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Popular Folk Rock Trio Returns To Wellington Amphitheater Jan. 21

Gathering Time, a New Yorkbased folk rock trio, will make a return appearance at the Wellington Amphitheater on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m. The group was well-received when they performed their “Great Folk Rock Festival” last April at the amphitheater. This month’s “Tribute to Folk Music” show is part of Wellington’s current tribute music series. Page 3

Homeowner’s Woes Lead ITID To Review Seawall Permit Policy

The Indian Trail Improvement District Board of Supervisors agreed Monday to look into seawall permitting policy after a resident of Parkwood Drive along the M-1 Canal in Royal Palm Beach said her retaining wall and pergola had been cited for code violations by Royal Palm Beach. Page 3

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WEF Opening — Speakers at Tuesday’s event were (L-R) Michael Stone, Mark Bellissimo, Louise Serio, Christine McCrea, Rodrigo Pessoa and Hunter Harrison. PHOTO BY RON BUKLEY/TOWN-CRIER

WEF Opens With More Horses, More Events, More Prize Money

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The 2012 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival opened in Wellington this week featuring more horses, more sponsors and more intense competition for more prize money than in previous years — and organizers hope the combination will draw more spectators than ever. The festival opened Wednesday, Jan. 11 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, and runs for 12 weeks, through April 1.

On Tuesday, Equestrian Sport Productions President Michael Stone was among several speakers who met with members of the media at the White Horse Tavern. Stone noted that it was the first season-opening press conference in some time not accompanied by the roar of construction equipment. “The showground is all set, all ready to go — no cranes, no bulldozers, not here, anyway,” Stone said. “This is going to be a great circuit. Our prize money is up significantly.”

The last six events will have five world-ranking classes, which will put WEF on the equivalent of the Global Champions Tour in Europe, Stone said, making it the biggest American horse show by far and among the biggest internationally. “I’m not sure of the number of foreign riders who are coming,” Stone said. “We have the complete team from Germany. The British team is using this for Olympic preparation. We have seven British ridSee WEF, page 18

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Marketing consultant Selena Smith has joined the race for Seat 1 on the Royal Palm Beach Village Council. Smith joins previously announced candidates Jeff Hmara and Ken DeLaTorre in seeking the seat vacated by the resignation of longtime Councilman David Swift last summer. The seat has been vacant since August and will be filled during the March 13 election. Candidates have until mid-February to come forward. Smith has been a Palm Beach County resident for seven years, living the past two years in Royal Palm Beach. She said she moved to the village for its family orientation and good schools. “I’ve seen a lot of good that there is, but I also believe that there is a lot of potential,” Smith told the Town-Crier on Tuesday. “I think I’d bring a different perspective to the council and to the village than what we have.” Smith, who is 39, said that de-

mographically, she represents a majority of village residents. At the same time, because she was raised by her grandparents for a long period of time, she sees issues from the perspective of an older person. “I can see an elderly point of view for our residents who are older,” she said. Smith went through elementary school on the island of Antigua in the West Indies, lived with her grandparents in Miami while in middle and high school, and graduated from Barry University with a degree in marketing. She then spent 15 years in the sports and entertainment industry, working for the Florida Panthers, Florida Marlins, Miami Dolphins and the National Hockey League. She continued her career in Milwaukee for eight years with the Bradley Center and Clear Channel Radio before returning to South Florida as the marketing director for Roger Dean Stadium. Smith now works in the marketing department at Costco and recently opened her own public reSee SMITH, page 7

POLO SEASON BEGINS

Wellington Election: Al Paglia Switches To Challenge Willhite Second Annual Miracle League Gala Held At Binks Forest Golf Club

Major League Baseball umpire and Loxahatchee resident Angel Hernandez hosted the second annual Miracle League Gala on Friday, Jan. 6 at Binks Forest Golf Club in Wellington. Money is being raised to construct a baseball field for disabled children that will support a Miracle League program in the western communities. Page 9

OPINION The Nation Still Needs Dr. King’s Message

This Monday, the nation observes the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In this difficult juncture of our nation’s history, now more than ever, Dr. King’s message must be heeded. While it’s understandable that people are frustrated — indeed, there is much to be frustrated about — this country will never move forward from its cultural morass as long as people keep demonizing each other. Page 4 DEPARTMENT INDEX NEWS ............................. 3 - 14 OPINION .................................4 CRIME NEWS .........................6 NEWS BRIEFS..................... 15 SCHOOLS ............................ 16 PEOPLE ................................ 17 COLUMNS .................... 25 - 27 BUSINESS .................... 29 - 31 ENTERTAINMENT ................ 32 SPORTS ........................ 37 - 39 CALENDAR ................... 40 - 41 CLASSIFIEDS ................ 42 - 46 Visit Us On The Web At WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM

By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report The race for Seat 4 on the Wellington Village Council heated up last week when former Councilman Al Paglia, previously running for Seat 1, filed papers to run against Vice Mayor Matt Willhite. Two council seats and the mayor’s seat are up for grabs in the March 13 election. Candidates have until mid-February to make the ballot. Seat 1, currently held by termlimited Mayor Pro Tem Dr. Carmine Priore, has drawn two candidates, John Greene and Shauna Hostetler. Mayor Darell Bowen is seeking re-election, and former Councilman Bob Margolis has filed paperwork to run against him. Until last week, Willhite was

unopposed in his bid for re-election. Paglia is a longtime Wellington resident who served on the council from 1998 until 2002. He said he switched seats to oppose Willhite because he thought it is important that there be a contested race. “I think it’s important for people to step up to the plate and be involved,” Paglia told the TownCrier. “I am disappointed when people file for re-election and no one else opposes them. This is a great opportunity for people to serve the community.” Paglia said he chose to oppose Willhite because he believes the incumbent is a force of opposition on the council, voting against projects that Paglia feels are good for the community.

“Mr. Willhite has not been the particular catalyst I thought he would be for planned economic development and smart growth,” Paglia said. Paglia said that in his time on the council, he believed all council members approached projects with an open mind. “When I served on the council, we looked at all projects with an open eye,” he said, noting that he was a councilman when the Mall at Wellington Green was a heated issue. “The projects we approved were pretty huge, and 10 years later we are seeing the same types of projects.” Paglia pointed out that Willhite voted against Wellington’s municipal complex despite it being fiSee ELECTION, page 4

Allen West: Congress Must Fix The Nation’s Finances By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report With one year in office behind him, Congressman Allen West (RDistrict 22) said he is proud of what he’s accomplished but remains concerned about issues of government spending and national security. The Town-Crier sat down with West on the one-year anniversary of his swearing-in to discuss his time in office and his plans for the future. “It has been an interesting experience,” he said. “When you look at Capitol Hill, we have got to get people to have a sense of honor, integrity and character in order to help restore this country. There are too many people who are comfortable with lying. We have to move away from the politics of demagoguery and get back to honest policy.” Despite his concerns, West said that he is proud to serve. “For a young man who was born 50 years ago in the inner city of See ALLEN WEST, page 18

One Year On The Job — Congressman Allen West (R-District 22) during his visit last week to the Town-Crier office. PHOTO BY RON BUKLEY/TOWN-CRIER

The 2012 high-goal polo season kicked off Sunday, Jan. 8 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. The Coca-Cola team defeated Villa Del Lago 11-7 to win the Herbie Pennell Cup. Shown here, Coca-Cola team members celebrate their victor y. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 20 IMAGE COURTESY LILA PHOTO

Wellington Reprieve For Equestrians Using Seasonal RVs By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Wellington equestrians will be able to keep a select number of occupied recreational vehicles on their properties this season after the Wellington Village Council voted to enforce modified rules while the issue goes before village committees. At a meeting Tuesday, Jan. 10, the council voted 4-1 to send staff’s recommendations to the Equestrian Preserve Committee and the Planning, Zoning & Adjustment Board for review. Councilwoman Anne Gerwig cast the dissenting vote. In the meantime, properties following staff’s recommendations will not be cited for violations. Village Manager Paul Schofield told the council that there have been several requests by individual farm owners to allow the RVs. “As the ordinance exists today, we do not allow occupied RVs anywhere within the village,” he said. “Given that we had the requests, there seems to be consensus that

RVs are a significant part of the equestrian lifestyle.” During public comment at a meeting last month, Wellington Chamber of Commerce Equestrian Committee Co-Chair Victor Connor asked council members to reconsider the issue. The council agreed to reconsider, and staff returned with a recommendation for one RV to be allowed on properties of 2.5 to 10 acres, two RVs on 10 to 15 acres, three on 15 to 20 acres and four RVs on properties of 20 acres or more. The RVs must meet setback requirements and be screened from the view of adjacent properties and public rights-of-way, Schofield said. The council had three options: to take no action and strictly enforce the existing RV ban; to send the issue to committees and enforce the existing ordinances; or to send the issue to committees and enforce RVs on a “zoning-inprogress” basis. “At that time,” Schofield said, See RVs, page 18

CAFCI To Observe Dr. King’s Day With RPB Celebration By Jessica Gregoire Town-Crier Staff Report Caribbean-Americans for Community Involvement (CAFCI) and the Village of Royal Palm Beach’s 10th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration will be held Monday, Jan. 16 at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center, with this year’s theme being “Living the Legacy.” CAFCI’s annual celebration of the life of Dr. King typically draws hundreds of people from a wide

cross-section of the community. “This is our way of celebrating Martin Luther King with our community,” event coordinator Elet Cyris said. “That’s why we have made it a free event open to the public.” The nation takes one day a year to celebrate the work of Dr. King, and CAFCI members hope citizens will take the time out to honor his memory. “In order for our young people and our community to remember how Dr. King’s strug-

gles affected who we are today, they must celebrate what he did,” Cyris said. Celebrating Dr. King and the struggles of the civil rights movement is a way for the community and younger generations to remember the sacrifices made. “We feel it’s so important for our community to remember because we still have a long way to go, especially black Americans,” Cyris said. CAFCI members are hoping for strong community support. “We

live in such a diverse community, so this is a way for everyone to come together,” Cyris said. This year’s event will begin at 9 a.m. with a free continental breakfast. At 10 a.m., Boy Scout Troop 111 will begin the ceremony with the raising of the flag. Jade Master will sing the national anthem. That will be followed by the featured entertainment, which will include local performers from the Delray Community Choir, Iona Gamble, pianist Copeland Davis,

Demi Master, Beyond Blind,Avery Sommers, Victor Hemans playing the flute, the Palm Beach Dance Ensemble and the Young Singers of the Palm Beaches. Many of the entertainers have been performing at the MLK celebration for years. “Since this year is our 10th year, we have invited many of the performers we have had over the years back,” Cyris said. Guest speakers will include acSee MLK DAY, page 7


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Popular Folk Rock Trio Returns To Wellington Amphitheater Jan. 21 By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Gathering Time, a New Yorkbased folk rock trio, will make a return appearance at the Wellington Amphitheater on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m. The group was well-received when they performed their “Great Folk Rock Festival” last April at the amphitheater. This month’s “Tribute to Folk Music” show is part of Wellington’s current tribute music series. “Folk rock is the term for the music of the ’60s like the Byrds, Simon & Garfunkel and the Mamas and the Papas,” explained Stuart Markus, who plays guitar and bass for the trio. Gathering Time’s three-part harmony is integral to the group’s sound, along with high-power acoustic guitar and bass. “Crosby, Stills & Nash are certainly the best example of that, Joanie Mitchell also — people who were influenced by the folk boom of the late ’50s and early ’60s,” Markus said. “They added the energy of rock ’n’ roll to it and created that kind of hybrid sound.” Songs by James Taylor, Bob Dylan, Dan Fogelberg and Peter, Paul & Mary will also be featured in the two-hour concert. In the trio, Markus is joined by Glen Roethel, also on guitar and bass, and Hillary Foxsong, who

plays percussion. Gathering Time has been together since 2005, although Markus and Roethel have known one another for more than a decade. “People say we sound better every time they hear us, but that’s kind of hard for us to tell when we’re inside the situation,” Markus said. Markus added that the trio enjoyed playing the Wellington Amphitheater last spring and look forward to returning. “We loved it,” Markus said. “What an experience. It was funny that it rained, and we understood that it hadn’t rained in months and, of course, it rained the night of our concert. We thought it was going to be completely killed, but then people came pouring out of their cars when the rain let up, and we had a nice crowd there. Everyone just seemed to love it.” He said people of all ages attended, from those in their 20s to baby boomers who grew up with the music. “It’s great music, and people came up to us to express their appreciation,” Markus said. Markus pointed out that amphitheater attendees need to bring their own chairs or blankets. “Come prepared to sing along and enjoy,” he said. The trio also does a salute to songwriters concert that delves more deeply into the music of key

songwriters of the era, such as Dylan, Mitchell and Taylor, which they will do in a paid-admission concert Friday, Jan. 20 at River Bridge in Greenacres. Markus is also scheduled to do a radio interview on WLRN on Sunday, Jan. 22 at 2 p.m. The band has a repertoire of original songs and has published a CD with a good degree of success. There is a second in the works they hope to release in early March. “Our originals have had a good bit of airplay both nationally and internationally, with the first CD and a sampler of the second CD on folk stations,” Markus said. On the weekend before the concert, Jan. 13-16, Roethel will be with a house band in Orlando at the Posi Awards, hosted by the Positive Music Association, an organization that seeks to promote social action and peace through music. “Music can accomplish quite a lot just by changing people’s moods and focusing their energy,” Markus said. “This is music that people can relate to and get inspired by.” For more about Gathering Time, visit www.gatheringtimetrio.com or www.youtube.com/gathering time. The Gathering Time concert is part of a series of tribute concerts

at the amphitheater. Others include Beetlemaniax’s tribute to the Beatles on Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m., Long Run’s tribute to the Eagles on March 10 at 7:30 p.m., Neil Zirconia’s tribute to Neil Diamond on March 17 at 7:30 p.m., George Orr and the Hot Rods’ tribute to Rod Stewart on April 14 at 8 p.m., and the Blues Brothers Soul Band’s tribute to the Blues Brothers on April 21 at 8 p.m. Programs & Facilities Manager Joe Piconcelli said he is happy with the overall success of the amphitheater’s programming. “I think we’ve been able to give fairly good-quality programming on a very small budget,” Piconcelli said. “It certainly has grown over the course of the past year from anywhere from 80 people coming to an event now up to close to 5,000 people coming to an event.” He said his goal for the coming year is to get the community more involved, with participation by local schools and religious groups. “I’m proud of what we’re doing,” Piconcelli said. “First of all, it has been free. People have an opportunity to come see some entertainment, and it’s not costing them anything. It’s a nice escape.” The amphitheater, which began programming in September 2010, has had tribute artists in the past, but this is the first time it has pro-

Gathering Time — Trio members include (L-R) Hillary Foxsong, Stuart Markus and Glen Roethel. The New York-based folk rock group will perform at the Wellington Amphitheater on Jan. 21. grammed a series, which began with the Frank Sinatra tribute featuring Michael Matone on Jan. 7. The free movie nights on Fridays have also been popular, as well as the Laugh Out Loud comedy nights, the Wellington Green Market on Saturdays, car shows and other special events. The amphitheater is also sponsoring the Wellington Idol talent

contest of local amateur performers, which will begin Jan. 27-28, with finals on Feb. 10-11. “We are not going to eliminate anybody,” he said. “We’re going to use all the applications that we have. We have 35 or 40 applicants.” The amphitheater is located at 12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd. A complete schedule of events can be found at www.wellingtonfl.gov.

Homeowner’s Woes Lead ITID To Review Seawall Permit Policy By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Indian Trail Improvement District Board of Supervisors agreed Monday to look into seawall permitting policy after a resident of Parkwood Drive along the M-1 Canal in Royal Palm Beach said her retaining wall and pergola had been cited for code violations by Royal Palm Beach. Janet Stanton of Parkwood Drive, whose home is in Royal Palm Beach and backs up to the M-1 Canal, which ITID maintains, said she had a retaining wall installed on the canal that was permitted by ITID, but also installed a pergola, which RPB cited. “I thought it was all approved,” Stanton said, explaining that the contractor had installed the pergola. Meanwhile, neighbors also had retaining walls installed after they

saw hers, she said. “Everything is wonderful and beautiful, and everybody is enjoying it,” Stanton said. “It’s a positive input to the community. I just hope that you’ll let me keep it.” Stanton said she had the retaining wall installed three years ago and had gotten a permit from RPB for the retaining wall but not the pergola. She also had planking installed on the land side of the retaining wall. ITID President Michelle Damone said retaining walls have been an ongoing issue for the district and explained that ITID is responsible for the canal banks. “This is not the first time issues came up along the canal,” Damone said. “About two years ago, we went through a process. We have to have clear swales so we can go in there and do maintenance. If you got a permit for a seawall and noth-

ing else, then you needed to stick to just the seawall.” Damone said Stanton cannot get a permit for what she has there. “As long as we don’t have a 100year storm or something major doesn’t happen, we’re not going to come in there and tear it up, but if something major happens to that canal, we will wind up tearing it up at your expense,” Damone said. Damone suggested that Stanton not make any more expensive improvements to the area along the canal. “Don’t do anything further at this point,” she said. “We’re not going to go in there; we’re also not going to permit it.” ITID Attorney Charlie Schoech said the pergola does not meet Royal Palm Beach building code without a permit. “That’s why you don’t build things before you get the permit,” he said. “The building department could require it to

be removed because it cannot be permitted.” Stanton said she thought the pergola was permitted under the seawall permit. ITID Administrator Tanya Quickel said the pergola might be moved back so it does not encroach onto the canal easement. “That’s the only alternative that we came up with,” Quickel said. “That’s the only option unless there is a change to policy.” Damone told Stanton she would have to resolve the issue of the pergola with Royal Palm Beach. ITID Director of Maintenance & Operations Anthony LasCasas said the seawall had been finished with boards and made into what was effectively a dock, and that RPB had been going up and down the canal and citing people. LasCasas said the reasoning

was that during a storm, the structures could be torn up and debris would wind up in the canal and clog spillways. Damone noted that RPB is only doing what ITID had asked it to do 10 years ago, and that the wood planking on the land side of the seawall was not permittable, only the seawall itself. “Those things could go in a major hurricane,” she said. Supervisor Ralph Bair asked where the waterline is for the canal, and ITID Engineer Keith Jackson said the canal bank usually slopes down and the waterline varies depending on the canal level. Bair said the retaining walls appear to be extending past the waterline to the north and south where the sloping canal banks are. Jackson said there is a protocol for building seawalls but that he was

not immediately familiar with the line on the canal where they should be built. LasCasas said that although ITID issues special permits for seawalls, it does not have formal oversight for them. Jackson said the district does not have a building department to conduct a final inspection. “We’re not going to be doing structural calculations and those things,” Jackson said. “We would look at things that affect the maintenance of the canal.” Bair said that he was concerned about possible encroachment into the waterline if final inspections are not done after the district issues permits. “This is going to be a problem because it looks like the waterline is eroded,” Bair said. Bair made a motion to review seawall policy, which was seconded by Supervisor Carol Jacobs and carried 5-0.


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The Nation Still Needs The Message Of Dr. Martin Luther King The past year saw a resurgence in social protest across the globe. In fact, Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2011 was “the protestor.” Though the practice of civil disobedience has been around for centuries, the most memorable and iconic protest was the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Speaking of Time’s Person of the Year, Dr. King won that distinction in 1963.) Not only was it the largest such event in our nation’s history — with more than 250,000 protesters marching — but it was a significant part of the civil rights movement and helped bring about the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act. At the forefront of that movement was Dr. King, whom we honor this Monday on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. One of the most remarkable aspects of Dr. King’s social protest style was his determination to focus on peace. Faced with an atmosphere of hatred and intolerance that pervaded America at the time, it would have been easy to react in a similar manner, reciprocating the bully tactics of bigots. Instead, Dr. King remained resolute in the face of adversity, refusing to let anger get the best of him. It is perhaps the biggest difference between Dr. King’s form of protest and that of today’s protesters. While most of the Tea Party and Occupy protests have been conducted without violence, there’s an underlying spirit of divisiveness that runs counter to Dr. King’s message of peaceful coexistence. While it’s understandable that people are frustrated — in-

deed, there is much to be frustrated about — this country will never move forward from its cultural morass as long as people keep demonizing each other. Now more than ever, Dr. King’s message should be heeded. To commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, there are several events set for Monday, Jan. 16 in the western communities. For the 10th year now, Caribbean-Americans for Community Involvement (CAFCI) and the Village of Royal Palm Beach are partnering to host an MLK celebration at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center. Following breakfast at 9 a.m., the program will offer a look at how to “Live the Legacy” of Dr. King while also featuring local performing artists paying tribute to Dr. King. For more information, contact Elet Cyris at (561) 791-9087 or CAFCI at (561) 790-4002. In Wellington, the village is taking part in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, a national initiative designed to get people involved in their communities. Volunteers will join together to beautify Village Park and help out at the local nonprofit Hugs and Kisses, both of which are recommended for anyone seeking community-service hours. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Kim Henghold at (561) 791-4137 or khenghold@wellingtonfl.gov. For more information about the national Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, visit www.mlkday.gov.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR What Is Project’s Real Impact? I have been following the controversy regarding development in the Wellington Equestrian Preserve with some interest, both as a resident of Wellington and an owner of a small horse farm in the preserve area for over 21 years. I see the point of view of Wellington Equestrian Partners in wanting to expand the equestrian facilities to include a world-class dressage center, although I’m not sure about the necessity of a shopping area with a large hotel. I can also understand the desire of the Wellington Equestrian Preserve Alliance to try to prevent the commercialization of South Shore and Pierson, although I also have to wonder if it is more to protect the privacy of the large horse farm owners on Pierson, as when they tried to prevent the paving of Pierson road years ago. So what about the rest of us full-time horse farm owners, probably the majority of the residents of the preserve? How will this affect us? Years ago there was a polo stadium on this site that attracted a fair number of people on Sundays. On the west side of South Shore there already is a commercial shopping center that includes the Tackeria, which caters to equestrians. So my question is how do we get around the B.S. being thrown by

both sides of this dispute and find out the real impact on the entire equestrian preserve area, and not just the self-interested parties who are waging this war. As they say, there are three sides to every story. I hope the Wellington Village Council can look past all the smoke and mirrors and make the correct decision based on the available facts and not political influence or threats of lawsuits. Paul Feuer Wellington

Stop Fighting The Inspector General It is clear, with 15 cities participating in a lawsuit filed against Palm Beach County opposing payment for the cost of the inspector general, that efforts continue to diminish the role of this office. The reality is that waste and fraud has flourished in Palm Beach County. With the establishment of an independent inspector general, it is time to stop the pushback by those who do not want this oversight. The inspector general is responsible for all county government and its 38 municipalities. The notion of “business as usual” must be stopped, as it represents an attitude that opposes the 2009 grand jury report. The report acknowledged that “Palm Beach

County is facing a crisis of trust in public governance” and provided several recommendations to reverse that trend. Since then, the county continues to be ground zero for scandalous events, with the squandering of $100 million for Mecca Farms, which now stands vacant at the cost of $7 million a year to maintain it. In the past several years, three county commissioners and two municipal elected officials have pled guilty to corruption charges for the misuse of their office. There were 13 county and municipal employees being investigated for misuse of their positions, and more recently, the findings of theft in the county’s Palm Tran agency. Throughout the establishment of the Office of the Inspector General, there are those who opposed it who are still working behind the scenes in an effort to keep the status quo. The voice of the people was loud and clear when over 72 percent of them overwhelmingly voted for inspector general oversight of all 38 municipalities throughout the county. The 72 percent of the voters who voted to include the 38 cities under the oversight of the inspector general will surely remember the elected officials of the 15 cities opposing the inspector general and who are running for re-elec-

tion during the 2012 March and November elections! Adrienne Ferrin Royal Palm Beach

Listen To The Residents On IG Residents of Palm Beach County: some of us are having our collective voice ignored! In particular, those of us who live in the 15 cities (that include Wellington and West Palm Beach) that are refusing to support an Office of the Inspector General despite the fact the vast majority (72 percent) cast our ballots in favor of an inspector general for the county and the cities! Those cities claim that by having to pay for the inspector general’s office they are being taxed twice. I say, and you should agree, that is a lame excuse. My response to those cities that are refusing to do what we voters approved is: “What are you afraid of; what are you hiding?” The fact is that the legislation we voters approved provides that the cost of the inspector general’s office be covered by a quarter of a percent charge to the contractors who do business with the county and cities. This miniscule amount causes no hardship for the contractors or taxpayers. Furthermore, the savings created by the inspector general’s watchful eye in elim-

inating fraud, waste and corruption will end up saving so much more than that office’s cost! We need only look at the tremendous savings in Miami-Dade as a result of the creation of an inspector general’s office. If your city is one of those holding out on the inspector general’s office, do not let your public officials scare you with talk of more taxes; tell them you want corruption out and honesty in, and an inspector general is the way to accomplish this! Arlene Olinsky Royal Palm Beach

Protect The Preserve Developer Mark Bellissimo’s grand vision for the proposed Equestrian Village complex on South Shore Blvd., which includes “hundreds of industry professionals and businesses coming to Wellington for trade shows, industry conferences and new events,” reminds me of a tactic used by New York “mas-

ter builder” Robert Moses. He also used to paint such pictures before he tried ramming a new superhighway through, among other things, Central Park. New Yorkers are glad they stopped him now. They learned over time that verdant green spaces have great value, and that endless development is often destructive, and once it happens, almost impossible to reverse. The equestrian area around South Shore is Wellington’s “central park.” Do we really want it to look like the rest of South Florida by dropping this 96-acre, 75,000-square-foot clone of CityPlace in the middle of it? Perhaps the wealthy few who come to wine and dine and lounge in the 5-story, multi-winged hotel do. But we who live here full time and revel in the great, green spaces that now exist don’t. In the continuing approval process to come, village officials need to stop this monstrosity and let us keep the Wellington we love. Jay Schleifer Wellington

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Thanks To International Interest, Caviar Is Making A Comeback With caviar commanding some $600 a pound at wholesale, we might think the luxury caviar trade is booming. However, with the sturgeon population — whose eggs produce the highly desired black caviar — plunging by some 99 percent over the past 15 years, the glory days of the caviar busi-

Footloose and... By Jules W. Rabin ness had been clouding rapidly. To the rescue comes an eclec-

tic group of some forward-thinking countries, from China to Spain to Finland and the United Arab Emirates, which are now in the business of farming sturgeon. Thus the Russian and Iranian caviar producers of yesterday and today will, in a few years, be joined by a new group of aggres-

sive merchants marketing the luxury delicacy. Of course, because the sturgeon is a relatively slow-maturing finny friend, it will take a few years to bring the new entries, from around the world, to the marketplace. It takes approximately eight years for the sex of a sturgeon to

unfold, and then it is another five years for the female to reach ovulation. That’s the point at which the caviar is harvested. The key thing in “farming” is to watch for safety and cleanliness of the farms — also, whether the farmers allow nature to take its course or try to push matura-

tion such as overfeeding or injecting uncalled-for oxygen in the process. Past farming of fish like salmon and tilapia often revealed the use of many shortcuts that make the end product suspect. For the caviar lovers among us, here’s hoping these new farmers have learned a lesson.

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Lox Groves Vows A Get-Tough Approach On Manure Dumping By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Loxahatchee Groves Town Council has vowed to get tough on illegal horse manure dumpers now that the equestrian season is underway in Wellington. At their Jan. 3 meeting, council members discussed ways to control the situation. Mayor Dave Browning said he brought up the issue because he anticipates seeing the usual increased flow of manure and bedding into Loxahatchee Groves that occurs every horse season. “For some reason, they don’t want to keep what their events generate — the byproduct — in

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continued from page 1 nanced by a reserve of builder impact fees from the boom years. “Why would someone not want to put all of the departments, which were splintered all over the city, in one central location?” Paglia asked. Willhite said he opposed the project because he was worried about spending money in a down

their community,” Browning said. “It tends to migrate to our community.” Browning pointed out that the town has an ordinance approved in April 2010 against stockpiling manure and bedding on property without a permit. “If we see something like that and it’s reported, we need to get somebody out there,” he said. “If it’s being piled up, we have ordinances against soil manufacturing unless it’s for their own purposes.” Browning suggested that every year in January and February, the town not allow manure hauling into town at all.

“Those two months are when the horse shows generate all that manure,” he said, explaining that he wanted to make sure that the manure composting facilities that have been built to handle it get a fair shake at having a successful business. “What I’m afraid of is during that period of time, if those guys can get a hauler and pay him $150 a load, if he can drive it across the road and dump it for $25, that’s what he’s going to do. It’s going to mean he makes 10 trips a day instead of five out to 20-Mile Bend. He’s going to double his money at our expense.” Browning said he has been seeing two or three loads a day com-

ing down his road, adding that he expects that to climb to more than 10 loads a day by the height of the season. Town Manager Mark Kutney said Loxahatchee Groves had seven applications from property owners for manure dumping permits last year, and this year it has only two, although the town had received 10 complaints about manure dumping in the two days prior to the meeting. Kutney said he had asked the town’s solid waste monitor to look into the situation and let them know right away if there are violations. Councilman Jim Rockett sug-

gested that the town contact Wellington and point out the problem. “I don’t see why we can’t work with the event coordinator and say this is an issue with us,” Rockett said. Councilman Tom Goltzené said that since there is an ordinance on the books prohibiting illegal dumping, it is more than a code violation and a matter that could be handled by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. “We already said what we’re going to do, and we need to do it,” Goltzené said. “If you don’t have a permit to dump it, you’re getting into trouble. Don’t waste our money on code enforcement. If they’re

doing it, call the sheriff. Have them arrested.” Browning reiterated that there is a legitimate business at 20-Mile Bend that accepts the manure and bedding. “He needs to get enough volume to stay in business,” Browning said. “If he goes under, we’ve got more.” Rockett suggested that that PBSO be made aware of the issue and that they watch for unpermitted haulers and property owners accepting manure illegally. With only two legal permit holders, it should not be difficult to identify the illegal ones, he said.

economy. “I was concerned that we were voting to spend $10.5 million in a depressed economy,” he said. “When we were the number one city in Palm Beach County for foreclosures, people were concerned that we were going out and spending money when they couldn’t feed their families.” Willhite added that while Wellington was building its new municipal complex, it was simultaneously reducing its number of employees. Willhite, however, is supportive of the overall Town Center project.

He noted that he supported Scott’s Place Playground, the Wellington Amphitheater, the renovation of the Wellington Aquatics Complex and the rebuilding of the Wellington Community Center. “I openly admit that though I voted against [the municipal center], it has been a beneficial thing,” he said. “There have been many projects I haven’t agreed with, and I was wrong on one. Everyone makes mistakes.” Paglia also raised concerns that Willhite voted against partnering

with Florida Atlantic University for a living lab. “They’re helping to plan the city, develop LEED initiatives and become a ‘smart city,’” he said. Willhite said his problem was not with the partnership but with the $250,000 price tag that Wellington would pay to the university. “If we were the first municipality the school was working with,” he said, “I felt that there should not have been such a large price tag.” Willhite said that he is very proud of his voting record and

noted that often, he opposes items because he has unaddressed concerns, not because he’s against the project as a whole. “People don’t want the people they elect to rubber-stamp everything that comes before them,” he said. “I have to be able to justify what I’m spending the taxpayers’ money on, and hopefully, I can make the majority of people happy.” Willhite noted that his official voting record shows he votes in line with the council majority about 98 percent of the time.

“Being an incumbent,” he said, “I have a record to run on. I’m very proud of that record and what we, as a council, have done.” Paglia said he hopes that since Seat 4 now will be a contested race, residents will take the chance to choose the person who they think best represents them. “I think it’s better to have competition so that the facts can be brought out about each candidate,” he said. Willhite agreed. “The people will decide on March 13 who they want,” he said.

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ROYAL PALM BASSMASTERS HOSTS ANNUAL AWARDS PICNIC AT ROBINER PARK Royal Palm Bassmasters held its annual awards ceremony picnic Saturday, Jan. 7 at Robiner Park to honor the year’s top anglers. Winners received the Classics Award for overall most fish caught throughout the year’s 12 fishing tournaments. The group meets the second Thursday of each month at the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center. For more info., e-mail rpbassmasters@gmail.com. PHOTOS BY JESSICA GREGOIRE/TOWN-CRIER

Royal Palm Bassmasters’ 2011 award winners.

Royal Palm Bassmasters club members gather at Robiner Park.

Phil Northrop recognizes Ed Singleton for most live releases, with 67 fish.

Phil Northrop presents the Female of the Year award to Anita Kane, who also received Co-Angler of the Year Award.

Tournament Director Phil Northrop honors first-place Classics Award winner Mike O’Connor.

Phil Northrop gives the Rookie of the Year Award to Dennis Veclotch.

ITID CELEBRATES THE GRAND REOPENING OF KIDSCAPE PARK IN THE ACREAGE

The Indian Trail Im provement District hosted a grand reopening celebration for Kidscape Park on Saturday, Jan. 7 with a ribbon cutting, food and drinks, face painting and an animal show. The playground features equipment for children of all abilities. For more info., call (561) 793-0874 or visit www.indiantrail.com. PHOTOS BY LAUREN MIRÓ/TOWN-CRIER

Indian Trail Improvement District officials Ralph Bair, Carol Jacobs, Michelle Damone and Carlos Enriquez.

Adelyn Kolanz tries out the slide.

Avery Fulton plays on the monkey bars.

MOMS Club members Christine Williams, Kat Lytle and Sharon Vomero with their children.


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Dog Put Down After Attacking Two In Royal Palm Beach By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report JAN. 4 — A deputy from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office substation in Royal Palm Beach was called to the scene of an animal attack last Wednesday after a pit bull terrier attacked a woman and her 12-year-old daughter on Park Road. According to a PBSO report, the victim and her daughter were walking their Chihuahuas along Park Road at approximately 5:50 p.m. when they observed a brown-and-white pit bull walking by the road. The victim picked up her dogs because the pit bull came running toward them. According to the report, the pit bull tried to attack the dogs and then began to attack the woman, biting her on her right arm, left torso and left hip before moving on to attack her daughter. The woman said that several neighbors came to their rescue, hitting the dog until it let go. According to the report, the woman had several bite marks on her left hip and arm, as well as several lacerations on her right arm that required surgery. Deputies found the pit bull on Crestwood Blvd. and attempted to corral it. According to the report, the pit bull went into the parking lot of a nearby church and ran toward nearby parishioners in an aggressive manner. The deputy reported that in his pursuit of the dog, he observed it barking at his patrol car and running toward him. Several other deputies arrived on the scene and attempted to shoot the dog. According to the report, the deputies followed the dog to a property on Raymond Drive, where it was shot and killed. According to the report, the dog would be checked for rabies. It was unknown at the time of the report who the dog’s owner was. JAN. 5 — A resident of La Mancha contacted the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach last Thursday to report a case of fraud. According to a PBSO report, on Tuesday, Dec. 20, someone charged $880 to her Macy’s credit card using her Social Security number. The victim also discovered that an attempt was made to open another credit card on Monday, Dec. 19 with a West Palm Beach address but was denied. According to the report, the victim believes that the perpetrator could be one her co-workers. There was no further information at the time of the report. JAN. 6 — An Acreage man and a juvenile were arrested late last Friday night on drug charges following a traffic stop near the intersection of Okeechobee Blvd. and Wildcat Way. According to a PBSO report, a deputy from the Royal Palm Beach substation was on patrol when he observed a silver Nissan driving with the headlights off. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, 18-year-old Cody Brown-Crumrine. According to the report, the deputy observed a plastic bag with a green leafy substance between Brown-Crumrine’s legs. A search of the vehicle revealed a pill bottle with 3 grams of marijuana and a pipe in the glove compartment. Brown-Crumrine and the juvenile were arrested. Brown-Crumrine was taken to the Palm Beach County Jail where he was charged with possession of marijuana under 20 grams. The juvenile was taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center.

JAN. 7 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Wellington was dispatched to a home on Via Toscanna last Saturday afternoon regarding a stolen vehicle. According to a PBSO report, the victim left for work at approximately 9 a.m. last Saturday and returned at approximately 1 p.m. to find that her son’s silver 1998 Honda Civic was missing from the driveway. The victim reported that she is the registered owner of the vehicle, and her son is currently out of town and does not have the vehicle. According to the report, the deputy contacted the victim’s son, who said he had the keys to the vehicle with him and did not give permission for anyone else to drive the car. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. JAN. 7 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach responded to a restaurant in the Southern Palm Crossing shopping plaza late last Saturday night regarding an assault. According to the report, the victim said he got into an altercation with two acquaintances from Belle Glade. The victim said that the first suspect, a Hispanic male with braided hair and facial piercings, struck him in the head and fled into the parking lot after several of his braids were ripped from his head. The other suspect, a Hispanic male with short hair, got into a white BMW, leaned out the window and shot a gun into the air as he fled. The suspects were described as wearing white T-shirts and jeans, but there was no further information at the time of the report. JAN. 8 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Wellington was dispatched to a home on Shoreline Drive last Sunday morning regarding a vehicle burglary. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 1 and 8:45 a.m., someone entered the victim’s unlocked vehicle and stole a silver iPod, Reebok sneakers, Esprit prescription sunglasses and a skateboard. The stolen items were valued at approximately $600. DNA evidence was taken at the scene, but there were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. JAN. 8 — A resident of Eastwood called the PBSO substation in Wellington last Sunday evening to report a residential burglary. According to a PBSO report, the victim went out of town for the weekend, and sometime between noon last Friday and 5 p.m. last Sunday, someone entered the victim’s home and stole several items including televisions, jewelry and a game console. According to the report, a neighbor observed a suspicious vehicle parked on the street last Thursday with a Hispanic male driver and was able to provide the license plate number. DNA evidence was taken at the scene, but there were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. JAN. 9 — A resident of North Lauderdale was arrested Monday on drug charges at the Mall at Wellington Green. According to a PBSO report, a deputy from the Wellington substation made contact with 31-year-old Craig Brown, who was found to have a baggie with 3 grams of marijuana and three pills of Adderall on him. Brown was arrested and taken to the county jail, where he was charged with See BLOTTER, page 18

Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is asking for the public’s help in finding these wanted fugitives: • Kimberly Lafeir is a white female, 5’1” tall and weighing 130 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes. Her date of birth is 10/03/71. Lafeir is wanted for failure to appear on charges of trespassing and disorderly intoxication. Her occupation is unknown. Her last known addresses were Silver Beach Road in Lake Park and Fountainview Blvd. in Wellington. Lafeir is wanted as of 01/ 12/12. • Amber Laymon is a white female, 5’6” tall and weighing 150 lbs., with blond hair and blue eyes. She has multiple tattoos. Her date of bir th is 07/24/73. Laymon is wanted for trafficking in hydrocodone, trafficking in oxycodone and attempt to obtain controlled substance by fraud. Her occupation is unknown. Her last known address was Summer Sky Lane in Greenacres. Laymon is wanted as of 01/12/12. Remain anonymous and you may be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward. Call Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS (8477) or visit www.crimestopperspbc. com.

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Wellington Zoning Board Approves Expansion Of Medical Office By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Wellington’s Planning, Zoning & Adjustment Board last week unanimously recommended approval for the expansion of the Palomino Executive Park on State Road 7 south of Stribling Way. On Jan. 4, the board approved a master plan amendment allowing for an additional 2,400 square feet of medical office space on the 12acre property. The extra space will be used for the expansion of South Florida Radiation Oncology. “This is a request by Palomino Executive Park,” Director of Growth Management Bob Basehart said. “It would add approximately 2,400 square feet for a total of 112,400 square feet.” Basehart said the conditions of

approval included a tri-party agreement to include a signal for the property and the two adjacent parcels — an issue that caused contention. “The cost [to put in the signal] would be determined by the number of trips,” Basehart explained. Don Hearing of the land-planning firm Cotleur & Hearing, agent for Dr. Ravi Patel of SFRO, said 110,000 square feet of the property has already been built. “We’re looking for an additional 2,400 square feet,” he said. “This is to provide predominantly for nuclear accelerator radiation equipment to serve the needs of the oncology business and to serve the needs of the residents.” Hearing said that the expansion would not add traffic to the area.

“It’s mainly equipment,” he said. “It’s not going to be generating trips. But unfortunately, it takes up space. In accordance with the requirements of your code, we’re required to count that space and request an amendment to the site plan.” The original project was approved for 110,000 square feet of mixed-use, Hearing said, and in 2009 was converted to medical use. “Tonight we’re just asking for the 2,400 square feet to accommodate the equipment,” he said. Hearing said there are concerns about the cost of putting in a traffic light. “It hasn’t been quantified as to what the costs are,” he said. “My client represents 2 percent of an existing built project. To have an

obligation to provide substantial financial commitment is very difficult for Dr. Patel to swallow.” Chuck Edgar representing the Palomino Park Property Owners’ Association said that the signal has been an issue since 2009. He noted that the change in approval from mixed-use to medical office space required the access easement into the southern parcel to provide cross-access. “That cross-access is what enables any kind of signalization,” Edgar said. “Without that, you’d have to shift it down or eliminate it altogether.” Edgar said that the change prompted a two-year period during which Palm Beach County could determine whether a signal was needed.

“That determination was never made,” he said. “Now we’re about 11 months away from that deadline date. You’re re-imposing [the requirement].” Hearing said that the cost to construct the signal could be as much as the cost of construction. “We would request that the burden to provide a traffic signal not be proposed on this particular applicant,” he said. “We will make a good faith effort to work with the planners and with your traffic engineer to see what this looks like. Right now, it’s an open-ended checkbook.” Board members asked whether the signal was a Wellington requirement or a county requirement. “The signal was part of the orig-

inal approval,” Planning & Zoning Manager David Flinchum said. “The timeline expired to make the Palomino project put the signal in, but then two or three months later, we got a letter from the county saying we need to reconsider it.” Flinchum said that the two adjacent parcels have projects going through Wellington’s approval process. “In light of that,” he said, “it’s definitely needed. This is not a new condition, and it is not just on Dr. Patel. It’s for the overall park project. His portion of it will probably be very small based on the number of trips.” The board voted unanimously to recommend approval of the amendment without the condition of a stoplight.

Groves District Board Might Change Policy On Public Comment By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report The Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District Board of Supervisors discussed policies regarding public comment at its meeting Monday, Jan. 9. “At the last board meeting, there was a discussion regarding the process of public comments and how that’s done,” District Administrator Clete Saunier said. “So I requested our legal counsel to do some research on this, and there’s a wide range of policies that are on the books.” Staff provided four different governmental policies, including ones from the Indian Trail Improvement District and Palm Beach County. “These are not intended to suggest that this is what you wish to do,” Saunier said. “It is not to suggest that the public is not entitled to comment at our board meetings, but there was some concern that we would have some clear direc-

tion for the process by which the public addresses the board and the board addresses the public.” Saunier said that he was not asking the board to develop a policy but, rather, for staff to draft a suggested policy and bring it back before the board. Supervisor John Ryan noted that the district’s policy has been in place for many years and complements the policy of the Loxahatchee Groves Town Council. “I think it has served us in the past,” he said. “It seems very similar or equivalent to some of these.” He noted that there have been lawsuits that determined that neither the Sunshine Law nor statutes provide for a public comment portion at meetings. “But it appears to be a productive and established practice,” Ryan said. However, Supervisor Don Widing thought that public comment should be dealt with earlier in the meetings.

“I think people come to our meetings who have general business to discuss,” he said. “Some people have to come sit here for a couple of hours just to [address the board]. They may not have any other business. I just don’t think it’s fair for them to have to sit through the whole meeting if they have an ordinary request or are looking for guidance.” Supervisor Frank Schiola said there should be a civility rule. “It doesn’t limit anybody’s right to free speech,” he said, “but at the same time you can’t get up here and say ‘you’re a thief’ or ‘you’re a crook.’ According to some of the rules I’ve seen, you have to have proof. You can’t say it just because I don’t agree with you.” The board directed Saunier to come to the next meeting with a policy. In other business: • The board voted unanimously to create an equestrian and pedestrian trail on the canal easement

between Sixth Court North and C Road. Saunier told supervisors that at a Jan. 3 town council meeting, council members requested that LGWCD staff open up the Collecting Canal maintenance easement to equestrian and pedestrian traffic west of Sixth Court North to the C Road intersection. “The town would fund all costs associated with securing the easement from vehicular traffic,” Saunier said. “They would also coordinate special equestrian access and signage design with its Equestrian Trail Committee.” Saunier said that about 10 years ago, there was an issue with vehicle access along the canal bank after it had been cleared by property owners. “It was involved in vandalism and theft,” he explained. “So the board had asked me to take action to curb access. What we have there is a moat and a big pile of dirt and logs so that vehicles includ-

ing ATVs cannot get through there.” The town, he said, would like to clean up the easement and fence it in with a gate to allow access for pedestrians. “They would also like to have an equestrian access that is open,” he said. “What that looks like, I don’t know. That’s up to the Equestrian Trail Committee.” He reiterated that the town would pay for the project. “There is no cost to the district,” Saunier said. Saunier added that most residents favor the idea, except one concerned about liability due to the person’s dogs. “The individual has dogs that are secured behind a fence,” he said, “but there was a concern that dogs running to the fence and barking would cause a horse to spook and possibly go into the canal.” LGWCD Attorney Mary Viator said that the only liability would

come if the homeowner was negligent. “There are protections for the town as well as the district,” she said. “If there was any negligence on the part of either public entity, that would be covered. For an individual landowner, I can’t say that they’d never be sued. I can’t promise that. But for anybody to prevail, it would have to be because there was negligence on the part of the landowner.” • The board directed its legal staff to attend the joint meeting with the Town of Loxahatchee Groves on Saturday, Jan. 14. Saunier explained that the board had authorized $1,500 to pay for the workshop, including facilitator and attorney’s fees. That cost would not cover the typical attorney’s fees for the district, however. Viator said that because of the relationship between her firm and the district, they would attend for less than their usual hourly wage.

County Commission Acts To Stop Proliferation Of ‘Internet Cafes’ By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Palm Beach County Commission decided last week to place a moratorium on new “Internet cafes” in unincorporated areas. A memo accompanying the action defined an “Internet cafe” as an arcade or game room that utilizes slot machines or Internet devices to simulate gambling. The commission began by approving a “zoning in progress” motion prohibiting the issuance of business tax receipts for new such facilities until a moratorium ordinance could be enacted.

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continued from page 1 lations business with her husband, Adam — Quad S Solutions, which helps small businesses and nonprofits with public relations, fundraising and graphic design. Smith is on the board of directors of the Palms West Chamber of Commerce. She is also vice president and sits on the board of the Royal Palm Beach Rotary Club and is on the board of the Women of the Western Communities. She graduated from Leadership Palms West, run by the Palms West Chamber to orient businesspeople with the area, and is currently enrolled in Leadership Palm Beach County to learn more about county issues. She is also a member of the Executive Women of the Palm Beaches. Smith, who lives in La Mancha,

In December, the commissioners asked county staff to prepare a moratorium ordinance. At the commission’s Jan. 5 meeting, Assistant County Attorney Robert Banks reviewed the memo on Internet cafes, asking the commissioners to approve the “zoning in progress” motion so no new applications would be approved, pending approval of the moratorium. Commission Vice Chair Steven Abrams asked exactly what would be regulated regarding Internet cafes, which includes any business offering devices that might

entitle the person playing the device to a payoff, including money or credit to receive merchandise or any other thing of value. Banks pointed out that the Florida Legislature is in the process of enacting legislation to expand gambling, which he said is changing day by day. “The first draft of the legislation did not address Internet cafes,” Banks said. “This would be a oneyear moratorium that would take effect, and the zoning in progress would cover it until the moratorium starts.” Banks added that there is a

good possibility that the legislature would take no action on Internet cafes during the current session and that in the absence of state legislation, the county might want to enact a local ordinance. “Other local governments have chosen to ban Internet cafes,” Banks said. “We’ll have a year to make that decision.” There are about a dozen Internet cafes in Palm Beach and Broward counties and perhaps as many as 1,000 statewide. Banks pointed out that the ordinance would apply only to adult arcades that utilize computer slot

said she believes that other people have chosen to live in Royal Palm Beach for the same reasons she did. “My goal is just making sure that we continue on that path,” she said. The Smiths chose Royal Palm Beach when they were looking to buy a home. “We were looking around the county,” she said. “When we started to look for a place where we wanted to buy and potentially raise a family, it was in this area. You can get more house and land for your money than you can east of here; the schools are very well-rated, and there is a vast selection of them in this area. When we moved in, we bought a short-sale home that had a lot of fixing up to do. The first two weeks we were here, a neighbor on one side and one behind us came over and welcomed us to the neighborhood. We realized then that we did make the right choice in coming here.” Smith, who is also working on

her MBA through derstand what’s gothe University of ing on in the comMiami, said she munity.” thinks her full Smith said this is schedule will comthe first elected poplement rather than sition she has run detract from being a for but that she alcouncil member. ways has taken lead“It’s managing your ership roles within time correctly,” organizations. Smith said. “There “When I become isn’t really anything involved with orga[I do] that’s that nizations, I do so Selena Smith time-consuming,” knowing there is a she said. time commitment to it,” she said. Smith said her memberships reHmara and DeLaTorre told the ally help her keep connected to the Town-Crier this week that they are community and that her priority looking forward to the campaign. would always be her council work DeLaTorre said he filed his first if elected. financial report this week. “I’m “It so happens on Thursday moving forward with the campaign nights I don’t have anything go- and still definitely trying to run for ing on,” she said. “It’s time man- the seat,” he said. agement, but I think they all beneHmara said his intentions fit each other. I look at it as them haven’t changed. “I’m still very going hand-in-hand, and the vol- much in the race,” he said. “Things unteer stuff I do brings another are going very well, and I’ve made perspective but allows me to un- a lot of contacts.”

machines and similar devices, and would not apply to game rooms or arcades generally targeted to minors. Planning, Zoning & Building Director Barbara Alterman said the moratorium would not close down existing Internet cafes and would only prohibit new ones from being established. Commissioner Karen Marcus pointed out that the process will be the same as what was used for the pill mill prohibition. “Right now, we’ll wait to see what the legislature does,” Marcus said. “I don’t know that they’re going to be able to do anything, and if they don’t, then we can sit down with the cities and have a uniform policy on this.” Marcus added that such busi-

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continued from page 1 tor and motivational speaker Shawn McAllister, who will be discussing the impact that Dr. King and the civil rights movement had on America. “He will discuss what Dr. King means to him and our community,” Cyris said. County Commissioner Jess Santamaria will speak on “Living the Legacy,” the day’s theme. “He will discuss how the theme relates to our community,” Cyris said. “And being this is our 10th year celebration, it’s good to have him give the speech since he has been our guest speaker for many years.”

nesses are becoming a problem statewide, especially since “nobody has rules for them, and this will just allow us to make some uniform rules.” Abrams said he thought the issue is not as serious as pill mills, due to the lack of complaints and no deaths attributed to them. “I don’t know how big an issue it is out there, but certainly I would be willing to pause while the legislature acts on it,” he said. “Beyond that, I don’t know if there’s any great regulatory scheme that is appropriate.” Marcus made a motion to approve the moratorium, which carried 6-0 with Commission Chair Shelley Vana absent. An ordinance for a one-year moratorium will be considered on Jan. 26. Every year, CAFCI committee members come up with a theme for the celebration. This year, committee members wanted to use a theme that symbolizes what Dr. King stood for. “Living the Legacy,” Cyris said, reflects the meaning of the celebration. “It’s the legacy of MLK that we are really living and celebrating, and we are hoping to bring to our community.” There will also be a remembrance of the dedication of the new Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Washington, D.C. Technicians will set up a slide show on the new memorial to showcase it. “This will be our way of celebrating the dedication,” Cyris said. For more information, visit www. cafcipbc.org.


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SECOND ANNUAL MIRACLE LEAGUE GALA HELD AT BINKS FOREST GOLF CLUB

Major League Baseball umpire and Loxahatchee resident Angel Hernandez hosted the second annual Miracle League Gala on Friday, Jan. 6 at Binks Forest Golf Club in Wellington. Money is being raised to construct a baseball field for disabled children that will support a Miracle League program in the western communities. For more info., visit www.angelsmiracleleague.com. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Jennifer Hernandez with current and former MLB players and umpires.

Joe Smith, Eric Hosmer, Henry Oliu, Joe West, Debbie Oliu and Angel Hernandez.

Frank and Maria Marquez, Raiza and Mario Salceda, Maria and Angel Hernandez, Danny Estrada and Jennifer Hernandez.

Randi Paris, Alan Blecker and Marie Occhigrossi.

Bill and Carolyn Whitener with Kim and Phil Gibens.

Ron Oliverie entertains on the patio.

HORTICULTURALIST PAUL CRAFT SPEAKS AT WELLINGTON GARDEN CLUB MEETING The Wellington Garden Club held its first meeting of the year Monday, Jan. 9 at the Wellington Community Center. Members took part in a business meeting, had lunch and listened to the guest speaker, horticulture consultant and author Paul Craft. For more info., visit www.wellingtongardenclub.org. PHOTOS BY JESSICA GREGOIRE/TOWN-CRIER

Doreen Baxter, Paul Craft and Joan Kaplan.

Eleanor Lukasiewicz, Dolores Rosen and Margaret Kruger.

New members Diane Patterson, Barbara Grimes, Deborah Alexander, Alice Muller and Joan Spindler.


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YOUNG AT HEART CLUB HOSTS HOSPICE FASHION SHOW IN ROYAL PALM BEACH The Royal Palm Beach Young at Heart Club held its second annual fashion show presented by Hospice of Palm Beach County on Friday, Jan. 6 at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center. All fashions were available for purchase from the Hospice Resale Store on North Military Trail in West Palm Beach. The models were Hospice volunteers. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Models Ernie Gauthier, Rhea Inman, Marie Watson, Joan Bryne, Hilda Wolkin and Irene May.

Ernie Gauthier and Rhea Inman.

Violet Donnellon, Marilyn Elliott and Jan Lifschutz.

Hospice Field Educator Adrea Guaglione.

Model Marie Watson.

Hospice Director of Resale Operations Cathy Olsen.

Young at Heart Club Secretary Iris Levin, Vice President Gloria Ferrara and President Margie Bonner are sworn in by Royal Palm Beach Mayor Matty Mattioli.

Hilda Bendell, Laurie Gladstone (standing), Vee Lipkin and Muriel Guttenplan.

FSEA HOLDS A TEDDY BEAR DRIVE, SHRED FEST 2012 IN ROYAL PALM BEACH The Florida Society of Enrolled Agents held two events in Royal Palm Beach this past week , collecting teddy bears for Teddy bEArs for Kids and Shred Fest 2012. For more info., visit www.fseaonline.org. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER AND COURTESY ALI SCHNEIDER

Jared and Jeffrey Hall and Steve Gordon brought documents to be shredded.

FSEA Executive Director Ali Schneider with donated teddy bears.

The shred truck arrives to dispose of unwanted documents.


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WOMEN OF THE WESTERN COMMUNITIES MEET AT MADISON GREEN GOLF CLUB

Women of the Western Communities met Thursday, Jan. 5 at the Madison Green Golf Club. Ncognito personal trainer Geno Peralta spoke about ways in which women can defend themselves and buy time to escape from someone trying to do them bodily harm. For more information about Women of the Western Communities, contact Mair Armand at (561) 635-0011 or mair@wwc.fl.com. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Andrea Kalina, Ruth Mansmith and Bonnie Douglas.

Pauline Parlato, Allyson Samiljan and Joan Manning.

Paula Shaffer, Evelyn Regan and Jeri Edgar.

Carol O’Neil and Ncognito Fitness personal trainer Geno Peralta practice basic self-defense moves.

Ruth Mansmith, Maggie Zeller and Julie Tannehill.

Hope Barron buys 50/50 raffle tickets from Selena Smith.

PWCF Women In Business Event Jan. 18 The Palms West Community Foundation’s kickoff event to its 2012 Women in Business series, sponsored by Iberia Bank, will take place Wednesday, Jan. 18 at noon in the Wellington Club at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (3401 Equestrian Club Road, Wellington). The first luncheon of the 2012 Women in Business series will feature Katherine Bellissimo as the speaker and will be sponsored by White Horse Tavern and the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival. Bellissimo and her husband Mark are two of the original principals of the Wellington Equestrian Partners — the group that owns and manages the Winter Equestrian Festival and the Palm Beach International Equestrian

Center. The Wellington Club is a private room overlooking the main arena of the equestrian center, and as an added treat, the riders and their horses are scheduled to be performing in the ring that day. As another added surprise, there is even a chance that one of the female Olympic riders, depending on her training schedule, might be able to join in for lunch and to share her career experiences. Bellissimo will share with the crowd her experiences in the interesting and intriguing equestrian world, and how she has been able to balance her career demands with her personal life and family. The Bellissimos have been true working partners as they

have grown Wellington’s equestrian community through the expansion of the scope of the Winter Equestrian Festival. In the meantime, Katherine Bellissimo has focused on developing outreach programs to benefit the surrounding community, all the while making time for her family, which includes four children. The luncheon, catered by White Horse Tavern, is not one to miss, and is sure to be a soldout event. The cost for the luncheon is $25 for Palms West Chamber members and $35 for nonmembers. Reservations are requested by noon Monday, Jan. 16. It is a prepaid event. For reservations, visit www. palmswest.com and click on the

Katherine Bellissimo Women in Business icon on the right-hand side, or call Maureen Gross at the Palms West Chamber office at (561) 790-6200.

PBC League Of Cities Scholarships Now Available The Palm Beach County League of Cities has announced the 2012 William A. Cruickshank Scholarship program to promote and provide financial assistance to those pursuing areas of study that benefit municipal government professionalism. Study areas eligible for scholarship participation are public affairs, political science, criminal justice, public safety, public administration, and urban and regional planning (including engineering associated with these areas). The scholarship is available to qualified high school seniors,

municipal employees and others pursuing continuing education in these fields. William A. Cruickshank was a former Boca Raton councilman and president of the Palm Beach County League of Cities from 1973 to 1974. He was the first fulltime executive director of the (then-named) Palm Beach County Municipal League. The postmark deadline for applications is Feb. 3. The league’s mailing address is P.O. Box 1989, West Palm Beach, FL 33402. For more information, contact Kristen Puhalainen at (561) 355-4484 or kpuhalainen@pbcgov.org.


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NEWS BRIEFS Auto-Safety Clinic At RPB Tire Kingdom Jan. 17 Tire Kingdom in Royal Palm Beach will host a free car care and auto-safety clinic Tuesday, Jan. 17 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The clinic will be held to educate teens and motorists on the importance of basic car care and auto safety, including tire safety (proper tire pressure and tread depth), the proper way to jump start a car and change a tire, and the importance of checking vital fluids. Teens and women are encouraged to attend; however, the event is open to the public. The first 20 attendees will receive a free emergency roadside kit and the chance to win great prizes. Tire Kingdom, a tire and automotive service center, provides a variety of services performed by trained and certified ASE technicians using state-of-the-art equipment. Snacks and beverages will be served. Tire Kingdom is located at 450 State Road 7. For more information, call (561) 791-1117.

MLK Day Of Service In Wellington On Monday, Jan. 16, Wellington will host its first-ever Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, an opportunity for residents to give back to their community and earn volunteer service hours. All projects will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at Village Park (11700 Pierson Road). Teens and adults can sign up to volunteer to beautify Village Park,

assisting with various landscaping and cleanup efforts. Volunteers should be 14 years or older to participate and must wear appropriate outdoor attire, including sneakers. Wellington encourages those seeking community-service hours to take part in this event. In addition, families with younger children who would like to give back to the community can volunteer to assist Hugs and Kisses, a local nonprofit organization that transforms old buttons into unique bracelets to raise money for cancer patients with financial needs. Volunteers can assist with cleaning, sorting and preparing the buttons to be made into jewelry. The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service — a “day on, not a day off.” The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service empowers individuals and strengthens communities to achieve common goals. To volunteer, contact Volunteer Coordinator Kim Henghold at khenghold@wellingtonfl.gov or (561) 791-4137.

Auditions For Wellington Ballet Theatre Jan. 21 Wellington Ballet Theatre is holding auditions for its spring performance of A Midsummer Nights Dream. The audition will be held Saturday, Jan. 21 at 5 p.m. at the Dance Arts Conservatory (12260 Fortune Circle, Suite J-1, Wellington). High-level dancers are invited to attend and will be expected to dance en pointe. Apprentice level and beginning level students are also invited to attend. Boys are

invited to attend as well. Male dancers are needed. The audition class will be given by Artistic Director Jesse Hammel and will consist of a classical barre and the execution of various technical steps for the dancers to perform center and across the floor. An RSVP is required in order to participate in the audition. To RSVP, e-mail wellingtonballet theatre@yahoo.com or call (561) 296-1880.

Tribute Concert Series Coming To Wellington Want to experience the look and sound of big-name bands and singers without having to buy expensive concert tickets? Do you ever wish you had the chance to see some of the great performers from the past? Get the best of both worlds with Wellington’s free tribute concert series at the Wellington Amphitheater. The following tribute concerts are scheduled: Saturday, Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m., Gathering Time’s Tribute to Folk Music; Saturday, Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m., Beetlemaniax’s Tribute to the Beatles; Saturday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m., the Long Run’s Tribute to the Eagles; Saturday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m., Neil Zirconia’s Tribute to Neil Diamond; Saturday, April 14 at 8 p.m., George Orr & the Hot Rods’ Tribute to Rod Stewart; and Saturday, April 21 at 8 p.m., the Blues Brothers Soul Band’s Tribute to the Blues Brothers. The Wellington Amphitheater is located at 12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd. Guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the show. For more informa-

tion, call Cultural Programs & Facilities Manager Joe Piconcelli at (561) 791-4756.

P.B. Makos First Home Game Jan. 28 At PBCHS The Palm Beach Makos Football Club will hold its first home game of the season against the Broward County Bears on Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Palm Beach Central High School stadium. Gates open at 6 p.m., and the game will start at 7 p.m. A member of the Florida Football Alliance, the Palm Beach Makos Football Club sought out a venue to establish itself in the center of Palm Beach County for the football fanatic, especially in the West Palm Beach, Wellington, Royal Palm Beach and Loxahatchee areas. Palm Beach Central was first on the list because of location, and school officials agreed to let PBCHS be the host venue for the Palm Beach Makos’ 2012 march to the state championship. Makos cheerleaders will welcome attendees at the gate, giving away the first 25 tickets, as well as entertaining at half time. The cost is $5 per person and will be used to support the Palm Beach Makos Football Club, a nonprofit organization. Makos home game schedules will be available. For more information, visit www.palmbeachmakos.com.

RPB Community Band Concerts Begin Feb. 14 The Royal Palm Beach Community Band will offer up a great in-

door nights of family activity. The free concert series will begin with a Sweetheart Concert on Tuesday, Feb. 14. It will continue with a second performance Tuesday, March 27 and will wrap up the season Sunday, May 13 for a Mother’s Day concert at 4 p.m. Concerts will be held at 7 p.m. at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center unless noted otherwise. Refreshments will be served during intermission. For more information, call (561) 790-5149.

Project Graduation is a drugand alcohol-free graduation night party that ensures a fun and safe time for all Wellington High School graduating seniors. The Project Graduation party starts at 10 p.m. on graduation night and the fun continues until almost 5 a.m. Graduates will be entertained all night by a DJ, huge inflatable games and rides, a hypnotist, casino games and much more. Food and refreshments are served throughout the night.

Whole Foods Event To Benefit WHS Project Grad

Winter Clothing Drive Jan. 26

Wellington High School’s 2012 Project Graduation Planning Committee invites the community to support its efforts by attending a wine, beer and food tasting event at Whole Foods Market in Wellington on Tuesday, Jan. 31 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tickets cost $10 and must be purchased in advance. The event is limited to 300 guests. To purchase tickets, call Susan Bennett at (561) 670-0840 or Missy Cheatham at (561) 512-3994, or email wellingtonprojectgrad@ gmail.com. Whole Foods Market is located on the west side of State Road 7 just south of the Mall at Wellington Green. In addition to sampling great food and beverages, attendees will have the chance to win a Whole Foods gift card. “Our committee thanks Whole Foods for their support,” Cheatham said. “And it’s a great place to do your shopping for Super Bowl Sunday!”

To help those in need this winter, the Palm Beach County Chapter of the Foundation for Community Betterment, a nonprofit organization that provides immediate help to deserving individuals in the community, will host a “Brr, Baby it’s Cold Outside!” happy hour at the new Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, located at 1 N. Clematis Street in West Palm Beach, on Thursday, Jan. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. Guests are asked to bring new or gently used winter accessories, scarves, jackets, thermal socks, hats, blankets and other cold weather items to donate to those in need. The event is free for those who make a donation and $10 otherwise. The happy hour is in advance of the foundation’s travel-themed event, Bon Voyage with Betterment, in the works for Saturday, March 24 at Via Gucci on Palm Beach. For more about the event, or to make a donation, visit www. communitybetterment.org or email pbc@communitybetterment. org.


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Wellington Christian School’s SWAP team.

First Haitian Baptist Church of Belle Glade alumni.

First Haitian Baptist Church of Belle Glade’s after-school program participants.

Wellington Christian School Brings The Christmas Spirit To Belle Glade The Christmas break from academics began brightly for the Wellington Christian School high school SWAP (Students with a Purpose) team as they traveled west to the First Haitian Baptist Church of Belle Glade. Sixteen teens and five adult staff members

had a “play date” with 70 brighteyed, happy elementary children enrolled in Pastor St. Hilliare’s after-school program. The highly anticipated field trip included several hours of outdoor play and interaction, followed by refreshments and Christmas car-

oling. According to SWAP Team coordinator Janet Ratty, a goodbye highlight came when the children and church staff spontaneously sang “We Want to Wish You a Merry Christmas” in Creole. The school would like to thank its students’ families, Dick’s Sporting

Goods and Publix for donating soccer balls, basketballs, footballs, jump ropes, educational games and food to the project. WCS staff and students plan to continue their support of this community outreach program and are excited about Pastor St. Hilliare’s

High Schools To Compete In Battle Of The Bands The Swing and Jazz Preservation Society, in cooperation with District 14 of the Florida Bandmasters Association, is sponsoring its first “School Band Spectacular,” a “Battle of the Bands” open to all public middle and high schools across Palm Beach County. The first round will be held Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 1 and 2 at Wellington High School, with the second round taking place on Feb. 24, at Olympic Heights High School. The grand-prize winner competition will be March 30 in the Spanish River High School auditorium. All performances are free and open to the public.

The rules were developed by a committee of District 14 band directors. Just for entering the contest, each school music program gets a $700 donation for a jazz band entry and $500 for a jazz combo entry. Those who become semifinalists get another $300. All of the top four finalists get an additional $1,000, with the top two winning schools receiving an additional $500 each, for a possible maximum grand a total of $2,500 to $3,000. “We are delighted to sponsor this new event and give money to public school jazz music programs,” said Rene Zerah, president of the all-volunteer board of the

Area Engineering Scholarships Available Laura Hover, representing the Palm Beach Chapter of the Florida Engineering Society, will accept applications from area students pursuing a university degree in engineering. Through the generosity of the local engineering community, the Palm Beach Chapter of the Florida Engineering Society expects to award more than $10,000 in schol-

arships to high school and university students who are pursuing engineering degrees. Award criteria are based on test scores, class placement, curriculum, extracurricular activity, work experience and grade-point averages. Students interested in scholarships offered by the Florida Engineering Society should visit www.fleng.org.

Swing and Jazz Preservation Society. “We want to keep the great sound of this music alive through young student musicians for many generations.” From as far north as Jupiter and all the way down to Boca Raton, there are 16 participating middle and high schools with 21 bands, as some schools have two. The high schools are the Alexander Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts, Atlantic High School, Boca Raton High School, John I. Leonard High School, Jupiter High School, Olympic Heights High School, Palm Beach Central High School, Park Vista High School Spanish River High School, Wellington High School and William T. Dwyer High School. Middle schools are the Bak School of the Performing Arts, Christa McAuliffe Middle School, Don Estridge High Tech, Omni Middle School and Wellington Landings Middle School. “We are thrilled that the Swing & Jazz Preservation Society asked the schools of Palm Beach County to participate in this contest and grateful for their generosity,” said Mike Fraley, former District 14 Bandmasters Association chair. “We are looking forward to outstanding battles of the bands and

hope the public comes out to hear exceptional student performances.” The Swing and Jazz Preservation Society is a not-for-profit corporation producing six concerts a year from November through April at the Spanish River Performing Arts Center (2400 Yamato Road, Boca Raton), with the finest available music upholding the tradition of American jazz and swing. To ensure the continuation of this tradition, for the past 12 years, SJPS has supported the swing and jazz music programs in Palm Beach County public schools through donations of new instruments and money to help purchase sheet music, repair instruments, etc. The mission of the Florida Bandmasters Association is to promote and support band programs in Florida by providing opportunities for in-service growth, program evaluation and student performance. As its guiding principle, the association further believes that music holds a unique place in human existence and touches people’s lives in ways that no other experience can. For more information, visit www.flmusiced.org/fba.

strategy of training and using past participants as young adult counselors. This plan gives hope that the program, designed to keep children safe, focused on school and established in their faith, will continue for many years to come. Wellington Christian School is

a ministry of Wellington Presbyterian Church, serving more than 500 students from preschool through 12th grade. For more information about WCS, call (561) 793-1017 or visit the school’s web site at www. wellingtonchristian.org.

CHARACTER COUNTS AT NEW HORIZONS

Each month, two students from each class at New Horizons Elementary School are nominated by their teachers and honored for exhibiting the featured character trait by receiving a Character Counts certificate. Students are encouraged to show character by choosing to “do the right thing” even when no one is looking. Pictured here are kindergarten recipients of the caring, respect and trustworthy awards with guidance counselor Lynne Bray, organizer of the Character Counts program.


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How To Stay On Track With Health-Based New Year’s Resolutions Dr. Carmen Marrero Special to the Town-Crier At the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, many of us made promises to ourselves about how we were going to change for the better. The problem is, year after year, we make these promises with good intent and then, by the second week of January, life gets in the way. Here are some tips to help stay on track. If your resolution is to lose weight: 1) Keep a food diary. It’s amazing how many calories slip past our lips without a second thought. If you take the time to record it, you may think twice about eating it! There are even apps for your smart phone that help.

2) Increase your physical activity. To lose weight you must move more. As we decrease our calories, our body’s metabolism slows down. The only way to counteract this is by being more physically active. 3) Increase your water and fiber intake. This will never replace a brownie (although the FiberOne and FiberPlus products are pretty tasty!), but it will help you to stay full throughout the day and improve digestion. Drink at least 64 ounces of water (not coffee or soda) a day. That’s four standard water bottles. Consume 30 grams of fiber. If your resolution is to stop smoking: 1) Addiction to cigarettes in-

volves not only the physical, but also the behavioral and psychological. While the physical addiction is broken in three to five days, the behavioral takes at least one month and the psychological can take years. 2) Identify your smoking triggers (morning coffee, happy hour, etc.) and be prepared to distract yourself when the urge arises. 3) Keep your hands busy. People gain weight when they stop smoking because they are used to bringing something to their mouth and often substitute with food. If your resolution is to decrease stress: 1) Exercise. Exercise increases endorphins in our body which are our own little “happy chemicals.”

They help suppress pain and give a sense of well-being. 2) Schedule time to relax. Even deep breathing and guided visualization can be helpful if done on a regular basis. 3) Realize that life happens. There will be setbacks and unexpected events. Understanding how to deal with them is the most important thing. No matter what your resolution, simply writing it on a piece of paper will help. When you want to make a positive change, write down the goal and five reasons to do it. The healthcare providers at the Medical Center of the Palm Beaches want you to live the healthiest and happiest life possible. Come

in for your annual physical and discuss your New Year’s resolutions with us. We can help you get 2012 off to a healthy start and may be able to recommend other strategies or medications that can help you achieve your goals. Never start a new diet or exercise routine without first consulting your physician. Best wishes to for a happy and healthy New Year! Dr. Carmen Marrero is a doctor of osteopathic medicine at the Medical Center of the Palm Beaches. Its western office is located at 8200 Okeechobee Blvd. (between Sansbury’s Way and Benoist Farms Road). For more information, call (561) 964-1111 or visit www.medicalcenterofthe palmbeaches.com.

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Next Acreage Community Park Jam On Jan. 21 The Acreage Landowners’ Association and the Indian Trail Improvement District will host their monthly Acreage Community Park Jam on Saturday, Jan. 21 from 4 to 10 p.m. at Acreage Community Park (6701 140th Ave. North). The Acreage Community Park Jam is a free event featuring musicians, poets, comedians and many other artists of all ages, styles and skill levels. For the classic car lovers, there will be a classic cruisers car show. For those of you who feel lucky, there will be a 50/50 raffle. The event is open to all ages. Bring your beverage of choice, snacks, chairs or something to sit

Juliana Aughey at home with her violin.

Aughey Takes First At Concerto Competition Twelve-year-old violinist Juliana Aughey of Wellington, a seventh-grader at the Bak Middle School of the Arts, recently placed first in the Junior Division at the 2011 Concerto Competition hosted by of Palm Beach Atlantic University’s School of Arts and Music, Preparatory Department. Aughey performed Bach’s Concerto No. 2 in E Major. As a result of winning the competition, she will perform her concerto with

the Palm Beach Atlantic Symphony at the Children’s Concert on Feb. 18. Aughey was also selected to perform in the Florida Orchestra Association’s seventhand eighth-grade All-State String Orchestra. She is a member of Bak’s advanced strings orchestra and symphony orchestra. She also performs with the Youth Orchestra of Palm Beach County’s philharmonic orchestra and violin quartet.

on, and whatever you need to enjoy diverse entertainment and the company of your friends and neighbors. Performers can also sign up the day of the jam. The stage will be set up with a P.A. system and karaoke machine for all to use. As always, volunteers to set up and break down are needed and very much appreciated. To sign up as an entertainer, visit www.acreagelandowners.org, go to the “Events” section, and click on the link for the Acreage Community Park Jam. For more information, contact Bob Renna at (561) 602-0676 or bobrenna@bellsouth. net.

Jose Colon and Bob Renna at a recent jam session.

Gary Davis Collaborates On Haiti Benefit Album In recognition of the second anniversary of the earthquake that ravaged Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, Acreage resident Gary Davis of Chocolate Star Entertainment Group has collaborated with hiphop artist General Rouj to release songs and rare photographs and interviews of victims. As a memorial to this disaster

that struck Haiti and killed more than 250,000 of its residents, Davis and Rouj are releasing an album titled Exhibit G, which is mostly a music collection honoring Haitian culture and the lives lost from the earthquake. Recently, Rouj came back from Haiti, having researched the country nearly two years after the earth-

quake. “So much has happened, especially devastation and many lives vanished,” Rouj said. “However, why has more not been done with all the aid that has been given and promised?” Other collaborators on this project are students from Toussaint L’Ouverture High School, a Palm Beach County charter school

that works with Davis. Through Kids Corner, a nonprofit organization Davis and Rouj have been working with over the past decade, they have been utilizing culture, knowledge and art to shed more light on what it means to be from Haiti and how everyone can help. For more on the documentary, visit www.chocolatestar.net.

Lucille Elfler Graduates U.S. Army Basic Training Army Pvt. Lucille E. Elfler has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of train-

ing, Elfler studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weap-

ons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics and more.

Elfler is the daughter of Richard Elfler of Loxahatchee Groves and Theresa Lyles of El Paso, Texas. She is a 2008 graduate of Seminole Ridge High School.


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‘Putnam County Spelling Bee’ Opens Jan. 19 At Lake Worth Playhouse

The Lake Worth Playhouse cast of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

WEF

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continued from page 1 ers. We have moved on to the point that people are realizing that this is the place to come.” The festival will also host the U.S. Olympic trials and determine the national champion overall, which Stone said will hold interest right to the end of the festival. This year, Equestrian Sport Productions is working with the United States Equestrian Federation to integrate its Young Rider Competition into WEF. “The under-21 winner will go all expenses paid to the tour in Europe, which is very exciting for them,” Stone said. Pan American Games show jumper and U.S. Team gold medalist Christine McCrea said she looks forward to the Olympic trials hosted at WEF. “We are so fortunate to come down here and to have everything wrapped into one,” McCrea said. Equestrian Sport Productions CEO Mark Bellissimo said that this year’s festival will be the biggest ever. “If you look across at every element, revenue base, stabling, entries, sponsorships, hospitality, there is a good chance we’re up 10 to 15 percent in all of those categories in a very difficult time, and I think that is a testament to a tre-

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One Year On The Job

continued from page 1 Atlanta,” he said, “I’m living the American dream. To have served in the United States military and commanded troops in combat, and then to get the opportunity to be a congressional representative — it doesn’t get any better than this. Every day I wake up, I realize how blessed I am to be in the position I’m in.” West said that among his proudest accomplishments in office was getting his defense spending bill passed unanimously. The bill cut the Department of Defense printing and reproduction budget by 10 percent. “I think that when, as a freshman legislator,” he said, “you’re able to bring a piece of legislation to the House floor and it passes 393-0, that shows it’s not just about having the right principles, but also about being pragmatic and passionate about the things you believe in.” As a result, West said he has become a leader within the House and other legislators come to him for guidance.

RVs

Wellington Reprieve

continued from page 1 “we would treat RVs as if the recommendation were the governing standards.” Schofield stressed that the proposal is only for RVs on individual lots. “This does not allow for an RV park,” he said. Enforcement of the RVs has been a problem in the past, he said. “This would require a special-use permit and would give us some control,” Schofield said. Mayor Pro Tem Dr. Carmine Priore suggested that the council send the issue to the committees. “I’m not saying what’s here is what we should establish,” he said. “I am not trying to give direction that would set numbers.” Vice Mayor Matt Willhite asked whether Priore meant that enforcement should be on a “zoning-inprogress” basis. “So if there’s 20 out there right now, they’re not doing anything illegal?” he asked. “Zoning in progress and no numbers means there’s no limit.” But Gerwig worried about not enforcing the numbers. “Now there could be a lot of [RV] parks out there,” she said.

The Lake Worth Playhouse will present The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Jan. 19 through Feb. 5. Six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grownups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a hilarious tale of overachiever angst chronicling the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. The show’s Tony Award–winning creative team has created the unlikeliest of hit musicals about the unlikeliest of heroes: a quirky yet charming cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one

place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time. The show opens on Thursday, Jan. 19 with a preview show at 8 p.m. Opening night is Friday, Jan. 20, and the show runs through Sun-

day, Feb. 5 at the Lake Worth Playhouse, located at 709 Lake Ave. in downtown Lake Worth. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.lake worthplayhouse.org or call the box office at (561) 586-6410.

Jess Santamaria To Host Community Forum Jan. 18 County Commissioner Jess Santamaria’s next community forum will be held Wednesday, Jan. 18 from 7 to 9 p.m., center court in the original Wellington Mall, located at the southeast corner of Forest Hill Blvd. and Wellington Trace. The main discussion topics will be ethics reform and fight-

ing corruption. Guest speakers include Palm Beach County Inspector General Sheryl Steckler and State Attorney Michael McAuliffe. Refreshments will be served. For additional information about the Jan. 18 community forum, call Santamaria’s office at (561) 3556300.

mendous investment by our partners,” Bellissimo said. “We’ve got a group of people who are not only committed to this festival, which has increased in both size and stature, but are very committed to this community and really trying to make it the centerpiece of the horse world, at least for the winter.” Bellissimo said that participation in the weeks preceding the show was up by 10 percent to 20 percent. “We had some shows that had almost 800 horses, which rivals some of the biggest shows in the country, in our off-season,” he said. “I think we averaged 500 to 800 horses in the month of December.” Bellissimo said he expects more spectators than ever before because WEF is heavily promoting its Saturday Night Lights events. “We believe that the next transition for the sport is to get much more spectator-friendly and family-friendly,” he said. “You’re going to see a very aggressive initiative from next Saturday night and every Saturday night to really bring out the community.” Another successful venture has been the FTI Great Charity Challenge, which Bellissimo hopes will surpass the $1 million raised last year that was divided among 32 charities. The event will take place Friday, Feb. 17. Equestrian teams representing participating charities chosen by drawing will compete for prize purses between

$15,000 and $150,000. “It looks like we’re going to have an amazing level of competition this year,” Bellissimo said. “That does a lot to both promote the sport, this community and a sense of philanthropy.” Hunter Harrison, a member of the partnership that owns the showground, said he has been in Wellington about 15 years and is pleased to see the progress WEF has made in recent years. “This will be our biggest year,” Harrison said. “I’m going to be rotating between the pony ring with my granddaughter and the international ring with my son-inlaw, so I’ve got a lot invested here, but it’s very gratifying to see the progress this venue has made in a relatively short period of time. We owe a great deal of thanks to Mark Bellissimo and the leadership that he has shown.” Harrison also credited both new and historic sponsors for the show’s success, including FTI Consulting, Nespresso, Rolex, Ritz-Carlton and Cadillac. Bellissimo said there are 100-plus sponsors in all, a record. The festival is expected to attract thousands of the finest horses, riders, trainers and owners from 30 countries and 49 states, including Olympic gold medalists and world champions who will compete for more than $6 million in prize money. The venue will offer viewers everything from a casual fami-

ly day with free admission to a specially designed VIP experience. Bellissimo said his goal has been to create a product that was sought after by sponsors. “We created a disciplined strategy five years ago, which was really to create a product that our customers sought after,” he said. “I think in general, we were very light on chasing sponsors in those early years. It is our belief that if you want to have a really great brand, you need to have a really great facility. So, we invested over $30 million.” The Palm Beach International Equestrian Center is located at 14440 Pierson Road, Wellington. For more information, visit www. equestriansport.com or call (561) 793-5867.

Equestrian Sport Productions President Michael Stone.

Wellington Equestrian Partners’ Hunter Harrison.

Equestrian Sport Productions CEO Mark Bellissimo.

“That was a launching point,” he said. “It got people to say, ‘This guy is really on target.’ I think people understand that my yes is a yes, and my no is a no.” But his time in office hasn’t been without its disappointments. West said his greatest disappointment was that the House was not able to pass a balanced-budget amendment and the reaction of those who seemed proud of that. “There were [some legislators] on the House floor who clapped and cheered when the vote failed,” he said. “That, to me, is a window into what is the problem in our federal government.” West said that he is concerned that government spending is too high, caused by legislators who do not want to rein in their spending. “People believe they do not need to operate within spending controls,” he said. “But yet when you see our American citizens and local governments, they have to.” He noted that despite a 6.5 percent increase in revenue last year, the government deficit remained $1.3 trillion. “It’s not revenue that’s the problem,” he said. “It’s spending.” Another problem, West said, is that 47 percent of wage-earning

households don’t pay federal income tax due to unnecessary deductions and other loopholes. “Instead of revenue increase, I think we have to look at how to broaden the tax base,” he said. “Tax code reform is so important. Lower the tax rate — flatten it out — and get rid of the loopholes.” Part of the problem, he said, is that 62 percent of the budget is made up of mandatory spending programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, which must be reformed in order to sustain the future generations. “Someone has to have the courage and conviction to stand up to the American people and tell them the truth,” West said. “We have got to reform these programs to be sure we protect and preserve them for future generations. To do nothing is not a solution. To do nothing means that Medicare is bankrupt in nine years.” West said he considered the 2010 report issued by the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (also known as the Simpson-Bowles Report) to be a good recommendation but noted that the solution is not easy. He said he’d like to see legislators work to combat Medicare fraud and repair Social Security,

but noted that part of the problem is that the money is often taken out for spending in other areas. “It should stay an independent trust fund account,” he said. “It should not be used as a general operating account.” West said that he believes the government should promote individual responsibility and accountability. “We’re not doing that in America,” he said. “We’re promoting victims. Forty-eight-point-five percent of Americans are on some form of government aid. There was a 31 percent increase in food stamps. That’s not how you turn this economy around.” West said that he believes in the free market and capitalism but thinks that the government believes in “crony capitalism.” “The government believes that you can take taxpayer dollars and you can choose,” he said. “That’s not a free market.” The issue, he said, is not a party issue but one of politics. Another major concern, West said, is that national defense has been overlooked. “I’m really concerned that no one is paying attention to national security and foreign policy in the United States of America right

now,” he said. “You can get smart guys in a room and they can help you fix the economy, but when you have [Iranian President] Mahmoud Ahmadinejad going on a Latin American tour next week, that’s a problem.” On the heels of presidential hopeful Rick Santorum’s declaration that he’d attack Iran if that nation does not cease its nuclear arms program, West said that a military option must remain on the table. “I understand that the mentality over there is one that respects strength and might,” West said. “Rhetoric does not get you anything. They are not concerned about the welfare of their citizens; they are concerned about a theocratic agenda. They have declared that they want to use some type of device against Israel, and I don’t think that we should allow them to hold the rest of the world hostage.” West noted that in 2003, Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi gave up his nuclear arms programs after the capture of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. “I think that there is a leverage point,” he said. “We have to be very precarious in our dealings with Pakistan because they have a nuclear device.”

West said that the theory of mutually assured destruction — which kept things peaceful between the U.S. and the former Soviet Union — is not in play with Iran. “We have to be resilient, show resolve and show strength,” he said. “It is about peace through strength.” As he begins his bid for re-election, West said that he is concerned about redistricting, which could dramatically redraw his district, but would wait to see a final map before worrying. He said he hopes to bring jobs to Florida to combat the 10.5 percent unemployment rate in Palm Beach County as of December. “It hurts me to see closed storefronts and foreclosure signs,” he said. “This is a national issue, but it’s really felt here locally.” West also said he would push for energy independence and the development of other natural energy resources. “I think that energy independence is part of turning this thing around,” he said. “I have always said we need full spectrum development of the resources we have.” For more information about West, visit www.west.house.gov.

Councilman Howard Coates agreed. “You’ve just opened up a can of worms,” he said. Willhite suggested including enforcing the maximum numbers that were recommended while the committees tackle the issue. “Let them come up with better standards,” he said. But Priore called the suggestion a “Catch-22.” “We have a law that says there should be none,” he said. “Now we’re going ahead and saying, ‘We’re not going to apply the law to you if you only have three or four.’” Willhite said he understood, but noted that the equestrian season already had begun and that many equestrians would benefit from the use of RVs. Gerwig said she was worried that allowing RVs to spread throughout the Wellington Equestrian Preserve would be worse than an RV park where they’re all gathered in one space. “If we find it so abhorrent to have 24 RVs on 80 acres, I don’t know why we would spread it throughout the community and say it’s OK to have one everywhere,” she said. “If we thought it was a problem on one site, I don’t see why we’d take that problem and spread it everywhere.” Gerwig noted that many prop-

erty owners who built barns have worked within code, building grooms quarters to house their staff. But Coates noted that forcing people to build grooms quarters is a capital obligation he wouldn’t agree to. “The last thing I want to do is put that obligation on farm owners,” he said. Gerwig disagreed, noting that instead, Wellington was encouraging property owners to go against code. “We’re encouraging them to do something illegal,” she said. “We have failed to control the situation.” During public comment, resident James Whisenand, who owns 25 acres, worried that the new rules would be a “frontrunner” to an RV park. “If you can have RVs on every lot in the Wellington Equestrian Preserve,” he said, “you have a massive RV park by definition. So if someone comes along and wants to put a couple more on a larger piece, you have an RV park.” Whisenand called the proposal a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” and noted that the item had already been voted down. “There was no support for it,” he said. He also challenged the notion that RV parks are an essential part of the equestrian lifestyle. “Every person who purchased a five-acre

parcel has the opportunity to have a grooms quarters,” Whisenand said. “The fact that the village has not enforced the existing law cannot be a predicate for this change.” But Connor said that this is not a slippery slope to an RVpark. “We are not trying to open that door,” he said. “The equestrian community opposes the parks.” Though Gerwig noted she wanted the issue to go before the committees, she did not agree that staff should permit RVs in the interim. In other business, during a presentation to the council, PBSO District 8 Capt. Jay Hart said that while crime remains low in Wellington, traffic accidents are on the rise. Of its goals for 2011, Hart said that the only one his substation did not meet were traffic accident reductions. The crash rate last year was 2.3 crashes per 100 residents, while the goal was a rate of 2.2. He said that Wellington averages 109 per month, many of them caused by distracted drivers. “When I drive,” he said, “every third person is texting. They are so preoccupied.” He said that deputies made 8,659 traffic stops and issued 6,349 citations. “Our deputies are out there every day,” Hart said. “But the issue is that there is so much activity going on in those cars —

they’re not paying attention. We’re not sure what the solution for that is. Maybe we need more laws in place like in other states.” Another issue of concern is that violent crimes in Wellington rose from 22 incidents to 50 incidents, including five shootings. Three of the shootings, Hart said, were from pellet guns, and another involved a corrections officer who shot at a prisoner trying to escape.

“On the surface, it looks bad,” he said, “but Wellington is still a safe place to live in.” Hart said his office was successful in curbing property crime, which saw a 13 percent reduction, with a 33 percent arrest rate. For next year, he said his office’s goals would be to lessen property crimes below 1,000 cases, reduce vandalism and to focus on the Juvenile Arrest and Monitoring program.

Panelists look on as Olympic show jumping gold medalist Rodrigo Pessoa talks about the upcoming season.

Blotter continued from page 6 possession of marijuana under 20 grams and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. JAN. 10 — A resident of White Pine Drive called the PBSO substation in Wellington on Tuesday to report a case of fraud. According to a PBSO report, the victim checked her bank account last Friday and discovered that there had been a fraudulent transaction. The next day, she discovered three more transactions. According to the report, the victim believes the transactions were done online, and said she still has the credit card in her possession. There were no suspects at the time of the report. JAN. 10 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach was dispatched to the Ve-

rizon store in the Southern Palm Crossing shopping plaza Tuesday regarding a theft. According to a PBSO report, at approximately 7:50 p.m., two white males entered the store. One spoke with the sales clerk while the other cut a security cable to an Apple iPhone, valued at $649, and then fled the store. The first suspect was described as a white male in his mid-20s with blond hair, a thin build and a goatee, wearing blue jeans and a blue T-shirt. The second suspect was described as a white male in his mid-20s with blond hair and facial hair, a thin build, wearing blue jean shorts and a white T-shirt. According to the report, the deputy said the incident is similar to another case in which one subject was arrested. There was no further information at the time of the report.


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SEASON UNDERWAY AT WELLINGTON’S INTERNATIONAL POLO CLUB PALM BEACH The 2012 high-goal polo Season kicked off Sunday, Jan. 8 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. The Coca-Cola team defeated Villa Del Lago 11-7 to win the Herbie Pennell Cup. Featured polo matches continue every Sunday afternoon through April at IPC. For more info., visit www.internationalpoloclub.com. IMAGES COURTESY LILA PHOTO

Coca-Cola takes control of the ball.

Mike Egan and Cathy Bray with Jimmy and Barbara Kravitz.

Jeff Dobbins and Christine DiRocco with IPC President of Club Operations John Wash.

Nic Roldan and Jessie Schuster.

Alexis and Wellington Vice Mayor Matt Willhite.

Kirsten Braden, Cynthia Graves, Meredith Horen and Corrina Nina.

Christiane Christensen, Robert Krieger and Melissa Hornung.

KOMEN BREAST CANCER EVENT IN THE ACREAGE RAISES MORE THAN $20,000 More than $20,000 was raised to fund breast cancer programs last weekend during the fifth annual Susan G. Komen Flag Football Tournament, held Jan. 4-8 at Acreage Community Park. In addition to the games (see page 37 for coverage), a ceremony was held as part of the fundraiser. For more info., visit www.flagsforthecure.com. PHOTOS BY LAUREN MIRÓ/TOWN-CRIER

Tournament staff members present a check to representatives from the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Kelly Mathews and Shannon Shaughnessy prepare to release balloons.

Survivor Vicki Bryant and her daughter Natalie Hogwood of team Bosom Buddies.

Title sponsor Dr. Kathleen Minnick (center) with members of team Peek-a-Boobs.


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Having been involved with the Parelli method of horse training for the past 12 years, Claire Devisse now offers introductory clinics at Pegasi Ranch at 13260 Collecting Canal Road in Loxahatchee Groves. Her next clinic is set for Sunday, Jan. 22. Ellen Rosenberg’s Column, Page 25

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Great Turnout For Komen Flag Football Tourney

More than 700 flag football players making up 70 teams came together at Acreage Community Park for the fifth annual Susan G. Komen Flag Football Tournament held Wednesday, Jan. 4 through Sunday, Jan. 8. Teams were divided by age group, and a champion was declared in each category. Page 37

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Sports Seminole Ridge Boys Basketball Edges Inlet Grove 57-54

The Seminole Ridge High School boys varsity basketball team defeated Inlet Grove High School 57-54 at a home game held Friday, Jan. 6. The game was close throughout, consistently within 4 points, and the lead changed hands several times. Page 37

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Parelli Instructor Claire Devisse Offering Local Clinics Last month, Claire Devisse held an introductory Parelli clinic at Pegasi Ranch, located at 13260 Collecting Canal Road in Loxahatchee Groves, directly across from Vinceremos. The clinic began at 10 a.m., but eager participants and spectators arrived much earlier. Miriam Rivera owns Pegasi Ranch on 12 leased acres. “I’m so excited that Claire is living in the area,” Rivera said. “Now, we’ll have someone local on a steady basis offering lessons and clinics. This first clinic is a kind of test program, but I’m sure there are a lot of people in the area, like me, who will be thrilled to have the opportunity to work with a Parelli instructor on a regular basis.” Rivera loves the Parelli method of horse training and is also working on getting certified. Thirty years ago, Pat Parelli began teaching his natural horsemanship program, showing people how to train and ride horses using his methods. It morphed into an industry of demonstrations, clinics, videos, products and certified instructors, qualified to teach different aspects of his training methods. Devisse is a two-star instructor. Ratings run from one to five stars, depending on how many hours, and which courses, have been completed. The star rating limits an instructor Get updates all week long... follow Ellen Rosenberg on Twitter at twitter.com/ HorseTalkFL or stop by the Tales from the Trails page on Facebook and click “like.”

Tales From The Trails By Ellen Rosenberg in what he or she can teach and how many students can be in a class. Devisse is allowed to teach a maximum of six. This clinic focused on the “Seven Games,” which form the basis for a lot of the Parelli training. The clinic was open to the general public, and an unlimited number of people may audit. Four people took part — one brought her own horse, and three borrowed horses from the farm. “We have to start somewhere,” Rivera said. “In the future, we’ll be offering additional basic, as well as more advanced, clinics.” “I got involved with Parelli 12 years ago,” Devisse explained. “My older sister had a problem horse, very spooky and out of control at shows. Someone suggested Parelli, and his training methods helped that mare big time. Now, both my sister and I are Parelli instructors.” Devisse enjoys teaching the program. “I love this system because it teaches people how to understand and train their own horses, no matter what discipline they ride,” she said. “It stresses the horse’s psychology, un-

Tina McCabe and Claire Devisse with Boss. derstanding why they act the way they do. It lets you see things from the horse’s perspective, and leads to great success. It’s not just about solving problems — it also allows you to have more fun with your horse.”

Devisse believes that taking a Parelli course should be a prerequisite to owning a horse. “It sets up beginners for success,” she said. “It gives you short-term and long-term goals. See ROSENBERG, page 27


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My Disney Adventure Included (Watching) A Half Marathon My son and daughter (stepson and daughter-in-law if one wants to be technical, which I don’t) ran the Disney half marathon last month, so Mark and I were in charge of their kids. Generally speaking, I am not the sort of person to rise well before the sun and brave Disney traffic to sit on a dew-slopped bleacher and watch people run down the street. I don’t like early morning, heavy traffic or a wet derriere. I don’t understand the appeal of wearing down one’s knees before their time. And I don’t drink coffee (which I’ve been told has supernatural powers for making morning palatable). But we are talking grandkids here! And Disney, and supGet your Sonic Boomer humor every day! Follow Deborah Welky on Twitter at twitter.com/TheSonicBoomer. On Facebook, stop by “The Sonic Boomer” page and click the “Like” button.

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The Sonic BOOMER port of one’s family — all of which I do like. So there I was, sun cresting over the Epcot ball and a waterproof pillow under my rear end, watching runner after runner cross the finish line while pointing out to the kids the ones dressed as Peter Pan, Tinkerbell or Goofy. As soon as I stopped whining, I had to admit it was pretty amazing. There were tall, lean quick people and short, fat slow people, but they were all getting across that line, which is more than you could say for me. They’d

been running for two hours — some more, some less — and we cheered our heads off for them, especially for our own little team of two. Brad and Brooke had never run a marathon before, but they’d heard that Disney organized one of the best, so they signed up. The $150 per person entry fees, hotel costs and four-day park hopper passes (including ours!) pretty much demolished their Christmas gift budget, but they had made up their minds to do this, and they did — in two hours and 13 minutes. Mark was so proud of Brad he was ready to burst, and I was so in awe of Brooke, who had actually spent weeks training for this thing! For one brief moment of insanity, I was inspired to run it myself next year. Then I sobered up, admitting that I just wanted to hear the brass bands along the way and get the free banana at the end.

But there was a lot of cool stuff going on. There was a blind entry, running between her two coaches. There were people in hand-powered wheelchairs and one particular Tinkerbell who was bouncing along on a curvedmetal foot (although people tended to focus on his green organza skirt and sparkly wings, not on his missing leg). At Mile Marker 7, a guy proposed to his girl. And one couple (with their priorities well in order, I thought) took a brief detour to ride a roller coaster when everyone let them cut to the front of the line. That afternoon and the next day, the six of us did Disney like regular tourists. We stood in line for 45 minutes for the chance to scream our heads off for two, ate popcorn instead of food and visited every bathroom in the place (kids!). Best of all, we made sure our grandkids got to see Brad and Brooke accomplish this somewhat remarkable feat. Turns out parents are people, too. Who knew?

Musical ‘Hair’ At Kravis Offers Great Music, But Feels Dated The old musical Hair, which opened Tuesday at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts for this week only (through Jan. 15), is an anachronism. That is to say, it belongs very firmly in a time capsule of the late 1960s, where dropping out and doing nothing seemed a useful way to spend your life, and drugs were not just tolerated but acclaimed. I saw the touring company last June in Fort Lauderdale and realized quickly that despite the incredible score and talented cast, the plot, such as it is, made the show quaint and dated. But the score is wonderful. We have had a few generations of musicals on Broadway where almost no one knows any of the songs. Decades ago, musical comedy was the source of most of our popular music. Hair, dating from 1967, was among the last musicals to have multiple songs becoming major hits. “Aquarius” opens the show; “Let the Sun Shine In” closes it. Along the way are pop hits like “Easy to Be Hard,” “Good Morning, Sunshine” and, of course, the title song. And many of the other songs are excellent even if not as well-known. But the story, centering on hero Claude’s getting his draft notice and deciding on whether to join the Army, seemed wildly dated. The

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continued from page 25 I think it teaches stuff every horse owner should know.” Devisse’s goals for the clinic were to teach people how to get started and what the program’s about, and to introduce the Seven Games. The four people, and their horses, moved into the large grassy ring, and the spectators stood around the rail and watched as Devisse explained, and the participants practiced, the Seven Games. The Friendly Game involved touching the horse gently all over with a 3-foot-long stick. The Driving Game used the stick to move the horse off steady pressure. The Yo Yo Game had the horse backing up and coming for-

draft ended a few years after the show began; the original production outlasted it. A volunteer army does take away from the semi-urgency projected. Also, the show was noted for free love and its famous nude scene. Michael Butler, the original producer, had the cast take off their clothes at the end of the first act. It brought in crowds back in the ’60s until the music became the major draw. Today, watching performers take their clothes off in semi-darkness to stand quietly singing means almost nothing. Movies and the Internet have taken away the unique element. There were children at the production in Fort Lauderdale, and none seemed particularly bothered by a dozen actors of both sexes singing while naked. Also, the show has lost a lot of energy.

Back in the ’60s, we were going through the Vietnam War. There were massive demonstrations, often fueled by young people unwilling to fight. Today, the show seems far more of a set piece, very dated. The “free love” celebrated in the show is cute. Watching a young woman jumping on top of a young man only to be jumped on by another man, who is then jumped on by a third man, more interested in him than the girl, and who then has another actor rub against him, is good for a cheap laugh that is not as funny in our age of AIDS as it was back when a penicillin shot could handle any mess. There are elements of the time beautifully handled: the rueful woe of the very young girl betrayed by the motorcycle guy in “Frank Mills,” the frank breakdown of racism in several angry songs. One of those songs, “Colored Spade,” uses just about every racial stereotype and “forbidden word” possible as one of the black leads glories in the anger and distance. If it showed up on MTV today (which would never really happen), there would be outrage. But, again, the music and the youth carry the day. As the “tribe” gathers around for the rites to begin, with “Aquarius” and (probably

faked) marijuana smoke wafting about, those of us old enough to remember the time can recall both the good and the bad. And our children, and grandchildren, may be able to learn from it. It might, however, be a good idea to explain that even back then, the situation presented was extreme; few of us ever went nearly as far as the young hippies. The excellent cast of young people (even the old people presented, perhaps the biggest stereotypes around, are played by the youngsters) sings, dances and loves, however. The members go through an interpretation of American history that even our more radical teachers of today would not attempt, and re-create a time that many of us who lived through it remember fondly while those who did not just stare at us and say, “Dad, did you really do things like that?” And we can reply “No” and wish that at least some of what took place on stage actually had been part of our lives. But, happily, that was more than 40 years ago. In the meantime, it is a fun show, and if you’re free this weekend, why not revisit the past? The songs are great, and the memories of the time can make us grateful we made it through the past.

ward. The Circle Game looked a bit like lunging. The Sideways Game had the horse moving sideways away from the stick’s rhythmic pressure. And the Squeeze Game had the horse moving between the participant and an object, like the fence. The participants practiced and attempted the different maneuvers, some with greater success, some with less. Devisse stressed confidence and consistency. Carol Schnure heard about the clinic from friends and came to watch. Her horse, Boss, was there, with his new owners, Vince and Tina McCabe. Schnure gave them Boss because she has some health issues that limit her riding, and she knows they’ll give him a good home. “We’re here to learn the basics of Parelli,” Vince McCabe said. “We don’t know too much about it. This is our first horse. I know more about motorcycles than horses.”

Karen Burgos of Loxahatchee has a horse. She came to watch. “I hoped to learn how to build up my confidence,” she said. “I had a bad experience, so now I have fear issues. I’m hoping this type of training can help get me back in the saddle, show me how to interact with my horse and get his respect. I’m definitely going to try this at home, and I plan to bring my horse to the next clinic.” Some already had some Parelli experience. “I’ve been doing Parelli with the home study tapes for a year,” said Patricia Gwindin, who traveled up from Broward County to watch. “I never saw a live demo before, and it’s very helpful. I’ve made a lot of notes. This was definitely worth the drive.” Devisse thought the clinic went very well. “Everyone had a horse who helped them learn. They asked some good questions. It was a success,” she said. “I think Parelli will do very

well in this area. I’ve gotten a lot of calls for private and group lessons. So far, the feedback has been very positive. I’m really looking forward to offering more workshops and clinics.” Devisse’s next clinic is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 22. The first half, from 10 a.m. to noon, will be a lecture explaining “horse-anality.” There are no horses involved. It costs $40, and there’s no participant limit. The afternoon session, from 1 to 4 p.m., will be a follow-up to the first clinic, helping people get started doing Parelli training. The cost is $95 and is limited to six. Participants can either bring their own horse or borrow one from the farm. Auditing costs $10, and the whole day is $120. For more information, or to sign up, contact Miriam Rivera at (561) 234-0926 or Claire Devisse at (239) 784-0973, or visit www.claire devisse.com.

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Proper Fitness & Diet Helps Inner Beauty Shine Through By Deborah Kay Special to the Town-Crier We’ve all heard of the phrase “beauty comes from within,” but what does it actually mean? The reality is that everyone perceives beauty in a different light. Many people are solely attracted to the outer qualities, such as a sexy body, silky flowing hair and sparkling eyes, or long legs. Especially in our society, there are attractive images everywhere we turn — magazines, television and movies. In today’s society, people become obsessed with perfecting themselves to fit this tempting outer beauty perfection. People spend thousands of dollars to sculpt their bodies to fit this image. Yet, what may be surprising is that many of the most beautiful qualities of a male or female are not necessarily on the outside. The inner self can hold the most concrete beautiful qualities, mainly because they are authentic and eternal. What may be attractive to one person might not be attractive to another. Our society tends to want to classify everything with the term “beauty.” The bottom line is ideally, beautiful qualities shine from within. Outer beauty can only suggest beautiful qualities, yet what lies beneath the surface can reveal much more. Ask anyone what is coined as beautiful, and a lot of answers will be very broad. “I think my boyfriend has the most beautiful eyes I have ever seen,” said Erica Christie, 22. “The first thing I noticed was his

bright green eyes. Of course, his athletic build and dark brown hair is an added plus.” In many opinions, the main idea behind beauty is all attitude. “I believe the most beautiful thing about a woman is if she is self confident and positive,” said Ben Walker, 24. “A woman with a positive attitude can make her very attractive and sexy. The way a woman walks into a room with pride and assertiveness is very beautiful as well.” Beauty is how you interpret it. There is no exact way to be beautiful except for taking responsibility to take the best of care of you. Being beautiful is being yourself. Outer beauty can include body language, the way a person dances, personal style, particular body structure or personal appearance. Inner qualities can include dedication, compassion, charisma, sincerity, humor and honesty. Usually what comes to mind when thinking of beauty is appearance. The body is a very intriguing work of art. The most intriguing part about the human body is how every individual body is unique. Each curve, tone and definition of each body creates a different beautiful quality that appeals to different tastes. What one man or woman finds sexy and beautiful about one person may not even appeal to another person. Most men and women would agree that a person’s beautiful qualities don’t necessarily have to be on the outside. Qualities that last the

longest are the beautiful qualities that exist on the inside. In our society, men and women are instinctively drawn to outer beauty. However, over time, the inner beauty will eventually mask the outer attraction. Couples that have been together for more than 30 years can attest to the fact that the most essential and ever-lasting beautiful qualities in a person are the brains behind the beauty. To have real beauty, a person’s inner beauty must match the outer beauty. “When I first met my wife, I couldn’t believe how breathtaking she was,” said George Groomsman, 59. “Her hair, her skin, her smile — everything was glowing. Thirty years later, her inner beauty shines even brighter than the first day I met her.” There is not one specific definition to associate with the word “beauty.” As time passes by, outer beauty qualities might change. There are no guarantees on what may be beautiful from one generation to the next. Yet, one thing is for certain: the idea of beauty stretches much further than outer beauty. Inner beauty is the glue that keeps one person in tune with the other. We may be spoiled on the outside, but a truly beautiful demeanor is born inside. The challenge is to be as beautiful as you can on the inside, so it will exude on the outside. Here are a few tips to keep beautiful on the inside: 1) Eat high antioxidant foods to combat and tackle free radicals. Such foods are lots of vegetables

(especially greens), fruits, berries and red wine being the most abundant with antioxidants. 2) Consume Vitamins C and E, which work in unison together to tackle free radicals from different parts of the cells. 3) Eat a diet consisting of 60 percent of raw food per day. Eating raw food, mainly fruits and salads, is one of the keys to slowing down the aging process. If you are overweight, then you will certainly lose weight fast in addition to preserving a healthful skin and lifestyle. 4) Make a workout program part of your regular routine. Statistics show that participating in physical activities for only up to seven hours a week lowers your risk of an early death by 40 percent compared to people who are less active. There is no time like now to flex those muscles, make those moves, exercise and start a healthful lifestyle. Beauty is more than a rock-hard body; it’s balancing mind, body and spirit and loving yourself, whether you’re at your goal or not. Life is too short to spend time worrying about how others perceive you. Work on having a healthy outlook on life, eat great food, and learn to love. By taking care of the inside, dealing with the issues, you’ll be better equipped to take care of the outside. Ultima Fitness is committed to enhancing the quality of lives through our fitness programs. With the help of our elite staff and trainers, we guide, educate and motivate

Deborah Kay to allow you to achieve your goals and dreams that you never thought possible. Watch out for information on our web site, www.ultimafitness. com, and our Facebook page, www.facebook/ultimafit, to keep up to date on our new programs and learn how to win a free makeover for a life changing experience. Good luck on your journey. May you always move forward in becoming a better person and know that we are on the same journey with you. Deborah Kay is the sales and marketing manager at Ultima Fitness/Xtreme Tae Kwon Do. Ultima is located at 12799 W. Forest Hill Blvd. in Wellington. For more information, call (561) 795-2823 or visit www.ultimafitness.com.

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Dean Anthony’s co-owner Dean Polimeni at the Wellington location. PHOTO BY JESSICA GREGOIRE/TOWN-CRIER

Fresh Ingredients And A Variety Of Options At Dean Anthony’s Express

By Jessica Gregoire pizza. “All day and every day I’m at the WellTown-Crier Staff Report ington location making the pizzas and cookOffering authentic New York-style pizza, ing the pizzas, so is my brother Joey at the Dean Anthony’s Express is the real deal. The Boca location,” he said. Italian pizzeria and restaurant is owned and Dean Anthony’s Express is popular for its operated by the Polimeni family — husband unique specialty pizza options, from its and wife Dominic and Carol, and their sons mashed potato pizza to its gorgonzola pizza. Joey and Dean. Customers have an option of medium (14”), The family opened their first location in large (18”) or Sicilian. Boynton Beach in 1999. In addition to the “The mashed potato pizza is very good,” Boynton Beach location, Dean Anthony’s Dean said. “It’s hard to get people to try it, but Express has locations in Wellington and Boca once they do, they love it.” Raton. The mashed potato pizza is topped with It had always been Dean’s dream to open mashed potatoes, scallions, bacon, cheddar up a restaurant. “Since I was a little kid, I’ve cheese and mozzarella cheese. always wanted to open up a restaurant called “And then we have the super slice pizza, Dean Anthony’s, even before I worked in the which is also very popular,” Dean said. “It’s a restaurant business,” he said. “Anthony is slice from a 28-inch pizza, which is called a my middle name, so that’s why I wanted it to super pie. We sell it by the slice to make a be called Dean Anthony’s.” super slice.” After years of working at other people’s Dean Anthony’s Express offers customers restaurants, Dean told his family his idea of the option of dine-in, takeout or delivery. “We opening his own restaurant. “I went to my have a full kitchen where we serve chicken father and told him I wanted to open up a and veal,” Dean said. “Customers are able to restaurant,” he recalled. “We got together, and come in and have a sit-down meal.” my brother Joey joined in, and it took off from Every Wednesday, Dean Anthony’s Exthere.” press has karaoke night from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The Polimeni brothers have many years of Dean Anthony’s Express also takes orders and experience making pizza. “I started making pizza has menus at World of Beer next door. when I was 14,” Dean said. “Since they don’t serve food, we have proDean Anthony’s has won several “best piz- vided a service for its customers to order food za” awards over the years. “We were voted from our restaurant,” Dean said. by Fox 29 News as having the best pizza in Dean Anthony’s has extended takeout Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast,” hours Thursday through Saturday from 11:30 Dean said. a.m. to 1 a.m. From Sunday to Wednesday, For the Polimenis, having good pizza starts the takeout hours are from 11:30 a.m. to midwith having the freshest ingredients. “It’s night. about the quality of our ingredients and the Dean Anthony’s Express has locations at care and pride that goes into it,” Dean said. 2335 State Road 7, Suite 1100, Wellington, in“Some people say it’s the crust or the sauce, I side the Plaza at Wellington Green; 357 N. Consay it’s having all three be fresh — the crust, gress Ave., Boynton Beach; and 1449 Yamato sauce and cheese.” Road, Boca Raton. Dean and Joey are the ones who make the For more information, call (561) 422-3393. SEE VIDEO ON DEAN ANTHONY’S AT WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM

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RPB Doctor: Successful Resolutions Start In The Mind The first of the year rings in another opportunity to set a New Year’s resolution. For many, sticking to a resolution can be a breeze in the beginning, but as the year progresses, it becomes harder and harder to stay committed. It doesn’t have to be that way. Dr. Daniel C. Dodson, a family practice physician at Caremore Family Practice in Royal Palm Beach, has outlined how to set a realistic resolution and stick to it by mentally preparing yourself. “People who are unsuccessful in keeping a New Year ’s resolution often have problems identifying what they see as their final result,” Dodson said. “People might resolve to lose weight, keep a clean house, or spend more time with their children, but they don’t put their goals into concrete, realistic terms, such as losing 10 pounds, cleaning the house every other Sunday, or spending an hour a night playing a game or doing homework with their children. This lack of specificity can quickly lead to a failed resolution.” To break the cycle of setting up then giving up on a New Year’s resolution, Dodson outlined some tips for developing a realistic resolution and staying mentally strong all year long: • Define Your Goal — Develop a time frame for your goal, with smaller goals to achieve along the way. For example, a goal of working out for 30 minutes every day

should start with a small step such as 15 minutes every other day to work your way up to your goal. “When you are specific about what steps it will take to get you to your overall goal, your resolution will become easier to achieve,” Dodson said. “Make sure you can commit to the goal in the timeframe you give yourself.” • Have mental toughness — Not every day is going to be easy. Knowing this ahead of time will prepare you for when you are tempted to break your resolution. “Have the power to keep moving toward your goal, no matter what setbacks may occur. When the going gets tough, get tougher,” Dodson said. • Think positive — Thinking positively is a great trick when it comes to overcoming a bad habit, according to Dodson. “The voice inside your head needs to be thinking positive thoughts,” he said. “Your own words of encouragement can eliminate self doubt and will help when it’s tempting to fall back into old patterns.” • Be patient — Permanently changing your behavior can take months. You need to make a conscious effort to stay on track through the long process. “It takes more than just a physical action; mentally prepare yourself by accepting that it will take time to change,” Dodson said. • Forward thinking — “Identify what went wrong in previous failed attempts at

resolutions and then move on,” Dodson said, adding that you shouldn’t focus on what you have done in the past, only what you want to have in the future. “Picture what you want your end result to be. The feeling of future success should lead you forward.” • Choose not to fail — “No one but you can make your resolution happen,” Dodson said. Choose not to let mistakes derail you, take a day off every once in a while, power through the tough times, and see your end result. “When you make the decision to succeed, you leave no room to fail,” he said. Keeping track of a resolution all year long can be difficult, but only if you let it. “Keep positive to enforce your positive change,” Dodson said, noting that these tips should be used as tools to keep you on track to a successful resolution. “The important thing is to remember that successfully changing your behavior comes from the inside out. Accept that it will take small steps in the right direction to have a positive outcome.” Preventive medicine is just one aspect of care osteopathic physicians provide. DOs (doctors of osteopathic medicine) are fully licensed to prescribe medicine and practice in all specialty areas, including surgery. DOs are trained to consider the health of the whole person and use their hands to help diagnose and treat their patients.

Dr. Daniel Dodson Caremore Family Practice is located at 1117 Royal Palm Beach Blvd. at the northwestern corner of Royal Palm Beach and Okeechobee boulevards. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call (561) 784-4481 or visit www.caremorefp.com. Send business news items to: The Town-Crier, 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 31, Wellington, FL 33414. Fax: (561) 793-6090. E-mail: news@goTownCrier.com.


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Horizon Pool & Patio To Host Its First ‘Pool School’ Feb. 4 Horizon Pool and Patio has been serving the local community’s pool and spa needs for more than 25 years. Now, Horizon has taken this concept a step further with the newly unveiled “Pool School.” Horizon’s Pool School is a free service to the community, and whether you have regularly scheduled pool service or you are a do-ityourselfer, the objective is to help educate pool owners on how to efficiently and economically care for their investment. There are many topics scheduled for Horizon’s Pool School, with the

next session scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 4 at 10 a.m. The topic will be “Variable Speed Pumps: Learn How Some Pool Owners Have Saved Enough Money To Pay For Their Monthly Pool Service.” Horizon Pool and Patio’s Pool School is free, and attendees will be provided coffee and donuts as well as a coupon. Pool School will be held at Horizon’s Wellington store in the Wellington Plaza (12785-A Forest Hill Blvd., near Ultima Fitness). Those interested in attending can register at www.horizonpool.com or call (561) 790-0665.

ABWA To Meet Feb. 8 In P.B. Gardens The Northern Palm Beach Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association will meet Wednesday, Feb. 8 at the PGA Doubletree Hotel in Palm Beach Gardens. Networking will take place from 6 to 6:30 p.m., with the dinner and program beginning at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $30, and guests are welcome. The speaker will be Jacqueline Whitmore, CEO, president and founder of the Protocol School of

Palm Beach. She will speak on the topic “First and Lasting Impressions: How to Manage Your Personal Brand With Poise, Presence and Polish.” The Doubletree Hotel is located at 4431 PGA Blvd. in Palm Beach Gardens. To make reservations, or for more information, call Dottie Smith at (772) 341-2823 or Sharon Maupin at (561) 329-4485. The mission of the American Busi-

ness Women’s Association is to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking, support and national recognition. For more information about the ABWA, call Chapter President Kandyce Key at (561) 908-4798 or visit www.abwanpbflorida.org.

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Resource Center For Alzheimer’s Caregivers Every day, somewhere in Palm Beach County, an Alzheimer’s caregiver wakes up and is not sure how he or she is going to make it through the day. The stress that comes with being a caregiver for someone suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or memory impairment is simply overwhelming. Caregivers face a host of daily challenges with few, if any, resources available just for them. The Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center, “a gathering place for caregivers,” recently opened at 2328 10th Ave. North, Suite 601, in Lake Worth. It is the first organization of its kind in Palm Beach County where a caregiver can go, that is solely dedicated to meeting their needs. “Palm Beach County has outstanding memory disorder centers, neurologists, home health care providers, adult daycare centers and community service organizations that do a wonderful job in meeting the needs of the Alzheimer’s patient,” President and CEO Elayne Forgie said. “Unfortunately, until now, we have not been very successful in meeting the unique needs

of the Alzheimer’s/dementia caregiver.” The Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center was specifically created to nurture caregivers and provide them with a safe environment where they can feel free to cry, laugh, share and, most of all, receive all of the help and caregiver support that they need to keep them healthy, improve their quality of life, and keep them out of the hospital. “Being a full-time caregiver can be a very lonely and stressful experience. By the time a caregiver leaves the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center, they will no longer feel alone, because they will no longer be alone,” Forgie said. “We offer a wide variety of programs and services to help them manage all of the demands of caregiving in a warm, relaxed and nurturing environment.” The mission of the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center is to provide a supportive gathering place for caregivers of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or other cognitive impairments. For additional information on the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center, call (561) 588-4545 or visit www. alzheimerscareresourcecenter.com.


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Performance Lineup Announced For Norton’s Art After Dark The People Upstairs, Illumination, the Spam Allstars, Davis & Dow, SAMM, Uproot Hootenanny and BLiminal are some of the many local artists that have performed at the Norton Museum of Art’s weekly Art After Dark — “where culture and entertainment meet.” Held Thursdays from 5 to 9 p.m., Art After Dark features performances by the area’s most popular music, dance and even magic acts, as well as wine and beer tastings, exhibition tours, lectures, films and food. “My goal is to provide entertainment that appeals to museum guests regardless of age or background,” said Amy Saleeby, in charge of programming Art After Dark each week. “I also want Art After Dark to be the venue where guests are introduced to great music they may not have had a chance to hear before. There’s a lot of talent in South Florida, and

people can discover it at Art After Dark.” “We were honored when we were asked to be part of Art After Dark, especially with the caliber of bands the museum is bringing in,” said Casey Buckley, lead singer of the People Upstairs. “The Norton gig gives us an outlet to showcase ourselves as artists. Not to be cliché, but art comes in many forms, and music is the way we paint. We use our guitars, voices and drums as our paint brushes, and sound waves as our medium. Performing at the Norton has exposed us to an extended audience that was not aware of us.” The music at Art After Dark is as diverse as the art in the museum collection and often is planned in conjunction with holidays and themes such as Cinco de Mayo, Bastille Day and Mardi Gras, or in

The Mike Mineo Band performs Jan. 26.

conjunction with special exhibitions. (Performers who would like to be considered for Art After Dark can contact Saleeby at saleebya@ norton.org.) The upcoming Art After Dark music winter lineup is as follows: • Jan. 19 — “A Tribute to Satchmo” by the Troy Anderson Quartet and acoustic performance by Ric Pattison • Jan. 26 — Roots-rock by the Mike Mineo Band and an acoustic performance by Griffin Anthony • Feb. 2 — Jaime Ousley Jazz Band CD release party • Feb. 9 — The DJ German Garcia Band • Feb. 16 — A Mardi Gras celebration with Zydeco band the Porch Dogs • Feb. 23 — The poly-rhythmic Afro-Latin dance rhythms of Moska Project • March 1 — Grammy-nominated saxophone player John Michalak and an acoustic performance by Jason Cardinal • March 8 — Jazz duo Davis & Dow • March 15 — A St. Patrick’s Day celebration with Celtic roots band Uproot Hootenanny and an acoustic performance by Sean Hanley The Norton Museum of Art is located at 1451 S. Olive Ave. in West Palm Beach, and is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information, call (561) 832-5196 or visit www.norton.org.

The Porch Dogs perform Feb. 16.

Uproot Hootenanny performs March 15.

The Phantom Recommends D’Angelo Trattoria In Delray Beach It does not get any more authentic Italiano than here! About five years ago, I stumbled upon Casa D’Angelo in Fort Lauderdale. That dining experience is still one of the best ever, so much so that whenever I’m in the area, I make every effort to visit and always sample their gnocchi, just like Mamma use to make! Now I only have to venture 20 minutes to Delray Beach to enjoy the same delicious authentic Tuscan treats of master chef Angelo Elia. Did you know that Italy is divided into regions, and the foods are very different in each region? The most popular is Rome, which blends the white creamy cooking of the north with the deep red sauces of the south, resulting with the best Italian recipes originating from Roma. Now these authentic Roman delights are featured at D’Angelo Trattoria in downtown Delray! Located just off Atlantic Avenue in a beautiful historic 1920s cottage,

the trattoria provides a warm and welcome setting where guests can enjoy some of the finest, authentic Italian cuisine in South Florida, or mingle at the friendly bar. You may choose to dine on the front porch, in the main dining room or under the stars on the back patio. Wherever you choose, be prepared for one of the best meals ever! Architect Alfredo Leon transformed the cottage into a warm and inviting contemporary eatery. The 120-seat restaurant offers a cozy yet sophisticated ambiance with espresso-stained wood floors, limestone walls, a wood-burning copper oven and a bar complete with granite counters and a mosaic-tiled backsplash that complement each other perfectly. Modern pendant lamps, stainless globe lights and custom-designed sconces emit a warm and subdued glow. Because fine Italian wine is a pivotal part of the D’Angelo dining experience, a special collection of

reds and whites is on display in a temperature-controlled room, with glass panels for easy viewing. While dining, you can visit Italy in the main dining room with “visions of Italy” displayed on two large-screen TV. Heading the culinary duties in Delray is none other than executive chef Rickie Piper, who has worked under Elia for over a decade, running his kitchens at the various D’Angelo outposts, as well as opening their Atlantis resort location. Hailing from Italy, where he studied under some of the region’s most prominent chefs at Istituto Alberghiero Torcarbone, Piper is the perfect fit for the new Roman-inspired eatery. D’Angelo Trattoria has become a local hangout, a place for cocktails and antipasti or to celebrate special occasions. On the night I visited, there was a wedding rehearsal dinner for 45 on the back patio. We sat in the main dining room of this lovely establishment. The hustle and

bustle of one of the most efficient staffs added to the buzz. Tables were cleared and reset before the patrons reached the front door. Each course was served timely, and our wine glasses were always kept filled. With its welcoming ambiance, fine service and memorable cuisine that has consistently landed Elia’s restaurants on top-rated listings and earned him awards from Zagat, and Wine Spectator and Florida Trend magazines, you would expect this eatery to be very a expensive evening and the portions very small — wrong on both accounts. The meals are large enough to share or take home for tomorrow’s lunch, and the cost is way below market. D’Angelo Trattoria offers an array of appetizers ($9 to $16), salads and carpaccio ($10 to $12), pastas ($14 to $19), prime meats, seafood entrees starting at only $22, along with the best pizzas from their wood-burning oven ($13 to $18). In addition to their extensive

menu, they offer daily specials, and traditional Roman desserts rotate daily from the in-house pastry chef and include rum-flavored sponge cakes, limoncello-filled cakes and my favorite: their Italian cheesecake. Finally, topping off your dining experience with an espresso, frothy cappuccino or an after-dinner Sicilian Averna liqueur is highly recommended to savor your visit to Italy. While there is plenty of off-street parking, the restaurant offers complimentary valet and serves dinner nightly from 5:30 to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 5:30 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. D’Angelo Trattoria is located at 9 SE Seventh Ave. in Delray Beach, just off Atlantic Avenue. All major credit cards are accepted. For reservations or further information, call (561) 330-1237, and please tell them that the Phantom recommended you call to enjoy one of the best Italian meals of your life!

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Sem Ridge Boys Basketball Squad Edges Inlet Grove 57-54 By Gene Nardi Town-Crier Staff Report The Seminole Ridge High School boys varsity basketball team defeated Inlet Grove High School 57-54 at a home game held Friday, Jan. 6. The game was close throughout, consistently within 4 points, and the lead changed hands several times. The Hawks went into halftime with a 24-21 lead over the Hurricanes. Although the Hurricanes led the first quarter, Seminole Ridge mounted a

second-period surge to take the first half. The Hawks were able to maintain the lead to end the third quarter with a score of 37-36. Luke Miller and Shawn Smith combined for 15 points. Inlet Grove managed to take a brief 1-point lead in the fourth quarter with 1:51 left to play, but the Hawks continued to claw back to regain a one-point advantage with only 21 seconds on the clock. A Hurricane foul gave the Hawks another oppor-

tunity to extend their lead with 9 seconds remaining, and Seminole Ridge sealed the win 57-54. The Hawks’ Myers McCray scored 21 points, and Miller put up 12 points and 20 rebounds. Mike Almonte, Smith and Nicholas Knights each had 3-point goals. Seminole Ridge visited Glades Central on Wednesday, but scores were not available at press time. The Hawks host John I. Leonard on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m.

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Hawk Shawn Smith takes a shot against Inlet Grove.

Hawk Mike Almonte attempts to block an Inlet Grove attack.

SRHS guard Nick Knight takes the ball up court.

SRHS wing Kamar Diah blocks an Inlet Grove attempt to score.

Great Turnout For Komen Flag Football Tourney In The Acreage By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report More than 700 flag football players making up 70 teams came together at Acreage Community Park for the fifth annual Susan G. Komen Flag Football Tournament held Wednesday, Jan. 4 through Sunday, Jan. 8.

Teams were divided by age group, and a champion was declared in each category. The winners were as follows: 10 and Under Girls, the Cancer Killers; 10 and Under Boys, the Cure; 13 and Under Girls, the Transformers; 13 and Under Boys, the Wellington Rage; 18 and Under Girls, the 12-

Hart Collier of the Moose Knuckles takes the ball across the field.

Pack; 18 and Under Boys, Breast Friends; 18 and Over Women, the Wolverines; 18 and Over Men, the Moose Knuckles; 30 and Over Women, Save the Ta-tas; and 30 and Over Men, One More Time. For more information about the tournament, visit its web site at www.flagsforthecure.com.

Danielle Medellin of the Wolverines runs down the field.

Mary Angelini runs in a touchdown for the Blue Wave. PHOTOS BY LAUREN MIRÓ/TOWN-CRIER


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WHS Boys Soccer Team Takes Second In Palm Beach Classic By Gene Nardi Town-Crier Staff Report Wellington High School hosted the 2012 Palm Beach Classic Soccer Tournament last weekend and lost 3-0 to tough American Heritage Delray. The two teams faced off Saturday, Jan. 7 in a finals match to determine the tournament champion in their bracket. The contest started fairly even, with each team feeling the other out

and struggling to maintain possession. Heritage began to settle and edge the Wolverines in possession. Once the Stallions got into gear, they pressured the Wolverine defense, forcing Wellington keeper Dillon Gilliano to make several acrobatic saves. Wellington, missing three of their starters and having no substitutions, battled back with spurts of offense but could not capitalize. Heritage went into the half with a 1-0 lead. The Stallions returned to

the field with a quick one-and-twotouch style of play that frustrated the Wellington defense. Again, the Wolverines would battle, putting together segments of solid offensive play, but would turn over the ball or not find the back of the net when they did manage a shot on goal. Heritage would add two more late goals to win the Palm Beach Classic Championship 3-0. Wellington earned second place in the tournament. Wellington midfielder Daniel Rubio battles for the ball against Troy Manheimer of American Heritage.

Wellington goalkeeper Dillon Gilliano punches the ball away from Stallion forward Rashad Christie. PHOTOS BY GENE NARDI/TOWN-CRIER

Wellington’s Alex Fuentes challenges Heritage midfielder Brian James for a high ball.

Wellington midfielder Mike McMahon has possession but is fouled by American Heritage’s Sebastian Elney.

This Week at The Four Arts Exhibit on Display All Season Florida’s Wetlands • No Charge • (561) 655-7226 Ongoing until Monday, January 30 Yogalates • Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 9 a.m. $15 per session • (561) 805-8562 Monday, January 16 at 2:30 p.m. Classes Begin:“French/English Discussion Group” with Yvonne Campbell $150 for eight sessions • (561) 805-8562 Monday, January 16 at 10:30 a.m. (Preschool); 2:30 p.m. (Family) Children’s Library Story Time: Frozen Pond Day No charge • (561) 655-2776 Wednesday, January 18 at 2:30 p.m. Lecture:“Glamour Icons - Perfume Bottle Design” with Marc Rosen No charge • (561) 805-8562 Thursday, January 19 at 2:30 p.m. Lecture:“Changing Shoes: One Woman's Search for the Meaning of Life at the Bottom of Her Closet” with Tina Sloan $20 • (561) 805-8562 • Bring gently worn shoes for Soles4Souls and receive a $20 Gift Certificate from The Gardens Mall!

Thursday, January 19 at 10:30 a.m. (Preschool); 2:30 p.m. (Family) Children’s Library Story Time:Winnie the Pooh No charge • (561) 655-2776 Friday, January 20 at 1:30 p.m. Demonstration: “A Look at Egg Tempera Painting and Gilding” with Suzanne Scherer and Pavel Ouporov • $20 • (561) 805-8562 Friday, January 20 at 2:30, 5:15 and 8 p.m. Film:“As It Is in Heaven” $5 • Tickets sold at the door. Saturday, January 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The King Library Book Sale • Support the King Library renovation project! (561) 655-2766 or kinglibrary@fourarts.org Saturday, January 21 at 1 p.m. The Met Opera, Live in HD:The Enchanted Island $25 • Students $15 • (561) 655-7226 Sunday, January 22 at 2:30 p.m. Film:“The Cove” Featuring a special guest commentary from environmental activist Richard O’Barry. No charge for admission.

FOUR ARTS. FOR EVERYONE.

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SPORTS & RECREATION Gridiron Alumni Looking For Area Football Players

Five Tips For Finding The Right Fitness Camp

Dust off your old cleats! Alumni football is coming to Wellington. Gridiron Alumni is planning several full-contact alumni football games. Gridiron Alumni travels the nation pitting old football rivals against each other one more time. Players are needed to sign up, and the first 40 players on each team get to play. The team that gets 30 people registered first gets home field advantage. Last year, hundreds of players and thousands of fans swarmed stadiums to watch their hometown heroes strap it on one more time. This year, Gridiron Alumni would like to bring alumni football to the State of Florida. Teams from Wellington High School, Palm Beach Central High School, John I. Leonard High School, Palm Beach Lakes High School, Summit Christian School and other area teams are forming now. Games are scheduled for March and April, but spots and game dates fill up fast. If you or someone you know is interested in putting on the pads one more time, visit www.gridironalumni. com to register. If you have any questions, call Chris at (530) 410-6396 or visit the Gridiron Alumni web site.

You made a resolution to get in shape this year and are now looking for a boot camp that will help you achieve your fitness goals. Congratulations, you are on the right track. “Boot camps will continue to be among the most popular fitness trends in 2012, as they have been for the past several years,” said Maribel Bleeker, owner of North Palm Beach Adventure Boot Camp for Women. “There’s a good reason for that: these camps are highly effective in achieving considerable weight loss and fat reduction, while whipping not-so-perfect bodies into great shape.” But there are even more benefits to joining a boot camp, Bleeker noted: fun, varied activities performed in a spirit of teamwork and group support. However, before you commit to an exercise program, make sure you choose a boot camp that will meet all your expectations and requirements. Bleeker recommends that you pay attention to these five points, which are indicative of the camp’s quality: Is the instructor certified and knowledgeable about physical and

mental health, nutrition and motivational training? You want to make sure he or she will expertly guide you toward your goals. Are the workouts diverse or is it the same routine all the time? If there is no variety, you might not be challenged enough to realize the fitness goals you set for yourself, or stay motivated long enough to achieve those results. Does the program include exercises designed to reduce body fat, firm up buttocks and thighs, flatten your stomach, strengthen your muscles and increase your energy level, flexibility and agility? A good boot camp offers training that encompasses all these workouts. Does the camp cater to people of all ages, body shapes and fitness levels? You want to feel comfortable and “fit in” while you exercise and enjoy your workout. Does the camp have scores of satisfied clients — past or current — who can vouch about its effectiveness? Are any of these people repeat customers? Check out the camp’s web site for client testimonials. For additional information about the North Palm Beach Adventure Boot Camp for Women, including a schedule, visit the camp’s web site at www.npbbootcamp.com, or contact Bleeker at maribel@npb bootcamp.com or (561) 315-1239.

The Diamond Divas won first place in the 8-U division.

AAL Youth Softball Season A Success The Acreage Athletic League Youth recreational softball teams recently completed a successful fall season. All teams took part in interleague playoffs with Royal Palm Beach Dec. 10-11. In the 8-U division, the Acreage Diamond Divas took home first place after a long day of winning four consecutive games on Sunday, Dec. 11. The 8-U Acreage Tigers came home with a strong third-place

finish. The 10-U Acreage Blue Dragons team came home with a thirdplace win, and the 10-U Acreage Sidewinders came home with a fourth-place win. The AAL youth recreational softball league is accepting registrations for its spring season Saturday mornings in January from 10 a.m. to noon at Acreage Community Park. For more information, visit www.aalgirls softball.com.


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Saturday, Jan. 14 • The centennial edition of the South Florida Fair continues until Jan. 29 at the South Florida Fairgrounds. For more info., visit www.southfloridafair.com or call (561) 7930333. • The Abi Kattel Memorial Foundation will host its 5K Run/Walk for Education on Saturday, Jan. 14 at Okeeheelee Park’s Micanopy Pavilion. The run starts at 8 a.m.; preregistered participants are requested to be there before 7:30 a.m. Event-day registration will begin at 6:30 a.m. Register online at www.active.com or download a form from www.abikattelfoundation.org. Contact B.J. Kattel at (561) 358-6549 or bijkat@gmail. com for more info. • Visit the Wellington Green Market on Saturday, Jan. 14 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. • The Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association will conduct trail maintenance in the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 8 a.m. Call Bea Rogers at (561) 968-4864 for more info. • The Loxahatchee Groves Town Council and Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District Board of Supervisors will hold a joint meeting Saturday, Jan. 14 from 9 a.m. to noon at Loxahatchee Groves Elementary School (16020 Okeechobee Blvd.). For more info., call (561) 793-2418 or visit www. loxahatcheegroves.org. • Registration for the spring season of the Acreage Athletic League’s Recreational Softball Program will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays, Jan. 14, 21 and 28 at Acreage Community Park. Visit www.aalgirls softball.com for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will feature “Cotton Swab Art” for ages 3 to 5 on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 3:30 p.m. Smocks will be provided, but dress to get messy. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a Classic Car Show on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 5 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. Sunday, Jan. 15 • Temple Beth Tikvah (4550 Jog Road, Greenacres), along with Taster Guild International and Royalty Wines, will hold a kosher wine tasting with plentiful hors d’oeuvres catered by Diamond Caterers on Sunday, Jan.

15 at 6 p.m. The cost is $35 per person. Call (561) 967-3600 for more info. Monday, Jan. 16 • Caribbean-Americans for Community Involvement (CAFCI) and the Village of Royal Palm Beach will present the 10th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Monday, Jan. 16 at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center (151 Civic Center Way, Royal Palm Beach). The theme is “Living the Legacy.” The program will feature a variety of local artists. A continental breakfast will be served at 9 a.m. The program will start at 10 a.m. The event is free and open to the public. For more info., contact Elet Cyris at (561) 791-9087 or CAFCI at (561) 790-4002. Tuesday, Jan. 17 • The Palm Beach County Commission will hold a workshop Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 9:30 a.m. at the government center’s Jane M. Thompson Memorial Chambers (301 N. Olive Ave., sixth floor, West Palm Beach). For more info., visit www.pbcgov.com. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will feature “Novel Destinations: Book Discussion Series” for adults on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 2 p.m. Barbara Harnick will lead a discussion of Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow. Call (561) 790-6030 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Sign and Tell” for ages 5 to 8 on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 3 p.m. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature “Sensation Series: The House of Night” for ages 12-17 on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 5:30 p.m. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Loxahatchee Groves Town Council will meet Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District office (101 West D Road). For more info., call (561) 793-2418 or visit www. loxahatcheegroves.org. Wednesday, Jan. 18 • The Palms West Community Foundation will present its Women in Business Series at noon Wednesday, Jan. 18 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (3401 Equestrian Club Road, Wellington). Katherine Bellissimo will share her experiences in the equestrian world. The cost is $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers. Call (561) 790-6200 or e-mail foundation@palmswest.com for reservations. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern See CALENDAR, page x41


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ty of Hope Church will offer a free 13-week GriefShare series on Thursdays at 7 p.m. at a home in Madison Green. To register, call (561) 753-8883 or e-mail info@gocoh.com. Friday, Jan. 20 • Binks Forest Golf Club will host the inaugural Celebration Team Golf Championship from Friday through Sunday, Jan. 20-22. The event is a two-person, combined score golf tournament, conducted over two days on two courses in two countries for the price of $399 per person. The event begins with a morning round of golf at Binks Forest on Friday, Jan. 20. Following golf, players will travel to the Port of Palm Beach and board the Celebration Cruise Line and sail to the Bahamas, where the players tee-off the morning of Saturday, Jan. 21. For more info., contact Bob Still at (561) 670-8489 or bstill@binksforest gc.com. • Whole Foods Market (2635 State Road 7, Wellington) will host “Mom’s Morning Escape & Goddard School Arts & Crafts Corner” on Friday, Jan. 20 from 9 to 11 a.m. Moms will receive a free mini-massage, coffee or tea, and a muffin from the coffee bar, while children of all ages can participate in the ar ts & crafts corner. There is no charge. Call (561) 904-4000 to pre-register. • A free “Swingin’ Boomer Expo” will be held Friday, Jan. 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood. Enjoy exhibits on finance, travel, health and fitness, home care and retirement, technology and more. Parking and admission are free. For event info., call (561) 736-8000. • JustWorld International’s ninth annual fundraiser will be held Friday, Jan. 20 at Maria Newman’s Belle Herbe Farm in Wellington’s Grand Prix Village. For tickets, call (561) 333-9391 or e-mail jwinfo@just worldinternational.org. Learn more about JustWorld International at www.justworld international.org. • The Wellington Chamber of Commerce, the Village of Wellington and the South Florida Science Museum will host “Dark Sky 2012” on Friday, Jan. 20 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at Wellington Village Park (11700 Pierson Road, Wellington). Tickets cost $10 at the door and $5 online. For more info., call (561) 792-6525 or visit www.wellington chamber.com. Send calendar items to: The Town-Crier, 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 31, Wellington, FL 33414. FAX: (561) 793-6090. Email: news@gotowncrier.com.

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Legal Notice No. 552 Notice Under Fictitious Name Florida Statute 865.09 Public notice is hereby given that the undersigned desires to engage in business under the fictitious name of: THE ORIGINAL AIR DOCTOR

Located at: 17579 48th CT. N. LOXAHATCHEE, FL 33470 County of Palm Beach, Florida and intends to register said name with the Division of Corporations State of Florida,forthwith

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WE BUY YOUR OLD & BROKEN GOLD — diamond, & silver jewelry, coins, silverware, flat-ware, etc. Wellington Green Mall. CR Jewelers (outside Aeropost ale) 561-271-4622

CNA — Mature,experienced in all area’s. I speak English only. No Live In. Seeks Part-Time/FullTime work. Call 561-632-0464

HUNTINGTON LEARNING CENTER — in Wellington needs EXAM PREP COORDINATOR Bachelors Degree- Demonstrate Solid Performance on SAT and ACT (either verbal or math sections) Available to work evenings and Saturdays. Also needed: EXAM PREP TUTORS Now Hiring SAT/ACT Preparation T utors. Must have a 4 year degree preferably in Mathmetics or English. Be available to tutor on Saturdays. Please e-mail resume to:marlenegiraud@hlcwellington.com VOLUNTEERS NEEDED — 14 years and over for community service. Have fun with animals & kids 792-2666 WELLINGTON CAB HIRING — parttime dispatcher. Dispatcher experience, computer literate, telephone etiquette. Pro-active self starter individual looking for career. Some days - mostly nights & weekends. 561-333-0181 ENTRY LEVEL RECEPTIONIST — Computer literate. Heavy phones & filing. Fax resume 561-333-2680

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HOUSE FOR SALE — 3 bedroom/ 2 bath home, 10.5 plus acres, also approved to be sub-divided into 4 parcels. Horse Lover ’s Dream. Wellington Little Ranches. 12033 Acme Road Just Reduced Please call Julie Poof, 561-222-0601or rent $3500/monthly SPACIOUS FAMILY HOME 4/3/3 — on paved road, 2,502 sq. ft. under air. Fenced & landscaped. Not short sale or foreclosure. Check out postlets.com/repb/6762966.Call 790-5365 or 779-2743 $246K

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REAL ESTATE FOR RENT — Efficiency, fully furnished, full kitchen & bath,TV, cable, Washer/Dryer, all utilities included. One person, No Pets, No Smokers. Short Term Lease $800 Per Month. 1st & Security call 561-790-0857 or 561632-0464

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MOBILE-TEC ON-SITE COMPUTER SERVICE — The computer experts that come to you! Hardware/ Software setup, support & troubleshooting w w w.mobiletec.ne t. 561-248-2611 D.J. COMPUTER — Home & office, Spyware removal, websites, networks, repairs, upgrades, virus removal, tutoring. Call Jeff 561-3331923 Cell 561-252-1186 Lic’d Well. & Palm Beach. We accept major credit cards.

DRIVEWAYS — Free estimates. A & M ASPHALT SEAL COATING commercial and residential. Patching potholes, striping, repair existing asphalt & save money all work guaranteed. Lic.& Ins. 100045062 561-667-7716

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THE MASTER HANDYMAN — All Types of Home Repairs & Improvements. No job too big or small done right the first time every time 40 yrs of satisfied customers. See me on Angies List. Tom (561) 801-2010 or (954) 444-3178 Serving Palm Beach and Broward Counties. BILLY’S HOME REPAIRS INC. REMODEL & REPAIRS — Interior Trim, crown molding, rottenwood repair, door inst allation, minor drywall,kitchens/cabinets / countertops, wood flooring. Bonded and Insured U#19699. Call 7919900 or 628-9215 PLACE YOUR PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AD HERE! CALL THE TOWN-CRIER CLASSIFIEDS TODAY AT 561-793-7606

ANMAR CO.—James’ All Around Handyman Service. Excellent craftman Old time values. Once you’ve had me! You’ll have me back! Lic. Ins. Certified Residential Contractor CRC 1327426 561-248-8528

HOME INSPECTIONS — Windstorm Mitigation Inspections, Mold Inspections, Air Quality Testing. State of Florida Lic. & Ins. #HI2147 US Building Inspectors 561-7848811

HOUSECLEANING — 20 yrs experience. Excellent local references. Shopping available. 561-572-1782

HURRICANE SHUTTERS P&M CONTRACTORS — ACCORDION SHUTTERS Gutters, screen enclosures, siding, soffit s, aluminum roofs, Serving the Western Communities. Since 1985. U-17189 561-791-9777

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MOLD & MILDEW INSPECTIONS Air Quality Testing, leak detection. US building inspectors, mention this ad for discount. 561-784-8811. State of Fl. Lic. & Ins. #MRSA1796

RJA PAINTING & DECORATING, INC. — Interior Exterior, Faux Finish, Residential,Commercial.Lic. #U17536 Rocky Armento, Jr. 561793-5455 561-662-7102 J&B PRESSURE CLEANING & PAINTING, INC. — Est ablished 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 COLORS BY CORO, INC. — Int./ Ext. residential painting, over 20 yrs exp. Small Jobs welcome. Free est. Ins. 561-383-8666. Owner/Operated. Lic.# U20627 Ins. Wellington Resident \ JEREMY JAMES PLUMBING — Licensed plumber, legitimate estimate. Water heaters, new construction. CFC1426242. Bonded Insured. CFC1426242. 561-601-6458

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 at 309-6975 or visit us at www.jbpressurecleaningandpainting.com

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ROOFING REPAIRS REROOFING ALL TYPES — Pinewood Construction, Inc. Honest and reliable. Serving Palm Beach County for over 20 years. Call Mike 561-3090134 Lic. Ins. Bonded. CGC023773 RC-0067207 ROBERT CHERRY ROOFING INC Reroofing - Repair - Waterproofing 561-791-2612 or 954-741-4580 State Lic.& Ins. #CCC-1326048 JOHN C. BEALE BUILDING & ROOFING — Additions, remodeling, roof repairs & replacements, screened porches. Licensed & Insured. Call for Free Estimates. 561798-6448 ccc1326383 ccc1250306

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