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RPB Council Approves New Park Master Plan

Volume 35, Number 25 June 20 - June 26, 2014

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The Royal Palm Beach Village Council approved updated plans for Royal Palm Beach Commons Park earlier this month that include a dog park and a revised location for a future senior living facility. However, council members raised concerns that the plans do not include ample shade for the dog park and would result in the demolition of the Harvin Center. Page 3

Donna Tucci’s School Of Dance Celebrates 20 Years With ‘Applause’

Donna Tucci’s School of Dance presented Applause, its 20th anniversary spectacular, on June 14 at Palm Beach Central High School. The school’s talented students and company dancers performed a variety of dances, with dancers of all levels showing off their skills. Page 5

Pet Haven Rescue Adoption/Reunion

Pet Haven Rescue held a reunion and adoption event Saturday, June 14 at the Wellington Dog Park. There was low-cost microchipping, dog washing and nail clipping, as well as vendors and food. Christie Banks of Sunny 107.9 FM and her two dogs greeted fans. Page 13


Let’s Hope The Latest Equestrian Master Plan Attempt Is A Success

This week, members of the Wellington Village Council hit the restart button on drawing up what could become the village’s long-awaited equestrian master plan. In a meeting with the Equestrian Preserve Committee, the council took yet another first step in attempting to tackle the issue. While we are glad to see another attempt at planning for Wellington’s equestrian future, we urge all parties to push for plans that will stick where so many other attempts have failed. Page 4

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Building Up Sports Academy and the Village of Wellington hosted a fishing camp June 9-12 on Lake Wellington, culminating in a fishing tournament on Thursday, June 12. Campers learned the fundamentals of fishing and were able to show off their skills. A second camp session will be held July 14-17. Shown here, Team Sharkbait tied for first place in the tournament. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 17 PHOTO BY LAUREN MIRÓ/TOWN-CRIER

Two Candidates Challenge Andrews For School Board

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Two candidates are challenging incumbent Marcia Andrews for the District 6 seat on the Palm Beach County School Board. Child advocate Carla Donaldson and retired school district Chief Operating Officer Joe Moore, both of Wellington, had qualified for the ballot as of Wednesday, although filing does not close until Friday at noon. The candidates will face off during the Aug. 26 primary election. If no candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters will advance to the general election. Donaldson said that her goal is to return the focus of the school board to children in the classrooms. “For the last five years, we have not been focusing on our kids — the progress of our students, the weaknesses of our students, the strengths of our students,” she said. “I want to bring the focus back to our classrooms. Expecta-

tions have dropped, and we need to raise that.” Donaldson said for the past five years, the focus has been adults blaming the state or the classrooms for not giving students sufficient education. “There has been more of a blame game than there has been an actual plan of how to increase performance in our students, whether it’s for the work force or for college,” she said. “Everything has been on college-ready, and we haven’t focused on the needs of our students in our classrooms. The conversation has not been about the students. It has been everything but, and I want to bring the focus back to the classrooms.” The School District of Palm Beach County is the 11th-largest in the United States and the fifthlargest in the state, with 185 schools serving 176,724 students who speak 150 languages and dialects. It is ranked 32nd in the state out of 74 districts, Donaldson said. “This ranking is unacceptable to See SCHOOL SEAT, page 16

Wellington Begins Process To VINCEREMOS COOKOFF Craft Equestrian Master Plan

By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report With input from equestrians, village leaders and staff, Wellington will again try to draft an equestrian master plan to guide future leaders toward preserving the equestrian community. Members of the Wellington Village Council met Tuesday with Equestrian Preserve Committee members and village staff to have the first of many discussions about the future of Wellington’s Equestrian Preserve. “I’m trying to find the next step here, having the equestrian community play an integral part in deciding what it wants to look like,” Mayor Bob Margolis said. “Even though the council makes the final decision, we need help from the equestrian community.” Council members directed staff to come back to both the committee and the council with additional information based on the work Wellington staff did with former County Commissioner Ken Adams several years ago. “It’s the best work I’ve ever seen done on this issue,” Village Manager Paul Schofield said. “We’ll need to have another meeting with the committee and the council so

you can get all the data.” An equestrian master plan — a guide for the future of the Equestrian Preserve — has been long in the making for Wellington. Many councils have attempted it in the past, but warring factions within the equestrian community and eventual changes in elected officials have thwarted several attempts. For more than a decade, Wellington’s equestrian community has operated under the rules of the Equestrian Overlay Zoning District (EOZD). Although it is not a comprehensive plan, it has helped regulate development. Still, officials say more regulation — along with a unified vision for the equestrian community — is needed to prevent future conflict. “There’s no issue more divisive and contentious in this village than issues dealing with the Equestrian Preserve,” Councilman Howard Coates said. Councilman Matt Willhite agreed, noting that although the community was created because of its shared equestrian interests, it has also been divided because of them. “We coexist because of the horse,” he said. “But we’ve al-

lowed the economics of it to tear this village apart. This didn’t happen over the last two years.” Wellington’s equestrian community sprang up with a growing industry, something Coates said has made creating a cohesive vision difficult. “We never had a master plan that provides detail and guidance at a council level to help us make defensible decisions when we have to decide on an issue,” he said. “Sometimes we’re operating in the dark.” Typically, master plans are drafted before development. With much of the space developed and in the hands of private owners — about 90 percent of the Equestrian Preserve is privately owned —Wellington’s efforts have been made more difficult by a lack of consensus in the community. “We’ve never had consensus among equestrians on anything that has come before us,” Coates said. “It’s almost always split.” Further complicating things is the private ownership factor, with land that often already has permitted development or other uses. “Usually when you are drafting a master plan, you own the propSee EQUESTRIAN, page 16

Tracy Gaugler Promoted To Principal At RPB Elementary

By Julie Unger Town-Crier Staff Report Assistant Principal Tracy Gaugler will be taking over for Suzanne Watson as the new principal of Royal Palm Beach Elementary School when Watson moves on to be an instructional specialist in the Palm Beach County School District’s Area 3 office. Gaugler, who has been at Royal Palm Beach Elementary for five years, feels up to the challenge. “I am thrilled at the opportunity to be the principal at Royal Palm Beach Elementary,” she told the Town-Crier. “I live in the commu-

nity, I have children who attend the public schools in our community, and I’m very excited to continue working with our children and families at Royal Palm Beach Elementary.” Knowing that Gaugler will be in charge has made things easier for Watson, who said that telling the staff she was leaving was one of the hardest things she has had to do in her career. “I know they’re being left in great hands,” Watson said. “Tracy is a fantastic administrator, and I know they’ll be taken care of. That sort of put my mind at ease,

knowing that the staff was just going to continue to thrive under great leadership. It gave me the opportunity to spread my wings a little bit and look at some other options.” Watson has been a cornerstone at the school since the day it opened in 2002, 12 years ago. “It was time for a change,” she said. “My assistant principal is taking over as principal, so I’m relieved and thrilled that the school is going to be well taken care of.” Watson was previously a curriculum specialist in Broward See PRINCIPAL, page 7

The Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center held a chili cookoff and volunteer appreciation event on Friday, June 13. Vinceremos staff, riders and volunteers gathered to taste chili, spend quality time with friends and participate in a raffle. Shown here, Juan Burbano, Karina Castro, Brandon Boterf, Ruth Menor, Carrie MacMillan and Christina Cooney enjoy the gathering. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 10 PHOTO BY JULIE UNGER/TOWN-CRIER

Three Indian Trail Board Seats Up For Election This Year

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Three seats are up for election on the Indian Trail Improvement District Board of Supervisors this year, and two challengers have come forward to face the incumbents. As of Wednesday, Supervisor Jennifer Hager was unopposed for re-election to Seat 1, while David Bradley is challenging Supervisor Ralph Bair for Seat 3, and Enrique Bassas is challenging ITID President Carol Jacobs for Seat 5. Filing closes at noon on Friday. If more than two candidates are seeking a seat, that election will be held during the primary in August. If not, the vote will be held in November. SEAT 3 — It was a streetlight issue that first got Bradley attending ITID meetings. “It started out small,” he said. “Once I started attending the meetings and seeing the dysfunction and lack of communication and

cooperation between the board members and the more vocal members of the community, I thought there’s got to be a better way.” After conferring with his wife, Bradley contacted his grandfather, former State Rep. Bernard Kimmel, who helped him put together a campaign. “I’ve come in contact with a lot of great people, the Acreage Landowners’ Association, and heard a lot of the issues that seem to have fallen on deaf ears when it comes to the board of supervisors. I know there’s a lot of things going in regard to Minto, but that’s not the only thing going on.” Bradley initially considered a run for Hager’s Seat 1 but switched to Seat 3 because he thought Bair did not participate as actively in discussions. “Something stuck out to me in regard to Mr. Bair, and it was silence,” Bradley said. “This is See ITID, page 16

Michelle Santamaria Joins County Commission Race

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Attorney Michelle Santamaria, daughter of term-limited District 6 County Commissioner Jess Santamaria, qualified for the ballot Wednesday to run as an independent candidate in the race to succeed her father. She joins Democrats Kathy Foster, Melissa McKinlay and Fred Pinto, and Republican Andy Schaller, in the race. As of Wednesday, only McKinlay, Schaller and Santamaria had qualified for the ballot. Santamaria said she is running because she thinks her experience, as a criminal prosecutor and work with local nonprofit organizations,

makes her a good candidate. “Originally, I wasn’t going to run,” she said. “I’ve given this a lot of thoughtful consideration. You may wonder why I’m running at this time. I’ve heard it from many people going back for years, and it’s not until recently, hearing it from my own peers, from people in the county, and people unrelated to the county who have just known me forever. At this time, it is a great fit as far as my background as a criminal prosecutor.” Santamaria is an almost lifelong resident of Palm Beach County. She was born in Philadelphia, and her family moved to Palm Beach County when she was 9 months old.

She attended H.L. Johnson Elementary School and Crestwood Middle School. “I would have gone to high school here, but my family has been here for so long that there wasn’t even a high school here,” she said. Her background as a criminal prosecutor in the county has given her a good look at public safety throughout the county and the issues it deals with, Santamaria said. She has also seen the challenges her father has faced, particularly in addressing inequities, illegalities and unethical practices in the county, and the struggles he has faced in establishing the Office of Inspector General to correct those practices.

“I’ve really seen what my father has gone through the last eight years, the good and the bad,” she said. “It’s amazing when people come up to me and say what great work he has done, and I’m really proud of that. We have the same core values because I am his daughter, but at the same time we are different in several ways.” She said although she and her father’s styles are different, she loves the concept of an independent inspector general that he has had such a hard time implementing. “I can see how it could be so frustrating, something that is so good,” Santamaria said. “As a See SANTAMARIA, page 4

Michelle Santamaria

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Royal Palm Council Approves New Commons Park Master Plan

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Royal Palm Beach Village Council approved updated plans for Royal Palm Beach Commons Park earlier this month that include a dog park and a revised location for a future senior living facility. However, council members raised concerns at a meeting June 5 that the plans do not include ample shade for the dog park and would result in the demolition of the Harvin Center. Planning & Zoning Director Bradford O’Brien said the improvements also include a flying disc golf course, great lawn lighting, a pedestrian connection to Heron Parkway, great lawn bathroom facilities, a great lawn stage, a three-hole golf course, a new 12-foot perimeter trail to the north, future community gardens, future expanded parking areas, a future miniature golf course, a future fitness area and future driving range netting. The immediate items in the list are anticipated to be completed in one phase, and the items listed

as “future” will be completed as financing becomes available. A planned adult congregate living facility (ACLF) would be built when a private developer is found. The 10-acre ACLF site has been moved from south of the entrance off Royal Palm Beach Blvd. to the north side, and a 9.3-acre site was designated for overflow parking to the south of the entrance, O’Brien said. The area designated for the dog park will have a gated dog wash, a dog watering station, three fenced play areas, shaded picnic pavilions, benches and handicapped parking. Councilman Fred Pinto asked whether the future ACLF could be built without tearing down the Harvin Center, and Village Manager Ray Liggins said the facility site is in the area where the Harvin Center is located. “I’d like us to not move quickly on that,” Pinto said. “We’ve got a lot of land out there. I’m sure we could find a way to fit in an assisted-living facility without tearing down the Harvin Center.” Pinto said there has been discus-

sion over the past several months about nonprofit organizations such as veterans’ groups needing a place to meet. He noted that when they originally looked at putting in Commons Park, the area south of the entrance drive, now designated for overflow parking, was designated for nonprofit use. “We had in our original plan a concept to have a nonprofit facility available to accommodate multiple nonprofits,” Pinto said. “Why tear down a perfectly good building like the Harvin Center? Why not make that the facility to house nonprofits? We have plenty of land out there. We could find sufficient land to locate our assisted-living facility.” Vice Mayor David Swift said the ACLF would not happen in the near future, but was reluctant to give over the Harvin Center to nonprofits. “Once you get those organizations in there, you’ll never get them out,” he said. “They’ll just be grandfathered in.” Swift also asked how the village would select some nonprofits to the exclusion of others.

Pinto replied that he thought the village could find a rational approach to allow specific nonprofits, but the issue before the council was the master plan for the park. “I don’t want a plan that says we’re going to tear down the building and get rid of it. I think we should keep the building,” he said. “I think we can craft a strategy that is appropriate to put it in service for our nonprofits, and I think we have plenty of space to still build the assisted-living facility.” Councilman Jeff Hmara said he did not believe the master plan would preclude finding alternative locations for organizations such as the American Legion and the Caribbean-Americans for Community Involvement. “There are a lot of possible permutations and options, and I would rather not stall the approval of this plan for any one of those things,” Hmara said. Councilman Richard Valuntas pointed out that there was once a plan for a 9-hole golf course that is no longer there, that there is now a plan for a dog park that was not in the original plan, and so far there

are no takers to build the ACLF. “The Harvin Center could be there for the next 20 years,” Valuntas said. “If things change, we could do like we did with the golf course and just change it.” He pointed out that a potential ACLF developer would be more likely to look at the park if it were on the site plan than if it were not. “If it’s not on the site plan, I would think they would be less inclined to contact us, so I don’t have a problem with the site plan as it is,” Valuntas said. Pinto said having the eventual demolition of the Harvin Center in the master plan makes it more likely to happen. “The reality is the site plan gives the engineers the go-ahead,” he said. Village Engineer Chris Marsh said that if the Harvin Center were to be demolished, it would come back before the council, but Pinto said the current council members may not be sitting on the council when that happens. Liggins said the main thrust of the master plan was to locate overflow parking south of the entrance,

which is more logical, and that the entire 10 acres on the north side is needed for the ACLF site. Swift added that the Harvin Center is in bad shape and will need to be rebuilt at some point. He also said that the dog park does not include enough shade in the Phase 1 plan, although there are shade structures shown in the master plan. “The big issue I have is that dog parks are not for dogs,” he said. “Dog parks are for people who own dogs and come to recreate their dogs. When they come on July 1 and it’s 100 degrees out there and there’s no shade, you’re not going to have happy campers.” Swift said he hoped the council would discuss moving shade and other items into Phase 1 during budget discussions beginning on July 8. “I would highly recommend that we go ahead and find the money somewhere to do this,” he said. Valuntas made a motion to approve the master plan as presented, and it carried 4-1 with Pinto opposed.

County’s Budget Director Explains Tight Budget Despite Improved Property Values

Elizabeth Bloeser, Palm Beach County’s director of the Office of Financial Management & Budget, speaks Wednesday in Wellington. PHOTO BY RON BUKLEY/TOWN-CRIER

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Elizabeth Bloeser, Palm Beach County’s director of the Office of Financial Management & Budget, addressed the challenges of preparing next year’s budget despite an increase in property values at a meeting hosted Wednesday by County Commissioner Jess Santamaria at the original Wellington Mall. “I’ve been with the county for a very long time, and I’ve been doing this budget for a very long time,” Bloeser said. “This year, I will tell you, was one of the most challenging because it comes on the heels of several extremely challenging years, and it also has the twist in that things are getting better, so I think everybody assumed it would be easier.” County staff presented the Palm Beach County Commission with its first look at the Fiscal Year 2015 budget on June 10. “While the county’s entire budget exceeds $3.9 billion, we mostly focused on the general

fund portion, which is about $1.1 billion,” Bloeser said. “That is where the property tax revenues that you pay goes. That’s the most important thing for most taxpayers.” The general fund is balanced at the same tax rate as last year, 4.7815 mills. “That’s a good thing, no increase in millage rate, but because property values went up 6.8 percent, 1.5 for homesteaded property because of the Save Our Homes cap, it does mean that you’ll pay more in straight tax dollars to the county this year coming up,” Bloeser said. The total tax revenue of about $693 million, a little over half of the revenue in the general fund, is almost $41 million more than last year, but it did not meet the increased costs. “It sounds like a lot of money, and it is, but we found a way to use that $40 million and then some — us and the sheriff — so again we found ourselves with really nowhere near as much as we would love to have in a perfect

world,” Bloeser explained. The proposed budget includes a 3 percent cost-of-living raise for all county employees, effective Oct. 1. “That is proposed,” she said. “We will be back in front of the board on July 22 for further discussion of this budget. We will have new, and what we consider final property values, and hopefully we will get more tax revenue at that time.” Overall, county departments have increased about 6 percent, which accounts for about $17.4 million in ad valorem revenue. “Most significant is Palm Tran. They’re close to $7 million in increases between fixed routes and buses you see driving around, and what we anticipate having to spend for Palm Tran Connection next year. That’s the special para-transit services we provide,” Bloeser said. Part of it includes a $17 million bond for the county to buy its own para-transit vehicles rather than go through a subcontractor.

“Of course, you can’t read a newspaper or watch TV and not hear about the sheriff’s budget proposal,” Bloeser said. “He asked us for $531 million, and the county administrator has proposed cutting that by $5 million. In this budget that we have given to the county commissioners to review, it has a $5 million cut in the sheriff’s budget for $526 million.” That lower amount would make the sheriff’s overall budget increase about 6.3 percent, which is more in line with other county departments, she said. The sheriff’s budget also includes about $6.3 million in capital spending, including cars and other equipment, while other county departments have budgeted about $11 million. “Unfortunately, there is nowhere near enough money set aside for the road resurfacing and maintenance issues that we would like to have at this point,” Bloeser said. “The money’s just not there.”

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Let’s Hope Latest Attempt At Equestrian Plan Is A Success

This week, members of the Wellington Village Council hit the restart button on drawing up what could become the village’s long-awaited equestrian master plan. In a meeting with the Equestrian Preserve Committee, the council took yet another first step in attempting to tackle the issue. While we are glad to see another attempt at planning for Wellington’s equestrian future, we urge the council, staff and equestrians to push for plans that will stick where so many other attempts have failed. It was just last year that former members of the Equestrian Preserve Committee were working on this very issue, yet the entire process has now restarted. With changing government leaders that stump for divided interests in the equestrian community, it seems any time progress is made on a cohesive equestrian vision, old plans are abandoned with the new guard. From the Florida Atlantic University studies to countless hours of workshops and meetings, the village has already expended great effort — and taxpayer dollars — on the topic, yet seen few results. Though Wellington has long been known as the winter equestrian capital of the world, little

has been done to draft rules and policies for its future. With a growing industry and thriving competition in our winter months, the equestrian community is continuing to boom. Despite this, there is very little room left to grow. It is the decisions made now by village leaders that will affect what the equestrian community looks like in years to come, and they are not decisions to be taken lightly. There is a delicate balance between fostering a competitive commercial equestrian atmosphere, while preserving open space for the leisure riders drawn to our area. We would encourage everyone with a stake in the village’s equestrian industry — business owners and both equestrian and non-equestrian residents alike — to take part in this discussion from the beginning. Raise issues, try and build consensus, and help Wellington craft out a vision that represents the entire community. Maybe by including more people earlier in the process, we’ll finally see some guidelines for future councils to follow instead of continuing to hit reset on the process.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Gerwig Responds To Unger Letter

In response to George Unger’s letter that you printed last week: The Equestrian Preserve Committee should represent all aspects of the equestrian community. When it was time for me to appoint a new advisory board member, I felt it was important to include someone from the polo community, which was not represented at that time. I chose to appoint a member with extensive knowledge and participation in this sport. While polo players spend part of the year playing elsewhere and, therefore, would be unable to attend all of the meetings, they should still be represented. These committee members are important in our community, and [Councilman Matt] Willhite’s treatment was improper given the circumstances. What’s even more questionable is Mr. Willhite’s constant need to interject himself into situations not of his concern. With regard to the Eastwood residents and their concern about vegetation in their canal banks, I did meet with residents at their home to discuss the trees that are in the right-of-way. I have no idea why Mr. Unger assumes that I told them that they could keep their trees. He is once again, incorrect. I explained the process and the need for maintenance. I told them the same thing that I stated at the public meeting. If there is no reason to remove them, then I don’t see why we should inconvenience them. If the trees are a real problem to our drainage structures or blocking access, then they may have to be removed. Mr. Unger might need a little more education on the issue. They are not swales or any part of the swale maintenance program. These are trees that sit on the banks of a drainage canal, located within our public property. The homeowners maintain that property and have general use of the area. Much like the property in front of your home, that may actually be a swale. Mr. Unger is free to contact the homeowners and ask them what I said to them, but he is not free to assume what that conversation was and make up his own story. I suggest to the reader that Mr. Unger is the one interjecting politics into a situation that is not the

least bit political, but quite easily understood. Councilwoman Anne Gerwig Wellington

A Sensible Solution

Why is it no surprise that the charter schools are asking to share in the .25-mill tax being proposed for use by public schools for non-core subjects such as art? I have a suggestion. Why don’t the charters use all that money they spend on TV advertising for those programs? Arlene Olinsky Royal Palm Beach

Fund ‘Countdown To Zero’ Program

The Palm Beach County Commission approved the Countdown to Zero resolution in February, however, it appears that the county manager has proposed zero funding for this program in Fiscal Year 2015. Until programs are funding from general revenue for free/ low-cost spay/neuter for all, and pet retention programs (food banks, low-cost vet care) for those in need, Palm Beach pets will continue to die and suffer on the streets, or be killed or warehoused in shelters. This is not a matter of putting animals before people. Behind every animal taken in, there are human issues and real financial costs to the community. Too many animals means children in poor neighborhoods must witness animal abuse and suffering. It’s the emotional toll taken on county workers who must pick up the dead and abused animals from our streets and kill healthy animals each day. It’s the person who starts out well meaning to save animals only to end up overwhelmed and labeled a hoarder. It’s individuals who love their pets but have to give them up because they can’t afford simple preventive care for them. It’s the traffic, attacks, other accidents, court and police costs and neighborhood disputes that occur due to too many animals in the wrong places. Do we fund schools or law enforcement by only taxing parents or crime victims or perpetrators? Pet overpopulation is a community problem, and the community

should pay to solve it humanely. Funding from fines/licenses is neither fair nor adequate. Higher fines and fees could encourage people to abandon animals. Before the July 22 budget meeting, please contact your county commissioners and tell them to fund programs to humanely stop the waste of lives and money. Debbie Lewis The Acreage

Louda: I’m Tired Of Fleeing Development

I’m tired. Tired, that is, of having to move about southern Florida every 10 to 20 years in order to escape the sameness of urban/ suburban developments. While subdivisions and “New Urbanism” appear to be excellent life choices for many, why can’t our “leaders” provide or at least protect existing alternate choices for those wanting a more rural or “ex-urban” lifestyle? Palm Beach County won national recognition for its now-defunct Sector Plan and Tier System. Presently, the development called Minto West is asking (perhaps, directing) the Palm Beach County commissioners to dismiss the intent of the Ag Enclave legislation and to allow tremendous increases in residential and commercial density/intensity in the epicenter of an existing, large rural/ex-urban area, The Acreage and Loxahatchee Groves. Minto bought the Callery-Judge land with an Ag Enclave that allowed 2,996 dwelling units plus some commercial. To increase that any at all, let alone to the 6,500 dwelling units plus millions of square feet of commercial/ industrial, will be a huge lifestyle imposition on the thousands of residents I call my neighbors. In Loxahatchee Groves, we say “Love It and Leave It Alone.” This can easily be extended to include the wonderful central western communities that the vast majority of us moved here to enjoy. We knew what was here when we moved here. This gives us a “sense of place.” It is home. Had we wanted highways, zerolot-line developments, apartment buildings and a drug store on every corner, we had the choice to not move here but go where such

“amenities” prevail. Those who wish that now are free to seek life elsewhere. Minto West is driven by greed, not need. Commissioners: just say no for once. Protect your citizens, not your campaign contributors. Please surprise us and do the right thing. Also, please read the book A Land Remembered by Patrick D. Smith that I gave each of you! “Where did it all go Pappa? Where?” Dr. J. William (Bill) Louda Loxahatchee Groves

Developments Bad For RPB

There are several developers that are proposing the construction of thousands of new homes in the western communities and Royal Palm Beach. Some construction has already been approved to proceed while other construction is in the process of being approved, as follows: • Minto West: 2,996 new homes approved and has requested an amendment to increase this amount to 6,500. • Highland Dunes: 2,000 new homes approved. • LCS: 254 new homes approved. •Avenir: 7,600 new homes proposed. • The village approved approximately 150 new homes, plus commercial, on Southern Blvd. • New homes are being considered by the village next to H.L Johnson Elementary School where there is a traffic and parking problem already during drop-off and pickup times. The proposed and approved construction will increase pollution, traffic backups, road construction issues, water consumption, drainage problems and the dislocation of wildlife, to name just a few issues. New schools will be required for the additional children who would be moving into the area, while we still haven’t solved our current traffic, drug and crime issues at our current schools. The current roads in place cannot handle the projected traffic flow, nor can they handle an emergency evacuation. State Road 7 still has not been implemented despite the data showing that it is needed. The elected officials of Royal Palm Beach and Palm Beach

County should consider the impact of these proposed developments and should only approve what the area can sustain without negatively affecting the current residents. The developers are only interested in profits and not our quality of life, whereas our elected officials should be watching out for the residents. Let’s watch our elected officials to see who they represent. June Coenen Royal Palm Beach

Just Like Wellington?

I have heard many a citizen of Loxahatchee Groves say we are not like Wellington. I congratulate the Loxahatchee Groves Town Council for their hard work saying no more to Wellington’s manure. The manure ordinance will help protect the town’s water quality by preventing manure being brought in from outside the town’s limits. Thank you, council. Politically, the village and the town are pretty much the same. Council members supporting special interests, denying due process to individual citizens. The water district and town management say it is the property owner’s responsibility to replace the canal crossings, even though the town is collecting gas tax revenue on roads that include those crossings. Six figures of gas tax revenue is shared with the water district annually; revenue designated for the maintenance of roads. The water district’s position and the opinion of the town’s vice mayor is simply the implementation of the approach of avoidance; avoidance to provide approximately 20 percent of the town’s population a safe and usable roadway canal crossing to access their homes. Turning lanes, showgrounds entrances and sidewalks on Pierson Road were the safety issues avoided by council members in the Village of Wellington. The growing equestrian community in the Groves will contribute to increasing property values, and by participating in the demo-

cratic process, will also assist in changing the political atmosphere of the town. Just like they recently did in Wellington. Keith Harris Loxahatchee Groves

RPB Planning Event Was Great

I had the pleasure of attending the 15-year planning event for Royal Palm Beach recently. It was so informative as to what other residents are thinking, striving for and hoping for, but it was also a lot of fun! This event was supposed to enable the village to find out what the residents would like to see happen in the next few years, as well as find out what their concerns were. Some of the suggestions from our table were for a community pool, free Wi-Fi, bringing back events to Veterans Park and maintaining parks to the current standard. However, that was only the tip of the iceberg. Traffic concerns, crime rate and contract negotiations with the sheriff’s department, as well as the current contracts with the village, were also discussed. Hopefully, the elected officials and village manager will listen to what the residents have suggested. They are, after all, your elected officials, and they should listen to the residents who voted them in. However, in all fairness, out of the 37,000+ residents, less than 40 people showed up, and they showed up due to an invite from the councilmen and the mayor. I encourage each and every resident to get involved and participate in these events, for how else will the village know what you want? Don’t whine when things don’t go the way you expected, yet you did not participate. Watch for events listed in the paper and get involved! It’s free, and it’s up to you to become actively involved in the community and have a say in the potential decision making. It was really a good event. Laurel Bennett Royal Palm Beach

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Thanks To Law Change, Payments To Docs Will Soon Be An Open Book The murky world of “payoffs” to doctors from drug and medical device companies will soon become transparent. The Physicians Payment Sunshine Act, part of the new Affordable Care Act, mandates that all drug and medical device companies reveal details of

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their financial relationships with doctors and teaching hospitals. How pervasive is this “payoff” practice? Well, Pro-Publica, a nonprofit news group, has checked out more than two billion dollars in doctor payments by 15 drug companies. How does it work? The

payments are for research, travel, promotional speaking, consulting, meals and corollary expenses. These “thank yous” were in the years 2009-2012. “This new law is a real breakthrough in terms of disclosure,” said Keith Lind, a senior policy

advisor with AARP’s Public Policy Institute. They can help you make informed decisions about the medical advice you receive. The initial round of payment data should be released in September. It will cover the first five months of 2013. We’re not sure if

one particular Kentucky psychiatrist whose “goldmine” was over $1 million will be included. But it should help the long-curious consumer to compare providers and treatments. The more glowing light on these finances, the better you and I can see.

tough work, but it’s an admirable career.” Santamaria sees herself as a consensus-builder. “As a prosecutor, we’ve got to talk to six members of the jury to try to educate them to the facts of the case, what happened and why a criminal defendant should be found guilty,” she said. Santamaria said she is not daunted in running for the county commission with no party affiliation in a heavily Democratic district on a ballot with national candidates because she intends to let people know who she is and what she represents. “I have always been no party affiliation,” she said. “When I first

registered to vote, I didn’t feel that any person could completely align with one side. Maybe you agree with one side on certain points and with the other side you agree on certain points. That’s why I picked no party affiliation.” She said many people are dissatisfied with the party process. “People are smart,” Santamaria said. “People are reading up on things, and just because you’re one party or another, if you start talking to people and ask them if they vote 100 percent with their party, or do you actually take a look at the facts, look at the candidates, and you decide? People are changing. They’re fed up with the system the way it is.”



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continued from page 1 criminal prosecutor, I’m going to be on board with that concept of getting rid of corruption, having good ethics in Palm Beach County, and having someone to oversee and make sure that everyone stays in line.” Santamaria said she has difficulty understanding why numerous public officials have thrown obstacles in the way of the Office of Inspector General.

“We can’t be Corruption County,” she said. “That is not something that we want to be, but it will take people to stand up for what is right and support things that are positive for the community, specifically the inspector general.” Formerly with the State Attorney’s Office, Santamaria now has her own business coaching witnesses how to testify in court. “I saw from my trial experience, witnesses were having trouble on the stand and were getting manipulated by shrewd defense attorneys,” she said. “I developed a class that would get rid of the mystery of what to expect in court from the prosecution, the defense, the judge and the jury.”


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Donna Tucci’s School of Dance presented Applause, its 20th anniversary spectacular, on Saturday, June 14 at Palm Beach Central High School. The school’s talented students and company dancers performed a variety of dances, with dancers of all levels showing off their skills. For more info., visit PHOTOS BY LAUREN MIRÓ/TOWN-CRIER

Clodeen Leblanc-Moriniere, Kaleigh Naujoks, and Emily and Sydney Ebersold.

Grace Cavin and Eleanor Burns perform “Rock This Town.”

Students perform “Let’s Go Fly a Kite.”

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Grace Campbell and Sidney Sastro.

Donna Tucci with several of her students.

Dancers perform “Eleanor Rigby.”


A poker tournament to benefit Sharon Bitter was held Friday, June 13 at the MarBar Grille in the Madison Green Golf Club. Bitter is a kindergarten teacher who was diagnosed with leukemia and recently underwent a lifesaving bone marrow transplant. There was a silent auction and 50-50 raffle. To make a donation, visit PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

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Woman Robbed At Gunpoint On SR 7 In Wellington

By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report JUNE 16 — A Wellington woman was robbed at gunpoint Monday night as she waited on State Road 7 to turn into the Versailles community. According to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office report, at approximately 11 p.m., the victim was sitting in her vehicle, waiting to turn into the Versailles community when she was hit from behind by an older SUV. The victim got out of the vehicle to survey the damage and made contact with the driver, a white female with blonde hair. According to the report, while the victim was focused on the vehicle, an unknown white male wearing a dark nylon mask exited from the passenger side of the vehicle with a semi-automatic handgun and forced the victim to the ground next to her vehicle. He demanded the victim’s purse, and the female suspect grabbed the victim’s hair and pushed her down. According to the report, the male suspect opened the victim’s vehicle door and stole her purse. The suspects then got into their vehicle and fled northbound on SR 7. There was no further information available at the time of the report. JUNE 12 — A resident of Sparrow Drive called the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach early last Thursday morning to report a fire. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 9 p.m. last Wednesday and 2:15 a.m. the following morning, the victim’s Ford Mustang caught on fire in the parking lot located behind his apartment. The fire also damaged a Pontiac van parked beside it. According to the report, Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue responded and discovered that the fire was caused by a faulty fuse box in the engine compartment. JUNE 12 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach was called to a gas station on State Road 7 last Thursday morning in response to a theft. According to a PBSO report, the victim was at the gas station and paid for an item, then walked away from the counter and left his wallet sitting there. When he got to the door of the gas station, the victim realized that he didn’t have his wallet and turned back to retrieve it. According to the report, when he returned to the counter, the wallet was gone. The employee on duty did not know what happened to it. There was video surveillance, but no further information was available at the time of the report. JUNE 12 — A West Palm Beach woman called the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach last Thursday to report a theft. According to a PBSO report, the victim rented a van from a car rental company on Monday, June 9. When she returned the vehicle, she forgot to retrieve a Sunpass device from behind the rearview mirror. According to the report, the victim spoke to the company, which said the van was rented but no one had turned in the Sunpass device. The stolen item was valued at approximately $25. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. JUNE 12 — An employee of the Walmart Supercenter on Belvedere Road called the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach last

Thursday night to report a theft. According to a PBSO report, at approximately 10 p.m., a witness observed two male suspects select several computers and printers and exit the store through the west entrance. The witness said the men came back twice, managing to enter and exit the store without any employees noticing. According to the report, the suspects stole six printers and computers of unknown brands, valued at approximately $2,000. The suspects were described as black males, one approximately 5’6” tall and the other approximately 6’2” tall and heavyset. One of the suspects was wearing black shorts and a white t-shirt with the letters “DGK” on them. The other was wearing a white t-shirt and long blue shorts. There was no further information available at the time of the report. JUNE 13 — A deputy from the PBSO’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation was dispatched to a home on Orange Grove Blvd. last Friday morning regarding a vehicle burglary. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 10 p.m. last Thursday and 9 a.m. the following morning, someone entered the victim’s boat and stole a Ray Marine GPS unit, a Penn electric downrigger and several fishing poles and reels. The victim reported that the boat had been parked in his driveway on a trailer for several days. The stolen items were valued at approximately $5,750. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. JUNE 15 — A resident of 126th Drive North called the PBSO’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation last Sunday morning to report a vehicle burglary. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 10:30 p.m. last Saturday and 7 a.m. the following morning, someone disabled the battery on the victim’s truck to prevent the vehicle alarm from going off and smashed the rear window. Once inside, the perpetrator(s) stole several pieces of construction equipment, including freon containers, a freon recovery unit and three rolls of copper. The stolen items were valued at approximately $3,100. There were no suspects or witnesses available at the time of the report. JUNE 16 — An employee of Palms West Hospital called the PBSO’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation Monday to report a delayed theft. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 8 and 9 a.m. last Thursday, someone entered the victim’s office and stole an iPad Air from her desk. The victim left the iPad on her desk to charge and when she returned, the iPad was gone, but the charger remained. The stolen iPad was valued at approximately $1,000. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. JUNE 17 — A resident of Greenacres contacted the PBSO substation in Wellington on Tuesday to report a vehicle burglary. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 9 a.m. last Thursday and 9 a.m. last Saturday, someone entered the victim’s unlocked vehicle parked in the Wellington Reserve plaza and stole a Taurus 9mm gun from the glove compartment. The victim said the gun was loaded with five full metal jacket bullets. There was no further See BLOTTER, page 16

Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is asking for the public’s help in finding these wanted fugitives: • Maynor Rasales, alias Juan Quiberto, is a white male, 5’8” tall and weighing 150 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes. His date of birth is 03/08/90. Rasales is wanted for failure to appear for a jury trial on charges of possession of cocaine. His address is listed as at large. He is wanted as of 06/12/14. • Victor Gomez, alias Victor Hernandez-Gomez, is a white male, 5’7” tall and weighing 155 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. His date of birth is 02/16/76. Gomez is wanted for failure to appear on felony charges of aggravated battery on a pregnant person. His last known address was B Road in Loxahatchee. His occupation is in lawn maintenance. He is wanted as of 06/12/14. Remain anonymous and you may be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward. Call Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS (8477) or visit www.crimestoppers

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Pafford: Sober House Legislation Likely To Return Next Year

By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Although the Florida Legislature did not pass a bill to help local governments crack down on “sober houses,” State Rep. Mark Pafford (D-District 86) said he is hopeful that the state will address the issue next session. Pafford addressed the Wellington Village Council on Tuesday, June 10 for his annual legislative update. Wellington has recently struggled with regulating “sober houses,” as the village lacks jurisdiction to police them. “A sober home is not really defined in our statute, so it makes it very difficult for local communities around the state to understand what they are and regulate them,” Pafford said.

“The guidance would be helpful to all of Florida. It would at least be a way to navigate how you can regulate them.” Sober houses have become an issue in many communities across the state. Boca Raton and Delray Beach have a particularly large number of them and tried to enforce regulations but faced discrimination lawsuits. There are key differences between a sober house, which is unregulated, and a congregate living facility, which can be regulated. Congregate living facilities must offer a personal service, such as addiction treatment or therapy — or in other cases, elder care. Sober homes typically rent out rooms to people who are in recovery for some kind of addiction. Residents

must be in treatment to live in the homes. Councilman Howard Coates raised the issue. “We deferred doing anything about sober house legislation prior to the legislative session,” he said. “Part of the thinking at the time was we were hoping to get some guidance from Tallahassee as to what was going to be done on a state level given the very dicey subject; we’re treading on federally regulated areas.” Although a bill passed in one chamber, no regulations emerged from this year’s session, Coates said. “Do you anticipate this will be something we will get guidance on in the next session?” he asked Pafford.

Pafford said he believes the issue would be raised again. “I expect it to come back,” he said. “We did pass it out of the House, although it was a very watered-down, first recognition in the statute that sober homes exist. The Senate is where it got hung up. It’s a little bizarre, because we passed medical marijuana and immigrant tuition; we did some stuff that hadn’t been heard of, and I think ran contrary to what the legislature has been doing for many years. That was a really simple one, and it could have done a lot for residents.” Coates asked Pafford to see that it does come up again, as the issue is affecting residents. “We’re the closest to the citizenry, and we’ve heard a lot on

this issue,” he said. “It’s very controversial within this municipality. We’ve tried to be out front of it, to do whatever we can, but we’re told our hands are tied.” Wellington isn’t the only community facing such issues, Pafford said. “There are some in the sober home industry who take advantage of their role,” he said. “There is very little therapeutic value for the residents in those homes, yet the owners continue to make a lot of cash when a head hits a pillow each night. They are certainly not doing any service to the residents, with the type of influence it has on the neighborhoods.” Coates said residents appeared frustrated that Wellington cannot regulate the homes.

“The residents don’t really want to hear that,” he said. “They want us doing something. But until we get some guidance from Tallahassee, I don’t know if there’s anything we can do. So anything you can do to help us from a state level — not just Wellington, but other municipalities — will be much appreciated.” Pafford said he hoped there would be a more concrete bill in the next session. “This session was the first movement to define [sober homes] and allow people to say ‘yes’ or ‘no,’” he said. “It provided help to homeowners, while still understanding that there are some U.S. Constitutional issues. I wish it had passed, but I think next year it will have a better likelihood.”

Wellington To Allow Temp Stalls Should A Storm Damage Barns

By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Members of the Wellington Village Council voted unanimously last week to reinstate an ordinance that would allow temporary stalls for some farms if a major storm were to damage permanent facilities on the property. At a meeting Tuesday, June 10, council members agreed to bring back a provision from 2005 that would suspend the prohibition of tent stalls in certain communities if the barn on the property was blown down or severely damaged. “In 2005, after several storms,


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continued from page 1 County before she became a principal. Now, she will be working mostly in the Glades with Area 3. “It’s an exciting position and one that I’m really looking forward to,” she said, torn between new beginnings and her time at Royal Palm Beach Elementary. “We’ve laughed so many times over the years and had such a great time. It was a really hard decision.” Watson has many fond memories from Royal Palm Beach

the village approved this emergency ordinance,” Planning & Development Services Director Tim Stillings said. “It expired in 2006.” Although the 2005 ordinance catered to the specific emergency situation in the wake of Hurricane Wilma, Stillings said a more general ordinance could benefit equestrian properties in the event of another major storm. “This would establish a more general emergency provision for natural disasters,” he said. Those requesting temporary stalls would still have to obtain a special use permit, and a building

inspector would have to declare the existing, permanent barn a hazard for occupants. Stillings said the tents could be put up for no longer than 24 months, but only as long as there is a building permit issued for the property with ongoing construction. “The permanent barn or stable must be being replaced or rebuilt,” he said. Councilman Matt Willhite asked what the impetus was for the ordinance to be renewed. “This was done in 2005 and expired in 2006,” he said. “Why do you feel you need it in 2014?”

Stillings said the ordinance was still on the books when staff was reviewing the Equestrian Overlay Zoning District. “Rather than repeal it completely, we thought a more general provision would be adequate,” he said. Willhite pressed him on the issue. “You’re asking to amend the language that has expired to bring it back,” he said. Regardless, Stillings said it was still in the code. “Even though it’s expired, it’s still within the code,” he said. Councilwoman Anne Gerwig made a motion to approve the

ordinance, which passed unanimously. In other business, the council approved the final reading of an ordinance that eliminates Wellington’s regulation of firearms and other dangerous instruments within village-run parks. Council members unanimously agreed to repeal the measures, which are now in conflict with state law. “In 2011, the Florida legislature preempted these laws,” Village Attorney Laurie Cohen told council members. The sweeping law gives only the state authority over firearm

regulation, voiding any laws enacted by individual municipalities. Cohen said that although the state law supersedes Wellington’s codes, it would be best to eliminate the regulations altogether. “Even though the state legislature says this is unenforceable, the regulations remain on our books,” she said. “I wouldn’t want a situation where someone who is unfamiliar with the state statute tries to enforce this ordinance. My recommendation is that we remove this provision from our code.” Willhite made a motion to that effect, which passed unanimously.

Elementary School and is proud of two specific accomplishments: maintaining an A rating since the school opened and having a low staff turnover. The staff she is leaving is almost the same group that opened the school, she noted. Her message to the students has remained consistent. “I’ve always told them to dream big and shoot for their dreams. Don’t ever give up. There’s always something brighter and bigger on the other side,” said Watson, who has similarly high expectations for Gaugler. “She’s such a strong administrator, and she’ll be able to handle it just fine. As far as advice, I would just tell her to stay true to her heart and always do what’s best for kids.”

Gaugler anticipates a smooth transition, made smoother by the school’s administration and her educational background. Gaugler earned her master’s degree from Florida Atlantic University and a bachelor’s degree from Juniata College in Pennsylvania before working at Pahokee Elementary School for 14 years. From there, Gaugler came to Royal Palm Beach Elementary, where she found an administrative team that works together, which is something she considers extremely important. The atmosphere at the school is unique, and Gaugler cannot wait to share it with the community. “Suzanne has done an awesome

job creating a warm, inviting learning environment for our students and families at the school,” Gaugler said. “I really feel like our school is the happiest place on Earth. It’s also a very well-kept secret, so I’d like to work with teachers and families on publicity and marketing our school better so that it is no longer such a secret. We really have a lot to offer our children and families in Royal Palm Beach.” Gaugler will be keeping many things the same but still embraces upcoming changes. “What I’ve done as an assistant principal I will continue to do as a principal. I’m just thrilled to take on this new role and face the new challenges,” she said.

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The Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center held a chili cookoff and volunteer appreciation event on Friday, June 13. Vinceremos staff, riders and volunteers gathered to taste chili, spend quality time with friends and participate in a raffle. For more info., call (561) 792-9900 or visit PHOTOS BY JULIE UNGER/TOWN-CRIER

Chili competition judge Victor Connor, competitor Cherie Reese, judge Neal Fishman, winner Mike Menor and judge Irma Saenz.

Carrie MacMillan, Jamie Cooney, Alex Devereaux, Rachel Massie, Elizabeth Cardaman and Juan Burbano.

Janice Lyes, Patrick Licitra and Ryan Lyes take Flitz out for a walk.

Susan Guinan, Mike Menor, Cassidy Hoff, Maressa Levy, Victor Connor and Ruth Menor.

Karina Castro, Bibiana Bravo and Ruth Menor.

Volunteers were honored for their work.

TOASTMASTERS HOST SPRING 2014 SPEAKING SYMPOSIUM AT BINKS FOREST The RiverWalk Toastmasters Club presented its Spring 2014 Public Speaking Symposium at the Binks Forest Golf Club in Wellington. The keynote speaker/storyteller was Mary Lou Williams. The event featured several speakers, as well as a buffet dinner, door prizes PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER and a 50-50 raffle.

Earlybird Toastmasters members Mary Helen Whitney, Ana Illsen, Marie Rock and Beckyjo Bean.

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Research By King’s Academy Student Spurs Vital Lionfish Invasion Research

With her sixth-grade science project, Lauren Arrington, a student at the King’s Academy, spurred important scientific research of invasive lionfish. Dr. Craig Layman, chancellor’s faculty excellence fellow at North Carolina State University, said that Arrington’s research was one of the most influential sixth-grade science projects ever conducted, demonstrating something that scientists should have done years before. “It was the final push that spurred us to just do the study ourselves,” Layman sad. “The findings have important implications about the potential scope of the lionfish invasion, that is, that estuaries throughout the Caribbean may soon be impacted by the invasion.” Arrington’s science fair project, “Understanding the Limitations of Lionfish Invasions,” focused on understanding the salinity limit lionfish can tolerate, and was recently referenced in the peer-reviewed scientific publication En-

vironmental Biology of Fishes. Lionfish are invasive (non-native) predatory fish that have a big impact on native fish, because they eat large quantities of juvenile native fish. Research has clearly demonstrated the detrimental effect of lionfish on Florida’s reefs, but little was known about how prevalent lionfish are in estuaries such as the Loxahatchee River. Arrington, now a seventh-grader, conducted preliminary laboratory experiments during research for her sixth-grade science fair project. Layman and his graduate students from Florida International University were researching lionfish in the Loxahatchee River, and they found lionfish farther up river than anyone expected. Arrington was familiar with Layman’s research and conducted a controlled experiment at the Jupiter River Center. Based on insight provided by Layman, she set up eight aquaria with a single lionfish in each tank and monitored the lionfish daily as she slowly lowered the salinity. To everyone’s surprise, Arrington’s

Lauren Arrington with her lionfish project. lionfish survived with no adverse impacts in nearly freshwater (salinity of 6 parts per thousand, which was very low for a fish that typically lives in the ocean). After making such an exciting find, Lauren shared her results with Layman. Then Layman and graduate student Zachary Jud decided

to take Arrington’s study to the next level. That additional research was printed in the Environmental Biology of Fishes. The King’s Academy is a nationally recognized private Christian school serving 1,200 students from preschool through 12th grade. Visit for info.

Sunshine Quartet Welcomes Vets Back

While people were acknowledging Memorial Day weekend by attending parades and planning barbecues, Sunsation Quartet from the Women of Note Chorus greeted returning veterans from Washington, D.C., with patriotic songs. Southeast Florida Honor Flight has taken hundreds of World War II veterans on one-day trips to the WWII Memorial. Upon their return, a plane full of veterans from Palm Beach County and

the surrounding counties returned to Palm Beach International to throngs of well-wishers, families, military, along with Sunsation Quartet anxious to entertain them. As the quartet waited for the veterans to disembark, they heard a far-off drum beat. Then, as bagpipes led the way down the runway of Concourse B, the procession of veterans and the volunteers who keep them company accepted applause, handshakes and kisses. On cue with their crisp, harmonic

blend, Sunsation greeted the group singing “The Star Spangled Banner,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and “You Made Me Love You,” among many others. The talented quartet, adorned in red sequined tops, charmed each of the traveling vets with their ringing chords and smiling faces. As the last of the veterans arrived, Sunsation sang “Mr. Sandman.” The Women of Note Chorus is a chapter of Sweet Adelines

International, a nonprofit music education association of women from all walks of life. The chorus holds open rehearsals and welcomes any woman who loves to sing and wants to have fun while making new friends. The chorus rehearses every Monday night at Palm Beach Central High School in Wellington at 7 p.m. For more information about Women of Note, visit www. or call (877) 966-7464.

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Long time Village Walk resident Maria Friedman celebrated her 80th birthday on Saturday, May 31 at the Village Walk Town Center in Wellington. Maria and husband, Robert, welcomed family and friends from near and far to the celebration, which included a DJ, dancing and karaoke. Shown here are daughter Christina Giaffaglione, granddaughter Elana Rodriguez, Maria and Bob Friedman, and granddaughter Melissa Salonia. PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Smith Named To Exec Women, NPB Chamber Boards

Selena Smith of Quad S Solutions has been named to the boards of Executive Women of the Palm Beaches and Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce. Smith, a Royal Palm Beach resident, will also chair the Women in Business Steering Council for the chamber. Smith is also the president of the Rotary Club of Royal Palm Beach. Quad S Solutions supports existing businesses and nonprofits with public relations, social media, marketing and fundraising.

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Stephanie Weiss Graduates From Gallaudet University Jordana Goetz-Stern Navy Grad Stephanie Weiss of Wellington earned a bachelor’s degree in interpretation with a minor in biology from Gallaudet University during its May 16 commencement exercises. Chartered in 1864, Gallaudet University is the world’s only liberal arts university in which all programs and services are designed to accommodate deaf and hard-of-hearing students. While at Gallaudet, Weiss was on the Dean’s List for all four

years, received the Al Van Nevel Memorial Award (2014), the National Honor Society-Chi Alpha Sigma Award (2014), the Dean’s Merit-Based Scholarship (201314), the Scholar Student-Athlete Award (2010-14), the Dean’s Merit-Based Scholarship Award with Honors (2010-13), the Langenberg Memorial Scholarship Award (2013), the Rotary Scholarship Award (2011), and the Florida Association of the Deaf Scholarship Award (2010).

Weiss was also involved in the Deaf-Blind Paraprofessional Program, where she guided and interpreted for deaf-blind people at events. An avid student-athlete, she played basketball all four years, and soccer, softball and track and field for one season each and won many awards: Four-Year Athlete Award, Lady Athens of the Year, January 2014 Bison of the Month, Buff Bison Award, Gallaudet Women’s Basketball Rookie of the

Year and Newcomer of the Year. She also served as president and vice president on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Her career goals are to become an American Sign Language (ASL) teacher, as well a part-time interpreter and an assistant basketball coach. She is considering attending Gallaudet for a master’s degree in ASL Education in 2015. Weiss is the daughter of Michael and Sherry Weiss, and sister of Samantha and Max.

Navy Seaman Jordana R. GoetzStern, daughter of Michael S. Stern and Lori Goetz-Stern of Royal Palm Beach, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. During the eight-week program, Goetz-Stern completed a variety of training, which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and air-

craft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness. The capstone event of boot camp is Battle Stations. This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet, and is designed to galvanize warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of skills. Goetz-Stern is a 2013 graduate of Palm Beach Central High School.

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New Horizons Elementary School students in kindergarten through fifth grade were treated to a book of their choice based on their reading level. Books were provided with a grant initiated by Communities in Schools of Palm Beach County and funded by the Wellington Preservation Coalition. Students were challenged to read the book to themselves, to a buddy and to their family at home. Shown here are reading teacher Karen Butts and kindergarten teacher Maureen Rane with students.

Rosarian Student Chosen For USNA STEM Program

Seventh-grade student Ryan Monroe from the Rosarian Academy has been selected as one of 200 seventh and eighth graders nationwide to participate in the United States Naval Academy Summer STEM Program in Annapolis, Md. The program provides these participants with the opportunity to become familiar with the exceptional Naval Academy education provided to midshipmen, gain exposure to one of the top five “Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs” in the country as ranked by the U.S. News and World Report, work in world-class lab facilities that provide a unique learning environment outside the traditional classroom, experience real-life application of math and science principles through handson practical learning and interact with other students from across the country who share a similar interest in technology and engineering. The eligibility of all applicants was based on the students’ superior academic performance, including their GPA and class standing. The USNA focuses on four areas during the summer STEM

program: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The program is designed to encourage students to pursue a course of study in engineering and technology throughout high school and college. The USNA STEM Program will bring the latest in technological advances to the classroom and lab sessions. Topics such as energy and light, infrastructure, transportation and cybersecurity, environmental challenges, flight and fluids, automation, simulation and modeling, biometrics and robotics will be covered as students engage in project-based modules and handson design activities. Founded in 1925, the Rosarian Academy educates students from 12 months through eighth grade and offers an exceptionally strong academic program enriched by athletics, visual and performing arts, and community service opportunities. The private, coeducational Catholic school is located on Flagler Drive in downtown West Palm Beach and is sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters. For more info., visit

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TKA Alums Graduate Top Drama Schools

The King’s Academy has a long-standing tradition of placing its graduating seniors in the top collegiate acting programs across the United States. The Hollywood Reporter recently released an article titled “The 25 Best Drama Schools in 2014.” It polled 60 top casting directors and agents to reveal a hierarchy of dramatic prestige, and TKA has alumni from several of these top institutions. TKA alumna Tess Soltau, a 2005 graduate, graduated from Carnegie Mellon University (ranked No. 3) in 2011. Soltau has been featured on Broadway playing the character Wednesday in Andrew Lippa’s hugely successful musical The Addams Family. Soltau also recently starred in Broadway’s Into

the Woods by Stephen Sondheim, playing opposite Tony Award winner Donna Murphy. “At the King’s Academy, we are so blessed to see alumni attending some of the top acting schools in the country,” Artistic Director David Snyder said. “The quality of students in the TKA fine arts program is second to none, and a list such as this just reinforces that TKA’s program prepares students to impact their world for Christ — without sacrificing quality at all.” The King’s Academy presently has three students attending the Tisch School of the Arts (ranked No. 4): Nicholas Savarese, Class of 2010, Joe Coles, Class of 2012, and Sarah Fahey, Class of 2012. TKA alumna Kristin Browne

Tess Solteau graduated with a master’s degree in acting from Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University (ranked No. 15) in 2013.

Kristen Browne The King’s Academy is a nationally recognized private Christian school. For more information, visit

Crestwood Students Shine In WordMasters Challenge

Two students representing Crestwood Middle School achieved individual highest honors in the recent WordMasters Challenge — a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 150,000 students. Competing in the Gold Division of the WordMasters Challenge, eighth graders Dalgis Mosqueda and Laura Sanchez achieved a perfect score of 20 on the third of three challenges held this school year. Nationally, only 46 eighth graders achieved this result.

Another student from Crestwood Middle School who achieved outstanding results in the meet is Noah Gorgevski-Sharpe. The students were coached in preparation for the WordMasters Challenge by language arts teacher Penny Kudyba. The WordMasters Challenge is an exercise in critical thinking that first encourages students to become familiar with a set of interesting new words considerably harder than grade level, and

then challenges them to use those words to complete analogies expressing various kinds of logical relationships. Working to solve the analogies helps students learn to think both analytically and metaphorically. Although most vocabulary enrichment and analogy-solving programs are designed for use by high school students, WordMasters Challenge materials have been specifically created for younger students in grades three

through eight. They are particularly well suited for children who are motivated by the challenge of learning new words and enjoy the logical puzzles posed by analogies. The WordMasters Challenge program is administered by a company based in Indianapolis, which is dedicated to inspiring high achievement in American schools. For more information, visit

WHS DECA Students Take Many Honors At Conference

Wellington High School DECA chapter members earned the organization’s highest honors at DECA’s 68th annual International Career Development Conference in Atlanta, Ga., May 3-6. Students/advisors receiving recognition at the international level were: Emily Deem (senior), Entrepreneurship Participating Independent Event, fifth place overall; Alvaro Chaux (senior), Hospitality & Tourism Professional Selling, event finalist; Alvaro Chaux (senior), Hospitality & Tourism Professional Selling, event finalist; Allen Moye (senior), Automotive Services Mar-

keting, event finalist; Shannon Martin (senior), Travel & Tourism Team Decision Making, event finalist and recipient of a $3,000 scholarship from Vistar Corporation; and Breann Bricketto (junior), Travel & Tourism Team Decision Making, event finalist. During the school year, approximately 120,000 of DECA’s 200,000 student members take part in the organization’s competitive events program, allowing them to compete for local and regional titles. The competitions are designed to simulate real-life business scenarios and test students’ academic understanding

and skills development. The top state and provincial winners put their talents to the test during the program’s final round of competition in Atlanta. The DECA International Career Development Conference was the pinnacle of competition where nearly 10,000 students vied for international honors. Nearly $500,000 in scholarships and awards were presented to students and teachers for their achievements. The opening session featured pro football and college football hall of fame inductee and entrepreneur Fran Tarkenton.

In addition to career-based competition, DECA members engaged in leadership academies and networking opportunities with over 60 internationally recognized businesses. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. DECA enhances the preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, apply learning, connect to business and promote competition. To learn more about DECA, visit

Elbridge Gale Students Win At Math & Science Fair

Several Elbridge Gale Elementary School students and classes were recognized recently at the District Math & Science Fair. Students competed both as classes and individually. All stu-

dents at Elbridge Gale presented their projects on mini-boards, which were displayed in the school hallways. Several individual students were chosen to compete at the district fair and had to redo

and re-size their projects on larger boards in a short time period. The winners are as follows: Ms. Bauer’s class, second place; Ms. Vitier’s class, second place; Ms. Laspisa’s class, third place;

Rian Reichfeld, first place in energy; Emily Dinh, third place in math; Naomi Mbwambo, third place in energy; and Manuel Barreiro-Mauro, honorable mention in science.

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Pet Haven Rescue held a reunion and adoption event Saturday, June 14 at the Wellington Dog Park. There was low-cost microchipping, dog washing and nail clipping, as well as vendors and food trucks. Christie Banks of Sunny 107.9 FM and her two dogs greeted fans. For more info., visit or call (561) 719-7914. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Jordan, Staci, Sofia and John Montefusco just adopted Madison.

Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming’s Colleen Valle gave Shorty a treat.

Junior volunteers Gianna Bruno, Gianna Fraser and Hayle Shaw.

Contain-a-Pet’s Joshua Noel, Jimmy Lioy and Lisa Hafer.

Sunny 107.9 FM radio Christie Banks with Winnie and Diamond, previously adopted from Pet Haven.

Ziva was previously adopted from Pet Haven by Joost Degraaff.

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I Am Ready For My Animals To Start Earning Their Own Keep

I think it’s time that our pets become true members of the family. I know, I know. Rover is already part of the family. Fluffy already thinks she’s human. Ping and Pong are my babies. That is a load of kitty litter, and we know it. Dogs are dogs; and cats are cats; and Ping and Pong are sources of furry wonder (breed and sex as yet undetermined) but they are not true family members. They have been allowed to take it way beyond that. When the weather is intolerable and the car won’t start and we walk six blocks in a lightning storm because Fluffy is out of Fancy Feast, we know who’s in charge. Never mind that Grand-

Deborah Welky is

The Sonic BOOMER pa hasn’t had a sip of coffee in two weeks — that’s his problem. What I am suggesting is to get these beasts off the entitlement train long enough to take some responsibility for themselves. And no, I’m not suggesting we throw Fluffy and her metal-buckled collar out the door where lightning could

strike her. She can wait until the sun comes out like the rest of us. Then she can go get her own dinner. With her own money, preferably. And what about Rover? I am getting sick and tired of trailing behind this kingof-all-creation intently watching his rear end in case he poops so that I may have the extreme honor of lifting the hot steaming mass into a bag, which I now get to carry beside my sack of doughnuts all the way home. It’s disgusting. And I’m sorry, but any little green men landing nearby wouldn’t have to ask to be taken to my leader — they’ll know immediately who’s in charge. As for Ping and Pong — my days of struggling to navigate a dual-bed stroller

through a crowded shopping mall so their clipped and buffed toenails don’t touch the floor has come to an end. I am no longer so desperate that I have to live on the run-off of the adulation they solicit, and not once have they picked up the tab at Starbucks. From now on, I’m getting my toenails buffed instead. And what about the children? Don’t blink at me in that perplexed fashion — I am talking about the children we all had years ago. The ones we loved above all else until Rover edged them off the couch and Fluffy drank their milk, and Ping and Pong soiled their favorite pajamas. Those children. The same ones we bully into feeding the dog, changing the kitty litter and shredding up fresh

newspaper for the travel cage. Why should they be forced into involuntary servitude? For the occasional nuzzle or purr? It’s time that these animals go out and earn the money for their own couches, milk and newspapers. Maybe they could put together a little act of some kind — jump through a few hoops, like I do every single day. Oh, no. Hoop-jumping will never do. It’s some kind of cruel and unusual punishment, as is balancing on a box, squeaking a bike horn and bouncing a ball on the end of one’s nose. You know what? Give me that job. I will jump, balance, squeak and See WELKY, page 16

‘22 Jump Street’ Keeps The Jokes Coming As Well As The Original

We are in a season of sequels, with new versions of Captain America, X-Men and Spider-Man out, and now there is a new superhero film, 22 Jump Street. What? You don’t think Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) are real superheroes? Well, of course, you could have them as “chubby man� and “dim bulb man.� But what we do have is a sequel that is almost as good as the original. The jokes keep coming, and we all laugh even while knowing many are dumb. And so what if it is almost exactly the same story as the first one? In that one, they went undercover in a high school to catch drug dealers. Here, they go after a dealer at a college. The other kids are older (which is lucky, because the two actors are getting old enough to have kids in high school themselves), so things get more frisky. OK, it is a formula, but one that works well.

‘I’ On CULTURE By Leonard Wechsler The key seems to be that the filmmakers are smart enough to play with the concept. Time after time, they emphasize how similar the movie is to the first while ensuring there are enough twists to keep things going. A student has died because of new designer drug called Whyphy, and our heroes are sent to investigate. But Schmidt and Jenko are developing relationship problems. At first, they keep up their talk of bromance, but the whole relationship

begins falling apart soon after they arrive on campus. Of course, they are far too old, and several people make them as narcs immediately. But Jenko, following a lead, winds up becoming very close to football star Zook (Wyatt Russell). To emphasize the bond, the two cops wind up across the hall from a pair of twins, Kenny and Keith Yang, who continually finish each other’s sentences and say the same things in unison. Within a short time, Jenko and Zook are like that, and Schmidt feels left out. He winds up with the pretty Maya (Amber Stevens) and has a wonderful time celebrating his sexual relationship with everyone at police headquarters. That would turn out to be a mistake, one that leads to some very funny scenes. But the two cops wind up clashing, even seeing a counselor who, naturally, when they talk about themselves as partners, assumes they are gay. And ev-

erything the pair does during that scene would support that theory. What carries the movie is the quality of the performances. Somehow Hill and Tatum work as a “couple� — they are funny together and alone, despite their enormous physical differences. And they both know how to carry a funny scene. Hill is great as the introverted schlub who somehow functions even as a fish out of water, and Tatum renders the whole dumb jock character perfectly. Their relationship should not work at all, and the movie has fun examining the reasons it does. Even better, Hill is wonderful at bringing out all of the possible humor in Tatum’s idiocy. Ice Cube is good as the overstressed Captain Dickson. He screams, yells and manages to elicit screams of laughter while doing so. Russell is funny as the goofy quarterback who becomes a Jenko

clone. He makes the stereotype interesting. The twin brothers provide great laughs, particularly in a wonderfully tense climactic scene as they try to decide which one of them should be shot first. Expect to see them again. Jillian Bell, as Maya’s strange roommate, is particularly good. She is a master of timing while never cracking a smile. Her scenes with Hill are hysterical. As noted above, there is a lot of repetition, but somehow the movie keeps the action and laughs coming. There are a few wild chases, a few fun set scenes that really poke fun at college stereotypes, and many surprises. Almost everyone manages to get in on providing laughs. I enjoyed the film. While it is one of the summer tentpoles, films that are supposed to be sure things, it mines a rich comic vein. I laughed a lot during the film, and you probably will do so, as well.

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NEWS BRIEFS Free Water Safety Event In Wellington

Summer time is pool time, but before jumping in, learn how to stay safe. The Wellington Aquatics Complex is hosting “Make a S.P.L.A.S.H.” (Safety and Prevention Leaves All Swimmers Happy) on Saturday, June 28 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Pediatric residents from Palms West Hospital and first responders from Palm Beach County FireRescue will be on-hand to discuss water safety and more. There will also be lifeguards demonstrating a near-drowning scenario with PBCFR. The Wellington Aquatics Center is located at 12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd. This event is free to the public. For more info., visit www.

Wellington Launches OpenGov

As Wellington prepares to release its preliminary 2015 budget, the village has launched its Open-

Gov web site, giving the public access to how Wellington spends its tax dollars. Wellington is the first government entity in Florida to utilize this program. OpenGov is accessed through the village’s web site, It offers comparisons on revenue and spending beginning with 2010 for all village departments. “Our new budget web site gives residents a better way to see how their tax dollars are being collected and spent, making Wellington’s government more transparent and accountable,” Village Manager Paul Schofield said. The new web site complements “Open Wellington,” which launched five years ago and shows all village transactions. Open Wellington is best for looking for specific financial information, while OpenGov is best for analyzing budgeting information and trends. Together, they provide an unprecedented interactive window into the details of Wellington’s budget and finances. Village staff is also conducting the yearly “Budget Challenge” survey, a way to engage residents and stakeholders in the budget process. It will aid in readying the

proposed budget and assessment rates, which must be first adopted in July, with final adoption in September. Each year, Wellington develops, implements and evaluates plans for the provision of services and capital assets. These plans are based on levels of service to determine how much should be allocated to each agency to achieve its set of goals. Wellington invites residents to participate in the “Budget Challenge” survey to help the village set priorities for the upcoming fiscal year.

Cookin’ Yogi To Host Camp

The Cookin’ Yogi, will host its Summer Yoga and Cooking School Camp at Education Place in Wellington, for ages 6 to 12, Monday through Friday, July 28 Aug. 1, from 9 a.m. to noon. Campers will participate in morning yoga, creating their own lunch each day with the focus on picking and preparing healthy ingredients, kitchen safety, cooking skills and healthy eating practices. Campers will also enjoy creating their own apron, recipe box

and other goodies. Daily cooking builds kitchen and food awareness and instills confidence. On the final day, parents are invited to join in on a celebration and fun treats with the children. The cost is $225 per child. Call (561) 791-6455 to register or visit

Melanoma Foundation Selfie Contest

The Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation will be offering students, families and the community an opportunity to participate in a fun awareness event using digital media. The 2014 Sun Safe Selfie Contest encourages participants to read sun safety rules at www. and then go out and snap the best photo of themselves, family members or friends demonstrating his newly gained sun safety knowledge. The contest runs until Sunday, July 6. The contest is designed to encourage the public to be aware of the protocols that must be followed in order to protect against danger-

ous rays and over exposure of the sun. Getting one or more blistering sunburns increases chances of developing melanoma later in life. The foundation’s mission is to educate people to make critical sun-safe choices to avoid getting a disease that is nearly 100 percent preventable with education. Sun safety industry leaders, such as Coolibar and Blue Lizard, as well as community leaders like Costco, Home Depot and more will be donating prizes and gift certificates to create fun prize packages. The grand prize winner chosen will have demonstrated the best sun safety protocol. The first prize winner chosen will be the photo that receives the most likes on the foundation’s Facebook page. Visit and enter to win. The Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation was started in 1995 after Kann died at age 44 of a late-detected melanoma. The mission of the foundation is to educate the community about the prevention and early detection of skin cancer. For more info., contact Lisa Richman at lrichman@melanoma, call (561) 655-

9655 or visit www.melanoma

Basketball Camp At SRHS

Seminole Ridge High School will continue its boys basketball camp with a session from July 7 through July 10 from 9 a.m. to noon, and a session from Aug. 4 through Aug. 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. The sessions are open to all boys in grades 1 to 8 and take place in the SRHS gymnasium. All skill levels are welcome, and each participant will receive a T-shirt, certificate and the opportunity to win other prizes during the week. For more information, contact Kai Lee at (561) 379-9841 or kai.

June 21 Solstice Celebration

Southern Gardens, located at 7777 Southern Blvd. in West Palm Beach, will hold a Summer Solstice Celebration on Saturday, June 21 from noon to 8 p.m. with live music, food, drinks and vendors starting at 3 p.m. All plant material will be 20 percent off. For more info., call (561) 793-0733.

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NuVista Living in Wellington welcomed Barry Lyons, a retired New York Mets baseball player, for a Father’s Day event on Friday, June 13. Lyons, now a motivational speaker, recounted his baseball career in the 1980s and ’90s, along with overcoming harsh times that took a toll on him professionally and personally. The residents of NuVista and family members had memorabilia and baseballs signed by Lyons. The residents enjoyed the opportunity. For more information about NuVista Living, visit PHOTOS BY FABIANA OTERO/TOWN-CRIER

Barry Lyons speaks to the residents.

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continued from page 1 me and should be unacceptable to everyone in Palm Beach County,” she said. Donaldson, who has two schoolage children, said the school board has a set of districtwide goals that are not measureable. She has been a child advocate with many different groups for the past decade, including as a member and current chair of the Exceptional Student Education Advisory Council, the Academic Advisory Council, the Wellington Landings Middle School Advisory Council and the Binks Forest Elementary School Advisory Council. “I’ve been active in the community since we moved to Wellington, with the Moms Club when they were little, and it’s just grown from that point,” she said. For more information about Donaldson, visit www.votecarla. com. Moore, who retired as the school district’s chief operating officer in 2011, said he is running because he has a strong passion for public education. “Both my wife and I are prod-

ucts of public education,” he said. “My two daughters are successful products of schools in the western communities. They had a great education down here, and my wife is a lifelong teacher. She has 32 years with the Palm Beach County School District and still has a strong passion for teaching.” Moore said the current school board members do not have the skill set that he does. “I have a strong financial management background, and the board currently does not have anybody with that kind of background,” he said. “I’m retired and want to give back to my community. I think this is the best way that I can do that.” Moore added that he thinks the school board struggles to arrive at a consensus on major policy issues. “I think I can help with that,” he said. “All of them have strong opinions about some of the policies coming before the board, but there’s not a clear articulation of the board position on some of those policies.” Moore said his campaign is not personally directed at the incumbent. “I know Marcia; I worked with her,” he said. “She’s a capable woman, but her background is largely from both the education

Barry Lyons signs baseballs while Eusebio Constanza plays guitar. and human resource side. I think there are skills on the board that mirror those skills, where there are not skills on the board that mirror my background in financial management.” Moore said he would equitably represent all of District 6, which reaches from west of State Road 7 to the Glades from Boynton Beach Blvd. to the Beeline Highway. “I think part of the job of a school board member is representing that entire region, which means that the schools in each of those areas get the appropriate attention they need,” he said. Moore worked with the South Florida Water Management District for 30 years before he came to the school district for 10 years. He was on the board’s volunteer Financial Advisory Board for five years before that. For more information, visit Moore’s web site at Andrews, finishing up her first term on the board, said she has worked hard over the past four years for the students and parents throughout District 6. “I have put in place many new initiatives to improve student achievement, first with the leadership in getting three badly needed new schools built in District 6, as


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continued from page 1 not a personal attack against him… but I did not see anything from Mr. Bair over a three-month period of attending ITID meetings. He was just agreeing with Supervisor [Michelle] Damone and Supervisor Jacobs without producing any thoughts or ideas of his own.” Bradley has lived in The Acreage since 1990 and has owned his home since 2008. “When I moved to The Acreage, Royal Palm Beach Blvd. was still a dirt road once you entered The Acreage from Royal Palm Beach,” he recalled. A fireman for Pratt & Whitney, Bradley is about to celebrate his second wedding anniversary. He and his wife, Jessica, are expecting their first child in January. Bradley said his overall goal is to bring more cohesiveness to the board. “There seems to be a divide,” he said. “There’s two factions on the board. There’s the ruling faction and there’s the minority. I want


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continued from page 1 erties or have some kind of continuity,” Councilwoman Anne Gerwig said. “Because we have so many individual owners, I think we have to ask what we can put on a master plan at this point. We’re coming at this from the back side. It makes it very difficult that we don’t own the property ourselves.” Although members of the council and the committee largely agreed that Wellington’s equestrian lifestyle needs to be protected, Wellington Projects Manager Mike O’Dell said they would have to decide what that means. “Are you trying to preserve the venues? The land? Or is it the horses you’re trying to protect?” he asked. One consensus was that Wellington’s bridle trails are essential for the community and need to be maintained. The only problem, O’Dell said, is that the majority of Wellington’s trails are located on roads and canals. “Only about five miles of bridle paths are dedicated to the village,” he said. “The rest are along roadways and canals.” Gerwig said maintaining and even expanding the bridle trails is important. “It benefits our more casual riders and the equestrian industry as a whole,” she said. Equestrian Preserve Commit-

David Bradley to be the bridge between those two, because when the governing body of a community cannot work together, that community is destined to fail.” Bair has served 16 years as an ITID supervisor, the longest service of any current board member. First elected in the 1990s, he left the board in 2002 when he was defeated for re-election. His latest stint on the board began in 2006. During his four years off the board, new ITID leadership brought the district to near-bankruptcy, Bair said, after the board embroiled itself in lawsuits and

Ralph Bair failed water utility deals. “When I came back on the board, we looked at the district’s books,” he said. “We had an audit done to find out where the district was exactly at. We were running out of money for operations. The board that came on in 2002 had bought a whole bunch of equipment and spent a lot of money on lawyers and lawsuits, and buying a water system that couldn’t operate.” It also got ITID embroiled in a lawsuit against Palm Beach County over water rights. “They spent about $2 million trying to

tee Chair Linda Elie agreed. “The more the Equestrian Preserve gets developed around, the more important the trail system is,” she said. “Even show people know their horse can’t live in a 10-footby-10-foot stall. They have to get their horses out on the trails or they go stir crazy.” Coates said the balance between preservation and commercialization will be key. “How far do we allow commercialization to go?” he asked. “I think we are protecting the equestrian industry, not just the preserve. The industry exists because of the preserve, and has become the economic driver for this whole area. We have to decide if that’s what we want. Is the industry paramount, or do we want to give other considerations?” Willhite said Wellington’s equestrian community can only grow so large. “How can we continue to grow and build in an area that we’re talking about preserving?” he asked. “We can’t just keep growing.” He noted that most of Wellington exists outside the equestrian industry, but the two support each other. “The industry isn’t just made up of the venues or the EOZD,” he said. “It’s the entire village.” Margolis asked Schofield about the history of the preserve, whether it was created with the industry in mind. Schofield said the founders did not envision Wellington becoming an equestrian capital. “There was never a conscious plan for horses to be in Wellington,

but there were some communities — Saddle Trail and Paddock Park — where horses were intended to be,” he said. “I don’t think there was much thought other than that [Palm Beach Polo founder] Bill Ylvisaker wanted to play polo.” Palm Beach Polo was built, and slowly the community began to spring up, initially in the form of large polo facilities. In the 1970s, however, the area’s equestrian lots were not selling well. The development of what is now the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center sped that along, Schofield said. What is now the hunter/jumper industry began as halftime entertainment on the Palm Beach Polo grass parking lot, Schofield said. “No one envisioned we’d have what we have today,” he said. Schofield recommended that village gather much of the data that Adams and Wellington staff put together. “My recommendation would be to instruct staff to put together a basic plan with the Ken Adams work from a couple of years back and distribute it to the committee and the council,” he said. “We want to get you looking at that data. I can tell you that we know a lot about where the horses are, when they’re here and who uses what. We can put a lot of stuff in front of you, but what we’re not going to know is whether it will work for the horses. I would love staff to have a collaborative effort with the equestrian community.”

Tom Siegel, Barry Lyons, Henry Siegel and Richard Uhler.

Carla Donaldson well as the reopening of West Tech Educational Center for vocational programs, which is helpful as we work toward our goal to make sure all students are career- and college-ready with industry certification,” she said, adding that the legislature provided $426,000, as well as $150,000 from the Hill Foundation, to reopen the center. She has also worked with education advisory boards in Royal Palm Beach, Wellington and the Glades. “We’ve made so many wonderful accomplishments together working as a team,” Andrews said. “One I’d like to highlight is working with the Wellington Education Advisory Board. We were able to work together with the Wellington

Joe Moore Village Council to reinstitute the $25,000 funding for programs for the lowest 25 percent of the students in all of the Wellington schools.” She partially credits that program for Binks Forest Elementary School being one of the topscoring schools in the state on the FCAT this past year. “The state does put an emphasis on how well you pull up that lowest 25 percent,” Andrews said. “It’s always a great school, and they score well anyway, but they really scored well this year.” Andrews said she has also worked with advisory boards to provide needed information to parents and the community to help

Marcia Andrews them stay abreast of things that are happening in the school district. “That did not happen before me at this level,” she said. “I have made this a priority in my four years to be at those meetings every month to make sure parents can see these programs on television and the web sites, and they can respond back to the board with questions.” Andrews noted that District 6 schools are generally highperforming with mostly As and Bs, but she continues to focus on supporting students, especially those in the most need of help. For more information, visit www.marciaandrewsforschool

sue the county,” Bair said. “We got that corrected and sold the utility and got that off our backs. That basically brought money back into the district, because now we had a utility fund that we could draw off of.” After years of management issues, Bair supported the hiring of former ITID Administrator Tanya Quickel, who had been finance director previously but went to the Northern Palm Beach County Improvement District. Bair credits her for helping return the district to solvency. Quickel left last year after a salary dispute and is now with the Village of Wellington. Bair said he is seeking re-election to make sure projects he has long supported come to fruition. He was on the board when ITID initiated its park system, including Acreage Community Park, which is now undergoing an expansion. He also worked for years to pave collector roads in The Acreage, bringing a paved road within a half-mile of every home in The Acreage. “That way, emergency services, fire, ambulance, the mail and everything could actually get to the homes,” he said. Bair considers himself more of a listener than one who vocalizes opinions. “I don’t react with my emotions,” he said. “I try to figure out what’s right, and do that based on my idea of what’s right and wrong.” His goals include finishing Acreage Community Park to include a recreation building, which had been approved, but is no longer on the front burner. He believes that many of the approved additional amenities, including a splash park, will not be complete without a building to support them. “I know a few people disagree with that, but I have people call me and say, ‘Hey, we’re older adults, and we want a place to go that’s covered,’” Bair said. He also wants the district to hire a service provider for children’s programs. “I would want someone to come in and provide service to take care of the younger kids, so they would have someplace to go,” Bair said.

An electrical technician at Seminole Ridge High School, the 59-year-old Bair has been active in numerous organizations, including the Jaycees, Rotary and other nonprofits. He is married with two grown children, who are teachers in St. Lucie County. SEAT 5 — Bassas, who moved to The Acreage two years ago from Pembroke Pines, said his goal is to preserve the rural way of life. He is upset that Minto West plans to develop a large community near his home. “I think that this election is of the utmost importance, because it could literally change the landscape of the community that I live in. I chose to come out here to live that rural lifestyle,” Bassas explained. “I want to be able to have not just a say, I want to take action. I want to ensure that we preserve that.” Bassas said he has not attended meetings but watches them online and believes that some of the members are too friendly with developers. “I don’t think that you should have ties or interests in land development when sitting in this position,” he said. “I think that opens up the doors to making poor choices and the possibilities of conflicts of interest.” Bassas said he was not aware of the Minto West development plan until shortly after he moved. “I didn’t realize that land had been slated for development,” he said. “My brother lived out here for 10-plus years, and I’ve always loved it. Unfortunately for me, due to the downturn in the economy, we didn’t facilitate the move sooner. I could not get rid of my house in Pembroke Pines. When we did finally, [buying here] was what we had been wanting for a long time, and the next thing I know, that developer was looking at the property.” Bassas said he hears many people talking against the Minto development but has not seen a lot of action. “I’m not much of a complainer. If I see something that I feel strongly about, then I’m going to go ahead and try to do something about it,” he said. Bassas, 37, is married with two elementary school-age boys. He

works in law enforcement with the state. Jacobs, who is finishing up her second term on the board and currently serves as ITID president, said she is ready to run a vigorous re-election campaign. “I’m very passionate about our community, and I’m going to be very focused on my campaign,” she said. Her goals for the next four years include completing Acreage Community Park and stopping Minto West’s proposal to more than double the approved density of its development on the former Callery-Judge Grove property. “Minto is top of the list now, but I want to see the community park finished for our children,” she said. “When I ran in 2006, that was my goal, and I want to see it done.” Jacobs said there are numerous other issues to address that sometimes seem overwhelming. “It’s always something coming at us from every direction, but [Minto West] is our main focus right now,” she said. Jacobs said she is very satisfied with the current staffing at the district, as well as the board’s makeup. “I’m actually happy with the board that we have now,” she said. “We complement each other. Everybody is going to have their differences, no matter who gets on the board, but as it is now, we get along pretty well together.” Other challenges include improving drainage in the district and the completion of State Road 7 to Northlake Blvd. “We’re working on drainage,” Jacobs said. “That’s a large focus. I’d like to see all the roads continue… I’d like to see Seminole Pratt continue, because you know there’s going to be more development, and I’d like to be able to get in and out safely. Right now we have too many accidents. We have a lot of traffic, and we have to address the main roads.” SEAT 1 — Hager, unopposed for Seat 1 as of press time, was first elected to the ITID board in 2010. A teacher, she is finishing up her first term.


continued from page 6 information available at the time of the report. JUNE 17 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Wellington was dispatched to Wellington Regional Medical Center on Tuesday regarding a theft. According to a PBSO report, the victim was in the hospital and sometime between 8 a.m. last Sunday and 5 p.m. Monday, someone stole a $100 bill from her purse. There was no further information available at the time of the report.

JUNE 17 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Wellington was called to the Palm Beach Polo Golf & Country Club on Tuesday morning regarding a case of vandalism. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 6 p.m. Monday and 6 a.m. the following morning, someone smashed the windows on three vehicles, causing approximately $2,200 in damage. There was video surveillance footage, but there were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report.


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continued from page 14 bounce for two half-hour shows per day and, in exchange, you provide all my meals, clothing, transportation, entertainment, spa treatments, medical care, insurance and a roof over my head for the rest of my life. As a bonus, I will purr occasionally and let you dispose of my waste in bags you provide. I’m just sayin’.

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The South Florida Fairgrounds held a one week Agu-Cation Camp June 9-13. Campers went on field trips to farms to see how animals and vegetables are grown. The camp taught about horses and their care, and campers got to go riding. There was also hatching of chicks, planting seeds and scrapbook making. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Campers and horses enjoy the day.

Campers compete in a sack race.

Layni Cirillo on Taco with Rachel Finley, Charlie Kimberly on Frosty with Robin Finley and Alaina Puleio on Ava with Lily Crawford.

Natalie Van Horn, Lilly Marcellus and Svetlana Guthman brush Chiricahua.

Robin Finley aboard Marlin practices going around the barrels.

Sarah Kimberly, Conner and Dillon Arrieta check on the mother hen and her chicks.


Building Up Sports Academy and the Village of Wellington hosted a fishing camp June 9-12 on Lake Wellington, culminating in a fishing tournament on Thursday, June 12. Campers learned the fundamentals of fishing and were able to show off their skills. A second camp session will be held July 14-17. For more info., visit PHOTOS BY LAUREN MIRĂ“/TOWN-CRIER

Team Cheeseburgers tied for first place in the tournament.

Team Swordfish took second place.

Biggest Fish winner Joe Starr with camp counselor Dylan Stryker.

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You’re Invited! The Wanderers Club extends to you and your family a very special invitation to become a member of Wellington’s private golf, tennis, and polo club.

Dues-Only Membership – No Initiation Fee Required Full Golf or Social Memberships Available Traditional golf with no tee times, tennis, and fitness Casual dining at The Duke’s Bar, Veranda, and poolside • Fine dining at Stables Restaurant A junior Olympic-size pool, kiddie pool, and play area • Year-round social calendar and child-friendly programs An extensive summer reciprocal membership program For membership information, call 561.795.3501. • 1900 Aero Club Drive • Wellington, FL 33414 Dues-Only Membership may be recalled once the Club Membership reaches its full complement, beginning with the last in, unless the then established membership deposit is paid. All memberships are prorated as of initiation date.

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Celebrat ion Friday, July 4, 2014 Enjoy a Patriotic Pool Party 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Wellington Aquatics Complex, 12150 Forest Hill Boulevard Regular pool entrance fee applies. Games and activities scheduled on the hour. Call (561) 791-4770 for more information.

A Family Fourth Celebration 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Village Park, 11700 Pierson Road Enjoy live entertainment by The Brass Evolution Band and The Turnstiles “Ultimate Billy Joel Tribute”, in addition to Traditional Games, Bounce Houses, a Petting Zoo, Face Painting, Pony Rides, Free Bingo sponsored by Humana, Inc., Food Vendors & More! FREE SHUTTLE Transportation service will be available from The Mall at Wellington Green at the Palm Tran bus stop beginning at 6 pm, and will run until the conclusion of the fireworks show.

PLEASE REMEMBER: No personal fireworks, alcoholic beverages, or pets are allowed in Village Park.

For more information call (561) 791-4005 or visit Find us on Facebook by scanning the QR code to the left, or follow us on Twitter @WellRecreation for event alerts and updates.

Fireworks Extravaganza 9:15 PM by Zambelli Fireworks

Village Park, 11700 Pierson Road Visible from Village Park and surrounding areas, this spectacular display will be sure to please the entire family! Music will also be broadcast at Village Park to add an extra level of flare to these fabulous fireworks!

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Red Barn Plans Big 25th Anniversary Celebration

If you’re free on Saturday, June 28, you might want to mosey on over to Red Barn Feed & Supply. The business is celebrating its silver anniversary with games, prizes, raffles and sales. Far more than a feed store, Red Barn carries a wide array of products for the home and farm. Ellen Rosenberg’s Column, Page 21


BJ’s Wholesale Club Donates Diapers To Food Banks, Including RPB Store

BJ’s Wholesale Club is donating more than 760,000 diapers to Feeding America. The supplies will be distributed to Feeding America’s network food banks across the country. The BJ’s Wholesale Club in Royal Palm Beach is donating more than 9,000 diapers to help families in the local community. BJ’s is donating diapers amounting to more than $130,000. Page 22

Sports Daddy-Dash 5K Family Fun Run Held In Wellington

Last Sunday was Father’s Day, and what better way for dads to go out and support the Purple Chicks organization than by participating in a local 5K fundraising event at Wellington’s Village Park? The Purple Chicks coordinated the event to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Page 29

THIS WEEK’S INDEX TAILS FROM THE TRAILS............................. 21 BUSINESS NEWS................................... 22-23 SPORTS & RECREATION.........................29-31 COMMUNITY CALENDAR............................. 34 CLASSIFIEDS......................................... 36-40

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PoloNOW 21 State Summer Tour Launching July 4

PoloNOW, a leading source in polo broadcasting, will be making a historic, cross-country tour of America’s top polo clubs from July 4 through Labor Day. The 2014 PoloNOW Summer Tour, presented by Nespresso, will cross 21 states and cover more than 13,000 miles. Page 23



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Lessons Certified instruction on quality horses & ponies for riders of all levels

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To schedule a visit, tour, or to make a lesson appointment, please contact us at 561-784-4275. Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, Wellington, Florida Find us on Facebook: Palm Beach Riding Academy EquestrianSportProd_PWTW5_16_14.indd 1

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Red Barn Plans 25th Anniversary Celebration On June 28

If you’re free on Saturday, June 28, you might want to mosey on over to Red Barn Feed & Supply in Loxahatchee Groves. The business is celebrating its silver anniversary with games, prizes, raffles and sales. Established in 1989 by Jerry and Betty Case, Red Barn provides a wide selection of products for the animal community. Growing from a feed store specializing in horse feed, hay and shavings 25 years ago, Red Barn now offers more than 20,000 square feet of locally owned retail space with products for both animals and their owners. Far more than a feed store, Red Barn carries a wide array of supplies and products for grooming, housing and bedding, as well as a great selection of fencing and lawn care products for the home and farm. The staff can obtain any feed you need for any animal. Products include supplies for house pets, livestock and exotics such as ferrets and turtles — from aardvarks to zebras, they can find what you need! Red Barn stocks a variety of hay and shavings to meet any diet and budget. A Purina Certified Expert Dealer, the store also offers a complete line of Purina feed products and has knowledgeable associates who can answer nutritional questions. Also in stock are large selections of pet toys, Get updates all week long... follow Ellen Rosenberg on Twitter at TalkFL or stop by the Tales from the Trails page on Facebook and click “like.”

Tales From The Trails By Ellen Rosenberg dog collars, halters and leads, buckets, feeding and watering troughs, fly control products, nutritional supplements, hoof care options, grooming supplies and a number of used saddles. Then there are the clothes. Whether you’re going out on the town or working at the ranch, Red Barn carries a great selection of Western shirts, boots, jeans and accessories. The bird area boasts a wide variety of bird seed for every sort of avian, from finches to chickens to parrots, 3 pounds to 50. There are birds for sale, including cockatiels, parakeets, chicks, goslings and the occasional duckling. They also sell chicken coops for the backyard chicken farmer. Best of all, just about everything is going to be on sale come June 28. “We’ll have specials all day long throughout the store,” manager Trina Molgard said. “In past years, we’ve had lots of specials, but this year everything in the store is going to be marked down from 10 percent to 25 percent. Everything. That includes clothing, hay, feed and shavings.” Molgard expects a crowd for the event.

Manager Mario Mejia with a chicken coop like the one that will be a raffle prize. “It’s a great family day, a good place to chat and mingle with friends and neighbors,” she said. “A Purina rep will be on hand to answer nutrition questions. We’ll have a DJ, a huge 74-foot water slide (bring your own towel), face painting, a balloon artist, lots of coupons

for special deals, and free giveaways, like hats and T-shirts.” Molgard invited everyone to drop by. “For us, these events are a way to give back to the community and thank everyone See ROSENBERG, page 31

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BJ’s Wholesale Club Donates Diapers To Food Banks

BJ’s Wholesale Club is donating more than 760,000 diapers to Feeding America. The supplies will be distributed to Feeding America’s network food banks across the country. The BJ’s Wholesale Club in Royal Palm Beach is donating more than 9,000 diapers to help families in the local community. A recent study found that the majority of Americans who are food insecure also struggle to buy basic necessities, including personal, home and baby care items that may not be covered by government assistance programs. Many of these families cope by altering eating habits, increasing the potential risks to the health and well-being of themselves and their children. Feeding America is the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization helping

to combat these findings. “BJ’s Wholesale Clubs supports communities in need by not only donating grocery items, but also by assisting families in protecting their most vulnerable members: their babies,” said Jessie Newman of BJ’s Wholesale Club. “By expanding the scope of our donations, we are continuing to help even more families build stronger communities — an effort we are honored and proud to support.” BJ’s is donating diapers in sizes 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, amounting to more than $130,000 nationally. The company is donating 9,248 diapers locally in Royal Palm Beach to Feeding South Florida. “In addition to providing families with nutritious food options, Feeding America works to support a

healthier lifestyle for those who may be struggling,” said Leah Ray, vice president of corporate partnerships at Feeding America. “By providing diapers to families, thanks to the donation by BJ’s Wholesale Club, we can reduce the chance they will have to choose between buying this necessity and other vital items for their baby.” BJ’s Wholesale Club has donated more than 20 million pounds of food to Feeding America, and more than $19 million to 2,200 community organizations since 2005. The BJ’s Adopt-a-School Program has served 2,575 elementary schools since 1996. Feeding America is the nationwide network of more than 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States.

BJ’s Wholesale Club in Royal Palm Beach donated 9,248 diapers to Feeding South Florida.

Fortin Foundation Donates $1 Million To Quantum House the nonprofit facility, which provides a home-like environment for families whose children are receiving treatment in Palm Beach County for a serious medical condition. The increase will allow the house to serve 250 to 300 more families annually. “Quantum House is an

important resource in our community that provides a real sense of comfort and support to families when they need it most,” said Lesly Smith, president of the Fortin Foundation of Florida. “Everyone deserves a warm place to call home, and it is our honor to contribute to

Quantum House’s growth and development so that more families can benefit from its services.” Over the last 50 years, the Fortin Foundation of Florida has allocated more than $30 million to causes dedicated to improving lives and building strong communities, with a

special focus on child care and education. The $5 million Welcome Home campaign will fund the design and construction of the nearly 17,000-squarefoot addition to the existing building. Under the direction of campaign chairs Cathy and Jack Flagg, more than $3 mil-

lion has been raised to date, including $500,000 from Helen and Richard Fowler and $250,000 from St. Mary’s Medical Center. For more information about the campaign, call Quantum House Executive Director Roberta Jurney at (561) 494-0515.



The Fortin Foundation of Florida has donated $1 million to Quantum House’s Welcome Home capital campaign to build a 20-room addition to its existing residence, bringing the total number of rooms to 30. The donation will underwrite the new north wing of

The Lab/High Touch High Tech is conveniently located off State Road 7 at Lantana Road. The Lab brings science to life with handson experiments provided by High Touch High Tech, the leader in science education for the last 19 years. Each day will be a new adventure, from interacting with real “lab critters” to launching rockets and panning for gems. The unique Lab offers affordable pricing, experiments with lots of cool take-homes, arts and crafts, physical activities and more. The program taps into children’s natural curiosity and provides them with safe and fun activities that help them learn about the world around them. Campers will make slime, erupt volcanoes, make ice cream, tie dye T-shirts and more. Call (561) 444-3978 or visit for more info. Villari’s of Wellington invites your child to summer camp this year. Villari’s is offering Junior Camp and Senior Camp in two-week sessions. Camp starts as low as $30 per day and includes arts and crafts, derby building, martial arts and much more. Enjoy a summer of fun, fitness and friends. The program for ages 6 to 9 runs June 9 to June 13 and June 16 to June 20. The program for ages 10 to 14 runs June 23 to June 27 and June 30 to July 3. Call (561) 792-1100 for more information and to reserve your space. Visit www.villaris for more info.

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PoloNOW To Present 21 State Summer Tour Launching July 4

PoloNOW, a leading source in polo broadcasting, will be making a historic, cross-country tour of America’s top polo clubs from July 4 through Labor Day. The 2014 PoloNOW Summer Tour, presented by Nespresso, will cross 21 states and cover more than 13,000 miles. The journey will include both arena and outdoor polo tournaments, at all levels of polo, in an effort to expose potential fans and players throughout the country to this exciting game. The matches will be streamed live on ChukkerTV. The tour is slated to kick off on July 4 at the Aspen Valley Polo Club in Colorado, before heading to New York for coverage of the Arena Open on July 11-12. PoloNOW ( will be providing live streaming coverage from each of the designated locations, exploring the players, the horses and the clubs. This in-depth

look at some of the many polo clubs in the country will demonstrate to the general public just how accessible and enjoyable the game is for spectators. A pioneer in the polo community and leader in the industry known for its innovative approach to the coverage of the game, PoloNOW continues to make history for its ground-breaking application of HD technology and remains as the first and only source for instant-replay in polo. The tour plans to include a number of representative polo clubs in the country, which will participate in the opportunity to share their unique tournaments and programs with a worldwide polo community. The PoloNOW Summer Tour offers clubs across the country the opportunity to live-stream games, matches and tournaments, in a manner never before seen in the polo community,

with professionals who view the televised coverage of the game of polo as their primary objective. “PoloNOW is the go-to source for polo broadcasting,” said Mike Ferreira, co-founder and executive producer of the innovative company. “PoloNOW offers a broadcasting vehicle for the sport, an opportunity to get the message out that the sport is exciting and accessible, and is played in clubs all over the country.” Based in Wellington, PoloNOW has consulted with and has broadcasting agreements with the United States Polo Association, while continuing to pursue cutting-edge technological advances. Inquiries for inclusion in the PoloNOW Summer Tour, including sponsorship of the tour and/or branding gear opportunities for the tour, should be directed to Ferreira at (561) 410-0217 or e-mail mike@

‘PoloNOW is the go-to source for polo broadcasting,’ said Mike Ferreira, the company’s co-founder/executive producer. ‘PoloNOW offers a broadcasting vehicle for the sport, an opportunity to get the message out that the sport is exciting and accessible, and is played in clubs all over the country.’

Mike Ferreira, co-founder and executive producer of PoloNOW.

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#1 Education Place is a small, private Montessori school for students grades one through 12. The school features a year-round academic year, flexible scheduling, individualized instruction and an accredited curriculum. Many of the school’s students are now professional athletes or performers. #1 Education Place has been serving the western communities since 2001 and is conveniently located in the original Wellington Mall at 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 23. #1 Education Place is currently welcoming new students for the summer and fall terms. For more information, call (561) 753-6563. Cambridge School is a quality preschool that lays the foundation for a child’s future academic success. At the Cambridge Schools, which have been serving South Florida for more than 20 years, preschool is about much more than just learning ABCs and 123s. Cambridge strives to cultivate each child’s spirit, imagination and love of learning. This is achieved through the school’s carefully crafted, hands-on, academic curriculum. “Our dynamic program encourages children to explore their world in a safe and loving environment,” said Denise Goetz, director of the Cambridge Schools’ Wellington campus. “By offering different age-appropriate, hands-on, brains-on activities, our students gain an understanding of math, science, writing, art and literacy.” The Cambridge Preschool at Wellington serves children from 2 years through kindergarten. School hours are 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m., with early care and aftercare available. Flexible scheduling is offered. The school follows the Palm Beach County public school schedule. Enrollment is ongoing. The school is located at 1920 Royal Fern Drive. For more information, call (561) 791-0013 or visit Whether a student is looking for a better report card, help with a specific subject or a higher score on a college entrance exam, Huntington Learning Center is the tutoring solution. The center can help with academic skills, subject tutoring or exam prep for the SAT, PSAT and ACT. Huntington Learning Center is located at 2655 State Road 7 in Wellington Green Commons. For more information, call 1-800-CAN-LEARN or visit Ideal Elementary School and Dream Middle School are premier private schools for innovative and gifted students. Serving the areas of Royal Palm Beach, Wellington, West Palm Beach, Boynton Beach, Lake Worth, Palm Beach and Loxahatchee, Ideal Elementary School and Dream Middle School offer students an innovative learning environment beginning with preschool, continuing through elementary and middle school. Well-known in Palm Beach County, the schools have been producing critical thinkers and leaders since 1993, and this success is largely based on the incorporation of Harvard Professor Dr. Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligence. As a private school, the schools consistently strive to change ordinary education into extraordinary learning for understanding and critical thinking. For more information, or to schedule a tour of the schools, call (561) 791-2881. Jupiter Christian School offers a superior education and extracurricular activities for all students from preschool age to grade 12. Students are challenged intellectually, socially and spiritually to advance and become leaders of their community and beyond. The school is now offering nonstop bus service from Christ Fellowship in Royal Palm Beach to the JCS campus. Come tour Jupiter Christian School today and discover the leader of tomorrow in your son or daughter. The school is located at 700 S. Delaware Blvd. in Jupiter. For more info., call (561) 746-7800 or visit The Little Place Preschool has served the western communities for more than 36 years. There are two convenient Wellington locations, which are now taking fall registration for the 2014-15 school year. The Little Place offers preschool programs for children ages 2 through 5, and a program for children ages 6 to 8. For more information, call

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the 1040 Wellington Trace location at (561) 793-5860 or the 2995 Greenbriar Blvd. location at (561) 790-0808. Noah’s Ark Preschool offers care for infants and preschool children, as well as after-school care, free VPK, low rates and special registration for the fall. Noah’s Ark is conveniently located at 14563 Okeechobee Blvd. Se habla Español. For more information, call (561) 753-6624. Renaissance Charter School at Wellington is opening in August 2014 at 3220 S. State Road 7. Led by Founding Principal Jack Nealy, the new school is quickly filling seats. The school offers personal learning plans that are dedicated to helping each individual child succeed, parental involvement, open communication, school uniforms, and a fair and consistent disciplinary process. Learn more and apply online by visiting or call (866) KIDS-USA. Offering a superior education from 12 months to grade 8, Rosarian Academy is committed to educating the whole person for life. The school fosters each student’s unique spiritual, physical, social, emotional and intellectual needs at every developmental stage. Known for academic excellence and a welcoming faith-centered community, Rosarian’s curriculum is enhanced with 21st century technology and excellent athletic and fine arts programs. Rosarian is the only independent Catholic school in Palm Beach County. For more information, or to schedule a tour, call (561) 832-5131 or e-mail Temple Beth Torah’s Leonie Arguetty Preschool has been in Wellington for more than 20 years with a strong reputation for high quality early childhood education. It is the only area preschool with NAEYC accreditation, assuring families that the program meets high national standards for quality and professionalism. It offers a variety of learning experiences that prepare children for private and public elementary schools. Then there are the intangibles — the caring teachers, the warmth and sense of community that permeates the halls. Though these elements can’t be quantified, they can be found at Temple Beth Torah. Come see what makes the school special. The school is located at 900 Big Blue Trace in Wellington. For more info., call (561) 793-2649 or visit The Learning Experience Academy of Early Education, located at 8474 Lantana Road in Lake Worth, offers premier childcare and preschool education available for children ages six weeks and up. The Learning Experience has established itself as much more than a childcare center by providing children with the tools and the environment necessary to achieve their highest potential in their stages of early learning. Whether your child is an infant or preschooler, the school offers the very best in age-appropriate care and academic enrichment programming. For more information, or to secure a space for the 2014-15 school year, call (561) 963-7625 or visit The Learning Foundation of Florida is a unique private school nestled in Royal Palm Beach. Its emphasis is on individualized academic programs, which provide structure for the diverse needs of students. TLFF customizes flexible and personalized learning programs to work for many different types of students, from advanced learners to students with special needs. TLFF’s program serves third through 12th grades and focuses on building self-esteem, confidence, pride and motivation, which leads students to achieve their academic goals. Elementary and middle school hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., with before care starting at 7:30 a.m. and after-school academic enrichment running until 4 p.m. High school hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. High school students are required to attend 5 hours daily. For more information, call Debra Thornby at (561) 795-6886.

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Daddy-Dash 5K Family Fun Run Held At Village Park By Gene Nardi Town-Crier Staff Report

Last Sunday was Father’s Day, and what better way for dads to go out and support the Purple Chicks organization than by participating in a local 5K fundraising event at Wellington’s Village Park? Barbara Matthews of the Purple Chicks co-coordinated the fun fitness event to raise awareness and money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Matthews, Beth Hawkins and Sheryl Esquilin met at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. The three women bonded together to form the Purple Chicks and have hosted the Father’s Day “Daddy-Dash” 5K Family Fun Run at Village Park for two years running. Last year, the event drew approximately 300 runners from around South Florida. Last weekend surpassed that by bringing in more than 450 runners. “This is a huge jump from last year, and we’re very, very pleased,” Matthews said. The event also drew in approximately $10,000, which will be donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This year’s honored heroes were Felix Ruiz, who passed last year from the disease, and local young survivor Joshua Johnson, who also participated in the event. The day also featured a free kid’s race and a diaper-dash run. Vendors joined in the festivities to provide information on health and fitness, and offered free products to runners and observers. For more information on the Purple Chicks program, visit www.

Beth Hawkins, honored hero Joshua Johnson, grandfather Rubin Anderson, Sheryl Esqulin and Barbara Matthews.

20-year-old Ramiro Melendez of Boca Raton comes in second place overall with a 17:54 finish time.

Runners begin to break out of the pack.

Ilio Sanchez of Greenacres finishes in first place overall with a 17:49 time.

More than 450 runners came out to participate. Here, they line up at the start of the race.


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Junior Karate Testing — (Front row) Alex Jones, Ricky Armstrong and Joshua Cammarata; (back row) Alasdair Webber, Gordon Webber, Benjamin Schwartz and Sensei Keith Moore.

Karate Students Receive New Ranks

Genbu-Kai Karate recently tested and promoted some of its junior and adult students in karate and also kobudo (Okinawan weapons). Students tested for their first rank up through first kyu level, which is one level below the black belt rank. Genbu-Kai Karate teaches traditional Shito-Ryu Karate and not only emphasizes self-defense, but also incorporates methods in preventing bullying either at school or other social encounters. It also teaches valuable life skills that students learn

to incorporate in their school, family and social lives. Conveniently located next to the Wellington movie theater, Genbu-Kai Karate offers traditional Japanese martial arts. Students are primarily from the Wellington, Royal Palm Beach and Loxahatchee/Acreage areas. However, some students travel from as far as Palm Beach Gardens, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach and Miami. For info., call (561) 804-1002 or visit

Royal Pam Beach High School, along with Dance Director Michele Blecher, are proud to announce the 2014-15 Wildcat Dancers Dance Team. Blecher and the new team are looking forward to a busy dance season filled with various shows, competitions and performances. Shown here are: (Front row) Dallas Bailey, Angelica Barrera, Rachel Lambe and Ashley Telisme; (back row) Giavanna Joesph, Tykazja McCoy, Annelee Dunkley, Julian Baily, Captain Brittany Canales, Laz Palenzuelu, Co-Captain Stephanie Sanchez, Maureen Derius, Alondra Morales, Jeneen Burrell and Arianna Sanchez; (not pictured) Marlyka Guillaume and Selena Gomez.

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Royal Palm Bassmasters Fish Out Of Clewiston Ramp

The Royal Palm Bassmasters held its monthly fishing tournament Saturday, May 10 out of the Clewiston boat ramp on Lake Okeechobee. First place was won by the team of Rick Rickenbach (boater) with five fish weighing 10 pounds, 2 ounces and partner Roxanne Rickenbach (co-angler) with five fish weighing 15 pounds, 6 ounces, for a team weight of 25 pounds, 8 ounces. Second place was awarded to Larry Payne (boater) with five fish weighing 10 pounds, 15 ounces and a co-angler added weight of 9 pounds, 6 ounces, for a team total of 20 pounds, 5 ounces. Third place was awarded to the team of Mike O’Connor (boater)


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continued from page 21 for their support throughout the year. I think it’s great any time you can get the items you need and also save some money,” she said. “It is all about thanking everyone,” agreed Mario Mejia, another store manager. “We enjoy helping

with five fish weighing 8 pounds, 5 ounces and partner Bill Latham (co-angler) with five fish weighing 11 pounds, for a team weight of 19 pounds, 5 ounces. The Big Fish of the tournament was caught by Rick Rickenbach, with a bass weighing 5 pounds, 8 ounces. The Royal Palm Bassmasters meet on the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center, located at 100 Sweet Bay Lane. The club is now accepting applications for new boater and non-boater members. For more information, e-mail or visit www.

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our customers find exactly what they’re after and answering their questions. I hope everyone comes to this event, finds great stuff at great prices and basically has a lot of fun.” Each year, Red Barn supports a local animal charity. This year, the raffles support McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary, a nonprofit wildlife rehabilitation facility. McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary has treated hundreds of native animals that were sick or injured, everything from foxes to bobcats, sand hill cranes to pelicans, hawks

and owls. Many of the exotic animals have been donated by wildlife officers who confiscated these creatures from the previous owners because of neglect, abuse or illegal possession. Some were pets that owners could no longer care for and felt McCarthy’s would provide the animals a safe haven. With more 100 permanent resident animals at the sanctuary, the cost of housing them is staggering. Twenty-two of the animals are large cats, including tigers and leopards, which consume a thousand pounds

of meat each week. All of the sanctuary’s financing comes from the community. Owner Mark McCarthy will be on hand to do two free wildlife demonstrations, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. He may be bringing a Siberian lynx, a scarlet macaw, a barred owl, a 2-foot alligator, a rose-hair tarantula, a Gila monster, a kinkajou, a ringtail lemur and an 8-foot albino Burmese python. “We have a few different raffles this year,” Molgard explained. “The $1 prizes include a horse basket, a

dog basket, a TV, a chicken coop and gift cards. The $5 tickets is for the grand prize of a John Deer Gator utility cart worth more than $6,000. All of the proceeds of the raffles will be donated to McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary. They’re a great organization. What they do is fantastic. Including them in our celebration is just another way we can give back to the community.” Red Barn Feed & Supply is located at 12948 Okeechobee Blvd. For more information, call (561) 7900004 or visit


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Saturday, June 21 • The Palm Beach County Thrift Store (2455 Vista Parkway, West Palm Beach) will hold its monthly auction Saturday, June 21. Hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., with bidding from 8 to 11 a.m. Call (561) 233-2256 or visit for info. • A Second Chance Puppies & Kittens Rescue is partnering with Landmark Aviation at North County General Aviation Airport (11600 Aviation Blvd., West Palm Beach) on Saturday, June 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a fundraising and adoption/foster event. For more info., call (561) 333-1100 or e-mail info@asecondchancerescue. org or • Whole Foods Market in Wellington (2635 State Road 7) will host Kids Club: PolliNation Domination on Saturday, June 21 at 1 p.m. Kids will visit three stations themed for famous pollinators. Each station will feature a themed art project, geography fun and a snack. The cost is a $5 donation. No registration is necessary. Call (561) 904-4000 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Crafts for Kids for ages 3 to 8 on Saturday, June 21 at 3 p.m. Make new friends and enjoy a creative craft project. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The next Acreage Community Park Music Jam will celebrate summer with a “Beach Party” on Saturday, June 21 from 5 to 10 p.m. at Acreage Community Park (6701 140th Ave. North) featuring local musicians of all ages, styles and skill levels. Food trucks will be on site, and there will be a classic car cruise-in. Bring chairs or something to sit on. Glass containers are not allowed. For more info., call the Jam line at (561) 203-1012 or visit www.acreagelandowners. org/jam. • Whole Foods Market in Wellington (2635 State Road 7) will host Pollinate This!, an adults only dinner on Saturday, June 21 at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $20 per person. Register at customer service or by calling (561) 904-4000. Sunday, June 22 • The Acreage Green Market will take place Sunday, June 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Acreage Community Park (6701 140th Ave. North). For more info., visit or call (561) 723-3898. Monday, June 23 • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Acting Up for ages 12 to 17 on Monday, June 23 at 3 p.m. Come hungry for pizza while participating in fun theater games and learning basic acting skills. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Legos for ages 8 and up Monday, June 23 at 4 p.m. Create vehicles or buildings out of Lego pieces. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Tuesday, June 24 • The Hispanic/Latino Studies Summer Institute will hold a workshop on overcoming myths and stereotypes, recognizing culture and teaching history to improve literacy skills in Latino


students Tuesday through Thursday, June 24-26 at Royal Palm Beach High School. For more info., contact Dr. Carlos Diaz at (561) 357-7554 or e-mail • Whole Foods Market in Wellington (2635 State Road 7) will host DIY Developmental Play on Tuesday, June 24 at 10 a.m. Join other parents as facilitator Jenn Cohen talks about the best ways to repurpose common household items into baby toys. There is no charge. Call (561) 904-4000 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Fizz, Boom, Read!: Brent Gregory Magic” for ages 4 and up Tuesday, June 24 at 1 p.m. Get ready to be amazed by the magic of reading. Brent Gregory has been entertaining families for more than 25 years with audience participation, comedy and amazing magic. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host History’s Mysteries: Ancient Egypt for ages 4 to 7 on Tuesday, June 24 at 3 p.m. Uncover the secrets behind pharaohs and pyramids, make a cartouche and learn to write in hieroglyphics. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host “Fizz, Boom, Read: Brent Gregory Magic” for ages 4 and up Tuesday, June 24 at 3 p.m. Brent Gregory has been entertaining families in Florida for more than 25 years with audience participation, comedy and amazing magic. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Creating a Butterfly Paradise for adults Tuesday, June 24 at 6 p.m. Molly Sims with the West Palm Beach Garden Club will show how easy it is to attract these colorful insects to a home garden. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • Whole Foods Market in Wellington (2635 State Road 7) will host “Cheese Nights: Grilled Cheese” on Tuesday, June 24 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Stop by and see grilling gurus in action at this free event. Call (561) 904-4000 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Teen Game Night for ages 12 to 17 on Tuesday, June 24 at 6 p.m. Bring a friend for Wii gaming and board game fun. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Club Pokémon for ages 6 to 12 on Tuesday, June 24 at 6:30 p.m. Bring your DS or Pokémon cards to battle, trade and make new friends. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Wellington Village Council will meet Tuesday, June 24 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). For more info., call (561) 791-4000 or visit www. Wednesday, June 25 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Florida Novels into Film” on Wednesday, June 25 at 2 p.m. Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Frank Eberling will examine landmark Florida stories that have been adapted

into notable feature films. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host It’s Game Time for ages 6 to 12 on Wednesday, June 25 at 3 p.m. Play Smash Bros., Mario Kart and other Wii games, board games, or card games like Pokémon or Yu-Gi-Oh! Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Lego Building Crew for ages 7 to 11 on Wednesday, June 25 at 3:30 p.m. Come and play with Legos and make your own creation. Bring a Lego creation of your own to show. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. Thursday, June 26 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Rainbow Magic for ages 2 to 6 on Thursday, June 26 at 3 p.m. Enjoy stores about mixing colors and create beautiful fingerpaint masterpieces. Dress to get messy. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host “Outback Art: Colorful Clay Creatures” for ages 8 to 12 on Thursday, June 26 at 3 p.m. Experience the art of Australia’s Aborigines by making a mixed media creature native to the Outback. Dress to get messy. Call (561) 6814100 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host “Lost in the Library Lab!” for ages 9 to 12 on Thursday, June 26 at 3:30 p.m. Unleash your inner scientist in the library’s secret laboratory. Participate in simple experiments that show how science affects our daily lives. Dress to get messy. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. Friday, June 27 • Whole Foods Market in Wellington (2635 State Road 7) will host Mom’s Morning Escape on Friday, June 27 from 9 to 11 a.m. Moms will receive a free muffin and coffee or tea. There is no charge. Calling (561) 904-4000 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Sensory Science for ages 2 to 4 on Friday, June 27 at 11 a.m. Little ones can utilize their five senses with stimulating “science experiences.” Dress to get messy. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host “It’s a Craft Bonanza!” for ages 2 and up Friday, June 27 at 3:30 p.m. Drop in and make as many crafts as you want with the supplies from the craft closet. All materials will be provided. Call (561) 790-6030 for more info. • The next Food Truck Invasion at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park will take place Friday, June 27 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. More than 20 food trucks will be on site. Be sure to bring folding chairs or blankets to picnic on the park grass. For more info., call (561) 790-5149. • See what is under the sea at Nights at the Museum at the South Florida Science Center & Aquarium (4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach) on Friday, June 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. Parents and children will be treated to an exploration

The Town-Crier under the sea without needing a wet suit. The evening will include labs, crafts and more. For more info., call (561) 832-1988 or visit www. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a free screening of the movie The Pirate Fairy on Friday, June 27 at 8:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 or visit www. for more info. Saturday, June 28 • Palms West Amateur Radio Club will hold a Field Day Event at Okeeheelee Park in the Osceola Pavilion on Saturday, June 28 all day and Sunday, 29 from 8 a.m. until noon. For more info., contact Rob Pease at or (561) 358-9999. • Red Barn Feed & Supply (12948 Okeechobee Road, Loxahatchee Groves) will celebrate its 25th anniversary and a 2014 Purina Check-R-Board Days customer appreciation event Saturday, June 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with giveaways food, entertainment and special promotions. Red Barn will be raffling off a John Deere Gator. Visit or call (561) 790-0004 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “What Makes You ‘You’?” on Saturday, June 28 at 2:30 p.m. Do you know that almost every cell in your body has a complete set of instructions on how to make you? Join scientists from the Scripps Research Institute in a fun afternoon of discovery for the whole family. Isolate your own DNA and learn what DNA has to do with the groundbreaking science taking place in Palm Beach County. For all ages; parents must accompany children. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host Tribute Concerts & Food Trucks on Saturday, June 28 from 5 to 10:30 p.m. A Young Elvis tribute is at 6:30 p.m., followed by a tribute to ’60s music by the Orange Sunshine Band at 8:30 p.m. Food Trucks will be on site from 5 to 10:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 or visit for more info. Sunday, June 29 • A benefit for Wellington resident Dan Meeker will be held Sunday, June 29 at Atlantis Country Club. Meeker has been diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome, in which the body’s immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system. A $35 donation includes a barbecue dinner, dance music, raffles and cash prizes. Contact Jonnell Coss at (561) 267-3252 or Elaine Wherry (561) 683-3932 for more info. Monday, June 30 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Physics Fun for ages 8 and up Monday, June 30 at 4 p.m. Use the laws of physics to construct and test a portable catapult. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Send calendar items to: The Town-Crier, 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 31, Wellington, FL 33414. FAX: (561) 793-6090. E-mail: news@

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DRIVEWAY REPAIR D R I V E W AY S — F r e e e s t i m a t e s A & M ASPHALT SEAL COATING commercial and residential. Patching potholes, striping, repair existing asphalt & save money all work guaranteed. L i c.& In s. 1 0 0 0 4 5 0 6 2 5 61-667-7716

HANDYMAN THE MASTER HANDYMAN — All Types of Home Repairs & Improvements. No job too big or small done right the first time every time 40 yrs of satisfied customers. See me on Angies List. Tom (561) 801-2010 or (954) 444-3178 Serving Palm Beach and Broward Counties. BILLY’S HOME REPAIRS INC. REMODEL & REPAIRS — Interior Trim, crown molding, rottenwood repair, door installation, minor drywall,kitchens/cabinets/countertops, wood flooring. Bonded and Insured U#19699. Call 791-9900 or 628-9215



HOUSE NANNY/DOG WALKER WELCOME HOME – Watching your home so you can relax. Dailey, weekly and monthly services available. Snowbird and seasonal services available as well. Kitchen restocking, errand running, and many other services offered. Professional and Trustworthy! (561)791-6041 (516)965-0389 (Cell) candieosias@gmail

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



JOHN PERGOLIZZI PAINTING INC. — Interior/Exterior - Repaint specialist, pressure cleaning, popcorn ceiling, drywall repair & roof painting. Family owned/owner operator. Free Est. 798-4964 Lic. #U18473

CR EDIT RECOVERY FOR HIGH SCHOOL CLASSES — 25 Year Veteran Teacher. Great success rate. Call Pam at 561.790.0508. Replace D’s or F’s

COLORS BY CORO, INC. — Int./Ext. residential painting, over 20 yrs exp. Small Jobs welcome. Free est. Ins. 561-383-8666. Owner/Operated. Lic.# U20627 Ins. Wellington Resident


PALM BEACH PET SERVICES, LLC — Pet sitting, dog walking, cageless boarding. 866-648-1150 License, Bonded. Insured.

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

PRESSURE CLEANING J&B PRESSURE CLEANING & PAINTING, INC. — Established 1984. All types of pressure cleaning, roofs, houses, driveways, patios etc. Commercial & Residential. Interior & Exterior painting. Certified pressure cleaning & painti n g c o n t r a c t o r. L i c . # U 2 1 5 5 2 C a l l Butch at 309-6975 or visit us at www. PRESSURE PROS OF PALM BEACH— Driveway starting at $59. Chemical wash roofs starting at $99 Free Estimates. Licensed & Insured.561-718-9851


ROBERT G. HARTMANN ROOFING — Specializing in repairs. Free estimates, Bonded,insured. Lic. #CCC 058317 Ph: 561-790-0763.


TIRES/AUTO REPAIRS T I R E S / A U T O R E PA I R S — Located behind Al Packer West off Southern Blvd. Tires for autos, trucks and commercial vehicles. 561-790-7228. 587 105 Ave. N. Unit 28, Royal Palm Beach.

TREES TRIMMED AND REMOVED — 561-798-0412 D.M. YOUNG TREE SERVICE. Family Owned & Operated Lic. & Insured 1992-12121 Visit our website at

MINOR ROOF REPAIRS DON HARTMANN ROOFING — Roof painting, Carpentry. Lic. #U13677 967-5580

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


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


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ROOFING REPAIRS REROOFING ALL TYPES — Pinewood Construction, Inc. Honest and reliable. Serving Palm Beach County for over 20 years. Call Mike 561-309-0134 Lic. Ins. Bonded. CGC-023773 RC-0067207

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

SCREENING JOHN’S SCREEN REPAIR SERVICE — Pool & patio rescreening. Stay tight,wrinkle-free,guaranteed! CRC1329708 call us 798-3132.

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

TILE / CERAMICS SPECIALIZING IN BATHROOM REMODELING — Free estimates serving South Florida since 1980. Quality you expect, service you deserve. Lic. bonded & Ins. U21006 561-662-9258


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

WATER TREATMENT N E E D A N E W WAT E R S Y S T E M ! — Let us come out and give you an estimate. Call Mike 561-792-5400

REAL ESTATE FOR RENT - GREENACRES ROOMMATE TO SHARE — 2 bedroom 2 bath apartment - Purdy & Jog Road. $550 per month. Looking for under 35 years old. 954-296-3748

FOR RENT - WELLINGTON PA L M B E A C H P O L O & C O U N TRY CLUB: Luxury furnished efficiency apartment, $100 for electric and water, Available June 1st to October 31st. $800 per month, call Karen 561-227-1516

REAL ESTATE FOR SALE - WELLINGTON ONE PLUS ACRES IN PINEWOOD EAST— 5 bedrooms/3.5 bath home in beautiful Pinewood East, with one plus acres and swimming pool. Lots of room. Interior has wood and tile floors-updated kitchen. Cell 561-685-0386 Office 561-793-4444 rage, pool, gated upscale, golf country club. $895,000 561-795-0533


OFFICE SPACE LAW OFFICE TO SHARE: — Royal Palm/Wellington. Furnished executive offices plus two secretarial work stations, use of conference room, reception, kitchen. Utilities included. $850 month. 561-793-1200, ext. 1 or 561-386-7307 EXECUTIVE AND VIRTUAL OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE – WELLINGTON FLORIDA Furnished or unfurnished office space available. Unlimited use of conference rooms, reception, kitchen with no extra fees. Utilities included. The best LAKE VIEW in Wellington! Please contact Steve at 561-227-1500 or at info@




BOOKKEEPER NEEDED — part-time, experienced in QuickBooks, flexible hours. Please fax resume to 561-791-0952

Independent Affiliates

HUNTINGTON LEARNING CENTER IN WELLINGTON — Now hiring certified teachers.$10-$15/hour. Call 561-594-1920 E-mail: PT/FT SALES HELP WANTED — For local flooring store expanding. Sales experience a plus. Will train the right person. 561-333-2306 DRIVERS: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus! — Great pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-855-517-2488 HYGIENIST PART TIME — Mondays 10 am to 6 pm. For Royal Palm Beach General Dental Office. Send Resume to HIRING FIRE EXTINGUISHER TECHNICIANS — Full-Time, will train. Benefits include paid vacation, holidays & sick days. Employee Health Insurance available. Clean Drivers License. MondayFriday 8am-4:30 pm 561.683-1333

FOR SALE REFRIGERATOR WHITE GE TOP FREEZE. 28”w x 62” Tall 6 months old. asking $300.00 Please call 561-649-2583 or 561-236-4439 Evelyn.

We are looking for a Independent Affiliates to help expand local area in one of the fastest Premier Technology Affiliate Companies growing around the world. In fact, our company’s motto is “Making Money...Saving the World!” by taking our technology and making it your own. Our Company has a 10 year track record also with an A+BBB Rating. We have been able to develop relationships with over 1500 major retailers around the world. The most exciting is our new technology, due to a 5 year partnership with a company affiliated with Yahoo, which allows us to bring residual income to NonProfits, for Profits and Affiliates, just by searching online. If you are looking to: 1. save money shopping 2. increase revenues and decrease expenses in a For-Profit Business 3. improve Fundraising and Efficiency for Non-Profits. 4. start an Affiliate Business CONTACT: Cynthia Independent Affiliates at (561) 386-5357

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Watching your home so you can relax

New Location! New Showroom!


Candace Osias

House Nanny & Dog Walker

561-333-2306 TOLL FREE: 855-808-8555

WE DO NOT SELL CHEAP FLOORING CHEAPER 561-791-6041 516-965-0389 (cell)

WE SELL THE BEST FOR LESS! 766 Pike Road • West Palm Beach, FL 33411 (Between Southern Blvd. & Belvedere)


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We Come To You!

Lic & Insured CFC057392, CAC1817688


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Thank You to the Wellington

PROJECT GRADUATION 2014 Sponsors for their support! Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors      

Equestrian Sport Productions Team Produce Children’s Fund Silver Sponsors      

The Anschuetz Family / ADP Councilwoman Anne Gerwig Bethesda Health, Inc Edmund James Salon Gerrits Construction The Hampton Inn

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Improv Comedy Club iParty Pix Madison Green Golf and Country Club Northampton Growers Produce Sales Retina Group of Florida, Kevin Kelly MD Whole Foods Market

Friends A-1 Quality Presort, Bed Bath and Beyond, Bee Unique, BMP Tax & Accounting, Cellairis, Center For Bone and Joint Surgery of the Palm Beaches, Chris Fratellia, Décor 2 UR Door, Dermatology Associates Wellington – Dr. Brett S. Dock, MD, Dr. George Patsias, Dr. Rafael Lopez, Dr. Starr, Equine Design Photography, Everglades Farm Equipment Company, Inc., James Family Dentistry, Jiffy Lube, Jill & Neil Goldhaber, Harvey Kosberg, Import~Mex, James C. Spitz, Attorney at Law, Kelly Sullivan, The Kirchner Family, Lois Spatz, Love Nails, LuLu’s, Maria Tabernilla, Maven Strategic Solutions, Michelle and Michael Grant, Movies of Wellington, Norcross Patio, The Nowaczyk Family, Okeeheelee Golf Course, Orange Theory Fitness, Palms West Surgical Center, Pandora – Wellington Mall, Rapids Water Park, Shannon Lauer, Starbucks, Sue Hooks, Surf Ratz, Technoliving, The Torchetti Family, The Wiebke Family, Ultima Fitness, VCA Wellington Animal Hospital, Venus Mini Med Spa, Visions Salon, Walmart, Wheels of Wellington, The Wellington High School Staff and 2014 WHS Project Graduation Committee

B.E. Aerospace Blue Sky Foundation Craig A. Boudreau Attorney at Law The Mall at Wellington Green Macy’s Inc. The Village of Wellington

Bronze Sponsors      

El Bodegon Supermarket Ibis Golf & Country Club Motor City Car Wash NG Village Origami Owl Palm Beach Autographs Publix Super Markets Charities

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Simmons Veterinary Hospital Sports Clips Haircuts Studio One to One The Container Store The Tackeria Wycliffe Golf and Country Club

Restaurant & Food Donors Agliolio Italian Bistro & Bar, Brewzzi, Brooklyn Bagels, Buca di Beppo, Italian Restaurant, Buffalo Wild Wings, Chick-Fil-A, China Hut, City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill, CR Chicks, Cups Frozen Yogurt, Dunkin Donuts, Edible Arrangements, Fresh Market, Gabriel’s Café & Grill, Jason’s Deli, Lindburgers, Lutina’s Pizza & Subs, McDonalds, Park Avenue BBQ, Papa John’s Pizza, PDQ, Pei Wei Asian Diner, Short Stacks, Sushi Moto Asian Cuisine, TCBY, Tijuana Flats, Yano’s Italian Deli & Catering

Call Keith 561-644-0246 Licensed & Insured

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Who will be...



Do you have what is takes to become the next runway superstar?

Have you always dreamed of becoming a high-profile model? Are you often told “You should be a model?” Well then, Wellington The Magazine would like to help you make your dreams come true. If you or someone you know has what it takes to be “Wellington’s Next Top Model,” visit our web site and enter today! Wellington The Magazine is excited to announce the launch of our newest series, “Wellington’s Next Top Model,” a monthly spotlight on some of Wellington’s most beautiful people, all of whom seriously have what it takes to be the next runway superstar. Beginning in June, we will team up with local fashion retailers, hair and makeup industry professionals, and others, who will work with our models to get them camera ready for a full-on model shoot courtesy of Abner Pedraza, a professional photographer with Wellington The Magazine. Each month, we will feature a different model and share a bit about their pursuit of becoming a professional model. When the series is concluded, we will ask our readers to help us decide who should be named “Wellington’s Next Top Model,” earning the top prize: a professional modeling portfolio, in print and digital versions, valued at more than $2,500, as well as being featured on Wellington The Magazine’s December cover as winner of the contest. Think you have what it takes or know someone who does? Visit us online at www. and submit your information and photo. We are looking for men and women ages 16* and up of all backgrounds, shapes and sizes. Everything from the cute girl next door to the exotic, dark-haired beauty, to plus-sized models and striking men — everyone is welcome.

You may mail your submission and photo to Wellington The Magazine 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 31 Wellington, FL 33414 Be sure to mark your envelope with “WELLINGTON’S NEXT TOP MODEL” on the outside.

or e-mail us at *18 years and younger must have written consent from parent or legal guardian. Wellington The Magazine reserves all photography rights and may use your story and image/photos in all promotional and editorial context. All results are final and winner(s) names will be published on or about December 2014.

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