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TOWN - CR IER WELLINGTON • ROYAL PALM BEACH • LOXAHATCHEE • THE ACREAGE Volume 34, Number 28 July 12 - July 18, 2013

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INSIDE LGWCD Board Gives Initial OK To $15 Per Acre Assessment Hike


The Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District adopted its 2014 assessment roll with a $15-per-acre increase Monday. The extra money will pay for clearing canals to improve drainage in the face of new federal flood maps that could force residents to buy flood insurance. Page 3

Crazy Games Brings Fitness Fun To RPB

Royal Palm Beach Parks & Recreation hosted Crazy Games on Saturday, July 6 at Lindsay Ewing Park. Crazy Games is a program of different fun fitness games, such as obstacle courses, for kids ages 4 to 13 years old. Page 5

Wellington and Royal Palm Beach celebrated Independence Day last Thursday. While Royal Palm Beach showed off its new Commons Park, Wellington’s events were held at Village Park. Both culminated with fireworks. (Above) Drew Franklin, Ellie Frost and Connor Franklin show American pride in Royal Palm Beach. (Left) Grant and Mason Perry with a bunny in the petting zoo at Wellington’s celebration. ROYAL PALM, PAGE 10 WELLINGTON, PAGE 17

Vavrus Development Creates An Impetus For SR 7 Extension

The recent announcement of plans to develop the Vavrus Ranch property between Northlake Blvd. and the Beeline Highway has heightened interest in completing the State Road 7 extension. Page 7


RPB Budget Talks Shift Focus From Disc Golf To Dog Park Holiday Angling Fun At Fishing Tournament

Royal Palm Bassmasters hosted the 23rd annual Red, White & Blue Fishing Tournament at Lakeside Challenger Park on Thursda y, July 4. Children and parents fished all morning, and then gathered at the park for the big weigh-in. Page 15

OPINION Wellington Wins When Factions Work Together

This week, members of the Wellington Village Council gave the green light for the 2014 Global Dressage Festival. Unlike meetings passed, which saw dissent and bickering from two very divided factions in the community, Tuesday night’s meeting seemed peaceful. Let’s hope the good feelings last. Page 4 DEPARTMENT INDEX NEWS ............................. 3 - 10 OPINION .................................4 CRIME NEWS ......................... 6 SCHOOLS ............................ 12 PEOPLE ............................... 13 NEWS BRIEFS..................... 14 COLUMNS .................... 21 - 22 BUSINESS .................... 24 - 25 ENTERTAINMENT ................. 27 SPORTS ........................ 31 - 33 CALENDAR ...................34 - 35 CLASSIFIEDS ................ 36 - 39 Visit Us On The Web At WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Royal Palm Beach Village Council gave priority in its capital budget to an expanded dog park at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park, over a flying disc course that was recommended by staff, during a budget workshop July 2. Jackie Larson, who chairs the Royal Palm Beach Planning & Zoning Commission, gave a presentation favoring a dog park capable of hosting community events. Larson said she was trying to summarize what residents have talked about for a number of years: a dog park large enough to hold big events in conjunction with other community activities. “You may be familiar with our neighborhood dog parks,” Larson

said. “They’re small, they’re wonderful, but we’re looking for an additional step. We’ve had many conversations with staff over the years. We’ve talked about events we could have.” She gave examples of the Wellington and Okeeheelee dog parks, which are several acres each. The village’s current dog park plans at Commons Park are for just seventenths of an acre. Larson said she had discussed her ideas with staff but not actually with the council, and presented a petition with the signatures of 66 residents who live near Commons Park, as well as the north end of the village. “I know everybody on this petition and their dog,” she said. “We know these folks, and I know there’s a lot more out there who

are interested, but we’d like to come before you during budget time, to be at the beginning of the process, to say we’d love to start the conversation about a community-size dog park, several acres with amenities, different things that we can’t build in our dog parks now.” Larson said dog owners love Robiner Park on La Mancha Avenue, which has a dog run that is too small to host events such as a dog agility competition. “Commons Park is the only place left in the village large enough to do something like this,” she said. “I’ve talked to a lot of people who love the concept.” Besides dog agility competitions, she said several dog rescues she works with would like to have See DOG PARK, page 16

Serving Palms West Since 1980

Wellington Grants Permits For 2014 Dressage Festival By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report The 2014 Global Dressage Festival season is on. Members of the Wellington Village Council gave necessary approvals Tuesday to allow for the upcoming dressage show season at the controversial Equestrian Village site. Council members unanimously approved both a plat and a seasonal equestrian use permit for the site, located on the northeast corner of South Shore Blvd. and Pierson Road. Under the special-use permit, the dressage shows will be allowed on approximately 100 dates between Nov. 1 and April 30, with training and other related equestrian uses allowed between shows. Councilwoman Anne Gerwig asked how that compared to last year’s season. Michael Stone, president of Equestrian Sport Productions, which stages the shows, said it would be significantly larger. “We had approximately 44 days of competition there,” he said, noting that the days include nine dates hosting Wellington Classic Dressage, which previously was at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center.

Though property owner Wellington Equestrian Partners requested show hours to run from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., council members agreed to extend the hours to 11 p.m. only on certain Friday and Saturday nights, and one Thursday night. All other nights, the shows would end by 10 p.m. “There are some conditions of approval to mitigate any issues,” Growth Management Director Bob Basehart said. Conditions include having Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputies to direct traffic after events and no new construction except for manure management. Show promoters also agreed to coordinate with the Winter Equestrian Festival so as not to cause traffic problems by ending major events at the same time. “Are you comfortable with the half an hour time lag between when [WEF] gets out and when Equestrian Village will let out?” Mayor Bob Margolis asked. Stone said he was. “I think it worked pretty well last year,” he said. Stone noted that dressage doesn’t draw massive crowds at one time like show jumping. “Each See EV PERMIT, page 16


Tree’s Wings and Ribs in Royal Palm Beach held a craft night Monday, July 8. Participants learned how to build “upcycled” lightbulb ar t taught by Tree’s Wings General Manager Erin Townsend-Peel. Sho wn here are Melissa Schulte, Taylor Wells, John Bennett, Kristin Wilson and Samantha Wilson with their decorated lightbulbs. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 7 PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Zoning Snag For Cell Tower At Wellington Groves Ponders Tax Rate Hike Marketplace Plaza To Cover Property Value Dip

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Town of Loxahatchee Groves could increase its property tax rate next year to make up for a decrease in the town’s property valuation. Loxahatchee Groves experienced a 3.8 percent dip this year in its taxable value. At a budget workshop July 2, the town’s management firm recommended a rate increase from 1.2 mills to 1.5 mills. The Loxahatchee Groves Town Council will set next year’s maximum tax rate at its meeting July 16, although the rate could then be lowered before the budget’s final adoption in September.

Under the manager’s proposed budget, with a 1.5 millage rate, a property owner with an assessed value of $200,000 and a $50,000 homestead exemption would pay $225 in town taxes next year, compared with $180 under last year’s rate. The solid waste assessment would remain the same at $343.25. Highlights of the proposed 2014 budget include $100,000 for town road surveying, $943,630 for road improvements using open-graded emulsified mix (OGEM) on Collecting Canal Road, $220,000 for a traffic light at Okeechobee Blvd. and E Road, and $100,000 for future OGEM road paving. Town managers recommended

that the Capital Improvement Program include $50,000 for research for a new town hall location and $600,000 from the town’s transportation fund for a portion of the CIP to cover more than half of the money needed to apply OGEM to Collecting Canal Road. “Unlike this current budget year, we are not able to recommend a contribution from the general fund to the solid waste fund,” Town Manager Mark Kutney said. The total CIP budget recommended was $1.96 million through fiscal year 2018. Necessitating the 0.3-mill increase is a 3-mill equivalency reSee GROVES BUDGET, page 4

By Anne Checkosky Town-Crier Staff Report Will a cell phone tower encased in a flagpole be allowed to be erected at the Wellington Marketplace shopping plaza at Wellington Trace and Greenview Shores Blvd.? Or will the request be denied by village officials? Right now that question is very much undecided. Part of it was supposed to be answered at the July 2 meeting of Wellington’s Planning, Zoning & Adjustment Board. But attorney Cliff Hertz, a partner in the law firm of Broad & Cassel based in West Palm Beach and representing builder Clearview Tower, asked that the item be postponed until the Aug. 7 meeting. The request was granted after a short discussion. At issue are two variances that

Wellington told Clearview it must obtain to build the tower. One is a height restriction. The original proposal called for a 140-foot tower, which exceeded the 120-foot limit set by the village. That was withdrawn, Hertz said. The other is a 600-foot setback the village requires from the base of the tower to residential areas. Village staff interprets Clearview’s proposal as not meeting the setback distance. On Tuesday, Hertz e-mailed village officials informing them of his client’s intent to appeal how village staff is interpreting the setback language. Planning & Zoning Manager David Flinchum is confident that Wellington staff is correctly interpreting the ordinance. “We have See CELL TOWER, page 7

Lost Pets Facebook Page Is Successful And Growing

A screen shot of the Facebook page.

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report A new Facebook page, Loxahatchee Lost and Found Pets, was especially busy during and after the Fourth of July celebration, with many success stories. Page founder/manager Gail Bass said there was a noticeable increase in activity around the holiday, as there is during storms. “That’s when a lot of the dogs get skittish, they run, and that’s when you see a lot of activity on the site,” she said. “But we really did good on the Fourth of July.” That means many recoveries, and the page also put out valuable information before fireworks

shows and expected thunderstorms about what to do to avoid losing one’s pet. There is also information on the page about collars and tracking devices, as well as animal rescue groups, such as Big Dog Ranch Rescue, Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control and the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League. “All that stuff is listed for members to access easily to get right on to search for their animal,” Bass said. “Anything that we find useful, we will post on there for group members to access to help them recover faster.” There is also a section on the page showing animals that have been recovered.

Bass started the site seven months ago, and it has now grown to more than 1,500 members. In that time, about 80 lost pets have been returned to their owners. “I was on the Acreage Landowners’ Association page, and I saw that somebody was missing their pet, and it just touched me,” Bass recalled. “I decided that there has got to be something we can do to find these animals quickly, before they get too far.” That is when she took action and set up Loxahatchee Lost and Found Pets. “The word spread, it started to grow and people just started pulling together,” Bass said. “This See LOST PETS, page 7

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Wellington Sets Higher TRIM Rate, Raises Drainage Assessment By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Wellington residents could see a higher tax bill this year after the Wellington Village Council voted Tuesday to set its preliminary tax rate at 2.5 mills, up slightly from last year’s rate of 2.47 mills. Residents will also see a $100 increase in their non-ad valorem assessments for the Acme Improvement District, which rose from $200 last year to $300 this year. That money will go largely to improve drainage throughout the village. Council members voted unanimously to approve the preliminary rate and increased assessment. The “truth in millage” or TRIM rate of 2.5 mills means a property tax of $2.50 for every $1,000 of taxable value. At that rate, the owner of a home assessed at $150,000 after all exemptions would pay $375 in village property taxes next year. State law requires the village to set its preliminary tax and assessment rates in July. Municipalities may lower the rates before final adoption in September but cannot raise them. Wellington staff proposed a tax rate of 2.47 mills, which will bring

in about $770,000 more in revenue due to increased property values and a rise in new construction projects, Village Manager Paul Schofield said. For the first time in many years, Wellington’s budget has grown. Next year’s proposed budget of $78.7 million is up $4.24 million or 5.7 percent. The budget as proposed is made up of $50.25 million in governmental funds, up $6.62 million from last year, and $19.32 million in enterprise funds, up $27,000. Capital projects are budgeted at $3.3 million, down $1.3 million, and utility capital projects make up $5.3 million of the budget. Wellington will retain 283 employees, 16 more positions than last year. Public hearings on final adoption of the proposed budget and tax rates will take place in September, when the council will make its final decision. Councilman Matt Willhite suggested preliminary approval of a higher tax rate, concerned that the increased funds could be needed if the village faces another storm like Tropical Storm Isaac. “We’re not allowed to raise our rate once we set [this],” he said.

“Even raising the millage rate by one-tenth only raises $500,000. Even if we went up to 2.6 mills, it’s only a half million dollar increase. What would that do for us in a storm?” Willhite said he wasn’t advocating for final adoption of a higher rate, but wanted the option if needed. “It gives us the leeway to come down and show our residents that we are being fiscally sound come Oct. 1,” he said. Vice Mayor Howard Coates noted that maintaining a rate of 2.47 mills would amount to an uptick in revenue because of improved home assessment values. “Even though the rate is the same, we’re still getting more money from our taxpayers,” he said. “What is that amount of money?” Schofield said it was about $773,000 more. “But about half of that is new construction,” he explained. Coates said that although in the past he has not been in favor of setting the tax rate above what was requested by staff, he believed there was cause for concern in light of recent storms. “I wouldn’t be opposed to setting the rate at 2.5 [mills] for TRIM purposes,” he said. “But I’m still

not inclined to give staff more money than they are asking for. I will not support that as an adopted rate if staff is coming back with a Christmas list of items they want to pursue.” Councilwoman Anne Gerwig noted that Wellington would have to lower the tax rate to take in the same amount of money from taxpayers as last year. “At 2.47 [mills], that’s an increase,” she said. “That’s costing [residents] more money.” She said she would support 2.5 mills for a preliminary rate, but wouldn’t support it on final adoption. “I just don’t think it’s necessary,” she said. Councilman John Greene agreed. “Even adopting the same rate as last year is a tax increase,” he said. “I want to give us the flexibility to revisit this, but I’ve never been a fan of raising taxes.” Mayor Bob Margolis said he felt giving Wellington some leeway was necessary. “Typically this is not the rate we will see come October,” he said. “But as Mr. Schofield said, there could be an issue.” To help mitigate future drainage issues, residents will be assessed $100 more in their non-

ad valorem assessments for the Acme Improvement District, which manages water in most of Wellington. The funds will go toward improving drainage and elevating roads. “That’s about $8 a month.” Margolis said. The increase will fund about $29.3 million in drainage improvements, including increasing water storage, improving canals and elevating low-level roads. The project would be done over 10 years and would raise roads such as South Shore Blvd., Pierson Road and Forest Hill Blvd., which flooded during Tropical Storm Isaac. “Those are early on in the process,” Schofield said. “The other things that are early in the process are the conveyance and storage improvements, so we can move water through the system. The improvements are what people have been asking for most vocally for the past year and a half.” Margolis agreed. “The residents are demanding we do something about it,” he said. “We get a lot of e-mails about it.” Gerwig asked about how many people would be affected, and Schofield said about 75 percent of

Wellington residents are in the Acme Improvement District. The improvements would be for the overall flow of water, Gerwig said. “This won’t address issues in individual neighborhood issues,” she noted. Schofield said that was correct. “We will never be able to completely eliminate flooding,” he said. “What this will do is provide additional storage and allow water to move more quickly through the system. Where we had a problem during Isaac was in our ability to move water east and west. The lowest areas in the village are in the southwest corner. This will allow us [to move water out of the area] more efficiently.” Willhite said he felt it would be beneficial to work with other communities toward a regional water strategy. “I’d like to see the village try to put together a meeting with [other local leaders] to start talking about water issues as they relate to the western communities,” he said. “I’d like to see if there’s some things we can do across boundaries.” Willhite said that although he was concerned about the increase, See ACME, page 16

LGWCD Board Gives Initial OK To $15 Per Acre Assessment Hike By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District adopted its 2014 assessment roll with a $15per-acre increase Monday. The extra money will pay for clearing canals to improve drainage in the face of new federal flood maps that could force residents to buy flood insurance. The increase would raise the district’s assessment to between $107 and $113 per acre, depending on the property. It’s more for those along unpaved roads because of grading and dust watering. The LGWCD’s proposed 2014 budget is for $1.611 million, slightly more than the current year’s $1.607 million. LGWCD Administrator Stephen Yohe said the proposed budget already has $50,000 proposed for equipment leasing. He recommends an additional $40,000 to help finish cleaning out all the dis-

trict’s culverts and canals by obtaining a new mower or attachment, or leasing/purchasing a new long-reach backhoe. If there is money left over, he would replenish reserves. “The proposal recommends the lease/purchase of a rubber-tire backhoe with a 50-footlong front,” Yohe said. “I was informed just today that a rubbertire backhoe can only accommodate a 40-foot-long front.” Yohe added that he spoke with staff members, who said a 40-foot backhoe will accommodate 80 percent of the canals. “What we propose doing in this fiscal year is to lease at least a 60foot front to put on the west berm of South A Road,” Yohe said. “We first need to widen that berm by benching it down and moving the west top bank of that berm easterly into its proper position. To do that, we also need to lease a bulldozer and a bulldozer operator, and that’s included in the 2013 capital budget adjustment.”

To accommodate those costs in the current fiscal year, Yohe said he had to use a large portion of the designated reserves. “The proposed budget indicates an approximately $14 tax assessment increase to accomplish what is proposed,” he said. “Staff recommends a $15-per-acre assessment increase for initial TRIM notice.” Supervisor John Ryan said the emphasis in the budget is to improve drainage by cleaning out canals and culverts under Okeechobee and removing sand berms, not only to get water out, but to mitigate new Federal Emergency Management Agency flood map information that puts most of the town on a flood plain, which could lead to higher insurance costs. “The reason for this is not only to get the water out sooner, but to make an effective argument to FEMA that we’re bringing the canals back to their design capability so that we might have a chance

of avoiding some of the flood map classifications that they propose for virtually all of Loxahatchee Groves, The Acreage and Royal Palm Beach,” Ryan said. Yohe affirmed that canal clearing is the emphasis for the next fiscal year. It includes not only the purchase of a backhoe with a 40foot boom and rubber tires, but an in-house operator to clean out the canals. “Money is additionally budgeted to dewater each culvert at Okeechobee Blvd.,” Yohe said. “We anticipate finding each one of them similar to what we found at A Road, and that is flashboard risers filled with silt and soil halfway up the pipe.” Supervisor Don Widing asked where a $15 increase would leave the reserves. Ryan said he did not have a hard number, but that staff is working toward maintaining the budget with no substantial depletion of the reserves. Ryan also pointed out that the district has a $400,000 line of cred-

it with SunTrust Bank for emergencies that renews in September. “Last year, they originally asked for a $2,000 standby fee, and they reduced that, and then they eventually said OK,” Ryan said. “In return for maintaining the bank accounts at SunTrust, they would go ahead and renew it without a charge for this current year, but I’m expecting at least a $1,000, maybe $2,000 charge for next year. It is a $400,000 line, which I think is a prudent expenditure.” Ryan added that the district has been trying to develop the budget in coordination with the town, to receive $150,000 of gas tax revenue for road maintenance that had been allocated in the past for drainage projects to protect the integrity of the roads, and about $29,000 for debt service relief, which the town council included in its preliminary budget. The proposed LGWCD budget also includes a 3.45 percent incentive bonus for staff, which will cost

the district about $13,000 but does not include any salary increases. LGWCD Chairman David DeMarois pointed out that the bonus was not a salary increase, which employees have not gotten in several years. He asked that staff start working toward a salary increase for the 2015 budget. Ryan pointed out that the adoption of the resolution that evening would be for TRIM (Truth in Millage) purposes and would be subject to further scrutiny and possible reduction before final adoption Sept. 15. The deadline to report the TRIM rate is July 24. During public comment, Loxahatchee Groves Councilman Jim Rockett asked whether the district could ask the county to clean out the Okeechobee Blvd. culverts, since it is a county road, and DeMarois said they would try. Ryan made a motion to approve the resolution with a $15 increase, which carried 4-0, with Supervisor Frank Schiola absent.

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Wellington Wins When All The Different Factions Work Together This week, members of the Wellington Village Council gave the green light for the 2014 Global Dressage Festival season. Unlike meetings past, which saw dissent and bickering from two very divided factions in the community, Tuesday night’s meeting seemed peaceful. Despite concerns raised by some residents, the atmosphere seemed supportive, with the focus on details and plans rather than past grievances and personal grudges. The applications even received unanimous approval, showing support from the entirety of the council. This is important. Though there is much more to be discussed about the future of Equestrian Village, the relatively non-controversial approval of necessary permits for the dressage season is a key step toward healing Wellington’s wounds. What we saw Tuesday night was a village uniting, albeit slowly. Maybe everyone wasn’t fully in agreement with everything said, but both sides were willing to compromise, and that is what’s important. It will take many more steps to bring the community back together, but someone has to take the first. The credit must go to all involved: to the council members who put their faith in Wellington Equestrian Partners with this permit, to WEP Managing Partner

Mark Bellissimo and his team, who took into account concerns of residents, and to everyone on both sides who spoke out on the issue and pushed for compromise. It was a stark contrast to last year, when revocation of approvals caused uncertainty for the future of dressage in Wellington. Today, Wellington can proudly invite top riders from all over the world to attend the 2014 Global Dressage Festival — and with plenty of time for them to make arrangements. Having confidence in Wellington’s equestrian season is crucial not only for the village’s status as the winter equestrian capital of the world, but also for so many local businesses that depend on the season to get by. We hope to see the same demeanor of support and compromise continue as Equestrian Village faces more approvals. Though some of them may be more controversial, we hope the discussion sticks to the details without becoming personal. Wellington has been given a second chance to settle lawsuits and heal wounds by restarting the process of creating Equestrian Village. It is only by working together and being willing to concede on some things to gain on others that Wellington can put the issue behind it and look toward a successful future.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Jeopardizing Our Safety Palm Beach County commissioners want to retime yellow lights on guesswork. It’s very simple. Changing from a proven scientific formula to an untested “standardized” yellow light system will definitely reduce the caution time (yellow light) in many cases. This jeopardizes pedestrians’ and drivers’ safety and can result in more accidents, perhaps resulting in increased fatalities, as well. Deliberately putting the public at risk for money and control is no less than criminal, and these commissioners should be held responsible for any deaths or injury resulting from this terrible decision. Perhaps collecting all the unpaid taxes and fines from their wealthy supporters and puppet masters who seem to think they are exempt from paying is a good place to start to get money legitimately without having to risk the public’s well being. Only knuckleheads put guesswork before scientific test-

ing and proven theories. Jude Smallwood The Acreage

Cut Back On Use Of Nitrogen And Phosphorus Editor’s note: The following letter is in regard to the article “Residents Complain About Weeds In Royal Palm Canals,” published last week. Uncontrolled weed and algal growth in all of the canals, rivers, lakes, lagoons and coastal waters is due to one thing and one thing only: excess primary plant nutrients. Namely, this is our excess use of nitrogen and phosphorous fertilizers. The need to grow greener lawns, perfect putting greens or an extra bushel of tomatoes per acre et cetera ad naseum fosters excessive fertilization. Add to this the uncontrolled regulation and, if regulated, then unenforced spreading and stockpiling of equestrian wastes (urine soaked

bedding plus manure), and we reap what we sow; algal and subaquatic vegetation (SAV) blooms. To control this problem, what do we do? Use toxic chemicals to kill the weeds. This then exacerbates the problem in several ways. First, we put non-natural chemicals into the environment, which interfere with cellular life processes. You and I have cells, too, you know! Second, the smell and floating weeds interfere with the enjoyment of waterways, as noted in the article cited above. Lastly, the plant/algal biomass that does not float sinks to the bottom. Both the floating, but especially the sunk biomass, undergoes aerobic degradation depleting the oxygen content (hypoxia to anoxia) of the water, and this can and does lead to fish kills. If the phosphorous pollution upsets the natural balance of nitrogen/phosphorous ratios, toxic cyanobacterial (aka bluegreen algae) blooms can and do occur. Note the St. Lucie River just up the coast. Get the causes, nutrient/chemi-

cal pollution, and you will not need to complain about the results. I thank you for your future considering of our environment, present and future. Dr. J. William Louda Loxahatchee Groves Editor’s note: Dr. Louda is a senior scientist and professor of environmental chemistry at Florida Atlantic University.

Hurricane Prep Hurricane tip: freeze plastic containers of water in the freezer, as many as you can fit. If your power goes out, your refrigerator will turn into an “old time” icebox. You can move some into the refrigerator to keep it cold. Peter Evans Wellington

Support Proper Immigration The Democrat’s war cry was “we have to reform immigration to get the illegals into the open.” A

much better way would have been to allow all illegals to submit an application for citizenship and go through the approximate five-year process of becoming a citizen. This would have brought them into the open legally. Within a month or so after application for citizenship, they would receive a green card allowing them to work and live in the country legally. All the problems would have been solved without full amnesty. These people would then be contributing to themselves and our country, while going through the process of becoming American citizens. The cost to become a citizen is about $4,000 per person times 11 million is $400 billion, which would have gone a long way to help pay some of the financial burden they

represent, as amnesty will mean. The only thing that needs reform is the Democratic Party. They pushed amnesty through just like Obamacare without thinking it through. This is a dangerous party, as you can see. Ronald Piretti Royal Palm Beach

For The Record In Ellen Rosenberg’s column printed last week on trainer Julius Von Uhl, it should have been noted that Border Fox Farm is owned by Laura Steffey. Leon Gerard, who was mentioned in the column, coordinates the clinics. The Town-Crier regrets whatever confusion this might have caused.

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Why The Political Pot Is (Finally) Boiling Over Down In Brazil... In the cauldron of Brazilian political life now boiling over more harshly and dangerously, the criminal and semi-criminal element, which is sprinkled throughout Brazil’s Congress, continues its ride roughshod over the people. Many dozens of legislators who have been charged, and even convicted of crimes, rule pretty much supreme. Money laundering, brib-

Footloose and... By Jules W. Rabin ery, drug trafficking, kidnapping and murder are interspersed

throughout many resumes, obvious for all to see. And, somewhat incredibly, many lawmakers involved in corruption scandals have avoided jail. You see, some 700 veteran politicians have special judicial standing, including all 594 members of Congress, plus senior cabinet members. In case you are wondering, Brazilian congressmen receive

salaries over $175,000 and close to that amount for things like housing, gasoline and “ electoral research,” plus perks like allowing them to hire as many as 25 aides each. One case of many… Hildebrando Pascone (nicknamed the “chain saw” Congressman), who ran for office despite common knowledge he was being investigated for op-

erating a death squad using techniques like throwing victims into vats of acid or dismembering them with chain saws. He won easily, but was eventually (a rarity) stripped of his seat. Brazilians who elect these clowns actually cast more ballots for a professional clown named Grumpy in 2000 than any candidate in history.

“Congress,” said Manricio Santoro, a respected Brazilian political scientist, “is without a doubt the most despised institution in Brazil. A good deal of this hatred is related to the fact that Congress has a tradition of preventing its own members convicted of a crime from ever going to jail.” And you thought Washington was a problem!


Wellington Council Allows Change To Medical Use On SR 7 Parcel By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Members of the Wellington Village Council gave unanimous approval Tuesday to allow medical use on the Wellington Parc site, located on the west side of State Road 7 near Palomino Drive. The 15.83-acre site was originally approved for 31,830 square feet of office space and some residential — fewer than 100 townhouses. The new approval will allow the office space to include medical use. “When the project was originally approved, professional office space is what was requested,” Growth Management Director Bob Basehart said. He explained that medical office

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continued from page 1 quired by state statutes, which means the town must produce $1,140,752 in revenue, Kutney said. “There are a number of revenue sources that make up this 3-mill equivalency, but it is important that we do it every year or there are ramifications,” he said. Underwood Management Services CEO Bill Underwood, head of the town’s contracted management firm, said the town has four funds it will draw revenue from in 2014: capital improvement, proposed at $1.43 million; solid waste, $428,000; general fund, $1.1 million; and transportation, $962,000. “Those four funds make up your

space and professional office space are distinctly different in Wellington’s code, necessitating the change. “This application will result in no additional dwelling units and no additional square footage,” Basehart said. Councilman Matt Willhite asked about the difference between professional office and medical office. “A professional office is essentially any office space which is non-retail,” Basehart said. “These are uses such as insurance agencies, accountants, architects or engineers. The distinction between that and a medical office is that services provided in a medical office are medically related. This would include chiropractors, doctors of all kinds and other similar uses.”

Willhite said he felt medical office could fall under professional office space, but Basehart said that was a conversation the council would have to have, and then amend the code. Councilwoman Anne Gerwig asked about the relation between the housing and medical uses. “Will this be senior housing or somehow related?” she asked. Agent for the applicant Eleanor Halperin said there was no connection between the homes and the medical office space. Willhite said he was concerned about connectivity between the Wellington Parc site and the adjacent Palomino Park medical site. “I want to see us work to resolve any issues,” he said. “I think we need to come up with a solu-

tion for the traffic. This council has worked very hard to get that traffic light in at Palomino Drive, to have it working and facilitating the safety of vehicles traveling in and out of all of these complexes. I’d just ask that we continue to work together to try to come up with something.” Vice Mayor Howard Coates echoed Willhite’s concerns, noting that although there was cross-access required on the property, it was not open for public use. “I wasn’t on the council when they approved the original site plan,” he said. “But I have to believe that the cross-access and the availability of the light was an issue in the overall plan. I don’t know how one of the con-

ditions requiring cross-access was interpreted in a way that you have to provide the cross-access but are not obligated to allow people to use it.” He said he believed the intent was to link Wellington Parc to the nearby plazas for better traffic flow. “If that wasn’t the case, then I think we need to change the development order,” he said. “I think cross-access is an important part to developing that property. I think in the long run, it will be safer to give residents who come into your facility the option to go north on State Road 7 by using that traffic light.” Gerwig said she believed that was the intent as well. “It was important to get traffic

off [SR 7],” she said. “However it happened, it didn’t seem to be done very well. We need to work toward fixing this, but also not make the same mistake in the future.” Village Attorney Laurie Cohen said that she’s continuing to have conversations about it with the applicant. But Councilman John Greene said he believes it will take the residents to get the access. “I think the only way it will get done is through pressure by the residents of those townhouses,” he said. “It’s unfortunate. That traffic light is there to benefit everyone.” Gerwig made a motion to approve the change to allow medical use. It passed unanimously.

total budget,” Underwood said. “The reason that we had some issues is property values were down about 3.8 percent this year, which is not as bad as it was in prior years. We were hoping it might level off or increase a little bit, but it has not done that.” In the case of Loxahatchee Groves, one mill in the tax rate brings in about $164,000, Underwood said. “Your property taxes are a little shy of some of the other cities around the state, but you get about 22 percent of your total general fund revenue from property taxes. There are areas of the state where that comes up to as much as 50 percent. It’s not uncommon for it to be 30 to 40 percent,” he said. “We’re recommending a rate of 1.5 mills, which would generate revenue of over $246,621, primarily to make sure that there is sufficient

cushion to provide that the town gets all of its state-shared revenues.” Underwood brought up the state-shared revenue issue because when the town incorporated, the property appraiser set a value on the town, and the town has to meet certain millages pursuant to the 3-mill equivalency. “In my career, I’ve never had an issue with the 3-mill equivalency, and I’m going to do a little more research, but that $1.1 million can actually affect roughly $700,000 or $800,000 of total general fund revenue,” Underwood said. The financing sources for the general fund include ad valorem taxes of $197,297; fire municipal services tax revenue of $568,561; business tax receipts of $5,000, as well as utility taxes including an FPL tax of $203,000 and a communication services tax of $125,446.

“Those four, when you add them all up, you have to produce $1.1 million,” Underwood said. “There is no requirement to have a millage rate at all if you can produce that number through those four sources.” He said it was his understanding that not meeting the $1.1 million target could result in the state withholding portions of state revenue sharing, totaling almost $800,000. “I’ve never been in this situation, so I don’t know,” Underwood said. “I would have to rely on somebody at the state to tell me if they’ve ever seen it. I’ve not been with a city that has been this close.” The 1.5 rate will generate about a $20,000 cushion, he explained. Councilman Jim Rockett said it was unfortunate that the town’s total property value was set at the height of the housing market. “We

kind of got the short end of the stick,” he said. Rockett asked whether assessments from the Loxahatchee Water Control District could be included in that number, and Underwood said he was not sure. Town Attorney Mike Cirullo said there are still many questions to be resolved with the Florida Department of Revenue. “They ultimately decide compliance with the statute,” he said. “We’ll have time to do that before your hearings in September.” Cirullo recommended setting the millage at the higher rate to be safe, and possibly lowering the rate later when the numbers are more certain, explaining that the maximum millage would be set at the council’s July 16 meeting, but could then be lowered. Expenditures are similar to the current year, with $147,000 for gen-

eral governmental services, $280,000 for law enforcement, $103,000 for legislative, $285,000 for executive, $104,000 for financial and administrative, $170,000 for comprehensive planning and $120,000 for legal services. No money was budgeted for horse trail development, which did not make Mayor Dave Browning and Councilman Tom Goltzené happy. “The part I really don’t get is how we can talk about, in the same type of easement, spending a million bucks for a road but we can’t for a horse trail where the horse would walk on the existing surface,” Goltzené said. “That we can’t get that done just amazes me.” Underwood said what complicated building horse trails was actually acquiring easements to put the trail on.


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The Royal Palm Beach Seniors Activities Group gathered for a party on Wednesday, July 3 at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center. Guests enjoyed lunch, live music, dancing and patriotic sing-a-longs. For more info., visit PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Claudia and Victor McBarnette, Helio and Effie Gonzalez, Alice and C.S. Stern and Dolly Hughes show their patriotic spirit.

Front row: Olive Forrester, Raphael Williams and Shaffren Mohammed. Back row: Barbara Wilson and Melrose King.

Anne Petrone with Dick Carmine and Dolly Hughes.

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Effie Gonzalez, Alice and C.S. Stern dance.

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Royal Palm Beach Parks & Recreation hosted the Crazy Games on Saturday, July 6 at Lindsay Ewing Park. Crazy Games is a program of different fun fitness games, such as obstacle courses, for kids ages 4 to 13 years old. Crazy Games continue Saturdays, through July 27, from 10 t o 11 a.m. For more info., call (561) 790-5124, visit or contact Coach Nancy Molina at crazygames PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Evalina Pomante and Genieve Shambo enjoy the day.

Giselle Garcia in the parachute races.

Coach Nancy Molina with winning teammates Jaiden Alexander, Jolene Shambo and A drian Blackwood.

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Garage Door Openers Stolen From Unlocked Vehicles In Wellington By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report JULY 9 — A deputy from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office substation in Wellington was dispatched Tuesday to two homes on Yarmouth Court after residents called to report two vehicle burglaries. According to separate PBSO reports, the victims discovered that someone had removed their remote garage door openers from their vehicles. According to one PBSO report, sometime between 8 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m. the following morning, someone entered the victim’s unlocked car and removed his garage door opener, which was valued at approximately $25. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. According to a separate PBSO report, sometime between 8 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m. the following morning, someone entered the victim’s unsecured vehicle and stole his garage door opener. The victim did not believe anyone had entered his garage. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. ••• JULY 1 — A resident of Devonshire Circle called the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach last Monday to report a vehicle burglary. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 9 p.m. on Sunday, June 30 and 8 a.m. the next morning, someone entered the victim’s unlocked vehicle and removed the ignition key cover, attempting to steal the vehicle. The damaged key cover was valued at approximately $500. DNA evidence was taken at the scene, but there were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. JULY 1 — A Royal Palm Beach woman and a juvenile were arrested last Monday evening on charges of shoplifting after they were caught taking items from the Marshalls store in the Southern Palm Crossing shopping plaza. According to a PBSO report, a deputy from the Royal Palm Beach substation was dispatched to the store after a loss prevention officer observed 18-year-old Alexandra Arias and a juvenile conceal women’s wallets beneath their clothing. According to the report, Arias and the juvenile passed all points of sale without paying for the wallets and exited the store. That is when the loss prevention officer stopped them and recovered the stolen wallets. According to the report, Arias and the juvenile attempted to flee, but were apprehended and turned over to the deputy. The stolen wallets were valued at $38.97. Arias was taken to the Palm Beach County Jail where she was charged with petty theft. The juvenile was taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center. JULY 4 — A deputy from the PBSO’s Acreage/Loxahatchee

substation was dispatched to a home on 53rd Road North last Thursday morning regarding a stolen vehicle. According to a PBSO report, the victim was asleep at approximately 3 a.m. when he heard his 2000 Ford F250 start up. The victim looked out his window and observed his truck driving through the grass and then head southbound on Coconut Blvd. According to the report, the victim did not give anyone permission to take his truck. The stolen vehicle is described as a white 2000 F250 with a business sign on the side and a yellow construction light on the top. According to the victim, it also had a 100-gallon diesel tank and several tools in the truck bed. There were no suspects at the time of the report. JULY 5 — A resident of 130th Trail North contacted the PBSO’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation last Friday night to report found property. According to the report, the resident’s son discovered a black duffel bag on the canal bank at 130th Trail North and 78th Street North. The duffel bag contained a small black flashlight, silver and gold mens watches, ladies jewelry and a Jack Daniels bottle with clear alcohol inside. According to the report, the resident believed the items might have been stolen. There was no further information available at the time of the report. JULY 6 — A deputy from the PBSO’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation was dispatched to a home on 42nd Road North last Saturday morning regarding a stolen vehicle. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 9 a.m. last Thursday and 10:30 a.m. last Saturday, someone stole the victim’s flatbed trailer, which was parked in his front yard and loaded with scrap metal. The victim said the trailer was attached to a car on the east side of his home. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. JULY 6 — A resident of Wellington’s Edge called the PBSO substation in Wellington last Saturday night to report a home burglary. According to a PBSO report, the victim left the home at approximately 8 p.m., leaving her husband inside and the garage door open. When she returned at approximately 9:30 p.m., the victim noticed her blue and cream beach cruiser bicycle missing from inside the garage. According to the report, the victim’s husband didn’t hear anyone enter the garage, and their dog didn’t bark. A neighbor reported seeing two teens riding bicycles on the street, but didn’t see anyone enter the victim’s garage. The stolen bicycle was valued at approximately $119. There was no further information available at the time of the report. JULY 8 — An employee of LitSee BLOTTER, page 16

Man Arrested In Connection With Fatal Acreage Accident JULY 9 — A Loxahatchee Groves man was arrested Tuesday in conjunction with the death of Katherine Rigby, an Acreage woman who was killed last month while biking on Tangerine Blvd. According to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Report, 68year-old Robert Barbieri was arrested on charges of leaving the

scene of a crash involving a death. Rigby was killed June 16 when a vehicle struck her from behind while she was riding a bicycle. The vehicle then fled the scene, but left behind pieces of its grill and headlight. Barbieri was taken to the Palm Beach County Jail, where he was charged with failure to remain at a fatal crash site.

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Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is asking for the public’s help in finding these wanted fugitives: • Magdala Legagneur is a black female, 5’6â€? tall and weighing 130 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. She has a tattoo on her right shoulder that says “Dave.â€? Her date of birth is 07/26/81. Legagneur is wanted for failure to appear on charges of grand theft. Her last known addresses were South East 3rd Ave. in Delray Beach and East Jennings Ave. in Greenacres. She is wanted as of 07/03/13. • Jacquelyn Howell, alias Prissy, is a white female, 5’11â€? tall and weighing 160 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes. Her date of birth is 11/20/87. She has multiple tattoos. Howell is wanted for failure to appear on charges of possession of hydrocodone and violation of probation on charges of selling oxycodone. Her last known addresses were Ridgeway Ave. in West Palm Beach and 54th Street North in The Acreage. She is wanted as of 07/ 03/13. Remain anonymous and you may be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward. Call Crime Stopper s at (800) 458-TIPS (8477) or visit

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Hmara: Vavrus Development Creates Impetus For SR 7 Extension By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The recent announcement of plans to develop the Vavrus Ranch property between Northlake Blvd. and the Beeline Highway has heightened interest in completing the State Road 7 extension, according to Royal Palm Beach Councilman Jeff Hmara. The City of West Palm Beach has been actively opposing the connection of the existing State Road 7 extension to Northlake Blvd. via its current planned rightof-way on the original range line easement, which runs along the east side of the Ibis Golf & Country Club development. Ibis is the home community of West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. During council member reports during the July 2 meeting of the

Royal Palm Beach Village Council, Hmara said he had participated in meetings recently with the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce governmental affairs and economic development committees, where there was much discussion about development plans for the 4,753-acre Vavrus property in Palm Beach Gardens, which Landstar Development Group of Coral Gables paid $20 million for in October. “It’s an Abacoa-type community that is going to be even twice as large as Abacoa,” Hmara said. “The significance of that to us might very well have to do with the SR 7 extension, because if you look at the roadway system out there, it’s pretty limited.” He pointed out that the only two existing main roads in the area are

Northlake Blvd. and the Beeline Highway. “There appears to be some justification that adding that kind of development to that area might very well help us out in continuing with the SR 7 extension and moving forward with that,” Hmara said. The Florida Department of Transportation has announced plans to continue with the extension after more than 1,000 residents attended the final public FDOT hearing in March 2012 on the completion of SR 7 to Northlake Blvd., with advocates outnumbering opponents about two to one. At that meeting, FDOT officials explained that the nearest north/ west connections are Florida’s Turnpike to the east and Seminole Pratt Whitney Road to the west, and that the Palm Beach Metro-

politan Planning Organization and other transportation agencies have identified completing SR7 as a high priority. The project proposes to widen the SR 7 extension from two to four lanes from Okeechobee Blvd. to 60th Street North, and construct a new four-lane divided highway from 60th Street North to Northlake Blvd.. The estimated cost for the project is about $70 million for construction and about $16.5 million for mitigation. The project is fully financed, according to FDOT officials. West Palm Beach, however, continues to lobby against the road in Tallahassee with the state government and in Washington, D.C., with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, according to Central Palm Beach County Chamber

of Commerce CEO Jaene Miranda. Royal Palm Beach Councilman Richard Valuntas, who is the village’s liaison to the MPO, said funding was discussed at the last meeting, and West Palm Beach’s two members voted against it. Valuntas said about $1 million would be spent in 2014 for engineering and right-of-way acquisition. “I think it is 2017 where some of the substantial work is set to be done,” he said. “So it’s still several years off, and from what I understand, West Palm wants to cry to Congress and try to lobby them to throw roadblocks on this.” Meanwhile, the Palm Beach County Commission last month forged ahead on its portion of the

SR 7 extension, approving the purchase of 24 parcels of land on 60th Street North along the M Canal in The Acreage to connect Persimmon Blvd. to Orange Blvd., and then Royal Palm Beach Blvd. The link will enable SR 7 passthrough traffic to make the connection on the three-lane 60th Street North link, rather than Persimmon and Orange Grove boulevards, which were intended ultimately to serve primarily local Acreage traffic. The project includes replacing the Royal Palm Beach Blvd. bridge over the M Canal and reconstructing the intersection with 60th Street North to improve the line of vision for drivers entering Royal Palm Beach Blvd. from 60th Street. A traffic signal will also be installed at the intersection.

TREE’S WINGS HOSTS NIGHT OF ‘UPCYCLING CRAFTS’ IN ROYAL PALM BEACH Tree’s Wings and Ribs in Royal Palm Beach held a craft night Monday, July 8. Participants learned how to build “upcycled” lightbulb art taught by Tree’s Wings General Manager Erin Townsend-Peel. The $10 fee included all materials and a drink. For more information, call (561) 791-1535. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Participants show off their finished lightbulb art.

David Chance stuffs moss inside a lightbulb.

Samantha Wilson and Melissa Schulte paint bulb holders.

Kristin Wilson and Taylor Wells choose trinkets for decoration.

Tamara Ploskunak, David Chance, Gabby Fiordelisi, Lainee Chance, Lisa Stephani, Janet Head and Jennifer Duffer with their finished lightbulbs.

Gabby Fiordelisi and Lainee Chance remove the lightbulb filament to make their bulbs.

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continued from page 1 area is just so tight when it comes to neighbors helping neighbors.” Now that the main site is running, Bass recently started a sister group for rescues and animals that need to be adopted, and she hopes to expand Loxahatchee Lost and Found Pets to surrounding areas. “It’s starting to spread,” Bass said. “I noticed that we’re already into Royal Palm Beach, and we’re down into Wellington. Because it is starting to expand, we thought we could do different areas.” That would make for easier categorization and faster growth. The aim of a new web site is to help owners find their pets as quickly as possible, Bass said, explaining that she has taken on some web administrators to accommodate people who might want to join in the middle of the night. “Somebody’s always up,” she said. “We’ve already got a domain name in the works, and the

web site will be up in the next couple of weeks.” Meanwhile, the existing page has extended its reach all the way into Stuart. “One guy’s dog ended up in Stuart, and we got it all the way back from up there,” Bass said. “Somebody picked up the dog and decided they wanted to keep it. With word of mouth, somebody had seen this person with that dog, and we tracked it all the way up there.” Bass said there seems to have been an issue lately with small pedigree dogs being reported missing. “They’re the ones that you would buy at the pet store, the little designer doggies,” she said. “There’s four or five; a lot of them seem to be missing off of Sycamore and 180th Avenue North. We’re having a really hard time finding them. I’m wondering if someone is coming around and picking up these little dogs and taking them somewhere else and reselling them. I hate to think that, but it has crossed our minds.” Bass had a meeting with Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control Director Dianne Sauve this week. “She’s going to work with us because she said we have really been helping them a lot, and

they’re helping us out, too,” Bass said. “Everybody is just so good on helping out here. It’s amazing.” She credits Acreage residents for their support. “I couldn’t do it without them,” Bass said. “It’s everybody’s help and support, and all of us working together.” Sometimes, members will also go out and physically help people locate their pets. “We put a sign up — some woman had lost her dog, and she was beside herself,” Bass said, explaining that she and another member of the group went to help. “We put the signs up, and within a half-hour we had reunited them.” So far, awareness of the site has been largely through word of mouth, as well as fliers at Red Barn Feed and banners at community events. “It’s really word-ofmouth,” Bass said. “And when somebody finds their animal real quick, they go and tell everybody.” Bass encouraged as many people as possible to join Loxahatchee Lost and Found Pets on Facebook to further improve the effectiveness of the site. “The more we can get, the faster we can get these animals reunited with their owners before something happens to them,” she said.

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Will It Get Wellington Approval?

continued from page 1 a consistently agreed on interpretation,” he said. At the Aug. 7 meeting, however, the appeal will be heard by the PZA board, which is autonomous in the matter, Flinchum said. That means the appeal continues or ends with that board. If the board agrees with village staff, Clearwater will have to apply for the variance. If the variance is denied, the issue will be dead, Flinchum said. The only recourse Clearview would have at that point would be to appeal in court, he added. But if the board agrees with Clearview — that village staff is incorrectly interpreting the language — no variance would be required. The project would proceed, eventually landing before the Wellington Village Council for a vote. But Flinchum doesn’t think that’s likely, adding that the burden is on the applicant here.

“There’s a strong likelihood the council will never see this,” he said. Jack Rupert, principal of Clearview, based in Edison, N.J., said he thinks his proposal meets the setback requirements. “These things are not being done on a whim,” he said. They’re being done because there’s a demand for the services the carriers provide, he explained. In this case, the carriers are AT&T and Verizon. “We build the towers to what the carriers need,” he said. Demand is on the rise for cell phone service, as more people abandon land lines and rely on cell phones as their primary means of communication, Rupert said. And the number of cell phone customers downloading or streaming content to and from their devices is only going to increase, he added. To be able to handle all that data — without dropping calls or making it hard to make calls — carriers are always looking for ways to increase and improve services. One way to do that is to build shorter towers in acceptable locations, but to build more of them to meet the demand. “That’s the tradeoff,” Rupert said.

Clearview representatives identified Wellington as an area where there are service problems, he said. Cell phone users were either missing or dropping calls, having trouble making calls or experiencing long download times, Rupert said. Clearview then contacted the carriers with that information and its proposed solution of building a tower in the Wellington Marketplace, a nonresidential area, he said. Rupert said the carriers got on board with the idea and are fully backing it, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on the project if it moves forward. Rupert asserted that the proposed tower poses no safety issues. Further, the tower will be in an enclosed and fenced area so residents won’t see the antenna or lines. It is located in an auxiliary, little-used part of the parking lot, he said. “They rarely fail, even in hurricanes,” he said. Clearview will be canvassing the area before the next zoning meeting to get input from residents and businesses, Rupert said. “We want to be good neighbors,” he said. “We welcome questions.”

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ROYAL PALM BEACH HOSTS JULY 4 HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES AT NEW COMMONS PARK Royal Palm Beach celebrated July 4 with a day of activities at the new Commons Park. The day kicked off with a 5k race before the festivities, which included kids rides, food trucks, contests, music and more. Contests included a beach volleyball tournament and the popular Mayor’s Cup kayak races. The night ended with a display by Zambelli’s fireworks. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Councilman Richard Valuntas, ITID Supervisor Gary Dunkley, Commissioner Jess Santamaria, Mayor Matty Mattioli and Councilman David Swift show their patriotism.

Malik Bennett, Tyree Pearson, Tierney Robinson and Omarion Hill.

Jeri Williams and James Jackson with Sweet Pea.

Mayors Cup Kayak Race winners John Tardiff and David Lorenzo with Mayor Matty Mattioli and Kayak King owner Roger Roque.

Lovella, Thomas and Vincent Rogers enjoy the fireworks.

Volleyball tournament winners Sam Cyril, Cricket Gaffney and Kathy Taylor.


Royal Palm Beach's annual Firecracker Golf Tournament took place Thursday, July 4 at the Village Golf Club, followed by an awards ceremony, barbecue lunch and raffles. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

RPB Mayor Matty Mattioli with golf tournament winners Nick Welter, Anthony Gabriel and Jaye Saline.

Shootout winner Kevin Johnson with Sherry Thompson.

Lou and Chris Kirschenhoffer with Sal Guelli and Chris Munro.



WILL THE PALM BEACH HORSE PARK BE USED ONLY FOR EQUESTRIAN ACTIVITIES? No, although the Palm Beach Horse Park will be a worldclass, multi-discipline equestrian complex, it will be available to the general public for recreational and civic activities. The centerpiece of the Horse Park will be its enclosed, climate-controlled stadium, featuring a 300’ X 130’ arena floor and a seating capacity of approximately 5,000+/- people. This will accommodate horse shows, rodeo and intercollegiate equestrian competitions, but it could also be used for business trade shows/conferences, graduation exercises and assorted public ceremonies. Most importantly for everyone, since the stadium will be built to hurricane shelter standards, it can serve as a community hurricane shelter for horses, pets and local residents. We welcome your input and ideas – this is YOUR community. Please contact us at: 561-333-3100 or Email:

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Rita Soiner Finalist In Bammy Awards For Parent Outreach Rita Solnet of the Palm Beach County School District Academic Advisory Committee, former PTA president and co-founder of Parents Across America, is now a finalist for this year’s National Bammy Awards in the category of Parent Outreach. Solnet has been a prolific activist in Florida on behalf of children, schools and parents. She works across demographics of race, class, gender and profession to connect and organize people toward achieving the greater good. While working full time, Solnet

volunteered in Palm Beach County schools for 16 years in leadership roles on SACs, PTAs or in coaching students on interview skills. As a defender of students, she communicates frequently with leading policymakers locally, statewide and nationally, as well as keeping education at the forefront in the press. Her work is featured at Huffington Post and Education Next, and she has been published in the Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. Solnet’s relentless drive to reach

parents won her a coveted spot in the St. Petersburg Times’ Top Florida Political Tweeters list for six consecutive months and counting. Her extensive use of social media enables her to connect and inform many parents far and wide. “Having been nominated by an individual whom I never met was an honor,” Solnet said. “I’m proud of all the parent activists in Florida. We work in lock step as a team utilizing everyone’s strengths and contributions to ensure our voices are heard and to ensure all children receive the highest quality

Palm Beach State College Offers Lowest Tuition Among Florida’s Public Colleges Palm Beach State College has the lowest tuition among public four-year colleges and universities in Florida and one of the lowest in the nation, according to new data compiled by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center. The news comes on the heels of the board of trustees’ decision in June not to raise tuition and fees for the 2013-14 fiscal year. “We try to keep our tuition low to make it affordable for young adults to further their education,’’ said David H. Talley, chair of the board of trustees. The tuition list, based on 201112 data from more than 4,000 institutions, shows that Palm Beach State College has the seventh-low-

est tuition among public four-year colleges and universities in the nation. PBSC’s tuition for a full-time student was $2,324 while the national average was $7,135. That’s two notches better than 2011, when the DOE first launched the online center to provide more comprehensive information for parents and students about college costs and to help them make more informed decisions. The college had the ninth-lowest tuition in the country among public four-year institutions according to the 2011 list, which was based on 2009-10 data. The DOE created the College Affordability and Transparency Center to comply with requirements of the Higher Education

Opportunity Act of 2008. Among other options, parents and students can search for institutions with the highest and lowest tuitions and highest and lowest net prices, which is the price of attendance minus grants and scholarship assistance. Serving 49,000 students annually, Palm Beach State College is the largest institution of higher education in Palm Beach County, providing bachelor’s degrees, associate’s degrees, professional certificates, career training and lifelong learning. Established in 1933 as Florida’s first public community college, it offers more than 100 programs of study at locations in Lake Worth, Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens and Belle Glade.

education. I couldn’t be more proud of my Florida colleagues. This honor recognizes our work collectively, not mine.” The Bammy Awards will be presented on Sept. 21 at a red-carpet event in Washington, D.C., by the Academy of Education Arts & Sciences International, which includes leading educators, education leaders, education professors, journalists, editors, researchers, commentators, advocates, activists, visionaries and pioneers. The academy is comprised of a board of governors, a council of

peers and the executive committee. “Nominees like Mrs. Solnet are making a difference in education every day. It’s more important now that ever to demonstrate what’s right with American education,” said Errol St. Clair Smith, executive producer of the Bammy Awards. The Bammy Awards is a crossdiscipline award that identifies and acknowledges the good work being done all across the education village. The awards were created in response to the tremendous national pressure on educators

and education leaders to improve student outcomes, the impact of high-stakes accountability and the intense scrutiny that today’s educator’s face. The awards aim to foster cross-discipline recognition of the collective contributions being made to educate children, encourage collaboration in and across the various domains, elevate education and education successes in the public eye, and raise the profile and voices of the many undervalued and unrecognized people who are making a difference in the field.

Palm Beach County Schools Receive ‘Best Of Show’ Awards At SUNSPRA Palm Beach County public schools recently received two Best of Show awards at the 2013 Sunshine Medallion Awards. The Sunshine State School Public Relations Association (SUNSPRA) celebrates the outstanding work of public-relations professionals through this awards program. Palm Beach County schools received a Best of Show award for its Wellness Promotion Policy Annual Report (Sixth Edition). This collaborative effort evaluates the progress of district wellness programs. The objective is to establish a workplace which encourages and supports healthy lifestyles. Steve Bonino, chairman of the Palm Beach County Public Schools Wellness Promotion Task Force, accepted the award.

A school-based Best of Show award was given to Okeeheelee Middle School for its entry, “Take Steps to a Healthier You Breakfast Club.” The objective of the program is to improve academic performance with tutoring, done while a free breakfast is served to students. The award was accepted by the school’s Title I Coordinator, Carmen Moreira. In addition, Palm Beach County School received two other recognitions: Promotional Videos, Large District — This award was for the Wellness Rewards Premium Discount Promotional Video. The comprehensive video explains the process that district employees have to follow in order to take advantage of the Wellness Rewards Pre-

mium Discount Program. The video was produced by Officer Frank Fanelli from the School Police Training Unit and Donna Winter, assistant wellness coordinator as “The Wellness Fairy.” Special Purpose Publication, Large District — This award was for the Palm Beach County Middle School Poetry Competition. The book includes the winning entries for the 2013 Palm Beach County Middle School Poetry Competition. In addition, the publication features the winning cover designed by Laura Francois and the bookmark designed by Maria Valenti, students at Palm Springs Middle School. Laura Costello, English teacher at Palm Springs Middle School, accepted the award.

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Wellington’s Rachel Docekal Named To Northern Palm Beach Chamber Board Dr. Rachel Docekal, chief executive officer of Hanley Center Foundation and a Wellington resident, was recently elected to the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce board of directors. In her new volunteer role, Docekal will assist the board’s efforts in the northern communities of Juno Beach, Jupiter, Jupiter Inlet Colony, Lake Park, Mangonia Park, North Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Beach Shores, Singer Island, Riviera Beach and Tequesta to achieve sustainable growth and continued prosperity. “I am delighted to join the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce board of directors, which has a vibrant membership and a sterling reputation for creating an enviable business climate,” Docekal said. “I look forward to contributing to its mission and to provide support as the board continues to enhance economic success in the northern Palm Beach County business community.” The Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit organization whose more than 800 members represent employees in all aspects of business and industry. Its continuing mis-

sion is to be the unified voice of business, driving sustainable growth and prosperity. The Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce focuses on economic development, taking an active role in business advocacy, providing meaningful member services to support its growth and improving the quality of life for all residents in its community. Docekal, a noted development and marketing professional, has deep experience with nonprofit, community-based organizations, including the South Florida Science Museum and Nova Southeastern University. She has been presented with numerous recognitions for her contributions to businesses in South Florida and was recently recognized as one of South Florida Business Journal’s Most Influential Business Women 2012. In her role as head of the Hanley Center Foundation, the nonprofit entity created to support Hanley Center’s addiction research, education and treatment programs, as well as capital improvements to the center’s main campus in West Palm Beach and its 28-day residential facility in Vero Beach, Docekal is responsible for board and donor relations,

Dr. Rachel Docekal (center) with Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Beth Kigel and Chairman Don Hearing. fundraising events and creating grams based on the most adfund-development strategies. vanced research in the disease of Docekal earned an undergrad- addiction. From detoxification and uate degree from Chatham Univer- medical stabilization to individusity in Pittsburgh and her MBA alized treatment and continuingwith a concentration in marketing care planning, Hanley Center from the Katz School at the Uni- prides itself in offering the most versity of Pittsburgh. She received innovative and effective treatment her doctorate in organizational programs. Unique to the center is leadership from Nova Southeast- the “Hanley Model of Care,” ern University in Fort Lauderdale. which includes age and genderHanley Center is a residential specific treatment programs. For addiction treatment center head- more information, call (866) 442quartered in West Palm Beach of- 6539 or visit www.hanleycenter. fering a broad spectrum of pro- org.

Wellington Student Receives Scholarship From Former Agents Of The FBI Foundation Tilon S. Pervenecki of Wellington was awarded a scholarship for the 2013-14 collegiate year by the trustees of the Former Agents of the FBI Foundation in Dumfries,

Va. Pervenecki will attend the University of Arizona in the fall. His father, David Pervenecki, is a member of the FBI National Academy. The funding of the foundation

Two Wellington Residents Graduate From Boston U Two Wellington residents were awarded degrees from Boston University in May. Nina S. Perez received her bachelor’s of fine arts degree in painting and Jeremy S. Grant received his juris doctor in law, cum laude. Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. Consisting of 16 schools and colleges, BU offers students more than 250 pro-

grams of study in science and engineering, social science and humanities, health science, the arts and other professional disciplines along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes integral to the university’s research and teaching mission. With more than 33,000 students, BU is the fourth-largest private university in the country and a member of the American Association of Universities.

scholarship program is based, in part, on an endowment made by the late Rosamond Woodruff Morgan in honor of her husband, Judge Roy L. Morgan. Selection is based on a student’s financial need, academic achievement, leadership and community involvement. The Former Agents of the FBI Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI. For the 2013-14 academic year, the foundation will award a total of 64 scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 per year. Undergraduates who are children and grandchildren of former FBI agents or children of graduates of the FBI National Academy, who are pursuing degrees in a variety of subjects, are eligible to

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Burggraaf Releases Seventh Kid’s Book Author and middle school teacher Deborah Burggraaf has announced the release of her seventh children’s book, Flutternutter, an informative story about the Florida State Butterfly, the zebra longwing. Written for children ages 5-12, Flutternutter is illustrated by Ronaldo Perez, with eloquent use of color and movement to bring the zebra longwing to life. The central character is the zebra longwing, told from the butterfly’s point of view. Flutternutter follows Burggraaf’s sixth book, At The Pig Races. Information about age-specific, learning activities is available at

Deborah Burggraaf

Ensign Jo Cartagena To Attend Naval Flight School

Ensign Jo Cartagena

Ensign Jo Cartagena of Royal Palm Beach has received orders to Pensacola for training as a naval flight officer. He recently received a bachelor’s degree in applied physiology and kinesiology, specializing in fitness and wellness from the University of Florida, where he enrolled in August 2009. During his four years at the NROTC unit there, Cartagena served as assistant events officer, conflict drill coordinator and squad leader. A graduate of Suncoast High School, he is the son of Joe and Aiko Cartagena of Royal Palm Beach.

Grafton To Compete In American Miss Pageant

Tilon S. Pervenecki apply. Beginning in October, information and applications for scholarships will be available online at or by calling (703) 445-0026, ext. 4.

Susanna Grafton of Loxahatchee, 13, is a state finalist in the National American Miss Florida Pageant to be held at the Hyatt Regency in Miami July 19-21. The winner will receive a $1,000 cash award and air transportation to compete in the national pageant at Disneyland in California. Pageants are held for girls ages 4 to 18, in five age groups. Grafton’s activities include singing, playing flute and reading fantasy stories. She also enjoys watching mysterious TV shows such as Doctor Who and Once Upon a Time.

Susanna Grafton

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NEWS BRIEFS Wellington Street Cleanup July 27 The Wellington Preservation Coalition’s next adopt-a-street cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, July 27. It will cover a small portion of Wellington Trace from the corner of Forest Hill Blvd. to Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue Station 25. The cleanup will begin on the corner of Forest Hill Blvd. and Wellington Trace. Volunteers should meet outside by the parking area of the original Wellington Mall at the corner of Forest Hill Blvd. and Wellington Trace behind Checkers before 9 a.m. All necessary items will be provided for the cleanup, plus water to keep volunteers hydrated. For more information, or to RSVP, call (561) 333-9843.

PBC Water To Flush Lines Starting July 15 To maintain high water quality in the county’s water distribution system, the Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department will temporarily modify the disinfec-

tion process used to treat drinking water. The county will use a somewhat stronger disinfection process to produce chlorine residual instead of a chloramine residual from July 15 to Aug. 16. Hydrant flushing will also be increased as a preventive maintenance process. Customers served by the Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department may notice a slight chlorine taste or odor in their tap water during this period. These temporary conditions will not cause adverse health effects. Residents who are especially sensitive to the taste or odor of chlorine are advised to keep an open container of drinking water in the refrigerator for a few hours to allow the chlorine to dissipate. Users of home dialysis machines, owners of tropical fish, and managers of stores and restaurants with fish and shellfish holding tanks are advised to seek professional advice. The method for removing chlorine residuals differs from removing chloramine residuals from tap water. The process will not affect utility customers in Belle Glade, Pahokee and South Bay. For more information, call the Palm Beach

County Water Utilities Department at (561) 740-4600 and select option 3.

Electronics Recycling July 13 The Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Service and Reboot Charity will hold an electronics recycling event on Saturday, July 13. Residents are encouraged to gather old electronics and donate them for recycling. Currently, less than 15 percent of old electronics are recycled or repurposed, while the rest ends up in landfills, making electronic waste one of the fastest-growing environmental problems. Reboot Charity encourages the proper recycling of electronic equipment, including cell phones, computers and office equipment, by accepting donations and then overseeing their recycling and/or resale and redistribution. Proceeds from the recycling event will be used to support the work of volunteer educators who have suffered financial setbacks such as loss of employment, homelessness and severe health issues or disabilities. The event will take place Satur-

day, July 13, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Office, 559 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach. For more information, contact Wil Reyes of Reboot Charity at (561) 800-3968 or wil@rebootcharity. org.

Here Comes The Circus Piccadilly Circus is returning to the area with an all-new “Piccadilly Circus: Blammo!” show. The circus will be at the South Florida Fairgrounds (9067 Southern Blvd.) on Sunday, July 21 for show times at 1, 3:30 and 6 p.m. Each show is an hour and a half of excitement featuring “Cossak Warriors” on horseback, the Motorcycle Nitro Cowboys in the Globe of Death, camels and zebras performing with ponies, clowns, comedy and more. Free children’s tickets have been distributed at elementary schools, preschools, day care centers and churches. The free tickets are also available at sponsoring area businesses. Special buyone, get-one adult tickets are available online at www.thefuncircus. com. Tickets will also be available at the box office on show day.

Community Health Fair At FoundCare The T. Leroy Jefferson Medical Society, in partnership with FoundCare Health Center, will hold its 22nd annual Community Health Fair, including free immunizations for school children at the Palm Beach County Health Department immunization van and health care for adults, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 13 at FoundCare Health Center, 2330 S. Congress Ave., West Palm Beach. Providing services to underserved and low-income families, the health fair will offer free, backto-school immunizations, physicals and dental screenings for children ages 2 months and up, as well as healthcare for adults that will include free screenings for HIV, hypertension, diabetes, dental screenings, breast examinations and pap smears for women. “The T. Leroy Jefferson Medical Society is made up of dedicated volunteer physicians and nonphysicians who devote their valuable time to serving those who might not have access to a doctor

for regular medical checkups,” said Dr. Dudley Brown, chairman of the health fair. “This event is a longstanding tradition of our society, which carries on the legacy of Palm Beach County’s first AfricanAmerican physician, Dr. T. Leroy Jefferson.” The Palm Beach County School District requires students to have proof of immunizations to enter schools for the first time and to advance to some grade levels. A physical is required for entrance to pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and for students entering seventh grade. Parents are asked to bring their children’s immunization records to the event. In addition to medical services, the health fair will offer educational presentations on various healthrelated topics. Free food and giveaways will be distributed. FoundCare will invite participants to continue receiving comprehensive health services at its state-of-the-art facility and provide assistance in applying for insurance plans for low-income families and individuals. For more information, call the T. Leroy Jefferson Medical Society at (561) 318-0814 or visit www.

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HOLIDAY ANGLING FUN AT 23RD ANNUAL RED, WHITE & BLUE FISHING TOURNEY Royal Palm Bassmasters hosted the 23rd Annual Red, White & Blue Fishing Tournament at Lakeside Challenger Park on Thursday, July 4. Children and parents fished all morning, and then gathered at the park for the big weigh-in, with awards in each age category. Kassidy Mott caught the big bass. For more info., visit PHOTOS BY LAUREN MIRÓ/TOWN-CRIER

Members of the Royal Palm Bassmasters, which organized the tournament.

6 & Under Other winners Brody Hughes, Brooke Schofield and Ashlyn Nutter.

13 to 19 Bass winners Christian Salamone and Lance Covert.

13 to 19 Bass winner Kassadi Mott caught the biggest bass of the day.

7 to 9 Other winners Dylan Ghettie, Chelsea Nedoroscik and Faith Smith.

Parent-Child Bass winners Raymond Dougherty and Kayla and Nicole Neil.

Biggest Fish Other winner Shyla Rhoads with dad, Dale.

10 to 12 Other winners Colton Kenny, Ciara Faircooth and Dylan D’Orsi.

Parent-Child Other winners Brody Jara, Bryan Schofield and Hayden Gray.

10 to 12 Bass winners Taylor Bensema, Dalton Nutter and Jimmy Martin.

7 to 9 Bass winners Ryan Cohen, Zachary Shively and Daytona Frase.

6 & Under Bass wiinner Baron Ryba.

13 to 19 Bass winner Eric Scott.

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NEWS Quarters Auction July 17 At RPB Cultural Center

Free Admission To Aquatics Complex July 20

A quarters auction will be held Wednesday, July 17 at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center (151 Civic Center Way) to benefit Pet Haven Rescue. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Donate $2 for a bidding paddle and bring rolls of quarters or small bills to bid on items provided by a wide variety of vendors, from healthcare products to candles, jewelry, home items, clothing and more. There will also be a 50/50 raffle, door prizes and individual raffles by vendors. Gold Rush America will be onsite to evaluate silver, gold and platinum jewelry, and a portion of any jewelry purchased by the company will go to Pet Haven Rescue. For more information, or to RVSP, call (561) 797-1501.

Wellington residents are invited to cool off from the summer heat with free admission on Saturday, July 20 to the Wellington Aquatics Complex. The Wellington Preservation Coalition is sponsoring the all-day event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. In addition to free entry, a complimentary lunch consisting of a hot dog, a bag of chips and beverage will be made available to all guests from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Wellington Preservation Coalition is a group of Wellington residents committed to preserving and maintaining the character, nature and quality of life in Wellington. The coalition seeks to build community partnerships among citizens and groups with similar values and goals.

EV Permit

2014 Global Dressage Festival Gets OK

continued from page 1 horse has a set time to take his or her individual test,” he said. “It’s a much smaller, individual event.” There would be some jumping on the site, Stone said. “In between the grand prix events, we have what we call a derby on the grass,” he explained. “It gives horses a break.” Council members were primarily concerned with allowing entertainment, as well as stadium lighting, parking and access to and within the site. “Can you give me an idea of the type of entertainment you expect to have?” Vice Major Howard Coates asked. “I want to make sure that the equestrian use is the primary event, and that any entertainment is ancillary to that.” Stone said the music would be primarily accompanying riders or in between rounds.

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Larger Space Wanted

continued from page 1 adopt-a-thons associated with larger community events. “What we need is assistance to get it going,” Larson said. She said she is aware that the dog park is on staff’s list of things to do, but also that staff has other pressing priorities. “However, we’ve waited a long time, and we’d kind of like to get this started,” Larson said. Councilman Fred Pinto said he favored the idea conceptually, and Vice Mayor Jeff Hmara agreed that the council already had set aside some money and land for a dog park. Village Engineer Chris Marsh said $63,000 was budgeted for a 0.7-acre dog park with a dog wash, fencing and a minimal walkway to make it accessible. Some oak trees had already been moved into the area for shade. Current plans are to start design in December with completion in August 2014. Hmara said he thought there were some smaller projects that could be rolled into a larger dog park. “One that comes to mind is

Residents are encouraged to come out for this free day of swimming, food and fun in the sun. For information about other Wellington programs, events, activities and updates, visit

Nicole Hessen of Wender , Hedler & Hessen P.A., a leading law firm in Palm Beach County serving injured workers, was installed as the president-elect of the Palm Beach County Chapter of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers (FAWL). In this role, Hessen, a Wellington resident, will assist the current President Allison Lane as needed. Additionally, she will serve as a

tireless advocate for her colleagues and will work to promote gender equality in the legal profession, judiciary and community at large, promoting reform in law and facilitating administration of justice. “This appointment is a tremendous honor,” said Hessen who previously held committee positions with FAWL including PACE committee chair, newsletter and publicity chair and outreach director. “FAWL holds a special place in my heart for the work the organization is doing for the betterment of our community. I admire the men and women in my field that are a part of this organization, and I will work as hard as possible to keep everyone inspired and an active and engaged part of our community.” In addition to her association with FAWL, Hessen is chair of the workers’ compensation practice committee for the Palm Beach County Bar 2008-13; is a Florida

Bar SCOPE mentor and is a volunteer with the Village of Wellington coaching ages 4 to 6 in soccer. She also serves on the board of directors for the Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association; is a member of the Palm Beach County Bar Association; the Workers’ Compensation Section, Florida Bar and the Florida Workers’Advocates. Hessen was recently named a 2013 Rising Star by Florida Super Lawyer, which recognizes the top 2.5 percent of lawyers in Florida, as well as a member of Florida Trend’s Legal Elite list, which honors only 2 percent of the active members of the Florida Bar. For more information on Hessen’s community involvement, or to learn more about Wender, Hedler & Hessen P.A., visit www. or call (561) 246-6666. Wender, Hedler & Hessen P.A. is a boutique law firm with more than two decades of service de-

fending injured workers in South Florida. With experience representing employees involved in accidents at work, WWH knows workers compensation laws inside and out.

“We learned our lesson from Akon,” he said, referring to a large concert that took place two years ago, to the ire of neighbors. “We have accompanying music playing, like classic music. There is no intention of having any large rocktype bands.” Gerwig asked about the use of the covered arena. “What sort of activities will be done in there?” she asked. Stone said that the arena was used mostly for training, but that there would be one show held in it. “During our sixth week, we have a para-dressage competition that will be held there,” he said. Council members also asked about parking on the site. “Can you give me examples of how sufficient last year’s parking was?” Coates asked. Engineer Michael Sexton, agent for the applicant, said there was adequate parking last year. “The grass parking lot to the west of the covered arena was the main parking last year for spectators,” Sexton said. “That is the main parking area again this year. We believe it will be adequate.”

There is also overflow parking available in the unused dirt arenas on the southeast side of the property, Sexton said. “I don’t think they had to use them,” he said. Amy Huber, of the law firm Shubin & Bass, representing the Jacobs family, said that her clients were largely in support of the issue. “The Jacobs family is supportive of this application, as well as the current conditions proposed by staff,” she said. However, she said that the family maintains the concerns expressed in pending litigation regarding certain aspects of the property. Huber said the Jacobs had some concern about the intensity of use on the site compared to years past. “We believe there should be special consideration because of this,” she said. Lighting is an issue for the family, Huber said. “We believe there should be an illumination plan on file,” Huber said. “We believe staff should have time to go out and test the lights and… assure that [the lights] are pointed where they should be.”

Gerwig asked whether there was a lighting plan for the site. Village Manager Paul Schofield said there is a lighting plan for the stadium lights, which are permanent structures, but not for temporary lights. Huber said another issue was adequate parking for not only the stables, but also vendors and employees. “When you look at the parking count, it does not include those vendor spaces,” she said, asserting that the site was short by about 250 spaces. Gerwig said that by issuing a special-use permit, Wellington could see the full use of the facility for future approvals. “They’re anticipating one night a week being well attended,” she said. “If it works out the rest of the week the way they are saying, it doesn’t seem like there’ll be a big impact. This is a way for us to find out without permanent approvals.” Basehart said that village staff believes there is adequate parking on the site for the stables, vendors and employees, as well as spectators. During public comment, most of the speakers were in favor of the

Frisbee golf, not because I have anything against Frisbee golf,” Hmara said. “One of the things that I would put on the table is that we could actually defer the disc golf to some later date and use that $30,000 to enable us to [build a dog park] sooner than later.” Councilman David Swift said Okeeheelee Park has a disc golf course, but did not know what its level of use was. “I’ve never had people come to me and say we really need to have this in the Village of Royal Palm Beach,” he said. Swift agreed that they could defer the disc golf and use the money to expand dog park plans. “I guess the issue that the council will have to take a look at is, do you want to have a contractor come in and help plan a really quality dog park?” he asked. However, Swift pointed out that a dog park was not brought up during public planning sessions for Commons Park. “I’m for it, I’m just saying there’s a lot of things out there that have been voted on already, and we’re kind of changing the scope,” he said. Swift added that he had also talked to Marsh about a shade structure for humans more substantial than trees. “I see shade as a really important piece to have in there,” he said.

Mayor Matty Mattioli said he favored moving ahead immediately on a high-quality dog park. “That money is available, but you people don’t want to touch that money that we haven’t used for two years,” Mattioli said. “What good is money in the bank if you’re depriving people of what they want? If you need $100,000, and we’ve got $5.5 million dollars, what are we playing around for? Hire a consultant and get the thing planned.” Village Manager Ray Liggins said staff had estimated up to $100,000 when the council had approved plans for a 0.7-acre dog park, by doing it with in-house labor. “The size really came from looking at not the completed project, but a landscape design of what we had out there,” Liggins said, explaining that the area of the park could be increased easily at an insignificant cost. “The cost, the larger you make it, the more fencing you would have, so there would be cost changes to that.” Liggins affirmed Mattioli’s contention that money is available to increase financing for the dog park. “You can give us direction to put more money to this, to buy more structures or use a consultant. If we put a consultant to it, we can start on this immediately,” he said, pointing out that existing staff is

limited by other projects that have grant deadlines that must be met. “This is a good time to talk about it, and we can find the money if the council wants to put more money into this,” he said. Attorney Brad Biggs stressed that the meeting was a workshop session, and the council could not make any decisions that evening. Councilman Richard Valuntas said he did not have a problem rolling the disc golf funding into the dog park plans, although he agreed with Swift that a dog park did not come up during public hearings. “I went to all the meetings for this, and a dog park was never mentioned, but it looks like it’s a need now, and it looks like the desire is for something bigger than what we had anticipated,” he said. Valuntas said the acreage would need to be determined. “This is something we might want to think about before allocating dollars,” he said, pointing out that they already have $63,000 and an additional $30,000 from the disc golf allocation. Councilman Fred Pinto recommended, without objections, that staff do an analysis and meet with the people who want the dog park to find out what it needs to be, and report back to the council for a decision in the near future.

permits, though some had concerns. Houston Meiggs, a board member of the Landowners of the Equestrian Preserve, said his group had several concerns, including hours of operations. “We feel the operating parameters need to be clearly laid out so there is no future misunderstanding,” he said. Chris Spire, another member of the group, was concerned with traffic, noting that just adding deputies every time there is an issue is not a long-term solution. “We feel a comprehensive traffic management plan needs to be put into place,” he said. Jack Mancini with the Wellington Equestrian Forum was supportive of the measure. “Though there is a lot of concern about what is happening here in the village, you’ve shown you want it to succeed,” he said. Councilman Matt Willhite said he was supportive of the application with conditions, but wanted to know how the property was being used. “This was supposed to be primarily a dressage facility,” he said. “Maybe as you go through this process, you can give us an update of… if you are looking at increasing other uses like hunter jumper at the facility. It seems like you’re trying to add a lot more other events there.”

Stone said he would keep staff updated with exactly what would go on. “We’ve had jumping events there for years,” he said. “There always has been jumping there. The 12 weeks of the Global Dressage Festival is primarily dressage, except for four Sundays. They are smaller shows with a lot less horses.” Coates made a motion to approve the plat application, which passed unanimously. He then made a motion to approve the special-use permit with staff conditions, as well as conditions on the hours of operation to allow an 11 p.m. finish only once a week. Other council-imposed conditions included not allowing entertainment before 9 a.m. and providing adequate signs and illumination at the entrance on South Shore Blvd. “Would you be amenable to adding lighting at the entrance to make it more visible?” Gerwig asked. Attorney Dan Rosenbaum, representing the property owner, said they would be. Coates also said he wanted a weekly meeting between staff and Equestrian Village representatives to keep everything on track. Councilman John Greene seconded the special-use permit motion, which also passed unanimously.

Hessen Named President-Elect Of PBC Women Lawyers Group

Mayor Matty Mattioli said he favored moving ahead immediately on a high-quality dog park. ‘That money is available, but you people don’t want to touch that money that we haven’t used for two years,’ he said. ‘What good is money in the bank if you’re depriving people of what they want?’

Nicole Hessen


Assessment Increase

continued from page 3 he felt it was necessary to curb future drainage woes. “It’s a substantial increase we’re talking about percentage wise, but the amount really is nothing when compared with the improvements we’re talking about doing,” he said. “This is

Blotter continued from page 6 tle Ceasar’s Pizza on Okeechobee Blvd. contacted the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach on Monday regarding a case of forgery. According to a PBSO report, a store employee was given three counterfeit $20 bills from an unknown man. According to the report, the suspect came into the store and bought a pizza and a soda, then left and returned and purchased wings and another soda. The suspect used three counterfeit $20 bills for the purchases. According to the report, the suspect was described as a black male, approximately 6’ tall, with a golden tooth and wearing a yellow shirt. There was no further

one of first times we’ve really added to residents’ tax bills on the Acme side of it. It’s not something this council has taken lightly; it’s out of response to something that has happened to us, and something we’re trying to mitigate for the future.” Coates made a motion to set the TRIM rate at 2.5 mills and approve the increased assessment. Gerwig seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

information available at the time of the report. JULY 8 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Wellington was dispatched Monday evening to a residence on Hickory Trail regarding a home burglary. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday, someone forced open a window on the side of the victim’s home to gain entry to the house. Once inside, the perpetrator(s) stole two fake Rolex watches, an iPad, a HP Pavilion laptop computer, miscellaneous jewelry, approximately 200 cigars, a Playstation 3 gaming console and a loaded .40caliber handgun. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report.

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WELLINGTON CELEBRATES JULY 4 HOLIDAY WITH A DAY OF PATRIOTIC FESTIVITIES Wellington celebrated the Fourth of July with a day of festivities and fun. The day kicked off with a Patriotic Pool Party at the Wellington Aquatic Complex. Families then headed to Village Park on Pierson Road, which offered inflatable rides, a petting zoo, pony rides, food, music and more. The evening ended with a fireworks spectacular. PHOTOS BY LAUREN MIRÓ/TOWN-CRIER

Jaiden and Leia Almodovar enjoy pony rides atop some festively dressed ponies.

The sack race drew some fierce competition.

The Manohalal family, dressed in stars and stripes, enjoys a fun time at Village Park.

Wellington Mayor Bob Margolis and his wife, Linda, check out the petting zoo.

Kaiden Nevad comes down the slide during the Patriotic Pool Party at the Wellington Aquatic Complex.

Wellington’s Jim Barnes, Eric Juckett, Bruce Wagner and Bruce Delaney enjoy the day’s festivities.

Children try to hula-hoop for the longest time during the hula-hoop contest.

Gianna and Taylor Priske with Dora the Explorer and Mickey Mouse.

Kaiden Nevad (center) enjoys a day at the pool with his grandparents, Terry and Kathy Strongin.

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Owners Credit Hyperbaric Chamber As A Lifesaver

An equine hyperbaric chamber, owned jointly by Dr. Byron Reid and Dr. Meg Miller Turpin, is gaining many fans among horse owners. The chamber uses pure oxygen under pressure to enhance healing in serious wounds, injuries and infections. Ellen Rosenberg’s Column, Page 21

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Former WHS Football Star Making A Name At USF

Brynjar Gudmundsson played left tackle at Wellington High School from 2009 to 2011 and became the most highly touted prospect in the history of the school’s football program. He staved off Wellington’s poor football reputation and made it to Division I football at the University of South Florida. Page 31

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Deborah Welky’s Royal Palm Adventure

Last week, columnist Deborah Welky attended Royal Palm Beach’s Independence Day celebration. After years of attending Wellington’s, she wanted to see the new Royal Palm Beach Commons. “I was glad I did,” she wrote. “I had a great time. I loved walking on the fresh grass, seeing the splash-happy children and enjoying America as it should be.” Deborah Welky’s Column, Page 21


WHS Grad Will Play Lacrosse At Brevard

Wellington High School graduate Hunter Dietz recently signed to play lacrosse at Brevard College. Brevard is a Division II university located near Asheville, N.C. When Dietz learned of the college’s new lacrosse program, he immediately had the desire to help make the new program a successful one. Page 31

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Owners Credit Equine Hyperbaric Chamber As A Lifesaver “I had just purchased a lovely 5-year-old Warmblood. I hadn’t even finished paying for him,” Ruth Mack recalled. “I live in California, and I’d shipped him with the rest of my barn’s horses to Wellington for WEF in 2009, just to start training him as a jumper.” The groom noticed he was spiking a high fever every morning and called a veterinarian. “He had pleurisy, both lungs full of fluid, and was going downhill fast,” Mack said. “Everyone thought he was a goner. Someone even advised me to just let him go. Then I brought him to Dr. Reid’s veterinary practice. They had just built the hyperbaric chamber, and asked permission to use it on him. He was their first patient. By then he was a bag of bones. He stayed there eight to nine months. Now he’s fine and gorgeous, 100 percent recovered. It absolutely saved his life. That facility and those vets are amazing.” The hyperbaric chamber, owned jointly by Dr. Byron Reid and Dr. Meg Miller Turpin, looks like a giant concrete pressure cooker, about 14 feet high by 12 feet in diameter, with portholes like diving bells. It uses pure oxygen under pressure to enhance healing in serious wounds, injuries and infections. “This isn’t like putting an oxygen mask on your face,” Turpin explained. “By increasing Get updates all week long... follow Ellen Rosenberg on Twitter at or stop by the Tales from the Trails page on Facebook and click “like.”

Tales From The Trails By Ellen Rosenberg the pressure all around the body, it compresses the oxygen into smaller bubbles, which then saturates the hemoglobin and all the tissues, increasing circulation. Racehorse trainers use it for bleeders, horses who routinely pop blood vessels in their lungs. It’s very effective in promoting healing in abscesses and large infections, especially in bones, hooves and similar inaccessible places. It’s great with non-healing, traumatized or necrotizing wounds. It enhances the use of antibiotics and promotes healing. We also use it post-op after colic surgery, for pneumonia, laminitis, spider or snake bites, smoke inhalation from a barn fire or bad swellings.” There are some risks involved. The horse can’t have any metal, oil or lotions on him in the chamber, which means he gets a thorough bath, has his shoes pulled and wears a special cotton halter before going in. With all that pure oxygen under pressure, the least little spark could be catastrophic. But the staff takes great pains to make sure everything goes right. And the horses seem to like it.


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Dr. Meg Miller Turpin beside the hyperbaric chamber. “Most of them stand quietly,” Turpin said. “We may lightly sedate them the first time, but most walk in willingly. We watch them closely on a video camera. Each treatment usually takes about an hour. It takes about

seven minutes to get them down to one or two atmospheres, where they stay for about 45 minutes, then seven minutes to bring the pressure back to normal, like ascending in See ROSENBERG, page 22

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What I Learned On My July 4 Visit To Royal Palm Beach

Last week, I crossed “The Great Divide” (i.e., Southern Blvd.) and attended Royal Palm Beach’s Independence Day celebration. I generally go to Wellington’s, but I wanted to see the new park, Royal Palm Beach Commons. I was glad I did. I had a great time. I loved walking on the fresh grass, seeing the splash-happy children and enjoying America as it should be — neighbors getting together to have a good time. And, although the sign posted on the elevator read “No Access Today,” I even explored the observation deck of the tower at the invitation of Recreation Director Lou Recchio. Cool! Mayor Matty Mattioli joked that his village was considering annexing the Village of Wellington, but I don’t think that will happen. Our horses will vote it down.

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The Sonic BOOMER But I was appreciative of the fact that those in charge of Royal Palm Beach, which was originally established as a golf community for retirees, had the good sense to reinvent the abandoned golf course into something that answers the needs of the current population. The current population has a lot of young families, and the mother of the young family I was with had nothing but praise for the park. She had been there the day before it opened (when curiosity got the best of her) and had

been visiting regularly ever since. “This is the go-to place for moms,” Shelley confided. “This, and Target. I see everybody I know at those two places.” Another member of our party, who happens to get around by wheelchair, enthused that the playground was completely handicappedaccessible. “I was able to go on every single thing!” Victoria told me proudly. It was a historic first for her — even though she’s 34. The demographics of America are changing, and wise are the community leaders who look up from their laptop agendas to take note of the faces in the meeting hall. It’s also nice when they realize that young families whose children go to bed right around 8 p.m. have trouble getting to meetings, as do those in wheelchairs. They need to take a look around Target… or Publix… or the library on a Satur-

day afternoon to see a real slice of their town. When I moved to Florida (back when dinosaurs roamed the Earth), that park was still a golf course, the building nearby was a tiny little library, most of the faces in the grocery store were over 65 and Target was not due to arrive in Florida for another 16 years. But nobody’s complaining. Nothing makes a person feel as youthful as being around the young. We may not play “Chase Me!” with a toddler for more than five minutes before we realize we are no longer breathing, but we sure can smile while watching them from a bench. And the music right in front of the stage may be a bit too loud for us, but we love feeling the beat from clear across the park. And a bright-red jungle gym? Why, even I couldn’t resist going hand-over-hand across it. I didn’t make it all the way, but for one brief shining moment, I felt like a kid again... …a very heavy and somewhat dorky kid.

Horrible Script Trumps The Action In ‘The Lone Ranger’ The biggest problem with The Lone Ranger, a new retelling of an old favorite, is that the main character is ridiculous. We have grown up on tough western heroes. Here we have the “wuss of the West.” And because the Lone Ranger provides no real center, the whole movie is somewhat off-kilter. That is not to say there are not amusing moments or some really good action scenes. They exist. This is not the worst movie ever, nor even the worst of the summer. But it never really flies. The problem is that the main character John Reid (Armie Hammer) is a metrosexual western hero, which does not make him a fool, but certainly an oddity. There have been relatively nonviolent western heroes before in movies such as Shane and (one of my real favorites) The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. The coming of law to the west is a good subject for movies, but generally there has to be a point. In this movie, there seems no point at all. John returns to the west after studying law elsewhere. Right from the start, he steps in to protect Butch Cavendish (William Fichtner), a particularly vicious killer. When Tonto (Johnny Depp) is ready to kill the evil guy,


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scuba diving. It’s safe and effective. Horses typically emerge sweating, but relaxed.” Turpin said some horses need only one treatment; some need three to five. A normal protocol might run one treatment per day for five days. More aggressive treatment might require two treatments per day. It all depends. And it’s used not alone, but in conjunction with traditional treatments. It costs $500 per session, and after 10, you get two free sessions. Carol Cohen of Wellington owned Two Swans Farm. “I had one horse colic badly, with a blockage,” she recalled. “Impresario was a Grand Prix horse who’d shown on the USET team. He was 19 at the time. He went into the hyper-

known for not only killing anyone who gets in his way but occasionally eating their body parts, Reid intervenes, intoning that justice needs to take place, and the guy escapes. Later, Cavendish kills John’s brother and kidnaps his attractive sister-in-law (Ruth Wilson), who’s always had the hots for John, as well as her son. Even after that, he betrays Tonto to protect the bad guy. Even at the end of the movie, John would rather do anything except ensure that the real bad guy gets killed. Tonto is the real center of the movie, and even though Depp gets good laughs out of the part, and the producers really worked hard to be politically correct, he still seems foolish for trusting Reid. He is not a trusty sidekick; he

has his own agenda. But the two characters never seem to blend. Tonto (which means “stupid” in Spanish) calls Reid “kemo sabe,” which could be taken as “know nothing,” and has to be convinced by the spirit horse Silver to do anything for the white man. In essence, the movie becomes “dumb and dumber.” Of course, Tonto does know what he wants: the destruction of two white men who destroyed his tribe. But Reid constantly gets in his way. I thought back to Clint Eastwood, one of the great Hollywood cowboys (although his best roles were in Italian “spaghetti westerns”) who understood vengeance. Reid comes across like one of the morons in the Dirty Harry movies who, for no apparent reason, constantly lets the bad guy go. It is hard make someone like that the hero/center of an action movie. As a result, the movie is a letdown. On the other hand, there are some witty lines (Depp, of course, gets most of them), and a really good action scene with runaway trains. That’s what frustrates a movie reviewer. I actually enjoyed part of the film. Jerry Bruckheimer and Gore Verbinski, who created the Pirates of the Caribbean films

and did this one, know how to put on a good show. They did not skimp on the budget, and most of the big budget shows up on screen. But as Russians like to say, when fish start to stink, it begins at the head. And with an essentially ridiculous hero, the movie makes relatively little sense. The hero in Shane hated guns but stood up for himself. The newcomer in Liberty Valance had John Wayne to do the heavy lifting, and the title was used ironically. Here, the awkwardness of the Lone Ranger flattens the mood. The cast was good. Depp got most of the laughs while still bringing some dignity to the role. Hammer looked the part and his acting was fine; it was the script-writer who brought him down. Helena Bonham Carter played her usual weird woman in what was essentially a cameo. Tom Wilkinson was particularly good as the railroad man who was willing to make great sacrifices of just about every other person around in order to gain wealth, power and the gorgeous sister-in-law. But this is a film to see when it plays for free on television. I saw it; now you can avoid it. In the long run, you’ll thank me.

baric chamber immediately after surgery, and it greatly helped his healing. He was schooling again three months later. He healed quickly and recovered completely.” It was also used on a mare, Trophia, with awful summer sores. “I thought, ‘Let’s give the chamber a try,’ and she healed up quickly,” Cohen said. “It also helped another of my horses, Daddy, who had lymphangitis so badly he couldn’t even walk. One hind leg was swollen to three times normal. He was at death’s door. They put him on IV antibiotics and used the chamber twice daily. It saved his life. Three weeks later, my daughter, Rebecca, rode him at the Junior National Championships in Gladstone, and he was Reserve National Champion. It was unbelievable.” To Cohen, the chamber is a lifesaver. “I think the chamber is just brilliant,” she said. “It really works, and the horses enjoy it. They’re always frisky and happy when they come out. The whole staff is very professional,

extremely safe and knowledgeable. I never felt like my horses were at risk. They take incredible care.” Elizabeth Pignatiello is one of the vet techs in charge of the chamber. She has worked there for three years. “I like doing this,” Pignatiello said. “I’ve seen some horses really benefit from it and some cool success stories, like bad pneumonia cases completely turned around. A lot of horses love it. They walk right in. We’ve also used it for other animals. Late one night, we got in a dog who had carbon dioxide poisoning. He didn’t look like he’d make it, but he came running out with his tail wagging. We’ve also treated a couple of sea turtles brought in from the Loggerhead Marine Center. They did well.” Marcia Radosevich of Wellington also swears by the hyperbaric chamber. “I had an old Thoroughbred named Aronagian, a grandson of Secretariat, my horse of a

lifetime,” she recalled. “When he was 26, he developed a lesion in his hoof and started to founder. My farrier recommended the chamber. He had a treatment every day for a month, then three a week for a couple of weeks, then twice a week. It stopped the bone’s rotation. He grew so much hoof it was insane. He lived to see his 27th birthday. It bought him time and peace.” Radosevich would recommend the treatment to others. “I have nothing but great things to say about the chamber and staff,” she said. “They’re incredibly kind and generous, and treat each horse like it was their own. They’re wonderful. I can’t recommend them, and the chamber, highly enough.” The hyperbaric chamber is located at Reid & Associates at 1630 F Road in Loxahatchee Groves. For more information, call (561) 790-2226, (561) 319-2557, or visit www.

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Glades Tackling Blighted Structures With County’s Help It has been said that sometimes you have to tear it down before you can build it up. That’s exactly what is happening as part of the Glades Demolition Program.

Palm Beach County, through the departments of Economic Sustainability, Risk Management and Facilities Development & Operations, has partnered with the cities

North Palm Beach ABWA Chapter Honors Peterson The Northern Palm Beach Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) has announced the 2013 Chapter Woman of the Year. The Woman of the Year program was designed so every chapter can annually recognize a member who has made notable contributions and outstanding achievements to the chapter and the community. The recipient, Janis Peterson, works for Morgan Stanley Wealth Management in West Palm Beach. She is married and resides in Palm Beach Gardens. She contributes in her community through her church in the St. Ignatius Loyola outreach program. A member since 1993, Peterson has been involved in the holiday gift bag donations to VA hospital residents. The chapter filled 50 gift bags for the veterans last year. In

the past, Peterson has served as chapter president, treasurer and secretary. She currently serves as the chairwoman of the fundraising/ community service committee, organizing the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County book drive. She has also served as hospitality chairwoman and newsletter chairwoman, as well as participated on the audit committee and was a member of the Tri-County Council. The mission of the American Business Women’s Association is to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking, support and national recognition. For more on the ABWA, call Kandyce Key at (561) 908-4798 or e-mail abwa. npbflorida

of Belle Glade, Pahokee and South Bay to demolish approximately 70 vacated and unsafe structures and remove them from Glades neighborhoods. The project is being funded by $1 million from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program 3 and Community Development Block Grant programs. Project activity includes structural demolitions, abatement of asbestos where needed and removal of debris. The purpose of the program is to remove abandoned structures that negatively impact neighborhoods and can become havens for unlawful activity. One of the goals of the project is to encourage redevelopment and reinvestment in the communities. Municipal officials have prioritized specific properties to be addressed and are working with county staff to clear them away. Belle Glade City Manager Lomax Harrelle expressed appreciation for the county’s partnership in the venture. “Several nuisance structures located throughout the city have been

This abandoned house in Belle Glade is one of 70 to be removed. demolished and many others are in the pipeline to be taken down in the very near future,” he said. “Palm Beach County has been excellent to work with, and we value the county’s commitment to assisting Belle Glade and the greater Glades area.” Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputies in the Glades area see the program as helpful in achieving community policing efforts by cleaning up areas that attract and conceal the criminal element.

“The elimination of these unsafe structures will enable the Glades to move forward toward a safer community by stopping the spread of crime that buildings such as these can produce,” PBSO Lt. Edward Luty said. “In observance of the community policing philosophy, we believe that maintaining and monitoring urban environments in a well-ordered condition may stop further vandalism and escalation into more serious crime.”

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Iberia Bank Joins Back-To-School New Board Installed At Drive In Palm Beach And Broward EWPB’s Annual Dinner Iberia Bank, a 126-year-old subsidiary of Iberia Corporation, has selected locations for the Community Back to School Bash in Palm Beach County and Tools for Schools in Broward County. The program is called “i Gives Back.” Branches throughout Palm Beach and Broward counties will collect school supplies from July 1 through Aug. 2 including: crayons, pencils, erasers, markers, glue sticks, lined notebook paper, composition notebooks, student scissors, two-pocket folders, index cards, highlighters, ball-point pens, spiral notebooks, three-ring binders, rulers, calculators and backpacks. These items will be distributed to children in need who may not otherwise have access to new school supplies to start classes in the fall. The Community Back to School Bash is a not-for-profit organization that collaborates with nonprofit organizations throughout Palm Beach County to serve underprivileged, homeless and foster-care students. This partnership provides supplies, backpacks, information and resources to empower children to begin the school year with confidence.

At the organization’s annual back-to-school bash, each student is paired with a personal shopper who guides the child through a store of new school supplies. Children have the opportunity to select grade-appropriate items necessary to start the school year. Last year, more than 70 nonprofit agencies served more than 12,000 students ages 4 through high school. Tools for Schools Broward is a not-for-profit organization that operates an 8,000-square-foot center, which provides teachers in Title I schools with the opportunity to shop for the supplies they need for their classrooms at no cost. Since the group was founded in 2001, Tools for Schools Broward has provided more than $4 million in new school supplies for teachers providing instruction in low-income schools. “The teachers who shop at the Tools for Schools Broward center serve students whose family incomes qualify them for free or reduced-cost lunches,” said Joren Jameson, president and CEO of the Broward Education Foundation. “According to our research, 88 percent of Broward County teachers

spend up to $1,000 of their personal funds each year on school supplies for their classrooms. Our goal is to eliminate the need for teachers to dip into their own pockets.” School supply donations may be dropped off at the following Iberia Bank locations in Palm Beach County: 1315 W. Indiantown Road, Jupiter, (561) 653-5070; 605 N. Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach, (561) 653-5050; 119 S. State Road 7, Royal Palm Beach, (561) 2042400; 2764 S. Congress Avenue, Palm Springs, (561) 968-1377; 1101 N. Congress Avenue, Boynton Beach, (561) 968-1000; 900 SE 6th Ave., Delray Beach, (561) 2784560; and 1180 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, (561) 869-4861.

Executive Women of the Palm Beaches (EWPB) announced its new board members for 2013-14 at a dinner reception recently at Café Sapori in West Palm Beach. The event also honored the leaders who served this past year. New EWPB officers are: President Minx Boren of Coach Minx Inc., President-Elect, Charlotte Pelton of Charlotte Pelton & Associates Inc., Secretary Betsy Owen of Rotary International, Treasurer Misty Travani of Travani & Richter P.A., Treasurer-Elect Jessica Cecere and Immediate Past President Ellen Block of the Jay Block Companies Inc. Directors include: Robbyn Ackner of LCI Construction, JoAnne Berkow of RosettaStone Fine Art Gallery and RosettaStone Corporate Art, Lori Fischer of Infants and Children P.A., Deanna Fisher of Deanna D. Fisher CPA & Associates LLC;, Jackie Halderman of Upledger Institute International, Bonnie Lazar of Keller Williams Realty Services, Beverly Levine of Schrapper’s Fine Cabinetry & Design, Pattie Light of Pandora Stores, Katie Newitt of A1 Moving & Storage/Atlas Van Lines, Trixy Walker of Jones Lang LaSalle

EWPB President Minx Boren and Beth Crews of Nason, Yeager, Gerson, White & Lioce P.A. Robyn Ackner and Anita Holmes were named 2013 Members of the Year and Nancy Walsh was named New Member of the Year. This past May, Executive Women’s annual Women In Leadership Awards luncheon raised more than $100,000 for scholarships and grants for deserving young women. Equal pay advocate Lilly Ledbetter was the keynote speaker. For more information regarding Executive Women of the Palm Beaches, call (561) 684-9117 or visit

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Palm Beach Photographic Infocus Juried Show Winners Fatima NeJame, president and chief executive officer of the world-renowned Palm Beach Photographic Centre, recently announced the winners of this year’s Infocus Juried Show, which is on exhibition through Aug. 17. A Best of Show cash prize of $950 was awarded to Debbie Gans from Palm Beach Gardens for her entry, Caught in the Fun. Two Merit Awards for free tuition for a FOTOfusion Passport or a

master workshop were awarded to Ni Rong from Maine and Palm Beach for The Gaze and Marjorie Neu from New York for Milky Way in Namibia. The Palm Beach Photographic Centre’s 17th annual Infocus Juried Show showcases the work of its student members, both inside the facility and online at www. This year’s Infocus juror was Raymond Gehman, who has

Best of Show winner Caught in the Fun by Debbie Gans

worked for the National Geographic Society since 1986. With three cover photographs and numerous books and articles, he has been on assignment in Yellowstone, Wyoming’s Bighorn Country, Florida’s Sanibel Island Gulf Coast and more. He has documented grizzly bears, the vanishing prairie dog and wetlands, the ecology of fire, the aftermath of hurricanes, hot pools and nocturnal Apache ceremonial dancers. Also running through Aug. 17 at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre is “Picture My World,” an annual show that features photos and journal writings from local disadvantaged children, ages 8 to 17. “A heartfelt thank you is given to all our generous members, private donors and PNC Foundation for enabling ‘Picture My World’ to continue to provide a caring and healthy path for our next generation of community adults,” Picture My World Mentor Denise Felice said. The Palm Beach Photographic Centre is located at the downtown City Center municipal complex at 415 Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach. For more information, call (561) 253-2600 or visit or www.

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‘The Man Who Came To Dinner’ At FAU Theater July 12-20 Florida Atlantic University’s Festival Rep presentation of The Man Who Came to Dinner opens Friday, July 12 at 7 p.m. in Studio One Theatre on FAU’s Boca Raton Campus (777 Glades Road). Shows run through Saturday, July 20. The Man Who Came to Dinner, featuring professional actors working alongside of student actors, is a comedy in three acts by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. The comedy tells the tale of when radio personality Sheridan White-

side is invited to dine at the house of a prominent Ohio family, slips on a patch of ice outside the front door and injures his leg. Following doctor’s orders, Whiteside is to remain confined to quarters, whereupon he delights in meddling with the lives of everyone in the household. The Man Who Came to Dinner is part of FAU’s Festival Repertory Theatre 2013. Other shows presented this summer include the musical revue Side by Side by Sondheim Musical Revue, the musical A Funny

Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, as well as two big-band concerts “Hits of the Swing Era” and a four-piano extravaganza. The three plays are on a rotating schedule with afternoon and evening performances through Sunday, July 21. The concerts take place July 26 through July 28. More information is available at Festival Rep features professional Equity actors working alongside FAU’s finest graduate students in

their last production before they graduate and enter the world of professional theater. Festival Rep is presented by the Department of Theatre and Dance in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, with support from Bank of America

and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. Tickets cost $20 and are available at, by calling (800) 564-9539 or at the box office in FAU’s Student Union one hour prior to the performance.

Jupiter’s Village Players Present ‘Nobody Like Mona’ Through July 14 The Village Players and the Atlantic Arts Theater in Jupiter are presenting the premiere of Nobody Like Mona, a two-act comedy by Mike Harabin. The play will be presented at the Atlantic Arts Theater (6743 W. Indiantown Road) on July 11 through 13, at 8 p.m. and on Sunday, July 14 at 2 and 8 p.m. The play revolves around Stan and Irma, a middle-age, newlywed couple, who want to spend a nice quiet weekend in a Manhattan hotel. Their romantic endeavors are thwarted by a stream of intruders,

including an alleged bank robber, a hotel maintenance man, a hotel maid, a pizza delivery guy, a motherin-law and finally, Mona. Director Mike Harabin is a Marywood University graduate, majoring in theater. Before moving to Florida, he operated the Little Playhouse in Pennsylvania, producing, directing and acting in several original and established plays. He has been with the Village Players for eight years, as a board member, actor and director. He also sings with an a cappella group, the Third Row Center Singers.

The cast includes John Zambito as Stan, Marjorie Mann as Irma, Aaron Lee as Harv, Alan Collins as Fred, Nina Garcia as Alicia, Andrew Griner as Georgio, Christine Tatum as Wilma and Cara Abaldo as Mona. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for students, and can be ordered by calling (561) 575-4942 or www. On Friday, July 12, there will be a special champagne reception after the show with opportunities to meet the cast and crew. Tickets for the show and reception cost $20.

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Former Wellington Football Star Making A Name At USF

By Josh Hyber Town-Crier Staff Report It’s difficult to call someone who was 6-foot-4 and 280 lbs. a diamond in the rough. A large gem in the rough would be a more appropriate term to call Brynjar Gudmundsson. Gudmundsson played left tackle at Wellington High School from 2009 to 2011 and became the most highly touted prospect in the history of the school’s football program. He staved off Wellington’s poor football reputation and made it to Division 1 football. His elite talent earned him an offer from the University of South Florida. Gudmundsson redshirted his freshman season at USF, meaning he could only practice, not play in games. On Nov. 3, 2012, he started a game against the University of Connecticut. Entering this season, he is projected to be the Bulls’ starting left guard. “It was just a little taste, but it was great because my first start resulted in a win, which is the most important thing,” Gudmundsson said of the UConn game. “But coming from Wellington, where we struggled to fill up the bleachers, to playing in front of thousands upon thousands

of people, it was different, and it was awesome.” The list of players who have left Wellington to better their football careers is lengthy. But Gudmundsson stayed, and with the help of Chris Romano, who was then WHS head football coach, and offensive coordinator (now head coach) Tom Abel, he earned a reputation as one of the area’s top lineman. In his junior and senior seasons, he didn’t allow a single sack as the Wolverines’ left tackle. Abel, a former college offensive lineman himself, helped Gudmundsson with his stance, hitting with explosion, hand placement and footwork. Abel also stressed the importance of weight training and how it would have a major role in his future in football. “I still keep that in mind to this day,” Gudmundsson said. Gudmundsson credits Romano for his discipline and his “never take a day off” mentality. Chris Thomas played alongside Gudmundsson and was one of his best friends on the team. “We were playing in a junior varsity game freshman year,” Thomas recalled. “We were down 7-0 with a minute left, and we were on offense. Everyone is real serious. Then, out

of nowhere Brynjar says, ‘Let’s do it for Rudy.’ We watched [the movie] Rudy right before the game. It just showed how, no matter what the situation, he never took life too seriously.” Both Abel and Romano sent Gudmundsson’s scouting tapes to colleges. Kevin Patrick, at the time USF’s defensive line coach, came to Wellington to recruit him. He got an offer in spring 2010. “Coming from an historically mediocre football program, none of us really could assess each other’s talent because we were always supposed to be the underdogs on Friday nights,” Thomas said. “So, Brynjar adopted the mindset that he had to keep his head down low and work harder than everyone just to get noticed, while kids at other competitive high schools got the exposure right off the bat.” Although he didn’t play his first year at USF because of his redshirt status, Gudmundsson won one of the Bulls’ three scout team Player of the Year awards for 2011. And last year, when the Bulls’ left guard was injured on Oct. 20 against Louisville, Gudmundsson stepped in and played the rest of the game. There have been a handful of

players from Wellington to play semipro, Division II and Division III football. But there have been none who have played on as high of a level as Gudmundsson. “That means a lot,” he said. “And that’s not taking away anything from

the other guys playing college ball. Guys like Chris Thomas, Alex Dinardo and Lucus Riebe; they’re all doing great things as well. As far as playing at the higher level, it means a lot. But I’m not any different from those guys.”

Brynjar Gudmundsson (right) defends the rush of Florida State’s Everett Dawkins in a game on Sept. 29, 2012. Photo courtesy Brynjar Gudmundsson

WHS Graduate Will Play Lacrosse At Brevard College

By Gene Nardi Town-Crier Staff Report Wellington High School graduate Hunter Dietz recently signed to play lacrosse at Brevard College. Brevard is a Division II university located near Asheville, N.C. When Dietz learned of the college’s new lacrosse program, it was an easy choice. He immediately had the desire to help make the new program a successful one. It will be the inaugural season for the Tornados in lacrosse, and Brevard will field both men’s and women’s programs. Kevin Ander-

son will take the helm as the men’s head coach. Dietz started playing lacrosse at a young age on a travel team for the Wellington Wolfpack. He went on to play for Florida Elite and the Warpigs. His passion for the game increased as he developed into one of the area’s top players. Dietz was a four-year varsity starter for the Wolverines lacrosse squad. He was team captain under the direction of coach Joe Calby as a midfielder. His senior year, he tallied impressive stats, totaling 11 goals, 10

assists, 28 ground balls and causing seven turnovers. Dietz helped guide his team to back-to-back district titles and two regional state playoff appearances. He was named Palm Beach All-County Honorable Mention and selected to play in this year’s South Florida Senior All-Star game. Dietz will make his debut as a Tornado in the coming season, and hopes to major in criminal justice at Brevard. To follow Dietz and the new Brevard College lacrosse program, visit

(Above) Midfielder Hunter Dietz avoids a John Carroll High School defender in a regular season match-up. (Left) Dietz takes a shot on goal during a game against Pope John Paul II High School. Photos by Gene Nardi/Town-Crier

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Wellington Wrestlers Perform Well At AAU Scholastic National Duals

The Wellington Wrestling Club team competed recently at the AAU Scholastic National Duals at the Wide World of Sports in Kissimmee. The wrestlers were able to compete against teams from Ohio,

Indiana, Montana, Massachusetts and Florida. Overall, the team placed 33rd out of 48 teams and finished with two All-American medal winners. Briar Macfarlane finished with a perfect

PBG Man Wins Mid-Seniors Championship In Wellington

R.J. Nakashian of Palm Beach Gardens broke 70 for the second day in a row in scoring a five-stroke victory Sunday, June 30 in the ninth annual Bobby Bryant Mid-Seniors Championship at the Wanderers Club in Wellington. Nakashian birdied five of his first seven holes, excluding the par-3 third and fifth, enroute to a four-under-par 68 for 135, a round marred only by a bogey at the short 15th. He made seven birdies and a double bogey at the 18th Saturday, June 29 for a 67. It was the 17th Palm Beach County Golf Association title for Nakashian, 45, a former Florida Atlantic University golfer, his second this year. He won the Stroke Play Classic in May. He also captured the

Mid-Seniors in 2008. Steve Anderson of Hobe Sound, the 2010 Mid-Seniors titlist, was second among 60 PBCGA members 40 and older. Anderson shot 71 for 140 on an eagle at the par-5 17th hole after two birdies and three bogeys earlier in the day. Dann Merrell of West Palm Beach won the net division by nine strokes with 141, scoring 155 on his own ball. The Mid-Seniors honors the late Bobby Bryant, a former PBCGA president, rules official and a big supporter of senior amateur golf. Next on the PBCGA tournament schedule is the 38th  annual Palm Beach Kennel Club/County Amateur Championship July 12-14 at Quail Ridge Country Club.

9-0 record to bring home a gold medal. He will be a senior this year at Wellington High School, and this was his second All-American medal at the event. Robert Lapeter finished with a 7-2 record to bring home a bronze medal. He will be a senior at Seminole Ridge High School, and this was his first trip to the event. “This tournament is a four-day grind for the kids, which takes a lot of physical and mental toughness to get through,” coach Travis Gray said. “We were able to see top teams from around the country, and we hung in their each round and battled to the finish. This was our third trip to the National Duals, and Briar Macfarlane was the first gold medalist we have ever had, so we are very excited about his accomplishments.” Team members attending the event included: Nik Bonadies, Andrew Mitchell, Briar Macfarlane, Marcus Morin, Colton Macfarlane, Adam Pendleton, Robert Kessler, Jonathan DeLaura, Noah Coulter, A.J. Lopez, Robert Lapeter, Ryan Artilles, Brandon Paz, Devin Gillotte, Mathew Wunderlich, Christian Goss and Brandon Way, along with coaches Zach Pincus, Chris Forte and Coach Travis Gray.


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AYSO Hosts Acreage Soccer Camp

American Youth Soccer Organization, Region 1521 in The Acreage, recently hosted the Challenger British Soccer Camp. The camp was held June 24-28. Shown here, players learn to improve their soccer game. AYSO Region 1521 is still accepting registration for the fall soccer season at Samuel Friedland Park. For more information, visit

Participants join in last month’s Challenger British Soccer Camp.

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Bailey Williams Selected For National Training Team Bailey Williams, a Royal Palm Beach High School freshman volleyball player, was selected to the 2013 USA Volleyball Select National A2 Invitational Team Program/Alternate A1 National Team Training Team to train in Colorado Springs this summer. The National A2 Invitational Team Program is designed to give the country’s top athletes the opportunity to work with national coaches at a competitive event. Players who participate in the program will train for four days as a group, training in all skills and focusing on position specific area each day. On the fifth day, players will be split into 16-tiered, eight-player teams in which they will train for a full day under international rules and team opponent scouting. The final days feature an international-style tournament culminating in a tournament championship on the final day. The Select A2 Invitational Team Program consists of a total of 128 athletes from the select age group. Williams trained July 5-11 at the University of Colorado Springs. Williams was also selected to the 2013 Florida Region Team in the girls select division. Williams

Bailey Williams represented the Florida region as the captain of the 2011-12 team and won a bronze medal. This year, the team is looking to compete for the gold medal. Williams will be attending the Girls Junior National Volleyball Championship in Dallas. She will also compete July 23-27 at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center. It is an exciting opportunity for Williams to represent Florida in this international competition.

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Saturday, July 13 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Under the Sea Story Time for ages 3 and up Saturday, July 13 at 11 a.m. Enjoy stories, songs and ocean creature crafts. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Lego Builders Club for ages 6 to 12 on Saturday, July 13 at 2 p.m. Meet fellow builders and work on creative projects every month. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Palm Beach Zoo (1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach) will hold its first-ever Food Truck Safari on Saturday, July 13 from 6 to 10 p.m. Some of South Florida’s best food trucks will be scattered throughout the zoo. There will also be live music and reasonably priced beer and wine. The entire zoo will be open, with some special up-close wild animal encounters. Admission is $10 and parking is free. Call (561) 533-0887 or visit for more info. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a free Santana Tribute Concert on Saturday, July 13 at 8:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 or visit for more info. Monday, July 15 • The Wellington Preservation Coalition will offer scholarships for 10 Wellington children to attend a free week of summer camp available to youth ages 5 to 15 for the week of July 15 at Village Park (11700 Pierson Road). Call (561) 791-4796 to apply. Recipients will be determined on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications can be found at Village Park or at www. • The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce will host a luncheon Monday, July 15 at 11:30 a.m. at the Binks Forest Golf Club in Wellington. Call Mary Lou Bedford at (561) 578-4807 or e-mail for info. • Whole Foods Market in Wellington (2635 State Road 7) will feature Kids’ Club: Cool-Off Summer Recipes, a free event for ages 6 to 12, on Monday, July 15 at 3 p.m. Keep cool with three no-bake recipes. Call (561) 904-4000 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Ancient Angry Egyptian Birds for ages 8 and up Monday, July 15 at 3:30 p.m. A live-action version of Angry Birds has gone back in time to ancient

Egypt. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host a program for adults on Stray & Feral Animals on Monday, July 15 at 6 p.m. led by a representative from Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. Tuesday, July 16 • The Palm Beach County Commission will meet Tuesday, July 16 at 9:30 a.m. in the government center’s Jane M. Thompson Memorial Chambers (301 N. Olive Ave., Sixth Floor, West Palm Beach). For more info., visit • Dig Into Reading: Dancing Zora, a program for all ages, will take place Tuesday, July 16 at the Royal Palm Beach library at 2:30 p.m., the Wellington library at 4:30 p.m. and the Acreage library at 7 p.m. Actress and writer April C. Turner will celebrate Zora Neal Hurston’s exploration of the cultural traditions of Haiti, Jamaica, Barbados and the American South through a lively, interactive program. For more info., call (561) 790-6030 (Royal Palm Beach), (561) 790-6070 (Wellington) or (561) 6814100 (The Acreage). • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Crochet Club for adults and ages 9 and up Tuesdays, July 16 and 23 at 5 p.m. Socialize and learn fundamentals or work on current projects. Knitters are also welcome. Call (561) 681-4100 for more info. • The Loxahatchee Groves Town Council will meet Tuesday, July 16 at 7 p.m. at the Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District office (101 West D Road). Call (561) 7932418 or visit for more info. Wednesday, July 17 • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Artistic Afternoon for ages 6 to 10 on Wednesday, July 17 at 3:30 p.m. Use pencils, markers, pastels and other art supplies to doodle away the afternoon. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Calling All Cahills! for ages 8 to 12 on Wednesday, July 17 at 4 p.m. Help the Cahill family defeat the Vespers with games and crafts based on the book A King’s Ransom by Jude Watson. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Safety Council of Palm Beach County will offer a Basic Driver Improvement Course on Wednesday, July 17 from 5:30 to See CALENDAR, page 35

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Community Calendar CALENDAR, continued from page 34 9:30 p.m. at Wellington High School (2101 Greenview Shores Blvd., Wellington). Visit for info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Raw Foods Diet: Truths & Myths for adults Wednesday, July 17 at 6 p.m. Palm Beach County Extension agent Ada Medina-Solorzano will discuss this increasingly popular lifestyle diet. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Hooked on Crochet for adults Wednesday, July 17 at 6:30 p.m. Learn beginning techniques or bring current projects to work on. Call (561) 7906070 for more info. • Whole Foods Market in Wellington (2635 State Road 7) will feature The Alkaline Diet with Dr. Ian Shtulman on Wednesday, July 17 at 7 p.m. Discover more about alkaline diets, the PH level of your body and whether an alkaline diet is right for you. There is no charge. Call (561) 904-4000 to pre-register. Thursday, July 18 • The Wellington Community Center (12150 Forest Hill Blvd.) will offer an AARP Driver Safety Course for seniors 55 and older Thursday July 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members, and must be paid by check to the instructor on the day of the class. Students should prepare for the day by bringing water, lunch and snacks. Pre-register in person, at www.wellingtonfl. gov or by calling (561) 753-2489, ext. 0. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host a Bookwalk for ages 4 to 6 on Thursday, July 18 at 2 p.m. Make a book costume sign of a popular children’s book to wear and walk around the library for a live bookwalk display. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Pajama Tales for ages 2 to 6 on Thursday, July 18 at 6 p.m. Wear your jammies and wind down for the evening with bedtime stories. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Safety Council of Palm Beach County will offer a Motorcycle Rider Course on Thursday, July 18 from 6 to 10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21 from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Wellington High School (2101 Greenview Shores Blvd.). This combined classroom and road course includes motorcycles, and is required for

motorcycle endorsement. For more info., visit • Whole Foods Market in Wellington (2635 State Road 7) will feature Savory Summer Sorbets on Thursday, July 18 at 6:30 p.m. Celebrate summer’s seasonal fruits and fragrant herbs with savory sorbet recipes at this free event. Call (561) 9044000 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach Village Council will meet Thursday, July 18 at 7 p.m. at Village Hall (1050 Royal Palm Beach Blvd.). Call (561) 790-5100 or visit www. for more info. • Bestselling romance author Sophia Knightly will hold a book signing Thursday, July 18 at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble at Wellington Green (10500 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) Knightly will read from her latest book Grill Me Baby. Call (561) 792-1292 for more info. Friday, July 19 • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host The Science Behind: Dinosaurs for ages 8 to 12 on Friday, July 19 at 3 p.m. Learn basic facts about how paleontologists study dinosaurs. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Superhero Masks for ages 6 to 10 on Friday, July 19 at 3 p.m. Make a mask and save the world! Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Writing for TV: Lisa Seidman on Friday, July 19 at 3:30 p.m. This award-winning writer will give adults the inside scoop on her experience writing for popular TV series. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • Shtulman Family Chiropractic (8855 Hypoluxo Road, Suite C-11, Lake Worth) will host a parent’s night out screening of the documentary The Greater Good on Friday, July 19 at 7 p.m. The movie, which covers the topic of vaccines, will be followed by a group discussion. RSVP to (561) 275-2525 or e-mail • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will present a free screening of the movie Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted on Friday, July 19 at 8:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 or visit for more info. Send calendar items to: The Town-Crier, 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 31, Wellington, FL 33414. FAX: (561) 793-6090. E-mail:

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EMPLOYMENT Pa r t- T i m e L e g a l S e c r e tary — for legal/accounting office. Fax resume 333-2680. D RI V ER S : $ 1 , 0 0 0 S IG N - O N BONUS! GREAT PAY! — Consistent Freight, Great miles on this regional accountant. Werner Enterprises: -888-567-4854 Transactional / commercial litigation law firm looking for a real estate legal assistant / paralegal to work out of our firm’s Wellington office location. A qualified applicant must have a minimum of five (5) years of experience handling real estate closings (residential and commercial) and must be familiar with the Wellington area, its brokers, and other real estate attorneys / law firms in the area. Must be proficient in DoubleTime/ ATIDS/Outlook/QuickBooks/Excel. Bilingual a plus. Salary would be commensurate with experience. Please email cover letter (or email), resume, and salary requirements to: Commercial Painter — wanted for West Palm Beach Job Site. Must have swing stage experience, tools, own transportation Please call Michele at 954-782-5391 from 10am-5pm for further details

VOLUNTEERS LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS AGES 14 AND UP — to help out our non-profit animal sanctuary . 2 days a week for 4 hours a day. Get community hours and have fun. Call 561-792-2666

SUMMER CAMP VOLUNTEERS Community service hours needed to work with horses & children 561-793-4109

REAL ESTATE RENT OFFICE/WAREHOUSE SPACE Available Now 2,500 and 3,000 sq. ft. Space with paint booth. Located behind Al Packer West

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FOR SALE FURNITURE SALE — Dining Room set and more. Call 561-793-4639

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JOHN C. HUNTON AIR CONDITIONING & REFRIGERATION, INC.—Service & new installation FPL independent participating contractor. Lic. CAC 057272 Ins. “We are proud supporters of the Seminole Ridge Hawks” 561-7983225. Family Owned & Operated since 1996. Credit Cards Accepted

Greater Power Computer Solutions — is a Electronics Company Specializing in Computer repair, custom PC builds/installations. Greater Power Computer Solutions was formerly known as Drewsky Electronics and has been in business for over 7 years. From Computers to custom websites, we do it all! 561-8805241

BOB CAVANAGH ALLSTATE INSURANCE — Auto • Home • Life• Renters • Motorcycle •RV • Golfcart • Boat Serving the Western Communities for 24 years Call for a quote 798-3056, or visit our website. www.

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



ALTERATIONS ALTERATIONS BY LIA — Summer Specials 10% Off alterations 20% Off School Uniform alterations Monday and Thursday Noon - 5 p.m. Call for Appointment. Courtyard Shoppes. Commerce Cleaners. 561-301-5338

CLEANING - HOME/OFFICE WE CLEAN OFFICES & PRIVATE HOMES — Licensed & Insured. Call for an estimate and to schedule your apartment. Discount for Central Palm Beach County Chamber members and to all new clients for first cleaning. 561-385-8243 Lic. #2012-252779 CLEANING — Residential & Commercial home & office cleaning. Home organization for closets / bathrooms & more. Since 2005 in Palm Beach County references available.Call Vera 561-598-0311

COMPUTER REPAIR D.J. COMPUTER — Home & office, Spyware removal, websites, networks, repairs, upgrades, virus removal, tutoring. Call Jeff 561-333-1923 Cell 561-2521186 Lic’d Well. & Palm Beach. We accept major credit cards.

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

HANDYMAN THE MASTER HANDYMAN — All Types of Home Repairs & Improvements. No job too big or small done right the first time every time 40 yrs of satisfied customers. See me on Angies List. Tom (561) 8012010 or (954) 444-3178 Serving Palm Beach and Broward Counties.

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

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


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

TOWN-CRIER CLASSIFIEDS 793-3576 JOHN PERGOLIZZI PAINTING INC. — Interior/Exterior - Repaint specialist, pressure cleaning, popcorn ceiling, drywall repair & roof painting. Family owned/owner operator. Free Est. 798-4964 Lic. #U18473 COLORS BY CORO, INC. — Int./Ext. residential painting, over 20 yrs exp. Small Jobs welcome. Free est. Ins. 561-3838666. Owner/Operated. Lic.# U20627 Ins. Wellington Resident

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

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

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

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

SCREENING JOHN’S SCREEN REPAIR SERVICE — Pool & patio rescreening. Stay tight,wrinkle-free,guaranteed! CRC1329708 call us 7983132.

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

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Wellington The Magazine Is going to be selecting one lucky reader each month to enjoy a day of luxury at a local spa. Can you use a distraction from your daily grind or know someone who can use some “me� time? If so, enter this ongoing contest today. All you have to do is fill out the form below and mail it to Wellington The Magazine. Please include a photo of yourself or the individual you are nominating along with a short note as to why we should choose you or your nominee.

Wellington The Magazine Indulge Contest Nominee Name: _________________________________ Nominee Contact Number: ________________________ Nominee Email: ____________________________________ Submitted By: ___________________________________ Contact Number: ___________________________________ Mail to: Wellington The Magazine Indulge Yourself Contest, 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., #31, Wellington, FL 33414

Would your spa/salon like to become involved with our Indulge yourself contest? Call Publisher, Dawn Rivera (561) 793-7606 today! Contest Rules: You must be 18 years or older to participate. We choose the spa/salon. No one may win the contest more than once in 12 months. The decision of the selection committee is final. Employees of Wellington The Magazine, all affiliated companies and their family members are not eligible to enter. Accepting your Spa Experience package includes the agreement that we may use of your image, take photos of you at the spa and publish information about your Spa Experience in Wellington The Magazine.

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