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County Commission Supports Applications For Arden, Coconut Palm

Volume 42, Number 17 July 30 - August 12, 2021

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The Palm Beach County Commission approved the transmittal of two privately proposed amendments Wednesday, July 28 regarding the Arden development off Southern Blvd. and the planned Coconut Palm Plaza on Northlake Blvd. Page 3

Dog Day Afternoon For Royal Palm Beach Summer Campers

The Royal Palm Beach Parks & Recreation Program’s Summer Camp has been keeping 72 young residents busy, entertained and safe this summer. On Friday, July 16, however, the entire summer camp population went to the dogs. Well, perhaps it was more the dogs went to them, when a contingent of PBSO canines visited. Page 16

Wellington Chamber Group WOWs The 2,500 Backpack Challenge

On Tuesday, July 20, the Women of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, known as WOW, came together for a victory celebration after the group’s annual back-to-school endeavor turned into joining forces with the Wellington Community Foundation to deliver 2,500 new backpacks to Wellington students in need for the upcoming school year. Page 18

‘Tennis 101’ And More Being Taught At Wellington Camp

Don’t be surprised if the next tennis sensation emerges from the Wellington area. This summer, roughly 100 children each week have been spending their mornings running around the tennis courts at the Wellington Tennis Center while being taught the basics and fundamentals of this lifelong sport — and many of them are playing the game very well. Page 21 DEPARTMENT INDEX NEWS...............................3 - 18 NEWS BRIEFS......................... 7 SPORTS......................... 21 - 23 SCHOOLS.......................23 - 24 PEOPLE................................. 25 BUSINESS............................. 27 COLUMNS............................. 28 CLASSIFIEDS................ 29 - 30 Visit Us On The Web At WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM

The Wellington Community Foundation was called on to organize local nonprofits to make a huge impact on children in need through the Village of Wellington’s 2,500 backpack challenge. Many local community partners stepped up to help deliver the 2,500 new backpacks to Wellington students for the upcoming school year. Along with the village and the Wellington Community Foundation, event sponsors included the Christopher Aguirre Memorial Foundation, the Wellington Rotary Club, Women of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, My Community Pharmacy, Premier Family Health, Prominence Health Plan, Baptist Health, the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Health Specialty Center and Clinics Can Help. Shown above are George Kinoshita, Maggie Zeller, Randy Pfeiffer and Larry Kemp of the Wellington Rotary Club at the Monday, July 19 “backpack stuffing” event at the Wellington Community Center. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 5

Challengers Making Plans To Take On Incumbents In 2022 Wellington Election By M. Dennis Taylor Town-Crier Staff Report Two seats on the Wellington Village Council are up for election on March 8, 2022, and even though that is more than seven months away, several challengers are already making plans to take on the two incumbents seeking re-election. Up for grabs are Seat 2, currently held by Councilwoman Tanya Siskind, and Seat 3, currently held by Vice Mayor John McGovern. Both were initially appointed to the council and won full, four-year terms in 2018. Local businessman Johnny Meier, a leader in the Wellington Chamber of Commerce and owner of My Community Pharmacy, has filed paperwork to run for Seat 3. Community activist Tony Nel-

son, president of Premier Family Health, has announced plans to run for Seat 2. He told the TownCrier that he is putting together a campaign committee and will be filing next week. Wellington Village Clerk Chevelle Addie confirmed that as of now, only Meier has filed paperwork. However, McGovern and Siskind each confirmed that they are seeking re-election and plan to file soon. With months to go until filing closes, there is still plenty of time for other candidates to come forward. SEAT 2 Nelson said that he has been thinking about running for public office for years. Perhaps not for all of his 34 years in Wellington, “But for quite a while,” he said.

Nelson has raised a family in Wellington, and his children, now in their 30s, have children of their own. “Between me and my kids and the grandkids, we have three generations in Wellington, and I’d like us to have three more,” he said. Nelson, who is Black, said he hopes to bring some diversity to the council. “About a year ago, on a Friday, I was talking to the great Village Manager Paul Schofeld, and he encouraged me to someday run for the council, to add some diversity,” Nelson recalled. He remembered telling Schofield that would consider it. Then an incident with his granddaughter near her home spurred him to action. “Two days later, on Sunday, See ELECTION, page 14

ITID Board Supports First Phase Of Community Center

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Indian Trail Improvement District Board of Supervisors gave direction at its meeting Wednesday, July 21 on what to do with about $3 million that is available from Palm Beach County’s half-cent sales surtax planned for a community center at Acreage Community Park’s southern expansion. “We previously did a resolution as a board requesting those monies to be used for drainage infrastructure, and it was not received well by the county,” said ITID President Betty Argue, who added that the board should decide how to spend the money or risk losing it. ITID Executive Director Burgess Hanson said he was not asking for a final decision that evening but to begin discussions on the process of building a community center at the park.

“We can find out what the engineering and architectural costs are so we can plan and get this in the pipeline and try to secure those dollars,” he said. Hanson said that $3 million is not enough money to complete a community center, but his staff would look for other funding sources, perhaps hardening the structure for use as an emergency operations center. He added that the current district meeting hall is becoming too small to hold some events, such as the Feasibility and Charter Review Committee meetings underway, which are drawing large attendance. “It’s $3 million, and I can assure you that if we do not jump on this, the county will reallocate that money to other projects,” Hanson said. The current site plan calls for a 45,000-square-foot structure.

ITID Assistant Executive Director Rob Robinson said the current plan is building the community center in stages when money becomes available. “We’ve outgrown the current location for meetings, especially when there is an issue that drives the public out,” Robinson said. “The first [stage], we would have some meeting centers, as well as additional office staff.” While the $3 million is a great start, it would not go that far, Robinson noted. “Especially when we’re looking at getting additional funding dollars or grants for hardening the building,” he said. “We’re looking at $200 and up per square foot for a building of that magnitude, so the $3 million really wouldn’t go that far.” Argue asked if the current plans could accommodate a basketball See ITID, page 14

ITID Incorporation Feasibility Studies Now Underway

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Hearings are underway by the Indian Trail Improvement District’s Feasibility and Charter Review Committee and will continue through August to work through the details of a possible incorporation of ITID into a municipality. The committee was authorized this year by a local bill that passed the Florida Legislature in April and was signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis in June. The FCR committee is made up of more than a dozen residents from different ITID units that make up The Acreage, as well as three members of the ITID Board of Supervisors — Supervisor Keith Jordano, Supervisor Joni Martin and President Betty Argue, who serves as chair. The committee also includes a representative from GL Homes, which has committed to become an activated unit of the district once its large residential project west of The Acreage gets underway. Acreage Landowners’ Association President Bob Morgan

sits on the committee as an ALA representative. “We are trying to get the feasibility study completed in order to see if it is a smart idea to do so, or if our taxes are going to skyrocket,” Morgan told the Town-Crier. Morgan also pointed out that once the study is done, it must get approval of the legislature before it is put to a referendum of voters. The committee already has met several times and will meet weekly on Thursdays through August with specific items to discuss at each meeting. It also has public input meetings set. “We have limited topics on the agenda because there is so much information,” Morgan said. ITID Executive Director Burgess Hanson, who has experience in municipal management from his time with Deerfield Beach, has been on the sidelines as support staff, observing the committee’s meetings, available to answer questions if needed, but does not sit on the committee. “The committee started working See COMMITTEE, page 4


The Village of Wellington hosted a reception for the most recent installment of the Art in Public Places community initiative Thursday, July 22 at the Wellington Community Center. The reception highlighted the work of sculptor Colbert C. Collins, a former Wellington resident. Michael Collins, the artist’s son, spoke at the reception. Shown here is Michael Collins with “Storytime,” designed by Michael Collins and created by Colbert Collins. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 8 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Groves Council Gives Nod To 25 MPH Speed Limit For Town Roads

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Loxahatchee Groves Town Council gave preliminary approval Tuesday, July 20 to an ordinance that would set the speed limit at 25 miles per hour on all town roads, except Southern and Okeechobee boulevards. Mayor Robert Shorr asked if Folsom Road was included in the ordinance. “Didn’t we agree that the speed limit there should remain 30 [mph]?” Shorr asked. Town Attorney Elizabeth Lenihan explained that Folsom Road is a county road. “If it’s a county road, then this wouldn’t apply,” Lenihan said.

Councilwoman Phillis Maniglia said she felt Folsom Road should be considered for the 25-mph speed limit. “I get a lot of complaints that people cannot get out on that road,” Maniglia said. “I think we should talk about it and see if there’s any public comments.” Former Councilman Todd McLendon said he felt enacting the ordinance would be a waste of money. “If you take these lettered roads like B Road, the speed limit is 30, and people are doing 60,” McLendon said. “Just because you change it to 25, they’re still going to be doing 60.” He added that it would cost a See SPEED LIMIT, page 7

Shakespeare Festival Coming To RPB Park In August

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival is coming to Royal Palm Beach for two weekends in August. The shows will be held at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park. The item was approved by the Royal Palm Beach Village Council on Thursday, July 15. Elizabeth Dashiell, co-producer of the Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival, said that Shakespeare by the Sea has been in operation for 31 years, and they have been asked to bring a similar event inland.

“We are one of the first established in the United States having an annual Shakespeare in the Park,” Dashiell said. “We do a fullscale, professional — that means everyone gets paid — production of one of Shakespeare’s works. Here in Palm Beach County, we have done this festival every summer for two weeks, four nights each time, and for years we have been asked, ‘When are you going to bring Shakespeare by the Sea out to the western communities?” She has worked with the village to organize the first-ever Shakespeare by the Palms.

The Shakespeare Festival kicked off the first Shakespeare by the Sea at Carlin Park in Jupiter 31 years ago. “Every year, we do a different take,” Dashiell said. “We do not touch Shakespeare’s text, but it might be in a different time, in a different setting, and we have an amazing director, Seth Trucks, the son of Butch Trucks of the Allman Brothers.” For the first time in Shakespeare Festival history, there will be live music in the production of Twelfth Night in Royal Palm Beach. “It’s a beautiful romantic com-

edy. A tale of a shipwreck and mistaken identity. It’s just simply a beautiful play,” she said. “I’m just so excited to be starting the inaugural Shakespeare by the Palms.” The festival will run for eight nights, Thursday, Aug. 19 through Sunday, Aug. 22, and Thursday, Aug. 26 through Sunday, Aug. 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. “Our mission is to make it as accessible as possible for everyone, and we do that by presenting as it was meant to be, as it was written, and that is onstage with actors who are very comfortable with the verse, but also free of

charge,” Dashiell said. “We have never charged an admission, and we are very appreciative of the partnership that enables us to bring this to the public for free. We are completely donation based, and we are very grateful for the opportunity to bring this out to the western communities.” Attendees are welcome to bring their beach chairs and a picnic basket. Food trucks are also expected to be there. Performances are rain or shine. Councilwoman Jan Rodusky said residents have been talking See FESTIVAL, page 14

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Breast Cancer Support Group Returns To In-Person Meetings

By Callie Sharkey Town-Crier Staff Report For more than a year, the local support group for breast cancer patients and survivors, Your Bosom Buddies II (YBBII), has continued its mission on a virtual platform. However, on Thursday, Aug 12 at 7 p.m., members will finally have the opportunity to sit in the same room together — in person. The meeting will take place at the Regional Cancer Center at Wellington, operated by Genesis Care, located at 10141 W. Forest Hill Blvd. on the Wellington Regional Medical Center campus. This meeting is a unique hybrid event, offered both in person and simultaneously on a virtual platform. “Your Bosom Buddies II is going through its own metamorphosis,” said Dr. Kathleen Minnick, a longtime YBBII member and supporter. “It now falls under the guidance and facilitation of Genesis Care. This gives us an opportunity to have an organized support group with an excellent reputation in the community.” Often, the butterfly serves as a symbol of recovery and change for cancer patients. The YBBII meetings, held on the second Thursday each month, include

unique resources for attendees ranging from guest speakers and yoga instruction to art therapy. The upcoming meeting will embrace the butterfly theme with an origami butterfly art project. “It’s a celebration of a postCOVID-19 beginning, and a beginning of this new hybrid group,” said Dr. Cindy Collins, who is the facilitator of the meetings through Genesis Care. Collins, who holds a doctorate in psychology, sees infinite potential in the support group meetings. “I’m also a dietician, so I always make sure that the meetings have a good blend of information on nutrition as well as stress management,” she said. “We meet the goals of what the patients bring as well. It’s for the patients. The meeting is for them and about them.” While the team is excited to finally get back to face-to-face interactions, they understand that many group members may not be comfortable or able to attend but still want to participate. “We’re going to continue the digital portion of the meetings, so patients who cannot or choose not to come in person will still be able to attend. This is going to give us the opportunity to allow people

from other locations to join in, too,” Minnick said. “So, anywhere that Genesis Care has a patient or an oncology center, they will be able to participate with us the second Thursday of every month. Patients may also choose to create their own chapters, such as a working mom’s group or a retiree group that meets during the day instead of at night. This is really allowing us to expand to serve the needs of

all the different people who get breast cancer.” Long term, both Minnick and Collins are optimistic about having the group branch out to allow support for more specialized groups as well. “One benefit we’ve found in having these Zoom meetings is that you can be anywhere in the state or anywhere in the country and attend our meetings,” Col-

lins said. “I have several support groups that I’ve been doing this entire time only via Zoom, and now I have so many more patients who are able to come. With the hybrid model, we are really happy to know that it is going to open up for Genesis Care patients throughout the State of Florida first, and then eventually throughout the country.” To attend the meeting in person,

no RSVP or supplies are required, but be prepared by bringing your mask. Due to the immunocompromised nature of the patients, masks are required inside the clinic. Those wishing to attend virtually and participate in the butterfly origami art therapy should contact Collins at (561) 512-0065 or for details.

Members of Your Bosom Buddies II breast cancer support group at a meeting held before the pandemic.

County Commission Supports Arden, Coconut Palm Applications

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Palm Beach County Commission approved the transmittal of two privately proposed amendments Wednesday, July 28 regarding the Arden development off Southern Blvd. and the planned Coconut Palm Plaza on Northlake Blvd. Arden is a planned unit development on the north side of Southern Blvd. near 20-Mile Bend. The residential development is a little over 1,200 acres. The application asks the county to delete a requirement that the development be phased due to traffic concerns, since Southern Blvd. has been widened. Collene Walter with Urban Design Studios, representing the Arden Homeowners’ Association and Highlands Dunes Associates, said they are asking for a change to the conditions of approval from before Southern Blvd. was widened.

“The request before you this morning does not change the land use or zoning designation,” Walter said. “The PUD is approved for 2,334 units, and it is well under construction.” She explained that last year, when the applicant was granted permission to increase the number of units within the PUD, a phasing condition was imposed. Traffic impacts were addressed by a proportionate share agreement in conjunction with the development order. A recent traffic study showed that the phasing requirement is no longer needed, she said. “The applicant is requesting that the condition of approval be deleted,” Walter said. “Also concurrent with this application is a development order amendment application to delete the condition from the zoning resolution, as well as to change the proportionate share agreement to increase the monetary contributions.”

County staff recommended approval of the change. Walter said the applicant has met with community residents and county staff, and has held two public meetings in the past month, which received no objections. Commissioner Melissa McKinlay made a motion to approve transmittal of the amendment request, which carried 7-0. The commissioners also approved transmittal of the Coconut Palm Plaza application, with a condition that it remove a rightonly exit onto Hamlin Blvd. Coconut Palm Plaza is on 11.25 acres at the southeast corner of Northlake and Coconut boulevards. It is asking for a land use change from rural residential to commercial low. A concurrent zoning application is requesting the development of 49,005 square feet of commercial uses, consisting of retail and a convenience store with gas sales. The site was for-

merly owned by the United States Postal Service and proposed for a post office. Attorney Bonnie Miskel, representing the applicant, said the site is on the northern fringe of The Acreage and south of the Avenir project in Palm Beach Gardens. She said the current applicant acquired the property in 2013 from the federal government, which owned it for about 12 years until the plan to build a post office there was dropped. “Most of the properties surrounding this one are developed,” Miskel said. “The property to the north is under construction. That is the Avenir project. There are two residential homes on the south side of Hamlin that are constructed.” She added that there are companion rezoning applications asking for a change in use from public ownership to commercial low, which would be presented at a later meeting.

Miskel pointed out that the applicant presented a plan in 2013 that met with strong opposition from the public, adding that the applicant has tried to mitigate those objections by moving all buildings toward the center of the site and increasing the size of buffers to more than is required, and changing an ingress/egress on Hamlin Blvd. to right-out-only as close to Coconut Blvd. as possible. “What we heard from the neighborhood back then was a concern about mitigating the intensity by pushing the buildings away, which we did, and splitting it from one long building into two,” she said. “It’s significantly further away from the residential properties to the south.” Miskel added that the county has required the applicant to dedicate 30 feet of right of way to Coconut Blvd. to allow for expansion of the intersection. “We’ve more than doubled the

buffer requirement; 15 [feet] is the minimum required,” she said. “We’re proposing and committed to 35 [feet], which has been incorporated as a condition.” During public comment, several residents objected to a gas station being built there due to the proximity of residential homes in the area that get potable water from wells, as well as the right-only exit to Hamlin Blvd. Staff recommended approval of the transmittal with conditions. McKinlay asked why the egress on Hamlin was necessary, and Motasem Al-Turk with the traffic division said the egress was necessary because the site adjacent to Coconut Blvd. was too close to the Northlake Blvd. to accommodate an egress, and not having an egress on Hamlin would only leave the Northlake Blvd. egress. McKinlay made a motion to transmit the request, clarifying that See COUNTY, page 7

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Westlake Stands Pat On Taxes With $1.37 Million From Minto

By Louis Hillary Park Town-Crier Staff Report With the infusion of $1.37 million from Minto Communities USA, the City of Westlake plans to hold the line on residential property taxes at 5.126 mills for the upcoming fiscal year. That is the same rate as when the city was established in 2016. That means that the average Westlake homeowner with an assessed valuation of $350,000 and a $50,000 homestead exemption would owe approximately $1,537 in city taxes. That does not include taxes levied by other Palm Beach County taxing authorities that can drive the total property tax bite to more than 20 mills. “Overall, Westlake is about in the middle of pack in Palm Beach County,” City Manager Kenneth

Cassel said of the city’s tax rate. Minto, which owns most of the land in the 6.5 square miles of Westlake, agreed to help support the city until it 2021. That agreement has been extended to 2023. Minto contributed $1,512,933 to the city’s general fund during the current year, according to a comparison shared in the budget being proposed by staff to the Westlake City Council. The council has set a Monday, Aug. 2 workshop to study the budget proposal and Sept. 13 for a first public hearing. Westlake is moving in the right direction in terms of being able to lower taxes for homeowners in the future, Cassel said, thanks to the burgeoning commercial development along Seminole Pratt Whitney Road, which bisects the

municipality. That development includes plans for a Publix shopping center with several outparcels and a rejuvenated Grove Market shopping plaza with Winn-Dixie set to return. “It all depends on how fast commercial development comes in,” Cassel said. “But we’re the fastest growing city in the county and in most of the state in terms of taxable value.” However, Cassel is quick to add that Westlake is not seeking to increase the tax base simply by accepting plans from any outlet that might want to put up a cookie-cutter building. “We’re selective about who we’re bringing in,” Cassel said. “There’s a specific vision for the community. It has to fit. It has to be a reflection of the city… something that is sustainable.”

The proposed budget does reflect a growing city weening itself off developer support, he said, with Minto’s aid to account for only 37 percent of the budget next year — down from 50 percent in the current year. Overall, Westlake’s general fund budget is slated to increase by 20.9 percent ($637,000) to $3,685,700. That includes a projected 15 percent increase in operating expenses to $2,901,600. The largest planned increase is an additional $280,300 for community services, bringing the total to $1,037,300 and accounting for 36 percent of the city’s budget. The Community Services Department consists of solid waste collection, lighting for roads and law enforcement, which is contracted through the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s

Office. Meanwhile, the amount of money the city is planning to tuck away into its reserve fund will almost double from $234,500 this year to $464,300 next year; and a 12.7 percent increase is planned in the contingency fund to $151,000. A $78,000 budget increase (38.2 percent) is planned for the city manager’s office and a $81,500 increase (41.5 percent) for the city clerk’s office. There also are plans for $50,000 in capital expenditures, while there were none in the 2021 budget. On the flip side, staff proposes a 24.6 percent cut to the personnel budget, knocking that line item down to $118,800; the city attorney’s budget is expected to drop by almost 50 percent to $275,000; and the city expects a 15.5 percent increase in licenses, permits and

fees to $226,800. According to the budget proposal, Westlake’s biggest challenges in 2022 will be locating and establishing a permanent city hall; final implementation of software allowing electronic submission, approval and inspections reporting in the Building Department; maintaining the proper level of services while minimizing the overall cost of services; drafting and passage of the remaining Land Development Regulations in order to move from the interim code; identifying services needed in the future and available revenues; maintaining cooperation with other agencies surrounding and impacting the city; and working with the developers and other third parties to maintain the original vision of the community.

PBC Allows GL Homes Rep On Indian Trail Incorporation Study

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Palm Beach County Commission agreed at a zoning hearing Thursday, July 22 to make amendments to a restrictive covenant between the 4,872-acre Indian Trails Grove, owned by GL Homes, and the Indian Trail Improvement District, allowing GL Homes representatives to participate in incorporation feasibility discussions now underway by ITID. Planning Director Patricia Behn said the amendment would give Indian Trails Grove, which has approvals for a largely residential development west of The Acreage, a seat at ITID’s Feasibility and Charter Review Committee meetings that are now underway.

“This is a development that was approved in 2016 in District 6 west of The Acreage and within the Indian Trail Improvement District,” Behn said. “This amendment was requested by ITID, as they wish to hold stakeholder meetings in anticipation of the district’s future incorporation and discussions of the fiscal feasibility study. The governor did sign the bill this year to allow ITID to create that feasibility study, so they would like to have stakeholders, property owners and interested parties involved in that discussion.” Back in 2016, GL Homes’ approvals included a restrictive covenant that prevented Indian Trails Grove from incorporating.

“The developer did fulfill this condition, and it did provide this restrictive covenant, as per the condition,” Behn said. “But it was not anticipated at that time that ITID would possibly incorporate, and staff is in support of approving the amendment to the restrictive covenant so that Indian Trails Grove has the opportunity to participate in this discussion.” The amendment request included a letter dated July 6 from ITID Executive Director Burgess Hanson supporting the petition from GL Homes to allow it to participate in incorporation feasibility discussions. “The ITID Board of Supervisors designated one seat for GL Homes as a member of the Feasibility

Wellington Plans First Home Improvement Expo On Aug. 21

By M. Dennis Taylor Town-Crier Staff Report The Village of Wellington is well-known as an upscale community with a formidable array of local regulations and codes to help keep it that way. To help residents become more aware of these rules, as well as highlight a number of options and opportunities, the village will host its first “Total Home Review Expo” on Saturday, Aug. 21 from 9 a.m. to noon. Project Manager Gloria Kelly explained that the inaugural expo, held at the Wellington Community Center, located at 12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd., is free but space is limited. Therefore, registration is required. “During the event, attendees will have the opportunity to stroll through and visit a variety of booths,” Kelly said. “They will feature information about such topics as Wellington-approved exterior paint colors, requirements for hedges and fencing, defensive measures for the home, how to complete a permit with the building department, and much more

home improvement information.” Kelly said that all the “answer people” will be present for the interactive event that will allow residents to have their questions addressed. “Wellington staff, representatives from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue, the Wellington Community Foundation and other organizations will be there,” she said. “There will be 15- to 20-minute mini seminars, with questions afterward to allow attendees to learn about the various annual home improvement grant programs offered by the Village of Wellington, Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County and the Ygrene Energy Fund.” Kelly noted that there will be some valuable grant funding opportunities available. Committed to the sustainability of the village, Wellington puts a focus on quality-of-life issues and backs this up with funding. “One of the many value-added elements to living in Wellington includes property values, which are, in part, upheld by

and Charter Review Committee, because the two parties maintain a close and positive working relationship,” Hanson wrote. “GL Homes, as the landowner of the Indian Trails Grove Planned Development District, is entirely within the boundaries of the Indian Trail Improvement District and may be included in the boundaries of the proposed municipality.” The letter points out that GL Homes also executed an agreement to form an active unit of development within ITID when residential development begins in the future. The agreement also conveys one square mile of land to ITID for use as a water control reservoir, which is currently held in escrow.

“The GL Homes property represents a significant portion of the future municipality’s jurisdiction and potential growth,” Hanson continued. “Like other landowners, GL Homes should have a fair opportunity to participate in the evaluation of the potential incorporation’s impact upon its property and future residents. GL Homes’ active participation as a large landowner, who will not have a vote if it were to go to referendum, is essential for a fair analysis of a municipal conversion.” District 6 Commissioner Melissa McKinlay recalled that the restrictive covenant was written shortly after the City of Westlake had incorporated.

Wellington Council Set To Take Action On Golf Cart Ordinance

Wellington standards. These standards, along with great schools, parks and safe neighborhoods are a few of the many reasons individuals and families choose to live and invest in Wellington,” notes the village’s web site section regarding available grant funding. The Planning, Zoning & Building Department administers these grant opportunities. The objective is to facilitate neighborhood improvements, home rehabilitation, projects to bring homes into compliance with safe living standards and the Florida Building Code, and to enhance community engagement. Eligibility for some of the grants is based upon need and requires the participation and investment of the property owner. Kelly encouraged residents interested in attending the expo to register early. “The first 50 people registered will receive a free swag bag,” she said. All those who attend will be entered into a raffle. Registration is open at https:// wellingtonhomeexpo.eventbrite. com.

By M. Dennis Taylor Town-Crier Staff Report After more than a year of discussions regarding the Village of Wellington’s proposed golf cart ordinance, a final version of the measure is scheduled for discussion and final action at the Tuesday, Aug. 24 meeting of the Wellington Village Council. The measure passed its first reading with some changes in June. The target date of having the new law take effect is on March 1, 2022, or some other date approximately 180 days in the future to allow signage to be installed and public service announcements to be produced and aired. The council had a general consensus that an ordinance should be adopted so golf carts could be legally used on village pathways. With strong opinions on some aspects of the ordinance, such as an age limit, licensing and night operation, a robust discussion is expected. Back in October 2020, Assistant Planning, Zoning & Building


Director Michael O’Dell and his staff were instructed to visit village committees and neighborhood group meetings to collect information on public attitudes about the usage of golf carts. “This should be the meeting [on Aug. 24] where the ordinance decision is made, unless the council decides on significant changes, as described by the village attorney. Then it might need a third public hearing,” O’Dell explained. Village Attorney Laurie Cohen cautioned the council that she would advise them at the time if any change to the ordinance made during the meeting was “significant” and in her legal opinion required an additional public hearing. A low-speed vehicle or neighborhood electric vehicle looks like a golf cart with extra equipment, but they are not what the ordinance addresses. Legally, such vehicles are considered a car, require a registration, tag and a licensed driver. These can be driven on roadways but not pathways, which are usually eight feet


PTSD In First Responders: The Unseen Tragedy FCR Group

By State Rep. Matt Willhite It’s early in the morning, the sun has barely begun to light up the sky. Most are still sleeping. As a firefighter, it appears like any other morning. We arrive at the fire station and run down the checklist of chores that must be accomplished to be prepared for the day. And while everything is going according to plan, this is the type of job where there is no such thing as a regular day. Any given moment, early in the morning or late in the evening, the alarm may sound, sending us all toward whatever danger awaits on the other end of a 911 call. Recently, this fact became a reality for firefighters and police officers in Miami-Dade County. Yet, during the pre-dawn hours of Thursday, June 24, not a single one of those first responders could have expected what they were about to be faced with. At approximately 1:30 a.m., the 12-story Champlain Towers South beachfront condo building in Surfside, Miami, partially collapsed. It was weeks before we knew how many had died. Nonetheless, in the

months ahead, we will be asking why this incident occurred. What could have been done to prevent this tragedy? Who is to blame? And what role does the government have to play in all of this? My 25 years as a firefighter and my eight years prior serving in the U.S. Navy have guided my time as an elected official. Many decisions I have made have indeed been through the paradigm of someone who has seen certain similar types of tragedy up close. We often think of PTSD as something that affects veterans coming home from war. Yet, likewise, the firefighters and police officers who tirelessly worked at the scene of the condo collapse in Surfside will not be able to unsee the tragedy. There is more to being a firefighter than the made for TV moments that depict bright red fire trucks and Dalmatians. As any first responder can attest to, they are the first-hand witnesses to tragedy and destruction, factors that they see daily because of their jobs. They are not machines. They are men and women who cannot leave their job when they go home. They will


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forever feel the profound sadness that comes from seeing too much. First responders are in the trenches — the boots on the ground. Rescue response teams were in Surfside working day and night to bring those affected by the condo collapse some hope and closure. We cannot underestimate the toll this will take on these brave men and women and their families. One of the most emotional battles I took in Tallahassee was passing PTSD coverage for first responders. I know that my experiences and the testimonials of other first responders led me to pass legislation in 2018 that ensured that these men and women could receive PTSD coverage to help them cope with their experiences on the job. It was a crucial victory for all Floridians. Protecting first responders’ mental health assists them in being better protectors of the public’s safety. When the dust settles and the last piece of concrete is removed, there will still be a pile of rubble consuming the minds of every family affected and all the first responders on the scene. The me-

dia may not report on it, but what remains is an unseen tragedy that isn’t easily repaired. When terror strikes, first responders are the first ones we turn to. After all is said and done, it’s our hand that they’ll reach out for. So in the days and weeks moving forward, as we remember the families whose lives have changed because of the condo collapse in Surfside, let us also not forget the first responders on the scene since the first 911 call was made. If you or a loved one is suffering from PTSD, please reach out for help. Safe Call Now is a confidential, 24-hour hotline specifically designed for emergency services personnel and their families. They can be reached at (206) 459-3020 Matt Willhite has been a captain with Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue for the last 25 years. He served 8 years with the U.S. Navy as a corpsman with the Marines, 8 years on the Wellington Village Council and has represented District 86 in the Florida House of Representatives since 2016. In 2022, he is running for the Palm Beach County Commission.

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“There was a bit of a bad taste among the community about that threat being able to happen again,” McKinlay said. “When that restrictive covenant was approved, it said they could not actively pursue incorporation or annexation. They are not actively pursuing incorporation or annexation right now. Indian Trail is conducting the feasibility, so I think it’s important that Indian Trails Grove be treated equally as any other stakeholder in the community and be allowed to participate in those conversations. That is all we are doing here today.” McKinlay made a motion to approve the amendments to the restrictive covenant, which carried unanimously.

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continued from page 1 on the charter and mainly focused on discussing the form of government, which would be a council/ manager form of government,” Hanson said. Attorneys Charles Schoech and Mary Viator, both longtime counsel for ITID, have also attended the meetings. “Charlie Schoech is actually working for the FCR committee,” Hanson said, adding that he will return with the language requested by the group. “For instance, they wanted to know what was the longest reasonable time that you could live in the proposed municipality before you could run for a council seat.” The group also discussed how a mayor and vice mayor would be elected, as well as term limits for council members. “There was a question about whether or not you could sit out a term and then run again. Some people did not want that to occur, other members did,” Hanson said.

wide, or on sidewalks, which are less than eight feet wide, usually just four or five feet. Until the new ordinance or some version of it passes, golf carts are not legally allowed to be used on any of the public roadways or multi-modal pathways in the village. An additional stumbling block in the discussions is that a golf cart can be legally driven by a 14-yearold on roadways having a speed limit of 25 mph or less, according to state law. Golf carts may be operated on private roadways in gated communities by 14-year-old drivers. The council cannot address this issue; it can only address golf carts on the multi-modal pathways, and consensus seems to be that 14 is too young. Several council members wanted golf cart drivers to have taken a rules-ofthe-road course, which a learner’s permit or driver’s license would provide. The meeting will be held in the council chambers on Tuesday, Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. “They need to solidify that at this week’s meeting.” He added that at a recent Zoom meeting, residents were asked to suggest a name for the proposed municipality. “The top vote getter was the Town of Indian Trail Ranches, second was the Town of Acreage Pines and the third selection was the Village of Loxahatchee Trails,” Hanson said. “The first two were towns, they were very specific about that, but the third one was ‘village’ because they wanted to differentiate from the Town of Loxahatchee Groves.” The FCR committee generally meets at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Sandhill Crane Golf Club in the Dancing Crane Ballroom on the north side of Northlake Blvd. just east of The Acreage in Palm Beach Gardens. Meetings are also planned at The Acreage library on Orange Blvd. on Saturday, Aug. 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and again at the library on Thursday, Aug. 12 at 6:30 p.m. There has been discussion of a meeting at Seminole Ridge High School on Saturday, Aug. 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., but that meeting was not finalized as of Wednesday. Visit for more info.


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It Takes A Village To Successfully Hit 2,500 Backpack Challenge

The Wellington Community Foundation was called on to organize local nonprofits to make a huge impact on children in need through the Village of Wellington’s 2,500 backpack challenge. Many local community partners stepped up to help deliver the 2,500 new backpacks to Wellington students for the upcoming school year. The mission was to collect as many school supplies as needed to fill the backpacks at the “backpack stuffing” event held Monday, July 19 at the Wellington Community Center. On Saturday, July 24, the village held three separate block parties where families were invited to participate with food, beverages and a ton of games to make it a fun-filled day for all.

Backpacks filled with school supplies and hand sanitizer, school uniforms as well as children’s books were distributed. “We are grateful for the backpack challenge initiated by the Wellington Community Foundation, rallying other community partners for support and, in the process, making a difference for so many Wellington students,” Village Manager Jim Barnes said. Along with the village and the Wellington Community Foundation, event sponsors included the Christopher Aguirre Memorial Foundation, the Wellington Rotary Club, Women of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, My Community Pharmacy, Premier Family Health, Prominence Health Plan,

Baptist Health, the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Health Specialty Center and Clinics Can Help. Crucial funding was provided by My Community Pharmacy and Premier Family Health, among others. The Christopher Aguirre Memorial Foundation has supported the village’s back-to-school efforts since the beginning and was proud to take part again this year. The Wellington Rotary Club stepped up to purchase the needed school supplies. The Women of the Wellington Chamber (WOW) merged its back-to-school event with the 2,500 backpack challenge to help make it a success. Regional nonprofit Clinics Can Help stepped up to provide bottles of hand sanitizer for backpacks.

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Johnny Meier from event sponsor My Community Pharmacy. Maria Cruz was on hand to help stuff backpacks.

The Wellington Rotary Club, a sponsor of the event, had a delegation there to help out. (L-R) Tom Eastwood, Ravi Culbertson, Larry Kemp, Tom Carreras, Maggie Zeller, George Kinoshita, Maria Cruz, Leslie and Randy Pfeiffer, and Sherry Norwitch.

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Dolphins Sod Farm Presents New Face For The Organization

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The new representatives of the Miami Dolphins Sod Farm met with the Loxahatchee Groves Town Council on Tuesday, July 20 to resolve any issues that might have arisen prior to new management, particularly the number of trucks entering and leaving the farm and the recent purchase of more property adjacent to the 80 acres owned by the Dolphins. Public Works Director Larry Peters introduced Tom Wilson, head groundskeeper at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. “They are coming before you to show that we are moving in a positive direction,” Peters said. Wilson said they are making some adjustments with the way things are being run at the farm

— located north of North Road between B and C roads — and straightening out some of the issues that have come between them and the town. He stressed that the whole use of the farm is to provide sod for the stadium. “This was built for Hard Rock Stadium, not to go anywhere else outside the state,” Wilson said. “The type of sod that’s being grown is really just for me.” He explained that the sod is grown in a manner that they can replace the sod in the stadium overnight and play another game the next day. “When we have the University of Miami play a game on Saturday and the Dolphins on Sunday, my crew and myself, we take out the center logo, take out the sod and replace it with the new sod. We

put this grass in and play a game the next afternoon,” Wilson said. “That’s the reason this farm is here. It is not for anything else other than to provide grass for me.” Councilwoman Phillis Maniglia said she was disappointed that the farm had clear-cut 80 acres with many trees and a wetland area, but her biggest issue has been the number of trucks entering and leaving the site. “But I’m glad to hear that you’re not supplying the world, because that is originally what we were told. We even got a map of all the different clubs that got the sod,” she said. Councilwoman Marge Herzog asked about an additional 16 acres that had been purchased by the Dolphins organization, and Town Manager Jamie Titcomb said that

owners and managers had been talking to him about future plans. “On behalf of the Dolphins and the town, we’ve had some meetings with these gentlemen, as well as their senior vice president,” Titcomb said. “We’ve sat down and gone through all the technical issues from the history of the development of the site, and they’ve been very cooperative and responsive in terms of mapping out what’s been done, what needs to be done and where we go with it.” Titcomb added that there has been a big drop-off in the projected volume of truck traffic to and from the site, based on the older business model. “That was about 950 trips based on the old business model, so it will be significantly less,” he said.

Vice Mayor Laura Danowski asked Wilson why the Dolphins chose Loxahatchee Groves as the location for its operation. Wilson explained that he was not part of the discussion as to why the Dolphins had chosen Loxahatchee Groves for the sod farm. “To be honest, I questioned it because I couldn’t imagine why a truck would be coming down some of the roads here,” he said, adding that the location is closer than his current location near Tifton, Georgia. “Trucking is over a million dollars a year, so we wanted essentially to have something closer.” Wilson noted that the site’s natural soil is not used for the sod process. “The soil that is here isn’t even being used,” he said. “There is a physical barrier being laid down.

Then the grass is laid down on top of the plastic, and then it’s grown. The sand that is put in there is to match what’s in the stadium.” Danowski also asked about the drainage system on the site, and Wilson said it uses the two ponds to water the grass. “It’s essentially recycled,” Wilson said. “The only way it would escape is in the event of excessive rain.” He added that the organization had conferred with the South Florida Water Management District to approve with the way water is being contained there. Mayor Robert Shorr thanked Wilson and the Dolphins staff for their presentation. “All the dead palmettos are removed, so it looks a lot better out there,” Shorr said.

ITID Working On Gate Connecting M-1 Impoundment To Corbett

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Indian Trail Improvement District Board of Supervisors agreed Wednesday, July 21 for district staff to continue working with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission to move a gate separating the M-1 Impoundment and the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area levee to reduce damage to the spoil mound caused by ATV crossings. Recently, representatives from the FWC and ITID met with the South Florida Water Manage-

ment District to discuss various projects, such as the M-0 Canal and Corbett levee, along with other water resiliency projects. During the discussions, the topic regarding a crossover west of the M-1 Impoundment came up due to the continued degradation of the mound between Corbett and the western M-0 Canal from side-by-sides and other motorized vehicles. “Over the last two years, we’ve really made great strides in working with Fish & Wildlife as well as South Florida Water Management on completing the levee

to the east, but also address the spoil mound west of the M-1 Impoundment along the M-0 Canal that eventually connects into the L-8,” ITID Executive Director Burgess Hanson said. “One of the issues we’ve been having out there is that we’ve had a couple of breaches on that spoil mound. But what we’re also noticing, and what the FWC is noticing, is there are side-by-side drivers going up on that mound, which they’re not supposed to, trying to cross over the canal to get to the south side.” Hanson said he was approached by a Corbett area manager re-

cently about trying to create some type of crossing there where sideby-sides could go across ITID property and park somewhere on FWC property on the other side. “That’s only walkable for hunting, so you’re not allowed to take a side-by-side through there, but they would create a parking lot on their own property,” he said. One of the concepts discussed is to move ITID’s maintenance gate at the northwest corner of the impoundment slightly to the east where a culvert exists. “They can cross there and park, not on our property but on

FWC property,” Hanson said. “Hopefully we can build some type of levee, or if the FWC and the SFWMD can get it into the funding list in the future. Hopefully that will include a fence along that whole spoil mound or what could be a levee in the future — those people will just go across there.” Before he took the concept any further, Hanson wanted to get the board’s input into whether it was something it was open to. “We would not allow them to drive on our M-O Canal maintenance [easement],” he said. “It

would just be across it to wherever they park on their property. I don’t have any definitive plans… but before I spent any more time on this, I just wanted to bring it to the board.” ITID President Betty Argue said she had no objections to the concept, provided it would not cost the district money. “Obviously, we’ve got other priorities right now,” she said. “But also, I think protecting the impoundment is important.” Argue asked for a consensus of the board, and there were no objections.

RPB Council Finalizes Multifamily Rezoning At Lakeside Landings

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Royal Palm Beach Village Council approved changes Thursday, July 15 that allow the rezoning of the proposed Lakeside Landings site from commercial use to multifamily residential, add birthing centers as a special exception use and modify the design of the bridge leading to the Tuttle Royale development. The council approved the second and final reading of an application to rezone four parcels totaling about 12.28 acres about 850 feet north of Okeechobee Blvd. and 500 feet west of Royal Palm Beach Blvd. from general commercial to multifamily residential. It allows for 100 townhomes at a proposed density of 8.14 units per acre. The site, owned by Jess Santamaria, the Nagala Family Partnership and others, is currently vacant. Planning & Zoning Director Bradford O’Brien said village staff considered adjacent land uses and found that the change complied, in general, with the village’s comprehensive plan, as well as with the multifamily residential land use. The Local Planning Agency considered the application on May 25 and recommended approval 5-0. The council unanimously approved the application’s preliminary reading on June 17.

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continued from page 1 lot of money to implement the ordinance. “You’ve got to get the engineer to look at it, make sure the signs are the appropriate height, distance, how far they are from the road — big expense, engineeringwise,” he said. Resident Mary McNicholas said she felt anything the town could do to reduce speeds in the community would help. She favored reducing

“Staff is recommending approval of this application,” O’Brien said. Vice Mayor Richard Valuntas made a motion to approve the application, which carried 5-0. The council also approved the preliminary reading of an application by Nelson Posada to amend the village’s zoning text to add a definition of “birthing center” as a special exception use. O’Brien said his staff had spent time working with the applicant, considering the definition of a birthing center. “I do believe there are some key elements to consider,” he said. A birthing center is defined as any institution where non-emergency births are planned to occur away from the mother’s usual residence, following a documented period of prenatal care and a normal, uncomplicated pregnancy that has been determined to be low risk. Care in a birthing center must be provided by a licensed physician or certified or licensed midwife. Surgical services will be limited to those normally rendered during uncomplicated childbirth. Patients must not remain in the birthing center for more than 24 hours. Hospitals are excluded from the definition of “birthing center,” and

labor would not be induced at the birthing center. The Local Planning Agency recommended approval of the application on May 25 by a vote of 4-1, with Alternate Gerald Brown dissenting. Councilwoman Selena Samios clarified that pregnancies would not be induced at the clinic. “You will not induce labor? It all has to be natural?” she asked. “Yes, it is all natural,” Posada said. Samios also clarified that if there are complications, the center has contracts with local hospitals to address the situation. Posada said he has contracts with Palms West Hospital, and all his doctors are contracted with Palms West Hospital. “In the event of the low-risk pregnancy having complications, we will transport,” he said. The amendment applies to Posada’s location at 1490 Royal Palm Beach Blvd., as well as any other birthing centers that apply. “We actually studied our location very well to pick the right spot,” Posada said. “The hospital is just down the street.” Samios made a motion to approve the amendment, which carried 5-0. The council also gave architectural approval for the bridge on

Tuttle Blvd. over the C-51 Canal located off Southern Blvd. leading to the Tuttle Royale development. O’Brien said the applicant is proposing carriage-style light fixtures, both pier-mounted and pole-mounted. An ornamental aluminum railing with a bronze finish

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Royal Palm Beach Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval Tuesday, July 27 of an application by “Going, Going, Gone!,” a subsidiary of Dick’s Sporting Goods, for new wall signage at 11061 Southern Blvd., Unit 11. Planning & Zoning Director Bradford O’Brien said the applicant is requesting approval for wall signage for a retail store in the Southern Palm Crossing shopping center. The store is a discount subsidiary of the national sporting goods retailer. He added that village staff recommended approval of one wall sign. Theresa Freni representing the applicant said she felt the green and orange sign falls in line with

the rest of the shopping center. She explained the “Going, Going, Gone!” concept. “Instead of having a Dick’s warehouse, it’s discount sporting goods and clothing. It’s just another subsidiary of Dick’s Sporting Goods,” Freni said. “They go into vacant buildings and try to utilize them throughout some of these shopping centers nationally.” The location was previously home to a Stein Mart store. Commissioner Ray Nazareth made a motion to approve the application, which carried 5-0. In other business: • The commission recommended approval of an application by Cube Smart, located at 1201 N. State Road 7, for approval of exterior painting requested by Gemco Painting. Village staff

the speed limit on Folsom Road to 25 mph. “I’m not a fan of driving 25 miles an hour, but as far as the length of the road, why shouldn’t it be treated the same as your other north/south roads?” she asked. Maniglia said she would like a determination whether the town has jurisdiction over Folsom Road, and Lenihan said she would have that information in time for the second reading of the ordinance. Maniglia also asked who would get the money from speeding tickets, and Town Manager Jamie Titcomb said the town gets a minimal return on them in accordance with

state statutes. “It is not a revenue source and is not intended to be,” Titcomb said. Councilwoman Marianne Miles questioned the enforceability of a 25-mph speed limit. “I don’t need to remind the council that we have one police officer on at a time,” Miles said. “Policing 25-mile-per-hour roads and making that somewhat of a priority or an issue when you can’t control the speeding… and if they’re doing it, they’re not doing it but 5 miles an hour over, so to change the signage from 30 to 25, this was also discussed before. We were going to pave the roads

that we’re paving and put speed humps on the roads. You’re going to start wrecking your car if you start going over these paved roads with speed humps 30 or 35 miles per hour.” Miles added that she had talked to people on Folsom Road who do not want the speed limit reduced. “I think it’s a waste of money, a waste of time,” she said. “Our police have better things to do than to drive down a road… After these speed humps go down the road, I don’t think they’re going to be going much faster than 25 or 30. If they can go over 30 miles an

hour over these speed humps, God bless them.” Miles also raised a concern that reducing the speed limit would put pressure on the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office to increase the cost of its contract with the town. Maniglia pointed out that there are no guardrails separating the town roads from the canals. “I feel dropping it to 25 is telling people to slow down, we have no guard rails,” she said. “I think it’s great for the town’s liability.” Maniglia made a motion to approve the first reading of the ordinance, which carried 4-1 with Miles dissenting.

will be included, along with tiles in certain areas. Brick tiles would be placed on the bridge itself to emulate palm fronds. The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval 5-0 on June 29. Village staff recommended approval with a

condition that the applicant obtain a permit from the South Florida Water Management District to ensure that the SFWMD plans are consistent with the village’s plans. Samios made a motion to approve the application, which carried 5-0.

RPB Zoners Recommend Sign OK For Discount Sporting Goods Store recommended approval. Commissioner David Leland made a motion to approve the request, which carried 5-0. • The commission also postponed consideration of an application by CarMax at 10501 Southern Blvd. to allow one additional directional sign where only two are allowed by code, and to increase the directional sign to four square feet, where only two square feet is allowed. Also requested was to increase the sign height to four feet where only two feet is allowed. The village received a letter from attorney Bonnie Miskel asking the commissioners to postpone consideration to the Aug. 24 meeting in order to work more with staff. Leland made a motion to postpone the item, which passed unanimously.


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continued from page 3 discussion of the gas station would be brought up later. “I am not OK with that access coming onto Hamlin, so I’d like to take that off the table,” she said. “My motion would be to transmit, removing the access onto Hamlin.” The motion by McKinlay passed 7-0.

NEWS BRIEFS Wellington Celebrates Parks And Recreation

The Wellington Village Council recently proclaimed July 2021 as Park and Recreation Month. Wellington’s parks and recreation programs are vitally important to establishing and maintaining the village’s quality of life. During the COVID-19 pandemic, parks and programs proved essential for the community. Parks provided open spaces and the opportunity to seek connection with nature, meditate, exercise and enjoy safe outdoor recreational opportunities. Virtual programs and activities provided a sense of normalcy, allowing community members to remain active, creative and connected in a time of uncertainty and social distancing. The village thanks all the people

who participate in village programs, as well as the visitors who enjoy the parks and preserves, the staff that plans the programs and maintains the parks, and the volunteers and sponsors who serve the community by supporting these efforts. Residents can join in celebrating how the Village of Wellington is stronger, more vibrant and more resilient because of parks and recreation. The community is invited to share their experiences, memories and stories about what parks and recreation mean to them. Share on social media by tagging @wellingtonflrec and using the hashtag #OurParkAndRecStory, or share by sending an e-mail to

ABWA To Meet On Aug. 11

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Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association will meet Wednesday, Aug. 11 at 6 p.m. The meeting typically takes place at the Embassy Suites Hotel at 4350 PGA Blvd. in Palm Beach Gardens with networking starting at 6 p.m. The cost is typically $25 through Sunday, Aug. 8 and $30 thereafter and at the door. If the meeting occurs at the hotel, utilize this link to pay: abwanorthernpalmbch or pay at the door. Due to the pandemic, the meeting may take place via Zoom. If so, upon registration, login details will be shared, and there will be no cost to participate. There will be no guest speaker at the August meeting. Enjoy and evening of networking and learn how you can get involved. To make reservations, or for more information, contact Professional Development Chair Loretta Remy at (561) 317-3227 or loretta.

Wellington To Host Iguana, Nile Monitor Seminar

Wellington’s Neighborhood Watch team, in partnership with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, invites residents to an Iguana & Nile Monitor Awareness Seminar on Wednesday, Aug. 11 at 5 p.m. This educational seminar is free to attend and will take place via the Zoom platform. To register for the seminar, visit https://wellingtonfl.zoom. us/webinar/register/WN_olW4NK1IQSWgtEScGo1VMA. Participants will learn about each species, what to do if they come in contact with them, and how to report Nile monitor lizard and iguana sightings. The Neighborhood Watch Program provides members with tools that support the safety of the com-

munity and opens communication with the Village of Wellington and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Neighborhood Watch also creates a sense of community, encourages involvement and observation, and advocates improved home security and personal safety. Block captains serve as leaders, encouraging neighborhood and business involvement.

Free Native Plants Aug. 7

Your August opportunity to get a voucher for two free native trees or shrubs is almost here. The Native Canopy Education Program is offering Palm Beach County residents another opportunity for an online voucher for two free native trees or shrubs in three-gallon containers. If you missed earlier online

voucher distributions, or hadn’t heard about them, here’s your chance to get a voucher. You’ll be able to choose any two plants from a list of 24 different native species, subject to availability. Vouchers can be redeemed at any of the participating nurseries. The link to the application form will be live on Saturday, Aug. 7 from noon until supplies are exhausted. Palm Beach County residents can go to www.pbcgov. org/nativecanopy or search for “PBC Extension Native Canopy.” You will then watch the short educational video and complete the application form. A voucher and supporting materials will be e-mailed to qualified applicants. To qualify for a voucher, you must be a Palm Beach County resident whose household has not received a voucher from the Native Canopy Education Program within the past 12 months.

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The Village of Wellington hosted a reception for the most recent installment of the Art in Public Places community initiative Thursday, July 22 at the Wellington Community Center. The reception highlighted the work of sculptor Colbert C. Collins, a former Wellington resident. Michael Collins, the artist’s son, spoke at the reception. Collins was a Wellington resident from 1977 to 2009. His sculptures reflect an inner vision that life is “a discovery of the inherent design and relationship between all things.” Four of his sculptures are on display at the Wellington Community Center, the Wellington Municipal Complex and at the entrance to Palm Beach Little Ranches, where Collins lived. Learn more about his work at PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Lois Spatz, Susan Oakes, Tammy Wolfson, Susan Mosely, Laura Jaffe, Michael Collins, Jan Riggio and Carol India.

Michael Collins with “Storytime,” designed by Michael Collins and created by Colbert Collins.

Susan Oakes, Susan Mosely, Michael Collins and Laura Jaffe.

Andrea Lincoln and Jan Riggio lived across the street from the Collins family in Palm Beach Little Ranches.

Ian Williams, Markus Lockhart, Michelle Garvey, Paulette Edwards and Gemeeka Morris.

Carol India with “Spotlight.”

Lois Spatz and Sarah Palmer with “Passages-Breaking the Glass Ceiling,” showcased at PBIA.

Samantha Hill, Hatsumi Hill and Jim Mantrozos with “Waltzing” by Colbert Collins. Michael Collins, Nancy Tilles and Leslie Pfeiffer with “Storyteller,” created by Colbert Collins in honor of his wife Shirley, director of children’s programs for the Palm Beach County Library System.

Laura Jaffe with “All Abloom.”

Susan Mosely with her paintings “Sunset” and “Wellington Reflection.”

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Nominations Open Through Aug. 16 For Fifth Annual Hats Off Awards

Nonprofits First recently announced the return of the in-person event, the fifth annual Hats Off Nonprofit Awards to be held for the first time in the Cohen Pavilion at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, Oct. 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Hats Off Nonprofit Awards celebrates and honors organizations of the Palm Beach County nonprofit sector and the professionals and volunteers behind the hundreds of charities who contribute to making the community strong. The event is chaired by Natalie Alvarez of Key Private Bank. The call for nominations is open now through Aug. 16 at 5 p.m. for each category and can be made online at “We are so excited to be honoring our amazing, talented and dedicated nonprofit organizations for their work during yet another challenging year,” said Jessica Cecere, CEO of Nonprofits First. “They deserve to be recognized now more than ever! Reuniting the nonprofit sector and celebrating the fortitude of our community leaders and volunteers is something we should all be excited about. Please nominate as many

worthy nonprofit organizations as possible in any one or more of our 11 categories.” Nominations are accepted in the following categories: Nonprofit of the Year (small, medium and large); Nonprofit Volunteer of the Year; Nonprofit MVP of the Year; Nonprofit Professional of the Year; Nonprofit Executive of the Year; Lifetime Achievement Award; Hats Off to Heroes Award; and Community Collaborators Award. New this year is the Nonprofit Innovation Award. This award recognizes creative and nontraditional approaches to solving community challenges. This award is intended to honor true innovation in the work of a nonprofit and is not intended to recognize overall organizational achievements. Nominated nonprofit innovations should bring creative solutions to community challenges and employ a variety of strategies in developing these solutions and services. In addition, awards for Best Hat and People’s Choice are awarded the night of the event. “This will be an unforgettable night to honor our nonprofit community, staff and volunteers at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in the Cohen Pavilion,” Cecere said.

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The Palm Beach Zoo Re-Opens Lorikeet Loft Feeding Experience

The Palm Beach Zoo recently reopened the Lorikeet Loft. The interactive bird feeding experience has been shuttered due to COVID-19 since March 2020, and the birds have been missing the guests. “Lorikeets are very social animals. They flock to the guests who visit, landing on heads, hands and happily partaking in cups of nectar,” said Napoleon Rossi, director of guest experiences. “This is a great experience and personally connects our guests with these unique birds and their important purpose in pollination.” Spring has produced many new additions to the lorikeet family. Four new offspring are making their debut in the habitat. Lorikeets are some of the most colorful members of the parrot family. They are native to the

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New Spiritual Leader At Wellington Synagogue

Temple B’nai Jacob of Wellington welcomes Rabbi Dan Krimsky as its new rabbi and education director beginning Aug. 1. The temple board is pleased to welcome Krimsky to the TBJ family as spiritual leader, conducting services and taking an active role in the growth of the congregation. He will also take on the important role of education director, reviewing the curriculum, managing the school, teaching students and getting to know the children. As education director, he will also facilitate adult education classes. A native of New York, Krimsky found his love of Judaism at an early age, convincing his parents to let him go off to Israel to study while still a teenager. He is yeshiva-educated, receiving his bachelor’s degree in Talmudic studies and his master’s degree and rabbinic ordination from the College of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Bellevue University. Krimsky served as associate/ youth rabbi at Temple Menorah of Miami Beach, where he also directed the religious school and

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Community Center In Phases

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Director Elizabeth Ricci said she believed it could. “Initially, our goal would be to get something that is functional, multiuse in the first phase, and then we’ll do the next phase,” Argue said. “Financially, the initial construction and also the running of that is minimal — but functioning

as a community center starts to cost money in our budget.” Recalling previous discussions about the cost of operating a fully functioning community center, she said it was estimated at $1.5 million annually. “That’s not what’s being proposed right now,” Argue said.



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continued from page 1 about the festival coming to Royal Palm Beach. “I couldn’t be more thrilled,” Rodusky said. “You all do a fantastic job.” The Shakespeare Festival at Carlin Park ended on July 18 with great success, Dashiell said. “There are so many who come,

“We could have indoor basketball where the Acreage Athletic League could play, but it’s not going to be a full-blown community center.” Supervisor Keith Jordano suggested that the facility could be rented out for weddings and parties. Hanson noted the Palm Beach

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continued from page 1 someone said to my granddaughter, ‘You don’t belong in this community,’” Nelson said. “I love it here and wouldn’t live anywhere else.” He believes that the village is changing, and its leadership should change as well. “The community has grown with diversity and has changed, and the council doesn’t represent the voices that are moving into the community,” Nelson said. “That is not a criticism of the current council. They have done a great job. The time is just right for my skills. I would put my volunteer work up against any challenger.” Nelson added that he takes things very seriously and has a passion to achieve things. “I will be developing a strategic view and assembling a team in the coming days,” he said. Siskind, who will be seeking re-election to Seat 2, was appointed in 2016 to fill the vacancy created when Anne Gerwig was elected mayor. She is proud of all that the council has accomplished over the past five years that she has served on the dais. “I am most proud of how the current council works together,” she said. “We brought us through the pandemic, we have a healthy budget and a sound capital improvements project budget.” She said that in her next term, she hopes to bring more of the same. “I want to continue with the council’s plans of smart growth, excellent schools, superior infrastructure and all of the things we have come to expect that make Wellington the community we all love to live in,” Siskind said. Siskind added that the work of the council has developed and maintained Wellington as a premier community, and she wants to continue that work.

County School Board is no longer allowing the AAL to use the Seminole Ridge High School gymnasium. “Maybe that will change in the near future, but they’re actually doing it now outdoors on our courts,” he said. Argue said that the important

point was to get some multipurpose use out of the initial phase and seek additional funding sources. She asked for a consensus of the board to direct staff to continue planning an initial phase of the project, and there were no objections.

SEAT 3 Meier said that in recent years, he has been paying closer attention to the news of the world, the country and he wanted to get involved. “The place to start to make a difference is on the local level,” he said, adding that he started following and attending Wellington council meetings. He noted that very few people attend council meetings and closely follow what is going on. “Not a lot of people are paying attention,” Meier said. What Meier saw when he started paying closer attention was far too much spending on what he believes are questionable projects. He specifically noted the millions of dollars spent on new sporting fields at Wellington High School that aren’t even owned by the village. Village officials have described it as an “innovative joint program” between the village and the school district building fields on school property to retain village-owned property for future use. However, Meier called the program a “misappropriation,” adding that the upkeep will be too high for the artificial turf on the fields, and that it was unfair to the other high schools that didn’t have such fields built for them. “They can’t use it, and the public can’t use it,” he said. A lack of fiscal common sense is Meier’s overall complaint about the current situation. He said that it seemed to him that current officials just wanted to, “See their names on projects before they are termed out.” Citing the new swimming pool discussions that are in the current budget, Meier said, “Most people have their own pool or have one they can use in the HOA. They don’t need to spend $1.5 million on a design.” Timing is another point Meier stressed. “Concrete and steel are high right now,” he said. “Don’t build now, wait on some of these projects until the prices come down.” Meier noted that he is a suc-

cessful businessman and would bring that necessary viewpoint to the council. McGovern told the Town-Crier that he is seeking re-election to keep voices with experience in charge of Wellington’s future. He noted that in two years, three of the council seats will be vacated due to term limits, with Mayor Anne Gerwig, Councilman Michael Drahos and Councilman Michael Napoleone all replaced by new faces that don’t yet have years of experience on the dais. “Imagine a council of five people and the longest anyone has been on it is two years,” McGovern said. “It is important, if I can, that I stay for stability and progress.” McGovern said he is proud of the council’s many accomplishments over the last six years. “We restored collegiality to the council, and [we make decisions] with few to no controversies. I am proud of our record on public safety, the pandemic, hurricanes and the low crime rate. We keep our eye on the ball regarding infrastructure investments and the water utility, so problems won’t happen here,” he said. McGovern added that he is proud of his role in negotiating the new village manager’s contract, as well as keeping the tax rate consistent. “That’s the record,” he said. McGovern noted that there will be tough decisions to be made in the near future. “There are major issues on the horizon… a tough decision on the Mall at Wellington Green, which is in receivership, and the entrance on the scene of the Global Equestrian Group, which will have a significant role in the equestrian center. This council has been very careful in expanding and maintaining the equestrian zoning district,” he said. McGovern noted that early interest in the election may mean several candidates joining the race. “In previous years, there were always several candidates,” he said. “A spirited discussion is good. I look forward to it.”

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Dog Day Afternoon For Royal Palm Beach Summer Campers

By M. Dennis Taylor Town-Crier Staff Report The Royal Palm Beach Parks & Recreation Program’s Summer Camp has been keeping 72 young residents busy, entertained and safe with a variety of activities and events this summer. Village campers between the ages of 5 and 13 participate in a variety of sports, games, arts & crafts, and attend interactive programs that include dance, a magic show, science, pottery and game shows. On Friday, July 16, however, the entire summer camp population went to the dogs. Well, perhaps it was more the dogs went to them, when a contingent of Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office canines visited with the campers.

The PBSO’s therapy dog program brought an interactive show to the campers in Royal Palm Beach. “They have community-oriented programs and presented a program of about an hour-and-a-half where they showed the campers how they trained dogs to overcome anxiety and to help people in need,” Camp Director Shawn Och said. “The dogs provide comfort and support to victims of trauma. They ended the program by letting the kids interact with and pet the dogs.” Four therapy dogs attended the visit. There were three goldendoodles: Reggie (a one-year-old), Griffin (a two-year-old) and Willow (just eight months and still in training). One was a Catahoula

leopard dog named Daya who is a year-and-a-half-old. They were all under the direction of PBSO therapy dog handlers Bill Feaman and Tania Heatherly. “These same animals had been on standby to help with the Surfside condominium tragedy,” Och said. “The kids were very enthusiastic and excited to learn about the dogs. It was a genuine experience. You could see the excitement in their eyes.” The dog team of Reggie, Griffin and Daya have successfully completed their 400-plus hours of training at the Paws & Stripes College in Brevard. The trio were all sworn in as official PBSO therapy dogs just two days previous to the presentation in a ceremony overseen by Sheriff Ric Bradshaw.

Officer Tania Heatherly introduces Royal Palm Beach campers to therapy dog Reggie.

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Wellington Will Offer Child Care Services During Council Meetings

The Village of Wellington this week announced the launch of a service that will provide supervised childcare for parents who want to attend Wellington Village Council meetings. Wellington Parks & Recreation Department staff will supervise children ages 5 to 12 in their own kids’ corner near the council chambers on council meeting nights

beginning at 6:30 p.m., through the end of the meeting. Board games, laptops and a television will be available for entertainment. “Our goal is to make local government accessible to all our residents, so they can stay informed and engaged with what’s happening in their community,” Village Manager Jim Barnes said. “This

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Wellington Chamber Group WOWs The 2,500 Backpack Challenge

On Tuesday, July 20, the Women of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, known as WOW, came together for a victory celebration after the group’s annual back-to-school endeavor turned into joining forces with the Wellington Community Foundation to deliver 2,500 new backpacks to Wellington students in need for the upcoming school year. Mole Cantina Mexicana welcomed more than 65 people in attendance, many bringing additional school supplies to ensure that each of the filled backpacks were stuffed. Supplies were collected over the weeks leading up to the event, while several at-

tendees brought supplies to contribute that evening. Dr. Benita De Mirza of It’s A Smile World Pediatric Dentistry surprised the group with 10 custom-made school supply baskets. The Women of the Wellington Chamber committed to donating at least 100 supply bundles to support the joint venture providing 2,500 backpacks to local children. WOW’s event all came together thanks to many sponsors, including Nicola Cervera of Mole Cantina Mexicana as host venue; Kati and Chris Erickson and Stefani Kochanski of Board & Brush Wellington

as game sponsor; Donna and Steve Willey of Village Music & Café as music sponsor; Teri and James Sukanec of Big Ink Graphics as sign sponsor; and, of course, all of the Wellington Chamber members who donated supplies. Women of the Wellington Chamber (WOW) is a collective group of like-minded businesswomen driven to make a difference in the community while supporting one another’s businesses through philanthropy and networking events, thereby creating a network of sustainable contacts and resources. WOW’s leadership committee includes

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‘Tennis 101’ And More Being Taught At Wellington Camp Program

By Mike May Town-Crier Staff Report Don’t be surprised if the next tennis sensation emerges from the Wellington area. This summer, roughly 100 children each week have been spending their mornings running around the tennis courts at the Wellington Tennis Center while being taught the basics and fundamentals of this lifelong sport — and many of them are playing the game very well. According to Chuck Gill, the director of the Wellington Tennis Center, many of the courts in the morning hours have been filled with children, ages 6 to 16, who are taking part in the Tennis Summer Camp. They have been learning everything about playing tennis, such as how to grip the racquet and then how to hit forehands, backhands, serves, volleys and overheads. The young players are also being taught the importance of solid footwork. The footwork drills are helping the children with their conditioning and flexibility. According to Gill, Wellington’s Tennis Summer Camp has a “bigpicture” approach. “Tennis is a great sport that you can play forever,” Gill said. “You

can play singles or doubles. And you can play with friends and family members of any age. Also, when you learn to play a sport properly at a young age, you don’t develop bad habits. Our instructors focus on the process of how to play tennis, and we emphasize the process of good technique, and the winning will come later.” Often, mistakes by players can be traced to bad fundamentals, which begin with their feet. “Many players miss shots because of poor footwork patterns,” Gill said. “As with many sports, learning to use small steps and having good balance is critical, rather than take big strides.” To make the experience positive for all young players, they are placed in groups with players of similar abilities, and they learn technique together. Everybody learns the game of tennis at their own pace. Gill and his staff of instructors incorporate fun into the environment so that the children are being entertained while they are learning. One of the more entertaining days is every Friday, when they form teams and play team tennis. There are drills and games that are played within team tennis such as

Boys and girls of all ability levels participate in the tennis camp.

“Mini Doubles” and “Queen (or King) of the Court.” According to staff instructor Liz Stockton, team-building skills are a big part of what is taught at the camp. “We have fun drills that emphasize team building while working on an individual skill at the same time,” Stockton said. The children who participate in the program are thrilled to be there, and they are learning more every day about how to play tennis. “I am having fun, and they taught me how to do a two-handed backhand,” eight-year-old Logan Bartley of Wellington said “My backhand is better, but I’m still learning the basics,” added eight-year-old Susanna Cadena, also of Wellington. For younger, inexperienced players, they are taught how to hit forehands and backhands before they step foot on the tennis court. They are called shadow forehands and shadow backhands. “I am so proud of our kids who have had great attitudes and smiles despite the weather, and our awesome staff of USPTA professionals and junior assistants who keep the players busy and productive,” Gill said. “Each day, we reinforce proper grips, unit turns, good swing patterns and proper balance.” In addition to the courts at the Wellington Tennis Center on Lyons Road, there are other tennis courts being utilized for this program. At the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club in Wellington, temporary courts have been set up at the basketball courts for instruction, and the tennis courts on the campus of Wellington High School have been used for a special “high performance” program for current and aspiring tournament players. All programs are run by United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) professionals from the Wellington Tennis Center. “Our goal is to truly have each junior in Wellington have a program that is right for their skill

The Wellington Tennis Center’s camp program focuses on teamwork drills for junior players.


Campers at the Wellington Tennis Camp get to help collect tennis balls, many times a day. level and give every single kid in programs in Wellington. with their friends, just like they can Wellington an opportunity to learn “We don’t really stop teaching play pickup basketball.” tennis,” Gill said. tennis,” Gill said. “During the To learn more about this year’s Some youngsters come for one school year, we have after-school Tennis Summer Camp and other week and some stay for more than a programs for children. Our goal junior programs at the Wellington week. The program started in June is to develop children into being Tennis Center, visit www.weland concludes on Friday, Aug. 6. tennis players, and not just kids or call the But that first Friday in August does who attend tennis clinics. They Wellington Tennis Center at (561) not mark the end of youth tennis need to learn how to play tennis 791-4775.

Seminole Ridge Football Squad Readies For Upcoming Season

By Mike May Town-Crier Staff Report The Seminole Ridge High School football team recently got a head start on its preparations for the upcoming football season. On July 20-21, the Hawks, under the direction of head coach Rick Casko, participated in a two-day clinic with Treasure Coast High School at Acreage Community Park. Because this was a two-day

camp, organized by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Palm Beach County (, both teams were allowed to wear helmets and shoulder pads throughout the two days. Besides giving the chance for each team to review many of their offensive plays and defensive schemes, there was a break in the action where players heard a short Biblical story that related to their lives as teenage student-athletes

from local FCA Metro Director Greg Anderson. “Our mission is to lead coaches and players into a relationship with Jesus Christ,” Anderson explained. During Anderson’s story, players rested in the shade, drank water and listened. Afterward, they were each given a Chick-Fil-A sandwich for lunch. For Casko, he enjoyed the practice against another talented and skilled South Florida team, which

Seminole Ridge High School in red helmets on offense versus Treasure Coast High School playing defense during the recent FCA clinic.

his squad won’t play in the regular season or the post season. “Treasure Coast is a strong team and is always a playoff-caliber team, but it’s in a different classification than we are,” Casko said. “They have a great coaching staff, and we learn a great deal from one another.” It was a positive experience for the players, who were wearing their helmets and shoulder pads for the first time in months.

“We were able to work on a number of technique issues on both offense and defense,” said senior Luke Davis of Seminole Ridge, who plays center on offense and linebacker on defense. According to Davis, he learned a great deal by watching the Treasure Coast players after each snap. “They were not that big, but they all had great technique that I noticed and learned from today,” Davis said.

One thing that Davis was pleased to see was his squad’s overall fitness. “I think our team’s overall conditioning is pretty good,” he said. This fall, Seminole Ridge will open its season at Palm Beach Lakes High School in a pre-season kickoff classic on Friday, Aug. 20. The Hawks begin their regular season at home against Santaluces High School on Friday, Aug. 27. Both games start at 6:30 p.m.

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KC Jones Leaving His Mark On The Western Communities Football League

Kenneth “KC” Jones is “in it for the kids” at the Western Communities Football League. Jones is currently serving his third year as president of the WCFL Board of Directors. He has spent eight years on the board, as well as a coach for several seasons. Jones believes strongly that the WCFL makes a difference in kids’ lives. “We realize we impact the lives of these kids,” he said. “Football teaches discipline, teamwork, respect and gives kids an alternative to other negative influences out there. For some kids, this is the only discipline and structure they have in their lives.” Jones knows what he is talking about, after serving 27 years with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, retiring as a lieutenant. During his years with the PBSO, he worked in SWAT, in narcotics, as a field training officer and as a detective. “I saw the crime and trouble kids can be tempted by. The WCFL gives kids an alternative and skill-building opportunities to help them be productive citizens in our community,” he said. For Jones, one the most exciting parts of the WCFL is seeing the kids grow through their youth years, and then play football in high school.

Fellow WCFL board members praise Jones for his commitment and leadership. “KC has a level head and calmness about him that has helped the board navigate through some challenging situations,” Board Member Ray Mooney said. “KC’s professional PBSO experiences have finely tuned his conflict management skill, which greatly benefits the WCFL. He always stresses that it’s all about the kids, and he helps us make decisions keeping the kids in the league as the priority.” WCFL Vice President Marc Basis agrees. “They say you need pressure to make diamonds, and no one handles pressure like KC,” Basis said. “He has steered our program to high levels and continues to help our football program grow.” While most WCFL board members have kids in the program and serve to help the league and spend more time with their children, Jones hasn’t had a kid in the league for two years, yet he continues to serve on the board. Jones has been a Wellington resident since 1996. He believes the WCFL is one of the finest football programs in South Florida. “Our facilities, training, coach-

Wellington Parks & Recreation recently announced the expansion of its catalog of fall sports offerings with the addition of three new programs, including Adult Soccer, Adult Kickball and Girls Flag Football. Registration is now open. Adult Soccer — For ages 18 and up, this program is offered in conjunction with Beaches Adult Soccer League (BASL). It will be hosted at Greenview Shores Park (2101 Greenview Shores Blvd.). Multiple league opportunities include men’s, co-ed, 7v7 or 11v11. Register at Adult Kickball — For ages 18 and up, this program is offered in conjunction with CLUBWAKA at the Village Park Athletics Complex (11700 Pierson Road). League play begins Aug. 23. Games are held Monday nights at 7:30 p.m. and will include an

end-of-season tournament for qualifying teams. Register at Girls Flag Football — For ages 6 to 18, this program will be held at Greenview Shores Park (2101 Greenview Shores Blvd.). The season runs September through November. Player evaluations will be held Aug. 21 with drafts held the week of Aug. 23. Practices begin the week of Aug. 30, and games start Sept. 18. Registration is $100 for residents and non-residents, uniform included. For more information, contact the Wellington Parks & Recreation Department at (561) 791-4005. For information on additional fall sports and leagues, visit www. New recreation participants must create a CivicRec account in-person the first time they register for a program or reserve a facility.

Genbu-Kai Students Shine In Orlando

Jared Lee and Faith Moreno, both students and assistant instructors from Genbu-Kai Karate, recently traveled to Orlando to compete in the annual ISKA (International Sport Karate Association) U.S. Open tournament. Lee placed first in kata (forms), kumite (sparring) and kobudo (weapon forms), while Moreno placed first in kata and second in kumite. It was Moreno’s first tournament.

KC Jones retired after 27 years with the PBSO.

KC Jones awards trophies after the recent flag football super bowl games.

ing and strong belief in what we do separates us from other programs,” he said. “We are fortunate to have the facilities that the Village of Wellington provides for us. Many other programs’ main priority is about winning while our priority is the growth of kids and making certain every kid gets a chance to play. The WCFL is a certified USA Football Heads Up league. USA Football is the national governing body for amateur American

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Moreno currently trains in the karate program at Genbu-Kai, while Lee trains in all three disciplines offered at the school: karate, Okinawan kobudo (weapons) and batto-do (the Japanese art of drawing and cutting with the katana). Genbu-Kai Karate is located in the Wellington Marketplace. For more information on classes, call (561) 804-1002 or visit www.

Jared Lee, Sensei Keith Moore and Faith Moreno.


PBSC Joins Group That Aims To Address Inequities In College Online Learning

Palm Beach State College is among nine colleges and universities, and the only one in Florida, partnering in a new national research initiative that aims to address inequities in online learning in higher education. SRI Education and the Community College Research Center at Columbia University’s Teachers College are launching a research center with a $10 million award from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences. They are partnering with these broad-access colleges and universities, as well as Achieving the Dream (ATD), a nonprofit national leader in championing evidence-based institutional improvement with a network of

more than 300 colleges, to conduct research on how educational technology and instructional strategies can bolster students’ skills for managing their own learning. Five of the nine institutions participating in the research, including PBSC, are members of the ATD network. The new center will use findings from the research program to create professional development for higher education administrators, faculty and instructors. Ultimately, the goal is to improve teaching and learning so that all students have equal opportunities to excel in online environments. “This is an incredible opportunity for PBSC to be at the forefront of research to help our

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Take Stock In Children PBC Awards Nearly $1 Million In Scholarships

In its 26th year of working to break the cycle of poverty with a focus on education, Take Stock in Children Palm Beach County doled out nearly $1 million in scholarships to 111 graduating seniors from Palm Beach County schools. In June, friends, family, volunteers, staff and dignitaries gathered at the South Florida Fairgrounds to celebrate the achievement, dedication to success and another change in the trajectory for students growing up in impoverished neighborhoods. One-by-one, with smiles and pride, students walked across the graduation stage. Each was announced and awarded an earned two-year Florida prepaid scholarship. A highlight of the ceremony was the nonprofit’s top awards to five unique seniors for exceptional achievement, who were recognized with a short video presentation and introduction by their mentors. This year, Take Stock in Children Palm Beach County is once again celebrating a 100 percent success rate for the students it serves. Mentoring and college readiness programs are at work to further the nonprofit’s vision to help children break out of the cycle of poverty that surrounds them with higher education. “When our students cross the stage to receive their diplomas, scholarships and special awards, it is our proudest, most rewarding, celebrated moment,” said Nancy Stellway, executive director of

Take Stock in Children Palm Beach County and a Wellington resident. Featured on the celebratory program were: Evan Bolinski, board chair of Take Stock in Children Palm Beach County; Robert A. Krause, CEO of the Johnson Scholarship Foundation; Superintendent Dr. Donald E. Fennoy II; Nancy Stellway, executive director of Take Stock in Children; Gbolade George, a college readiness specialist with the Johnson Scholars Program; School Board Member Marcia Andrews, a Take Stock in Children board member; and Deputy Superintendent Keith Oswald, a Take Stock in Children board member. Will Hutcherson served as the event’s keynote speaker, motivating students with encouragement to affect positivity and “flip the script” when life gets challenging. In a surprise tribute, Wanda Kirby of the Johnson Scholarship Program was honored for 35 years of service in the Palm Beach County School District. Students who earned top honors were Dustin La Platte of Jupiter High School, Highest GPA Award; Ariel Betancourt of Glades Central High School, Most Improved Award; Woodarlie Toto of Glades Central High School, Persistence Award; Brianna Paniagua of Pahokee Middle-Senior High School, Outstanding Senior Award; and Osinachi Nwos of, Lake Worth High School, Best Portfolio Award. “We especially cheer this year’s

Take Stock in Children Palm Beach County Executive Director Nancy Stellway, a Wellington resident, speaks at the ceremony. graduates with the many unplanned and added challenges these amazing kids have experienced this year,” Stellway said. “Throughout the course of four years, our dedicated volunteer mentors spend valued time getting to know these students personally, and are there for them at every stage and turn, providing academic and emotional support to foster each student’s educational success.” Take Stock in Children impacts the community by bringing limitless opportunity to its young adults with the gift of education. You can strengthen your community by investing your time as a mentor to support students as a friend and role model, or make a donation to help fund resources critical to student success. Visit to learn more.

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Charity Golf Event In RPB Raises $5,000 For Alzheimer’s Research And Support Recently, local golf enthusiasts gathered at the Madison Green Country Club in Royal Palm Beach to tee off for a worthy cause: fighting Alzheimer’s disease. Hosted by Golf Fore A Cure, the charity golf outing raised $5,000 in support of the care, support and research programs of the Alzheimer’s Association. “Golf Fore A Cure is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising funds for Alzheimer’s research,” said David Schue, event organizer and founder of Golf Fore A Cure. “We plan golf outings as a context for having fun and also to raise money for this worthy cause.” Funds raised through the June 20 event — which coincided with the longest day of the year, the summer solstice — benefited the Longest Day, an annual Alzheimer’s Association fundraising initiative that encourages participants to combat the darkness of Alzheimer’s disease through the activity of their choice. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, including 580,000 Floridians. Florida is also home to more than 527,000 family caregivers

Golf Fore A Cure presents the Alzheimer’s Association with a $5,000 donation. who provide daily care to loved hope to finally put an end to not ones with dementia. only Alzheimer’s but all forms of “In Palm Beach County alone, dementia.” there are estimated to be more For more information about the than 51,000 individuals with Alz- Longest Day, visit heimer’s disease,” noted Haley thelongestday. Register with the Alzheimer’s The Alzheimer’s Association Association’s Southeast Florida is the world’s leading voluntary Chapter. “For so many of their health organization in Alzheimer neighbors and friends to come care, support and research. For out and show their support is truly more information, visit www.alz. touching, and with their help, we org or call (800) 272-3900.

Girl Scouts Award Scholarship To Shelby Hatcher Of Royal Palm Beach

The Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida recently awarded scholarships to South Florida Girl Scouts so they may further their academic careers beyond high school. Partnering with like-minded companies, foundations and individuals who share their belief in the unlimited power of girls to make this world a better place, GSSEF works with local leaders so college-bound girls can receive the recognition and financial boost that they so often need to turn their dreams of higher education into a reality. Royal Palm Beach resident Shelby Hatcher, an Ambassador-level Girl Scout from Troop 20834, received the Paul C. Emmett MVP Champion of the Community scholarship, which is presented to a Gold Award Girl Scout who has exhibited a true commitment to her community through service and demonstrated a forward focused outlook on life. Shelby has been a Girl Scout for 10 years and earned her Girl Scout Gold Award in 2020. She graduated this May and will be attending the University of Florida this fall. The Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida serves more than 5,000

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South Florida singer-songwriter Zeo, with sounds comparable to Amy Winehouse and Lauryn Hill, and singer-songwriter Nicky Greed recently teamed up to release their catchy new single titled “I Need You.” The music video was released on YouTube, while the song is now available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio and most major platforms. Lyrics for the song were written by Greed and Zeo, while the music was produced by Elliot Cesta, aka DJ Shaw-T. The song was mastered at a Nashville studio owned

and operated by Alex Lipshaw of Snowtree Productions. The music video for “I Need You” was directed by Rodney Cooper, who skillfully directed the video of the intense double-edge sword of challenging relationships and life transitions. Much of the clothing seen in the music video comes from Zeo’s upcoming clothing line, ZFit, with a few sneak peaks from Greed’s upcoming clothing line called Legend Wolf Pack. “I Need You” is Zeo and Greed’s third collaboration to be released, and the artists describe it as a catchy and uplifting song that

deals with navigating dark situations unexpectedly happening in life. Other collaborations between Zeo and Greed include “Legend” and “Yummy,” the latter being a remix of Justin Bieber’s hit song. Zeo, who grew up in Philadelphia, is a self-taught music production engineer and can currently be seen performing regularly throughout South Florida as a member of the band Weird at First. Greed and Zeo are co-founders of Huff n Puff Records & Publishing. Separately, Greed recently released four studio singles, with his latest titled “The Truth By Fire” featuring Jon Lipshaw.

Wellington Boys & Girls Club Among Winners At The Annual Super Summer Spelling Bee

The Palm Beach County Youth Services Department hosted its seventh annual Super Summer Spelling Bee on July 21. The competition was held virtually with 129 campers from 34 Summer Camp Scholarship Program sites participating.

The spelling bee is for students enrolled in the Summer Camp Scholarship Program’s participating camps and provides academic activities to encourage the spirit of learning while preventing the summer slide. Using Kahoot, a virtual learning-based platform, campers’

spelling skills were tested in a fun and interactive way, allowing spellers to compete with campers throughout the county. “In an effort to combat summer and COVID slides, we have encouraged our camps to integrate education into their curriculum

At Noah’s Ark Summer Camp, elementary-aged children enjoy fun field trips and activities such as bowling, skating, the South Florida Science Museum, movies, picnics and more. Similar on-campus activities are held for preschool ages. Tuition includes a creative curriculum and Frog Street, and the use of computers, cost of field trips and all meals. The main priority is quality and the safety of children. Noah’s Ark is an Accredited Gold Seal Center. Register now and show this ad to enjoy 50 percent off registration for new customers only. Enrollment is limited. Noah’s Ark emphasizes manners and values, which are essential for good citizenship. The camp caters to children aged from six weeks through elementary school. Summer camp runs from June 1 through Aug. 6, 2021. Noah’s Ark is located at 14563 Okeechobee Blvd. in Loxahatchee Groves. For more information, call (561) 753-6624 or visit

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Equestrian Jeweler Karina Brez Opens New Store In Palm Beach

Elevating the aesthetic of equestrian jewelry, Karina Brez is internationally renowned within the riding world for her timeless designs, constructing fine gold accessories to inspire, for both on and off the circuit. Now introducing her pieces to the wider public, Brez is soft launching a retail location in Palm Beach, with a grand opening event planned for November 2021. “The beautiful horses I’m surrounded by every day at the showgrounds inspire my designs,” Brez said. “With powerful jumps and eloquent landings, they give so much unconditional love to their rider, and the bond between the two is what I try to infuse into my jewelry, which is made with love.” A Wellington regular for nearly 10 years, Brez had a shop inside the International Club VIP entrance and has been a corporate sponsor of the Winter Equestrian Festival, the Old Salem Farm Spring Show and the World Equestrian Games. Her first downtown retail location is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. The Karina Brez store displays the designer’s signature collections throughout a luxurious green and gold atelier. With showcase towers reminiscent of topiaries, shopping is a delight within an experiential garden of jewels. A stunning 10foot geometric crystal chandelier by Currey & Company reflects the sparkling diamond jewelry. Not unlike the perfection and dedication to quality expected at horse shows, the store has been curated with every detail in mind. “It has always been my dream to open a Palm Beach store,” Brez

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Equestrian jeweler Karina Brez at her desk. said. “My first and earliest memories are of my parents taking me to walk the streets here, and I admired the windows in amazement, aspiring to one day create something special and worthy enough of being sold here. Decades later, I promised myself that if after 10 years business was successful, I would fulfill that dream.” In addition, Brez’s Huggable Hooves collection has nine new bracelet styles, as well as three new ring styles, for horse enthusiasts of all ages to enjoy. The brand’s newly launched accessories are currently available both in-store and online, in yellow, white and rose gold. Huggable Hooves offers a variety of bracelets, which can be worn solo or collected and stacked. Shaped as wrap-around horse hooves, the bracelets are available in three sizes, and are set with diamond pave. Brez describes her aesthetic as “the new


look of equestrian jewelry,” and the designs’ characteristic shape resonates with equestrians and jewelry connoisseurs alike. A first generation Ukranian-American, Brez earned the title of Miss Florida USA in 2012 and was inspired to design a jewelry collection after fellow contestants were impressed by the design she created for her own pageant dress. In 2020, Brez was voted one of the top three equestrian jewelers by Equestrian Living magazine. Karina Brez jewelry is available online at, and at her new store at 240 Worth Ave., Unit 116, in Palm Beach. Showings are by appointment only Saturday through Monday, and the store is open Tuesday through Friday, until the November 2021 official grand opening. For sales inquiries, contact Brez at (561) 400-4085 or e-mail info@

Palm Beach Outlets To Host Back-To-School Supplies Drive

Palm Beach Outlets will host a Back-to-School Supplies Drive from Thursday, Aug. 5 through Saturday, Aug. 7 for the Connections Education Center and the Connections High School & Vocational Program. Needed items include backpacks, lunch boxes, crayons, markers, pencils, glue sticks, art supplies, copy paper reams and wipes, among other school supplies. Donations can be dropped off between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day in the food pavilion at

the Palm Beach Outlets. For more info., visit www.palmbeachoutlets. com. Connections is a nonprofit education facility that provides quality programs for students ages 3 to 22 who are on the autism spectrum or have related disabilities. For more info., visit www.connectedpb. com. “Palm Beach Outlets is pleased to host this important school supplies donation drive for Connections, a wonderful local organization dedicated to the needs of

students with autism and related disabilities,” said Trina Holmsted, marketing director at Palm Beach Outlets. “These supplies will help students start the school year off with the tools they need for success.” Located immediately off Interstate 95 on Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Outlets is the only outlet shopping center within a 55-mile radius and is one of the region’s most visited shopping destinations.

Minto Communities, the master developer of Westlake, has sold a 20-acre parcel to Publix for a new retail center and grocery store. The transaction closed July 16. The Lakeland-based grocer recently received City of Westlake approval to develop a 140,000-square-foot open-air plaza. Phase 1 of the development will include eight retail bays anchored by a 50,000-square-foot Publix grocery and liquor store. Publix was also approved to develop an additional 70,000 square feet of retail space on the property, which is expected to be built later in Phase 2. Publix at Westlake Plaza will be located on the west side of Seminole Pratt Whitney Road between Town Center Parkway and Persimmon Blvd. “We are pleased to bring the first grocery store and retail center to Westlake to serve

our fast-growing population,” Minto Vice President John Carter said. “You know you’ve arrived when Publix comes to town, and we couldn’t be happier. Soon, our residents will be able to enjoy the convenience of shopping for their essentials right around the corner from their homes.” This transaction marks the start of a “retail rush” in the 3,800-acre Westlake, which is approved for 4,500 homes and more than 2 million square feet of non-residential development. Adjacent to the new Publix is a 50-acre business park Minto created called Westlake Landings. Konover South is under contract to acquire seven acres to develop a pod of quick-service restaurants and two multi-tenant, open-air shopping centers — one of 7,000 square feet and the other 9,450 square feet. Collectively, the site

will be known as the Shoppes of Westlake Landings. It will be adjacent to a 7-Eleven convenience store and gas station currently under construction. Minto is also under contract with a local developer to buy 5.75 acres within Westlake Landings to build a 107,290-square-foot self-storage facility and is talking with others to develop a flex office/ warehouse space on 18 acres. An investment group is eyeing the final piece of land in Westlake Landings for an entertainment/ sports concept. “We created this mixed-use business park to proactively plan for our commercial development activities in Westlake,” Carter said. “Westlake Landings allows us to be more intentional in our approach and curate the right types of businesses to service our residents.”

Executive Women Install New Board

The Executive Women of the Palm Beaches has named its new board for 2021-22. Amy Brand, CEO of Philanthropy Tank, will serve as president. “I am honored to serve as president alongside a dynamic group of professionals committed to assisting women in leading in the workplace and in their communities,” Brand said. Brand will be joined by Cecilia Hudnet, director of sales at the Chesterfield Palm Beach, as vice president of resource development/membership; Kae Jonsons, development director with the Delray Library, as vice president of resource development/ fundraising; Kathy McGuire as vice president of programs and education; Angie Francalancia of the Connection Public Relations will serve as secretary; and Trudy Crowetz will serve as treasurer and immediate past president. Cindy Pollack of Edward Jones is treasurer-elect, while Nellie

(L-R) Amy Brand, Trudy Crowetz, Cindy Pollack, Denise Mariani, Angie Francalancia, Kathy McGuire, Kae Jonsons and Cecelia Hudnet. King is legal counsel. In addi- the annual meeting and board intion, 2021-22 board members stallation held at the Beach Club in include Jessica Clasby, Sailynn Lake Worth. During the meeting, Doyle, Lisa Huertas and Barbara Kae Jonsons was named 2021 Scarlata. Lena D’Amico, Jackie Member of the Year and Jo-Ann Halderman, Marlene Ryan, Mar- Clynch was named New Member cella Scherer and Trixy Walker of the Year. will serve terms during 2021-23. To learn more, or inquire about The officers and directors were membership, visit named on Wednesday, June 23 at or call (561) 868-7070.

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My Modest Proposal To Set Ablaze To The Entire Government

I just want you to know that I have solved another one of the nation’s problems. I solve these problems regularly and would be a tremendous asset to the country if anyone ever asked me my opinion. They don’t. In fact, at parties, most people excuse themselves or simply wander off when I start in on my opinions. I need a talk show, or at least a news program — something that used to be known for fair and unbiased reporting but which is now light on reporting, heavy on opinion. Yet I digress. Today’s topic is, “How to Stop Making Americans Angry by Giving Working People’s Taxes to Non-Working People” with the sub-topic of “Health-

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The Sonic BOOMER care.” Now, ordinarily, the nation’s decision-makers shy away from these topics because they are both highly volatile subjects. People have strong opinions on both sides. And, if a politician chooses the wrong side, he or she could lose the next election, and that would mean losing two

of the most important things in a politician’s life — their control over working people’s taxes and their healthcare. Fortunately for you, I have neither of these things and am, therefore, a free agent. So here’s what I think the country should do. First, it should follow Florida’s lead as a “right to work” state which, loosely translated, means, “As your employer, I can fire you at any time so don’t you even think about forming a union or even putting a notice up on the bulletin board about it, or you’re out of here.” And I would go one step further, adding a “right to not work” which, loosely translated, means, “Treat me better or I swear I’ll walk out of here right now.”

That accomplished, we would now have a nation of independent contractors and entrepreneurs. Which, when you think about it, is what we had way back in 1776. With my plan, there would be no social programs. None. No Social Security, no Medicare, no Medicaid, no unemployment compensation, no food stamps. Nothing. What there would be (hear me out on this) is free healthcare for all. Comprehensive healthcare covering everything from a splinter in your finger to raging mental illness that makes it virtually impossible for you to hold any kind of job at all. Now you ask, “But how would we fund this, Debbie?” And I answer, “With the money we’ve

saved by not funding Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment compensation and food stamps, of course. I bet we’d have money left over. And we’d devote a significant amount of this leftover money to...” “...Guns, ammo, bombs, war! Yay!” “No, no. Now don’t interrupt. We’d devote a significant amount of this money to the study of the brain, so the cost of funding free healthcare would diminish.” So, that’s my opinion. And I’ll be the first to admit my plan may have a few tiny flaws, but I’m working on them. I’m always thinking. In fact, when I next see you at a party, I’d be happy to discuss them at length. Or at least until you wander off.

New ‘Space Jam’ Movie Is Poor Shadow Of The Original Classic

The new movie Space Jam: A New Legacy is a disappointment. Of course, being a sequel to a ridiculously popular film of a quarter of a century ago is a hint. Had the sequel idea been viable, a second film would have immediately followed the first. But the first movie, featuring Michael Jordan and the Looney Toons characters was, well, loony. It was fun. The new film loses much of that fun. The story is far too close to that of the first in its heart, even if there are surface changes. For example, not much takes place in space. Also, the first had a single focus: Michael Jordan was there to save the Looney Tunes characters. And the characters were all fun. In this film, LeBron James plays himself, although the family provided is made up of actors, the most important being son Dom (Cedric Joe). LeBron pushes his kids to be great basketball players while Dom really only wants to create a

‘I’ On CULTURE By Leonard Wechsler basketball video game. Warner Brothers (which produced the film and goes out of its way to mention all of the great properties it controls) invites LeBron and Dom to the studio to discuss making LeBron the digitized star in all of its old features: Casablanca, Game of Thrones, etc., as a form of advertising its own properties. Anyway, the real villain is Al-G Rhythm (Don Cheadle), the algorithm in their big computer, who wants to rule the movie world. He manages to hijack LeBron and Dom and sets up a competition of “Dom-

Ball,” where LeBron has to face his son’s team, made of up of digitalized “beasts” based on current ball players. LeBron winds up with Looney Tunes characters. The game seems to drag on, although a few cute elements do arise, including Porky Pig as a rapper. The real problem is that almost nothing is funny. Except for that bit with Porky, few of the cartoon characters do much noteworthy. Lola Bunny, who has been desexualized from the first movie, has a cute bit involving Wonder Woman (another Warner film!) and is energetic. But Bugs and Daffy just sort of do their thing without much humor. Thanks to the heavy duty use of computer graphics, just about everyone in the game can do incredible physical things, so LeBron’s basketball prowess barely sticks out at all. LeBron is charming, but as an actor, he is no Michael Jordan. Jordan, the ballplayer, was smart enough to avoid

the film, but Michael B. Jordan, the actor, had a cameo that was, being charitable, mildly amusing. To make matters worse, LeBron is basically shown at the start as an uncaring, bullying father. Yes, by the end, he has changed, but it’s not much fun to watch your idol showing his feet of clay so early. The music is forgettable. In the first film, Fly Like An Eagle worked well, and I Believe I Can Fly was an incredible theme song. Since then, we learned that R. Kelly was a sleaze, but that song helped the movie fly. Nothing like that happens here. In essence, the film becomes a rip-off of the first. It is not really good. The fact that it borrows so much from the first takes away from the creative spark. Some critics have noted that element as a feature; Hollywood is just swallowing up creative people and turning out pap for the public. Sequels don’t have to be boring. Black Widow is something like the 24th in the

Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it stands on its own. Taking elements from other sources has been part of entertainment since the age of Greek tragedies. But you have to do something with it. The Empire Strikes Back and Godfather 2 show how good a sequel can be. But you need new elements, a kind of discovery. And for comedies, some new elements of humor. As LeBron says in the movie, “athletes acting, that never goes well” and he is right. Cheadle is excellent, somehow seeming vulnerable even while being creepy. And Pete, an animated partner for him, is probably the most charming character in the film. But there really is very little joy in this thing. When Bugs and Daffy and all the others just sort of fade into the background, you know something is wrong. If you can see it for free on HBOMax, why not? Paying for it at the theater? All I can say is, “It’s your money.”


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St. Brendans Irish Cream

Kahlua Rum and Coffee Liqueur $39.99

Monte Alban

Partida Blanco Tequila

1800 Tequila





Ron Rico Rum

Brugal Anejo Rum

Malibu Rum




Captain Morgan Rum $22.99

Cruzan Rum

Black Coral Rum

J.W. Red Label Scotch

Chivas Regal



Dewars Scotch Whiskey $29.99



Seagram’s VO

Crown Royal

Canadian Club

Glenlivet 12 Years








Don Q Rum (Light/Dark)




J&B Scotch $35.99




Tequila (Light/Dark)































Sailor Jerry Rum $26.99


Mount Gay Rum $42.99


Clan MacGregor Rare Blended $19.99 1.75L

Jim Beam

(All Flavors)



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