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Volume 40, Number 1 January 4 - January 10, 2019

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Memorial Service On Jan. 10 Will Honor Slain PBSO K9 Cigo

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is not alone in mourning K9 Cigo, the first ever K9 officer killed in the line of duty in Palm Beach County. Inviting the community to help honor the fallen K9, a public memorial service for Cigo will take place on Thursday, Jan. 10 at the Coral Sky Amphitheater at the South Florida Fairgrounds. Page 3

The 2019 high-goal polo season’s opening day at the International Polo Club Palm Beach got off to an exciting start on Sunday, Dec. 30 with Dutta Corp claiming an 11-10 victory over Patagones in the Herbie Pennell Cup final. From ice cream and champagne during the half-time divot stomp to amazing sports cars, the event was a day for all ages to enjoy. Shown above, Christine Wheeler, Johanna Klausen, Mary Bryant McCourt, Lucine Dadrian and Helene Siegel enjoy tailgating. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 10 PHOTO BY CALLIE SHARKEY/TOWN-CRIER

Royal Palm Will Begin Planning Several New Projects In 2019

Historical Society Welcomes The New Year At Wellington National

The Wellington Historical Society celebrated the start of 2019 with its inaugural New Year’s Eve Bash on Monday, Dec. 31 at the Wellington National Golf Club. The evening featured a gourmet dinner and dancing, raising money for the new Wellington Historical Society. Page 7

Sem Ridge Basketball Girls Win Rising Stars Holiday Tournament

On Thursday, Dec. 27 and Friday, Dec. 28, the Seminole Ridge High School girls basketball team competed in the Rising Stars Athletics Holiday Tournament and made school history by winning the championship 61-38 against Palm Beach Central High School. Sixteen teams competed in two divisions. Page 19 DEPARTMENT INDEX NEWS...............................3 - 18 NEWS BRIEFS......................... 7 PEOPLE................................... 8 SCHOOLS................................ 9 BUSINESS............................. 15 COLUMNS............................. 16 CALENDAR............................ 18 SPORTS......................... 19 - 20 CLASSIFIEDS................ 21 - 22 Visit Us On The Web At WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM

By M. Dennis Taylor Town-Crier Staff Report With several existing projects just finished or nearing completion, Royal Palm Beach residents can expect several new improvements in the planning and development stages during 2019, village officials told the Town-Crier this week. While the newly renovated and expanded Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center has just opened, Village Manager Ray Liggins is already looking forward to the community’s next major upgrades. “The two new things that are going to have an impact on residents in the village for years into the future are the plans for the remodel and expansion of the recreation center and potentially village hall,” Liggins said. These projects will be a major point of discussion for the Royal Palm Beach Village Council this year.

“The architect is putting together some ideas, adding more space for offices and rental space, showing where we can expand,” Liggins added. “These will be presented to the council at a planning session in April. Following that, based on estimates and budget, we’ll go down the path of having some public input meetings on it.” Mayor Fred Pinto agreed that these major initiatives will be discussed and decided over the coming year, hopefully with plenty of public input. He said that he is looking forward to discussing the future of the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center in April. These large projects are just in the beginning stages. “There’s no money in the budget for it yet,” Liggins stressed. “What’s new is the concept of adding to and remodeling both facilities. They are very significant

projects… Money-wise, these are probably our two biggest projects going forward, and the planning starts this year.” Liggins also noted that the village has a continuing goal of keeping services up and taxes down. “We have our goal to balance the budget with no tax increase,” he said. In other projects, the council will be having a communication strategy meeting soon, with the village’s web site and electronic plan review process being updated and enhanced. “Some of the other things that we put a lot of effort into and will continue to put effort into in 2019 is to work toward making our four major community events, all held at Commons Park, even better than they are,” Liggins said. These are the Seafood Fest/West Fest event held in the spring, the Fourth of July celebration, the Fall See ROYAL PALM, page 4

2019 Wellington Plans Keep Focus On Quality Of Life

By M. Dennis Taylor Town-Crier Staff Report The Village of Wellington’s goals will remain much the same in 2019 with an objective of maintaining a premium standard of living while further improving quality of life for residents. “We want to continue focusing on the day-to-day operations of the village maintenance and capital improvements, but at the same time continue to get new amenities, schedule new activities and hopefully get resident input on those types of options to keep it a great hometown,” Assistant Village Manager Jim Barnes told the Town-Crier this week. Day-to-day operations include existing resources and existing facilities that will have new features, including adding and maintaining roads and sidewalks, parks and other facilities, assessing and maintaining the existing infrastructure, and recommending a replacement process. “We are in good shape in the event of a storm event,” said Barnes, who noted that Wellington’s annual paving program goes on every year to improve the quality of roads and other basic infrastructure in the community. Those capital improvements include building new infrastructure to continue to provide efficient, quality service and meet federal standards. For example, the village is currently constructing new, modern water treatment and wastewater treatment plants concurrently. “They are $17 million each and have been in the planning for years,” Vice Mayor Michael Drahos said. “All the money is saved and accounted for in the utilities fund. It is possibly our biggest initiative for 2019.” Both are major projects, Barnes said. “We’re in the early stages of

improving the water plant, and we are in the mid-phase for the wastewater plant. In addition to the plant work on the utility side, we can do the study evaluation and analysis of the utility system water lines and sewer lines throughout the village,” Barnes explained. “We can identify areas that need replacement, going through that process of evaluating and making condition assessments of the existing lines that are in place, and based on the results of that, recommending projects for the replacement of lines.” Mayor Anne Gerwig is proud of the many activities and events done for the enjoyment of Wellington residents. “There’s going to be more of the same great hometown events,” she said. “We have the amphitheater programming that is ongoing, the lakeside events will continue, the successful Bacon & Bourbon Fest event will be returning, and several craft beer events are in the works.” Gerwig invited residents to check out the events calendar online at www.wellingtonfl.gov/ events to see the latest about what’s going on in the community. Barnes gave more specifics about upcoming local activities. “Existing events will continue, such as the schedule of concerts at the amphitheater, and we will have three or four of the family fun days in the first quarter,” he said. “There is Brewfest, a craft beer festival, in February; a four-day Pop-Up Biergarten in March; and the Bacon & Bourbon event will be held again in March as well.” Drahos believes that the social activities are an important part of the village’s lifestyle. “They really have a community feel and are one of the strengths of Wellington,” he said. One project that might come See WELLINGTON, page 4


ITID Will Direct Resources Where Most Needed In 2019

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Indian Trail Improvement District will see greater focus in 2019 on the implementation of programs that have already been put in place in recent years. Betty Argue, president of the ITID Board of Supervisors, said the district is in good shape financially, and the board will concentrate on working more efficiently. “I keep saying that we have to stay the course with our focus on the drainage infrastructure,” Argue told the Town-Crier on Wednesday. “We’re going to be stepping up our lobbying effort relating to water drainage projects and going after funding for canal restoration, as well as trying to make the district more efficient, so that all of our resources are being productive.” Argue believes that the district is well on its way toward goals that were implemented in recent years.

“I’m looking forward to the completion of Acreage Community Park and moving forward into the next phase of improvements with respect to horse trails, traffic calming and the R3 road plan,” she said. “We have a public hearing, and notifications have been sent out.” The R3 plan, which is designed to improve general purpose roads, will be discussed in a special workshop on Jan. 31. The district is also working with Santa Rosa Groves to make that rural neighborhood an activated unit, so ITID can help resolve drainage issues that arose during severe rains last spring. “We’re having another public information meeting for the residents of Santa Rosa Groves on Jan. 8 to answer any questions, because the HOA is having a vote to ask the landowners,” Argue said. “They’re asking the residents if they want to activate as

an Indian Trail unit and turn over all the easements related to the South Florida Water Management District permit to ITID.” ITID Manager Rob Robinson, who was promoted last year from director of operations and maintenance, is doing a great job learning the administrative role, Argue said, adding that he has put together a good team to focus on the priorities of the district. “He has been really good about putting together the right people to get the job done,” Argue said. “I’m really happy with that. I’m looking forward to his ability to lead the district where the board is wanting to go.” ITID is also working on increasing its water storage capacity, which will be discussed at a special workshop in January. “I really wanted to set up a workshop with the new board members to get a comprehensive presentation and See ITID, page 4

CAFCI hosted its 29th annual New Year’s Eve Gala on Monday, Dec. 31 at the newly renovated Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center with dinner and a midnight champagne toast. DJ Mighty Mike kept the party going while guests enjoyed door prizes, a 50/50 raffle and more. Shown above are Winsome GenusMartin and Junette Powell. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 5

Lox Groves Ready To Address Challenges In 2019

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Town of Loxahatchee Groves has a number of challenges in 2019, including the search for a new manager or management company, maintaining and improving infrastructure, and re-establishing a working relationship with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Town Manager Bill Underwood told the Town-Crier this week that his immediate focus is on infrastructure issues. “We’re moving forward with getting a grader,” he said. “We’ve got three good employees who are operators with the Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District. We’ve patched a lot of potholes. We’ve laid a lot of rock, and we’re

going to be putting down much more rock real soon.” Funding will be through a combination of gas tax money, district funds and the general fund, Underwood said. “We’ve completed roughly a dozen catch basins on the roads, and we’re continuing that program,” Underwood said. “Hopefully, we’ll try to get more than that done this year, so the roads drain well. We’ve done a lot of repairs to the canal banks where they’re sloughing off.” Underwood said the equipment that the town inherited from the LGWCD required a lot of repairs. “It was not working very well,” Underwood said. “If the equipment they sold was worse than the equipment we have, then I guess

it’s a good thing they sold it. It has been continual repairs.” Replacing the equipment will be slow, he said, since the town currently does not have the ability to take out loans for more than 36 months. There is also a charter question on the March referendum asking voters if they want the town to allow a loan for up to 10 years in order to provide 50-50 matching funds to residents who want their roads paved. A policy was approved for residents to apply for road improvements with a 50-50 match, but the companion referendum item failed the first time it was on the ballot, so the town is trying again. “We’ll see how that goes, and we’ll be able to do some road

repairs, assuming it passes,” Underwood said. “We’re going to try to get another tractor for mowing because we’ve had some issues with the large and smaller tractors.” Other plans include selling or trading in the long-reach excavator. “We’re going to swap that out for other equipment because it really doesn’t fit very well in Loxahatchee Groves,” he said. “Most of the berms are too narrow.” The town will continue work on its equestrian trail system, which recently opened up due to the LGWCD’s acquisition of ownership of canal easements before the district merged with the town. “We’ve opened all the gates, and one of our issues, which is

why we need a new mower, is to keep the berms mowed so they can be used,” Underwood said. “We mailed out to all of the landowners where they abut the berm advising them that they were being opened up, and if they had a concern or issue, that they should contact us. Thus far, we’ve had less than a dozen folks [respond].” The council will continue its search for a new manager or management company to run the town, which began with the hiring of an assistant manager and district engineer. “A manager search firm comes in next week,” Underwood said. “We’ll see where that goes.” Underwood said the major issue will be whether a new manager or See LOX GROVES, page 18

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Wellington Art Society’s Art Fest On The Green Returns Jan. 26-27

By Callie Sharkey Town-Crier Staff Report For the past 12 years, the Wellington Art Society has presented its Art Fest on the Green, putting new and interesting works of fine art, and the talented artists who create them, in direct contact with the public. Art Fest on the Green is a free event perfect for people of all ages. The Wellington Amphitheater will be home to the 13th annual juried fine art and fine craft show on Saturday, Jan. 26 and Sunday, Jan. 27. “Art fairs allow people to interact with the artists face to face in a beautiful setting and learn about their creative process, inspiration, techniques, mediums and accomplishments,” explained event organizer Leslie Pfeiffer, a past president and current board member of the Wellington Art Society. “These experiences add to the excitement and joy of owning artwork and having a story or two to share about the artists. Personal contact with the artists cannot be duplicated through a device in one’s hand. We want people to look up from their screens and ex-

(Clockwise from top left) Artwork by John Bowen, Tim Carter, Jean Willard and Lynn Doyal.

perience visually and emotionally the artwork and meet the creative artists.” This year, more than 50 fine artists and artisans from around the nation will participate. In addition to Florida, artists hail from every corner of the country, spanning from California and Michigan to Maine. The term “fine” when attributed to art means more than just a picture or a figurine. Visual fine art exists for aesthetic and intellectual reasons. It crosses over many different mediums, including watercolor, painting, sculpture and drawing, to name a few. “The 54 fine artists participating were selected for their creativity, mastery of technique and level of excellence,” Pfeiffer said. Jamnea Finlayson, owner of the JF Gallery in West Palm Beach, will judge the event, bringing extensive experience to the table. A curator and gallerist, Finlayson serves as a board member for West Palm Beach Art in Public Places, is secretary for the West Palm Beach Antique Row Art & Design District Association and

is vice president of the No More Starving Artists Foundation. After winner selections are finished, an awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 1 p.m. Pfeiffer and Wellington Art Society President Carolina King will present the awards. While the award ribbons are nice, Art Fest on the Green is all about the artwork. Some of the artists featured this year work in unique mediums. Tim Carter is an award-winning fine craft woodworker with 25 years of experience. His most recent works utilize both exotic and local woods enhanced with semi-precious stones. “The natural grain of the wood tells a story about the tree’s original structure,” Carter explained. “The unique properties of all types of wood intrigue me, and the more I learn, the more intrigued I become.” Jean Willard, another awardwinning artist, is a fine art sculptor with a passion for horses and equine-inspired pieces. Her bronze pieces and commissioned sculptures are in private collections

and also exhibited throughout the region. Watercolorist John Bowen describes his work as “realistic expressionism” and is showcasing pieces that depict the Florida lifestyle. With more than 45 years of experience, Bowen is intrigued by history and regularly donates his work to locations dedicated to preserving history, such as the Bonnet House, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens and the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society. Mixed media artist Lynn Doyal uses techniques ranging from beading and hand stitching to sequins and paint. She strives to connect with audiences. “The challenge of making work that is fun, regularly engaging and provides the breath in the course of a person’s day means a great deal to me,” Doyal said. “The intricate detail of my mixed media pieces become a surrealistic and surprisingly fun encounter for the viewer, an encounter that remains captivating.” In addition to fine art, the team at the Art Cellar in Wellington has See ART FEST, page 18

Memorial Service On Jan. 10 Will Honor Slain PBSO K9 Cigo

By Callie Sharkey Town-Crier Staff Report The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is not alone in mourning K9 Cigo, the first ever K9 officer killed in the line of duty in Palm Beach County. Inviting the community to help honor the fallen K9, a public memorial service for Cigo will take place on Thursday, Jan. 10 at the Coral Sky

Amphitheater at the South Florida Fairgrounds. The three-year-old dog was fatally shot while in pursuit of a suspect wanted for attempted firstdegree murder and robbery with a firearm. The incident happened Christmas Eve in the parking lot of the Mall at Wellington Green. On Dec. 24, the PBSO’s Tactical Unit received information on

A makeshift memorial to Cigo has grown in the parking lot of the Mall at Wellington Green near where he was shot.

the location of two suspects with active warrants related to crimes involving firearms. The team quickly organized a plan to apprehend the subjects in the mall’s parking lot before they could reach their vehicle and flee. One suspect, Justin Vazquez, 19, complied with the arresting officers, but suspect Giovany Ramos Alvarez, 28, began running. Cigo was deployed and in pursuit when Alvarez began firing. Cigo was shot, and deputies returned fire, striking the suspect. Alvarez was transported to the hospital in serious condition, while Cigo was rushed to an animal hospital where the dog later died of his injuries. No mall patrons were injured in the incident. While Cigo was a young dog, he and his handler were not new to the job. “Cigo and his handler were a working team for just one year,” said Teri Barbera, the PBSO’s media relations director. “Prior to working full time on the street, the handler and Cigo went through

roughly 800 hours of training.” News of Cigo’s death led to an outpouring of community support and hundreds of condolences on social media outlets. There is now a temporary memorial in the parking lot of the mall near where the incident took place. The small memorial area is bracketed by PBSO vehicles and a white picket fence in the parking area near JCPenney and Ashley Furniture, just outside of the food court entrance. The community has already left numerous letters, flowers and dog-related items. For those who wish to do more, the PBSO asks that in lieu of flowers or gifts, community members make a donation to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Foundation. “The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Foundation assists the PBSO with purchasing K9s and equipment the PBSO may need that is not in our budget,” Barbera said. The nonprofit’s mission to help enhance public safety, assist deputies in need and help underprivi-

leged children provides a means for tax-exempt donations to support the PBSO. For more information on the PBCSF, or to sponsor the training of a specific K9, visit www.pbcsf.org. The work of Cigo and other K9 deputies reaches far beyond chasing down suspects. The dogs are trained in many different tasks and must also have the correct demeanor for intense situations. “K9 Cigo and his handler assisted with protecting our president,” Barbera noted. The PBSO K9 unit is also available to conduct demonstrations for schools or special events. “During the demos, our K9 handler explains how the K9 works, whether it be to track a bad person, sniff narcotics or bombs, protect our airport, protect our courthouse, protect our waterways and search for missing persons,” Barbera said. The official memorial service to honor Cigo is scheduled to take place on Thursday, Jan. 10 at the Coral Sky Amphitheater, located

Cigo was the first PBSO K9 killed in the line of duty. at 601 Sansbury’s Way adjacent to the South Florida Fairgrounds. No pets are allowed at the service, which begins at 10 a.m. and is expected to last about an hour. For more information, visit www.pbso.org or the PBSO Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ palmbeachcountysheriff.

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Shooting Range Set To Come Online Soon North Of The Acreage

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report One of the state’s largest shooting ranges is scheduled to come online by late spring with the completion of the Palm Beach County Sports Park north of The Acreage. The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission broke ground for the long-planned shooting range in September 2016 after working out a land trade for the 150-acre parcel between Palm Beach County and the South Florida Water Management District. The shooting range will be similar to others throughout the state, and it will be the only public shooting range in the county, although there is a shooting range near 20-Mile Bend operated by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office that is open to the public periodically. The park will be one of the largest ranges in the state, with five rifle and handgun ranges, five Olympic trap fields, six American trap fields, nine skeet fields and a 14-station sporting clays course. Construction on the restrooms, administrative building and supporting structures is underway. As soon as permitting is obtained, bid


Focus On Quality Of Life

continued from page 1 more into focus this year are possible improvements to the Town Center area near Lake Wellington. “One project that has been getting a lot of interest both from the residents, as well as the council, has been the proposed Town Center projects that involve consideration of options and an expansion of green space to make it a more popular gathering place along Lake Wellington, maximizing the use and complementing the amphitheater and other amenities,” Barnes said. The village began gathering public input on the project last

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continued from page 1 Fest in October and the Winterfest holiday event in December. “We are always looking to make those events significant and appealing to our residents,” Liggins said. Pinto said that the village will be “tweaking” the events to further improve them and make them even more successful. “Winterfest was really success-


Focus On Drainage And Roads

continued from page 1 understanding of water issues,” Argue said. Argue said the board has given direction on cleaning up horse trails, which have become a dumping ground. “I also think that one of the things that came out of that was that there is a connectivity issue, and equestrians are concerned about the safety level because of connectivity, because of increasing traffic and because of increasing lack of respect for equestrians,” Argue said. The ITID board has indicated it wants to improve the trails and has taken steps to improve signage and clean them up. “I think we need to do additional signage over and above replacing what we already had,” Argue said. “There were some ideas thrown out at the workshop in terms of educating the community. The board needs to give direction on that because it will become a budget item. I want to keep that moving. Sometimes it just takes putting one foot in front of the other.” Argue stressed that ITID has a

winner Leisure Construction will begin work on the trap and skeet fields and complete the 200-yard and 300-yard rifle ranges. A timeline for completing the rifle and handgun ranges will be available in May. The facility will have a six-position, 300-yard rifle range; a 20-position, 200-yard rifle range; 20-position, 100-yard rifle range; a 42-position, 25/50-meter rifle/ handgun range; a 30-position, 10-meter/50-foot handgun range; an automated 14-station sporting clays course; an automated five-stand sporting clays field; nine automated skeet fields; six automated American trap fields; and five automated international Olympic trap fields. The rifle and handgun ranges will be supervised by range safety officers and volunteers. Target frames on the rifle and handgun ranges will be provided. Shooters will need to bring their own targets to attach to the center of the frames, or they will be able to purchase targets in the concession store. The concession store will have restrooms and drinking water, eye and ear protection, ammunition and other convenience items for

sale. Rental shotguns and clay carts will be available for the sporting clays course. Phase I construction was completed in June 2017, with site work on the west side of the complex, including the rifle and handgun ranges. The shooting lines and safety baffling were completed for the 30-position, 10-meter/50-foot handgun range; the 42-position, 25/50-meter handgun range; and the 20 position, 100-yard rifle range. Phase II construction was awarded to MJC Construction of Royal Palm Beach, which consisted of clearing the remaining 150acre site, completing stormwater retention controls, and installing the remaining roads, parking, sporting clays course and major utilities. “As soon as the supporting structures are built, we should be able to open the handgun and rifle ranges,” FWC Construction Manager Dean Stoddard said Site work also was completed for the 200-yard and 300-yard rifle ranges. The shooting lines and safety baffling for these ranges is budgeted for completion later. The project is supported with funding from the Wildlife Resto-

ration Program. Additional support and funding is being provided by Palm Beach County, the National Rifle Association, the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida and the South Florida Water Management District. The facility is located at the north end of Seminole Pratt Whit-

ney Road, near the entrance to the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area and the Everglades Youth Conservation Center Camp. According the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, recreational shooting is big business in Florida, where 32.5 percent of all Floridians own a

firearm. More than 1.5 million Floridians have a concealed carry permit and nearly 900,000 Floridians participate in recreational target shooting. The state’s sporting arms and ammunition industry supports 14,850 jobs and generates $695 million in wages and $2.4 billion in total annual output.

month, with another public input session scheduled for later this month. Drahos said the Town Center development has been in planning stages for 10 years. “It will be the featured center for the community,” he said. “The next meeting will be Jan. 30, where we will be looking to continue getting input from residents on what they like and don’t like. We’re getting as much input as possible, and we are going to great lengths to be involved in the dialogue with the residents. We had well over 100 residents at the last one, and we hope to have that good of a turnout at the next one. We’re doing everything we can to ensure that everyone can feel they are part of the process.” Gerwig has been critical of some of the project’s possible changes, such as moving or eliminating the Lake Wellington Professional

Center. She was also frustrated by the format of the December input meeting and hopes to see the format changed. “People seem frustrated by that one, so we’ll see where that goes,” Gerwig said. “There has been disagreement about what we should do with that site amongst the council. Now with public input, we should get some great ideas.” Citing a proposed event parking garage that might be of commercial interest to the businesses nearby, Gerwig said that a public-private partnership would be appropriate for funding, and she plans to bring that up for discussion. “If a business around there sees a benefit in a parking garage, they should be willing to invest in that,” she said. “So far, I haven’t heard of any private investment that’s interested in that.” Moving away from Town Cen-

ter, Drahos said that residents can expect continued upgrades of park properties around the village. “Wellington prides itself on having the very best parks and rec programs for residents,” he said, noting that $11 million has been earmarked to rehab multiuse fields and parks. “This is just another step in Wellington’s commitment in that regard.” Much of the funding comes from the county’s one-cent sales surtax approved by voters in 2016, Drahos noted. Upcoming improvements to parks include observation decks being added at Dorchester Park and Essex Park, replacing the surfacing at several parks, adding to the pathways at the Wellington Dog Park and a number of other projects. “That’s a major commitment this year to our parks department,

and we’re very proud of that as a council,” Drahos said. “This current council is in its third year, and we are just getting our stride.” Despite a few differences, Gerwig is pleased with how the current council works cohesively for the betterment of Wellington. “I just want to say what a pleasure it is to serve in Wellington,” she said. “It’s an amazing place to live. My perfect week is one where I never have to leave our borders. I don’t have to fight traffic to go downtown. There is a quality of life that’s added by not having a commute, and it is a huge benefit to me personally.” Gerwig added that the residents are really what make Wellington so special. “People are so kind in Wellington,” she said. “They thank you for your service, even if they disagree on one point or another.

It’s really a great place to serve, and I know the entire council feels that way.” Barnes said that he is ready to get another banner year underway in Wellington. “We are anxious to get the year kicked off and continue with the day-to-day operations, as well as new activities that are planned to make Wellington a great hometown,” he said. Upcoming events include: Lakeside Family Fun Days on Jan. 17 from 4:30 to 7 p.m., Feb. 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 11 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. and May 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; the Wellington Classic Brewfest will be held Feb. 16 from 3 to 7 p.m.; the Pop-Up Biergarten is planned for March 7, 8, 9 and 10; and the Wellington Bacon & Bourbon Fest will return March 22-23. Visit www.wellingtonfl. gov/events to learn more.

ful,” he noted. “It was one of the best turnouts ever.” In terms of services available to residents, Pinto said that he is looking forward to the village’s first assisted living memory care facility, now undergoing construction, to come online this year. On the more mundane side of things, the village will continue working on much-needed road improvements, with road resurfacing work planned north of Okeechobee Blvd. Pinto said that the recent Crestwood work had been completed, and that he thinks the residents are satisfied with the road. “It wasn’t fun while it was happening, but

they are happy with it now,” he said. Liggins added that the work is finishing up on phase two of the village’s RV parking lot off of Lamstein Lane. “It is adding 150 spaces,” he said. Modifying the banquet room at the Commons Park Sporting Center with some permanent glass windows to replace the roll up plastic windows is a project that will be completed this year. “The windows that we currently have will be replaced,” Liggins said. “The floor space is not changing, but [the permanent windows] makes it a more convenient space to use and gives a little bit more

flexibility and ability to use the space in the afternoon and in the summer, which was challenging in the past.” Several projects on the horizon are outside of village control, such as the Tuttle Royale project along the south side of Southern Blvd. “There will be changes people will see on Southern,” Liggins said. “The large [multi-use] project behind Lowe’s and Southern Blvd. has phase one approved.” The second phase has had a first reading, but before the second reading, the developer must secure approval from the state. “Phase two will be coming to the council sometime in the near future,”

Liggins said. “What that will look like will be determined in 2019.” Another potential issue is the future of the Village Golf Club, where a developer has proposed homes on part of the golf course. “It is not owned by the village, that’s just the name of it,” Liggins said. “The owners of that property have been talking with some builders about doing something different there. Potential purchasers have met with property owners, and they started the public conversations, but it hasn’t been put in our hands yet. However, that may come to us in 2019. That’ll be something that residents want to pay attention to. If the prop-

erty owners continue with that initiative, there may be a major conversation on that.” Pinto stressed that no changes have been approved to the golf course. “The golf course proposal is something that will be discussed if it comes before the council, but nothing is official at this point,” he said. Both the mayor and the village manager encouraged resident feedback on all upcoming plans. “The sooner people start thinking about [these planned projects] and participating in the public meetings where we gather input, the better our village will be,” Liggins said.

healthy budget and can support additional plans in 2019. “We have very healthy reserves,” she said. “I’m not concerned about our budget at all. What I’m concerned about is operating more effectively and efficiently, making the best use of all the resources that we have so that we can increase our focus on infrastructure.” Argue noted that recent board discussions about the newly created culvert crew revealed that the crew is doing well, but there may be enough demand that a second crew is necessary. “Even with doing it in-house with the crew that we have, and they’re really banging them out, and they will become more efficient as they go, we have an incredible amount of infrastructure that needs to be replaced,” she said. Argue said that she has been encouraging the board to look closely at priorities and reallocate attention where it is most needed. “We really just need to try to accomplish replacing those culverts as quickly as possible,” she said. Culvert replacement ties into the R3 plan, which is to identify general purpose roads that everyone benefits from and find a means to improve them so that the burden is not on just the residents of those units. General purpose roads have

been identified as roads that lead to parks, schools or fire stations. R3 roads are also those that take through traffic, such as Hamlin Blvd. or Tangelo Blvd., which both run parallel to Northlake Blvd., or 110th Avenue North, which runs parallel to State Road 7. “The plan came out of trying to address some roads throughout the district that were problem issues over the past couple of years,” Argue said. “Once we go through that, it will allow us to address those problem areas and concerns for residents with respect to those roads.” Argue is also concerned about maintaining the roads paved through the R2 road plan, which brought a paved surface to within a half mile of every residence in The Acreage. “We have the R2 roads that are going to need resurfacing, and we’ve been collecting money and putting that aside,” she said. “Once we get through this R3 road plan, one of the things that we need to take a look at is the roads in the R2 road plan, and whether we need to be resurfacing them now, or if they can wait for another year or two.” Argue stressed that those roads must not be allowed to deteriorate. “If you allow the asphalt roads to deteriorate, it costs you more money because you have to start from scratch,” she explained.

The Palm Beach County Sports Park is currently under construction north of The Acreage.


Formal Wear Donations Needed For Tim Tebow Foundation Night To Shine Prom

For the fourth consecutive year, the Tim Tebow Foundation and the Through the Roof ministry for those with special needs at the United Methodist Church of the Palm Beaches will host a Night to Shine Prom on Friday, Feb. 8. More than 100 local teens and adults with special needs will attend the prom, and many are in need of formal wear for this exciting event. For some, this will be their first time ever attending a prom or other formal event. Evening wear for women, especially in larger sizes, is needed, as well as tuxedos or suitcoats and dress shirts and pants for the men. Accessories such as evening bags and dress shoes are also welcome. Donations of items in good repair are being accepted Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church of the Palm Beaches, located just off of I-95 and Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., at 900 Brandywine Road in West Palm Beach. To make other drop-off arrangements of donations, call the church at (561) 687-5411. Although no fee is charged to those attending the prom, it costs the church approximately $75

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CAFCI hosted its 29th annual New Year’s Eve Gala on Monday, Dec. 31 at the newly renovated Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center with dinner and a midnight champagne toast. DJ Mighty Mike kept the party going while guests enjoyed door prizes, a 50/50 raffle and more. For more information about CAFCI, visit www.cafcipbc.org.

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The Wellington Historical Society celebrated the start of 2019 with its inaugural New Year’s Eve Bash on Monday, Dec. 31 at the Wellington National Golf Club. The evening featured a gourmet dinner and dancing, raising money for the new Wellington Historical Society. Learn more about the organization at www.wellingtonhistoricalsociety.org.

Committee members Joan Manning, Sue Bierer, Karen Cavanagh, Maryjo Shockley and Laurie Cohen at the Wellington Historical Society display.

Kathy and Rick Amat, Karen and Bob Cavanagh, Linda and John Herring, and Patti and Dave Sansone.

Councilwoman Tanya Siskind, Stacy Somers, Mayor Anne Gerwig, and Laurie and Irwin Cohen.

Gabriel and Darlene Finocchietti with Herta and Frank Suess.

Ricardo and Maria Lima.

Marilyn and John Kapsos.

Hashath Morales and Noel Guillama.

Stan Kilbas and Rachel Bridge.

Fermin and Leidy Cardona with James Seder.

Dennis and Maureen Witkowski.

Chuck and Linda Edgar.

Eileen Holmes, Hope Barron, Victoria Calebrese, Bob Salerno, Josh Calebrese, Emma Calebrese and Samantha Mozdzierz.

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volunteers include visiting patients in their homes, nursing homes or assisted living facilities, as well as offering companionship, running errands and helping in other meaningful ways. RSVP by Monday, Jan. 14 to Patricia Powell at (561) 731-6203 or pat.powell@vitas.com. For more information about becoming a volunteer, visit www.vitas.com/ volunteer.

works from the 20th and 21st centuries, will take place in the intimate and modern setting of a 65,000-square-foot clear-span pavilion centrally located between CityPlace and the Hilton West Palm Beach. Collectors, art connoisseurs and art world luminaries alike will have the opportunity to acquire investment-quality art from more than 50 top international galleries. These premier galleries will come from as far as Japan, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Canada, The Netherlands, Portugal and Venezuela. Participating galleries have previously been featured in numerous prominent international fairs. The fair will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 11 and Saturday, Jan. 12, and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 13. A one-day pass is $25, and a multi-day pass is $55. Students and seniors are $15. The VIP preview benefit is $150. For more information, or tickets, call (800) 376-5850 or visit www. artpbfair.com.

NEWS BRIEFS Wellington Garden Club To Meet Jan. 7

The Wellington Garden Club will meet Monday, Jan. 7 in the Lakeview Room at the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). A light breakfast will begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by a business meeting at 10:30 a.m. and a program at 11:30 a.m. on “Home Irrigation and Ways to Conserve Water,” presented by Dr. Kimberly Anne Moore. Moore, a professor of environmental horticulture at the Fort Lauderdale Research Education Center, does research focused on nutritional management strategies for greenhouse crops. She is studying alternative growing substrates, like compost and the use of reclaimed water to grow containerized ornamental plants. Moore, who has been at the University of Florida since 1995, has studied the effects of saltwater intrusion on containerized plants. Guests are welcome, but seating

is limited. RSVP to Mary Drexler at mkdrexler@comcast.net or (561) 506-7404. To learn more about the Wellington Garden Club, visit www. wellingtongardenclub.org.

Trail Association To Feature Archaeologist

Sara Ayers-Rigsby, regional director for the Florida Public Archaeology Network, will speak at a meeting of the Loxahatchee chapter of the Florida Trail Association on Monday Jan. 7 at the Okeeheelee Nature Center. Members and guests can socialize with refreshments at 7 p.m. The program begins at 7:30 p.m. The topic of the talk will be the Fisheating Creek Wildlife Management Area. The event is open to the public. Call Roy Moore at (561) 307-7792 for more info. Ayers-Rigsby specializes in cultural resources management and historic preservation. Prior to beginning her director role, she spent 10 years working as an ar-

chaeologist throughout the United States, with a regional focus on the archaeology of the southeast and mid-Atlantic regions. Fisheating Creek is home to the Fort Center Archaeological Site, a series of mounds, circular ditches and constructed ponds occupied by indigenous groups prior to European contact. The site is similar to a modern city, with areas for residences and ritual use. The Jan. 7 talk will explore the fascinating history of the site, before hiking the publicly accessible parts of the site on Sunday, Jan. 27. Call Jeff Andrews at (561) 310-5960 to register for the hike.

FLARA Meeting Set For Jan. 7

The western communities chapter of the Florida Alliance for Retired Americans will meet Monday, Jan. 7 at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church (12500 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington). The business meeting begins at noon, and new members are welcome. The program, which is free

and open to the public, begins at 1 p.m. and will feature a PowerPoint presentation on the Electoral College, followed by a discussion. For more info., call Nancy Tanner at (561) 793-9677.

Vitas Hospice Volunteer Training Jan. 18

Vitas Healthcare, a leading provider of end-of-life care, is offering an orientation class for new volunteers in Palm Beach County on Friday, Jan. 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Vitas office, located at 1901 S. Congress Ave., Suite 420, Boynton Beach. Volunteers receive free and comprehensive training, where they learn hospice philosophy, caring for the terminally ill, grief and loss education, and more. A meal will be provided at the orientation. Upon completing the orientation, volunteers are given the opportunity to choose the role in which they feel comfortable and fulfilled. Roles of the hospice

Art Fair Returns To West Palm Beach Jan. 10-13

The Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary Art Fair, presented by Art Miami and sponsored by the City of West Palm Beach, will return for its third edition in West Palm Beach City’s Tent Site (825 S. Dixie Hwy. at Okeechobee Blvd.) from Thursday, Jan. 10 through Sunday, Jan 13. The fair will open on Thursday evening with an exclusive VIP preview at 5 p.m. The fair, which curates and offers the best investment-quality

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Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Kicks Off Students Of The Year Campaign


The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Palm Beach Area Chapter recently began its Students of the Year campaign, an annual seven-week, philanthropic leadership development program presented by the Wrobel Family Foundation. The local competition will provide Palm Beach County high school students with the opportunity to foster professional skills such as entrepreneurship, public speaking, volunteerism, networking, financial planning, marketing and project management, while leading multigenerational fundraising teams and bringing recognition to their schools. Funds for LLS are raised on behalf of Honored Heroes, youth who are currently battling or in remission from a blood cancer. Every dollar raised per team counts

as one “vote” for the student candidate or co-candidates. To officially launch the campaign, LLS will host a kickoff event at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at Manatee Lagoon, located at 6000 N. Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach. The title “Student(s) of the Year” will be awarded at the culminating Grand Finale Celebration to the candidate or co-candidates raising the most funds in their community during the competition. Winners will receive a scholarship to help cover finances toward attending the college or university of their choice. For additional information on this event, or the Student of the Year campaign, visit www.lls. org/palm-beach-area or call (561) 616-8682.

(Front row) Paige Neff, Sydney Fox, Katie Croom, Courtney Giang, Madison Nolan, Sophie Salvador, Elle Van Boven, Jaclyn Pacella and Lindsey Miller; and (back row) Jared Smukler, Christopher Powell, Farzaan Naeem, Rylan Gonzalez, Nathan Bush, Luke Maciak and Max Lisec. Not pictured: Rachael Bach, Sam Bussell, Luke Herman, Taylor Herman, Arianna Rodriguez and Brielle Young. PHOTO BY KARLA KORN PHOTOGRAPHY

Kattel Foundation Gives Back To Community

Each year, Wellington Regional Medical Center is excited to welcome the first baby born in the New Year. The hospital had a celebration basket ready for the first family to welcome a baby in 2019. That baby was Cara Amina Seegobin, born on Tuesday, Jan. 1 at 3:52 a.m., weighing 5 pounds, 5 ounces. Shown above is the baby girl resting with her parents.

The Wellington-based Abi Kattel Memorial Foundation served 200 lunches at St. Ann Place, a homeless center in Riviera Beach, on Dec. 19. It was the 13th year that the foundation has served food to homeless people in need. Many volunteers and sponsors supported the event. The Abi Kattel Memorial Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization. The foundation annually awards two academic scholarships to college-bound students and supports children

to send them to summer camp at the YMCA in Boynton Beach. In addition, it organizes two blood drives each year, one in West Palm Beach and one in Miami. The foundation operates on funds from donations. Annually it conducts a 5K run/walk for education. The next run/walk will be held at Okeeheelee Park on Jan. 19. For details, visit www. abikattelfoundation.org. (Right) Foundation supporters serve lunch to the homeless.


The Young Singers of the Palm Beaches hosted a cocktail party on Saturday, Dec. 8 prior to its Winter Dreams holiday concert on the main stage of the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. The concert featured 350 singers from throughout Palm Beach County, including the Choir in the Glades. The cocktail party supported the singers and programming of Young Singers of the Palm Beaches, as well as the Choir in the Glades satellite choir through designated donations. PHOTOS BY DAVID R. RANDELL PHOTOGRAPHICS

Victoria McCullough (far left) presents a check for $10,000 on behalf of the Davis Foundation, and Jennifer Black (far right) presented a check for $10,000 on behalf of U.S. Sugar to the Choir in the Glades Conductor Carol Schmidt (middle) and some of the Choir in the Glades singers.

Donors and supporters include (L-R) Gary Lesser, Alexander Dreyfoos, Ken Dwyer, Hank Gonzalez and author James Patterson.


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During the last week of school before winter break, the Equestrian Trails Elementary School Positivity Project and Running Club loaded up donations for Toys for Tots due to the generosity of the school families. (Above left) Members of the Positivity Project and the Running Club with some of the collected toys. (Above right) Coach Liza Asch, Christopher Fahnoe, Alexander Fahnoe and Sgt. Tommy Fretwell help to load a truck full of toys.

Oxbridge Investment Club Earns High Returns The Oxbridge Academy Investment Club recently tied for first place in the 2018 Anne Goss Foundation Common Sense Investment Program. The program involves high school and college students managing a virtual investment portfolio, competing to see which team can earn the highest rate of return on its investments. Student members, led by economics teacher Rob Frackelton, managed their own virtual portfolio, bought and sold stocks after proposing and analyzing companies as a group. The Oxbridge Investment Club achieved the highest portfolio return at 13.2 percent and earned

Oxbridge Academy Investment Club members with Oxbridge economics teacher and club advisor Rob Frackelton.

an additional $2,500 in capital. The club tied for first place with Indian River State College. This is the third year in a row that the Oxbridge Investment Club has presented the highest portfolio return. “I want the students to take away the importance of analytical skills and the responsibility of overseeing a portfolio,” Frackelton said. “Whether the market is up or down, the students must accept responsibility for their decisions and manage risk.” This year’s Oxbridge Investment Club has 27 members from every grade level, and the club continues to grow each year.

TKA Students Read To Help Families In Need

The King’s Academy’s upper elementary school students have partnered with Heifer International’s Read to Feed program, and the fourth graders were thrilled to surpass their first goal of 14,000 pages before Thanksgiving. They have been busy reading books toward the goal of improving the lives of families around the world. The program helps students support families in need by providing animals that produce food and fertilize crops. As a result of the fourth graders’ accomplishments, a flock of chicks has been purchased on their behalf and will be sent to a family in a country where the needs are great. The family who receives the chicks will receive caretaking

training in order to produce hundreds of eggs in the future. Having eggs will not only provide nutrition for the family, but will also assist monetarily for medicine, a more secure shelter and the ability to attend school once the eggs are sold in markets. “The Read to Feed Program is important because it will give people the food and things they need to live,” student Blake Worley said. Principal Adam Miller first introduced the idea to TKA. “I wanted our students to do something meaningful that would accomplish several objectives,” he said. “Reading is a great benefit to them as lifelong learners. Developing a reading program that helps others around the world is a great benefit

PBC School District Launches New And Improved Web Site

The School District of Palm Beach County recently launched a new and improved web site. The launch of the new district web site is the culmination of two years of communications platform upgrades for the district that includes new school web sites, a district app and a new parent portal. All web sites with the district are now mobile friendly, and parents should notice a similar design to find things easily when navigating between school and district web sites. The web site also reliably translates content to Spanish and Creole, making it easier than ever for all parents to be engaged in their child’s academic journey. The web site is interconnected with the district’s mobile app,

launched in 2017, which can be downloaded from the Apple iTunes store and Google Play store for free. Emergency alerts will now display at the top of the page, and because the sites are cloud-based, they will remain available during power outages, hurricanes or other emergencies. “The district is committed to making it as easy as possible for parents and the public to engage with our schools, and the completion of this project removes the outdated platforms that were not conducive to online engagement for district and student information,” Chief of Staff Amity Schuyler said. The web site is available at www.palmbeachschools.org.

Berean Choir Spreads Christmas Cheer At Local Retirement Community

On Dec. 4, Berean Christian School’s secondary school choir, led by Kristi Randlett, performed at the Landing of Lake Worth retirement community. The group had the privilege to perform for the Memory Care Unit as well as the Opal Residents. Th event had many benefits, including spreading Christmas joy to others while also affording the choir group the ability to connect

and serve the community through song. The students performed traditional and contemporary Christmas songs, including an original song they created themselves. Randlett is always excited to have her students showcase their hard work as they prepare and practice. To learn about this program or any other Berean program, visit www.bcsbulldogs.org.

Recording Artist MC Lars To Visit With Students At Sem Ridge High School

TKA fourth graders Edyn Infiesta, Blake Worley, Sahil Patel and Hannah Danion. for the global community.” fourth and fifth graders are reading The students have moved on boldly to provide families with a toward their second goal, while goat and a heifer.

Seminole Ridge High School will welcome international recording artist and lecturer MC Lars on Wednesday, Jan. 16 to talk to students about the connection between hip-hop music and literature, such as Edgar Allen Poe and Shakespeare. He will be doing four presentations throughout the day. MC Lars is the creator of post punk laptop rap and lit hop, which he has extended and powered

into a fusion of rap, punk, rock, ska, pop, and other genres. He combines his music with powerful and present lyrics, and packing concert venues with raps about everything from the iGeneration to Guitar Hero to Edgar Allen Poe to Game of Thrones, the Simpsons and cyberbullying. For more info., contact Dr. Eric Jourgensen at eric.jourgensen@ palmbeachschools.org or (561) 422-2600.

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The 2019 high-goal polo season’s opening day at the International Polo Club Palm Beach got off to an exciting start on Sunday, Dec. 30 with Dutta Corp claiming an 11-10 victory over Patagones in the Herbie Pennell Cup final. From ice cream and champagne during the half-time divot stomp to amazing sports cars, the event was a day for all ages to enjoy. For more information about the 2019 polo season, visit www.internationalpoloclub.com. PHOTOS BY CALLIE SHARKEY/TOWN-CRIER

Donna Pennell Schantz presents the Herbie Pennell Cup to players Timmy Dutta, Lucas Alberdi, Gringo Colombres and Kris Kampsen of Team Dutta Corp.

The Palm Beach Opera’s Emily Blair sings the national anthem.

Yvette LaMar, Tatiana Smolkina, Seth Starnes, Carolina Ohana, Charlie Ohana, Gabriel Figueroa, Kerry Figueroa and Ethan Figueroa cheer for team Dutta Corp.

Wellington seniors in the stands ready to cheer. Penny Antonini, John Antonini, Cristiano Robertson, Caryn Antonini and Nicholas Robertson enjoy the divot stomp.

Gringo Colombres (Dutta Corp) and Santiago Toccalino (Patagones) in action on the field.

Stephanie Reynoso, David Ortiz and Johna take to the field at half time.

Wynnston Filipowski plays in the kids zone. Eric Sikes, Helene Siegel and Harris S. Fried.

David Cleary and Fuji love attending polo matches.

Rod Duque and Espy Silva take a break at half time.

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Hundreds of people gathered recently at the Sears Institute for Anti-Aging to learn more about a unique stem cell treatment. The Sears Institute for AntiAging is one of the only places in the world using a special stem cell treatment called HyperStem. The treatment mixes stem cells and hy-

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More than a dozen nonprofits are being aided by the generosity of Palm Beach County Clerk & Comptroller Sharon R. Bock’s employees, who donated an impressive $50,000 to charitable causes this year. Bock presented $36,178 to six of the charities during her office’s 21st annual holiday concert held at the Palm Beach County Governmental Center on Monday, Dec. 17. Six additional nonprofits received donations from the clerk’s office earlier this year. “It is an honor to lead a team of employees who continue their commitment to building a culture of charity to give back to Palm Beach County’s neediest people,” Bock said. “My team’s endless generosity is making a difference in the lives of so many residents throughout Palm Beach County and the State of Florida.” During the holiday performance, members of the clerk’s employee choir, Circuit Sound, raised $2,800 for Amanda Silva, an 11-year-old with cerebral palsy,

a condition she has battled since birth. Her family is in need of a wheelchair-accessible van, a front-door ramp and other items for their home. Each year, the clerk’s choir performs in the governmental center atrium as government employees drop money from the six floors above to help a local family in need. Silva was nominated for the 2018 “Season to Share” campaign by Clinics Can Help, a local nonprofit that provides medical equipment and supplies to those who cannot afford them. Beginning in 1994, the clerk’s office has a deep-rooted tradition of supporting nonprofits across Palm Beach County through charitable donations and volunteer time. Clerk employees voluntarily donate money through payroll deductions as part of the office’s Dress Down Program, which allows team members to wear jeans to work on Fridays and other select days. The employee-led Charitable Giving Committee accepts nomi-

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The Future of Medicine Summit XII, presented by the Palm Beach County Medical Society, will take place Thursday, Feb. 7 and Friday, Feb. 8 at the Kravis Center’s Cohen Pavilion in West Palm Beach. The event will feature Dr. Patrice A. Harris, president-elect of the American Medical Association. Presented during the centennial year of the Palm Beach County Medical Society (PBCMS), the 12th annual Future of Medicine Summit will showcase the impact medicine has had in the last century. The program presents a unique and fresh look into the innovations and advancements in medicine, as well as the new reality of healthcare delivery. Participants can explore the social responsibilities in healthcare with a focus on responsibilities to the community. Topics including creating joy in medicine, building innovation and training the healthcare team of tomorrow will wrap up the event. Breakout sessions for each respective professional track will provide continuing education credit opportunities. Dr. Corey Lee Howard, president of the Florida Medical Association, and Dr. Marc Hirsh, president of Palm Beach County Medical Society, are also slated to present as the PBCMS launches its “Celebrating our Past… Creating our Future” centennial celebration.

Dr. Patrice Harris A wide array of additional presenters will offer a comprehensive view of where medicine has come from and where it is going. Those who stand to benefit from attending this two-day event include all those involved in healthcare from medical doctors to community leaders. Exhibiting opportunities also are available for providers and vendors. The event opens on Feb. 7 with a VIP reception, poster symposium and exhibit hall at 5 p.m., followed by a VIP dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. The all-day sessions are set for Feb. 8 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more info., contact Katherine Zuber at katherinez@pbcms. org or (561) 433-3940, ext. 102, or visit www.pbcms.org.

Glass Artists To Offer Live Demonstrations

Palm Beach County Clerk & Comptroller Sharon R. Bock with Amanda Silva and her family at the annual holiday concert. nations and employees vote on the need, received a check for $2,110. charities that receive the donations. Earlier this month, clerk employDuring the holiday concert, ees also donated holiday gift items Bock presented checks, each for to 250 children participating in the $6,814, to five local nonprofits: Back to Basics Angel Program. Meals on Wheels of the Palm Other recipients of this year’s Beaches, Little Smiles of Florida, Clerks for a Cause campaign Friends of Foster Children of include: the Jerome Golden CenPalm Beach County, Alzheimer’s ter, the Florida Disaster Fund, Care Resource and the Lord’s Gulfstream Goodwill Industries Place. Back to Basics, a Welling- Audiology Services, the American ton-based nonprofit that provides Cancer Society and the United the basic necessities for children in Way of Palm Beach County.

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Finding Good Employees For My Store Can Be A Big Challenge

The world has all kinds of people, and, man, can I find them. Or maybe they find me. I must have one of those faces that says, “Shunned by society? Give me a try!” The latest in this long string of misfits has been yet another applicant for the independent contractor role at my store. I was initially impressed. Grizelda was a college graduate, had been working at a military base and was extremely conscientious. Case in point: after I told her we may be able to use her following a 30-day probationary period, she clicked her heels together in the parking lot, then came back with a dustpan full of broken glass she’d found out there. “See how conscientious I am?” she asked. I nodded, but I had really been focusing

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“But, oh, I see you already have a lanyard around your neck.” “Oh, that’s for my little knife,” she said. “Little knife?” “You know, in case I have to perform an emergency tracheotomy.” Red Flag #1. At lunchtime, I began to secretly worry that a bit of peanut butter might go down the wrong pipe, and I’d end up with Grizelda preemptively slitting my throat. But everything else was going swimmingly, so I told myself to stop overreacting. My only real problem was that the woman seemed exceedingly nervous. I finally laughed and said, “Grizelda, you’re so nervous, you’re making me nervous!” I decided to get out of her face for a while. No one was in the store. She had a small task to do, and she could obviously use

the break. I retreated to my office. When I looked up, she had followed me in, on the verge of tears. “I’m sorry I’m nervous,” she said. “I haven’t been the same since my traumatic head injury three months ago.” Red Flag #2. Traumatic head injury? During the entire application and interview process, this little tidbit had never come up. She told me she was in town to care for her mother. I began to suspect it was the other way around. Still, conscientious. Smart. It probably wasn’t her fault she got smacked with a lead pipe. Turned out there were a few other issues. The next time I was at the counter alongside her, it was because I came running out of my office after hearing one of my best customers shout, “Before

Debbie loses a customer, can we just agree to disagree?” Sigh. In the retail world, we really try to avoid discussions about religion or politics. We try to provide a neutral environment in which people can relax, have fun and, hopefully, spend money. Things like evolution, divine creation and who should run the country are topics best discussed elsewhere, preferably after the sale is rung up and the packages are out the door. So, Red Flag #3. Call me intolerant, but three red flags are all I can handle. I mean, she had only worked 10 hours altogether. At this rate, there would be 12 red flags per 40-hour work week, and, to be honest, I was still a little creeped out by the knife. We parted ways, but she came back later and spent $88. I guess we’re good but, until I’m sure, I’m wearing a leather cravat.

Action-Packed ‘Aquaman’ Makes For A Fun Time At The Theater

We had a ball watching Aquaman. The DC Universe is not usually as much fun as Marvel, but this film, despite being a bit silly, was quite enjoyable. The plot borrowed heavily from sources as varied as King Arthur and Game of Thrones, but it held together well enough to keep the audience entertained through a very long film, almost two and a half hours long. The plot begins with a story that “can never be.” Lighthouse keeper Tom Curry (Temuera Morrison) rescues a wounded princess from Atlantis, Atlanna (Nicole Kidman). They fall in love and have a son. She is forced to return to Atlantis to marry a king, leaving only to protect the boy. He grows up and learns of his dual heritage from land and sea. He not only can survive on land but breathe and speak underwater. Grownup Arthur Curry/Aquaman (Jason

‘I’ On CULTURE By Leonard Wechsler Momoa) is first really seen rescuing Russian sailors from a pirated submarine. The lead pirate Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) not only loses the boat, but his father is injured and dies — and he swears revenge against Aquaman. Curry, back on land, is warned by Mera (Amber Heard) that he must take his rightful place as king because his younger half-brother Orm (Patrick Wilson) wants

to unite the underwater kingdoms and fight a war against the people of the land. He eventually goes to Atlantis, where he winds up fighting Orm. Despite having been secretly trained by Orm’s top advisor Vulko (Willem Dafoe) as a boy, Aquaman is defeated. Battling pirates on land and Orm underwater, Aquaman and Mera wind up in a search for a lost, powerful trident, eventually heading into a dangerous trench where his mother was lost. You can probably figure out the rest. So, the plot is corny. But the action, thanks to great direction from James Wan, seemingly never stops. He and the writers were also smart enough to have a bit of comedy here and there to cut the tension. One cute scene has a group of nasty-looking biker types coming over to Curry. It looks like a possible battle. Instead, they

just want a selfie with him. The dialogue is not memorable, but it works well enough, since pretty much every few minutes there is another great action scene. The acting is better than normal for a DC movie. Momoa is really great as a huge party animal, who seems to understand that in many ways, he is not worthy of the throne, except for the fact that he has have it to stop a war. He seems more or less indestructible, though wounded enough to seem vulnerable. He is also a great natural comedian. His timing in all of his scenes is right on the mark. He can be sentimental, fierce, caring and funny, switching between them in an instant. Heard is not nearly as good, but works well enough in her role, and she is very good in the action scenes. Dafoe is his usual extremely competent self, but so

is, surprise, Dolph Lundgren in a smaller role. Wilson is a bit too vanilla for his role. Kidman and Morrison as the older lovers are charming. The DC Universe is not nearly as much fun as Marvel. Wonder Woman seemed to turn that around, however, and Justice League did have some good moments, but most of those were when Batman and Superman were nowhere around. The studio bosses need to understand that those two lunks are inherently boring (although Dark Knight was a huge exception), basically because they are so good. So let’s hope that DC and Warner Brothers learn that people go to the movies to have fun. And you will have fun when going to see Aquaman. It is hardly a great movie, but you will have a great time watching it.


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Wear Your Party Hat And Celebrate JustWorld’s ‘Sweet 16’ Birthday Celebration

JustWorld International has a sweet reason to celebrate this year. The Wellington-based nonprofit is commemorating 16 years of uniting the equestrian community to support and empower thousands of children around the world. JustWorld invites guests to celebrate its “Sweet Sixteen” birthday at the annual JustWorld Gala, presented by Caryl Philips & Frank Zeiss and the Palm Beach

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Many Issues To Resolve

continued from page 1 firm understands the dynamics of the town. “There are a lot of issues,” he said. “They need to understand the populous, the demographics, the major issues of the town relative to canals, of the district, roads, police/sheriff’s services and code enforcement.” Mayor Dave Browning plans to meet with Sheriff Ric Bradshaw to discuss continuing law enforcement with the PBSO, which gave notice it would not continue its contract with the town after Oct. 31, 2019. Underwood said he is waiting to see the outcome of that meeting. “The three pillars of government are safety, health and welfare, and one of the safety factors

Masters Series on Friday, Jan. 25 at Belle Herbe Farm in Wellington. Each year, JustWorld International hosts the annual JustWorld Gala to celebrate the positive change that the organization and its supporters are making in the lives of thousands of children who need it most. The JustWorld Gala attracts some of the international equestrian industry’s top riders, trainers, owners and supporters, as

well as important members of the community, to continue supporting the mission of JustWorld. The evening will host a series of fundraising events that will directly benefit JustWorld partner projects, including silent and live auctions. Guests are encouraged to bring their best party hat to join in on the birthday celebration. Hosted by Belle Herbe Farm, located at 3206 Old Hampton Drive in Wel-

lington, the lively atmosphere will be brought to life through food, drinks and specialty entertainment. JustWorld is thankful that Bolay will be returning as the official catering sponsor of the evening, preparing all of the delicious food for the passed hors d’oeuvres, tasting stations and desserts. JustWorld also thanks Caryl Philips & Frank Zeiss and the Palm Beach Masters Series, who

is public safety — that’s police and fire,” Underwood said. “If you have that pillar, and you’ve lost a leg, I don’t know what that means because I’ve never been in that situation.” Underwood said code enforcement will continue, although there are issues with the codes of the town, and the council recently reduced its code enforcement budget. “We don’t do it to make money,” he stressed. “We only do it because the council said do it. It’s part-time, and being part-time, it’s very difficult to cover everything that is going on. I believe some on the council want to control which codes should be enforced and which ones should not.” Underwood said the Unified Land Development Code Committee has been working hard to fix flaws in the code, but they are not moving fast enough, and there are flaws in the comprehen-

sive plan that have prevented the town from making infrastructure improvements. Underwood said he has advised the council that it needs to change the floor area ratio for commercial areas, at least for Southern Blvd. “They need to attack the comp plan and the ULDC with great gusto,” Underwood said. Underwood said residential enterprises are one issue that prevails because the term is not defined, and many of the residential enterprises came into existence before the town incorporated. “Technically, you could build a power plant,” Underwood said. “When they implemented the business tax receipts, [council members] tried to give people a year to get right with the law or quit business.” Underwood said some of the residential businesses have existed for as long as 30 years but

have never been county approved. “That’s the current issue they have to come to terms with,” Underwood said. He said the town’s new public works department, formerly the LGWCD, is making headway with the road and canal repair with the recent hiring of engineer Larry Peters. “We are making progress, and I think they’ll continue to make progress,” Underwood said. Underwood added that the hiring of Francine Ramaglia as assistant town manager was perfect for handling the transition of the LGWCD to the town, with her experience with the Acme Improvement District and the Village of Wellington. “She has the unique position of being able to merge the district into the town — an experience that not every manager has,” Underwood said. “That is a priceless combination.”

are returning as the presenting sponsors. There are new partnerships this year as well, including the highly anticipated restaurant and lounge Trophy Room as bar sponsor and Noëlle Floyd as official media sponsor. Located in Wellington, Trophy Room features elevated New American dining by Chef Joseph Bonavita Jr. and is slated to be the area’s hottest new hangout for equestrians, foodies and socialites alike. Guests will be presented with a signature welcome cocktail upon arrival and will enjoy an open bar presented by Trophy Room. Guests will also be able to enjoy

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continued from page 3 partnered with the Wellington Art Society to host a “Young at Art” activity tent filled with imaginative and fun projects for children of all ages to complete and take home. There will also be food trucks at the event, and Scott’s Place playground is nearby. The nonprofit Wellington Art Society will use the funds gathered from sponsors, community partners, donations and artist entry fees to support its programs. An important part of the group’s mission involves community out-

an after-party at Trophy Room following the gala. JustWorld and Noëlle Floyd will also be launching their partnership at the gala, which will highlight their shared goal of bringing together equestrians from all backgrounds to give back. Longtime supporter Voltaire Design is returning for the second year as gala sponsor. Also continuing their ongoing support, Horseware Ireland will be coming back as sponsor of the fun photo booth, and Tito’s Vodka will once again be generously donating to the gala. Learn more about the event at gala.justworldinternational.org.

reach and a successful scholarship program. “In the past 12 years, we have given out more than $90,000 in college scholarships to creative, talented students pursuing a visual arts degree,” Pfeiffer said. She hopes that Art Fest on the Green will showcase culture in Wellington and provide a family-friendly platform to bring fine art to the community as a whole. Art Fest on the Green runs Saturday, Jan. 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free event will take place at the Wellington Amphitheater, located at 12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd. Visit www. wellingtonartsociety.org for more information.

COMMUNITY CALENDAR Saturday, Jan. 5 • The West Palm Beach Antiques Festival will be at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center on Saturday, Jan. 5 and Sunday, Jan. 6. Visit www.wpbaf.com for more info. • Audubon of the Everglades will walk and drive in Stormwater Treatment Area-1E in Wellington on Saturday, Jan. 5 from 7:30 a.m. to noon. Visit www.auduboneverglades. org for more information and to pre-register. • The Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association will walk in John Prince Park (2520 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth) on Saturday, Jan. 5 at 7:30 a.m., with breakfast afterward at TooJays. Contact Paul Cummings at (561) 963-9906 for more info. • The Green Market at Wellington will be held Saturday, Jan. 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. near the Wellington Amphitheater. For more info., visit www.greenmarketatwellington. com. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Intermediate Tai Chi for ages 12 and up on Saturdays, Jan. 5, 19 and 26 at 9 a.m. and Tai Chi for Beginners at 10:15 a.m. Wear comfortable clothing and flat shoes. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Saturday Storytime: New Ideas for ages 4 to 6 on Saturday, Jan. 5 at 11 a.m. Celebrate the new year with some brandnew stories and fun. Call (561) 681-4100 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host an Acoustic Java Jam for adults on Saturday, Jan. 5 at 2 p.m. Experience a caffeinated collection of local talent or bring your acoustic instruments and jam out. Coffee will be provided. Call (561) 681-4100 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Unleash Your Inner Rock Star Karaoke for ages 12 to 17 on Saturday, Jan. 5 at 3 p.m. Sing your favorite tunes with your friends. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. Sunday, Jan. 6 • Audubon of the Everglades will walk in Pine Glades (14122 W. Indiantown Road, Jupiter Farms) on Sunday, Jan. 6 from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Visit www.auduboneverglades. org for more info. • The Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association will hike in Jonathan Dickinson State Park (16450 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound) on Sunday, Jan. 6 at 8 a.m. Call Mary Miller at (561) 213-2189 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach Green Market & Bazaar will be held Sunday, Jan. 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Wednesday, Jan. 9 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Veterans Park (1036 Royal Palm Beach Blvd.). For more info., visit www. rpbgreenmarket.com. • The 2019 season at the International Polo Club Palm Beach will continue Sunday, Jan. 6 with the Joe Barry Memorial Cup. For tickets, or more information, call (561) 2045687 or visit www.internationalpoloclub. com.

• The Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach will feature the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with pianist Javier Perianes on Sunday, Jan. 6 at 3 p.m. Call (561) 655-7226 or visit www.fourarts.org for more info. Monday, Jan. 7 • Royal Palm Beach is offering a Free Trial of Gentle Yoga, Power Yoga and Meditation Classes at the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center (100 Sweet Bay Lane) from Jan. 7 through Jan. 11. Free trial yoga classes are also being offered at the Royal Palm Beach Commons Park Sporting Center (11600 Poinciana Blvd.) on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 8:30 and 9:45 a.m. Call the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center at (561) 790-5124 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host CloudLibrary E-Books for adults on Monday, Jan. 7 at 10 a.m. Learn about this new e-book borrowing platform. Bring in your mobile device and get help installing and setting up your account. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach will host Preschool Story Time: Happy New Year for ages 4 and under on Monday, Jan. 7 at 10:30 a.m. Call (561) 655-2776 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Book-A-Librarian for adults on Mondays, Jan. 7 and Jan. 14 at 1 p.m. Get personalized attention in areas of computer and mobile devices, genealogy and online resources, to name a few. Call (561) 790-6030 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Art for Adults for ages 16 and up on Mondays, Jan. 7 and Jan. 14 at 1 p.m. Explore your artistic interests using different techniques and mediums, improve your skills and learn new ways to express yourself. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association will meet Monday, Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Okeeheelee Nature Center (7715 Forest Hill Blvd.). The program will feature Sara Ayers-Rigsby, who specializes in cultural resources management and historic preservation as regional director for the Florida Public Archaeology Network. Call Roy Moore at (561) 307-7792 for more info. Tuesday, Jan. 8 • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will present On Your Feet: The Emilio and Gloria Estefan Broadway Musical from Tuesday, Jan. 8 through Sunday, Jan. 13. Visit www.kravis.org for more info. • The Palm Beach County Classroom Teachers Association-Retired will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 11 a.m. at the CTA complex (715 Spencer Drive, West Palm Beach). Call (561) 683-4623 for more info. • The Senior Referral Program of Royal Palm Beach will staff an information desk to help seniors and their caregivers identify and access services for their special needs on Tuesday, Jan. 8 and Thursday, Jan. 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center (100 Sweet Bay Lane).

No appointment is needed for this free service; just stop by the desk. For more info., call (561) 790-5188. People interested in volunteering are also encouraged to stop by. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host an Electronics Workshop for beginners on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 2 p.m. Do holiday gifts have you confused? Bring your electronics and app store ID and password for your device and learn how they operate. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Winter Crowns for ages 5 to 12 on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 3 p.m. Design and decorate a winter crown to celebrate the season. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach will host Walter Isaacson speaking on “The Creativity of Leonardo da Vinci” on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 3 p.m. For more info., visit www.fouarts.org or call (561) 655-7226. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Let’s Play: Board Games & Puzzles for ages 2 and up on Tuesdays, Jan. 8 and Jan. 22 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. Socialize over games and puzzles. Board games, both old and new, and puzzles will be provided, or bring your own. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6030 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Pizza Chat for ages 12 and up on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 6:30 p.m. Chat about your favorite fandoms. Refreshments will be provided. Call (561) 681-4100 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Rise of Vaping with Teens” co-sponsored by the Palm Beach County Substance Awareness Coalition on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 6:30 p.m. What are vapes, e-cigs and Juul, and why are more teens using them? See the devices for vaping nicotine and marijuana, and solutions to keeping teens drug free. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • Audubon of the Everglades will host its monthly meeting and lecture on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. at FAU’s Pine Jog Environmental Education Center (6301 Summit Blvd.). The lecture will be “Waterbird Entanglement Prevention” by Sandy Reed, a visiting member of Tampa Audubon. Visit www.auduboneverglades.org for more info. Wednesday, Jan. 9 • Audubon of the Everglades will walk in the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge on Wednesday, Jan 9 from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Visit www.auduboneverglades.org for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host English Exchange for adults on Wednesdays, Jan. 9, 16, 23 and 30 at 1 p.m. Practice speaking English in a fun and informal atmosphere. Intermediate knowledge of the language is recommended. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach will feature author Jeff Klinkenberg speaking about Son of Real Florida: Stories from My Life on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 1:30

p.m. Call (561) 655-2766 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Introduction to Junk Journaling for ages 15 and up on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 2 p.m. Collect thoughts, ideas and inspiration using found and recycled material. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach will host a lecture on The Symphony: From Beethoven to Wagner with Jim Holman on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 2:30 p.m. Call (561) 805-8562 or visit www.fourarts. org for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Lucky Stars Jars for ages 12 and up on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 6 p.m. Ring in the New Year with luck and positivity by writing messages on paper and turning them into lucky stars. Then decorate a jar for them to have a home. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Book Discussion: The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman for adults on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 6:30 p.m. Copies are available at the research services desk. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Northern Palm Beach Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at the Embassy Suites Hotel (4350 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens). Networking from 6 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $25, and guests are welcome. The speaker is Roxanne Hosein, a financial advisor with Evershore Financial Group. For more info., call Joanne Ryan at (561) 628-3694. • The Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach will feature the men’s vocal ensemble Cantus on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Call the box office at (561) 655-7226 or visit www.fourarts.org for more info. Thursday, Jan. 10 • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host English Exchange for adults on Thursdays, Jan. 10, 17, 24 and 31 at 1:30 p.m. Practice speaking English in a fun and informal atmosphere. Intermediate knowledge of the language is recommended. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Winter Glass Painting for ages 16 and up on Thursday, Jan. 10 at 2 p.m. Complete your seasonal decor by creating unique, hand-painted glassware to grace the table. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host its Tween Advisory Club for ages 10 to 12 on Thursday, Jan. 10 at 2:30 p.m. Brainstorm and develop the kinds of activities you want. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Animal Reading Friends (ARF) for grades K through 6 on Thursdays, Jan. 10 and Jan. 24 at 4 p.m. Practice your reading skills with a licensed therapy dog who loves to listen to stories. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register.

• The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free concert by Five Boroughs, along with a food truck invasion, on Thursday, Jan. 10 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl. gov/events for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “It’s a New Year! Let It Go” for adults on Thursday, Jan. 10 at 6:30 p.m. Using the principles of Peter Walsh’s book Let It Go, Kathy Andio, a professional organizer, will discuss downsizing. Learn how to sort through your possessions. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Friday, Jan. 11 • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Write, Read & Critique for adults on Fridays, Jan. 11 and Jan. 25 at 9:30 a.m. Are you an aspiring writer looking for constructive feedback? Join in this informal roundtable discussion where participants share and improve their craft. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free screening of the movie Christopher Robin on Friday, Jan. 11 at 7:30 p.m. For more info., visit www.wellingtonfl.gov/events. Saturday, Jan. 12 • The Green Market at Wellington will be held Saturday, Jan. 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. near the Wellington Amphitheater. Visit www. greenmarketatwellington.com for more info. • The 18th annual Fords and Friends Antique Auto Show & Flea Market will be held Saturday, Jan. 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Brass Monkey Tavern, located at 7781 Lake Worth Road. For more info., call Vern Lehto at (561) 267-5983. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Singalong Stories: The Barber of Seville for ages 5 and up on Friday, Jan. 11 at 3:30 p.m. The Palm Beach Opera brings you inside opera’s famous tales. Learn and sing memorable tunes from The Barber of Seville, then make a related craft. Call (561) 681-4100 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host New Year, New Adventures in the Library Scavenger Hunt for ages 8 and up on Friday, Jan. 11 at 4 p.m. Answer clues, book trivia, riddles and challenges that have been placed throughout the branch and win a special prize. Play solo or pair up with a friend. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Genealogical Society of Palm Beach County will meet Saturday, Jan. 12 at 1:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee Blvd. Branch of the Palm Beach County Library System (5689 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach). For more info., contact the GSPBC via e-mail at ancestry@gensocofpbc.org or visit www. gensocofpbc.org. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free Abba tribute concert by Almost Abba on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 7:30 p.m. Visit www. wellingtonfl.gov/events for more info. Send calendar items to: The Town-Crier, 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 33, Wellington, FL 33414 or e-mail news@gotowncrier. com.

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Sem Ridge Basketball Girls Win Rising Stars Holiday Tourney

By Gene Nardi Town-Crier Staff Report On Thursday, Dec. 27 and Friday, Dec. 28, the Seminole Ridge High School girls basketball team competed in the Rising Stars Athletics Holiday Tournament and made school history by winning the championship 61-38 against Palm Beach Central High School. Sixteen teams competed in two divisions, black and red. Both teams entered the tournament in the black division with high expectations — and delivered by making it to the finals on day two. However, it was the Seminole Ridge that emerged victorious with the first-place trophy. “It’s a great feeling. Seminole Ridge has come a long way,” second year coach Maria Hudson said. “We’re a very young team. They buy into the process. They always remain humble and coachable, and we don’t take any team for granted.” Both the Hawks (12-2) and the Broncos (8-4) ripped through their opponents to face each other in the finals. The Hawks jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but the Broncos stayed toe-to-toe with the taller Seminole

Ridge squad. As the first period ticked down, Shelby Gard hit a three-point basket to close the margin to 13-10 for the Broncos. The Hawk squad, known for a stingy defense this season, demonstrated why the team has been dominant this year. The Hawks held the Broncos scoreless for the remainder of the period and went on a seven-point run to close out the first quarter leading 20-10. “We live and die by defense,” said Hawk freshman Aspen Johnson, who played an integral role in ball distribution against the Broncos. “I just distribute the ball, and they knock down shots.” Johnson believes that the team’s early success has changed the culture of girls basketball at the school. “It’s super important, because not only do you have a target on your back, but you actually make a name for yourself,” she explained. “A lot of us are responsible for turning the tide.” Once the Hawks secured halftime with a 33-22 lead, the team continued to pressure the Broncos defensively through the second half. The pressure proved difficult for Palm Beach Central to cut

into the Hawk lead. The Hawk offense was able to capitalize on the opportunities provided by their defense, and constant pressure led the Hawks to the 61-38 championship win. “It means a lot to the school and the program,” Hudson said. “I remember my first year coaching. I went to the scheduling meeting, and they said, ‘Who are you?’ I said, ‘Seminole Ridge,’ and I had a line of people who wanted to schedule us because they thought we were going to be an easy win.” With a 12-2 record, many teams may regret assuming that the Seminole Ridge girls squad would be a guaranteed win. Last year, the Hawks finished 15-10 under Hudson, and this year, they are off to an even better start. Hudson attributes their success to hard work and the defensive mindset they focus on. Top performers for the Hawks were Aneeshea Cason with 15 points, Jahnae Midget with 13 points and India Shepherd with 11 points. For the Broncos, Yoslene Quiles totaled 12 points and doubled in three-point baskets, while Alaysha Iwais had 11 points.

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Aspen Johnson takes a shot for the Hawks.

Aneeshea Cason takes the ball up the court for the Hawks.

Palm Beach Central’s Saniyah Garcia tries to keep possession of the ball as Seminole Ridge’s Lynzie Smikle tries to steal.

Palm Beach Central’s Alaysha Iwais moves the ball past Seminole Ridge’s Timyah Wrisper.

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Dutta Corp Claims Herbie Pennell Cup In Season Opener

The opening game of the 2019 high-goal season at the International Polo Club Palm Beach saw Dutta Corp (Timmy Dutta, Gringo Colombres, Lucas Diaz Alberdi and Kris Kampsen) narrowly edge Patagones (Joaquin Avendano, Benjamin Avendano, Tomas Garcia de Rio and Santiago Toccalino) 11-10 to claim the Herbie Pennell Cup in front of the grandstand on Field 1 - Home of U.S. Polo Assn. Despite receiving 11 penalty attempts in the game, Patagones was left a goal short as Dutta Corp controlled open play, scoring all but two goals from the field. The duo of Alberdi and Colombres led the way with four field goals each, while Kampsen added two penalty conversions in the victory. Dutta Corp raced out to the early 6-3 lead behind a strong defensive performance, holding Patagones to zero field goals until late in

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the third chukker. It was Garcia del Rio who led the comeback, scoring his fourth goal to end the half and bring Patagones within one goal at 6-5. The two teams traded goals throughout the second half, with neither able to separate themselves in the back-and-forth affair. With the score tied at 10-10 in the final chukker, Colombres broke the tie and claimed the 11-10 victory for Dutta Corp. Colombres was named Most Valuable Player and Fino Conejo, played by Avendano, received the Best Playing Pony award. The IPC season continues this week with the start of the Joe Barry Memorial Cup. The first game took place on Thursday, Jan. 3. Visit www.internationalpoloclub.com or call (561) 204-5687 for more information about the 2019 polo season at IPC.


Marilyn Little And RF Casablanca Win At ESP New Years At PBIEC

Marilyn Little leaped to victory in the $25,000 Vita Flex Grand Prix in the 2018 ESP New Years at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Little flew through the course in 40.158 seconds to secure the win aboard RF Casablanca, a 2010 Holsteiner mare owned by Raylyn Farms Inc. Jumping in close behind, Manuel G. Torres claimed second place riding Alejandro, a 2009 Rhenish Warmblood owned by Santa Catalina Farm with a time of 42.787 seconds. Diego Vivero of Wellington earned third place jumping in tandem with Capiche “Ter Elzen,” a 2008 mare owned by Javier Estrada. Jumping against 20 pairs, Little remained victorious in the course set by Jasen Shelly of Wellington. “She’s been second in her last Grand Prixes, so I was really happy that she won,” Little said of RF Casablanca. “It was a great way to finish the year. She’s only eight, but I’ve had her since she was three, so it’s been really special to bring her up to this level.” Little sees great things in the future for the mare. “She’s quite small, but she doesn’t know it. Jumps look a little big from where you sit on her back, but she’s got an incredible heart, she’s fast and has lots of game,”

Little said. “She’s a really exciting horse coming into next year, and I’m really happy to have her.” The $10,000 Vita Flex 1.40m Open Stake awarded Wellington’s Vivero with first place with Bijoux owned by Javier Estrada. The pair completed the course in 40.302 seconds. Torres earned second place with Alejandro, owned by Santa Catalina Farm, with a time of 42.124 seconds. Shane Sweetnam of Wellington took third place earning a time of 44.102 seconds with Palina De L’escaut, owned by Sweet Oak Farm, Spy Coast Farm and Paul Tracy. In the 1.35m Stake, sponsored by Martha Jolicoeur, Hayley Barnhill rode home with blue aboard Imprimis owned by Windswept Farm earning a time of 35.563 seconds. Leslie Howard claimed second place with Flo owned by GJ Stable. Howard flew through the timers in 35.611 seconds. Schuyler Riley of Wellington stopped the times in 36.912 seconds to secure third place with G-Force, owned by Wolfstone Stables & Sales Inc. The Equiline 1.40m High Jr/AO Jumper Stake congratulated Jazz Johnson Merton with first place aboard mount Corona SB with a time of 41.3 seconds. Sabrina Lefebvre claimed second place

Marilyn Little rides RF Casablanca to victory in Wellington.


with mount Alaska. Anna Beth Athey took third with mount Miss Lucy HH. The $2,500 NAL 1.35m Medium Jr/AO Jumper Stake, sponsored by Equiline, congratulated Caitlin Creel with top honors aboard mount Dynamis KC, securing a time of 41.117 seconds. Jazz Johnson Merton earned second with mount Pandora VG, stopping the timers in 42.197 seconds. Elissa Reisman took third with Citizenguard Cadjanine Z, owned by Taboo Holdings Inc. The Osphos 1.30m Level 6

Jumper awarded Abigail McArdle with first place riding Fire Rocky, owned by Plain Bay Stables. McArdle stopped the timers in 30.052 seconds to secure the win. David Matisz claimed second place riding Livorno Agropoint, owned by Donna Gumbin, in a time of 72.396 seconds. Competition continues at PBIEC with the 2019 ESP Holiday Finale showcasing top jumper and hunter competition before launching the 40th annual Winter Equestrian Festival. For more information, visit www.pbiec.com.

Yvonne Van Bergen Named Director Of Sport For The Palm Beach Masters Series

Timmy Dutta of Dutta Corp races toward the ball.


International equestrian event manager Yvonne van Bergen has been selected as the director of sport for the newly expanded 2019 Palm Beach Masters Series. Held at Deeridge Farms in the heart of Wellington, the winter series features three of show jumping’s biggest events, including the Palm Beach Masters CSI4*-W, featuring the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Wellington; the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup of the United States; and the Deeridge Derby. Running her own equestrian event management company for the past 12 years, van Bergen has managed some of the biggest horse shows in the world. She is currently the show secretary for the Dutch Masters at Indoor Brabant in ‘s-Hertogenbosch,

where she works closely with Frank Kemperman, the renowned show manager for CHIO Aachen. She is also show secretary for the Longines FEI World Breeding Dressage Championships for Young Horses at Ermelo in The Netherlands. A self-described perfectionist, van Bergen is known for her superb organizational skills and attention to detail for every participant at the shows, including riders, horses, grooms, sponsors and spectators. Van Bergen has deep roots in equestrian sport, having cultivated her passion for horses on her family’s farm in The Netherlands. After graduating from the Schoevers Institute in Hilversum, van Bergen worked as a groom for Dutch rider Henk van de Broek in Europe and then Lisa Tarnopol

in the U.S. before returning to her homeland to compete her six horses. To support her passion, van Bergen taught lessons, helped manage horse shows as a volunteer, and worked in equestrian retail and real estate before taking a position at the Dutch Equestrian Federation, where she worked for over a decade. Starting her own business was the next logical step, and her diverse background has made her an asset to horse shows worldwide. “We are delighted that Yvonne van Bergen is coming on board as director of sport for our 2019 Palm Beach Masters Series,” said Lou Jacobs, who co-founded the series along with siblings Charlie Jacobs and Katie Robinson. “She will be a great asset to our worldclass shows, and we look forward

to working alongside someone who is so highly respected in the industry.” The events will be hosted at Deeridge Farms in Wellington. Award-winning landscaping surrounds the custom-built showgrounds and the facilities that host the series, which include two masterfully created competition arenas — a Grand Prix turf arena and an all-weather sand arena. Additionally, there are two Bermuda grass schooling arenas — one designated for FEI and the other for non-FEI competitors — along with an all-weather schooling arena adjacent to the competition arena and another located near the stables. Further information on the Palm Beach Masters Series is available at www.palmbeachmasters.com.


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