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Volume 35, Number 8 February 21 - February 27, 2014

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ITID Reviews Conditions Of Phased Development At Northlake/Coconut

Joe Lelonek of Atlantic Land Investments gave an update on the planned commercial center at the southwest corner of Northlake and Coconut boulevards at the Indian Trail Improvement District Board of Supervisors meeting Wednesday, Feb. 12, explaining that recent changes submitted to Palm Beach County were only to create development phases for a project that had already been approved. Page 3

Royal Palm Beach Mayoral Forum — Moderator Jim Sackett with candidates Laurel Bennett, Mayor Matty Mattioli, Felicia Matula and Martha Webster. PHOTO BY RON BUKLEY/TOWN-CRIER

Sunshine League Opens Season In Royal Palm

The Sunshine League kicked off its season Friday, Feb. 14 at the Bob Marcello Baseball Complex in Royal Palm Beach. The Sunshine League provides opportunities for players of all abilities to enjoy a fun game of baseball, where everyone gets to hit, get on base and come home. Page 9

Episcopal Church Women Host Bazaar

St. David’s in the Pines Episcopal Church in Wellington held its annual Episcopal Church Women Bazaar on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15 and 16. There was a huge rummage sale with homemade crafts, jewelry and a bake sale, as well as homemade chili made by group members. Page 9

OPINION

Concerns Raised Over ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law

A series of high-profile shooting cases has turned the eyes of the nation to Florida, leading many to call for a re-examination of the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law. The law, meant to protect victims who shoot their attackers, has been at the center of several controversial cases. While the law has merits, it has too many loopholes and has too often been wrongly applied. Page 4

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Royal Palm Beach’s Mayoral Candidates Face Off At Forum

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Residents of Royal Palm Beach had the opportunity Tuesday to hear from all four mayoral candidates in a forum hosted by the Town-Crier and moderated by retired WPTV NewsChannel 5 anchor Jim Sackett. Two-term incumbent Mayor Matty Mattioli will face three challengers on Tuesday, March 11 — businesswoman Laurel Bennett, community activist and Royal Palm Beach Planning & Zoning Commission Alternate Felicia Matula and former Royal Palm Beach Councilwoman Martha Webster. Questions in the first half of the two-hour forum were asked by Town-Crier staff members. During the second half, Sackett asked questions submitted by the audience. About 100 residents attended the televised forum held at the Village Meeting Hall. Bennett described herself as a fresh voice in the race. “I’m an entrepreneur, I’m a businesswoman,” she said. “I’ve been called a political novice. I’m all of the above except a political novice. I have been behind the scenes working for the Central Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce. I have been fighting for you all the time.” Bennett noted that she is a

mother and the wife of a Vietnamera veteran with Agent Orange symptoms. She has a master’s degree in healthcare and several patents. “What I stand for is fiscal, moral accountability and responsibility,” she said. In her local work, she said she has fought for the State Road 7 extension to Northlake Blvd. and for a revision of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) maps that could raise homeowners’ flood insurance rates. “I’m here to fix problems,” Bennett said. Asked about her top goals over the next two years, Bennett said she wanted to bring more fiscal responsibility and accountability. She also wants to see the new Royal Palm Beach Commons Park make some money and ensure that State Road 7 goes all the way through to Northlake Blvd. Bennett also said establishing free Wi-Fi service would bring the village 4 percent additional income. Mattioli, who served on the council for 16 years before being elected mayor in 2010, said he decided to run for one final term to wrap up some unfinished business, including the completion of the Aldi regional distribution center — a major initiative of his that came about while he was mayor. “There are things I have worked

on for many years that will soon come to fruition,” he said. Mattioli noted that he has worked for two decades to keep village taxes low. Since his first campaign in 1994, Mattioli said that he has sworn not to raise the tax rate — a promise that he noted has been kept for two decades. “As long as I am mayor, that will continue to be,” he said, adding that he had talked to the finance director and village manager, who assured him that tax rate increases would not be needed in the foreseeable future. Mattioli pointed out that the $21 million Royal Palm Beach Commons Park, constructed and opened during his time in office, was not paid for with money from taxpayers and is a beautiful addition to the community. He also supports adding new amenities there, such as a planned dog park. As for other initiatives, Mattioli said that he has been fighting for decades to bring the State Road 7 extension all the way to Northlake Blvd., and also supports Palm Beach County’s Office of the Inspector General in its efforts to bring honest, open government to Palm Beach County and all of its municipalities. Matula has been a village resident for 15 years, has children in See RPB FORUM, page 19

By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Residents of The Acreage packed the Seminole Ridge High School auditorium Wednesday night to hear a presentation on the planned Minto West development, with a vote showing a large majority of residents opposed to the project. A total of 650 residents voted at the Acreage Landowners’ Association’s town hall meeting. When votes were tallied, a total of 583 residents opposed and 67 were in favor of the plan. The ALA accepted votes from members and non-member residents with proof of identification. “Minto is neither our friend nor our benefactor,” resident Jean Edwards said during public comment. “It is a profit-driven corporation out for their own interest and to line their own pockets. They have implied on more than one occasion that The Acreage has no heart, no identity. We have charac-

ter, heart and soul. We have a way of life we stand to lose if we allow this development to happen.” The meeting included a presentation by former Indian Trail Improvement District Supervisor Mike Erickson. Although no Minto representatives were in attendance, County Administrator Bob Weisman was on hand to answer questions and hear resident concerns. The Minto West property was previously owned by CalleryJudge Grove, Erickson explained. The owners of Callery-Judge originally requested to build 10,000 homes on the site — a plan rejected by Palm Beach County. Callery-Judge’s owners later had the site designated an “Agricultural Enclave,” which under Florida law gave the property approval for 2,996 homes. The site was sold to Minto with that approval. “There are 2,996 homes and 235,000 square feet of commercial See TOWN HALL, page 19

RADISH FESTIVAL

The Wellington Green Market held its inaugural Radish Festival on Saturday, Feb. 15. Vendors highlighted the tasty vegetable in their food, and bunches of radishes were available to take home and try for yourself. Shown here are Wellington Green Market founder Peter Robinson and Wellington Chamber of Commerce President Victor Connor with radishes. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 5 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Senior Issues Take Center Stage For Wellington Postpones Plan To Wellington Hopefuls Remove Aero Club Drive Trees

By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report About 22 Washingtonian palm trees that line Aero Club Drive will remain in place until the Wellington Village Council can weigh in on whether they should be cut down, village officials said this week. The palm trees, which stand as tall as 70 feet and cost the village about $40,000 a year to maintain, were slated to be cut down earlier this week. However, complaints from residents caused several council members to ask that the matter be discussed. The palm trees have lined Aero Club Drive for many years but have interfered with Florida Power & Light’s power lines, as well as moving water during heavy rainfall, Village Manager Paul Schofield told council members at a meeting Tuesday, Feb. 11.

“We’ve been talking for a number of years about the [palm trees],” he said. “There have been some issues. They were installed in the swale line. In very heavy rainfall, we can’t get water down those swales. It goes out in the street.” Schofield told council members that as part of drainage plans to prevent flooding, staff planned to remove the existing trees, rebuild the swale and replace the trees, although not with Washingtonian palms. “This is part of a pilot program based on the needs we identified after Tropical Storm Isaac,” he said. “We may bring it back to you and see if the council wants to do more.” Schofield said removing the palm trees would also keep them from affecting the nearby power lines, and FP&L would remove them at no cost.

“When we went to them and told them we were thinking of removing those trees, in the interest of preserving their power lines, they said they want to take the trees down where the power lines are,” he said. “Since they are out there, they will take them all down. They will do that at no cost to us to protect their power lines.” However, several council members wanted more discussion of the tree removal. “I raised the matter at the last council meeting because I was concerned this was being done at a staff level,” Vice Mayor Howard Coates said. Typically, landscaping decisions are handled by village staff, but Coates said this week that he had asked Schofield to halt the removal of the trees to allow the council to consider the issue. “I see this as See TREES, page 3

By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Three of the four candidates for Wellington Village Council seats weighed in Wednesday on hot topics in the village at the Wellington Seniors Club candidates forum, held at the Wellington Community Center. Top topics included plans for the Wellington Community Center reconstruction and the possibility of senior housing. Seat 3 contender Matt Kurit was not in attendance due to scheduling problems. Each candidate was given time to speak to club members, followed by several minutes for questioning. Councilwoman Anne Gerwig, who faces challenger Sharon Lascola for Seat 2, noted that she is a 35-year resident of Palm Beach County and a 24-year resident of Wellington. She said that during her term on the council, she has voted and fought for several programs to

benefit seniors. This includes the Senior Transportation and Rides (STAR) program, which provides taxi vouchers to seniors. “I think it’s a great program,” Gerwig said. “There was some discussion on the council that if seniors didn’t use their rides up, they shouldn’t get them the next time. I argued against that. If someone requests the [vouchers] and doesn’t use them, that’s fine. It’s a security for them. You don’t have to use them, and you should be able to reload them the next month. It doesn’t cost us if you don’t use them.” Gerwig also said she has pushed to rebuild the community center, noting that tying the relocation of the tennis center to the project has slowed it down. “Every time we have voted on the issue, I have voted to take this building down and rebuild an accessible building,” she said. “I said we need to ask our seniors, who are See SENIORS CLUB, page 7

Garden Of Hope Founder Updates ITID On Progress

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Acreage resident Tracy Newfield told the Indian Trail Improvement District Board of Supervisors on Feb.12 that she is making great strides with the Garden of Hope project to be located in the Acreage Community Park expansion area. The project began three years ago at a Relay for Life event. “Actually, it began with my daughter who had cancer, and I started going to the Relay for Life,” Newfield recalled. “If you have ever been to one, they are very emotional. The community has such great support, and it’s a great fundraising event that I hope more people participate in.”

Her daughter, Jessica, now 20, was diagnosed with cancer at age 11. “Every year we get more and more donations, and donations stay in our community,” she said. “They helped my daughter go to college. They help residents get rides to and from their treatments. It’s a great charity to support.” Newfield came up with the idea for the garden after one of the relay events. “I sat down and drew out this idea of ribbons and bricks,” she said. “I’ve been to many hospitals with my daughter and seen similar things, and I thought it would be a great idea for this community.” The garden design included

paver bricks that can be purchased to inscribe at $50 each with three lines of 20 characters. “I had to raise the price on them because I had to guarantee my husband that we will have funding, and I promised you all that it’s not going to cost you anything,” Newfield said. “It’s all going to be done by donations.” People can also purchase a tree or a bench with an inscribed plaque. “I’m getting a lot of requests for benches and trees, and I’m hoping that I can convince you to allow me to do trees and benches throughout the park, saving you guys money,” she said. Newfield added that the Acreage Landowners’Association has wel-

comed the Garden of Hope project and allowed her to sit in their tent at the Acreage Community Jam to collect donations through popcorn sales. “If I hear of somebody needing help, I bring it to the Acreage Landowners’ Association, and they decide if it is a good cause and a helpful cause,” she said. “Last year they raised $500, and this year they raised $1,000. We were able to give that directly to the American Cancer Society to help one of our families or friends in The Acreage.” They go beyond helping only cancer patients and last year were able to assist an Acreage resident See GARDEN, page 4

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ITID Reviews Conditions Of Phased Development On Northlake

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Joe Lelonek of Atlantic Land Investments gave an update on the planned commercial center at the southwest corner of Northlake and Coconut boulevards at the Indian Trail Improvement District Board of Supervisors meeting Wednesday, Feb. 12, explaining that recent changes submitted to Palm Beach County were only to create development phases for a project that had already been approved. Lelonek said the developer had spent several years going through the approval process for the land within the 2.5-mile Northlake corridor, finally winning approval from ITID, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens and the county for a master plan. “Our original intent was to cluster any commercial needs at one logical corner so there was not a strip of commercial going

up and down the street,” Lelonek said, pointing out that landowners had deed-restricted several of the properties in the corridor for preserves, with the agreement that commercial uses would go only at the southwest quadrant of Northlake and Coconut. In 2011, the developer got approval for a multiple-use planned commercial development of 106,000 square feet that included a grocery store, gas station and retail stores, but came back to the county recently asking for a phased development when it could not get a tenant for the grocery store. “We recently came back to county commissioners to phase the development,” he said, explaining that he has been working with the South Florida Water Management District, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other agencies to see that the phasing will not cause unforeseen drainage issues.

“The changes that we made were phase changes so we can start the initial phase at the corner of Coconut and Northlake and phase the balance of that development as the market improves and the rest of the development goes online,” Lelonek said. “The uses are the same as when it was approved in 2011. We have not changed the square footage on this site from the maximum that we had before.” He said the developer plans to start construction of the first phase as soon as possible, which is the roughly 10-acre corner of Coconut and Northlake. Supervisor Michelle Damone said that many residents are concerned that the grocery store hub of the shopping center would not be developed right away for lack of a tenant, and instead, it will start with an area that would include a gas station. Lelonek confirmed that given

the current economic conditions, their intent was to develop the gas station and some retail near the Northlake/Coconut intersection as soon as possible. “I’d love to develop all 30 acres at once, but without tenants, you’re building vacant space, and no one wants vacant space,” Lelonek said. “The safer and more economically friendly way to go is just to develop the first phase. As soon as the economy allows us to have that larger user, we will develop the core as soon as we possibly can.” Damone said that the Publix at Orange Blvd. and Seminole Pratt Whitney Road had been delayed several years when the Publix near Ibis was developed first. “I’m assuming that something similar is happening in this case,” she said, pointing out that the Grove Marketplace on Seminole Pratt, where a Winn-Dixie closed several years ago, has been having

trouble drawing customers and holding tenants. Lelonek said that his firm does not want to build an underperforming center. “That is part of the reason we’re looking at doing the corner first,” he said. “We do have interest in the extended individual users that we would put into the corner, whether it be fast food, gas or so forth. Those can survive on their own, so you don’t wind up with a dark center like we are experiencing with the Winn-Dixie.” He said developing the corner would draw people in, which would then facilitate development of the rest of the center. Damone also pointed out that the ITID board had struggled with the planned entrance on Hamlin Blvd., which had been deemed necessary in order not to create a traffic hazard on Northlake. That entrance was opposed by nearby residents.

Lelonek said the county is requiring the developer to put a divider in on Coconut between Hamlin and Northlake so that northbound drivers on Coconut would have to turn left on Hamlin Blvd. to enter the plaza. Resident Anne Kuhl asked whether delivery traffic would use the Hamlin entrance, and Damone said they asked that a condition of the county’s permit for the Hamlin Blvd. access would be to not allow truck or delivery traffic on Hamlin. Attorney Mary Viator said that no delivery traffic on Hamlin was already a county-imposed condition. Supervisor Gary Dunkley asked about a Palm Tran park-and-ride connection at the center, which he said would connect residents to services to the east, and Lelonek said the developer fully supports that, although Palm Tran does not have a route there now.

Health Department Head Praises County Despite Challenges

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Palm Beach County Health Department Director Dr. Alina Alonso explained her organization’s span of services during a meeting hosted Wednesday by County Commissioner Jess Santamaria at the original Wellington Mall. The Florida Department of Health celebrated its 125th anniversary on Feb. 20. Florida recognized the need for a board of health to control a yellow fever epidemic at the time (1889), and identify and prevent other diseases that affect the health of Floridians.

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continued from page 1 more of a policy than a staff decision,” Coates said. Councilwoman Anne Gerwig also asked that the trees be left in until the council could consider the matter. “This is an issue people really care about,” she said. “I’ve had more than 25 people contact me about it. I think it’s something we need to vet completely before we take action. If it’s just a matter of

For 65 years, ever since its department was established, Palm Beach County has been a leader in public health initiatives, said Santamaria, who presented Alonso a plaque in recognition of the department’s achievements. Alonso has been with the health department for 25 years. She noted that her department is a county organization, although it is financed by the state. “We’re state employees, but we have a relationship with the county,” she said. “The way it works in Florida is we have a centralized system. We’re employees for the State of Florida at the Tallahassee level, but we work very closely

with the Board of County Commissioners, so we kind of have two bosses, the county commission and our boss up in Tallahassee, Florida Surgeon General Dr. John Armstrong.” However, Alonso’s goal is to respond to the residents of Palm Beach County. “I feel, like Commissioner Santamaria, that we are public servants in public health,” she said. “As a physician, I don’t make the kind of money I would in private practice, but it’s almost a calling to work for my community.” All 67 counties in the state work in an integrated health system, which is helpful if there are out-

breaks of disease, because the data can be coordinated. “You may have heard of the outbreaks that we had of contaminated compounding from one of the pharmacies,” Alonso said. “We had infections due to fungal products getting into some mediations. Because of the centralized system, we were able to get that information and work together.” Some states have health departments that are compartmentalized within counties, which does not promote data sharing and is, therefore, limited in its ability to control or predict the spread of epidemics, she said. Several years ago, the county

had cases of botulism that it was able to trace to a clinic in Boca Raton, Alonso recalled. Two patients were admitted to a hospital in Palm Beach Gardens with botulism, and at the same time there were two other patients admitted in New Jersey. She explained that the Palm Beach County Health Department submits findings to Tallahassee, which in turn submits reports to the federal Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. New Jersey also submitted its information to the CDC, which was able to link the four cases to a practitioner in Boca Raton giving the wrong concentration of Botox injections.

“It’s that kind of response that you want to have inter-links between your county and your state,” Alonso said. The mission of the health department is to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through an integrated state, county and community effort. “We don’t work in isolation,” she said. “We work in partnership with many people.” The vision is to make Florida the healthiest state in the nation, although right now, its ranking is 48th. “When you’re that low on the totem pole, you can’t help but See ALONSO, page 19

maintenance, we need to address it. If it’s a true engineering problem, we need to see what other options there are.” Councilman Matt Willhite said he believes the decision should be left to village staff. “This is within the village manager’s purview,” he said. “This issue was primarily brought up because of the cost. We spend $40,000 a year just to maintain the trees. Someone from the village has to go pick up palm fronds every day.” Further, he said, FPL has complained about the trees interfering with power lines. “Whenever

a strong wind blows, the palm fronds blow onto the power lines,” Willhite said. “It causes power outages and issues for the village.” Schofield told council members that with the palms so close to power lines, surrounding neighborhoods such as the Aero Club and Lakefield experience power failures more often and for longer periods of time. “On most other streets in Wellington, we average about six momentary power outages a year due to trees,” he said. “In that area, it’s about 60 a year. It’s ten times more than the average.” He added, however, that the big-

gest issue is getting water down the swale. “They are planted right in the middle,” Schofield said. Willhite said Wellington is trying to be proactive in its infrastructure to prevent future flooding. “We are digging up and regrading a lot of our swales to help with the drainage,” he said. “Right now, people aren’t complaining that we have a drainage problem, but we could get hit with a storm like Tropical Storm Isaac. We want to be proactive and get ahead of this.” Coates said he believes the main issue is the power lines. “I don’t know so much about the drainage

problem,” he said. “I’m not sure that argument holds water.” He would like to see the issue come before the council. “This would totally change the aesthetic of the neighborhood,” Coates said. “And if there are problems and they do need to be taken down, I want to make sure the public fully understands the issue.” Gerwig said she is opposed to tearing them down. “They have a long way to go to explain to me why we would need to do this,” Gerwig said. “We will never to be able to replace that look. Even if we put in new Wash-

ingtonians, it would take years for them to grow back. I think we need to find out what the real problem is and see if there’s another way to handle it.” Willhite noted that plans were to replace the palm trees with trees that are more easily maintained but will still be aesthetically pleasing. “They will be about 12 to 14 feet tall,” he said. “It will help hide the power lines and people’s yards.” Coates said the issue probably would be put on an agenda in March, but no official date had been set.

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‘Stand Your Ground’ Has Strayed From Its Original Purpose

A series of high-profile shooting cases has turned the eyes of the nation to Florida, leading many to call for a re-examination of the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law. The law, meant to protect victims who shoot their attackers, has been at the center of several controversial cases, from the George Zimmerman trial to the most recent trial of Michael Dunn. The latest trial has once again raised concern that the “Stand Your Ground” law as written should be re-evaluated. Although the law exists to protect victims from prosecution for defending themselves, we must encourage people to take reasonable measures to resolve conflicts before resorting to extreme violence. Dunn was convicted last week of attempted murder after he fired his weapon into an SUV full of teenagers during an argument about the teens’ loud music in November 2012. During the altercation, Dunn fatally wounded 17-year-old Jordan Davis. Florida law allows the use of deadly force if someone reasonably believes the force will prevent imminent death or great bodily harm. Dunn said he felt threatened by Davis and believed he had a gun. No weapon was recovered from the vehicle.

Although justice may have been served, with Dunn eligible for up to 60 years in jail despite a mistrial on the murder charge, there are many other ways this story could have ended. Dunn could have chosen to avoid the conflict and ignore the teens, to drive away or even call law enforcement if he felt threatened. Without such a broad defense law on the books, Dunn might have thought twice before firing 10 bullets into the fleeing SUV. The law has its purpose and its merits. We don’t want reasonable people fearful of retaliation by law enforcement for defending themselves in a would-be deadly conflict. At the same time, too often cases of “shoot first, ask questions later” are defended using this broadly worded law with significant loopholes. Given Florida’s political landscape, it’s not likely that the law will be repealed. However, some efforts to tighten the language and bring the law back to its original purpose are certainly necessary. Further, it is important that people embroiled in conflict take reasonable stock of the situation before pulling the trigger. If Dunn had just stopped and considered other possibilities, two lives could have been saved that day.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR RPB Needs Pedestrian/Bike Park Entrances

I would like to comment on the article “Royal Palm Council Drops New Entrances From Park Changes” published last week. I emphatically disagree with the decision not to add the bike/pedestrian entrances to Commons Park, as was in the original master plan. It appears that 32 residents decided that they didn’t want anyone to access the new park from their neighborhood. A passive bike/pedestrian entrance would allow everyone living in the Willows subdivision to access the park by foot or bicycle without having to drive their car to the main entrance. This would reduce overall automobile traffic, reduce pollution, encourage the healthy activities of walking and biking, and allow those who live around the perimeter of the park, but not necessarily adjacent to the park, convenient access to the park from their neighborhood. The 32 residents stated they feared additional traffic on their quiet street, which the village addressed by stating they would post signs. These 32 residents also stated that they were happy the village improved their properties by providing them with park-front property and they were happy the village purchased their neighborhood foreclosed property eye sore. It seems to me that these residents want to enjoy their own “private” part of the public park, yet disallow any of the other 680 residents around the park (as well as those of us who ride from La Mancha) to enjoy more convenient access. The village has always provided for the neighbors when making changes that affect them, and they currently have buffers planned to reduce the impact on those neighbors by the planned entrances. The entire path probably won’t be more than 4 feet wide with traffic barricades to prevent motor vehicles from entering. I ride my bicycle all over RPB and would appreciate several bike/pedestrian entrances into Commons Park. If you would like to see the bike/pedestrian entrances left in the master plan, please contact the village council (www.royalpalmbeach.com) and let them know your opinion. The voice of the all the people needs to be heard, not just 32 of them. Linda Zaskey Royal Palm Beach

Realtor Not In Favor Of New Minto Project

I read Bill Louda’s letter (Louda On Minto West’s Mailer, Feb. 14) with applause. And yes, I’ve been

a Realtor in the western communities since 1982. Needless to say, I have witnessed many changes — some good, some not so good — and the Minto development would be an atrocity to this area. I, too, received the mailer, and as it slipped from my fingers into the recycle bin, I thought to myself, “They must think the folks out here walk around wearing dunce caps.” Old Florida... are they kidding? Downtown Stuart, Mt. Dora and Clewiston are Old Florida. Perhaps they should take a ride, and they will see that these towns are not filled with “count your way home” concrete boxes. I have many friends living in the various Loxahatchee neighborhoods, and it is such a pleasure to visit them and see how they enjoy their land without the intrusion of their neighbors’ security lights shining in their living room windows, which is one of the amenities that Minto has to offer! Not to mention the traffic as the “lucky” homeowners will be leaving when the rooster crows so they can get to work on time. Oh, but Minto will have you believe they will provide jobs to so many who can walk to work. Standing behind a counter serving ice cream will not pay for their “Minto Lifestyle.” In closing, I would like to say to all Loxahatchee residents — wise up and rise up to stop them, because once those shovels go in the ground, your lifestyle as you know it will change and there will be no going back. Pat Evans Wellington

Santamaria Always Stands Up For All Of Us

Recently, a letter was sent to the Town-Crier, giving kudos to Commissioner Jess R. Santamaria for standing up for the citizens of The Acreage, regarding a pending development on Northlake Blvd., and being a spokesman for the people. The letter paraphrased him as saying, “the people of The Acreage are having big government and special interests decide what is best for them, namely unwanted development. It is being pushed upon them whether they like it or not, being told the developers are there to serve the residents and improve their lives.” This is not the first time that Commissioner Santamaria has spoken up to protect the quality of life for the residents in Palm Beach County. Even before becoming an elected official, he has always pro-actively advocated for the voice of the citizens to maintain the rural character of the area they live in, which is why they moved to a rural area.

For the past 7-plus years, he has continued to be the voice of the people, provided leadership to the Palm Beach County Commission on several key issues that impact the quality of life and saved taxpayer dollars, including: avoiding the Callery-Judge project that would have resulted in 10,000 homes, successfully opposing the eminent domain of private property on Pioneer Road for an entrance to a commercial venture, $65 million cost avoidance for a landfill purchase and successfully advocating for increased oversight of how Palm Beach County buys and sells real estate, resulting in the creation of the Property Review Committee. These are just a few of the many issues that Commissioner Santamaria has advocated for the rights of the citizens. Since his election, he also shares and educates the community by having monthly community forums. I am sure there are many more examples that I am not aware of, and there is no question that the people will miss the commissioner when his term is up. Who will step up to fight for and represent the citizens of Palm Beach County? Genieve White Royal Palm Beach

Does Drinking Water Fluoride Reduce Cavities?

The idea of adding fluoride to the water supplies began some 60 years ago in this country. Water fluoridation supporters claimed back then, and today, that there has been a significant drop in cavities across the U.S. population, a direct result of adding fluoride to drinking water supplies. While it’s true there has been a drop in tooth decay rates in America, there is no clear indication fluoride is responsible for that improvement. Besides, fluoride supporters conveniently forget the obvious: There has also been a significant drop in tooth decay for people who do not drink fluoridated water. So the reduction in tooth decay is not due to fluoride in the water, but is instead due to a better diet and improved dental hygiene. In fact, according to a 2001 study released by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), it was found that by age 12, kids who live in fluoridated communities averaged only 1.4 fewer cavities than those in non-fluoridated communities. And, “even in fluoridated cities, severe tooth decay remains rampant among the poor,” according to Time, because 85 percent of dentists reject treating poor patients under Medicaid. Even in Western Europe, where tooth decay levels have dropped

as sharply as in this country, 17 of 21 countries — a whopping 80 percent — have stopped water fluoridation or refused to start water fluoridation. The CDC recently found 32 percent of American children now have some level of dental fluorosis (mottling and pitting of the teeth), a direct result of fluoride accumulating in their bodies. If that’s not bad enough, I did a little digging and found that this statistic may understate the problem. The more fluoride added to the water, the higher the level of dental fluorosis found. In fact, in 1993, the National Research Council of America reported 84 percent of the population in areas where fluoride in the water exceeded 3.7 parts per million (ppm) had dental fluorosis! The Environmental Working Group petitioned the National Institutes of Health to list fluoride in tap water as a carcinogen. Time magazine reports that their petition cites “decades of peer-reviewed studies on fluoride’s ability to mutate DNA and its known deposition on the ends of growing bones.” A 1991 study by the U.S. Public Health Service found a strong link between fluoride exposure and bone cancer in boys. They found there was a 79 percent increase in osteosarcoma in fluoridated communities and a 4 percent decrease in non-fluoridated communities. Fluoride is closely linked to osteosarcoma (bone cancer) for these reasons: 50 percent of ingested fluoride is deposited in your bones; fluoride is a mitogen that stimulates bone growth; and fluoride is known to cause human cells to mutate. If you need more proof as to how hazardous fluoride is, the FDA forces toothpaste manufacturers to print the following warning label on every tube of toothpaste that includes fluoride: “If more than used for brushing is accidentally swallowed, get medical help or contact a poison-control center right away.” So, do yourself a favor and educate yourself on the dangers of fluoride. Dr. Anthony Viscusi Chiropractor Wellington

Get Rid Of Exotic Plants Today

Christine Boyette’s letter to the editor (Out Of Control Invasive Plants In The Acreage, Feb. 14) is right on! One area that we in The Acreage are way behind in is the removal of exotic plants. As a retired Florida environmental science teacher, and current member of the Florida Native Plant Society, I applaud her letter. I have lived in Florida since 1970 and moved to The Acreage

in 2001. As I drive around this area, I am increasingly appalled at the amount of invasive exotics here. They are not only on vacant land, but in many people’s yards. Palm Beach County does require the removal of non-native invasive exotics from property, yet invasive exotics like earleaf acacia, Brazilian pepper, Australian pine and melaleuca flourish in The Acreage. I have even seen Old World climbing fern on some lots. Reasons to clear your land of these invasive plants include: 1. Invasive exotics alter native plant communities by displacing native species, changing community structures or ecological functions, or hybridizing with natives. The current list of invasive exotics can be obtained by going to www. fleppc.org. 2. The State of Florida spends millions of dollars a year to eliminate or control exotic invasive plants on natural lands. By not clearing the exotic invasives from your land, you are maintaining a seed bank that allows these species to spread. It is not easy to get rid of them and you must be ever vigilant in your garden, but it is well worth the effort to encourage our native plants to grow in their place. 3. Since we are very close to a Wildlife Management Area, we should be even more vigilant so that those exotics are not carried into the WMA. The week of Feb. 26 to March 3 is National Invasive Species Awareness Week. Take some time to research the invasive plants found in our area and your neighborhood. Go outside in this great weather and remove all invasives you find in your yard. Replace them with native Florida plants. You will be rewarded with increased wildlife in your yard. Lynn Sweetay The Acreage

Stunned By Acreage Green Market Ad

To say that I was shocked when I cracked open the Town-Crier today (Feb. 14) would be an incredible understatement. As I turned the pages, I saw the advertisement for the Acreage Green Market (an Acreage Landowners’ Association sponsored event) including a $2 off coupon, “compliments of Minto West!” The ALA is supposed to be the “watchdog” of our community.

Based on their own mission statement, they are in place to enhance, preserve, protect, support and encourage. As of today, I am unaware of any official stance they have taken on the Minto West project, which is why I was stunned to see the coupon. By allowing this, the ALA “appears” to be endorsing the project and sending that message to the community. I asked a member of the board who approved this, and her response was, “The board neither approved nor disapproved. The marketing company we hired to promote the green market paid for this ad. I didn’t see it until this morning when I read the digital edition of the Town-Crier.” Really? Has the ALA become so inept that they no longer approve or disapprove what is contained in their own ads? I don’t believe that for one minute. Someone on that board knew and someone on that board allowed it to be printed. Minto West has found their way into someone’s pocket, and it must stop here before the corruption takes over! The ALA is clearly no longer part of this community. When honest, decent board members step down, it is time to look at who is left and why. It is time for the ALA to dissolve. It is not a representation of us anymore; it is a handful of people who do what they wish. They are no “watchdog” and have no purpose. Tanya Litz The Acreage

Time To Re-Think Community Center Plans

As we are all aware, the subject of keeping the Wellington Tennis Center in its current location and the construction of a new Wellington Community Center building is center stage with our Wellington Village Council. The moving of the tennis facility and a new community center have actually been subjects of public and council discussions for about three years. The costs to accomplish and reasons why for the tennis facility move and new building have been moving targets with this council and past councils, as have been reasons for why this is taking so long. Since these discussions started, our village demographics have changed, the economy has changed and additional property has recently been purchased by the See LETTERS, page 19

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continued from page 1 who was in a motorcycle accident and had his arm amputated. They helped adjust his home to his handicap. Newfield works with a board of directors on the Garden of Hope project including Peggy May, Meagan May, Joyce Gorring, Erica Dayton and Diana Demarest. The Garden of Hope also does bake sales and sells cards for troops. At the Relay for Life, they sold butterfly nets and Seeds of Hope — packages of seeds and a pot — to keep with the Garden of Hope theme. They also sold chances for a spa package in a raffle.

People from outside The Acreage are coming to her for help with cancer patients, and they donate care packages to them. “But when I donate care packages to them, it comes back full force,” Newfield said. For example, she donated a care package to a cancer patient on a youth football team in Cooper City, and the mother donated $200 to the Garden of Hope, which enabled her to purchase the spa package that was raffled off at the relay. She has sent care packages as far away as Texas and California. Newfield has been making care packages at her own expense, but she plans to start asking for donations to help defray the cost.

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“I personalize them to the individual,” she said. “Sometimes I deliver them myself, and sometimes I have someone come with me. It really helps them feel better.” Newfield estimates that she has done more than 100 care packages. Newfield also had someone create a web site, www.gardenof-hope.net, where people can make donations or order bricks at $50 each. She is looking for someone who can improve the design so people can also order trees or benches online and have a scrolling reminder of people to be remembered or honored. On her Garden of Hope page on Facebook, Newfield has included stories of hope. “It’s not all about

people being sick or having cancer,” she said, explained that it’s also about good things that are happening inside and outside the community. “You can find great stories of people helping people. We also do community service for teens. With student government at Seminole Ridge High School last year, we were able to collect toys, and a couple of days before Christmas we delivered as many toys as we could.” Garden of Hope organizers hope to have a groundbreaking for the project soon, although a date has not been set. Newfield stressed that she is still looking for donations for the inscribed bricks. The project will require about 400 square feet of

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bricks. Sponsors can have their name inscribed on a brick, bench or tree, and have their name on the web site. Meanwhile, Newfield is going to invite people to help her finish the design of the garden. “This is your park, not my park,” she said. Newfield does not yet have a price on the benches, but is working with ITID Parks Director Tim Wojnar on that, explaining that the benches have a special significance since they allow people to share time with patients or with people they wish they could share some time with again. “Through my experience with my daughter’s illness, as a caregiver I understand what this does for people,” she said. “It really

changes their quality of life, even if it’s just a minute of the day that they’re not in pain, they’re not suffering.” She thanked several members of the community for their help, including Ken Hendricks, who prints thank-you notes; Mike Erickson, who has offered to inscribe plaques for benches and trees; and Trisha Coats, who has helped with web design and hosting. Supervisors commended Newfield on her work and the time that she has put into the project. “I know it’s a lot of headaches,” Supervisor Ralph Bair said. “Actually, it’s a healing process for me,” Newfield said. “I’ve been so blessed, and I’m just giving back.”

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RADISH FEST BRINGS TASTY VEGETABLE TO THE WELLINGTON GREEN MARKET The Wellington Green Market held its inaugural Radish Festival on Saturday, Feb. 15. Vendors highlighted the tasty vegetable in their food, and bunches of radishes were available to take home and try for yourself. There was also an array of other foods, jewelry and art for sale. For more info., visit www.wellingtongreenmarket.com. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Cornelia Holland-Rios sells fresh fruits and vegetables, including radishes, to Harriet and Larry May (with Lilly).

Lucia Puglisi, Fran Conigliaro and Linda Ripp (with Brady) enjoy a treat while listening to the music.

Manohardeep and Sophia Josan, who got a radish painted on her cheek.

Donna Alfonso tastes radishes offered by Wellington Green Market founder Peter Robinson.

Maria Fong and Gladys Ferrer looking over the radishes.

Brio Tuscan Grille chefs Khaled Salah and Vincent Olmo created a pasta dish with radishes.

MINION FROM ‘DESPICABLE ME’ JOINS BINKS FOREST VALENTINE’S DAY FUN

Students at Binks Forest Elementary School got a surprise visit Thursday, Feb. 13 to celebrate Valentine’s Day and help motivate them in Spanish class. The school was visited by a minion from the movie Despicable Me, who greeted the students at school and then visited the Spanish class for a celebration.

Spanish teacher Maria del Pilar Gomez brought the minion to visit her students.

The minion visited the Spanish class to motivate students.

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Home Burglary In The Acreage

By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report FEB. 12 — A deputy from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation was dispatched to a home on 38th Road North last Wednesday afternoon in response to a home burglary. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., someone smashed the victim’s living room window to gain entry to the home. Once inside, the perpetrator(s) ransacked the bedrooms and removed an iPad, a Sony Playstation game system and an HP laptop computer. The stolen items were valued at approximately $900. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. ••• FEB. 1 — An employee of a car dealership on Southern Blvd. called the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach on Saturday, Feb. 1 to report a theft. According to a PBSO report, at approximately 1:35 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29, two unknown men entered the business and began walking around the showroom looking at vehicles. When the victim stepped out of his office, one of the suspects ran into the office and stole his Samsung Galaxy III cell phone from his desk. According to the report, the men were described as white males in their early 30s with short haircuts, one was approximately 5’10� tall and the other was 6’2� tall. Video surveillance footage captured the suspects, but no employees were able to identify them. There was no further information available at the time of the report. FEB. 2 — A resident of Waterway Road called the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach on Sunday, Feb. 2 to report a vehicle burglary. According to a PBSO report, sometime between midnight and 6:45 a.m., someone entered the victim’s vehicle through an open passenger-side window and stole the victim’s Celine purse from the front passenger seat. The victim said the purse contained a Rolex explorer watch. There were no signs of force. The stolen items were valued at approximately $9,800. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. FEB. 2 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach was dispatched to the Village Golf Club on Sunday, Feb. 2 regarding a theft. According to a PBSO report, the victim parked her car in the parking lot at approximately 11 a.m., and when she returned approximately 30 minutes later, she discovered a window broken and her purse stolen. The victim’s purse contained her credit cards, a gold wedding ring and a gold ring with a purple stone. According to the report, the perpetrator(s) used the stolen credit cards at several locations in West Palm Beach, fraudulently

spending more than $2,200. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. FEB. 8 — Two men were arrested Saturday, Feb. 8 on drug charges after a traffic stop near the intersection of Southern Blvd. and Lamstein Lane. According to a PBSO report, at approximately 11:14 p.m., a deputy initiated a traffic stop on a tan Kia Sportage, but the driver failed to pull over and instead continued on Southern Blvd. The vehicle finally stopped near Lamstein Lane, and the deputy made contact with the driver, 27-year-old Jesus Moya of Belle Glade. According to the report, the deputy discovered that Moya was on probation for the possession of marijuana. The deputy said that the front passenger, 21-year-old Jose Pozo of Royal Palm Beach, smelled strongly of fresh marijuana, which the deputy could smell coming from his mouth each time he spoke. According to the report, a search of the vehicle revealed a bag containing residual marijuana in the front center area of the vehicle between the seats. According to the report, Pozo told the deputy that Moya instructed him to eat the marijuana to get rid of it. Both men were arrested and taken to the Palm Beach County Jail. Moya was charged with violation of probation, possession of marijuana under 20 grams and tampering with evidence. Pozo was charged with tampering with evidence. FEB. 11 — A resident of 81st Lane North called the PBSO’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation last Tuesday morning to report a case of fraud. According to a PBSO report, the victim was made aware that someone used her credit union card numbers fraudulently to make several charges. The charges included a $545.86 charge at an HP Home Store in California, and more than $400 at a Kohl’s store in Ohio. The victim said she did not make the purchases and did not authorize anyone to use her card. There were no suspects at the time of the report. FEB. 12 — A resident of Wellington contacted the PBSO’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation last Wednesday afternoon to report a theft. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., someone stole the license decal from her trailer. The victim said she was washing her trailer when she discovered that the decal had been removed. The stolen decal was valued at approximately $54. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. FEB. 14 — A resident of East Prestwich Drive called the PBSO’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation last Friday afternoon to report a theft. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m., someone removed the license plate from the victim’s See BLOTTER, page 19

Wellington Man Dies In Small Plane Crash Near The Aero Club

FEB. 17 — A Wellington man died Monday morning after a custom plane he was flying crashed near the Aero Club community. According to a PBSO report, at approximately 11:55 a.m., 58-year-old Leonard W. McGarity Jr. was flying his custom airplane from his home in the

Aero Club when something went wrong. According to the report, the plane crashed into a golf course pond located near the intersection of Greenbriar Blvd. and Aero Club Road. McGarity died on impact. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.

Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is asking for the public’s help in finding these wanted fugitives: • Collin Lanzone is a white male, 5’11� tall and weighing 150 lbs., with blond hair and blue eyes. His date of birth is 12/26/95. Lanzone is wanted on charges of burglary, grand theft of a motor vehicle and failure to appear on charges of driving under the influence, driving without a valid license and leaving the scene of an accident. His last known addresses were Sonesta Shores Drive in Lake Worth and Kensington Way in Wellington. He is wanted as of 02/13/14. • Jose Garcia is a white male, 5’4� tall and weighing 120 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. His date of birth is 04/15/84. Garcia is wanted for violation of probation on charges of attempted trafficking in cocaine. His last known address was S. Dorchester Drive in Greenacres. He is wanted as of 02/13/14. Remain anonymous and you may be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward. Call Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS (8477) or visit www.crimestopperspbc. com.

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RPB Gearing Up For West Fest To Mark Park’s First Birthday

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report West Fest is returning Friday through Sunday, Feb. 28 through March 2, and it’s being organized by the Village of Royal Palm Beach, which promises an event unlike anything the western communities have ever seen. “West Fest used to be a big staple in our community for quite some time,” said Community & Cultural Events Superintendent Carlos Morales, but it has been several years since West Fest has been held. The event was previously produced by the Palms West Chamber of Commerce, now the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce. “We want to have a big inaugural West Fest event, and we think we have a pretty good lineup of

entertainment and activities,” Morales said. This time, the event is entirely produced by the village, which hired the entertainment and contractors such as a carnival company for the rides. “This is our first time putting carnival rides at one of our major events. It’s more than just a fun zone that we’ve had traditionally,” Morales said. “We’re going to have rides like you’re used to at the fairgrounds.” Entertainment includes local country bands, as well as Nashville performers. “We have several Nashville recording artists,” he said. “Tate Stevens is going to be our headliner on Saturday, March 1 at 8 p.m. We also have Tom Jackson performing for us on Sunday at 3 p.m.” Tim Charron will perform Sun-

day at 1 p.m. “We also have many great local bands,” Morales said. “You can see our lineup at our web site at www.rpbwestfest.com. You can even see some performance videos.” A chili cookoff is also listed on the web site. “If anybody is interested in actually entering the chili cookoff competition, you can visit our web site and fill out some forms,” he said. “There’s a rule sheet on there, and we’re looking forward to the public bringing out some really good home-cooked chili.” There is also a 5K run/walk on Saturday at 7:30 a.m., and people can still sign up for that on the web site. The Mr. and Miss West Fest Pageant will also be held in several age divisions. “We’ll also have food trucks out there,” Morales said, as well

as food vendors selling barbecue and conventional food and refreshments. “This is a complete western event. We’re actually going to have a western encampment area, with tents so people can feel like they’re in a Western town, with a blacksmith and wagons.” A simulated gold mine will also be set up where kids can pan for gold. Other attractions include petting zoos and swamp buggy tours, helicopter tours, and kayak and canoe rentals. The Royal Palm Beach Police Athletic League will move its boxing ring to the park for a showcase on Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. FPL will bring out an electric vehicle for display; Kindercare will set up an area; and Macaroni Kid will have a booth set up for arts and crafts. The Acreage Horseman’s Asso-

ciation and Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission will also participate, as will major sponsor Tree’s Wings. “They will be serving alcohol and will have a swamp bar,” Morales said of Tree’s Wings. A western-theme arts and crafts sale will also be set up. “These are really nice, western-attired arts and crafts vendors,” he said. “People who take the time to shop these vendors will be quite impressed.” Roaming entertainers will be throughout the park, and the banquet garden will be set up on the north side, away from the stage so people can relax. The park’s standard Green Market & Bazaar will operate on Sunday as usual. A fireworks show on Saturday at 9:30 p.m. will commemorate the one-year anniversary of the park.

“There’s all kinds of activities that are going to be going on all weekend long,” Morales said, adding that the main stage will be set up on the south end of the great lawn. “It’s a much bigger stage than we’ve had before.” Western attire and lawn chairs or blankets are encouraged. Carpooling is also encouraged. Offsite parking with a shuttle will be available if the parking areas fill up. Admission to the event is free. Wristbands for rides are $20 per day. Alcohol brought in from outside the premises is prohibited. Hours are 5 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday (with the 5K at 7:30 a.m.), and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday (with the Green Market beginning at 9 a.m.). Visit www.rpbwestfest. com for more information.

Jess Santamaria Donates County Salary To Homeless Coalition

County Commissioner Jess Santamaria plans to donate his commissioner’s salary for the year to the Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County. The $100,000 will go toward implementing the coalition’s Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness. The donation is part of Santamaria’s goal to “pay it forward.” While he now owns shopping centers and a hotel, Santamaria was not born into a life of privilege. He experienced a difficult childhood in the Philippines. His father died when he was three, leaving his mother to raise six children alone. The family became homeless after their house and much of the city of Manila was devastated during World War II. “I

know what it is like to be hungry for days at a time,” Santamaria said. Santamaria said his mother’s tenacity and self-sacrifice enabled her to send him to school. He credits his mother’s example and a strong Christian education for his work ethic and desire to care for the disadvantaged. “It’s who I am. If I had a dollar, I would be ready to share 50 cents,” said Santamaria, who with his wife, Victoria, have passed on these family values to their three children. The Santamaria family is now the title sponsor of the upcoming Mayor’s Ball. The March 8 gala at the Palm Beach County Convention Center will benefit

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continued from page 1 our primary users, what they want for it. It’s long overdue.” She added that she has been a proponent of leaving the tennis center in its current location because of both cost and time concerns. “I felt it was going to be too expensive to move it, first of all,” Gerwig said. “Second of all, I didn’t want to tie the projects together. When we tied the community center and the tennis rebuild together, it delayed the community center rebuild.” Gerwig said she wants to continue to address senior issues, noting that she voted to form the Senior Advisory Committee,

the Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County. “While the ball is a black-tie event, it will also educate attendees about the growing issue of homelessness and ways people can make a difference,” said Marilyn Munoz, executive director for the Homeless Coalition. According to the 2013 Point-inTime Count, there are more than 2,500 homeless people on any given day in Palm Beach County. The numbers are even higher when you add people who are temporarily living with other families. “Homeless mothers with children and families call us or walk through the doors of the Sen. Philip D. Lewis Center every day,” Munoz said. “Commissioner

which acts as a bridge between the senior community and the council. “I voted to form that committee because I believe our seniors need a voice in the village,” she said. “The best way to have your concerns addressed is by going through the committee, which can then come to us.” During questioning, Gerwig was asked about her vision for affordable senior housing in Wellington. She said that while she supports the cause, it is problematic to have government-subsidized housing. “We can’t say that since you’ve lived in Wellington for 10 years, you qualify to move into Wellington housing,” she said. “We can’t do that by law. A public housing concept can be really detrimental to property values for all of us, and we can’t control who lives there.” She clarified that she doesn’t think senior housing brings down property values

Seniors Club Forum — Wellington Seniors Club President Howard Trager with the candidates. (L-R) Sharon Lascola, Councilman Howard Coates, Trager and Councilwoman Anne Gerwig. PHOTO BY LAUREN MIRÓ/TOWN-CRIER

‘Pony Up For POST’ March 6

The International Polo Club Palm Beach will host “Pony Up for POST,” an inaugural event to benefit the Pediatric Oncology Support Team (POST) on Thursday, March 6 at 5:30 p.m. at the Pavilion. Tickets are $50 per person. Guests will enjoy live entertainment, elegant hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction featuring equestrianinspired works of art from the first annual 2014 Commemorative Poster Contest, including “Polo Rumble,” the winning artwork by Alan Metzger. Proceeds raised from “Pony Up for POST” will go to the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation and will benefit the POST program, which helps children and their families living in the western communities deal with the impact of pediatric cancer. To purchase tickets, visit www. internationalpoloclub.ticketleap. com. For more info., call Kimberly at (561) 844-1778, ext. 15.

Host An Exchange Student

World Heritage Student Exchange Programs is seeking local host families for high school boys and girls from Scandinavia,

France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Thailand, China, South Korea and more. The students are already awaiting word about their host families for the 2014-15 academic school year or semester. Host families provide room, board and guidance for a foreign teenager living thousands of miles from home. Couples, single parents and families with or without children living at home are encouraged to apply. The exchange students arrive from their home countries before the 2014-15 school year begins, and each World Heritage student is fully insured, brings his or her own spending money, and expects to bear his or her share of household responsibilities as well as be included in normal family activities and lifestyles. If you are interested in opening your home to a young person from abroad, call Area Representative Steven Miller at (561) 616-9343 or (800) 888-9040. For more info., visit www.whhosts.com.

New Homeowner Help Initiative

Palm Beach County Tax Collector Anne M. Gannon and the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches recently launched “A New Neighbor Kit” for Palm Beach County residents. The partnership is designed to put useful

Santamaria’s donation will make sure we can give them hope about their futures.” The donation shows Santamaria’s continued support of the homeless. He has gifted his salary to the Lord’s Place in the past. Santamaria and his family have also created a charitable trust called My Brother’s/Sister’s Keeper. The organization helps the poor and needy in the western communities. “The strong and the fortunate have an obligation to assist the weak and less fortunate until they are able to help themselves,” Santamaria explained. For more information about the Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County, visit www.home lesscoalitionpbc.org.

but, rather, that government-subsidized housing can. Wellington can help seniors to age in place, she said, by encouraging more developers to build senior housing. “If we want more developments like that, we need to tell developers,” Gerwig said. Lascola, Gerwig’s challenger, bought property in Wellington with her husband in 1980 and spent several years traveling to Wellington before becoming a permanent resident in 1995. She is a retired businesswoman. Lascola said she decided to run for the council because she wants more opportunities for seniors in Wellington. “This started because my mother is in the early stages of dementia, and I was looking for an adult daycare center for her,” she said. “As we know, Wellington doesn’t have a facility like that.” Her vision for Wellington’s future includes a dedicated senior center, ample opportunities for senior housing and a council that listens to the needs of its people instead of “pandering to developers.” “My vision is for Wellington to have a senior center for our wonderful senior population,” Lascola said. “We have such wonderful people who have lived here for years. Now that we’re at that particular age, we come to our meeting here each month, but what do we do after? We go home.” She said she wants to see a place where seniors could come to enjoy each other’s company, along with refreshments, activities and other amenities. Another issue Lascola said she will fight for is affordable senior housing. “You may enjoy having a large house now, but one day you will want to downsize,” Lascola said. “Wellington was never built for our seniors. The Senior Advisory Committee was put together, and they have wonderful ideas, but because of some issues Wellington has had, none of the ideas have been put out for the public.”

Lascola said she would bring attention to issues other than what is brought by developers. “I want to protect us from overdevelopment,” she said. “It’s about time seniors have a voice on the village council, and about time they pay attention to senior issues. It’s about time the bickering stops on the council, and about time they stop pandering to developers. We need to bring back our small-town sense of community. It’s about time we put the ‘we’ in ‘Wellington.’” During questioning, Lascola was asked about her qualifications. She noted she became a permanent resident in Wellington in 1995, and had joined the Wellington Club East before it became the Wellington Community Center, as well as the Wellington Golf Club. “I was very involved in the golfing community,” she said. “I had friends I played bridge with. I helped my neighbors.” Asked about senior housing, Lascola said an affordable option was needed. “I have friends who moved away from Wellington because they couldn’t afford to live here anymore,” she said. “There are ways to manage and solve the problems we have.” Councilman Howard Coates, the Seat 3 incumbent, said he would put his focus on infrastructure, continuing to improve Wellington’s older neighborhoods and attempting to diversify Wellington’s economy. After Tropical Storm Isaac flooded parts of Wellington, Coates said the village began to upgrade its infrastructure. “We have to make sure we have the funds in place to do capital improvements to prevent the flooding we had during recent storms,” Coates said. “It wasn’t just in the equestrian community, but also flooding on major thoroughfares like Forest Hill.” He also said he would vote to continue funding the Safe Neighborhoods program,

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“how-to” information in the hands of new homeowners. “Whether new to Palm Beach County or making a local move, every new homeowner will need to make several transactions with our office,” Gannon said. “We think working with the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches is a great way to reach them.” The New Neighbor Kit was created with the Realtors to distribute directly to their clients. “Working with Anne and her staff on this kit has proved to be a beneficial tool for our 11,000 members, “said Barb Kozlow, president of the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches. “RAPB strives to not only give its members all the tools necessary to succeed, but also provide critical information for homebuyers to make their transition into a new home as smooth as possible — this kit succeeds at both.” Notable information in the kits include address changes for licenses, registering and titling out-of-state cars, registering and titling out-of-state boats, property tax information, opening a business in Palm Beach County, emergency hurricane preparedness, key contact numbers in Palm Beach County, a voter registration application and information about opening a SunPass account. The New Neighbor Kits are available at www.pbctax.com/ newneighbor or at one of three

Commissioner Jess Santamaria with his family. The Santamaria family will be the title sponsor of the upcoming Mayor’s Ball.

Realtors Association of the Palm Beach’s offices in Palm Beach County.

Wellington Featured In ‘Where To Retire’

Wellington has been selected as a top retirement destination by Where to Retire, the only magazine in America geared toward helping people with retirement relocation decisions. Wellington is profiled in the March/April issue, now available nationwide. Where to Retire Editor Annette Fuller said Wellington possesses qualities important to today’s retirees. “Known internationally for its equestrian scene, Wellington also has golf courses, community parks and easy access to the Everglades,” she said. “Recent transplants speak highly of their welcoming neighbors and the overall friendliness of the city. Proximity to Palm Beach and Boca Raton brings some glitz to retirees looking for world-class shopping, high-end restaurants and even a celebrity sighting or two at a polo club.” Each year, 700,000 Americans relocate to new towns to retire. Generally, relocating retirees are healthier, better educated and more affluent than those who choose to not relocate. They bring significant economic benefits to their new

which is helping to revitalize older communities in the village. “I want to continue the programs we have in place to improve neighborhoods that are 20 to 30 years old and suffering blight,” he said. “If we don’t do that, it will pass through the community and affect the property values of all the properties in Wellington.” Though plans for a medical arts district on State Road 7 have ground to a halt, Coates said he wants to revisit that idea and other plans to stimulate Wellington’s economy. “The Wellington economy is very cyclical and very tied to the equestrian industry,” he said. “I think there is the potential of bringing more medical institutions to take root here in Wellington.” He said he has been a major advocate for seniors and has worked on the council to provide more senior housing opportunities. One of the ways was by voting to allow expanded assisted-living facilities in certain areas of the village. “It’s a very important aspect because it allows seniors who don’t want to leave Wellington, or children who want to have their parents nearby, to have housing within our neighborhoods,” Coates said. “We expanded it from 14 to 21 residents in the facilities.” Additionally, Coates said he has been a proponent of rebuilding the tennis facility but voted against moving it. “Let’s focus on the community center,” he said. “My fear is that we are going to have to cut the size of the community center to fit within the budget if we decide to move tennis.” During questioning, Coates was asked about his decision to vote to remove fluoride from Wellington’s water supply. He said he thought it should be up to individuals whether to ingest it. “It was clear the reason fluoride is added is for medical reasons,” he said. “My view is we as individuals have the right to make that choice.”

states and hometowns. Nationally, two dozen states and hundreds of towns seek to attract retirees as a source of economic development. Where to Retire magazine, launched in 1992 with the goal of helping its readers find the ideal place to retire, is published six times a year. The magazine covers the best retirement regions, towns and master-planned communities, and has a national circulation of 200,000. The magazine is sold on various newsstands and at Barnes & Noble bookstores. A one-year subscription to Where to Retire is $18. For more info., visit www.wheretoretire. com.

Soccer Team Yard Sale Feb. 22

The Acreage Arsenal U-12 soccer team will hold a yard sale Saturday, Feb. 22 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 14239 Orange Blvd. across from Acreage Pines Elementary School to help raise money for the team to participate in the AYSO national games in Torrance, Calif., this summer. Call (561) 670-9976 for more info.

Wellington Pool Programs For Spring Break

The Wellington Aquatics Com-

plex has expanded its hours for Spring Break from Saturday, March 15 through Sunday, March 23. The facility, located at 12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd., features an Olympic-sized swimming pool, diving boards, water slides, an aquatic spray ground, baby pool, concession stand and locker rooms. On Saturday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of Spring Break, the complex will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Sundays, the complex will be open from noon to 6 p.m. Additionally, Wellington will offer two lifeguard classes at the Aquatics Complex during Spring Break. Wellington’s Jr. Lifeguard class will run from Monday, March 17 through Thursday, March 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily. Children ages 10 to 14 are eligible to register. The cost is $60, and the class is limited to 15 participants. The American Red Cross Lifeguard class, for ages 15 and over, will also be offered. Class times are Saturday, March 15 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, March 17 to 19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Thursday, March 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Limited to 15 participants, the class will cost $235. For more info., call Aquatics Manager Eric Juckett at (561) 753-2497.


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OPEN GOVERNMENT Anne Gerwig has been a champion of open government and transparency. Anne supported the implementation of “Open Wellington,” a cutting-edge online service that puts all of the village’s public records on-line, much in real time. All village records are now accessible on the village’s web site, including all financial contract information, invoices, budgets and general records including agendas and meeting notices. You can even see what checks the village wrote yesterday, all from the comfort of your own home. “Open Wellington” is revolutionary and has made Wellington a leader in open government and transparency.

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SUNSHINE LEAGUE OPENS SEASON AT BOB MARCELLO BASEBALL COMPLEX

The Sunshine League kicked off its season Friday, Feb. 14 at the Bob Marcello Baseball Complex in Royal Palm Beach. The Sunshine League provides opportunities for players of all ability to enjoy a fun game of baseball, where everyone gets to hit, get on base and come home. Mayor Matty Mattioli was on hand to throw out the first pitch. PHOTOS BY JULIE UNGER/TOWN-CRIER

Sunshine League participants and supporters.

April Reinstein, Bobby Ross, Melody McCauley and Kim Reinstein from the Sun Burst team.

RPB Mayor Matty Mattioli presents league commissioner Larry Weld with the Volunteer of the Decade Award.

Members of the Sun Rays team with their parents.

April Reinstein and Melody McCauley.

Elias Becher, Kevin and Chris Kramer, Kaitlyn Konigsberg and Brianna Eddy of the Sun Rays team get ready to play.

ROYAL PALM SENIORS ENJOY VALENTINE’S DAY PARTY AT CULTURAL CENTER

The Royal Palm Beach Seniors Activities Group held a Valentine’s Day Party on Friday, Feb. 14 at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER Center. Guests enjoyed lunch, along with performances by Charizma, dancing, candy and more.

Mike Powers and Tanya Marie Greaves of Charizma perform.

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Pafford Named Marshall Foundation CEO Mark S. Pafford was recently selected as chief executive officer of the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation for the Everglades. Well-known as the state representative for Florida House District 86, Pafford has extensive experience providing executive leadership to nonprofit organizations. He is the first CEO of the 15-year-old environmental education foundation. “The Marshall Foundation conducted an extensive national search for a CEO,” said Marshall Foundation Vice President Michael Davis, an environmental

professional. “Mark Pafford’s knowledge of the Everglades, his nonprofit fundraising experience and his passion for environmental education placed him at the top of the consideration list.” Pafford will lead a team of professional environmental educators and Everglades science experts in programs, including the foundation’s Everglades canoe expedition, college summer intern program and the 2014 Sea Level Rise Symposium. “We are so excited that Mark has agreed to join the founda-

tion and add his passion for the Everglades and our mission to the team,” Foundation President Nancy Marshall said. Pafford has worked more than 20 years in community based nonprofit organizations, including as CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association Southeast Florida Chapter. He was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2008. His district covers most of the western communities. For more on the Marshall Foundation, call (561) 233-9004 or visit www.artmarshall.org.

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Wellington’s Caroline Moran Among ‘Portrait Of A Woman’ Honorees

Caroline Moran of Wellington is among five women to be honored at the third annual “Portrait of a Woman” luncheon to be held at the West Palm Beach Marriott on Monday, March 3 at 11:30 a.m. to benefit the Quantum House. Palm Beach philanthropist Irma Anapol has been named the Grand Matriarch of the luncheon. The other honorees are Rene Friedman, Marcie Gorman and Patricia Thomas. Moran is a professional equestrian and has been an active Caridad Center board member for three years. “It affects and helps the Palm Beach community as a whole, and the equestrian community in particular,” Moran said. “The

grooms are the unsung heroes in our sport, and it is important to me that they have access to proper medical care.” Moran also hosts a team at the Great Charity Challenge event in Wellington, as well as being a participant. The Moran Family Award for Excellence in the horse industry started in 2012, as her family’s way of thanking and encouraging equestrian supportive involvement. “The goal of this annual charitable event is to raise much-needed funds for the Quantum House while honoring some incredible local ladies during Women’s History Month,” event co-chair Kim Champion explained. Tickets to the event can be

Honorees Caroline Moran, Patricia Thomas, Irma Anapol and Rene Friedman. Marcie Gorman not pictured. purchased by calling the Quantum www.quantumhouse.org/portrait House at (561) 494-0515 or at ofawoman.

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Area Girl’s Family Raising Money For Service Dog

Three-year-old Adriana Haber of Royal Palm Beach was diagnosed last year with Type 1 diabetes. Not to be confused with Type 2 diabetes, Type 1 is an autoimmune disease that attacks the pancreas, making it unable to produce insulin, a chemical that helps process glucose. Haber must have her blood sugar monitored many times a day, and she get injections of insulin at least four times a day to help her body break down glucose. Her family is raising money to get her a diabetic alert/service dog that has been taught to detect both low and high blood sugars and alert the patient to the problem. They have been proven to be more accurate than the blood glucose meter, often alerting to a change long before it shows up on the meter. In addition to intense public access training that all service dogs must go through, these service dogs are imprinted with low blood sugar scent from birth and spend a great deal of time working on

the sacrificial heroism of four military chaplains who enabled many men to survive when the USAT Dorchester was hit by a torpedo attack in World War II. The Dorchester, a troop transport, was torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine off the coast

of Greenland. The chaplains helped other men board lifeboats and gave up their own life jackets when the supply ran out. They joined arms, said prayers and sang hymns as they went down with the ship. The Army chaplains, all first lieutenants who perished, were George L. Fox, Alexander D.

Goode, Clark V. Poling and John P. Washington. Of the 920 men on board the USAT Dorchester, only 230 survived. At the meeting, biographies of the chaplains were shared with help from Desert Storm veteran Rev. Ruffin Stepp, Navy veteran Ray Nazarene and World War II veteran Fred Burton.

Kim Oliver Completes Navy Training

Legion Auxiliary — Rev. Ruffin Stepp, Carol Perrine, Ray Nazarene, Fred Burton and Cindy Apel.

Navy Seaman Recruit Kim Oliver recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. During the eight-week program, Oliver completed a variety of training, which included classroom study and practical

instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness. Oliver, son of Tavaris and Audrey Dawkins, is a graduate of Palm Beach Central High School.

Adriana Haber scent training. The average cost is about $17,000. Donations can be made in Adriana Haber’s name directly to Drey’s Alert Dogs, 1569 E. Gibson St., Jasper, TX 75951, or mail checks to Adriana Haber, P.O. Box 211934, Royal Palm Beach, FL 33421.

FELICIA MATULA HOSTS MEET-AND-GREET EVENT

Legion Auxiliary Honors ‘The Four Chaplains’

Carol Perrine and Cindy Apel, members of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 367, presented a commemorative program on the Four Chaplains at a meeting on Feb. 5. Feb. 3 has been declared Four Chaplains Day to commemorate

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Royal Palm Beach mayoral candidate Felicia Matula held a meet and greet recently at the Village Golf Club. (Above) Councilman Richard Valuntas, Nixie Swift, Matula, Dan Matula and Councilman David Swift. (Right) Matula with Mary Beth and Roger Casty.


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WELLINGTON STUDENTS CELEBRATE RED DAY

Wellington Elementary School participated in the American Heart Association National Red Day on Friday, Feb. 7. Heart Disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States. For more than ten years, the American Heart Association has sponsored National Red Day. Wellington Elementary School is proud to raise awareness in the fight against heart disease. Pictured here is Mrs. Jessica Myerscough’s fifth-grade class wearing red to support the American Heart Association.

Binks Forest Holds Earth Day Contest

The Binks Forest Elementary School PTA is holding its 2014 Earth Day contest. Students have been invited to create a design that will placed on a reusable shopping bag. Students are encouraged to use the themes “Earth Day,” “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” and “Go Green.” The student with the winning design will win a free bag with his or her design on it, as well as other goodies. The bags will then

be available for sale to school families, and the proceeds will fund “green” projects at Binks Forest Elementary School. In other business, Binks Forest will be visiting the NuVista assisted living and rehabilitation facility in Wellington on Tuesday, Feb. 25. Binks Forest students will be performing musical instruments, while school cheerleaders will be there to cheer them on.

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Western Academy Charter School Ranks In Top 20 Percent Of All Florida Schools

Western Academy Charter School Principal Linda Terranova is pleased to announce that the Royal Palm Beach school was recently ranked in the top 20 percent of all schools in the State of Florida. Based on the school’s 2012-13 FCAT scores, Western Academy ranked in the top seven percent in math, in the top 14 percent in Reading and in the top 13 percent for science. Additionally, Western Academy is rated in the top 21 percent in the state for kindergarten through eighth-grade schools and in the top

25 percent of all charter schools in the state. Western Academy was designed as an innovative alternative to traditional public school education and opened its doors in 2003. Designated by the Florida Department of Education as a High Performing Charter School and a 5 Star School, it has been an “A” school since 2006. It is also “A+” rated by the Florida Consortium of Charter Schools. “As a charter school, we are free to focus on our students and teachers,” Terranova said. “We are not bogged down by the district

mandates and constant changes. We can focus on the students and on providing a high-quality academic program. Our scores beat the district’s and state’s year after year. So, we are obviously doing the right things.” An open house event is scheduled for March 1 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the school. Western Academy currently serves 385 students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The school’s mission is to equip all children with the skills necessary for success on both an educational and a social level.

Western Academy addresses the whole child through a multisensory approach to learning. School leaders believe that both the family and the community are essential participants in the education of children, and that together, they can help children become socially adept individuals with self confidence, self respect, compassion and respect for others and their community. Western Academy is located at 650 Royal Palm Beach Blvd., Suite 300. For more information, call (561) 792-4123 or visit www. westernacademycharter.com.

Dreyfoos Honors National Merit Finalists

The National Merit Scholarship program has now determined which of the 16,000 semifinalists named in September have met all of the requirements to advance to finalist standing in the competition. The Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts has learned that six seniors qualified as finalists for the prestigious 2014 National Merit Scholarship Competition. Jarrod R. Carman (Communication Art Major, Boca Raton), Lindsey R. Hasak (Theatre Art Major, Wellington), Charles S. Krumholz (Visual Art Major, Palm Beach), Tess Saperstein (Communication Art Major, Boca Raton), Katherine Schauer (Visual Art Major, Boca Raton) and Anthony J. Sciarretta

(Music Vocal Art, Boca Raton) have advanced based on their 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) Scores. Students who took the PSAT/ NMSQT entered the 2014 competition. Using their PSAT/NMSQT score, the National Merit Scholarship Committee determined that 50,000 high-scoring participants qualified for the recognition. The highest-scoring participants in each state qualified to be a 2014 semifinalist for the program. The merit scholarship winners will be announced next month. Each finalist will receive a certificate of merit during the annual Seniors Award Night in May.

The Dreyfoos School of the Arts, located in downtown West Palm Beach, continues to be a powerhouse of artistic talent and

academically gifted students, this past year ranking No. 37 in the nation on Newsweek magazine’s list of top U.S. high schools.

Theatre Department At Dreyfoos To Stage ‘Legally Blonde’ Musical

The Dreyfoos School of the Arts Theatre Department will produce Legally Blonde: The Musical opening Feb. 27. Legally Blonde is a musical with music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin and book by Heather Hach. The story is based on the novel Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown and the 2001 film of the same name. It tells the story of Elle Woods, a

sorority girl who enrolls at Harvard Law School to win back her ex-boyfriend. Performances will run Thursday through Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. from Feb. 27 to March 9 at the Meyer Hall Auditorium on the Dreyfoos campus in West Palm Beach. Tickets are $15 and are available at www.seatyourself.biz/awdsoa or by calling (561) 802-6052.


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SRHS Cheerleaders Finish Fourth In Nation NEW TYPING PROGRAM

Following their first-place and second-place wins at regional and state events, the Seminole Ridge High School competition cheerleaders placed fourth nationwide, competing in the Universal Cheerleaders Association tournament Feb. 8 and 9 at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando. “Our team performed an outstanding routine that was near flawless,” coach Tammy Licavoli said. “The competition was fierce, and they couldn’t have made me prouder.” SECME at the Olympiad — The SRHS SECME team took part in the district’s annual science Olympiad recently, with Victoria Simmons placing third in the essay contest. In addition, the water rocket team of Kelsie Heckman,

Dan Murray and Cody Summerlin placed fourth. Drill Team Takes Second — The Seminole Ridge Hawk Battalion drill team attended an eight-school competition Feb. 8 at William T. Dwyer High School, placing second in three of their four events: the armed squad competition, led by cadet staff sergeant John DiCampli; the unarmed squad, led by cadet corporal Cody Kline; and the color guard competition, led by cadet second lieutenant Morgan Wilson. “Our battalion is a fierce competitor within the county,” cadet Devon Breen said. SRHS Band Wins Medals — The musicians of the Hawk band program represented Seminole

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The Hawk Battalion drill team with its trophies. Ridge at the annual Florida Band- practiced over several weeks, then masters Association solo and en- are assessed against a rigorous set semble performance assessments of standards. The band members Feb. 8-9. At this event, students brought home 20 “Superior” and perform a solo or ensemble piece 11 “Excellent” medals.

Local Schools Take Awards In Food Drive

Blue Bell Ice Cream and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office recently visited the top four winning schools of the 2013 Unified Food Drive/Turkey Drive. Jerry Thomas Elementary School took first place, but all

schools won. More than 12,157 food items and 565 turkeys were collected and distributed in and around the western communities to help families in need. Second place went to Birkshire Elementary School, third place

sent to H.L. Johnson Elementary School, and the first place private school went to Ideal Elementary School/Dream Middle School. Also participating were Limestone Creek Elementary School, Grove Park Elementary School,

Renaissance Charter School, Royal Palm Beach Elementary School, Cypress Trails Elementary School, Crestwood Middle School, Royal Palm Beach High School, Golden Grove Elementary School and Glades Day School.

Wellington Elementary School is excited to announce that its students are the first in the county to try a new high-tech typing program. Tech lab students in second grade through fifth grade are participating in a pilot program that teaches them the location of the keys through lessons and activities. The students acquire speed and accuracy skills that will be useful the rest of their lives. They are also excited to be the ones giving the school district feedback about the new program. The students are enjoying being the pioneers of the program. Shown here are fourth-grade students trying the new program.

NEW HORIZONS GREAT GRADUATION PARTY Representatives from Blue Bell Ice Cream and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office at H.L. Johnson Elementary School (left) and Ideal Elementary School/Dream Middle School (right).

Polo Park Students Win Battle Of The Books

Members of the Battling Stallions with their trophy.

The Polo Park Middle School Battling Stallions took first place in the 2014 Grand Battle of the Books. A total of 78 teams from 13 middle schools competed in the first round of the Battle of the Books. The Battling Stallions scored high enough to advance to the grand battle. The Battle of the Books is sponsored by the School District of Palm Beach County and serves to enrich literacy programs. In middle school, it focuses on the 15 Sunshine State Young Reader

Award titles for sixth through eighth grades, which are selected by a committee of library media specialists from across Florida. Team members Katie Schrank, Marley Cannon, Stephen Connor, Marcella Khaliq and Amaya Davis agree that it was a team effort that helped them win. Their strategy was “divide and conquer,” with the team dividing the titles so that each member would become an expert on three of the 15 books. In addition to being experts on their assigned Sunshine State

Young Reader Award novels, three of the members took on the daunting task of reading all 15 books. The team was sponsored by Mrs. Nora Bernstein, Polo Park’s library media specialist, and Ms. Sandra Hruska, who teaches both gifted and regular language arts. The Battling Stallions brought home the trophy, which will be on display at Polo Park until next year’s Battle of the Books, when it will go to the next winning school. The Battling Stallions already plan on reclaiming the title next year.

Fifth-grade students at New Horizons Elementary School recently participated in GREAT (Gang Resistance Education and Training). GREAT, a six-week program funded by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office anti-gang division, was facilitated by Deputy Melissa Haber. Students learned how to make good choices by showing respect and helping others to make good choices. Each student was honored by PBSO officials at their GREAT graduation. Students received backpacks and T-shirts from the PBSO, and were treated to a pizza party funded by the New Horizons PTA. Pictured here are Deputy Haber and PBSO officials with fifth-grade participants.


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Why Can’t The Wallpaper Just Fall Off The Wall When I Ask It To? In one of those moments that I was about to regret, I decided to strip the old wallpaper from the guest room. It had been put up by the previous owner (probably a former cave dweller pining for the comforts of home) and was a dark mossy green. But, true to the era in which it had been purchased, it was also a trendy plastic/vinyl in consistency — not really the look I wanted for my guests. My plan was to move the furniture toward the center of the room, squirt some water onto the paper, let it soak in, peel it off the walls, prime and paint. I gave myself one day for wallpaper removal, two for painting. I figured a long weekend should do it.

Deborah Welky is

The Sonic BOOMER Presidents Day weekend? Perfect! My husband Mark, a general contractor, knows I always underestimate the time it will take me to do a job, but he never says anything until I’m up to my eyeballs in it. Otherwise, I might decide not to do it at all. So he chose to work in the garage for a few hours.

In order to dive right in, I decided to move just the piece of furniture nearest the door — a vintage upholstered settee — because that’s where I was going to start. No sense moving all that furniture right off the bat. Then I took off the switch plate cover and tore a little corner of the green. Uhoh. It came off its paper backing, which meant I would have to do the room in two layers — green plastic layer, then white paper layer. But maybe not. Mark had given me a little spherical tool with teeth hidden underneath, and by rubbing this sphere over the wall, I could puncture little holes into the vinyl. That way, when I sprayed the vinyl with water, the water would

penetrate, spreading and lifting the paper from the wall. A gentle tug by me would bring the whole sheet cascading softly down onto the carpet. And if you believe that, you have never stripped wallpaper. Here’s what really happened. 1. I wore out my arm running that hateful little sphere over the paper, making as many holes as I could. 2. The water penetrated but it did not spread or lift. Instead, it made tiny dotsized wet marks on the paper backing while tons of non-penetrating water cascaded freely down the plastic surface into the carpet where it mingled with puddling wallpaper paste to form a bonding agent perfect for adhering wallpaper bits

to the carpet, my shoes and the vintage upholstered settee. 3. The scored lines I had so liberally created on the vinyl made it impossible to peel off the paper in anything but tiny little triangles made when scored lines intersected. 4. The scraper I was using to find the teeny little corners of these triangles quickly became coated with the thick, gooey paste. Frequent rinses were necessary, as was frequent bad language. In short, it took me five hours to strip the paper — from the first wall. Three to go. Then the priming... Then the painting. Mark ought to be out of the garage by then.

50 Years Later, The Beatles Still Command The Music Scene

As we mark the 50th anniversary of the arrival of the Beatles in America, we celebrate many things: great music, a new attitude on life that the four young men brought back then and a major cultural shift. Isn’t it nice to do an anniversary of a happy event instead of all the remembrances of tragedies? Like so many of my generation, I watched the first performances on The Ed Sullivan Show. I had been busy at college and had not even heard their songs previously. But as my head bobbed to “She Loves You” and “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” I wondered why so many people were angry about the Beatles. Yes, their hair was a bit long, but that was not uncommon, even in Britain, where young people declared themselves either “mods” who wore very stylized suits or “rockers” who were casual and sloppy. As

‘I’ On CULTURE By Leonard Wechsler stories came out about the whole thing, John Lennon in his usual style said the Beatles were simply “mockers.” They transcended the whole issue, just as they transcended all the usual categories of music. I recall seeing musical theater composers back then talking about the new songs as “the beginning of the end,” and in a way, they were correct. As the Beatles grew the audience for rock, talented musicians

could make as much money touring with pop songs as they might earn from writing an entire Broadway show, and the number of musicals dropped. I heard opera star Robert Merrill turn “And I Love Her” into a semi-operatic wreck, losing all of the sexy backbeat, while the “older and wiser” heads declared that Beatles songs were not so bad as long as others sang them “properly.” And the Beatles continued on, writing brilliant songs in the short time they worked together. What sets them apart is the unique completeness of their work. They wrote standard pop such as “Please Please Me” but also did stunning soft ballads including “Yesterday,” which uses a string quartet as backing. We have the lilting melody framing the haunting words of the introspective “In My Life.” Then they could turn things around with

rocking anthems such as “We Can Work It Out” and “Get Back.” Many groups that turn out a few songs, most of which sound very much alike, and simply present it as their life work. The Beatles songbook contains almost everything. There were the Indian-themed sitar songs and the psychedelic hymns. The Beatles had something for everyone. And they were a group whose members even transcended their parts. My favorite was cynic John Lennon. He managed to somehow combine his mordant view of the universe with an unabashed lyrical idealism and to set it all to glorious music. Paul McCartney, although seemingly the most pop-oriented Beatle, provided a few of the more interesting songs. Some of the seemingly obvious Lennon songs were written by him (“Eleanor Rigby,” “The Fool on the Hill”) and several of the most

clearly McCartney songs were provided by Lennon (“Please Please Me” and “If I Fell”). George Harrison, seemingly the quietest of the group, provided several brilliant songs, including “Something,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and “Here Comes the Sun.” And Ringo Starr was, if not everyone’s favorite, almost certain to be the second-favorite. I watched the CBS television show last week when a dozen of today’s top pop singers did covers of favorite songs in the great repertory. What struck me was how completely the Beatles have become the institution they once came to overthrow. The audience, made up of celebrities and their families, were singing along with the hits. Everyone knows the words just as everyone can sing along. Elderly people, children — everyone knows the songs. See WECHSLER, page 19


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IPC Welcomes Back Piaget As Title Sponsor Of 2014 Gold Cup

Legendary polo players, gallant ponies and luxury timepieces will be on display when Swiss watchmaker and jeweler Piaget returns to the International Polo Club Palm Beach for its seventh consecutive year as the title sponsor of the world-class Piaget Gold Cup. “Elegance and cultivating a spirit of luxury are what Piaget brings to the International Polo Club and our 2014 season,” IPC President John Wash said. “Piaget’s reputation for excellence and flawless craftsmanship make them an ideal partner for this prestigious event.” Piaget has been a principal partner with IPC since 2006 and will host the Piaget Gold Cup tournament for the 2014 season. Piaget has been associated with the sport of kings since the 1970s when Yves Piaget became a major

supporter of polo in Palm Beach. His belief that polo embodied the same attributes as the brand, including precision, performance and perfection, led to the creation of the first Piaget Polo timepiece in 1979. “As the exclusive watch and jewelry sponsor, and the official timekeeper of the International Polo Club Palm Beach, we are beyond thrilled to be back for the Piaget Gold Cup,” said Larry Boland, president of Piaget. “It’s the perfect marriage of brand legacy and the international jet-set lifestyle.” The prestigious Piaget Gold Cup is grace and athletic ingenuity at its finest. First played in 1974 at Oakbrook Polo Club in Illinois, the tournament made a series of pit stops before making its home

at IPC. When the USPA awarded the International Polo Club the Gold Cup in 2007, it sealed IPC’s place in history as the proud host of America’s 26-goal “Triple Crown” polo tournaments — the USPA C.V. Whitney Cup, the USPA Gold Cup, and the U.S. Open Polo Championship. This year’s Piaget Gold Cup matches will be played on Sundays, March 9, 16 and 23. Piaget has stood as an icon of excellence and creativity since its founding in 1874, elevating the manufacture of fine jewelry and timepieces to an art. The firm is known for its legendary Piaget Polo timepieces, as well as for its ultra-thin movements and artistic dials, including chronographs, tourbillons, perpetual calendars and the complicated minute re-

peaters. Piaget is one of the only remaining watchmakers that designs and crafts its own cases, bracelets and movements. For more info., visit www.piaget.com. The International Polo Club Palm Beach hosts the largest field of high-goal teams and the most prestigious polo tournaments in the United States. Polo enthusiasts descend upon Wellington each winter season to enjoy their love of the sport in the most prominent and well-equipped polo facility. The 2014 season started Jan. 5, and concludes with the Maserati U.S. Open Polo Championship final on Sunday, April 20. Polo matches are open to the public, with a wide range of hospitality and guest seating that includes elegant grandstand viewing, field

Valiente defeated Zacara to claim last year’s Piaget Gold Cup. tailgating, lawn seating, field-side champagne brunch at the Pavilion and exclusive sponsor boxes.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY LILA PHOTO

Tickets start at $10. For more info., call (561) 204-5687 or visit www. internationalpoloclub.com.

TEAM KICKOFF FOR PLANNED ‘MARGA-RELAY-VILLE’ RELAY FOR LIFE IN RPB

“Marga-Relay-Ville” is the theme of this year’s Royal Palm Beach Relay for Life. A kickoff team meeting was held Thursday, Feb. 13 at the MarBar Grill. The Royal Palm Beach Relay for Life starts at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 5 at Royal Palm Beach High School. For more info., visit www.relayforlife.org/royalpalmbeachfl. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

The Island Runners team.

Luminaria Chair Cameron Whalen.

The Treasures in the Chest team.

The Marga-Relay-Ville Event Committee.

American Cancer Society Community Representative Aversis Concepcion discusses the RPB relay.

The Caribbean-Americans for Community Involvement team of Genieve White, Alvin Nembhard, Dr. Elaine Ealy and Nova Brown.


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You're invited...

International Polo Club Palm Beach

cordially invites you to celebrate the sport of kings at the

Pony Up for POST

inaugural event to benefit the Pediatric Oncology Support Team (POST).

Thursday, March 6, 2014 The Pavilion at IPC 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. $50 per person Guests will enjoy live entertainment, elegant hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction featuring equestrian-inspired works of art from the first annual 2014 Commemorative Poster Contest, including “Polo Rumble,” the winning artwork by Alan Metzger.

Purchase tickets at www.nchcf.org/PonyUpforPOST. For more information, call Kimberly at 561.844.1778, ext. 15.

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Proceeds raised from Pony Up for POST will benefit the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation and the POST program. POST helps children and their families living in the western communities deal with the impact of pediatric cancer.

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Firestones Named Chairs Of ‘An Evening Of Great Expectations’ Grandma’s Place Inc. and St. David’s in the Pines Episcopal Church have announced that Mr. and Mrs. Bertram R. Firestone will serve as the 2014 chairs for the signature fundraising event, “An Evening of Great Expectations.” “An Evening of Great Expectations” will offer guests a relaxed, tropical evening at the International Polo Club Palm Beach Mallet Grille & Patio, on Friday, March 14 beginning at 6 p.m. During the evening, guests will enjoy a cocktail hour while perusing a tempting selection of silent auction items, followed by a delicious buffet dinner and an exciting live auction, all while listening and dancing to live music with a South

Florida feel provided by Tom and Bonnie Colombo. Proceeds from the event will benefit Grandma’s Place and the mission and outreach programs of St. David’s in the Pines Episcopal Church. Grandma’s Place is a local, emergency shelter for children from birth to 12 years of age. It provides a temporary home and loving care to children who have suffered abuse and/or neglect and have been removed from their homes by Florida courts. Physically or emotionally abused children and neglected or abandoned children with developmental, intellectual or learning disabilities are cared for in the safe, home-

like environment at Grandma’s Place. “An Evening of Great Expectations” will also support the mission and outreach programs of St. David’s in the Pines that help those in need in the local community. On an ongoing basis, the church provides meals to two local soup kitchens, organizes blood drives and school supply drives, provides home delivery of meals to the sick and bereaved, and hosts weekly meetings for people in recovery. A large host committee featuring many leaders of the equestrian community is supporting this year’s event. The host committee includes: Dr. and Mrs. James Belden, Mr. and Mrs. David Bur-

ton Jr., Mr. David Burton Sr., Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Caristo, Ann Ferenz, Mr. and Mrs. Marc Ganzi, Mr. Tim Heitman, Ms. Linda Hough, Ms. Susan Humes, Mr. and Mrs. W.T. Kees, Ms. Laura Kraut, Ms. Caroline Moran, Mr. and Mrs. Allan Shore, and Mr. and Mrs. Roger Smith. Individual tickets to “An Evening of Great Expectations” are $150. Sponsorships and corporate tables are available. For additional information on donating to, sponsoring or attending the event, call Maureen Gross at (561) 714-0887 or e-mail mbg@ phelpsmediagroup. Tickets are also available online at www.grandmasplacepb.org.

Mr. and Mrs. Bertram R. Firestone

Party Kicks Off YMCA’s Annual Polo For ‘Y’ Kids On February 6, the YMCA of the Palm Beaches hosted its 10th annual Polo for “Y” Kids pre-party at Bice Ristorante. YMCA supporters from Wellington and Palm Beach filled a private back room and enjoyed drinks, hors d’oeuvres and a Chinese auction in celebration of the upcoming 10th anniversary Polo for “Y” Kids event in March. YMCA Board Member Raphael Clemente served as master of ceremonies. A highlight of the event

was the Chinese auction, which gave a preview to some of the unique auction packages guests can expect at the main event. Most guests purchased tickets in arm lengths, and two of the night’s most popular items were a Grassy Waters airboat ride and Sasha Lickle jewelry. On March 2, the YMCA of the Palm Beaches will present the 10th annual Polo for “Y” Kids beginning at noon at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in

Wellington. More than 450 guests will enjoy brunch and a silent and live auction, followed by the finals of the 26-goal C.V. Whitney Cup. All money raised at this event will go toward furnishing the new childcare building at the YMCA of the Palm Beaches. This year’s event is a special anniversary celebration, and the auction items reflect the excitement. One of the most coveted items is a week of private polo lessons from Nic Roldan, Brandon

Phillips and Kris Kampsen. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call Christina Frost at (561) 968-9622, ext. 237, or visit www.ymcapalmbeaches.org. The YMCA of the Palm Beaches has been serving the community since 1917 with a legacy committed to building strong kids, strong families and strong communities by providing programs based on four basic character values — caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

rently empty lots that could later be developed, Erickson said. He noted that alone would have an impact on traffic and other services in The Acreage. This could impact the levels of service in The Acreage, especially if Minto is granted 6,500 homes. Erickson said that traffic is expected to be an issue. Minto’s current approvals would add 34,438 daily trips on the road. If it is expanded to 6,500 homes, that number would double, he said. “Minto West could impact our community by 70,000 plus trips per day,” Erickson said. “That is one single car leaving the house and going to a destination. That is considered one trip.” Developers estimate that the majority of the traffic will go south on Seminole Pratt Whitney Road to Southern Blvd. and east on 60th Street North to State Road 7. Erickson noted that The Acreage already has traffic problems. Without Minto West in consideration, the long-range plan for roads in the area involves widening several heavily used routes. “If you look at the long-range planning map from the [Metropolitan Planning Organization],

in 2035 they are projecting six lanes for Northlake [Blvd.] east of Coconut [Blvd.] and four lanes west of Coconut. Coconut itself will be four lanes.” He stressed that these plans exist without 6,500 homes at Minto West. One of the major impacts the development will have on the community is the cost of building and maintaining infrastructure, such as roads, schools and other necessities, Erickson said. “In the past, Palm Beach County had one of the most stringent laws. If you were going to develop houses, you had to pay for all the infrastructure. Now developers only have to pay a proportionate share,” he said, adding that the shortfall is made up by taxpayers. There are several opportunities for Acreage residents to weigh in on the issue. Residents can e-mail the Palm Beach County Commission or show up at meetings. The next public hearing on the issue is a planning and zoning meeting scheduled for Friday, April 11 at 9 a.m. The county commission is slated to hear the issue on Monday, June 9 at 9:30 a.m. About 25 residents spoke on the issue, some asking questions and

others sharing opinions or information. Almost all speakers were in opposition of the development. Resident Sharon Waite was concerned about plans to include low-income housing in the project. “Section 8 housing is not a community builder,” she said. “It’s not a tax help. They don’t pay taxes. They don’t own anything. They don’t care.” ALA Treasurer Diana Demarest asked whether the 1.4 million square feet of commercial space includes the baseball stadium, hotel and other aspects of the project. “Is that over and above what they are asking for?” she asked. Weisman said it did not include the other parts. “The 1.4 million square feet of commercial space is broken up with 500,000 square feet of retail space, 200,000 square feet of general office space, 500,000 square feet of research and development, and 200,000 square feet of industrial,” he said. “The other components are a 150-room hotel, a 3,000-student community college and a 6,500-seat baseball stadium. Those other uses are on top of the 1.4 million square feet of commercial space.” ITID Supervisor Jennifer Hager

said she and many other residents moved to The Acreage for a particular way of life. “Most of us came here to escape urban sprawl,” she said. “We are a rural agricultural area, and we love it. I will work with the 2,996 homes and the existing commercial proposals, but I will not support 1.4 million square feet of commercial space from 60th to Sycamore on both sides of Seminole Pratt.” Resident Yvonne Moritz said she was overwhelmed by the turnout from Acreage residents. “I am so proud of all the people

who have come out,” she said. “We are The Acreage, we have horses, we have our own lifestyle with dirt roads. We are a unique community, and we love it here.” She encouraged residents to sign petitions against the project and reach out to the county commissioners. “Those seven people are the ones who are going to say ‘yeah’ or ‘nay,’” Moritz said. “We need to go down there and pack the house with record numbers so that they have to look every one of us in the eye if they approve those numbers [that Minto is requesting].”

herself a problem-solver. “I’ve been in the hospitality industry for 20 years, so my job is basically to be nice to everybody and listen.” Regarding her top goals, Matula said that in addition to the SR 7 extension completion, she would like more resident participation in government and wants to see meetings run with more civility. She also wants her kids to feel comfortable attending middle school and high school in the community. “I think we have a great high school here,” she said. “I would like to see our village get more involved in making sure that it’s kept up.” Webster served as a councilwoman for five years, and during that time she served on the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, the Palm Beach County League of Cities and the Metro-

politan Planning Organization, as well as several committees of the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of the Royal Palm Beach Rotary and a retired University of Florida tenured faculty member, and she has received several honors for outstanding public service. “I’m also pleased to say that I have been endorsed by over a dozen mayors, vice mayors, commissioners and councilmen throughout Palm Beach County,” Webster said. “I’m running for mayor because I believe that, unlike my opponents, I have experience and I believe that the time has come for us to have a new leader. There has been a clear deterioration in the leadership on the dais here.” Webster said her top goals over the next two years would be to

provide “clarity and transparency” in council actions. “I believe we need to manage the agenda better so that meetings can run properly, and I also agree that we need civility and respect for all those who come before the council,” she said. Webster also wants to increase public participation through advisory boards, including the re-establishment of the Community Revitalization Advisory Board. She also wants to refocus on infrastructure, including roads, canals and especially housing. In all, candidates answered more than a dozen questions on a wide variety of topics. Asked whether the village is doing an adequate job supporting local economic recovery by helping fill vacant storefronts and reduce foreclosures, Mattioli said the economy has not yet recovered sufficiently to fill all the vacant

Alonso noted that Palm Beach County is not only the largest county east of the Mississippi River, but its 1.3 million population is very diverse. “We’re also known as the wealthiest county, with a per capita income of $44,000,” she said. “We have a lot of resources in Palm Beach County, but we also have a lot of poverty.” She pointed out that the typical homeless person is a single mother with children, rather than the more visible people seen panhandling. “That is the face of over 75 percent of the homeless people in Palm Beach County — single women with children,” Alonso said.

Typical health issues that the county deals with have to do with an aging population, which is higher in Palm Beach County than the state average. The Palm Beach County Health Department, which was recently renamed the Florida Department of Health at Palm Beach County, was founded in 1948 by Dr. Clarence Brumback, who died recently although he was still actively treating patients. “He was a people’s doctor,” Alonso said. “He went out in a Rambler and toured the whole county with a nurse. He was someone who really cared deeply about public health.”

Brumback established the county’s model for healthcare by bringing together county and state resources. Although he was employed by the state, Brumback went to the county, which is legally responsible for healthcare for the poor, and proposed that the county build the clinics, and the state would staff them. Alonso said Palm Beach County does better on the average than comparable counties in vital statistics, with a lower number of neonatal deaths than in Miami-Dade, Broward and Duval counties. The mortality rate and AIDS cases per 100,000 are also lower.

storefronts, but that he has worked for the past several years with the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County to draw the Aldi regional distribution center to the village, which is currently under construction and will employ about 300 workers, as well as a new tire distribution business on Southern Blvd. that will employ about 50 workers. Matula said the village needs to do more to get the empty storefronts filled. “Do I think the city can solve all those problems? Not necessarily, but I think they are not doing what they need to do to get those businesses in Royal Palm Beach,” she said. Regarding foreclosures, Matula said that she has seen improvement in that regard, with people buying empty homes, repairing them and selling them at a profit. “I think we are climbing out of that rut,” she said. Webster said she believes that there are solutions available to the village to help with economic recovery. “I think we need to take a holistic approach, and we need to

have public input,” she said. “I also think that we need to be creative in how we go about that.” She reiterated that re-establishing the Community Revitalization Advisory Board would help foster economic recovery. “That board should be made up of public safety representatives, Realtors and residents from different neighborhoods,” Webster said. “They need to sit down at the table, map out our village and come up with some ideas.” Bennett said she thought the village could do more to improve the local economy. “I think we’re doing OK, but I think we need to draw business in,” she said. “All of us can see empty storefronts, but what are we going to do about it?” She said establishing free WiFi would help business. Bennett also suggested putting available homes on the village’s web site, as she does for her homeowners’ association. A complete video of the forum is available on the village’s web site at www.royalpalmbeach.com.

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put in an unbelievable amount of effort and time to give what were very viable alternatives that could accomplish what the public wants at a savings of as much as $8 million. At the last council meeting, there was to be a vote to go to contract. That vote did not take place due to the unexpected illness of Councilman John Greene. Roy and Judy Rosner, long-time village residents and tennis players, were on the agenda to provide the council several alternatives. The most viable alternative allowed for the tennis facility to remain in place but to add additional courts, including one to rival the center court in the Delray tennis complex. This would bring the number of courts to the

same number as was to be built at the new location. In addition, the purchase of the former Lake Wellington Professional Centre building and parking lot allowed for more tennis parking than the new facility would have had, and left the professional center building intact and income producing to the tune of almost $500,000 a year. It also allowed for an 18,000-squarefoot community center building in a much better location, taking full advantage of the lakefront. By taking advantage of the Rosners’ concept, the Village could save up to $8 million and have the parcel where they were going to move the tennis facility left to serve other purposes, one being the possible sale at a price that could fund well

over 50 percent of the Rosner plan. If anyone wants a copy of the Rosner concept, please e-mail me at esi2890@aol.com. I urge as many residents as possible to attend this Tuesday’s council meeting and express your opinions, hopefully to keep the tennis facility where it is and redesign and re-bid the community center building and tennis facility upgrades. This is your community center and your tennis facility. The council needs to hear from you. Mike Nelson Wellington Editor’s note: Mr. Nelson is the chairman of the Business and Economic Development Committee of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce.

ing to a PBSO report, sometime between 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29 and 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, someone removed a Thinline halfpad saddle pad from outside the barn. The victim said she left the pad outside and returned to the barn to find it missing. She said she believes she found her saddle pad being sold on eBay, noting that the pad is embroidered with her daughter’s initials. According to the report, the barn employs a night groom who checks the barn each night, but the deputy had not made contact with her at the time of the report. There was no further information available at the time of the report.

Ryan Overfield, Chris Knapp, Patrick Painter and Josh DeWitt.

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continued from page 1 space currently approved on the site,” Erickson said. “That’s not very debatable. They bought the property and have the right to build that.” But Minto has begun the process of requesting an expansion to 6,500 homes along with 1.4 million square feet in non-residential commercial space, as well as other amenities, such as a hotel, baseball stadium and community college. Erickson explained that The Acreage is still not built out to its full density, meaning there is the potential for even more homes to be built in the area. Additionally, other developments are in the works, including Avenir to the north and Highland Dunes to the west, among others — all which could impact The Acreage, he said. “There are 21,435 residential units approved out in our area,” he said. “Of those, 13,969 have been built. That leaves 7,466 houses potentially still able to be built, that are already currently approved.” Some of those homes are cur-

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continued from page 1 local public schools and is active with youth athletic programs. She said her mother and her in-laws all live in the village. “I’m vested in the community,” she said. Matula is financial manager for Pinnacle Hotel Management and received her master’s degree in accounting in 2008 from Nova Southeastern University. She has also worked as an adjunct professor teaching accounting. Currently an alternate on the Planning & Zoning Commission, she previously chaired the village’s Recreation Advisory Board. “I see this as an extension to my service to the community,” she said, adding that she considers

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History Of Health Dept

continued from page 3 strive to be better,” Alonso said. “But in Palm Beach County, I’m happy to say we do a very good job. Part of that is that we have invested in health. We have been partners with our county commissioners. You go to other counties, and that is not the case.” She pointed out that Palm Beach County has a line item approved by voters to finance the Palm Beach County Health Care District.

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continued from page 4 village that should be factored into any decisions. With these changes comes the opportunity to seriously address keeping the tennis facility at the community center, as well as where the new community center building should be located and how much of our tax dollars could be saved by not moving the tennis facility and wisely using the new land and building that was purchased in December. As a result of all the discussions and delays, residents have come forward, at a ratio of at least nine out of 10, to keep the tennis facility where it is. Although many of us have stood up and publicly gave opinions to council that the tennis facility should stay, two residents

Attendees listen to Mike Erickson’s presentation.

continued from page 6 2004 Ford pickup truck, which belongs to his landscaping company. According to the report, the victim said the incident occurred at a location on Skees Road. The victim and his crew did not see anyone approach the vehicle, but neighbors of the location said license plate theft has been a continual problem in the area. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. FEB. 16 — A deputy from the PBSO’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation was called to a barn in the White Fences community last Sunday regarding a theft. Accord-

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continued from page 16 They are part of our lives no matter how old we now are. And when Paul and Ringo sang together at the end, we could see today’s superstars applauding and behaving just like the teenage girls did 50 years ago. And when Paul, after a wonderful shout-out

to John and George, began to sing “Hey Jude” with Ringo backing him on drums, it became a magical moment, not just for the stars there, including Stevie Wonder and Maroon 5, but for all of us. For all of these rock stars, the Beatles still are the original rock stars. And there they will remain until all are gone. So, one last tear and a feeling of gratitude for the music they created that enhanced all our lives.


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EPISCOPAL CHURCH WOMEN HOST BAZAAR AT ST. DAVID’S IN THE PINES

St. David’s in the Pines Episcopal Church in Wellington held its annual Episcopal Church Women Bazaar on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15 and 16. There was a huge rummage sale with homemade crafts, jewelry and a bake sale, as well as homemade chili made by group members. All the proceeds will be used for community outreach and wish list items. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Marilyn Bellicha and Jean Meserlian select the clown.

Barbara Hastings-Griffin picks out a tote bag.

Diane Rice and William Fish enjoy homemade bean soup.

Jeri Maler finds a pretty necklace.

Beau Stouffer and Connie Hanson pick out some baked goods.

Carolyn Schmiedl serves chili to Cindy and Wally Hernandez.

TRIBUTE CEREMONY HELD FOR PROJECT 425’S IROQUOIS ARMY HELICOPTER

A tribute to the Project 425 Iroquois Army Helicopter was held Sunday, Feb. 2 at the South Florida Fairgrounds. The Hitichi Dancers performed songs and dances to the huey’s past, present and future, as well as to honor all the military veterans present. The vehicle PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER was blessed by Glenn Alexander with sage.

The Hitichi Dancers with the helicopter.

Jeff Fleischman, Bill Arcuri, Major Gen. Wayne Jackson, Curt Rich, Mike Carroll, Bill Jeczalik and Sgt. Wayne Jackson.

Glenn Alexander, Angelina Herrera and Major Gen. Wayne Jackson bless the helicopter with sage.


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New Citrus Series Staged Monthly At Jim Brandon

James Lala is running the new Citrus Series Horse Show at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center. As he explains, it was inspired by a need he saw to give developing horses and riders an easy way to safely get show miles before moving up to bigger venues. Ellen Rosenberg’s Column, Page 25

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Roosters Men’s Grooming Center is now open in the Plaza at Wellington Green at 2335 State Road 7, Suite 800, in Wellington. Roosters MGC offers customers the feeling of an old-fashioned barbershop combined with modern hair care services. Store owner Bob Rourke spent years researching franchise opportunities. Page 26

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RPBHS Basketball Squad Ends Year With A 63-56 Loss

The Royal Palm Beach High School boys varsity basketball team hosted two-time defending state champs Blanche Ely High School last Thursday night and fell to the Tigers 63-56 before a capacity crowd. A week after the team won its first district championship in school history, its season came to an end. Page 31

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WHS Boys Basketball Suffers Loss In Regionals

The Wellington High School boys basketball team hosted the Class 8A regional quarterfinals last Thursday night, taking on Spanish River High School and falling 44-41 in an overtime thriller. Wellington caps the end of its season as the Class 8A District Champions with a (16-12) overall record. Page 31

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New Citrus Series Show Staged Monthly At Jim Brandon

Some weekends, it seems you can’t throw a stick without hitting a horse show, especially if you’re standing in or near the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center. Which is where I was one Saturday in January, visiting the second day of the new Citrus Series Horse Show. The inaugural show had begun the night before with jumping under the lights. James Lala is running the monthly, yearround series with hunter, jumper and equitation classes. As he explains, it was inspired by a need he saw to give developing horses and riders an easy way to safely get show miles before moving up to bigger venues. Most of the shows aren’t rated, except for the June shows. “I see this circuit as a step up from Posse and Horsemen’s,” he said. “The classes are open to horses and riders of all levels, amateur to professional. The goal isn’t to collect points or win a year-end award, but to better horses and riders.” He promises a truly unique show series. “I wanted it to be everything you wished you could have in a show,” Lala said. “One of the most unique features is we allow unjudged do-overs, so if you mess up a line, you can try it again right there and then and get it right. As time permits, riders can have unlimited doovers. The point is to make it educational — a real learning opportunity.” Get updates all week long... follow Ellen Rosenberg on Twitter at twitter.com/HorseTalkFL or stop by the Tales from the Trails page on Facebook and click “like.”

Tales From The Trails By Ellen Rosenberg Lala said the show is very affordable. There are no membership or office fees, only a $35 medic fee. Classes and schooling are $25 each if signing up in advance, or $35 the day of the show. Other differences: There are no championships or reserves, no divisional winners; for that matter, no ribbons of the usual sort, blue through green. Instead, competitors receive orange ribbons, to go along with the show’s citrus theme. “Something else we’re doing differently is that you don’t have to stay in any one division throughout the year,” he explained. “Usually, when you ride a circuit, you stay in the same division with the same horse through the entire year. Since we don’t have any year-end awards, that doesn’t apply. Riders are free to enter different divisions through the year, moving up or down as benefits the horse, or even during the day of the show. There’s no point chasing, so this opens up many more opportunities to use this as it’s intended, for quality schooling.” For Lala, the focus should be teaching a

Participants Holly Harris and Jeri Jones on the course at the inaugural Citrus Series Horse Show in January at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center. green horse or an inexperienced rider how to Carrie Wirth works with Lala on the new best complete a course, judging distances and series. pace. “No one is penalized or rewarded for go“Our first Friday night classes were faning too fast or too slow,” he said. “There aren’t tastic,” she said. “We had a good turnout. any jump-offs in the jumper classes. No one Saturday was a bit lighter, but I know a lot comes in first or last. It’s even OK for adults of folks are planning to come to the February to ride ponies, and if a horse is for sale, you show. This is a great opportunity for horses to can put an orange sticker on your number and learn how to get around a quality course, the get some free advertising.” same types of jumps you’d see at the Winter Coats and breeches are required attire for Equestrian Festival. They love the courses and hunter classes, and jumper riders can wear the footing. We’re excited and optimistic.” polo shirts. “R” rated Dee Thomas judged Holly Harris, from Palm Beach Gardens, the first show. See ROSENBERG, page 33


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Roosters Men’s Grooming Center Now Open In Wellington Roosters Men’s Grooming Center is now open in the Plaza at Wellington Green at 2335 State Road 7, Suite 800, in Wellington. Roosters MGC offers customers the feeling of an old-fashioned barbershop combined with modern hair care services. Store owner Bob Rourke spent years researching franchise opportunities. “Roosters’ unique concept of providing hair care services and products designed especially for men and boys captured my attention,” said Rourke, who has led sales and marketing teams servicing and repairing the equipment in large industries including steel, paper, aluminum, textiles and energy. “I was seeking something totally new and different that focused on providing exceptional customer service.” Customers are invited to relax in oversized leather barber chairs in eight semi-private stations. Roosters’ custom services include precision haircuts and shaves with hot steam towels, deep cleansing facial massages with moisturizing lotions, and exclusive Aveda products for men. According to Rourke, Roosters’ Signature 7-Step Facial Shave is a relaxing and popular service that includes a hot-towel prep with essential oils, a professional shave,

deep cleansing, toning treatment, moisturizing, aftershave and talc. The public is invited to attend Roosters’ official ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration with representatives from the Wellington Chamber of Commerce from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11. The event will include an official ribbon cutting at 5:30 p.m. along with refreshments, prize drawings and demonstrations of hair care services by the store’s professional team of barbers and stylists.

The new store is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. To schedule an appointment, call (561) 798-0606. Walk-ins are welcome. Roosters MGC in Wellington is one of more than 70 franchises nationwide and the third in Florida. The first Roosters opened in Lapeer, Mich., in 1999. Roosters MGC is part of the worldwide family of Regis companies. For more information, visit www.roostersmgc.com.

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Equestrian Sport Productions Hosts Women Of The Wellington Chamber Event At PBIEC

Women of the Wellington Chamber members at PBIEC.

Equestrian Sport Productions hosted an event for the Women of the Wellington Chamber on Friday, Feb. 14. Members of the organization were treated to a luncheon and a private tour of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. The mission of the Women of the Wellington Chamber is to develop the “women helping women” concept by bringing new and exciting business and educational opportunities and connections to female leaders of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce.

Each month, the committee holds meetings and special events where members have an opportunity to present their businesses and specialties, as well as to share referrals and advice with one another in a professional setting. The Women of the Wellington Chamber thank Vaneli Bojkova and her team of professionals at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center for a wonderful afternoon. For more information about the Women of the Wellington Chamber, call (561) 792-6525.


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Rex Peterson And Cari Swanson Visit Edmund James Salon

Expert horse trainer Rex Peterson, accompanied by top dressage rider Cari Swanson, thoroughly enjoyed their recent salon and spa experience at Edmund James Salon in Wellington. Peterson and Swanson received hair and color services from stylists Derna Lopez and Rebecca Solender. Kristin Kahn was in charge of Swanson’s makeup, while Wendy pampered Peterson with a relaxing massage. Both visitors were impressed with the quality of service they received at Edmund James Salon and promised to visit again soon.

Peterson has over four decades of experience training horses for film. He has become an actor favorite, often sought in Hollywood as a horse wrangler. His best known work includes Black Beauty, The Horse Whisperer, Hidalgo, Flicka, Dreamer, Appaloosa, All the Pretty Horses, The Ring, The Patriot, Buddy, Crazy Horse, Far and Away, Sylvester, Three Amigos, Runaway Bride and The Black Stallion. His tremendous patience, kindness and understanding allow Peterson to train horses to do what others claim is impossible.

Swanson is a United States Dressage Federation silver medalist in Dressage, FEI competitor, eventing competitor through Preliminary, and a graduate of the USDF “L” Education Program for judge training. Swanson trains and sells dressage, eventing, jumper and pleasure horses, and is actively involved in the Horse Rescue, Rehabilitation and Retirement Foundation. Edmund James Salon is located at 12020 South Shore Blvd., Suite 300, in Wellington. For more information, call (561) 793-9960 or visit www.edmundjamessalon.com.

Rex Peterson and Cari Swanson with staff at Edumund James Salon.

Leadership Award To Celebrate 10 Years

Leadership Palm Beach County’s 10th annual Leadership Excellence Awards will take place Friday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kravis Center’s Cohen Pavilion to celebrate a leadership program graduate who has made significant contributions to improve the community. The event will honor finalists who are nominated by group alum(Front row) David Baker, Don Chester and Gale Howden; (back row) Patrick McNamara and Dorothy Bradshaw. Courtesy Tracey Benson Photography

ni and current class members, and announce this year’s recipient. Honorary chairs are Don Chester, Gale Howden and David Baker, the first three recipients of the honor. Co-chairs of the event are Dorothy Bradshaw and Patrick McNamara. “Leadership Palm Beach County provides access to the county’s most diverse industries and a unique opportunity for civic engagement,” said McNamara, winner of last year’s award. “My deep involvement with the program has helped to shape the network in which I am now connected. This event will

provide needed funding to support the programs which allow access to Palm Beach County’s courtrooms, newsrooms, schools, farms and the businesses that drive our economy.” Finalists are selected based on the vision and mission of Leadership Palm Beach County. They reflect the qualities of integrity, compassion, credibility, passion, risk-taking, fairness, empowerment and humility. Tickets to the Leadership Excellence Awards are $125. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more info., call (561) 833-4321 or visit www.leadershippbc.org/lea.


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Wildcat Basketball Squad Ends Season With 63-56 Loss

By Gene Nardi Town-Crier Staff Report The Royal Palm Beach High School boys varsity basketball team hosted two-time defending state champs Blanche Ely High School last Thursday night and fell to the Tigers 63-56 before a capacity crowd. A week after the team won its first district championship in school history, the Wildcats’ season came to an end — but not without a fight. Royal Palm Beach (20-8) put together a rally after falling behind by 12 points in the first quarter.

They clawed back to tie the game midway through the fourth quarter, grabbing the lead when Travis Weatherington shot a three-point basket to make the score 44-42. But the lead was brief, as Blanche Ely took advantage of a series of Wildcat turnovers and recaptured control. The Tigers did not trail for the remainder of the game. The Wildcat defense had its hands full in the final quarter, as the Tigers converted most of the Royal Palm Beach turnovers into points. When

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the buzzer rang, the Tigers were ahead 63-56. Royal Palm Beach finished the season winning the school’s first District 7A title, advancing to the regional tournament. Weatherington scored a game-high 24 points for the Wildcats, including five from the three-point line. Marshall Riddle and Jonathan Horsford combined for 17 points.

Jules Jasmin goes for two points.

Jonathan Horsford moves the ball up the court.

Wellington Boys Basketball Suffers 44-41 Regional Loss

By Gene Nardi Town-Crier Staff Report The Wellington High School boys basketball team hosted the Class 8A

regional quarterfinals last Thursday night, taking on Spanish River High School and falling 44-41 in an overtime thriller.

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Just a week after winning the Class 8A District Championship with back-to-back wins over Palm Beach Gardens and Jupiter high schools, Wellington appeared ready to move into the regional playoffs operating on all cylinders. The first quarter demonstrated solid defensive play from both squads, as neither could break the single digit on the score board. At the end of the period, the Sharks maintained a 9-8 lead. The Wolverines (16-12) battled back, but eventually went into the locker room at halftime trailing 22-18. Both Wellington and the Sharks battled in the trenches to gain the advantage, but neither could end the game in regulation-time. Spanish River’s Frantz Dumas’ three-point basket in overtime play proved to be pivotal to end Wellington run toward a state title, giving the Sharks the win 44-41. Steven Coulanges recorded 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Wolverines. Wellington caps the end of its season as the Class 8A District Champions with a (16-12) overall record.

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WHS Wrestlers ShowChic Honors Devon Kane And Destiny Devon Kane and Diamante judges, epitomized looking Set School Record Farm’s Destiny, a 16.2-hand good to feel good. Danish Warmblood gelding, As brightly as Kane and her showed perfect harmony in hand and in appearance for their jog at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, earning the Show Chic Turnout Award for Week Five. Presenting the dark bay down the long side, Kane’s white belted trousers, rose bias-draped sleeveless tank and green print silk scarf knotted at the neck played perfectly to a backdrop of international flags billowing above. The pair, who have yet to earn under 65 percent from

gelding stood out against the stormy sky is how she hopes they’ll shine down center line. “We’re riding our first fourstar CDI. First, the Grand Prix and then the Grand Prix Special,” Kane said. The ShowChic Turn Out Award, celebrating great presentation style, is presented by ShowChic founders Michele and Doug Hundt. Michele Hundt was joined in the presentation by prize representatives from Back On Track and Cavallo breeches.

Krystalanne Shingler of ShowChic, Devon Kane and Michele Hundt during the award presentation.

Wellington Kids Triathlon Returns On April 6

The Wellington High School wrestling team completed its best season in school history by placing 12th at the state wrestling tournament. Led by their senior captains Briar Macfarlane (fifth place), Nik Bonadies (third place) and Brandon Paz (third place), the Wolverines capped off a great season after capturing titles at the conference, county and district tournaments before placing second at the regional tournament. (L-R) Coach Chris Forte, Briar Macfarlane, Nik Bonadies, Brandon Paz and coach Travis Gray.

Calling all young athletes: get ready to swim, bike and run in the third annual Wellington Kids Triathlon. This exciting and challenging endurance event will take place on Sunday, April 6, beginning at the Wellington Aquatics Complex, located at 12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd. The Wellington Kids Triathlon is limited to children born between 2000 and 2010

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and is designed as an introduction to a multi-sport endurance event within a safe and positive environment. The top male and female finishers in each age group will receive a trophy, and all participants will receive a medal. Registration is $35 and includes a T-shirt for each competitor. There are five age divisions with varying distances. Super

seniors, born between 2000 and 2001, swim 200 yards, bike 4 miles and run 1.25 miles. Seniors, born between 2002 and 2003, swim 150 yards, bike 4 miles and run 1.25 miles. Super Juniors, born between 2004 and 2005 swim 100 yards, bike 2 miles and run .7 miles. Juniors, born between 2006 and 2007, swim 50 yards, bike 2 miles and run .7 miles. Trikes, born between 2008 and 2010 swim

25 yards, bike .4 miles and run .25 miles. Participants can register online at www.active.com, and must do so no later than Monday, March 31. No race day registrations will be accepted. All competitors must be current USA Triathlon (USAT) members. Registration is limited to the first 250 entries. For more info., visit www. wellingtonfl.gov.


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Sem Ridge Wrestlers Strong At Regionals

The Seminole Ridge High School wrestling team placed fifth overall at the regional championships held at Martin County High School on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 6-7. Three Hawk seniors placed at regionals and headed to the FHSAA State Championships last weekend at the Lakeland Civic Center. Troy Artiles placed first at regionals in the 285 pound weight class.

Artiles beat St. Thomas Aquinas’ Colton Lynn in the finals 3-2. Artiles had a 33-3 record headed into states. Robert LaPeter placed third in the 160 pound weight class, pinning his opponent Nicholas Mejias of Coral Springs High School in 1:36. La-

Peter entered the state competition with a 39-6 record. Nick Keller (44-5), who wrestles in the 170 pound weight class, also placed third at regionals, defeating Blanche Ely High School’s Steven Castaneda by pin in 0:57.

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continued from page 25 brought two green horses, and her friend, Jeri Jones, visiting from Maryland, brought one. “We did the 2-foot-9 jumpers,” Harris said. “It was amazing, great footing, the staff incredibly helpful, very friendly and accommodating. I felt catered to. The jumps are gorgeous. This is a great place for green riders or horses to get a leg

up in the show world. I definitely recommend it. It’s great fun and very affordable. I’ll absolutely come back next month.” So far, the response has been positive, Lala said. “Everyone loves the idea of do-overs. This is very much a work in progress, and we’ll tweak things as we go along to make it exactly what the riders feel they need and to make the shows more fun,” Lala said. “We want this to be a place where you can hang out and have fun with your horse, get miles without having to spend piles. We’re wide open to ideas and suggestions.

If there’s something you wish we’d do, let us know, and maybe we will.” This is different from the average show. You’re competing against yourself, trying to do the best you can rather than beat others. “Our first show was fantastic. We had about 25 to 30 riders. I watched horses get better and better as the show progressed,” Lala said. “Someone told me she got a month’s worth of training in an hour. That’s a successful show.” To see show dates, class lists and more information, visit www.citrus series.com or call (561) 906-6668.

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The Wildcat Dancers Dance Team from Royal Palm Beach High School performed on the Community Stage on Friday, Jan. 31 at the South Florida Fair. The team performed several of its award-winning routines. (Front row) Will Benacourt, Jecoby Humphries, captain Bryce Blecher and Andres Cazares; (back row) Bianca Labady, Rachel Lambe, Tatyana Blackmon, Ana Rolden, co-captain Brittany Canales, Yoreli Madero, Ashley Telisme and officer-in-waiting Stephanie Sanchez


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Saturday, Feb. 22 • The Color Vibe 5K will be held Saturday, Feb. 22 at the South Florida Fairgrounds. A fun run and color dance party are also planned. For more info., visit www.thecolorvibe.com. • The Wellington Green Market will take place Saturday, Feb. 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 283-5856 for more info. • Moonlight Stories with Orisirisi African Folklore will be at the Wellington and Royal Palm Beach libraries on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 11 a.m. in Wellington and 2:30 p.m. in Royal Palm Beach. The event, for people of all ages, will feature African tales, drumming, dance, songs and fun-filled audience participation. Call (561) 790-6070 or (561) 790-6030 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Acreage Hobbyist for adults Saturday, Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. Connect with other crafters and hobbyists. Call (561) 681-4100 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature Black History Family Fun Day on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. Adults will discuss The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot while children attend a special story time. Then children and adults will then play a special game to celebrate the early contributions of African-Americans. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Wonderful Weekend Watercolors for ages 3 to 10 on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 3 p.m. Express yourself with watercolor. Dress to get messy. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. Sunday, Feb. 23 • The Acreage Green Market will take place Sunday, Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Acreage Community Park (6701 140th Ave. North). For more info., visit www.shopgreenmarkets.com or call (561) 929-0237. • The Royal Palm Beach Green Market & Bazaar will take place Sunday, Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park (11600 Poinciana Blvd.). For more info., visit www.rpbgreenmarket.com. • The Rainforest Clinic for Birds & Exotics (3319 E Road, Loxahatchee Groves) will host a Rainforest Parrot Party on Sunday, Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The day will include vendor booths with a variety of parrot and pet supplies, educational talks by avian experts, food trucks, live music, cane pole fishing, a bounce house for kids and adoptions of both parrots and puppies. Admission is $5 for 13 and older; kids 12 and under are free. For more info., call Terry Timberlake at (561) 635-0676. • The International Polo Club Palm Beach (3667 120th Avenue South, Wellington) will continue its 2014 season Sunday, Feb. 23 with the Ylvisaker Cup. For tickets, visit www.internationalpoloclub.com or call (561) 204-5687. • Mimosa and Mallets benefiting Hospice of Palm Beach County will take place Sunday, Feb. 23 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach

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(3667 120th Avenue South, Wellington) with a gourmet brunch and reserved seats on the lawn. Visit www.hpbcf.org/polo for more info. • Whole Foods Market in Wellington (2635 State Road 7) will host Vegetarian Cooking Around the World: India on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 3 p.m. Ages 16 and up are welcome to attend this flavor-filled cooking class. The cost is $35 per person. Register at www.cookingexperienceclub.org. Monday, Feb. 24 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature Legos for ages 8 and up Monday, Feb. 24 at 4 p.m. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Wii Gaming for ages 7 to 12 on Monday, Feb. 24 at 3:30 p.m. Play Wii games and check out new graphic novels. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Black History Month Adult Book Discussion on Monday, Feb. 24 at 6:30 p.m. Staff will discuss Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America by Eugene Robinson. Sign up and check out the book. Call (561) 790-6030 for more info. Tuesday, Feb. 25 • The Palm Beach County Commission will hold a workshop meeting Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 9:30 a.m. in the government center’s Jane M. Thompson Memorial Chambers (301 N. Olive Ave., Sixth Floor, West Palm Beach). For more info., visit www.pbcgov.com. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Lego Building Crew for ages 7 to 11 on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 3:30 p.m. Play with Legos and make your own creation. Call (561) 790-6030 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host “Who Is the Tooth Fairy?” for ages 5 to 8 on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 3:30 p.m. Are you curious about this magical creature? Learn about her and celebrate teeth with stories, songs and a toothy craft. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • Whole Foods Market in Wellington (2635 State Road 7) will host an International Block Party Honoring the Whole Planet Foundation on Tuesday, Feb. 25 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Each department will feature a dish from one of the countries that receives micro-loans through the Whole Planet Foundation. Call (561) 904-4000 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Club Pokémon for ages 6 to 12 on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. Bring your DS or Pokémon cards to battle, trade and make new friends. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • Educator and dyslexia advocate Susie van der Vorst will offer a free information session for parents, educators and administrators interested in issues facing children with learning differences Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Little Place Too (2995 Greenbriar Blvd., Wellington). For more info., call (561) 790-0808. • The Wellington Village Council will meet Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington

Municipal Complex (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). For more info., call (561) 791-4000 or visit www. wellingtonfl.gov. Wednesday, Feb. 26 • The Wellington Chamber of Commerce will honor local resident and international celebrity Rob “Vanilla Ice” Van Winkle as its Outstanding Citizen of the Year on Wednesday, Feb. 26. at the Wanderers Club in Wellington. Registration is at 11:30 a.m., with the luncheon beginning at noon. Tickets are $25 for chamber members and $35 for guests. To RSVP, call (561) 792-6525 or visit www.wellingtonchamber.com. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Musical Tykes for ages 2 to 5 on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 2:30 p.m. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature Animal Rock Painting for ages 8 to 12 on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 3 p.m. Turn an ordinary rock into an animal masterpiece. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host “Who Will Be the Cookie Master?” for ages 6 to 10 on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 4 p.m. Taste-test and rate a variety of cookies, try your hand at cookie trivia and experience the ultimate cookie crushing competition. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Black History Month Book Discussion for adults Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 5:30 p.m. featuring The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature Teen Game Night for ages 12 to 17 on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. Play Nintendo Wii and board games. Food will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd., Loxahatchee) will host Gamerz Nite for ages 12 to 17 on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m. Play Smash Bros. or other Wii games, join a game of Yu-Gi-Oh! or try a new board game. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. Thursday, Feb. 27 • The Palm Beach County Commission will hold a zoning meeting Thursday, Feb. 27 at 9:30 a.m. in the government center’s Jane M. Thompson Memorial Chambers (301 N. Olive Ave., Sixth Floor, West Palm Beach). For more info., visit www.pbcgov.com. • The Center for Family Services’ Old Bags Luncheon will take place Thursday, Feb. 27 at 10:30 a.m. at the Breakers Palm Beach. The event features a silent auction with more than 300 designer handbags. For more info., call Stanton Collemer at (561) 616-1257, e-mail scollemer@ctrfam.org or visit www.ctrfam.org. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.,) will host Smile with Clark, the Toothless Shark for ages 4 to 7 on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 3 p.m. Help Clark floss his teeth before he loses them! Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • Wellington’s Food Truck Invasion will take

The Town-Crier place Thursday, Feb. 27 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 753-2484 or visit www. wellingtonfl.gov for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature Adult Craft Night: Wall Medallions on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. Create a unique wall medallion or wreath using recycled cardboard pieces. Bring a glue gun and scissors. All other materials will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • Whole Foods Market in Wellington (2635 State Road 7) will host a free Gluten-Free Shopping Tour on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. Take an informative tour of gluten-free products around the store and enjoy samples. Call (561) 904-4000 to pre-register. Friday, Feb. 28 • The Palm Beach Fine Craft Show returns for its 11th season Friday through Sunday, Feb. 28 through March 2 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. For tickets, visit www.palmbeachfinecraftshow.com. • Royal Palm Beach will host “West Fest” at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park (11600 Poinciana Blvd.) from Friday, Feb. 28 through Sunday, March 2. There will be music, activities, a chili cook-off, contests and more. To learn more, visit www.rpbwestfest.com or call (561) 790-5149. • The 2014 Beach Marine Flea Market & Boat Show will cruise into the South Florida Fairgrounds from Friday, Feb. 28 through Sunday, March 2 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults; children 12 and under are free. Visit www.flnauticalfleamarket.com or call (954) 2057813 for more info. • The South Florida Fair will host Bluegrass & Bar-B-Que from Friday, Feb. 28 through Sunday, March 2 in Yesteryear Village. The event will feature Ricky Skaggs and Sam Bush. Numerous local bands will also play. Admission is $15, and free for children 2 and under. Parking is free. Camping is $35 per night. For more info., call (561) 793-0333. • Whole Foods Market in Wellington (2635 State Road 7) will host Mom’s Morning Escape on Friday, Feb. 28 from 9 to 11 a.m. Moms will receive a free coffee or tea and a muffin. Call (561) 904-4000 for more info. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will hold live auditions for Wellington Idol 2014 on Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m., with semifinals Friday, March 7 and finals Saturday, March 8. Call (561) 753-2484 or visit www.wellingtonfl. gov for more info. • The FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival will host the $75,000 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup, presented by G&C Farm, on Friday, Feb. 28 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Tickets are available at www.equestriansport.com. Send calendar items to: The Town-Crier, 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 31, Wellington, FL 33414. FAX: (561) 793-6090. E-mail: news@ gotowncrier.com.


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

FOR RENT - GREENACRES

Are you planning to purchase a sofa, refrigerator, matress set or other large or small item(s) that doesn’t fit in your car or SUV? Maybe your planning to purchase something from a garage/estate sale, Craigslist, or a vendor and faced with the same problem? Call, or text me at 561-670-5298, email me at maninavandb@gmail.com. I own moving blankets, and moving dolly’s for a smooth transport. Additional labor and services available upon request. I own a Ford E-250 Van***Note: I’m 1 Man in a Van*** Available after 5 pm weekdays, all day weekends. Same day service! 561-670-5298 Jack Man in a Van

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

ROOMMATE TO SHARE — 2 bedroom 2 bath apartment - Purdy & Jog Road. $550 per month. Looking for under 35 years old. 954-296-3748

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BREAKERS WEST — 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 car garage, pool, gated upscale - 2 golf courses in community, membership optional. $300,000 By owner. 561-795-0533

CLEANING - HOME/OFFICE WE CLEAN OFFICES & PRIVATE HOMES — Licensed & Insured. Call for an estimate and to schedule your apartment. Discount for Central Palm Beach County Chamber members and to all new clients for first cleaning. 561-385-8243 Lic. #2012-252779

COMPUTER REPAIR D.J. COMPUTER — Home & office, Spyware removal, websites, networks, repairs, upgrades, virus removal, tutoring. Call Jeff 561-333-1923 Cell 561-252-1186 Lic’d Well. & Palm Beach. We accept major credit cards.

O COMPUTER SERVICES (PC OR MAC) A N Y W H E R E , A N Y T I M E S P Y WA R E / VIRUS REMOVAL — Manufacture restore, network setup (WiFi or Wired), repairs, upgrades. Call Val 561-713-5276

DRIVEWAY REPAIR D R I V E W AY S — F r e e e s t i m a t e s A & M ASPHALT SEAL COATING commercial and residential. Patching potholes, striping, repair existing asphalt & save money all work guaranteed. L i c.& In s. 1 0 0 0 4 5 0 6 2 5 61-667-7716

PLUMBING JEREMY JAMES PLUMBING — Licensed plumber, legitimate estimate. Water heaters, new construction. CFC1426242. Bonded Insured. CFC1426242. 561-601-6458

PRESSURE CLEANING J&B PRESSURE CLEANING & PAINTING, INC. — Established 1984. All types of pressure cleaning, roofs, houses, driveways, patios etc. Commercial & Residential. Interior & Exterior painting. Certified pressure cleaning & painti n g c o n t r a c t o r. L i c . # U 2 1 5 5 2 C a l l Butch at 309-6975 or visit us at www. jbpressurecleaningandpainting.com D R I V E W AY C L E A N I N G — S t a r t i n g at$59. $50 Off House Exterior Wash, Free Sidewalk Cleaning (up to 50 Ft.) with roof cleaning.Pressure Pros of Palm Beach, Inc. 561-718-9851 Lic. & Insured.

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THE MASTER HANDYMAN — All Types of Home Repairs & Improvements. No job too big or small done right the first time every time 40 yrs of satisfied customers. See me on Angies List. Tom (561) 801-2010 or (954) 444-3178 Serving Palm Beach and Broward Counties.

MINOR ROOF REPAIRS Don Hartmann R oofing — R o o f p a i n t ing, Carpentry. Lic. #U13677 967-5580

BILLY’S HOME REPAIRS INC. REMODEL & REPAIRS — Interior Trim, crown molding, rottenwood repair, door installation, minor drywall,kitchens/cabinets/countertops, wood flooring. Bonded and Insured U#19699. Call 791-9900 or 628-9215

ROBERT G. HARTMANN ROOFING — Specializing in repairs. Free estimates, Bonded,insured. Lic. #CCC 058317 Ph: 561-790-0763. ROOFING REPAIRS REROOFING ALL TYPES — Pinewood Construction, Inc. Honest and reliable. Serving Palm Beach County for over 20 years. Call Mike 561-309-0134 Lic. Ins. Bonded. CGC-023773 RC-0067207

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

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

IRON WORK CALABRESE CREATIONS IN IRON — Ornamental Aluminum & Iron Work, driveway gates,grand entry gates, garden gates, railing room dividers, ornamental screen doors. ( Lic. & Ins.) antique restoration. 561-792-7575 cciron@bellsouth.net

PAINTING J&B PRESSURE CLEANING & PAINTING, INC. — Established 1984. All types of pressure cleaning, roofs, houses, driveways, patios etc. Commercial & Residential. Interior & Exterior painting. Certified pressure cleaning & painting contractor. Lic. #U21552 Call Butch 309-6975 or visit ourwebsite at www. jbpressurecleaningandpainting.com JOHN PERGOLIZZI PAINTING INC. — Interior/Exterior - Repaint specialist, pressure cleaning, popcorn ceiling, drywall repair & roof painting. Family owned/owner operator. Free Est. 798-4964 Lic. #U18473 COLORS BY CORO, INC. — Int./Ext. residential painting, over 20 yrs exp. Small Jobs welcome. Free est. Ins. 561-383-8666. Owner/Operated. Lic.# U20627 Ins. Wellington Resident TRIPLE QUALITY PAINTING, INC. — The finest materials, service & price. Painting Exterior & Interior, Pressure Cleaning, Roof, & Patios, Roof Cleaning, Wood Repair & Faux Finishes Lic. # U21140 7 5 4 - 2 4 5 - 0 8 5 9 o r 5 6 1 - 5 5 7 - 3 11 3

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

WATER TREATMENT NEED A NEW WATER SYSTEM! — Let us come out and give you an estimate. Call Mike 561-792-5400

FOR SALE FOR SALE FINE CHINA & SILVERWARE WITH CHEST — Service for 12. Really beautiful. Best offer 561-790-5653 FURNITURE FOR SALE — Yamaha Baby Grand w/disk Lavier System. $5,000.Country French Dining Table w/6 chairs. $1500. French love seat $300. Secretary $600. Chinese and other antiques. 561-795-0533

OFFICE SPACE LAW OFFICE TO SHARE: — Royal Palm/ Wellington. Two furnished executive offices plus two secretarial work stations, use of conference room, reception, kitchen. Utilities included. $1,450 month. 561-793-1200, ext. 1 or 561-386-7307

DRIVERS: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus! — Great pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-855-517-2488

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

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GREAT DENTAL $4.00 FEBRUARY — Includes Vision/Prescriptions/Chiropractor, Whole House Covered, Call John at 561716-0771. Great Job opportunity available.

FORD EXPEDITION 03 EDDIE BAUER — $4,950. 103k miles, 1 caring owner, excellent mechanical runs really well, receipts for all repairs. 561-793-3819

LEGAL NOTICE

CABINET INSTALLER NEEDED FOR KITCHEN AND BATH REMODELING — Experienced in all remodeling phasesmust have tools, truck and Florida Drivers License.Must pass background check Email resume to: Kevin@Rhodesremodeling.com HELP WANTED: HAIRDRESSER w/ following — For family style salon. Flexible hours, commission or chair rental. 561313-8763. Call Valerie. Royal Palm Beach. EXPERIENCED TRAVEL AGENT — Needed for busy retail agency in Wellington. FullTime position. Call Michael@798-0505

TILE / CERAMICS

HIRING FIRE EXTINGUISHERS TECHNICIANS —Full-time, will train, benefits include paid vacation, holidays & sick days. Employee Health Insurance available. Must be 18 or over. Clean Drivers License. Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 561-683-1333

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WELLINGTON HIDDEN CREEK’S ANNUAL GARAGE AND YARD SALE — Saturday, February 22, 2014 , 8:00 a.m. to Noon (12:00 p.m.) Rain or Shine!

PT/FT SALES HELP WANTED — For local flooring store expanding. Sales experience a plus. Will train the right person. 561-333-2306 buyithere7@gmail.com

E X P E R I E N C E D TA X P R E PA R ER— with expertise with individuals and small businesses . Hack and Tax Accounting Services LLC. 561-214-6171

SPECIALIZING IN BATHROOM REMODELING — Free estimates serving South Florida since 1980. Quality you expect, service you deserve. Lic. bonded & Ins. U21006 561-662-9258

GARAGE SALE

HUNTINGTON LEARNING CENTER IN WELLINGTON — Now hiring certified teachers.$10-$15/hour. Call 561-594-1920 E-mail: MarleneGiraud@hlcwellington.com

JOHN’S SCREEN REPAIR SERVICE — Pool & patio rescreening. Stay tight,wrinkle-free,guaranteed! CRC1329708 call us 798-3132. www.poolscreenrepair.com

SPRINKLER SYSTEMS

FURNISHED ROOMS FOR RENT — No Pets, No Children,First, Last, Security. $600 monthly includes all amenities - pool - electric. Call 561-667-3475

BOOKKEEPER NEEDED — part-time, experienced in QuickBooks, flexible hours. Please fax resume to 561-791-0952

WELLINGTON TOWNCAR DRIVERS & DISPATCHERS — retirees welcome. Call 561-333-0181. Full-Time Part-Time.

SHUTTERS/PANELS

ROOMS FOR RENT

EMPLOYMENT

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ACCORDION SHUTTERS — Gutters, screen enclosures, siding, soffits, aluminum roofs, Serving the Western Communities. Since 1985. U-17189 561-791-9777

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