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Palm Beach County officials were joined by representatives from the Health Care District of Palm Beach County on Tuesday, Feb. 23 to announce the opening of a new COVID-19 vaccination site at the Burns Road Community Center in Palm Beach Gardens. Page 3

Kickback Neighborhood Tavern Hosts Grand Opening Celebration

The new Kickback Neighborhood Tavern, formerly known as Backstreets, held a grand opening celebration from Thursday, Feb. 18 through Sunday, Feb. 21. Events on Saturday, Feb. 20 included a Wellington Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting and much more. Page 14

Barky Pines Hosts Puppy Love 5K Run/Walk At Commons Park In RPB

Barky Pines Animal Rescue & Sanctuary held its second annual Puppy Love 5K Run/Walk event on Saturday, Feb. 13 at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park. A chip-timed race was followed by a “fun run” or walk with pets. Page 17

SRHS Flag Football Squad In Pursuit Of Another State Title

At Seminole Ridge High School, excellence is the expectation every year for its girls flag football program. There are many good reasons why those annual expectations are so high. Seminole Ridge’s most decorated and successful athletic program is its girls flag football team. The team has won five state titles (2010, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016) and been the state runner-up on three other occasions (2014, 2017 and 2018). Page 21 DEPARTMENT INDEX NEWS...............................3 - 18 NEWS BRIEFS......................... 7 SPORTS................................. 21 SCHOOLS.............................. 23 PEOPLE..........................24 - 25 BUSINESS............................. 27 COLUMNS............................. 28 CLASSIFIEDS................ 29 - 30 Visit Us On The Web At WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM

Wellington Landings Middle School students Jasper and Arthur Hu-Manning worked with the Wellington Community Foundation to serve approximately 600 lunches to all the employees at Wellington Regional Medical Center on Friday, Feb. 12. As part of their bar mitzvah, which was held virtually in November, the twins raised more than $5,000 to pay for the project. Shown above with just some of the meals are Jim Sackett, Samantha Rosen, Arthur Hu-Manning, Maggie Zeller, Jasper HuManning, Tom Wenham, Pam Tahan, Mickey Smith and Barry Manning. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 18 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

ITID Board Reviews Equestrian Park Plans With Goal Of A Covered Arena

By Louis Hillary Park Town-Crier Staff Report To cover or not to cover the Nicole Hornstein Equestrian Park arena is not the question, but merely how to do it and with how many amenities. That was a key topic of discussion at the Wednesday, Feb. 17 meeting of the Indian Trail Improvement District Board of Supervisors. “The one thing everyone wants is a covered arena,” ITID President Betty Argue said. “And they want it sooner, rather than later.” The comments came as the supervisors declined to approve a conceptual site plan offered by ITID Executive Director Burgess Hanson and district staff, and instead added further discussion of

the plan to its March 10 workshop agenda. Other supervisors agreed that a covered arena at the park, located on Hamlin Blvd. between Grapeview Blvd. and Hall Blvd., would be a “good selling point” for the community. However, covering the main arena will not come cheap, ITID Assistant Executive Director Robert Robinson told the board. His loose estimate is between $700,000 and $800,000 for the covered arena structure alone. That estimate does not include lighting or improved footing in the arena, loudspeakers, bleachers or upgraded drainage. Firm cost estimates are hard to come by, as See HORSE PARK, page 8

Road Paving Key Issue In Lox EQUESTRIAN TRIATHLON Groves Seat 1 Council Race

By Louis Hillary Park Town-Crier Staff Report Incumbent Councilwoman Phillis Maniglia is being challenged by former Councilman Dave DeMarois for Seat 1 on the Loxahatchee Groves Town Council in the Tuesday, March 9 municipal election. Both have a vision for the road ahead in Loxahatchee Groves, but in DeMarois’ vision, all 30 miles of the town roads are eventually paved. Maniglia sees a different future that retains more of the town’s rural flavor. “I’m very worried about the town,” said Maniglia, who is running for her second three-year term after unseating the late Ron Jarriel in 2018. “I’m concerned that [an aggressive pro-paving] board will bankrupt the town or raise taxes so high that many current residents can no longer afford to live here.” DeMarois said that a phased-in

paving plan is financially feasible through the use of general obligation bonds and 65 to 70 percent of the annual Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District (LGWCD) assessment over a 10-year period. Under DeMarois’ plan, the letter roads, Folsom Road, G Square Road, North Road, Collecting Canal Road and Sixth Court North would be paved. DeMarois proposes a townwide, legally binding referendum by mail. He said he believes 75 to 80 percent of voters would support an extensive paving plan. “Taxpayers are fed up,” he said. “They’ve lost faith in government to do what is necessary to improve and maintain the roads.” Maniglia agreed that the question of how to deal with rough, dusty and often narrow roads is a perennial issue in the community, but said it is being complicated by pro-paving politics. “We have

roads that desperately need to be repaired, but that has been blocked by council members who want all the roads paved,” she said. Maniglia said that she is not against all paving projects. “I’m in real estate,” said Maniglia, who relocated from a small town in New York State to Florida in 1989. “When I show people around our community and there’s dust everywhere, and we hit some huge bump. You think that’s good for me? Of course, it’s not. I want to see better, safer roads as much as anyone. It’s part of my livelihood.” In fact, Maniglia said she was instrumental in making OGEM road repairs a priority in the 2021 budget. However, the extent of major road improvements should be left up to property owners on each individual road, she said, and not come at the expense of the area’s See LOX SEAT 3, page 4

PBSO Commanders Address Public Concerns At Forum

By M. Dennis Taylor Town-Crier Staff Report The Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission hosted a forum on policing at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center on Wednesday, Feb. 24, both live and online. It was the sixth of nine such presentations around the county. Hosts Barbara Cheives and Ted White introduced the four Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office representatives and moderated questions from attendees present and from online viewers. Speakers included Capt. Rolando Silva, Capt. Ulrich Naujoks, Capt. Craig Turner and Major Eric Coleman. The three PBSO district commanders and their regional bureau commander fielded questions ranging from nationwide issues to very specific questions of personal situations. The forum focused on the western communities with Silva, commander of PBSO District 8 covering the Village of Wellington, speaking first. Silva explained,

as did all the commanders, that crime in the western communities is generally low, with a high clearance rate. “One of the biggest problems we have is traffic violations. Obviously, any crime is one crime too many,” he said, showing data that all crimes in Wellington have decreased by 54 percent over the past four years. Silva said that during 2020, due to the pandemic, they were only stopping vehicles for the most egregious violations, as was policy in many departments, and traffic fatalities nationwide increased by 18 percent. The PBSO has returned to being more proactive in enforcement, and people have slowed down, and accidents are down. Naujoks, commander for District 9, is in charge of the team serving the Village of Royal Palm Beach. “The number one public safety concern in Royal Palm Beach is traffic issues,” explained Naujoks

to a questioner. “We place a lot of emphasis on education, rather than just enforcement.” He said that stealing from unlocked cars is the most prevalent form of vehicle-related crime in the village. He addressed the topic of homelessness, noting an area shelter providing assistance. “Homelessness is not a crime. You can’t arrest your way out of it,” said Naujoks, explaining that they try to get homeless people into services to help them. Turner is the commander for districts 15, 17 and 18, a large area covering The Acreage, Loxahatchee Groves and Westlake. Turner said that while crime is very low in the new City of Westlake and the Town of Loxahatchee Groves, there had been a spike in vehicle burglaries last year in Loxahatchee and The Acreage. He attributed this to juvenile group homes. “These are juveniles who have See FORUM, page 8

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County’s World Championship Equestrian Triathlon was held Monday, Feb. 15 at EyeCandyLand in Wellington. World-renowned athletes delivered thrilling equestrian competition and raised more than $130,000 to benefit the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club of Wellington. Shown above are Jaene Miranda, Nacho Figueras and Olexa Celine. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 5 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Council Retroactively Approves Auto Repair Shop After Neighbors Withdraw Complaints

By M. Dennis Taylor Town-Crier Staff Report On Thursday, Feb. 18, the Royal Palm Beach Village Council took up the matter of the fully operational ProTek Automotive, a vehicle repair and performance shop on Business Parkway. The business needed a special exception request from the village before opening and was seeking to obtain the proper licensing, retroactively. The matter appeared before the Royal Palm Beach Planning & Zoning Commission in January and was recommended for denial amid an array of complaints about the business from its neighbors. However, during the ensuing three weeks, proprietor Amar Patel tuned-up his interpersonal skills and took the opportunity to meet with all his surrounding neighbors, many who had complained.

This time around, they showed up to recommend approval of the request. Patel stressed to the council that his business doesn’t use nitrous oxide fuel, a danger many speakers had worried about at the previous meeting. He also said that the noise and speeding are not from his business, and that all the cars they test are licensed for roadway use and only use the surrounding parking lot and Business Parkway to and from State Road 7 for test drives. “I spoke with all the neighbors and addressed their concerns,” he told the council. Planning & Zoning Director Bradford O’Brien reaffirmed that the applicant meets the criteria for the special exemption use within the industrial park area. Several speakers remarked that See PROTEK, page 4

Wellington’s New Tennis Director Passionate About Sport He Loves

By M. Dennis Taylor Town-Crier Staff Report After more than four decades in the tennis and racquet sports industry, Chuck Gill has a new job near his home in Wellington as the director of the Wellington Tennis Center, located at 3100 Lyons Road. Originally from Richmond, Virginia, where he developed his love for tennis on high school courts and in public parks, Gill earned a college tennis scholarship and studied business administration. “Instead of continuing on with an MBA, like my father wanted,

I thought it sounded much more fun to go to work for a company that managed tennis resorts,” Gill laughed. He said that his love for tennis went nicely with the business administration degree, and he went to work for resorts in the Caribbean. By 23, he had migrated to Vermont to manage operations at Topnotch at Stowe. A later move to Florida for a stint at the Boca Resort & Club was followed by buying a home in Wellington some 25 years ago. Topnotch at Stowe and the Boca Resort were both named to Tennis

magazine’s list of U.S. top 10 tennis resorts. “My wife Amanda and I raised both our sons in Wellington. I am a Wellingtonite, and I worked as the director of sports at the Club at Ibis for 24 years,” Gill said. “The club is a member equity club that recently received Emerald Elite status from Boardroom magazine and Platinum status from the Club Leaders Forum.” During his tenure at Ibis, the club was named Tennis Industry magazine’s “Private Facility of the Year.” Gill has long been a United

States Professional Tennis Association Elite Professional and has been a past board member of that association of teaching professionals. He was honored to be the president of USPTA in 2017 and 2018. He also serves on the United States Tennis Association Board of Directors and is the chair of the Facility Management Project Team. “We advise tennis facilities on efficient management operation,” said Gill, who often speaks at industry meetings regarding programming, budgeting and member service. As a lifelong tennis promoter, See GILL, page 4

Chuck Gill, the new director of the Wellington Tennis Center, brings a lifetime of experience to the job.


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Wellington Honors Justin Arnone Of PBCHS For District Award

By M. Dennis Taylor Town-Crier Staff Report It was an upbeat meeting of the Wellington Village Council on Tuesday, Feb. 23, as council members honored Palm Beach Central High School’s Justin Arnone for being named the Palm Beach County School District’s Assistant Principal of the Year, and also received a visit from local Cub Scouts with a special invitation. This year was the first time that the school district chose an assistant principal to honor, and Arnone received this inaugural recognition last month.

Wellington’s Community Services Director Paulette Edwards introduced PBCHS Principal Darren Edgecomb. “I am always so glad to present these awards and highlight the partnerships we have with the schools in our village,” Edwards said. Edgecomb thanked Wellington for the village’s continual support. “We are grateful for the emphasis on education that the Village of Wellington provides,” he said. “Tonight, we want to honor Justin Arnone. I think I hit a homerun in hiring him. He is one of the smartest people I’ve ever met, but he

Palm Beach Central High School Assistant Principal Justin Arnone is honored by the Wellington Village Council. PHOTO COURTESY VILLAGE OF WELLINGTON

continues to grow, and he is one of the most innovative people I work with.” Arnone oversees performance, fine arts and testing at the school, but his fingerprints are all over everything that happens at the school, Edgecomb explained. “I couldn’t be any prouder of him and of the team at Palm Beach Central,” he said. Arnone thanked the council for the recognition but also stressed that it is all about the entire school team. “It’s not about me, it’s about the team that supports all the work we do,” he said. While the council agreed with the team approach, the night was about Arnone. “We are all so proud of our schools,” Councilman Michael Napoleone said. “We know they are great, and while you are part of the team, it’s good to be recognized individually for the hard work you’ve done.” Councilman Michael Drahos thanked Arnone for the journey that is involved gaining experience and education in becoming an assistant principal. “The journey is really two full-time jobs, doing your job, and behind the scenes taking the courses to become an assistant principal,” he noted.

Councilman John McGovern was not at all surprised when he heard that Arnone had won the inaugural award. “I thought this was so appropriate for the work you do,” he said. “This is a big county, to win an award in this county is even more impressive,” Mayor Anne Gerwig agreed. Vice Mayor Tanya Siskind joined her colleagues in congratulating Arnone. “This village puts emphasis on education, and we appreciate the work you do,” she said. “Congratulations on this. It is a well-deserved award.” The council also received a visit from Cub Scout Pack 125. The pack members visited to officially extend the invitation to the council to participate in their annual Pinewood Derby. The village’s Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue and Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office contingents also participate in the event, so representatives of each team took the opportunity for some good-natured, competitive ribbing. The car-making kits have already been distributed, said Napoleone, who acts as the village’s pit crew chief. He said they are building a new car this year. “This is what the rules require,”

Gerwig interjected. “We plan to beat fire-rescue and the PBSO — but not the kids.” She noted that the council looks forward to the annual race. “Thanks for including us within this competition,” Gerwig told the scouts. “We really appreciate the opportunity.” In other business: • Two public hearings were held regarding two more elements of Wellington’s Comprehensive Plan, which for months has been working its way through committees for review by the council. The required document will be submitted to the State of Florida for review, then brought back before the council for final approval. The two portions reviewed at the meeting were the Housing Element, now expanded to the Housing & Neighborhoods Element, and the Infrastructure Element, which is now expanded and renamed the Public Facilities Element. The council had a short discussion with only a few clarifying questions, and no members of the public offering comment. The measures passed unanimously as presented. • Village Attorney Laurie Cohen, who is also the president of the Wellington Historical Society,

recused herself briefly while the council discussed and unanimously approved a co-sponsorship for that organization’s scavenger hunt planned for the end of March in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the village’s incorporation. “I support this, and it was good that we built the promenade,” Gerwig said. “Not knowing anything about the pandemic at the time, but it gives an opportunity to attend such events without being clumped up, so people can social distance.” • Social distancing was also on the mind of McGovern, who asked Village Manager Jim Barnes to reaffirm that the protocols agreed to for next weekend’s South Florida Garlic Fest would be followed. Barnes said that his staff and PBSO deputies would be on hand to ensure that it remains socially distanced and does not wind up a super-spreading event. “They will stay in front of the situation to ensure it is a safe event,” Barnes said. • Cohen also alerted the council that a possible state law regarding vacation rentals could have an impact on the village’s municipal ordinance regarding them, and that she would continue monitoring the situation.

County Continues Push To Open Regional Vaccination Sites

By Callie Sharkey Town-Crier Staff Report Palm Beach County officials were joined by representatives from the Health Care District of Palm Beach County on Tuesday, Feb. 23 to announce the opening of a new COVID-19 vaccination site at the Burns Road Community Center in Palm Beach Gardens. The facility, located at 4404 Burns Road, is just east of Military Trail, south of PGA Blvd. The new site began distributing vaccines at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24 and is operating as an appointmentonly site. District 1 County Commissioner Maria Marino opened with a description of the site, which was scheduled to give 500 vaccines on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively, and another 1,000 vaccines on Friday. “We have converted a gymnasium into the area where the vaccines and registration is,” Marino

said. “We also have another room set aside if, in fact, we have more vaccines. We do have room for overflow.” Marino further explained that the contract to use the site runs through August, with the option to extend it if the need arises. Health Care District CEO Darcy Davis followed up with details about the process and the status of vaccines in the county. “We are working hard every day to maximize efficiencies in the fight against COVID-19 and to get shots safely into arms,” Davis said. “To that end, we have attempted to streamline the appointment request process. Anyone 65 and older who is interested in getting their vaccination at one of our sites needs to go to http://vaccine.hcdpbc.org and complete the appointment request form.” Davis explained the priority remains for those on the Department of Health waiting list, but they do

realize some individuals may get stuck in the online process. “We have created a box on this request so that individuals who are in the DOH waiting list can click that. This will alert us that they are on the original list, and we continue to give them priority placement in open appointments. If someone still has a challenge, individuals with questions about the process can call our help line at (561) 804-4115, and someone will walk them through the process.” The helpline is available in English and Spanish, with Creole expected to be ready soon. “We hope this is a clear direction that will make the registration process smoother going forward,” Davis said. “The number of vaccines that we’ve provided since December now exceeds 60,000 from the coast to the Glades, from the South County Civic Center to the mass vaccination site at the South Florida Fairgrounds,

and soon from right here in Palm Beach Gardens. This has been done by approximately 200 Health Care District workers along with support from Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue, volunteers from the United Way, Palm Beach County leadership and the Florida Department of Health.” Davis added that approximately 75 percent of patients complete the registration process online, and that is a key ingredient to sites operating smoothly. She has received significant feedback from many residents pleased with their entire visit taking less than 30 minutes. Despite weather delays last week, Davis said her agency is on track with scheduling appointments. “The Burns Road Community Center, the South Florida Fairgrounds and the South County Civic Center are walk in, not drive up, and by appointment only,” she said. “Staff is on hand to answer

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questions and will use electronic tablets to help individuals who still need to complete their forms. Kiosks are also available for selfservice.” The Burns Road site can administer as many as 1,000 shots a day, and appointments are scheduled on a week-by-week basis, depending on vaccine supply. Florida Department of HealthPalm Beach County Director Dr. Alina Alonso provided updated local numbers on the pandemic, starting with a county total of 117,842 cases as of Feb. 21. The new cases on that date were 279. “That’s the lowest number of cases that we’ve had in months, so our staff is very optimistic. We can’t let our guard down though,” Alonso said. “Our hospitalizations to date are 5,928 — that’s 5 percent of all our total cases. That’s just 1 percent higher than the state’s 4 percent. Our deaths are 2,412, that’s at 2 percent of all our cases,

and that is the same as the state. Our death numbers continue to go down. Positivity rate for Feb. 21 was 6.70 percent. We have had four days of being in the 5 percent range. Again, we are cautiously optimistic.” Alonso continued to stress the “three Ws” — wearing your mask, washing your hands and watching your distance. “Vaccination coverage for those over 65 years old, for that we are in the number one place. We are at 57 percent of our seniors age 65 and over have been vaccinated in Palm Beach County… We’ll keep the appointments coming, we’ll keep the vaccine coming, we’ll continue to ask for more vaccine. There’s so much more that we can still do.” As expected, the Palm Beach County Commission extended the COVID-19 State of Emergency until Feb. 26, and the emergency order on facial coverings to March 19. These are likely to continue.


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Groves Town Center Remains Bogged Down Over Retention Pond

By Louis Hillary Park Town-Crier Staff Report The developers of Groves Town Center came before the Loxahatchee Groves Town Council on Tuesday, Feb. 16 seeking final approval for a re-designed retention pond to drain the property but did not get it. The council expressed frustration with the developer’s plan to create six-foot berms to the north and south of what will become a 2.858-acre lake behind the plaza, located at the northeast corner of Southern Blvd. and B Road. An Aldi’s supermarket is the first business to open on the 90-acre parcel. A Wawa market with a gas station

is planned nearby, and a number of other uses have been discussed for the rest of the parcel. “A six-foot berm is going to look like an anthill,” Loxahatchee Groves Mayor Lisa El-Ramey told Matthew Barnes, who was at the meeting representing the developers, Solar Sportsystems and Brightwork. “I have a big problem with the whole thing.” Councilman Robert Shorr questioned how the elevation calculations are even being made. “So, it’s supposed to be a six-foot berm, but six feet above what?” he asked. Barnes had come before the council with a revised landscaping

plan for the pond, which would include more of a natural, undulating shoreline and more trees, as requested by the council during a December meeting. “To talk about trees tonight while this is still a contentious issue is putting the cart before the horse,” El-Ramey said. Barnes asked the council to approve the latest version of the plan. “If we can’t get [the master drainage plan] approved, it will delay everything,” Barnes told the council members, who were unmoved. One major point of concern is abatement of noise and visual/light pollution for residents of Collect-

ing Canal Road, which borders the proposed lake to the north. “All we’re trying to do here is make sure our residents are protected,” Shorr said. “That’s not some measly berm planted with trees with four-inch trunks that will take 25 years to block anyone’s view.” “You can only hide so much with trees,” Councilwoman Laura Danowski agreed. Several ideas were bandied about between council members and staff, including the possibility of creating a 15-foot to 20-foot berm and elevating the horse trail that runs along the south side of the canal, much as has been done

at Riverbend Park in Jupiter, Shorr suggested. Barnes said the developers would never go for such a plan. However, a somewhat higher berm on the south side of the pond behind Aldi’s and the other commercial space might be feasible, he said. Using dirt excavated in creating the lake to construct such a berm on the south side “may be the only way to salvage this thing,” Danowski said. In other business, the council heard a request from El-Ramey that staff work with the Village of Wellington to create an agreement between the neighboring

equine-centric municipalities regarding rogue manure haulers. El-Ramey expressed concern that with U.S. Sugar no longer accepting manure and a delay in the opening of an expected Palm Beach County facility, some haulers coming out of Wellington may attempt to illegally dump manure in Loxahatchee Groves. She suggested trying to get Wellington to agree that if a hauler were to be caught dumping illegally, that his Wellington hauling permit would be pulled. “A lot of long-term solutions need to be hammered out,” El-Ramey said. “This would be strictly short term.”

ITID Board Wants Santa Rosa Activation To Proceed Without Delays By Louis Hillary Park Town-Crier Staff Report When it comes to making Santa Rosa Groves an active unit in the Indian Trail Improvement District, it’s now or never, at least in terms of dealing with ITID’s current board, residents of the rural enclave were told during the public comment portion of the Wednesday, Feb. 17 meeting of the ITID Board of Supervisors. “I’m confident we will come to a consensus and find a path forward,” ITID President Betty Argue said. However, she warned if an agreement cannot be reached, this likely will be the last opportunity for “activation” — as the process is called — into the district, at least for the foreseeable future. Over a period of several years, “we’ve stuck it out every step of the way” with the Santa Rosa Groves homeowners who wish to become part of ITID and receive the drainage and road services that the district can provide, Argue said. But if an agreement cannot be reached on a water control plan and improvements to the area’s roads, “I don’t think anyone [on the cur-

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Maniglia Vs. DeMarois

continued from page 1 rural roots. Pro-paving groups “are trying to destroy the unique agricultural and equine nature of our community,” Maniglia said. DeMarois does not skirt the fact that he is seeking a council seat to push paving throughout Loxahatchee Groves, and said he encouraged Marianne Miles to run against Seat 3 incumbent Lisa El-Ramey for the same reason — in hopes of creating a pro-paving majority on the council. Miles confirmed that encouragement from DeMarois influenced her decision to run, along with a desire to create a block of like-thinking council members. Asked about possible issues

ProTek

Business Gets RPB Council OK

continued from page 1 the situation has improved in the past few weeks and there was general support for allowing the business to remain. “The speeding is terrifying. The noise is really loud, but my real concern is the speed,” said Kevin Gillum, owner of Buckeye Plumbing and president of the area’s business association. “It has gotten better since the [Planning & Zoning Commission] meeting. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office went to some businesses and told them they would be

Gill

New Tennis Center Director

continued from page 1 Gill is passionate about tennis, both playing, as well as teaching all abilities and all ages. Starting as the new director at the Wellington Tennis Center on Jan. 4, Gill has been saddened that the pandemic

rent ITID board] is going to want to go through this again,” she said. The board voted 5-0 at the Feb.17 meeting to move the process forward by accepting into escrow the easements for the community. The board also directed its staff to set up a meeting with residents to garner input as to the type and scope of improvements residents want, with the understanding that assessment rates in Santa Rosa Groves will be impacted by those decisions. The district also accepted maintenance responsibility for some common area easements. The date and location of a “consensus building” meeting has not been set, but Argue said she would like it to happen before March 15 so that ITID’s engineering staff would have time to develop a draft plan and present it at the March 31 board meeting. At that point, she said, hopefully the board will be able to approve the draft and set the public hearings necessary before final adoption. If all goes well, activation will be finalized by late summer, said Argue, who was not pleased to hear rumblings that some Santa Rosa Groves residents may want

to put off a decision. “This is not an easy process,” she told the Town-Crier after the meeting. “But we’ve acted in good faith… Let’s not drag this out.” Created in the 1970s, Santa Rosa Groves is made up of 99 lots ranging from five acres to 20 acres. The area, west of The Acreage and north of White Fences, has a long history of flooding problems. Its roads and swales have deteriorated, and the canals are overgrown to the point that a heavy rain event in 2018 left some residents up to their waist in stormwater. Still, some property owners have resisted ITID activation, fearful of the assessment increases that likely will be necessary to fund the improvements. At the bare minimum, ITID would commit to constructing road-rock streets, clean canals and install at least one pump for the neighborhood, Argue said. The decision for Santa Rosa Groves residents to what degree they want to upgrade beyond those basics. For instance, residents could elect for milled or even paved roads, and to add more than one pump to the drainage system.

Argue noted that if the activation process is completed, it will not nullify the Santa Rosa Groves Homeowners’Association. “We’re not getting involved in any claims against the association or developer,” she said. “Landowners may want to reinvigorate the association or dissolve it.” In other business: • The board heard a grants status update from Ryan Ruskay of RMPK Inc. Grants recently awarded include: $492,000 for swale improvements, $400,000 for the Nicole Hornstein Equestrian Park, $200,000 for Acreage Community Park retroactive expenses and $50,000 for Sycamore Park. Grants currently pending include: $6,840,000 for the Corbett levee project, $800,000 for the M-O Canal discharge project, $840,000 for the M-O Canal restoration/multiuse trail project, $2,100,000 for culvert replacement and $50,000 for Temple Park. The board also approved submission of a request for a recreational trails program grant application in the amount of $400,000 for improvements to multi-use pathways. • The board heard from Palm

Beach County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Craig Turner, who is in charge of the patrol district that includes The Acreage. He responded to a complaint by a Carol Street resident that individuals on all-terrain vehicles were firing guns in the area. He said that residents have a right to discharge firearms on their own property with proper safety precautions, but that the PBSO definitely would respond to shots fired from an ATV. Any resident who feels his or her life is in danger should call 911, otherwise the non-emergency number (561) 688-3400 should be used. Turner said that rogue ATV riders are an ongoing problem, and that the PBSO soon will be deploying two of its own ATVs in the area to help combat the problem. • The board heard from Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue District Chief William Rowley that there had been a noticeable uptick in medical response calls over the last month, from about 130 to 179. Asked whether there were any plans for building another fire station in the area, Rowley said that there are no new stations on the five-year plan, particularly

after the recent opening of Station 22 in Westlake. • The board heard from Acreage Landowners’ Association President Bob Morgan that the Valentine’s Day concert at Acreage Community Park featuring the Majesty of Rock tribute band was very successful. ITID staff estimated that some 500 people came out to hear covers of hits by Toto, Styx and Journey. Many remained in their cars for social distancing purposes, but still were able to enjoy the show. Morgan noted there has been a change of bands for the March 14 show. The nationally known Eagles tribute band the Long Run is now scheduled. Davis Clapp, an Acreage resident who is producing the Rock Your Park concert series for the ALA, is a former road manager for the band. • The board approved an amendment to the R-3 Road Plan to include some 70 speed tables throughout ITID for the purposes of traffic calming. • Finally, the board approved a letter of appreciation for Paul Schofield, who recently retired as village manager in nearby Wellington.

paving might create for the town’s many horse owners, who enjoy riding on the area’s numerous dirt roads, DeMarois pointed out that there is an extensive trail system tied to the canal easements opposite the roads. “We can open up 15 to 20 miles worth of trails [along those canals],” he said. “Property owners can’t be allowed to block them.” At the same time, DeMarois has said he opposes the horse trail and traffic-calming roundabout proposed on Okeechobee Blvd., even though the proposals would be largely funded by grant money. He has said that now is not the time for such a project. Meanwhile, Maniglia said she is running on her record, citing removal of the previous management company and hiring a manager who could transition the town with minimal cost; joining

the effort to make the LGWCD dependent to the town and eliminating the old LGWCD board; and stopping what she believes was selective code enforcement. DeMarois, a retired Palm Beach County firefighter and longtime Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office reserve officer, said more accountability is needed in town government, and an increase in public works personnel to keep up road and canal maintenance. It was over a personnel issue that DeMarois recently found himself in hot water with the Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics for allegedly misusing his council position to encourage the rehiring of a former employee. Pursuant to the negotiated settlement, DeMarois agreed to accept a letter of reprimand and pay a fine of $100. He also agreed that his actions were intentional. “I did it, and I’m not

apologizing for it,” DeMarois said in January when the agreement was announced. “If I had it to do all over again, I’d probably do it the same way. I had nothing to gain from it. I was trying to help the people of Loxahatchee Groves.” Looking to the future, Maniglia, a self-styled activist, has said, “My concerns are decreasing revenue due to the [COVID-19] virus crisis, town-wide through traffic from outside influences, a lack of townwide maintenance and seeing the effects of previous town planning.” The town needs to learn from what she considers development mistakes already made along Southern Blvd./State Road 80. “They were like, ‘It’s commercial, it’s going to make us money.’ Now, we’re sorry,” Maniglia said in January. “We need to have more control over that, or it’s going to look like Military Trail.”

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looking into it. We are looking into the process to have speed bumps installed.” Mayor Fred Pinto explored the possibility of adding conditions to the approval but did not want to shut down an existing business. “We like our small businesses in Royal Palm Beach,” he said. Vice Mayor Jeff Hmara was also supportive but stressed that Patel must continue to build on the understanding he has reached with his neighbors. “Something must have changed in the past few weeks for all the people to say that things have gotten better,” he said. For Patel, the key was communication. “Honestly, the only change that has been made so far is I went to all the neighbors and introduced myself and talked to

them, and said if they had any problems, come see me,” he said. Councilman Richard Valuntas was not happy that the approval was being sought retroactively. “They brought problems on themselves by not getting all the approvals before they moved in,” he said. Hmara recommended that Patel get involved with the property owners’ association and stay involved. “That’s a good, healthy way of getting involved with your neighbors,” he said. “I’m not at all convinced that this business is at the heart of some of the complaints we’ve heard about traffic and speeding.” The request was approved unanimously with Pinto recommending that in the future, the business follow the rules.

In other business: • State Sen. Bobby Powell (D-District 30), whose district covers Royal Palm Beach, made a Zoom visit to the meeting with a brief PowerPoint presentation to update the village and to answer any questions about the upcoming session in Tallahassee. Powell said that last year, funding for Royal Palm Beach Commons Park improvements were approved, but that the governor vetoed the measure. He said the effort would continue this session. “For 2021, the major session issues are anti-protest, police reform, unemployment, education, mental health and COVID-19,” Powell said. • Several public hearings were held with no members of the public offering comment and each

passing unanimously with little council comment. One is a measure adopting business tax, registration and regulations on food trucks in the village. The second adopted landscaping and vegetation management regulations. Village Manager Ray Liggins said that it was an effort to make landscaping more “do-it-yourselfer” friendly, adopting requirements for smaller replacement vegetation. The final two public hearings

were first readings regarding amending the administration of the village’s code of ordinances and the village’s building regulations. • Finally, the council approved a proclamation declaring March as Royal Palm Beach Bicycle Month and invited residents to enjoy the village’s bike trails. It was also announced that the next council meeting, scheduled for Thursday, March 18, will begin earlier, at 6 p.m. with an organizational meeting.

has left many programs dormant this past year. “Social play is up, but tournaments, leagues and exhibitions were all put on hold,” Gill explained. He is looking forward to increasing play during the coming months. “I am very happy to be directing tennis operations in my hometown,” he said. “A community couldn’t have a better center than Wellington’s. It is the wonderful council and management of the village that makes this as

nice a facility as any place in the country. There are 21 terrific courts with underground watering. It is a vibrant tennis center and a vibrant tennis community in Wellington.” Gill said that the state-of-theart tennis center is maintained in great shape and has more than 4,500 square feet in the facility that houses the pro shop and viewing area. “We have a great team of coaches and a lot of diversity,” said Gill, adding that about half the coaches

can offer bilingual lessons. Gill reflected that his first introduction to tennis as a child was at public tennis parks. “That’s where my heart remains, so my tennis career has come full circle. A public park is where it all began, and it is where I want it to wrap up,” he said. The Wellington Tennis Center is open currently for socially distanced play. For more info., call (561) 791-4775 or visit www. wellingtonfl.gov/tennis.

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WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP EQUESTRIAN TRIATHLON RAISES MORE THAN $130K

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County’s World Championship Equestrian Triathlon was held Monday, Feb. 15 at EyeCandyLand in Wellington. World-renowned athletes delivered thrilling equestrian competition and raised more than $130,000 to benefit the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club of Wellington. Serving as co-chairs were Neil S. Hirsch and Kathleen Gannon-Ledsome. The teams competing were EyeCandy, Ford’s Garage and Sebilion. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

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Ashley Patrice and Alliun Griffin enjoy the day. Committee members Courtney Muller, Kathleen GannonLedsome, Erica Hatfield, Christine Martin and Tesia De Lange.

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Get Your Heart Rate Going With A Visit To Orangetheory In RPB

By Meredith Burow Town-Crier Staff Report If you’re looking to get into shape, check out the Royal Palm Beach location of Orangetheory Fitness, located in the Southern Palm Crossing shopping plaza on Southern Blvd. Co-owned by Patti Braswell and her husband Steve Braswell, Orangetheory Fitness Royal Palm Beach focuses Orangetheory’s signature heart-rate-based exercise routine. Each session is an hour-long, High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) class focused on keeping your heart rate at the optimum level for best results. During the heart-rate-based HIIT workouts, coaches guide clients through five different heartrate zones: resting, easy, challenging, uncomfortable and “all out,” telling you when to push harder and when to pull back for recovery, according to an explanation on the company’s web site. The goal is to spend 12 minutes or more with your heart rate elevated into the “Orange Zone” to boost your metabolism, burn fat and burn more calories. If that sounds difficult, Braswell wants people to know that her coaches work closely with you to ensure you begin at your appropriate level. And because of the heart rate monitors, people from all fitness backgrounds can work out in the same class, at their level, and still see results. “You can be an elite athlete, and I might not be at your level,” Braswell said. “But I still feel good about being there and working out next to you.” Manager and trainer Christine Moore further explained that

while each member in the class is doing the same activity to achieve roughly the same heart rate level, the intensity at which each individual works is varied. “If you have Usain Bolt next to you, he may be running at a 10-mile-per-hour speed, and then you may be running at maybe a six-mile-per-hour speed, but your heart rate responses should be very similar, because both of your heart rate maxes are very different,” Moore said. “So, you’re actually shooting for the same goal, it’s just the level of intensity at which you can work is going to be different from person to person.” Orangetheory also has options for those clients who are injured but still want to get — or stay — in shape. Each potential customer meets with a trainer to discuss their individual situation, and any workout routine that will worsen a particular injury can be swapped with a different, but equally beneficial, activity. Braswell emphasized that Orangetheory is for every person of every background, and nobody should feel afraid to give it a shot. “If people think they need to lose 10 pounds to come into the gym to look a certain type of way, we’re not that type of gym at all,” she said. “We welcome all people from all sizes and all walks of life.” Moore agreed that they strive to provide a comfortable and welcoming environment for all members. “One of the main focuses is just making sure that every member that steps inside of our studio feels amazing every time they come in and every time they leave,” Moore said. “It’s someplace where they can feel safe, and they can have

Royal Palm Beach Orangetheory Fitness studio owners Patti and Steve Braswell use the rowing machines. a good time, and they can get the results that they’re looking for.” Moore explained that such a community-based environment encourages a healthy mindset and a continued desire to commit to their workout. “People don’t necessarily remember the words that you spoke to them, but they remember the feeling,” Moore said. “So, when they come in, if they have a really warm, friendly, welcoming environment, they’re going to feel a certain way when they come in here… It all starts from before

they even enter the door.” Moore said she has seen clients form not just physiques, but friendships from working out together at Orangetheory. “I’ve seen a ton of friendships built within the studio, within classes in general, because you’re working out with a lot of the same people, and then you start to build a community,” she said. “It helps hold you accountable.” Braswell agreed. “I’ve made some very, very good friends along the way that mean a lot to me,” she said. “It’s really cool in that way.”

Assistant studio manager Chelsea Lawlor, head coach Amanda Crocker and studio manager/coach Christine Moore. Like most of the fitness industry, Royal Palm Beach’s Orangetheory Fitness was hit hard by last year’s COVID-19 shutdowns. While it is far from business as usual, things are looking up, and Braswell stressed that her facility puts a heavy focus on cleanliness and safety. Clients can rest assured that when they step into her Orangetheory location, the only thing at risk is their body fat. According to Braswell, her team is working hard to ensure that the Royal Palm Beach location — the second

Orangetheory Fitness studio to open worldwide — follows CDC guidelines, and then some. Along with an air filtration system, Braswell said, the equipment is also cleaned between every class, and an environmental company comes in to fog the entire studio on a scheduled basis. Orangetheory Fitness Royal Palm Beach is located at 11021 Southern Blvd., Suite 130. For more information, call the studio at (561) 753-8111. Learn more about how Orangetheory Fitness works at www.orangetheory.com.

Wellington Historical Society To Host Community Scavenger Hunt

In celebration of Wellington’s 25th anniversary as a municipality, the Wellington Historical Society will host a scavenger hunt at the end of March. Participants will collect photos of Wellington landmarks while learning a bit about the people and stories of Wellington’s past. “We’re excited to bring this event to the community, which will mark Wellington’s 25th anniversary and enable participants to have a great time in a socially

distanced outdoor activity,” said Laurie Cohen, president of the Wellington Historical Society. “We believe they’ll enjoy learning about Wellington’s past with the clues that lead them to different parts of the community.” The scavenger hunt takes place the weekend of March 27 and March 28. It was on March 28, 1996 that the Village of Wellington became operational after residents voted the previous year to create their own local government.

But the history of Wellington goes back to the community’s earliest days — and so do the clues in the scavenger hunt. Learn a bit about Charles Oliver Wellington, for whom the community is named, and other pioneers who helped shape the community. Players will have an opportunity to win great prizes for successfully finding the answers to the 25 clues contained in the scavenger hunt. “We think this is a perfect fam-

ily-friendly activity for a small group of friends, civic groups or family members,” Cohen said. “All the answers can be found within Wellington, and it offers a chance to see locations in Wellington from a new perspective. We hope everyone will join us on the Wellington Promenade that Sunday as we draw for prizes and celebrate Wellington’s 25th anniversary.” Participants who share posts on social media during the hunt

will have additional chances to win prizes. The cost is $25 for up to five team members. The clues will be e-mailed to participants upon receiving their registration. Get a jump on your search by registering in early March. The first 100 to register will receive swag bags with Wellington pins and other goodies. To be eligible for the prize drawings, turn in your completed scavenger hunt answer sheet between

3 and 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 28 at the Wellington Promenade on Lake Wellington behind the Wellington Community Center at 12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd. You’ll receive tickets to place into the receptacles for the prize drawings of your choice. Light refreshments will be served. Drawings will begin at 5:30 p.m. For full scavenger hunt details and registration information, visit www.wellingtonhistoricalsociety. org.

Wellington Art Society To Feature Artists Anthony Burks And Trina Slade Burks The Wellington Art Society will feature a presentation by artists Anthony Burks and Trina Slade Burks on Wednesday, March 10. The meeting and presentation will take place through the Wellington Art Society’s virtual Zoom link, which is distributed via e-mail to all members. A meet-and-greet will begin at 7 p.m., followed by the member spotlight and a brief meeting. The meeting will conclude with the presentation by Anthony Burks and Trina Slade Burks. The public is invited. RSVP by e-mail to presidentofwas@gmail.com. Anthony Burks, a native Floridian, is a conceptual fine and commercial artist. His vibrant artwork employs numerous forms of media, including pen and ink, pastels, watercolor and color pencil. After graduating from the Art

Institute of Fort Lauderdale, he had a successful career as a freelance graphic designer and won many prestigious awards and grants for his fine art. He has also exhibited his artwork at various galleries, museums and events. In 2020, Anthony landed a major public art commission with the Canopy Hilton Hotel in West Palm Beach. Recently awarded the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County’s Artist Innovation Fellowship, he will be exhibiting as a Cultural Council fellow this summer. For more info., visit www. anthonyburkscollection.com. Anthony and his wife, Trina Slade Burks, strive to encourage artistic youth to further pursue their own talents and to help promote the arts. Together, they are founders of ATB Fine Art Group Inc., Soul Poetry, Continuum PB Arts Fair

and Collaboration by ATB Fine Art Group Inc. Art Showcase. Trina’s multimedia influences include creative writing, visual arts, music and theatrical artistic art disciplines, which she incorporates into her works of painting, drawing and writing poetry. Arts in integration has been Trina’s passion for 30 years. She has worked with numerous institutions, organizations and programs teaching art appreciation, enrichment, history and technique to children and adults alike. She has worked in at-risk communities and juvenile prisons, as well as public and parochial schools in New York City and South Florida. Trina is a founding member and board member of the Artists of Palm Beach County and a former board member and committee chair of the Spady Cultural

Heritage Museum. In 2018, she established a nonprofit called the No More Starving Artist Foundation in order to build legacies for artists in Palm Beach County. Trina has been honored with many awards and grants over the years, including Women of Excellence in the Arts. Recently, she was selected as one of the artists to be featured in “The Commons: 15 Artists, 15 Spaces Project.” The Burks’ son, Raymond, received the Wellington Art Society’s Scholarship in 2014. Among other projects, he is involved in the management and development of ATB’s Ethnic Mermaid brand designed by Anthony Burks and is presently in the stages of writing two books. For more information about the Wellington Art Society, visit www. wellingtonartsociety.org.

Mermaid artwork created by Anthony Burks.

NEWS BRIEFS Wellington Boat Ramp Closed During March

The Wellington Boat Ramp, located on Forest Hill Blvd., will be closed Monday, March 1 through Wednesday, March 31 to facilitate the installation of the Wellington Promenade docks. The village’s contractor will utilize the boat ramp to launch a construction barge, the floating docks for the promenade and as a staging area during the floating dock construction. Construction will not affect the use of the promenade.

Lil Sluggers At RPB Rec Center

Lil Sluggers is back at the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center. Lil Sluggers is a child developmental program designed to introduce the game of baseball at an early age. It teaches the proper way to throw, catch, hit and run bases in a fun and exciting environment. Classes have a 1 to 6 student to coach ratio. This provides individual attention and instruction. Classes begin the week of March 6 and run every Saturday for eight weeks with two-year-olds at 9 a.m., three-year-olds at 10 a.m., and 11 a.m. for ages four and five. All classes are inside at the Royal Palm Beach Recreation

Center. The cost is $122 for the eight-week session for residents; $147 for non-residents. Call (561) 790-5124 for more info.

ITID March Programs

The Indian Trail Improvement District will continue its Open Fishing series on Saturday, March 6 and Saturday, March 20 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the M-1 Impoundment Area. All ages are welcome. For more information, e-mail jyerxa@indiantrail.com. Also in March, ITID will offer a Guided Trail Ride on Saturday, March 13 at 10 a.m. at the M-1 Impoundment Area. Pre-registration is required. For more information, e-mail krusso@indiantrail.com. Learn more about these programs at www.indiantrail.com.

Free Native Plants March 6

Your March opportunity to get a voucher for two free native trees or shrubs is almost here. The Native Canopy Education Program is offering Palm Beach County residents another opportunity for an online voucher for two free native trees or shrubs in three-gallon containers. If you missed earlier online voucher distributions, or hadn’t heard about them, here’s your chance to get a voucher. You’ll be

able to choose any two plants from a list of 23 different native species, subject to availability. Vouchers can be redeemed at any of five participating nurseries. The link to the application form will be live on Saturday, March 6 from 12 noon until supplies are exhausted. Palm Beach County residents can go to: https://discover.pbcgov.org/coextension/horticulture/ Pages/Native-Canopy.aspx or search for “PBC Cooperative Extension Horticulture” and click on the “Native Canopy Program” tab. You will then watch the short educational video and complete the application form. A voucher and supporting materials will be e-mailed to qualified applicants. To qualify for a voucher, you must be a Palm Beach County resident whose household has not received a voucher from the group within the past 12 months.

‘Here Comes The Sun’ At Dolly Hand March 4

“Here Comes the Sun” will be at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center on Thursday, March 4 at 7 p.m. “Here Comes the Sun” is an extraordinary musical celebration of a decade of Beatles music. From “She Loves You” to “Sgt. Peppers” and “Tax Man” to “Let It Be,” these phenomenal artists recreate

the music, high energy and excitement of the Fab 4 in an exciting modern rock ’n’ roll experience. From Broadway, Lincoln Center and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, these singers and multi-instrumentalists combine their unique talents to create a fresh and vibrant oneof-a-kind production celebrating the music of the Beatles. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children and Palm Beach State College students and staff. In accordance with county regulations, seating will be socially distanced, masks will be required and hand sanitizer stations will be available in the lobby. The Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center is located on the Belle Glade Campus of Palm Beach State College at 1977 SW College Drive. For tickets, call the box office at (561) 993-1160.

Garden Club To Meet March 1

The Wellington Garden Club will meet via Zoom on Monday, March 1 at 9:30 a.m. A brief business meeting will be followed by a presentation on “Native American Agricultural Heritage: Food & Flowers” by Wellington resident and the club’s second vice president, John Siena. Siena’s talk will illustrate how much we owe to the Native American cultures for our food, including the importance of the “Three Sis-

Wellington Garden Club member John Siena with Boys & Girls Club members displaying some of the harvest from the club’s community garden. ters” (maize, beans and squash), the name given to a classic form of mixed cropping used by indigenous farmers in North America. Siena is a graduate engineer whose career in the electrical/ electronic industry led to a position in the international division of Burndy Corp. (later Framatome), where he was responsible for most of Asia. Upon his retirement, he pursued his lifelong avocation of farming, history and the environment, that was nurtured by summers spent on his grandfather’s

farm. For the past five years, Siena has led the community garden at the Boys & Girls Club in Wellington and has been responsible for introducing the club’s members to the joys of gardening. To join the club’s Zoom meeting as a guest, RSVP to President Jan Seagrave at (561) 793-1697. The Wellington Garden Club is a nonprofit organization that has been serving Wellington area communities since 1981. For more information, visit www.wellingtongardenclub.org.


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continued from page 1 many companies are reluctant to give quotes well in advance of construction, explained Robinson, who is also ITID’s chief construction officer. Hanson said he has been researching similar facilities, particularly Timer Powers Park in Indiantown. Martin County allocated $2.2 million in 2014 to construct a covered, lighted arena, plus install permanent bleachers, water lines and restrooms to the pre-existing park, according to WPTV, which reported on the decision at the time. The district recently was awarded a $400,000 grant through the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund grants program to assist with upgrades at the park, Hanson noted. He said he doesn’t expect the Hornstein project to be as expensive as Timer Powers. “If the cost does become an

NEWS issue, I think you heard the board say that they would consider a phased-in approach,” Hanson told the Town-Crier after the meeting. “But I think it’s clear that they’re committed to a covered arena in the first phase.” Also included in the proposal presented to the board are a multirail wooden fence surrounding the park, a dressage area, an enlarged outdoor arena, more shower racks and water faucets, overflow parking, and an extensive, wheelchair-accessible pedestrian trail throughout the park. Supervisor Jennifer Hager objected to the walking trail, saying that it would detract from the ability of equestrians to move freely around the park with their horses. While she agreed that more needs to be done to ensure accessibility, Argue pointed out that the park’s pavilion and restrooms already are accessible and that the extensive pedestrian walkway might be an overreach. “I think we can modify the walkway plan and still provide the needed accessibility,” she said. Her focus remains on the covered arena.

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continued from page 1 been in and out of detention facilities or have other problems,” he explained. The PBSO initially treated it as a crime problem and focused on arrests. “Then we switched mentality to a mentoring type of program,” said Turner, adding that they invested resources in equipment and started a Police Athletic League program that appears to be showing some success. As commander of the West Regional Bureau, Coleman’s responsibilities cover nine PBSO districts. He noted that the PBSO has been making progress on the goal of getting body cameras for deputies. Coleman noted that the Palm Beach County Commission has supported the project, along with the villages of Royal Palm Beach and Wellington. “It is a huge project, some $20 million. It is an agency priority, and it is moving forward,” Coleman said,

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explaining that for more than 15 years already, some 1,000 cameras have been in use on patrol cars in the county. They will be replaced as part of the new body camera project. Silva said that the goal of the community forums is to help bring the community together. “We are adding value and making a deposit into the bank of community trust,” he said. The evening ended with comments from State Rep. Matt Willhite (D-District 86). He offered thanks to the commanders for being there and for their work to make the community a safer place. He also stressed the importance of the evening’s conversation and dialogue. “Thank you also to the residents for coming out and participating,” Willhite said, adding the state legislature tries to make sure that the PBSO, and departments across the state, have the tools they need.

“We’re utterly committed to our equestrian community… [and] we’re committed to a covered, lighted arena,” Argue said after the meeting. “I think there

are a multitude of reasons why it would be a benefit to the community.” However, the cost factor must be fully considered.

“Mr. Hanson, and all of us, have to look at it from a taxpayer perspective,” she said. “We just have to figure out the best and fastest way to get there.”

The Wednesday, March 10 workshop is open to the public in person or via Zoom. For more information, visit www.indiantrail. com.

La Indiana Engraves Name On USPA Gold Cup

The conclusion to the delayed 2020 edition of the USPA Gold Cup was finally held, nearly a year later, at the International Polo Club Palm Beach when La Indiana emerged as the champions on Sunday, Feb. 14 with a 14-9 victory over Daily Racing Form. A balanced team performance was led by five goals from Polito Pieres, helping La Indiana etch their name on the coveted USPA Gold Cup trophy and claim the $100,000 prize to officially conclude the 2020 season. After narrowly defeating the 2019 Gauntlet of Polo champion Pilot for the second time in the semifinal, La Indiana had their sights set on the title and produced a dominant performance against Daily Racing Form. Conceding only one goal in the first half, La Indiana scored a stretch of nine unanswered goals by controlling possession and keeping Daily Racing Form pinned in their own half. Youngsters Nico Escobar and Juan Cruz Marcos led the La Indiana team at the front of the game, combining for six goals as part of an efficient offense, while Daily Racing Form was limited to just four field goals throughout the game. Finding redemption from his 2019 defeat in the final with Aspen, Pieres led the way offensively throughout the tournament, capping off his performance with

five goals in La Indiana’s victory. With Marcos’ recent increase to a three-goal handicap, Daily Racing Form began the game with a one-goal advantage that quickly increased to two on a penalty conversion from Jared Zenni. Foul trouble hindered La Indiana in the early stages of the game, but after re-organizing in the final stages of the first chukker, La Indiana dominated the remainder of the half. The second chukker set the tone for La Indiana as they outscored Daily Racing Form 5-0, with Pieres converting both of his penalty attempts while also adding a goal from the field. Held without a shot attempt, Daily Racing Form remained a step behind with La Indiana continuing to build a lead. In a well-rounded attack, La Indiana saw all four players find the scoresheet after Jeff Hall added two goals in the third chukker. La Indiana’s defense was nearly impenetrable as Daily Racing Form failed to score a goal from the field and were left facing a 9-2 deficit at halftime. Daily Racing Form emerged out of the halftime break displaying some urgency as they sought to narrow the gap. From the back of the game, accurate passing from Tommy Collingwood set up two goals for Daily Racing Form as they finally broke through from the field on two goals from Costi

La Indiana, pictured with David Cummings, chairman of USPA Global Licensing, and Stewart Armstrong, chairman of the United States Polo Association, hoists the USPA Gold Cup trophy. Caset and one from Zenni. Scoring five of the first six goals to begin the second half, Daily Racing Form quickly turned a seven-goal difference to just three as the momentum of the game changed. With plenty of time remaining in the fifth chukker, La Indiana responded with the team-based attack that ultimately proved to be the difference. One goal from each of the four La Indiana players brought their lead back to seven with one chukker remaining. With a focus on managing the lead, La

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Indiana sat back to protect against open runs to goal, watching time tick down until the final horn sounded on their impressive 14-9 victory. Hall was awarded Most Valuable Player, while Best Playing Pony was given to Machitos Pangea, played by Polito Pieres. The 2021 C.V. Whitney Cup is now underway at the IPC. Online viewing is available at www. globalpolo.com. For more info., visit www.internationalpoloclub. com.

PBC Sheriff’s Foundation Will Award Scholarships To 15 High School Seniors

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Foundation recently announced the recipients of its 2021 Youth Scholarship Program. A total of 15 Palm Beach County high school seniors, all of whom were nominated by a sworn employee of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, will receive $2,500 scholarships for their freshman year of college. Each scholarship is renewable for up to four years of college or trade school. This is the seventh year of the program, and the founda-

tion is committed to distributing $150,000 a year in scholarships. This year’s scholarship winners are: Makye Boles of Grandview Preparatory School, Mikeria Chandler of the Shepherd’s School, Kolton DesRochers of Glades Day School, Alex Estuardo Escalante of Royal Palm Beach High School, De’Miya Harris of Palm Beach Gardens High School, Alyssa Huott of Boca Raton High School, Diana Hurtado of Santaluces High School, Savannah Jones of Palm Beach Central

High School, Michael Joseph of Palm Beach Lakes High School, Faith Krost of Olympic Heights High School, Jonathan Mireles of John I. Leonard High School, Brenda Nakasone of Olympic Heights High School, Roel Rivera II of Glades Central High School, Skylar Rowley of Glades Central High School and Cyrus Valuntas of Royal Palm Beach High School. The students will receive their scholarships and be recognized at a luncheon on Sunday, March 7th at 12:30 p.m. at the Interna-

tional Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization that helps underprivileged children and enhances safety for PBSO deputies. The foundation subsidizes new equipment that might otherwise be unattainable. In addition, the foundation has provided support for the K-9, domestic violence and gang units, while assisting PBSO employees in times of need. For more info., visit www.pbcsf.org.

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KICKBACK NEIGHBORHOOD TAVERN HOSTS GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION

The new Kickback Neighborhood Tavern, formerly known as Backstreets, held a grand opening celebration from Thursday, Feb. 18 through Sunday, Feb. 21. Events on Saturday, Feb. 20 included a Wellington Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting, celebrity bartenders, a kids’ art zone, a Corvette car show, games, music and more. Kickback is located in the Wellington Plaza at 12771 W. Forest Hill Blvd. Visit www.facebook.com/KickbackWellington to learn more. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Vic Bottrill entertained at the event.

Troy and Ingrid Webster.

Alexis Binkelman watches Vincent DiMaria and Nolan DiMaria play giant checkers.

Art for Smiles Executive Director Carolina King and President Lois Spatz.

Proceeds from the sale benefit the club’s civic beautification, scholarships, youth activities and environmental programs. COVID-19 safety precautions will be followed. Masks are required and face shields will be worn by club volunteers who have close contact with customers. Club members will be in attendance throughout the day to direct and assist visitors. In addition, Palm Beach County master gardeners will be available for gardening questions. For more information, contact Carol Ralph at caroltaylorralph@ gmail.com or (740) 243-8843, or Stormi Bivin at sbivin@aol.com or (561) 352-0129. Learn more at www.wellingtongardenclub.org.

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Celebrity bartender Chad Mills of the Wellington Colts gives Becky Bierce a beer.

Wellington Garden Club To Host Spring Plant Sale On March 13

The Wellington Garden Club will hold its spring plant sale on Saturday, March 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater, located at 12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd. The sale will be held rain or shine, and admission is free. “This is a unique opportunity for area residents to get a head start on spring gardening by purchasing fabulous plants procured from local nurseries, as well as unique plants grown by knowledgeable garden club members”, co-chair Carol Ralph said. Offerings will include native plants, perennials, butterfly plants, annuals, hanging baskets and more. “Join us for a lovely outdoor event surrounded by nature’s beauty,” co-chair Stormi Bivin said.

The Wellington Chamber of Commerce hosts a ribbon cutting with Kickback owner Domenick Torrillo.

Corvette Club of the Palm Beaches members.

Wellington Garden Club Spring Plant Sale co-chairs Carol Ralph and Stormi Bivin.

Logan and Kylie Ledis at the Art for Smiles table.

Wellington Cares Now Serving 101-Year-Old Martin Denenberg

Wellington Cares has been serving senior residents of Wellington since 2010 and Royal Palm Beach since last year. Participants contact the organization for various services, such as patient advocacy, food and medical items, or accompaniment to various appointments. And some, like 101-year-old Martin Denenberg of Wellington, called just for social visits. Denenberg, a Brooklyn native, has been coming to South Florida since the 1930s. “We would go to Miami on vacation. I remember when the bridges were wooden,” he said. From encouragement of his good friends and neighbors, Joyce and Michael Smith, Denenberg called Wellington Cares. “I love

living in Wellington and have many hobbies, like walking and making model airplanes and doll houses,” he said. “I just wanted social visits.” Denenberg is proud of his son, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, but they don’t live close enough for daily visits. That’s where Wellington Cares comes in. “I have had the privilege of meeting Mr. Denenberg,” said Diane Gutman, director of operations for the organization. “As other volunteers have attested, he is a delight to spend time with and brings such joy to our lives. We all look forward to getting to know him better over time and are honored he chose to join Wellington Cares.”

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ALA-WEST Will Host Extreme Clinic And Trail Challenge On Feb. 28

Have you heard about ALAWEST? If not, ALA-WEST stands for Acreage Landowners’ Association-Western Equestrian Shows and Trails. Founded in 2018, it is managed by a handful of equestrians aimed at unifying the Acreage-area equestrian community. ALA-WEST falls under the corporate umbrella of the ALA, a nonprofit organization. The group provides fun activities at the Indian Trail Improvement District’s Nicole Hornstein Equestrian Park. The ALA board includes President Bob Morgan, Vice President Dixie Thiery, Secretary Jennifer Davis, Treasurer Ashley Davis and Sergeant at Arms Perry Williams. Both the ALA and ALA-WEST consist of a team of volunteers, and they are always looking for more hands to help with planning and operations. If you’d like to get involved with either group, reach out! To date, ALA-WEST has hosted a Coggins, vaccination and micro-chipping clinic led by Palm Beach Equine Clinic’s Dr. Janet Greenfield-Davis and Dr. Charley McColough, as well as several other equine first-aid clinics by AAEVT-certified veterinary technician Kim Emmons and a

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WELLINGTON WRESTLERS WIN DISTRICT TITLE

The Wellington High School wrestling team captured its eighth consecutive district title last Saturday, with a school record 12 champions out of the 14 weights. All 14 wrestlers have qualified for the regional tournament this weekend at Forest Hill High School.

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IDA Development, the industry leader in creating distinctive equestrian properties, is all about teamwork, but they are also big on giving back to the community. Recently, IDA Development donated their immense expertise, skill and services to completely refurbish the footing in the riding ring at the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Unit at Okeeheelee Park. The ring was flooding, unlevel and had poor footing. The donation was made through the nonprofit Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Foundation. “It was fun getting an inside look at the amazing care they take of their horses,” IDA Development owner Harry Knopp said. “It was a privilege and honor to be involved in this project.” IDA Development regraded the arena and mixed in Premier Equestrian ProTex footing and ArenaAid with the existing footing. The arena now has added cushion for better shock absorption, retains moisture to reduce dust and is overall more stable, providing the eight horses a better surface to train on. “They are a great group of people and horses, and they provide an important service to our communi-

ty,” Knopp said. “We look forward to helping them with more projects in the future.” The group’s future projects include securing a hotwalker and adding obstacles to the arena, according to Sgt. Jeff Israel, supervisor of the Mounted Unit. “It was excellent service provided by IDA,” Israel said. “A professional team provided insight on arena care and management. They discussed other services as well.” The Mounted Unit team gave IDA Development an “A-plus” because of the improved water management, graded surface and safer footing for the horses, according to Israel. The Mounted Unit is an integral part of the PBSO. The unit performs high-visibility patrols, as well as making presentations to audiences throughout the county and providing extra patrol or potential crowd control. The horses are also excellent icebreakers between the community and law enforcement officers. IDA Development has garnered a stellar reputation for building custom arenas for hunters, jumpers and dressage riders. They can design and build any arena to match the client’s vision. With more than 30 years in

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Local Equestrians Support Danny & Ron’s Rescue Virtual Lip Sync Battle

For 12 years in February, a lip sync battle benefiting Danny & Ron’s Rescue has welcomed teams of all ages to participate in an annual fundraiser. This year, due to COVID-19, and to ensure the safety of all involved, organizers realized they had to get creative or risk losing the momentum in their fundraising efforts to change the lives of abandoned, neglected and abused dogs. Conceptualized in 2008 by Kim Koloff, the 2021 edition of the Lip Sync Battle has moved away from a traditional venue with sell-out crowds and is being held virtually. Acts and participant of the #Battle4DRR can be viewed online through Feb. 28 with teams raising funds via virtual donations and pledges.

Some of the most steadfast supporters since the inception of the Lip Sync is a team known as the Backstage Girls. Together, this group of equestrian professionals consisting of Cara Cheska, Leslie Pack, Stacy Arani and Anne Caroline Valtin have choreographed kids, fundraised, offered backstage support and have created performances that have had everyone on their feet. To date, the team has raised nearly $30,000, with donations rolling in from the equestrian community, friends and family, the Wellington community and beyond. “I have been participating in the Danny & Ron’s Lip Sync since the very beginning, and we are thrilled to keep the tradition going by having a virtual rendition this year,” Cheska said. “We have

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Barky Pines Animal Rescue & Sanctuary held its second annual Puppy Love 5K Run/Walk event on Saturday, Feb. 13 at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park. A chip-timed race was followed by a “fun run” or walk with pets. Barky Pines is the second largest rescuer of animals from Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control. For more info., visit www.barkypinesanimalrescue.com. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

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COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT FEEDS LUNCH TO 600 EMPLOYEES AT WRMC

Wellington Landings Middle School students Jasper and Arthur Hu-Manning worked with the Wellington Community Foundation to serve approximately 600 lunches to all the employees at Wellington Regional Medical Center on Friday, Feb. 12. As part of their bar mitzvah, which was held virtually in November, the twins raised more than $5,000 to pay for the project, which included food from Agliolio Italian Restaurant. The boys said that as their community service project, they wanted to give back to the many healthcare workers who are working so hard fighting the pandemic. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

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Wellington Community Foundation board members Jim Sackett and Barry Manning.

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SRHS Flag Football Squad In Pursuit Of Another State Title

By Mike May Town-Crier Staff Report At Seminole Ridge High School, excellence is the expectation every year for its girls flag football program. There are many good reasons why those annual expectations are so high. Seminole Ridge’s most decorated and successful athletic program is its girls flag football team. The team has won five state titles (2010, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016) and been the state runner-up on three other occasions (2014, 2017 and 2018). That’s why the Hawks flag football team is so optimistic every year, and deservedly so. Last spring, the team had an undefeated record (4-0), and they were marching toward more postseason success before the pandemic put an abrupt halt to the 2020 season. While the COVID-19 pandemic remains, the flag football program has reassembled and is getting ready for a new season.

Seminole Ridge flag football head coach Scott O’Hara is confident that this year’s squad can pick up where last year’s team left off. “This year’s team is dedicating this season to last year’s seven seniors,” O’Hara said. Those seven seniors were denied a chance to add a sixth flag football state title to the school’s trophy case. The heart and soul of this year’s team is a group of five seniors, one of whom is injured and will be supporting the team from the sidelines during games and practices. McKinley Harding is normally on the field as the strongside linebacker. But because of an ACL injury suffered in the offseason, she will be using her voice and enthusiastic spirit to push her teammates to be their best. Fellow senior Chloe Griffin is a four-year member of the varsity flag football team who plays both offense and defense.

“Chloe is a receiver on offense and a cornerback on defense,” O’Hara said. “She is a huge part of our success. She is very talented individual. Chloe is a great player and a key part of our entire program.” The Seminole Ridge defense is so strong because of contributions from players like senior Hannah Workinger. “Hannah is our starting rusher on defense,” O’Hara said. “She’s a tough player and a hard worker. She can dominate a game as the rusher. She does a great job of sacking the opposition’s quarterback and creating quarterback hurries. Everything she does on the field doesn’t always appear on the stat line.” Fellow senior Haylee Taylor is the last line of the defense. As the safety, she makes her presence known with her body and her voice. “She’s a tough player, who is

Seminole Ridge High School flag football quarterback Haylie Young will lead the squad into battle this spring.

one of our team’s great leaders,” O’Hara said. According to O’Hara, when Taylor speaks to her teammates, they listen. Taylor has been trained by her father, Ron Taylor, who serves as O’Hara’s assistant coach. “Ron has taught his daughter well because Haylee displays great leadership on the field,” O’Hara said. One of the big reasons for O’Hara’s confidence this year is that he has one of the top quarterbacks in the state on his roster. That is senior Haylie Young, who has signed a letter-of-intent with Keiser University in West Palm Beach, where she will attend college and continue her flag football career this coming fall. As a freshman at Seminole Ridge, Young was a member of the team that finished second in the state in 2018, losing the state championship game to Alonso High School from Tampa. Young

is looking to go a step further by concluding her high school career with a state title. According to O’Hara, his senior signal caller has the talent and emotional maturity to lead the team to another state title. “She’s a dual-threat quarterback who gives her teammates confidence in the huddle,” O’Hara said. “In games, she doesn’t get too high or too low. She maintains her composure and keeps an even keel. She has a real calming influence on her teammates, especially late in the game when the final outcome is on the line.” The Hawks open their season on Tuesday, March 2 when they play at home against Lake Worth High School. Without a doubt, the team’s goal is to conclude the season by hoisting the school’s sixth state championship title in early May at the Florida High School Athletic Association’s Flag Football State Championships.

It won’t be an easy path to the state finals, but it never is. “We play in a tough district and only the top four teams make it to the district playoffs,” O’Hara said. “And only the winner of the district playoffs advances into the state playoffs, which begin with the regionals.” It may be a tough road ahead, but they’ve successfully navigated that tough road in the past. When O’Hara creates his team’s schedule every year, he inserts every possible game, date and location. That includes this year’s state championship game, which will be held on Saturday, May 8 on the campus of Mandarin High School in Jacksonville. O’Hara put that date on his team’s schedule because he’s prepared to coach his team in that game. After all, that type of excellence is the annual expectation for girls flag football at Seminole Ridge High School.

Head coach Scott O’Hara provides guidance to his players during a recent practice.

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RPBHS Flag Football Is Poised For A Memory-Making Season

By Mike May Town-Crier Staff Report It has been becoming clear that the flag football squad from Royal Palm Beach High School is looking to challenge rival and perennial powerhouse Seminole Ridge High School for local bragging rights on the gridiron. Based on results in the last two years, Wildcats flag football head coach Harold “Hal” Camp is optimistic that this spring will be the most pivotal season in the history of the school’s flag football program. “In 2019, we knocked Seminole Ridge out of the playoffs and finished as the district runner-up,” Camp recalled, now in his second year as the head coach but his 15th year with the RPBHS flag football program. “We had a strong group of sophomores that year, and now they are seniors. As a program, we are beginning to turn the corner. We’ve got all the pieces in place to win this year. And we have great team speed, which helps.” With a group of 15 players, Camp and his assistant Andrew Joseph have depth at all the key positions, but he’s going to rely on

four seniors to lead the way. Jenna Springthorpe is one of the most steady and consistent players on the Wildcats’ roster. She plays as a receiver on offense and as a safety on defense. “Jenna is an outstanding route runner. She’s fast, and she has a great work ethic,” Camp said. “She’s smart and is an outstanding student-athlete.” The quarterback for the Wildcats is Karleigh Farrell. This is her third year as the signal caller for Royal Palm Beach. “Karleigh is a good pocket passer, and she knows how to distribute the ball to all the receivers,” Camp said. “She can also throw the ball well while on the run.” One of the keys to the success for Farrell is that she has had the same center for the last few years. That center is senior Erin McBroom. “Erin’s snaps are incredible,” Camp said. “She’s also a clutch receiver, and she plays linebacker on defense.” A fourth senior on the team is Kamia Harrell, who plays as a slot receiver on offense and as a linebacker on defense. According to Camp, Harrell uses her basket-

ball skills on the flag football field. “Just like in basketball, Kamia can see the whole field, which helps her play defense,” Camp said. “She also has great handeye coordination and great hands, which helps her as a receiver.” A fifth senior, Lily Lanier, would normally contribute a great deal to the success of the team as a receiver. “Lily is the ‘Odell Beckham’ of the team with her many onehanded catches,” Camp added. “But she is out for the season with an ACL injury, so she will be on the sidelines, and she will help coach. She is valuable to the team on the sidelines.” Lanier will be attending Webber International University where she will pursue a college degree while playing flag football. While the Wildcats flag football squad has lofty goals and expectations, Camp realizes that the team’s initial goal is to qualify for the Class 2A district playoffs. This puts extra pressure and adds meaning to every regular season game. Unlike sports like volleyball, baseball, basketball, softball and soccer, where all the teams in

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Key RPBHS flag football players will include Jenna Springthorpe, Karleigh Farrell, Erin McBroom and Kamia Harrell. PHOTO COURTESY HAROLD “HAL” CAMP the local district play in the district tournament, a limited number of teams — just four of them — will qualify for the district flag football playoffs. Besides Royal Palm Beach, this district also includes strong teams such as Seminole

Ridge, Wellington and Park Vista high schools. “I think we have the toughest district in the state,” Camp added. “And only the winner of the district tournament advances into the state playoffs, which commence

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The Palm Beach Central High School students shined recently at the virtual Palm Beach Regional Science & Engineering Fair. At the fair, Sarah Garfield won best in show, first place in environmental science and the Palm Beach County Environmental Management Resources Award for “The Effect of Predator-Induced Increases on CO2 Sequestration in Bromeliad-Daphnia

Reservoir Ecosystems.” Diane Altidor won first place in biomedical sciences and the Cengage Excellence in Biomedical Sciences Award for “Determining the Effect of a Disulfiram Copper Complex on Drug Resistance in Metastatic Breast Cancer Cells Through Deletion of ALDH1.” Emily Weimer won first place in animal sciences and the Lion Country Safari Award for “The

Effect of Putative Beneficial Microorganisms for Coral (pBMC) in the Prevention of Disease and Bleaching.” Teji Kari won second place in environmental science and the Pollution Prevention Coalition Award for “The Effect of Carbon Nanotubes and Oil Dispersants on the Oil Degrading Ability, Vitality and Gene Expression of A. borkumensis.”

Etasha Shah won second place in plant science for “The Effect of Ultraviolet Radiation on the Amount of Lipids Extracted from Chlorella vulgaris.” These students will represent the Palm Beach region at the Florida Science & Engineering Fair this spring. The school congratulates these Bronco scientists and their teacher and mentor, Rob Bartenslager.

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Prior to Valentine’s Day, the students at Palms West Charter School showed that their Mustang hearts are strong and have again shared in an act of kindness. Students and teachers from kindergarten through grade eight created and delivered more than 100 handmade Valentine’s Day cards for both the nurses and patients at the Palms West Children’s Hospital. The school’s exhortation for this outreach community project was, in the spirit of Black History Month, taken from the African proverb, “Kindness is a language which the blind can see, and the deaf can hear.”

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Teachers in first and second grade at Wellington Elementary School are spreading kindness and love for a good cause. They recently got together after school to fill Valentine’s Day bags for the nonprofit organization Friends of Foster Children. The teachers packed more than 80 bags with candy and a handwritten note. The bags were delivered on Monday, Feb. 8 and will go to the children served by the nonprofit. The teachers wanted to spread love and positivity during these stressful times. “It was a wonderful chance to connect with each other, and while we like to think that we are the ones spreading happiness to them, making the bags brought us much happiness, too,” second grade teacher Jamie Bartlett said.

Wellington Rotary Club Sponsors Buddy Bench At Panther Run Elementary

On Friday, Feb. 12, the Wellington Rotary Club, in cooperation with the Buddy Ambassadors Program, sponsored the club’s second “Buddy Bench” in the Wellington area at Panther Run Elementary School. The Buddy Ambassadors Program is led by Loverly Sheridan, award-winning author of the

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Christine Lowman Honored As 2020 Nurse Of The Year

Marking the completion of the first year administering the Daisy Award, Palms West Hospital celebrated labor and delivery nurse Christine Lowman as recipient of the 2020 Nurse of the Year Daisy Award. A Wellington resident, Lowman has been a nurse at Palms West Hospital since 2014. An international program, the Daisy Award provides ongoing recognition of the clinical skill and compassion that nurses provide to

patients and their families. Palms West Hospital is proud to be a Daisy Award partner, recognizing nurses with this special honor quarterly throughout the year. Recipients are selected for the award from nominations submitted by patients, visitors, physicians and co-workers. Palms West Hospital’s 2020 award winners include Christine Lowman, Madison Stevens, Stephanie Deverick and Desiree Neal.

The Daisy Award, which stands for “diseases attacking the immune system,” was established by the Daisy Foundation, created by the family of J. Patrick Barnes after he died from complications of the auto-immune disease ITP in 1999. During his hospitalization, they deeply appreciated the care and compassion shown to Barnes and his entire family. When he died, they felt compelled to honor nurses in a very public way.

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Wellington Rotary Club Continues Long-Running Dictionary Tradition

Wellington Garden Club members are always working to keep Wellington beautiful. Four times a year, under the guidance of Jim Thompson and Kay Brown, members of club participate in Wellington’s adopt-a-street program by picking up litter along Greenbriar Blvd. between Aero Club Drive and Wellington Trace. All equipment is provided by the Village of Wellington and includes an adopt-astreet sign, reflective vests, trash bags, gloves and long-handled grabbers to pick up the litter. Shown (L-R) are Kathy Siena, Maria Wolfe, Jim Thompson, Kay Brown, Jan Seagrave and Twig Morris.

The Rotary Club of Wellington recently delivered 1,200 dictionaries to third-grade students attending elementary schools in Wellington, plus nearby Benoist Farms Elementary School, the club’s adopted school. For the past 20-plus years, Rotarians have gone to each thirdgrade classroom and presented the students with their own dictionary, talking about the Rotary Club and its mission of “Service Above Self.” Unfortunately, this year the club was only able to deliver the dictionaries to the schools, and the teachers will make sure that each student receives theirs. Rotarian David Salley created a video for the teachers to show in the class-

room to describe the dictionary project and introduce the students to Rotary’s mission.

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Local Author Jillian Rodriguez Launches Kickstarter Campaign For New Book

Local children’s book author Jillian Rodriguez recently announced the launching of her Kickstarter campaign for the second book in her educational children’s book series. I’ll Meet You Where the Moon Touches the Water will be available for preorder on the Kickstarter web site at the end of February. With the ever-growing success of her first book, I’ll Meet You at the Rainbow, Rodriguez is happy to bring you the second book to her “I’ll Meet You” series. The new book is scheduled to be launched at the end of February and into March on Kickstarter.

I’ll Meet You Where the Moon Touches the Water is about a magical dream adventure embarked on by a little boy and his mother. They meet at the calming lakeside where they create wonderful memories together. Let your child’s imagination run wild while they dive deep into the beautifully illustrated pages. It is a sweet rhyming book perfect for children ages 3 to 7. With the pandemic and all the unknowns going on in the world, Rodriguez wanted to provide children with an outlet. The “I’ll Meet You” series does just that. They are a collection of magical dream

adventure books that help promote family bonding and new traditions. “I want to write books for all children,” she said. “Books that every child can see themselves in.” Rodriguez has been active in the local community, volunteering her time to do author meets and book signings at local elementary schools, preschools and other programs for children in the community. She has been educating children about what an author is and how they can be successful with a dream and a drive. She was even asked to take part in literacy week for Palm Beach County elementary schools, which helps

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Local Artist Claire Salmon Takes Part In International Mural Project

The Kijana Educational Empowerment Initiative has connected two creative artists, Jesse Otukho in western Kenya and Claire Salmon of The Acreage, to develop collaborative murals on the walls of the organization’s new Global Innovation School in Sabatia-Butere, Kenya. While the world has been “lock-

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President James Cummings, and it includes an educational phrase, developed by his sister, Dr. Molly Cummings, a University of Texas marine biologist. After Salmon designed the artwork, Kijana brought the image to Kenya, and prolific local artist Otukho painted the five parts and an additional recognition element on the wall. The ocean mural is not only unique, beautiful and a handsome addition to the school, but demonstrated the many possibilities that continue to exist for artistic collaboration in these challenging times and inspired the students to take pride in their school and education. Next came a collaborative African wildlife mural, incorporating another educational phrase developed by scientist and founding Kjana Board Member Dr. Mark Madison, a historian for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in West Virginia. Now the artistic pair, with Kijana’s guidance and inspiration, set out to undertake their largest mural yet — eight panels of the main biomes of the world. They are planning a 72-foot-long mural that will line the walls of the school’s garden. Construction of this project began this month. Born and raised in The Acreage, Salmon attended the Dreyfoos School of the Arts before graduat-

(Left) Claire Salmon designs the mural. (Right) Jesse Otukho brings the mural to life in Kenya. ing from Florida State University’s film school for screenwriting. She is president of the local nonprofit BAM Festival Inc., a convention for books, art and music for children and teens to promote literacy. BAM’s annual event is taking place virtually on April 10, where 40-plus authors, illustrators and musicians will take part in 50

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Wellington Resident Audrena Scurry Stars As Rosa Parks In New Play

The Wellington Rotary Club has continued to support the local nonprofit Back to Basics. That support included not only providing volunteers for both the School Uniform Program and Christmas Angel Program, but also with a donation of $6,000 to support Back to Basics with its programs that provide school uniforms and holiday gifts to thousands of children across Palm Beach County. Shown above is Back to Basics founder Beverly Perham, joined by several Back to Basics board members, collecting the $6,000 check from Wellington Rotary Club officials.

Murleve Roberts Of RPB Earns Awards For Essay And Poetry

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Carbone serves as managing director at PBIEA. Under her leadership, productions have grown in size and number. During the COVID-19 shutdown, she contacted friend and colleague Avery Sommers and asked her to help achieve the goals she had set for the institute. Carbone and Sommers had been friends for a few years. They had worked together on Carbone’s successful play, Shell of a Man, which Sommers directed. When they discussed casting for Intersection of Lincoln and Parks, they agreed that the perfect choice was Scurry, a PBIEA repertory company member. Scurry appeared in Shell of a Man and, more recently, in Laughter: It’s What’s for Dinner. “When you see someone who shines as a performer... someone who makes a performance seem

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CRGO Law recently announced that Managing Member Albert B. Maggio Jr., a Wellington resident for the past 11 years, has joined the Council for Inclusive Capitalism with the Vatican. The council is a global nonprofit organization that joins moral and market imperatives to build a more inclusive, sustainable and trusted economic system that addresses the needs of people and the planet. “I am thrilled to welcome Albert to the council and look forward to working with his firm as it takes the necessary actions to ensure a better future for us all,” said Meredith Sumpter, CEO of the Council for Inclusive Capitalism. “Whether you run a small business or are the CEO of a global corporation, we all have a role to play to build more inclusive economies and societies.” The council is committed to action. Upon joining, council mem-

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Criminal Justice Academy Class Graduates

The Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission (CJC) recently concluded its 41st session of the Citizen’s Criminal Justice Academy. The course ended on Dec. 14, culminating with a graduation of 74 participants. This was the largest class since the program began in 1998. Despite these unique times, the academy shined through as a beacon for those curious about the criminal justice system. For the first time, the course was offered via a hybrid (in-person and virtual) format. This allowed for greater participation during the pandemic. The participants are applauded for attending the 10-week program offered on Monday evenings. The Citizen’s Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice Academy’s most recent graduating class. Academy was established by the in the West Palm Beach area and CJC to educate citizens about the once in the Glades. The program criminal justice system and to is co-sponsored by the Palm Beach provide general knowledge of how County Sheriff’s Office. the system functions from the perFor more info., or to apply for a spective of criminal justice profes- future class, visit the CJC web site sionals. The academy is free and at www.pbcgov.org/criminaljusoffered three times a year, twice tice or call (561) 355-4943.

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The United Way of Palm Beach County’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program officially began its 18th year of service on Feb. 1, offering free income tax preparation throughout Palm Beach County to those with a 2020 household income of $66,000 or less. This program provides taxpayers with fast refunds by filing electronically through a secure IRS-certified program, so they can receive their hard-earned money quickly and save hundreds of dollars on filing fees. Last year, the VITA Program helped Palm Beach

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Because my husband was a general contractor and because I own a shop that sells decorator items, we have many design magazines coming into the house. They are full of good advice and help keep us current on trends. Our favorites, of course, are the before and after issues that show how highly skilled builders and decorators, as well as “you folks at home,” can transform outdated, easy-on-the-budget houses into “your dream home.” A few of these magazines even feature historic homes available for purchase that the editors feel are worthy of transformation. There will usually be a onepage story with a few photographs of the interior and exterior, together with the price, location and a brief description.

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replete with cliffs, crags and broken glass. Hailed as a “folk Victorian charmer in a small town,” the two-story house had a bowed-in roof, a teetering porch held up by two charmless square posts and a rickety staircase that had obviously been added on later. But still, one wants to believe that salvaging anything is possible. Silk purse from a sow’s ear and all that rot. So I read further, to ascertain what the home’s big selling points were. They were: 1) a bay window and 2) five decorative porch brackets. Realtors say the three most important thing to consider when buying a house are location, location, location. This beauty was located in Illinois, a cheerful three-hour drive from Chicago through

ever-deepening snow. But it was located in a “friendly” town of 726 residents surmised to be supporters of the project. More likely, you’d have 725 head-shaking doubters standing roadside, full of advice and running commentary, and one very happy local banker. But wait, there’s more! As the proud new homeowner, you could look forward every day to living in your restored Victorian — after you changed it back from the two-family rental to which it had been converted. You’d need to remove the outdoor staircase, pull out a bathroom that had been installed on the second-floor landing and disassemble a makeshift kitchen. The front and side porches need to be rebuilt and the house does need a few new

“systems” (both electrical and plumbing). The walls have been clad in hideous fake wood paneling, so you’ll want to remove that, and the poorly installed and filthy carpeting will have to go, too. Doors (where they exist) have been painted orange. Drop ceilings from the 1970s need to be torn out, but other than the roof, staircase, porches, walls, floors, doors and ceilings, things look good! Worth mentioning is the “solid foundation.” Thank goodness for small favors. So, yes, this “charmer” is available. With nothing but rose-colored glasses, endless amounts of time and huge potfuls of money, you, too, can live three hours from Chicago among hyper-critical neighbors who may tell you the place is haunted.

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This pandemic has provided a real challenge in terms of finding things to do. When many of our favorite activities are canceled or limited, we need to find alternatives for the sake of our sanity. As a culture critic who generally reviews films, it has been painful for me not go to the movie theaters, although not as painful as it might be to get sick. Television is getting worse. Has anyone but me noted that the “housewives” on the different Real Housewives are not only wealthy but live soap opera lives? Maybe it should be called Real Trash of wherever. And we have more game shows where it looks like celebrity participants are on drugs they get so excited. Watching celebrities almost in tears as whoever is involved decides which celebrity will be unmasked and, therefore, not earning more money the following week than I’ll earn the following year is a bit much.

‘I’ On CULTURE By Leonard Wechsler Even the ubiquitous streaming services have limits. There are, of course, a lot of old shows we went out of our way to miss in the past, but there are also some old favorites. Problem is, who wants to binge on a show with hundreds of rather similar episodes? It might have felt OK when we saw one a week, but seeing a whole lot of them just is wearing. My favorite and best choice was signing up for the Great Lectures web site. For less than it costs for Netflix, I have thousands

of hours of lectures from top experts. And they actually work to make complex topics interesting. Why watch medical shows that endlessly repeat the same general plot: strange disease with interesting people show up for an episode being treated by doctors who work insanely hard to cure them in between sex and betrayal. On the other hand, during the height of the pandemic, I was watching a 24-lesson series on the Black Death. I know… that means I do have a weird view of the universe. But watching the damage done, somewhere between a quarter and a half the population of Europe and Asia were either dead from the disease or the chaos caused by it, put COVID-19 in perspective. And I certainly felt happier when the fact that we now know how to cure that disease (bubonic plague) was discussed. There are hundreds of courses in all sorts of fields. The “Music in History”

course was fascinating. Yes, it involved some great music, but instead of focusing on that alone, the lecturer pointed out how it reflected history. For example, Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio (although I was annoyed the lecturer kept replacing “seraglio” with “harem”) was greatly influenced by the invasion of Austria and the siege of Vienna by the Ottoman Empire. My wife and I got a great kick from the “Medieval Cities of Europe.” We’ve visited several and recognized the landmarks. The course, which resembled a walking tour in many ways (while we were able to sit at home and not exhaust ourselves) touched on the older areas of many cities. As regular visitors to Barcelona, we not only enjoyed being re-walked through the old city, but got a special kick out of the fact that some of the camera work was done in an outdoor bistro we patronized. And, as a bonus, there was a whole lecture

on Antoni Gaudi, the genius architect who designed many of that city’s greatest treasures. We loved revisiting the great cathedral Sagrada Familia (still under construction after more than a century) where we actually had been able to attend a mass. Currently, I’m switching from a really good course about Shakespeare, particularly on his use of language, to others to get a tiny break. Spending real time on many of his great plays is a pleasure. But I am also taking time to get into the 60-lesson course on world mythologies. Like many people my age, I learned about the Greek version and even some of the Norse legends, but there are a half dozen lessons on African myths and a group on Indian, both Asian and American. We are shut in and a lot of our lives are shut down. But our brains should be growing. Think about going to Xfinity to get the courses. It’s never too late to learn.

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A Naturally Occurring Retirement Community

Fundraising Events GUESS HOW MANY BIRDIES. March 15 – 21, 2021

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PIZZA WITH A PURPOSE We have partnered with California Pizza Kitchen.

Guess how many birdies will be made at the Honda Classic this year.

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105% of your donation will go to Wellington Cares. For More Information visit http://wellingtoncaresorg.com/events/

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Are you a Wellington resident 65 or older who requires non-medical assistance?

We serve Wellington and Royal Palm Beach Seniors for Free. Call 561-568-8818 or visit www.WellingtonCaresOrg.com

Wellington Cares, is a 50 I ( c) 3 community based not-for-profit organization committed to coordinating volunteers of all ages serving in a time exchange format to enable persons age 65 or older who require assistance to remain in their home with the support of the Wellington community residents and local organizations.

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Diabetes and the Deadly Link to Heart Disease While the strong connection between diabetes and heart disease is well-known, the statistics may be much higher than you think. Diabetics are twice as likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke, and according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the comorbidity rate of heart disease or stroke for diabetics is approximately 65%. Link Between Diabetes and Heart Disease As a major complication of diabetes, heart disease is the leading cause of early death among diabetics. “There are a number of contributing factors for this. First and foremost, high blood glucose levels elevate the risk of heart attack, stroke and coronary artery disease by contributing to the formation of fatty deposits in the blood vessel walls,” according to Li Zhang, MD, a Cleveland Clinic Florida cardiologist who sees patients in Wellington and West Palm Beach. This damages the arteries and obstructs blood flow, causing blood vessels to harden over time. “Additionally, diabetes patients typically have secondary issues, such as high blood pressure and obesity, which also contribute to the development of heart disease,” says Dr. Zhang. Warning Signs Heart attack results in permanent damage, so prompt medical attention is critical in improving odds of survival. It’s important to recognize the warning signs: • Chest pain or discomfort • Pain or discomfort in your arms, back, jaw, neck or stomach • Shortness of breath • Sweating • Nausea • Light-headedness However, diabetes can also cause nerve damage resulting in a lack of pain, which could mask these symptoms. As a result, your risks for heart disease should be closely monitored; and if you are at high risk or do

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have symptoms, you should undergo appropriate screenings. Li Zhang, MD

How to Lower Your Risks There are lifestyle changes you can make to control risk factors associated with diabetes and heart disease: • Don’t smoke, as it doubles the risk of heart disease for diabetics • Maintain a healthy diet in order to manage weight and control sugar levels • Keep your blood pressure in the healthy range • Control your cholesterol level • Exercise at least 30 minutes per day at least five days a week Take Action Talk to your doctor and healthcare team to develop an action plan. “Set goals to maintain and take control of these risk factors in order to reduce your chances of developing heart disease if you are diabetic,” states Dr. Zhang. Your lifestyle plays a big part in controlling your health. You can make the appropriate changes by increasing your daily activity, as well as eating foods low in saturated and trans-fats, cholesterol, salt and added sugars. Make sure you are eating a nutritious, well-balanced diet by choosing lean meats, fish, poultry, fruit, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy, and be sure to include enough fiber. Take your medications as directed, and make sure to check your sugar levels at the proper intervals. You can also enlist the help of family and friends in managing your diabetes, as their support can help you reach your goals. To make an appointment with a Cleveland Clinic cardiologist, call 877.463.2010 or visit ClevelandClinicFlorida.org/Heart to learn more about cardiology services.

From diagnostics to advanced treatments, complete heart care is right here. Cleveland Clinic Florida is open, safe and ready for you.

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