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Volume 41, Number 8 February 21 - February 27, 2020

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BIG DOG’S VALENTINE’S NIGHT OUT

The Loxahatchee Groves Town Council discussed a reorganization of its advisory committees at a workshop Tuesday, Feb. 18, and one key point of contention was whether to allow nonresidents to serve. The council also discussed the number of allowable non-excused absences and other issues that have arisen among advisory committee policies. Page 3

Tim Stillings Returns To Wellington As Planning, Zoning & Building Director

After a four-year stint with the City of Delray Beach, Tim Stillings has returned to the Village of Wellington as the new director of Planning, Zoning & Building, replacing Bob Basehart, who has now taken on a newly created position of director of sustainability and regulatory affairs. Page 4

Big Dog Ranch Rescue hosted its first major fundraiser on site at its new location in Loxahatchee Groves on Friday, Feb. 14. Big Dog’s Valentine’s Night Out brought the fun of a western atmosphere to the sold-out event. Guests enjoyed live music, entertainment from Sarah Carson and Hero from “America’s Got Talent,” Danielle Bradbery of “The Voice,” raffles and a live auction. Shown above are Enrique Tomeu, Big Dog President Lauree Simmons, Linda Eldridge, Teresa Tomeu and Big Dog Director of Philanthropy Robin Friedman. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 11 PHOTO BY CALLIE SHARKEY/TOWN-CRIER

LOXAHATCHEE GROVES COUNCIL ELECTION

Lox Groves Incumbent David DeMarois Seeks Second Term

Wellington Hosts Valentine’s Day Social For Senior Citizens

The Village of Wellington held a Valentine’s Day Social for senior citizens on Thursday, Feb. 13 at the Village Park gym. Ladies received a red rose upon entry. After lunch, Garry Samms sang and played songs that kept seniors dancing. Page 7

Wolverines Settle For District Runner-Up Honors In Area Hoops

The Palm Beach Central High School basketball program hosted the Class 7-A, District 10 championship tournament last week. It was an event that boasted some of the best teams in the state. On Tuesday, Feb. 11, the host Broncos lost in the quarterfinals to Royal Palm Beach High School 78-77, and Wellington High School moved in as the second seed to face off against the Wildcats. After defeating the Wildcats 68-67, the Wolverines fell to Forest Hill High School 77-52. Page 23 DEPARTMENT INDEX NEWS...............................3 - 20 NEWS BRIEFS......................... 7 PEOPLE................................... 8 SCHOOLS................................ 9 COLUMNS............................. 18 BUSINESS............................. 19 CALENDAR............................ 20 CLASSIFIEDS................ 21 - 22 SPORTS.......................... 23, 25 Visit Us On The Web At WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Councilman David DeMarois was elected to Seat 5 on the Loxahatchee Groves Town Council in March 2017. After serving one three-year term, he is now seeking re-election, facing a challenge from longtime community activist and former Councilwoman Marge Herzog. The election will be held on Tuesday, March 17. DeMarois, 71, has a long record of community service in Loxahatchee Groves. He bought the property he lives on in 1979 and built his home there in the mid-1980s. He served as a Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District supervisor for 19 years, chairing the LGWCD board for 10 of those years. “During the time that I was with the water control district, I worked with the crews and staff and boards that we had,” he said. “During that 19 years, we did a pretty good job

for the people. We didn’t have near the complaints. If we got 40 complaints the whole year, that was a lot. We addressed those problems within hours.” Married to wife Cheryl, DeMarois has two grown daughters, Kim and Karen. He is a Vietnam War veteran, serving in 1968-69, and had a 30-year career with Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue. He also served as a reserve officer with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office for 33 years. DeMarois said that he is running for re-election because he would like to see the completion of things that have been put in place during his council tenure over the past three years. “We’ve got the new manager. That’s going to reflect that we have a new start,” he said. “We started accomplishing a lot of things and getting these roads repaired. I want to see that get through. I want to see the OGEM [open-graded

New Restaurant And Stores Will Be Built At The Old Macaroni Grill Site

By M. Dennis Taylor Town-Crier Staff Report With the full board present, things moved briskly at the oneitem agenda meeting of Wellington’s Architectural Review Board on Wednesday, Feb. 19. The board granted the approvals necessary for an applicant seeking design plans for a new building to be constructed on the site previously occupied by the old Macaroni Grill restaurant on State Road 7. The board approved the exterior elevations, colors, materials, amenities and architectural details of the new building. Officially known as Wellington Green MUPD “F” Outparcel F2, the building’s previous use was as a stand-alone restaurant. “It is in front of the shopping center with the Whole Foods Market,” Senior Planner Damian Newell said. Newell explained that the requests are consistent with the details of the surrounding shopping center, including the colors, compatible frontage, architecture and design appropriate to the character of the area, screening when called for on walls and no requirements for technical deviations. He noted that village staff recommends approval of the project with some conditions that the petitioner has already agreed to abide by. The petitioner submitted color

elevations as requested by the board of all future projects and, while they chose not to make a presentation, were available to answer any questions during the public hearing. The 12,000-square-foot retail and restaurant structure, with 27-foot-high parapet walls and 140 feet of frontage along SR 7, is set up for six tenants, although representative Moe Azar said discussions look as if only four tenants will take the entire building, but that nothing was signed yet. “We hope you get some tenants,” Board Chair Ron Shamash said. “We would like to see some tenants in that space.” Azar spoke a little bit about the design for the building. “The parapets have up to an eight-foot canopy to allow for shaded walkways and possible outdoor seating for the restaurant,” he noted. Signage was not requested for approval in this application but will be applied for when the tenants have been determined. Newell said that end units are allowed to have a sign on the end of the building that is 50 percent the size of the front sign, and that all units may have a name plate on the back, but no signs. The application was approved unanimously and now heads to the Wellington Village Council.

BARKY PINES HOSTS PUPPY LOVE 5K IN RPB David DeMarois emulsion mix] roads repaired. I want to see the canals cleaned out, and just follow through and help the people wherever we can.” DeMarois noted that there are problems with the new solid waste See DEMAROIS, page 4

Marge Herzog Seeks Return To Lox Groves Town Council

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Longtime community leader and former Councilwoman Marge Herzog is challenging incumbent Councilman David DeMarois for Seat 5 of the Loxahatchee Groves Town Council in the Tuesday, March 17 election. Herzog, 78, sat on the first council after the town incorporated in 2006. Elected in 2007, she served an initial two-year term but was unseated in 2009 by former Councilman Ryan Liang. Since then, she has served as Loxahatchee Groves Landowners’ Association president and has been active with a number of charitable and veterans’ service organizations. “I’m resilient and dedicated to the town,” she told the Town-Crier on Wednesday. Herzog said she is running to bring the focus back to some of the reasons why the town originally decided to incorporate. Herzog,

who participated in the town’s incorporation committee, questions whether council members are listening to the wishes of the people who participated in studies about what they want on Southern and Okeechobee boulevards. “We incorporated to protect the rural lifestyle that we have here in Loxahatchee Groves, not to have high-density development,” she said. Herzog said her goal is to be an advocate for those residents. “They keep increasing the salary for council members,” she said. “We served for years with no remuneration. We did it because it was something that we wanted to do. We were determined that we were going to make it work.” Her vision for the town is to restrict commercial development to Southern Blvd., no farther north than Tangerine Drive. “I don’t know if there is a need for an overlay,” she said. “People

Marge Herzog keep trying to push to get things beyond the Tangerine line, so maybe it wouldn’t hurt to have an overlay there for the Southern commercial.” Herzog sees no need for any See HERZOG, page 4

Barky Pines Animal Rescue & Sanctuary hosted its first Puppy Love 5K at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park on Saturday, Feb. 15. Hundreds of runners and dogs of all sizes and breeds were ready at the starting line for both a 5K and a 1K race. Members of Leadership Palm Beach County’s Class of 2020 were inspired by a presentation from the rescue and helped coordinate the event. Shown above, the Capalbo family prepares to run with their new Christmas pup Holly. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 5 PHOTO BY CALLIE SHARKEY/TOWN-CRIER

WRMC Names NICU In Honor Of Former CEO DiLallo

Former Wellington Regional Medical Center CEO Kevin DiLallo speaks in front of the newly unveiled plaque bearing his name.

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By Meredith Burow Town-Crier Staff Report Wellington Regional Medical Center’s neonatal intensive care unit received a new name Wednesday, Feb. 19, in honor of former WRMC CEO Kevin DiLallo. During his 12 years leading the hospital, DiLallo oversaw the construction of many medical office buildings on the campus, as well as the expansion of the hospital itself and its emergency room. Serving first as the hospital’s chief operating officer before becoming CEO, DiLallo was instrumental in establishing the only Level III NICU in the western communities. While DiLallo has since left WRMC to be named group vice president for the Manatee Health-

care System, also run by WRMC parent company Universal Health Services, his crucial efforts at expanding the hospital continue to pay off for the good of the community, and in particular, it’s youngest, most vulnerable patients. “Kevin has been a tremendous leader for more than two decades with Universal Health Services,” said Alan B. Miller, the company’s chairman and chief executive officer. “His contributions, not only to the NICU, but the expansion of the ER, the construction of new buildings and service line growth helped Wellington Regional start the path it remains on today.” Miller attributes much of the hospital’s current success to work done by its former CEO a decade

ago. “Kevin is highly regarded among our community partners. Our communities count on him, and he served as a role model, enabling our facilities to have superior quality care,” Miller said. “And one of the reasons that Manatee and Wellington are so well respected is because of Kevin.” DiLallo, who spent the morning and early afternoon smiling, shaking hands and catching up with old friends and colleagues, stood before a clear plaque sporting his name in capital letters and humbly accepted the prestigious honor. “Even though it’s named after me, there’s so many people who were part of this, and the commuSee DILALLO, page 20


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Royal Palm Beach Gathers Public Input On New Village Hall

By Denis Eirikis Town-Crier Staff Report The Village of Royal Palm Beach continues to actively seek input from residents and interested parties as its architectural team starts design on a new Village Hall. On Thursday, Feb. 13, dozens of village officials and consultants were on hand to brief the public and get their ideas at the Village Hall Conceptual Design public input meeting held at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center. While only a small handful of residents showed up for the meeting, people are still invited to comment online through the village’s web site. Mayor Fred Pinto opened the meeting by expressing excitement for the new Village Hall project. He briefed the audience on the history of the plan that started out originally as a study on how to upgrade the existing building to bring it into compliance with modern regulations. However, the engineering and cost feasibility studies revealed that a new building could be completed for approximately $6 million — about $500,000 less than the cost of rebuilding and upgrading the existing structure that dates back to 1976. The village sent out a competitive request for qualifications (RFQ) for an architectural firm, which was awarded to REG Architects, a West Palm Beach firm that has successfully completed projects for West Palm Beach,

Wellington, Palm Beach County and a wide variety of other governmental entities. Village Manager Ray Liggins welcomed those in attendance at the input meeting. “It’s time to put pen to paper and see what a new Village Hall might look like. We want to create a public space that is user friendly, full of trees and attractive landscaping, and one that will be a source of civic pride,” he said. Architect Rick Gonzalez took the podium and welcomed the residents in attendance, sharing information about his experience designing government buildings. Guests were treated to snacks and provided with “green dots” that they were invited to affix to “whatever they like about” various renderings of municipal buildings that were posted around the room. While it has been renovated several times since, the existing Royal Palm Beach Village Hall was built in 1976. Back then, the village boasted only about 2,800 residents. Since then, the population of the village has increased to more than 40,000. About 15 years ago, the village expanded the space by building a stand-alone council chambers nearby that sits on a quiet lake. That freed up room in the existing building for additional office space. Plans for the new Village Hall include building a new council chambers and turning the existing

chambers into a meeting/event space that the public can rent out. In his presentation, Gonzalez said that he wants to design the parking lot area between the new building and the existing council chambers as a versatile public space that might serve as “Royal Palm Beach’s living room.” “Just as Lake Worth calls the casino area that REG rebuilt as their ‘living room,’ we want to design something that Royal Palm Beach might refer to as their living room,” he said. Village officials stressed the utility of the new structure. “One key advantage to this new building is that it will be designed to withstand a Category 5 hurricane,” Village Engineer Chris Marsh explained. “This means that the village will be able to continue to provide services to the general public immediately before and after storms.” The new building will also be designed to be more energy efficient, take up less of a footprint and consolidate all operations into a one-stop shop. Madison Green resident Joanne Diasio was among the residents attending the meeting. “This project excites me,” she said. “All the new building going on right now, such as the nursing home, means that people are investing in my village. I like that they are bringing their money here.” Resident Judy Devonish at-

Joanne Diasio and Carolyn Hmara look over a rendering of the new Village Hall.

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tended the meeting to stay up to date on plans for her community. “I live in a nearby neighborhood and decided to come out because I like to know what’s going on,” she said. “The only way to really know what’s going on is to come out to these things.” The new facility will still incor-

porate the U.S. Post Office annex, which is one major reason that residents visit Village Hall, along with the licensing and building permit offices that also attract and serve large numbers of the public. The nearby David B. Farber Training Center and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office sub-

station will only undergo cosmetic changes so that their color schemes match the new civic campus anchored by the new Village Hall. Information about the new Village Hall project is available online, and members of the public are invited to comment at www. royalpalmbeach.com.

Lox Council Discusses Changes To Advisory Committee Policy

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Loxahatchee Groves Town Council discussed a reorganization of its advisory committees at a workshop Tuesday, Feb. 18, and one key point of contention was whether to allow non-residents to serve. The council also discussed the number of allowable non-excused absences and other issues that have arisen among advisory committee policies. Town Attorney Brian Shutt said he and Town Clerk Lakisha Burch reviewed these issues after the council asked for more information about advisory committee policies. He explained that any changes to the statutorily required Planning & Zoning Commit-

tee would require an ordinance, while changes to policies of other committees only need a council resolution. “I know your direction was to modify the language to allow one person who is a landowner but a non-resident here in the town to be a member of the board,” Shutt said. “Once we started doing this, I started noticing they have different requirements for absences.” He said Burch suggested making committee rules consistent at three absences. They also noticed that there was no clear-cut termination or replacement notice for some board members. “Sometimes, it was on the exact date of the election of the council,” Shutt said. “The reason we moved it to May was in order to provide

that after the council is seated, you all have at least one meeting if not two to make appointments to these boards, so it’s the new council making these appointments. We don’t want the board members expiring a month or two before the appointments would be made.” Shutt also pointed out that there is no clear method for appointing non-resident property owners to committees, since each council member appoints a committee member. Councilwoman Phillis Maniglia said she felt the issue of appointing non-residents came up because there were not enough residents volunteering, and that residents should be given precedent over non-resident landowners. Maniglia pointed out that giv-

ing residents precedence was a shift from when the Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District was in control and gave precedence to property owners through the oneacre, one-vote method of electing supervisors. Mayor Robert Shorr said he agreed in concept with appointing a non-resident landowner. Shutt asked for clarification what they meant by appointing one and only one non-resident, and council members agreed by consensus that a non-resident property owner could be named only if no residents have applied. During public comment, former LGWCD Supervisor Simon Fernandez, a non-resident property owner who lives in Fox Trail, said he felt the board was going

to extremes to limit participation by non-resident property owners. “Somebody has put up the idea that we don’t want builders or something like that on our committees,” Fernandez said. “You have a double or triple tier of vetting a person.” He added that limiting membership on committees would alienate equestrians who have bought property in town but don’t live there, yet have an interest in the future of the community. “I would like to have the opportunity to reinvest in this town and give my opinion,” Fernandez said. “I’m just like you. I’m all over the place, and I can see what’s wrong and what’s good.” Councilwoman Laura Danowski said she would like to change the

number of consecutive unexcused absences from three to two. “When I have a committee member telling me, ‘I can’t make the meeting because my family’s going to be in town that day.’ It’s two hours. You knew the date in advance; make the commitment,” she said. Burch said she felt some confusion over meetings have been resolved since more specific times and dates have been established. “Last year, we were all over the place,” she said. “It was stressful, and we have started to streamline this. I think when we have those certain things in place, it will help. If you sit on the [Finance Advisory & Audit] Committee, and you know second Thursdays of each See LOX COUNCIL, page 20

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Tim Stillings Returns To Wellington As Planning, Zoning & Building Director

Wellington Planning, Zoning & Building Director Tim Stillings

By M. Dennis Taylor Town-Crier Staff Report After a four-year stint with the City of Delray Beach, Tim Stillings has returned to the Village of Wellington as the new director of Planning, Zoning & Building, replacing Bob Basehart, who has now taken on a newly created position of director of sustainability and regulatory affairs. For the past three years, the director’s position has done double duty, as Basehart also spearheaded the rewrite of the recently adopted Land Development Regulations. Stillings will have the new LDRs to work with in his new position.

“I worked for Wellington for four years and left to go to the City of Delray Beach, where I was for four years. Now I am a returning staff person back doing the same thing,” said Stillings, who has lived in West Palm Beach since 1995. Married for 20 years, he and his wife have a 17-year-old daughter and a 15-year-old son who both attend Suncoast High School. Stillings is the assistant scoutmaster of his son’s Boy Scout troop. “When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and having the occasional craft beer,” he said. Stillings said he is happy to be back with Wellington.

“Wellington is a great town and a great community,” he said. “I enjoy representing the residents. We have a great team on staff to work with to maintain Wellington’s status in the county.” Stillings noted that the Wellington Village Council’s annual directions meeting will be coming up soon. “That sets the stage for what they will be working on over the next year,” he explained. Some of the things Stillings said will be coming up in 2020 will be changes at the Mall at Wellington Green and work on the new CVS building, which was partially completed last year and needed to be torn down due to structural problems. He also

expects to see an update to the village’s Comprehensive Plan, which serves as the community’s long-range guide. “The mall transition will be determined, and the council will be deciding how to position it for continued success,” Stillings said. “[The CVS building] is in the process of re-securing permits, and the construction should start very soon and go smoother than the first time around.” Stillings added that the Wellington Town Center master plans are being completed, and that the boardwalk-style promenade is scheduled to open in May. “It is shaping up to be a busy first year back,” he said.

Wellington Seeks Input On Horseshoe Trace Pathway Project

By Carol Porter Town-Crier Staff Report The Village of Wellington hosted the first of two public meetings about possible multi-purpose pathways along the C-2 Canal and Horseshoe Trace on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at Binks Forest Elementary School. Representing the village at the lightly attended meeting were Assistant Planning, Zoning & Building Director Mike O’Dell and Village Planner Ryan Harding. The project would need state grant funding, and Wellington is at the beginning stages of listening to residents’ comments on the project. Another similar meeting will be held on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. at Wellington Landings Middle School, located at 1100 Aero Club Drive. The pathways could be used for a variety of uses, including pedestrian traffic, scooters, bikes and other means of transportation,

but not equestrian traffic. O’Dell and Harding gave an overview on the tentative project and said that the improvements would be along Horseshoe Trace, with a total cost of about $684,000, and of that, about $500,000 would be eligible for reimbursement from a Transportation Alternatives Grant from the Palm Beach County Transportation Planning Agency. The project is comprised of installing a 10-foot-wide asphalt pathway along the C-2 Canal and Horseshoe Trace, connecting the existing pathways on Paddock Drive, Greenview Shores Blvd. and Bent Creek Road, and providing better connectivity in the area. O’Dell and Harding said that the village would be gathering information and taking it to the state level, and they would not know until later if the project gets approved for funding. Construction is likely several years away.

After the presentation, O’Dell and Harding asked if there were any comments or questions. Two residents in attendance who lived on Horseshoe Trace, Christian Lanza and Belen Andrews, voiced concerns about the project. Andrews asked a series of questions about the connectivity and the use of the trails. She was concerned about sending her kids to school and wanted to know if the trails would be a good way to access the nearby schools. “Is this the best way to send them to school?” Andrews asked. Lanza also had concerns about the trails and how they would be connected. “I’m worried about the pathways and the traffic on Horseshoe Trace,” he said. For those who cannot attend the meetings, the village is offering an overview and survey online. It can be accessed at www.wellingtonfl. gov/civicalerts.

Assistant Planning, Zoning & Building Director Mike O’Dell explains the pathway project.

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Capstone Senior Living Community To Host ‘No Excuse For Abuse’ ‘Dusty Boots’ Tour Of New Space March 5 Event Set For Feb. 25

The Capstone at Royal Palm, an Integral Senior Living community, invites the public to a “Dusty Boots” tour on Thursday, March 5 at 3 p.m. The tour will give guests the opportunity to walk around the new community, check out different floor plans and community spaces that residents will enjoy, and ask any questions of the Capstone at Royal Palm team. “We’re counting down the days until we are able to open our doors to the public,” said Heather Haley, ISL’s regional director of sales and marketing. “This tour will give guests a sneak peek at

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continued from page 1 more commercial land use than what has been approved. “If you have nurseries there that are allowed to sell locally without too much of a volume, I wouldn’t want to see large [operations] with many trucks,” she said. “It has to be something that fits in with the community.” She is also concerned about the number of trucks that go in and out of the town and their impact on roads.

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continued from page 1 contractor that need to be resolved. “We’re going to have to look at that and see if we can straighten it out,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of complaints. It’s just part of doing business, on a daily basis, for a town.” DeMarois added that Loxahatchee Groves officials recently went to Tallahassee to seek additional funding for town roads. “Hopefully, we’ll get some of

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The Ferd & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family Service invites community members to its 16th annual “No Excuse for Abuse” luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts’ Cohen Pavilion (701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach). The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. with boutique shopping, followed by lunch at noon. A $200 couvert is required to attend the event, chaired by Ilene Goldstein, Diann Mann and Judith Rosenberg. Linor Abargil, a lawyer who is a sexual violence

survivor and advocate, and former Miss Israel and Miss World, will be the featured guest speaker. Lesser Lesser Landy and Smith PLLC is the title sponsor for the event. RSVP to (561) 713-1818 or shenise.surinach@alpertjfs.org. Established in 1974, Ferd & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family Service is a nationally accredited service provider for children, adults, seniors and Holocaust survivors. For more information, visit www.alpertjfs.org or call (561) 684-1991.

“They probably pay a business tax to be here but is their impact more than what they’re paying?” she asked. “Also, we have to be careful of what we allow in the neighborhoods. There is a definite need for overlays all over the place.” Herzog suggested that town property should be assessed based on what is actually being done there. “If you’re sneaking in structures [under] the Right to Farm Act, you should pay the consequences,” Herzog said, explaining that she feels incorrect reporting of a business operation is depriving the town of taxes that it is entitled to. Herzog became active with the

LGLA in 1995, about the time that the organization completed its neighborhood plan, and later became involved with the incorporation effort. “I liked their determination, and I decided I would run for office,” she said. Two years later, Herzog said she was defeated after she and other council members advocated making the Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District dependent to the town — an idea that was originally controversial but eventually came to pass. Once off the board, Herzog was elected LGLA president, a position that she has held since. She also leads the American Legion Post 367 Auxiliary and has devoted time transporting disabled

veterans who live in the area to appointments at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in West Palm Beach. “Sometimes my whole day is dedicated to driving and waiting at the VA for them,” she said. Herzog is vice president of the William Paterson University Alumni of South Florida. She attended William Paterson to study elementary education and was certified to teach kindergarten through 12th grade and subsequently spent 28 years teaching third grade in Parsippany, N.J. After retiring from teaching in 1993, she moved to the Fort Lauderdale area with her husband, George, who died in 2018. They soon realized that Fort Lauderdale was too crowded and found

property in Loxahatchee Groves in 1995. “I have been active in community representation since I moved here to live,” Herzog said. “I have also been busy working as a volunteer for various nonprofit organizations since arriving 25 years ago.” Herzog also pioneered an effort to get a popularly elected supervisor on the LGWCD board, which required a special legislative act. In 2012, the first popularly elected supervisor was sworn in. She is critical of her opponent, who she noted has frequently attended meetings by telephone. “I will be at the meetings,” Herzog said. “When I was on the first council, I went to the [Palm

Beach County] League of Cities, the Western [Communities] Council. Whatever the town required a meeting for, the council members asked me to go and represent the town.” Herzog noted that this year’s campaign is longer than previously due to the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Office changing the election period requirements. However, she said she has developed a strategy to overcome what she anticipates being strong opposition from DeMarois backers. “I’ve got a plan for how I’m going to be different than the last time in my campaigning, and it seems to be very well received by the residents,” Herzog said.

that, and we’ll be able to make more progress, but now we’re doing more things with people,” he said. “They haven’t seen it in three or four years, and now they deserve it. We’ve made great progress in my three years. I just want to finish it up. This will probably be my last term, since I’m 71.” His vision for the town is to have commercial operations centralized on Southern Blvd. “Every time we bring something up, somebody on the council doesn’t want it for some reason, but if we don’t do that, then we have to have the taxpayers eat most of the cost,” DeMarois said. “Because we have so much [agricultural] property, that takes care

of a lot of the income we would have coming in. So, I would like the commercial to expand a little bit on Southern.” He would also like to consider limited commercial uses on Okeechobee Blvd., pointing out that some commercial has already been approved there. “I think it would be nice if we could put in something on Okeechobee for the town people, but I don’t know what will happen as far as that goes,” DeMarois said. He said some commercial on Okeechobee Blvd. would help offset the cost of having so much agricultural land in town, which pays a lower tax rate, and the large number of churches, which pay no

taxes. “We’ve got a lot of properties paying no taxes,” he said, explaining that the gas tax revenue that the town receives must be used on roads. “It can’t be used for any other parts of government.” The only changes he would like to see are improved solid waste pickup and improved roads. “I’d like to see Loxahatchee Groves basically stay the way it is,” he said. DeMarois is complimentary of the current town staff, suggesting that perhaps a few more people are needed to fill in the workload that town took over from the LGWCD. “We’re going to have to pick up some other equipment to keep it up, but we’re almost there, and

maybe one or two other people for the water district [work],” he said. He is also happy with the service that the town has been receiving from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. “The sheriff has been working with us, so I’m looking forward to working with the sheriff again,” he said. “We’re getting pretty good service out of him.” DeMarois considers the town to be in pretty good shape now, with many projects getting done. “Things are going pretty smoothly,’ he said. “We’re getting a lot of rock put down and taking care of the roads, and people aren’t complaining about the roads so much.”

DeMarois said that he is the most qualified to serve due to his many years of experience, first with the LGWCD and then with the town. “I have worked with South Florida Water Management people and the canals, and I have the knowledge of what needs to be done there. With the roads, I know what needs to be done, and that’s what I push for,” he said. “I try to take care of those safety issues for the roads and canals, too. They flood, and we have no way of getting help in here for people who are down for a day or two because our roads are flooded. That’s why we need to keep our drainage as good as possible.”

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BARKY PINES HOSTS INAUGURAL PUPPY LOVE 5K AT RPB COMMONS PARK

Barky Pines Animal Rescue & Sanctuary hosted its first Puppy Love 5K at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park on Saturday, Feb. 15. Hundreds of runners and dogs of all sizes and breeds were ready at the starting line for both a 5K and a 1K race. Members of Leadership Palm Beach County’s Class of 2020 were inspired by a presentation from the rescue and chose to help coordinate the event. The inaugural race brought in more than 350 registrations and 50 volunteers. For more information on Barky Pines, visit www.barkypinesanimalrescue.com. PHOTOS BY CALLIE SHARKEY/TOWN-CRIER

Runners take off at the start of the race. First-place finisher Chris Samley and second-place finisher Leslie Mulholland.

Stephanie Contreras ran with her friend Katy Lystad, who was the first woman to finish.

Royal Palm Beach Councilwoman Selena Samios, Antonia and Jarred Kobert, PBSO Capt. Ulrich Naujoks and RPB Planning & Zoning Director Bradford O’Brien.

Many participants ran and walked the 1K with their dogs.

Wellington High School’s Alyssa Marie Coon sings the national anthem.

Seth Teman placed third overall in the 5K.

Team Nomad gets ready to run.

Carly Echerry with Winston.

Sarah and Julie Kilby prepare to pass out medals at the finish line.

The Acreage Pines Elementary School’s Mileage Club took part in the race.

Kate, Jenni, Benjamin and Jeff Hall run for Team Cooper.

Jason and Michelle Gough with Chip and DC.

Bill Hall with Dakota and Nala as Benjamin Hall looks on.

Teresa Pearl, Heather Cranage and Mauricio Hernandez volunteered for the event on behalf of the Marsh McLennan Insurance Agency.

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Challenge Of The Americas To Feature Dancing Horses, Family Fun Experience a family-friendly equestrian extravaganza as horses and riders from around the world dance to the music to fight breast cancer. The Challenge of the Americas (COTA) will be a spectacular evening of horses and fun, all to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation through its partner Play for P.I.N.K. General admission gates open at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 6 at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival showgrounds at the corner of South Shore Blvd. and Pierson Road in Wellington. Grab some

food and beverages available for purchase and enjoy pre-show entertainment by local singer Michael Boone. General admission ticket holders will have an ideal vantage point in the grandstands to see top show jumpers and their mounts performing choreographed jumping set to music starting at 6:30 p.m. Then, the headline event will feature five teams of six dancing horses and their skilled riders competing in the musical Grand Prix Quadrille Team Challenge. The one-of-a-kind Challenge of the America showcases the Olym-

Jim Koford and Adiah HP helped fight breast cancer as part of Team Gardy Bloemers/Merrill Lynch Wealth Management at the 2019 Challenge of the Americas.

pic sports of dressage and show jumping, and features some of the top international competitors from the United States, Canada, Israel and Australia as they maneuver their horses in precise patterns set to a musical theme. Competitors pull out the stops with intricate choreography and colorful costumes to delight the crowd, and the world-class judges, while raising funds for breast cancer research. COTA has evolved since its origins in 2002. Created by Mary Ross to honor her mother, who died of breast cancer, the event

grew from an afternoon luncheon featuring three horse-and-rider combinations to an international event with 38 riders and their mounts. Its success and continued growth is due not only to its partnership with the top-rated breast cancer organization in the U.S., but to its uniquely entertaining format. The beneficiary of the event, Play for P.I.N.K., is a grassroots organization committed to raising funds for breast cancer research through sporting and lifestyle events. In 2019, Play for P.I.N.K. donated $4.9 million to the Breast

Team Hylofit’s theme last year included music from famous Super Bowl halftime shows, along with cheerleader and football player uniforms. The horses were dressed to look like those famous Clydesdale horses.

Cancer Research Foundation and is currently supporting 19 research projects. BCRF is dedicated in its mission to prevent and cure breast cancer by advancing the world’s most promising research. In 2019-20, the foundation will award $66 million in grants to support the work of nearly 275 scientists at leading medical and academic institutions across 14 countries, making BCRF the largest private funder of breast cancer research. Until the number of deaths from breast cancer is zero, BCRF will not stop.

General admission tickets for the Challenge of the Americas are available at the door for $20 with children 12 and under free. VIP tickets, available at www.challengeoftheamericas.com, provide the same top-notch entertainment with the bonus of enjoying the elegantly festive Challenge Gala featuring dinner and dancing under the tents at the showgrounds. Help the Challenge of the Americas #ChallengeBreastCancer and join in an exciting evening of dancing horses and family fun to help find a cure for breast cancer.

The Pirates of the Caribbean-themed Team Gardy Bloemers/ Merrill Lynch Wealth Management claimed the 2019 COTA win.

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Victoria Colvin & Private Practice Grab Win At Hunter Spectacular Young hunter professional Victoria Colvin once again proved unbeatable as she returned to pilot her talented 2019 $100,000 WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular winner Private Practice to the victory in the premier class of WCHR week once again during Saturday Night Lights at the Winter Equestrian Festival on Saturday, Feb. 15. The Hunter Spectacular is the highlight of WEF’s WCHR Hunter Week, which emphasizes the hunter discipline and gives junior, amateur and professional hunter riders the chance to introduce their horses to the International Arena. A field of 37 successful horse-

and-rider combinations, consisting of winners in the junior, amateur and professional categories throughout the week, contested the first-round course designed by Patrick Rodes. Out of the original starters, the 12 pairs with the highest scores were invited to return for the second phase of the two-round classic style competition. Both courses were offered at three heights, and judging was split into three distinguished panels, consisting of Rick Fancher and Phoebe Sheets in one panel, Mary Lisa Leffler and Mark Jungherr in another, and Lyman Whitehead with Chris Wynn in the third.

When all combinations had contested the first track, returning champ Colvin and Private Practice once again sat in the top position with an average score of 90.33. Hot on Colvin’s heels was seasoned professional Scott Stewart aboard Private Life in the early second place with 89.16 points. Ten professionals, one junior and one amateur made up the returning 12 entries. Colvin held the lead from the time she entered the ring as the fifth to go until the time she closed the class, besting her own previous score from round one of 90.33 with an improved 91.83. The victory was Colvin’s second in a

row with Brad Wolf’s 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding and her stunning sixth Hunter Spectacular win since 2012. “Private Practice is an amazing horse,” Colvin said. “He’s one of my favorite horses, and this class is a blast because we are able to ride under the lights and in the International Arena.” Katie Taylor moved up from the third position to second and was a strong contender for the top honor, but fell just short of Colvin after completing the second round with a total of 178.82 points. “It’s incredible to be representing the west coast here tonight,” See WEF, page 20

Victoria Colvin rides Private Practice to victory. PHOTO BY SPORTFOT

WELLINGTON HOSTS VALENTINE’S DAY SOCIAL LUNCH FOR SENIOR CITIZENS

The Village of Wellington held a Valentine’s Day Social for senior citizens on Thursday, Feb. 13 at the Village Park gym. Ladies received a red rose upon entry. After lunch, Garry Samms sang and played songs that kept seniors dancing. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Garry Samms sang and played popular dance music.

Selma Waters, PBSO Deputy Vasile Ciuperger, Pat Fishman, Deputy Poy Fagundes and Paula Moree.

Dr. Wes and Barbara Boughner with Jay Mann and Andrea Crowley.

Sam and Jacquie Goldman.

Sharon and Ernie Zimmerman with Fred Quan and Martine Flynn.

Anne and Lincoln Roberts.

Programs Coordinator Kyle Ostroff, Project Manager Gloria Kelly, Community Services Manager Jenifer Brito, Director of Community Services Paulette Edwards, Programs Coordinator Gus Ponce and Youth Programs Coordinator Ian Williams.

Joyce and Joe Collins.

Sal Torrisi, Carlos Zamudio, Joe Skrodzki, Mati Sibberns, Ceceila Torrisi, Elizabeth Skrodzki and Jenifer Brito.

NEWS BRIEFS Wellness Fair At PBSC Campus

The Town of Loxahatchee Groves, in partnership with Palm Beach State College and Gehring Insurance, will host a Mind, Body & Soul Wellness Fair on Monday, Feb. 24 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the lecture hall at PBSC’s Loxahatchee Groves campus featuring food trucks, chair massages, free health screenings, healthcare providers, health services information and more.

Purim Carnival On March 8

Temple Beth Torah, in conjunction with Temple B’nai Jacob, will hold its annual Purim Carnival at Temple Beth Torah (900 Big Blue Trace, Wellington) on Sunday, March 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will include a dunk tank, bounce house, games, prizes, food, glitter tattoos, crafts, entertainment, a costume contest and a Hamantashen baking contest. Wristbands, which include the bounce house, games, crafts, a

slice of pizza, chips, sno cone and a drink, will be sold through March 1 for $15. The wristbands will be $20 on the day of the event. For more information, or to purchase wristbands, contact Temple Beth Torah at (561) 793-2700 or info@ templebethtorah.net.

March 13 Flood Control Workshop

Wellington invites the public to attend a workshop on the “Community’s Role in Flood Control” on Friday, March 13 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd). The workshop is designed for residents, property managers and community board members who are responsible for the operation and maintenance of their drainage system. Attendees will gain an understanding of the functions of stormwater management and the role that residential communities play in flood control. They will also

learn about and be able to identify the components of the drainage system, as well as understand basic maintenance techniques and methods used to prevent localized flooding. Attendees will hear from the South Florida Water Management District’s Principal Regional Representative Laura Corry, as well as Wellington flood control and emergency operations officials. This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Register on Eventbrite at “Village of Wellington’s Flood Prevention Seminar.” Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be available for those who need them.

School Food Service Hiring Event Feb. 25

The School Food Service Department is seeking candidates for food service assistants. An open interview event will be held Tuesday, Feb. 25 from 9 a.m. to noon at the North County Support Center located at 3661 Interstate

Park Road North, Suite 200, in Riviera Beach. Although the interview is held in Riviera Beach, there are positions throughout the county. Candidates will be placed within a short drive from their home. Applicants must apply at www.palmbeachschools. org/jobs using the Job ID 204079 to be interviewed. If you need instructions on how to apply, e-mail sfshr@palmbeachschools.org.

Natural Wonder At Dolly Hand

The show Natural Wonder will be at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. Complete with a rhythm section, full-fledged horn ensemble and the Billboard-ranked vocalist Gabriel Bello, Natural Wonder truly is the “Ultimate Stevie Wonder Experience.” With Bello channeling the energy and artistry that has made Stevie Wonder an icon across decades and genres, the group will have you rockin’ with Motown-era hits like “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” and “My Cherie Amour,” fusion-

flavored 1970s hits like “Master Blaster” and “I Do I Do,” the signature harmonica solo of “Isn’t She Lovely” and Stevie Wonder’s modern masterpieces like “My Love is on Fire.” The Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center is located on the Belle Glade campus of Palm Beach State College at 1977 College Drive. For tickets, call the box office at (561) 993-1160 or visit www.dollyhand. org (service charges apply).

‘Road To Resilience’ March 12 At Wycliffe

The inaugural “Road to Resilience” luncheon with keynote speaker Dr. Jennifer Ashton will be hosted by the Ferd & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family Service on Thursday, March 12 at the Wycliffe Country Club. A couvert of $118 per person is required. Diane and Robert Herzog, title sponsors of the event, and Patricia Rosen, publisher of Sober

World Magazine, are event chairs. Atria Villages of Windsor Senior Living is a platinum sponsor, and Vivian and Erwin Lieberman and Origins Behavioral Health are silver sponsors. Ashton, the chief medical correspondent and health editor for ABC News and “Good Morning America,” is a board-certified ob/ gyn. She has authored five books, has an active medical practice in Englewood, N.J., and when not working can be found training for triathlons. All attendees will receive a complimentary signed copy of Ashton’s book, Life After Suicide, which recounts how she and her children picked up the pieces after an unfathomable loss. The eye-opening view into how suicide affects those left behind also offers hope. Event proceeds will benefit the Alpert JFS Annual Fund to assist those struggling with addiction and mental health challenges. Tickets can be purchased at www.alpertjfs.org/r2r or by contacting Carolyn Yasuna at (561) 762-9707 or carolyn.yasuna@ alpertjfs.org.


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Nic Roldan participates in the triathlon.

World Championship Equestrian Triathlon Raises More Than $185,000 For Local Boys & Girls Club

Participants retell the story of the Four Chaplains.

VA Service Recalls The Four Chaplains

The West Palm Beach VA Medical Center held its yearly celebration Thursday, Feb. 13 honoring the bravery of the Four Chaplains. Marge Herzog and Connie Kilgore from Loxahatchee Groves attended the service, presented in the VA Chapel. They wore their 100th anniversary of the American Legion Auxiliary shirt to the event. The Four Chaplains, also referred to as the Immortal Chaplains or the Dorchester Chaplains, were four United States Army chaplains who gave their lives to save other civilian and military personnel as the troop ship U.S. Army Transport (USAT) Dorchester sank on Feb. 3, 1943 during World War II. They helped other soldiers board lifeboats and gave up their own life jackets when the supply ran out. The chaplains joined arms, said prayers and sang hymns as they went down with the ship.

Connie Kilgore and Marge Herzog at the service.

Caroline Jones with club members.

More than 400 guests descended upon Deeridge Farms in Wellington on Monday, Feb. 10 to witness a showdown between some of the world’s best athletes at the World Championship Equestrian Triathlon. Elite polo players, show jumpers and dressage riders competed head-to-head while switching their sports of expertise. The one-night event raised more than $185,000 for the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club of Wellington. The club provides services during non-school hours, as well as summer camp opportunities, to nearly 1,000 boys and girls from ages 6 to 18. More than 50 club members attended the festivities and met celebrity guests, including one of their favorites, polo star Nic Roldan. Taking the gold medal for the second year in a row was Team Sebilion with Olexa Celine as team captain, Mathilde Blais, Brian Moggre and Nic Roldan. Roldan took home the VIP title for the evening, while Blais went on to score the winning polo goal. Postage Stamp Farm included

Brandon Phillips as team captain, Jay Hayes, Lerin Zubiaurre and Geena S. Martin. Most of the team returned for the third year in a row. Glenbeigh Farm, new to the triathlon this year, included Jules Cournane as team captain, Ellesse Jordan Gundersen, Capt. Brian Cournane and Carlos Gracida. They took home the award for best overall team spirit. Some of the best equestrians in the world made up the team for Ford’s Garage. Its roster included team captain Rowan Willis, Martin Fuchs, Pamela Flanagan and Paula Matute. The annual event has quickly become a favorite among athletes. “The Equestrian Triathlon was such an exciting and thrilling event for both the crowd and the athletes,” Grand Prix dressage rider Ellesse Jordan Gundersen said. “To see a group of athletes from all over the world and from all sorts of disciplines come together and be part of an event to benefit and support Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County truly shows the strength of this community.” International dressage stars

Keith Ledsome and Kathleen Gannon Ledsome. Juan Matute Guimon, P.J. Rizvi and Chris Von Martels served as judges. Catie Staszak emceed the festivities, and Nashville recording artist Caroline Jones and DJ Roy wowed the crowd. Delectable cuisine was provided by Delaware North. Serving as co-chairs were Neil S. Hirsch and Kathleen Gannon-Ledsome. The Jacobs Family

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Finalists Announced For Ninth Annual Women Of Worth Awards

The Central Palm Beach County Community Foundation will host its ninth annual Women of Worth Awards Luncheon at the prestigious Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa on Friday, Feb. 28. This year’s guest speaker is Rita Barreto Craig, president and founder of Top Tier Leadership. For more than 40 years, Craig has been positively impacting the lives of others by creating programs that build winning cultures, deliver results and maximize performance.

Prior to forming her own company, she was a human resource executive with Florida Power & Light, where she served as its first female division HR manager, first diversity director and first senior affairs advisor. Registration and networking will take place from 11 a.m. to noon. The awards luncheon will begin at noon, and winners will be announced during the course of the program. The finalists in the Corporate

Category are Julie Chorney of DC Construction Associates, Alicia Santos of Retreat at Palm Beach and Melissa Nash of Accounts Receivable Inc. The finalists in the Education Category are Jennifer Love Gironda of Lake Worth High School, Erica Whitfield of the Palm Beach County School Board and Mary Claire Mucenic of the Palm Beach County School District. The finalists in the Entrepreneur Category are Dr. Rachel Needle

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Students learn about the University of Miami campus.

Emerald Cove students at the Miami Heat game.

Emerald Cove Students Visit The University Of Miami

Students at Palm Beach Central High School recently celebrated Literacy Week with an emphasis on reading and writing in all areas of life. A literacy fair was held during lunches in the courtyard, sponsored by the many clubs, organizations, academies and athletic teams on campus. PBCHS grad Pat O’Donnell of the Chicago Bears even stopped by to promote literacy on the athletic day of the fair. Friday culminated with an outdoor “Bronco Book Corner” space for students to relax, read and check out books.

PBSC Create Group To Address Disparities In Graduation Rates

Palm Beach State College is planning to establish a Cross-Cultural Equity Institute this year to improve retention and help close the graduation gap for minority students. The institute will be named after Dr. Barbara Carey-Shuler, a local philanthropist and former longtime educator and elected official, whose gift to the college is making it possible. The Dr. Barbara Carey-Shuler Cross-Cultural Equity Institute is expected to be the first of its kind in the Florida College System to address an issue facing community colleges across the state and nation. Overall, the graduation rate for PBSC first-time students is 41.8 percent, which is higher than the 40 percent rate for their counterparts in the Florida College System. However, the college wants to ensure that all segments of its student population complete their education at equal rates. The graduation rate is 38.6 percent for black students at PBSC and 41 percent for Hispanic students, while it is 43.9 percent for white students.

Greater inequities exist at PBSC for black male students, whose graduation rate is 29.3 percent, while it is 41 percent for Hispanic males and white males. The graduation rate for black females is 44.4 percent, while it is 40.9 percent for Hispanic females and 47.5 percent for white females. “We all agree that this is something we can improve,’’ said Carey-Shuler, a Boynton Beach resident who served as assistant superintendent for Miami-Dade County public schools and is a former Miami-Dade County commissioner. “I want Palm Beach State College to be a leader in this area because this is not only happening at the college, but it is something you can find around the nation.” A portion of the second floor of the library will be reconfigured to house the institute, which will centralize services that the college already offers, including academic advising, life coaching, peer mentoring and personal counseling, to give the populations of students whose graduation rates lag behind their counterparts more one-on-

one, tailored support to help them overcome barriers to graduation. As part of the initiative, the PBSC Foundation will invest $50,000 to create a scholarship in Carey-Shuler’s name to support students that the institute will serve. Improving equity for all students is a key focus in the college’s strategic plan. “The disparities in our graduation rates are an issue that I have been grappling with since I arrived at Palm Beach State,’’ said PBSC President Ava L. Parker, who took the helm in 2015. “I am committed to ensuring that all of our students receive equal opportunities to excel.” Carey-Shuler said she joined the college in this initiative because Parker indicated that it is a high area of need, and she feels that there are best practices for increasing retention and graduation rates. “There are reasons for the disparities that we must identify and address,” she said. “The college is going to address this issue in a holistic way.”

Emerald Cove Middle School’s Pre-IT Academy students recently enjoyed an inside look at the University of Miami. Students received a tour of the UM campus, enjoyed lunch in the student dining hall, and visited the cyber security lab and the 3D lab to gain an inside knowledge

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HORSES & HOUNDS CHARITABLE FOUNDATION HOSTS ANNUAL FUNDRAISER

The Horses & Hounds Charitable Foundation, located in the Homeland community, hosted its annual fundraiser to benefit Tri-County Animal Rescue on Sunday, Feb. 16. There were several dressage freestyle performances, including one by U.S. Grand Prix rider Janne Rumbough. Guests brought their dogs, and there was a dog parade, as well as a silent auction and refreshments. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Emcee Christopher White aboard Bubba.

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Janne Rumbough, her horse Junior and Jane Bistlane.

Shaun Henderson and Janne Rumbough with Kim Van Kampen and Mike Crook of Hampton Green Farms.

Ron Schults, Andrea Mills and Jolie Burrell.

Caryn White, Marlyn Zill and Lenore White.

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C.V. Whitney Cup Concludes This Weekend At IPC In Wellington

The final day of bracket play in the C.V. Whitney Cup on Sunday, Feb. 16 featured three games, as the final six teams jockeyed for a position in the semi-finals. Patagones improved to a 2-0 record after narrowly defeating Daily Racing Form 9-8, while Coca-Cola produced a strong showing in the 11-9 victory over Equuleus. In the feature game of the week, La Indiana secured a spot in the semis, defeating Cessna 11-9. In the opening game of the day, Patagones and Daily Racing Form battled into the final chukker, with Patagones holding on for the narrow victory, despite shooting just three-for-eight from the penalty line. Relying on the duo of Tomas Garcia del Rio and Santiago Toccalino, who combined for eight of the team’s nine goals, Patagones had enough additional possessions

due to Daily Racing Form foul trouble to capture the victory. Daily Racing Form took the early 3-1 lead behind the efforts of Jared Zenni, keeping Patagones pinned in their own half for most of the first chukker. Garcia del Rio brought Patagones into the lead, scoring three goals from the field before the end of the first half. Converting just one of their final five shots, Daily Racing Form was fortunate to be tied 5-5 at halftime. An organized Patagones team dominated possession to begin the second half, holding Daily Racing Form to just one shot attempt over the fourth and fifth chukkers. After Costi Caset gave Daily Racing Form a 6-5 lead, Patagones responded with a run of four unanswered goals, three off the mallet of Toccalino to hold

a commanding 9-6 advantage with just one chukker remaining. Consecutive goals from Zenni gave Daily Racing Form hope to capture a win, but time ran out on the comeback in the 9-8 defeat. An exciting match between Coca-Cola and Equuleus showcased two evenly matched teams, but a strong finish from Coca-Cola secured the victory. Nico Pieres and Julian de Lusarreta provided a dynamic duo for Coca-Cola, while newcomer Aiden Meeker performed admirably with three goals for Equuleus. A back-andforth start to the game saw the two teams trade goals in the first two chukkers. Tied at 3-3, Equuleus took the lead after a penalty 2 conversion from Mariano Gonzalez and Meeker’s second goal to hold a narrow 5-4 lead. Foul trouble for Equuleus pro-

vided Coca-Cola with an opportunity to pull even in the match, shooting a perfect three-for-three from the penalty line over the fourth and fifth chukkers. Equuleus added two penalty conversions of their own, leaving the score tied at 8-8 heading into the final chukker. Highlighting his strong performance in the game, de Lusarreta scored two goals in quick succession to start the sixth chukker, giving Coca-Cola the advantage. Finding an opportune time for his first goal of the game, Steve Krueger sealed the 11-9 victory for Coca-Cola. In the final match of the day on U.S. Polo Assn. Field 1, a persistent offense from La Indiana saw them record at least one field goal in all six chukkers, while Cessna couldn’t overcome inaccurate shooting.

Holding a one-goal advantage on handicap, Cessna extended that lead on goals from Ezequiel Martinez Ferrario and Felipe Marquez. Facing a three-goal deficit, Jeff Hall was instrumental in bringing La Indiana back into the game, scoring his team’s first three goals on quick runs past the Cessna defense. A penalty 2 conversion from Polito Pieres tied the score at 4-4, and La Indiana continuing the momentum to hold a 6-4 advantage at the half. Cessna’s offense continued to struggle from the field, but they added three penalty goals from Nicolas Saenz in the second half. Pieres maintained La Indiana’s two-goal lead in the fourth chukker, as two yellow cards for Marquez gave La Indiana an extra man on the field. Despite five fouls in the final chukker, La Indiana held

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ROYAL PALM BEACH ROTARY VISITS RESIDENTS AT LOCAL NURSING HOME

Royal Palm Beach Rotary Club members visited with residents at the Royal Palm Beach Health & Rehabilitation Center for RPB Rotary Has Heart on Saturday, Feb 15. Tony Armour served as DJ and goody bags and candy were given to residents. Also, about a dozen dogs from the Dog Training Clinic came to visit with the residents. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Rotary Interact liaison Jake Hampu with Interact students and club Sponsor Dan DiCurcio.

Tony Armour dances with Gloria Hanlon.

The Dog Training Clinic’s Richard Bonilla and members with dogs for the residents to enjoy.

Gregorio Freijo talks with Councilman Jeff Hmara.

Alan Ericson, his father Arnold Ericson and Interact Club member Karly Tillman.

RPB Rotarians gather at the nursing home event.

Jeff Hmara and Jake Hampu give Gregorio Freijo a shirt.

Steve Logan gives Jean Kotok a goody bag.

RPB SENIORS ENJOY A VALENTINE’S DAY PARTY AT RECREATION CENTER

Royal Palm Beach held a Valentine’s Day Party for senior citizens on Friday, Feb. 14 at the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center. After lunch, Tom Regis and Dan Dratch sang oldies while the seniors danced. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

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Jigsaw Puzzles Are Great, But Not For Obsessive Folks Like Me My daughter bought her family a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle, and somehow it has ended up at my house. I know she thought the grandchildren and I would sit serenely around the coffee table putting this thing together and engaging in meaningful conversation while we did so... but the kids are five and seven! The seven-year-old is frantic to get it done “Tonight!” because he’s only spending the one night this week. The fiveyear-old is dancing around the edge of the thing, swooping pieces onto the floor with her skirt and unwittingly carting them off in her doll stroller. Between finding obvious matches to hand to the boy, and grooming the girl as

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The Sonic BOOMER she rattles and squeaks by, I’m a nervous wreck. To make matters worse, the puzzle has a football theme because, as I’ve said before, the Chiefs won the Super Bowl, and you can’t buy anything anywhere in Kansas City that has not been emblazoned with a Chiefs logo. So, I don’t even know

what I’m looking at. I can’t tell a kneepad from a sticky glove. Still, it is a quality puzzle. The colors are true to the ones on the lid of the box, the pieces snap together with a satisfying “click” and the pattern is interesting enough to keep me going. And going. And going. The kids have been gone for two days, and I’m still fussing with it. It’s addictive. It’s the Nintendo Switch of the 1900s. That said, I can’t wait to be rid of this puzzle! It sits there, taunting me day and night. (“Sure, you have a deadline but what about me?” “Sure, you have a doctor’s appointment but what about me?” “Sure, the house is on fire but what about me?”)

Over the past 72 hours (hours!), here’s what I’ve managed to put together — the border, two players and an X. The X is made up of pastel colors that do not match the background (thank goodness) and divides the puzzle into one quadrant for each player. The vast disconnected interior is filled with random pieces that I think may go somewhere in the general area of where I’ve slapped them down, but who knows? Because I am an organized person, I also have a cookie sheet full of polka-dotted pieces which will eventually spell out “Chiefs” and a 13-inch-by-9-inch pan full of random helmet pieces, player numbers, uniform stripes and binkies. Oh, I suppose

they don’t call them binkies in the NFL, but you know what I mean — those pacifiers the players chew on so their teeth don’t fall out when hit by the enemy... I mean, tackled by the defense. I looked all over for that pan last night because I was going to make a lasagna. But when I remembered where it was, I got distracted because I saw where the other half of a binkie could go and, before I knew it, it was midnight. (“Sure, you have to work in the morning but what about me?”) I had a Twizzler for dinner. My point is, jigsaw puzzles are engaging and fun, if you have lots of free time and a modicum of self-control. Which I do not. Because, now, ummm, I gotta go.

New ‘Fantasy Island’ Movie Is A Big Mess That Is Best Avoided The new Fantasy Island movie is a real mess. For those of us who remember the TV show of 40 years ago, it was a charming lightweight sort of comedy where the charming Mr. Roarke played by Ricardo Montalbán helped by his assistant Tattoo, Hervé Villechaize (with his famous line “de plane, boss, de plane”) welcomed a couple of people who learned life lessons but generally had nice happy endings. The new film turns that on its ear. Greeted by a more sinister Roarke (Michael Peña) guests are told their fantasies will play out to their “logical conclusions.” If you have any sensitivity at all, you know things will go bad fast. The old show assumed that our fantasies were all nice, were sort of vanilla. Not this movie. The guests — and there are quite a few — all have special fantasies. They have been brought to the island because they are

‘I’ On CULTURE By Leonard Wechsler “contest winners,” but the rewards reflect their own psychological issues, as played through their fantasies. Melanie (Lucy Hale) was tormented by bully Sloane (Portia Doubleday) in school and wants revenge. Randall (Austin Stowell) wants a chance to meet his father, who died as a soldier. Brad (Ryan Hansen) and Brax (Jimmy O. Yang) want a wild time in a wild party environment with easy women and drugs. And Gwen (Maggie Q) wants to replay a decision that she feels cost her

the “happily ever after” she would have had if not for a bad decision. The biggest problem is that the story lines are wildly different, and they wind up intersecting. It becomes a mixture of Saw with Full Metal Jacket with Hangover with About Time. The styles, none fully carried out, just do not mesh, and as a result, nothing makes sense. At the beginning, we bounce from one story to the next. Watching Melanie realize that Sloane is really being tortured allows some small of amount of shocked acting, but after a while, it becomes clear what that logical ending will be. And that creates a change, and the spirit of the film changes. The shift between the four different story lines creates rapid stylistic changes. Watching a man suddenly plunged into wartime conditions with surprising results can be shocking, but when a quick cut brings you to a hedonist

party, all the tension is broken. And this happens time after time. Added to that, it is hard to care very much for any of the leading protagonists. I am old enough to remember the original show, and the guest leads were generally fairly well-known performers, and their fantasies were more romantic or familial. In this movie, who cares that a couple of frat boys who haven’t grown up want to really party, or that a woman has not been able to move past her high school days. And then we get to the last part of the movie: the mess. Suddenly, all the fantasies start to blend, and it becomes difficult to figure out. Damon (Michael Rooker) has been hiding out on the island and suddenly mixes into the different story lines, and all we have is confusion. It becomes clear that they are all in one person’s fantasy, but things change so quickly, it is hard to figure out whose, and all of the motives

are suspect. People who are good guys for most of the movie change. Nothing seems real. Even Roarke’s fantasies come into play. Having a whole group of endings sometimes works, but not when there is no reason behind them. Peña steals the movie. A far more sinister Roarke than Montalbán, he has a wonderful sense of timing. He uses language and pauses brilliantly, saying a lot even when seeming to say almost nothing. Rooker is also good. Of the rest, I did like Maggie Q, but she is mostly wasted. The Chinese have an interesting curse about things like this: “May you get your heart’s desire.” Often what we think we want is not what is best for us when “carried to its logical conclusion.” I wanted a good movie, and this mess is what I got — at first simply boring, and then confusing. This movie is one to miss.

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Colleen Thielk Named Chief Nursing Officer At WRMC

Colleen Thielk, who has more than 20 years of healthcare experience, has been named the chief nursing officer at Wellington Regional Medical Center. Thielk joins WRMC after serving as the chief nursing officer for Palms of Pasadena in St. Petersburg for more than two years, where she was instrumental in increasing patient experience scores for both inpatient and outpatient. Prior to that position, Thielk was the assistant chief nursing officer at Brandon Regional Medical Center. “It is an honor to be named the chief nursing officer for Wel-

Chief Nursing Officer Colleen Thielk

lington Regional,” Thielk said. “Wellington Regional is known for providing excellent care, and I have been very impressed with the nurses at the hospital. I look forward to working with the entire nursing team to build on our strong clinical reputation of providing excellent care.” Thielk earned both her MSN and MBA degrees in 2009 from Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois, and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Millikin University in Dectatur, Illinois, in 1998. She is also a certified nursing executive, earning that distinction in 2016. “We are thrilled to hire Colleen

org. Individuals and teams from schools, businesses, municipalities, churches and other community organizations are invited to compete in the challenge by completing and logging 30 minutes of physical activity each day in March. Teams with the highest number of minutes will be recognized at a community celebration at the end of the challenge. The Village of Wellington was the 2019 Let’s Move Challenge champion with 12,849,676 minutes logged. To help participants inspire their teams and others to take on the physical activity challenge, the Palm Health Foundation is holding a Let’s Move video contest. Teams are encouraged to create videos of three minutes or less and submit their entries by Wednesday,

March 25. Video entries will be displayed on the Let’s Move web site, and the winning team will be awarded a traveling trophy at the challenge’s celebration event. More information is available at www.letsmovepbc.org/videos. The Palm Health Foundation’s Let’s Move initiative was originally inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama’s 2010 national program to decrease childhood obesity. As Palm Beach County’s community foundation focused on leading change for better health, the Palm Health Foundation created the local challenge for adults and children to improve a variety of health issues through regular physical activity. “Change happens at the community level where we can leverage

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as our chief nursing officer,” WRMC CEO Pam Tahan said. “Her experience, background and dedication will not only benefit the hospital’s commitment to our patients, but it will make our hospital a better place for our nurses to thrive.” Wellington Regional Medical Center is a 233-bed acute-care hospital accredited by the Joint Commission. Celebrating more than 30 years of treating residents in Wellington and the surrounding community, the hospital offers a wide range of services. To learn more about the hospital, visit www.wellingtonregional.com.

Registration Open For March’s Let’s Move Palm Beach County Physical Activity Challenge

Sticking to New Year’s resolutions for better health in 2020 just got a whole lot easier. The Palm Health Foundation has opened registration for its eighth annual “Let’s Move! Commit to Change Physical Activity Challenge,” a month-long activity challenge that kicks off on March 1. Individuals and teams are welcome to join the spirited competition that offers physical and wellness activities across Palm Beach County and logs participant minutes to serve as a motivating force for all to achieve their fitness goals. Palm Beach County residents logged 32 million collective minutes of physical activity in 2019. Participating in Let’s Move is free and open to the public by registering at www.letsmovepbc.

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resources and come together to encourage each other to live healthier lives,” said Patrick McNamara, president and CEO of the Palm Health Foundation. “Our hope is that residents are encouraged by Let’s Move to incorporate healthy mind and body behaviors for themselves, and serve as inspiration for their own circles, creating a community-wide focus on health for the long-term.” Let’s Move sponsors include Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Valley Bank and Wisehaupt, Bray Asset Management. Throughout the month of March, Let’s Move events will be held across Palm Beach County focusing on physical activity, nutrition and healthy behaviors. Visit www.letsmovepbc.org for more info.

Dr. Marisol Lopez-Belio of the Wellington Center for Laser Dentistry is now celebrating 25 years in her suite at the Wellington Corporate Center. She was the first tenant and moved in on Valentine’s Day 25 years ago. In total, Lopez-Belio has been practicing in Wellington for 28 years. For more information about the practice, call (561) 791-8184 or visit www.wellingtonlaserdentistry.com.

ABWA To Meet March 11

The Northern Palm Beach Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association will meet Wednesday, March 11 at the Embassy Suites Hotel (4350 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens). Networking begins at 6 p.m. The cost is $25 through Sunday, March 8 and will be $30 after March 8 and at the door. Visit www.paypal. me/abwanorthernpalmbch to pay in advance. The March speaker is Mary C. Owens, a professional speaker, certified life transitions coach and certified divorce coach, as well as a clinical social worker. The

March program title is “How to Flow through Change with Grace and Ease.” Owens will share three tools to help successfully navigate change to overcome challenges and make life transitions. To make reservations, or for more information, call Loretta Remy at (561) 317-3227. The mission of the American Business Women’s Association is to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition.

D.R. Horton To Offer First-Ever Multi-Family Homes At Arden

Arden, South Florida’s first “Agrihood,” recently welcomed the nation’s No. 1 homebuilder by volume, D.R. Horton, to the master-planned community. The company plans to offer 120 luxury, single-story paired villas — the first-ever multi-family homes at Arden. Developed by Freehold Communities, Arden has set the standard for healthy, farm-to-table living with its centrally located

farm and barn, and also features an array of other amenities. Each of D.R. Horton’s private villas plans to offer the best in low-maintenance living that includes lawn care and the ability to “lock and leave,” a sought-after feature for seasonal residents. In addition, the company’s future homeowners will have full access to Arden’s farm and the resident farm share, and all of Arden’s ame-

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appeal of Arden — attracting everyone from snowbirds to empty-nesters to families who seek a healthful, relaxing lifestyle.” D.R. Horton’s elegant villas are expected to start in the mid-$300s with 1,836 to 1,921 square feet of living space that boast three bedrooms, two bathrooms and attached two-car garages. Planned premium features and finishes include stainless-steel appliances,

granite countertops, tile throughout the entire main living area and impact-resistant windows. The homes will include paver driveways, naturally flowing outdoor walkways and enclosed lanais. In addition, every home will offer D.R. Horton’s popular new smart home system, a wireless platform that seamlessly integrates with computers, tablets and smartphones and helps homeowners

stay connected to their families and home around the clock. D.R. Horton’s customer sales center and two fully furnished model homes are anticipated to open at Arden in the spring. The company joins a collection of top homebuilders at Arden that include Kenco Communities, Lennar and Ryan Homes. For more info., visit www.ardenfl.com or call (561) 461-5501.


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continued from page 1 nity and hospital and the staff, so it’s really a tribute to everybody,” DiLallo said. “They take care of the patients here, so my name is on there, but everyone — all the staff here, everybody who’s participated in this — it’s their NICU, and the patients are benefiting from it.” More than 10 years ago, DiLallo and his team recognized a need for a neonatal intensive care unit but had limited space with which to work. Ten beds were required for a Level II NICU, but even half of that was too many at the time. “When we established a Level II, we had no room in the house to do that. So, we went to the state and we asked, ‘Can we put four beds in here somewhere?’” DiLallo recalled. “We found a little room down in the old section… and the state was gracious enough to allow us to put those four beds in. They hadn’t done that any time before in the history of the state.” Much like many of its occupants, the NICU grew at a healthy pace. Later, after the completion of the new emergency room, WRMC

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continued from page 3 month from six to eight, that’s where you’re at.” Council members asked what constitutes an excused or unexcused absence, and Burch said that would be determined by the committee, unless the council deemed otherwise. Councilman Dave DeMarois suggested that application forms for committees list parameters for excused and unexcused absences, so appointees know in advance. Former LGWCD Supervisor Don Widing said he would put more weight on the candidate’s experience than on residency. “The other thing you might want to think about, we’ve been on a steady path for committees since we’ve been a town,” Widing said. “It may be time to start rethinking a little bit on some of the committees being ad hoc. That can sometimes generate new energy… Set certain

had the space to construct a Level III NICU with 25 beds. “I sat in this NICU — with about two babies — with sweat pouring down my brow saying, ‘How are we going to fill this thing?’ It was crazy. I had 25 beds!” DiLallo said. “But shortly after that, the babies came, the volume came and everyone in this room helped in supporting it.” From prematurity to cardiac illness, as a Level III NICU, the Kevin DiLallo Neonatal Intensive Care Unit can offer constant, critical and specialized care for newborns facing any number of complications. Treating approximately 300 patients a year, the NICU has grown tremendously. For families with children in the NICU, DiLallo explained, proximity is key. “It’s disruptive if parents need to go somewhere else to see their child,” he said. “They can stay in this community, they don’t have to move, they don’t have to drive to see their child. And this is great care; this is quality care. This is what you want in this community.” According to Kimberley Masterson, Wellington Regional’s director of children’s services, one in 10 births require neonatal services. “Having these services here keeps our patients and our families close,” Masterson said. “They don’t have to go anywhere else to goals for the committee, give them a timeline, get them on a monthly schedule and get it done.” He said that concept could open new opportunities and interest in community participation. “What I’m hearing is the same people have this stuff locked up,” Widing said, adding that he believes that some of the committees have important issues to address, while others have questionable tasks. “The ones that are almost done with their work for now, consider the ad hoc. I’m not worried about a non-resident. I’ve got five filters right here to make sure that person is going to do their job.” Council members said they felt ad hoc committees are good in concept, but that the existing committees all seem to get a lot of work done with no ending time in sight. Burch said the documents on committees had been presented for discussion, and the finished documents would be presented at an upcoming council meeting for approval.

meet the needs of their children.” To date, the NICU’s smallest baby was 12 ounces, born at 23 weeks. Now, four years later, that child is healthy and active. “If we can make a difference in one life, I think that’s why we’re here in healthcare,” Masterson said. In its 11th year of operation, workers in the neonatal intensive care unit continue to fight for the lives of the hospital’s most vulnerable patients, and now this mission is publicly credited, in part, to Kevin DiLallo. “The NICU officially opened in January of 2009, and we couldn’t have done it without Kevin,” Miller said. “Because of this, the teeniest and the sickest babies in our community were able to receive tremendous care, and a number of lives have been saved.” To find out more about Wellington Regional’s NICU, visit www. wellingtonregional.com/nicu.

Kevin DiLallo, Alan B. Miller and current Wellington Regional Medical Center CEO Pam Tahan.

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• The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host “It’s Your Move! Chess Club” for ages 8 to 11 on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 2:15 p.m. Learn how to play this strategic game with members of the Royal Palm Beach High School Chess Club. All materials will be provided. Call (561) 7906030 to pre-register. • The Kids Cancer Foundation will host its Rock Out Kids Cancer Benefit on Saturday, Feb. 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at Double Roads Tavern in Jupiter. For more info., call Michelle O’Brien at (561) 371-1298 or visit www.kidscancersf.org. • Bailazo de el Amor y la Amistad Todos Sumos Cumbia U.S. Tour will be at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. Visit www.southfloridafair. com for more info. Sunday, Feb. 23 • The 2020 season at the International Polo Club Palm Beach will continue Sunday, Feb. 23 with the C.V. Whitney Cup Final. For more information, call (561) 204-5687 or visit www.internationalpoloclub.com. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Trivia Contest for adults on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 2:30 p.m. Teams of two to six will answer trivia questions and compete to win prizes. Bring friends to form a team or join others and play along. Call (561) 7906070 to pre-register. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will present the West-Eastern Divan Ensemble on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. Visit www.kravis.org for more info. Monday, Feb. 24 • The Town of Loxahatchee Groves, in partnership with Palm Beach State College and Gehring Insurance, will host a Mind, Body & Soul Wellness Fair on Monday, Feb. 24 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the lecture hall at PBSC’s Loxahatchee Groves campus featuring food trucks, chair massages, free health screenings, healthcare providers, health services information and more. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Playful Toddlers & Tykes for children under age 4 on Monday, Feb. 24 at 3:30 p.m. Join in for a session of social playtime for the little ones. Call (561) 6814100 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Pajamarama Story Time: Swimming in the Ocean Blue for ages 3 to 6 on Monday, Feb. 24 at 6:30 p.m. Wear your favorite PJs and listen to silly stories, songs and fingerplays all about the ocean and the creatures that inhabit it. Make a craft to bring home. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. Tuesday, Feb. 25 • The Wellington Community Center (12150 Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a Senior Symposium on Tuesday, Feb. 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Grande Ballroom. The topic is “Lunch & Learn: Medicare Changes in 2020” with speaker Jeffrey Rothstein. Call (561) 791-4796 to pre-register. • The Senior Referral Program of Royal Palm Beach will staff an information desk to help seniors and their caregivers identify and access services for their special needs on Tuesday, Feb. 25 and Thursday, Feb. 27 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center (100 Sweet Bay Lane).

No appointment is needed for this free service; just stop by the desk. For more info., call (561) 790-5188. People interested in volunteering are also encouraged to stop by. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will present a lecture Oligarchs and The Kremlin: The Friends and Enemies of Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 1:30 p.m. Visit www.kravis.org for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Orisirisi African Folklore Presents Moonlight Stories for all ages on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 3 p.m. Orisirisi shares the beauty of African life and culture through storytelling, with African drumming, spirited call-and-response songs and fun-filled audience participation. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • Quarters for Kindness will host a Quarter Auction to benefit Dance Marathon at Wellington High School on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at the Pirate’s Well (12041 Southern Blvd.). Doors open at 6 p.m. Visit www.facebook. com/quartersforkindnesskerrybarnes for more info. • The Wellington Village Council will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for more info. Wednesday, Feb. 26 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Hand Puppets for ages 5 to 12 on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 2:30 p.m. Create simple and fun animal puppets. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Lego Bricks for ages 5 to 12 on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 3:30 p.m. Build, imagine and play with Lego bricks. Call (561) 681-4100 for more info. Thursday, Feb. 27 • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Zumbini: Dance & Play Together on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. for ages 3 to 18 months and 11:15 a.m. for ages 19 to 35 months. Move and groove to lively music with your little one using musical instruments in an upbeat environment. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host How to Start a Business on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 1:30 p.m. Learn the necessary steps to start, run and grow a small business, presented by the Florida Women’s Business Center. Call (561) 7906070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will feature food trucks and a free 1980s tribute concert by On the Roxx on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 5 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Book Chat: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, a memoir that recounts the unconventional upbringing the author and her siblings had at the hands of their deeply dysfunctional parents, on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host its Pokémon Club for ages 5 to 12 on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. Bring your Switch, DS or Pokémon cards and get ready to battle, trade and make new friends. Call (561) 681-4100 for more info.

• Natural Wonder: The Ultimate Stevie Wonder Experience will be at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center in Belle Glade on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. For more info., visit www.dollyhand.org. Friday Feb. 28 • The deadline is Friday, Feb. 28 for Palm Beach County seniors to submit an application for CAFCI’s Student Assistance Awards to assist with their college expenses. Students can obtain the application at www. cafci.org. Students meeting the requirements will be invited for an interview, after which the selection for awards is made. For more info., call (561) 790-4002. • The Big Bounce America, home of the Guinness-certified “World’s Largest Bounce House,” is set to inflate from Friday, Feb. 28 through Sunday, March 1 at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park (11600 Poinciana Blvd.). Produced by XL Event Labs, the Big Bounce America tour is the biggest touring inflatable event in the world and includes four massive inflatable attractions. Visit www. thebigbounceamerica.com for tickets. • The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce will host its Women of Worth (WOW) Award Luncheon on Friday, Feb. 28 at 11 a.m. at the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa (100 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan). For more info., call (561) 790-6200 or visit www.cpbcchamber.com. • The Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host Feel Good Friday: Dance for ages 55 and up on Friday, Feb. 28 at 11:30 a.m., sponsored by Baptist Health South Florida. Call (561) 791-4796 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host No School Game Time for ages 7 to 12 on Friday, Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. There’s no school, so have a blast with multiplayer Switch games, new and favorite board games, and card games. Call (561) 681-4100 for more info. • The Delray String Quartet will hold a concert in the round with the music of Haydn, Shostakovich and Beethoven on Friday Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Delray Beach. Visit www.music. stpaulsdelray.org for more info. Saturday, Feb. 29 • The Palm Beach Car Swap Meet and Car Show will be at the South Florida Fairgrounds on Saturday, Feb. 29 and Sunday, March 1. For more information, visit www. southflcarswapmeets.com. • The West Palm Seafood Festival will be at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center on Saturday, Feb. 29 and Sunday, March 1. Visit www.westpalmseafoodfest. com for more info. • The South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center will host its Spring Garage Sale on Saturday, Feb. 29 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info., visit www.southfloridafair.com. • The Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County will host its Loop for Literacy on Saturday, Feb. 29, presented by Florida Crystals. The family-friendly walk, run and cycling event is set for Leap Day at Bryant Park in Lake Worth. For more information, visit www. literacypbc.org or call (561) 279-9103. • The Wellington Garden Club will host its Petite Flower Show “It’s a Small World” in the Grand Court on the lower level of the

Mall at Wellington Green on Saturday, Feb. 29 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit www.wellingtongardenclub.org to learn more. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Books & Kids: Bilingual Story Time for ages 3 to 5 on Saturday, Feb. 29 at 10:15 a.m. Join in for stories, songs, rhymes and fun in both English and Spanish. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Gentle Yoga & Meditation for ages 16 and up on Saturday, Feb. 29 at 10:30 a.m. Relax and exercise with certified yoga instructor Dr. Maruti Ram Gudavalli. Bring water, a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host an Electric Java Jam on Saturday, Feb. 29 at 2 p.m. Experience a caffeinated collection of local talent or bring your electric instruments and jam out. Coffee will be provided. Call (561) 681-4100 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Positively Africa for all ages on Saturday, Feb. 29 at 3 p.m. Experience the music and culture of Africa with Julius and Julia Sanna from Positively Africa. Children will enjoy playing African instruments and learning simple Swahili songs. Call (561) 790-6030 for more info. • An Evening with Casey Cares will take place Saturday, Feb. 29 from 6:30 to 11 p.m. at the Breakers West Country Club. Tickets are $150 per person, and tables of 10 are available. For more info., e-mail jennifer@ caseycaresfoundation.org or visit www. caseycares.org. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a free Frank Sinatra tribute concert by Steve Lippia on Saturday, Feb. 29 at 7:30 p.m. Visit www. wellingtonfl.gov/calendar for more info. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will present Loston Harris Plays the Great American Songbook on Saturday, Feb. 29 and Sunday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m. Visit www. kravis.org for more info. Sunday, March 1 • The Village of Royal Palm Beach will host its inaugural Bridal Expo where brides can plan a wedding in just one afternoon on Sunday, March 1 at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center (151 Civic Center Way) from noon to 3 p.m. For more information, visit www.royalpalmbeach.com or call the Cultural Center at (561) 790-5196. • The 2020 season at the International Polo Club Palm Beach will continue Sunday, March 1 with the USPA Gold Cup. For more information, call (561) 204-5687 or visit www.internationalpoloclub.com. • The Robert Sharon Chorale will celebrate spring in concert on Sunday, March 1 at 3 p.m. at the DeSantis Family Chapel (300 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach). For tickets, visit www.rschorale.com/Tickets. • MusicWorks will present Classic Albums Live with Creedence Clearwater Revival: Chronicle Vol. 1 on Saturday, Feb. 29 at 8 p.m. Visit www.oldschoolsquare.org or call (561) 243-7922, ext. 1, for more info. Send calendar items to: The Town-Crier, 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 33, Wellington, FL 33414 or e-mail news@gotowncrier. com.


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By Gene Nardi Town-Crier Staff Report The Palm Beach Central High School basketball program hosted the Class 7-A, District 10 championship tournament last week. It was an event that boasted some of the best teams in the state. On Tuesday, Feb. 11, the host Broncos lost in the quarterfinals to Royal Palm Beach High School 78-77, and Wellington High School moved in as the second seed to face off against the Wildcats in the semifinals on Wednesday, Feb. 12. The Wolverines were tested early and often against Royal Palm Beach. The Wildcats managed to steal the lead twice in the second half, but Wellington did just enough to recapture the lead, and the game 68-67. For the Wolverines, Marvel Allen tallied 20 points, Jagger Ruiz totaled 17 and Chris Walker had 13. Ryan

Maxwell led the Wildcats with 22 points. Waiting in the wings was semifinal winner and top seed Forest Hill High School, which defeated Palm Beach Lakes High School 95-77. On Friday, Feb. 14, Forest Hill held off Wellington most of the night, and although the Wolverines came close to tying the game, they could not claim the advantage, falling 77-52 due in part to a strong fourth period performance by the Falcons. Forest Hill earned the district crown with the victory, while the six-time district champion Wolverines settled for the runner-up spot. The new district configuration this season saw some of the best basketball in the state, with Wellington, Forest Hill, Palm Beach Central, Royal Palm Beach, Palm Beach Lakes and Jupiter high schools in a very competitive district.

The FHSAA reconfigured the basketball playoff system this season. Previously, the district champion and runner-up would be guaranteed to move into the regional tournament. This year, only the district champions are locked into the regional state tournament. There is now an at-large system. Teams qualify for a bid in regional play based on strength of schedule and overall record. The teams waited until Sunday, Feb. 16 for the FHSAA to announce the at-large teams that will advance. Wellington received the nod as the fifth seed in the regional tournament, which is the highest possible seed for an at-large squad. Last year’s state finalists still had a shot at repeating that appearance, but they had to get through the region’s fourth seed, Taravella High School, in Coral Springs on Thursday, Feb. 20. Results were not available by press time.

Wellington’s Jagger Ruiz tries to get around Royal Palm Beach’s Dishon Francis in the semifinal matchup.

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Berean Christian Ends School’s Best-Ever Girls Soccer Season

By Mike May Town-Crier Staff Report The Berean Christian School varsity girls soccer team had put together a dream season, but the team’s love affair with soccer came to an end on Valentine’s Day. For the first time in school history, the Bulldogs varsity girls soccer team had advanced to a regional semifinal game – the “Sweet 16” round of the Florida High School Athletic Association’s Class 2A state tournament. The team’s opponent on Friday,

Feb. 14 was its longtime rival, the Lake Worth Christian School Defenders. It was the third time that the two teams had played one another this season. The first game finished in a 2-2 tie on Dec. 3. The second encounter was in the Class 2A, District 13 championship game on Jan. 30, which ended in a 2-2 tie after regulation and extra time, but the Defenders won in penalty kicks. Following the Bulldogs’ 4-1 win at David Posnack Jewish Day School on Feb. 11 in a Class

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American hero and World War II veteran Carmin Yannotta of West Palm Beach, who survived D-Day on Normandy Beach and the Battle of the Bulge, is a familiar figure at the annual Buck Off Challenge that raises money for the Southeast Florida Honor Flight. Yannotta, who turns 96 on Aug. 14, will be one of the judges at the popular Buck Off Challenge, a family-friendly mechanical bull-riding competition, scheduled for Friday, March 13 at 6:45 p.m. at the Wellington National Golf Club at 400 Binks Forest Drive. Practice rides begin at 6 p.m. and are $10 each. There will also be a separate practice time on Thursday, March 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the golf club, sponsored by Happy Endings Farm. All practice rides are $10 per person. Both nights are open to the public to support the organization and local veterans. The Buck Off Challenge benefits Southeast Florida Honor Flight, an all-volunteer nonprofit

organization that flies World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifices. Four-person teams compete in the Buck Off Challenge, where individual rides are scored by a panel of celebrity judges and totaled to determine the winning team. Riders are scored on their ability to stay on the bull while keeping one hand in the air at all times and the style of the ride. Higher scores may be achieved for character, team spirit and costumes. Prizes are awarded to the top three teams. A limited number of individual reserved seats are available at $50 for adults and $25 for children under 12, including a barbecue dinner buffet and a cash bar. General admission/unreserved seating tickets are $10 each. The entry fee is $200 per team, which includes a buffet dinner and the cash bar, or $100 per team just to compete. All tickets can be purchased at www.honorflightsefl.org. To regis-

ter a team, contact event director Bobbi Rottman at (561) 436-1165 or bobbi@equessolutions.com. Several veterans are expected to attend the Buck Off Challenge. There will also be a silent auction and several vendors at the event. The main sponsors are philanthropists Sanjiv Sharma and Nadine Allen of Highland Beach, Professional Bank, Janet Hoose, Carolex Stables, IDA Development, IDA Farm, Happy Endings Farm, Carl Schachter of Northwestern Mutual, Laas Equestrian Real Estate and Texas de Brazil. The next trip for Southeast Florida Honor Flight is scheduled for Saturday, April 11. For the veterans, it is a day to reflect on those heroes who never came home, on connecting with fellow military compatriots and on the fact that America has not forgotten them. For everyone else, it is day focused on thanking these courageous men and women for serving the nation. “The veterans are treated like rock stars on their Honor Flight,” Southeast Florida Honor Flight

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The Royal Palm Beach Strikers U-11 boys soccer team recently won the championship at the Jupiter President’s Day Cup. The Strikers went 4-0 over the two-day event, giving up just one goal while scoring 14. They advanced to the championship game against Port St. Lucie and won by a final score of 3-1. Shown above are: (L-R) Ashe Erskine, Evan Holowecky, Rhys Miller, Adrian Page, Ryan Chamberlin, Justin Deptola, Malachi Kelly, Austin Christie, Andre DaSilva, JenCarlo Palacio and Adrian Delucia with team manager Ken Holowecky and coaches Jhon Palacio and Dexter Skeene.

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The U.S. Open Women’s Polo Championship Final will once again be played in Wellington at the world-renowned International Polo Club Palm Beach on U.S. Polo Assn. Stadium Field 1 on Saturday, March 21 at 1 p.m. The event, in partnership with the United States Polo Association, U.S. Polo Assn., the International Polo Club and the Women’s International Polo Network, will benefit Susan G. Komen Florida and its programs dedicated to the fight against breast cancer. This exciting day of championship polo is the final match in the competition and pink attire is highly encouraged. The full-day event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. will feature world-class women’s polo players, a pink tailgating competition, pink U.S. Polo Assn. shirt giveaways and a preevent brunch at IPC’s exclusive Mallet Grille. Susan G. Komen invites interested sponsors of all levels to contact director of development Denise Mariani at (561) 514-3020, ext. 10, or by e-mailing

denise@komenflorida.org. Fans of polo and supporters of breast cancer will experience a number of fun and inspirational activities throughout the day, starting with an exclusive pink brunch at the Mallet Grille at 11 a.m. preceding the championship event at 1 p.m. Expect to see a display of pink tents vying to win the “Most Spirited Pink Tailgate” contest and a mid-match pink champagne divot stomp. “Once again, we are grateful to the United States Polo Association, U.S. Polo Assn., the International Polo Club and the Women’s International Polo Network for highlighting the work of Komen Florida among the polo community as we educate more women about breast cancer,” said Kate Watt, executive director of Komen Florida. “As first responders to breast cancer in 64 counties throughout Florida, the funds we raise through the championship event will help us increase access to quality breast healthcare for

One week after the Wellington High School varsity wrestling team captured a county title, the junior varsity squad won the JV county championships and the Wellington youth wrestling club also captured a county team title as well. First place junior varsity wrestlers were Cameron Gibson, Sam Marvel, Juan Granados and Edol Adonis. First place youth wrestlers were Anthony Gray, Sam Honzik, Justice Harding, Tyler Gray, Cameron Gibson and Sam Marvel. (Above) Junior varsity wrestlers. (Below) Wellington youth wrestlers.

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