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REPTICON AT THE FAIRGROUNDS

During briefings on emergency preparedness Tuesday, July 28, Palm Beach County Emergency Management Director Bill Johnson told the Palm Beach County Commission that county staff is planning for a potential hurricane/COVID-19 crisis in light of heavy tropical activity in the Atlantic Ocean. Page 3

Lox Council Reduces 2020-21 Budget, Holds Tax Rate Steady

In a workshop meeting Tuesday, July 21, the Loxahatchee Groves Town Council looked at a mostly unchanged fiscal year 2020-21 budget proposal of $5.5 million, excluding borrowing and capital spending, compared to $5.8 million in the current year. Page 7

Repticon returned to the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center on July 18 and July 19, featuring snakes, tarantulas, bearded dragons and more for sale. Vendors were selling all necessary items to house and care for reptiles, including food items. Breeders and vendors were available to ask questions and offer advice. Shown above, Mike, Johnny, Mason and Rachael Gleber hold a Burmese python from Jurassic Exotics. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 5 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Local Rotarians Team Up With Back To Basics On School Uniforms

Wellington Rotary Club members gathered at the Back to Basics warehouse in Wellington on Monday, July 20 to help the local nonprofit distribute new school uniforms to students in need. Representatives from different schools dropped by to pick up the uniforms. Page 10

RPB Council Rejects Request To Use Shingle Roofs At BellaSera

The Royal Palm Beach Village Council on Thursday, July 16 unanimously denied the use of shingle roofs for new models at Lennar’s BellaSera development at the north end of Crestwood Blvd. after hearing 49 letters from current homeowners there objecting to the shingle roofs. Page 15

College-Bound Baseball Champs Have Come A Long Way In Five Years

Johns Hopkins University, Vanderbilt University, Stanford University, Ohio State University, Carson-Newman University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Loyola University New Orleans and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Those are the eight universities where nine former members of the Wellington Colts Little League travel baseball team are headed this fall to pursue a college degree and to continue playing ball at the next level. Page 22 DEPARTMENT INDEX NEWS...............................3 - 18 NEWS BRIEFS......................... 7 PEOPLE................................... 8 SCHOOLS................................ 9 COLUMNS............................. 16 BUSINESS............................. 19 CLASSIFIEDS................. 20, 23 SPORTS................................. 22 Visit Us On The Web At WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM

Palm Beach County Seeks Faster COVID-19 Test Results

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Palm Beach County Commission on Tuesday, July 28 reviewed steps being taken to control COVID-19, centering on expediting delayed testing results that health officials explained are hampering their effectiveness. Commissioners were concerned that test results were taking seven to 11 days to process, during which time a person who has been tested could have been in contact with many other people. Commissioner Melissa McKinlay asked Florida Department of Health-Palm Beach County Director Dr. Alina Alonso if college laboratories could be converted to testing labs to expedite the process, and Alonso said they are not equipped or licensed to run the tests, adding that it is their prerogative to make that decision. McKinlay asked if there is a

way that the licensing and supplying of equipment to labs could be expedited in order to speed up the test results. “[Florida Atlantic University] has a medical school, so I’m sure that there is some capability there,” she said. “We’ve got Scripps here; we’ve got Max Planck. What kind of costs are we looking at?” Alonso explained that the university labs are set up for research, not disease testing. “We’d have to talk to each one about making that investment,” she said. Palm Beach County Emergency Management Director Bill Johnson said that he has been in contact with the state’s Emergency Operations Center, which has had conversations with state university labs since February about setting up testing labs. “The complications that there are in terms of converting a scien-

tific lab into a medical laboratory are enormous,” Johnson said, adding that emphasis has been put on upscaling private testing facilities, which are approved by most insurance companies. McKinlay said the process must be sped up somehow. “The experience I’ve had with my own family members, and waiting 11 days for results, somebody who has been tested is not going to sit home on unpaid sick leave from their hourly wage job for two weeks while they wait for results,” she said. “If it’s positive, they’ve been out in the community for two weeks.” Palm Beach County Administrator Verdenia Baker said that private companies have proven to be faster in getting results than public labs. “We are encouraging our employees to use our insurance. See TESTING, page 18

Wellington OKs Planning Study For SR 7 Corridor

By M. Dennis Taylor Town-Crier Staff Report The Wellington Village Council recently approved $119,000 for a study designed to examine the State Road 7 corridor to determine the direction and future use for the area surrounding and including the Mall at Wellington Green. The item was pulled from the Tuesday, July 14 consent agenda and discussed separately after Mayor Anne Gerwig recused herself. Village Manager Paul Schofield explained that the need for the study came about when the mall’s owner, Starwood Retail Partners, submitted significant changes to the mall for village consideration. However, Schofield said, there was no specific objective included, nor concrete data to back up the viability of the suggested changes. The study will be conducted by the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, a public agency involved in regional planning issues. Gerwig is a member of the TCRPC board, which is why she recused herself. “They have significant experience in South Florida,” Schofield said. “We have worked with them in the past. They are a strong partner… they know Wellington… and they have an in-house urban design team.” Planning, Zoning & Building Director Tim Stillings said that the study will look at the SR 7 corridor, the mall property, Wellington’s nearby K-Park property, as well as surrounding areas to help the council better understand the village’s position in relation to the physical and market conditions. Councilman John McGovern

said that K-Park should definitely be part of the study. “K-Park is too big to ignore, and anything we do with it is going to affect the mall,” he said. The other council members supported the study. “This is a wise use of funds, and I’m glad we are moving forward,” Councilman Michael Napoleone said. Councilman Michael Drahos agreed. “We need to see how KPark and the mall fit together as we move into the future,” he said. “I think the timing is right.” Vice Mayor Tanya Siskind said that the new data can be put together with previous studies. “The information we have from a study five years ago is valuable. I am interested to see what data is learned,” she said. The item passed 4-0, and the Town-Crier spoke after the meeting with Stillings, as well as Assistant Planning, Zoning & Building Director Mike O’Dell and Dana Little of the TCRPC to learn more about the upcoming study. Stillings said that when the village received the proposed redevelopment of the mall property, it was evident that more information was needed about possible different uses and the market for office, medical, retail, entertainment and educational uses. “This allows the village to make appropriate adjustments to our codes,” he said. Little said that the village began talking with the TCRPC in January after the owners of the Mall at Wellington Green proposed building a Crystal Lagoon outdoor entertainment area, as well as residential units and a hotel at the location of See SR 7 STUDY, page 18

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Candidates For Sheriff Spar At Election Forum

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County, in cooperation with the American Civil Liberties Union, held a virtual candidates forum on Monday, July 27 featuring the candidates for Sheriff of Palm Beach County. Incumbent Sheriff Ric Bradshaw faces a challenge from retired Riviera Beach Police Major Alex Freeman in the Democratic primary on Aug. 18. The winner of the primary will face Republican candidate former PBSO Capt. Lauro Diaz in November’s general election. The event was moderated by Mark Schneider of the ACLU of Palm Beach County. Mail-in voting is already underway in the primary election, with early voting set to begin Monday, Aug. 3. Palm Beach County’s top law enforcement officer for the past 16 years, Bradshaw pointed out that he has 50 years of law enforcement

experience with 25 years of that time running law enforcement organizations, including the PBSO, and previously as chief of the West Palm Beach Police Department. “I am the person who has been keeping you and your family safe for the last 16 years, and that’s what’s important to remember in this election,” Bradshaw said. “Who do you trust to make decisions? Do you trust somebody who’s never done this job before?” He added that during his tenure in office, the PBSO has helped reduce crime 25 percent. Freeman, now retired from the Riviera Beach Police Department, ran unsuccessfully for sheriff against Bradshaw in 2016. He noted several of Bradshaw’s failings, including the controversial legal process under Bradshaw’s leadership that Freeman said allowed deceased sex offender Jeffrey Epstein privileges that would not have been afforded others in a similar situation.

“When you talk about crime being down 25 percent, he has been sheriff for 16 years and in the law for 50 years. I question that,” he said. “That means crime has went down 1.5 percent in his 16 years as sheriff. That is nothing to be happy about.” The candidates were asked to comment on the recent deaths of George Floyd in Minnesota and Breonna Taylor in Kentucky at the hands of law enforcement, which have resulted in ongoing nationwide protests that have also occurred here in Palm Beach County. Freeman said that there is a state of emergency with law enforcement and the communities they serve. “There needs to be a change, and this is the time,” he said. “I believe that with my experience and honesty, and my connection with the communities, that we can bridge that gap between the communities and the sheriff’s office. See SHERIFF, page 18

Outsiders Drill Team members held a practice on Monday, July 27 at Old Cypress in Loxahatchee Groves. Riders practiced several choregraphed maneuvers to music. The local drill team is getting ready for an upcoming competition at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center & Fairgrounds. Shown above, Kylie O’Connor and Jaylynn Richards ride with the flag. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 17 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Buddy Love: Reports Of A Dog’s Day Cheer Up Kids And Seniors

Mary Cay Martin and Buddy tell the stories of Buddy’s adventures through monthly cards.

By M. Dennis Taylor Town-Crier Staff Report Cheering up a child in need of a laugh was the spark that helped create greeting cards purported to come from Mary Cay Martin’s celebrated dog, Buddy. Distributed by mail monthly detailing the adventures of Buddy in hand-made cards with pictures of the photogenic pooch, Buddy Love cards are brightening the day of children and adults across the nation. The first cards were invented by 30-year Royal Palm Beach resident Martin to send to a young relative. “My grandniece, Olivia, had heart surgery in 2019, and you can’t send a regular get well or

sympathy card to a child,” remembered Martin, who said that the little girl enjoyed hearing stories about Buddy. “He is a total nut.” So, she thought a card from Buddy would be something Olivia would like, and boy did she. A retired teacher who worked with the deaf, Martin started making the cards recounting the adventures of Buddy. Soon she had volunteers to help with the hand-made cards. “They never see a computer or a printer, except the wallet-sized photographs that are attached,” Martin explained. Each card is cut out, decorated and lettered by hand, and is a unique work of art in itself.

Other children in the hospital wanted to see the cards, and then Martin realized that seniors loved receiving the humorous messages as well. “It really clicked. So many people enjoyed receiving something simple that provides a little silliness in their day,” Martin said. This month, the sixth issue, some 300 cards went out, and the next installment will be nearly double that. “Locally, they go to Palms West Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, the Quantum House, assisted living facilities and nursing homes, as well as individual children getting well at their own See BUDDY, page 18


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Four Candidates Vying In Democratic Primary For Two Port Seats

By M. Dennis Taylor Town-Crier Staff Report Four Democrats are vying in the Tuesday, Aug. 18 primary election for two seats on the Port of Palm Beach Commission. In Group 2, incumbent Port Commissioner Katherine M. Waldron squares off against former Port Commissioner Peyton W. McArthur. In Group 3, incumbent Port Commissioner Jean L. Enright faces a challenge from Clarence “Chief” Williams III. The port is a special taxing district that includes much of central Palm Beach County, including nearly all of the western communities. The port commission is made up of five members serving rotating four-year terms. As is typical, the incumbents are the better-funded candidates. As of the latest report available, in Group 2, Waldron has raised

$40,990, compared to McArthur’s $8,193. In Group 3, Enright has raised $32,440, compared to Williams’ $20,108. Given its territorial makeup, the port commission has traditionally elected Democrats to the commissioner posts, so the primary victors will be favored to win the general election. The winner of the Group 2 race will face Mike Whalen with no-party affiliation and write-in candidate Robin Rance-Hoffman in November, while the Group 3 winner will face Republican Roderick Clarke and write-in candidate Albert Heyward. Group 2 Incumbent Katherine Waldron — Waldron is a businesswoman who has been an executive with Fortune 50 companies and has founded small businesses. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and has an MBA from Palm Beach Atlantic University.

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She is about to complete her first four-year term as a port commissioner. “The port is a major economic

driver for our community, so business acumen is important to the proper governance of the port,” Waldron said. “I am running for my second term because I am even more excited about continuing my efforts and accomplishments from my first term. While on the dais, I have protected the environment, promoted the port as a major commerce center and encouraged the port to play a larger role in our community.” Waldron said the important reasons a citizen should vote for her are based upon experience. “I will continue to do the right thing for our port, our community and our environment,” she said. “I am the most qualified businessperson and will continue to promote the port as an economic engine… I will continue to showcase the port as a jewel within our county through my lifelong passion for community service.” Waldron also wants voters to know where she stands on the issue of dredging. “I am against a deep dredge that is not needed and would harm our ecosystem,” Waldron said. “I have always supported the necessary maintenance dredging the port does on an annual basis to keep our shipping channels clear.” Learn more about Waldron at www.votekatherinewaldron.com. Group 2 Challenger Peyton McArthur — McArthur served seven years as the director of human resources at the Port of Palm Beach and four years as a port commissioner from 2014 to 2018. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Florida. “I am concerned about the

direction of the port, specifically the need for dredging,” McArthur said. “The port is now under draft restrictions several months a year.” McArthur listed the three most important reasons a citizen should vote for him as, “Experience, commitment to the position — I will not resign to run for another office — and a pledge to update the port charter and to provide term limits and an inspector general.” Endorsed by port commissioners Joseph Anderson and Enright, Royal Palm Beach Mayor Fred Pinto and former county commissioners Paulette Burdick and Jess Santamaria, McArthur wants voters to know where he stands on an important issue. “The port investigated the feasibility of an inland port about 10 years ago,” McArthur said. “To make an inland port feasible, you need land in the Glades, extension of the railroad, $250 million in money and imports that need to be dispersed throughout the state. The Port of Palm Beach has none of these.” Group 3 Incumbent Jean Enright — Enright has been a member of the port commission since 2005. She cites her experience as a major qualification for the job. “It’s an honor and privilege to serve as port commissioner. During these challenging times, our COVID-19 pandemic situation makes it clear that my leadership, port experience and vast knowledge of port operations at the Port of Palm Beach in our community is needed,” Enright said. “My extensive knowledge of federal guidelines and a strong relationship with port tenants, users and industry officials, truth-

fulness, integrity and fortitude are needed in these uncharted waters at the port.” She said that she supports job creation, without the need to levy taxes, and enhanced safety and security initiatives of the area, as well as environmental protection activities. “I am running for reelection to continue my work to meet the port’s priorities and challenges during this unprecedented time while further strengthening the port’s position as a leading economic engine for Palm Beach County,” Enright said. “As a port commissioner, my vast knowledge of port operations has helped to develop the policies that have sustained the port through economic financial crisis and security challenges. My support for environmental initiatives has helped protect marine life and provide sand to our local beaches.” Enright holds a bachelor’s degree from Tuskegee University, a master’s degree from Howard University and a doctoral degree from the Catholic University of America. She is endorsed by the Palm Beach County Police Benevolent Association, the Palm Beach County/Treasure Coast AFL-CIO, the mayor and council of the City of Riviera Beach, and many others. Group 3 Challenger: Clarence “Chief” Williams III — Williams has more than 40 years of public service, primarily at senior management levels, with the last 16 years as police chief in the City of Riviera Beach. He practiced law for eight years in the areas of employment law and civil rights. “I also understand what it means See PORT, page 18

County Gears Up To Confront First Big Storm In COVID-19 Era

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report During briefings on emergency preparedness Tuesday, July 28, Palm Beach County Emergency Management Director Bill Johnson told the Palm Beach County Commission that county staff is planning for a potential hurricane/ COVID-19 crisis in light of heavy tropical activity in the Atlantic Ocean. Still unnamed as of Wednesday, July 28, if it gains strength, the current system in the Caribbean will be known as Tropical Storm Isaias and has South Florida in its cone of probability, possibly arriving here late Saturday or early Sunday. “Forecast model accuracy is limited in systems without a center of circulation, so it is really too early to tell what this storm is going to do,” Johnson said. “Regardless, the National Hurricane Center says conditions are expected to become more conducive for development, and a tropical depression or storm is likely to form in the next few days.” He said shelter plans have been altered to accommodate CDC guidelines for COVID-19. “Citizen safety is our top priority, so anyone residing in an evacuation zone who must evacuate to one of our shelters should

feel safe in doing so,” Johnson said. “No one should hesitate to evacuate because of the virus. With the measures that we have put in place, the risks of storm surge far outweigh the risk of COVID-19 in a hurricane scenario.” Palm Beach County Vice Mayor Robert Weinroth said he wanted to make sure that the county has enough personal protective equipment for the hurricane season. He also stressed that with a tropical storm, residents would probably be safe to remain in their homes if they are not in a flood zone. Johnson noted that Palm Beach County has stringent building codes that render most buildings safe in a hurricane. “The majority of buildings in Palm Beach County will withstand hurricane-force winds and, therefore, we do not evacuate for hurricane winds,” he said. “We evacuate for storm surge — that dome of water that is pushed in front of the storm. That is what our evacuation zones are designed for. That is what kills people; flooding that happens just as the hurricane is making landfall.” Johnson stressed that people should evacuate only if they are specifically told to do so. “We believe, as we’ve said year

after year, if you have to evacuate, we encourage people to stay within the county,” he said, noting that the county has extensive information regarding hurricane preparedness on its web site. Johnson said that anyone equipped with the county’s recommended disaster kit should be fine sheltering in place. “How much of a supply of food and other supplies should they be contemplating to have on hand?” Weinroth asked. “We used to recommend three days’ supply, but I’m starting to think that five to seven days’ supply should be the norm now,” Johnson said. Weinroth also asked if nursing homes are keeping emergency generators operational so that no evacuations are necessary. Johnson said that every nursing home, skilled nursing center and hospital in Palm Beach County is required to have an emergency plan, which is reviewed by the Emergency Operations Center and overseen by the state’s Agency for Healthcare Administration. “They are the ones that are the enforcement of the generator plan,” he said. “After [Hurricane] Irma, there were emergency rules that were passed regarding the requirement of having generators.”


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Judge Goodman Faces Two Challengers In Group 30 Court Race

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report After serving one six-year term on the 15th Judicial Circuit Court, Judge Jaimie Goodman faces two challengers in attorneys Adam Myron and Caryn Siperstein in the race for the court’s Group 30 seat. Voters will weigh in during the Aug. 18 primary election with mail-in voting already underway and early voting starting Monday, Aug. 3. If no candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters will advance to the general election ballot in November. As a circuit court judge, Goodman said that he has presided over numerous jury trials and thousands of hearings. “I have served in the Circuit Civil Division, the Family Division, and the Probate and Guardianship Division,” he said. “I have presided over divorce, child custody, child support, probate and guardianship hearings, including emergency temporary guardian cases and emergency hearings to determine the best interests of the children in domestic relations cases. I have also presided over domestic violence, stalking, repeat violence, dating violence and sexual violence hearings, and served as a judge at first appearance proceedings.” Goodman currently presides over medical malpractice, product liability, business litigation, premises liability, auto negligence, wrongful death cases, employment cases, condominium/homeowners’ association disputes, tobacco cas-

es, foreclosure litigation and water damage litigation cases. Prior to taking the bench, Goodman was a longtime employment discrimination lawyer with more than 30 years of courtroom experience. He spent the first 10 years of his career handling civil litigation for a Fortune 500 company. He spent the next 21 years representing people in civil litigation and employment cases when they faced the loss of their jobs or were subjected to unfair employment practices. He also represented people in sexual harassment and age discrimination cases. Goodman noted that he has maintained for the past 20 years an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating for professional excellence, legal ability and ethical standards. Goodman said voters should select him because of his experience as an attorney and as a circuit court judge. He said his extensive jury trial experience is the most of any candidate in this race and pointed out that his rulings in jury trials have never been reversed on appeal, and that he has one of the best track records in the Circuit Civil Division for managing caseloads. He also pointed out that according to voluntary self-disclosure forms each candidate recently filed with the Florida Bar, his opponent Myron has never tried a jury trial, while his other opponent, Siperstein, has only tried two jury trials. Learn more about Goodman at www.judgejaimiegoodman.com. While Goodman is proud of his service on the bench, he has gotten poor ratings from Palm Beach

County Bar Association surveys of local lawyers, who were critical of his judicial demeanor. That is a key reason why Goodman has drawn two challengers looking to replace him. Attorney Adam Myron was raised in Palm Beach County by his parents, Sondra Myron, a retired public school teacher, and Richard Myron, a retired entrepreneur and small business owner. He graduated from Suncoast High School with an International Baccalaureate degree. He did his undergraduate work at Emory University before earning his law degree from the George Washington University Law School. Myron has practiced law for nearly 18 years and mainly handles complex commercial litigation. He is also certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a circuit mediator. He said that he has served a broad range of individual and corporate clients and has litigated on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants. His work has involved complex business and partnership litigation, professional malpractice liability, trust and estate litigation, non-competition law, employment litigation, personal injury, association law, and commercial and residential real estate transactions. Myron added that he has handled multi-million-dollar business and commercial disputes, including the defense of a professional liability matter in which the plaintiff sought more than a billion dollars in damages from clients. Myron and his wife, attorney Stephanie Cagnet Myron, are

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raising two young sons. He enjoys triathlons to a degree that he proposed to his wife at the finish line of a race they did together. Learn more about Myron at www.adammyronforjudge.com. Attorney Caryn Siperstein said that she wants to increase the level of professionalism and demeanor on the judicial bench and seeks to bring positive change that the community deserves by consistently bringing humility, kindness, compassion, impartiality, respect and fairness. “I will listen carefully to the litigants and apply the law to the facts,” she said. “My diverse legal and court experience, volunteer work and my accomplishments differentiate me and have best prepared me to serve our community as a judge.” She currently serves as an assistant attorney general for the State

of Florida in the civil litigation bureau. “I represent the state, its agencies and employees in a wide range of matters, including constitutional challenges, civil right matters, personal injury, premise liability, real estate matters/eminent domain, prison litigation, judicial, prosecutorial and sovereign immunity,” Siperstein said. Previously, she served as a family and dependency mediator for the 15th Judicial Circuit in Palm Beach County. She has mediated cases in the North County, South County and the Main Branch court houses in divorce, time sharing, child support and custody cases. Siperstein also volunteered to mediate small claims and landlord-tenant matters, and mediated hundreds of cases throughout her career, including contracts, employment, foreclosure and

personal injury matters. Siperstein noted that she has been endorsed by the Palm Beach County Police Benevolent Association and co-endorsed by the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council. In her campaign, Siperstein had been critical of the incumbent, referring to the 2019 Palm Beach County Bar Association judicial evaluation for Judge Goodman, based upon 278 lawyers responding. She noted that in the “Judicial Demeanor and Courtesy to Lawyers” category, 235 out of 278 lawyers indicated that Goodman “needs improvement.” In the “Common Sense (use of practical considerations in decision making)” category, 160 out of 278 lawyers indicated he “needs improvement.” Learn more about Siperstein at www.caryn4judge.com.

Judge Gillen Faces Johnson In Bid To Keep Circuit Court Seat

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Judge Jeffrey Gillen is being challenged in his re-election bid by attorney Henry Quinn Johnson in the race for the Circuit Court Group 16 seat. The race will be decided during the Tuesday, Aug. 18 primary election, with mail-in voting already underway and early voting starting Monday, Aug. 3. Gillen believes that he is the most qualified candidate because he has the necessary courtroom experience and knowledge of the law. “My experience as a judge includes my having presided over four different divisions,” he said. “I have presided over two civil divisions, a family, probate, mental health, guardianship, domestic violence division, and for more than a year I have been presiding over a felony criminal division.” On the bench for more than seven years, Gillen said lawyers who have appeared before him have evaluated him very favorably. “I would like to continue to bring my knowledge, impartiality, fairness and civility to the court every day in my service to the people of Palm Beach County, so that they will continue to know that when they appear before me, they will always have a fair opportunity to be heard by an attentive,

courteous judge,” he said. “I have always endeavored to be certain that each and every lawyer and litigant who has appeared before me has known that regardless of the outcome, they were treated fairly and with respect.” Gillen said people should also vote for him due to his experience prior to becoming a judge. “I practiced law all over America, representing a variety of large and small businesses, individuals and other entities,” he said. “I practiced in local, state and federal trial and appellate courts. I handled hundreds of appeals in all five of Florida’s district courts of appeal, as well as the Florida Supreme Court. However, it is my experience as a judge that makes me the most qualified candidate to serve.” He added that in Palm Beach County Bar Association judicial evaluations conducted while he served as a judge, the vast majority of lawyers who have appeared before him have evaluated him as either excellent or satisfactory. “Those evaluations prove that I am, and have always been, impartial, fair, well-prepared, knowledgeable, courteous and efficient,” Gillen said. As a member of the faculty of the Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies, he has taught

judges in advanced-level classes. “With that background, I can say that I enjoy learning, and there is always an opportunity for each of us to learn,” Gillen said. “However, serving as a judge is a tough job. It requires the right temperament and patience. I serve the bench with both.” He added that he has public support from nearly 200 former judges, lawyers, elected officials and other local leaders. “I am honored and proud to have the endorsements of the Statewide Lodge of the Florida Fraternal Order of Police, the AFLCIO, the Police Benevolent Association, the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council and the Palm Beach County Classroom Teachers Association,” he said. Learn more about Gillen at www.keepjudgegillen.com. Gillen’s opponent Henry Quinn Johnson did not respond to interview requests, but according to his campaign web site, he is a retired lieutenant colonel and judge advocate general with the U.S. Army who has devoted his career to public service. Johnson recently retired as a U.S. Army Reserve Judge Advocate General’s Corps Officer and was awarded the Legion of Merit medal. He served two combat tours of duty, one in Iraq during the

1991 Gulf War and one in Afghanistan in 2008. During the Gulf War, Johnson served with the 101st Airborne Division in an infantry battalion, which spearheaded the initial air assault into Iraq at the start of the ground war where he received his first combat patch. In Afghanistan, Johnson served during one of the deadliest years for coalition forces, earning his second combat patch. Initially, he served as the Combined Joint Task Force Detention Operations Judge Advocate, where his decisions helped save American lives and advanced the national security interests of the United States. Johnson received an International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) medal for his additional duties as a liaison and representative for the U.S. government to the ICRC. Johnson then served as the chief of military justice for the only court martial convening authority for all U.S. forces in Afghanistan, where he led the administration of all military justice actions and trials in the country. He was responsible for referring the first Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act federal case out of Afghanistan involving a civilian contractor accused of shooting to death a local Afghan national. Quinn was awarded the Bronze Star medal

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and the Joint Meritorious Unit Award citation for his yearlong combat tour of duty. As a former state assistant prosecutor, assistant attorney general, assistant state attorney and current trial attorney who has litigated more than 100 jury trials, Johnson said that he has the courtroom experience needed as a circuit court judge. Johnson earned his law degree from the University of Florida, as well as a master’s degree in urban planning from Florida State University and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University

of South Carolina. Johnson is a member of the Florida Bar Association, the United States District Court Southern District of Florida, the Palm Beach County Bar Association and the F. Malcolm Cunningham Sr. Bar Association. He is a volunteer at Stand Down House for Veterans, a board member of Faith Love Hope Charity and St. John Missionary Baptist Church, as well as a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Learn more about Johnson at www.quinnjohnsonforjudge.com.

Appointed Incumbent Link Faces Off Against Human Rights Attorney Armstead In Race For PBC Supervisor Of Elections

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Wendy Sartory Link is being challenged by human rights attorney Paulette Armstead in the Tuesday, Aug. 18 primary election, with mail-in voting already underway and early voting starting Monday, Aug. 3. While this race is technically a Democratic primary, since both Link and Armstead are registered Democrats, this race is a rare occurrence where no Republicans, independent candidates or even write-in candidates qualified to run, making it a universal primary election that will appear on all ballots. Gov. Ron DeSantis removed former Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher, a Democrat, from her post in January 2019, appointing Link in her place. At the time, Link said that she did not intend to seek

election to a full term on the job. However, Link has since changed her position on that, as well as her registration from Republican to Democratic. This will be the first time her name will appear on the ballot for election to the job she has held for that last 18 months. According to Armstead’s web site, she was born and raised in Florida and has lived in Palm Beach County for more than 30 years. She ran unsuccessfully in 2018 for state representative in Broward County’s District 92 against incumbent State Rep. Patricia Hawkins Williams. A lifelong Democrat, Armstead is a member of five local Democratic clubs and a member of the voter registration team with the Palm Beach County League of Women Voters. Armstead has four college degrees, including a bachelor’s

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REPTICON RETURNS TO THE SOUTH FLORIDA FAIRGROUNDS EXPO CENTER

Repticon returned to the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center on July 18 and 19, featuring snakes, tarantulas, bearded dragons and more for sale. Vendors were selling all necessary items to house and care for reptiles, including food items. Breeders and vendors were available to ask questions and offer advice on reptile care. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Crystal Ruth of Rollie Pollie & Friends Rescue with disabled bearded dragons needing adoption. Josh Lawhorn of Family Reptiles holds a ball python.

Baby bearded dragons huddle on a warm rock at New Moon Reptiles of Miami display.

Pepper McHugh with toys for her pets.

Maria Alcivar and Jose Alcivar look to purchase some reptile toys at Pinellas County Reptiles.

K.M. Reptiles’ Carianne Maitland with pythons Bindy and Alladin.

Adriana Diaz of Aquatics & Exotics with a blue bar bearded dragon.

Nico Torres with a baby rat looking for a home through Rollie Pollie & Friends Rescue. Jamie Deberry and Annabelle Deberry hold guinea pigs up for adoption.

Amanda Maitland of House of Cards Beardies with bearded dragon Lucky.

Young bearded dragons look for a loving home.

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Longtime Incumbent Faces Challenge For County Court Seat

By M. Dennis Taylor Town-Crier Staff Report Longtime Palm Beach County Court Judge Debra Moses Stephens is being challenged in her bid for re-election to the Group 12 seat by attorney Jaianna Seaborne. The race will be decided in the primary election Tuesday, Aug. 18 with mail-in voting already underway and early voting opening Monday, Aug. 3. Incumbent Debra Moses Stephens — Stephens received her bachelor’s degree from Duke University and her law degree from Howard University. She was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1987 and the District of Columbia Bar in 1990. “I have been a Palm Beach County judge for 20 years,” Stephens said. “I started my legal career in the public defender’s office and spent 13 years trying cases in the misdemeanor, felony and juvenile divisions.” After spending several additional years in the appellate division, Stephens took the bench in June 2000. “I have served Palm

Beach County in that capacity for 20 years. I have worked at the South County Courthouse and the Main Courthouse,” she said. “I have been assigned to the County Criminal Division, the Domestic Violence Division, and the County Civil Division. My current assignment is the Domestic Violence Division, where I also handle domestic violence injunctions from the Family Division.” Stephens has also worked as an administrative judge. “I currently serve as administrative judge for the Riviera Beach Civil Drug Court,” Stephens said. “I volunteer my time to my community in various ways, but currently it is by volunteering my Saturday mornings to the Riviera Beach Civil Drug Court. I have also been assigned to mentor new judges. My job is one of service to my community. I try to make sure that when a person enters my courtroom, they understand the process and are treated with fairness, dignity and respect.” Stephens said that she is uniquely qualified for the job. “A good judge is one that is fair and impar-

tial. For the last 20 years, I have worked to be fair and unbiased, to the best of my abilities,” she said. This has been her lifelong mission. “Even in high school, I had a social action program as part of our school curriculum. In college, I continued my community service work. There was never a time when my activities, from the Girl Scouts to the Riviera Beach Civil Drug Court, did not impress upon me the need to make my community my priority,” she said. County court judges are most likely to see people who are unrepresented and who have never been to court. “The people in my courtroom are often apprehensive and frustrated by their first experience with court. My job is to serve my community and help them understand the process and the court’s ruling,” Stephens said. Stephens added that the three most important reasons to vote for her are her experience, passion and dedication. “The citizens of Palm Beach County deserve a judge with experience,” she said. “An experi-

enced judge is able to manage the courtroom efficiently and handle the crises that are facing our justice system currently. I strive always to be fair and impartial.” Stephens noted that she has lived in Palm Beach County for 33 years, working in service to the community all of that time. “I am dedicated to helping others understand how the system works, and I am dedicated to its purpose,” she said. “Being a judge means that you serve the public. My mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and every school I attended throughout my life, have emphasized the need for service to your community. This job is simply another way to serve the citizens of my community.” Stephens has been endorsed by Women’s Issues NOW, the Florida State Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police, the Human Rights Council of Palm Beach County, the Police Benevolent Association, the AFL-CIO of Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast, the SunSentinel, the Classroom Teachers Association, and more than 100

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attorneys and community leaders. Visit www.keepjudgestephens. com to learn more. Challenger Jaianna Seaborne — The daughter of a retired U.S. Navy chief petty officer and an ordained minister, Seaborne served in the U.S. Air Force, attended Fayetteville State University and graduated from the University of

West Florida with a bachelor’s degree in legal administration. “After I completed my enlistment, I attended and graduated from St. Thomas University School of Law,” Seaborne said. “I am going into my 15th year of my legal career. I served in Miami Legal Aid in the Civil Injunction See COUNTY COURT, page 15

Elections Chief Encourages Vote-By-Mail In Virtual Visit To RPB

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Royal Palm Beach Village Council recently heard a report from Supervisor of Elections Wendy Sartory Link on the status of upcoming elections in light of COVID-19 limitations. Link, who made her presentation remotely during the Thursday, July 16 meeting, said that a minimal number of polling places had been closed due to pandemic concerns, but all Royal Palm Beach locations remained open at present for the upcoming primary election. “We have a lot going on with

COVID-19,” Link said. “We have the vote-by-mail ballots going out. We now have sent out more than 300,000 vote-by-mail ballots to residents. We’re going to the polls on Aug. 18, and you’re going to have early voting, which we have designated Aug. 3 through Aug. 16. I wanted to make sure that everybody knows we are doing everything we can to keep voters safe if they choose to go to the polls.” Poll workers will have their temperatures taken before working, will be outfitted with masks, gloves and face shields, and will wipe down polling booths after

each use. Voters who do not have masks will be given one, as well as gloves if they so desire. “We will also have hand sanitizer,” Link said. “We will do everything we can, with social distancing as well while they are in line, if they want to go to the polls.” She added that voting by mail is an option to consider in lieu of voting at the polls. “You can request a vote-bymail ballot up until 5 p.m. on Aug. 8. It will be sent to you and will be postage paid to return,” Link said. “For those who are concerned

about the postal service, you can actually drop it off at any of our four offices, or during the early voting period, you can drop it off at any of our 18 early voting offices.” Mayor Fred Pinto asked if there has been an increase in vote-bymail requests as compared to previous elections, and Link said it has approximately doubled, with the application time still open. “We have seen a huge increase, but we are fortunate in Florida. We will be able to run double shifts, and the vote-by-mail ballots that we receive up to the day before

the election… will be included in the first results, as well as the early voting results,” Link said. Pinto also asked if any polling places in Royal Palm Beach have been lost due to COVID-19 concerns, and Link said that was not the case in Royal Palm Beach, but some privately owned locations had withdrawn permission to allow voting there. “Most of them are either churches, temples and residential clubhouses,” she said. “The boards of directors have made the determination that they do not want to open up to voters.”

She said her office has been able to locate alternative sites for most of the locations lost not far from the previous location. Vice Mayor Jeff Hmara said he was voting by mail for the first time and had just received his ballot for the Aug. 18 primary. He asked if there was a difference in the vote-by-mail ballots and absentee ballots. Link said there is no difference because in 2002, the Florida Legislature made it possible for everyone to vote by mail, and in 2016 it changed the term “absentee ballot” to “vote-by-mail.”

Lox Council Reduces 2020-21 Budget, Holds Tax Rate Steady

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report In a workshop meeting Tuesday, July 21, the Loxahatchee Groves Town Council looked at a mostly unchanged fiscal year 2020-21 budget proposal of $5.5 million, excluding borrowing and capital spending, compared to $5.8 million in the current year. The ad valorem tax rate and assessments for roads and drainage will remain the same at 3 mills and $200 per acre, respectively, although staff is looking for residences that may be unaccounted for or unreported. The solid waste

fee will be $450 per unit. Tax rolls and preliminary rates were due to the county by July 24. The first budget public hearing and adoption of the final non ad valorem assessment rates will be held Sept. 8 and reported to the county on Sept. 15. The second public hearing and final adoption is set for Sept. 22. The 2020-21 budget anticipates $3,422,553 from taxes and assessments, $282,000 from franchise fees, $287,000 from utility taxes, $100,000 from communications taxes, $287,000 from the intergovernmental fund, $307,500

from gas taxes, $195,000 from the county’s one-cent surtax, $85,000 from licenses and permits, $80,000 from cost recovery fees and $66,000 from other revenue sources. “Our conversation [will be] about the resources that we have within the constraints of the existing rates that we set as TRIM [Truth in Millage],” Assistant Town Manager Francine Ramaglia said. “Those were just set as the maximum rates as TRIM. That’s a conversation as to whether to adjust them.” Ramaglia said costs related to

the COVID-19 pandemic are anticipated to be between $250,000 and $550,000. Another concern she expressed was that the reserve balances are not as high as they should be. “Those reserve balances are probably about as good as they have been, but they’re still less than what they could be and certainly less than what the FAAC [Finance Advisory & Audit Committee] recommended last year,” she said. “One thing I’ll mention, this tax roll has been getting a lot of adjustments over the course of the last year. It has been get-

ting trued up. For all the things that one can say about switching garbage haulers, the best thing about it is figuring out the number of units that we have out in the field.” She explained that the new haulers would be getting an accurate count of the number of residences and business, which would help in reporting a more accurate accounting of the tax roll for future years. She added that staff did an early retirement of one of the town’s debts using $340,000 that was in the resurfacing fund.

“We were able to reduce all the unit assessments this year and bring the retirement date back by one year,” she said. “The total debt service for the year is still roughly the same as it was, but we have one less year of debt service.” The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office contract is $624,000, the same amount as the current year, which comes out of the general fund budget. “Out of a total general fund budget of $2.1 million, the sheriff’s budget is about a third of it,” Ramaglia said.

ITID, County Working To Create Neighborhood-Friendly Roads

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Indian Trail Improvement District has been working with Palm Beach County to improve Coconut Blvd., Orange Blvd., 60th Street North and Royal Palm Beach Blvd. in a manner that will not make those roads throughways for pass-through traffic in lieu of delays in the completion of the State Road 7 connection from 60th Street to Northlake Blvd. The district wants to limit the number of lanes to three landscaped lanes with multimodal

Wellington To Host Drive-In Movies Aug. 7-8

The Village of Wellington will feature two back-to-back “DriveIn Movie” events at Wellington Green Park, located at 2175 Wellington Green Drive just west of the Mall at Wellington Green. The showings are scheduled for Friday, Aug. 7 and Saturday, Aug. 8 and begin at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7 will feature The Addams Family (2019, PG). To reserve a space, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/drive-in-movie-nighttickets-114461631822. Saturday, Aug. 8 will feature Sonic the Hedgehog (PG). To reserve a space, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/drive-in-movie-nighttickets-114467497366. Admission is free, but guests are required to reserve a space through Eventbrite. Only one ticket is needed per vehicle. Reserve space early, as parking is limited. Guests will be asked to show their reservation QR confirmation code to enter the site. Parking will begin at 7:15 p.m. Gates will close once the movie begins at 8:30 p.m. Due to social distancing guidelines, guests are asked to remain in their vehicles for the duration of the movie. Portolets will be available on site. Please wear a mask and observe all social distancing guidelines if using the available facilities. No concessions will be available onsite; guests should bring

paths on those roads rather than five vehicle lanes, which will not likely be neighborhood friendly, that the county has planned. ITID President Betty Argue said a recent meeting on mobility plans for the district in which district consultant Kim DeLaney with the Treasure Coast Regional Planning County and Palm Beach County Engineer David Ricks participated attests to the level of cooperation. “The county has an 80-foot right of way on Royal Palm Beach Blvd., Orange Blvd. and Coconut Blvd., and in the past year, they

have expedited the five-laning of those roads,” Argue told the TownCrier. “As part of our mobility planning, the impact is essentially safety first. These are roads that have driveways on them that serve our residents. We have children who ride their bikes to school, we have pedestrians, we have parents walking their children with strollers, we have equestrians.” She said five-laning those roads would not leave space to incorporate sidewalks and landscaping to enhance the neighborhood. “We came up with some sugges-

tions, such as bio-swales, which can provide a buffer for those properties along there, but also collect and clean the water,” Argue said. “It would be landscaped, which would provide a dual purpose of providing a buffer for those properties along there. There’s multiple benefits to that.” Argue said that there is not a lot that the district can do to change the county’s plans for five-laning Royal Palm Beach Blvd. north of 60th Street North because it is already designed. “Basically, it would be a continuation of the five

lanes that are farther south,” she said. “What we’re looking for are some concessions from the county in terms of designing a better road section, a safer road section that would be more appealing than a major thoroughfare through our neighborhoods, even though they are county roads.” Argue said she appreciates Commissioner Melissa McKinlay, Ricks and other county staff working with ITID to mitigate the impact of increasing traffic as the county’s population increases. “They have met with us, Me-

lissa McKinlay definitely supports our proposal… specifically as it relates to Coconut and Royal Palm,” she said. “The board hasn’t adopted anything, but these are recommendations that are coming from workshops with residents and with the board and staff.” Argue said she is trying to protect the property values and safety of residents who live along those roads. “I am opposed to designing a road that is going to carry traffic in lieu of the connection from 60th to Northlake,” she said. “I have been very vocal about that.”

ceased showed no obvious signs of trauma. An autopsy will be performed to determine the man’s cause of death.

activities, offering safe summer camps, places to enjoy the natural environment, opportunities for physical and psychological wellbeing via parks and open space, or providing support through the Feeding South Florida Food Distribution program, the Parks & Recreation Department is committed to enhancing the quality of life of village residents through tough times. Learn more about Wellington’s parks and preserves at www.wellingtonfl.gov/parks, and explore the Virtual Recreation Center by visiting www.wellingtonfl.gov/ virtualrec.

NEWS BRIEFS their own snacks and drinks. Any trash must be disposed of at home. No smoking, no pets and turn off headlights. Wellington thanks sponsor Priority Towing for its support.

Every PBC Residential Address Will Be Mailed Masks

Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners recently approved a countywide mask mailout program for every residential address to receive four masks; two cloth masks and two pleated masks. The county is currently under a State of Emergency as a result of COVID-19 and issued a mandatory facial covering order effective June 25. The emergency order requires facial coverings to be worn in business establishments, public places, county and municipal governmental facilities, and while riding on Palm Tran. On Monday, July 20, the county’s Graphics Division delivered the first set of envelopes to begin mailing out the free face masks to 658,995 county residences currently accepting mail using the U.S. Postal Service Every Door Direct Mail (EDDM) program. This number includes 52 zip codes and excludes vacant properties or people with forwarding notices. Each envelope includes the Palm Beach County Combat COVID

masks and an 8.5 x 11 flier with important safety information. The entire mail out is expected to occur over the next four weeks.

Next ABWA Meeting Aug. 12

The Northern Palm Beach Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association will meet on Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 6 p.m. To RSVP, or for more information, contact Loretta Remy at (561) 317-3227 or loretta.spalady@ gmail.com. The meeting typically takes place at the Embassy Suites Hotel on PGA Blvd. in Palm Beach Gardens. Networking from 6 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is typically $25 through Sunday, Aug. 9 and $30 after Sunday and at the door. If the meeting occurs at the hotel, utilize this link to pay: www.paypal.me/ abwanorthernpalmbch or pay at the door. Due to the COVID-19 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. The August speaker is Tina K. VaLant of Extraordinary Photography on the topic of “The Power of the Portrait.” VaLant is a speaker, photographer, columnist, author and advocate. Her motto is “serve, share and shine.” Today, more than ever, your image matters. What, how and where you post images can either help or hinder your success. Join in this action-

packed, humorous presentation and learn how you can create a profile picture that opens doors to new contacts, clicks, business, opportunities and friends. The mission of the American Business Women’s Association is to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition. For more information, visit https:// northernpalmbeach.abwa.org.

Body Found Near Canal In Lox Groves

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the 14500 block of North Road in Loxahatchee Groves on Sunday, July 19 at approximately 2 p.m. regarding the discovery of a body. The body, later identified as 36-year-old Daniel Lehnert, had been found on the bank of a canal. Upon arrival, deputies located an individual who advised them he was fishing in the area when he discovered the body. Detectives from the Violent Crimes Division responded to the scene to investigate further. After detectives documented the scene, an investigator with the Medical Examiner’s Office arrived to inspect and remove the body. A cursory review of the de-

Wellington Honors Park & Rec Month

In July, Wellington recognized National Park & Recreation Month, a time to celebrate the selfless, passionate and essential work of park and recreation professionals who provide services that are vital to a healthy community. “July is a great time to highlight all the benefits park and recreation departments provide for our communities,” Parks & Recreation Director Eric Juckett said. “Our parks and recreation staff works to enhance the quality of life of all village residents. They provide our residents with ways to connect with nature through our natural preserves and trails, which is more important now than ever with practicing social distancing. They are passionate about upholding Wellington’s reputation as a great place to live, work, and play.” During this challenging time of social distancing, and with a priority on the health and safety of its participants, Wellington’s Parks & Recreation Department is working hard to keep residents, of all ages, engaged and connected. Whether by providing virtual classes and other at-home

Pilot Survives Aero Club Plane Crash

Deputies from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue responded to a small plane crash in the Aero Club community on the 2400 block of Greenbriar Blvd. in Wellington at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 19. The pilot, Elizabeth Poeschl, 36 of Loxahatchee Groves, was the only occupant of the aircraft. She was transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center with numerous bone fractures. Her injuries were deemed non-life-threatening. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating further.


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Hoffman New CEO Of Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative

The Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida recently announced that Matthew B. Hoffman has been promoted to president and CEO, and Michael Michuda has been named vice president of operations, both effective July 1. “The Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative has been blessed with excellent leadership during its 60-year history,” said John L. Hundley, chairman of the board of directors. “Matt Hoffman’s leadership and skills have been obvious from the beginning of his tenure here. He is the right person to lead the cooperative into the future.” Hoffman has served as executive vice president for the past year and, prior to that, vice president of marketing since joining the company in 2010. Hoffman succeeds Antonio L. Contreras, who will remain a senior advisor and will continue his role as co-president of ASR Group International. Jose Alvarez, executive vice president and chief operating officer, also announced his retirement.

Matthew B. Hoffman “Tony Contreras and Jose Alvarez have contributed immensely to Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative, ASR Group and the Florida sugar industry. We are grateful for their contributions, leadership and wisdom,” Hundley said. Hoffman, who holds a degree in food and resource economics from

the University of Florida, is also president of Tellus Products LLC, which the cooperative jointly owns with Florida Crystals Corporation and ASR Group. He resides in West Palm Beach with his wife Harriet and their three children, Benjamin, Chandler and Gallivan. “I am truly honored to lead our team as Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative’s chief executive officer,” Hoffman said. “I look forward to serving our member growers, along with Michael, as our vice president of operations, and the rest of our leadership team. Together, we will be focused on delivering the greatest value to our member growers and our employees by being an industry leader in all we do.” The Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative is comprised of 43 mostly family owned grower-members who produce approximately 4 million tons of sugarcane, grown on more than 75,000 acres of land primarily in Palm Beach County. Learn more at www.scgc.org.

Clinics Can Help Receives Face Mask Donation From Advance Auto Parts

The local nonprofit Clinics Can Help (CCH) is grateful for the generosity of Advance Auto Parts in West Palm Beach, a store that has repeatedly demonstrated a great willingness to help others during times of disaster in Palm Beach County. Since the onset of COVID-19, the need for equipment such as masks has been severe. On Thursday, July 9, Pablo Marrero, the store’s vice president of operations, and Grant LaBarbera, vice president and general manager of Florida and Puerto Rico, arrived with other Advance representatives wearing smiles and carrying boxes filled with 10,000 KN95 respirator masks. The boxes were unloaded to the delight of CCH staff. “We’re so grateful to Pablo, Grant and the entire staff of the West Palm Beach Advance Auto Parts for their kindness and concern for the safety for not only our CCH families, but our community as a whole, during this unprecedented time,” said Clinics Can Help’s CEO and founder Owen O’Neill, who will be sure the

Grant LaBarbera and Pablo Marrero of Advance Auto Parts deliver the face masks to Clinics Can Help. masks get in the hands of those their support for this local business who need them most. so dedicated to helping others. O’Neill said that Palm Beach To learn more about the work County residents may not realize Clinics Can Help is doing during the Advance Auto Parts location this time, call (561) 640-2995 or in West Palm Beach also houses visit www.clinicscanhelp.org. other emergency equipment, such For more information on Adas tarps and generators. He encour- vance Auto Parts, visit www. ages everyone to stop in and show advanceautoparts.com.

The KidSafe Foundation, a Boca Raton-based nonprofit that teaches personal safety to children and their parents, elected Len Keilin of Wellington as chairman of the board during a June meeting. He will serve in the position for a two-year term. “I’m honored to join KidSafe Foundation and help champion their mission of teaching personal safety to children and their grown-ups to build strong, resilient families and safer communities,” Keilin said. A native of Syracuse, N.Y., Keilin holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Syracuse University and most recently served as associate director of Camp Counselors USA.

Prior to that position, he served as vice president of Core Consulting Solutions, the CEO of Camp Mountain Chai in San Diego, director of camping services for B’nai B’rith and the associate director of the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization in Washington, D.C. Additionally, Keilin was actively involved with the Ronald McDonald House of Northern Virginia, the Foundation for Jewish Camps and the American Camp Association. “Most of my life’s work has been built around advocating for a better society,” Keilin said. “One where kids are safe from sexual abuse and childhood trauma. KidSafe is a great fit, and I pledge to continue growing their excellent

community programming and building family-strengthening programs to help children become powerful adults.” Keilin currently resides in Wellington and has a son and two grandchildren in Chicago and a daughter and a grandson in Broomfield, Colorado. KidSafe is a nonprofit founded in 2009 with a mission to teach personal safety to children and their parents by building strong, resilient families and safer communities free from sexual abuse and childhood trauma. KidSafe has provided education to more 55,000 children and 35,000 adults. For more information, visit www. kidsafefoundation.org or call (855) 844-SAFE.

Two From Wellington Named To Bank Of America Student Leaders Program

Bank of America recently announced that the four Palm Beach County high school juniors and seniors selected for the prestigious Student Leaders program have started their paid summer internship experience of leadership, civic engagement and workforce skills-building. In light of the health concerns that remain in local communities, the program has been adapted to a virtual format, through which students’ will have the opportunity to participate in sessions that will expose them to the vital role that nonprofits play in advancing community health, the importance of public-private partnerships to advance social change, and a focus on building financial acumen. The Class of 2020 Palm Beach County-based Bank of America Student Leaders include two from Wellington. Ashley Kulberg, a rising senior at the American Heritage School in Delray Beach, is passionate about debate and politics. She also has a pen pal in Bali and traveled to see her as part of her work with the school’s chapter of Education Rocks. Katherine Oung, a rising senior at the A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, is passionate about civic engagement and politics. She was recently featured in The New York Times for her op-ed titled “Coronavirus Racism Infected My High School.”

Other honorees include recent Santaluces High School graduate Zoe Farrell of Boynton Beach and Daniel Sanchez of Boca Raton, a rising senior at West Boca Raton High School. Palm Beach County Student Leaders will participate in programming that leverages Bank of America’s national partnerships and expertise and will work closely with the bank’s Palm Beach County leadership and nonprofit partners. They will participate in a collaborative, mentoring-focused project working closely with Communities in Schools of Palm Beach County to develop and deliver a social media strategy to support the organization’s efforts. In addition, Student Leaders will engage in conversations focused on social justice, civil rights and how to build a more diverse and

inclusive society, and have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of their personal finances through Better Money Habits, Bank of America’s financial wellness and education platform. “Now more than ever, as we collectively navigate the challenges we face in our communities, we remain committed to supporting youth and young adults of all backgrounds by connecting them to jobs, skills-building and leadership development,” said Fabiola Brumley, Palm Beach market president and southeast regional executive for Bank of America. “Creating opportunities for our youth to gain skills and build a network is a powerful investment in the future of our community.” As part of their Student Leader experience, each student will receive a $5,000 stipend.

Robin Eisenson, Michaela Brooks Graduate From Boston University

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Apparel Company Donates Masks To Local Charter Schools

Eleven30apparel will donate as many as 20,000 three-ply masks to Palms West Charter School and several of its Renaissance Charter sister schools in Florida. The donation is a collaborative effort among eleven30apparel and Pyra Promotions, as well as Tags4Teachers, eleven30apparel’s nonprofit organization. The masks were delivered to Palms West Charter School at 12031 Southern Blvd. in Royal Palm Beach on Wednesday, July 15. “We are a company that cares about and takes action for both communities and people,” said Jenell Harris, one of the co-owners at eleven30apparel. “We are enormously thankful that we and our network of suppliers can be of help to our local schools throughout Florida in the COVID-19 pandemic.” As schools prepare for an uncertain fall, donations such as this

are greatly appreciated by school administrators. “Charter Schools USA is working with our schools to provide safety and PPE for our students and staff, but the reality is that none of us know how great the demand will be,” said Steve Epstein, principal of Palms West Charter School. “This donation will be a tremendous help, and we are grateful to eleven30apparel and its partners for stepping in to help make our re-opening process go smoothly. This donation will help our students and staff here at Palms West, as well as at our sister schools in Palm Beach County or any CSUSA schools where there is a need.” As the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) continues to update its guidelines for schools re-opening in the fall, masks are recommended when feasible for students and staff when physical distancing is difficult. Specific requirements

Principal Steve Epstein, Scott Harris of eleven30apparel and Assistant Principal Mary Beth Greene unpack masks. are still under consideration and will be determined closer to the beginning of school. “The COVID-19 pandemic has put an enormous strain on our

society, especially our students and teachers,” Harris said. “We are honored to be among the many companies and people who are providing support and resources to

Scott Harris, Brett Seick, Jenell Harris, Mary Beth Greene and Steve Epstein with some of the donated masks.

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help in the outbreak of the virus.” Eleven30apparel will also donate 5,000 masks to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital to be distributed to its partner schools in

Broward County in the near future. For more information about eleven30apparel, Pyra Promotions and Tags4Teachers, visit www. eleven30apparel.com.

PBSC Chosen By DOE As Second Chance Pell Experiment Site

Palm Beach State College has been invited by the U.S. Department of Education to participate in its Second Chance Pell experiment, which will provide more education opportunities for incarcerated individuals in Palm Beach and Martin counties. The initiative, first created in 2015, provides need-based federal Pell grants for individuals in federal and state prisons to enroll in post-secondary programs offered

at local colleges and universities or distance learning providers. PBSC is among a new group of 67 schools invited to participate this year. “We are focused on workforce development and improving the lives of citizens in our community,” said Nikole Konieczny, PBSC’s director of corporate training. “This effort assists by reducing recidivism and providing career pathways that are

associated with sustainable jobs.” PBSC was among more than 180 colleges and universities that submitted letters of interest to participate in the initiative, according to the Department of Education. The initiative is in line with PBSC’s existing educational outreach work at the Sago Palm Re-Entry Center in Pahokee. Through a partnership with the Florida Department of Corrections, the college’s Cor-

2020 Dwyer Awards Group Pays Off School Lunch Debt With Extra Funds

The Economic Council of Palm Beach County Foundation hosted the 36th annual William T. Dwyer Awards for Excellence in Education earlier this summer, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, hundreds attended the 2020 ceremony virtually, via a live webinar. Because the event was virtual, rather than in person, the Dwyer Awards had a surplus of funds. The 2020 Dwyer Awards committee, sponsors and staff of the Economic Council of Palm Beach County Foundation decided to use these funds for the good of the students in Palm Beach County. The surplus of money will be

used to pay off the nearly $26,000 of outstanding school lunch debt. “Thanks to all of our generous supporters and sponsors, our virtual event left us with additional funds,” said Michele Jacobs, president and CEO of Economic Council of Palm Beach County. “When we learned that we had the opportunity to help approximately 9,700 students in Palm Beach County start the next school year debt free within the food service, we didn’t hesitate!” The Dwyer Awards, an annual program developed in 1984 and supported by the Economic Council of Palm Beach County, honors

outstanding educators from public and private schools in Palm Beach County, increases awareness of exemplary teaching, supports educators with financial awards and encourages all residents to promote high standards for excellence in education. Teachers are nominated by each school, and finalists and winners are selected by panels of volunteer judges. The Economic Council of Palm Beach County is comprised of business leaders who are committed to educational excellence as a key tenet for creating an environment for business to prosper. Learn more at www.economiccouncilpbc.org.

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Second Chance Pell experiment, the college will move forward with plans to add a degree program in hospitality and tourism management to its offerings at the Sago Palm Re-Entry Center and begin offering a degree program in landscape and horticulture management at the Martin Correctional Institution. The target year for offering the two degree programs is 2022. Serving 49,000 students annually, Palm Beach State College

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Wellington To Host Back To School Drive-Thru Event On Aug. 15

To make sure that local students are prepared for a great start to the 2020-21 school year, the Village of Wellington will host a Back to School Drive-Thru event on Saturday, Aug. 15 at Village Park from 8 to 11 a.m. Registration is required. Students must be Wellington residents or attend a Wellington school in order to receive supplies. Registrations must be submitted through Eventbrite at www.eventbrite. com/e/wellingtons-back-toschool-drive-thru-event-registration-113666339080. Register early, as supplies are limited.

Village Park is located at 11700 Pierson Road. Enter through 120th Avenue South. Students registered for the event will receive a backpack and backto-school supplies made possible through partnerships with premier sponsor the Christopher Aguirre Memorial Foundation and supporting community sponsors the Wellington Community Foundation, the Wellington Rotary Club, Humana, Chick-Fil-A, Baptist Health South Florida and the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Health Specialty Center. Village Park will be closed to

the general public until noon on the day of the event in order to accommodate one-way traffic. The entrance for the event will be located off of 120th Avenue South, with guests exiting the park at Pierson Road. In an effort to make this a socially distanced and safe event, guests must stay in their vehicles. Wellington’s Community Services staff will enlist the help of local sponsors to place the supplies in each vehicle. For more information, contact Wellington’s Community Services Department at (561) 791-4796.


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LOCAL ROTARIANS TEAM UP WITH BACK TO BASICS ON SCHOOL UNIFORMS

Wellington Rotary Club members gathered at the Back to Basics warehouse in Wellington on Monday, July 20 to help the local nonprofit distribute new school uniforms to students in need. Representatives from different schools dropped by to pick up the uniforms. Learn more about the mission of Back to Basics, and how you can help, at www.backtobasicsinc.org.

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Lauren Hitchcock, George Kinoshita, Maggie Zeller, Gail Williams, Jeanette Hitchcock, Megan and Ryan Enriquez, Back to Basics founder Beverly Perham, Tom Eastwood and Mickey Smith.

George Kinoshita, Gail Williams and Maggie Zeller with Jaime Castellanos of Binks Forest Elementary School.

Pahokee Elementary School’s Tarchur Tomlin and Sheila McKenzie (right) with volunteers.

Representatives of Crosspointe Elementary School load up uniforms.

Belvedere Elementary School’s Deyanira Venereo.

Barton Elementary School’s Josette Boucard and Back to Basics Executive Director Kelle Enriquez with volunteers.

Kim Depatie, Gail Williams, Lauren Hitchcock and Tom Eastwood with boxes of uniforms.

Homeschool Golf Program Finds A New Home In Royal Palm Beach

Homeschool students were reunited with coach Glen Beaver in June when he resumed sessions that were suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March.

Coach Glen Beaver works with a student.

The group golf sessions are now offered at the Golf Practice Center at Commons Park in Royal Palm Beach, as well as at Dyer Park in Riviera Beach. “I am honored that the families are willing to travel to the new locations,” Beaver said. “I have learned that home educators put a lot of thought into how they allocate their time, and the fact that they choose my program means a lot.” Beaver launched the program in fall 2018 at the Park Ridge Golf Course with 11 students, and by March 2020, it had grown to include three different sessions, including one at the Okeeheelee Golf Course, serving almost 70 students. He had hoped to continue at the Palm Beach County courses, but

when new management took over those courses, his programs were not retained. “I was quite shocked, to be honest, but it was their decision to make,” Beaver said. “Our goals just didn’t line up.” His goal has always been to give people, no matter their age or ability, the opportunity to learn golf at an affordable price point. “I started teaching because I want others to enjoy the game,” he said. “It’s about seeing my students progress and have fun.” Fortunately, J.P. Begley of Begley Golf found value in meeting the needs of homeschool students, and he welcomed Beaver into Commons Park. A six-week makeup session was offered beginning in June for families willing to resume, and another

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RPB Council Rejects Request To Use Shingle Roofs At BellaSera

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Royal Palm Beach Village Council on Thursday, July 16 unanimously denied the use of shingle roofs for new models at Lennar’s BellaSera development at the north end of Crestwood Blvd. after hearing 49 letters from current homeowners there objecting to the shingle roofs. Although the majority of letters approved of the new models overall, the writers felt that the less expensive shingle roofs would cheapen the look of existing homes, which all have Mediterranean-style tile roofs. Some of the letters contended that the shingle roofs had a reduced life, and the wearing of those roofs over time would lower overall home values due to the unsightly appearance of the weathered roofs. Royal Palm Beach’s Planning & Zoning Commission had recom-

mended approval of the shingle roofs with the new models in a 4-0 vote on June 23, although village staff had recommended denial of the shingle roofs. However, that board did not receive any objections from the public at the time. At the July 16 meeting, developer’s representative Jennifer Vail requested approval for 10 new models at BellaSera, with optional shingle roofs at a reduced cost, but letters to the council unanimously opposed the idea of shingle roofs, although they did not oppose the overall design of the new models. “I think if Lennar uses shingle roofs in the future, it will diminish the value of the houses in the community as a whole,” one of the letters stated. “The tile roof that has been used in the houses adds to the beauty of the design. Switching to shingle roofs would cheapen the look of the houses. I feel that due to this, the value of

the houses will go down as well.” Mayor Fred Pinto pointed out that the recommendation from village staff had been to approve the 10 new models in the development but not for the shingle roofs. “I would just like to comment on the input that we’ve gotten from the residents who currently live in that community,” Pinto said. “I think they make a very valid point. This community is about halfway to buildout. One of the more important issues when a citizen is choosing to buy into a new community that didn’t exist, they really put a lot of credence into the promises that were made to them. It’s clear that these residents were told that it would be a community with tile roofs.” Councilman Richard Valuntas made a motion to approve the 10 new models, but to deny the request for optional shingle roofs, which carried 5-0.

Lennar’s BellaSera is located at the north end of Crestwood Blvd.

ITID Board Approves Final Adjustments For Expansion Of Park

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Indian Trail Improvement District Board of Supervisors on Wednesday, July 22 held what might be the last weekly board meeting on the completion of Acreage Community Park’s southern extension. The board, which hired a new contractor last December after delays in finishing the park expansion, has been meeting weekly over the past several months to manage the progress of the park under a new contractor, Loren Jock Trucking. On July 22, the board approved a punch list of items to be com-

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pleted related to irrigation, landscaping and electrical work in order to have the park in shape to receive a certificate of occupancy from Palm Beach County. The four items approved 5-0 by the board were a change order and reduction of retainer with an electrician subcontractor retained by the previous contractor, who had agreed to complete the work, and for additional landscaping costs to extend the irrigation system into landscaped stormwater retention areas. Project Manager Jim Orth, engineer of record for the park, said the electrical contractor had submitted a change order to the

previous contractor for additional 2-inch conduits related to amphitheater sound and communications enhancements requested by ITID during the construction process that had not been authorized by the previous contractor. “They started out with a change order of around $16,000. We negotiated it down to $7,000,” Orth said, adding that after discussions about grounding concerns for the system, a settlement was reached. “We felt an adjustment needed to be made because most of the work was completed.” County inspectors also pointed out electrical changes they wanted for the concession stand water

heater and exhaust fans. Orth said the changes required architectural fees to change the original designs. “The change order that we’re recommending is for $26,207 that included some architectural and engineering fees,” he said. Another request was for corrections caused by vandalism that had occurred during the construction process. Orth noted that ITID staff was willing to do most of the work, except for a door that had been damaged, at a cost of $900. Orth also requested approval of a $6,722 change order to expand the irrigation system to include

planting beds to nine areas that the original irrigation system had not been designed to reach, as well as plantings in those areas. “The landscape architect thought that it was a good price for the added value of the project and recommended approval,” he said, adding that there may be irrigation repairs that could exceed $15,000. As for overall progress, Orth said the paving company is onsite and working between the rain. “The ballfield contractor is out there grading,” he said. “They’re laser grading, so they should be doing a better job than [the previous contractor] did.”

Orth said the landscaping contractor is progressing with plantings that had been recommended earlier to comply with anticipated county requests, adding that the county had no additional requests, other than revisions to CAD files that had not come through to the county computer system. The board had one other weekly meeting related to the park scheduled for July 30 that they decided might not be necessary. The next regular board meeting is scheduled for Sept. 16, with an attorney/client session that was scheduled for July 28 and a mobility workshop to discuss roads, sidewalks and trails on Sept. 2.

Seaborne later served as staff counsel for a national insurance company. She then started her own practice handling family law cases. “Additionally, I have a position with the Office of Regional Conflict Counsel where I take criminal cases for indigent clients,” she said. Seaborne participates in many community outreach organizations, including Delta Sigma Theta, a public service sorority, and the Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church outreach program. “I have tried more than 71

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“I know that the position of judge is a position of service, trust and not that of entitlement,” she said. “The judge is entrusted to serve as a neutral and unbiased decision maker. That is a position that is not to be taken lightly or with callousness.” She is critical of her opponent’s record in the courtroom. “My opponent has had 20 years to prove to the citizens of Palm Beach County that she can be a fair and just judge, and, unfortunately, she has failed to do so,” Seaborne said. “For the past seven years, she has been convicting

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I’ve decided to hide out near my daughter in Missouri until “The COVID” dies down in Florida, mostly because I respect the odds, especially when it comes to gambling with my life. Missouri has had 43,000 cases of the virus since the outbreak started, with 1,200 people dying. Florida has had ten times that amount with 420,000 cases and 5,800 deaths. But let’s not scare ourselves unnecessarily. It’s not like we’re living in Miami or St. Louis. If we confine ourselves to counties (and I literally mean “confine”), Jackson County (where I am) accounts for 2,500 of Missouri’s total with 50 of the deaths. In Florida, Palm Beach County has had 30,000 cases with 750 deaths. It’s scary, and so we must ask ourselves,

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The Sonic BOOMER “Who can we blame for all this?” Florida is roughly three times the population of Missouri (20 million people vs. six million) and hosts roughly three times the number of tourists as well (131 million as compared to 41 million). It is also interesting to note that Florida’s tourism numbers dipped only 10 percent in the

first quarter of the year, while Missouri’s tourism industry didn’t even “open for business” until June. So it is easy to see where this rampant virus came from — outsiders! Now, logic would tell you that if I was in Florida the early part of the year but then ran for my summer home in June, that I myself became one of Missouri’s “outsiders.” Guilty as charged. But I did self-quarantine. I hunkered down, alone and miserable, for 14 full days to see if any symptoms showed up. I was lucky. And I want to stay “lucky,” so I wear a mask. And gloves. And have sanitizing wipes in my car, my purse and on the kitchen counter. I’ve used up several bottles of bleach and a few more of rubbing

alcohol. I’ve entirely given up fun outings, interesting friends and any form of coughing. It scares people. But I’m not bored. My new hobby is being judgmental. If I see you sneezing into your hand instead of your elbow? Shame on you! Not wearing a mask in a public place? You’re a pariah! Wearing a mask but letting your nose hang out? You must be in total denial! To help myself stay on top of this fun game, I also collect scary stories. My nephew is an ICU nurse in Petaluma, Calif., where they are running out of equipment and their face shields are cracked. He’ll ask a patient if they want Jell-O, turn around at the door to ask, “Which flavor?” and they are suddenly

dying. I know a minister who conducted a small-town wedding where not one of the 100 guests was wearing a mask. “But you were, right?” I ask. Nothing but guilty silence. Today, the lady behind me at the bank told of a “healthy 41-year-old friend of mine” who got seriously ill with the virus. “I’m currently waiting for my own test results!” she boasted. Then why are you at the bank? Why are you talking to me? With your nose hanging out!? Stay home! Remember in high school history class, when we studied one plague or another? We all thought to ourselves, “Those idiots. If they had just taken simple precautions, they would’ve been all right.” But now we know why so many were afflicted... because they were only human, just like us.

The Two Americas: How The Virus Has Created Another Duality

For decades, there have been books written about two Americas. We’ve had divisions by rich and poor, by black and white, by liberal and conservative, by Democrat and Republican, and plenty other splits. But the COVID-19 pandemic has created a new duality. We have people for whom it is an annoyance and people for whom it is a looming disaster. Here in Palm Beach County, we have plenty of the former. I am one of them. I am a government retiree with a nice pension, as is my wife, and we are of an age to have Social Security added to that. So, our income has been stable. Our expenses are even somewhat lower since we don’t drive around much and many of the stores we like were, and in some cases still are, closed. Yes, it is an annoyance that there are no new movies, and for a while there was a bit of concern about shortages

‘I’ On CULTURE By Leonard Wechsler of toilet paper, but life has gone on. And stable retirees have been OK. Government employees have also done OK. Even when their places of work closed, they continued to receive paychecks. Work could be done from home in most cases or not at all in some cases. Schools were closed, but teachers could work online. That it didn’t always work well has generally been overlooked. Many children of the poor never got online

at all, and many others were not able to function well working through computers. But most of the school staff has been paid. So, some of us are not discontented. But there are many people who are unhappy. Not having a paycheck is not easy for much of the middle class. Families have seen their savings dry up. Yes, governments have helped by allowing non-payment of mortgage installments and rent. But there seems little doubt that this means that mortgages will go on for a longer period of time. And no one seems to know what will happen with renters. People who own rental buildings are not getting money despite having expenses. Will renters have to catch up? And even more worrisome for apartment building owners, some people are talking about canceling all rents. Want to bet how many new buildings will go up then?

What makes this particularly tricky is that there are places where needs collide. I hear people in my senior community comment forcefully that schools should “of course not re-open” and then hear others argue that their own children are facing the problem of how they can return to work if their children have to remain home all day, particularly for young ones. Parents who have, let’s say, one child of seven and one of nine can’t leave them alone with a computer going. So, they have to choose between having money for food and risking their children. New York City has proposed handling this by opening day care centers for the kids where “professionals” will watch them… but not teach them. Aside from a lack of teachers, the risk is exactly the same as with a school. But a lot of kids will continue without a good education.

In the end, many will have to find ways to have their children educated, and many understand that even if they financially sacrifice for their family by not going to work, their children will not get the quality education that their taxes are paying for. And, of course, there are people who are going to work and have to deal with possible infection. Wearing a mask all day is unpleasant and uncomfortable. But these people work and take risks while others are allowed to stay home and collect their paychecks. It causes resentment because those providing service are not happy that others are often being paid more to not provide needed services for them. It is a serious issue. I am not one of those people who believe that some groups want things bad as a way of affecting the coming election. But don’t we need to do something to solve this duality?

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Public Schools Set To Open On Aug. 31 With Distance Learning

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Palm Beach County School Board on Wednesday, July 22 unanimously approved Monday, Aug. 31 as the new start date for students in the 2020-21 school year, beginning with distance learning, returning to classrooms in phases as the situation with COVID-19 improves. The decision is subject to approval by the Florida Department of Education. The school district must submit its plan by July 31. Superintendent Dr. Donald Fennoy said virtual learning has advanced from the initial systems put in place when schools were closed in March due to COVID-19. “We all learned firsthand when the district shifted to distance learning last March that technol-

ogy is and will be a fundamental goal for achieving our pillars of effective instruction and providing digital and vivid learning opportunities,” Fennoy said. He added that school district staff has been busy this summer updating many school campuses, paid for by the district’s portion of Palm Beach County’s one-cent sales surtax. “Although we’re starting this year in a distance learning mode of instruction, these districtwide improvements will make the return to our campuses that much more special when it is safe to resume personal instruction,” Fennoy said. The change of the start date to Aug. 31 also means that the school year will continue later into next spring, ending on June 18, 2021. School Board Member Erica

Whitfield said that she and other school board members considered the thousands of e-mails and other correspondence about the circumstances of schools re-opening, although some might not be happy with the final decision. “I’m also super grateful to our teachers, who stepped up to the plate in the spring when we had the most uncertain of times and had to continue to offer their unwavering commitment and dedication to their profession and for our children,” Whitfield said. School Board Member Marcia Andrews said distance learning is not a substitute for in-class learning. “It is our hope that we can get out of Phase 1 as soon as possible,” Andrews said. “This is where we sit right now, and we’re getting to do the best we can. We’re all

in this together, but parents, your voice is very powerful as it relates to your child.” She thanked the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County and other agencies that offered additional summer programs in lieu of school summer camps. “They helped our children academically, socially and emotionally,” Andrews said. School Board Vice Chair Chuck Shaw said the district has gone through circumstances that were unimaginable due to the pandemic. “We need our children back in school, but we need to do it in a way that’s responsible,” he said. School Board Member Dr. Debra Robinson, who led the charge for distance learning to start the year, said she was thankful for the advice of the district’s health

advisory committee. “Sometimes it is very affirming to me when I hear my professional colleagues saying what I said,” she said. School Board Chair Frank Barbieri said he had spoken with Florida Department of Health-Palm Beach County Director Dr. Alina

Alonso that morning, who assured him that she would be available to provide whatever information the district needs to make decisions vital to the health of students and staff. Read the full re-opening plan at www.palmbeachschools.org.

Library Program Gets PBSO Grant

The Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System has received a $25,000 grant from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Trust Fund. The grant will fund a program that provides books to inmates at the Main and West County Detention Centers. With the aid of the Law Enforcement Trust Fund grant, library staff will continue the program of

curating educational, vocational and fiction titles for Palm Beach County inmates at the two detention centers. This practice has been shown to increase the effectiveness of rehabilitation in the short term and reduce recidivism in the long term. Library staff will learn inmates’ reading, informational and educational needs and create a collection that can change their lives.

OUTSIDERS DRILL TEAM PRACTICES FOR UPCOMING SUNSHINE STATE EVENT

Outsiders Drill Team members held a practice on Monday, July 27 at Old Cypress in Loxahatchee Groves. Riders practiced several choregraphed maneuvers to music, such as the pinwheel and the whip. The local drill team is getting ready for competition. The Sunshine State Mounted Drill Team Association’s second and third 2020 season qualifiers will be held on Aug. 15 and Aug. 16 at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center & Fairgrounds. To learn more about the Outsiders Drill Team, e-mail outsidersdrillteam@ gmail.com. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

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about six years old, and he is the fattest Chihuahua you have ever seen, so he is kind of odd looking. He is crazy about kids and is a true troublemaker. He has so much personality.” High school students help out with the handiwork, as well as young children who enjoy the crafts. “I also want to recognize

cutors, and that there have been incidents within the PBSO among a small percentage of deputies who have abused their position, such as the shootings of Seth Adams in Loxahatchee Groves and others whose families were awarded large legal settlements for bad police behavior. Bradshaw said that after the George Floyd incident, he watched a speech by former President Barack Obama where he cited steps that must be taken to reform law enforcement. “We’ve been doing those things for a lot of years now,” he said. “Two of the most important things for accountability are having the policies where they need to be, but when it comes to reporting and investigating uses of force, nobody does it better than we do. We have state-of-the-art documentation. In fact, we are already networking with the FBI to take our documentation… and put them into the national database.”

Bradshaw added that the PBSO has a database that tracks deputies who use force more often than they should so the department can take corrective action. Bradshaw has a master’s degree in administration with specialization in emergency management. Learn more about his campaign at www.ricbradshawforsheriff.com. Freeman retired last year as a major with the Riviera Beach Police Department. He has a bachelor’s degree in public administration and certification in command officer development. Learn more about his campaign at www.alexfreemanforsheriff.com. Diaz, the Republican candidate, also took part in the forum. However, he does not appear on the August primary ballot. The Town-Crier will cover the November races closer to the general election. Learn more about his campaign at www.diazforsheriff. com.

growth projections based upon analysis of objective data. There is often some question of the objectivity of research presented by developers… This way, the village can be sure any project is grounded in economic reality.” O’Dell added that the study will also try to determine key elements that might be missing from the area. “The village is nearly built out, and this study will show what is missing and allow the future growth to enhance the corridor,” he said. “We are not an island. We will work with adjacent neighbors.” While the focus is on the mall area, the actual boundaries of the study go from Okeechobee Blvd. to the north and Atlantic Ave. to the south. Little said that with such a study being implemented during a global pandemic, there would be significant impact and there are many unknowns. Therefore, Wellington staff put in a provision that is unique to the project. “It is divided into three distinct phases

and can be stopped at any time, without incurring any penalty,” he said. The first phase is to gather data and analyze it. That data only runs through December 2019, before the pandemic hit. “There is a challenge to get some of the stakeholder interviews remotely,” said Stillings, who explained that the first phase will take about three or four months of the year-long study. “If we find all the answers are ‘COVID this,’ and ‘COVID that,’ and that it has too much impact on the data, we can hit pause for a while,” said O’Dell, adding that most stakeholders they have spoken with are currently planning to move forward with projects. “The phases are specifically planned so that we get bankable numbers to make sound decisions at the end of each phase,” Little said. At the completion of the study, the TCRPC’s in-house design team can present economically viable design concepts for the village parcels.

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Health Care District Reaches A COVID-19 Testing Milestone

Since launching Palm Beach County’s largest COVID-19 drive-thru test site at the Fitteam Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on March 31, the Health Care District of Palm Beach County’s Brumback Clinics met a milestone last week by providing more than 60,000 tests to the community — all at no charge. This number amounts to more than a quarter of all 231,777 people tested in the county. In addition to the ballpark, the Brumback Clinics offer walkup testing at the Belle Glade, West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Delray Beach and Lantana clinics, as well as in neighborhoods of need with the mobile health clinic, Scout. “This milestone in testing is a direct result of the dedication and hard work of more than 200 Brumback Clinics’ team members and

Health Care District support staff,” said Dr. Belma Andrić, chief medical officer and executive director of clinic services for the Health Care District. “Our clinics serve all patients, with or without insurance, through telehealth, inpatient medical visits and COVID-19 testing. This effort aligns with our mission to serve residents in our community when they need us the most.” This marks the first time that the Health Care District, a unique and complex public healthcare system, has conducted wide-scale clinical testing that now includes seven sites. Thanks to the support of Gov. Ron DeSantis, the Florida Department of Emergency Management, Palm Beach County, the Florida National Guard, and the Health Care District’s IT and call center teams, the Brumback Clinics had

TooJay’s Partners With Delivery Dudes To Offer August Discount As more people turn to food delivery services while the pandemic endures, TooJay’s Deli recently announced a special delivery discount. From now through Monday, Aug. 31, guests can receive $5 off an order of $10 or more through Delivery Dudes when using the code TOOJAYS5. To place an order, guests can call (561) 900-7060 or visit www. deliverydudes.com. The offer is one order per customer and cannot be combined with any other offer. TooJay’s is also excited to wel-

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the ballpark testing site up and running in just three days. “I am very proud of the speed with which we mobilized this complex testing initiative and the ongoing quality of our operations during this pandemic,” Health Care District CEO Darcy Davis said. “We have swabbed a lot of noses, and it’s clear we will be on the frontlines of testing well into the future.” Regina Umpierrez of Boynton Beach received testing at the Health Care District’s mobile clinic, Scout. The county, which provided the clinic on wheels through federal CARES Act funding, assigns the vehicle to different neighborhoods each weekday to enhance access to testing for residents in underserved areas. “My testing experience was

very good,” said Umpierrez, who wonders if she was exposed to COVID-19 while volunteering at a soup kitchen. “I like the service, the people and that they come close to my home.” Residents are encouraged to schedule an appointment by calling the testing hotline at (561) 642-1000. In the past month, the hotline has received calls from nearly 45,000 people. Anyone of any age can be tested if they have symptoms. The Brumback Clinics are the medical home for some 50,000 adult and pediatric patients throughout Palm Beach County. To learn more about the Brumback Clinics, or to schedule an appointment for a medical telehealth or inpatient visit, call (561) 642-1000 or visit www.brumbackclinics.org.

Patient Regina Umpierrez was tested at the Health Care District’s mobile unit, known as Scout.

FPL VOLUNTEERS HELP SENIORS GET STORM READY

On July 1, Florida Power & Light and Meals on Wheels volunteers helped pack hurricane food kits to deliver to homebound seniors in Palm Beach County for use during a hurricane emergency. More than 300 emergency food kits were delivered to help prepare seniors for hurricane season, and each kit contains a three-day supply of shelf-stable food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and water to help homebound seniors after a storm.

COVID-19 Testing Now Available At Wellington Physicians Urgent Care

Wellington Physicians Urgent Care at Palomino Park, an urgent care center affiliated with Wellington Regional Medical Center, has begun COVID-19 nasal swab testing. The nasal swab test is covered by most insurance plans or can be performed for $175. To arrange an appointment, or for more information about the test, call (561) 333-4000. The nasal swab test at Wellington Physicians Urgent Care is available for any age and takes moments to perform with results available in just a few days. Test results are provided to the patient by both a phone call and through the Wellington Regional patient’s portal. “During the second surge of COVID-19, there are a percentage

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Drive-Thru Job Fair Set For Aug. 6 In West Palm Beach

The West Palm Beach Office of Express Employment Professionals will host its second “touchless” hiring event, called a “Drive-Thru Job Fair,” on National Interview Day. The event will be held on Thursday, Aug. 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the West Pam Beach Express Office, located at 2540 Metrocentre Blvd. Applicants will drive their cars into the Express parking lot, where they will be directed to the appropriate area for their interview.

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By Mike May Town-Crier Staff Report Johns Hopkins University, Vanderbilt University, Stanford University, Ohio State University, Carson-Newman University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Loyola University New Orleans and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Those are the eight universities where nine former members of the Wellington Colts Little League travel baseball team are headed this fall to pursue a college degree and to continue playing ball at the next level. For most of them, the sport will be baseball, but Griffin Lampton, a Vanderbilt commit, has traded in his baseball spikes for football cleats. He’s making the transition from patrolling center field to playing defensive end and linebacker on the football gridiron for the Vanderbilt Commodores in Nashville. It’s no surprise to local coaches, parents, administrators and opposing players that players on that Colts team that advanced to the Little League Intermediate (50/70) Baseball World Series championship final in 2015 in Livermore, California, are now making plans

to play college ball. Clearly, they are keeping their athletic dreams alive. “They are all going to great academic schools, which is huge,” said Chad Mills, their head coach/ manager. “They are all very fortunate.” It seems like yesterday when the Colts — winners of the U.S. title in Livermore after beating teams from California, Minnesota, New York, Texas and Hawaii — advanced to the grand finale to play South Korea, which had won the Little League World Series title for their age group the year before in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Even though South Korea won that championship game 10-5, the loss didn’t dampen the baseball spirit and enthusiasm of the Wellington Colts, who returned home national champs. When the Colts — all with ties to Wellington — graduated from middle school and advanced to high school, they divided and separated, but they continued to lead in their own way. Shawn Steuerer enrolled at the Oxbridge Academy in West Palm Beach and became the starting third baseman for the Thunderwolves. He’s headed to Johns

Hopkins in Baltimore. He’ll be studying electrical engineering, when he’s not breaking down game film of the opposition. Like his other teammates, Steuerer is bigger, taller, stronger, faster and better than he was when he faced the South Koreans in 2015. “Five years ago, Shawn was 5-foot-6 and 130 pounds. Now, he’s 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds,” Mills said. Who would win if the Wellington Colts and the South Korean team met again in 2020 on the baseball diamond? “I think we would win in a rematch,” Steuerer said. “We would definitely win,” Mills agreed. “Back then, we were tiny compared to them.” And, what would have happened if those 10 Colts had all attended the same high school together? “We would have won a few state titles, possibly becoming one of the top high school baseball teams in the country during our careers,” Steuerer imagined. Steuerer has powerful genes on his side as his father. Jerry Steuerer owns Scotty’s Sport Shop in Wellington and played NCAA

Division II college basketball at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut) from 1975 to 1979. He was a third-team All-American in his senior year when he led the team to the NCAA Division II Final Four. Unfortunately, the team ended up losing to North Alabama in its national semifinal game by just one point. “That [Colts] team was loaded with pitching, power, speed and lots of talent,” Jerry Steuerer recalled. “That was a fun team to watch play, and they usually won. As a parent, I miss those days.” Fortunately, his baseball watching days remain alive and well since his son is headed to Johns Hopkins, which will require a few visits to the Baltimore-based campus, an NCAA Division III school, when the next college baseball season starts in 2021. As for the other players on the Colts, twin brothers Jaden and Ryan Bruno, who graduated from the American Heritage School in Delray Beach, have signed with Stanford University in California. Both boys will be pitching for Stanford in 2021 and beyond. According to Mills, they have what it takes to play college baseball, as their fastballs exceed 90 miles per hour. Jake Mills, a teammate of Steuerer’s at Oxbridge, pitches and plays shortstop. He will be a Buckeye at Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio. “Jake has a high baseball IQ and has always wanted to be the guy in clutch time,” said his father, the coach.

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Outfielder Sam Astern, a Bronco from Palm Beach Central High School, will be attending college and playing baseball for the Eagles of Carson-Newman in Jefferson City, Tennessee. “Sam tracks the ball in the outfield as well as anyone,” Mills said. Jude Baxt, also a Palm Beach Central graduate, will be pitching for the Knights at Fairleigh Dickinson in New Jersey. “For us, Jude was a bulldog on the mound,” Mills said. Andrew Reidell, a graduate of Cardinal Newman High School, is now pitching for the Wolf Pack at Loyola in New Orleans. “He had a nice freshman season at Loyola and will improve next season,” Mills said. Fellow teammate Jacob Baughman, a 2019 graduate of Suncoast High School, is currently enrolled at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado. He played baseball as a freshman for the Falcons, but

he has stopped playing baseball so he can focus on his academics and the rigors of what it takes to be a pilot. Another member of the Colts who didn’t make the trip to California in 2015 was infielder Nick Hoffman, who had suffered an injury. Hoffman graduated from Palm Beach Gardens High School this year. He’ll be playing second base for the Eagles of Embry-Riddle in Daytona Beach. “He can play anywhere in the infield,” Mills said. Clearly, those 2015 Wellington Colts had lots of talent and knew what it took to play winning baseball. They also played with passion and purpose. “The Colts shared a great friendship, strong chemistry and genuine camaraderie,” Mills said. “They played well together as a team.” And, that’s why they were winners then, and why they remain winners to this day.

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The 2015 Wellington Colts — (Front row) Manager/head coach Chad Mills, Jude Baxt, Jaden Bruno, Sam Astern, Aiden Meyers, Jake Mills and Shawn Steuerer; and (back row) assistant coach Pete Bruno, Christian Medina, Griffin Lampton, Zach Epstein, Ryan Bruno, Andrew Reidell, Jacob Baughman and assistant coach John Baughman.

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

Town-Crier Classified 561-793-7606

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

Town-Crier Classifieds 561-793-7606 Screening

Water Systems E X C E L WAT E R S Y S T E M S & F O U N TA I N SERVICES — Pure And Perfect Water Always! We a l s o s e r v i c e a n d i n s t a l l c o m m e r c i a l beverage dispensing equipment. (561) 693-9971

Real Estate For Sale Loxahatchee Groves R E S I D E N T I A L/L A N D/FA R M S Full Service Realtor Phillis M. Maniglia, P.A. 561-460-8257 www.phillismaniglia.com SaddleTrails Realty, Inc.

Real Estate Property Maintenace Attention Manhattan Homeowners!

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

ATTENTION MANHATTAN HOMEOWNERS! — Contact us anytime, 24/7 for professional orchestration of home repairs & Maintenance, housechecking and more! 347.244.2228 or www.katyhine.com

Septic Service

Seeking Employment

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

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

Window Cleaning WE DO WINDOWS — Window Cleaning, Licensed and Insured. Residential and Commercial. E s t a b l i s h e d 1 9 8 8 . K e e p Yo u r W i n d o w s , Frames and Screens Clean. 561-313-7098

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

Place your ad here. Call 561-793-7606

Fictitious Name Notices Legal Notice No. 671 Notice Under Fictitious Name Florida Statute 865.09 Public notice is hereby given that the undersigned desires to engage in business under the fictitious name of:

LBI Creative Located at:

2147 Wightman Drive Wellington, FL 33414

County of Palm Beach, Florida and intends to register said name with the Division of Corporations State of Florida, forthwith

Lorrie Browne

Publish:Town-Crier Newspaper

Date: 7-31-20

Legal Notice No. 672 Notice Under Fictitious Name Florida Statute 865.09 Public notice is hereby given that the undersigned desires to engage in business under the fictitious name of:

Events and Weddings by Yve Located at:

13620 Carlton St. Wellington, FL 33414

County of Palm Beach, Florida and intends to register said name with the Division of Corporations State of Florida, forthwith

Yvena Eugene

Publish:Town-Crier Newspaper

Date: 7-31-20

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