 574-7756 or visit www.

Wellington Seeks Cleanup Volunteers

Wellington is calling on its young residents to roll up their sleeves and make a difference through the “Great American Cleanup.” The village is looking for 75 youth volunteers for the cleanup, which will take place Saturday, April 15 from 10 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will pick up trash and loose litter along Greenbriar Blvd. and Greenview Shores Blvd., as well as the Folkestone/Yarmouth community. Those interested in

participating should meet under the blue Wellington tents at the back of Tiger Shark Cove Park. Come early and receive a free T-shirt. To register for the event, download the volunteer application form by visiting and clicking on the “Great American Cleanup” image in the scrolling events section. Completed forms can be returned to the Community Services Office (1092 Wellington Trace) or e-mailed to Scott Campbell at scampbell@ Volunteer registration forms can also be completed on site the day of the event. For more info., call Campbell at (561) 791-4105.

Equestrian Art Show At CJR

CJR Fine Arts & Frame (514 N. State Road 7, Royal Palm Beach) will host an equestrian art show Thursday, March 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. featuring artwork by Patrick Roggenbau, Nancy Fried, Gisela Pferdekaemper, Bradley Chance Hays, Ferjo, Gary Benfield, Alexander Antanenka, Juan Cotrino, Jean Williard, Filho Joarez, Nina Girolamo, Paul Kessler, Tadeo,

Troy Denton, Yana Rafael and Valter de Morais. For more info., call (561) 333-9472 or visit www.

Feb. 19 ‘Horses & Hounds’ Event

More than 300 people — and dogs — are expected to attend the eighth annual Friends of Greyhounds fundraiser hosted by the Horses & Hounds Charitable Foundation at the Hounds & Horses Farm, located at 11399 Piping Plover Road in the Homeland community. Admission is free to the Sunday, Feb. 19 event, which will take place from 2:30 to 5 p.m. and feature Tom Reed and the Spanish stallion Encanto. The event will also feature professional dog portrait photography by Larry Walsh, food, beverages and a silent auction. Well-behaved dogs are invited to be part of the doggie show. Friends of Greyhounds is a nonprofit that rescues racing dogs and offers them for adoption. The event is hosted by Jane Bistline, Jeri Caprio and Kim Van Kampen. For more info., visit

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The Wellington Seniors Club attended a horse show and luncheon Wednesday, Feb. 8 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Club members watched as Jessica Springsteen and Tiger Lily opened week five of the Winter Equestrian Festival with a win in the $35,000 Douglas Elliman 1.45m speed class. Meanwhile, Wellington Seniors Club member Eileen Kuhnel was surprised with a cake for her birthday. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Susan Odell, Mary Rowe, Helen Zrabyk and Hilde Wanklyn.

Bill and Pat Atchue, Peg Caliendo, Bill Mancuso, Jerry Springer and Mary McFadden.

Sally Schwartz, Eileen Dix, Mae Loglisci and Luke Howlett with Mary and Tony Alfalla (standing) at the check-in table.

Alina and Ramon Silvacoll, Rafael Cruz and Rebeca Moure.

Jessica Springsteen and Tiger Lily in their winning presentation with Jasmine Velez of sponsor Douglas Elliman and ringmaster Steve Rector.

Van Jackson and Carolyn Brown.

Eileen Kuhnel and Mary Alfalla.

Bella Markowitz, Becky Huggins, Anna Hines and Evie Louwers.


St. Michael Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wellington held a rummage sale on Saturday, Feb. 11 in the church parking lot. The sale attracted many bargain hunters. For more information about church programs, visit PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Diane Bradley, Patty Klammer, Mary McCarthy and Melanie Harwood at sale tables.

Rummage Sale Chair Nancy Gerace.

Thank You. On behalf of Arle Adams, please accept my heartfelt gratitude for honoring her at funeral! She loved you all and I do too.

In Loving Memory of

Arle P. Adams

I only wish she could have thanked you personally, but I know that she loved you, each and every one. You made her life meaningful and rich.

August 8, 1928 January 17, 2017

May God richly bless your lives with Love.

Ken Adams

Lady Ortiz and Jessica Diaz look for bargains.

YPK Youth, parents and kids at the refreshment table: Luis Dubon, Caitlin Dellano, Sarah Mathews, Gabby Dubon, Jannsen Wolfe and Elizabeth Turner.

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high school VISUAL ARTS PROGRAM JACOBS FA M ILY FOU N DATION OF WELLIN GTON 2016 GR ANT REC IPIENT Photo: Katie Jacobs Robinson toured the Visual Arts department at Wellington High School to meet with students and see firsthand how the NEW LAPTOPS are being used in photography classes.

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Animal Medical Clinic 798-2900

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Advanced Imaging Specialists 800-354-6868

Pizzazz Hair Design 798-1100

Polo Insurance Agency 798-5443

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Sunvest Mortgage Group 337-4848

Marshall & Sterling Insurance 318-5604

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Polo Insurance Agency 798-5443

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Physicians Billing Services Inc. 855-513-3933

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Tom Wenham, Inc. 333-9843









RJ Behar & Company 333-7201

Walsh Reading Group 422-6191

Sunvest Mortgage Group 337-4848

Marshall & Sterling Insurance 318-5604

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Glamorous Nail Spa 422-8882

Aegis Components 537-5680







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PC Pros of Wellington 420-0554

Wellington Jewelry 798-6110

Aroma Café 422-9020

Nutinfits 795-3278

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Legal Aid Society Hosts Event At PBIEC Taylor Netter Helps Keep Navy Healthy

On Saturday, Jan. 28, more than 175 friends and supporters of the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County gathered at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington to enjoy an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a spectacular show jumping competition. The evening benefited Legal Aid’s annual Pro Bono Recognition Evening to be held Saturday, June 3, at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. The theme of this year’s gala will be “Paris” and will honor 12 attorneys, one mediator and three law firms whose pro bono contributions in 2016

were truly extraordinary. Hosts for the night were Karen and Neil Anthony, Sherry and Jon Derrevere, Nicole Hessen Hammack, Liz and Ron Herman, Pamela Linden, Michelle and John McGovern, Cynthia and Michael Napoleone, Pamela and Michael Pike, Jennifer and Adam Rabin, Moria Rozenson and Al Malefatto, Sarah and Alan Shullman, and Janet and Steven Teebagy. Guests donated more than 125 gifts, which will be auctioned at the June 3 event. A gift of $10,000 was pledged by Equestrian Sport Productions’ Mark and Katherine Bellissimo to Legal Aid.

Jeff Robert, Sherry Derrevere, Wellington Councilwoman Tanya Siskind, Karen Anthony and Ada Silver.

Wellington Vice Mayor John McGovern, Liz Herman, Mark Bellissimo, and Sarah and Alan Shullman.

The event host committee.

Wellington-Based Dream Sponsors Launches Tech-Based Initiative

On Thursday, Feb. 9, a group of South Florida students from Daughter of Zion Junior Academy

assembled at the Microsoft Store at Town Center at Boca Raton to perform The Star-Spangled Banner.

Jack Hudson, founder of the American Dream Factory; LaWanna McCoy, principal at Daughter of Zion Junior Academy; Chris Gosse of the American Dream Factory; Estella Pyfrom, founder of Estella’s Brilliant Bus; C. Ron Allen, founder of Knights of Pythagoras; Carla Neumann, founder of Dream Sponsors; Ana Sanchez, community development specialist for the Microsoft Store at the Town Center at Boca Raton; and the students of Daughter of Zion Junior Academy with Lexy Sanguinetti, international consultant and board member at Dream Sponsors Inc.

A live Skype video call streamed their performance to students of Sirua Aulo Academy in Masa Mara, Kenya, a region known for its exotic wildlife and safari experiences. In exchange, students from this remotely located school performed Ee Mungu Nguvu Yetu (O God, of All Creation), the national anthem of Kenya, followed by an educational exchange moderated by Lexy Sanguinetti of the Wellington-based Dream Sponsors Inc. These performances officially launched a new, unique international tech-based collaboration to provide cultural and education exchange between the two countries. Three very different community service partners recently joined together to launch this initiative with the technology support from the Microsoft Store at the Town Center at Boca Raton. Estella’s Brilliant Bus of West Palm Beach, Dream Sponsors of Wellington

and Sirua Aulo Academy of Kenya are jointly on a mission to enhance education, peace, tolerance and cultural understanding through global partnerships using advanced global technology. Dream Sponsors was founded in 2006 by licensed marriage and family therapist Carla Neumann of Wellington and provides basic needs and school fees through sponsorships to orphans and vulnerable youth in various parts of Kenya. The organization recently expanded its mission to provide similar sponsorship opportunities to Palm Beach County youth living in impoverished areas and who are in need of after-school or summer enrichment educational opportunities. For more info., contact Dream Sponsors at (561) 795-2223 or, or Estella’s Brilliant Bus at (561) 985-1889 or www.estellasbrilliant




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A 2008 Royal Palm Beach High School graduate and West Palm Beach native is serving in the U.S. Navy at Naval Medical Center San Diego. Petty Officer 2nd Class Taylor Netter serves as an aviation administration man at the San Diego-based hospital. The hospital’s priority is to provide the safest, highest quality patient-centered medical care for veterans, service members and their families. “I do a lot of administrative work, which is a great way to get involved in properly recording patient information,” Netter said. “I am also able to support a worldclass medical staff at the hospital.” The sailors who are part of Navy medicine are the most highly trained, educated and specialized force in history. “Serving our nation’s warriors and their families is an honor, and our staff is dedicated to providing the existing best care possible,” said Capt. Joel Roos, Naval Medical Center San Diego commanding officer. Netter said he feels honored to

Taylor Netter be able to serve at a hospital that is continually raising the bar in healthcare. “It’s an honor to be a part of such a vital mission while providing world class healthcare and maintaining deployability readiness for active and limited duty sailors,” he said. “I like upholding the core values of honor, courage and commitment while serving in the Navy.”

Sierra Ouimette’s Animals Place At Fair

Osceola Creek Middle School sixth-grader Sierra Ouimette, along with her goat Penny and pet rabbit Willow, had a great time at the South Florida Fair. So great, that Ouimette won second place in showmanship with Penny, and grand champion for showing Willow. Sierra is very specific about her animals. She describes Penny as a Nigerian dwarf goat that is white with brown and black spots. Willow is a mini rex rabbit with castor coloration. You might say that Sierra loves animals. After all, she has two rabbits, four goats and three dogs. Additionally, every day Sierra travels from West Palm Beach to attend the only middle school pre-veterinary program in Palm Beach County at Osceola Creek Middle School in The Acreage. She loves the program, which teaches students animal caretaking skills and provides hands-on experiences with animals in the pre-vet lab.

Sierra Ouimette with Penny, her Nigerian dwarf goat. Sierra is quick to give credit for her fair success to her teacher, Theresa O’Rourke, who worked with her in class to prepare her for the show.

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Emerald Cove Hosts Annual Career Day

Wellington engineers speak with students.

Emerald Cove Middle School recently hosted its annual Career Day for the entire seventh-grade class. Students rotated through the gym as they explored different careers by hearing short presentations and having the opportunity to ask questions as they went along. Chick-Fil-A provided breakfast for all of the businesses that participated. Participating businesses

included: Shullman Orthodontics, the Ferguson Firm, Applebee’s, Standing Ovation, Hard Exercise Works Lake Worth, FPL, West Palm Beach K-9 Police, Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue, Federal Exterminating, Five Guys, the Village of Wellington, Wellington Regional Medical Center, Lunsford Orthodontics and ChickFil-A.


Equestrian Trails Elementary School participated at the Saturday Night Lights event at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center on Saturday, Jan. 28. They sold hot chocolate and candies to fundraise for their school, and the Thoroughbred Singers serenaded the audience with their wonderful vocals.

(Above) The Thoroughbred Singers. (Below) The school’s booth.

The K-9 officer was a favorite of the kids visiting career day.

Wellington Regional Medical Center officials speak with students.


New Horizons Elementary School held its annual PTA Walk-A-Thon on Friday, Jan. 27. Students collected pledges ahead of time and then came out to walk the perimeter of the school on walk-a-thon day. The weather held out, the students had a blast, and the funds that were raised will be used by the PTA to fund academic and extracurricular school initiatives. Shown above, enjoying the walka-thon, are fifth-graders Mariana Reyes, Elena Cleninden-Rivera, Christina Wang and Alexa Acosta.

Henry and George Honeycutt help raise money.



Forty members of the Palm Beach Central High School Debate Team traveled to Olympic Heights High School recently to compete against 400 students from 20 other schools in eight different events. The following PBCHS debaters brought home trophies: Marlana Lawrence and Joevante Jean for first place in Two-Person Acting, and Gillian Gouveia and Briana Garcon for sixth place in Two-Person Acting. Congratulations to the debate team and their coach, Daryl Hall.

On Thursday, Feb. 2, Wellington Elementary School participated in Take Your Child to Work Day. Many children of Wellington Elementary School’s staff accompanied their parent to work. The sons and daughters enjoyed assisting their parents while learning about the career their parents’ chose. It was a learning experience that the children won’t forget. Take Your Child to Work Day originated with the goal of developing creative and groundbreaking ways to engage the youth of America in the realization of their hopes and dreams. Shown above are Carlie Niedzwiedzki and her mother, pre-K physical/behavioral needs assistant Dawn Niedzwiedzki; speech pathologist/pre-K communication model Cheryl Payne and her daughter Taylor; and McKenna Tosner and her mother, VPK/ inclusion teacher Cathy Eckstein, along with her other daughter, Caleigh Tosner.

Miss and Mr. West Fest Pageant Presented by Miss and Mr. Rodeo Palm Beach County and Demanding Designs

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Contestant Full Name

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Baby Miss/Mr. West Fest......................................................................... 0-11 months Tiny Miss/Mr. West Fest ...................................................................... 12-23 months Little Miss/Little Mr. West Fest ........................................................... 24-35 months Pee Wee Miss/Pee Wee Mr. West Fest ........................................................ 3-4 years Mini Miss/ Mini Mr. West Fest .....................................................................5-6 years Sweetheart Miss West Fest........................................................................... 7-11 years Mr. West Fest................................................................................................. 7-11 years Princess Miss West Fest..............................................................................12-14 years Miss Teen West Fest................................................................................... 15-18 years **Miss West Fest .........................................................................................19-25 years ***Ms. West Fest ......................................................................................... 19+ years * Age divisions are contestant’s age day of pageant. ** Contestant shall not be currently or previously married or the parent of a child. *** Contestant may be married or unmarried and/or have children.

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• All contestants will conduct themselves using proper etiquette, good manners, and good sportsmanship at all times throughout the ` competition; and at all functions during their reign. • All makeup needs to be applied as reasonably appropriate for the age of the contestant. • No Contestant may compete for a Miss/ Mr. West Fest crown that they have held in any previous year. • Onstage Introduction: Will include name, age and where they are from. 7+ age divisions may include a few seconds about themselves • Overall Appearance: Judged and noted throughout the entire competition. Judging will be based on 1. appropriate western attire; and 2. neatness and general appearance of contestants. • Photogenic: For Headshot information please contact Shot by Steph Photography 561-662-9641 or • Remember: Don’t be afraid to ask questions! If you need help, ASK! • Prizes : Divisional Titles will be awarded in each division. Each King or Queen will receive a beautiful tiara, satin embroidered sash, gift from Demanding Designs, admission into the Royal Palm Beach West Fest 2017 event Saturday and Sunday, Discounted Entry to 2017-2018 Miss and Mr. Rodeo Palm Beach County. Supreme Awards will be added depending on number of contestants. • Demanding Designs reserves the right to combine divisions based on number of entries

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Western Academy Again Named Project PBCHS WINS AT GREAT CHARITY CHALLENGE Child National Demonstration Site

Innovative Programs LLC recently announced that Western Academy Charter School in Royal Palm Beach has been selected as one of the Project CHILD National Demonstration Sites for the 201617 school year. Western Academy has used Project CHILD since 2003 and have been a national model site since 2010. The selected schools are sites that will host visitors to showcase innovative methods for school improvement and reform. National demonstration sites are schools that have been successfully implementing CHILD as a schoolwide model for at least three years. These schools have documented success with student achievement and school reform indicators. Project CHILD is a 21st century research-based instructional model for K-5 schools. The focus is on professional collaborative teaming, teacher instructional expertise, differentiated learning, student engagement and technology infusion.

The schools, including Western Academy Charter School, have demonstrated positive results with CHILD in the following areas that are aligned with 21st century skills: documented academic success for students; a high degree of student involvement using technology and hands-on learning; professional leadership by highly qualified teachers and administrators; collaborative team teaching; a strong focus on core subjects of reading, writing and mathematics; and positive student behavior and accountability. This model uses a multi-sensory approach that taps into the type of learner a student is and allows for them to use their strengths to be successful. “Western Academy has been implementing CHILD since we opened our doors in 2003,” Principal Linda Terranova said. “Our students are truly taught how to think for themselves and how to work cooperatively with others to solve problems and create solu-


Western Academy Principal Linda Terranova and Assistant Principal Jessica Manriquez. tions. We love CHILD and how it transforms our classrooms. It is a hands-on model that puts the students in control of their learning and provides many activities and opportunities for them to think, question, explore and problem

solve in the learning process.” Western Academy Charter School is located at 650 Royal Palm Beach Blvd., Suite 300, in Royal Palm Beach. For more info., call (561) 792-4123 or visit www.

On Saturday, Feb. 4, Palm Beach Central High School art students Citally Belman, Sarah Kwon, Lily Thai, Alexandra Rosado and Sofia Gangale participated in the Animation Ringside Chalk Festival during the Great Charity Challenge. The theme of the night was “Animated Characters for Philanthropy.” Of the 11 Wellington schools participating, PBCHS was awarded Most Original. Congratulations to these student artists and faculty sponsor Linda Morgan.

‘Sara Lee’ Visits SRHS For Black History Month

In honor of America’s annual Black History Month, the Seminole Ridge High School media center has a rare cultural treasure on display: the first authentic black doll to be produced and sold in the United States. You may be surprised to learn that the 65-year-old Sara Lee doll, who looks pretty good for her age, was conceived and developed in Belle Glade by a white Southerner, Sara Lee Creech. The Sara Lee doll was considered at the time to be one of the most significant multicultural advances in American history. It was a long and difficult road from conception to production, but thanks to the help of writer Zora Neale Hurston and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, the doll was manufactured by the Ideal Toy Company and made available in time for Christmas 1952. Dancers Rate Superior — Hawk dancers Annalise Calvert, Breanna Brooks, Brianna Domaceti, Kimberly Hoff and Jessica Rigg represented SRHS at the Florida Dance Performance Assessments Feb. 3-4 at Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg, earning

Superior ratings in Ensemble Performance, Movement Acquisition and Technical Proficiency, as well as an overall Superior rating for the school, the highest rating in the four years of state assessment performance. Wrestlers Compete at Hall of Fame Tourney — SRHS competed with 25 other high schools Feb. 3-4 at the annual Palm Beach County Wrestling Hall of Fame Championships. Even with several holes in the lineup, the SRHS team still managed to pull out a sixth-place team finish. Six wrestlers placed in the top six for their weight class, and two were in the top three. Seminole Ridge also had its first-ever female compete in the Hall of Fame tournament: Jayla Coombs became the first to get a win, and the first to get a pin — both against male competitors. Congratulations to: 106 pounds - Hilton Luciano, fifth place; 126 pounds - Hunter Claunch, sixth place; 132 pounds: Matt Susich, sixth place; 138 pounds: John Arnold, third place; 170 pounds: Mitchell Clark, third place; and 285 pounds: Nelson Sutton, sixth place.

SGA Takes a Bronze at District Rally — The SRHS Student Government Association sent 21 delegates to Park Vista High School Jan. 21 for the Florida Association of Student Councils district rally in Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties. The Hawks took third place in the School Service category for the Hawk Heads cafeteria project, headed by SGA President Rebecca Moccia and committee members Collin Berryhill, Olivia Campbell, Ireland Ruiz and Abigail Widrig. In addition, SGA members Brianna Domaceti and Andrea Saccoman performed in the District 5 talent show. Thespians To Present Once Upon a Mattress — Once Upon a Mattress, a fun musical comedy based on the classic fairy tale The Princess and the Pea, ascends the SRHS stage at 7 p.m. March 2, 3, 10 and 11. Many know the story… but you’ve never seen it like this, with larger-than-life characters and musical enjoyment for all — a perennial favorite for children and adults of all ages. Tickets starting at $10 are available at the door and through For group rates and additional

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SRHS junior Brett Byrne, CEO of Burnzz. information, call (561) 422-2655. Byrne of Burnzzz Wins Big Bucks — SRHS Future Business Leaders of America junior Brett Byrne, CEO of Burnzzz, competed against 30 individuals and teams Jan. 27 in Palm Beach Atlantic University’s annual Entrepreneurship High School Challenge. Byrne advanced to the final round, presenting his business concept to a panel of local business professionals and winning $500 for second place.

Derrick Gilbert, an intensive reading teacher, mentor and activist for change at Royal Palm Beach High School, has been selected for the Teachers for Equity (T4E) Fellowship for 2017. Gilbert was selected for his “proactiveness” and distinguished track record of working to create a campus culture of equity for all students. The fellowship will include Gilbert and an active community of educators from Florida, New York, Massachusetts and Tennessee, who will be exploring issues of institutional inequities and racism in education and their effect on student achievement. Their goal is to develop equity-focused communities of

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Polling Places RPB Recreation Center 100 Sweet Bay Lane H. L. Johnson Elementary School 1000 Crestwood Blvd. North RPB Cultural Center 151 Civic Center Way Royal Palm Beach High School 10600 Okeechobee Blvd. Village Meeting Hall 1050 A Royal Palm Bch Blvd. Christ Fellowship Church 9905 Southern Blvd. Crestwood Middle School 64 Sparrow Drive RPB Library 500 Civic Center Way Madison Green Clubhouse 2003 Crestwood Blvd. North

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Hoarders Are Great For Estate Sales... But Also A Nightmare

From a financial standpoint, the home of a hoarder can be lucrative for anyone conducting estate sales on a percentage basis, like me. From a labor standpoint, it’s a nightmare. Imagine if you will (cue the “Twilight Zone” theme song, if you must), an active, involved couple with an inheritance and no children. She teaches college; he is the manager of a high-end department store. He likes to spend his spare time with a metal detector and a pile of stock certificates; she likes to spend her spare time with a credit card and an employee discount. Now imagine this same couple traveling the world. They hoard soap and shampoo

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The Sonic BOOMER from every hotel room. They collect maps and travel brochures. They buy small, expensive, easy-to-carry trinkets. When they get home, they really don’t care to unpack. They’re exhausted, and they have rigorous schedules to keep. So everything, including their clothes, stays in their suit-

cases or is unceremoniously dumped into dresser drawers. Every drawer becomes a junk drawer. The next time they go on a trip, they buy new suitcases, new clothes, new jewelry, new toiletries. Because who knows where everything ended up last time? I do. I know where everything ended up because when this couple died, the named executor took one look inside their home and ran off. For good. It took the lawyers months to track down the next of kin. Finally they found an unconcerned niece several states away. She sent her husband, another lawyer, to check it out. He walked into the home, walked out, and called me. “We don’t want anything out of this

house except the Civil War stuff,” he said. “Just hold an estate sale and send me a check.” “Just.” Ha! I have been working in this house for three weeks now, eight hours a day, cleaning and pricing, but mostly cleaning. At night, I spend three more hours researching what I’ve found. The house has 11 rooms with 11 closets. There are 40 cabinets and 102 drawers. There’s a pantry, a patio, a garage (with an attic) and, tucked among the weeds in the far corner of the property, a shed that nobody knew was there. I handed a box of keys to my husband. “See if any of these fit the lock on that shed,” I said. He was back more quickly than I

expected. “I got it open,” he said. “It’s packed to the roof.” Plus, the nephew has started to call. Evidently the value of the Civil War stuff surprised him. “I have a list of some other things we’d like out of the house,” he said. One of those things was a hobo nickel from 1913. Can you believe I found that nickel? It was with 200 other nickels in a tin can behind six boxes in a cabinet above the double oven in the kitchen, but I found it. I’m very proud of myself for that. Impressed, he now wants me to find a particular ring. I’ll look, but one thing’s for certain — it won’t be in the jewelry box.

New ‘John Wick’ Movie Features Stylized Violence In Overdrive

Like the first film in the series, John Wick, Chapter 2 is an intense mix of choreographed violence combined with almost amusing stylistic exaggeration. The body count is enormous; another critic actually did a tally and came up with 141 dead. And that is a retail number; there are no huge explosions to kill dozens of folk. Here, each and every death is done individually, most often by being pulled close to Wick and shot in the head. The best way to think about it is as an Americanized version of the James Bond films minus lighthearted touches from the hero. The movie starts as Wick (Keanu Reeves), despite attempts at being retired, returns to get the car he left behind as he shattered much of the world of Russian gangster Abram (Peter Stormare). In an extended sequence, Wick drives over and through more than a dozen nasty people, then pulls them from their cars and executes them at close range. Just like many


‘I’ On CULTURE By Leonard Wechsler Bond opening sequences, it has nothing to do with the rest of the film. But it sets a great tone. Wick is approached by gangster Santino D’Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio), who has a marker given to him by Wick, to kill his sister. He destroys Wick’s home, and Wick is later informed by Winston (Ian McShane), one of the arbiters of the world of contract killers, that he must pay the marker back. So he goes to Italy where he completes the job in a rather joyless fashion and then must fight his way through

dozens of contract killers. The killings go on and on and on. Finally, Wick commits what Winston considers an ultimate sin and, setting up what we can only hope is a final chapter, declares Wick “excommunicado,” which will make him a target for every contract killer in the world. There is a remarkable contrast set up between the choreographed violence and the truly arcane world presented. In this universe, almost everyone is a possible hired assassin. Clerks, street musicians, homeless people, sanitation workers all are ready to forget their regular jobs to become killers. The Continental Hotel and all the people who run the contract killers have many elegant rules: As a member of the club, Wick can get beautifully tailored clothing in Rome that just happens to have a bulletproof lining. A sommelier can provide exceptional weaponry. The rules are the rules. The setting is almost a reverse of

“steampunk,” a form of science fiction where the 19th century has a wide variety of fantastical devices that do the work of our modern world. Here, the central command uses old-fashioned computers, telephones and typewriters as well as pneumatic tubes to issue commands, which somehow translate into text messages. It is an amusing touch. Reeves is mostly expressionless. I don’t remember a single smile along the way. He is simply relentless; that is the way the part is written. The other performers take up the slack, often chewing up the scenery as part of their character’s interactions with Wick. Laurence Fishburne as the leader of a huge group of street people is so overpowering that he dominates the few scenes he has. McShane is charming and enigmatic as Winston, the New York head of the syndicate. While clearly favoring Wick

in the battle, he is also a firm believer in rules. His is the best performance in the film. However, Lance Reddick as the concierge does an admirable job. Seemingly just a dry presence as the first barrier to his boss at the hotel, he is able to be both enigmatic and charming. Claudia Gerini was excellent in her one extended scene with Wick. In terms of action, rap star Common stood out as a worthy opponent. There were several extended action sequences between his character and Wick. He might have been the only opponent that Wick respected. And Ruby Rose had a nice turn as the mute Ares. Her hand signals were both amusing and effective. I enjoyed the film. It will not win any awards, except perhaps for body count, but I was never bored. Little touches helped prevent violence overload. This movie is not for everyone, but if you like the genre, this is one to see.


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Cola-Cola Defeats Valiente II As Ylvisaker Cup Heads To Final Match This Weekend

Coca-Cola snatched a stunning 16-11 victory over Valiente II in last Sunday’s featured match at the International Polo Club Palm Beach, concluding the quarterfinals in the 2017 Ylvisaker Cup. Earlier in the day, Postage Stamp Farm squeezed by Villa del Lago Modere 10-9, and Orchard

Hill bested Horseware 15-10. It was a stellar day for the team in red, which brought home a slew of awards along with a spot in the semifinals. Coca-Cola’s Gillian Johnston, who repeatedly ran the ball into the goal, was named MVP, and Fanta, played by Coca-Cola’s Julian de Lusarreta and

Coca-Cola’s Gillian Johnston battles Joaquin Panelo of Valiente II for control of the ball.


owned by Johnston’s G-String Polo Ponies, was named Best Playing Pony. Coca-Cola got off to an early 2-0 lead on goals from de Lusarreta and Wesley Finlayson, who played in place of Del Walton. Valiente II answered with a goal from Robert Jornayvaz, back in the line-up after missing the previous two games. That was a boon to Valiente II, which always plays in better sync with Jornayvaz at the helm. After close back-and-forth play through two chukkers, the game took a twist in the third. Valiente II seemed to stun Coca-Cola, scoring five goals on five shot attempts from the field. Diego Cavanagh and Matias Torres Zavaleta each scored twice, and Joaquin Panelo added another goal. That allowed Valiente II to control play the last half of the third chukker and take an 8-5 lead into halftime. Coca-Cola promptly recovered from a tough third chukker and bounced back in the fourth. Powerhouse Julio Arellano scored two goals from the penalty line, and Johnston made one of her three goals on the day. However, fouls from Coca-Cola allowed Cavanagh to convert two penalty

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shots and help Valiente II maintain the lead. As the second half unfolded, Coca-Cola kept winning throw-ins for possession (at one point winning 8 of 11), and the team began to dominate in the second half. Arellano converted three more penalty shots the rest of the game, going a perfect 5-for-5 on the day. Valiente II was unable to register shots at goal as Coca-Cola controlled play. A balanced attack saw all Coca-Cola players score at least three goals, Arellano leading the way with seven. The victors slammed in an amazing 11 goals in the second half to run away with the game and finish with a 16-11 victory. The Ylvisaker Cup Final will be featured this weekend at IPC featuring the winners of Wednesday’s semifinal matches: Coca-Cola vs. Orchard Hill and Tonkawa vs. Postage Stamp Farm. All games in the Ylvisaker Cup will be live streamed on the USPA Polo Network at The 2017 polo season runs through April 23 with a wide array of social options available each Sunday afternoon. For more info., visit www.internationalpolo

The International Polo Club Palm Beach announced last week the expansion of the 2017 winter Gladiator Polo League schedule. “This does not displace our core interest in high-goal grass polo, but rather is a concerted effort to create a robust and critical gateway to bring more players, patrons, spectators and sponsors into the sport of polo,” said Mark Bellissimo, managing partner of the International Equestrian Group. “We will commit significant resources to Gladiator Polo by creating both amateur and professional leagues that, over time, will provide substantial income and opportunities to both emerging and seasoned professionals and make the sport higher-profile and more accessible at all levels.” The U.S. Polo Assn. brand is the presenting sponsor of the 2017 league. “I can’t think of a better way for a spectator to get up close and personal to the action of the game and to really see the athletic ability of both the horse and rider. Gladiator Polo is hockey on horseback,” said David Cummings, CEO and President of USPA Global Licensing. Gladiator Polo resumed Thursday, Feb. 16 when Team Spiculus

faced Team Priscus at the “Coliseum,” otherwise known as the Equestrian Village site on the corner of South Shore Blvd. and Pierson Road. The winner will face Team Spartacus on Thursday, Feb. 23. The next four games of the Gladiator Polo League will be March 9, March 16, March 30 and the $50,000 Gladiator Polo Final on Saturday, April 8. Gates for the events will open to the general public at 6 p.m., while competition will start at 7 p.m. The Gladiator Polo teams each have a title sponsor, as well as 10 unique supporting sponsors that are presented on the sleeves of each jersey. All of the Gladiator Polo teams feature some of the world’s top polo professionals. The VIP area for the initial Gladiator Polo event, hosted on Jan. 26, was sold out. By request, there are new additions to the VIP hospitality offerings and the asado menu will be expanded to include more options. While general admission and parking remain free to the public, a limited number of reserved tables can be purchased in the VIP Pavilion. Learn more about the new league at

Farrington Tops $380,000 Fidelity Investments Grand Prix At WEF

U.S. Olympic team silver medalist Kent Farrington jumped to victory riding Gazelle in last Saturday night’s $380,000 Fidelity Investments Grand Prix CSI 5*

at the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival. In an 11-horse jump-off, Brazil’s Luiz Francisco de Azevedo finished second riding Comic,

Kent Farrington jumps to victory riding Gazelle. PHOTO BY SPORTFOT

and Catherine Tyree placed third aboard Bokai. Course designer Robert Ellis saw 40 competitors jump his first-round track for the five-star event under the lights. Eleven advanced to the jump-off, where three jumped double clear in the race against the clock. Farrington and Gazelle emerged victorious with a time of 44.48 seconds. De Azevedo finished second with Comic in 45.69 seconds, and Tyree guided Bokai through the timers in 48.29 seconds. Canada’s Eric Lamaze rode Artisan Farms and Torrey Pines Stable’s Fine Lady 5 to the fastest four-fault round in 45.65 seconds to place fourth. Farrington, who is currently the No. 2 ranked rider in the world, put in a thrilling jump-off round with Gazelle to ensure victory. He jumped the 11-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare to a team bronze medal in the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto,

among other top international finishes. “My plan in a jump-off is usually to play to the horse’s strengths unless there are only three in it, then maybe you have a different strategy,” Farrington said. “Coming after me are Fine Lady and Eric Lamaze, and they are an incredibly competitive combination. They are super fast against the clock, so my plan was to do what I thought the limit was for my horse and put the pressure on him to have to really chase me to win. I knew if we were both running, his horse is probably faster in this type of arena, so I tried to put the pressure on him and hope he would have one down. Luckily for me, it worked out tonight.” De Azevedo was aboard his 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion Comic for Saturday’s top finish as he geared up for week eight’s CSIO Nations’ Cup competition. “I am very happy because for

me, it is like a win to be second behind Kent Farrington,” he said. “I am really happy with my horse. We bought him when he was just a six-year-old, and we built him. My goal was to be here where we are now, so I have to just thank God for that.” Tyree began the 2017 season with a third-place finish in week one’s $75,000 Rosenbaum Mollengarden PLLC Grand Prix aboard Bokai, an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding that she began riding in July. On Saturday, Tyree earned her highest five-star finish and also received the award for Leading Lady Rider for the second time this winter, presented by Martha Jolicoeur of Douglas Elliman in memory of Dale Lawler. “This was my first five star with him,” Tyree said. “It is a relatively new partnership, and I really just tried to go in and have a smooth jump-off. I’m a little bit new to going quick at this height. I knew

I had Kent and Eric after me, and chances were they were going to be a little bit quicker, so I thought I would go for a smooth, clear round, and he jumped fantastic.” Also competing in the International Arena on Saturday, Kelsey Thatcher and Pony Lane Farm’s Everything won the $15,000 SJHOF High Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, presented by Engel & Völkers. Emma Heise and Old Willow Farms’ Broekie were the winners of the $10,000 SJHOF High Junior Jumper Classic, presented by Sleepy P Ranch. Jennifer Jones and Andrew Kocher’s Benedetto were also victorious in the Equiline Medium Amateur-Owner Jumper speed class. The 12-week WEF circuit runs through April 2, featuring competition for hunters, jumpers and equitation, with more than $9 million in prize money up for grabs. For more information, visit www.

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Alan and Blanca Greenstein of Wellington, in partnership with Chris Fratalia, hosted a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction benefiting the Wellington Wolves youth basketball program Friday, Feb. 10 at their Paddock Park home. The evening included music, a champagne reception, a Ketel One ice bar, a Nothing Bundt Cakes dessert station and more. Attendees had a fun evening, saw specialty vehicles and enjoyed great company, all to help local sports. PHOTOS BY JULIE UNGER/TOWN-CRIER

Jason and Kimberly Sundook with Blanca Greenstein (center).

Veronica Clinton, Christina Ortado, Kate Fratalia, Denise Negron and Maria Brown.

Debra Tendrich, professional football player Jaiquawn Jarrett, Blanca Greenstein and John Saint Juste.

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continued from page 1 cal programs. The third building, rounding out the medical technology campus, will house student services, information technology and most likely a cafeteria, Storms said.

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The campus has two ponds. One out front is called the Palm Beach State College pond, while the FDOT pond is on the west side of the campus. There are three buildings planned in the first phase of the campus, Storms said. The first building features admissions, advising and financial aid offices, vending machines, classrooms, labs, testing and tutoring rooms,

a mock doctor’s office, a café, a virtual reality computer lab, and multiple places for students to gather throughout the building, many including USB outlets and standard outlets. The exterior and interior of the building utilize stone, metal and a wood-like material to blend into the surroundings, giving it an industrial modern feel. “The college wanted it to look

high-tech and innovative, and it is,” Storms said. “The whole building has LED lighting in it, and we use a lot of natural daylighting techniques.” Each floor has its own set of restrooms, as well as locations where students can gather. “We’ve incorporated extended learning areas in the building,” he said. “Not only in the classroom do you get formal instruction, but as

Hosts Alan and Blanca Greenstein with Chris Fratalia. you get out and meet with your fellow students and a teacher comes by, and there’s conversation, that’s where a lot of the learning happens, and we’ve accommodated that.” Having the shopping center nearby with two connections is convenient for students, whether they want to grab a bite to eat or a drink between classes, without going onto Southern Blvd. The campus’s main entrance is on Southern Blvd., and students can exit through the back entrance that

leads to B Road with an intersection that has a traffic signal. Classes are already forming. Students are encouraged to register and apply online at www. To help celebrate the grand opening of the campus’s first building, a $30 million, three-story facility housing high-technology health science programs and general education programs, RSVP at, e-mail or call (561) 868-3212.


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There are two types of sunflowers, confection and black oil. Confection sunflower seeds are the commonly eaten seeds; however, the plants grow 6 or so feet tall. Sinha flew down to the area in December to get the field ready, and Palm Beach Sunflowers opened to the public Feb. 1 and


will remain open until Feb. 19. Next year, they will plant even more sunflowers. Daily admission is $10 for adults and $6 for children ages 4 to 12; children 3 years or younger are admitted for free. Individuals are permitted to bring horses, by appointment only, for $50

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continued from page 1 equestrian all along, but it has been hard with our sparse funding that we couldn’t do a lot with it. Now that we’ve turned it over, we can get legislation for it with the help of the town. I think we’re going to be able to move pretty fast on that. At least that’s what I’m going to try for if I get elected. We should get some trails opened this year.” He also wants to continue support for small agricultural interests in the town. “Loxahatchee has always been like that ever since I’ve been around, and I started working with the fire department in 1976. It has been wide open, mostly agriculture and nurseries, and I support that. This is our last draw, I guess, in Palm Beach County. Unless they go west, there’s hardly any place else for them to operate with any acreage.” DeMarois has also noticed more equestrians moving into Loxahatchee Groves, which is something he supports. “We’re getting some people from Wellington who are developing some nice equestrian ranches out here,” he said. DeMarois said he supports the transfer of LGWCD roads to the town so residents can get them paved more easily, because the town has access to funding to pave them, which the district does not other than through an assessment on residents. DeMarois also supports some form of restitution to those residents on lettered roads who petitioned for bond referendums to have them paved. “Everybody has had use of those roads, and rather than taking all the roads immediately from the water control district, do it as we can af-

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continued from page 7 level but at the community level,” Salinsky said. He said a significant number of elementary students perform below the district’s goals in certain areas of science where they should be proficient. “These are concepts that should be taught and mastered in grades three and four, but are tested in fifth grade,” Salinsky said. “They are on the fifth-grade assessment. People look at the FCAT assessment in fifth grade as a one-year test… when in fact it measures what’s going on in three grades.” Salinsky said the district puts

Dave DeMarois ford to take them over, and work with the water control district,” DeMarois said. He would also like to improve some of the private roads. “We used to do that once before,” he said, noting that it has been difficult working with the town’s management companies on that issue. “Being on the council, I think we’re going to be able to work through those problems and make it better for everybody at a lower cost.” DeMarois also wants to implement the recommendations of the Palm Beach County Inspector General, which include ensuring that state and federal laws are followed, the monitoring of all town contracts, adhering to its purchasing and payment policies, and making sure that vendors are properly insured and that they have proper approvals. “I haven’t seen a whole lot done at this time,” he said. DeMarois does not support the council’s recent imposition of a 30mph speed limit on Okeechobee Blvd. “I’ve ridden it in both directions today, and so far the average speed I’ve seen people do is around 40 mph,” he said. “I’ve seen deputies there, but not that many times, and I’ve not seen them pull anybody over yet. I’ve heard they have, but I haven’t seen any.” a lot of pressure on fifth-grade teachers to prepare their students for the FCAT. “If you knew where our kids were coming into fifth grade and where they end up at the end of fifth grade as far as science, you would want to give our fifth-grade science teachers a pat on the back,” he said. “They do amazing work.” Much of the pressure on fifthgrade teachers is their having to teach concepts, especially in science, that students should have learned at earlier levels. “Essentially, the curriculum has expanded, but the time that fifth-grade teachers have to teach it has shrunk,” Salinsky said. “So this is one of the reasons, I think, indicative of why we see these downward trends.”

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‘ALTHEA’ SHOW IN WELLINGTON SUPPORTS THE EQUESTRIAN AID FOUNDATION The Equestrian Aid Foundation presented “Althea,” a special show featuring former Cavalia artists Sylvia Zerbini, S. Caleb Carinci Asch and Kansas Carradine, along with their amazing horses, at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival facility in Wellington on Sunday, Feb. 12. The show featured amazing feats of horses and humans working together. The Equestrian Aid Foundation assists riders from all disciplines, professions, ages and backgrounds coping with catastrophic illness or injury. For more information, visit www. PHOTOS BY JULIE UNGER/TOWN-CRIER

Karin Offield, Chris Vance, Joe Scarpa and J.J. Tate.

Six-year-old twins Logan and Lena Butzer.

Freddie and Jodi Vazquez.

Susan Shelley and Tony Coppola.

Eduardo Garcia, Tom Meyers, Dawn White-O’Connor and Steffen Peters.

The “Althea” show featured former Cavalia artists performing amazing feats of horses and humans working together.

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Back on Dec. 16, British Feed and Supplies hosted a pre-holiday get-together. The small store in Loxahatchee Groves was nicely full as customers and newcomers stopped by to meet the new owner. Vieri Bracco bought the store in May 2016 from previous owner Tim Hart-Woods. Ellen Rosenberg’s Column, Page 25

On National Signing Day, five Wellington High School seniors signed the paperwork sealing their fate as college athletes. Among them were softball player Cynthia Whitty, soccer player Esteban Lestido, and football players D.J. Dobkins, Tyler Jolly and Logan Robinson. Page 29

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Friday, Feb. 10, marked not just a district title win for the Wellington High School boys basketball team; it was their fourth straight championship. Wellington defeated John I. Leonard High School 6057 at Seminole Ridge High School, the host venue for the District 9-9A tournament. Page 29

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New Owner Keeps Focus On Quality At British Feed

Back on Dec. 16, British Feed and Supplies hosted a pre-holiday get-together. The small store, located at 14589 Southern Blvd. in Loxahatchee Groves, was nicely full, as customers and newcomers stopped by to partake of the food and drinks and meet the new owner. Vieri Bracco bought the store in May 2016 from previous owner Tim Hart-Woods. “I’m Italian, but I was raised in Brazil,” Bracco said. “I spent 25 years in the banking industry, but I was also always involved in cattle ranching and sheep breeding, and I used to show jumpers.” His son and daughter were born in the United States after he came here 16 years ago. “I felt very comfortable doing business in this country. Three years ago, I quit my banking job and started looking for another business opportunity. I searched through thousands of possibilities, and when I found this business for sale, it was like a dream come true,” Bracco said. “It’s the perfect blend of my business with my personal hobby. I never showed in Wellington, but I watched all the top Brazilian riders come here each season, so I knew how well a feed store in this area could do.” Bracco was impressed by the operation run by Hart-Woods. “Although this store is a small player in this market, it has got a lot of growth potential,” he said. “Tim did a great job of grounding a Get updates all week long... follow Ellen Rosenberg on Twitter at TalkFL.

Tales From The Trails By Ellen Rosenberg backyard kind of store and positioning it to expand. I hope to take it to the next level, especially through our customer service. We serve all of the western communities, especially the year-round people who anchor this business.” He is eager to get more involved in the community. “One new opportunity I’m really proud of is our new relationship with Nona Garson’s Ridge Farm and their show series. We’re their exclusive feed and hay supplier for this season, and that’s very exciting. We fit very well together,” Bracco said. British Feed also has a relationship with Poulin Grain as their exclusive Palm Beach County dealer in multi-species and equine lines of feed. “A lot of horses coming down for the season use this brand, and we’ll be able to conveniently supply their needs,” Bracco said. Crypto Aero feed, plus Nutrena, Buckeye, Kentucky Equine Research, Total Equine and Manapro products are carried. “We have Victor and Loyal feeds for dogs, cats, pigs and poultry. The store also stocks shavings along with a nice selection of frequently used

New owner Vieri Bracco at British Feed and Supplies in Loxahatchee Groves. supplements, treats, stable supplies, and first mix from Illinois. We’re very picky about the aid and grooming items,” he said. quality of our hay, and if a shipment isn’t up Then there’s the hay. “We offer a variety,” to our standards, we send it back.” Bracco said. “Our main seller is Canadian Bracco keeps the focus on quality. timothy and alfalfa, which contains no pes“We may not be the cheapest supplier ticides or chemicals. We also stock orchard around, but we have great, consistent quality. grass and alfalfa, straight timothy, straight And if a customer ever gets a bad bale, we orchard grass, peanut and coastal hays from cheerfully exchange it. We offer free delivery Florida, and a nice timothy/orchard/alfalfa See ROSENBERG, page 31

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Wellington Spray Tan Expert Gains Top Spot In Industry

Wellington entrepreneur and spray tan expert Melissa Weinberg continues to expand her brand in the sunless tanning industry. Both of her brands — Perfect Glow Sunless and Melissa Weinberg Tanning & Beauty — have quickly become leaders for their quality and customer service. A New York native, Weinberg lives in Wellington. Her other passions are cooking and animals. The owner of one German shepherd, one Chihuahua and three parrots, Weinberg regularly donates to animal shelters and rescue centers. None of her products are animal tested and all are PETA-approved cruelty-free. Weinberg has been a top spray tan expert since 2009, providing custom airbrush tanning in the Palm Beach area. Weinberg researched for years to successfully develop

her professional beauty line, which launched in 2014. Since then, Perfect Glow Sunless has quickly risen to great success to become one of the leading companies in its category. Used by salons and spas worldwide, her paraben-free and vegan proprietary spray-tan solutions continue to receive accolades. All products are formulated with organic and naturally based ingredients without the harsh components and typical spray tan odor that is found in many other products to produce a flawless and superior spray tanning experience. Salon and spa owners worldwide have turned to Perfect Glow Sunless to provide their clients with the best airbrush tan color. Weinberg’s successful entrepreneurial journey was recently

highlighted on and featured on and in Money magazine. Perfect Glow Sunless was voted as a top three finalist for favorite spray tan solution by IST magazine readers. Also, her luxury brand beat out most longer-established and well-known beauty brands in the industry. Her retail products continue to earn top reviews by both consumers and beauty bloggers and are now also available on Amazon for retail shoppers. Meanwhile, Weinberg’s Perfect Glow Sunless Spray Tan Academy has expanded to include instructors in several states. The academy offers spray tan training and consulting courses for individuals looking to start a spray tan business or for beauty professionals looking to add it to their menu of services. Her spray tan classes have earned top reviews in

the industry. She recently published her first successful eBook, Ready.. Set..Glow, which features marketing tips for beauty professionals. Weinberg is also is an avid blogger, providing the beauty industry with top sunless tips. Since facing skin cancer, Weinberg has become a strong believer in well-being and an advocate for health. She is passionate about offering the world a luxurious beauty product that is safe to use. Retail consumers wishing to find out more about Melissa Weinberg Tanning & Beauty and its products can learn more at Salon owners can visit the professional division Perfect Glow Sunless web site, found at www. For more information on the spray tan acad-

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Dunkin’ Donuts Owner Gives $1K From Grand Opening To Taylor Foundation

Dunkin’ Donuts recently celebrated the grand opening of its new Loxahatchee Groves location at 15689 Southern Blvd. A portion of the sales from the grand opening celebration, totaling $1,000, has been donated by franchisee Steve Rubiano to the Jason Taylor Foundation. The Jason Taylor Foundation sup-

ports and creates programs that facilitate the growth and empowerment of South Florida’s children in need by focusing on improved healthcare, education and quality of life. “We were thrilled with the turnout for our grand opening, and I am glad that I am able to contribute to such a great local cause like the Jason

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Dolphins legends Zach Thomas and Mercury Morris were also in attendance. Kevin Rolston and Jason Pennington from 97.9’s KVJ Show made special appearances, as well as iHeart Radio’s MIA 92.1 and Jimmy Riffle of the Gator Boys. Families enjoyed face painting and balloon twisting, and there was a stilt walker

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Dressage Connection Hosts Fall Fashion Preview Event

Charles Tota, owner of the Dressage Connection, teamed up with Barbara Biernat of the California-based Horse & Rider Equestrian Boutique to host a shopping party for the Wellington equestrian community on Thursday, Feb. 9. The party included a fun open house and sidewalk shopping that featured not only the Dressage Connection’s impressive line of equipment but also an opportunity for customers of the Horse & Rider Boutique to pre-shop from among the fall fashion lines from Equiline and Pikeur. Extra cheer was brought to the event by Treleaven Winery of New York, which supplied a selection of its American wines. The event was attended by a

number of prominent equestrians, including one of Canada’s top dressage riders, Canadian Olympian Evi Strasser, and USDF “R” dressage judge and Grand Prix trainer Laurie Falvo of Dove Hollow Dressage Center in California. Ann Romney, the former Massachusetts first lady and part owner of Rafalca, the 2012 Olympic mount for Jan Ebeling, attended the event as well. Based in Wellington, the Dressage Connection is the exclusive dealer for Hennig saddles in the United States and has a patent on the Tota Comfort System, a custom designed bridle and noseband system that relieves pressure on the poll, facial nerves and TMJ joint. For more info., call (561) 790-7858 or visit

(Left) Charles Tota, owner of the Dressage Connection, with Rick Jankura. (Right) Laurie Falvo of Dove Hollow Dressage Center, Margo Gogan of Hilltop Dressage, Barbara Biernat of Horse and Rider and Ann Romney, part owner of Jan Ebeling’s 2012 Olympic mount, Rafalca.

Acreage Resident Nicole Karuzas Opens Dream Vacations Franchise

Nicole Karuzas recently completed intensive training to become a certified Dream Vacations travel agent in the West Palm Beach area. Being part of the nation’s leading home-based travel agent franchise network gives Karuzas access to the best cruise and land vacation deals and Dream Vacations’ exclusive, elite product and service offerings. Her agency name is Dream Vaca-

tions Nicole’s Getaways. “I am thrilled to be able to help people create memorable experiences. I am committed to providing my clients with consistent customer service that exceeds their expectations and exceptional travel values,” Karuzas said. To complete the certification program, Karuzas participated in in-depth training and workshops

including sales and marketing seminars; product briefings by major cruise lines; hands-on computer systems orientation and onboard ship inspections at the Dream Vacations training center in Fort Lauderdale. Consumers can browse Karuzas’ web site at www.nicolesgetaways. com, complete with a live search engine and booking capabilities, or contact her for expert, personalized

guidance in planning memorable vacations. Nicole’s Getaways walks clients step-by-step through the entire booking and planning process, down to providing packing lists and enhancing special occasions. As a Dream Vacations franchise owner, Karuzas is now part of the World Travel Holdings family of brands, one of the top travel retail networks in the world possessing

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Wolverines Edge Lancers 60-57 To Claim District Title

By Gene Nardi Town-Crier Staff Report Friday, Feb. 10, marked not just a district title win for the Wellington High School boys basketball team; it was their fourth straight championship. Wellington defeated John I. Leonard High School 60-57 at Seminole Ridge High School, the host venue for the District 9-9A tournament. It eventually came down to the

two top-seeded teams in the final match-up. Wellington came in as the top seed, and the Lancers were the No. 2 seed. Each team scored off its first shot of the game, which indicated the kind of contest the crowd would be in for. The two squads exchanged the lead several times early in the first period of play, but the Wolverines (24-3) gradually pulled away with a nine-point lead in the closing

minute of the first period, 19-10. Wellington carried its momentum into the second period, extending its lead by 13, 23-10, but the Lancers (14-10) continued to push back, cutting the margin to eight. The Wolverines dusted off the results of losing a few rebounds under the boards and clawed into a surge that lifted them to a 39-22 halftime lead. Wellington’s defense allowed just 12 See BASKETBALL, page 31

The 2017 District 9-9A Champion Wellington Wolverines make the number 4 with their hands, indicating their fourth straight district title.

Wellington’s Trent Frazier gets around the Lancer defender.

Wellington’s Anfernee Rosario shields B.B. Williams as he grabs a rebound.

Wellington’s Sage Chen-Young moves toward the board as he gets around a Lancer defender.

Nico Toledo moves the ball up the court for Wellington. PHOTOS BY GENE NARDI/TOWN-CRIER

Five WHS Athletes Ink Papers To Play College Sports

By Julie Unger Town-Crier Staff Report On National Signing Day, Wednesday, Feb. 1, five Wellington High School seniors signed the paperwork sealing their fate for the next stage of their lives as college athletes. Athletics Director Pattie Fitzhugh thanked the theater full of friends and family attending during lunch for coming to support the students as they get ready for their futures. Coach Mark Boretti spoke about

softball player Cynthia Whitty, who will be attending Rollins College. “This young lady is a four-year starter for us,” she said. “Four years, freshman, sophomore, junior and now senior year. Freshman year, district championship game vs. Jupiter High School. The game is tied 1-1, and this freshman at the time gets up and hits a triple over the right fielder’s head to push us to her first district championship at the school.” Whitty was also a huge part to

Cynthia Whitty with coach Mark Boretti and some of her family members and friends.

the school’s success in the years that followed. “Now in her senior year, she’s a captain on the team,” Boretti said. “Hopefully this will be three out of four for Cynthia and the other seniors on the team for district championships. She has been a workhorse for us. She’s fast. She has all the tools. She is also very well-coached when she is not in high school.” Boretti, who was wearing a Rollins shirt at the ceremony, mentioned that his wife and daughter

Esteban Lestido joined by coach Mike Kozlowski, family members and friends.

both attended the school on sports scholarships. “And now, one of my favorites is going there on a softball scholarship,” he said. “She’s a steal. She’s definitely a steal for that school.” Soccer coach Mike Kozlowski spoke of soccer player Esteban Lestido, who will be attending Belmont University. “I had the pleasure to teach Esteban in ninth grade. He loved soccer. Soccer is in his blood. This young man is from Argentina. They love

their soccer,” Kozlowski said. “He is a young man with a lot of promise. He’s one of the best midfielders I’ve ever seen.” Football coach Tom Abel had three students signing: D.J. Dobkins, who will be attending Webber International University; Tyler Jolly, who will be attending Elmhurst College; and Logan Robinson, who will be attending Valparaiso University. “These guys have been part of my program forever; two district chamSee SIGNING DAY, page 30

The recipients beam with pride at the table: (L-R) Logan Robinson, Tyler Jolly, D.J. Dobkins, Esteban Lestido and Cynthia Whitty. PHOTOS BY JULIE UNGER/TOWN-CRIER

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Nine Oxbridge Academy Athletes Sign On National Signing Day

On Feb. 1, nine seniors at the Oxbridge Academy signed commitment letters to play their sports at the collegiate level. Six members of the varsity football team signed commitment letters, including Traivon Leonard for Auburn University, Tyler Williams for Wake Forest, Robert Holmes for the University of Connecticut, Darnell Robinson for Yale University, Damon Daniel for Valdosta State University and Simeon Phillips for Keiser University. Two Oxbridge seniors also signed commitment letters to play women’s soccer at the collegiate level: Jordan Schaefer, playing for the University

of Maryland; and Madelyn Hendry signing with the University of Jacksonville. Alec-Michael Petrizzi signed with the University of Louisville to play men’s soccer. Traivon Leonard of West Palm Beach is a four-year varsity letter winner in football and a three-year varsity letter winner in basketball. He finished his career second in school history with 10 interceptions. Tyler Williams of West Palm Beach is a three-year varsity letter winner in football and was named the Lou Groza Award Palm Beach County Player of the Year. He was named to the 2016 First Team All State Defensive Line and holds the

record for the third highest number of sacks in school history. Robert Holmes of Riviera Beach is a four-year varsity letter winner in football and anchored an offensive line that rushed for 2,527 yards, including rushing for more than 300 yards in a game three times this season. Darnell Robinson of Boynton Beach is a four-year varsity letter winner in football and anchored a defensive unit that recorded four shutouts this season and held opponents to 8.9 points per game. Damon Daniel of Lake Worth is a three-year varsity letter winner in football and a one-year varsity letter

Seniors Sign At WHS

Dobkins, a team captain, was also a holder for the team. “Words can’t say enough about how much I love this young man. He’s also on my weightlifting team. He’s going for a state championship this year,” Abel said. Also a team captain, Jolly has been a huge part of the team, playing multiple positions. “He did everything we asked him to, above and beyond,” Abel said. “We’re very proud of him. We look forward to watching him play in the future.” Robinson, Abel said, single-handedly won the district championship for Wellington High School.

“He had four field goals that put us in first place to beat Palm Beach Gardens. This guy is amazing. Not only the Lou Groza Award winner, but we have two guys who are also at Valparaiso,” Abel said. “Logan is now going to be the kicker there.” Before the students signed their paperwork, Fitzhugh asked if there was anything she could say to talk them out of signing, to which they replied “no.” “Ladies and gentlemen, we’re so very proud of you. We wish you all the best luck. Any time you need any of us, all you do is call,” Fitzhugh said.

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continued from page 29 pionships in the past three years, three years in a row in the playoffs — these guys are big contributors to everything that we’ve done here,” Abel said. “We have three now; we have another signing ceremony in April, and we’re planning on having another seven more for the April signing. We’re doing some things here, and it’s a testament to these young men.”

winner in track. He was the 2016 district champion in shot put and is a versatile defensive player who played both in the defensive secondary and at the linebacker position. Simeon Phillips of West Palm Beach is a two-year varsity letter winner in football and two-year varsity letter winner in track. He anchored a dominating defensive line that held the opposition to less than 100 yards rushing 10 times this past season. Jordan Schaefer of Royal Palm Beach is a three-year varsity letter winner in soccer and all-time leader in school history with 22 assists, tying the school record with nine

assists in a single season. She is also ranked third in school history with 41 career goals. Alec-Michael Petrizzi of Wellington is a three-year varsity letter winner in soccer and led the team in the 2015-16 season with 22 goals and nine assists. He is also the alltime leader in school history with 40 career goals and 33 assists, setting a school record 22 goals scored in 2015-16 and a school record of 114 career points. Madelyn Hendry of Wellington has been injured the past two seasons and unable to play for Oxbridge but looks forward to her collegiate soccer career.

Tyler Jolly, D.J. Dobkins and Logan Robinson with their teammates. PHOTOS BY JULIE UNGER/TOWN-CRIER

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continued from page 29 points by the Lancers in the second, while putting up 20. Solid rebounds and accuracy at the rim proved the difference for Wellington. The Wolverines continued to do just enough to maintain their lead over the Lancers, closing out the third period 47-39. The Lancer defense was able to slow down the

SPORTS & RECREATION usually strong Wellington offense in the third, holding them to just eight points. The stand helped put the Lancers back into the game. The final period broke open with each team trying to establish some control, but Wellington sustained a tight 55-53 lead with just over one minute remaining. The Wolverines controlled the ball well in the final minutes. Trent Frazier was sniper-like accurate from the free-throw line in the final minute to lift Wellington to the 60-57 district title win. “Our school is good in many

Jay Medor finds a break in the Lancer defense.


sports, but we’re also good in basketball,” said Wellington coach Matt Colin regarding his team’s fourth straight district title. “People have a lot of interest; our kids love coming to the games; and the school and the community are behind our program, so that means a lot.” There is no disputing that Colin has put Wellington basketball on the map, winning four consecutive


British Feed New Owner

continued from page 25 without a minimum order, whether someone needs one bag of feed or 50. Our goal is to serve everyone,” he said. “This business is a life-changing prospect. I haven’t worked this much in 20 years, but I love every day. It’s a real pleasure, doing something I believe in with all my heart.” Bracco plans to expand the store. The pre-holiday get-together was one way he could thank his customers and introduce himself to new clients. Jo Siciliano, from Loxahatchee Groves, stopped by. “I’ve been a customer for more than three years,” she said. “I like that it’s locally owned and run. Being here is like being

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district titles, a regional title and a state championship, all within the last four seasons. Frazier put up 27 points for Wellington, had two three-pointers and was seven for 10 at the free-throw line. Sage Chen-Young totaled 12 points, and Nico Toledo had seven points and a three-pointer for the Wolverines. “We made some plays to stretch

it back out to get a lay-up or to get to the free-throw line,” Colin said. “Give credit to them (John I. Leonard) because they came with a lot of energy and effort and clawed their way back into the game.” Wellington hosted District 109A runner-up Atlantic High School in a regional quarterfinal contest Thursday night, but results were not available by press time.

home. I’m glad the new owner is continuing on the friendly tradition. This is a place where the horse community can meet and feel welcome. I hope they do more social events so we can meet more horse people from all different riding disciplines.” Katie Robicheaux also dropped in. She’s a new customer who lives in Massachusetts and is in town for the shows. A trainer and coach, she brought down nine horses for the season and will be using British Feed. “They’re very friendly and helpful,” she said. “I text in my order, and they get right back to me.” Anna Frensemeyer, founder of Crypto Aero feed, was also on hand, giving out samples and educating people about her unique horse feed. She donated four bags of feed for a free raffle. Emily Shields won one of the free bags. “This is wonderful,” she said. “I transitioned my horse to Crypto

Aero a few weeks ago. I love this feed, and so does my mare. Since we switched over, she’s doing the best she has ever done.” The store donated two gift certificates for the raffle, for $50 and $100. Anne Burke won the $50. “This is so cool!” she said. “I’ve been a customer here for five years. I use their grain, supplements, shavings and some hay. They carry a good variety of stuff. This get-together is a nice way for us to meet and welcome the new owner to the neighborhood. We’re glad he’s carrying on and hope the store will be here for many years to come.” British Feed and Supplies is open from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call (561) 633-6003, or visit www. or www.facebook. com/british.feed.

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Saturday, Feb. 18 • The West Palm Beach Spring Home Show will take place at the South Florida Fairgrounds with free admission on Saturday, Feb. 18 and Sunday, Feb. 19. For more information, visit www. • Bob Carter’s Actor’s Workshop & Repertory Co. will perform Love Letters in its Bhetty Waldron Theatre (1009 N. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach) 17 through Sunday, Feb. 19. Tickets can be purchased at or at the theatre’s box office one hour prior to showtime. • The Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association will walk in Okeeheelee Park (7715 Forest Hill Blvd.) on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 7:30 a.m. Call Margaret at (561) 324-3543 for info. • The Green Market at Wellington will be held Saturday, Feb. 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Visit for more info. • The Wellington Community Services Department, in partnership with the JCPenney Asset Protection Department, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue, the Mall at Wellington Green and several other local agencies, will host a free Child Safety Experience Event on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 9 a.m. to noon at the JCPenney upper-level parking lot, located at 10308 W. Forest Hill Blvd. in Wellington. For more info., call Community Services Project Manager Jonathan Salas at (561) 791-4764. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Bookercise: Move, Dance, Wiggle & Shake for ages 2 to 6 on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 10 a.m. Enjoy wiggling and shaking to music while using scarves, egg shakers and other instruments all in the name of reading readiness. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • Barnes & Noble (10500 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington) will host Mighty, Mighty Construction Site Storytime on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 11 a.m. Call (561) 792-1292 for more info. • The Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation and Hospice by the Sea Foundation resale shops are celebrating 30 years by hosting quarterly customer appreciation days, which will include complimentary bites and beverages, along with discounts and prizes for customers. The first event will be held Saturday, Feb. 18, from noon to 4 p.m. For more info., call (561) 494-6888 or visit • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Kitchen Chat: Pasta for adults on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. Borrow any cookbook on the theme, test a recipe or two and share your tips, techniques and kitchen adventures. Enjoy a hands-on demonstration for making homemade pasta. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host an Acoustic Java Jam for adults on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. Experience a caffeinated collection of local talent or bring your acoustic instruments and jam out. Coffee will be provided. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive, Wellington) will host Black History Month Family Fun on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. Learn some dance moves, enjoy a snack, play Black History Bingo, win prizes and have fun as a family. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host its RPB Kids Coloring Club for ages 2 and up on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 2:30 p.m. Children are invited to enjoy a relaxing hour of coloring. Color your favorite characters, designs and more. Worksheets and coloring sheets will be provided. Feel free to bring your own coloring book. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Village of Wellington will host a Van Halen Tribute Concert by Completely Unchanged and a Food Truck Festival at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. Visit for more info. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will present Chaka Khan on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. For more info., visit


Sunday, Feb. 19 • The Audubon Society of the Everglades will walk and drive Stormwater Treatment Area 1E at part of the Great Backyard Bird Count on Sunday, Feb. 19 from 7:30 a.m. to noon. To pre-register, visit • The Wellington Chamber of Commerce’s second annual Wellington ColorFest 5K will take place Sunday, Feb. 19 at 8 a.m. at Village Park in Wellington. Co-sponsored by the Village of Wellington, there will be pre-race warmups, live music, food vendors, healthy snacks, health and wellness exhibitors, swag bags and more. For more info., call (561) 792-6525 or visit www. • Royal Palm Beach holds its weekly Green Market & Bazaar each Sunday through April 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Commons Park. For more info., visit • The American Cancer Society’s Bark for Life will be held Sunday, Feb. 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the South Florida Fairgrounds. For more info., contact Lisa Noel at (561) 366-0013 or lisa. • The International Polo Club Palm Beach will continue the 2017 winter polo season with the Ylvisaker Cup Final on Sunday, Feb. 19. For more info., visit or call (561) 204-5687. • Forever Greyhounds will hold its fourth annual Out of the Ordinary Into the Extraordinary fundraiser on Sunday, Feb. 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Palm Beach Improv (550 S. Rosemary Ave., Suite 250, West Palm Beach) featuring comedians who will set the stage for an afternoon of belly laughs and fun. Visit www.forevergreyhounds. org for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host a Book Chat for adults on Sunday, Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. featuring The Magician’s Lie by Greer Macallister. Copies of the book are available for borrowing. Light refreshments will be served. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will present Michael Feinstein Conducts the Kravis Center Pops Orchestra in Big Band Swing on Sunday, Feb. 19 at 8 p.m. Visit for more info. Monday, Feb. 20 • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will present the New World Symphony with guest conductor Alasdair Neale on Monday, Feb. 20 at 2 p.m. Visit for more info. • The Mid-County Democratic Club will meet on Monday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. at Tree’s Wings & Ribs (603 Royal Palm Beach Blvd., Royal Palm Beach). Tuesday, Feb. 21 • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Art for Adults Beginner’s Series: Contour & Dimension for ages 16 and up on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. Learn to draw from scratch by practicing the fundamentals of line, mass and volume. This course is designed for those who have never taken a drawing class. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive, Wellington) will host Create Your Own Poster for ages 6 to 12 on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 2:30 p.m. Draw anything you like on poster-sized paper. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive, Wellington) will host Line Dancing for adults on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m. Do you love the Electric Slide and the Cupid Shuffle? Then this is for you! Learn a few more line dances to keep you moving. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Club Pokémon for ages 6 to 12 on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m. Bring your DS or Pokémon cards to battle, trade and make new friends. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will present Lang Lang on piano on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 8 p.m. Visit for more info. Wednesday, Feb. 22 • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host a Book Discussion for

adults on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. Join in a discussion of Imbolo Mbue’s debut novel, Behold the Dreamers. Pick up a copy of the book when you register. Call (561) 790-6030 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive, Wellington) will host “I Love a Mystery!” for ages 7 to 12 on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 3 p.m. Explore some puzzling whodunits and create a fun craft. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host After-School Game Time for ages 8 to 12 on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 3:30 p.m. Have a blast indoors with board games, card games and video games. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Village of Wellington will hold a Neighborhood Watch Meeting for Channing Villas at the Community Services Office on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. For more info., visit www. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive, Wellington) will host Healthy Mind & Body: Tai Chi for adults on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m. Tai Chi is easy to learn and quickly delivers health benefits. Bring water and wear sneakers or securely fastened shoes. For those who cannot stand for long periods, an alternative form can be done seated. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host The Coloring Club for ages 16 and up on Wednesday, Feb. 22 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 to work on. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Let’s Play: Gaming for ages 12 to 17 on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m. with PS4 multiplayer games, Wii games, card games, board games and snacks. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • Professional organizer Amanda Sullivan will be at Barnes & Noble (10500 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington) to discuss and sign her book, Organized Enough: The Anti-Perfectionist’s Guide to Getting and Staying Organized, on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m. Call (561) 792-1292 for info. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will present The Summit: Manhattan Transfer Meets Take 6 on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. Visit for more info. Thursday, Feb. 23 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive, Wellington) will host “Preserving Your Family Heritage: Scanning Images” for adults on Thursday, Feb. 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. Learn how to use a high-speed scanner to preserve your photographs. Participants should bring up to 100 photos in good condition and a flash drive to save the digital images. Stop by the research services desk to schedule a 20-minute session. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive, Wellington) will host “Creative Coloring: Superhero Edition!” for ages 5 to 10 on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 2:30 p.m. Color your favorite superhero or

The Town-Crier create your own. Call (561) 790-6070 for info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Harlem Renaissance Artwork Revisited for ages 10 and up on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. Learn all about this era in black history and recreate a Harlem Renaissance masterpiece. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Acting Up for ages 8 to 12 on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 4:30 p.m. Play theater games and learn some basic acting skills. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Village of Wellington will host a Food Truck Invasion at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) on Thursday, Feb. 23 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. with live music by the Whitestone Band at 6:30 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl. gov for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive, Wellington) will host a Teen Takeover for ages 12 to 17 on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. Enjoy Wii games, board games and more. Bring a friend or make new ones. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will present Blackbird, Fly: A Concert for Voice, Body and Strings with narrator Marc Bamuthi Joseph and Daniel Bernard Roumain on violin and piano on Thursday, Feb. 23 and Friday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. Visit for more info. Friday, Feb. 24 • West Fest will return to Royal Palm Beach Commons Park on Friday, Feb. 24 through Sunday, Feb. 26. For info., visit • The Cirque Italia traveling water circus will appear Friday, Feb. 24 through Sunday, March 5 at 1111 N. Congress Ave., West Palm Beach across the street from Palm Beach Kennel Club. For more info., visit • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Orisirisi African Folklore for all ages on Friday, Feb. 24 at 3:15 p.m. Orisirisi shares the beauty of African life and culture through storytelling. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host “Bee-Bots Are Here!” for ages 5 to 8 on Friday, Feb. 24 at 3:30 p.m. Check out the library’s newest tech toy and explore the basics of computer coding and build mazes or an obstacle course for your Bee-Bot to follow. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Toddler Art Time on Friday, Feb. 24 at 3:30 or 4:30 p.m. Bring the little ones to this experiential art class designed just for your tiny artists. Dress to get messy. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Village of Wellington will host a free screening of Pete’s Dragon on Friday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Visit 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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1999 FORD F150 LARIAT — 4 Door Extended cab, 5.4 liter, V8 4wd, 108K miles. Automatic Transmission. $2,200 Call 850462-4136

TINY HOMES OPEN HOUSE — Saturday 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. TINY HOMES AS SEEN ON T.V. 1773 Folsom Road. Loxahatchee. 561-251-8651


1080 BREAKERS WEST WAY - OPEN HOUSE — Sunday 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. — 4 br/4ba gated Estate, huge pool, loggia/entertaining area...Cul de sac, move in ready. $995,000, owner. 561-795-0533

GARAGE SALES LOXAHATCHEE MOVING SALE — This Saturday, Feb. 18th 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Includes Tools, Collectibles, and Household items. Located 13828 Paddlefoot, Loxahatchee Groves. Okeechobee Blvd. and E. Rd.

WELLINGTON Garage Sale — Next Saturday, Feb. 25th 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Clothes,furniture, small household items, baby items and tools. 568 Juniper Place - Wellilngton - Sugar Pond Manor.

REAL ESTATE HOUSES FOR SALE - WELLINGTON SPACIOUS LIVING IN SPANISH STYLE COURTYARD HOUSE ON CUL-DE-SAC — in prestigious Wycliffe Golf & Country Club. Split bedroom floor plan, 4 bd. 4 ba. overlooking courtyard/pool with view of lake/ golf course. $425,000.00 Sold as is. Seller motivated. Wendy G. Perlman 561-818-3398

CATTLE/HORSE FARM - OUT OF AREA 51 +/- ROLLING ACRES OF FENCED AN X FENCED PASTURE — Large stocked pond surrounded by huge grandaddy oaks. conveniently. Located 2 miles to I-75 between Gainsville and Lake City. Its out of the 500 year flood plain. It is located in Columbia county close to Springs, Rivers and parks. the Taxes are under $300 and no impact fees. There are 2 wells with electric and septic. It can be divided into 4 parcels. The soil is very good for farming or raising cattle. and horse. First time offered at this price. $220,000 OBO ( no owner finance) Call 386-497-4983 or 386-365-2709 email kathy_marlowe@yahoo. com GORGEOUS NORTH FLORIDA LAND

EMPLOYMENT WANTED HOME HEALTH AIDE AVAILABLE — Experienced Home Health Aide seeks new position. Flexible hours, full time or part time, day or night. I am a Licensed CNA who has worked as a home health aide and also as a nanny. I have many years of experience taking care of the elderly at home. Price negotiable, references provided upon request. Call Pat at (561) 294-1423. SEEKING POSITION: Companion to elderly person, non-medical position, college educated. Please call 561-324-5807.

FOR RENT IN WELLINGTON FOR RENT IN WELLINGTON FOR RENT FURNISHED ROOM — Seeking Mature Professional, includes all utilities, WI-FI and TV provided. NO children, NO Smoking, NO Pets. Call 561-632-0464 CHANNING VILLA — VILLA FOR RENT — 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 1 car garage, screened porch, completely remodeled, $1500 monthly. First, Last & Security. Please call 561-3091749

EMPLOYMENT MAKE $2000 A WEEK— Sales exp a plus, great networking skills, valid drivers license. Mature and or retired candidates are encouraged to apply. Join our team call Mark 561-352-0298.

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PA R T- T I M E C L A S S R O O M T E A C H ER — 3-5 year olds. CDA/40 hours - 6 hours per week - $13 per hour. Call 561856-5202. Royal Palm Beach Location.

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

CHILDCARE TEACHER ASSISTANT — Looking for teacher assistant, experience preferred please. Hours are (8 a.m. - 2 p.m. ) or (2 p.m. - 6 p.m. ) This facility is located in Western Communities. Call (561) 793-5860

JOHNNY V'S MOBILE SCRATCH & DENT REPAIR — 561-252-8295 Residential & Commercial

SECRETARY FOR SMALL ACCOUNTING OFFICE — heavy phones, client contact, filing, preparing documents. Must know Word. Excel a plus. Please fax resume to: (561)333-2680. LEGAL SECRETARY/PARALEGAL-MATURE — part to full time for solo practitioner, small office, heavy phones, client contact, scheduling, preparing documents, etc. Must be experienced. Timeslips, ProDocs, Word Perfect or Word. Probate, estate planning, guardianship and Medicaid planning.Please fax resume to (561)333-2680. References required. FRONT DESK CLERK PERSON — with good verbal/written communication skills and the motivation to provide good customer service. Flexible schedule needed (mainly night shift, weekends and holidays) Experience preferred, but we will train the right motivated person. Royal Palm/Wellington/Acreage residents will save on gas and travel time. To Apply : E-mail or Fax Resume to: 561-795-1502 or Apply in person HOUSEKEEPER — Responsible for cleaning guest rooms in a timely and thorough manner. Experience and fluency in English is preferred. Must be able to work weekends and/or holidays. To Apply : E-mail or Fax Resume to: 561-795-1502 or Apply in person

MOCK JURORS $$ Earn $12 per hour $$

Spend 6-10 hrs. on a given wkday night, wkday or wkend serving as a juror in a mock trial to evaluate settlement of an actual court case. If you have a valid FL DL or State I.D., a U.S. Citizen, and eligible to vote, enroll with us on: SIGNUPDIRECT (Please fill out on line form completely for consideration) or only if you do not have access to a computer Call: 1-800-544-5798. (On-line sign up preferred) ***** Mock Trials will be held in West Palm Beach.

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

DRIVEWAY REPAIR D R I V E W AY S — F r e e e s t i m a t e s A & M ASPHALT SEAL COATING commercial and residential. Patching potholes, striping, repair existing asphalt & save money all work guaranteed. Lic.& Ins. 100045062 561-667-7716

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

LIGHTING THOMAS McDEVITT ELECTRIC INC.— Commercial /Residential. We install our own products. Light bulbs • Lighting Fixtures • Speciality Bulbs • Recessed Lighting • Ballast Replacement • Landscape Lights. 561-503-7290 Lic. #EC13007161

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

MOBILE AUTO DENT REPAIR MOBILE AUTO DENT REPAIR — I can fix your dings, creases and larger dents without painting. Reliable/Convenient. Owner Operated. Satisfaction Guaranteed! 561-662-0513.

PAINTING J&B PRESSURE CLEANING & PAINTING, INC. — Established 1984. All types of pressure cleaning, roofs, houses, driveways, patios etc. Commercial & Residential. Interior & Exterior painting. Certified -pressure cleaning & painting contractor. Lic. #U21552 Call Butch 309-6975 or visit our website at JOHN PERGOLIZZI PAINTING INC. — Interior/Exterior - Repaint specialist, pressure cleaning, popcorn ceiling, drywall repair & roof painting. Family owned/owner operator. Free Est. 798-4964 Lic. #U18473 COLORS BY CORO, INC. — Int./Ext. Residential painting, over 20 yrs exp. Small Jobs welcome. Free est. Ins. 561-578-2873. Owner/Operated. Lic.# U20627 Ins. Wellington Resident


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

PET CARE PRODUCTS HAPPY JACK LIQUIVIC®2x — Recognized safe & effective against hook & roundworms by US CVM... Grand Prix 561-792-2853

ROOFING ROBERT G. HARTMANN ROOFING — Specializing in repairs. Free estimates, Bonded,insured. Lic. #CCC 058317 Ph: 561-790-0763. ROOFING REPAIRS RE-ROOFING ALL TYPES — Pinewood Construction, Inc. Honest and reliable. Serving Palm Beach County for over 20 years. Call Mike 561-309-0134 Lic. Ins. Bonded. CGC-023773 RC-0067207 NEIL O’NEAL JR. ROOFING — Roofing & Reroofing. Family owned and operated. Residential/Commercial. Wood Replacement, Roof Coatings, Solar Vents, Skylights & Roof Ventilation. 561-656-4945 Lic. & Insured CCC1330208.Free Estimates

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

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

SPRINKLER SYSTEMS AQUATIC SPRINKLER, LLC — Complete repair of all types of systems. Owner Operated. Michael 561-964-6004Lic.#U17871 Bonded & Ins. Serving the Western Communities Since 1990

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

TILE & FLOORING INSTALLATION PERFECT TILE & FLOORING INC. — We Specialize in ceramic, stone, and porcelain tile installation. We also do wood, laminate, and vinyl plank flooring installation. We service all of Palm Beach County and some of the surrounding area's. We are locally owned and operated with 15 years of experience. We do kitchens, bathrooms, showers and floors. No job too big no job to small. We do it all. Free estimates anytime. Please call 561-512-1104 or 561672-8334 to schedule your estimate today.

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


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