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Dr. Maria Vallejo, Palm Beach State College’s vice president for growth and expansion and provost of the Belle Glade and Loxahatchee Groves campuses, talked to the Royal Palm Beach Education Advisory Board on Monday about the need for partnerships with the community. Vallejo is especially interested in finding businesses and other entities that can offer internships for students at the new Loxahatchee Groves campus, which is set to open on Feb. 27. Page 3

RPB American Legion Plans Installation Of Officers On Feb. 2

American Legion Post 367 of Royal Palm Beach met Thursday, Jan. 5 at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center to make plans for the upcoming year. Page 5

Royal Palm Seniors Enjoy ‘Flashback To The Fifties’ Luncheon

The Royal Palm Beach Young at Heart Club held a “Flashback to the Fifties” luncheon on Friday, Jan. 6 at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center. Ronnie Davis sang oldies by Elvis, Roy Orbison and more. The Wild West Diner catered lunch. Page 16

OPINION Recalling The Lasting Legacy Of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This Sunday, Jan. 15, would have been the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 88th birthday. We are sure the slain civil rights leader, who was assassinated in 1968, would opine about national and world affairs with a grace and elegance rarely heard in today’s world of fivesecond soundbites. This Monday, on the holiday set aside to honor his life’s work, we should reflect on what Dr. King’s compelling message meant — and still means — to this nation. Page 4 DEPARTMENT INDEX NEWS................................. 3 - 9 OPINION.................................. 4 NEWS BRIEFS......................... 6 PEOPLE................................. 11 SCHOOLS.............................. 13 COLUMNS.......................14, 21 BUSINESS..................... 22 - 23 SPORTS..........................25 - 27 CALENDAR............................ 28 CLASSIFIEDS................ 29 - 33 Visit Us On The Web At WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM

The 29th annual Wellington Dinner Dance to benefit the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club was held Friday, Jan. 6 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. This year’s theme was “Passport to Paradise.” There was a live auction and a silent auction, and the band Hyryze entertained guests and provided dance music into the night. Shown here are event chairs Nicolette Goldfarb, Marley Goodman-Overman, Dr. Colette Brown Graham, Georgina Bloomberg and Dr. Daxa Patel. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 17 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Winding Trails Expected Back Before Council In February

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Final consideration of the controversial Winding Trails development in Wellington on the former Wanderers Club executive golf course will probably return to the Wellington Village Council at its second meeting in February, according to Village Manager Paul Schofield. At the council’s meeting Tuesday, Vice Mayor John McGovern asked about the status of the application, which received preliminary approval at the council’s Dec. 13 meeting in a 4-1 vote with Mayor Anne Gerwig opposed. At the time, Gerwig said she personally favored the project but was concerned that Lakefield South residents had divided positions about the development, which would surround Lakefield

South, although it would be separated by lakes and landscaping. The Winding Trails project has been proposed by W&W Equestrian Club LLC, owned by Jim Ward and Patricia Holloway of Ward Real Estate Services, which purchased the long-unused golf course land in late 2015. They have proposed nine equestrian-oriented residential lots of 2.3 to 4.45 acres each on the former golf course located near Aero Club Drive and Greenbriar Blvd., with a horse crossing connecting to the showgrounds at Ousley Farms Road and Greenbriar Blvd. In addition to the comp plan amendment, the council also approved the preliminary reading of ordinances extending the Equestrian Overlay Zoning District (EOZD) to Winding Trails and rezoning the property from com-

mercial recreation to agricultural residential. Its inclusion in the equestrian district would impose more restrictions than other areas of the EOZD, with a 100-foot minimum lot depth and 250-foot minimum width; a maximum of two stories; a prohibition on clustered development, temporary stabling and covered arenas; and four stalls per acre but no more than 12 per lot. Setbacks for the buildings and manure bins are also more restrictive in order to protect Lakefield South. At Tuesday’s meeting, Schofield said that village staff had not heard back from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. “We don’t expect to hear back from them much before [Jan. 20],” he said. “My best guess is that the first time that we’re going to have See COUNCIL, page 7

Goltzené Will Seek Re-Election To Loxahatchee Groves Council

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Loxahatchee Groves Vice Mayor Tom Goltzené will run for another term on the Loxahatchee Groves Town Council in the Tuesday, March 14 election. Goltzené’s Seat 5 is the only council opening in the upcoming election cycle. He has served two three-year terms. Councilmen Ron Jarriel and Ryan Liang are up for re-election in 2018, and Mayor Dave Browning and Councilman Todd McLendon are up in 2019. The weeklong filing period will run from noon Tuesday, Jan. 31 through noon Tuesday, Feb. 7. “I think we have some unfinished business still to accomplish,” Goltzené told the Town-Crier on Wednesday. “The type of infrastructure and how we deal with that, the physical infrastructure being roads and such as that.”

He said the “non-physical infrastructure,” the arrangement of town management, employees and the size of government, also needs to be addressed. “Is it just an ever-growing thing or do we actually try to get to ‘government lite’ at some point and put the brakes on it?” he asked. Goltzené said residents also have opinions on the level of physical infrastructure they want, which historically has been minimal. “Sidewalks and streetlights and city water, I don’t know that most of the residents of Loxahatchee Groves want to see that right now,” he said. “Those are the kinds of issues we’re talking about. They’re really sort of existential issues right now, but I think they are important, and you have to give some attention to, and sort of put squabbling behind us. That’s what

I’m looking forward to if I am so lucky as to be re-elected.” His other concerns include getting the town’s codes to be something that reflects the community’s desires. “Right now there’s a range of things that exist that are remnants of the good old days — a time of the county letting people get away with whatever. If you want to do something, go to Loxahatchee to do it,” Goltzené said. “We have issues with that that we have to deal with, and we have to do it without causing too much internal strife and too much pain to anybody. Some things just don’t have a place in the community anymore. Substandard migrant housing would be an example I would refer to.” They are all issues that the town has to deal with as it goes into its See GOLTZENÉ, page 15

Binks Vet Clinic Gets Break On Cost Of Road Project

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Wellington Village Council gave a preliminary conditional use approval for a veterinary clinic at the Binks Commercial Center after working out a condition that would place less burden on the clinic for an additional entrance required onto Binks Forest Drive. Councilman Michael Napoleone recused himself from the discussion due to his law firm’s involvement with the project. The council had postponed approval at its Nov. 8 meeting to get more information on an entrance at Binks Forest Drive, which would have required the 3,600-squarefoot clinic to pay the full cost of the connection, although the traffic impact of the clinic is relatively minimal. The existing entrance to the commercial center is to the north on Bent Creek Road, just east of Binks Forest Drive. “The conditional use in and of itself was fine,” Village Manager Paul Schofield said. “The issue became the connection to Binks Forest. The council had asked that staff go back and look at alternatives to see if there wasn’t a more appropriate ingress/egress alternative that did not involve the construction of a turn lane. The total cost of a turn lane is about $90,000.” The village’s engineering department did an analysis and found that expanding the turning radius from its typical 25 feet to 50 feet would provide for sufficient vehicle speed not to warrant a turn lane, Schofield said. “This is a right in, right out, there is no median, so the intersection becomes a safe traffic movement, and it allows a connection to be made, which we believe needs to be made,” he said. “We believe the applicant is in agreement with the condition as proposed, so staff stands prepared to recommend approval, as we did at the last meeting.” Each of the 15 commercial lots in the development is eligible for a 3,600-square-foot building, including four lots owned by the Home Away From Home day-

care center and preschool at the northwest corner of the property. The daycare center has developed three of its four lots. One other office building and a dental office also occupy the site, with several lots vacant. “We believe that the solution is appropriate and there is a significant cost saving,” Schofield said, adding that the turn lane would be required if the daycare center should decide to complete its expansion, which would cost about $50,000 and would be the responsibility of the daycare center. Vice Mayor John McGovern pointed out that the cost already is the responsibility of the daycare center, which was before the council more than a year ago to apply for a significant expansion. “A part of that was a condition that they build the access and the turn lane,” McGovern said. “For whatever reason, that simply hasn’t happened.” Growth Management Director Bob Basehart said conditional uses must be done within three years or it comes back to the council for reconsideration. McGovern said he thought it had been unfair to shift the burden of the turn lane and access point from the daycare center, which is the reason for most of the increased traffic, to a smaller proprietor making a new application. Basehart agreed, but pointed out that traffic performance standards are not intended to be fair, but to make improvements to the roadway system where they are necessary to serve the benefit of the general public. “That streetway connection is necessary today, whether or not the veterinary clinic moves forward, or whether or not the daycare center [expansion] moves forward,” he said. Basehart noted that any project without a conditional use requirement can build as of right and would not require putting in the turn lane on Binks Forest Drive. Mayor Anne Gerwig agreed that it is a difficult issue. “I think we had extensive disSee VET CLINIC, page 15

QUAYE AT WELLINGTON GRAND OPENING

The Quaye at Wellington held a grand opening celebration Friday, Jan. 6. Guests, residents and visitors from the community admired the clubhouse, pool and lake, while touring display units in the community of luxury rental apartments and townhomes. Shown here are builder Rick Lococo, interior designer Carol Funk and developer Charles Funk. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 5 PHOTO BY JULIE UNGER/TOWN-CRIER

Dr. King Celebration In Royal Palm Marking 15th Year

By Julie Unger Town-Crier Staff Report Caribbean-Americans for Community Involvement (CAFCI) and the Village of Royal Palm Beach will present the 15th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Monday, Jan. 16 at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center. According to CAFCI Cultural Director Elet Cyris, this year’s theme is, “Love is the most durable power in the world.” With the violence and upheaval in today’s society, the organizing committee thought the theme would spread a nice message. “Also, it’s Martin Luther King’s quote,” said Cyris, who is joined on the committee by Marjorie Aiken, Hope Francis, Margaret

Granada, Shirley Morrison, Paul Baker, Henworth Ferguson, Ernie Garvey, Winsom Martin and Geneive White. The celebration, which is open and free to the public, will feature many talented performers of all ages. “We have a very nice program,” Cyris said. Jade Master will be singing the national anthem, the Rev. Anna Higginbotham will provide the invocation and Aubin Robinson will deliver the keynote address. The master of ceremonies is Dr. Cedric Lynch, and the Royal Palm Beach Village Council will be in attendance. Performances will include Jade and Demi Master and Rachel Robinson of Dance Arts Con-

servatory’s Broadway Stars, as well as the Onyx Dance Studio and accomplished pianist Pierre Harris. There will be a duet by Laura Whitten and Ralph Pitman; Tehya Morris will recite a poem; and the Blues Brothers, Jordaine Randon, Rochelle Wright, Dance Arts Conservatory’s Broadway Stars and violinist Kate Deviney will entertain. Royal Palm Beach Community & Cultural Events Superintendent Carlos Morales is looking forward to the celebration. “We’re one of the only Dr. Martin Luther King celebration events this side of town, in the western communities. I don’t think there are too many people who do these types of events. It’s an honor that

we do it,” Morales said. “The attendance is outstanding. We have a packed house every time we do these events.” When CAFCI first started with the observance 15 years ago, Cyris said, organizers didn’t have any idea how large it would become. “We started out very small, and then it has been expanded. For 15 years, to still have the village that we can get together for this celebration, I think it’s an achievement, and I do hope we continue with it,” she said. “When we started out, I never gave it a thought that we would be here for 15 years. We have worked on this, and we still enjoy doing it. We’re the same committee, and it’s still CAFCI, in conjunction with the

Village of Royal Palm Beach. It’s a community event. It has remained in the community, and as a very positive event.” The message and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., she said, is important, and she hopes this event will help positively influence the community, especially the younger generation. A continental breakfast will be available from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., sponsored by CAFCI members, prior to the celebration, which will take place from 10 a.m. to noon. The Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center is located at 151 Civic Center Way. Sponsorships are still available. To learn more, call (561) 790-5149 or visit www. cafcipbc.org.


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New IPC Management Has Plans To Expand Polo In Wellington

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Mark Bellissimo, managing partner of Wellington Equestrian Partners and new owner of the International Polo Club Palm Beach, announced plans last week to reinvigorate and expand polo in Wellington. At a press conference held Friday, Jan. 6, Bellissimo was accompanied by Annabelle Gundlach, a hunter/jumper rider turned polo player with the Postage Stamp Farm team, as well as Bob Puetz and Duncan Huyler of the United States Polo Association, who offered their support to help elevate the success of polo in Wellington, and top polo player Nic Roldan of the Grand Champions Polo Club team. Bellissimo’s partnership purchased IPC after the 2016 U.S. Polo Championship last spring. “Last week was our inaugural polo event, and I was very pleased with the outcome,” he said. “Given it was on Jan. 1… and to have the crowd that we had show up, we were very pleased. We had a great crowd in all the different areas.” Villa del Lago defeated Postage Stamp Farm 12-9 to claim the Herbie Pennell Cup at the first game on Jan. 1 on the Engel & Völkers stadium field at IPC.

“I think [Director of Polo] Jimmy Newman and his team did a fantastic job of operating the event seamlessly, and I would hope that no one saw a gap in the presentation from last year,” Bellissimo said. “The voice of polo, Tony Coppola, was there on the sideline, and I thank him for that.” It was Gundlach’s first foray on the main field. “I think that was very exciting, so we’re hoping that this season is a great season,” Bellissimo continued. “We have eight teams in our Joe Barry Memorial Cup tournament. We’ve got 12 teams in the Ylvisaker Cup.” Bellissimo said he is often asked about the future of polo at IPC with the new ownership. “We purchased the property due to our fundamental belief in Wellington as a world center for equestrian sport, and the people are drawn by the passion for horses, and the three dimensions for that are going to be the hunterjumper, dressage and polo,” he said. “Those are the three legs of the stool, and fundamentally, we need to maintain that strength.” Bellissimo said his partnership will employ a similar philosophy with polo that it used when it set out to develop show jumping and dressage.

Mark Bellissimo takes questions, joined by USPA offiicials.

They initiated a strategy to draw out a broader, deeper population. It extended member divisions from 33 to 84, increased prize money from $2 million to $9 million, and since then that business has quintupled, he said. Last year, the show grounds grossed 3,000 entries, and during the circuit they averaged attendance of 2,750 per event through 12 weeks. “Dressage didn’t even exist in this community,” Bellissimo said. “It’s now the world’s largest and richest prize money in all of dressage. Those two venues are attracting people from 50 states and 43 countries.” Bellissimo believes that polo is probably more synonymous with Wellington than either of the other two sports, despite that it’s a smaller concession. “Polo is an important part of that culture, so we are going to be trying to use some of the relationships we have to do sponsorships,” he said. “My wife runs the sponsorships for us, which is in the tens of millions on an annual basis. That portfolio is probably the strongest in the world, and we’re hopeful that we can start leveraging and introducing those sponsors into this sport.” Wellington Equestrian Partners views this year as a stabilization year at IPC, he said. “In other words, we just come in and get our feet wet and introduce ourselves to the community,” Bellissimo said. “It’s challenging. I’m an outsider here, as I was at jumping… Our goal as an organization is to make sure that that this is the world center for polo outside of Argentina, and that this is something that can grow.” Part of that growth is developing interconnections between polo and other equestrian disciplines. “My belief is that the only way for it to grow is to connect this venue and sport with the 4,000

Polo players Nic Roldan and Annabelle Gundlach, Bob Puetz and Duncan Huyler of USPA, and Mark Bellissimo of Wellington Equestrian Partners.

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families that come to Wellington that love equestrian sport who have young men or young women and families that love to ride horses,” Bellissimo said. For example, Gundlach’s transition from jumping to polo could be a harbinger of positive things. “Annabelle does represent what I think is the future pathway for the development of new patrons and new players — people who know how to ride horses,” he said. “They love horses, they love the sport, they are committed to Wellington, and fundamentally, that is the greatest harvest area in the world, bar none.” Bellissimo noted that his daughters and wife all have played polo from time to time. He hopes to create a gateway into the sport through greater accessibility. “We’re going to develop that gateway through a three- or fourstep process,” he said. “The first

step is we’re going to work with USPA. We believe that there is a lot of great talent around the table and a great passage long-term, and we would like to work on ways to develop programs, and start with a world-class polo academy, on-site, easily accessible on this property. Hopefully, that’s going to launch next year.” He hopes polo camps and clinics will attract people to get into the sport, and Wellington Equestrian Partners will be using its relationships with other areas of equestrian sport to get people into the academy. “We are going to set up training camps and clinics and other events to drive interest into the sport,” Bellissimo said. “We’re trying to create some energy around that… We’re hoping to have an arena polo challenge on Jan. 26, which is what we call gladiator polo, which will be sort of an introduction to a

professional tournament… We’re going to introduce the game and invite the hunter-jumpers and as many people around to see these great athletes and great horses in a very self-contained environment.” Bellissimo said that Wellington Equestrian Partners has started an initiative to further strengthen the Wellington equestrian industry. “This is probably our most ambitious initiative since we’ve been here,” he said. “It will allow us to create a commercial platform for equestrian sport in this community that will allow polo, dressage and show jumping to thrive and attract attention from all over the world… We’ve invested more than $300 million in this community, and we will invest a lot more to make sure that all of these sports thrive in the near and distant future.” For more information about the 2017 polo season, visit www. internationalpoloclub.com.

Palm Beach State Provost Seeks Partnerships For New Campus

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Dr. Maria Vallejo, Palm Beach State College’s vice president for growth and expansion and provost of the Belle Glade and Loxahatchee Groves campuses, talked to the Royal Palm Beach Education Advisory Board on Monday about the need for partnerships with the community.

Vallejo is especially interested in finding businesses and other entities that can offer internships for students at the new Loxahatchee Groves campus, which is set to open on Feb. 27. “We are very excited to be joining your community here, and I wanted to share something with you here about the Loxahatchee campus and also about the en-

tire Palm Beach State College,” Vallejo said. Vallejo, who was born in Puerto Rico and grew up in New York City, learned English as a second language and has lived in Wellington for 18 years. “I am very experienced with many of our students, most of our students, in fact, who either are first-generation students or

come from another country to try and get a better education and a better life,” she said. “I learned very early in life, because I was the translator for my family, as many of our students are. Even though my parents finished not even seventh grade, they felt there was no excuse for ignorance and really pushed us to get our education. I believe that education is the

leveling of the playing field for Americans. Without education, it’s very hard to go beyond your means that your families gave you and move ahead.” Vallejo believes that collaboration with the local communities is integral to what the college does. “I tried to model that at Lake Worth, and it has been very successful, and I want our team to

nurture that, and that’s why I’m here,” she said. “I want to nurture our teams and create an environment at our campus where the focus will be health and technology, but it’s with you all. It’s a partnership. You’ve heard the old adage that two heads are better than one, and I truly believe in that. There’s no need to re-create See VALLEJO, page 15

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Recalling The Lasting Legacy Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This Sunday, Jan. 15, would have been the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 88th birthday. We are sure the slain civil rights leader, who was assassinated in 1968, would opine about national and world affairs with a grace and elegance rarely heard in today’s world of five-second soundbites. Instead, we are left to ponder the existential “what if’s” of his too-short life, the biggest being, “What if he hadn’t been killed in Memphis that early April morning in 1968?” Sadly, like tears lost in the rain, we will never really know the answer. All we can do is offer theory and conjecture, based on what we know of the man’s principles. It’s that knowledge base — of the many accolades Dr. King achieved in his 39 years on this planet — which many in the community and country will discuss and analyze on Monday, Jan. 16, when the nation remembers him and his achievements. This year marks the 31st official Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance. It has, like numerous other federal holidays, become part of our national fabric. However, we are also reminded that the nation waited until years after his death to give him and his work in the civil rights movement the recognition they deserved. It wasn’t until some 32 years after his passing that all 50 states observed the civil rights leader’s birthday on the third Monday of January. This Monday, we should reflect on what Dr. King’s compelling message meant — and still means — to this nation. The United States still struggles with inequalities, often rooted in prejudice, hostilities and fear. Some argue things have progressed negatively in recent years, and at times it is difficult to argue this perspective. Regardless, this holiday reminds us how far we’ve come, while at the same time challenging us to push ourselves to keep fighting for what’s right and just.

Several local organizations will come together Monday to recall the legacy of the slain civil rights leader. Among them: • Caribbean-Americans for Community Involvement (CAFCI) and the Village of Royal Palm Beach will present their 15th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, taking place Monday, Jan. 16 at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center. A light continental breakfast is available from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., prior to the celebration, which will take place from 10 a.m. to noon. This year’s theme is “Love is the most durable power in the world.” • The 36th annual Scholarship & Awards Breakfast presented by the Martin Luther King Jr. Coordinating Committee of West Palm Beach will take place at the Palm Beach County Convention Center on Monday, Jan. 16 starting at 7:30 a.m. Tickets are $45 for adults and $25 for youths. For additional information, call (561) 8324682 or visit www.mlkcc-1444.org. • Palm Beach Atlantic University’s tradition of honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through service continues with volunteer opportunities at a number of locations through its annual program. Volunteer check-in begins 7:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 16 in the Rubin Arena in the Greene Complex on Palm Beach Atlantic’s main campus (1100 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach). Kickoff begins at 8 a.m., and a sack breakfast will be provided. For additional information, contact Kate Magro at (561) 803-2580. In 1960, Dr. King famously stated, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Therefore, no American can afford to be apathetic about the problem of racial justice. It is a problem that meets every man at his front door.” We have a dream that someday, this will no longer be an issue.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Seniors Club Thanks Bellissimo

As a member of the Wellington Seniors Club, I would like to thank Mark Bellissimo of Equestrian Sport Productions for his support and generosity to us. We were treated to a wonderful day at the polo match on Jan. 1 and enjoyed lunch at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center on Pierson Road for an afternoon of jumping on Jan. 11, and we will do so again on Feb. 8. Both jumping

events are only $6 for Wellington Seniors Club members. The club also sponsors many social events and 10 annual lunch meetings. We accept a limited number of new members who are Wellington residents age 55 and over. For more information, contact me at (561) 795-9814. Peter Granata Wellington

The Cost Of War

The recent tragic event at the Fort Lauderdale airport is symp-

tomatic of deeper problems with returning veterans who have been “broken” after witnessing horrific and inhuman events occurring in areas of conflict. The young veteran who shot 13 people served his country honorably for 6 years, came home, apparently, with unresolved but undiagnosed mental issues, and even though he voluntarily sought help in 2016, the system failed him and he was not treated. Funding for mental institutions has been dramatically reduced and closings have been very common since the 1970s.

In my humble opinion, a nation who sends its young men and women into harm’s way are responsible for their care and restoration, both physical and mental, when they come home. While organizations like Wounded Warriors have a role, the primary responsibility rests with our government, namely Congress, to see that our young men and women receive the timely care they deserve to prevent future tragedies like Fort Lauderdale. Richard Nielsen Royal Palm Beach

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NEWS

State Attorney’s Office Reports Steep Drop In Juvenile ‘Direct File’ Cases

Striking a balance between punishment and rehabilitation to better protect public safety, State Attorney Dave Aronberg recently announced a sharp decline in the number of non-violent juveniles directly filed into adult court. Statistics released by Florida’s Department of Juvenile Justice showed that the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office filed adult charges against 75 juveniles in fiscal year 2015-16, compared

to 136 juveniles direct filed in the prior fiscal year — a decrease of 45 percent. This marks the largest percentage drop in direct file numbers in any judicial circuit with equal or greater population. Only the smaller 7th Circuit in Daytona Beach had a larger percentage decline (50 percent) in direct file anywhere in the state. “Our number-one goal is to protect public safety,” Aronberg said,

“and that means proper charging and proportionate punishment with reduced recidivism.” Aronberg said his office uses juvenile sanctions against non-violent young offenders under 18, especially in drug cases, but will continue to direct file juveniles who commit violent crimes or who are habitual criminals. The Department of Juvenile Justice numbers show that the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s

Office direct filed 3.8 percent of all juveniles arrested in fiscal year 2015-16. These figures do not include the thousands of youths who receive civil citations for minor offenses such as marijuana possession through the county’s Juvenile First Offender (JFO) program. Juveniles who receive a civil citation through the JFO program are not arrested and not referred to the State Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

“We need to be smart about fighting crime, which means we must be careful not to create an adult criminal out of a non-violent youthful offender who can be turned around by juvenile sanctions.” Aronberg said, adding that “direct file into adult court should be reserved for violent criminals and repeat offenders who have not been rehabilitated by the juvenile justice system.” Aronberg said a major reason

behind the reduced direct file rate is the diligence of his prosecutors, who closely scrutinize each juvenile arrest to make the appropriate charge. A decision to direct file a juvenile into adult court must be approved by two separate, experienced prosecutors. “The prosecutor’s office has an immense power to forever alter someone’s life, so we must get it right every time,” Aronberg concluded.

submit only one entry for each category no later than 5 p.m. on Feb. 10. Third, fourth and fifth-grade students can submit a poster; sixth, seventh and eighth-grade students can submit a poster and/or essay; and ninth through 12th-grade students can submit an essay and/ or a video. First-place winners in elementary and middle school will be awarded $100. High school firstplace winners will be awarded a tablet PC. Second-place winners

will receive at least $50 at each level, and third place winners will be awarded at least $25 at each level. Winners will be announced on March 31. Prizes will be awarded April 19 at a reception in West Palm Beach hosted by the Realtors Association and the Legal Aid Society. For contest rules and more information, visit www.pbcgov. com/equalopportunity or contact Pamela Guerrier at (561) 355-4884 or pguerrie@pbcgov.org.

NEWS BRIEFS KCF Tennis Event Jan. 20

The Kids Cancer Foundation will hold a team tennis event, Serve up the Love for the Kids Cancer Foundation, on Friday, Jan. 20 starting at 5 p.m. at the Wellington Tennis Center (3100 Lyons Road, Wellington). The event will include a raffle and a silent auction. Teams will be captained by a professional and compete against each other for bragging rights and the Kids Cancer Foundation/Keller Williams Champion Cup. The $50 entry fee includes a T-shirt, tennis balls and court-side refreshments. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more info., call (561) 371-1298, e-mail michelle@ kidscancersf.org or visit www. kidscancersf.org.

Southern Bell Reunion Jan. 17 At Fairgrounds

The first reunion of employees of Southern Bell, Bellsouth and AT&T will be held Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 4 p.m. at the Southern Bell Museum at Yesteryear Village. The Southern Bell Museum is in a house built in 1931 by the Hock Family that was originally on 10th Avenue and Boutwell Road in Lake Worth. The building was moved to Yesteryear Village at the South Florida Fairgrounds in 2003 by the Telephone Pioneers of America. This building is now full of 140 years of great telephone memories, from a replica of Alexander Graham Bells original invention to a phone from the John F.

Kennedy mansion in Palm Beach that was a direct line to the White House when he was president. Former volunteers of the museum will be honored. For more info., call Brenda Kilgore at (561) 236-8748.

Loxahatchee Schoolhouse Reunion Jan. 24

The third reunion for alumni of the Old Loxahatchee Schoolhouse will take place Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. at the schoolhouse, which is now located at Yesteryear Village at South Florida Fairgrounds. The school stood on Tangerine Road in Loxahatchee Groves from 1935 to 1965. Anyone who attended the two-room school house is invited to attend the reunion. For more info., call Brenda Kilgore at (561) 236-8748.

Holiday Hours In Wellington

The Village Park gym and the Wellington Community Center will be closed on Monday, Jan. 16 in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The following parks will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Tiger Shark Cove (playground and ballfields), Scott’s Place, the Environmental Preserve at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Everglades Habitat (Section 24), Olympia Park, Community Park, Village Park (walking path, playground, and Peaceful Waters Santuary) and Wellington Green Park. The Village Park athletic fields

will be unavailable due to a soccer tournament during this time period. For more info., visit www. wellingtonfl.gov.

Rep. Frankel To Host Healthcare Rally Jan. 15

On Sunday, Jan. 15, Congresswoman Lois Frankel will host a rally protesting plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act and change Medicare. The rally, set for 2 p.m. at the FoundCare office (2330 S. Congress Avenue, West Palm Beach) is part of Congressional Democrats’ Day of Action, “Our First Stand: Save Health Care.” Featured at the event will be South Floridians who will share personal stories about how their lives were impacted by the Affordable Care Act. Joining Frankel will be Yolette Bonnet of FoundCare, Lauren Goodhue of Planned Parenthood, Betsy Marville of SEIU, Stephen Hinkel of Health Force, Dr. Joan Waitkevicz of NOW, Dr. Brent Schillinger of Florida CHAIN and others. For more info., call Frankel’s office at (561) 998-9045.

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“Fair Housing: Making Dreams Come True” is the theme of this year’s annual Fair Housing Month art, essay and audio visual contest. The contest is sponsored by the Palm Beach County Office of

The Palm Beach Central High School band was recognized Tuesday, Jan. 10 in a proclamation by the Wellington Village Council for winning the Class 3A State Championship in November. The band, under the direction of James Yaques, was awarded multiple trophies, including Best Music, Best Visual, Best General Effect and Best Color Guard, and received the second-highest score in the history of the Class 3A semifinals. PHOTO BY RON BUKLEY/TOWN-CRIER

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QUAYE AT WELLINGTON HOSTS GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION & OPEN HOUSE The Quaye at Wellington, located at 9840 Quaye Side Drive, just off State Road 7 in Wellington, held a grand opening celebration Friday, Jan. 6. Guests, residents and visitors from the community admired the clubhouse, pool and lake, while touring display units in the community of luxury rental apartments and townhomes. For more info., call (561) 790-7000 or visit www.quayewellington.com. PHOTOS BY JULIE UNGER/TOWN-CRIER

Builder Rick and Kelly Lococo with Wellington Mayor Anne and Alan Gerwig.

Regional Manager Nancy Cribb with Quaye at Palm Beach Gardens Property Manager Eric Collins.

Kelly Lococo and Construction Superintendent Brad Burke.

Resident Jim Pantages and leasing agent Robyn Brown in one of the open-house units.

Property Manager Shannon Arnoni with Molly Port of resident services.

Pedro Mata and Jolene Stone.

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RPB American Legion Plans Installation Of Officers On Feb. 2

By Julie Unger Town-Crier Staff Report American Legion Post 367 of Royal Palm Beach met Thursday, Jan. 5 at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center to make plans for the upcoming year. The annual installation of officers will take place Thursday, Feb. 2 at the monthly meeting. Chaplain Jim Hart, a member of the Rotary Club of Royal Palm Beach, noted that at a recent meeting, he learned about a group that collects plastic bags. “Local Catholic ladies are collecting plastic bags, like we get at Publix when we go buy our groceries. They collect them, they weave them into blankets and mats, and

they give them to people living under bridges,” he said. “I had no idea that there were this many people who needed this kind of help.” Hart asked post members to save their bags for the next meeting, and he would bring them to the ladies to let them continue to make mats for the homeless. “What is a homeless person? A homeless person is someone who has lost faith in humanity,” Hart said. “That’s the only thing I can think about, and it bothers me to no end that there are people here in our country, in our community, who don’t know where to go. They’re part of the veterans who are committing suicide because they don’t know where to go. We have got to

try to show them the way.” The next meeting will take place Thursday, Feb. 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. Anyone is welcome to attend. Civilians are requested to

call before attending. Veterans are invited to just show up at meetings, prior RSVPs are not necessary. For more information, call Ray Nazareth at (561) 293-1203.

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NEWS BRIEFS Hadassah To Meet Jan. 18

Shulamit Hadassah will start its 2017 year with popular author and speaker Ellen Brazer on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. at Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue Station 30 (9910 Stribling Way, Wellington). Seating is limited. RSVP to Sue Daniels at (561) 6561761 or e-mail smow@comcast. net. Brazer’s autographed books will be available for purchase. Refreshments will be served.

Poker Tourney Will Benefit Local Charities

All In For Firefighters, a group of firefighters and community members dedicated to making a difference in Palm Beach County, will host its ninth annual Butch Smith Poker Classic on Sunday, Jan. 29 at the Palm Beach Kennel Club. What started as an event to benefit firefighter Capt. Butch Smith in his battle with cancer has evolved into a fundraiser

which benefits four local charities: the Firefighter Cancer Support Network-Florida Chapter, the Professional Firefighters and Paramedics Benevolent Fund, the Quantum House and the Rooney’s Golf Foundation. Last year, 409 people participated and $30,000 was raised for the charities. The tournament takes place at the Palm Beach Kennel Club and kicks off Sunday, Jan. 29 at noon. In attendance this year is Jerry Yang, the 2007 Main Event Champion at the World Series of Poker. In addition, there will be raffles, a silent auction and an opening ceremony with the Palm Beach County Firefighters Pipes & Drums. For more information, or to register, visit www.allinforfirefighters.com.

Puppy Bowl Adoption Event

Amber’s Animal Outreach will host a Puppy Bowl Adoption Event on Sunday, Jan. 29 at Furs & Feathers Resort (1016 Clearwater Place, West Palm Beach). There will be vendors, food sales, face painting, cheerleaders, a DJ, puppies up for adoption and perform-

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Salvation Army Food Distribution

The Salvation Army West Palm Beach Corps (2122 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., West Palm Beach) will hold a free food distribution, first-come, first-served on Saturday, Jan. 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call (561) 686-3530, ext. 26270.

Vinceremos Re-Gifting Party

The Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center will host a re-gifting party Tuesday, Jan. 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Seahorse Fashion Cuisine (10660 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 170, Wellington). Guests are invited to join the fun by bringing an unopened and unused silent auction donation with a minimum value of $25. Need help with a donation? Gift certificates will be available. Complimentary cocktails are thanks to Perrier-Jouët Champagne and

‘Beehive’ Returns To Dolly Hand Jan. 23

It has been 18 years since Beehive: The ’60s Musical was presented at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center. The show is back with an all-new production on Monday, Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m. You’ll hear all of your favorite hits from the girl groups of the 1960s: “Downtown,” “To Sir With Love,” “It’s My Party,” “Where The Boys Are,” “Respect” and more. Audiences around the world love this exciting and colorful salute to the women who made the music of the 1960s so special. With 40 beloved hits, the show takes you on a musical journey documenting the dramatic changes that America underwent during the 1960s.

The Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center is located on Palm Beach State College’s Belle Glade Campus at 1977 College Drive in Belle Glade. For more info., call the box office at (561) 993-1160 or visit www.dollyhand.org.

Wellington El Beautification Project Jan. 21

Wellington Elementary School will hold a Clean-Up/Beautification Day on Saturday, Jan. 21 from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers from the community are invited to help out. Children must be accompanied by their parents, middle-schoolers and high schoolers are welcome as well. There will be various projects, including cleaning, weeding, mulching and more. Organizers are also in need of the following items: mulch, cleaning substances, paper towels, snacks/water for the volunteers, gloves and garbage bags. For more info., call (561) 6510600. Wellington Elementary School is located at 13000 Paddock Drive.

Seagull Services Seeks Run/Walk Volunteers

Seagull Services needs volunteers to help on the sidelines at the Honda Classic 5K Run/Walk presented by Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center. The event will take place on Saturday, Jan. 21, and proceeds will benefit the programs of Seagull Services. Participants race through the picturesque grounds of the historic Champion Golf Course. Register for the race at www.the hondaclassic.com/pages/5k. Volunteers assist the day of the event with checking in race participants, handing out race medals and awards, and other race day tasks. To volunteer, contact Director of Special Events Elizabeth McDermott at emcdermott@seagull.org or (561) 842-5814, ext. 111. Seagull Services was founded in 1979 and provides advocacy and educational, social, vocational and residential programs for teens and adults with developmental disabilities. Since 2011, the Honda Classic 5K Run/Walk has benefited the programs of Seagull Services.

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GLAUCOMA IN CATS AND DOGS

Cat and dog owners might be quite surprised to learn that glaucoma is not just a disease of the human eyes. In fact, glaucoma is quite common among dogs of certain breeds. Sadly, when a dog is diagnosed with glaucoma, it is almost certain that vision will be lost within about a year, despite treatment or surgery. Although glaucoma is not nearly as widespread in cats, both animals will exhibit certain symptoms such as bulging eyes. The eyes might become cloudy, and in advanced stages, vision loss might be evident. Caused by abnormally high eye pressure, glaucoma is quite painful and can cause the animal to become cranky, lose interest in playing, and leave food ignored in its dish. It is crucial for your pet’s vision that we detect and treat glaucoma and other problems with as quickly as possible. We can test your dog or cat’s eyes for excess pressure easily and safely. The test is painless and does not require sedation. Feel free to call us at COMMUNITY ANIMAL HOSPITAL OF ROYAL PALM BEACH if you have questions about your pet’s health. We are located ¼ mile east of Royal Palm Beach Blvd., at 11462 Okeechobee Blvd. Please call 798-5508 for appointments or emergencies.

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Are You Inactive, but “Apparently Healthy”? What if I told you there was an inexpensive way to fight over a dozen diseases that had no side effects and improved your quality of life tremendously? Well, there is. It’s called exercise. There is plenty of literature to show that exercise prevents and treats type II diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease, stroke, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and some cancers (colon, prostate, and breast). However, only 30% of Americans are active at any time and only half of them are regularly active. And by “active”, I don’t mean going regularly to the gym. I am talking about all activity, though going to the gym is one choice for activity. If you’re interested in changing your lifestyle, start with 150 minutes of walking a week. That’s 5 days per week of 30 minutes. Ask your physician for advice first before you start and take any medications every day before exercising, but 30 minutes a day is a good place to start. Make a pact with yourself to do 5 days per week for 3 months. As you progress, visit a local gym to learn about resistance training, which is the secret to battling osteoporosis. Combine these two forms of exercise and you have a powerful antidote to disease. Don’t be part of the 85% of Americans who are missing out on the easiest of cures. Your body will love you for it.

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More Than 50 Artists To Show At Art Fest On The Green Jan. 28-29

The Wellington Art Society is gearing up to present its 11th annual Art Fest on the Green at the Wellington Amphitheater on Saturday, Jan. 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will feature 55 fine artists. Those artists work with various mediums and techniques. They will display original artwork, including paintings, sculpture, jewelry, pottery, textiles, photography and more, as they discuss their inspiration and accomplishments. Len Jagoda of Backstretch Studio in Georgia works with sculpture, oils and pastels, and will be participating in Art Fest on the Green. Jagoda specializes in traditional realism, and shows at many different art gatherings, including top shows in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee. “My artwork is really divided into pretty much two categories, although I have been deviant at times and left those areas, but they are primarily domestic animals, dogs and horses especially,” he said. A juried member of the American Academy of Fine Art, Jagoda is looking forward to Art Fest on the Green, where he will display many of his pieces. “My artwork focuses, to a great extent, on the equine world, and Wellington is certainly an equine-oriented area. I think there is that in common. My work would

fit well within the community,” he said. “I want to expose, especially to the people interested in fine art, the work that I do.” One such creation will be a commissioned portrait of American Pharoah, the 2015 Triple Crown winner. He will be unveiling the piece at Art Fest on the Green. Jagoda focuses on catching the likeness and personality of animals when creating portraits. Aside from selling some artwork, his top goal is to meet more people with a shared interest in equine art. “One of my goals is to meet more people from the equestrian world to find out what their likes and desires are to help me create work that’s of interest to them,” he said. To view Jagoda’s work, visit www.backstretchstudio.com. Deborah La Fogg utilizes a realistic style with wildlife and representational with landscape. “I also do pet portraits, and those are photo-realistic as well,” La Fogg said. She will be showing her landscape, wildlife and portrait art at Art Fest on the Green. “I really like the people who run the show; they do a great job. I love the Wellington area. There are a lot of great opportunities for artists, and it’s a wonderful location,” she said. La Fogg is looking forward to speaking with visitors to help them appreciate the medium and share the stories behind each of

her paintings. “I love the outdoors, and I’m out and about,” she said. “I love the national parks. I love to travel. I’m an outdoorsy person, and I like to tell stories about my travels in my paintings, and the creatures I meet.” Now a full-time artist, La Fogg is looking forward to participating more in the Wellington Art Society. She recently led a demonstration for the group. “I love getting up and talking about pastels and my techniques, and I teach. Right now, I teach at Old School Square in Delray Beach, and I’m looking for a venue in Wellington to teach, as well,” she said. “I’m so excited about the medium and my subjects.” To view La Fogg’s work, visit www.lafogg.com. Laurie Snow Hein, a Palm Beach Gardens artist, has a large collection of ocean, Everglades and horse paintings to choose from, and will likely bring some of everything to Art Fest on the Green. “I have been showing at art festivals for the past 27 years, and I haven’t really shown too much locally here in my own home area. This is where I live, my daughter lives out in Wellington, and I just want to let some of the local people know that I’m here,” she said. “I’d like to be more well-known in my own neighborhood. I’m wellknown on the west coast and up in Vero Beach and other locations because I’ve done a lot of shows

Sophie shows off the photo-realistic style of artist Deborah La Fogg.

Artist Len Jagoda will unveil his commissioned portrait of American Pharoah, the 2015 Triple Crown winner. He will be unveiling the piece at Art Fest on the Green. there, but I haven’t done many at home.” Hein enjoys the Wellington Art Society, and she is looking forward to bringing her work to Wellington. She utilizes a realistic and traditional style, adding in an Impressionist flair.

A lifelong artist, Hein has been giving art lessons in Palm Beach County for the past 27 years. “I’m a portrait painter. I paint all animals and birds, and I love painting anything Florida,” she said. To view Hein’s work, visit www.lauriesnowhein.com. Proceeds from Art Fest on the

Green help fund the Wellington Art Society’s long-standing scholarship program and other art outreach programs. To learn more about the show, visit www.wellingtonartsociety. org. The Wellington Amphitheater is located at 12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.

Blue Cypress Sunset is an example of the Florida landscapes of artist Laurie Snow Hein.

‘Buck Off’ Competition Supports Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center Wellington residents and equestrians are well-known and respected for giving back to the community. One of their favorite causes is the Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center in Loxahatchee Groves — and once again this season, the Floridian Community Bank Buck Off is back to benefit Vinceremos. The annual Buck Off event got underway Thursday, Jan. 12, and the second preliminary round is set for Thursday, Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the White Horse Fashion Cuisine in Wellington. “The Buck Off has become a weekly event for Wellington and our equestrian community,” said dressage rider Devon Kane, chair of the Vinceremos Young Professionals committee. “It is a really fun and entertaining event, and a great way for anyone to connect to Vinceremos and support the center by attending, contributing and riding. It’s fantastic to see all the

different people riding on teams and the crowd cheering them all along. I’m really looking forward to Thursday night’s Buck Off!” Floridian Community Bank has been involved with the Buck Off since its inception, helping raise thousands of dollars for Vinceremos every year. Vinceremos is a world-class nonprofit therapeutic riding center, which has helped hundreds of riders with varying physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities. Four-person teams compete in the Buck Off, a crowd-pleasing, mechanical bull-riding competition where individual scores are totaled to determine the winning team of each round. Spots are still available for the second round. The event is open to everyone, and pre-registration is encouraged but not required. Individual riders are welcome. The entry fee is $100 per team per round. The third and final pre-

liminary round is set for Thursday, Jan. 26. The winning teams from each of the three preliminary competitions will advance to the championship round, which will take place at the 30th annual Vinceremos Dinner and Benefit Auction on Friday, Feb. 3 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. Additional sponsors include the Palm Beach Equine Clinic, Tito’s Vodka, Nadine Allen and Sanjiv Sharma, Discount Dirtworks, Marshall & Sterling Insurance-Equisport Division, Envisian LLC, Laas Equestrian Real Estate and Carl Schachter with Northwestern Mutual. Vinceremos CEO Bill Carter is pleased with the success of the event. “The Buck Off inspires young people and builds legacy supporters for the organization,” Carter said. “We also believe it

stimulates additional community participation with helping those who ride at Vinceremos.” To register, contact Bobbi Rottman at bobbi@equessolutions. com or just show up ready to ride.

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continued from page 1 the opportunity to hear it will be the second meeting in February. We will not have time to advertise for the first one, but again it is entirely dependent on when the state responds.” McGovern also asked about the status of recent applications by Equestrian Sport Productions for comp plan zoning text amendments that would create an Equestrian Commercial Zoning District (ECZD) within

Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center is a nonprofit organization that provides equine-assisted therapies for persons with varying physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities.

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the Equestrian Overlay Zoning District. Schofield said the applications were received on Friday, Jan. 6 and have been posted on the village’s web site at www.wellingtonfl. gov/government/departments/ planning-zoning. “We started the review process on Monday,” he said. “One of the things I had hoped to do was have synopses by the end of business yesterday. Staff has not gotten all the way through them yet. Hopefully, we will have them out sometime tomorrow.” He said the synopses will also be posted on the web site when they are finished.

Schofield explained that the three applications, for a comp plan amendment, a map amendment and a zoning text amendment, will go to the Development Review Committee first. “They will all go to the Equestrian Preserve Committee; they will all go to the Planning, Zoning & Adjustment Board; and they will have multiple hearings in front of the council,” he said. The amendments seek to increase the height limit, building coverage and density for certain buildings within the proposed ECZD, and add additional commercial uses, including hotels and hotel condominiums.


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Grand Champions Tops Coca-Cola In Joe Barry Memorial Cup Action At IPC

The International Polo Club Palm Beach kicked continued its exciting 2017 season with a day full of polo and social activities on Sunday, Jan. 8. Grand Champions Polo Club and Coca-Cola faced each other in the featured game on the Engel & Völkers Championship Field with Grand Champions taking the win 10-6 to remain undefeated in 2017 Joe Barry Memorial Cup play. Guests gathered in the newly renovated Pavilion to experience

the sumptuous Pavilion Brunch, expanded Coco Polo Lounge and the famed after party. Top Wellington restaurateur Juan Gando brings his Fashion Cuisine brand to IPC’s Pavilion this year. New brunch packages are available to get guests closer to the action. For $25, brunch ticket holders can upgrade their seats to the front row. Beverage package add-ons allow brunch goers to continue the party with bottles of Veuve Clicquot and Ketel One. The Veuve Clicquot Cham-

Guests enjoy brunch at the Pavilion.

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pagne Garden lets guests show off their unique polo style. Every Sunday, fashionistas can be named Sunday’s Most Fashionable on the Field by using the hashtags #ClicquotStyle and #IPCSundayPolo. The free Kids’ Fun Zone, sponsored by Wellington Regional Medical Center, allowed children to have fun during the match with bounce houses, lawn games and food from vendors such as KP Concessions and Sweet Treats. Sponsored by Ketel One, the

Ketel Kitchen provides guests with specialty Ketel One Vodka cocktail offerings, food and exclusive cocktail classes. On the field last Sunday, Jonathan Marcus, vice president of marketing at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, opened the game with the coin toss. Abby Blake sang the national anthem. The 2017 high-goal season continues with events every Sunday through April 23. For more info., visit www.internationalpoloclub. com.

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Nic Roldan of Grand Champions Polo Club takes control of the ball. PHOTO BY DAVID LOMINSKA

E.W. and Karyn Turk show off their polo style at the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Garden.

WEF, Dressage Festival Get Underway At PBIEC In Wellington

The 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival and Adequan Global Dressage Festival kicked off this week in Wellington. The 12-week WEF will host thousands of the world’s best horses and riders competing in the hunter, jumper and equitation disciplines from now through April 2. The AGDF features the stars of dressage now through March 25. Equestrian Sport Productions, the company that produces both festivals, hosted an opening press conference on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. The conference panel included Equestrian Sport Productions CEO Mark Bellissimo, AGDF Director of Sport Thomas Baur, U.S. Olympic Show Jumping Team silver medalist Kent Farrington, U.S. Olympic Dressage Team bronze medalist Kasey Perry-Glass, threetime USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals winner Liza Boyd

and Allyn Mann of sponsor Adequan. Bellissimo noted the major improvements in infrastructure that have been made at the show grounds thanks to participant recommendations. “At the end of last circuit, we had a meeting of riders, trainers and owners to discuss opportunities to improve the Winter Equestrian Festival,” Bellissimo said. “One of the biggest areas of interest was the footing. We did renovation of the rings, with full removal of footing in the International Ring and its schooling area, plus an overhaul of the footing in all of the rings. We also increased the drainage footprint around the arenas. We had an unusually large amount of rain last year, so we wanted to make sure that we kept ahead of that. There were major barn area enhancements, from drainage to aesthetics.” He added that there was also a major investment in bridle paths.

“We elevated the paths and put in material that allows them to drain better and operate in a more efficient way,” Bellissimo said. “We reduced two stabling tents to decrease congestion and relocated those areas so that we could add another ring that’s being called the South Ring. We also created a bridle path that goes along the canal past Mallet Hill and leads to a 12-acre grass polo field that anyone can hack on.” The 2017 season kicks into high gear this Saturday night, Jan. 14, with the $75,000 Wellington Regional Medical Center Battle of the Sexes, the season’s first Saturday Night Lights event. The male-versus-female class always provides a high-level of entertainment and fun. The Great Charity Challenge, presented by Fidelity Investments, is another great community event that will reach a mark of more than $10 million donated to more than WEF OPENS, page 15

U.S. Olympic Show Jumping Team silver medalist Kent Farrington, three-time USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals winner Liza Boyd, Equestrian Sport Productions CEO Mark Bellissimo, U.S. Olympic Dressage Team bronze medalist Kasey Perry-Glass, Allyn Mann of sponsor Adequan and AGDF Director of Sport Thomas Baur. PHOTO BY JENNIFER WOOD MEDIA

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‘Dressage Under The Stars’ Returns To Wellington On Feb. 1

“Dressage Under the Stars” is returning to Wellington this year for one night only to raise money for cancer research after a threeyear hiatus. The Dressage Under the Stars Cancer Challenge, presented by Invictus Farm and Sport Horses, will draw about a half-dozen top grand prix dressage riders and their horses to the Palm Beach Polo & Country Club on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. The event is hosted by Partners For A Cure, a nonprofit organization that gives to families in need because of cancer. All proceeds from the event will be donated to cancer-related

charities for research. Dressage Under the Stars is a crowd-pleasing event where top riders perform freestyle in costume to the music of their choice. A panel of three judges rate the test based on its technical movements, but also on its creativity and flair. Olympian Bent Jensen’s freestyle to LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It” won the event with a perfect score and went viral in 2012. Rick Rockefeller-Silvia founded Dressage Under the Stars nearly eight years ago to present dressage to a broader audience in a fun and engaging way. He partnered with Stephen Williams to produce the

event because of his background in staging television and live events, particularly for the equestrian community in Wellington and around the globe. The series ran for several weeks during the winter season and was a way to make dressage approachable and fun for the community. “Dressage Under the Stars was initially started to offer riders a chance to ride under the lights before a non-equestrian audience to share the art and beauty of the sport in a fun and friendly way,” Rockefeller-Silvia said. Rockefeller-Silvia and Williams are teaming up again to run the

event as a charity fundraiser. The goal is also to raise awareness of forms of cancer that are not as well known or represented in charity events. “Plans are for this to be one of Wellington’s most celebrated dressage cancer fundraising events,” said Mary Lou Moskal, founder of Partners For a Cure and chair of the Dressage Under the Stars Cancer Challenge. General admission tickets at $25 will be on sale online starting Jan. 14. VIP tables to include a cocktail reception and four-course meal are available. For more info., visit www.dressageunderthestars.com.

Dressage Under the Stars returns for one night only Feb. 1.

FORCE Off-Road Hosts Cycling Time Trial And Toy Drive At Okeeheelee

Victor Alber tied with Matt Nalesnik for first place with times of 24m, 31s at December’s Full FORCE Time Trial & Toy Drive. Tom Rassiga took third, and the volunteer coordinator Tom Cornman is pictured behind the second podium.

Twenty-seven cyclists participated in the first Full FORCE Toys for Tots time trial sponsored by the Florida Off-Road Cycling Enthusiasts (FORCE) on Sunday, Dec. 18 at Okeeheelee Park South. The best biker riders completed the Pinehurst mountain biking trail in under 30 minutes, and the fastest five men and four women will face off again in the March time trial at West Delray Regional Park. In the men’s division, Victor Alber tied with Matt Nalesnik for first place with times of 24:31, followed by Scott Halleburton (25:11.6), Tom Rassiga (25:35.5) and Chris Buchanan (25:35.800). In the women’s division, Missy Michaels (31:44.2) took first, fol-

lowed by Paty Doring (32:41.7), Martha Rassiga (32:57.2) and Maria Gomez (37:58). First place women’s winner Michaels also organized a toy drive. Riders brought new and unwrapped toys for a girl or boy. Since 1947, the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program has been making its mission to collect gifts, distributing them to needy children, and FORCE was pleased to participate. FORCE also thanks Bicycle World for being marquee sponsors of the December event. Full FORCE is an off-road mountain biking individual time trial series along courses built to encompass both naturally occurring terrain and artificial features

Local Author Donna Carbone Pens Crime Novels

Donna M. Carbone, a former Wellington resident now living in Palm Beach Gardens, published the first in a series of crime novels in January 2016 featuring two fe-

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male homicide detectives with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office titled Through Thick and Thin. The main characters, Cat Leigh and Marci Welles, are based on real people: her daughter, Jessica Carbone McKinney, a survivor of kidnapping and rape, and Mary Bedwell Bain, an actual CSI with the PBSO. McKinney lives in Loxahatchee and Bedwell Bain lives in Royal Palm Beach. The two women have been best friends since their days at Wellington High School, and Bedwell Bain was instrumental in the capture and conviction of Carbone McKinney’s attacker in 2007. After her daughter’s assailant was behind bars for life, Carbone wrote a short story titled Assault on an Angel in an attempt to make women more aware of the dangers all around them. The story was

picked up by the History Channel’s “I Survived” series and Investigation Discoveries’ “Surviving Evil” series. Both shows created episodes based on the facts of the case. Mother and daughter were guests on the Katie Couric Show and were interviewed in numerous publications. The second Cat Leigh and Marci Welles crime novel, Silk Suit/Stone Heart, was published in late December 2016. In 2016, Carbone also published Private Hell, a semi-autobiographical crime novel based on her early life in an abusive relationship. “The story within the story is true,” Carbone said. “Forty-five years ago, there were few resources for women in abusive relationships. Even now, with more help available, women are afraid to leave their abusers. I want them to know

they are not alone and that they are strong enough to break away and move on with their lives.” Also on the horizon is a big change in Carbone’s normal writing style. In the next few months, she expects to publish Lambie and Me, a children’s book in the style of Calvin and Hobbes. “My grandson is such a clever little boy. The things he says inspired me to write the first book in what I hope will become a beloved series for parents, grandparents and all adults who love kids,” Carbone said. Carbone’s illustrator for the book is Kevin Mayle. “Kevin’s drawings are so lifelike that my grandson immediately recognized his image and that of his best friend, Lambie.” All of Carbone’s books are available on www.amazon.com in paperback and for Kindle.

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trail waiver and T-shirt. Florida Off-Road Cycling Enthusiasts (FORCE) is a notfor-profit organization, which encourages better biking events and experiences, and promotes mountain biking trails in Palm Beach and Broward counties. Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation oversees more than 14 miles of single track off-road bicycle trails. FORCE members also enjoy riding other regional parks, on local canal easements and other off-road venues. For more info., visit www.forcemtb.org.

CUTTLERS RING IN NEW YEAR AT ROMEO’S

Colette Miller Cuttler and Mark Cuttler, longtime residents of Wellington, had a great time at Romeo’s Italian Cuisine restaurant on New Year’s Eve. “Ambiance, great cuisine, friendly staff and nice music,” Collette said. “It was a memorable experience for us to ring out the old and ring in the new.”

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WHS Dance Team To Host Showcase Jan. 20 On Friday, Jan. 20, the Wellington High School dance team, the Royals, will present a dance showcase in the Wellington High School theater at 6 p.m. The community is invited to support the team as they prepare for state and national competitions. Group and solo dances will be performed. Concessions will be available. Entry is $5 for students and $10 for adults. All proceeds will help with competition fees.

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Lox Groves PBSC Campus Gets SACS Approval

The Southern Association of Colleges & Schools Commission on Colleges has approved Palm Beach State College’s plans to provide its educational offerings at the school’s new Loxahatchee Groves campus. The SACS approval is for five years — until 2020 — when Palm Beach State College will undergo its next institutional re-accreditation process. “This approval acknowledges that we meet standards of academ-

ic quality,’’ said Dr. Roger Yohe, PBSC vice president of academic affairs. “We want to have quality programs, and having that external acknowledgment is very critical for our students and community.” The approval marks one of the college’s last hurdles to opening the campus site, formally called the Dennis P. Gallon Campus in honor of the long-term president who retired in 2015 after 18 years. Classes are set to begin Feb. 27. As part of the approval for the

campus, the board of trustees of the regional accrediting body reviewed everything from the degree programs, availability of library and learning resources and qualifications of the faculty to staffing levels, physical resources and financial support. For the spring term, for which online registration is underway, the college is offering 64 sections of mostly 10-week general education courses that largely count toward the associate in arts degree.

Health sciences and technology, which are the focus of the first phase of the campus, will be offered after the spring term. Those career programs include: the bachelor of science in nursing degree, which will start in the fall; and health information technology associate in science degree, health informatics specialist certificate, medical information coder/biller certificate and medical transcription technical diploma, which all start in the summer.

Rap Star Pitbull To Headline PBSC STEAM Luncheon

The Palm Beach State College Foundation will welcome Armando Christian Perez, professionally known as “Pitbull,” as the keynote speaker for the foundation’s 2017 STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) luncheon presented by Bank of America. The event is chaired by Yvonne Boice, a South Florida businesswoman and philanthropist, and will take place at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts’ Cohen Pavilion in West Palm Beach. Tickets are $200. Now 35, the once Miami street rapper turned Grammy Award winner has recorded hundreds of songs and sold more than 70 million singles, with No. 1 hits in more than 15 countries. He has had more than 67 million digital downloads, more than six billion YouTube views, and has more than 22 million Twitter followers and 59 million Facebook followers. He has performed in more than 50 countries for millions of people — hence his nickname, Mr. Worldwide. Pitbull is also a savvy businessman and brand entrepreneur who, in addition to a line of fragrances for men and women and a TV

development company, also has partnerships with blue-chip brands such as Bud Light, Dr. Pepper, Dodge, Norwegian Cruise Line and others. Pitbull is passionate about using and advancing technology. He uses social media to communicate with his fans and supporters, and he is co-founder of eMerge Americas. This conference brings together high-tech firms from throughout the Americas and promotes innovation and the development of disruptive technology across many industries. What most people don’t know about him is that he is passionate about education. He was initially inspired to pursue his music dream by one of his high school teachers. Now, he wants to make sure other children are inspired and have opportunities to succeed. “Pitbull understands the impact that education can make and encourages quality education for children from all walks of life,” said Suellen Mann, executive director of the foundation. At the luncheon, Pitbull, a first generation Cuban-American, will discuss the importance of education, as well as how music, math and science are closely related.

“Both the science and music industries use mathematical principles and logic, along with creative thinking and inspiration,” Mann said. “Pitbull is a master of blending basic sounds, rhythms and tempos to create incredible and popular music. He sings about enjoying life and hopes his music serves as a brief escape from daily concerns.” In 2013, Pitbull helped create the SLAM (sports, leadership, arts and management) charter school in one of the Miami’s most impoverished neighborhoods. “SLAM, which educates students in grades 6-12, now has a school in West Palm Beach that could be a direct feeder to Palm Beach State College,” Mann said. The college offers more than 130 program options for these students. “The college also recently implemented a holistic academic advising program for first-timein-college students. Local SLAM graduates enrolling at PBSC will benefit greatly from this program, where success coaches guide students throughout their college career, providing hands-on academic advising, career counseling, life management resources and

Rap star Armando Christian Perez, known as Pitbull. scholarship opportunities, which are the gateways to excellence,” Mann said. Sponsors of the event are AlphaMedia, Bank of America, Florida Power & Light, Modernizing Medicine, Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, the Palm Beach Post and WXEL. In 2017, the foundation will enter the fifth year of its STEAM initiative to impact the projected shortage of local, skilled professionals in the STEAM fields. For luncheon tickets, visit www. palmbeachstate.edu/foundation/ STEAM or call (561) 868-3450.

Betty Watson and Laura Ann Laspisa’s kindergarten classes perform “The Reindeer Hokey Pokey” on stage.

Barnes & Noble Night A Success For Wellington El

On Thursday, Dec. 8, Wellington Elementary School participated in its annual Barnes & Noble Night. Staff, students, friends and families attended the event. The event featured many holiday performances by classes, the chorus, hand bells, violins and more. Poems were read, cookies were decorated and presents were wrapped. Art pieces, cre-

ated by the students, were also displayed. That evening, a percentage of sales was donated to the school’s media department to help buy books for the media center. Wellington Elementary School thanks everyone who came out to make the night special, as well as Barnes & Noble for hosting this great event.

Art teacher Pamela Saeig and ESOL Teacher Gloria Gatto ready to wrap holiday gifts. VPK student Brianna Babcock and her mother Jessica shop for holiday gifts.

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Decades After I Moved To Florida, I Have Become A Snowbird

This is the year. After living half my life in the North and half my life in the South, I have come to the conclusion that these snowbirds may be on to something. So, I’m going to try it out. And this is the year. I stumbled upon snowbirdism by accident. When I moved to Florida, I was unfamiliar with the phenomenon because I was raised in Wisconsin and nobody ever leaves Wisconsin. People say it’s cold, but, as the wife of Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers once said, “Do you not own a jacket?” I ended up in Florida accidentally when my first husband, a New Yorker,

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The Sonic BOOMER asked if I wanted to come here. (New Yorkers spend a lot of time in Florida when you compare them to Wisconsinites.) Anyway, I thought he meant for a vacation, and that is what he was hoping I thought he meant. And it’s not as if I

had belongings. I was 22. So I packed my little suitcase and off I went. Then came work and kids and, once the kids arrived, they had friends they were not willing to leave, even though I had a husband whom I was leaving. So I ended up in Florida for most of my life. Turns out there are nice things in Florida, in addition to the weather. I am speaking, of course, of Walt Disney World and its resident discount. The kids had their friends, and I had Mickey Mouse. But then one of the kids produced grandchildren and, in order that those grandchildren were able to identify all the Disney characters at a glance and

were able to spell “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” by age 4, I moved back North to be near them. The winters didn’t seem as cold anymore (they certainly weren’t as damp as in the South) but suddenly I had a new enemy — ice. The first time I slipped, I caught myself just before going splat on the concrete steps. I thought, “Hey! I could do some real damage here.” And the snowbird idea was born. Well, the idea of spending winters in the South was first invented by rich New Yorkers whose lead was quickly followed by birds themselves. At any rate, having spent most of my

adult life surrounded by people who earn pots of money up North and then spend some of that money getting to the South, I have decided that’s the way to do things. The only difference is, I don’t have pots of money. I screwed up that part. But it turns out the sun shines brightest on the most disadvantaged, as evidenced by the awesome tans on hitchhikers. Long story short, I am here now and, come spring, I will pack my little suitcase and be gone again. I’ll do that for as long as it makes sense to do it. Worst case scenario — the money runs out. And if that happens, I’ll get me one awesome tan.

‘Manchester’ Lives Up To All The Hype, With Great Acting Work

In an era of blockbusters and special effects, great drama can often be overlooked. But Manchester by the Sea is so good, so strong and affecting, that it is a must-see for this year. It is not one of the cute TV-similar uplifting movies where everything works out, but a great reflection of how life often is. Things happen, but you go on. Modern people are not as adept at tragedy as the ancients. Medea features a bitter mother who kills her children. In Antigone, a young woman is condemned to die unfairly, and the man who loves her, the son of the man who condemned her, dies along with her. Audiences today do not want to see people ruined, unless they are villains. They want a promise of a better tomorrow. In real life, however, that better tomorrow doesn’t always come. Grief is not a thing that can always be overcome. Shakespeare’s Hamlet has trouble directly acting after discovering what he thinks

‘I’ On CULTURE By Leonard Wechsler is evidence of his father’s murder, and most of the cast winds up dead by the end. Life can be like that, even if most popular entertainment works to conceal the truth. This film’s hero, Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck), is a janitor in Quincy, just south of Boston. He is an isolate; no friends and a predilection for trouble. Then he receives a message from a family friend, George (C.J. Wilson), that his brother Joe (Kyle Chandler) has had a major heart attack. Lee rushes to see him, but he dies before Lee can arrive. He goes to

Manchester by the Sea, another suburb, to tell Joe’s teenage son, Patrick (Lucas Hedges). While making arrangements for the funeral, both he and his nephew discover that he has been named guardian, creating a problem. Lee grew up in that town and faced massive tragedy there when a fire he accidently caused went out of control and killed his children. Just being there brings back horrible memories of his ruined life. Forced by extreme weather to wait for the funeral, he is forced to deal with Patrick and his issues while also being forced to reexamine his own early tragedy. Things do not go well. Lee cannot live there, and Patrick hates giving up things he has grown up with, feeling increased separation from his father’s life. There were arguments over Patrick’s girlfriend (Anna Baryshnikov), particularly about attempts to set Lee up with her mother. Complicating things further,

Patrick resumes contact with his mother, Elise (Gretchen Mol), a former alcoholic now engaged to an evangelical Christian. The boy hopes to live with her, but her fiancé limits contact. We can only hope that things will somehow work out, but this is real life. Things get better, but a “happy ending” is not really in the cards. Casey Affleck is superb as the central character. In many dramas, we would trace his growth. But Lee is no longer really able to change. He is not able to have a real emotional impact; he has become an emotional black hole. We see explanations for his lack of ability to connect with others, but as each one gets stripped away, there is another layer underneath. Michelle Williams comes in for an extended scene playing his ex-wife. Her anger at their joint tragedy is now ended, and she might like a return to normalcy, but he is no longer capable

of such things. That scene alone should earn both of them Academy Award nominations. It is tough, brilliant and incredibly wearing. Affleck, often in the shadow of his brother Ben, will be long remembered for his work here. Everyone in the film is really good in their roles. Young Hedges is great in a tough role; he has to show his shock and mourning for his father, his hopes for reconciliation with his mother, as well as his desire to return to normalcy. I have always liked Gretchen Mol, and watching her try to restore her relationship with her son while dealing with the hostility of her fiancé could constitute a class in acting. Kenneth Lonergan, the writer/director, has furnished a brilliant tragedy, one that is deeply affecting and without the normally accepted happy ending. It is considered one of the favorites in the Oscar race. See it.

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continued from page 1 second hundred years as a settled area, he said. “Things aren’t the way they first were, and you really can’t expect them to be,” he said. For his accomplishments, in the past six years, Goltzené believes that he has been part of a divided council but on the winning side of decisions that were good for the community. As an example, he cites being on the winning side of the 3-2 decision that allows the use of golf carts on town roads. “I’ve been a part of the, in my opinion, positive things that have

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continued from page 1 cussion before, and we all were struggling with that issue. We’d like it to be your exact impact that you’re paying for, so I think it worked out pretty well,” Gerwig said, thanking the applicant, veter-

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continued from page 9 200 Palm Beach County charities when it returns for its eighth year on Saturday, Feb. 4. This year’s WEF will host four weeks of CSI 5* competition, with a new CSI 2* division running concurrently during each week, which will allow riders of different levels to take part in international competition. The highlight $500,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI 5* will be on Saturday, March 25, during Week 11 this year due to the upcoming FEI World Cup Finals at the start of April. The FEI World Cup Finals are an important goal for international show jumper Kent Farrington and played a big part in Farrington’s plans for this year’s WEF circuit. He will use the WEF circuit to prepare top mounts Creedance and Gazelle for the championship

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NEWS been passed by the council,” he said. “I’ve been in the majority of that. I’ve tried to deal with being a leader among my colleagues on the council and trying to put forward community voices that sometimes weren’t heard and needed to be.” Goltzené said that he tries to be sensitive to others’ various points of view and not caught up in his own agenda. “I’m certainly not really caught up in a personal agenda, though I’m sure my detractors would say otherwise,” he said, adding that he feels he has his finger on the pulse of the community and what it wants. “I live here and I do business here, and I talk to my friends and neighbors, but I don’t intrude on them, and I don’t go

pushing myself on them; I wait for them to talk to me. That’s how I learn what’s going on. I try to listen instead of talk.” Goltzené said that after two terms on the dais, if re-elected, it will probably be his final term. “I’ve been in there for six, this would be three more. By then I’ll be 60, and that probably is enough for me,” he said. Goltzené was born in Miami Beach, where his father was the fire chief. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Defiance College in Ohio and spent nine years in the building business doing accounting and financial work. He moved to Palm Beach County in 1987 and, in 1991, moved to Loxahatchee Groves.

In 1992, he started his own lawn care company, which he later sold to pursue an environmental contracting business, growing and restoring natural areas throughout South Florida and eliminating

invasive exotic plants. Goltzené now runs a native plant nursery and has worked for Waste Management doing environmental restoration. He lives in southern Loxahatchee Groves

with his wife, Irene. They have six children. Goltzené won his council seat in 2011, unseating former Councilman Dennis Lipp. He was unopposed for re-election in 2014.

Campus Opens Soon

transferrable to all state four-year universities. It also offers some four-year degrees in nursing, information systems and management, and will be looking at creating more four-year degrees. “The way the system works with the state colleges is that the state has to tell us whether that degree is a viable degree, and that there are jobs where the salaries are appropriate before they give the OK for us to move forward,” she said. This requires each degree proposal to be justified by the college when making the request for approval. “We really have to look at what is being done statewide, how accessible it is, how many graduates they have, how many jobs are there locally and statewide before the state will say we can go ahead and move forward with this particular degree or program.” The college also offers associate in science degrees, which actually train students to get ready for work. “Even though many of those students also transfer to universities, the guarantee of getting into a state university is based on the

AA,” she said, explaining that with an AS, a university can require a student to repeat certain courses. Palm Beach State College also offers 90 technical certificates, including creative arts, public safety, childcare, science and environment, human services and education. The Loxahatchee Groves campus will focus on health sciences and technology. “Based on the needs in the community, if there is a particular program or course that students want and we have enough, then we can bring that particular course, whether or not the particular program exists at that campus,” Vallejo said. The county’s population is estimated to grow by 10 percent in the near future, and most of that growth is expected to occur in the western communities. “That is why we chose this particular campus, and that is why the state allowed us to move forward with that particular goal,” Vallejo said. To learn more about the new campus, visit www.palmbeach state.edu/locations/loxahatchee.

“We have introduced some new divisions for the show this year as well, including a CDI for children, and a CDIO Under 25 Nations’ Cup. It is also the first time that those classes have been hosted in the Western Hemisphere.” U.S. Dressage Olympian Kasey Perry-Glass expressed her enthusiasm for the AGDF. Her Olympic mount, Dublet, will be among her rides in Wellington this winter. “I think it is nice that as an Olympic team, we are coming back to compete on our home soil. I’m really excited about that,” she said. “My first priority for Dublet this year is keeping him happy and healthy. Having so many competitions at AGDF makes it possible to do that because we can plan out our show schedule.” Adequan’s Allyn Mann has been one of AGDF’s biggest supporters from the start and looks forward to another fantastic season. “We are really blessed to have the opportunity to be involved in such a wonderful sport,” Mann

said. “Mark [Bellissimo] has done a wonderful job of elevating the level of dressage in this country by coming up with this concept to actually have high-level competition in the span of a short period of time. When people like Kasey or Allison Brock or Laura Graves can compete at such a high level of competition without having to travel across the pond, it can really make a difference. I think we saw the evidence of that this past year at the Olympics.” Mann is proud of Adequan’s support for both the AGDF and WEF. “Our philosophy is really to try to touch as many disciplines as possible and to support the owners that make all of this possible,” Mann said. “It is our little way of giving back to the community and helping to put on some really good events for spectators to enjoy.” For more information, and a complete schedule of events, visit www.pbiec.com and www. globaldressagefestival.com.

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inarian Dr. Mike Russo, for giving the village extra time to work on a compromise. Russo asked for clarification as to his responsibility for cost, and staff said the share would be about 50-50 between him and the daycare center. “If it was a general office use, it would be vested, and there would be no additional improvements required, but because yours is a conditional use and requires a change to it, Wellington, like

all other municipalities in Palm Beach County, is signatory to the traffic performance standards ordinance,��� Schofield said. “It is not a fair ordinance by any means. What is does is it places the burden on the first person who comes in, and it’s designed to make sure that proper roadway improvements are done.” McGovern made a motion to approve the conditional use with the compromise, which carried 4-0.

continued from page 3 a wheel, and there’s no need to try and do something that hasn’t been done before, unless you have the people supporting you who want the same vision.” Vallejo said she wants Royal Palm Beach to see the college as an integral part of the community and to explore how they can learn from each other. “You have the business acumen, you have the experience, and our students need that very much,” she said. “We can do a lot of book learning with them. We can try and expose them, but we need the sites for whether it’s internships, shadowing, etc., because that not only helps the students to narrow down their particular major, but also to make decisions about what they do and don’t like before they finish college.” Palm Beach State College has an annual enrollment of about 49,000 students and offers an associate in arts degree with credits

event. Farrington plans to ride his Olympic mount Voyeur in the 5* competitions at WEF, and will work with new young talents throughout the WEF season. “What’s really great about Wellington is that there is an opportunity to do a little bit of everything,” Farrington said. “I have a mixed group of horses here from very young horses from age five that are just learning to go to a show, to my most experienced grand prix horses that are 15 years old and competing at that high level. For me, this is a combination of spring training for my younger ones, and it is still an opportunity to compete against some of the world’s best for fivestar level, big money competition. I think that is why WEF is unique. That is why we make it our home, and that is why you see a big part of the world spending the winter here.” Along with top show jumping competition, WEF features divisions for every level of the hunter

horse discipline, including Week Six’s $100,000 USHJA/WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular and Week 12’s $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. This year’s circuit also includes the addition of two new $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby competitions. Three-time USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals winner Liza Boyd looks forward to a great 2017 season. “There are so many opportunities here for the hunters. The hunter format is growing; the pipeline for hunters is growing,” she said. “The addition of the young hunter classes for the five, six and seven year olds is really appreciated. It is a great opportunity for owners and really good for the industry… The addition of the South Ring is wonderful. There are just so many opportunities, starting from the cross rails, which my daughter will be competing in this year.” The Adequan Global Dressage Festival kicked off the 2017 season

on Tuesday, and AGDF Director of Sport Thomas Baur discussed exciting new additions to its circuit this year. “We are introducing a lot of new and exciting things at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival this year,” Baur said. “For the first time in a World Cup Qualifier in North America, we will use the new FEI Freestyle system, where the riders have to bring in their floor plan beforehand, and the freestyle is judged according to the floor plan. The system has been used in the Western European League for qualifiers and worked out really well. The judges and riders appreciated that very much, and it will give a more objective view on the subjective freestyle for the judges.” The show is also introducing a new spectator judging app, which has been very popular in Europe. “It is an interactive tool where the spectators can judge markby-mark and then compare their scores to the judges,” Baur said.

“I’ve been a part of the, in my opinion, positive things that have been passed by the council,” Vice Mayor Tom Goltzené said.

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ROYAL PALM BEACH SENIORS ENJOY ‘FLASHBACK TO THE FIFTIES’ LUNCHEON

The Royal Palm Beach Young at Heart Club held a “Flashback to the Fifties” luncheon on Friday, Jan. 6 at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center. Ronnie Davis sang oldies by Elvis, Roy Orbison and more. The Wild West Diner catered lunch. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Adell Marlatt, Doreen Godes, Renee Bobis and Margie Zauder.

Decorating committee members Phyllis Katz, Berit Hogan, Lee Messina and Roberta Hennessy.

Nancy Wall and Dolores Colasanti.

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Bella Wissing and Dolores Valentine.

Monique Koules and Barbara Brink.

Vice Mayor Jeff Hmara, Alice Stern, Effie Gonzalez and Carolyn Hmara.

Ronnie Davis and Mayor Fred Pinto perform “Johnny B Good.”

WOMEN’S GROUP SPEAKER DISCUSSES YWCA DOMESTIC ABUSE PROGRAMS

The Women of the Western Communities met Thursday, Jan. 5 at the Wanderers Club in Wellington. Dr. Mary Cauthen of the YWCA Harmony House spoke about the programs available for women and children who have suffered abuse. Members brought canned goods for the Harmony House pantry. After dinner, there was a raffle. For more information about the Women of the Western ComPHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER munities, e-mail Mair Armand at mair@wwc-fl.com or call (561) 635-0011.

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29TH ANNUAL WELLINGTON DINNER DANCE BENEFITS BOYS & GIRLS CLUB

The 29th annual Wellington Dinner Dance to benefit the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club was held Friday, Jan. 6 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. This year’s theme was “Passport to Paradise.” There was a live auction and a silent auction, and the band Hyryze entertained guests and provided dance music into the night. The event was chaired by Georgina Bloomberg, Dr. Colette Brown Graham, Dr. Daxa Patel and Marley Goodman Overman with Junior Chair Nicolette Goldfarb. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Event Chairs John and Julie Kime, Sanjay Nayee, Dr. Daxa Patel, Al Graham, Dr. Colette Brown Graham, Maria and Dr. Edward Becker, Nicolette Goldfarb and Marley Goodman Overman. Club Director Kenda Peterson with Amaro Hooper, Melanie Ona, Bibiana Montoya and Azaria Adams.

Dr. Juan Ortega and Victor Rivera.

Gil and Jennifer Martinez with Meghan and Joe Whitten.

Katherine and Mark Bellissimo, PBSO Chief Deputy Mike and Phyllis Gauger, and Mayor Anne and Alan Gerwig.

Dr. Veronica Pedro-Alexander and Dr. Rachel Eidelman pick a surprise box of jewelry.

Georgina Bloomberg gets serenaded by Roy Robinson of Hyryze.

Melanie Ona gives supporters Megan and Adam Wellikoff artwork as a gift.

Paul and Carrie Combes, Herta and Frank Suess, and Darlene and Gabriel Finocchietti.

Maria Becker, John Kime and Dr. Martin Harland.

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Bibiana Montoya thanks club benefactor Neil Hirsch.

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Wellington Takes Second At Wrestling Meet

On Saturday, Jan. 7, the Wellington High School wrestling program hosted its ninth annual Wellington Dual Meet Championship. Ten teams from around Florida competed in the one-day event. The Wolverines took the runner-up spot to tournament champion Riverdale. Page 25

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From Jan. 4 to Jan. 6, the Palm Beach Central High School basketball program hosted its first-ever holiday basketball tournament. Eight teams from Martin County to Miami-Dade County competed in the three-day event. “This was the first year of the tournament,” Bronco head coach Jason Pitman said. Page 25

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Natural Hoof Care, Massage Expert Candy Giordano

Although she lives in Davie, barefoot trimmer and equine massager Candy Giordano serves all of Palm Beach County. Born and raised in Cleveland, she grew up in a horsey family. Eventually, she moved to Fort Lauderdale. Candy learned the benefits of equine massage in 1994 when working with competition endurance horses that became sore after long endurance rides. The veterinarian suggested Bute and stall rest, which didn’t help. She then attended Don Doran’s Animal Dynamics school, completing the two-week course and getting certified in equine massage, later adding aromatherapy, reiki and saddle fitting. After being urged by friends and clients, she attended the Oregon School of Natural Hoof Care in 2009. “The nine-day course was very intensive,” Candy recalled. “I learned the hoof’s internal structure and the relationship between diet and hoof health. The barefoot trim lets you balance the hoof to properly support the internal structure. That’s the most important thing. You use a protractor to get the correct toe angle, which should be 55 degrees on the front feet and 57 on the hind. Trimming this way takes all the mystery out of figuring the correct angles.” When examining horses, Candy sees all sorts of incorrect hoof trims, including long

Tales From The Trails By Ellen Rosenberg toes, flairs, clubbed feet, hoof cracks and hooves knuckled over. “Keeping horses’ hooves healthy is not about the shoe, but the trim. Horses prefer being barefoot. They’re generally more surefooted and have increased circulation due to the digital cushion under the frog, which acts as a natural shock absorber. Digital photos show increased blood return through the leg comparing shod and unshod horses,” she said. “A barefoot trim can help alleviate and improve many hoof diseases, such as ringbone, sidebone, navicular and chronic laminitis — even founder. When I was a kid, there was an old saying: If a horse founders, pull his shoes, trim him regularly and turn him out in a big pasture with an angry pony who’ll work him sound in six months. There’s some truth to that.” Horses need to move, Candy explained, and movement benefits their overall health. “To horses, movement is life. They want to feel the ground. Wild horses are constantly on the go, traveling and foraging. Many domestic horses spend hours standing in stalls, which

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Dorothy Jacks Takes Office As PBC Property Appraiser

Dorothy Jacks was sworn in earlier this month as the new Palm Beach County Property Appraiser by retired Judge Mary E. Lupo in a ceremony in the main courtroom of the historic 1916 Palm Beach County Courthouse. The ceremony was attended by prominent county officials, family and friends. Jacks told the audience that Palm Beach County is entering an exciting time. “The growth that we’re expecting over the next 10 years will truly challenge all levels of government, and the Property Appraiser’s Office is no exception to that,” she said. She noted that when it comes to property valuation, Palm Beach County has some of everything. “We have regional malls that rival the best, a range of residential property that most likely isn’t duplicated anywhere and agricultural lands that include free range chicken farms to winter vegetables,” she said.

Jacks praised the staff within the office and credited their expertise and commitment to the taxpayers. “We have 250 people in our office, the most highly designated staff in the nation, with specializations in commercial, residential, tangible business property, mapping and exemptions, and I am proud to come from that mold,” she said. Jacks will be spending her first full week meeting with employees to discuss important issues relevant to the Property Appraiser’s Office, including producing a fair and equitable tax roll, concentrating on new technology that will provide more accuracy with the assessment of property, and increasing the already strong customer service for all taxpayers in Palm Beach County. Jacks was elected as property appraiser in 2016 after a 28-year career in the office. As a Certified Florida Appraiser and Assessment Adminis-

tration Specialist, she has the highest professional designation in Florida and one of the highest international designations for someone who holds the office of property appraiser. Jacks has held positions at every level in the office. Prior to her election, she was the chief deputy property appraiser, where she focused her efforts on hiring professional and technical staff with the highest industry credentials, implementing budget reductions and overseeing effective management information systems. Among her most notable accomplishments is the creation of the award-winning Property Appraiser’s Public Access (PAPA) web site. Her expertise has earned Jacks regional, national and worldwide recognition as a leader in her field. Jacks received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Florida.

Retired Judge Mary E. Lupo swears in Dorothy Jacks as the new Palm Beach County Property Appraiser.

Loxahatchee Groves Dunkin’ Donuts Grand Opening Set For Jan. 21

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The first 100 guests in line from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. will receive free coffee for a year. There will also be the opportunity to meet Miami Dolphins players Jason Taylor, Zach Thomas and Mercury Morris, as well as special

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Premier Equestrian Ends Trainer’s Footing Problems

Sahar Daniel Hirosh, an Israeli FEI dressage rider based out of New Hope, Pa., and Wellington, has a busy schedule showing, training and caring for 16 horses. The last thing the young professional needed was to deal with poor arena footing. Hirosh’s Pennsylvania facility suffered from arenas that did not seem to hold moisture, no matter what he tried. Three arena watering and drags were needed daily. The footing became a big problem, until Hirosh found the solution by enlisting the help of arena footing expert Premier Equestrian. “It’s an awesome story,” Hirosh said. “We only spend four or five months up north before heading to Florida for the winter, so a total

reconditioning of an arena for such a short time didn’t make sense. So I called Heidi Zorn, president of Premier Equestrian, and she was awesome. We sent Premier some samples of our footing, and they looked at it and found a way to make it work for us within our budget.” Premier Equestrian recommended that Hirosh add ArenaAid to his sand. The nylon and polyester fibers mix with the sand to give it structure, and this resulted in increased stability and grip. The ArenaAid fibers hold moisture while also providing cushion and rebound. “The footing ended up better than some of the footing we have here in Florida,” Hirosh said. “It solved all the problems we were having — and

they were bad! But Premier’s solution was affordable, and now I water it with the automatic sprinklers one time each day and drag it one time. It was amazing what they did.” Hirosh left his arenas in Premier Equestrian’s hands while on a trip in Europe for a week, and when he returned, the footing was completely improved. “Premier really came through for me,” he said. But that’s not the end of the story. “Once I shared my story with other people, they came to me and said, ‘We have the same problem,’” Hirosh recalled. He invited them to his barn to see the transformation for themselves. “Then Premier worked with them and fixed their footing problems,

as well,” he said. “The new footing made a huge difference for me, my clients and the horses.” With 16 horses in his care, including three of his own, the busy trainer will next compete experienced as well as young horses during the 2017 winter equestrian season in Wellington. For more than a decade, Premier Equestrian has offered equestrians affordable, high-quality arena footing, dressage arenas built from advanced materials, dressage arena packages, horse jumps, and barn and stable equipment. Request a catalog, arena footing sample or arena sand analysis by calling (800) 611-6109 or visiting www.premierequestrian.com.

Grand Prix dressage trainer Sahar Daniel Hirosh is happy with his new arena footing.

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McMow Art Glass To Host Chamber Of PB’s ‘Network For A Cause’ Event

McMow Art Glass in Lake Worth will host the first Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches “Network for a Cause” event on Thursday, Jan. 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The “hands-on” professional mixer will take place at the McMow Art Glass studio at 701 N. Dixie Highway in Lake Worth. Guests are invited to network among beautiful glass art, enjoy food provided by local artisan bak-

ery Aioli, and participate in a oneof-a-kind glass-making experience. A portion of proceeds, as well as the glass art piece created by guests that night, will be donated to the Quantum House, a supportive home for families whose children are receiving treatment in Palm Beach County for serious medical conditions. “We’re honored to host the first-ever Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches Network for a Cause event,” McMow President

and West Palm Beach City Commissioner Shanon Materio said. “It’s a wonderful way to highlight local businesses and bring much-needed attention to nonprofit organizations in Palm Beach County. McMow Art Glass has been a member of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches for several years. Recently, Materio received the chamber’s Athena Award, which recognizes local leaders. “The new Network for a Cause

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PBCHS Broncos Host Holiday Basketball Tournament

By Gene Nardi Town-Crier Staff Report From Jan. 4 to Jan. 6, the Palm Beach Central High School basketball program hosted its first-ever holiday basketball tournament. Eight teams from Martin County to Miami-Dade County competed in the three-day event. Teams in attendance were the host Broncos,

along with Christopher Columbus, Seminole Ridge, Miramar, Atlantic, Florida Christian, Suncoast and Jensen Beach high schools. “This was the first year of the tournament,” Bronco head coach Jason Pitman said. “My assistants and area coaches have been trying to get me to host a holiday tournament for the last couple of years, and it worked

Palm Beach Central’s Tre Jackson goes up for a shot against Jensen Beach.

out this year that we were able to work out the details.” The Broncos won their first game 71-41 against Jensen Beach. The Broncos jumped out to a 10-3 lead against the Falcons early, but allowed Jensen Beach to get back into the game and tie it at 15-15 to end the first period. The Falcons took the lead in the second 21-15, not allow-

Theo Deluca goes for a layup for the Broncos during the holiday tournament.

ing the Broncos to score early in the second period. Palm Beach Central did rally back under Tre Jackson, who took a ball and dumped it in from under the board to tie it at 2323, but the Falcons eventually closed the first half 26-25. The Broncos launched a comeback, scoring 46 second-half points led by Gyvicht Geneus; the standout

Palm Beach Central’s Tyus Underwood takes the ball up the court.

guard put up 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Jackson had 13 points and four steals. The Broncos also forced 22 turnovers to help propel them into the lead and eventually the 71-41 victory. The win set the Broncos up to meet Florida Christian in the second round. At the end of regulation, the See BASKETBALL, page 27

Bronco Gyvicht Geneus splits the Jensen Beach defenders for a lay-up. PHOTOS BY GENE NARDI/TOWN-CRIER

Wellington Takes Second Place At Dual Wrestling Meet

By Gene Nardi Town-Crier Staff Report On Saturday, Jan. 7, the Wellington High School wrestling program hosted its ninth annual Wellington Dual Meet Championship. Ten teams from around Florida competed in the one-day event. Teams in attendance were the host Wolverines, Royal Palm Beach, Columbus,

Mater Academy, Santaluces, Doral, Centennial, Riverdale, Labelle and Clewiston. The Wolverines took the runner-up spot to tournament champion Riverdale. The Raiders are a known wrestling power in Florida, and Wellington has developed a competitive rivalry with the school each year. The two faced off in the

Eric Saber, Wellington’s 170-pounder, maintains control of his Columbus opponent.

final round, with the Raiders winning the overall team championship 45-18. Wellington handily defeated Doral in its first round 70-12; then, facing Centennial in the second round, won that 63-13. The Wolverines went on in the fourth and fifth rounds, defeating Labelle and Columbus to earn their spot to wres-

tle in the finals for first place against Riverdale. The Wolverines have been busy during the winter break, participating in several high-level tournaments to keep them tuned in for the remainder of the season. Wellington qualified a school record nine wrestlers for the state tournament last season, and hopes to at least match

Wellington 106-pound wrestler Chris DiFiore attempts a cradle on his Columbus opponent.

that record-breaking achievement this year. Coach Travis Gray is in his 10th season at Wellington and has developed the Wolverine grappling program into a local juggernaut on the mat over the years. The annual dual meet has grown as well through the years, and each year programs See WRESTLING, page 26

Wellington’s Cameryn Townsend in the 138-pound weight class tries to get control of his Riverdale opponent. PHOTOS BY GENE NARDI/TOWN-CRIER


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Calling all young athletes: Get ready to swim, bike and run in Wellington’s Annual Kids Triathlon. This exciting and challenging endurance event takes place on Sunday, April 2, beginning at the Wellington Aquatics Complex (12072 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). The Wellington Kids Triathlon

is limited to children born between 2003 and 2013, 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. How long each participant swims, bikes and runs is determined by age. The deadline to register is by noon on Monday, March 27. Participants can register online at www.active. com. No race day registrations will be accepted. All competitors must be current

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continued from page 25 look to challenge their teams in the heart of Wellington. Royal Palm Beach took seventh place overall in the dual meet. The Wildcats’ 152-pounder is currently ranked 11th in the state in Class 3A, and won all of his matches in the competition. Royal Palm Beach’s 182-pound grappler Tre Gilbert currently ranks 10th in the state. Wellington is also in Class 3A. Its state-ranked grapplers are 106-pound Chris DiFiore, seventh; 126-pound Jared Abramson, eighth; 132-pound Tyler DiFiore, sixth; 138-pound Cameryn Townsend, 11th; 145-pound Eric Reid, fifth; 152-pound Jacob Treanor, eighth; and 170-pound Eric Saber, 10th.

Royal Palm Beach’s 152-pound wrestler Sam Perez earns a first period pin against a Clewiston wrestler.

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Junior Black Belt Honored

Genbu-Kai Karate is proud to announce the promotion of its first junior black belt. During the studio’s annual holiday party, Kota Ramsey was presented with his Sho-Dan Ho (probationary red belt) and certificate. Ramsey started in the Ninja program (3 to 6 years old) in April 2010, and advanced to the rank of 7th kyu, the last beginner level. He then moved to the junior karate program, which he has been active in for the past six years, at least three times per week. In Genbu-Kai, anyone testing for their first level black belt ranks, are presented with either a plain red or black belt. For juniors (under 18), a plain red belt is awarded, and (over 18), a plain black belt is awarded. After this initial promotion, students must wait and prove their dedication, and within a year’s time, are awarded their official Sho-Dan ranks (red or black belts), with their names embroidered on one side in Katakana, and the other side with the name of the organization. In today’s society, many who test and pass this rank often quit shortly

Kota Ramsey with Sensei Keith Moore. afterward, thinking they’ve reached the top. However, this is the first step in understanding the true essence of Budo (martial arts training). Genbu-Kai Karate is conveniently located in the Wellington Marketplace shopping plaza. For more info., call (561) 804-1002 or visit www.floridagenbukai.com.


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continued from page 21 is about to founder, soak its hooves in a slurry of 60 percent ice to 40 percent cold water for the first 48 hours. She suggests purchasing 10-liter dry sacks at a camping or boating store. Bandage the tops to the horse’s legs, and check them periodically to replace the ice as it melts. The bags are reusable and go anywhere the horse goes. I personally know this remedy works. Some years back, my mare retained part of the placenta after giving birth, spiked a fever and started to founder. We didn’t know about the heavy bags, but we filled shallow plastic tubs with water and ice and towels as cushions. I lived in the stall with her and the foal for two days, keeping her hooves in the mixture. She came through fine.

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their final round for third place against Miramar, which they lost 69-62. With the defeat, the Broncos placed fourth overall. Geneus recorded 24 points and 11 rebounds. “I enjoyed having four local teams being able to play four out-of-area teams.” Pitman said. “I look forward to next year’s match-ups.”

Wish I’d known about those bags! Toby Perkins owns Fox Run Ranch in Davie. She has known Candy for more than 20 years. “I had a horse with a sore back, so I had her doing equine massage,” Toby recalled. “Then she started doing hooves. My farrier wasn’t doing such a great job, so I asked her to do my horses, and she was amazing. Now she does all my horses and many of my boarders, and she does a wonderful job.” Toby said that Candy finds what’s best for each horse and works out any problems, even if the horse has issues. “One rescue horse was so scared of farriers that he had to be tranquilized. Candy worked with him and discovered he hated being done in the barn, so she brought him outside. Gradually he calmed down, and now he stands normally when he’s trimmed, a happy, comfortable horse. That’s a credit to her patience,” Toby said. “I always

recommend her to everyone. She’s very good at what she does and allows each horse to settle and relax. She doesn’t rush through. She’s all about the horses’ well-being, and the horses like her. On top of it all, she’s an awfully nice person and always answers my questions.” Nancy Fried-Tobin owns the Good Earth Farm in Loxahatchee Groves. She has known Candy for many years. “We first met because we both practice reiki,” Nancy said. “When she started doing hooves, I had her work on my horses. She’s great at rebuilding hooves. I get a lot of rescue horses, and their feet are often terrible. Candy has helped every single horse, balancing every hoof. She takes her time to get it right, even if the horse is obnoxious. She’s always on time and very organized.” For more information, contact Candy Giordano of Healing Touch Equine Massage and Natural Hoof Care Farrier at (954) 471-3707.

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He considered the tournament a success. “I had some terrific Wellington community support from local restaurants that provided food for event volunteers, coaches and referees,” Pitman said. “Buffalo Wild Wings has been a great supporter of our basketball program.” Pitman said that there are already plans for another tournament next year. “We were able to connect with Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza and C.R. Chicks,” he said. “I want everyone to know we couldn’t do this event without the help of these restaurants. I really appreciate their support throughout this tournament.” (Right) Bronco Drew Potter goes up for the shot against Jensen Beach. PHOTO BY GENE NARDI/TOWN-CRIER

Free Golf Croquet Lessons

The Croquet Foundation if America is offering free golf croquet lessons to the public Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. Reservations are required, and participants must wear flat-soled shoes. Free Golf Croquet lessons are offered every Saturday morning at 10 a.m. to the public. This is a great

introduction to croquet. Learn how to hit the ball, score wickets, learn strategy and plot your next move. Bring your friends for a morning of croquet and then stay for lunch at the Croquet Grille. For more information, and to register, call (561) 478-2300, ext. 3.


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Saturday, Jan. 14 • Dance Arts Conservatory (11120 S. Crown Way, Suites 3 and 4) will perform Into the Woods Jr. on Jan. 14, 15, 21 and 22. For more information, call (561) 296-1880 or visit www. danceartsconservatory.com. • The Green Market at Wellington will be held Saturday, Jan. 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Visit www.greenmarketatwellington.com for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Mice Are Nice for ages 2 to 6 on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 11 a.m. Gather ’round for fun stories, songs and a craft featuring squeaky friends. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • Barnes & Noble in Wellington will host “Storytime: How Do Dinosaurs Choose Their Pets?” on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 11 a.m. Call (561) 7921292 or e-mail crm2100@bn.com for more info. • The Genealogical Society of Palm Beach County will meet Saturday, Jan. 14 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in the meeting room at the main library on Summit Blvd. For more info., call (561) 616-3455 or e-mail ancestry@gensocofpbc.org. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Dungeons & Dragons for ages 12 and up on Saturdays, Jan. 14 and Jan. 28 at 2 p.m. Adventure into the world of Dungeons & Dragons with fellow wizards and warriors. Call (561) 6814100 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host RPB Teen Xpressions for ages 12 to 17 on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 2 p.m. Here is your chance to share original poems, writings, art work and more with a group of your peers. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Anime Club for ages 12 to 17 on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 3 p.m. Meet other teens who enjoy watching and talking about anime. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • Saturday Night Lights at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center will feature the $75,000 Wellington Regional Medical Center Battle of the Sexes on Saturday, Jan. 14 starting at 7 p.m. For more info., visit www.pbiec.com or call (561) 793-JUMP. • HomeSafe will host its seventh annual Jump for HomeSafe at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 6 p.m. Guests will enjoy premier ringside seating, a buffet dinner, open bar and a silent auction. Tickets can be purchased online at www.jumpforhomesafe.org or by calling (561) 383-9842. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will present Pink Martini featuring China Forbes on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 8 p.m. Drawing inspiration from classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop, Pink Martini formed to provide more beautiful and inclusive soundtracks for fundraisers that supported civil rights, affordable housing, the environment and other causes. The orchestra still

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tours the world and performs in 22 languages. Visit www.kravis.org for more info. Sunday, Jan. 15 • The Mounts Botanical Garden will host two photography contests, the 10th annual Photography Contest and the second annual Youth Photography Contest. Both contests will take entries from Jan. 15 to Feb. 15. Photographs must be taken at the Mounts Botanical Garden. Details, rules and entry forms for both contests are available at www.mounts.org. • The Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association will hold a bird walk on Sunday, Jan. 15 at 7 a.m. at Green Cay Wetlands (12800 Hagen Ranch Road, Boynton Beach). For more info., call Paul Cummings at (561) 963-9906. • The Audubon Society of the Everglades will walk and drive Stormwater Treatment Area 1E on Sunday, Jan. 15 from 7:30 a.m. to noon. Pre-register at www.auduboneverglades.org. • The International Polo Club Palm Beach will continue the 2017 winter polo season with the Joe Barry Memorial Cup on Sunday, Jan. 15. For more info., visit www.internationalpoloclub.com or call (561) 204-5687. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host a Book Chat for adults on Sunday, Jan. 15 at 2 p.m. Join in a staff-led discussion of The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver. Copies of the book are available. Light refreshments will be served. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will present Jay Leno with special guest Emily West on Sunday, Jan. 15 at 8 p.m. For more info., visit www.kravis.org. Monday, Jan. 16 • The Palm Beach Poetry Festival will be held Monday, Jan. 16 through Saturday, Jan. 21 at Old School Square in Delray Beach, with 15 top poets at numerous ticketed public events, including workshops, readings, talks, interviews, panel discussions and more. For more info., visit www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org. • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will host Polo for a Purpose on Monday, Jan. 16 at noon at Wellington’s International Polo Club, with a poolside cocktail reception, followed by a gourmet lunch with live and silent auctions, live music by Gipsy Sound Revolution and a high-goal polo match. For more info., call Pamela Payne at (561) 616-8682, e-mail pam.payne@lls.org or visit www.poloforapurpose.org. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will present the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with Vadim Gluzman on violin on Monday, Jan. 16 at 2 p.m. Visit www.kravis.org for more info. Tuesday, Jan. 17 • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Art for Adults: Open Studio for ages 16 and up on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 2 p.m. Develop the fundamentals of perspective, shadowing, proportions and balance. Graphite and various other media will be provided, as well as guidance from an instructor should you need it. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register.

• The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Paper Airplane Contest for ages 5 to 12 on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 2:30 p.m. Create your own paper airplane and compete against your peers. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Zen Doodling for Adults on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy an hour of doodling in the Zentangle style. Meditate and relax while creating works of art. All materials will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will present a Gospel Gala featuring Kirk Franklin on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. Visit www.kravis.org for more info. • Congregation L’Dor Va-Dor (3475 W. Woolbright Road, Boynton Beach) will host Dr. Abe Fenster, who will teach Kabbalah, on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. For more info., call (561) 9680688 or visit www.ldorvador.org. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will present Compagnie Hervé Koubi: What The Day Owes To The Night on Tuesday, Jan. 17 and Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Born and raised in France with Algerian roots, Hervé Koubi is hailed as one of Europe’s most distinctive choreographers. Visit www.kravis.org for more info. Wednesday, Jan. 18 • The Wellington Recreation Department will take registrations until Wednesday, Jan. 18 for its Spring Girls Softball League. All levels of players are welcome to join this program for girls ages 4 to 14. Games will be played at the Tiger Shark Cove softball complex (13800 Greenbriar Blvd.). Call (561) 791-4005 or visit www.wellingtonfl. gov/athletics for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Presidents and Their First Ladies, Dramatically Speaking: Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln for adults on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. William and Sue Wills bring to life the story of the president and his first lady. Pre-register in person or online at www.pbclibrary. org/presidents-2017. • The Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County will host Business Development Board President & CEO Kelly Smallridge to discuss the state of the local economy on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 11:30 a.m. at Career Source Palm Beach County (3400 Belvedere Blvd., West Palm Beach). Visit www.womenschamber.biz for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host “Storytelling: I’ll Tell You Mine, If You’ll Tell Me Yours” for adults on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 2 p.m. Explore the art of storytelling. Spontaneous group participation may occur. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Musical Toddlers & Tykes for children under 4 on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 3:30 p.m. Join in a jam session with favorite songs and lots of instruments. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Village of Wellington will hold a Neighborhood Watch Meeting in the Wisteria community on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. For more info., visit www.wellingtonfl.gov. • A Quarter Auction will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center (151 Civic Center Way) to raise money for the South Florida Hitmen Baseball Team to go to Cooperstown. Contact Julie Bryant at (561) 797-1501 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host its Coloring Club for adults on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 6:30 p.m. Color for fun and relaxation with other coloring enthusiasts. Coloring pages and materials will be provided, or bring your own coloring book to work on. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host its Anime Otaku Club for ages 12 and up on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 6:30 p.m. Hang out, watch anime, play games and eat snacks while you talk with friends about all the coolest stuff from Japan. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will present Kenny Rogers: Final World Tour with

The Town-Crier special guest Linda Davis on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 8 p.m. For more info., visit www.kravis.org. Thursday, Jan. 19 • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will present the Martin & Lewis Tribute Show from Thursday, Jan. 19 through Sunday, Jan. 22. Artists Tom Stevens and Tony Lewis revisit one of the most famous comedy duos of all time, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Visit www.kravis. org for more info. • The Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival will be held Thursday, Jan. 19 through Feb. 12, with opening night at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts with a special screening of On The Map, the true story of Israel’s 1977 basketball team. For more info., visit www.pbjff.org. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Starry Night Painting for ages 6 to 12 on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 2:30 p.m. Use Van Gogh’s art as inspiration to create your own masterpieces. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Village of Wellington will host a Food Truck Invasion at the Wellington Amphitheater on Thursday, Jan. 19 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for more info. • The Western Business Alliance will hold a social event on Thursday, Jan. 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Cobblestone Grill & Bar (10233 Okeechobee Blvd., Royal Palm Beach). For more info., visit www.thewesternbusinessalliance.com. • The Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County will host a Tri-Chamber Networking Mixer at the South Florida Fair Hospitality Center on Thursday, Jan. 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with the Black Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County. Visit www. womenschamber.biz for more info. • The Wellington Chamber of Commerce will present the first in a series of three advanced social media strategy sessions on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 6 p.m. at Suri West (13410 South Shore Blvd., Wellington) featuring branding expert Jeremy Haynes. Visit www.wellingtonchamber. com for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Mason Jar Meals: Brownie Mix for adults on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m. Fill a mason jar with layered ingredients for a delicious brownie mix. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. Friday, Jan. 20 • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will present the Miami City Ballet from Friday, Jan. 20 through Sunday, Jan. 22. For more info., visit www.kravis.org. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Tai Chi for adults on Friday, Jan. 20 at 11 a.m. Experience meditation in motion through the natural and flowing movements of Tai Chi. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host “Follow Me, Robot!” for ages 8 and up on Friday, Jan. 20 at 4 p.m. Check out the library’s newest tech toy, Ozobot Bit, and explore the imaginative side of robotics while learning about logic and computer coding. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Toddler Art Time for ages 1 and 2 on Friday, Jan. 20 at 3:30 or 4:30 p.m. Bring the little ones to this experiential art class. Dress to get messy. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • Chabad of Royal Palm Beach will hold Shabbat in Zimbabwe on Friday, Jan. 20 with a candle lighting at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. with guest speaker Sharon Frankel, who was born and raised in Zimbabwe. For more info., e-mail rabbizevis@gmail.com, call (561) 225-1766 or visit www.jewishroyalpalm.com. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will present the Downton Abbey Road: The Best of Britain starring Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano on Friday, Jan. 20 and Saturday, Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.kravis.org for more info. Send calendar items to: The Town-Crier, 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 33, Wellington, FL 33414 or e-mail news@gotowncrier.com.


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FOR SALE 32+ ACRES OF FUNCTIONAL HORSE TERRAIN - LOXAHATCHEE GROVES — E Rd. NORTH OF OKEECHOBEE. Cleared, beautiful and private. 54 stables outfitted for private usage or income. Seller financing available. Call Boris - Remax Prestige 561-313-5636

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COLORS BY CORO, INC. — Int./Ext. Residential painting, over 20 yrs exp. Small Jobs welcome. Free est. Ins. 561-578-2873. Owner/Operated. Lic.# U20627 Ins. Wellington Resident

THIS SATURDAY, JANUARY 14, 8:00 a.m. 12 Noon — Jr. /Ladies clothing & accesories. Household good including bedding, christmas decor, exercise balls, kids clothing, toys, arts & crafts and books.13617 North Umberland Circle. NEXT SATURDAY, JANUARY 21, 2017 — Beginning at 8:00 a.m. household items, tools, you name it, we have it. 397 Park Forest Way. (TreeTops - Wellington)

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EMPLOYMENT WANTED HOME HEALTH AIDE AVAILABLE — Experienced Home Health Aide seeks new position. Flexible hours, full time or part time, day or night. I am a Licensed CNA who has worked as a home health aide and also as a nanny. I have many years of experience taking care of the elderly at home. Price negotiable, references provided upon request. Call Pat at (561) 294-1423. SEEKING POSITION: Companion to elderly person, non-medical position, college educated. Please call 561-324-5807. SEEKING POSITION: Highly extroverted outgoing women with exemplary customer service skills looking for P/T job: anything from receptionist to hostess to server to pet sitter. Call Lily 561-215-4724.

EMPLOYMENT MAKE $2000 A WEEK— Sales exp a plus, great networking skills, valid drivers license. Mature and or retired candidates are encouraged to apply. Join our team call Mark 561-352-0298. PA R T- T I M E C L A S S R O O M T E A C H ER — 3-5 year olds. CDA/40 hours - 6 hours per week - $13 per hour. Call 561856-5202. Royal Palm Beach Location. CHILDCARE TEACHER ASSISTANT — Looking for teacher assistant, experience preferred please. Hours are (8 a.m. - 2 p.m. ) or (2 p.m. - 6 p.m. ) This facility is located in Western Communities. Call (561) 793-5860 SECRETARY FOR SMALL ACCOUNTING OFFICE — heavy phones, client contact, filing, preparing documents. Must know Word. Excel a plus. Please fax resume to: (561)333-2680. LEGAL SECRETARY/PARALEGAL-MATURE — part to full time for solo practitioner, small office, heavy phones, client contact, scheduling, preparing documents, etc. Must be experienced. Timeslips, ProDocs, Word Perfect or Word. Probate, estate planning, guardianship and Medicaid planning.Please fax resume to (561)333-2680. References required. FRONT DESK CLERK PERSON — with good verbal/written communication skills and the motivation to provide good customer service. Flexible schedule needed (mainly night shift, weekends and holidays) Experience preferred, but we will train the right motivated person. Royal Palm/Wellington/Acreage residents will save on gas and travel time. To Apply : E-mail or Fax Resume to: info@royalinnhotel.com 561-795-1502 or Apply in person HOUSEKEEPER — Responsible for cleaning guest rooms in a timely and thorough manner. Experience and fluency in English is preferred. Must be able to work weekends and/or holidays. To Apply : E-mail or Fax Resume to: info@royalinnhotel.com 561-795-1502 or Apply in person

20 BEAUTIFUL ACRES — Dry cleared and ready for barns, stables, a ranch or just a home of your design. Call Boris Carrazana Remax Prestige 561-313-5636

FOR RENT IN WELLINGTON MORE THAN JUST A ROOM FOR RENT — Private furnished room with your own private outside entry. Gated community with pool, small kitchen area, no smoking, no pets, 1 person, only $750 per month includes all utilities & cable. Call 561-790-2326 2 BEDROOMS FOR RENT IN WELLINGTON — 5 minutes to showgrounds and IPC. One $900 per month plus private patio. One $800 per month. Both are furnished w/new linens, towels, & TVs. Use of Kitchen & Washer/ Dryer. Males only please. 561-676-4656 BEAUTIFUL ROOM FOR RENT IN WELLINGTON — Female only. All utilities included. $700 monthly, Nice neighborhood, pool gym, nice amenities, please call. 954-8222572 for more information. FOR RENT FURNISHED ROOM — Seeking Mature Professonal, includes all utilities, WI-FI and TV provided. NO children, NO Smoking, NO Pets. Call 561-632-0464

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

HOUSE FOR SALE - BREAKERS WEST BREAKERS WEST — 4br/4ba gated Estate, huge loggia, pool/entertaining area., cul-desac, move in ready. Must see, $995,000 owner. 561-795-0533

LOT FOR SALE - ACREAGE HOUSE LOT FOR SALE IN ACREAGE — Located on 62nd Place N. 1-1/4 acres, wooded on dead end street. Property is surrounded by nice homes (if you know anything about the Acreage, it is very important to know who your neighbors are) There are no HOA's which is both good and bad depending on your plans. The property is right off Hall Blvd. for direct access to Northlake Blvd. It's only a few miles from Publix's. All schools are with a couple miles of property. The best part it is only going to take a minute from Minto's new shopping district...Priced at $84,900 Call Sheldon Fogg - Logan Realty. 561-676-1098

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CLEANING - HOME/OFFICE WE CLEAN OFFICES & PRIVATE HOMES — Licensed & Insured. Call for an estimate and to schedule your apartment. Discount for Central Palm Beach County Chamber members and to all new clients for first cleaning. 561-385-8243 Lic. #2012-25277 CLEANING LADY — I can help get your house cleaner than ever! Try me once and you will not be disappointed! 561-657-0420 Patrycja PRO CLEAN PLUS — Full home cleaning. Pet and house sitting plus more. Years of experience, reliable with excellent references. Call text 561-7794149 or email mgrady62@gmail.com CLEANING SERVICES — A personal and effective touch to home and office cleaning. I offer hourly rate and daily. I can also assist in food preparation. Call Tere for household services (561) 683-6481

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

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

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

PAINTING J&B PRESSURE CLEANING & PAINTING, INC. — Established 1984. All types of pressure cleaning, roofs, houses, driveways, patios etc. Commercial & Residential. Interior & Exterior painting. Certified pressure cleaning & painting contractor. Lic. #U21552 Call Butch 309-6975 or visit our website at 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 TOWN-CRIER CLASSIFIEDS 793-3576

PALERMO WALL COVERING AND PAINTING — Specializing in commercial/residential,interior/exterior wall covering and painting, drywall repair, pressure cleaning. 30 years experience. All work guaranteed. Lic. & Ins. Free Estimates. 561-389-2178

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

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

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

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

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

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