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Volume 34, Number 25 June 21 - June 27, 2013
WWC PRESENTS SCHOLARSHIPS
The Palm Beach County Commission unanimously approved next year’s budget for the Office of the Inspector General on Tuesday after hearing from an attorney speaking on behalf of the Palm Beach County League of Cities. Page 3
Picano Memorial Golf Tournament Benefits S.F. Fair Scholarships
The John Picano Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament benefitting the South Florida Fair Scholarship Fund was held Saturday, June 15 at Breakers West County Club. The 33rd annual South Florida Fair Scholarship Golf Classic was renamed this year in memory of the late Picano, who was instrumental in the growth and success of the tournament. Page 5
Sweet Tea Party Raises Money For Sierra Rush
A successful Sweet Tea Party fundraiser and celebration for Miss Rodeo Palm Beach County Princess Sierra Rush was held at Nicole Hornstein Equestrian Park in The Acreage on Saturday, June 15. Page 10
OPINION New FEMA Maps Don’t See Big Picture
Last month, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released new draft flood maps that suggest much of the western communities would be flooded during a major storm. We believe this classification doesn’t take a number of factors into account, and would caution residents and officials to keep an eye on the situation lest we all see gigantic flood insurance increases. Page 4
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Women of the Western Communities held its annual installation and scholarship dinner Thursday, June 13 at the Wanderers Club in Wellington. Four local young women received scholarships, and the new board of directors was installed. Shown here are the scholarship recipients with family members and the WWC Scholarship Committee. SEE MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 17 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER
Equestrian Village Owner Signs On To Settlement Framework By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Wellington will get some reprieve from its legal woes after the owners of the Equestrian Village site accepted an agreement to halt litigation for 180 days and refile permit applications. Village Manager Paul Schofield told the Town-Crier on Tuesday that representatives of Wellington Equestrian Partners (WEP), who own the site at the corner of South Shore Blvd. and Pierson Road, have already begun the process outlined under the agreement. “We offered these terms to them,” he said. “They are in the process of doing the things that are required under those terms.” WEP Managing Partner Mark Bellissimo confirmed the news. “I believe we have the framework for a settlement,” he said. “I hope it comes to a successful conclusion.”
Last month, the decision of whether to offer an agreement divided the Wellington Village Council, but Mayor Bob Margolis, Vice Mayor Howard Coates and Councilwoman Anne Gerwig prevailed in supporting the offer in hopes of coming to a compromise. “It was great to see [Margolis, Coates and Gerwig] focused on the best interest of the community,” Bellissimo said. Under the agreement, WEP must resubmit a revised land development permit that complies with the original master plan — the one in existence before the former council voted to amend it. The amendment was revoked last year, prompting the lawsuit. “They have submitted a new plat under the original master plan,” Schofield said. “They have already begin the process and are doing what the settlement requires them to.”
Schofield said the item probably will come before the council for approval next month. Once that is approved, Schofield said that WEP could apply for a seasonal equestrian permit, which would allow temporary use of the facility for horse shows between November and April. “At the same time, they are sending through the regular review process a compatibility analysis for a new master plan,” he said. Schofield noted that WEP could apply for a commercial equestrian arena designation that would allow expanded use of the facility. If the council does not approve the new applications and an agreement cannot be reached, litigation could continue after the six-month stay. Having the plat approved also would allow for some use of the See SETTLEMENT, page 16
County Begins Acquiring Land To Connect SR 7 To RPB Blvd.
By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Palm Beach County Commission on Tuesday approved the purchase of 24 parcels of land on 60th Street North along the M Canal in The Acreage in preparation for paving the road to connect the State Road 7 extension to Royal Palm Beach Blvd. The link will enable SR 7 passthrough traffic to make the connection on the three-lane 60th Street North link, rather than Persimmon and Orange Grove boulevards, which were intended ultimately to serve primarily local Acreage traffic. The commission’s adoption of the resolutions initiated eminent domain proceedings on the 24 parcels, which have a total appraised value of $137,000. According to a county staff report, two of the 24 property owners along 60th Street North did not accept purchase offers by the county, so it became necessary to file eminent domain proceedings to acquire the necessary frontage.
The project includes replacing the Royal Palm Beach Blvd. bridge over the M Canal and reconstructing the intersection with 60th Street North to improve the line of vision for drivers entering Royal Palm Beach Blvd. from 60th Street. A signal will also be installed at the intersection. The Indian Trail Improvement District Board of Supervisors approved permits for the project in November. Palm Beach County Engineer George Webb attended that meeting and commented that the county has been pursuing the SR 7 extension project for at least eight years. Webb also pointed out that ITID approving permits for the county to connect SR 7 to Persimmon and Orange Grove were predicated on ITID trusting the county’s pledge to continue the road northward to 60th Street, and ultimately to Northlake Blvd. The 60th Street connection will provide major relief to the residential streets that have had to bear the burden of traffic that has been
using the SR 7 extension. The third lane of the planned three-lane road is to be a two-way left-turn lane that will enable residents on 60th Street to turn left off the road and enter the road safely. It is not intended as a passing lane, and traffic devices will prevent that, Webb said. The medians will be curbed and landscaped. The county will also clear out the invasive exotic melaleuca trees that are now on the south side of the M Canal, which is where the road will be, away from houses, Webb said. Construction will include the planting of ornamental grass and more than 250 trees. According to the staff report, the parcels to be acquired are acquisitions outside of the 80-foot mainline. They require water management areas that are necessary drainage for the construction and improvement of 60th Street North and Royal Palm Beach Blvd. in order to construct the new bridge and a properly functioning roadway with pavement, curbs, gutters and sidewalks.
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County Planners Give Thumbs Down To Northlake Project By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report A controversial development at the corner of Northlake and Coconut boulevards in The Acreage met with stiff opposition at last week’s Palm Beach County Planning Commission meeting. The commission recommended denying the requested zoning change in a 9-0 vote at its meeting Friday, June 14. The request is scheduled to go before the Palm Beach County Commission at a transmittal hearing Wednesday, July 24. The developer is requesting a land-use change for the property from rural residential to commercial low on the 11.25-acre site formerly owned by the United States Postal Service, which abandoned plans for a post office there and sold the property in 2012. The current owner is proposing a multiple-use planned development with commercial uses of a maximum 49,005 square feet. According to a county staff report, between 2006 and 2009, the county approved land-use amendments for four commercial properties in the immediate area along Northlake Blvd. The closest is a 30-acre site located immediately to the west across Coconut Blvd., known as the Coconut/Northlake Commercial, which was rezoned in 2010 for
a commercial project called the Shops at Indian Trails with 106,000 square feet of commercial space. Although that site has not yet received final site plan approval, it includes a grocery store, retail pharmacy, a convenience store with gasoline sales, a restaurant with a drive-through, a medical office and two banks. To the south is residential development in The Acreage with single-family homes on lots ranging from 1.25 to 2.5 acres. To the east is a 22-acre site subject to a South Florida Water Management District conservation easement. Farther east are the unincorporated residential communities of Bayhill Estates and Rustic Lakes, followed by the Ibis community and the Shoppes at Ibis, both in the City of West Palm Beach. Most of the property directly to the north is the 4,700-acre Vavrus Ranch land within the City of Palm Beach Gardens, a municipal golf course and publicly owned environmentally sensitive land. According to the application, the proposed amendment is necessary to allow the rezoning of the property for the development of commercial uses including a convenience store with a gas station, retail, a fast-food restaurant and a bank. County staff recommended deSee NORTHLAKE, page 7
CHAMBER BIZ AWARDS
At a luncheon Monday, the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce presented its annual Business of the Year awards. Shown here, the International Polo Club Palm Beach was honored in the category for businesses with more than $2 million in gross sales. (L-R) Chamber CEO Jaene Miranda, State Rep. Lori Berman, State. Sen. Jeff Clemens, IPC’s John Wash, Chamber Chairman Frank Gonzalez and Chamber Vice President Mary Lou Bedford. STORY & MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 7 PHOTO BY RON BUKLEY/TOWN-CRIER
Savings For Acreage Homeowners In The SWA’s Draft Budget By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Palm Beach County Commission, sitting as the Solid Waste Authority Governing Board, gave initial approval last week to the SWA’s 2014 budget. At the June 12 public hearing and workshop, the budget passed with a $1 increase in the singlefamily tipping rate to enhance the general reserve in the event of storm recovery. The budget also included significantly reduced collection rates for residents in The Acreage. The rate for most of the Acre-
age/Loxahatchee region will drop from $376 per year to $165 per year in eastern portions of The Acreage and $176 per year in western portions of the community, according to SWA Chief Financial Officer Charles Maccarrone. The savings happened as part of a restructuring that changed the SWA’s collection map from 12 districts to 5. This created greater competition among the bidders, eliminated the wide variations when smaller areas were bid separately and generally stabilized rates across wide areas of the county, See SWA BUDGET, page 16
Committee OKs More Lot Coverage For Rustic Ranches By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Wellington’s Equestrian Preserve Committee recommended approval Wednesday, June 12 of an ordinance that would allow residents in the Rustic Ranches community more lot coverage. Wellington Principal Planner Bill Nemser told committee members that currently Rustic Ranches has 5-acre and 10-acre lots, and residents are allowed a maximum lot coverage of 10 percent — meaning the footprint of all buildings must be 10 percent of the total lot size or smaller. In contrast, residents living in Wellington’s Equestrian Preserve are allowed a lot coverage of 20
percent. Nemser noted that the 10 percent allotment was in place when the area was annexed into Wellington. “This [ordinance] originated with a number of letters and signatures that were gathered from Rustic Ranches residents in support,” Nemser said. Of the 125 properties in the community, Nemser said Wellington received 53 verified signatures — about 43 percent of the properties — in favor of the item. “We support this,” Nemser added. Rustic Ranches is a community of about 640 acres located on the west side of Flying Cow Road. Though part of Wellington, the
area is also governed by the Pine Tree Water Control District — an independent special district that controls storm water retention and drainage for the area. Pine Tree District Engineer Robert Higgins said that most homes in the community currently have about a 3 percent lot coverage. He said that going from 10 percent to 20 percent allowable lot coverage will have a negligible impact if it’s only a few properties. “But if there is a widespread change, yes there would be an impact,” he said. “There would be a need to compensate.” Committee Chair Cynthia Gardner asked how the district would compensate. Higgins said proper-
ty owners would be asked to put in a pond to retain water. “So you don’t see this as a prohibitive concern?” Gardner asked. Higgins said he did not think so, but noted that the Pine Tree Water Control District Board of Supervisors would have to make that decision. Committee Member Linda Elie asked whether that should be reflected in the ordinance. Wellington Growth Management Director Bob Basehart said it should be added if the committee wanted to make it a requirement. “You could pick a percentage... and say that anything over that percent would require a sign-
off from the water district,” he suggested. Elie was concerned about drainage capacity. “If the current system is set up for 3 or 4 percent [lot coverage], and you’re going to allow 20 percent potentially... that’s a huge step up,” she said. “I don’t want the village to be on the hook down the road for drainage issues.” However, Higgins said that the calculations didn’t include existing ponds, which allowed for more water capacity. Nemser noted that when Wellington issues a building permit, it informs the property owner that other permits may be required as See RANCHES, page 16
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Abruzzo & Pafford: Good And Bad Out Of Tallahassee This Year By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Members of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce got a legislative update from State Sen. Joseph Abruzzo (D-District 25) and State Rep. Mark Pafford (D-District 86) at a luncheon held Monday, June 17 at the Wanderers Club. Abruzzo said that he felt this past legislative session was one of his most productive yet. “This session was probably the best session that we have had in Tallahassee since I’ve had the pleasure of representing you,” he said. Abruzzo noted it was the first year that he voted in favor of the budget. “For the first time, I was able to support our budget openly,” he said. “The budget brings no new taxes to Florida and no fee raises.
We put more than $2 billion in reserves, and we increased our education fund by over $1.5 billion.” Abruzzo said that he was able to help secure funding for several district projects, but that funding for a new Palm Beach State College campus — one of his key goals — was vetoed by Gov. Rick Scott. “Nonetheless, we’re going to continue to fight for it every year and hopefully one year we’ll get the governor to sign off on it, and then we’ll have a campus out this way,” he said. The budget also put more money toward economic development and bringing jobs to Florida, but also has provisions to ensure the money goes to actual job creators. “We wanted keep track of [the money] and make sure it’s going to businesses that are succeed-
Lox Council Gives Final Nod To Big Dog Land Use Change By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Loxahatchee Groves Town Council on Tuesday approved the final reading of an ordinance amending the town’s land-use code that will allow Big Dog Ranch Rescue to locate in the community with accessory uses that include veterinary care and dog boarding. Big Dog has not selected a specific site yet, but the conditions of the ordinance will restrict their operation to locations on Southern or Okeechobee boulevards through a special exception. Representatives of the nonprofit say they have outgrown their
existing animal rescue shelter behind the Lowe’s Home Improvement store at the intersection of State Road 7 and Southern Blvd. They are looking at a couple of locations on Okeechobee and Southern, but have eliminated a potential site at Folsom and Bryan roads after neighbors objected. Planning Consultant Jim Fleischmann said the Loxahatchee Groves Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the amendment in May with two conditions: that the minimum lot size be no less than 10 acres and that animal boarding and vet care See BIG DOG, page 16
ing in Florida and creating jobs,” he said. Abruzzo also initiated several measures that passed, including termination of parental rights for rapists and a criminal gang prevention act. He noted that Florida has seen an increased problem with gangs, and the state is considered a gateway to smuggle narcotics into the country. “We noticed in the last few years that gangs have been recruiting children younger and younger,” Abruzzo said. “We made it an automatic felony if a gang recruits a child in school, and we stiffened our school trespassing laws. If they come on school property to recruit children, it’s also an automatic felony.” Another bill he co-sponsored was a texting and driving bill that would have made it a primary offense to text while driving. “It got watered down in the House and came back as a secondary offense,” he noted. Abruzzo stressed that texting and driving is now illegal, but noted that as a secondary offense, a driver must be pulled over for another infraction. “A driver could say that they were looking at their GPS or turning the phone off, and there’s no way that you could truly issue a citation,” he said. To rectify this, Abruzzo said there are plans to bring the bill back again as a primary offense. He also plans to stress that texting and driving is especially dangerous for new teen drivers. “It took years to get our seatbelt laws passed,” he said. “I do suspect that this will take several years. I’m hoping we can at least get this banned for our children as a primary offense for when they are first learning to drive. I’m worried about everyone, but our chil-
dren are truly important.” But there were some disappointments, Abruzzo said, noting that the House of Representatives did not pass a measure that would have netted the state $51 billion over 10 years for healthcare. “I think that was one of the biggest failures,” he said. “What is going to happen? That is a big question mark. A lot of people have different theories. But the bottom line is we know it, the governor knows it and the speaker knows it — we have to get it done.” Abruzzo expects a special session called by the governor regarding healthcare reform. Like before, he expects that the Senate would likely pass the measure, but the House could continue to stall. Pafford now represents most of Wellington after district boundaries were redrawn last year. He noted that contrary to some people claiming he votes no on everything, he voted in favor of 285 out of 372 bills put before him. He said that passing a bill to expand Medicaid was crucial for Florida to take care of its neediest residents. Currently the system funds $14.4 billion annually to people within 22 percent of the poverty line. “That means if you are a single parent with a child who needs Medicaid — and more than 50 percent of our Medicaid dollars go to kids — you would have to make no more than $3,500 annually to be eligible for our current system.” But by accepting the $51 billion in expansion money, Pafford said Florida could raise that annual income level to $20,000 for a family, cover an additional 1.1 million people and save the lives of 5,000 more people annually. Pafford said the decision lies with Speaker Will Weatherford. “It’s imperative that we find at least 16 Republicans... to push him to
State Sen. Joseph Abruzzo (left) and State Rep. Mark Pafford (right) at Monday’s Wellington Chamber of Commerce lunch. PHOTOS BY LAUREN MIRÓ/TOWN-CRIER
move in the direction of a Medicaid expansion,” he said. Not accepting the expansion could have repercussions for businesses in the state, he said. “If you have more than 50 employees, you’re going to pay for the speaker’s decision,” Pafford said. “Hospitals are going to get nailed, because now they have to cover a [larger] uninsured gap.” Pafford said that needy residents also took another blow when the legislature removed several key funding allotments for seniors, children with disabilities and families in need of child care. “The 35,000 seniors who need help brushing their hair and their teeth? We left them behind,” he said. “The 20,000 people who are on a list waiting for plans for their children’s care — because sometimes parents die before their children — we forgot about them. Some of them have been on a list for more than 10 years waiting for a plan for their developmentally disabled child. There are 58,000 children statewide and upward of 6,000 in this county who don’t have supplemental child care so their parents can go to work...
These are some of the reasons I voted against the budget.” Pafford said the primary reason he voted against the budget is because Weatherford, as speaker, gets to make the sole decisions on allocations in the budget. “I found that no one is allowed to ask the speaker if road projects might be put off so that we can cover all those people on wait lists,” he said. He also noted that the budget did not fund a prescription drug monitoring program, without which approximately seven people die every day. “We have a budget that is not in touch,” he said. “We have a speaker today who is not in touch.” Pafford encouraged chamber members to contact their representatives, as well as Weatherford, if they are concerned about the issue. He also noted on July 15 at 6 p.m. at the Palm Beach County Governmental Center (301 N. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach), local representatives are hosting a formal hearing on healthcare. “If you disagree with everything I’ve said, you’re welcome to come share your opinion,” Pafford said.
County Approves IG Budget After Input From League Of Cities By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Palm Beach County Commission unanimously approved next year’s budget for the Office of the Inspector General on Tuesday after hearing from an attorney speaking on behalf of the Palm Beach County League of Cities. Attorney Brad Biggs, represent-
ing the municipalities, said he was at the meeting in accordance with the county’s ordinance creating the Office of Inspector General, which states that the league and the county will meet every year to discuss the IG’s budget. “We really don’t intend to discuss the specifics of the budget,” Biggs said. “The league really just
wants to put forward some conceptual ideas for the board to consider during this year, and we’d also like to truly express the league’s appreciation for the prompt responses to our requests for budget information and documents provided by the IG staff. It has been very good this year. The response has been much more
forthcoming than in prior years, and we thank you.” Biggs added that there continues to be a misunderstanding concerning the county commission’s role in the budget process. “Some statements were made in the past that the BCC does not approve the IG’s budget, that the BCC has no authority, that the IG
has carte blanche to do whatever the department wants, and we don’t feel that this is the case,” Biggs said. “We think the ordinance is very clear.” He pointed out that the IG ordinance makes the office’s budget subject to final approval by the county commission. The ordinance also states that the county
commission decides whether to increase the IG’s spending base. “So you do have a lot of authority,” Biggs said. “Furthermore, there seems to be some misunderstanding recently about the IG’s functional independence versus its legal or monetary independence.” Biggs pointed out that in a reSee IG BUDGET, page 16
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New FEMA Flood Maps Don’t Take Several Factors Into Account Last month, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released a draft of new flood maps suggesting that much of the western communities would be flooded during a major storm. We believe this classification doesn’t take a number of factors into account, and would caution both residents and local officials to keep an eye on the situation lest we all see gigantic flood insurance increases in the near future. Though our area has faced its share of water drainage woes in the past, our communities have made significant improvements to ease the problems, especially since the traumatic hurricane years of 2004 and 2005. Millions of dollars in drainage improvements and infrastructure have been put in place to make sure that the communities have protection from future storms — from pump station upgrades, to remote-controlled telemetry to huge new storage areas designed to collect excess water before flooding occurs. Last summer, Tropical Storm Isaac dumped more than 18 inches of rain on our community in a short period of time. This so-called “100-year storm” — the kind of storm FEMA is concerned about — proved that our communities have the infrastructure to keep homes dry in the midst of a deluge. Residents in an area with a 1 percent chance of flooding or greater are required to have flood insurance, and if the FEMA maps are approved as presented, homeowners could face
a flood insurance increase anywhere from $150 to $800 annually. In The Acreage, which saw the largest rainfall during the storm, only one house flooded, and it was due to a faulty pad elevation, not a breakdown in drainage systems. Yes, the streets and yards flooded, but that is how the system was designed. Since then, many conversations have been had about further improvements, and local, county and state authorities are already allocating funds to begin the process. Millions of taxpayer dollars have gone into improving the infrastructure in our communities to keep water out of houses. It would be unfair for residents to pay twice because FEMA did not take our future-thinking drainage improvements into account. There is time, however, to make comments and raise concerns about the maps. The Western Communities Council plans to come together and share data in order to better respond to the maps, and we think this is a great idea. Using Tropical Storm Isaac as a model, our officials can show how effective the area’s drainage is, and hopefully make residents safer while saving them from the cost of skyrocketing flood insurance. We urge residents to keep a close eye on this issue and contact local officials and FEMA to voice your concerns. Though drainage isn’t the most exciting topic, it is crucial that our communities have a say in the matter.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Council Has Gone Off The Deep End
The “Band of Three” now has finally done it. They have somehow contrived to get together with a plan to fire [Village Manager] Paul Schofield, our village manager. Out of the blue, a late-minute change to the agenda was added to last Tuesday night’s scorecard. The ring leader, Councilman Matt Willhite, wants to get rid of Mr. Schofield; but despite numerous attempts by Vice Mayor Howard Coates and Councilwoman Anne Gerwig, Mr. Willhite would not give a reason for his action. When the council’s pontificating ended, the citizens of Wellington rose up in response, and gave the perpetrators their best shots. It was a night to behold! With neither a defense nor an offense, the councilmen just sat back and took it; as they should have. Mr. Schofield was the brightest man in the room, despite the fact that he did not utter a word. Time after time, the residents of Wellington took the floor and lauded Mr. Schofield’s credentials and his achievements, which included reducing Wellington’s expenditures from $129 million to $75 million without hurting services. The No. 1 comment from the floor was “this council is broken,” and it definitely is. Through incompetence or just pettiness, this gang of three councilmen has time after time insisted on moving us on the path of dysfunction, which has led us to million-dollar lawsuits. I voted for all three of these men — Mayor Bob Margolis, Willhite and Councilman John Greene — and it is the most regrettable vote I’ve ever made. Morley Alperstein Wellington
Alarmed At Council Actions
I am a Wellington resident of more than 20 years and I am, along with many others, very alarmed! The conduct of the Wellington Village Council has reached a point of serious concern with the recent attempt to dismiss the village manager. It is now time for the contentiousness and bickering by this elected governing body to end. The council has already garnered numerous editorials criticizing its performance, and the latest misstep should be a wakeup call to change its demeanor. I don’t believe most Wellington residents take one side or the other when it comes to the matters of the equestrian industry and the lawsuit that has been brought about by development plans to support the industry. What all residents can and should agree on is that everyone wants a better community that includes equestrian interests without lawsuits and angry elected officials creating editorials that include the words “embarrassment” and “dysfunctional.” The solution is for each member of this council to embrace two words that will provide direction: “leadership” and “compromise.” Anyone who rises to public service has to be free of emotions and personal agendas. And they must rise to a level of leadership that can give way to the compromise that will stop the characterization of this council and this community as “dysfunctional.” All the elected members of the council should consider their own integrity, as well as the legacy they leave for themselves, if they don’t
reverse this terrible period that has come to be characterized as pure and simple “revenge.” Chuck Elderd Wellington
Disappointed By Threats To Schofield
As a 21-year resident of Wellington, I read with great disappointment the article in the June 14 issue of the Town-Crier about the Wellington Village Council considering terminating Paul Schofield as our village manager. As with many issues with this council during the past 15 months, it seems personal issues are clouding their judgment. I have been amazed at how well our village has adapted and worked through the issues caused by the real estate crisis. Where is the thanks to the man who has led his team through these difficult times? Schofield is a person who has never stood up and said look what “I” accomplished; he has always been a team player and has led his team forward. In my opinion, our village looks great while the budget has been successfully cut year after year during the crisis. It was not that long ago, but I long for the good ol’ days when it didn’t matter which political party or which side of the equestrian battle a council member supported. In those days, our council could be counted on to do what was best for all of Wellington. I feel I am part of the silent majority, tired of the bickering; it is time that this council moves forward with the important issues that are in front of us. Keeping Schofield in his position and allowing him to do his job would be a move in the right direction for all of Wellington. Donald Gross Wellington
Community Stands With Paul Schofield
At last Tuesday’s Wellington Village Council meeting, Councilman Matt Willhite attempted to lead a charge to fire Village Manager Paul Schofield. The only person who followed Willhite was Councilman John Greene. Willhite had the audacity to blame Mr. Schofield for the village being broken. That comment backfired — big time. The reaction that occurred by other council members and the audience against Greene and Willhite just might reverse the disintegration that has been occurring with the Wellington Village Council. Speaker after speaker got up and said it was the council that was broken and that the agenda of Greene, Willhite and Mayor Bob Margolis was the cause. Some pointed to the war being carried out by these three against Mark Bellissimo and the equestrian venues that was wasting taxpayer money on litigation ($2,700/day) and hurting the local economy. People who were prominent supporters of these three got up and stated their disgust at having supported them. The tactics of Councilman Willhite come from the playbook of McCarthyism. Replace facts with innuendo. Employ government resources to attack enemies you’ve created in your own, vindictive mind. And most important,
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further your own grandiose political agenda at the expense and pain of others. It was a cowardly effort by Willhite and Greene to avoid responsibility and blame others for the fiscal and economic damage they have caused Wellington residents and businesses. The council meeting could very well be a seminal event. The energized audience made it clear that the council, and particularly Greene and Willhite, were being held accountable for their actions and that they would not be able to blame Mr. Schofield or anyone else. Mayor Margolis, showing some independence from Greene and Willhite, suggested retaining an expert to analyze the situation in Wellington with respect to the council and management. This was supported by council members Anne Gerwig and Howard Coates. And while this effort might result in progress, until the controlling majority of Willhite, Greene and Margolis cease their relentless and costly war against Equestrian Sport Productions and Mark Bellissimo and accept accountability, nothing will change. A final note about Councilman Greene, whose credibility has been lost by the residents of this village. He again complained that criticism toward him was unfair to his family. Come on, Mr. Greene. You have brought it upon yourself. If you can’t stand the heat, we welcome you to get out of our village politics. Jack Mancini Wellington
Nelson: Schofield Is A Class Act
I write this as a 30-year resident and business owner in Wellington, and as someone who has probably crossed swords with [Village Manager] Paul Schofield more than anyone else in Wellington — and I lost more battles than I won. When I first met Paul, one of my clients had a number of lawsuits against the village, and Paul called me and asked if we could meet. We met over chicken wings and beer and within an hour formed a relationship of mutual respect for each other that allowed open discussion on issues with the result of litigation being solved and litigation being avoided, as we had the ability to talk things out and come to an agreement that in most cases avoided litigation. Our wings and beer meetings solved more issues than you could ever imagine. When we disagreed, we did so with an understanding and respect for each other. I can honestly say I never left a meeting with Paul, or had a conversation with Paul, when I did not walk away a smarter guy. Having been here as long as I have has allowed me to work with every manager who has served Acme and then Wellington upon incorporation, and not a single one has had the breadth of knowledge and experience that Paul had and still has. There is no one who understands Wellington and Wellington’s past and current issues as much as Paul. We cannot lose that knowledge. It is truly amazing that [Councilman John] Greene and [Councilman Matt] Willhite are pushing this effort to fire Paul, but not at all surprising. Greene and Willhite have unsuccessfully tried to stop significant projects in Wellington, tried to stop the village from try-
ing to settle ongoing litigation and tried to force the hiring of a village attorney they could control. Their efforts failed and the projects continue to move forward, a path to settlement is now in place, and the village is fortunate that we have Laurie Cohen as our village attorney. And we can thank you, Mayor [Bob] Margolis, for being the swing vote on all three. Mayor Margolis, your supporting keeping Paul in place will be the most critical vote you will have cast in your role as mayor. You are truly the man in the middle as to your right you have two council members who have supported Paul. To your left you have two council members whose sole goal has been and continues to be to undo all the good that Paul and the past council has done for our village. Greene and Willhite have created an atmosphere of fear of job loss, not only with Paul, but also with all the staff. They have created a siege mentality so the ability of Paul and the staff to do what they were hired to do is severely hampered. Your vote to keep Paul in place will send the message that you want our village to move on from all the litigation, the fighting and the unbridled hatred that has existed from those on your left and that has so divided Wellington. Your vote to keep Paul will send the message to staff that fear will not be allowed to control how you do your job and will let staff wake up with a renewed energy to keep Wellington moving forward. Mayor Margolis, you have consistently publicly praised Paul’s efforts since you were elected. Please continue to do so by giving him your support to remain as our village manager and bring an end to this ugly chapter of Wellington history. Mike Nelson Effective Solutions Inc. Wellington
Unger Supports Schofield But Wary Of Cohen
Imagine my surprise, the Wellington Village Council was going to discuss our village manager’s employment (and possible replacement) but it wasn’t even on the meeting agenda as it was announced too late. I knew this was going to happen when the village attorney was let go, which apparently was due to earlier ill feelings by the previous minority on the council. Politics as usual, but I would insert here that I am not privy to the inside workings of the relationship of council and the manager and/ or the attorney. Sadly, I am familiar with the new attorney, Laurie Cohen, who was quite rude the first time I met her (whilst I had yet to utter a word); and her nonsensical: “Wellington should secede from the county” is/was one of the most inane things I have heard, and finally her spearheading closing down the code compliance board of volunteer citizens, to be replaced by paid attorneys, and now recently the council has been complaining to the press about the leniency of the attorneys. I have had numerous conversations with Mr. [Jeff] Kurtz, the previous attorney, and although we differed greatly on most politics, I highly respected him, and I thought his counsel was a benefit to our village.
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I hope his replacement can fill his shoes, but her background makes that questionable! I was probably the most critical person in Wellington of the previous manager and of Paul Schofield as assistant manager, but after he became manager, I thought he did a good job, considering the politics. I think the village has bigger issues, that of the Wellington Chamber, members of their board and associated members (Mark Bellissimo) who have embarked upon a campaign to denigrate our village (not just our council). When they speak of our village not being receptive to business, when indeed it was/is the over commercialization of our equestrian preserve, and only this property, that’s just plain insulting and wrong. They could learn a bit about propriety from the other area chamber. Sadly, whereas our initial council after incorporation was voted in by the people (the recreation establishment) that has changed to the business community and one chamber, which appears to run their slate. They screamed that one rich party influenced the election, but truth be it known, he represented us (the citizenry) better than the Wellington Chamber, because although he was protecting his own property, he was also stopping untold commercialism, and a huge hotel, which would have cost taxpayers millions to widen South Shore Blvd. and Lake Worth Road and still cause major traffic. A village manager must wend his way through these personalities, and great rancorous issues, and I guess sometimes must pay the price. Yet it’s still politics. He needs three supporters on the council, and that can change during any election or any issue. I can only hope we keep Mr. Schofield, and if he is replaced, cross my fingers that we are getting something better, but that is an unknown entity. George Unger Wellington
ITID Was Warned About Deadly Intersection
For many years I have been writing letters to the Indian Trail Improvement District concerning speeding along Tangerine Blvd. and how dangerous the intersection at Tangerine and 120th Avenue North was. I never had a response. I have lost count of the number of mail boxes and trees that I have had to replace because of accidents at this intersection. I have cleared tons of broken glass and car parts from my driveway and lawn. Cars are frequently driving in excess of 90 mph. Three times this year utility poles and strategically planted trees prevented vehicles from landing on my lawn or in my house. One crash last month sent
a car halfway up the easement on the west side of my property on 120th Avenue North. The other vehicle landed some 50 feet away on the east side of my property on Tangerine Blvd. I e-mailed ITID just over two weeks ago and suggested speed bumps. I said it would only be a matter of time before someone was killed at this dangerous intersection. To my astonishment, I received a response from ITID suggesting that I follow their R3 program on their web site. Not totally unexpected, on Sunday, a mother riding her bike was killed at the intersection. Some 20 Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office units plus a helicopter responded. The PBSO is not proactive. They can’t be everywhere, but are never seen at this dangerous intersection. They are reactive. To the woman’s family: my condolences. To the PBSO: please show up. To ITID: speed bumps now or multi-million-dollar lawsuits later. Karl Witter The Acreage
Council Is Clueless
Does it seem to other readers that the “Gang of Three” on the Wellington Village Council is clueless? Since the last election, the gang has become embroiled in lawsuit after lawsuit and spent thousands of dollars in legal fees rather than on something that actually improves the quality of life here. They have alienated the equestrian community that pours millions into Wellington businesses and helps to keep our property taxes within reason. They have fired the village’s attorney and are looking to fire Village Manager Paul Schofield, both for reasons yet unspecified — even to the two other members of council. But wait, there’s more! Now, at the mayor’s suggestion, they plan to resolve the impasse over Schofield’s status by spending even more of our money to hire a “management consultant” (read: therapist) to help everyone play nice. All of this has appeared in the papers, embarrassing each of us and making the council appear childish, petty and unprofessional. In these tough times, we want to ensure that our property taxes are being spent wisely for things such as a new village hall, parks, landscaping, etc. (as in the last administration), not for therapists, lawyers and lawsuits. At the next election, remember all of this and vote out these dysfunctional marionettes who don’t seem to realize that they were elected to represent the entire community, not special interests, not specific individuals, and certainly not their biases and egos. Dr. Alec Pridgeon Wellington
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JOHN PICANO JR. MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNEY BENEFITS S.F. FAIR SCHOLARSHIPS
The John Picano Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament benefitting the South Florida Fair Scholarship Fund was held Saturday, June 15 at Breakers West County Club. The 33rd annual South Florida Fair Scholarship Golf Classic was renamed this year in memory of the late Picano, who was the fair’s public relations director and an avid golfer instrumental in the growth and success of the tournament. After a round of golf, attendees enjoyed lunch, raffles and a live auction. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER
First-place winners were PBSO Deputy Larry Wood, Fred Rodgers, PBSO Chief Deputy Mike Gauger and PBSO Deputy Rusty Lamm.
South Florida Fair Exhibits & Special Events Manager Lorie Stinson with closest-to-the-pin winner Iva Grady and longest-drive winner Sharon Merchant.
Chad and Katy Morton, Mike Picano, Anna and Jeff Picano, and Kathy Picano with a cutout of the late John Picano.
Randy Levolo, Sharon Merchant, Cheri Pavlik and Kevin Leo enjoy a round of golf.
Second-place golf tournament winners Chris Worster, McCay Green, Dylan Collins and Scott Bedford.
Ron Mattino and John Young watch as Steve Thibodeau (center) sinks a putt on the green.
Emergency Communications Demo June 22-23 At Okeeheelee
A higher-than-average number of tropical cyclones are expected this year. Despite the Internet, cell phones, e-mail and modern communications, every year whole regions find themselves in the dark. Hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, storms, ice and even the occasional cutting of fiber-optic cables leave people without the means to communicate. In these cases, the one consistent service that has never failed has been amateur radio. Radio operators — often called “hams” — provide backup communications for everything from the American Red Cross, to local government agencies, FEMA and even for the International Space Station.
Hams from the Palms West Amateur Radio Club (www.palms westarc.org) will join with thousands of other amateur radio operators showing their emergency capabilities this weekend, June 2223. The public will have a chance to meet and talk with local ham radio operators and see for themselves what amateur radio service is about, as hams across the United States and Canada will hold public demonstrations of emergency communications abilities. This annual “Field Day,” is the climax of the week-long “Amateur Radio Week,” sponsored by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the national association for amateur radio. Using only emergency power,
ham operators will construct emergency stations in parks, shopping malls, schools and backyards around the country. The slogan “When All Else Fails, Ham Radio Works” is more than just words to the hams, as they prove they can send messages in many forms without using phone systems, the Internet or any other infrastructure that can be compromised in a crisis. More than 35,000 amateur radio operators across the country participated in last year’s event. “The fastest way to turn a crisis into a total disaster is to lose communications,” said Jeff Beals, local spokesman for the ARRL. “From the earthquake and tsunami in Japan to tornadoes in the
midwest, the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing and hurricanes in the southeast, ham radio provided the most reliable communication networks in the first critical hours of these events. Because ham radios are not dependent on the Internet, cell towers or other infrastructure, they work when nothing else is available. We need nothing between us but air.” Members of the Palms West Amateur Radio Club will demonstrate their service at Okeeheelee Park’s Osceola Pavilion, located at 7715 Forest Hill Blvd. They invite the public to come and see ham radio’s capabilities and learn how to get their own FCC radio license. Amateur radio is growing in the U.S. There are now more than
700,000 amateur radio licensees nationwide, and more than 2.5 million around the world. Through the ARRL’s Amateur Radio Emergency Services program, volunteers provide both emergency communications for thousands of state
and local emergency response agencies and non-emergency community services for free. To learn more, visit www.emergencyradio.org or www.arrl.org. For more info., contact Beals at (561) 252-6707 or wa4aw @arrl.org.
Cultural Society To Offer Foreign Language Classes The Multilingual Language & Cultural Society, a not-for-profit language and cultural center with a focus on foreign languages, is offering classes in French, Spanish, Italian, Russian and German. Classes are in private and small groups, with a maximum of eight;
children and adults can be accommodated. Call (561) 228-1688 for dates and times. The rate is $248 for 16 hours with a 25 percent new student discount. For more information, contact Natacha Koblova at nk@multi lingualsociety.org.
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By Lauren MirĂł Town-Crier Staff Report JUNE 17 â€” A resident of Draft Horse Lane contacted the Palm Beach County Sheriffâ€™s Office substation in Wellington early Monday morning to report an act of vandalism. According to a PBSO report, the victim was driving on Wellington Trace near Paddock Drive at approximately 12:30 a.m. when three unknown white teenage males struck the victimâ€™s vehicle with an unknown object. The victim said the impact dented and scratched the vehicle, causing approximately $500 in damage. There was no further information available at the time of the report. JUNE 17 â€” A deputy from the PBSO substation in Wellington was dispatched to a home in the Meadowland Cove community Monday morning regarding a case of vandalism. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 10 a.m. last Sunday and 9 a.m. the following morning, someone cut the tire on the rear door of the victimâ€™s silver 2000 Honda CRV. The spare tire hangs on the rear door. The perpetrator(s) used a blade or similar object to slice the tire, causing approximately $150 in damage. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. JUNE 17 â€” A resident of Sugar Pond Manor called the PBSO substation in Wellington late Monday night to report several cases of vandalism. According to the report, a deputy responded to the area after receiving several calls of juveniles throwing eggs in the area. The deputy met with one victim who said she was driving south on Wellington Trace at approximately 11 p.m. According to the report, as she passed Periwinkle Place, she heard a loud bang.
When the victim returned home, she discovered that there was an egg splattered on her car. According to the report, the victim said she washed the egg off her car, but it had caused damage to the paint. There was no further information available at the time of the report. â€˘â€˘â€˘ JUNE 13 â€” A deputy from the PBSOâ€™s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation was dispatched to a home on Orange Blvd. last Thursday evening regarding a theft. According to a PBSO report, the victims rode their bicycles to the Acreage branch library at approximately 6:40 p.m. and left them outside unlocked. When they returned, the bicycles were missing. According to the report, the victims said that there were several juveniles standing outside the library, but they did not see the bicycles being stolen. One of the bicycles was described as a green freestyle bicycle with pink stickers; the other was a black BMX bicycle. The stolen bicycles were valued at approximately $760. There was no further information available at the time of the report. JUNE 14 â€” A deputy from the PBSOâ€™s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation responded to a home on 77th Place North last Friday morning regarding a theft. According to a PBSO report, last Tuesday or Wednesday at approximately 5 p.m. the victim heard her dogs barking and looked outside to see three unknown male suspects at the end of her driveway. According to the report, the suspects fled east on 77th Place North carrying a white box that had been left by a deliveryman in her driveway. According to the report, the See BLOTTER, page 16
Acreage Woman Dies After Hit-And-Run While Bicycling JUNE 16 â€” An Acreage woman was killed last Sunday morning while biking along the shoulder of the road on Tangerine Blvd. west of 120th Avenue North. According to a Palm Beach County Sheriffâ€™s Office report, 40-year-old Katherine Rigby was westbound on Tangerine Blvd. with her son, who was on a separate bicycle on the sidewalk, when a driver in a white or tan Chevrolet Tahoe that was also traveling westbound
struck her from behind. Rigby was ejected from the bicycle and came to rest on the grass shoulder on the north side of Tangerine Blvd. According to the report, the vehicle fled the area, but parts of its headlight and grill were recovered at the scene. According to an updated report, an anonymous tip helped the PBSO locate the vehicle that was used in the crash, but no arrests had been made by press time.
PBSO Seeks Information On RPB Robbery Suspect The Palm Beach County Sheriffâ€™s Office is seeking the publicâ€™s assistance in finding a suspect wanted in connection with a May 21 robbery at a bank in Royal Palm Beach. On May 21 at 12:40 p.m., an armed robbery occurred at the Bank of America branch located at 131 S. State Road 7 in Royal Palm Beach. The victim, an employee of Murphyâ€™s Gas Station, was about to make a deposit at the drivethrough when his vehicle was bumped from behind by a red, older model Honda Accord. A man exited the vehicle armed with a semi-automatic handgun and demanded the money bag. The victim, fearing for his life, handed the suspect the money. The man, described as a black male, returned to the vehicle and drove out of the parking lot. The
A sketch of the suspect wanted in connection with the robber y. victim provided information for the composite sketch shown here. If anyone can identify the subject, contact CrimeStoppers at (800) 458TIPS (8477) or the PBSO at (561) 688-3400.
Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is asking for the publicâ€™s help in finding these wanted fugitives: â€˘ Salvatore Nappo is a white male, 5â€™6â€? and weighing 150 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. His date of birth is 12/ 17/88. Nappo is want ed for felony charges of possession of cocaine. His last known address was Red Pine Trail in Wellington. He is wanted as of 06/13/ 13. â€˘ Melvin Perez, alias Tico Perez, is a white male, 5â€™7â€? tall and weighing 170 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. He has multiple tattoos. His date of birth is 09/28/88. Perez is wanted for felony charges of burglary to an occupied dwelling, grand theft and domestic battery by strangulation. His last known addresses were the 12th Fairway in Wellington and Bollard Road in West Palm Beach. He is wanted as of 06/13/13. Remain anonymous and you may be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward. Call Crime Stopper s at (800) 458-TIPS (8477) or visit www.crimestopperspbc.com.
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Central Chamber Hosts Legislators, Presents Business Awards By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report State Rep. Mark Pafford (D-District 86), State Rep. Lori Berman (D-District 90) and State Sen. Jeff Clemens (D-District 27) were guest speakers at the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce’s luncheon Monday at the Wellington Community Center. Pafford, who sits on the Health & Human Services Committee, focused on what didn’t happen in the legislative session — specifically the contentious issue of healthcare expansion. “The Florida Senate and the governor basically came to the conclusion that the state needs to expand healthcare, by drawing down $51 billion and covering 1.2 million people in Florida currently not covered under the Florida Medicaid system,” Pafford said. “Right now, if you are covered, you need an eligibility requirement of 22 percent of the poverty level, which means as a parent with a child, you have to make $3,500 annually. That means that anybody making more than that is not covered and is paying directly. You’re paying through the nose.” Pafford said the Florida House refused to act on the bill, although he thought their arguments made no sense. “At end of session, we have a Senate plan that I’m assuming would have been signed by the governor that drew down $51 billion and would cover 1.2 million people to 138 percent of the poverty level. Many would say this
makes sense. The end result is we ended session and you are going to pay higher penalties if you have a business that has more than 50 employees.” Pafford urged people to contact House Speaker Will Weatherford (R-District 38) and voice their opinion on healthcare expansion. “We need to push the speaker not to whip Republican members and threaten them with primaries,” Pafford said. “That’s what this comes down to. It’s ugly, but that’s what this comes down to.” Pafford said the Palm Beach County Legislative Delegation will meet to hear both sides of the argument at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 15 at the Palm Beach County Governmental Center. Berman said this year was the first in six years that the legislature had a surplus of money. “The last few years it has been cut, cut, cut, and it has been awful, but this year was wonderful because there was finally some extra money in the budget,” she said. “Because of that, we were able to give raises to the teachers, we were able to give raises to state employees and we got a lot of really good projects in the budget for Palm Beach County.” Some of them, such as financing to start construction of the Palm Beach State College campus in Loxahatchee Groves, were vetoed, but some good projects got through, including Everglades restoration, building roads in the Glades and money for the Florida
Atlantic University Medical School. “It wasn’t as negative as in past years,” she said. “For the last two years I voted against the budget, but this year I voted for the budget, so I was really proud of that.” Berman, a member of the Finance & Tax Subcommittee, said she sees many of the business proposals that come through. “There weren’t as many business proposals. There was a lot of discussion about funding stadiums and teams and things like that, and that ultimately did not go through,” she said. She said one program discussed would have built another spring training baseball stadium in Palm Beach County. “The feeling is that if you can have stadiums that are close together, then the teams will practice together and we’ll be able to keep the teams,” Berman said. “We’ve lost a lot of our spring training to Arizona, and this is one way that we’re going to try and compete and keep our teams here.” Berman was glad that a ban on texting while driving passed, although it was not a strong piece of legislation. “I’m sure all of you are aware that up until now, there has been no ban in Florida on texting while driving, and that’s why you see some pretty bad things happening out on the road,” she said. “Unfortunately, we do things in baby steps, so it’s considered a secondary offense. You have to be stopped for doing something
At Monday’s Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Greg Dillard of Grapeseeker and Carol O’Neil of CEO Financial Services were honored as Businesses of the Year with gross revenues under $2 million. (L-R) Chamber Vice President Mary Lou Bedford, State Rep. Lori Berman, Chamber Chairman Frank Gonzalez, Dillard, O’Neil, State. Sen. Jeff Clemens and Chamber CEO Jaene Miranda. PHOTO BY RON BUKLEY/TOWN-CRIER else, driving erratically or an accident, before they can give you a ticket, and the ticket is only $30.” The legislature also passed a comprehensive education bill that Berman said will create two tracts of high school diplomas in the state, a vocational and a collegebound diploma. “It’s really a positive step forward, because unfortunately we have a very low graduation rate here in the state, and we have a fair number of kids who drop out,” she said. Clemens agreed with the others
Palm Beach County Red-Light Runners Have New Option To Challenge Tickets By Anne Checkosky Town-Crier Staff Report Soon, anyone who gets a ticket for running a red light at any of the 10 unmanned cameras in unincorporated Palm Beach County and wants to challenge it, will have a choice in how to do that. Violators can either go to traffic court, which until now had been the only option, or they can appear before a special hearing officer to make their case. The Palm Beach County Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved an ordinance that puts the hearing officer option into place. Because of new red-light camera legislation recently signed by Gov. Rick Scott, counties and municipalities have until July 1 to offer this new option or run the risk of not being able to continue their red-light programs. “Now we can continue the camera program,” County Engineer George Webb told commissioners.
The new ordinance also expands the number of days violators have to challenge tickets from 30 days to 60 days. But whether the new option — modeled after code enforcement officers — will be cost effective or more efficient remains to be seen. Right now, Webb’s office is trying to determine exactly how much a violator who goes through traffic court pays for a ticket. The county charges $264 per violation. He’s waiting for the Clerk & Comptroller’s Office to tell him how much the court costs run per ticket. To go before a hearing officer, it will cost violators a base fee of $158. Webb and county attorneys are now trying to decide how much the administrative fees should be. The state said counties could charge up to $250 in fees, Webb noted. But county attorneys say that the law requires justifying those fees, so $250 is probably unrealis-
tic. Between $75 and $100 is likely what the county will settle on, Webb said. A representative of the vendor, American Traffic Solutions, told Webb that in other areas, the fee is averaging $100. “Will that cover the costs? The county won’t make money,” Commissioner Paulette Burdick said. Webb explained the county has to justify the costs. “But the state gets money, right?” Palm Beach County Vice Mayor Priscilla Taylor asked. “Yes, they get it first,” Webb answered to chuckles. In addition, Webb has to take into account all factors that go into setting the fee, such as how much hearing officers should be paid. For example, code enforcement officers are paid $150 an hour, he said. Another factor to consider is how many cases are making their way through the system each month. At this point, it’s difficult
to predict whether motorists will flock to the new option or stick with traffic court. “There’s no history there, so it’s tough,” Webb said. Cost could certainly become a deciding factor. If traffic courts costs turn out to be, for example, $32, coupled with the county fee of $264, violators would pay almost $300, Webb said. That’s versus $258 to go before a hearing officer if the county sets its fee at $100. That’s a difference of only $42. But if motorists start to see that the cases going before hearing officers almost always get dismissed, that’s going to play a part in their decision-making process, Webb said. There are currently four code enforcement officers who’ve agreed to serve as hearing officers, he said. Webb and his team are still compiling traffic accident data from the cameras to present to commissioners sometime in July.
that the legislature did not really do much to help businesses during the last session. “Frankly, when we’re in Tallahassee for those two months, that’s the 60 most dangerous days in Florida, so sometimes us not doing something is actually good for all of you,” he said. “I know when you run your businesses you need stability and you need to know what to expect, so when the political pendulum shifts from time to time and things go in a different direction, it’s hard for all of you to keep track of what’s going on.” Clemens said one positive thing done the past session was reviewing many tax-incentive programs. “We’ve been having issues with some of them,” he said. “Some of them are not working properly; some of them are; some of them need more controls over them.”
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continued from page 1 nial of the proposed amendment. The proposal has also garnered sharp opposition from local groups. The Acreage Landowners’ Association voted against the proposed development and sent a letter to the county expressing its opposition. The Indian Trail Improvement District Board of Supervisors also expressed opposition after a presentation by the applicant and followed up with a letter of opposition to the county. The ITID letter, dated April 23,
He pointed out that one of the big losers for lack of control was the failure of Digital Domain in West Palm Beach. “I would expect that next year we’re going to be taking some of those up, so you want to keep your eye on them, especially if your business benefits from any of those tax incentive programs,” Clemens said. Clemens, who sits on the Ethics & Elections Committee, noted that the legislature loosened voting laws to make it easier for people to cast their ballots. “We all had the issue where we had to stand in line last year to wait to vote, sometimes as long as six hours,” he said. “We all know that’s just wrong. Nobody should have to wait in line six hours to vote in the United States of America.” Changes included giving the See CHAMBER, page 16 points out that the ITID supervisors voted unanimously to oppose the amendment, adding that it is inconsistent with the Acreage Neighborhood Plan and the community’s rural character. “The Acreage Neighborhood Plan is intended to avoid a pattern of development hostile to the community’s desired lifestyle,” the letter stated, explaining that the greatest threat to maintaining rural character is strip commercial development, a prime component of urban sprawl. “Creeping commercialization is recognized as one of the greatest threats to the integrity of TheAcreage community’s rural character,” the letter continued. “Intense community response to this comp plan amendment cannot be understood except in this context.”
IT Firm Educates Businesses On Post-Hurricane Data Recovery By Alexandra Antonopoulos Town-Crier Staff Report The information technology services firm 3C Network Consultants gave a presentation Thursday, June 13 at the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce building in Loxahatchee Groves concerning the potential loss of data that a business could suffer after a disaster takes place. Sergio Fernandez, owner and CEO of 3C Network Consultants, discussed how fires, theft, hurricanes and human error can destroy business information systems, and laid out precautions that businesses should take in order to minimize downtime after such a disaster. Having a plan of action in place
before an incident occurs will reduce the financial losses that businesses will experience as a result of the disaster, he explained. “The first step to make sure you have an easy and painless recovery after a disaster is a business continuity plan,” Fernandez said. “Unfortunately, 60 to 70 percent of businesses don’t have a business continuity plan.” Even if a plan is in place, he warned, businesses need to make sure it is up to date. Taking the time to create a continuity plan now can save time and money later. “Instead of having to work it out after something happens, you need to think through the problem before it occurs. Then you’ll have a plan to act on,” he said.
One thing that many businesses do not consider when creating their business continuity plan is information technology — the vital, often irreplaceable information businesses store on computer hard drives and network servers that they cannot afford to lose. Depending on the business, this loss of data and could shut down a business for days, weeks or longer, and the time a business is closed translates into financial losses for the company. “Every week, according to Ontrack, 140,000 hard drives crash,” Fernandez said. “Of businesses that experience major data loss, 25 to 43 percent never reopen, 51 percent close within two years and
30 percent of all businesses go out within the year.” He stressed that these statistics should be taken as a warning by business owners that simply ignoring the possibility of a disaster could cost them greatly. He noted that the National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration has forecast three to six major hurricanes in 2013. A business must constantly reevaluate its method of IT backup, and Fernandez said that building several levels of protection into a continuity plan is the way to go. By using external hard drives, keeping some of the data in a separate location and having a plan to restore files that does not rely on the speed of an
Internet connection, a business can mitigate its loss of data in the event of a natural disaster, which could physically destroy the devices that data is stored on at the main location. “Backup and disaster recovery looks at systems, applications and files restoration, not just the files,” he said. “Assume you’re working on your PC using Word or Excel. Plug in your thumb drive and copy your data to the thumb drive; now that drive is a backup device, but if you lose the application, the files on the thumb drive mean nothing.” If the server is lost, then the Word or Excel application must also be restored. Without the application, it can take a long time
and a lot of money to bring a business back up to speed. “You have your data, but your [system is] down,” said Fernandez, explaining the need for keeping a backup service off-site in order to restore files from a remote location. Ultimately, having a plan in place will not solve all business problems after a disaster, but it will minimize much of the pain and frustration. “A business should make sure that they never lose critical data to start out with,” he said. “The continuity plan is a living, breathing document and has to be kept up to speed all the time.” For more information on 3C Network Consultants, call (561) 3335334 or visit www.3CNC.com.
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SIERRAâ€™S SWEET TEA PARTY RAISES MONEY NEEDED TO ATTEND COMPETITION A successful Sweet Tea Party fundraiser and celebration for Miss Rodeo Palm Beach County Princess Sierra Rush was held at Nicole Hornstein Equestrian Park in The Acreage on Saturday, June 15. Visitors donned their cowboy hats and boots to support Rush in her effort to raise the money needed to attend the Miss Rodeo Florida state competition in Okeechobee this fall. PHOTOS BY ALEXANDRA ANTONOPOULOS/TOWN-CRIER
Logan Defazio and Vanessa Rosas make friends with two rabbits from Top Flight Farms.
Kyle and Cheryl Frazier display their western wear accessories at the fundraiser.
Miss Rodeo PBC Princess Sierra Rush and Pageant Director Chelsea Chilcutt as the party gets under way.
Madison Hopkins gets her face painted by Pat Carney of Affordable Face Magic.
Miss Florida Pre-Teen Victoria Slemmer and mother, Elizabeth, enjoy the party.
Tiny Mr. Rodeo Palm Beach County Chase Lima with his mother, Melanie Lima, winner of Mrs. Rodeo Palm Beach County.
OUR LADY QUEEN OF THE APOSTLES HOSTS SECOND ANNUAL BIKE & CAR SHOW Our Lady Queen of the Apostles Catholic Church in Royal Palm Beach hosted its second annual Car & Bike Show on Saturday, June 15. More than 50 classic cars, sports cars, motorcycles and RVs were on display while local food trucks offered delicious gourmet fare. The day was capped off with karaoke singing and a raffle for a 2013 Ford Fusion. PHOTOS BY ALEXANDRA ANTONOPOULOS/TOWN-CRIER
Rick Marino, Judy Marino and Lucille Wolwin enjoy the afternoon.
Mary Ann and Danny Ipes, owners of Churrasco Grill food truck, with their nephew, Andrew Mercado.
George Ranallo shows off his 1959 Buick at the car show.
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WLMS HONORS STUDENTS King’s Academy Bids Farewell To 115 Seniors The King’s Academy held com- ty service time. They have been Jones was impressed by the seAT END-OF-YEAR AWARDS mencement exercises Friday, May recognized nationally for academ- niors’ efforts. “This is a class of 31 for 115 graduating seniors. They successfully met and exceeded TKA’s rigorous academic curriculum, with Valedictorian Kevin Shan leading the way a 4.70 cumulative GPA. The class also contributed nearly 28,000 total hours of communi-
ic achievement, led TKA’s championship athletic teams to the state finals, commanded the stage in numerous award-winning musicals, plays and productions, and excelled in choral and band competitions. High School Principal Sonya
Wellington Landings Middle School celebrated its eighth-graders’ accomplishments Monday, June 3 with an end-of-the-year awards ceremony. Then, on Wednesday, June 5, the school also honored its sixth-grade students with end-of-the-year awards. Pictured above, WLMS Principal Blake Bennett (center) with Jack Liufu and Mitch Gulkis, both top award winners. Pictured below, Katie Gulkis smiles while Assistant Principal Gay Prater reads her list of awards. Hayley Field, Julia Collins, Jacob Percy, Amanda Fiedor and Jacob McCarty before the graduation ceremony.
outstanding leaders, and it is gratifying to see their hard work pay off,” she said. “One of the things that we stress at King’s is producing Christian leaders who will go out and change their world. I’m sure that this class has both the knowledge and the opportunities in higher education to do just that.” As a result of their efforts, 2013 graduates boast an impressive list of college acceptances from highly selective colleges and universities including: Boston College, Boston University, Brown University, Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell University, Duke University, the University of Florida, Fordham University, George Washington University, Rollins College, the United States Naval Academy, the University of Miami and many others. The King’s Academy’s 2013 senior class has received nearly $7 million in scholarships to date,
Valedictorian Kevin Shan addresses the student body. averaging more than $71,000 for each student. Director of College Counseling Heather Najmabadi and her staff meet with each high school student and their families to assist with their college searches including the scholarship application process.
New Horizons Names Top Student Readers Throughout the year, New Horizons Elementary School students were encouraged to participate in the Reading Counts program by reading books and taking computer quizzes. (Left) Top Reading Counts honorees with Assistant Principal Mickey Simmel, Media Specialist Jean Robbins, teacher sponsor Jennifer Schuler and Principal Betsy Cardozo.
PIERCE HAMMOCK SALUTES STUDENTS
Each month the top readers from each grade received gold medals. Top readers for the year celebrated their hard work with an ice cream party, a trophy from NHES Reading Leadership Committee and a gift card from the New Horizons PTA. Honorees read: kindergarten – 10,000 words; first grade – 80,000 words; second grade – 500,000 words; and third, fourth and fifth grade – one million words.
Binks Student’s Science Project Earns Award
Pierce Hammock Elementary School recently honored four students who received the Principal’s Honor Roll all year, starting from first grade all the way through fifth grade. Three of the four students have been at Pierce Hammock since kindergarten. Pictured here are: (L-R) Principal Dr. John Carvelli, Michelle Costner, Ajani Frank, Cari Cantrell, Emily Steffee and Assistant Principal Christie Schwab.
Binks Forest Elementary School third-grader Matthew Thoman was recently recognized by the Palm Beach County School District physical science department, winning third place for his science project. “My science project was to find out if the wing size of a paper airplane affected the flight and distance of the plane,” Thoman said. “We made a launcher for the paper airplanes, because if we threw them, the power would not be the same. My hypothesis was that the smaller the wing, the farther it [the plane] would go. We figured this out by taking the surface area of each of the four planes and mea-
suring the average of their final distance. What I discovered is that none of them stood out the best. So there are other things that affect the paper airplanes than just the wingspan.” Through his project, Matthew learned that his hypothesis was not correct, and that is what science is all about — discovering if one’s thinking is right or wrong. Binks Forest Elementary School is proud of Thoman for his work. (Right) Binks Forest Elementary School third-grader Matthew Thoman shows off his district award and prize.
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Gold Coast Down Syndrome Plans July 31 Pre-Buddy Walk Wine Tasting
The Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization (GCDSO) will kick off its 19th annual Buddy Walk with a wine tasting Wednesday, July 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Wine Cellar at Renaissance Commons (1500 Gateway Blvd., Boynton Beach). Guests will enjoy a variety of wines and food. The organization serves Palm Beach County and helps children and adults with Down syndrome and their families. “We are so excited to be bringing back ‘Buddy Walk… Uncorked’ again,” Chairwoman Jaymie Cabot said. “Last year, our inaugural event exceeded our expectations and we look forward to an even larger number of guests this year. The funds raised at the event will be used to support our resource center. We’ve been in the building for a little over a year, and because of our new location, we’ve been able to offer the most programs ever in our 33-year history.” “Buddy Walk… Uncorked” is a fun opportunity to GCDSO members geared up for Buddy Walk fundraising, Cabot said. “We are
very grateful to our sponsors, Estate Properties of Palm Beach and Sun Fabrics, for their generous support,” she added. Working with Cabot on “Buddy Walk… Uncorked” are Janessa Gross, Cindy Calvagne and members of the 2013 Buddy Walk Committee. Tickets cost $20 per person with reservations and $25 at the door, space permitting. All ticket proceeds and 30 percent of any wine purchased at the tasting will benefit the Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization Resource Center. To purchase tickets online, visit www.buddywalk.kintera.org/ winetasting. Attendees can also mail a check, with guest names, to: GCDSO, 915 S. Federal Highway, Boynton Beach, FL 33435. The Buddy Walk, a family fun morning of walking followed by children’s activities and a silent auction and raffle, provides most of the funds for GCDSO operations. This year’s walk will take place Sunday morning, Oct. 20, at John Prince Park in Lake Worth.
WELLINGTON HONORS ELEMENTARY ARTISTS
The Wellington Parks & Recreation Advisory Board honored elementary school students from Wellington schools at a Wellington Village Council meeting June 3. Each student received a certificate of appreciation for participating in the village’s elementary school art exhibition over the summer. The students’ artwork will be on display through September at the Wellington Community Center, located at 12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd. Shown above are board members Mike Pignato, Tom Wenham, Anthony Forgione and Sam Falzone with students James Rivera, fifth grade; Hope Sohn, fifth grade; Savanna Vita, third grade; Hannah Brodtman, third grade; Katie Rochman, third grade; Victoria Avella, third grade; Charli Roseff, third grade; and Ava Grave de Peralta, first grade.
Christopher Wan with his award. Buddy Walk Chair Cindy Calvagne joins Frank Harmon to toast “Buddy Walk… Uncorked.” Gold Coast Down Syndrome Down syndrome in all areas of life Organization is an educational re- as contributing and valued memsource, support and advocacy or- bers of society. ganization, which has been emTo learn more about Gold Coast powering individuals with Down and the Buddy Walk, visit www. syndrome and their families since goldcoastdownsyndrome.org or 1980. The organization supports contact Anne at ad.gcdso@ the inclusion of persons who have bellsouth.net or (561) 752-3383.
ACREAGE SCOUTS HELP PLANT TREES
Acreage Cub Scout Pack 124 and Loxahatchee Troop 105 teamed up June 8 to do a service project for the community. Together with others, they planted more than 600 trees off the M Canal, organized by the Grassy Waters Preserve. Front row: Lance Harner, Gillian Harner, Casey Buttery, Billy Campbell and Chris Mayer; back row: Lauren Harner, Randy Harner and Barbie Mayer. Parents looking for a great life experience for their sons ages 6 to 18 and daughters ages 14 to 18 can call Barbie Mayer at (561)713-0623 and she will find the right unit them. Activities are planned all summer long.
Wellington Student Wins Science Award Dreyfoos School of the Arts graduate Christopher Wan has won a $3,000 prize and first-place honors in the environmental sciences category of the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Ariz. Stephen Anand, science instructor at the school, said Wan’s winning entry was about modeling estuarine salinity using artificial neural networks research. “His win has put Dreyfoos on the map at the international level,” Anand said. Wan, 17 of Wellington, worked on this project for more than a year. He was recognized by the Siemens Foundation in its prestigious STEM competition earlier in the year, was named a “MAD (Making A Difference) Scientist” by Junior Achievement’s Watch a Rising Star event at the Kravis and in May he received the Palm Beach Post Pathfinder Award for
Science as he was competing in the Intel science fair. Wan said he put substantial time and effort into the research. “The first year [11th grade], I spent about 400 hours on the project. This year I continued it with an additional 800 hours,” he said. “The goal was to develop a model to simulate salinity in the Loxahatchee River as a performance tool. My project allows engineers and environmentalists to predict salinity at any given moment in the river. Currently, the South Florida Water Management District has three-dimensional models to predict this and they require days to run. My model works instantaneously.” Wan, a Dreyfoos piano major, graduated at the top of his class and will attend Yale University in the fall with plans to major in biochemistry and music performance.
Local Student Graduates From LaGrange College Erin Jodi McKinstry of Loxahatchee recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science during LaGrange College’s 182nd commencement. A four-year liberal arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church, LaGrange College is consistently
ranked in the top 10 and as a “best value” among Southern baccalaureate colleges by U.S. News & World Report. The college, an award winner in sustainability, is the oldest private institution of higher learning in Georgia and has an enrollment of about 1,000 students.
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BRIGHTON STORE SUPPORTS YSPB
Brighton Collectables in the Mall at Wellington Green recently held a one-day event to benefit the Young Singers of the Palm Beaches, raising nearly $800. YSPB is Palm Beach County’s awardwinning community youth chorus, featuring 350 of the area’s most talented voices spanning ages 8 to 18. The event was the top charity moneymaker for Brighton stores participating in their “Give Back to Kids” program, in which a full 50 percent of its Americana bracelet sales go to a local arts program for kids. The program continues through July 31, with half of the Wellington store’s bracelet sales proceeds going to YSPB. The nonprofit community choir is currently hosting its famed Broadway Artists Studio this summer. For information on the next YSPB season, visit www.yspb.org or call (561) 659-2332. (Above, left to right) Young Singers of the Palm Beaches Executive Director Beth Clark, Angie Skivington of Brighton Collectables and Melanee Blankstein of YSPB.
Wellington Honors Amateur Radio Week
Because the Internet, cell phones, e-mail and modern communications all require wire, towers, fiber-optic cable or countless small batteries, communication is threatened when disaster strikes. But not radio amateurs. They use just the airwaves. When infrastructure fails or is overloaded, the one consistent service that has never failed is amateur radio. That’s why Wellington has recognized the third week in June as “Amateur Radio Week.” On June 22-23, volunteers from the Wellington Radio Club will take to the airwaves to join tens of thousands of other amateur radio operators in practicing emergency communications skills and testing their equipment. The weekend is called Field Day, and it is when a national emergency preparedness exercise unfolds. The Wellington Radio Club will set up temporary generators, shortwave radio stations and antennas to connect with thousands of other emergency-powered sites
throughout North America. Club members invite the public to come and see ham radio’s new capabilities and learn how to get their own FCC radio license before the next disaster strikes. The location is Village Park Pavilion 3, located at 11700 Pierson Road, Wellington. To learn more about amateur radio, visit the Wellington Radio Club web site at www.qsl.net/ k4wrc or www.emergency-radio. org.
HealthSource Children’s Health Month To Benefit Literacy Coalition
HealthSource Chiropractic and Progressive Rehab will host a special Children’s Health Month in July. This is the time of year that children need required physicals to participate in team sports, and HealthSource doctors are offering complimentary sports physicals (a $40 value) in exchange for a $10 donation to the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County. HealthSource doctors are also
offering complimentary community health screenings (a $189 value) with a $10 donation to the Literacy Coalition. The 19-point screenings can help track down even the smallest amounts of pain, including those suffering from low back pain, headaches, neck pain, shoulder or arm pain, scoliosis, leg pain, numbness and more. Donations will be collected at HealthSource (125 S. State Road 7, Royal Palm Beach) from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. To find out more about this year’s Children’s Health Month, or to schedule a physical, call HealthSource at (561) 792-4016 or visit www.healthsourcechiro.com. Founded in 2006, HealthSource specializes in providing proven, systematized treatment procedures and operating protocols at more than 400 clinics throughout the country. More than 5 million patients nationwide have been treated using HealthSource’s unique combination of chiropractic care and progressive rehab, which combines the talents of chiropractors, licensed massage therapists and progressive rehab staff.
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BETA SIGMA PHI BENEFIT AT THE S.F. FAIRGROUNDS SUPPORTS DOTTIE WRIGHT
The Beta Sigma Phi City Council of the Palm Beaches sponsored a fundraiser for Dottie Wright on Saturday, June 15 at the South Florida Fairgrounds. Wright has pancreatic cancer and is facing major medical expenses from surgery and chemotherapy. Dennis Lee, an entertainer from Clearwater, was on hand to entertain guests, and there were raffles, auctions and refreshments. To donate, contact Donna Blackwell at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (561) 602-4469. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER
Dottie Wright with members of her family.
Beta Sigma Phi members with Dottie Wright (center).
Dottie Wright, entertainer Dennis Lee and Fran Carlton.
South Florida Fair representatives with Dottie Wright (fifth from left).
Silent auction high bidders Cindy Reisert, Kathy Westfall, Joanne Muiccio and Kathleen Gaal.
Silent auction high bidders (seated) Arlene Ferris, (standing) Jesse Stiggins, Joe Schelorke and Deb Rousseau.
ROYAL PALM BEACH LIBRARY HOSTS ‘ZANY’ BALLOON COMEDY SHOW FOR KIDS
The Royal Palm Beach branch library hosted its summer reading kickoff party “Balloon Masterz: Zany Balloon Show” on Saturday, June 15. There was comedy, balloon twisting and audience participation by kids and parents. For more information about library programs, call (561) 790-6030. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER
Bobby Diamond of Balloon Masterz gets parents to disco dance.
Logan Memberg squirts Bobby Diamond in the face.
Krista Ballantyne tries to catch the ring balloon.
Bobby Diamond of Balloon Masterz inside of a large balloon.
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League: County Is In Control
continued from page 3 cent suit filed by the IG against the county, the court entered an order April 17 that specifically stated the IG’s request for relief was denied on the merits. “I don’t think that has been really discussed here in front of you before,” Biggs said. “The assertions introduced and argued in the briefs by the municipalities were thus found to be in the right, so there isn’t any confusion right now what that mandamus suit found, and it did find that the IG’s office does not have stand-alone official capacity.” Biggs added that the court ruled the IG had no legal right to sue on the issue of financing because the office is not a legally separate entity from the county with a capacity to sue and be sued. Rather, the office was set up to be functionally independent as to its functions authorized by the county ordinance, but not legally independent. The IG’s office constitutes a department or division of the county with only the enumerated powers of the ordinance regarding audits and investigations, he explained.
continued from page 3 services be allowed as accessory uses only on collector roads such as Okeechobee or Southern. During preliminary approval on June 4, Councilman Tom Goltzené said the ordinance should be more general and not so specifically tailored to dogs and cats, and also should be written so they more accurately understand the number of animals permitted in such a facility. Fleischmann said those changes had been made. “We essentially struck all references to dog care and changed that to domesticated animals or native wildlife so that we expanded the scope of the ordinance to make it clear that these facilities would be open to animals other than just dogs and cats,” he said. Because of the wide range of animals that would be covered, Fleischmann said it was difficult to come up with appropriate language. “What we did was make reference to other agencies that do
Sharp Drop In Cost For The Acreage
continued from page 1 according to the SWA budget summary. Maccarrone explained that the original bidder, Waste Management, assigned its contract to Waste Pro. “Waste Pro will be the hauler for District 1, which includes the east side of what was District 8, and in District 2, it’s Advanced, which will service the western part of what was District 8, now in District 2,” Maccarrone told the TownCrier on Monday. “The folks that were in District 8 are saving $211 in one case and $200 in the other.” The SWA approved franchise awards for solid waste and recycling pickup to five haulers in February. The new bids represented an overall reduction of 23 percent, according to SWA calculations. The $1 per single-family customer is to cover inflation and increase
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continued from page 1 part of the process, such as a permit from Pine Tree. “That could be one way to address this,” he said. But Basehart suggested as part of the ordinance, requiring approval from Pine Tree over whatever percentage threshold is decided. Elie said she felt that would be the fairest way to do things. “You don’t want the first couple of people who apply for this to get signed off on,” she said. “And then other people to get turned away. If this is addressed [in the ordinance], I’d be happier.” Elie said she was in favor of the additional coverage. “I just don’t want to create additional issues in the process,” she said. During public comment, residents spoke largely in favor of the measure. Houston Meigs said that several prospective property buyers were interested in having the same rights as allowed in the equestrian preserve. “I think it brings this area in line with the other equestrian
“I think it’s important to put that out there so that you know what the case law says,” Biggs said. “The case law is clear, and any attorney understands that.” As such, Biggs said the IG’s budget before them should be viewed as any other budget request by any other department of the county government. “Ultimately, it is up to the county commission to set the limits on spending for this county department, so long as the department has sufficient financial support for the Office of the Inspector General to fulfill its duties as set forth in the implementing county ordinance,” Biggs said. “You truly do have a lot of authority here. It’s all in your ordinance, and we hope that you’ll consider that.” Biggs added that the league believes it would be helpful if the IG would provide a budget statement or forecast that more fully explains the office’s workload, staffing needs and overall vision. “We still don’t think we’ve gotten that with our executive summaries to date,” he said. “This type of information should not be addressed by just referencing information on the IG web site, but rather, communicated through a thoughtful, edited executive statement about these issues during the budget process as any department would do.” Biggs said those types of exec-
utive summaries are very common and usually accompany budget requests. “They also provide transparency, which is always a good thing,” he said. “That way, very large and non-specific items like indirect costs could be more fully explained.” As an example, Biggs said that about $206,000 from last year’s budget, and about $125,000 projected in this year’s budget, were indirect costs. “We’re just not sure exactly what they are, so in the future, we ask that this type of summary information be initially provided with the IG’s preliminary budget request to the league,” he said. Biggs pointed out that indirect costs coupled with information systems services (ISS) amounted to 60 percent of the operational budget. “It’s not a minor amount,” he said. Palm Beach County Vice Mayor Priscilla Taylor asked about those costs. “We have one of the best ISS departments in the country, and it always bothers me why any department is not using the county’s ISS,” she said. Staff members said that indirect costs are an allocation methodology for services offered by the county, such as personnel or facilities or the budget office, and that the indirect cost is that office’s fair share allocation. Office of the Inspector General
Chief of Administration Joe Doucette said the office does use the county’s ISS department. “We find it a cost-effective avenue to get our work done,” he said. Biggs said the way the budget is set up, it is difficult for members of the league to determine what the charges were. County Administrator Bob Weisman said the method of allocation would be provided to the cities. Doucette said he was happy to meet with the league committee. “In prior years, we did not have that opportunity,” he said. “This year, we put the horse before the cart, and we were able to iron out some of these details and get them additional information that they were looking for.” The total IG budget proposed for 2014 is just over $3.7 million, roughly the same as last year. Palm Beach County Mayor Steven Abrams asked whether the county could be reimbursed the money that the cities had not paid during the course of the lawsuit filed against the method of financing the office. Assistant County Attorney Leonard Berger said one of the terms of the lawsuit was to get everything back that the county had paid to cover the cities’ failure to pay their share. Taylor made a motion to approve the 2014 budget for the Office of the Inspector General, which carried unanimously.
have control over the number of animals in a facility.” Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control regulations were cited in the ordinance, but it only has references to horses, dogs and cats, Fleischmann said. “That ordinance is quite specific,” he said. “That ordinance has 70 pages of regulations for dogs and cats, including space requirements for animals. They have space per animal over a certain weight.” Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission regulations also were cited as an example for a facility that might be interested in wildlife rescue, Fleischmann said, pointing out that the number of animals permitted would also depend on the size of the property and the building. Goltzené asked why native wildlife was specified rather than wildlife in general. “I know that there is a facility that takes care of African antelope and such that has been in the town for a long time, so I think maybe we should just say ‘wildlife’ rather than ‘native wildlife,’” Goltzené said. Fleischmann said that keeping non-native wildlife is regulated by
the state, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for exotic species. Mayor Dave Browning, who once had a breeder of hybrid wolves as a neighbor, said he still was concerned about noise from animals, since he has been told that at its existing facility, Big Dog’s animals can be heard from the other side of Southern Blvd. He was also concerned that the amendment could open the door to commercial kennels with more intensive uses. Goltzené was concerned about having equitable noise regulations. “We’ve really pushed noise ordinances on certain people, so we’d better push noise ordinances on everybody, or we need to lighten up,” he said. “It has to be fair and equal enforcement. If the bird’s too loud, then the dog’s too loud.” Councilman Ron Jarriel said he was not concerned about noise, saying the requested facility is comparable to the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue facility in West Palm Beach. “I’ve been to Peggy Adams, which is a soundproof building,” Jarriel said. Jarriel said he thought a facility such as Big Dog would be ideal
and desirable on the 20-acre parcel at the northwest corner of Okeechobee Blvd. and Folsom Road, which has relatively few neighbors, but not on Bryan Road, a site that had been proposed but was adamantly opposed by neighbors. Fleischmann said that whatever site that eventually is proposed would be subject to approval by the council, with public input from residents. He added that animal rescue operations are currently permitted anywhere in the town’s agricultural residential district without the accessory uses, on lots as small as 5 acres with the council’s approval of a special exception. “The council has several criteria, including compatibility with the neighbors, that apply to the project, and it also can attach conditions to make it compatible,” Fleischmann said. “Rescued animal care is a permitted use right now, subject to special exception approval.” Councilman Jim Rockett said he was comfortable with Big Dog’s request. “I have a lot of faith that we will do right by the people in the community around that site,” he said.
the reserve, Maccarrone said, explaining that about 60 percent of the SWA’s operating expense is by contracts, which have inflationary factors in them. If the budget is approved, it would leave a reserve balance of about $63 million, which Maccarrone said is not a lot considering that has been the approximate cost of recovery from recent hurricanes. “Having a substantial reserve helps us quite a bit in the event of a storm to make sure that we can get moving right away,” he said. Maccarrone predicted 10 to 15 years of relative stability in the SWA budget. “The funding is in place to build the system, complete the system,” he said, explaining that the waste-to-energy project is underway and going very well. “I would expect at least over the next 10 years it should be a pretty simple matter.” During public comment, Acreage resident Patricia Curry asked whether the SWA could enact uniform rates for all districts. “I don’t see why one person’s trash is dif-
ferent than another person’s trash,” Curry said. SWA attorney Jim Mize said he would not recommend an average or blended rate for service areas. “You are collecting your service fees and collection and disposal fees pursuant to special assessments,” he said. “The special assessment has to reflect the benefit conferred upon the individual property.” Acreage resident Alex Larson asked why The Acreage had been divided into two parts, and Maccarrone said bids tend to come in higher for the western portion because of road quality and distance between homes. Commissioner Paulette Burdick asked how the reserve is determined, and Executive Director Mark Hammond said the rough determiner of the reserve is 10 percent of the operating budget. “That would put it at about $25 million, but several years ago the SWA set a policy to pay off debt. The last of the large debts to be paid off is about $38 million, which will come out of the reserves,” Hammond said. “Of that $63 mil-
lion, we’ve pretty much earmarked almost $40 million of it right now.” He also pointed out that when the SWA had determined that it would extend the use of the existing 20-year-old waste treatment plant another 20 years, the SWA had to assume responsibility for anticipated parts failures at the plant that the operator was not willing to take. “When you’re dealing with a facility that in this case was 20 years old, there are some components that it’s difficult to anticipate when some may or may not fail in the next 20-year period,” he said. “It was almost like self-insurance.” The total 2014 proposed budget is $253.2 million, down from the original 2013 approved budget of $258.1 million. Commissioner Shelley Vana made a motion to approve preliminary reading of the budget, which carried 6-0 with Commissioner Jess Santamaria absent.
areas in Wellington,” he said. “I believe this is a reasonable request.” But resident Paula Browne asked how Pine Tree would prevent the flooding problems Wellington has seen recently. “I am in favor if this,” she said. “I hope one day I can build a covered arena. I just want to know what the solution is... if it effects the water system.” Higgins noted that Wellington has a pump system with more drainage capacity, but said that Pine Tree has asked him to evaluate the water outfall. Elie said she felt drainage issues should also be addressed in the ordinance. “That building coverage will create impermeable areas where the water cannot seep down,” she said. “In my opinion, we don’t want to pass this without addressing the situation.” Gardner suggested making approval of increased lot coverage subject to the proposal of Pine Tree. “This doesn’t mean they will approve it,” she said. “They can look at each property on a caseby-case basis, and tell each farm
owner what they must do to achieve what they want to build. It’s not our place here to solve the drainage problems in Wellington. It’s just a question of whether we’re going to allow them to be equal to the rest of the village.” Pine Tree President Chris Wallace said she felt the provision was not needed. “I don’t feel this is necessary,” she said. “What kind of discussion is this going to bring up? What kind of issues will this create?” But Gardner said Pine Tree would have the option to approve the requests if desired, or bring up issues if there are concerns about drainage. Elie made a motion to require property owners requesting lot coverage over 10 percent to get approval from Pine Tree. Committee Member Myles Tashman seconded, and the motion carried 3-2 with Committee Member Dr. Kristy Lund and Vice Chair Michael Whitlow opposed. Now the item must go before the Planning, Zoning & Adjustment Board next month before going to the Wellington Village Council for final approval.
continued from page 6 box contained approximately $200 in boys clothing that had been mail ordered. There was no further information at the time of the report. JUNE 14 — An employee of Pizza Hut on Southern Blvd. contacted the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach last Friday evening to report a case of forgery. According to a PBSO report, the restaurant received an online order for delivery to a home on Lake Terry Drive, and the suspect chose to pay for the food in cash. According to the report, the delivery driver met with a woman on the sidewalk outside of the home who said she had ordered the food. The suspect gave the driver a $20 bill to pay for the $18.55 order. According to the report, the driver returned to the store and discovered that the bill was a fake. It was smaller than a real bill and did not pass the ink pen test. There was no further information available at the time of the report. JUNE 16 — A resident of Sparrow Drive called the PBSO substation in Wellington last Sunday afternoon to report a vehicle burglary. According to a PBSO report, the victim left her Macbook Air laptop in a black case on the passenger side floorboard of her ve-
Wellington Planning Fun Events For July 4 Holiday If you’re looking for family friendly Fourth of July entertainment, look no further than the Village of Wellington. The community is invited to join in from noon to 5 p.m. at the Wellington Aquatics Complex, located at 12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd., for a patriotic pool party. Admission is free for children age 2 and under, $3 for juniors ages 3 to 17, $5 for adults ages 18 to 54, and $2 for seniors age 55 and older. Next, get your red, white and blue ready for Wellington’s annual “A Family Fourth Celebration” from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Village Park located at 11700 Pierson Road. This
event includes free bingo sponsored by Humana Inc., traditional games, inflatable rides, face painting and live music by Brass Evolution. Free shuttle service will be available from the Palm Tran bus stop at the Mall at Wellington Green beginning at 5:30 p.m. Stick around for Wellington’s Fireworks Extravaganza, presented by Zambelli Fireworks International, which begins at 9:15 p.m. at Village Park. This spectacular display can be seen for miles and will be sure to please the entire family. For more information about this event, call (561) 791-4005.
LGLA To Meet On June 27 The Loxahatchee Groves Landowners’ Association will hold its monthly meeting Thursday, June 27 at 7 p.m. at Palms West Presbyterian Church (13689 Okeechobee Blvd., Loxahatchee Groves). The guest speaker for this meeting will be Dennis Painter, who has been asked to discuss his experiences over many years of surveying properties in Loxahatchee Groves. He has also been asked to discuss any historical information or artifacts that have been a part of his surveying.
There will be a question and answer time after the speaker finishes discussing the topics. This is an open meeting where residents will get a chance to discuss issues of concern that they may have related to things that are going on in the town. The meeting is open to the public, but only LGLA members with 2013 paid dues can make motions and vote on them. For more information, contact Marge Herzog at (561) 818-9114 or email@example.com.
Goltzené made a motion to approve the amendment, deleting the word “native” so that it applies to all types of wildlife, and it carried 4-1 with Browning opposed. Landscape architect Jeff Brophy of Land Design South, representing Big Dog, said its present location is not ideal for what they want. “They’re looking at a $3 million development of these new buildings and facilities for these dogs,” Brophy said. “The current facility was never entirely supposed to be for dogs. The new development will be specifically for dogs.” Reiterating Fleischmann’s point that the land-use code currently allows animal rescue operations anywhere in the agricultural residential district, Brophy said Big Dog supported staff’s recommen-
dations that its planned facility with the veterinary care and dog boarding accessory uses be limited to parcels of at least 10 acres and be located on arterial roadways. “We understand that the discussion does not end tonight,” he said. “This is why we’ve gone through this process. All these meetings have brought out these certain issues, whether it’s from the residents or whether it’s from your boards or yourself, and we’ve taken all those things into account. We look forward to continuing the process with the community and with you as we select a site, design the site and go through the conditions of approval to make sure that all those layers of safety for your residents are in place.”
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continued from page 7 supervisors of elections more flexibility to be able to increase hours and to have more sites available for early voting. The legislature also put a limitation on the wording of referendums on the ballot to 150 words the first time around, although there is no limitation if the Supreme Court rejects the initial language and it has to be redrafted. “If the legislature decides to put 11 items on the ballot again, there still is an opportunity for those
things to run on and on and on,” Clemens said. “I think it’s completely unfair to have confusing items on the ballot that last 300, 400, 500 words, and expect the average voter to be able to digest them in a short amount of time.” Also at Monday’s luncheon, the chamber presented its annual Business of the Year awards. CEO Financial Services and Grapeseeker were honored in the category for businesses with less than $2 million a year in gross sales. The International Polo Club Palm Beach was honored in the category for businesses with more than $2 million in gross sales. The national corporate award went to Mercantil Commercebank.
continued from page 1 facility during the summer, Schofield said. “Once the plat is recorded, there are a number of uses the code provides for by right,” he said. “When they get their certificates of occupation and certificates of completion, there is a list of uses for the facility.” This would include some stabling, riding and instruction,”
Schofield noted. “But they will not be able to hold shows,” he said, without a seasonal equestrian permit. Last year, revocations on the property put the dressage season in jeopardy, prompting members of the equestrian community to reach out to council members. But having the plat and seasonal equestrian permit approved means certainty for a 2014 Global Dressage Festival season, Schofield said. “They can then get competitors and sponsors in place so they can have that certainty,” he said.
hicle. Sometime between 1 p.m. last Saturday and 5:30 p.m. the following evening, someone entered the victim’s unlocked vehicle and removed the computer. The laptop and computer case were valued at approximately $1,045. DNA evidence was taken at the scene, but there were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. JUNE 16 — ARoyal Palm Beach teen was robbed last Sunday evening at a park on Grandview Circle in the Counterpoint Estates community. A deputy from the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach was dispatched to the park at approximately 7 p.m. following the incident. According to a PBSO report, the victim was playing basketball in the park and went to get water from a drinking fountain. The victim said he was approached from behind by an unknown male who told the victim to hand over his gold chain necklace. According to the report, the victim thought the suspect was joking, until the suspect picked the victim up and slammed him to the ground. According to the report, a struggle ensued and the suspect began punching the victim on the side of his head, then removed the chain from his neck. The stolen gold chain with crucifix was valued at approximately $1,200. The suspect is described as a black
teenage male, approximately 17 to 21 years old, standing 6’ to 6’2” and weighing approximately 220 lbs. with short-cropped hair. According to the report, the suspect was wearing a Seattle Supersonics basketball jersey and fled the area on a red or purple men’s mountain bike. JUNE 17 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Wellington was dispatched Monday morning to Olympia Park on Stribling Way regarding a burglary. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 2:30 p.m. last Sunday and 8:15 a.m. the following morning, someone used a crowbar to pry open the metal door to a concession stand. Once inside, the perpetrator(s) rummaged through the stand and selected several items to eat. According to the report, it was evident that the perpetrator(s) heated up some of the food. The perpetrator(s) also tried to pry the door open to a second concession stand, but were unsuccessful. According to the report, the perpetrator(s) caused approximately $1,300 in damage to the metal doors; however, the value of the stolen food was not known. The deputies recovered the crowbar along with a key and holder near the concession stand. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report.
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WOMEN’S GROUP INSTALLS BOARD, PRESENTS SCHOLARSHIPS AT WANDERERS
Women of the Western Communities held its annual installation and scholarship dinner Thursday, June 13 at the Wanderers Club in Wellington. Four local young women received scholarships, and the new board of directors was installed. For more info., contact Mair Armand at (561) 635-0011 or firstname.lastname@example.org. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER
New board members Cheryl Dunn-Bycheck, Faye Ford, Mair Armand, Lynda Chicano, Carol O'Neil and Anne Hunter.
Caitlin Prather with her grandmother, Faye Ford.
Scholarship recipients Jamila Picart, Sarah Hood (with a photo of Erin McKay) and Sierra Montuori with the Women of the Western Communities Scholarship Comittee.
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Author Tami Hoag To Discuss New Novel At ShowChic ShopTalk Legions of readers are eagerly awaiting the next steps of author Tami Hoag’s Minneapolis investigators, Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska. Her latest mystery novel, The 9th Girl, was released June 19. It will be followed by the June 25 ShowChic ShopTalk event in Wellington, which will feature the 16-time New York Times best-selling author discussing her inspirations and how she works spine-tingling murder cases into works of literature. The 9th Girl opens on a frigid New Year’s Eve in Minneapolis, when a young woman’s brutalized body falls from the trunk of a car into the path of oncoming traffic. Questions as to whether she was alive or dead when she hit the icy pavement result in her macabre nickname, Zombie Doe. Unidentifiable, she is the ninth nameless female victim of the year, and homicide detectives Kovac and Liska are charged with not only finding out who Zombie Doe is, but who in her life hated her enough to destroy her. Uncover the mystery behind great mystery story-
writing when ShowChic hosts the author and avid dressage rider, during a ShopTalk event Tuesday, June 25 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. “Please, arrive early and join us for the fun and door prizes,” ShowChic’s Michele Hundt said. “It’s an irresistible evening of talking horses, mystery and of course, stylish shopping for the latest equestrian fashions!” Hoag’s fans know she is devoted to her own dressage horses, and began her writing and riding career at age 9, with a self-published, self-illustrated thirdgrade bestseller, Black Pony, about two children sharing a pony named Smoky. With more than a dozen consecutive New York Times bestsellers, including Deeper Than the Dead, Secrets to the Grave and Prior Bad Acts, Hoag has more than 35 million books in print, published in more than 20 languages. Her first thriller, Night Sins, was made into a miniseries in 1997, which continues to air on cable networks. Hosting this author and equestrienne is just one
of the many ways that ShowChic seeks to lives up to its credo, “putting the rider in first place.” ShowChic Dressage is proud to host ShopTalk evenings so lovers of horses and the equestrian lifestyle can relax on common ground in a casual, fun atmosphere. “We love supporting the dressage community, and ‘Shop Talk’ has proven to be a successful way for dressage enthusiasts to gather and learn,” Hundt said. “It’s always great to meet new people at ‘Shop Talk’ as well as welcome back clients who we have known for years.” For more information on ShowChic or Shop Talk, visit www.showchicdressage.com or call (561) 3192121. ShowChic is located at 3220 Fairlane Farms Road, Suite 3 in Wellington. For more about Tami Hoag, as well as The 9th Girl and her other books, visit www. tamihoag.com. (Right) Best-selling author Tami Hoag with one of her dressage partners, Feliki.
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Horse Owners Must Be Ready To Treat Colic Fast
Finding one of her horses stuck on his back, up against a fence, was not good sign for columnist Ellen Rosenberg. Once freed, it went down again and started rolling. The horse was collicking. “Colic’s a very generic term for abdominal distress,” Dr. Scott Swerdlin explained. Ellen Rosenberg’s Column, Page 21
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Horse Owners Must Be Prepared To Treat Colic Quickly
One evening a few weeks back, I heard my dogs barking. I looked out — people walking past, someone riding by. Ten minutes later, they were still barking. I went out to investigate and found every horse owner’s worst nightmare: One of my horses was cast up against the pasture fence. He’d gotten down and rolled, and ended up wedged against the fence, on his back, all four legs up in the air, stuck. I pulled him over, away from the fence, and repositioned his hooves; still, it was some time before he was able to stand. Then it got worse. He took two steps, went down again, and started rolling. We were in big trouble. The horse was collicking. “Colic’s a very generic term for abdominal distress,” said Dr. Scott Swerdlin of Palm Beach Equine in Wellington. “It’s not a specific diagnosis. Typically, three areas can be affected: the stomach, the fore gut including the small intestine, and the hind gut including the colon, cecum and rectum. A vet can diagnose the area, the problem, and initiate aggressive, appropriate treatment.” Colic can be caused by too much feed, spoiled feed, eating too soon after hard work, stress and parasites. My horse hadn’t been stressed. He didn’t have parasites. As far as I knew, he hadn’t eaten anything weird. The Get updates all week long... follow Ellen Rosenberg on Twitter at twitter.com/HorseTalkFL or stop by the Tales from the Trails page on Facebook and click “like.”
Tales From The Trails By Ellen Rosenberg other horses were all fine. Of course, it could be sand colic, common to South Florida. Horses graze and pick up clumps of grass that may also contain clumps of sand, which can collect in the gut and form an impaction. “A vet listens for gut sounds in all four quadrants of the abdomen,” Swerdlin explained. “Then we pass a nasal-gastric tube through his nose into the stomach to check if the stomach is filled with fluid, which we can remove, and deliver fluids and electrolytes.” My regular vet examined my horse but couldn’t tell if his intestines had twisted — something much more serious than colic. A horse’s gut can twist if he rolls enough during colic. If it twists 180 degrees, it’s possible to empty the colon and it’ll usually fall back into place. If it twists 360, surgery’s required. My horse had rolled a lot. The vet suggested that I bring him to Palm Beach Equine, and so we trailered over. They did an ultrasound and quickly determined there was no twist — good news. They did a rectal exam but couldn’t feel the blockage. Then they ran the nasal-gastric tube through his nose and pumped in bright
Dr. Scott Swerdlin holding two enteroliths removed from horses. orange Gatorade, pulling the tube partially out and therefore emptying his stomach over and over. A lot more came out than went in. His gut sounds were good, but he had no appetite and couldn’t poop. There was an impaction. Some colics go beyond blockages or twists. Sometimes a piece of foreign material, like a small piece of plastic or a bit of baling twine,
lodges in the gut, and a hard callus forms around it, sort of like a pearl growing in an oyster. But these are a lot bigger and rougher than any pearl. They’re called enteroliths, look and feel like heavy stones, and have to be surgically removed. I had given my horse Banamine paste to See ROSENBERG, page 22
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I’m Learning Neat Stuff From Skippy (And My Son-In-Law) Peer pressure has never worked on me. It’s because I have always preferred hanging around with those outside my peer group, either older people or younger people. I’ve been like this all my life. It’s probably because the strain of getting along with people my own age is too much for me. Or, it might be because I value the opinions of oldsters or youngsters more — after all, I know what my own age group thinks, and why. My peers and I have grown up together and shared the same experiences. But older people experienced World War II, trolley cars and the invention of television. There’s a lot to be learned from them. Younger people haven’t experienced diddly. So there’s a lot to be learned from them, too. Get your Sonic Boomer humor every day! Follow Deborah Welky on Twitter at twitter. com/TheSonicBoomer or stop by “The Sonic Boomer” page on Facebook.
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The Sonic BOOMER I’ve learned a lot of interesting things from older people in Florida, and, since I’ve been helping to raise my grandson, I’ve learned a lot of interesting things from him, too. The primary thing I’ve learned from Skippy is fearlessness. Or maybe I’m just remembering it. What a joy — to have no concept of danger, nothing in your mind to worry about and sheer curiosity propelling you ever upward until you inevitably fall off the couch, the bed, the coffee table — whatever it is you successfully scaled when your handlers’ backs were turned.
Of course, there’s a lot to be learned from Skippy’s parents, too. My daughter Jen, well, I know her and understand her. But my sonin-law is the X factor in this little equation. What’s important about Greg is that he has a master’s degree in engineering, has chosen to be a farmer of microgreens, designs “high tunnel” movable greenhouses and attended Duke University. But what I find far more fascinating is that he was Duke’s “Blue Devil” mascot, attended clown college, knows how to juggle and ride a unicycle and can balance a sheet of plywood on his chin for the amusement of the children in the Home Depot parking lot. That is one cool son-in-law. And he continues to amaze, even when he’s not around. While helping Jen get the pool ready for a party, I came across four foam swim noodles that appeared to be linked together by half-inch plastic tubing. “Does this come apart?” I asked.
“Yes,” was her brief reply. “Is it something you guys have rigged up to clean the pool?” “No,” she answered, rather dismally. When I get single-syllable answers like that, I know I’m on to something interesting. “Well, what is it?” She sighed deeply. “That is a floating device Greg and his buddies devised so they don’t have to leave the pool to drink from the keg. It is an extended tap system.” Ingenious, really. “I see,” I continued. “How long has it been lying unused out here in the weather?” “I’d say eight months.” “Think I should throw it out?” “Please.” It’s interesting, but it’s not very safe. So I guess, 20 years from now, the ever-curious Skippy will have to figure out his own pooltap system. I hope I’m there to see it.
‘Man Of Steel’ Upgrades Weak Superman Franchise
The good news is that Man of Steel is the best Superman movie I have ever seen. The bad news is that almost all the movies are terribly flawed. If not for Richard Lester’s Superman II, just about all of them have been pretty bad. But this current film provides a nice way to spend quality time, time that seems to fly by. A nod has to go to writer/producer Chris Nolan and writer David S. Goyer. While the movie does not match the brilliance of their Batman saga, The Dark Knight, it brings a literary and moral presence that makes this movie special. The real problem for Superman movies is that, well, the lead is super. He can’t really be hurt, he is clearly stronger than anyone else and he has all sorts of special skills. His original creators had to invent a series of villains like Lex Luthor as competition, and Superman won as regularly as Roadrunner does over Wile E. Coyote. Nolan and Goyer focused on the hero’s duality as a son of the doomed planet Krypton and a man of Earth. The mythology is well-known. The infant Kal-El is shipped from the planet by his father Jor-El (Russell Crowe) and mother Lara Lor-Van (Ayelet Zurer, in a small but
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help ease the symptoms. “It’s a big mistake to give more than one small dose of Banamine,” Swerdlin said. “If the horse isn’t better after 30 minutes, don’t give any more and call your vet. Keep the horse up and walking. The longer you wait, the worse it can get.” They started my horse on IV fluids to rehydrate him, increase blood flow to the intestines and start ridding the body of the toxic byproducts of the colic. Horses have approximately 120 feet of intestines, and they can’t vomit. Whatever goes in has to come out the other end. “He’s not allowed to eat until he poops,” the vet techs told me. “Nothing goes in until something comes out.” “Horse owners need to be prepared for emer-
beautifully acted role) as it is collapsing. General Zod (Michael Shannon), a genetically created military man, wants the Codex — the genetic program that has created the whole population — so that the race will go on by traveling to the stars. However, Jor-el stole it and sent it off to Earth in the capsule with his son, the first naturally born child on the planet in centuries because Jor-El and Lara believe that chance should play a role in one’s destiny. As Clark Kent, Superman (Henry Cavill) has to learn to control his skills. While his biological father said that he would seem to be a god and would do brilliantly, his foster parents (Kevin Costner and Diane Lane) want him to blend in, emphasizing how difficult it
would be to fit in. Grown up, a wanderer, he finally connects with a spaceship buried in Alaska and learns who he is, meeting Lois Lane (Amy Adams) along the way. The destruction of Krypton allows Zod and his followers to escape a cosmic prison, and they eventually get to Earth and demand Kal-El. The writers cleverly allow the hero to attempt being peaceful, although very quickly things turn bad. Director Zack Snyder, who does a really great job, sets up for a wild battle in a set piece (or three) that provides a climax to the film. The cast is excellent. Cavill is good, actually providing a lot of character to his main character. Superman is not a stoic hero; he has a lot of mixed feelings. Shannon is very good as Zod; he clearly believes himself an idealist even while planning to destroy all the humans on Earth. Costner and Lane are really good as the two Kents. I particularly liked Amy Adams, who made Lois Lane more than the usual two-dimensional career woman with a crush on Superman and turns her into a very likable and capable partner. Christopher Meloni as a skeptical Air Force colonel who learns to stop fearing Superman is also
a standout. Antje Traue as Faora, Zod’s key lieutenant, who constantly battles the colonel, was also very good. Her quote to the colonel, that a good death is its own reward, comes back to haunt her in a scene that got applause from the audience. Highest acting honors go to Russell Crowe, first as action hero on Krypton and later as a hologram providing help for both his son and Lois. He might get a mention when Oscar nominations go out. Somehow he manages to turn a character that is usually a cardboard cutout into a fascinating three-dimensional figure. The action and tension build through the film. It starts off more as a character study than an action movie, and then connects the two. Superman is not shown solely as a superhero but as a very conflicted man, one who wants to always do the right thing even when he knows how difficult it will be. Scenes showing how he learned restraint as a child are strong but help to explain why he is able to handle his superpowers so well. I enjoyed the movie and thought it was one of the best so far this summer. See it for yourself.
gencies like this,” Swerdlin advised. “They should save and have a rainy day fund. They can also look into insuring their horse. I’m a big proponent of preventing colic by using mangers, to keep hay up off the ground. You can also use a psylium product regularly or feed a warm bran mash once a week, and keep them on a parasite-control program. Round bales aren’t a good choice; they get wet and moldy. The best solution is keeping quality hay in front of your horses as much as possible. Horses are meant to graze continually. Grain is more of a dessert. Hay’s the most important component.” He also suggested monitoring the horse’s water intake. “If he’s suddenly drinking less, that could mean there’s a problem. Also, check the manure consistency. If it’s hard or dry, that’s another warning signal. I also don’t like to see the old hay and manure spread out over pastures. It tends to increase flies and parasites,” Swerdlin added.
I had a great solution to that problem. My neighbor is into organic gardening. She stops by with a wheelbarrow a few times each week and collects all my manure. She has a healthy garden, I have clean stalls and pastures, and the horses get to eat the carrots she grows. A perfect cycle. So my horse spent the day at the vet’s. Happily, everything worked out fine and he came home the next day without any lingering ill effects. “We see more colics in May and June,” Swerdlin said. “We have some cool days, some hot days, and the horses aren’t acclimated to the temperature changes. Also, the rain makes the sands looser, more likely to cling to grass. Bad thunderstorms can stress them into a colic.” Basically, any horse can colic from almost anything at any time. That’s just how horses are. Owners should always be aware of the first
signs of colic — a look of discomfort, pawing, pacing, sweating, constant rolling — and be ready to call the vet quickly. “Anyone’s welcome to call anytime with questions,” Swerdlin said. “We’re here to help horses and their owners.” For more information, call Palm Beach Equine at (561) 793-1599 or visit www. equineclinic.com.
‘I’ On Culture By Leonard Wechsler
Rolling can be a sign of colic.
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Cilantro’s Deli Serves Up South American Favorites Amid A Polo Atmosphere
By Alexandra Antonopoulos Town-Crier Staff Report Cilantro’s Gourmet Deli in Wellington offers more than a strong cup of coffee or a delicious sandwich to its customers. The restaurant has taken on the role of an unofficial polo hangout, and owner Herman Moreira wouldn’t have it any other way. “Being in polo since I came to Wellington, I know a lot of people in the sport. One and then another and then another would come in,” Moreira said, explaining why his restaurant is frequented by polo players. With its proximity to polo fields and equestrian facilities, in season Cilantro’s feeds several hundred people each day, many of them names that Wellington knows well. Photos of Moreira with polo players Nacho Figueras, Melissa Ganzi and more are interspersed with pictures of family and other international celebrities. “This one is of the son of the King of Spain,” Moreira said before pointing to another photo of himself with Prince Charles. “Some of my customers are the best polo players in the world.” Originally from Uruguay, Moreira moved to the U.S. when he was 19. “Cilantro’s started as a hobby. I’ve been a jeweler all my life, but I always loved to cook. That was my thing,” Moreira said. “I was driving to Miami for 18 years, every day. One day, after being in jewelry for so long, I decided to make a change.” When Moreira discovered that the land Cilantro’s presently sits on was available, he knew it would be the perfect place for the restaurant he imagined. In 2004, Moreira opened Cilantro’s with a menu inspired by traditional American deli favorites, such as cold cuts and ham and cheese sandwiches. However, it has since
become influenced by the tastes of his regular Argentinian customers. “Slowly, when the polo people started coming in, the menu began to change,” he said. “They are used to different things — steak, fried eggs on top with French fries — the kind of food we liked in my country.” Moreira took it as an opportunity to expand his menu and incorporate South American elements into his dishes. “We have great bread and the dough actually comes from Uruguay and is baked here daily. Six in the morning, before we open, we cook and bake it all fresh every day,” he said. “We have a great selection of sandwiches.” One of the best-selling sandwiches at Cilantro’s is the chivito, with filet mignon, cheese, bacon, lettuce and mayonnaise, topped with a fried egg. “It is from Uruguay, and I haven’t found anybody yet who doesn’t like it,” Moreira said. In season, Cilantro’s is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week. Moreira also offers catering for parties of 25 to 450 people, and works with hosts to create menus unique to their needs and tastes. “The first thing I do [for a party] is ask them what they want. If they don’t know, I will give them my suggestions,” Moreira said. “Three years ago I did a party and the host wanted Armenian food. I had an ex-partner who was Armenian, so I called his mom and [planned a menu]. It was fun; it was like a challenge for me.” What customers find when they visit Cilantro’s is an owner who loves what he does and relishes putting his heart and soul into his work. “This was my dream to have a place like this,” Moreira said. Cilantro’s Gourmet Deli is located at 3975 Isles View Drive near Polo Park Middle School off Lake Worth Road in Wellington. For more information, call (561) 296-6500.
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June 21 - June 27, 2013
Moksha Yoga Studio Supports Connected Warriors Program
New ABWA board members Janice Kuhns, Pat Key, Sharon Maupin and Carolyn Foster.
ABWA Names New Board
The Northern Palm Beach Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association recently named President Sharon Maupin, Vice President Janice Kuhns, Secretary Carolyn Foster and Treasurer Pat Key as its officers for the coming year. Maupin resides in Palm Beach Gardens and has been associated with SF Holden Inc. in Palm Beach Gardens for 16 years as a senior real estate appraiser/consultant. She is married with four children. Kuhns lives in Jupiter and works for Sancilio and Company Inc. in Riviera Beach as a greeter assisting the quality assurance, production and human resources departments. Kuhns is also a personal assistant
and a pet sitter. Foster is a resident of Palm Beach Gardens and has retired from being a legal assistant. She is active in many organizations and is a volunteer for many agencies. Key is a part-time employee of TBC Wholesale in Palm Beach Gardens who resides in Lake Park. Key is also a personal caregiver and a BeautiControl consultant. The mission of the American Business Women’s Association is to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally. For more information, call Maupin at (561) 329-4485 or visit www.abwanpbflorida.org.
Moksha Yoga Studio recently presented Connected Warriors with a $1,000 donation made possible through donations made by students attending its weekly community yoga class. Connected Warriors provides free yoga to all military personnel and their families, as well as free yoga mats. Moksha Yoga Studio was also able to purchase metal chairs to be used for chair yoga by students unable to practice yoga on the floor. Moksha’s community yoga class is a no-charge (optional donations accepted) all-levels vinyasa flow yoga class available to everyone each Saturday at 4 p.m. Connected Warriors is a free class for vets and their families each Monday at 3 p.m. For more information, visit www. connectedwarriors.org. Moksha Yoga Studio is located at 3340 Fairlane Farms Road, Suite 5, in Wellington. For more information, visit www. mokshayogastudio.com. (Right) John Grobelny, Terree Shields, Victoria Limauro, Jennifer Haas and Ralph Iovino with the donation.
June 21 - June 27, 2013
Students Attend Annual Florida Green Conference/Expo
Students from the Palm Beach County School District were invited to participate in an environmental education program titled “Food for Thought” at the Florida Green, Energy & Climate Conference/Expo held May 22 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. The program included experts in different areas of nutrition and sustainability presenting information to the students in a hands-on and interactive manner. Schools attending included Jupiter High School, Jupiter Middle School, Roosevelt Middle School, Forest Hill High School and Palm Springs Middle School. Once the buses arrived, students were directed to the expo, where they visited the exhibitors and spoke with them about their products and services. After the tour, they were brought to a main gathering room where the school program was presented. Marcia Batista of NextEra Energy, lead dietician of NextEra Health & Well Being, greeted the students. As they sat in small groups at round tables, educators began presenting educational topics in a fun and interactive manner. Placed on tables were all sorts of items such as unusual fruits, farmgrown corn, food packages to read
nutrition labels, videos presented on laptops and manure in plastic bags. Presenters included Jon Mayer, 4-H agent; Michael O’Dell, director of the Wellington Equestrian Master Plan; Erica Whittfield, project coordinator for the RWJF Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities grant; Rick Roth, owner of Roth Farms; Alison Vela and Austin Daniels, students at Jupiter High School’s Environmental Research & Field Studies Academy; and Fred Barch, principal of Pine Jog Elementary School, with assistance from teachers Laurie Mecca and Linda Petuch. During the program, Mark Aleks, executive chef of the Palm Beach County Convention Center, presented a live demonstration. He created an easy, healthy lunch that students could make at home. The program also included an essay contest. Students were asked to write their thoughts on environmental issues and explain how young people can make a positive change in reducing the negative impact society makes on the environment. The contest was run and judged by Missy Strauss, host of “Our Greener World” on Seaview Radio. Strauss encouraged the students to focus on water, energy, greenhouse gases and food supply.
Essay Contest Winners — (L-R) Missy Strauss, Mark Whalen, Kat Mager, Willmar Escalante, Prachi Bhavsar, Brett DeMarco, Amy Albury and Kathy Roberts.
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Winners would be allowed the opportunity to read their essays on her radio show. In addition, they would receive acknowledgment of their achievement and trophies in the ballroom at the climate conference within the “100 Cities Summit.” This year’s winners were Mark
Whalen and Kat Mager of Jupiter High School, Willmar Escalante of Palm Springs Middle School, Prachi Bhavsar of Jupiter Middle School and Brett DeMarco of Forest Hill High School. All appeared happy to receive their trophies in a large forum with leaders in sustainability
in attendance and applauding their accomplishments. For more about the environmental education program, contact Kathy Roberts at (561) 434-8923. For more about the conference, visit www. floridagreenconference.com or call Monica Kallas at (561) 762-1713.
June 21 - June 27, 2013
Noah’s Ark Preschool —Noah’s Ark Preschool offers care for infants and preschool children as well as after school care, free VPK and 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. Rosarian Academy —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 email@example.com. Really Learning LLC —Really Learning serves high school students from all local high schools using Brigham Young University Independent Study for credit recovery or to get ahead in a class. Individual instruction is provided and students will love the ease and flexibility of working on a class at their own pace. Owner Pam Taplin has 25 years of experience in Palm Beach County schools. Really Learning LLC is located in Royal Palm Beach. For more information, call Mrs. Taplin at (561) 790-0508 or e-mail her at WVU1977@bellsouth.net. Sacred Heart School — Sacred Heart School in Lake Worth is now accepting applications for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade for the 2013-14 school year. State scholarships, VPK, McKay and Step Up for Students are accepted. The Cathleen McFarlane Ross Learning Lab, which teaches the Morning Star Program, opened in the fall of 2011 allowing children with learning differences to receive a quality Catholic education. These children may have ADHD or an autism spectrum disorder, to name a few. Sacred Heart believes that all of God’s children have a right to a Catholic education. The positive is accentuated to help the students recognize their potential. Building self-esteem and self-confidence is integrated into the curriculum of language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, physical education, computer, library, art and music, and Sacred Heart offers a technology-based curriculum. The school has Promethean boards in all classrooms and 25 iPads. All the desktop computers, laptops and iPads are loaded with the Rosetta Stone program, which gives students access 30 different foreign languages. For more information, call (561) 582-2242 or visit www.sacredheartschoollakeworth.com.
St. Clare Catholic School — St. Clare Catholic School has been educating and enriching children’s lives for nearly 50 years. The school has a strong academic curriculum that prepares graduates to meet the rigors of a competitive college preparatory high school, learn a variety of skills, such as study habits, time management, organization, strong work ethic, active listening and independence. At St. Clare, students will also demonstrate growth and learning from the joy of success and frustration of failure. For more information, call (561) 622-7171 or visit www. stclareschool.com. Summit Christian School — Summit Christian School provides a distinctive quality Christian education founded on the Word of God. The school’s mission is to impact students by teaching them to think critically and Biblically and to act morally and responsibility while providing an environment that gives them security, significance and opportunity. Summit Christian is happy to announce that Pastor Mark Davis from Calvary Christian Academy and Headmaster Jim Rozendal from DeMotte Christian School, formerly Lake Worth Christian, will be joining the school’s leadership team as the new pastor and new headmaster, respectively. Together with Administrator Sheila Van Es, the team serves children through grade 12. It is located at 4900 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach. For more information, call (561) 686-8081, ext. 313. Temple Beth Torah Leonie Arguetty Preschool — Temple Beth Torah Leonie Arguetty Preschool has been in Wellington for over 20 years with a strong reputation for high-quality early childhood education. The school is the only area preschool with NAEYC accreditation, assuring parents that their program meets high national standards for quality and professionalism. Temple Beth Torah Leonie Arguetty Preschool offers a variety of learning experiences that prepare children for private and public elementary schools. The school provides caring teachers, warmth and sense of community to its students. Temple Beth Torah Leonie Arguetty Preschool is located at 900 Big Blue Trace in Wellington. For more information, call (561) 793-2649 or e-mail psdirector@ templebethtorah.net Wellspring Academy — Wellspring Academy is a residential weight loss boarding school located in Reedley, Calif., near Fresno, and is the first of its kind. The premier program serves students ages 11 through 25 years old. While continuing their middle school, high school or college education, students reside on campus and learn to live a healthy lifestyle. The Wellspring Academy campus is open year-round and accepts rolling enrollments. The academy is a clinically proven weight loss treatment program that trains students to transform their bodies and change the way they think about diet and activity. The Wellspring Academy promotes a healthy lifestyle with simple, scientific and sustainable behavioral changes. For more information, call (866) 277-0221 or visit www.wellspringacademies.com.
June 21 - June 27, 2013
June 21 - June 27, 2013
#1 Education Place — #1 Education Place is a small, private Montessori school for students grade 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. Acreage Montessori — The goal of Acreage Montessori Academy is to maximize the potential of toddlers and primary or elementary school children by providing hands-on materials, dedicated teachers, personalized curriculum and lifelong study skills to cultivate their intellectual, physical and social development in a safe and loving environment. The goal of Acreage Montessori is to provide children with a secure, loving and educational environment in which to happily grow and develop and to be a place where learning is fun. Acreage Montessori is a parent’s partner for the highest wellbeing of the child. Free VPK 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. all year. The school accepts children ages six weeks to 12 years and has a loving, caring and professional staff. Acreage Montessori’s aftercare program has low student-supervisor ratios and structured program hours, which run Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. Acreage Montessori is located at 5700 140th Avenue N. For additional information, call (561) 784-0078. Cambridge School — A quality preschool lays the foundation for a child’s future academic success. At the Cambridge Schools, which have been serving South Florida for over 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 pre-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 www.cambridgepreschools.com.
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• Spirit-centered community welcoming families of all faiths • Community service outreach • Unsurpassed athletic and fine arts programs • 21st century technology integrated into the curriculum Founded in 1925, Rosarian Academy is a private, coeducational Catholic school sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters. Its mission is to educate the whole person for life in a global community in the light of Gospel values.
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Cardinal Newman High School — Established in 1961, Cardinal Newman High School is a co-ed college-prep Catholic high school attracting students of all faiths from Palm Beach and Martin counties. Students may choose to challenge themselves in the International Baccalaureate degree program, Advance Placement courses, honors classes and college-prep classes. Following the winning CNHS tradition, athletes participate in 15 sports and 22 organizations. Students are exposed to religious values and family life that guides their lives long after graduation. For more information, call (561) 683-6266 or visit www.cardinalnewman.com. Huntington Learning Center —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 SAT, PSAT and ACT. The Huntington Learning Center is located at 2655 State Road 7 in Wellington Green Commons. For more information, call 1 800-CAN-LEARN or visit www. huntingtonhelps.com. Ideal Elementary School and Dream Middle School — 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 now 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, Ideal Elementary and Dream Middle 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. The Learning Foundation of Florida — TLFF 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 its 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 focus on building self-esteem, confidence, pride and motivation, which leads students to achieve their academic goals. Elementary and middle school hours are Monday - 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 - Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. High school students are required to attend five hours daily. For more information, call Debra Thornby at (561) 795-6886.
June 21 - June 27, 2013
June 21 - June 27, 2013
Dining & Entertainment
‘Infocus,’ ‘Picture My World’ Open At Photographic Centre Fatima NeJame, president and chief executive officer of the Palm Beach Photographic Centre, has announced the recent opening of its new exhibitions, “Infocus Juried Show” and “Picture My World.” Both exhibits are on display now through Aug. 17. The Palm Beach Photographic Centre’s 17th annual “Infocus Juried Show” will showcase the work of its student members, both inside the facility and on its web site, www.workshop.org. A Best of Show cash prize of $950 was
awarded, as were two merit awards for free tuition for a FOTOfusion Passport or a master workshop. This year’s winners were announced at the exhibition’s opening reception on June 19. The “Infocus” juror is Raymond Gehman, who has worked for the National Geographic Society since 1986. With three cover photographs and numerous books and articles, he has been on assignment in Yellowstone, Wyoming’s Bighorn Country, Florida’s Sanibel Island Gulf Coast, the Canadian Rockies, the rain for-
Don Durfee’s Heron Portrait is part of the “Infocus” exhibit.
ests of Belize, glaciers and icebergs of Iceland, dark Polish forests, and rural China during the People’s Republic’s 50th anniversary celebration. Gehman has documented grizzly bears, the vanishing prairie dog and wetlands, the ecology of fire, the aftermath of hurricanes, hot pools and nocturnal Apache ceremonial dancers. Denise Felice is serving as mentor for the “Picture My World” exhibit. Since 1997, the Palm Beach Photographic Centre presents “Picture My World” as a way to serve disadvantaged and delicate children in the community, ages 8 to 17. Strategic curriculums of photography exploration combined with introspective journal writing teach an appreciation of family and community, while simultaneously promoting the development of non-violent means of expression, self-esteem, personal responsibility and problem solving skills. The lessons create awareness for each student that they are valued and that their voice can make a positive difference in their lives and the lives of others. Community groups benefiting this year are Boca Raton’s Promise Breaking the Silence for Mental
Jars, Cienfuegos, Cuba by George Moore is featured in “Infocus.” Wellness, Canstruction Inaugural Project, Lake Worth Middle School and the Place of Hope Child Protection Center. “A heartfelt thank you is given to all our generous members, private donors and the PNC Foundation, for enabling ‘Picture My World’ to continue to provide a caring and healthy path for our next generation of community adults,” Felice said.
The Palm Beach Photographic Centre is located at the City Center municipal complex at 415 Clematis St. in downtown West Palm Beach. Its hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information about the Palm Beach Photographic Centre, call (561) 253-2600, or visit www. workshop.org or www.fotofusion. org.
Solid Lineup Planned For Palm Beach Pops’ 22nd Season
Bob Lappin and the Palm Beach Pops welcome their 22nd season with incredible talent, programming and the world-class orchestra that continues to receive rave reviews. Next season, the Palm Beach Pops will feature the following concerts: The Music of Whitney Houston & Friends (Nov. 7-10), An Evening with Chris Mann (Dec. 6-10), Smoky Standards of the Mad Men Era (Jan. 3-6), The Music of Marvin Hamlisch (Feb. 4-7), Unforgettable: Nat King Cole (March 11-14) and Broadway Spectacular (March 30 to April 2). In addition to the already stellar season announced earlier this year, the Palm Beach Pops just added Ryan Silverman, Dee Daniels and Tom Wopat to the 2013-14 lineup. Mann certainly shined as a finalist on The Voice, but his star has risen even higher since the hit show’s second season. In 2012, Mann signed with Faircraft/Republic, a new label formed by renowned producer/music executive Ron Fair (Christina Aguilera, Mary J. Blige). His debut full-length album, Roads, introduced a whole new generation to the classical-pop genre and shot straight to No. 1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart and Top Five on Billboard’s Classical Chart. His most recent credits include singing
for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama as part of TNT’s special Christmas In Washington, appearing on The Today Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the NBC special Christmas in Rockefeller Center. Mann kicked off 2013 with a performance on Conan and his very own PBS special helmed by award-winning producer Ken Ehrlich. Titled A Mann For All Seasons, the show features special guest appearances by multi-platinum artist Martina McBride. Most recently, he received outstanding reviews for his performance during the PBS Memorial Day special. Join this new hit star as he brings his talents to the Palm Beach Pops stage this coming season. With his good looks and robust baritone, Broadway star Silverman, known for his leading roles in Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia!, It’s Complicated with Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin, Sex and the City 2, Gossip Girl and many other TV and theater credits, is an all-around talented singer and actor. He will bring to life the music and ambiance of the Mad Men era alongside Lappin and the Palm Beach Pops. With a four-octave vocal range, Daniels is also an outstanding pianist and an international artist who has
performed around the globe, taught music and has received rave reviews for her symphony performances — most recently her tribute to the music of Ray Charles. Wopat has had a wide-ranging career from TV to Broadway to blockbuster movies and the symphony stage. The Tony-nominated actor and singer was the star of long-running The Dukes of Hazzard hit TV show, the star of Annie Get Your Gun on Broadway and, most recently, starred as the sheriff in Quentin Tarantino’s Oscar-winning Django Unchained with Jamie Foxx. Join the Palm Beach Pops and Wopat for an amazing evening of Broadway’s best music. The Palm Beach Pops performs at three venues throughout Palm Beach County: the Carole and Barry Kaye Auditorium at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach and the Eissey Campus Theatre at Palm Beach State College in Palm Beach Gardens. Season subscriptions to all venues are on sale now with single tickets set for sale later this summer by calling (561) 832-7677. “A subscription to the Palm Beach Pops concert season is a great investment into cultural arts in this community and as many of
The Voice finalist Chris Mann performs Dec. 6-10. our patrons know, the performances are incredible,” Executive Director David Quilleon said. “We rely on our family of subscribers and individual patrons to support our music endeavors and to be able to bring such world-class concerts with such an accomplished orchestra to this area.” Season ticket packages cost $125
to $495 for shows at the Kravis Center, $138 to $360 for shows at FAU’s Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium and $399 to $469 for shows at the PBSC Eissey Campus Theatre. For more information about Bob Lappin and the Palm Beach Pops, including a full concert schedule and details, call (561) 832-7677 or visit www.palmbeachpops.org.
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June 21 - June 27, 2013
June 21 - June 27, 2013
Sports & Recreation
June 21 - June 27, 2013
Phillies Draft Former RPBHS Pitcher Rob Marcello Jr.
By Josh Hyber Town-Crier Staff Report Rob Marcello Jr. sat with his three brothers in the upper deck of Pro Player Stadium, watching the Florida Marlins play the New York Yankees in the 2003 World Series. He cheered for his beloved Marlins that night, as he did at so many spring training games in Jupiter. He sat there saying, “This is what I want to do.” On June 8, Marcello came one step closer to his goal. The former Royal Palm Beach High School standout and Appalachian State left-handed pitcher was chosen in the 17th round (511th overall) of the 2013 Major League Baseball draft by the Philadelphia Phillies. “It’s something that when you’re a baseball player you work, strive, to be drafted and get that shot to be in the Big Leagues,” Marcello said last week from Williamsport, Pa. “Getting that call, I was like, ‘All right, this is my opportunity.’ I have that opportunity now, and I have to take advantage of it.” Marcello said he expected to be chosen between rounds 10 and 15, with a gut feeling it could be the Toronto Blue Jays. The Phillies were a “sleeper team,” and he wasn’t in contact with them the entire year. But on the second day of the draft, the Phillies called and said they were thinking of taking him in the top 10 rounds. They didn’t. So he waited at his home in Roswell, Ga., where his family now lives, with his mother and girlfriend. On Day 2 of the draft, he sat watching, pick by pick. Still nothing. On Day 3 he went for a run in a local park. He arrived home around noon as the draft resumed. Marcello received a text message from Appalachian State head coach Billy Jones, who said he had been in contact with a few scouts. They expected him to go within the next five rounds. “I ended up getting a text from my shortstop at Appalachian State, Luke Calloway, saying congrats,” he recalled. “And I was like, ‘What? What happened?’ And then, of
course my phone, I see the text messages come flying in.” That’s when Marcello took to the Internet and saw his name pop up. “Just a few minutes after that, Paul Murphy, the scout for the Phillies, gave me a call and said, ‘Hey, you’ve been drafted by the Phillies,’” he said. So, Rob Marcello Jr. is a Marlins fan no more. He and his brothers are now “die-hard Phillies fans,” he said. “The biggest weight off my shoulders,” he said, admitting to crying some tears of joy. “Just proving to people I could do it. I had a lot of people tell me I never could get drafted.” Immediately, he flew to Clearwater for a mini-camp at the Phillies spring training complex. He is now in Williamsport, Pa., where he will play short-season Single-A ball for the Williamsport Crosscutters. Although his family has relocated to Georgia, Marcello remembers his roots at Royal Palm Beach High School. He remembers being on the varsity team as a freshman and getting a late-season start against local powerhouse Palm Beach Gardens. He pitched well in five or so innings, but the team lost. Joe Dye, now a pitcher at Stetson University, was a teammate at RPBHS. “Playing with Rob was always a lot of fun. He always brought a lot of energy to games and practice,” Dye said. “As a teammate, you couldn’t ask for better. He always put the team first and did his absolute best to help the team achieve its goals. I don’t think I know another person who wanted to play pro ball and deserved to play as much as he did. Baseball was truly his main focus, and he worked non-stop.” Being drafted turned a dream into reality. Friend Ali Lowe first saw Marcello pitch in his junior season at RPBHS. “He was more than pretty good,” Lowe said. “He had a great mix of pitches and was very disciplined with hitting his spots. He worked
RPBHS Grad Drafted — Former Royal Palm Beach High School pitcher Rob Marcello Jr. was drafted this Photo Courtesy Rob Marcello Jr. month by the Philadelphia Phillies organization. hard on and off the field to better his game.” The repertoire of pitches he threw as a Wildcat has grown into a full arsenal of pitches. Marcello throws mostly fastballs and sliders, but also throws in a change-up, cutter and two-seam fastball. It’ll be these tools that make him progress through the minors. But no matter where he goes, he’ll be representing his former high school and hometown. “I mean, there are such big names that have come out of Royal Palm,” Marcello said. “I’m just trying to be that next Royal Palm Beach alum to be in the Major Leagues.”
Summer Nature Camp Offered At The Okeeheelee Nature Center
The Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation Department is offering a summer nature camp for children ages 9 to 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 5-9 at the Okeeheelee Nature Center. Campers will have fun celebrating 500 years of “Fabulous Florida.” They will explore Florida’s cultural and natural history through field trips and fun activities. Activities may include an airboat ride in the Everglades, snorkeling at the beach, visiting historical sites, animal
encounters, and crafts and games. The fee is $150 per child. Registration is open until filled and is limited to 20 campers. For more information or to get a registration form, drop by or call the Okeeheelee Nature Center, or visit www.pbcparks.com/nature and click on the Okeeheelee link. The Okeeheelee Nature Center is operated by the Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation Department and is located in Okeeheelee Park at 7715 Forest Hill Blvd.
AAL To Host Baseball Districts At Acreage Community Park
By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Next week, thousands of baseball players, family members and spectators will descend upon Acreage Community Park when the Acreage Athletic League hosts the 2013 Dick’s Sporting Goods Babe Ruth World Series District Championships. Beginning Wednesday, June 26, children and teens will compete
to advance in the 2013 Babe Ruth League World Series, with the finals held in August. The tournament runs all week, finishing Sunday, June 23. “Teams are coming from leagues all over South Florida,” said AAL Vice President George Domaceti, the tournament chair. “They will compete against each other for the championship, and the winner will advance in the World Series.”
The tournament has returned to Acreage Community Park this year after being held across South Florida for the last five years, Domaceti said. The tournament is free and open to the public, and you can expect to see some local superstars on the field. The baseball teams are split into divisions by age, from children ages under 6 years old up to 15 years old.
“We have teams in the rookie division, the tee ball division, 10 and under, 11 and under, and 15 and under competing,” Domaceti said of the AAL teams. The championship team of each age division will move on in the World Series, with the goal being to make it to the national competitions held across the nation in August. The games begin at 5 p.m. on
weekdays and at 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. “This tournament is going to give a chance for people who are not familiar with The Acreage to come and see our community,” Domaceti said. “It will also give people a chance to see our great local baseball program.” For more information, visit www. aalbaseball.org or call (800) 6874190.
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sports & recreation
Four TKA Football Players Receive Post-Season Awards
Kids have fun during Crazy Games last year.
Physical Fitness Focus At Crazy Games Camp
This summer in Palm Beach County, hundreds of children ages 4 to 13 will attend Crazy Games to get active. For many childcare facilities, it is a priority to provide physical fitness due to the rise of childhood obesity. Future Kids, La Petite, ABC Learning Academy, ABC Montessori, Suncoast Christian School, For the Children, Achievement Center, Farmworkers Summer Camp, Lighthouse Academy, Westgate Elementary and Palm Beach Preschool understand why physical activity is necessary for their stu-
dents and provide a variety of opportunities. High-quality childcare programs recognize that physical movement and activity are essential for healthy growth and development, and provide opportunities for both fine-motor and gross-motor skills development. “We turn lazy kids in into Crazy Games kids. They don’t even realize that they are exercising,” Crazy Games director Nancy Molina said. For more information about how to get your school involved, call Molina at (561) 386-9703 or visit www.crazygamesfl.com.
Four members of the Lion’s football team at the King’s Academy were recently named Southeast Super Regional members by the National Christian School Athletic Association for all divisions of varsity football. Senior offensive lineman Tyler Chaisson, junior running back James Holland, junior wide receiver/ defensive back Nate Cannon and junior kicker Paul Schumacher were recognized for their outstanding play during the 2012 football season. Each young man played an instrumental role in leading the Lions to their 11th consecutive winning season. Holland was chosen for an even greater honor. Holland, who led the Lions in rushing with more than 1,200 yards, was named a 2013 NCSAA All-American. This marks the second significant post-season award for Holland, who was an honorable mention member of the 2012 Palm Beach Post All-County Team. With the exception of Chaisson, each player will return for TKA in 2013 and provide great leadership in conjunction with their superior athletic abilities. The Lions recent-
Tyler Chaisson ly completed spring practice with a 46-45 win over Moore Haven High School and wasted no time preparing for the upcoming season,
Paul Schumacher having already begun their summer training. The 2013 season will begin Friday, Aug. 23 with a Kickoff Classic against the Benjamin School.
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Wellington’s Charlie Jacobs Shines At Spruce Meadows
The best riders in the world traveled to the Spruce Meadows “national” tournament in Calgary, Alberta, last week, and that included amateur rider Charlie Jacobs of Wellington. Representing his family’s Deeridge Farms, Jacobs piloted his leading mount, Flaming Star, to an impressive third-place finish during the $400,000 CN Reliability Grand Prix World Cup Qualifier.
The week’s highlight event gathered a large crowd at the international ring as they watched top show jumpers compete over the technical track designed by Werner Deeg of Germany. Only four horse and rider combinations managed to best the first round, the second of which was Jacobs aboard his 14-year-old Swiss Warmblood gelding. When Jacobs returned for the tie-
Charlie Jacobs and Flaming Star placed third in the $400,000 CN Reliability Grand Prix World Cup Qualifier.
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breaker, he opted for the tidy route, which paid off when he crossed the finish line aboard Flaming Star, all the rails intact and the clock stopping at 53.62 seconds. Professionals Kent Farrington and Reed Kessler managed to beat Jacobs’ time later in the jump-off, but his effort held up for the third-place honors, as the United States swept all three of the top positions. “It was amazing,” Jacobs said. “There were four that jumped clean, and the course was very solid. It was a meaty track, and it caught people at different places. I was ecstatic to jump clean in the first round.” Unlike Farrington and Kessler, Jacobs has a full-time job in Boston with the Boston Bruins hockey team. “I love to ride, and I think it speaks volumes about the support that I have not only from my wife and kids but also the team that looks after the horses and rides them at Deeridge when I can’t be there,” he explained. Jacobs will compete again in a few weeks at the Lake Placid Horse Shows in New York before heading to Traverse City, Mich. for Horse Shows by the Bay.
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Palm Beach Piranaz Finish In Second at Cooperstown Tourney
The Palm Beach Piranaz, a 12-U travel baseball team, recently attended one of the largest youth baseball tournaments in the country, the Hall of Fame tournaments at the Cooperstown Dreams Park in Cooperstown, N.Y. Out of 104 teams, they finished second. Due to the weather, the Piranaz played five elimination games beginning Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. This put them in the championship game starting at 3:30 a.m. Thursday morning. Shown here, the Piranaz claim their trophy at 5:30 a.m. Team members are: Tyler Bolleter, Michael Brooks, Kaden Cohen, Jacob Connley, Cristian Desrosiers, Braden Forchic, Ethan Kramer, Ramon Molina, Ben Peoples, David Powers, Gio Richardson and Jake Simon. Coaches are Jim Bolleter, Derek Forchic, Ramon Molina and Brad Simon, with Bryan Connley as head coach.
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Saturday, June 22 • The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary will host a Certified Boating Safety Class Saturday, June 22 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). This course is for age 17 and older. Call (561) 791-4082 to register. • The Wellington Chamber of Commerce will host its Health & Wellness Festival on Saturday, June 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Whole Foods Plaza (2635 State Road 7, Wellington). For info., call (561) 792-6525, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.wellingtonchamber.com. •The Wellington Radio Club will host its “When All Else Fails” field day from Saturday, June 22 at 2 p.m. to Sunday, June 23 at 2 p.m. at Village Park (11700 Pierson Road, Wellington). During this 24-hour nationwide emergency communications exercise, operator teams will contact emergency stations throughout North America. For more info., call Larry Lazar at (561) 385-2986 or e-mail Larry33414@aol.com. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will present “Teen Advisory Posse” for ages 12 to 17 on Saturday, June 22 at 2:30 p.m. Find out what’s coming and share your ideas for future teen programs. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 7906030 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature Take Me Out to the Ballgame! for families Saturday, June 22 at 2:30 p.m. Celebrate America’s favorite pastime with baseball stories, crafts and a special visit from one of the Roger Dean Stadium mascots. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Chess Club Meeting for age 8 and up Saturday, June 22 at 2:30 p.m. Practice your strategy skills with other players. Basic game knowledge is required. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host an Anime Club Meeting for ages 12 to 17 on Saturday, June 22 at 3 p.m. Watch anime, eat Pocky and check out the library’s newest manga titles. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a Free Beatlemaniax Tribute Concert on Saturday, June 22 at 8:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 or visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for more info.
Monday, June 24 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature Legos for age 8 and up Monday, June 24 at 4 p.m. Create vehicles or buildings out of Lego pieces. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District annual meeting will take place Monday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the district office (101 West D Road). Call (561) 7930884 or visit www.lgwcd.org for more info. Tuesday, June 25 • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will offer CPR for Infant, Child & Adult on Tuesday, June 25 at 2 p.m. Learn to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation or basic first aid in an emergency situation until emergency responders arrive. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Happy Birthday, Eric Carle! for age 4 and up Saturday, June 25 at 3:30 p.m. Celebrate by listening to his stories and making a colorful Mister Seahorse craft. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature Journey to the Center of the Earth for ages 12 to 17 on Saturday, June 25 at 6 p.m. Join your friends on an adventure to see which team will rule. 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 25 at 6:30 p.m. Bring your DS or Pokémon cards and get ready to battle, trade and make new friends. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • Whole Foods Market in Wellington (2635 State Road 7) will feature a free “Gluten-Free Shopping Tour” on Tuesday, June 25 at 6:30 p.m. Take a tour and enjoy samples. Call (561) 904-4000 to pre-register. • The Wellington Village Council will meet Tuesday, June 25 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). For more info., call (561) 791-4000 or visit www.wellingtonfl.gov. Wednesday, June 26 • The Acreage Athletic League will host the 2013 Babe Ruth World Series District Championships beginning Wednesday, June 26. Top-rated players will face off for the district championship. For more information, including sponsor and vendor questions, call (800) 687-4190. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange See CALENDAR, page 37
Community Calendar CALENDAR, continued from page 36 Blvd.) will host “Book Discussion: Neverwhere” for adults Wednesday, June 26 at 6 p.m. Join in a discussion of Neil Gaiman’s book about a man whose life is changed forever when he stops to help a girl bleeding on a London sidewalk. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Teen Game Night for ages 12 to 17 on Wednesday, June 26 at 6:30 p.m. Challenge your friends to Wii and board games. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • Whole Foods Market in Wellington (2635 State Road 7) will feature a free “Health Starts Here: Pillar Power” class Wednesday, June 26 at 6:30 p.m. Learn the four pillars of good eating and how to ditch processed foods, enhance some of your favorite foods with power-packed plants, embrace good fats and get more nutritional bang for your buck. Call (561) 904-4000 to pre-register. Thursday, June 27 • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will present “Small Business: Government Contracting 101” for adults Thursday, June 27 at 2 p.m. Carole Hart from the Small Business Development Center will discuss contracting and the liabilities/assets involved in being a government supplier, plus how to find bid opportunities. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will offer “Sketch to Stretch” for ages 4 to 6 on Thursday, June 27 at 2 p.m. Spend a summer afternoon listening to fantasy fiction, singing songs and illustrating the book’s events to stretch the story. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature Toddler Art for ages 2 to 4 on Thursday, June 27 at 2 p.m. Dress to get messy. Call (561) 790-6070 for info. • Wellington’s Food Truck Invasion will take place Thursday, June 27 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 753-2484 or visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for more info. • Muscle Works (10220 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington) will host body builder Ronnie Coleman, eight-time Mr. Olympia winner, on Thursday, June 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. Coleman will give free samples of his personal brand of supplements and sign autographs. In-store samples will also be available. Call
(561) 753-9225 or visit www.muscleworkssupplements.com for more info. • The Wellington Chamber of Commerce will hold the final session of its three-part series on marketing medical practices Thursday, June 27 at 5:30 p.m. in the Wellington Room Executive Conference Suite at the Lake Wellington Professional Centre (12230 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). The speaker is Woody White, who has more than 30 years in the healthcare industry. The cost of $10 will include light hors d’oeuvres and cocktails/beverages. RSVP to (561) 792-6525 or reserve online at www.wellingtonchamber.com. • Whole Foods Market in Wellington (2635 State Road 7) will feature “Cabernets Worth Waiting For” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 27. Wine expert Joe Kudla will pour some of the store’s finest cabernets. Paired refreshments will also be served. The cost is $10 per person. Call (561) 904-4000 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature Teen Game Night for ages 12 to 17 on Thursday, June 27 at 6 p.m. Play Nintendo Wii and board games. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 7906070 for more info. Friday, June 28 • Whole Foods Market in Wellington (2635 State Road 7) will feature “Mom’s Morning Escape” on Friday, June 28 from 9 to 11 a.m. Moms will receive a free coffee or tea, and muffin. There is no charge. Call (561) 904-4000 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host “Crafting in the Morning” for ages 6 to 10 on Friday, June 28 at 10:15 a.m. Enjoy using pencils, markers, pastels and other art supplies to doodle. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • Whole Foods Market in Wellington (2635 State Road 7) will feature “All Things Cherry Tasting” and team member pie-eating contest Friday, June 28 from noon to 1:30 p.m. Enjoy free samples of all things cherry. The free pie-eating contest is at noon. Call (561) 904-4000 for more info. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will present a free screening of the movie Hugo on Friday, June 28 at 8:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 or visit www.wellingtonfl.gov 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: email@example.com.
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The Lab/High Touch High Tech brings science to life with hands-on experiments provided by High Touch High Tech, the leader in science education for the last 18 years. Each day will be a new adventure, from interacting with real lab critters to launching rockets and panning for gems. Conveniently located off State Road 7 and Lantana Road, this unique facility offers affordable pricing, experiments with lots of cool take-homes, arts and crafts, physical activities and more. The Lab taps into children’s natural curiosity and provides them with safe and fun activities that help them learn about the world. Children can expect to have fun while they make slime, erupt volcanoes, make ice cream, make tie dye t-shirts and more. Call (561) 444-3978 or visit www.thelabforkids.com for info. At Noah’s Ark Summer Camp, children will enjoy field trips and activities such as swimming, bowling, skating, South Florida Science Museum, movies and picnics. Tuition includes camera surveillance, creative curriculum, computers and all meals. Registration is now being accepted. Registration is free for new customers only. Noah’s Ark is located at 14563 Okeechobee Blvd. in Loxahatchee Groves. For more information, call (561) 753-6624 or visit www.smallworldpbc.com. Palm Beach Super Tae Kwon Do is a family-oriented martial arts school serving the western communities for over 17 years. Headed by Grand Master Ki Sop Yoon (former Korean National Champion and World Tae Kwon Do Federation 8th Degree Black Belt), Palm Beach Super Tae Kwon Do offers programs in Olympic-Style Tae Kwon Do, self-defense (Hap Ki Do) and weapons. It fields an outstanding demonstration team. The programs teach self-confidence, discipline and respect in a safe and positive learning environment. Palm Beach Super Tae Kwon Do is located at 13860 Wellington Trace, Suites 24 and 25, in the Wellington Courtyard Shops, near Publix. Visit today to observe or participate in a class today. For more info., visit www.supertaekwondo.net or call (561) 795-1199.
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