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Volume 39, Number 28 July 13 - July 19, 2018

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The Town-Crier will be publishing in one, larger broadsheet section through the summer months, rather than a broadsheet section and a tabloid section. Also, the Town-Crier will be taking our mid-summer hiatus the final week in July and the first week in August. After the issue of Friday, July 20, the Town-Crier will not publish on Friday, July 27 or Friday, Aug. 3. We will resume our normal weekly publishing schedule on Friday, Aug. 10.


Forever Young Club members met on Thursday, July 5 at St. Rita Catholic Church in Wellington to play bingo and celebrate July birthdays, including that of 101-year-old Anna Nappi. Shown above are MaryAnn Boomhower, Anna Nappi and Jackie Spinelli. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 10 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Wellington’s Jeffrey Siskind Running For Attorney General

Attorney and Wellington resident Jeffrey Siskind hopes to be elected as Florida’s next attorney general. Running as an independent candidate, Siskind believes that his non-partisan candidacy will ultimately allow him to win in November. Page 3

Two Republicans, One Democrat Vie For District 25 Senate Seat

Two Republicans and one Democrat are vying for the District 25 seat in the Florida Senate. Classified as a special election, the winner will serve out the final two years of incumbent Senate President Joe Negron’s term. Page 4

RPB Presents StarSpangled Spectacular Independence Day Party

Royal Palm Beach presented its Star-Spangled Spectacular Independence Day Celebration on Wednesday, July 4 at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park. The Spazmatics kept the guests dancing. There were gourmet food trucks, a kids fun zone, volleyball and Zambelli fireworks to light up the sky. Page 15 DEPARTMENT INDEX NEWS...............................3 - 15 LETTERS.................................. 4 PEOPLE................................... 8 SCHOOLS................................ 9 COLUMNS............................. 16 CALENDAR............................ 18 BUSINESS............................. 19 NEWS BRIEFS....................... 20 SPORTS................................. 21 CLASSIFIEDS.................23 - 24 Visit Us On The Web At WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM

Wellington Sets TRIM Rate To Fund $97.3 Million Budget

Dani Salgueiro Town-Crier Staff Report The Wellington Village Council on Tuesday set its preliminary tax rate for fiscal year 2018-19 slightly higher that the current year. The council voted 3-1 to set the TRIM (truth in millage) rate at 2.55 mills, up from 2.43 mills. The TRIM rate must be sent this month to the Palm Beach County Tax Collector’s Office. Once set, the rate can be lowered at future budget hearings, but cannot be raised. As a larger conversation on Wellington’s budget is still to occur throughout the next two months, Village Manager Paul Schofield stressed that the TRIM rate established Tuesday does not reflect the village’s actual tax rate for the next year, but merely the maximum amount that it could possibly be. “There is no budget being adopted and no capital programs are being adopted,” Schofield said. “With the adoption of a TRIM rate, the maximum rate that we can do is set. We cannot go above that rate, but we can go below it.” Schofield continued that it has been Wellington’s custom to set a TRIM rate that depicts the absolute highest rate that residents can expect, although the actual

established tax rate often ends up being lower. “I typically recommend that we set it slightly higher than what I believe you are ultimately going to adopt,” Schofield said. The preliminary budget for the upcoming fiscal year was proposed at $97.3 million, which is down from the $110.4 million budget approved for fiscal year 2017-18. “This $13 million decrease is primarily due to reduced utility capital projects and the early payoff of debt,” Director of Administrative & Financial Services Tanya Quickel said. Though a portion of the budget is being reduced as an outcome of finished capital projects — over $10 million to be exact — the remaining $3 million is a result of a reduction of Wellington’s operating costs, which includes eliminating seven full-time employment positions. “That is a natural reduction,” Vice Mayor Michael Drahos clarified. “We’re not going to be firing anybody. We’re anticipating that people are going to be transitioning out, and we’re not going to be replacing them.” At the TRIM rate of 2.55 mills, the village would take in $20.2 million from ad valorem tax revenue.

The impact on residents from the change in the TRIM rate was exemplified by the village staff as a $37 increase in the taxes on a home valued at $307,000 — the village’s average home price — and as a $2.18 increase in monthly utility bills across the village. “This is a living and breathing process, and it will change to some extent, but I believe some decisions are clear,” Quickel said. “These are very difficult decisions, and we are aware of the responsibility regarding that. [However,] we believe in not kicking the can down the road.” Mayor Anne Gerwig took issue with the proposed TRIM rate, particularly when comparing Wellington’s millage rate to surrounding cities. “It would be significantly higher than Jupiter’s,” she noted. Gerwig explained that she would feel more comfortable with the increased tax rate if she felt that it reflected and addressed the needs of the people of the community. However, included in the budget are projects that she feels are not necessary for next year, such as a new project on Lake Wellington. “I’m seriously opposed to Lake Wellington’s one-time project fee in this year’s budget because we have not done much other than See TRIM RATE, page 18

Royal Palm Beach To Host Senior Expo On Aug. 10

By Erin Davisson Town-Crier Staff Report Royal Palm Beach is once again hosting its popular Senior Expo on Friday, Aug. 10 at the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Due to construction work at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center, the Senior Expo was relocated this year. The Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center is located at 100 Sweet Bay Lane off Sparrow Drive. This is projected to be a fun event for senior residents with live music and raffles, said Senior Programs Supervisor Jeannine Delgardio, who is in charge of the event.

The 2018 Senior Expo will allow the growing population of residents over age 55 from Royal Palm Beach and the surrounding areas to get answers to questions about health and well-being from a variety of vendors ranging from healthcare to insurance to educational programs, and much more. During the course of the event, there will be health screenings and educational lectures. Many of the vendors will offer raffles during the expo. At the end, there will be an announcement of who won the raffles. Delgardio works to help seniors in the community and has taken those efforts to a new level. “I thought [the expo] would

serve a better purpose in the community,” she said. “It’s an amazing opportunity for seniors.” Admission is free, as is plentiful parking. Food will be available for purchase. There will also be a DJ performing this year to keep the tunes spinning. Vendors who would like to participate and exhibit their services at the expo should register before July 20 at the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Only 40 spaces are allocated for vendors. Information will be updated before the event. Visit to learn more or call Delgardio at (561) 790-5189.

RPB Council To Discuss $44.9 Million Budget Plan On July 19

By Paul Gaba Town-Crier Staff Report Royal Palm Beach officials will have their first public discussion of the village’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2018-19 on Thursday, July 19. The $44.9 million budget proposal put together by Village Manager Ray Liggins and his staff comes in at approximately $5 million under the current year, with the majority of the difference coming in projected capital improvement costs. The general fund, which finances day-to-day government, makes up about half of the proposed budget, close to $24.6 million. This is an increase of just over $1 million from 2018. The largest expenditures come

in at $10.4 million (42.4 percent) for personnel services, such as salaries and health insurance for employees, and $9.8 million (40 percent) for contractual services, which includes the village’s public safety contract with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. The largest expense foreseen for 2019 is in capital improvements, where $19.2 million is dedicated to a number of ongoing projects. This is 42.7 percent of the budget. There are several different capital improvements funds, such as recreational facilities, community beautification, impact fees, sales surtax, general capital improvements, stormwater capital improvements and utilities. All See RPB BUDGET, page 7


Royal Palm Beach’s annual Mayor’s Firecracker Golf Tournament took place Wednesday, July 4 at the Madison Green Country Club. The scramble format tournament began with a shotgun start and included cart and green fees, a 50/50 raffle, prizes, a longest-drive contest, a closest-to-the-pin contest and a barbecue lunch. Shown above are Village Manager Ray Liggins, Mayor Fred Pinto, Vice Mayor Selena Smith and Assistant Director of Parks & Recreation Mike Mikolaichik. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 5 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Committee Picks Wellington Top Cop And Top Firefighter

By Eve Rosen Town-Crier Staff Report The Wellington Public Safety Committee met Wednesday, July 11 in order to discuss this year’s nominees for Wellington’s Top Cop and Top Firefighter awards, This year, there were three nominees for Top Cop with the decision between Detective Daniel Delia, Deputy Marie Steakin and Deputy Ricardo Cordero. The nominees for Top Firefighter included Firefighter-Paramedic Jesse Boogle and Capt. Bob Dawson. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Eli Shaivitz presented the Top Cop nominees to the Public Safety Committee with some background on them before the committee had to make a choice. Delia has been employed by PBSO District 8 for more than 10 years and has served on the detective bureau for approximately

eight months. He is a juvenile expert and works with numerous districts in educating deputies on juvenile procedure and paperwork. He was nominated by Detective Sgt. Michael Kennedy. Steakin has been employed by the PBSO for more than 15 years. She has worked in various parts of the agency, such as doing office work, road patrol in a traffic unit and assisting in the district’s detective unit. Cordero has worked for the PBSO for more than 12 years after his service in the New York Police Department. He is a survivor of the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. Currently, Cordero is in the traffic unit and has investigated more than 1,000 car crashes while working to ensure that the citizens of Wellington are safe. After a long debate, the Public See PUBLIC SAFETY, page 4

SR 7 Extension On Hold As FDOT Reviews Its Options

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Florida Department of Transportation’s State Road 7 extension project from Okeechobee Blvd. to Northlake Blvd. is currently on hold due to an expired permit while FDOT decides on its next step. The permit from the Northern Palm Beach County Improvement District expired during the road’s protracted litigation brought by the City of West Palm Beach, which has long opposed the road’s route along the eastern edge of the Ibis Golf & Country Club. As part of a settlement agreement last month regarding the cleanup of the Ibis lakes that were found to be polluting the city’s

water reservoir, the Northern Palm Beach County Improvement District agreed not to renew the permit without approval from the City of West Palm Beach. City officials hope denying the road its drainage will end up scuttling the entire project. Guillermo Canedo, assistant to FDOT Public Information Director Barbara Kelleher, said the entire project, including the widening of the existing two-lane road from Okeechobee Blvd. to 60th Street North, as well as the continuation of the road to Northlake Blvd., is now in limbo. “Right now, the project is on hold,” he said. “Although the project manager did receive his letter to proceed, we sent him a

letter asking him to suspend while we conduct an administrative review, just to make sure we’ve done our due diligence with all departments. We’re conducting that review now, and once it’s conducted, we’ll give that contractor additional facts.” Palm Beach County Mayor Melissa McKinlay said her staff told her they were not particularly worried that the issue would stop the project, although it will delay it. “I have not had a chance to call the Region 4 [FDOT] office myself,” McKinlay said. “Staff has made some inquiries with the offices up in Tallahassee, and they’re supposed to be reporting back to me when they get that information. There doesn’t seem

to be any concern among my staff. They’re not getting the feeling that this project is going away.” Indian Trail Improvement District President Betty Argue said it was her understanding that FDOT would condemn the lakes at Ibis, where the road’s stormwater is supposed to drain, in order to get around the permit glitch. “I think the condemnation process is subject to challenge, but I don’t know,” Argue said. “I’m not an attorney, so I don’t know what the legalities are. I’m sure with whatever abilities West Palm Beach has to challenge it, they will continue to do so until they’ve exhausted all their resources.” There has been talk that FDOT would start the project’s southern

portion, which is planned for widening to four lanes and does not require a drainage permit, but Argue does not believe that will happen. She has discussed the situation with Northern Palm Beach County Improvement District Administrator O’Neal Bardin. “He explained to me that the permit expired because of the fact that it was a one-year permit, and it had a clause in it that they had to give a notice of construction proceedings within six months after the permit was given, so they never gave the notice of construction,” Argue said. “With the agreement they made with the City of West Palm Beach, See SR 7, page 18

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Wellington’s Jeffrey Siskind Running For Attorney General

By Dani Salgueiro Town-Crier Staff Report Attorney and Wellington resident Jeffrey Siskind hopes to be elected as Florida’s next attorney general. Running as an independent candidate, Siskind believes that his non-partisan candidacy will ultimately allow him to win in November. “I do not think that the attorney general position should be filled by anybody with partisan connections,” Siskind told the Town-Crier. “I don’t mind partisan politicking at the federal level, but I think it should be a lot less important at the state and local levels, and nonexistent at the community level.” As the only independent candidate, Siskind will be the only other name on the ballot with the winners of the upcoming Democratic and Republican primaries next month. Technically, he will be listed as “NPA,” which stands for “no party affiliation.” “I was born a Democrat, I then matured into a Republican, and eventually began to think that I had enough understanding of issues to make independent decisions,” Siskind explained. With bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Harvard University, and a law degree from Southwestern University, Siskind’s career in law dates back 20 years. He began his career in real estate law and eventually evolved into a litigation focus. Siskind has lived in Wellington since 2001, where he and his wife, Wellington Councilwoman Tanya Siskind, are raising their three children, Samantha, Jack and Scarlett. His wife, Siskind explained,

served as his primary influence in his decision to run for attorney general. “My observance of Tanya’s work [on the council] gave me the idea that I was acclimated enough to things political, to put my foot in the water,” Siskind explained. Along with the influence from his wife, Siskind had one other big push this year that ultimately led him to decide to run for office: the deadly school shooting on Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. “Prior to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting, I had become more politically astute, but the gun [violence] really became the final straw,” Siskind said. Siskind explained that the school shooting — along with the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando — forced him into a whirlwind of thought about ways in which gun violence could be addressed. Gun control has since become a foundational aspect of Siskind’s platform. “I think I have a solution for gun control and getting semi-automatic weapons off the streets — which is the use of gun clubs,” he said. “This is sort-of an out-of-box idea, but [the central idea of the gun clubs] is that non-law-enforcement citizens would be able to keep their automatic weapons in secure facilities to be used at those secure ranges [only]. The clubs would serve as a perfect place for enthusiasts to enjoy their love of firearms without putting the rest of the public at risk. Personal protection weapons wouldn’t be reformed, people would still be able to keep those at home, but I am against open carry.”

Acknowledging the diverse ideas and opinions on guns and gun control in Florida, Siskind believes his idea of encouraging and establishing gun clubs would allow the public to continue using firearms in a safer and more responsible manner. “Gun control is certainly cause for a lot of division, but this gun club idea might just become popular and take many of the dangerous weapons out of circulation, without depriving people of the right to own and use them,” Siskind explained. Another main goal for Siskind would be to work on ways to promote a statewide method to increase support for and community involvement in Florida schools. “An [important] conversation is how we can provide means through which our communities can embrace our schools,” he said. “I’d implement what I call an educational center of excellence program.” Siskind’s proposed educational centers would entail forming a unique strategy to benefit schools so that they become and remain vital parts of all cities and towns across Florida, and in turn receive necessary volunteerism, participation and respect from the public. Essentially, this would combine all beneficial aspects of schools to be part of a larger strategy to provide more meaningful output, he explained. “By doing this, we would be able to join our schools with our surrounding communities,” Siskind said. “The goal is to make schools an essential part of the community.”

Along with his proposed focus on gun control and school safety, Siskind hopes to be elected in order to focus on prominent issues affecting Florida, such as the opioid and heroin epidemic, elder abuse, law enforcement and firerescue benefits, healthcare, faulty property insurance and environmental issues. When asked what Siskind could bring forward as attorney general, his answer was mainly centered on increasing and encouraging community collaboration. “Florida is very diverse. There is a huge difference between Miami, West Palm Beach, Orlando and the Panhandle because what works in one corner of the state is not necessarily what works in another,” he said. “Solutions to big issues are best determined at the local level, and a good attorney general will tend to the duties of his or her office, while always being open to the ways in which the office can interact with other state agencies and community-based organizations to bring about positive change.” Siskind aims to implement what he has watched and learned from Wellington’s tight-knit community across other communities in the state. “I believe that I can convey my positive experience in Wellington to communities across the state,” he said. “We have a wellintentioned and compassionate council and a wonderful and caring staff in our village government. I’m not saying that we don’t make mistakes, but I do think places like Wellington should serve as a model to a lot of other places in the state.” Siskind’s hope is that his ideas

Wellington attorney Jeff Siskind wants to be Florida’s next attorney general. and beliefs will allow him to make law enforcement officer.” a difference and start important Incumbent Attorney General conversations as Florida’s next Pam Bondi is leaving due to term attorney general. limits. Tampa State Rep. Sean “I hope people will vote for Shaw (D-District 61) and Tampa me in November, as I hope [the attorney Ryan Torrens are seekpublic] will recognize the value ing the Democratic nomination, of my ideas and demand more while Hillsborough County Circuit from an attorney general than just Court Judge Ashley Moody and running an office,” Siskind said. Pensacola State Rep. Frank White “The attorney general must have (R-District 2) are seeking the Rean ear to the ground and be open publican nomination. The winners to change, while adhering to the of the Aug. 28 primaries will join mandate of the office, which is to Siskind on the November general serve as the state’s highest chief election ballot.

Wellington Council Agrees To Pay Off Debt, Fund Camera System

By Dani Salgueiro Town-Crier Staff Report On Tuesday, July 10, the Wellington Village Council agreed to pay off some of the village’s existing debt and also approved several projects to take place in the near future. As of the Tuesday night meeting, the Village of Wellington is largely debt free. After unanimously approving a transfer of funds and amending the 2017-18 budget to pay off $1.6 million remaining in the village’s debt service fund from a 2014 loan, the council

saved more than $16,000 and no longer has the outstanding debt. “Other than Saddle Trail, this [payment] essentially makes us debt free,” said Councilman John McGovern, referring to the Saddle Trail Park road improvement project, which was funded in cooperation with neighborhood residents. The payoff would also allow the village to more freely borrow money in the future, if it needed to. The council then moved on to discuss whether they would approve the usage of the village’s law enforcement trust fund — a

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total of $354,000 — to purchase and install an automated license plate reader system throughout the community. The system would function through the means of numerous cameras strategically positioned in various locations throughout the village, in order to aid law enforcement to identify and find stolen vehicles, vehicles identified under silver or amber alerts, or vehicles being tracked for other criminal reasons. “This would allow the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office to

identify stolen cars and be able to start tracking them,” Village Manager Paul Schofield explained. Councilwoman Tanya Siskind wanted clarification about the money. “To be clear, the funds [are coming from] the law enforcement trust fund, so it’s not coming out of taxpayers’ dollars,” she said. “However, we would own and maintain the equipment, which would cost about $35,000 a year. I want to make sure it’s an effective use of money.” PBSO’s District 8 Capt. Rolan-

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do Silva explained that the system would not only effectively send alerts to officers on duty about stolen cars in the Wellington area, but it would also allow for communication between officers all over the state and even the region. “We’ll have to tailor it to the village, but the idea is that we’ll get notified [of stolen vehicles in our area] right away,” he explained. The system will be particularly useful at night, when most vehicle burglaries and thefts occur. “When bad guys are coming into the village late at night, when

we have an ample [number] of deputies out and about, we’re not able to find them or get alerted that they’re coming into town,” Silva said. “Maybe with this new system, we’ll get alerted in real time.” The use of the trust fund money for the new system was approved unanimously. The item will come back before the council for final approval once village officials and the PBSO work out a final set price for the license plate reader system. The council also approved the task order for Mock-Roos & See COUNCIL, page 18

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Two Republicans, One Democrat Vie For District 25 Senate Seat

By M. Dennis Taylor Town-Crier Staff Report Two Republicans and one Democrat are vying for the District 25 seat in the Florida Senate. Classified as a special election, the winner will serve out the final two years of incumbent Senate President Joe Negron’s term. Negron previously announced plans to resign at the end of this year, setting up the special election. Incumbent State Rep. Gayle Harrell (R-District 83) squares off against Keiser University Vice Chancellor Belinda Keiser in the Republican primary on Aug. 28, while physician and businessman Dr. Rob Levy secured the Democratic nomination without a competitor. District 25, which is dominated by the Treasure Coast, also includes parts of northern Palm Beach County, and with it, sections of The Acreage and far western Loxahatchee. It is generally considered a safe Republican seat — although the current volatile political climate makes the Democratic candidate hopeful that he can pull off an upset. Gayle Harrell — With 16 years of experience in the Florida House of Representatives, Harrell is proud of her more than 45 years of service to the community. She said that her commitment and service to the community has prepared her for a promotion to the Florida Senate. “As a teacher, I helped to prepare a new generation for leadership,” Harrell said. “As a businesswoman and healthcare professional, I worked to improve

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continued from page 1 Safety Committee ultimately came to a unanimous vote for Delia to become this year’s Wellington Top Cop based on his outstanding service in working with the detective’s unit and with Wellington juveniles. Battalion Chief Sam Eaton

access to and affordability of healthcare, and as a community volunteer with organizations [such] as the Hibiscus Children’s Center, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Helping People Succeed, I fought to improve the lives of the most vulnerable.” Harrell said that she is very proud of her community service. “Service to our community is central to who I am, what I have done and what I will continue to do,” she said. During her current term in the Florida House of Representatives, she served on the Health & Human Services Committee, as well as the Criminal Justice, Healthcare Appropriations and PreK-12 Quality subcommittees. She chaired the Children, Families & Seniors Subcommittee. “My experience in the Florida House of Representatives working to create jobs, improve our schools, keep taxes low and restore our rivers will enable me to ‘hit the ground running’ and be the most effective voice for you,” Harrell said. Aside from being a longtime state legislator, Harrell described herself as a child of a military family, a devoted wife and proud mother, a dedicated teacher, a successful businesswoman in the healthcare industry and a committed community volunteer. Harrell believes that using the same traits of leadership, hard work and dedication that allowed her to be successful in these roles has let her identify problems and work with her constituents to solve them.

Harrell has received numerous awards and has been recognized by a variety of organizations for her efforts in the Florida House of Representatives, including the Legislator of the Year Award from the Florida Council for Community Mental Health; the Leadership Award from Managing Entities of Florida; a Special Recognition Award for Advocacy and Commitment to Florida’s Children, Families and Seniors from the National Association of Social Workers’ Florida Chapter; the Legislative Award of Excellence from Healing Hands Inc.; and more. For more information about Harrell, visit www.gayleharrell. com. Belinda Keiser — As vice chancellor of the university that bears her family name, Keiser is proud that her accomplishments have come outside the political arena. “I have been an educator and economic development professional for more than 30 years,” Keiser said. “I am not a career politician. I am running for District 25 because it has been a lifelong aspiration of mine to continue my service to the community and our state in the Florida Senate.” Keiser’s background includes service on various governmental boards, in addition her role at Keiser University, where she has worked for more than 30 years. She is an advocate for students’ accessibility to higher education and talent development. “Together with my husband, we have built Keiser University into Florida’s second-largest not-forprofit university, serving nearly

20,000 students and employing 3,800,” Keiser said. On its 19 Florida campuses, students can pursue 100 undergraduate and graduate-level degrees in many of the state’s targeted industries. Keiser said that she has demonstrated her devotion to a career of advancing Florida’s economic and workforce development, global competitiveness, education and healthcare communities. “As a Gov. [Rick] Scott appointee to Enterprise Florida Inc., Space Florida and the Constitution Revision Commission, I have worked hard at cultivating relationships and partnerships for the betterment of our citizens and Florida’s business community,” Keiser said. Meeting once every 20 years, Florida’s 37-member Constitution Revision Commission provides recommendations for amendments to the state constitution for consideration by Florida voters. Keiser is proud of her service on the panel. Keiser is the founder of the Keiser Mills Foundation, which has awarded millions in needsbased and academically deserving scholarships to students. She is also proud of her charitable and philanthropic efforts for nonprofit organizations, including the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society. Keiser has served on the Florida Council of 100, on the board of the Florida Chamber of Commerce and its policy council, the Florida Government Efficiency Task

Force, Workforce Florida Inc. and on the 17th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and an MBA from Nova Southeastern University. “I am committed to improving water quality, reducing burdensome government regulations on our businesses and advancing our infrastructure, without impeding our quality of life in Palm Beach County and on the Treasure Coast,” she said. For more information about Keiser’s campaign, visit www. Dr. Rob Levy — Up every morning before dawn to log several miles, Levy is a dedicated runner, family man, business developer, practicing physician and area resident for more than 35 years. He is a married father of three grown children and three step-children. He enjoys spending off-hours with his family on the St. Lucie River. Levy established Family Care Associates in 1983 and grew it to three facilities totaling 28,000 square feet and serving more than 30,000 patients. By 1997, Levy was successful enough to sign on as a volunteer physician with Volunteers in Medicine, providing residents with no other means of healthcare with access to comprehensive, compassionate care at no charge. After some two decades, he continues his service to this day. Having built the largest primary care practice in St. Lucie County from a single office and having owned or managed several other

businesses, plus being a physician and businessman, Levy is proud to be “successful enough in both arenas that I can now dedicate myself to public service, including working as a volunteer doctor for 18 years with a local clinic, providing no-cost care to the working uninsured and being a member of the federal disaster medical assistance team.” As a member of the medical assistance team, he stands ready to respond following natural disasters like hurricanes and floods. In this role, Levy has assisted victims of several natural disasters. Levy received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami and his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Des Moines University. In addition to being a doctor and a businessman, Levy also has an MBA from Duke University. He is board certified in healthcare management by the American College of Healthcare Executives and a certified physician executive by the American College of Physician Executives. “My major motivations for running for Florida Senate are the healthcare crisis, longstanding environmental problems and the degradation of our public schools, all caused by decades of control by special interests in Tallahassee,” he said. Levy supports Medicaid expansion, full funding of the “Florida Forever” constitutional amendment, common-sense gun safety laws and protecting a woman’s right to choose. For more information about Levy, visit

presented the two nominees in contention to receive the Top Firefighter award. Boogle has been a part of Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue for 13 years. He takes part in many Wellington community activities, despite living in Broward County. Boogle has assisted at the local Boys & Girls Club for many years. Dawson has been with PBCFR for 22 years and has been captain for 11. He has helped with the

Hazardous Incident Management Team and helped with the recovery from Hurricane Irma in the Florida Keys. The Public Safety Committee reached a unanimous decision to name Dawson as this year’s Wellington Top Firefighter. Also Wednesday, the committee held elections for the positions of chair and vice chair. Ron Herman was tapped to serve as chair, while Jacqueline Hutman was named vice chair.

During the PBSO report, Shaivitz noted that vehicle burglaries and thefts are still an issue, but many arrests have been made. “One thing we have noticed is that with the peaks and valleys of vehicle burglary, the peaks seem to be getting lower and lower. So, while they are still happening, they do keep getting lower,” Shaivitz said. “There is a proposal to use law enforcement trust fund money, which is seizure money and not tax money, for a license plate reading

camera system that will help the PBSO to find and arrest those who possess stolen cars.” The Wellington Village Council gave preliminary approval to the expenditure on Tuesday. The PBCFR report focused on hurricane preparations and training that is underway. Officials also noted that the department has managed to cut down response time by nine seconds, which makes the new average response time roughly 6 minutes, 23 seconds.

Herman said that he would like to see an increase in the awareness of the dangers of texting and driving and proposed a possible essay contest for students to write on why it is so dangerous. Herman added that he would also like to see more speakers present at the committee’s future meetings. The committee’s next meeting will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m., which will be the last one of 2018.

Dozens Of Lox Residents Volunteer For ‘Clean Up The Groves’ Campaign

More than 50 Loxahatchee Groves residents came out on Sunday, July 1 in an effort to “Clean Up the Groves” and coordinated the pickup of trash off the main roads throughout the entire town, with the assistance of the Loxahatchee Groves Landowners’ Association, town management and Palm Beach County for location of the pickup site.

The main coordinator was resident Ryan Tucker, who managed oversight and ensured that safety protocols were in place for all ages of volunteers. Former Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District supervisors Anita Kane, Connie Bell and Karen Piesley were on hand to help, along with the Mayor Dave Browning and councilwomen

Joyce Batcheler and Phillis Maniglia. Immediately following the extensive morning cleanup was a 2 p.m. potluck barbecue at the Loxahatchee Groves Park pavilion, organized by resident Lisa Cruz and her family, grilling hot dogs, hamburgers, grilled sweet corn, pulled pork and a huge amount of side dishes brought

by fellow residents. Games were included for the kids, and everyone felt the sense of community and involvement. Along with picking up huge amounts of trash, the camaraderie of about 100 fellow town residents was felt about by all in attendance, and plans are in preparation for yet another cleanup campaign in September.

(Above) Trash collected by the end of the cleanup. (Right) Participants celebrated after a job well done.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Is Loxahatchee Groves Ready For A Storm?

First let me just say that the paperwork for the North B Road project has been handed in. Now the reason for this letter. We have been getting a lot of rain with probably more to come. The next several months could be difficult. We all need to work together. Getting and keeping the water off all the roads is very important. Keeping all types of debris, especially yard clippings, off the roadway, off the canal banks, and keep debris off all rights of way to keep everything clear and passable will make life easier in the event of any storm. If you live on the east side of the canal on the main letter roads, it would be appreciated if property owners would dig a small channel to let the water drain onto their property from the road before it

mounts up to a large mess and the road becomes impassable. This is not forever, and it would help to keep the road situation from getting worse. Debris, such as yard clippings, or anything put out to be picked up, should remain on the person’s property and not dumped to encroach onto the roadway or a right of way. Keep all drain culverts clear. If you live on the west side of the canal, the canal bank rights of way should remain passable and free of debris. Dumping debris on the canal banks, and dumping anything in the right of way easements (the space west of the canal between the canal bank and the telephone poles) that needs to be picked up and hauled off is a code violation. When a property owner needs things to be picked up, then it’s up to that property owner to create a space on their own property for the debris and not dump it on the right of way or roadway until it gets

picked up. Bridge culverts should remain free from piled debris that can fall into the canal and clog our culverts and stop water flow. All telephone poles on both sides of the road and on property need to be accessible so crews can work on restoring power if need be without debris or any obstruction getting in their way, so power can be restored as quickly as possible. If anyone has overgrowth that can obstruct the roadway, right of way, telephone pole or any other easement in the event of a storm, it should be cut back now so in the event of a storm, we can focus on other tasks.


Don’t forget to get supplies. The biting insects have already been terrible and will only get worse with a storm. Don’t wait until the last minute to prepare. Stock up on water, batteries and dried goods. Know where your gas cans are, and if you don’t have any, get some now to have on hand. If you know you need to move your animals, search for places now while there is time. If you can get a generator now, don’t wait till the last minute to go get one. Let’s get prepared the best we can with cooperation from everyone. Marianne Miles Loxahatchee Groves

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Royal Palm Beach’s annual Mayor’s Firecracker Golf Tournament took place Wednesday, July 4 at the Madison Green Country Club. The scramble format tournament began with a shotgun start and included cart and green fees, a 50/50 raffle, prizes, a longest-drive contest, a closest-to-the-pin contest and a barbecue lunch. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

First-place winners Ed Delgado, Joe Babcock, Mayor Fred Pinto, Doug Guy and Bryan Palmer.

Longest drive winner Tanya McConnell with Mayor Fred Pinto.

Second-place winners Justin Leavens, Pete Dibble, Mayor Fred Pinto, Josh Cornett and Brian Bartolome.

Zack Anderton, Pat D’Angelo and Dave Collado on the links.

Third-place winners Shaun Daly, Mark Rodgers, Scott Stowell, Mayor Fred Pinto, Ken Forsyth and Sweet Lew Masotti.

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Scott Stowell, who won a watch, with Parks & Recreation Program Supervisor Steve Poyner.

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The West Palm Beach Antiques Festival was held from Friday, July 6 through Sunday, July 8 at the South Florida Fairgrounds. Numerous antique vendors brought and displayed their best collectible items for public purchase throughout the weekend. The festival is held on the first weekend of the month at the fairgrounds. For more information, visit PHOTOS BY DANI SALGUEIRO/TOWN-CRIER

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Lox Committee Finalizes Landscaping Code For Council OK

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Loxahatchee Groves’ Unified Land Development Committee finalized the landscaping section of the town’s Unified Land Development Code on Monday, spending time discussing walls separating commercial from neighboring property, the code for tree removal and replacement, and how much landscaping should be required in front yards. Section 85 of the ULDC, which the committee had been working on its past three meetings, was renamed from the county’s old “ERM Landscape Ordinance” to “Native Tree Preservation, Soil Stabilization and Invasive Exotic Control.” The committee drew from county and neighboring municipalities’ ULDCs to rewrite the code. The finalized changes will be presented to the Loxahatchee Groves Town Council in the form of an ordinance at a future meeting. The committee spent a considerable amount of time discussing the use of walls, berms and landscaping to separate commercial property from its neighbors. Committee Member Karen Piesley asked about a change made about requiring a wall separating commercial property

from adjacent property, where language had been retained including berms and landscaping. She noted that properties, like the Day property under development, are exposed if a wall, as opposed to a fence, is not required. “The wall is solid for noise, and then with trees on the outside of it,” Piesley said. “The fences are often not maintained and do not last that long.” Committee Chair Mary McNicholas said she felt options are appropriate for buffers, so long as they cut down noise and unsightly activity that goes on in the back of commercial property, such as trash bins and trucks loading or unloading. “It’s supposed to say wall,” Piesley stressed. McNicholas said she has seen some effective uses of fences and landscaping. “There are some pretty cool fence-type works that I’ve seen downtown that are spectacular, that I think would look so much better than just a plain concrete block wall, in my opinion,” she said. “I don’t want to see like a chain link fence or anything like that.” McNicholas asked Planning Consultant Jim Fleischmann if a developer had the option to use something other than a wall if it

was found to be desirable. Fleischmann said the developer does have the option to present something other than a wall to the council, but Piesley said the committee had voted to recommend approval of only a wall separating properties from businesses. Committee Member Mary Ann Miles asked how tall the berm is on North B Road, and former Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District Supervisor Simon Fernandez estimated about 7 feet. “I would think that would be a nice a buffer between properties,” Miles said. “I think esthetic-wise, that would be appropriate, without building a concrete wall that on the other side, they’re going to be looking at just a concrete wall, when we’re trying to preserve Loxahatchee Groves and want greenery.” Miles said she would like people to have options. “If there is not enough space to put a berm with nice hedging, then don’t make it mandatory. Let them do what they need to do with the space provided,” she said. “If they have enough room to put hedging and a berm and trees, and it can be high enough with enough buffer, then I feel they should have to bring it to the council and say, ‘This is what we propose.’”

Fleischmann pointed out that they were talking about incompatibility buffers next to the agricultural district, and what Miles was talking about was residential areas where the requirements are minimal. Miles asked about cut-throughs from commercial-to-commercial, which she said is more desirable than having motorists go onto a main road to get to an adjoining commercial area. Miles said she wanted to have a provision that would allow commercial developments to have cut-throughs to other commercial property. A bad example she cited was the shopping center at the northwest corner of Southern Blvd. and State Road 7 that did not have a cut-through to the shopping center to the north. “That was such a traffic debacle,” she said. Fleischmann said roads have their own requirements in the code with specific buffering widths and landscaping requirements in a different section of the code. After more discussion, the committee decided to rewrite the code to read that a developer should provide a landscaped berm and wall, or other opaque landscape barrier, on the perimeter of the property.

Committee members also discussed the height of the wall, which currently is 6 feet. Fleischmann said he would not be surprised if the council takes that height to 8 feet. He added that provisions should be made for a developer required to build a wall that an existing neighbor’s 4-foot fence is abutting, explaining that he did not think that abutting fences is a good concept. The committee also discussed a section on landscaping of parking areas, explaining that there is a section that said 10 percent of parking must be landscaping. “We increased it to 15 percent,” Fleischmann said, but added specific requirements for where the landscaping should go, including strips at the end of aisles and pathways so that the landscaping is not trampled. They also discussed the tree replacement table, prohibited trees and recommended trees, including “champion trees,” which are trees that are exemplary for their species, as defined by the state, but for which the code currently has no definition. Prohibited trees include melaleuca, Brazilian pepper, Australian pine, earleaf acacia, carrotwood and schefflera. Developers can receive credit

for existing native trees preserved on a site. No credit will be given for fruit trees or any preserved trees that are in extremely poor condition or declining health. Professional landscape plans will be required for all proposed non-residential agricultural developments. The committee also discussed turf requirements in the front yard for new residential property, and McNicholas asked if xeriscaping could be included as an option. “My neighbor has droughttolerant trees, and it’s spectacular,” she said. Fernandez said some turf is relevant for preserving pads and septic tanks. At the end of discussion, Fleischmann asked the committee if it wanted to bring the section back in final form or send it to the council. Members directed him to take it to the council after the necessary changes are made. Fleischmann said it would not be put before the council at its July meeting due to advertising requirements and putting the revised section into the form of an ordinance. Fleischmann congratulated the committee on its hard work. “It was a battle at times, but you all did a good job,” he said.

Westlake Council OKs New Roads Amid Reports Of Strong Sales

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Westlake City Council approved plans for several roadways Monday, including one that will make the connection to Seminole Pratt Whitney Road and Persimmon Blvd. Consultant Donaldson Hearing, speaking on behalf of developer Minto, presented two new pieces of roadway, Ilex Way and Town Center Parkway South, for final approval. “We are continuing to fill in the pieces that will be part of your comprehensive plan,” Hearing said. “Both of these roadways are part of your comprehensive plan roadway network, and they are being built one at a time. We hope to have a couple of pieces of roadway back in front of you in August. Town Center Parkway goes from the roundabout back to the Hammocks subdivision, which is

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continued from page 1 capital fund projects are on fiveyear budget plans. “The capital improvements budget covers a five-year span, and many projects span more than one year,” Liggins said. “Whatever is started but not finished, carries over, so it’s not really accurate to say we’re spending less, because it’s really capital over a five-year period.” Changes are often made to these projects along the way. “We shifted our resurfacing expenses to the sales surtax fund, and we had several big projects come off the books this year,” Liggins said, noting the $3 million Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center renovation and the Royal Palm Beach Commons Park amphitheater project are no longer reflected in next year’s budget.

currently under construction. “That is just about completed, and very shortly you will see construction of… Town Center Parkway Phase 2, which basically will go farther east and provide access to Parcel P, which we hope to have on your agenda pretty soon, which will go up to Parcel R, which is the Meadows,” Hearing said. “You will see more discussion on that at your Aug. 13 meeting.” Hearing also discussed Ilex Way, which will be a connector between Persimmon Blvd. and Town Center Parkway South. “We’re adding to that connectivity, and within the next few months, we anticipate bringing in Ilex Way Phase 2 and Phase 3, which will extend all the way down farther to the south,” Hearing said. Hearing said that the goal is to get ahead on construction of roads to make sure they are planned and designed to accommodate the in-

frastructure and drainage, as well as meet the needs of some of the development opportunities. “All these roadways are designed consistent with your adopted comprehensive plan, so they have requirements for multimodal paths of different sizes and widths depending on the nature of the roadway,” he said. “They also have bicycle paths in addition to the multi-modal paths on the outside.” Councilman Phillip Everett made a motion to approve plans for Town Center Parkway, and Councilwoman Kara Crump made a motion to approve Ilex Way. Both motions carried unanimously. In other business, the council approved or renewed several agreements with the Solid Waste Authority for collection of recycled materials and waste. City Attorney Pam Booker said the agreements expire in Septem-

ber, and these agreements extend them for an additional year. Vice Mayor Katrina Long Robinson made a motion to approve the extension, which carried 5-0. The council also unanimously approved an agreement with SWA for disaster debris removal and a revenue sharing plan for reimbursement on recycling. In his report, City Manager Ken Cassel noted that some residents have moved into their new homes. “That’s progressing well, and we’re delivering the recycling and trash containers, and people are coming with their payments,” Cassel said. “Their account information is getting set up also.” He also said that work is progressing smoothly on Seminole Pratt Whitney Road. “They’re getting ready to put the final lips on it,” Cassel said. “Probably in the next week or so, they will be splitting traffic, so it will be one lane northbound on

the east side, and southbound will be a single lane on the west side, and they’ll finish off the medians. By the end of the month, they should probably be pretty much closed out.” The council received a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office report that showed the agency had made 70 traffic stops along Seminole Pratt Whitney Road in June. During public comment, Minto Vice President John Carter said they are continuing to see significant sales to the point that there is pressure to get Hammocks Phase 2 underway. “That will continue just in time so that we can continue the momentum,” Carter said. “As Don [Hearing] alluded to earlier, relative to Pod R, which is the next pod east of the Hammocks, which we have already named the Meadows, we are planning that to be after the Hammocks, because currently, we are projecting by

June of next year we will be out of that entire subdivision, which is something short of incredible.” Carter said the Meadows will bring about 380 units similar in lot and home size to the Hammocks. “For those of you who are adding pieces, Parcel R, which is the Meadows, and a new product offering that will come in Pod P, will bring almost 900 units in the pipeline for the city,” Carter said. “That’s in addition to the 330 units in the Hammocks, so being eight months into our sales program, we are looking at 800 more units in the pipeline and well over 1,000 assigned.” Carter added that a well-known trade journal in homebuilding recently ranked all the national planned communities, and Westlake cracked the top 50. “What we’re looking at with Pod P will bring more velocity to sales that I really think bodes well for us,” Carter said.

“It really fluctuates from year-toyear, and the capital improvement program is set more to the staff capabilities of properly managing projects.” The sales surtax fund — the village’s share of the additional onecent sales tax approved by voters for county, municipal and school district improvements — will be used for projects that have a minimum five-year life expectancy. Roughly $5.2 million from this fund is budgeted for 2019, with the primary focus being Commons Park access ($1 million), water treatment plant site modifications ($450,000) and road resurfacing ($1.5 million). The overall expenditure is balanced out by projected revenue, where the village will maintain its current 1.92 mills per $1,000 of taxable property. The county’s preliminary taxable value for Royal Palm Beach saw a modest 6.54 percent increase over the past year, to $2.87 billion on property value. As a result, an estimated $592,198 more revenue is anticipated from ad valorem taxes.

“The tax rate will not increase for another year in Royal Palm Beach,” Councilman Jeff Hmara said. “That’s more than two decades without tax rate increases, and about nine years with a stable rate at 1.92 mills.” Liggins said the village is increasing its personnel in several areas, even with the tax rate remaining unchanged. This includes positions in engineering, planning, recreation, and the renovated Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center. “Adding personnel to engineering will increase productivity and quality in project management,” Liggins said. “The additional planning staff hours will increase customer service times and improve the development review process. The changes in parks, recreation and the cultural center will provide more staff hours for senior programs, allow greater focus on community events and position us to potentially better utilize the renovated cultural, business and convention center.” This will all be achieved without

tapping into village reserves, Liggins noted. Several projects will be completed this year, including Phase I of the RV/Boat Parking project, as well as the cultural center expansion and renovation. “We expect to complete the cultural center expansion and business center upgrade this year,” Hmara said. Several other village projects, such as the pedestrian and roadway lighting project along Okeechobee Blvd. from State Road 7 to Folsom Road, are expected to be completed during the upcoming fiscal year. However, Hmara noted, the village’s five-year Capital Improvement Program contains many out-year projects that require future funding. As usual, the budget contains emergency contingency funds in case of major weather-related events, such as hurricanes. Hmara noted that after Hurricane Irma swept across the state last September, Royal Palm Beach utilized both those funds and applied for Federal Emergency Management

Agency grants to assist with the post-storm cleanup and repairs. “Hurricanes affect the timing of completing ongoing projects,” Liggins said. “With hurricane damage, comes immediate projects that take our focus away from the projects we were working to complete. Provisions are always being made to minimize our impact. For example, having our neighborhoods complete their authorization forms for us to collect storm debris to strengthening our facilities to minimize damage.” While school safety improvements remain a major focus statewide in the wake of the shooting at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February, that issue does not impact the village’s budget. “We’re glad to see the initiatives being taken at the state and school district levels to safeguard our students and schools,” Hmara said. “To the best of my knowledge, there has not been any direct impact on the Royal Palm Beach budget, nor has the village been approached for financial as-

sistance in this area.” Liggins noted that the school district and the PBSO are responsible for those projects. “Since the school board has its own police force, and the village contracts with the sheriff’s office, the state-mandated safety improvements have not affected the village’s budget,” Liggins said. “I have not had any conversations with the Palm Beach County School District regarding the statemandated safety improvements.” As a whole, Hmara is pleased with where Royal Palm Beach stands fiscally. “The village is well-managed, and the results show in our budget, quarterly progress reports, as well as in our recent citizen satisfaction survey,” Hmara said. “The budget is a well-balanced mix of investments that will address immediate needs and provide returns that will pay off well into the future. I believe this budget allocates funds to specific actions that will accomplish the long-term and near-term goals identified in our strategic plan.”

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Ali Sirota Kelman and her husband Jeremy Kelman are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Savannah Kelman, born April 12 at 9:12 a.m. at 6 pounds, 8 ounces and 20 inches in New York. The newest member of the Sirota-Kelman family has been embraced by siblings Lylah and Eli Kelman, as well as canine brother Alvin and equestrian siblings Briljant and Esme. Grandparents Lynda and Richard Sirota, and Robin Gordon and Jay Kelman, are excited for their growing families. Ali is the founder and CEO of Sirota Public Relations, a boutique public relations firm, located in New York and Palm Beach. Jeremy is a managing director at Alliance Bernstein. The entire Sirota-Kelman family looks forward to seeing everyone in Wellington at the Winter Equestrian Festival next season, where Ali will return to competing. PHOTO COURTESY KATHY RUSSELL PHOTOGRAPHY


Five New Members Join Board At Hanley

Hanley Foundation CEO Jan Cairnes recently announced that five new members have joined the board of the nonprofit statewide leader in substance abuse prevention and education. New board members include H. Loy Anderson, Sharon McGinley, Michael Pike, Kelly Rooney and James Schneider. H. Loy Anderson is chairman of the Paradise Fund, a nonprofit organization making an impact on the ongoing political, environmental, health, educational and social problems being faced by children around the world. He is a member of Mai Tai Global and has served for several years on the board of the YMCA. Anderson graduated from Florida Atlantic University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in finance. He is currently seeking his master’s degree in psychology at Palm Beach Atlantic University. Anderson is a third-generation Palm Beach native and currently lives in West Palm Beach. Sharon McGinley is the founder and executive director of Eddie’s House, an organization that provides guidance and support to young people aging out of the foster care system. When she isn’t in Palm Beach, she is highly involved in the community in Pennsylvania, including the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra and the New Leaf Center. Her past affiliations include a board position with Caron Treatment Center, the Episcopal

Academy parent association, the Union League of Philadelphia women’s committee and commodore of Union League Yacht Club of Philadelphia. She graduated from Villanova University with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and a concentration in criminal justice. She resides in Palm Beach and Philadelphia. Michael Pike is an attorney at Pike & Lustig LLP, located in West Palm Beach. His practice focuses on personal injury, commercial litigation, auto accidents, highway accidents, wrongful death, insurance litigation, business litigation, sexual battery and assault, and RICO. Pike obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and his law degree with honors from the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law. Pike has won many awards, including being named “Top Up and Comer” by the South Florida Legal Guide, “Up & Comers” by the South Florida Business Journal, “Legal Elite” by Florida Trend magazine and a “Rising Star “and “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers magazine. He is a member of the Palm Beach County Bar Association, Florida Justice Association, Florida Bar and past president of the Palm Beach County Justice Association. In his free time, he is an avid fisherman and a member of Florida’s CrossFit and Jiu-Jitsu communities. Pike lives in Wellington with his family.

Kelly Rooney is CEO and founder of the Josephine Alexander Collective, a line of accessories hand made in different countries with the mission of providing secure and stable forms of income to the artisans creating them. She was born in Mexico City and lived in diverse places before moving to the United States to attend college. She graduated from Lynn University in Boca Raton. Rooney had a career in the hospitality industry and is currently a certified yoga instructor and working on her certification as a health coach. In addition to the Hanley Foundation, she serves as a board member of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach and is a frequent volunteer at the Rosarian Academy, where her daughter goes to school. Rooney resides in Juno Beach with her husband and daughter, and also has two step-sons. She loves to travel with her family, enjoys running marathons and spends her summers in northern Maine. James Schneider is a senior portfolio advisor at Merrill Lynch, where he secures financing for his clients’ personal and business needs, as well as designs financial plans and investment strategies. Schneider received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hofstra University in New York. In addition to the Hanley Foundation, he is a board member of the El Cid Historic Neighborhood Association. Schneider currently resides

Michael Pike in West Palm Beach with his wife and two young daughters. “With the addition of these exceptional individuals, the Hanley Foundation’s board is stronger and more diverse than ever,” Cairnes said. “Since 2014, when we rebranded and refocused our mission, we have increased grant revenue 395 percent, from $621,711 to nearly $3.1 million. With this new leadership, I know we will continue to see an increase in our grants and fundraising; resulting in more substance use disorder prevention, education, advocacy and access to quality treatment.” Established more than 30 years ago by Mary Jane and Jack Hanley, the Hanley Foundation is a charitable organization with a mission to give hope to individuals, families and communities affected by substance use disorders. For more info., visit www.hanleyfoundation. org or call (561) 268-2355.

Women Of Note Entertain OBITUARY At Flagler Museum July 4 Leonard Bierer Of Wellington Dies At Age 76 Lightning, thunder and torrents lives to preserving our freedom,

of rain did not dampen the spirits of Flagler Museum members and their guests during the annual Independence Day celebration. This year’s festivities included the Women of Note singing patriotic songs, the presentation of the colors by the Palm Beach Police Honor Guard and the reading of the Declaration of Independence. The Women of Note entertained several hundred museum members and guests with “America the Beautiful,” “Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor” and “Over The Rainbow.” The award-winning quartet, Sunsation lit up the room, singing “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and selections from Yankee Doodle Dandy. Honoring the courageous men and women who dedicate their

the Women of Note Chorus ended the program with “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Following the ceremony, museum guests enjoyed dazzling Fourth of July fireworks displays on the Intracoastal Waterway, intermittently upstaged by bursts of lightning. The Women of Note Chorus is a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, a nonprofit music education association for women. The group captivates audiences with four-part a cappella harmony in the barbershop style. The chorus holds open rehearsals and welcomes any woman who loves to sing and wants to have fun while making new friends. For more information, visit www. or call (877) 966-7464.

On July 3, Leonard Bierer passed away at age 76, surrounded by his loved ones. Bierer was born in Chicago, Ill., to the late Phyllis Scott and Henry Bierer, as the eldest of three children. From the beginning of his life, Bierer was a talker, and his legacy will continue through the stories he shared with all who had the honor of listening. He served as a member of the United States Air Force as a cryptologic linguist, stationed in Crete, Greece. When he returned from service, Bierer enrolled at Loyola University Chicago, and began his lifelong career as a banker, with a long tenure at Glenview State Bank in Illinois. In 1980, he married the love of his life, Sue Kendall, and moved to Wellington, where he became en-

amored with the equestrian world and the surrounding community from watching competitions to playing polo. He became an officer at Sun Trust. His infectious laugh, loving personality and unparalleled professionalism continue to fill the hearts of all who knew him. An avid reader, Bierer was a regular at the Wellington library and could always be found with a new book in hand. His favorite pastimes included completing the crossword puzzles and sudoku in pen from a variety of periodicals, watching the Winter Equestrian Festival competitions, traveling the world with his wife and friends, as well as walking his dog Gracie, and visiting the local dog park, where he recounted stories of his adventures from his past and

his amazing travels for all to hear. Bierer was a wonderful husband, admired by all in his dedication to his marriage, home and life, and is survived by his beloved wife Sue Bierer, their daughter Kendall and son-in-law Christopher Wendel. He was a proud father of two from his first marriage with Kathleen Gellen; Tiffany Bierer and Debra Leatherman, along with her spouse Wesley, as well as a loving grandfather to their three children, Garett, Troy and Max. Bierer’s brother and sister, Glenn Bierer and Sandra Whitman, also mourn his loss. A memorial service will be held in Bierer’s honor on Saturday, July 21 at 10 a.m. at the Holy Spirit Episcopal Church, located at 1003 Allendale Road in West Palm

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You’re not a greedy person. All you want is to be happy, and feel appreciated in your life, and in your marriage. But you know deep down that your marriage is never going to get better. Your husband is not changing. In fact, he’s just getting worse.

While a divorce for you will likely not be hassle free, there are some basic things you can learn that can minimize your husband’s ability to make the process harder than it needs to be.

Divorce is something you never thought you’d ever experience, but you know you must leave the marriage if you’re ever going to have a chance at happiness. And you know now’s the time. Your children have grown into adults and you’re not getting any younger. But at the same time you’re worried. You don’t know where to start, or how all this needs to happen. What you do know is he’s going to make things difficult as you’ve seen how he’s dealt before with others that have crossed him. You feel all alone. Like a prisoner of your own circumstances. You’re worried that nobody will see you and your situation for what it really is. At times, you feel like it will be impossible to ever get out of this unless you leave only with the shirt on your back. But it’s not going to be that simple, as you need to secure your financial future.

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Equestrian Trails Elementary School was awarded a STEM grant from the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education program this past school year. The grant allowed ETES to purchase STEM-related items to offer more science, technology, engineering and math activities. ETES students, teachers and parents were are all extremely thankful for the grant.

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ETES teachers at the STEM Professional Development Day held in March.

School District Named Top Employer By FAU

The School District of Palm Beach County’s partnership with Florida Atlantic University extends far beyond the classroom, and because of that, the FAU Division of Student Affairs has recognized the school district as its 2017-18 Employer of the Year. The distinction is awarded to an employer partner that “demon-

strates noteworthy support for FAU students through significant preparation and involvement in career-readiness programs, experiential learning opportunities and in hiring FAU Owls for full-time positions.” “As the county’s largest employer, we are fortunate to have such a strong partnership with a

local university such as FAU to not only provide training and leadership for college students, but to help support potential employees in our own backyard,” said Dr. Gonzalo LaCava, chief of human resources for the school district. The school district has significantly increased its visibility and access to students at FAU by at-

tending 28 events over the last two years. Those events include career education workshops, career readiness/preparation programs, career fairs and more. In this school year, the district has hired nearly 400 FAU alumni, including more than 300 teachers. FAU said those hires equal more than any other single employer.

Rosarian Academy Graduates 30 Students

The Rosarian Academy graduated 30 young men and women from its eighth-grade class on Thursday, May 24. Class of 2009 alumna Melanie Grande addressed the Class of 2018 as the commencement speaker. It was a beautiful graduation ceremony, honoring the graduates for their hard work and achievements. Grande spoke to the graduates about her dream to become an astronaut and how that dream motivates her, and she encouraged the graduates to find something that motivates them, hold onto it, and “let the passion define your journey.” Earlier this year, Grande was selected by the Purdue chapter of the Mars Society to be part of a seven-person team in a two-week simulation mission at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah. A “Charter Club” member of the Rosarian Academy, Grande attended Rosarian continuously from the Early Childhood Montessori program through eighth grade. She graduated from Rosarian with the highest GPA in her graduating class and proceeded to attend Sun-

coast High School with her focus in math, science and engineering. She holds an undergraduate degree from Purdue University in aeronautics and astronautics. Grande currently works for NASA at Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. She will soon return to Purdue for graduate school. Following the commencement address, eighth-grade class president Macarena Gonzalez-Cabanellas presented the class gift of a mosaic cross. The eighth grade coordinated and produced a school-wide talent show to raise money for the gift. Special awards given to students included the 2018 President’s Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence, presented to Maggie Acosta for earning the highest academic achievement in the eighth grade class; the St. Dominic Award, presented to Christian Azqueta and Robby Vargas, for demonstrating a strong belief in God, the pursuit of truth in all forms, and the Christian values of kindness, respect and integrity; and the Rowdy Award, honoring Christian Azqueta and Wilder Breckenridge for three years of

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The Rosarian Academy’s Class of 2018. outstanding dedication and partic“The class you see before you ipation in school athletics. represents a continuing legacy that Outstanding achievement in started more than 90 years ago,” he subject area awards went to: re- said. “Our Adrian Dominican roots ligion, Delaney Groth; literature, have instilled the power of prayer, Caleb Curtis; English, Mercedes the importance of service, and the Cassidy; geometry, Madison Fab- need for a critical intellect that has bri; algebra I, Joseph Coates; the potential not only to challenge pre-algebra, Kalla Kerkorian; injustice, but also to seek truth, history, Finley Murray; science, make peace and reverence life. Macarena Gonzalez-Cabanellas; Your diplomas should always reSpanish, Caleb Curtis; STEM, mind you of this and that you will Chase Koeppel; art, Logan Mc- forever be part of this community Gruder; drama, Robby Vargas; — one that has obligations to othmusic, Emma Hardyman; and ers and to a God who created you.” physical education, Jack Keogh. For more information about Head of School Stephen Ru- the Rosarian Academy, located in benacker closed the ceremony downtown West Palm Beach, visit with a few words about the Class or call (561) of 2018. 345-3106.

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Dr. Ralph Maurer began his tenure as Oxbridge Academy’s head of school on July 1. Maurer succeeds John Klemme, who announced last year that he has chosen to return to his former position as an English teacher at the school. “The Oxbridge Board of Trustees and I are very excited as Dr. Maurer takes the reins at Oxbridge,” School Founder and Chairman William Koch said. “Our search for a new head of school identified Dr. Maurer as our leading candidate, and he has been at the school since Jan. 1 learning about the school and interfacing with faculty and students. At the same time, we want to thank John Klemme for his leadership these past two years.” Maurer joins Oxbridge after serving as the headmaster of the International School Nido de Aguilas, an independent Englishlanguage international day school in Santiago, Chile. During his

tenure at Nido, Maurer bolstered the school’s project-based learning program, interdisciplinary work, differentiated teaching methods, ESL and outdoor education. Prior to his time at Nido, Maurer was a faculty member and administrator in the Freeman School of Business at Tulane University, where he was in charge of the entrepreneurship curriculum. He is a Florida native, a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, and earned a bachelor’s degree in communications studies from Northwestern University, an MBA from the University of Florida and a doctorate in management science and engineering from Stanford University. The Oxbridge Academy is a private college preparatory high school serving grades nine through 12, located at 3151 N. Military Trail in West Palm Beach. For more information, visit or call (561) 9729600.




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Forever Young Club members met on Thursday, July 5 at St. Rita Catholic Church in Wellington to play bingo and celebrate July birthdays, including that of 101-year-old Anna Nappi. To learn more, call (561) 793-8544 or visit PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Anna Nappi blows out the candles.

Dr. Jim and Evelyn Louwers.

Bingo winner Robert Smyth gets prize money from MaryAnn Boomhower.

Daughter Paulette Coco with Anna Nappi.

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Photographic Centre To Host Florida Native Plant Society July 17

The Palm Beach Photographic Centre will host the monthly meeting of the Palm Beach County chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society on Tuesday, July 17. In addition, starting at 6:30 p.m., the Photographic Centre will host a special reception focused on its current exhibition, “Renewal: Going Native,” featuring 100 images of the beauty from Florida’s native landscape taken by 18 extraordinary photographers. The monthly meeting of the local chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will start at 7:30 p.m. and will include a photo lecture by Susan Lerner on “Discovering the Insects in the Native Garden.”

“I will be introducing many of the outstanding insects that visit the native flowers in my garden,” said Lerner, president of the local Florida Native Plant Society chapter. “My goal is to encourage everyone to discover who’s visiting flowers in their garden and talk about how to photograph, identify and learn about them.” Photographs by Lerner are included in the “Renewal: Going Native” exhibition, along with works by Kevin Barry, Donna Bollenbach, Richard Brownscombe, Christina Evans, George Gann, Roger Hammer, Kirsten Hines, Craig Huegel, Teri Jabour, Mary Keim, Susan Kolterman, Don Marchetto, Chuck McCartney,

Rufino Osorio, Rebecca Sabac, Loret Setters and Peg Urban. “Images in this exhibition range from exquisite close-ups of flowers to mysterious landscapes, and from wild natural areas to planned private gardens,” said Fatima NeJame, president and CEO of the Photographic Centre. “Our goal is for the viewer to experience the joy and aliveness of the native landscape.” Established in 1981, the Palm Beach County Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society is a notfor-profit organization dedicated to promoting the preservation, conservation and restoration of native plants and native plant communities of Florida. Monthly meetings

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Royal Palm Beach presented its Star-Spangled Spectacular Independence Day Celebration on Wednesday, July 4 at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park. The Spazmatics kept the guests dancing. There were gourmet food trucks, a kids fun zone, volleyball and Zambelli fireworks to light up the sky. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

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My Big Attempt At Novel Writing Has Hit An Unfortunate Snag I was noodling around on the Internet (always dangerous), and I happened across a “call for writers.” A publishing company was actually seeking people to write novels. Usually, it’s the other way around, with writers wasting years of their time, cranking out stories that only they themselves find fascinating, and then spending a few more fruitless months sending their manuscripts to publishers who, truth be told, couldn’t care less. Now, even self-publishing has become a big thing. In the olden days, self-publishing was the last bastion of the self-absorbed. Writers with more money than talent could simply plop down big bucks to have a hardcover book printed with their words inside. “Real” writers looked down on these people.

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The Sonic BOOMER But, today, with all the changes in printing practices, almost anyone can afford to have their words published, and many of those people have worthwhile things to say. A couple dozen self-published tomes are taken out of the crate and given to friends and family members, and the rest of the inventory appears on bookshelves in stores that sell

only self-published books. So, publishers don’t even have to wade through typewritten pages of drivel, looking for the occasional gem. They can troll the “self-published” bookstores if they need a story on a certain topic. My point is, it is almost unheard-of to find a publisher “requesting” novels. So, you can imagine my delight. I immediately launched into writing a novel. Now, I have never written a novel before. I have written a column since 1981, but that does not make me a writer of books. In fact, I have more or less trained myself, over the last 37 years, to peter out after 500 words. My editor wants 500 words, and that’s what he gets. Sometimes, he will humor me by letting me go a little long, and, once a year at

Christmastime, he suffers through my annual poem. But 500 words is what fits his available space, so 500 words is what I give him. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that a novel is 65,000 to 85,000 words long. What? Can’t this whole thing be wrapped up sooner? Do I really need to tell the reader what the heroine’s house looks like or what season of the year it is? Evidently, I do. So, with a Sept. 3 deadline looming large, and me having no real idea what the heck I’m doing, I sit down at my laptop every night and try to think of words — entertaining words. I have become an expert at describing things that, in my column, I wouldn’t waste precious words describing. There are lengthy

conversations between characters that I know could be written in eight words or less. (“Jeet?” “Had a sammich.” That kind of thing.) I am proud to say that, over the decades, I have learned most of the technical aspects of writing — sentence structure, where to indent, how to wrap things up. Here’s what I don’t know: how to tell a story. At the 5,000-word mark, I put my heroine in the hospital, and that’s where she stays while I decide what to do with her. She also has an unopened FedEx package at home. What’s in it? I have no earthly idea. Hopefully, I’ll come up with something before Sept. 3.

New ‘Ant-Man And The Wasp’ Is Another Marvel Universe Hit

It looks like Disney has another Marvel Universe winner with Ant-Man and the Wasp, a sequel to 2015’s original film, AntMan. While not a masterpiece like Black Panther or a major entry like the latest Avengers film, it is an enjoyable few hours at the movies. This series entry is more or less structured as a family comedy with superpowers and special effects tossed in, and it works very well. Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) is spending the last few days of his house arrest at home, having been sentenced to two years there for helping Captain America in his battle against Iron Man et al. But he gets a vision of Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) and, violating his parole agreement, contacts Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and his daughter, Hope Van Dyne/Wasp (Evangeline Lilly). Within minutes, he’s kidnapped and taken

‘I’ On CULTURE By Leonard Wechsler from the house, a violation of parole that his parole officer won’t notice because his device is now attached to a giant ant, programmed to follow his routine. The ant bits are among the funniest sight gags in the film. The main adventure consists of plans to enter the quantum universe, a place that is sub-atomic. In the first movie, Scott went in and managed to come out. Pym believes that proves he can get to his

missing wife, gone for many years. Of course, nothing is that simple. Scott has to deal with his parole officer and the feds, his ex-con friends who work with him in a security company, a sleazy businessman/ gangster Sonny Burch (Walton Goggins) who will do just about anything to get Pym’s technology, and then there is Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen), a woman who has undergone a quantum accident and keeps “phasing” in and out of solid existence and wants the technology to save herself. That technology might also be the answer to solving the problems for the dead superheroes from Avengers. Juggling all of these things takes a great sense of timing, and director Peyton Reed keeps the action moving and the mood light. A wild chase through San Francisco — those hills make for great street chases, especially when some of the

cars and characters can get large or very small suddenly — is a highlight. And, of course, things are helped greatly by really good acting. Rudd is perfect as Lang. He is self-effacing, perhaps the only superhero who can look at his young daughter and admit he messes up most of the time. And he manages to make a former criminal and goof-off seem like a really good guy and a worthwhile hero. Lilly is good as Hope/ Wasp. She is a full (and often dominant) partner for Lang. She is the straight woman to Rudd’s comedy, and she makes their very interesting relationship work. Abby Ryder Fortson is a very good young actress as Rudd’s daughter. She holds her own with Rudd, avoiding the twin traps of being either overly cute or a brat. Michael Peña as the leader of Scott’s friends manages to get many laughs, al-

though at times he approaches becoming a stereotype. Randall Park, as the “super straight man” parole officer manages to get a lot out of his part. Douglas does the cranky old obsessive guy really well, and Pfeiffer is appropriately lovely. Goggins has sleaze down to an art. As I wrote before, this is a good time at the movies. The family relationships feel real, and the sight gags are great. Watching giant ants acting as Lang, taking bubble baths and playing drums, is great. And they just provide comic relief for a story that has more meaning than most superhero films. The film is a worthy sequel to the first. There is very little in it about what happens in the overall Marvel Universe until the end credits, when several characters disappear. But it just whets the appetite for the next film.

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On July 3, 2018, Leonard Bierer, age 76, passed away surrounded by his loved ones. Len was born in Chicago, Ill., to the late Phyllis Scott and Henry Bierer, as the eldest of three children. His legacy will continue through the stories he shared with all who had the honor of listening.

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He served as a member of the United States Air Force, later enrolling at Loyola University Chicago, when he began his life-long career as a banker. In 1980, he married Sue Kendall, and moved to Wellington, Fla., where he served as an Officer of Sun Trust for 20 years. Len was an avid reader, crossword puzzle solver (in pen), equestrian lover and world traveler.

Len was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and brother, and is survived by his beloved wife Sue Bierer, and their daughter Kendall and son-in-law Christopher Wendel. He was a proud father of two from his first marriage with Kathleen Jellen; Tiffany Bierer and Debra Leatherman, spouse Wesley, as well as a loving grandfather to their three children Garett, Troy and Max. Len’s brother and sister, Glenn Bierer and Sandra Whitman, also mourn the loss of their big brother. He also leaves behind his shih tzu Gracie, who he was rarely seen without. A memorial service will be held in Len’s honor on July 21, 2018 at 10 a.m. at the Holy Spirit Episcopal Church located at 1003 Allendale Rd., West Palm Beach, FL. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Brooke USA, a charity that honors the equines that held Leonard’s heart in Wellington. Learn more about Brooke USA at

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Lion Country Safari To Celebrate World Chimpanzee Day July 14 Joining wildlife advocates and conservation leaders around the world, Lion Country Safari is inviting park guests to participate in an event in honor of the first ever World Chimpanzee Day.

Set for Saturday, July 14, this year’s event at Lion Country Safari will feature special VIP tours with limited space that guests can participate in for an additional fee, which will be donated to chimp

conservation. In addition to offering celebratory chimp-themed activities in Safari World, the park also hopes to share conservation messaging about wild chimps. In honor of humankind’s closest

Wellington Budget Proposal

prefer to carve several things out of the budget in order to get the tax rate down. Other council members felt that as the maximum possible rate, 2.55 mills is fair and would avoid problems for the village in the future. “We can kick the can down the road, as [Quickel] stated, or we can make a slight increase now that we can sustain for many years,” Drahos said. “In other words, we can increase rates of a $300,000 house by $37 for a year to maintain the lifestyle that everyone in this community is used to, or we

can delay that and be faced with the prospect of having to make a much sharper increase at some later time.” The council approved the proposed TRIM rate 3-1 with Gerwig dissenting and Councilman Michael Napoleone absent. Village officials will continue working on the new budget throughout July and August, with the formal budget hearings set for September. Residents are invited to give their input through the Wellington Budget Challenge. Learn more at

move forward with the project. The project involves two pipes in the canal running between Palm Beach Polo and the Mall at Wellington Green by the FPL power lines. “The inspection report we got when we sent a diver down was that they are in really bad shape and that we have to do something soon,” Village Engineer Tom Lundeen said. The new project design details an open-cut technique as opposed to the micro-tunneling technique of the original, costlier bid. “[We’re hoping] to save approximately $400,000 and need the $38,000 to invest in the alternate design,” Director of Purchasing Ed De La Vega said.

As the C-8 Canal was described as being in rough condition, and because of its vital drainage points in the village, Vice Mayor Michael Drahos was concerned regarding the goal of saving money in relation to such an important issue. “My concern would be that we’re over-compensating to attempt to save money here,” he said, asking if the village can be confident that the new plan will not cause further problems down the road. It was explained that with the new bid, the village would be able to not only possibly carry out the project for a lower price, but also compare the costs and logistics of both the open-cut and the micro-tunneling methods.


continued from page 1 just our visioning,” she said. “I would like to see that go before the public so that we can get input before we spend a million dollars on a design. I want to make sure that we’re meeting the needs of the community in a more transparent way.” Gerwig said that she would


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continued from page 3 Associates to begin work on the design for the Forest Hill Blvd. C-8 Canal Improvement Project, for a total of $38,058. The project, which will enhance the older, worn-out canal, was originally priced at a cost that exceeded the village’s budget by about $300,000 in its original design and bid. The new design is expected to receive a significantly cheaper bid, fitting into the budget, which would allow the village to

cousin, World Chimpanzee Day is a celebration of chimpanzees and an opportunity to raise awareness about the vital need for worldwide participation in their care, protection and conservation in the wild and in human care as an endangered species. The goals of World Chimpanzee Day are to celebrate humanity’s closest living great ape relative in the animal kingdom; raise awareness about threats they face in the

wild including habitat loss, disease and wildlife trafficking; and to promote their proper care. July 14 has particular significance, as it is the day that Dr. Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and a UN Messenger of Peace, first began her research of the now world-famous chimpanzees of Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania. To learn more about World Chimpanzee Day, visit www. or www. Lion Country Safari cares for 16 chimpanzees between the ages of 12 and 50 and is the only drivethrough safari in South Florida. Guests can see more than 1,000 animals on 320 acres. The park is also home to the largest herd of zebras in the country. For more info., call (561) 7931084 or visit www.lioncountry

Fundraiser For Baby Quinn July 15 At The Fairgrounds

Bring the family out for a fun afternoon in support of a great cause Sunday, July 15 at the South Florida Fairgrounds. The fundraiser’s proceeds benefit baby Quinn McBride’s battle against B cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Enjoy great kids’ activities with bounce houses and face painting,

a classic and sports car show, cool beverages, tasty treats and snacks from food trucks, plus great items from local vendors. Bid on tempting items, gift baskets and other favorites at the silent auction and try to win some with lucky raffle tickets. Enjoy top country music with

live performances by Whisky Six and Taylor Loren. The event costs $15 admission, with kids 10 and under free. It runs from 1 to 6 p.m. in Buildings 1 and 2 at the South Florida Fairgrounds at 9067 Southern Blvd. For more information, visit

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[Blvd.] any time soon, and we can’t bear any more traffic on Coconut,” she said. Argue added that finishing the southern portion while waiting for the legal issues to clear up would make traffic in The Acreage worse, with more traffic dumping onto the outlets at Orange Grove Blvd., Persimmon Blvd. and 60th Street North. “It’s going to end at 60th until they get that connection to Northlake, and that’s going to have the potential of increasing traffic through The Acreage, and there’s nothing we can do about it,” Argue said. She added that the original agreement connecting the SR 7 extension called for an extremely

poor road service level of D on the residential outlet roads until the Northlake connection is completed. “The level of service should not be D on those roads,” she said. “That’s ridiculous.” Argue explained that if the level of service sinks below D, the district does have the ability to close it off. “However, I don’t think we would be allowed to close it off at this point, when it has been opened as long as it has,” Argue said. “And then you’re going to have the public pressure of people saying, ‘Why are you closing this off? You’re just making the situation worse?’ So, it has put our district in a bit of a pickle.”

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continued from page 1 they have to approve any of those permits, which, of course, they are not going to do.” Argue said that West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio has always pushed for a project farther west of Ibis through The Acreage community, which Argue finds unacceptable. “The traffic has been coming through The Acreage for a long time, and the county doesn’t have any plans for widening Coconut

COMMUNITY CALENDAR Saturday, July 14 • The Village of Royal Palm Beach will kick off Parks & Recreation Month with Woofapalooza at the Bark Park at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park on Saturday, July 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come and enjoy this special day for dogs and dog owners. Call (561) 752-1232 for more info. • The Lilith Salon Women’s Discussion Group of Congregation L’Dor Va’Dor (Boynton Trail Center, 9804 S. Military Trail, Suite E-4, Second Floor, Boynton Beach) will meet Saturday, July 14 at 10:30 a.m. Call (561) 968-0688 for more info. • The Okeeheelee Nature Center will host a Deer and Raptor Walk on Saturday, July 14 at 10:30 a.m. Go on a behind-the-scenes tour of the deer and raptor compounds to see the animals up close and learn about these unique creatures. Visit www.pbcnature. com to pre-register. Call (561) 233-1400 for more info. • The Norton Museum of Art (1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach) will celebrate the French holiday of Bastille Day on Saturday, July 14 from noon to 5 p.m. All activities will be presented with a French twist. Tours and talks will highlight the museum’s world-class collection of French art, while local quartet Les Nuages (The Clouds) will fill the air with gypsy jazz and romantic French ballads, and Opera Fusion performs French classics. Don’t miss this opportunity to visit the museum before it closes on July 16 to complete its transformative construction project, re-opening in early 2019. For more info., call (561) 832-5196 or visit • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host In Concert: Robert Ross for adults on Saturday, July 14 at 2 p.m. Robert Ross, the award-winning singer-songwriter, guitarist and harmonica player, performs blues, jazz, rock, soul and New Orleans gumbo. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host the Drums of Noto Hanto by Fushu Daiko for all ages on Saturday, July 14 at 3 p.m. In 1576, the people of Nabune, Japan, saved their village by frightening the enemy away with masks, fires on the beach and drums. This program includes the science of sound, the language of Japanese taiko drumming and learning rhythm patterns. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host its Teen Anime Club for ages 12 to 17 on Saturday, July 14 at 3 p.m. If you like manga, anime, cosplaying and more, then this is your chance to meet others just

like you. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Palm Beach Zoo in West Palm Beach will host a Food Truck Safari on Saturday, July 14 from 4 to 9 p.m. Explore the whole zoo while you enjoy great eats from some of Palm Beach County’s best gourmet food trucks. There’s live music, a cash bar, and a local brewery tap-takeover. Visit www. for more info. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free Steely Dan tribute concert on Saturday, July 14 at 8 p.m. Visit for more info. Sunday, July 15 • Take a hike on the sea shore at Blowing Rocks Nature Preserve (1600 S. Beach Road, Tequesta) with the Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association on Sunday, July 15 at 7:30 a.m. Call Paul Cummings at (561) 596-4423 for more info. • Congregation L’Dor Va’Dor (Boynton Trail Center, 9804 S. Military Trail, Suite E-4, Second Floor, Boynton Beach) will host Game Day and Desserts on Sunday, July 15 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. with bingo, Scrabble, Monopoly, card games and more. For more info., call (561) 968-0688 or e-mail info@ Monday, July 16 • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Musical Physical Education for You & Me with Patty Shukla for ages 3 and up on Monday, July 16 at 3:15 p.m. Sing and dance along with this high energy, musical experience. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Pirates & Mermaids: Over Wave & Under Sea for ages 4 to 7 on Monday, July 16 at 6:30 p.m. Pirates, put on your patches! Mermaids, get ready to swim! Splash into an evening you’ll treasure full of undersea tales, songs and games. Call (561) 681-4100 for more info. Tuesday, July 17 • The Western Business Alliance will hold its monthly breakfast at Mel’s Way Bistro on Tuesday, July 17 at 8 a.m. For more info., visit • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Wimpy Kids Day for ages 5 and up on Tuesday, July 17 at 2 or 3:15 p.m. It’s winter in July with crafts, games and activities to celebrate the upcoming release of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown by Jeff Kinney. Call (561) 681-4100 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic

Center Way) will host Coding With Tech Toys: Circuits Snap Circuits Arcade for ages 8 to 11 on Tuesday, July 17 at 2:30 p.m. Learn about electricity by connecting circuits to create an array of projects in a snap. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host a Pizza Chat for ages 12 to 17 on Tuesday, July 17 at 6:30 p.m. Chat with the group about a book, movie, game, anime or show that you loved or hated while enjoying pizza and drinks. Call (561) 681-4100 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Libraries Rock: Rock Painting” on Tuesday, July 17 at 3 p.m. for ages 3 to 12 and 6:30 p.m. for ages 12 and up. Show your neighborhood pride and get involved in the rock-painting craze. Paint rocks to keep or to hide and spread the joy to others. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Kretzer Piano Music Foundation’s popular Music for the Mind Concert Series will return this month with the Irwin Solomon Jazz Quartet on Tuesday, July 17 at 7 p.m. in the Harriet Himmel Theatre at CityPlace in West Palm Beach. Tickets are available by calling CTS Tickets at (866) 449-2489. Profits from the concert will enable KPMF to expand its music education programs for children in need. For more info., visit www. Wednesday, July 18 • The League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County invites the public to another Hot Topic Luncheon on Wednesday, July 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Atlantis Country Club (190 Atlantis Blvd.). The topic will be “The Importance of the 2020 Census.” Special guest speakers include Palm Beach County Mayor Melissa McKinley; Lisa De La Rionda, county director of public affairs; and Patricia Behn, the county’s deputy planning director. RSVPs are requested online at www. or by calling (561) 968-4123. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Beginner Computer Programming for ages 8 to 12 on Wednesday, July 18 at 2 p.m. Make simple animations and games with computer coding tools for beginners. Call (561) 681-4100 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Game Day on Wednesday, July 18 at 3 p.m. Have a blast indoors with new and favorite board games, card games and video games. Call (561) 681-4100 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host a Family Dance Party for ages 5 and up on Wednesday, July 18 at

3:30 p.m. Get your dancing shoes and bring the family to a special dance party celebration. Participate in group dances and musical games. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County will host a Judicial Candidates Forum on Wednesday, July 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Palm Beach County’s Vista Center (2300 Jog Road, West Palm Beach). For more info., contact Ken Thomas at (561) 487-7940 or • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Anime Nation for ages 12 to 17 on Wednesday, July 18 at 6 p.m. View new anime titles in Japanese with English subtitles. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Book Discussion: Sea Change by Robert B. Parker for adults on Wednesday, July 18 at 6:30 p.m. Copies are available at the research desk. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Adult Coloring Club: Libraries Rock Edition for ages 16 and up on Wednesday, July 18 at 6:30 p.m. Color for fun and relaxation with other coloring enthusiasts. Coloring pages and materials will be provided or bring your own coloring book. Call (561) 681-4100 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host a Writers Reading Open Mic for ages 18 and up on Wednesday, July 18 at 6:30 p.m. Writers are invited to share their work or come just to listen. Preferred reading length is no more than five minutes or 750 words of a family-friendly subject. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • Shulamit Hadassah will continue its summer of fun with a movie night featuring Woman In Gold on Wednesday, July 18 at 6:45 p.m. at a local home. It is the story of an elderly Jewish woman’s effort to regain family possessions that were seized by the Nazis. RSVP to (561) 512-3172 for the address and more information. The suggested donation is $5. • Congregation L’Dor Va’Dor (Boynton Trail Center, 9804 S. Military Trail, Suite E-4, Second Floor, Boynton Beach) continues its Controversial Issues Series on Wednesday, July 18 at 7 p.m. The topic will be “Building the Judaism of Tomorrow Today: Add Your Voice.” For more info., or to RSVP, call (561) 968-0688. Thursday, July 19 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Laughing Matters: Simon,

Nichols & May” for adults on Thursday, July 19 at 2:30 p.m. Theater Voices will explore the humor of Neil Simon, Mike Nichols and Elaine May. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Playful Toddlers & Tykes for children 4 and under on Thursday, July 19 at 3 p.m. Join in a session of social playtime for the little ones. Call (561) 681-4100 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host its Cookie Book Club for ages 8 to 12 on Thursday, July 19 at 4 p.m. Grab a copy of the book The Buried Bones Mystery by Sharon Draper, read it, eat cookies and share your thoughts about the book. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 681-4100 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Minecraft Mania for ages 7 and up on Thursday, July 19 at 4 p.m. Bring your own device or use the library’s iPad to play “Minecraft Pocket Edition.” Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free concert by Bobby G., along with a food truck invasion, on Thursday, July 19 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Visit for more info. Friday, July 20 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Paint Your Own Instrument for ages 4 to 10 on Friday, July 20 at 3 p.m. Paint and decorate a musical rhythm board to take home and enjoy. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free screening of the movie Black Panther on Friday, July 20 at 8:30 p.m. Visit www. for more info. Saturday, July 21 • Repticon’s West Palm Beach Reptile & Exotic Animal Show will be at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center on Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22. For more info., visit • The Palm Beach Summer Beer Fest will be at the South Florida Fairground Expo Center on Saturday, July 21 from 2 to 6 p.m. Visit for more info. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free Beach Boys tribute concert on Saturday, July 21 at 8 p.m. Visit for more info. Send calendar items to: The Town-Crier, 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 33, Wellington, FL 33414 or e-mail news@gotowncrier. com.

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Sharon Bock Sworn In As President Of Florida Clerks & Comptrollers Association

Palm Beach County Clerk & Comptroller Sharon R. Bock has been sworn in as president of the Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers, marking the first time an official from Palm Beach County has led the statewide association. Bock was installed during the association’s 2018 Summer Conference and 40th Anniversary Celebration at the Hilton West Palm Beach on Wednesday, June 27. In her role as president, Bock plans to build on the group’s accomplishments and continued efforts to work together for the citizens of the State of Florida. Bock’s top priorities during her term include optimizing the technology used by the state’s clerks and enhancing communications at the statewide level. The Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers is a nonprofit mem-

bers association comprised of the state’s clerks of the circuit court and comptrollers. The association provides support services, technical assistance and accreditation opportunities for all of its members. “It is an honor to serve as president of the Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers,” Bock said. “I am humbled to be the first clerk from Palm Beach County to lead the association.” Bock was first elected as the Palm Beach County Clerk & Comptroller in 2004 and is now in her fourth four-year term. She has nearly 25 years of experience in the private sector as a financial consultant, real estate lawyer, title company owner and general manager. She first joined the clerk’s office in 1998 as Chief Deputy for Court Services. She

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Annual E4 Life Green, Health & Wellness Expo Set For July 14 In West Palm Beach

The City of West Palm Beach Mayor’s Office of Sustainability will host the fifth annual E4 Life: Green, Health & Wellness Expo on Saturday, July 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the South Florida Science Center & Aquarium, located at 801 Dreher Trail North. The expo presents an opportunity for people to learn about healthy lifestyles, ways to reduce their carbon footprints and sustainable energy conservation practices. The event will help families take on environmentally conscious decisions in their everyday lives. In a series of demonstrations,

giveaways, exhibits, workshops and tastings, participants can learn more about ways to promote energy efficiency and other sustainable practices in their own homes. They will also have an opportunity to learn more about the initiatives that the city is taking to develop sustainable living methods, conservation efforts and energy efficiency. A highlight of the event is the city’s campaign to encourage everyone to go plastic-free, especially as it relates to drinking straws. The city will be giving away reusable metal drinking

straws while supplies last. The goal of the expo is to help participants learn more about strides being made in sustainability practices and ways in which they can implement these practices into their daily lives. Participants are encouraged not only to care for the environment themselves, but also to discover how local businesses, fellow citizens and various organizations are working to reduce the carbon footprint. “Our mission to enhance the viability of West Palm Beach as a modern model of a healthy, environmentally progressive and

ecologically sustainable community coincides well with the Science Center’s annual health expo,” said Penni Redford, City of West Palm Beach resilience and climate change manager. “We are thrilled to collaborate with the South Florida Science Center & Aquarium, now, for the fifth year.” Expo activities include healthy food vendors, themed crafts, gardening workshops, free planetarium shows, Busch Wildlife Sanctuary animal encounters for kids, energy and water saving tips and more. For more information, visit

Peggy Adams Pantry Needs Food Donations

Cat and dog food donations are needed for Peggy’s Pantry.

The Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League needs donations to help stock the shelves of Peggy’s Pantry with essential supplies such as wet and dry food for both cats and dogs. Peggy’s Pantry is a program to temporarily help assist families with feeding their pets. When families find themselves in a financial shortfall and don’t have the means to care for their animals, rather than have them surrender their beloved family pets, Peggy Adams assists them by providing animal food and

supplies for six-month increments. Peggy’s Pantry donations may be delivered within the double dome building at the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League, located at 3200 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday’s 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Donations can also be given directly from the league’s Amazon Wish List. For more info., visit www., call (561) 686-3663 or e-mail

Contemporary Living’s Cynthia Heathcoe Named To HFA Board

The Home Furnishings Association (HFA), a national association for home furnishing retailers, recently named Acreage resident Cynthia Heathcoe to its 2018 board of directors. Heathcoe is the owner and operator of Contemporary Living, a local store that helps customers design and furnish their homes. She was chosen for board service from among HFA’s 1,400 members who represent more than 7,000 storefronts. In 2017, HFA recognized Heathcoe with the organization’s first Emerging Star award, citing her rapid rise to success in home furnishing circles. In addition to being named an HFA Emerging Star, Heathcoe was named Palm Beach SCORE’s 2016 Entrepreneur Extraordinaire. Heathcoe opened the highly successful Contemporary Living in Palm Beach Gardens in 2014. Her success is built on a difficult history that took her from being a homeless mother of six to a successful, award-winning entrepreneur. She serves on the board of the Lord’s Place, a nonprofit organization that works to end the cycle of homelessness. Heathcoe was once a client there and knows

first-hand the impact the organization can have. The forward-thinking businesswoman recently relocated her business from Palm Beach Gardens to the Lake Park Arts District to accommodate the store’s growth and to create the potential for further expansion. Heathcoe chose the Lake Park Arts District to support the community’s revitalization efforts. In addition to being an award-winning entrepreneur, active philanthropist and nurturing mother, Heathcoe makes time to reach out to the community through a weekly radio show. Area residents looking for a dose of inspiration can tune in to 95.9 True Oldies Channel every Friday night at 6:30 p.m. for Heathcoe’s “Make Your Life Happen.” Founded in 2014, Contemporary Living is a home furnishings store owned and operated by Heathcoe. Contemporary Living provides the highest quality furnishings and design services with a laser focus on customer satisfaction. The store has a vast selection of contemporary furniture to help customers create their dream home. Learn more at www.

Jared Chaykin Named Among AIOFLA’S 10 Best In Florida For Client Satisfaction

The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys has recognized the performance of Wellington family law attorney Jared Chaykin as Two Years 10 Best Family Law Attorney for Client Satisfaction. The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys is a third-party attorney rating organization that publishes an annual list of the Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in each state. Attorneys who are selected to the “10 Best” list must pass AIOFLA’s rigorous selection process, which is based on client and/or peer nominations, thorough research and AIOFLA’s independent evaluation. AIOFLA’s annual list was cre-

ated to be used as a resource for clients during the attorney selection process. One of the most significant aspects of the selection process involves attorneys’ relationships and reputation among his or her clients. As clients should be an attorney’s top priority, AIOFLA places the utmost emphasis on selecting lawyers who have achieved significant success in the field of family law without sacrificing the service and support they provide. Selection criteria focus on attorneys who demonstrate the highest standards of client satisfaction. To contact Jared Chaykin, call (561) 515-5655.


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NEWS BRIEFS ITID To Dedicate Gary Dunkley Memorial July 21

The Indian Trail Improvement District will honor the life of late Supervisor Gary Dunkley on Saturday, July 21 at 9 a.m. ITID will host a Celebration of Life Memorial for Dunkley at the Hamlin House Community Center, located at 14893 89th Place North. Dunkley passed away April 28 at the age of 62. The Dunkley family will attend the event, which includes the dedication of the Community Garden, followed by a reception. For more information about the event, e-mail

Wellington Offers Budget Challenge

If you live, work or play in Wellington, here is your chance to have your voice heard about how tax dollars should be spent. The Wellington Budget Challenge will help the village set its funding priorities for the next

fiscal year and help staff create a balanced budget that reflects the needs of the community. The survey allows residents to make decisions about how much support certain services should receive, such as municipal golf courses, drainage and surface water management, law enforcement, park programming, customer service and other spending priorities. Take the budget challenge by visiting Wellington’s web site at and click on the “budget challenge” image. Alternatively, residents can visit the Wellington Municipal Complex to participate in the survey of find links online at Wellington’s social media sites. The Wellington Budget Challenge will continue until Aug 12.

Bus Driver Job Fair July 14

In an effort to work around job seekers’ Monday through Friday schedules, the School District of Palm Beach County Transportation Department will host a bus driver job fair on Saturday, July 14 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at

the School District Central Bus Facility, located at 3376 Summit Blvd. in West Palm Beach Candidates must be a licensed driver for at least five years and have a good driving record. Successful candidates will be paid $11.04 per hour for up to 80 hours during training. Once trained, bus drivers will receive a starting pay of $14.42 per hour, as well as full benefits, including medical, dental and vision insurance, and the ability to participate in the Florida Retirement System. Candidates are encouraged to fill out application online prior to the fair. However, computers will be available and staff will be on hand to assist candidates with completing the online application. Those who have completed an application prior to the fair will be interviewed and could be offered a position on site. For more information, visit

PBSC Judicial Candidates Forum July 19

Palm Beach State College will

hold a candidates forum Thursday, July 19 featuring the 17 candidates vying for five contested seats on the bench at the 15th Judicial Circuit Court and Palm Beach County Court. The Judicial Candidates Forum will be from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Meldon Lecture Hall at the Palm Beach Gardens campus, located at 3160 PGA Blvd. It is open to the public. The agenda includes a reception from 5 to 6 p.m. Circuit Court candidates will speak from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by County Court candidates from 7 to 8 p.m. They will present their platform and positions on issues affecting the community and answer a few questions from the audience. All candidates have confirmed their attendance. PBSC is organizing the event to help educate students and get them involved in the democratic process. The event also aims to engage members of the community and introduce or reintroduce them to the college. The primary election will be held Aug. 28. For more info., call (561) 868-3377 or e-mail communityrelations@

Revitalization Team Meeting Set For July 17

Join Palm Beach County’s Countywide Community Revitalization Team (CCRT) for a public meeting hosted by the Office of Community Revitalization on Tuesday, July 17 at 6 p.m. The meeting at Vista Center will focus on the Children’s Services Council’s EveryParent campaign and Palm Tran’s Route Performance Maximization project. Vista Center is located at 2300 N. Jog Road. John Bartosek of the Children’s Services Council will talk about the EveryParent campaign, a unique, free and local resource for those raising children in Palm Beach County. Steve Anderson of Palm Tran will also be in attendance to talk about how Route Performance Maximization enables the bus network to provide more connections to the destinations you need. This public meeting is an opportunity to join the conversation and to network with county agencies, partners and other community

leaders. For more info., contact Houston Tate at (561) 233-5303 or

Audubon To Host Ice Cream Social

Audubon Everglades will meet Tuesday, Aug. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the FAU Pine Jog Environmental Education Center, located at 6301 Summit Blvd. near Jog Road. The meeting is free and open to the public. Everyone’s favorite meeting of the year will feature “make your own ice cream sundae,” followed by a picture show where members share their best nature photos and tell their stories. Audubon Everglades features a number of extremely talented photographers, and the show is certain to feature some of the best bird pictures available. Also at the meeting will be a feature on the August Bird of the Month, the broad-winged hawk. Come hear more about this fascinating bird from expert Clive Pinnock. For more information, visit

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Top Local Athletes Compete At Nike Football Camp In Texas

By Gene Nardi Town-Crier Staff Report Two of the area’s top football players recently participated in the nationally acclaimed Nike “The Opening” camp and 7-on7 football tournament. Palm Beach Central High School senior Akeem Dent and Wellington High School senior Mark Antony Richards were invited to Texas for the event. The two were invited to compete on the national stage with a chance to draw the spotlight. Dent, a five-star safety for the Broncos, has committed to Florida State University, while Richards remains undecided. The country’s top prospects battled on the field in Frisco, Texas, to showcase their skills. A total of 160 of the nation’s best spent the week networking while going head-to-head on the turf. Dent and Richards were on opposing teams and only had a brief encounter on the field. The saga is sure to continue in the fall when the Broncos host the Wolverines in a rival battle that has not disappointed in recent years. The two are sure to collide, as they line up on opposite sides of the ball. Richards plays primarily at the slot receiver position, with Dent on defense. Richards will also see time on the clock at running back and anchor the Wellington

defense at free safety. Both Richards and Dent are among the best Florida has in the Class of 2019. “Only the top 160 players are invited, and I’m just thankful. Ahmmon wasn’t able to go, so I felt like I had to get it for him,” Richards explained, referring to his older brother Ahmmon Richards, now a stand-out wide receiver for the University of Miami. Both local athletes were able to make some noise, as expected during their time in Frisco. “I feel like I did pretty good, Richards said. “I scored five times, but the quarterbacks try to share the ball.” National events such as these prompt players to do their best when going against the nation’s premier athletes. Richards was perceived by many coaches as a defensive player, but after his performance in Texas, they are now scratching their heads. Dent will also see time offensively for the Broncos but remains dedicated as a defensive player. He will likely take an active role on special teams, lining up to take punt and kick returns. “He’s a five star for a reason,” Richards said of Dent. “It’s going to be a great game to watch,” he continued, noting this fall’s matchup between Wellington and Palm Beach Central. The Broncos host the Wolverines on Friday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m.

St. Peter’s Church To Host Community Basketball Camp

St. Peter’s United Methodist Church in Wellington will host its inaugural basketball camp later this month, where boys and girls in second through sixth grade will develop their skills in a fun and positive environment. The camp, which is open to the public, will run from July 23 through July 27 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the St. Peter’s gymnasium, located at 12200 W. Forest Hill Blvd. in Wellington. The camp will be led by coach

Mike Purtell, who has more than 15 years of experience coaching basketball, including varsity head coach at Pope John Paul II High School, junior varsity head coach at Spanish River High School, head coach at the Bak Middle School of the Arts, a former coach at Dwayne Wade Basketball Camp and coach for the Upward Basketball & Cheerleading Program at St. Peter’s. Typical sessions will include shooting, ball handling, passing,

Wellington’s Mark Antony Richards lines up during the Wolverines’ spring scrimmage.

Palm Beach Central’s Akeem Dent practices in the gym during the spring season.


May Returns From Golf Trip To England

defensive skill development, skills competitions, and half court and full court games. Rewards and prizes at the end of each session will recognize hard work, sportsmanship and teamwork. The cost is $150 per child with a $10 discount for each additional child in the family. Every child must bring lunch and snacks each day. For more information or to register, visit www.stpeters-umc. org or call Shelly Albright at (561) 793-5712.

World-class golf and tourism opportunities abound in England’s county of Kent. That’s the message from Wellington-based golf writer Mike May, who has just returned from a trip to Kent, located immediately to the southeast of London. While in England in mid-June, May played eight rounds of golf, visited two castles, saw one cathedral, toured England’s oldest brewery and dined in a pub that predates Christopher Columbus’ arrival in America. During his stay in Kent, May played eight courses in six days. Three of the rounds were on championship links courses, which have

all hosted past British Open Championships: Royal St. George’s (the site of the British Open in 2020), Royal Cinque Ports (host of the British Open in 1909 and 1920), and Prince’s Golf Club (host of the British Open in 1932). A fourth course that he played, Littlestone Golf Club, is also a championship links course and has served as qualifier for the British Open. “We were pleased to host Mike on this editorial tour through Kent,” said Helen Heady, project director for Golf in Kent. “Mike’s proven qualities as a writer and his passion for golf are why we were delighted to have him as a guest

at our courses this June.” Learn more about Golf in Kent at May’s recent golf trip to England was his second in as many years. Last June, he traveled to England’s Atlantic Links, six premier championship links golf courses in England’s southwestern counties of Cornwall, Devon and Somerset. In addition to his interest in writing about golf, May works as the director of communications for PHIT America, nonprofit working to reverse America’s “Inactivity Pandemic.” Learn more at www.


Several members of the Wildcat Dancers Dance Team based out of Royal Palm Beach High School, along with master teacher and director Michele Blecher, traveled to Orlando to compete at the Legacy National Dance Championships the first week in July. The dancers competed with solos and trios and swept their Senior Dancer category. Among the awards were: Isis Ambroise solo “Work,” Elite Gold, Judges’ Award “Diva Domination” and fourth place overall National Grand Champion (Novice age 15-17); Jasmine Hoffman solo “Escalate,” Elite Gold and first place overall National Grand Champion (Novice age 18- 21); Angelica Walker solo “Body Love,” Platinum and first place overall National Grand Champion (Intermediate age 15-17); trio “The Catch,” Elite Gold and third place Overall National Grand Champion; trio “Just Like Me,” Platinum, Judges’ Award “Diva Domination” and second place overall National Grand Champion; and trio “Beauty,” Platinum and first place overall National Grand Champion.

(Above) Isis Ambroise, Angelica Walker and Jasmine Hoffman with master of ceremonies David Sanders accepting their awards after they swept their catagory in trios. (Left) The Wildcat Dancers Dance Team.

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Monday - Thursday 11am - 10pm Friday - Saturday 11am - 10:30pm Sunday 11am - 9pm

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In our relaxing and stylish environment, our chief stylist and his team will cater to your every eyelash need in individual treatment rooms, especially designed for your privacy and comfort. Our highly experienced and expert stylists can create any look you desire, from a subtle classic style, all the way through to dramatic Russian volume lashes.

2-4pm FACE PAINTING by Daisy

We Also offer Xtreme Lash Services. Gift Cards Available.

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We Proudly Serve

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The Western Communities Most Recommended Collision & Body Shop

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Palms West Veterinary Hospital Now Offering All New

• Laser Therapy • Ultra Sound • Digital X-Ray Regular Office Hours 7 Days a Week • 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Walk-Ins Always Accepted

Dr. Ira Grossman has been providing personalized affordable small animal veterinary services since 1980.


CALL 798-2780 We offer full veterinary services for small animals: • Heartworm Prevention • International Health Certificates • In-House Labs • Medical Boarding

• Annual Wellness Exams • Preventive Care • Surgery • Spay/Neuter • Dental Care

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HERE’S MY CARD Residential Commercial

Knockdown Textures Interior - Exterior Carpentry Repairs


Free Estimates

Ph: (561) 649-5086 Cell: (561) 313-0409

Drywall Repairs

Lic. #U-16274 Bonded Insured Wallpaper Removal


Irrigation Repairs

$50.00 1st 1/2 Hour - $35.00 Hour After Commercial & Residential

Ben Ellis President Office 561.798.1477 Mobile 561.722.5424

U2597 CGC015908 8620 Wendy Lane E. West Palm Beach, FL 33411

Sunbelt Sprinkler & Well Drilling, Inc. Family Owned & Operated for 35 Years

• Installations • Do It Yourself Packages • Trenching • Backhoe Services • Pump & Wall Installation & Repairs • Conversions from Indexing Valves to Electric Valve Systems

Phone: 561.795.9234 Fax: 561.798.9979

• Repairs & Installs • Water Heaters • Drain Cleaning

561.688.5870 Email:

• Residential & Commercial

• Backflow Install & Testing






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Irrigation Installation $3,499.00 on 1 1/4 Acre Lots Free Estimates On All New Systems

Commercial & Residential Ben Ellis President U2597 CGC015908 Office 561.798.1477 8620 Wendy Lane E. West Palm Beach, FL 33411 Mobile 561.722.5424


children • community • seniors

U.S. Navy Veteran

The Wellington Community Foundation, Inc. is a charitable organization committed to benefiting the residents of Wellington by supporting and improving their quality of life.

Fly & Light Tackle Fishing Everglades National Park



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We clean, treat and permanently color seal your ceramic tile-grout lines to look better than new, resist stains and clean with ease.



“It’s the plus that makes the difference.”

561-753-7090 Phone 877-GROUT-11 Toll Free 561-383-7521 Fax

Chris Melia, President

561-723-4686 Cell


• Operated by registered nurses with over 40 years experience. • Quality care assisted living facility with low client to caregiver ratio. • We intervene and advocate as their care managers in the absence of their family members. Licensed #AL12034 • At Balmore Place, Care, respect and our 14315 83rd Ln. N. • Loxahatchee residents well being trumps everything!

561-753-6002 • Cell 561-644-7753 • •


Plumbing or Air Conditioning Problems?

Don’t Fret... Just Call Hi-Tech!


ROOFING Other services provided:

Stucco · Gutters · Tile · Shingle · Metal · Flat

Licensed and Insured

561-203-6189 — 24/7 EMERGENCY SERVICE — Servicing all of Palm Beach County | LIC. #CAC1817688, #CFC057392

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All Types of Pressure Cleaning, Chemical Roof Cleaning, Houses, Driveways, Patios, etc. and Interior/Exterior Painting


GLOVES cleaning service

Patrycja Jaskolski (561) 657-0420

References, Experience, Professional Service

Homes | Apartments | Offices

Call Today! 561-689-1555 Proudly Serving Greater Palm Beach County!

Is your roof leaking? Are you hurricane ready? Call us for all your roofing needs! Licensed & Insured

Re-Roofing & Repairs

$10 OFF Coupon Bottled Water Home and Office Delivery JL Water & Coffee Services, Inc. “Better Water, Makes Better Coffee, Makes Better Sense!” Office: 561-996-3525 | Cell: 561-985-3336




Commercial/Residential •Septic Tank & Grease Trap Pumping

• Drain Fields • Lift Stations • Drain Cleaning

Joey Lakatos


Licensed & Insured President



Employment Opportunities

Seeking Employment


SOUTHERN LAWN EQUIPMENT — is now accepting applicants for outdoor equipment technicians and parts counter personnel. Monday to Friday shift, paid vacation, paid holidays and medical plan. Apply in person at 8333 Southern Blvd. West Palm Beach, or send resume to (561) 753-5296

SEEKING POSITION: Companion to elderly person, non-medical position, college educated. Please call 561-324-5807.Please call 561-324-5807

on Wellington Trace.

Call 561-310-7308 & describe contents.

Real Estate For Sale/For Rent

VPK TEACHER WANTED — 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.Monday thru Friday. CDA or higher required. Call 561-790-0808

Deer Run

HELP WANTED — Lawn Workers and Landscape Workers needed. Drivers License a plus. HIRING NOW. 863-763-3339 or 561-707-1451 

FOR LEASE OR SALE OR OPTION BUY— fenced 4 bedrooms, 2 bath, 3200 sq. ft. pool, no garage, 3 paddocks on 5 acres, $3,500 monthly. $4,500 if furnished. 1st, last, security. For Sale by owner. 561-301-3811

BUILDING MAINTENANCE WORKERS AND SUPERVISOR POSITION — now available in West Palm Beach. 305-216-3236

Lot For Sale - Acreage/Loxahatchee A S L I C E O F PA R A D I S E ! — 1 . 3 a c r e beautiful lot conveniently located, high and dry, reasonably priced. Halina Sledz, Broker, Ameron Realty Call/text 561-596-9727 

S E C R E TA RY F O R S M A L L A C C O U N T I N G OFFICE — heavy phones, client contact, filing, preparing documents. Must know Word. Excel a plus. Please fax resume to: (561)333-2680. LEGAL SECRETARY/PARALEGAL-MATURE — part to full time for solo practitioner, small office, heavy phones, client contact, scheduling, preparing documents, etc. Must be experienced. Timeslips, ProDocs, Word Perfect or Word. Probate, estate planning, guardianship and Medicaid planning. Please fax resume to (561)333-2680. References required


Part-Time, Monday - Friday General Office Work & Data Entry Call Jill at 561-793-7606 to set up interview today.

HOME HEALTH AIDE AVAILABLE — Experienced Home Health Aide seeks new position. Flexible hours, full time or part time, day or night. I am a Licensed CNA who has worked as a home health aide and also as a nanny. I have many years of experience taking care of the elderly at home. Price negotiable, references provided upon request. Call Pat at (561) 294-1423.


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

Auto Body Repair J O H N N Y V ' S M O B I L E S C R AT C H & D E N T R E PA I R — 5 6 1 - 2 5 2 - 8 2 9 5 R e s idential & Commercial

Cleaning - Home/Office WE CLEAN OFFICES & PRIVATE HOMES — Licensed & Insured. Call for an estimate and to schedule your apartment. Discount for Central Palm Beach County Chamber members and to all new clients for first cleaning. 561-385-8243 Lic. #2012-25277 CLEANING LADY — I can help get your house cleaner than ever! Try me once and you will not be disappointed! 561-657-0420 Patrycja

Driveway Repair D R I V E WAY S — F r e e e s t i m a t e s A & M ASPHALT SEAL COATING commercial and residential. Patching potholes, striping, repair existing asphalt & save money all work guaranteed. Lic.& Ins. 100045062 561-667-7716

Professional Services Electrical Contractor


SINGER ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING, INC. — Electrical work you can trust at an affordable price, Fully Licensed and Insured. EC#13007941 561-425-5409

SECURITY — American owned local secur it y co mp a n y in b u sin e ss 3 0 p lu s ye a r s. Protection by officers drug tested. 40 hour course. Licensed & Insured. 561-848-2600

Floor Sanding/Restoration WOOD FLOOR RESTORATION — Since 1951 Artisan Licensed & Insured. Bob Williamson 561-389-8188

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

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

Roofing ROBERT G. HARTMANN ROOFING — Specializing in repairs. Free estimates, Bonded,insured. Lic. #CCC 058317 Ph: 561-790-0763. R O O F I N G R E PA I R S R E - R O O F I N G A L L TYPES — Pinewood Construction, Inc. Honest and reliable. Serving Palm Beach County for over 20 years. Call Mike 561-309-0134 Lic. Ins. Bonded. CGC-023773 RC-0067207 NEIL O’NEAL JR. ROOFING — Roofing & Reroofing. Family owned and operated. Residential/ Commercial. Wood Replacement, Roof Coatings, Solar Vents, Skylights & Roof Ventilation. 561-6564945 Lic. & Insured CCC1330208.Free Estimates

Service & Repair • New Equipment • Sell All Brands Schedule Your A/C Checkup Today!

Septic Service DANNY’S SEPTIC SERVICE — 561-689-1555 Commercial/Residential Septic Tank and Grease Trap Pumping *Drain Fields *Lift Stations *Drain Cleaning w w w. D a n n y s - S e p t i c . c o m L i c # S R O 111 6 9 6

Sprinkler Systems AQUATIC SPRINKLER, LLC — Complete repair of all types of systems. Owner Operated. Michael Office: 561-964-6004 Cell: 561236-8595 Lic.#U17871 Bonded & Ins. Serving the Western Communities Since 1990

Tree Removal AFFORDABLE TREE EXPERT SERVICE— Tree Removal,Trims, Palm Tree, Edging & Limb Removal, Yard Cleaning. No Job too Small. 561-856-2909

Tree Service TREES TRIMMED AND REMOVED — 561798-0412 D.M. YOUNG TREE SERVICE. Family Owned & Operated Lic. & Insured 1992-12121 Visit our website at

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

Water & Coffee Delivery BLUE MOUNTAIN SPRINGS — Bottled Water and Coffee Delivery service. Cooler • Bottle Cases • Home & Office Delivery. www.JLwaterandcoffee. com. Office: 561-996-3525. Cell 561-985-3336

Town-Crier Classifieds Get Results Call 561-793-7606

Screening J O H N ’ S S C R E E N R E PA I R S E R V I C E — Pool & patio re-screening. Stay tight,wrinkle-free,guaranteed! CRC1329708 call u s 7 9 8 - 3 1 3 2 . w w w. p o o l s c r e e n r e p a i r. c o m


Professional Services



561-798-3225 Lic.#CAC057272 • Insured Family Owned & Operated Since 1996

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Introducing A Whole New Concept of Asian Buffet Dining

In A Magnificent Dining Room Total EYE CARE for the Entire Family Lee Friedman, M.D.


Randy Katz, M.D. Barry Schechter, M.D., F.A.A.O. Jason Gorscak, M.D. Jonathan Criss, M.D.


Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Saturday & Sunday 12 noon - 3:30 p.m. Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. | Friday & Saturday 5 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Last seating 30 minutes prior to closing

BIRTHDAY SPECIAL Enjoy Lunch or Dinner FREE on your Birthday Drivers License or ID + coupon required. Minimum 4 adults with check purchase.

2575 STATE ROAD 7. WELLINGTON, FL 33414 Located across from the Mall at Wellington Green, behind Whole Foods. Exp 7/31/18

(561) 792-1205

DINNER Mon-Thur $20.99 per adult Fri-Sun $22.99 per adult

2.00 OFF


Dinner Only Seniors 60 years or older

This offer cannot be combined with other discounts. One coupon per check. Exp 7/31/18

This offer cannot be combined with other discounts. One coupon per check.

165 State Road 7 | Wellington, FL 33414 (Next to Rooms To Go)

Se Habla Español



Bringing You The Authentic Flavors of Italy You’ll recognize the great taste... like back in the old neighborhood.

Su m m e r M e n u


10% Cash Discount Excludes Holidays

Caesar Salad, House Salad, Pasta Fagioli, or Minestrone

Happy Hour

ENTRÉES (Select One) Eggplant Parmigiana with pasta Eggplant Rollatini with pasta Chicken Parmigiana with pasta Chicken Francese with pasta Chicken Marsala with pasta Veal Parmigiana with pasta Pork Chop Milanese with pasta Shrimp Parmigiana over pasta Shrimp Marinara over pasta Zuppa di Mussels over pasta Sole with broccoli or potatoes Tilapia with Broccoli or potatoes

Monday Thru Thursday Until 7 pm

Lunch Specials 11 am - 4 pm Daily

$5.50 and Up

~ Fish may be prepared either oreganata, luciano, francese, or grilled~ ~Pasta sides are Linguini or Angel Hair with meat sauce or tomato sauce~

EARLY MENU $ 1395 Served Daily

DESSERT (Select One) Cannoli or Chocolate Cake Hot Coffee or Hot Tea with Dessert

Must Be Seated by 5:15 pm

Please No Substitutions or Coupons

Aberdeen Plaza

8260 Jog Road, Boynton Beach, FL (on Jog Road South of LeChalet on the east side of the road)


Tel: 561.336.3862 • Fax: 561.336.3865 •

/Arrabiatas Restaurant Of Boynton Beach

Sunday - Thursday: 11 am - 10 pm Lunch Served Everyday: 11 am - 4 pm Friday & Saturday: 11 am - 11 pm

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For more information or to apply, visit

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12230 Forest Hill Blvd. 561-649-2711

NEXUS Business Center (Just West of Turnpike)

Fontana Plaza on Lyons Rd just North of Glades Rd

Consultation by appointment

*The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that shouldn’t be based soley on advertisement. Before you decide, ask us to send you written information about our qualifications and experience.

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Local News for Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, Loxahatchee, The Acreage

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Local News for Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, Loxahatchee, The Acreage