EIGHT SEEK TWO COUNTY COURT SEATS SEE STORY, PAGE 3
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America’s birthday is coming up, and what better way to commemorate Independence Day than by spending time with friends and family at the free Fourth of July celebrations in Wellington or Royal Palm Beach? Page 3
Wellington Art Society’s New Officers Installed At Annual Dinner
The Wellington Art Society held its annual Installation of Officers and Dinner on Friday, June 15 at the Mayacoo Lakes Country Club. Outgoing board members received recognition and gifts from outgoing President Sandy Axelrod for all of their work during art shows and special events. New board members were sworn in as Axelrod turned over the gavel to incoming President Carolina King. Page 6
Minto Sells 400-Acre Westlake Site To FPL For New Solar Plant
Westlake will soon include the county’s first large utility-scale solar plant. Recently, Florida Power & Light received site plan approval to develop a 400-acre solar energy center. This week, FPL closed on the purchase from Minto. Page 7
Arden Hosts Summer FunFest To Celebrate First Phase Completion
The Arden community hosted its first Summer FunFest on Saturday, June 16 to celebrate the completion of its first phase of construction. The free event was open to the public, and guests were able to enjoy free food and refreshments, live music entertainment, games, face painting, a farmer’s market and all of the different vendors present. Page 17
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Garden of Hope and Pirate’s Well Royal Palm Beach hosted the B-Strong for Brandon “Bear” Gordon fundraiser on Tuesday, June 19 at Pirate’s Well. There were ticket auctions, raffles and bingo for prizes. Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit Brandon Gordon, a 22-year-old University of Florida student battling cancer. Shown above are Maria and Bethany Enriquez with Tamara Casanova. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 7 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER
Wellington Seniors Club Change Concerns Committee Members By Eve Rosen Town-Crier Staff Report Members of the Wellington Senior Advisory Committee raised concerns Thursday, June 14 that the Wellington Seniors Club will be capping its membership and closing admission to additional senior citizens from Wellington. The issue was brought up by Committee Member Veronica McCue, who earlier in the meeting was tapped as the committee’s new chair. “To this committee, I would like to respectfully recommend that the Wellington Village Council investigate, discuss and answer the two main questions of, ‘Who made this decision?’ and ‘Why this decision was made?’” she said. McCue said closing the club to new members runs counter to its mission. “The Wellington Seniors Club, as a nonprofit organization,
who by familiarity, distinction and reference is associated as the Village of Wellington Seniors Club [should explain why it] will be permitted to close its admission to senior residents of Wellington for any reason, while still allowing non-residents to maintain their membership,” she said. The reason behind the policy change is due to the club’s popularity, and the fact that its monthly luncheon attendance is overwhelming the space available. “The reason is that we don’t have the facilities to handle them,” said Howard Trager, a member of the Senior Advisory Committee and also a director of the quasiindependent Wellington Seniors Club. Some 300 members attend meetings in the senior-friendly ballroom of the Wellington Community Center, and the fire mar-
shal’s order states that the room cannot hold any more. Capping membership did not sit well as a solution for McCue. “I’m not trying to tell the senior club what to do, far be it from that, we have now closed admission to the only social club for residents of Wellington ages 55 and over,” McCue said. “I don’t think that residents of Wellington should be deprived of a social activity from the town.” Trager said that the action falls within the rules to the club. “At the risk of violating the Sunshine Law, if you check, our bylaws state that we have the right to withhold membership at any given time for whatever reason,” he said. “The reason is that we don’t have the facilities to handle them.” The motion to bring this issue See SENIORS, page 15
Habilitation Center Plans New Facility In Wellington
By Dani Salgueiro Town-Crier Staff Report On Thursday, June 14, the Palm Beach Habilitation Center hosted a special event at the Wanderers Club to celebrate the nonprofit’s official plans to build a memory care group home in Wellington next year.
For nearly 60 years, the Palm Beach Habilitation Center has provided a helping hand to thousands of disabled individuals throughout Palm Beach County, explained Palm Beach Habilitation Center CEO David Lin. The Palm Beach Habilitation Center provides resources such
Director of Residential Services Kim Coughlin, CEO David Lin and STARS Program Director Lynn Eisele.
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as job training, employment opportunities, recreational activities and a social setting for adults living with developmental and physical disabilities. “We have brought in programs to help individuals of all types of disabilities live life to the fullest within the community that they choose to live in,” Lin explained. In the early 1990s, the Palm Beach Habilitation Center initiated its Seniors in Transition And Retirement Services (STARS) program, through which they were able to help seniors with disabilities from having to prematurely go into nursing homes or assisted-living facilities. The STARS program has provided the proper nutrition, exercise and community involvement that many disabled adults lack. “The idea is to provide resources and activities for residents to remain as active and engaged in their communities as possible,” Lin said. In other words, the simple mission of the Palm Beach Habilitation Center is to give disabled See HAB CENTER, page 4
State Road 7 Extension Under Attack, Again
By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The State Road 7 extension plans to Northlake Blvd. are again under potential attack by the City of West Palm Beach, which has offered to pay the Northern Palm Beach County Improvement District (NPBCID) about $3 million to clean up waters at the city’s Ibis Golf & Country Club in exchange for the city’s ability to review the approval of the proposed road’s stormwater discharge permit, which has expired, according to an NPBCID official. NPBCID Executive Director O’Neal Bardin said that the district was scheduled to appear in a trial on May 13, where West Palm Beach was suing the district to clean up waters that were flowing from Ibis lakes into the city’s water catchment area. “The city asked if we would like
to go into settlement negotiations, and we responded yes,” Bardin told the Town-Crier on Wednesday. “We had spent somewhere in the neighborhood of a million dollars defending this thing, and the trial was going to cost us more, so we entered into negotiations.” As a result, the takeaway is that NPBCID has agreed not to issue any permits that would allow additional stormwater to enter the Ibis system without the consent of the City of West Palm Beach. Bardin added that prior to the negotiations being settled, the permit that the district issued to the Florida Department of Transportation for the State Road 7 connection for discharge of water into Ibis had expired. “We did not revoke the permit,” he said, explaining that NPBCID cannot renew the permit without See SR 7, page 15
Project 425 hosted the Southeast Asia Army Security Agency Veteran Reunion on Friday, June 15 at the G&M Ranch in Loxahatchee Groves. The “Old Spooks and Spies” reunion group was comprised of Army top secret crypto communication specialists. Shown above is Bill Arcuri and Indian Code Talker Rowdy Yates. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 5 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER
Lox Groves Council Frowns On Church Expansion Proposal
By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Community of Hope Church’s plans for expansion to as much as 114,000 square feet were dashed by the Loxahatchee Groves Town Council, sitting as the Local Planning Agency, in a public hearing on Tuesday. Council members turned down the request in a 3-1 vote, although the church has plans already approved for as much as 40,000 square feet. Jennifer Morton representing Community of Hope said the church was asking for a comprehensive land use change from agricultural residential to institutional, allowing for development of the church on 35 acres at the northwest corner of Okeechobee Blvd. and E Road. The campus was first contemplated in 2002 with the purchase of 25 acres where the current church stands. In 2006, the existing church was built under county applications before the town was incorporated.
“The congregation had an initial vision for a portion of the 25 acres,” Morton said. “They filed an application, and that application was transferred to the town to finalize the approvals. At that time, the town had not developed its own comprehensive plan.” In November 2010, the town adopted a new zoning code that limited churches to 5 acres in size, although Community of Hope already had 25 acres. “There was a provision that vested current approvals, but they had only come in with a portion of their properties, so there was a little question what was vested and what was not,” Morton said, adding that the church met with town staff about two years ago at about the same time the church acquired two more parcels. “At that time, we were meeting with staff to develop a master plan for the campus. We needed to make minor changes to the site plan, but we couldn’t make any changes to See CHURCH, page 15
Bruce Saulter Tapped As New Cypress Trails Principal
By Dani Salgueiro Town-Crier Staff Report Longtime educator and Royal Palm Beach resident Bruce Saulter was recently chosen by the School District of Palm Beach County to be the new principal of Cypress Trails Elementary School, replacing Shari Bremekamp in that role. Originally from Indiana, Saulter moved to South Florida in 2006 and taught hundreds of students at Royal Palm Beach Elementary School from 2006 through 2012. “I started my career here in Palm Beach County,” Saulter said. “At Royal Palm Beach Elementary School, I had the opportunity to grow as a teacher and leader. I learned the value in and importance of parent involvement, [as
well as] the importance of bringing in resources and volunteers from within the community.” In 2012, Saulter was tapped to serve as assistant principal of Seminole Trails Elementary School in West Palm Beach. “When I became assistant principal, I took those same values with me and worked hard to develop a positive and supportive climate for students here at Seminole Trails,” Saulter said. With his latest promotion, Saulter is excited to return to the Royal Palm Beach community, where he has lived since 2014. He looks forward to serving the families of his home community. “My wife, son and I live in Royal Palm Beach,” he said. “We
are residents and active members of the community. I’m aware of what kind of support and what kind of beliefs the residents of Royal Palm Beach have, and they always support their schools. As a community member, I look forward to, as principal, getting to support the students and families of Royal Palm Beach at Cypress Trails.” One of Saulter’s top priorities going into the 2018-19 school year will be working with the school district to ensure school safety for the students, staff and volunteers of Cypress Trails. “I want to have a safe and positive environment on campus. Once the school year begins, that will be my number one priority,” Saulter
said. “Some key things that we will do to ensure that all-around safety is being met is ensuring everyone on campus has gone through a check at the front office. I want to ask our families and volunteers for their flexibility and understanding, as we will ask for ID and do a little background check to ensure that everyone entering has a purpose on campus.” Along with closely monitoring everyone entering the school, Saulter will also work with teachers and staff to assure that all are properly prepared for any emergency and capable of protecting students. “I want to also be sure that teachers and staff are knowledgeSee SAULTER, page 15
June 22 - June 28, 2018
June 22 - June 28, 2018
Eight Running For Two Palm Beach County Court Judge Seats
By M. Dennis Taylor Town-Crier Staff Report A total of 10 candidates qualified to run, five each, for two open seats on the Palm Beach County Court. However, the race for one of the seats has since narrowed to three, as two have withdrawn. If a candidate receives more than 50 percent of the votes cast during the Aug. 28 primary election, that candidate will be elected to the six-year, non-partisan term immediately. In the event, as is likely when there are several candidates, that no one receives this minimum, then the top two candidates move on to November’s general election ballot. The Town-Crier reached out to all the candidates running for county court judge and asked them to describe their background, why they are running and to tell voters why they should choose them. GROUP 4 A crowded field seeks to replace retiring Judge Peter Evans in Group 4: Allen “Antonio” Ambrosino, Lloyd Comiter, Gabriel “Gabe” Ermine, Allegra Fung and Ashley Zuckerman. Ambrosino said that he is motivated to serve others. “The best way to spend my remaining time on earth and be an example to my son, Luke, is to help other people,” Ambrosino said. “While I have never had an overriding desire to enter the political arena, I do want to serve the community of Palm Beach County with a skill-set developed, first as an elementary school teacher and, later, as an attorney.” He pledges to use this experience to run a fair and smooth-operating court room. “If elected as judge, I will make sure every person who stands before me, no matter his or her race, gender, economic status or social standing, will be treated
equally,” he said. “Everyone deserves a level playing field and, as a county court judge, that is what I will provide to defendants and alleged victims alike every single day I take the bench.” Visit www.allenambrosinoforjudge. com to learn more. Comiter brings with him many years of experience in county court proceedings. “For 27 years, I have consistently handled county court civil matters and have an appreciation for issues that a litigant typically has in the county court division,” he said. “I want to bring my passion for the county court bench to those who come before the court.” Comiter explained that his goal is to make the courtroom a welcoming experience for all. “As a Florida Supreme Court-certified county court mediator, I have volunteered in mediating county court small claims cases, landlord-tenant cases and criminal restitution hearings,” Comiter said. “Having previously been nominated for three county court judicial vacancies by the local Judicial Nominating Commission, I have already been vetted and determined to be qualified for a seat on the county court bench.” Learn more at www.lloydcomiter.com. Ermine is a 26-year resident of Palm Beach County and a graduate of Nova Southeastern University’s law school. “My legal career has been dedicated to serving the public, and I look forward to continuing that service as a Palm Beach County Court judge,” he said. “I have previously served as a judicial intern and prosecutor, and I am currently a public defender. I have served as lead counsel on more than 100 jury trials and was awarded the ‘Hat Trick Award’ for three consecutive guilty verdicts.”
Ermine currently works as a litigator in the Homicide Unit. “I am one of only four attorneys in our office who is capital certified — authorized to defend death penalty cases,” he said. “I am often called upon to train and teach young attorneys on proper trial and courtroom procedure.” Visit www.gabeforjudge.com to learn more. Fung believes that she would bring a unique perspective to the bench. “We need diversity on the bench and more judges that are qualified,” she said. “Over the last almost 18 years of practice, I have gained trial experience in the civil and criminal courts on the county and circuit divisions.” Fung said that she would bring a wellrounded resume to the bench. “I have the right temperament and practical knowledge to know how to run an efficient and fair courtroom,” she said. “I am the only candidate in my race who has both substantial and practical civil and criminal experience. I was endorsed by the NOW PAC of the Florida National Organization of Women, and I was honored to give a commencement speech for Southeastern College.” Learn more at www.fungforjudge2018. com. Zuckerman is currently a supervisor at the Palm Beach County Public Defender’s Office, where she helps train and supervise new attorneys. “I am running for county court judge because I believe in the importance of having a fair and efficient courtroom, where everyone is treated with respect, and the rights of all persons are protected,” she said. Zuckerman has tried more than 70 jury trials to verdict and has handled and
supervised hundreds of cases from start to finish. “I have the demeanor, trial experience and knowledge that is necessary,” Zuckerman said. “I have dedicated my entire legal career to public service in Palm Beach County and ask for your vote to continue that role on Aug. 28.” Visit www.zuckermanforjudge.com to learn more. GROUP 5 The remaining candidates seeking to replace retiring Judge Nancy Perez in Group 5 are Sara Alijewicz, Richard Llerena and Jeremy Zubkoff. Alijewicz has been a lawyer for 23 years and a former general magistrate for eight years. “I am running for county judge because I wish to continue to serve the public utilizing my experience resolving legal disputes in a fair and efficient manner,” she said. “I handled thousands of marital, mental health and dependency cases. I presided over hearings, trials and ruled on all issues on those cases, including but not limited to: child support, custody, alimony, contract disputes and collections matters. Issues arise in some cases that require an understanding of criminal law and procedure.” Alijewicz said that she has dedicated her career to serving the public. “I ask for your vote because I have the knowledge and experience required to run a fair and efficient courtroom when I assume the bench,” she said. Visit www.saraforjudge.com to learn more. Llerena said that he brings all the qualities needed in a county court judge. “Experience, intellect, energy, passion, patience, and above all, a commitment to uphold constitutional principles even
when challenging popular opinion — a judge should have these qualities,” Llerena said. “I firmly believe that I am the right person for the position.” Llerena said that he is well-versed in civil, criminal, immigration and workers compensation matters, noting that he has been honored with many awards and accolades. “My parents emigrated from Cuba. Ever since I was a child, I wanted to be instrumental in our justice system to protect the liberties denied to them,” he said. “I am licensed to practice in Florida and Washington, D.C., and for most of my career, I practiced in Palm Beach as a litigator, in court almost every day.” Learn more at www.llerenaforjudge. com. Zubkoff said that his goal is to improve the judicial system. “My respect for the legal system and desire to serve the community compelled me to run for election to be a Palm Beach County Court judge,” he said. “I am devoted to improving the quality of the judicial system by bringing my legal ability, trial experience, integrity and even temperament to the bench. I am a well-experienced litigator who has handled more than 80 trials in a wide variety of cases.” Zubkoff said that his practice gives him a unique outlook on court proceedings. “My practice is unique in that I represent both plaintiffs and defendants equally. As such, I have a great understanding of both sides of a case and will be able to be fair and impartial to all litigants,” Zubkoff said. “So, I am respectfully asking you to vote for Jeremy Zubkoff for County Court Judge, Group 5.” To learn more, visit www.facebook. com/JZforJudge.
Enjoy Fourth Of July Celebrations In Wellington And Royal Palm
By Erin Davisson Town-Crier Staff Report America’s birthday is coming up, and what better way to commemorate Independence Day than by spending time with friends and family at the free Fourth of July celebrations in Wellington or Royal Palm Beach? In the Village of Royal Palm Beach, the Star-Spangled Spectacular will be held at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park. The event starts at 4 p.m. with plenty of fun and food preceding the fireworks display at 9 p.m. There will also be an early morning fishing tournament, the Mayor’s Firecracker Golf Tournament, which will be held at the
Madison Green Golf Club, sports tournaments like volleyball and the growing competitive sport of cornhole, plus the popular Kids’ Fun Zone for children. Parks & Recreation Director Lou Recchio said that there will be a ticket booth for the Kids’ Fun Zone. “It will be on site,” he explained. “The kids will need wristbands to enter the Kids’ Fun Zone.” The tasty and varied menus of the gourmet food truck expo with more than 20 options will be there for anyone who wants a bite to eat. Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets, relax and enjoy the music. A DJ will spin favorites, and live music will be performed
by the local high school band, as well as two area groups playing Top 40 songs and hits from the 1980s. “There will be a salute to all the branches of military service before the fireworks begin, and we will also be performing the national anthem as well,” Recchio said. The Zambelli Fireworks International display caps off the day. Parking is available throughout the Commons Park, but it is recommended that you show up early. There will be shuttle bus services starting at 4 p.m. Learn more at www.royalpalmbeach.com. In the Village of Wellington, the day begins with a Patriotic Pool Party at the Wellington Aquatics
Complex from noon to 5 p.m., followed at 6 p.m. by the Fourth of July Celebration at Village Park on Pierson Road. The Gypsy Lane Band will perform live, playing reggae, soul, Motown and more. There will also be a Kids’ Fun Zone with bounce houses, free face painting, a petting zoo and pony rides. Super Crazy Games will be available to play, including hamster ball, human bowling, tire stack race, gladiator and parachute madness. Community Programs Manager Michelle Garvey is excited about the upcoming event. “Everything at this year’s event is free,” she said. “The only thing
people have to pay for is the food from the food trucks. We look forward to this event, and we hope everyone will have a wonderful time.” At approximately 9:15 p.m., the national anthem will be sung by Wellington Idol winner Carly Cantor. Then the Zambelli Fireworks International show will begin with a bang. The event is being supported by sponsors, including the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, the Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute and Christ Community Church. Limited parking is available at Village Park. Shuttle service to and from Village Park will be available starting at 5:30 p.m. leaving from
Fireworks light up the sky at last year’s Star-Spangled Spectacular in Royal Palm Beach. Nordstrom at the Mall at Wellington Green. For more information, visit www.wellingtonfl.gov/july4th.
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Architectural Board OKs Larger Sign For Orthodontic Office
By Dani Salgueiro Town-Crier Staff Report Wellington’s Architectural Review Board approved proposed signage with a requested technical variance on Wednesday, June 20 for an orthodontic office in the Pointe at Wellington Green. Simon Orthodontics requested that the board approve a technical variance, which was a request to have two same-size signs on both road-facing walls of the building.
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continued from page 1 adults the room to create and preserve their autonomy and self-sufficiency for as long as possible. Through their already existing programs, the Palm Beach Habilitation Center identified a need to build a unique living environment for some of the disabled adults who have thrived in the center’s environment, but who are also aging out of the available space. That is where the memory care group home in Wellington comes in, as it will provide six disabled individuals with a permanent home. “We have residents in some of our other group homes who are aging out of the available group homes,” Lin said, explaining that the idea is that they will be able to live at the memory care group home with additional support until their medical needs become severe enough that they have to go into a specialized medical facility. Planned for a site in the Little Ranches neighborhood, the
According to village code, a building can have only one large primary sign, and others may not exceed 50 percent of the primary sign’s size. Because of Simon Orthodontics’ specific location within the Pointe at Wellington Green plaza, its primary wall faces inward toward the shopping center, while its south wall faces Ring Road, and beyond it, the Mall at Wellington Green. Due to this unique location, an
equally large sign was requested for the south wall so that those driving by can spot the orthodontic practice from outside of the plaza. Simon Orthodontics will have a total of two signs of equal size on both its north and south walls. The signs will exceed the maximum allowed height by one foot and the allowed length by 16 feet, six inches. Where code typically keeps signage compact in the center of the store’s façade, Simon
Orthodontics requested approval for a sign stretching across the entire top surface of the store’s front and back walls. According to Wellington Senior Planner Kelly Ferraiolo, these signage measurement requests are not rare and have been granted to several other Wellington businesses surrounding the Mall at Wellington Green, such as Trader Joe’s and Five Guys. “The proposed design should
not cause any negative offsite impact, as other tenants in the village have been granted the same deviations,” Ferraiolo said. The board approved the request unanimously, concluding that it would be beneficial for people to be able to see the larger signs while driving by or searching for the new Simon Orthodontics location. “I drove down Ring Road yesterday, and you can’t see [the sign] at all, and considering the speed
and traffic on that road, it would be nice to have a little bit bigger sign for them,” Board Member Miguel Alonso said. The Pointe at Wellington Green is located at the southwest corner of State Road 7 and Forest Hill Blvd. In other business, the board chose Ron Shamash as its new chair, with the board’s previous chair, Tom Wenham, tapped as the new vice chair.
Wellington memory care group home will serve adults who live with developmental disabilities along with age limitations, such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. The Palm Beach Habilitation Center decided to pursue this idea as it became more evident that developmentally disabled individuals who are also suffering from age limitations have very few options in the standard healthcare world. The nonprofit’s goal is to give these individuals a place that will specifically target their needs. “People with disabilities are now living longer,” Lin said. “We are now seeing that some of our older adults are also experiencing Alzheimer’s and dementia, especially folks with Down syndrome. The memory care group home is a relatively unique concept. There are maybe only two other programs in the State of Florida dealing with this issue. It will be their home. Each person will have their own suite, which is important to us, because we want individuals to have their own space where they can relax and enjoy quiet time. And we will support them by providing the additional care that
they need for as long as we can.” The home is to be built targeting the unique necessities of the future residents in its structure and design. Each private suite will include a bedroom, a bathroom and a walk-in closet. The house will also include a sunroom for the residents to enjoy Wellington’s scenery.
Lin and the nonprofit’s staff hope to make the memory care group home as much of a real home as possible. Because many of the Palm Beach Habilitation Center’s values lie within getting disabled individuals involved in their community as much as possible, the staff hopes that the
members of the group home will become new neighbors to the Wellington community. “We don’t want any big signs saying that it will be a group home; we want to be just another neighbor. We want to be involved in the community,” Lin said. “This is something that we talked
about for a long time.” The Palm Beach Habilitation Center plans to build its memory care group home over the next year. The goal is to break ground sometime early in 2019 in order to complete construction by the end of 2019. For more information, visit www.pbhab.org.
Joseph Sophie with Wellington Mayor Anne Gerwig at last week’s announcement celebration.
Royal Palm Beach Councilman Jeff and Carolyn Hmara with Earl Moore at the Wanderers Club gathering.
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Support LGWCD Dependency
I’ve been reading about the dependency issue of the Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District on the pages of the Town-Crier for several weeks. Those of us who have lived in the Groves for more than 30 years know the history of the district and their animosity to the incorporation of the town. Due to the complete change of the district’s board of supervisors and the leadership provided by the majority, the residents finally have an opportunity to make the district dependent to the town. The voices who decry the town’s “takeover” of the district would have you believe that their district is doing all it can to help its landowners and residents. The taxpayers in the town pay $145/ acre for district services. Do the math, the town’s size is 12.44 square miles times 640 acres/ square mile = 7,961 acres times $145/acre = $1,154,432/year. The current district services are canals and drainage; roads are no longer in the district’s scope. The canals are clearly in the district’s scope, so why are the canal banks falling into the canals? We all paid lots of money for the district’s ThingA-Ma-Digger. Has anyone seen the thing being used? Would you believe that nearly half of the district’s tax revenue is spent on administration and not actually getting the canal banks fixed and draining standing water? Since becoming the county’s 38th municipality, the town has been receiving revenue from the state’s gas tax fund to help build and maintain roads within the town. Since 2006, the majority of these gas tax revenues have been shared with the district. This oldguard would have you believe that every dime of your gas tax funds given to the district was spent for maintaining the roads. If so, show us the evidence that where the $2 million in gas tax funds was spent. This request has not been answered. Over the years, there have been instances when the district would send the town invoices for road-rock materials to be used on one of the town’s roads. As part of the town’s due diligence, these road-rock deliveries would be checked. When no evidence that fresh road-rock was placed on the invoiced road in question, the town reacted. This was met by a storm of criticism and accusation from the district’s old-guard against the town’s management
team. Why? What is there to hide? The district’s old-guard is still at work. One of the old-guard is now a member of the town council and sent a direct mail piece to all of the Groves’ landowners and residents. This document was rife with falsehoods, misleading innuendo and had the appearance of an actual town-provided document, which it was not. When the newly elected district board was sworn-in, one of their first priorities was to order a forensic audit. The district manager advertised for interested parties to provide cost estimates. The cost estimates for this audit were out-of-the-ballpark and not in the district’s budget, and the requested forensic audit was never done. The audit on the OGEM roads, which will prepare for the equitable payback to landowners, showed many errors and misappropriations that must be corrected before these monies can be paid back. The oldguard also broke the law, i.e. using publicly owned district equipment and Loxahatchee Groves’ canal bank earth to back-fill a former district supervisor’s pond. Many of the Groves’ residents believe that a full accounting of the district’s books is needed. When the district falls under the town’s jurisdiction, the district will be under the county’s Office of Inspector General. The OIG should and will be asked to do forensic audits on the district’s books and find incorrect expenditures that were signed off by former district supervisors. Get your proxies in or plan to show up on June 25, meeting at the district office and vote your acreage. The polls open at 7:30 a.m. The landowners meeting starts at 7 p.m., and those who have not voted will be able to cast their acreage ballots until everyone at the meeting has voted. Get out and vote, because the district must become a dependent district to the Town of Loxahatchee Groves. Dennis Lipp Loxahatchee Groves
Enough Is Enough On SR 7
I am not a lawyer or politician, nor have I done creative writing since college, but I needed to chime in. Why is State Road 7 not finished? What does Northern Palm Beach have to do with our area? Why keep spending all our tax dollars? Let’s start at the beginning. Ibis only exists because they signed
an agreement with Palm Beach County to allow SR 7. My solutions for solving this issue are as follows. 1. File suit against Ibis and West Palm beach for breach of contract for delaying SR 7, Roebuck Road and Jog Road. 2. West Palm Beach states that their concerns are pollution, so close the current SR 7 next to Ibis, as they use the road. Their traffic does not pollute? Check out all the cars and trucks that use it, especially during season. 3. Palm Beach County gives The Acreage our roads back. If we control our roads, you do not have to spend county money to upgrade our roads. We can control our roads, like you allowed Palm Beach National and Steeplechase, and block through traffic. I live on one of the roads, and Palm Beach County seldom cut my servitude or picks up trash anyway. 4. Last I checked, The Acreage, Royal Palm Beach, Loxahatchee Groves and Wellington have more population and voters than West Palm Beach. If our politicians cannot get this solved, we need to elect ones who can. This is SR 7, so the state may need to step in and just do it! Keith Jordano The Acreage
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“We don’t care if you die, we’re out of money.” This seems to be the message that Loxahatchee Groves is sending its residents. For the last five weeks, those of us who live on 161st Terrace North have often been unable to get down the road to get to work, to go to the doctors, to get groceries and to live a normal life. To understand this, you have to know that the only way to get out of our properties is to drive down 161st Terrace North. There is no other way out. The state of the road had become so bad that the minute the rains started five weeks ago, we were often stuck on our properties. I have two cars, a Prius and a one-ton dual-wheel pickup truck. The puddles on the road are at such a depth that for two days, I could not safely get through them with my truck. It took six more days to be able to get through in my Prius. This scenario has repeated itself again, and again, and again over the last five weeks. We have pictures of the UPS truck getting stuck in the first big puddle where a kindly neighbor
pulled it out with a massive tractor. The UPS truck is not the only one. Three more people had to be pulled out last week, and a second UPS truck got stuck. In the meantime, goods and services have been deeply curtailed. Here are just a few: I could not get out even in my truck many days to go to work. My farrier could not get in to treat my horses, that affects his income. My stall cleaner could not get in to do stalls, that affects her income. My next-door neighbor’s house cleaner and property manager could not get in to do their work, that affects their income. My neighbors are currently in New York and depend on these people to take care of their property and keep it secure while they are gone. This affects property security. I had scheduled work trips to Ocala, but could not go because my pet sitter could not get through the road. That affects her income, but also affects my clients in Ocala. A neighbor to the north has his house for sale. That property has now devalued to zero. You can’t get to it, and if you could, would you buy it knowing you could not get out after it rained? We have had many days when the garbage trucks could not get through and the mail could not get through, so we are being denied essential services. Now to health and safety. A neighbor to the south has congestive heart failure. Her son, in trying to visit her, was one of the cars that had to be pulled out by the tractor, with water running out of his car doors. If he cannot get to her, can the ambulance? What about fire-rescue? If the UPS truck cannot get through, can fire-rescue? My neighbor to the north has had numerous heart problems. Can his wife drive him out to safety if he starts having symptoms? The answer to all of these questions is no. When we call the town they just say, “I am sorry, we don’t have the money, but maybe if we take the water control district’s money, we could help you.” Would that be before or after the ambulance could not get through? In the meantime, “Your work, your services, your health and safety? Well, we don’t really care if you die, you see, we are out of money.” Deborah Marshall Loxahatchee Groves
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a deadline for a special election. Complicity would fairly represent the reactions of the mayor, vice mayor and other members of the Loxahatchee Groves Town Council regarding the exposure of the unwitting, or unwilling, misrepresentation of fraud published by the town management. The approval of moving the special election forward to a quick-vote to allow the town management to borrow or mortgage for 10 years to come, or money to perform the town management’s requested maintenance and road improvements. An “open one-hour-long workshop,” before the regular town meeting was allowed at the June 5 town meeting — not enough time for such an important issue. Residents were each allowed two minutes to voice their opinions before being bullied by council members, if opposing the plan. Others in favor of the mortgage were given more time to speak. Selective application seems to be the preferred practice of this council and management, be it speech, business practice or code enforcement. The blame game seems to work well for the explanation of the failures of those in charge. If we can just get rid of the burdensome district, all of our problems will disappear. But who will we have to blame? When everything is not fixed, whose fault will it be? If we use private contractors, it will cost less, or not. Who cares? We can just raise the taxes and mortgage 10 or maybe 20 years down the road and see if we can figure out who to blame then. I don’t believe we should dissolve the district. We have protections provided by the state by having the district functioning on our behalf. [District Administrator Stephen] Yohe is effective and efficient, as well as intelligent and honest — questionably not the case with our current town manager. The town management published, or approved publishing, on June 4, 2018, that the town council approved a special election vote on June 5, 2018. However, although published as approved on June 4, 2018, the town council meeting
wasn’t held until June 5, 2018. That was a blatant lie, and fraud, but moved forward by the mayor and the council members as acceptable to go along with the town manager’s desire to get it in under the wire, and in order to hurry the vote before the time of the next budget deadline. Our town attorney seemed willing to go along with the improper and dishonest procedure. It appears to me the that town manager already has more than he can handle. Just look around, our roads are at their worst, although already having been acquired by the town, and they are spending much more for their care but hiring private contractors to put dirt on our roads doesn’t make them better. Maybe spending less on administrative costs and more on upgraded aggregate, as in rock products — i.e. 57 Rock — would be a better bang for our buck. Using 57 Rock to upgrade over time will stabilize the road surface and base, and over time will build base for pavement later on, if so desired... We don’t need to take a mortgage to hurry and pave now, we just need to quit using dirt as a road improvement and use real rock. It seems the manager’s attempt to degrade our roads in order to prove that we need pavement is a safety hazard. How many must die? How many must suffer health issues? How many automobile repairs must we endure? Don’t vote out the district! Don’t vote for more and bigger mortgages! Don’t give more power to those unprepared and ill-equipped to handle it! Vote no to dissolving the district. Keep honesty and integrity alive in our district! Vote no to never-ending mortgages and tax increases. Go vote. Go to the meetings! Require the mayor and council to represent all of the town residents. Require the town management to do what is good for the residents. Our district has always done a lot better with a lot less. Don’t pay more for less. Our management has shown itself incapable and inept, as well as dishonest. Mark Jackson Loxahatchee Groves
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PROJECT 425 HOSTS ‘OLD SPOOKS AND SPIES’ REUNION AT G&M RANCH
Project 425 hosted the Southeast Asia Army Security Agency Veteran Reunion on Friday, June 15 at the G&M Ranch in Loxahatchee Groves. The “Old Spooks and Spies” reunion group was comprised of Army top secret crypto communication specialists, radio traffic analysts, Indian Code Talker and other covert communication assignments. Veterans heard about the local Project 425 events that educate people about the Vietnam War and the military. After lunch the veterans enjoyed viewing the many military vehicles and collectibles at the G&M Ranch. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER
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WELLINGTON ART SOCIETY’S NEW OFFICERS INSTALLED AT ANNUAL DINNER
The Wellington Art Society held its annual Installation of Officers and Dinner on Friday, June 15 at the Mayacoo Lakes Country Club. Outgoing board members received recognition and gifts from outgoing President Sandy Axelrod for all of their work during art shows and special events. New board members were sworn in as Axelrod turned over the gavel to incoming President Carolina King. For more information about the Wellington Art Society, visit www.wellingtonartsociety.org. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER
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New Technology Helps Breast Cancer Patients Wellington Regional Medical Center recently adopted a new technology to improve the surgical experience for women who are being treated for breast cancer. An alternative to wire localization, Savi Scout Surgical Guidance System is a device used by surgeons and radiologists to precisely locate and direct the removal of a tumor during a lumpectomy or surgical biopsy procedure. “Wellington Regional continues to demonstrate its commitment to offering advanced treatment options to patients with breast cancer,” WRMC CEO Robbin Lee said. “Breast cancer surgery can be physically and emotionally distressing for women, and we strive to find ways to create a better
experience and better outcomes for our patients.” Traditionally, patients would arrive several hours prior to their scheduled surgery to have a radiologist place a locator within the breast with wires that protruded and were left outside the breast. The wire guided the surgeon to the lump targeted for removal. For many women, this process leads to discomfort and increased anxiety. There is also a risk that the wire could move, making it harder to remove the cancerous tissue, resulting in the need for a second surgery and a less pleasing cosmetic result. “This new technology is a one-step process for our breast surgeons to precisely identify
the target or tumor area prior to performing the lumpectomy, with accuracy of one millimeter or less,” said Dr. Kishore Dass, a radiation oncologist and chairman of the Cancer Care Committee at WRMC. Dr. Andrew Shapiro performed the first radar localization at WRMC using the Scout system earlier this month. “This precision can help preserve healthy breast tissue, increase the rate of complete cancer removal, and decrease the potential for follow up surgeries, which are significant advantages for breast cancer patients,” said Shapiro, a general and breast surgeon at WRMC. With the new system, the radiol-
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Local Boys & Girls Clubs Hosting School Supply And Backpack Drive
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County are hosting a school supply and backpack drive to benefit club children and keep them on track for academic success. The National Retail Federation has estimated that families will spend an average of $668 on needed back-to-school supplies and clothing — an amount many low-income families can’t afford. Every year, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County work with community partners to send disadvantaged children to school prepared with the supplies they need to succeed. From now until Friday, July 27, the community can donate
school supplies or host a supply and backpack drive in their neighborhood or office. Donations of gift cards to office supply stores or retail vendors are also welcomed and will be used to purchase needed supplies from school-issued lists. Suggested supplies include backpacks, composition books (wide rule), spiral notebooks, construction paper, copy paper, pencils, pens, color pencils and markers, crayons, highlighters, Post-It Notes, glue sticks, tape rolls, student scissors and other office supplies. For information and drop-off locations, visit www.bgcpbc.org or call (561) 683-3287.
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Large RV Campground Idea Sparks Interest Of Groves Council
By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Loxahatchee Groves Town Council recommended Tuesday that a consultant proceed with plans for a recreational vehicle and short-term rental park east of C Road between Tangerine Drive and Collecting Canal Road. At the workshop session, several residents living near the 47acre site were not keen on the idea of 300 hookups and/or cabins and other camping opportunities. They expressed concerns about the prospect of noise, light intrusion and increased traffic in their neighborhood, but felt it was a better idea than the consultant’s earlier proposal for a residential planned unit development on the property, which was rejected by the council. Joe Lelonek of Atlantic Land Properties said the idea of the proposed Loxahatchee Farms West RV Park was borrowed partly from the town’s experimental RV program, which met with limited success. “Hopefully, that was a good test case,” Lelonek said, pointing out that the proposed RV park would be adjacent to commercial property, as well as county water and sewer services on Southern Blvd., which is scheduled for widening to six lanes. “We also know you have a variety of different commercial applications up and down the road.” Lelonek explained that his com-
pany had gone through a long list of potential uses for the property that would be commercially or economically viable, including the failed residential use, an institutional use such as a charter school, which the company rejected out of traffic concerns and limited tax base. They also ruled out industrial use due to the proximity to residential properties nearby. “You heard our presentation a couple of months ago on the residential use,” he said. “I still see residential use as the highest and best use for the property and the highest and best tax base. I understand the issues that exist, and the feeling that exists with the town on that, so we’re beyond that.” Following that rejection, Lelonek said he met individually with council members where the idea of recreational hospitality came back up. “It came up before — it has been discussed a little bit here and there — but after this last set of meetings, we went back and actually did a lot of homework,” Lelonek said, explaining that they went to RV trade shows in the state and engaged experts to help them with a proposal. “We are right in the middle of trying to learn that industry.” The goal of the workshop, he said, was to get the council’s opinion on whether to move forward with the idea or not, which is still going through different variations
with consultants for the best possible plan. The RV park would have ingress/egress on C Road, which would open only to Southern Blvd. C Road dead ends at Collecting Canal with no plans to cross over it, except for an equestrian crossing. A retention and recreational pond is planned at the center of the site, as well as a wetland and an upland preserve, and recreational amenities including a clubhouse and a swimming pool. Lelonek added that the RV park could help solve the town’s code enforcement issues with people setting up illegally on private property. “Having a larger park, maybe that’s a benefit to the town in having somewhere to point to and say, ‘You want an RV in the town? Go to this facility,’” he said. Lelonek noted that he had gone to several new RV parks, which are nothing like traditional RV parks and campgrounds. “There are parks out there that were done 30, 40 or 50 years ago, and they haven’t been upgraded to current standards,” Lelonek said, including higher amperage for hookups, open spaces, larger lots and better amenities. “Park models” or cabins owned by the operator could be rented out for those who prefer a less rustic style. Parks he visited included those in Savannah, Ga.; Hilton Head,
S.C.; and Tryon, N.C., home of the Tryon International Equestrian Center, owned by Mark Bellissimo and his partners, the same people who own the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington. “They have park models that are set up right behind a hotel that they’re building, and that houses many of the summer participants at that facility, but they also have an RV park right next to it,” Lelonek said, adding that the newer RV parks strive to be competitive, and that most RV parks in Florida have a four-month season. “It’s hard to build an RV park and survive on four months,” he said. “You have to expand your season. You have to get more ‘staycations.’ You have to do a resort atmosphere. You have to add those park models I talked about. The last thing I want to do is develop something that fails.” Lelonek said that if the council gives it conceptual approval, he would like to get the project going and have it ready for use by October 2019 in order to catch the 2020 equestrian season. During public comment, Paul Coleman, who lives near the site, said he did not see how the plan was much different than the PUD residential proposal. “A park model is no different than a mobile home park,” Coleman said. “I know there’s folks trying to park their RVs on agricultural properties next to their
barns during the season… If we look just to the west, there’s been a KOA [campground]. I know it has been there forever, and I know when I was in high school, there were families living at that KOA.” He said the applicant had made a good effort at something that was compatible with the community, but he was worried about the safety of his family and animals. “To me, to have transient traffic like that just doesn’t sit well,” Coleman said. Resident Ken Johnson said an RV park, if approved, should have several conditions, including verification of the length of stay of no longer than four or six months. He was also concerned about controlling traffic and potential noise from the park, and the effect on surrounding residents. Councilwoman Phillis Maniglia said, as a proponent of legal RV parks, she understood that the agricultural and equestrian community has a need for places to put their staff, but she was concerned about the impact to surrounding residents and wanted assurance that effective berms and landscaping would be put in place. “When Joe first came to me with this idea, my thought was, ‘What can he do for the community?’” Maniglia said, suggesting that the park’s amenities be opened up somehow to residents and their children. “Someplace where our kids could possibly go during the summer, where our particu-
lar community of Loxahatchee Groves would get maybe a day pass or something to be able to use the pool.” She added that she did not want residents to be in a position that they could get voting rights from the RV park. Maniglia continued that the county has a 13 percent bed tax and wondered if the town could place a similar condition on the RV park. Councilman Todd McLendon said he agreed with all the points and added that there is a 100-foot buffer on the north and east sides. He asked if more buffering could be added on the east side, since neighbors live closer on that side. “My biggest concern is permanent residents,” he said. “I don’t know how we go about stopping that. If we could address that, it’s a very big concern.” Mayor Dave Browning said he camps with his family and has seen parks that are plain, as well as very well-thought-out parks, such as Disney World’s Camp Wilderness. “At the same time, I do have a concern about permanent residents,” he said. “I see a lot of campgrounds, and you can tell they’re pretty well permanent. We have a problem with the RVs in Loxahatchee Groves. It would give them a place to go. These things, if they’re done right, can be very successful. I do not want to see something go in there that is not well thought out.”
Minto Sells 400-Acre Westlake Site To FPL For New Solar Plant
Westlake, Palm Beach County’s newest master-planned community, will soon include the county’s first large utility-scale solar plant. Recently, Florida Power & Light received site plan approval from the City of Westlake to develop a 400-acre solar energy center on the western part of the community. This week, the power
company closed on the purchase of the land from Minto Communities, which is developing the 4,500home Westlake master-planned community. The purchase price FPL paid for the 400-acre site was $10 million based on the recorded deed from the transaction. The solar plant will have the capacity to serve thousands of homes in the area with clean, renewable
energy. According to reports, each of the new plants can produce 74.5 megawatts of electricity, enough to power approximately 15,000 homes each. “When you compare this plant’s energy production capacity versus the amount of power Westlake will consume when built out, there would likely be a net zero carbon offset,” Minto Vice President John
Carter said. “Essentially, the city would be consuming as much power as it would be producing from the solar energy center located within the city.” Minto Communities has long been committed to developing environmentally sustainable communities and building homes with green technology and products. All Westlake homes will be
energy efficient, which means lower monthly energy costs for residents. Westlake is located off Seminole Pratt Whitney Road between Southern and Northlake boulevards. It is Palm Beach County’s newest city, blending residential, commercial and recreational elements. Several residents have already closed on homes and started
moving into their new homes, located in the community’s first neighborhood, the Hammocks. According to the site plan application, FPL has named the Westlake solar energy center the “Hibiscus Energy Center.” Westlake is located at 16610 Town Center Parkway North. For more information, call (888) 2993628 or visit www.westlakefl.com.
PIRATE’S WELL FUNDRAISER BENEFITS CANCER PATIENT BRANDON GORDON
Garden of Hope and Pirate’s Well Royal Palm Beach hosted the B-Strong for Brandon “Bear” Gordon fundraiser on Tuesday, June 19 at Pirate’s Well. There were ticket auctions, raffles and bingo for prizes. Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit Brandon Gordon, a 22-year-old University of Florida student battling cancer. Gordon is a graduate of Seminole Ridge High School. Donations for Gordon are being accepted at any Wells Fargo location. Ask to donate to the “A Miracle for Brandon” account. There is also a GoFundMe PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER account at www.gofundme.com/brandon-gordon-cancer-fight.
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LGLA To Meet On June 28
The Loxahatchee Groves Landowners’ Association (LGLA) will meet Thursday, June 28 at 7 p.m. at the Palms West Presbyterian Church (13689 Okeechobee Blvd.). The program for the evening will be a discussion by Cynthia Gardner about a variety of real estate issues. She will include information about property values, as well as highest and best use and zoning. Come prepared to hear what she has to say and bring questions to ask. The public is welcomed to attend, but only members of the LGLA can make motions or vote on motions. LGLA dues are $30. They can be mailed to LGLA, P.O. Box 96, Loxahatchee, FL 33470. For more info., contact Marge Herzog at (561) 818-9114 or marge@ herzog.ms.
Mega Mutt Madness June 23
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NEWS BRIEFS anniversary. In honor of this monumental occasion, Peggy Adams is hosting a Mega Mutt Madness Adoption & Anniversary event on Saturday, June 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the league’s facilities at 3200 N. Military Trail in West Palm Beach. Those who come out to the Mega Mutt Madness Adoption & Anniversary event will enjoy food trucks, carnival games, vendors, dog training tips, face painting and more. There are also free adoptions for dogs 40 pounds and over during this day-long celebration. All dogs and cats have been spayed/ neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. A $20 rabies tag fee applies to Palm Beach County residents. Adoptions include a free starter bag of Hill’s Pet Nutrition food, free 30 days of pet insurance, a registered Home Again microchip, $25 off initial flea and tick home service from Nozzle Nolen Pest Control, free basic obedience training classes and a complimentary Essential Care Pack dog wash from Scenthound. “We are so honored to have served this community for the past 93 years, benefiting more than one million animals and bringing the
kind of joy to homes that only a beloved pet can provide,” said Rich Anderson, executive director and CEO of the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League. “We are humbled by the support we continue to receive and invite everyone to celebrate with us on June 23. This is our gift back to the community.” For more information, visit www.peggyadams.org.
ACC Waiving Pet Adoption Fees
The Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control animal shelter is at critical capacity with no empty kennels available for new pets coming in. In an effort to save more lives and place more animals into loving homes, the shelter has waived the adoption fee for all adult cats and all adult dogs weighing 40 pounds and up. Kittens and small-breed dogs can be adopted through the “name your price” promotion, where adopters get to pick their own adoption fee. This promotion will run through the end of June. All pets adopted from the shelter
are spayed or neutered, current on vaccinations, microchipped, have a current county license tag and are sent home with a free bag of Science Diet pet food. In addition, pet owners receive a healthcare certificate worth $500 in savings for their new pet. Stop by today to meet your new best friend. The Animal Care & Control shelter is located at 7100 Belvedere Road. For more information, or to view pictures of adoptable animals online, visit www.pbcgov.com/animal or call (561) 233-1200.
Frankel Announces Congressional App Challenge
Rep. Lois Frankel (D-District 21) recently announced the start of the 2018 Congressional App Challenge. This annual competition encourages local middle school and high school students to learn how to code, build their own mobile app and get involved in STEM education. Registration is now live, and
students should sign up online by Sept. 10 and submit their app by Oct. 15. The competition is open to anyone who meets the eligibility requirements, regardless of coding experience. A winner will be selected by a panel of local judges and honored at a ceremony with Frankel. The winning app may be featured on a display in the U.S. Capitol building, on www.house.gov and on the Congressional App Challenge web site. For further information about the Congressional App Challenge, and how to register, visit www. congressionalappchallenge.us.
County To Alter Water Disinfection
In order to maintain compliance with regulatory water quality requirements, the Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department (PBCWUD) will temporarily modify its water disinfection process between Sunday, July 8 and Sunday, July 29. The modification will entail the use of free chlorine as opposed to
chloramine during the three-week period. Periodic modifications to the water disinfection process are standard practice and recommended by the Palm Beach County Health Department as a precautionary measure to maintain high water quality in the county’s water distribution system. Customers served by PBCWUD may notice a slight chlorine taste and odor during this period. These conditions are temporary and will not cause any adverse health effects. Those who are especially sensitive to the taste or odor of chlorine can keep an open container of drinking water in their refrigerators for a few hours to allow the chlorine to dissipate. Users of home dialysis machines, owners of tropical fish, and managers of stores and restaurants with fish and shellfish holding tanks are advised to seek professional advice, as the method of removing free chlorine residuals differs from removing chloramine residuals. For more information on this temporary change, call PBCWUD at (561) 740-4600, option 1.
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SOUTH UNIVERSITY HOLDS COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY AT FAIRGROUNDS
South University’s campus in Royal Palm Beach held its 2018 commencement on Saturday, June 16 at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center, awarding graduates a wide array of degrees. Learn more at www.southuniversity.edu. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER
Graduate Ramon Gomez, Director of the Master of Science in Nursing program Ann Marie Bova, Janyce G. Dyer and graduate Michel Granados Ruiz.
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Director of the Master of Science in Nursing program Ann Marie Bova with graduate Michel Granados Ruiz.
Pamela Toussaint, founder and president of Ultimate Image Coach, was the commencement speaker.
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Program Director for Healthcare Management & Administration Dr. Anna Johnson with graduate Ebony Garrison.
South University President David McGuire with graduate Bernadette Adderley.
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It’s Summer Camp Time, And Living Is Easy For My Grandkids
The grandkids have started summer camp, and they are over the moon. There’s Lego camp and sports camp for five-year-old Skippy, and Nemo camp and water play for three-year-old Tess. Now, Skippy attended a bunch of camps last year — guitar camp (too hard!) and zoo camp (too hot!), but Tess was stuck in day care because she was only two. Worse, she had to accompany Skippy to all his camps, where he was dropped off, and she had to sit in the car for yet another long ride to yet another long, boring day at day care. But now, because she is finally three, she gets to attend camp at the same place as Skippy.
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and comfort her. (“I wiiiiiill,” spoken like someone who’s heard it all before... but he hasn’t). So Monday comes and their mother walks them to the check-in where a perky teenager crosses off their names and calls for another teenager to escort them to their respective camps. “’Bye, kids!” mom yells after them. “Oh, yeah. Bye!” “Have fun!” “We wiiiiiill.” By Tuesday, the kids were all grown up. “Don’t walk us in,” Skippy ordered. “I’m like a teenager.” “You are not a teenager,” mom replied. “I’m like a teenager!” (Evidently teen-
agers are never so revered as when they work at summer camp.) Tess, whose camp wisely included naptime along with water play, struggled through the door carrying her backpack, water bottle, towel, pillow, a blanket for above, a blanket for below and her favorite stuffed animal. “Skippy!” chided his mother (from just outside the doorway). “Help her!” “I wiiiiiill.” (Maybe he is a teenager!) So Skippy grabbed one corner of one blanket and they trundled down the hallway — Hansel and Gretel meet the Princess and the Pea. (“That pile of bedding was as tall as they were,” their mother told me later.)
Of course, when they got within sight of the teenagers, Skippy dropped his corner and ran ahead into the gym. He knows where to go for sports camp. And little Tess, so little she still needs naptime, continued slogging down the long, long hallway alone — water bottle clunking against her legs, stuffed animal weighing down her arm, blankets dragging on the floor. But she made it. She made it because she is finally three and gets to go to camp and is merely a smaller version of the woman in the Rosie the Riveter ad: “We Can Do It!” It has to start somewhere, and camp is as good a place as any. As for Skippy, he’d better watch his back!
Amazing ‘Incredibles 2’ Satisfies After Long Wait For Sequel
We really enjoyed Incredibles 2. Waiting 14 years for a sequel is tough, but when it turns out as well as this does, following up on an Oscar-winning (for Best Animated Feature) film, and just as good, the wait is worthwhile. This is one of the rare instances where a sequel actually is as good as the original. One of the real pleasures of the film is watching the superheroes working even harder at being good parents than at saving the world. Most superhero movies have limited amounts of family interaction; here, that is at the center. Even while the whole world is at peril, the family sticks together. That extra dimension adds a lot of heart to the movie. An ungrateful world has criminalized superheroes and their powers, ignoring all the good things they’ve done. (In some ways, the plot ironically mirrors a bit of Captain America: Civil War.) The family, Bob/Mr. Incredible (voiced by Craig T.
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troubles and, most of all, trying to work through the growing number of superpowers developing in baby Jack-Jack. Villain Screenslaver works to take over the world, which brings in superhero icemaker, a favorite from the original film, Lucius/Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson) to help. And Elastigirl is fantastic! The visuals are incredible as she uses her superpowers to deal with the supersonic speed of her bike. Her battles are actually works of art. And while all of this is going on, we get to watch Bob trying to deal with the baby, and that element is really the heart of the film. It is wonderfully funny. A scene between baby Jack-Jack and a raccoon who has gotten into the trash in the family’s backyard could be a terrific cartoon in itself. A key element of the film is the point that the superheroes try to make: that you can simply be good for its own sake, not
because you want to use it for nefarious purposes. And politicians seem not to be able to accept that! Talk about a dose of reality. But it is an example of how well the film deals with society. Too often, the powers that be are against all those who challenge their control, even if it would improve things. Imagine the politicians we have in Washington (or Tallahassee, for that matter) and their reactions if there were suddenly some superheroes. We might even see both parties working together to condemn Superman. Although the film is fine for the whole family, the themes are sophisticated, dealing with society’s incredible self-absorption. Bob and Helen are seriously concerned about the effect of current problems on their children. These cartoon characters are far more real than superheroes in the live action films. It also brings the females front and
center. Helen is clearly leading the way, joined by Evelyn — and let’s not forget everyone’s favorite superhero costume designer Edna Mode (voiced by director Brad Bird), who brilliantly gets laughs with some really good digs at the world. The voice cast is wonderful. They contribute to the great humor and the humanity of the film, and its very human touch is what sets it apart from the other superhero films we seem to see coming out on almost a monthly basis. Pixar does wonderful work. The original Incredibles film won an Oscar, and Pixar’s last major film, Coco, did as well. I would be shocked if this one did not also bring home the award. There are times I have to ask myself if seeing a film is worth the high cost of ticket prices. For this movie, the answer is clearly yes. It is not only the best animated film I have seen this year, it is one of the best movies of any type.
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Casey Mangini Earns Montesinos, Alvarez Join Neil S. Hirsch Girl Scout Gold Award Family Boys & Girls Club Advisory Board
The Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida held its annual Gold Award Ceremony honoring the 2018 class of Gold Award Girl Scouts on May 12. Among the 19 scouts presented with their Gold Award this year was Wellington resident Casey Mangini of Troop 20100. Mangini’s Gold Award Project is titled “Cubbies for Cancer,” which addressed a safety concern for visitors of the Kids Cancer Foundation in Royal Palm Beach. When visiting the space, Mangini identified a potentially dangerous situation in regard to the center’s storage of toys and games. Accidents often occur when children climb fixtures to gain access to outof-reach items. Mangini knew that she could build a safer option. She and her team designed, built and installed custom storage options in the space in order to keep it free of clutter and safe from falling. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout in grades 9 through 12 can earn. It is accomplished by completing a service project with a minimum of
Casey Mangini 80 logged hours. The project must fulfill a need in the community, create change and be sustainable with long-term possibilities. Gold Award Projects demand the highest level of organizational, leadership and project management skills. The level of commitment to complete a Gold Award project is so great that less than 6 percent of all Girl Scouts earn this most prestigious award.
South Florida Fair Installs New Officers
The South Florida Fair has inducted a new slate of officers for the 2018-19 year. William Pruitt is the new chair; Dennis Grady, vice chair; Robert Weisman, treasurer; Paul Grose; secretary; and Michael Bubis, immediate past chair. Additional inductions also were made. New trustees are Paul Allen, Dave DeMay, Don Dufresne and Kelly Smallridge. New distinguished trustees are Jack Frost and Craig Elmore. New life trustees are Bill Sneed and Ron Smola. New
directors are Jervonte Edmonds, Tiffany Faublas, Hans Kahlert and Dwight Saxon, and Todd Runnells is the new life director. During the annual meeting, South Florida Fair President & CEO Rick Vymlatil thanked Bubis for serving as chair for the past two years. All of the officers, trustees and directors serve as volunteers, giving year-round of their time and talents. Learn more at (561) 793-0333 or visit www.southfloridafair.com.
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The Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club of Wellington recently announced that Marcella Montesinos and Carlos Alvarez have been appointed to its advisory board. Montesinos is the manager of the Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College at Palm Beach State College. She attended Palm Beach State College and the University of Central Florida, where she earned a bachelor’s degree, and received a master’s degree in business management from Nova Southeastern University. Montesinos serves as secretary of the School Advisory Committee at Binks Forest Elementary School. She is a member of the Hispanic Education Coalition of Palm Beach County and serves as an advisor at Palm Beach State College’s Lake Worth campus to
ASPIRA Palm Beach. Montesinos and her husband have three daughters. Alvarez is the market president of BBVA Compass for Palm Beach and Broward counties, where he leads a team of banking professionals and builds new client relationships. He has also served in various leadership roles at Bank of America and PNC. Alvarez received a bachelor’s degree in management and finance from the University of Central Florida. He is currently on the board of directors of the Association for Corporate Growth, an advisory board member of Nova Southeastern University and sits on the board of Junior Achievement of South Florida. “The experience, inspiration and energy that new board members bring allow us to continue grow-
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WRMC Auxiliary Awards Five Scholarships
Wellington Regional Medical Center recently hosted the Friends of Wellington Regional Medical Center Volunteer Auxiliary and several local families as the auxiliary awarded $10,000 in scholarships to five local students. Hospital administrators, physicians, nurses and staff joined the awards ceremony to honor the students. The scholarships are awarded to graduating high school seniors pursuing careers in healthcare and medically related fields. Applicants are judged on academic competency, extracurricular activities, community service, financial need and acceptance by an accredited college or university. This year’s recipients, each receiving $2,000, are: Victoria Estevez from Forest Hill High School, Annelise Exilus from Lake Worth High School, Austin Lent from Suncoast High School, James Matz from Seminole Ridge High School, and Dezary Perez from Lake Worth High School. “We are thrilled to recognize and invest in these promising students with an interest in a career in healthcare,” WRMC CEO Robbin Lee said. “They have each demonstrated that they go above and beyond through their volunteer work, grade point averages and extracurricular activities, which are traits we look for when people join our WRMC team. We
look forward to the possibility that these scholarship recipients will return to our area as healthcare professionals and help to provide exceptional care and services for our patients.” The Friends of Wellington Regional Medical Center Volunteer Auxiliary is a nonprofit volunteer organization with more than 75 members. The scholarships are funded through year-round auxiliary fundraisers and gift shop sales, as well as through the generosity of the hospital’s medical staff. Annelise Exilus graduated from Lake Worth High School and ranked in the top 10 of her class. She has more than 760 community service hours and was a member of the Key Club, Medical Honor Society, Yearbook Club and Be the Change Club. She is active in tennis, track and field, and her church. She will be attending the University of Central Florida and hopes to continue her education to become a sports medicine physician. Victoria Estevez graduated from Forest Hill High School and is in the top five percent of her class. She volunteered more than 600 hours at local hospitals, pharmacies and animal shelters. She was the president of the Health Occupation Students of America club and president and vice president of the Students Against Melano-
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BINKS GARDEN CLUB GETS AWARD FOR BUTTERFLY SANCTUARY
Amy Fahnoe and Barbara Mourad’s third-grade class at Equestrian Trails Elementary School recently had Derek Carroll, a volunteer parent from VDCO Tech, in class to demonstrate a virtual architectural design STEM activity where the students were tasked to design the layout of a condo unit given a specific budget. They were grouped in fours, two of which were architects and two of which were interior designers. The students learned how to collaborate as a team to design with a budget in mind, all while having fun. (Above left) Derek Carroll demonstrates how 3D technology is used in the construction industry. (Above right) students Juliana Priddy, Andrew Rosansky, Arsalan Siddiqui and Tina Osman with Derek Carroll (center).
WES Participates In All-County Orchestra
Recently, students from the Wellington Elementary School orchestra were selected to participate in the All-County Orchestra. WES was one of seven elementary schools selected. The orchestra was under the direction of Sarah Morrison, the director of the Florida Youth Orchestra in Orlando. The WES orchestra played four pieces. It was a great, organized event, and it brought the
school community together. It was also the first elementary school All-County Orchestra concert in 40 years. The students who participated were fifth graders Grace Essery, Gavin Lesser, Isabella Czempinski and Nathan Bautista, and fourth graders Leonardo Alvarez and Matthew Judah. Wellington Elementary School is very proud of the orchestra students selected.
(Front row) Nathan Bautista, Gaven Lesser, music teacher and orchestra director Joshua Lennox, and Matthew Judah; (back row) Isabella Czempinski, Leonardo Alvarez and Grace Essery.
Shown above, the members of the Binks Forest Elementary School Garden Club proudly display the award certificate they received from the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs in recognition of the butterfly sanctuary they created on school grounds. Wellington Garden Club members assisted the students and provided funding. Shown in the back row are Kathy Schneider of the Wellington Garden Club, Binks Forest Principal Michella Levy, teacher Starla Davis and Assistant Principal Karen Berard. Wellington Landings Middle School Kindness Ambassadors.
Kindness Ambassadors Earn Top Service Award
The Wellington Landings Middle School Kindness Ambassadors have earned the President’s Volunteer Service Award for the third year in a row. During the 2018 school year, the Kindness Ambassadors performed a combined 2,113 hours of community service, shattering the previous record. Two members, eight graders Brianna Antonucci and McKenna Epstein, each performed more than 200 hours of community service between August 2017 and May 2018. They both earned an individual gold medal, a letter from the office of the president and a certificate. Other individual gold medal recipients who completed 100 or more hours of community service this school year include Ainsley Alder, Allie Alder, Catherine Paulitz, Eden Udell and Jordynn Velez. Sarah Williams and Abigail Williams both completed more than 75 hours of community service and earned a silver medal. Students who performed 35 hours of community service earned a gold medal group pin
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Off to a great summer start, Golden Grove Elementary School is opening its media center every Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. for book checkout, Reading Counts quizzes and makerspace activities. The Acreage library will be coming four times to do story time. All students must be accompanied by an adult. Shown above, Principal Dr. Adam Miller takes time to read to an incoming kindergartener.
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continued from page 1 able on our safety procedures, so I will work with my staff to review our crisis plans to make sure we are practicing our drills,” Saulter said. Saulter will also be working with the school district on the various renovations taking place throughout the summer at the elementary school. Cypress Trails is slated for a total of more than $8 million in renovations, which got underway once school let out. Two of the larger improvements to the school, which are scheduled to be completed by the end of this summer, are renovating all necessary windows, roofs and doors, and securing the school to have a single point of entry. Emphasizing family and community involvement will be Saulter’s other primary goal as principal at Cypress Trails. He stressed the
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continued from page 1 the expressed consent of the city. “That’s part of the settlement. In addition, Northern must perform four plans that will increase the water quality in Ibis. The cost of those four plans is estimated to be about $3 million. Eighty-five percent of that cost will be paid by the city.” Bardin said that although West Palm Beach has the right to review the permit, it does not give it the ability to stop the road. “West Palm Beach can refuse to consent to a permit from Northern, and then the road will have to have either a different outfall, or condemn the right of way necessary for the outfall without our permit, which they could have done three years ago, and we would have avoided these three years of litigation,” Bardin said. He stressed that FDOT can still build the road, but it might need to find an outfall other than Ibis. “[On] the south side of the M Canal, there’s three square miles of county water preserve,” Bar-
Page contains a section on why summer learning is important, articles, videos, tips for learning and online courses. Additionally, students are encouraged to participate in the Summer Literacy Adventure Pledge sponsored by the Florida Department of Education. Students can sign up and make a pledge for the number of books they intend to read during the summer. The state will recognize the top 10 schools with the highest percentage, and those schools will receive a visit from the First Lady of Florida, Ann Scott. Visit the district’s Summer
Learning web site for more information on all the exciting literacy initiatives. A link to the resources is also available on the district’s web site. The School District of Palm Beach County is the 11th largest in the nation and the fifth-largest in the State of Florida with 185 schools serving more than 183,000 students who speak 150 languages and dialects. As the largest employer in Palm Beach County, the school district has nearly 21,000 employees, including more than 12,000 teachers. To learn more about the School District of Palm Beach County, visit www.palmbeachschools.org.
level of excellence all students can reach if they have the support of their families and community. “I would like to increase parent involvement,” he said. “I want to give families the opportunity to be involved in their children’s education and for families to contribute in different ways.” This includes having more parents giving input on the direction of the school’s academic focus and participating in fundraising or different activities. “We will have a lot more opportunities for those wishing to continue to support the success that Cypress Trails has and has always had,” Saulter said. Saulter will make it his mission to find new methods of reaching out to parents and volunteers, in order to increase communication and participation, and to create a well-balanced and supportive environment for the students. “We are going to look into reaching out to more families and more volunteers through possible newsletters and/or through social media,” Saulter said. Saulter will begin his active
duties as principal as early as July, since Bremekamp will be moving on to lead Hidden Oaks, the school district’s first K-8 STEAM school. He looks forward to carrying on Bremekamp’a legacy of success. “Cypress Trails has an established tradition of success. It is a school that places a strong emphasis on the academic success of each individual student,” Saulter said. “So, I am joining a team that is already on the rise, and I’m coming in to help take our level of instruction, which is already standards based and rigorous, and continuing it and taking it to another level.” He stands ready to embrace the Cypress Trails community and its families. “If anyone has time to volunteer and come to meetings and contribute, I’m looking forward to that,” Saulter said. “As a former teacher and member of the Royal Palm Beach community, I know that education is a top priority, and I can’t wait to get started. I feel welcomed, and I feel that I will pick up exactly where the school left off — succeeding — and I will hit the ground running.”
din said. “They can discharge all their stormwater there. North of Northlake Blvd. there’s a huge county wetlands system. They can discharge there, or they can condemn the right to discharge to Ibis. They can condemn our lakes in Ibis, and then they won’t need a permit because they’ll own them. The Department of Transportation condemns property all the time. That’s how they build roads.” Indian Trail Improvement District President Betty Argue said she agreed with Bardin that the project could be redesigned to redirect the runoff either to the county’s water preserve, or property may have to be purchased to create a holding area for the runoff. “My position is that we need to have the road,” Argue said. “It has already been partially built. It directs traffic through our community. That is not acceptable. It has never been an acceptable solution. There have been years and years of studies. This has been going on long enough. The commitment when Ibis was approved was that they would allow that road.” Argue believes that ITID might be able to help. “I have not heard anybody take
that approach, but I’ll certainly ask our engineer about it,” she said. “If we can assist in solving that problem, we would certainly do so. I think that our board would be supportive of doing that. There may need to be a redesign of the engineering for the drainage to make it go to something that’s within Indian Trail property.” Argue added that the SR 7 extension is only four lanes, and that the state has enough easement to improve swales along the road. “They do have quite a bit of land along there,” she said. Royal Palm Beach Village Manager Ray Liggins said he is not worried about FDOT resolving the issue. “I have confidence that FDOT will overcome this and get their permit,” Liggins said, pointing out that the SR 7 right of way was originally permitted to be discharged through the Ibis drainage system 25 years ago. “Obviously, that was what FDOT pursued.” In the end, Liggins believes that this will be a stumbling block, but not the end of the project. “It was disappointing to see that West Palm Beach figured another way to slow this up a little bit more,” he said.
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puts at approximately 10,000 people. Wellington Assistant Village Manager Jim Barnes attended the meeting and discussed the issue. “I think we can look at other facilities to bridge the gap that we have with all the activities at the community club, which is not enough for the seniors,” Barnes said. “I can tell you right now that with all the projects on the horizon, and the way the budget is, you are correct, and I don’t see a building for you coming up soon, but we can certainly look at other facilities open to us.” In other business, the committee chose its chair for the upcoming year. McCue was tapped for the position, taking over the gavel from Trager. Committee Member Sharon Lascola was named vice chair. The panel also welcomed new Committee Member Carlos Poveda and announced that the hurricane preparedness presenta-
tion originally scheduled for that meeting will be covered at the July meeting. The committee also discussed the recent announcement of a data breach of Wellington’s Click2gov online payment system. Reports indicate this data breach affected only people who made one-time, online credit or debit card payments on Click2gov sometime between February 2017 and February 2018. Only the individuals who made these one-time payments should contact their bank for a replacement credit or debit card. Recurring transactions were not compromised. The STAR program, which is a way for senior citizens in Wellington to get eight free round trips in Wellington per month, is growing in ridership, and a new mall walk exercise activity has been instituted at the Mall at Wellington Green. For more information about senior activities in Wellington, visit www.wellingtonfl.gov/seniors.
about average compared to other churches in the area. Morton explained that the master plan calls for the main buildings to be located on the 25 acres originally acquired, with the 10 acres on the north to be for recreational uses that include ballfields, picnic areas, a pavilion and possibly a gymnasium. Morton added that the church has offered to provide equestrian trails on the north and west property line to tie in with the town’s plans for a trail system. She also pointed out that the architecture of the existing building fits in with the town’s guidelines, which the church plans to continue. Town Planning Consultant Jim Fleischmann said a use of .1 would allow the church to build as much as 151,000 square feet, and the Planning & Zoning Committee, which was then the Local Planning Agency, recommended denial, but staff recommended approval at a FAR of .0604, which would have allowed 93,000 square feet. Subsequently, the church resubmitted the application at a FAR of 0.075, which would allow 114,000 square feet. He explained that the application divides the site into two parcels, with the southern portion having 83,000 square feet mainly for buildings, and the northern portion having 32,000 of recreational uses. Fleischmann said town staff recommended approval of the application as resubmitted, with conditions including a traffic impact study at the time of site plan review. Councilwoman Phillis Maniglia asked why the resubmitted application had come back to the council rather than the Planning & Zoning Committee, and Fleischmann explained that the council had recently taken on the responsibility as the Local Plan-
ning Agency, although it would go back to the Planning & Zoning Committee for site plan review. Councilman Todd McLendon asked what the existing square footage of the church is, and Fleishmann said about 18,000 square feet. During public comment, Pastor E. Dale Locke and several Community of Hope congregants spoke in favor of the application. “I am obviously speaking in favor of the recommendation tonight,” Locke said. “I am the founding pastor. My wife and I started the church in the fall of 1996 in our living room, and it has always been our desire to have a congregation out in this area… and be a strong and vibrant church, and to be a good neighbor.” He said it is not their desire to become a mega-church, although Community of Hope does have another location it took over from another church on Military Trail. William Bell, a former member of the Planning & Zoning Committee, pointed out that the FAR of 0.075 is based on and includes 10 acres the church acquired in 2016 after the church received its approval. “The dates are pretty important on how the land was acquired,” Bell said. “Parcel 2 was acquired in 2016. That’s very critical to understand, because the ULDC was adopted in 2010, so the purchase of the land was after that.” McLendon pointed out that the existing approval is for up to 40,000 square feet. “They could more than double in size now,” he said, adding that traffic is already bad when church lets out. He made a motion to recommend not to proceed the way the application was presented, which carried 3-1 with Mayor Dave Browning opposed and Councilwoman Joyce Batcheler absent.
continued from page 1 to the Wellington Village Council passed by a vote of 4-1 with Trager dissenting. Public comments all focused around this particular issue, where one resident said that Wellington should have more free activities for seniors and provide more space for senior activities. This led to a discussion on the long-recurring topic of building a dedicated senior center, such as a ground floor facility suggested by Committee Member Sampson Nebb. Another speaker brought up that even if such a senior center were built, there still would not be enough room for all Wellington seniors, which recent data
Community Of Hope Proposal
continued from page 1 the site plan because what was vested was that site plan that was approved back in 2006.” Town staff offered for the church to clean up its request, and staff could develop a special policy for that intersection in order to vest Community of Hope. “It has always been intended that a church be located at this intersection,” Morton said. “That’s what we’ve been working on over the last year.” She pointed out that in 2017, the county amended its zoning code to allow places of worship in every zoning category in order to comply with federal regulations. Morton said the proposed land use category is compatible with surrounding uses, although some nearby landowners disagreed. In addition to asking for a rezoning from agricultural residential to institutional, the church asked for approval of a special policy that would allow it to develop at a floor ratio area of .075, where the maximum allowable development for an institutional use is .1. “Staff recommended a lower floor area ratio for us,” Morton said. “Initially, we were opposed to reducing our floor area ratio, but after further discussions with staff, we revised our application… So, we’ve been trying to compromise.” On the entire 35 acres, the application would allow the church to develop up to 114,000 square feet of place of worship, recreation and ancillary uses under the special policy developed by staff, Morton said, explaining that the church’s allowable FAR of .075 is
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The Arden community hosted its first Summer FunFest on Saturday, June 16 to celebrate the completion of its first phase of construction. The free event was open to the public, and guests were able to enjoy free food and refreshments, live music entertainment, games, face painting, a farmer’s market and all of the different vendors present. Guests were able to engage with some of the builders present and tour some of the finished model homes. Learn more at www.ardenfl.com. PHOTOS BY DANI SALGUEIRO/TOWN-CRIER
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The Wellington Wizards Rugby Club hosted a mini-camp and scrimmage with the Boynton Beach Rugby Club on Saturday, July 16. It was a combined effort between the coaches to get the players acclimated with sevens rugby, which features teams playing with seven on a side, as opposed to 15. Page 27
The King’s Academy recently announced that Chris Hobbs has accepted the position of director of athletics. Hobbs, who also serves as the Lions’ head varsity basketball coach, will continue to work with 10-year veteran Athletic Director Adam Winters, who will remain as director of athletic operations and head varsity softball coach. Page 28
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Quantum Foundation Invites Nonprofits To Apply For Grants
Applications opened June 4 for grassroots nonprofits in Palm Beach County to receive their share of $750,000 in grant money offered by the Quantum Foundation. This year marks the eighth annual Quantum in the Community initiative to help local nonprofits that are working toward a healthier Palm Beach County by meeting the basic needs of residents through food, clothing, shelter, transportation and more. “As a health funder, we provide assistance to organizations that support whole-health, and having basic needs met is essential,” Quantum
Foundation President Eric Kelly said. “These grassroots organizations are our link to making Palm Beach County a better place to live by meeting residents’ most basic needs. Our mission is for residents to experience a better life through quality health, and we believe these organizations are the cornerstone to success. This is our 20th year of grantmaking in Palm Beach County, and this is one of our favorite annual events.” Strict criteria are set up for those nonprofits applying: the organization must be registered as a 501(C)3; the organization must have been
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working in Palm Beach County for at least six months; annual operating budget may not exceed $500,000; and the organization must provide basic needs like food, clothing, shelter, utilities and transportation to the county’s most vulnerable residents. A committee of Quantum Foundation staff and board members will carefully consider each application. Each selected organization will receive a grant up to $25,000 of the $750,000 total. To learn more, visit the Quantum Foundation web site at www.quantumfnd.org/quantumin-the-community. All applications must be submitted using the foundation’s online system by the July 27 deadline. Funding announcements will be made in the fall with a celebratory breakfast to follow. In its 20th year of grantmaking in Palm Beach County, the Quantum Foundation has assets of approximately $140 million, and since its inception has awarded more than $125 million to hundreds of local nonprofit grantees. Every dollar the foundation grants stays in the county to benefit local communities. For more information, visit www.quantumfnd.org or call (561) 832-7497.
June 22 - June 28, 2018
FRANKEL MEETS WITH STUDENTS HEADED TO SERVICE ACADEMIES
On June 11, Congresswoman Lois Frankel (D-District 21) met with seven local students who will be attending military academies next year, including the Naval Academy and the Air Force Academy. Frankel gave each student a commemorative coin and spoke with them about their achievements and goals for the future. (L-R) Wyatt Boswell from Wellington will attend the Air Force Academy, Christopher Altonen Whipp from Boca Raton will attend the Naval Academy, Zachary Beatty from Wellington will attend the Air Force Academy, Kyle Tatton from Boca Raton will attend the Air Force Academy, Rep. Lois Frankel, Stephan Brower from Boca Raton will attend the Naval Academy, Kacey Elizabeth Moore from Wellington will attend the Naval Academy and Richard Evan Ebersole from Suncoast High School will attend the Naval Academy.
June 22 - June 28, 2018
ABWA To Meet July 11
The Northern Palm Beach Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association will meet on Wednesday, July 11 at the Embassy Suites Hotel (4350 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens). Networking is from 6 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $25. Guests are welcome. There will be no speaker for the July meeting. The group will conduct its new officer installation
for the 2018-19 executive board. ABWA Ambassador Lois Margolin will be officiating. There will also be a year-end recognition celebration. To make reservations, or for more information, call Sam Markwell at (561) 644-2384 or Dottie Smith at (772) 545-7145. For directions to the hotel, call the Embassy Suites at (561) 622-1000.
AT&T Upgrades More Than 85 Cell Sites
AT&T has upgraded nearly 90 cell sites in South Florida to help increase data speeds and network performance for customers. Areas benefiting from the network upgrades include: Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Jupiter, Lake Worth, Palm Beach Gardens, Riviera Beach, Wellington and West Palm Beach in Palm Beach County; Islamorada, Key West, Marathon, Summerland Key and Tavernier in Monroe County; Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, Doral, Downtown Miami, Homestead, Kendale Lakes, Kendall, Miami, Miami Beach, Miami Gardens,
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With Westlake still in its infancy, Minto Communities has started construction on the amenities portion of the master-planned residential community. On Tuesday, June 5, company officials held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the occasion. “This is the beginning of a $15 million amenities project,” said Mike Belmont, president of Minto Communities USA. “Being able to start the construction so early in the development process of Westlake shows our high level of commitment to this city and its current and future residents.” The amenity complex will offer plenty of outdoor gathering space for residents to be active, to be entertained, or just relax with neighbors and friends. Phase I includes an outdoor concert pavilion, expansive recreational lawn areas with shade pavilions and grills for picnics, lawn games and community events, a bicycle pump park and two playgrounds. There will also be a resort-style lagoon pool with a waterslide, splash pad and concession stand. An adult pool, event lawn and outdoor basketball courts will be added during phase II.
“The amenities are a big focal point of Westlake and the active Florida lifestyle that we are creating here,” said John Carter, vice president of Minto Communities. “Customers have begun to truly embrace the lifestyle and community concept.” The first amenities are expected to be ready for use by spring 2019. Minto is approved to build up to 4,500 homes at Westlake and more than 2 million square feet of non-
residential development. On May 24, Wellington Regional Medical Center held a groundbreaking for Westlake’s first commercial project: a 10,379-square-foot freestanding emergency medical center. Earlier this year, FP&L gained approval to develop Palm Beach County’s first solar power plant at Westlake. A new Palm Beach County fire station and district headquarters is also in the works. Learn more at www.westlakefl.com.
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Sinicki Joins Legal Graphicworks As Creative Services Editor
Getting inside the heads of juries to clearly and effectively communicate, educate and persuade in order to win cases requires not only superior graphic design prowess, creative video production professionals and leading trial support technology, but it takes intellectual expertise in a number of fields. That’s why Jim Lucas, president and CEO of Legal Graphicworks and LGW Mediaworks, continues to beef up his team of experts. This group of trial support professionals, with backgrounds in architecture, law, art history, engineering, information technology, animation, printing, medical illustration, marketing, psychology and broadcast journalism, welcomes new Creative Services Editor Kevin Sinicki, husband of Virginia Sinicki of WRMF’s KVJ Show.
“Kevin’s experience is varied and deep, and adds an important additional layer of expertise to the team,” Lucas said. “He’s like the Swiss army knife of media and can step seamlessly into virtually every aspect of what we do here. We’re lucky to have him.” Born in Buffalo, N.Y., Kevin moved to Florida at age 13 and later attended the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. He landed an internship with a local ABC affiliate and quickly parlayed that break into a video editing position, later becoming chief editor. Always hungry to learn and grow, Kevin honed his skills not only behind the camera shooting, writing and storytelling through film and video, but he put his bent for getting the story, and getting it out, to the test as an on-air news reporter.
Over the next 15 years, he continued to sharpen his skills, married a funny, outspoken radio host — now, Virginia Sinicki of WRMF Radio’s KVJ Show — had two children and decided to switch professional gears. Kevin joined a startup, The Law TV, as a production manager, traveling the country and producing online videos for law firms. Later, he founded Panda Media, a television commercial and event production company. Now, Sinicki will apply that lifetime of experience to yet a new area as creative services editor for Legal Graphicworks and LGW Mediaworks. Legal Graphicworks is a vanguard media company consistently achieving clients’ desired results though the innovative use of technology, graphics and the ability to translate
complex information into a simple, compelling story. By developing innovative trial presentations that convey a clear story in cases that involve difficult facts, such as in complex civil litigation, Legal Graphicworks has built a national reputation for excellence. The company has provided visual media in many high-profile national trials, including the Casey Anthony trial in Orlando and the Michael Jackson manslaughter trial in Los Angeles. Legal Graphicworks has a distinct understanding of the methods best used to facilitate the communication of complex information and concepts. As a leader in the industry, the firm’s specialty is consulting with clients to come up with the best and most creative solutions.
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Palm Beach County Unemployment Rate Remains Lowest Since 2006
Palm Beach County’s unemployment rate for May remained at the lowest level in a dozen years — matching the 3.3 percent rate for April and down from 3.9 percent a year ago. The county’s rate was lower than the state’s 3.4 percent and the nation’s 3.6 percent rates, according to CareerSource Palm
Beach County and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. Palm Beach County’s unemployment rate has stayed below the state rate for the past 15 consecutive months and below the national rate for 16 consecutive months. “If you’re looking for a job, the current market is about as good as it
gets. For the past eight consecutive months, the county’s unemployment rate has fallen below or matched 4 percent, a healthy indicator of what many economists consider to be full employment,” said Steve Craig, president and CEO of CareerSource Palm Beach County, the nonprofit chartered by the state to lead work-
force development in the county. Over the past 12 months, the county’s unemployment rate ranged between 3.3 and 4.5 percent, primarily reflecting seasonal fluctuations. May’s rate is less than one-third of what it was at the 11.6 percent peak unemployment rate of the Great Recession in summer 2010.
On a percentage basis, job gains in May were led by the construction industry with 8.4 percent over-theyear job growth, above 6.2 percent statewide. The number of jobs in five sectors — construction, manufacturing, financial activities, leisure/ hospitality and government — grew faster than statewide over the year.
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June 22 - June 28, 2018
Keiser University Hosts Second Annual Football Camp
By Gene Nardi Town-Crier Staff Report Keiser University hosted its second annual football camp from June 14 through June 16. The camp drew 10 teams from Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. The camp is limited to 10 teams in order to provide the necessary attention to each team during training sessions. The Seahawks held their first
camp last summer to promote their philosophy and culture of the game, Assistant Defensive Coordinator Cody Edwards said. “By keeping the number of teams [low] last year, the teams were able to get quality reps against each opponent they were paired with each day,” he explained. In just a short time, the camp has gained much notoriety, with several teams returning from last summer.
“I think it shows that we are definitely doing something right in terms of ensuring that each team gets some great work,” Edwards said. “We try to do things just a little bit differently with our team camp, in comparison to what teams may see at other places. We provide them with an opportunity to get a wide range of situational work, scrimmage time, 7-on-7 play and individual periods
The Wellington defense tackles the Olympic Heights ball carrier during a srimmage.
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instructed by our coaches.” The camp has grown in part due to the Seahawks’ growing footprint on the football landscape in Palm Beach County and South Florida. Teams opted to participate in either a residential camp or the commuter camp. Wellington High School’s football program took advantage of the close proximity to Keiser’s facilities and participated
in the commuter camp. Programs that committed to the residential camp remained on campus grounds in dormitory facilities. Wolverine head coach Tom Abel was impressed by the program. “Overall, it was a great camp. Our guys got better each day,” he explained. “Keiser’s camp is going to blow up, and it will be a lot fun See FOOTBALL, page 29
Running back Jadien Durant breaks to the outside. PHOTOS BY GENE NARDI/TOWN-CRIER
Rugby Teams Host Scrimmage To Gear Up For Tourney
By Gene Nardi Town-Crier Staff Report The Wellington Wizards Rugby Club hosted a mini-camp and scrimmage with the Boynton Beach Rugby Club on Saturday, July 16. It was a combined effort between the coaches to get the players acclimated with sevens rugby. Sevens rugby features teams playing with seven on a side, as opposed to the typical 15. The field size remains the same in dimension, however, and the game is much faster. Players have to cover more
ground during play, which makes it difficult, with only seven on each team, which usually results in more scoring. The Palm Beach Phoenix are a subdivision of the Wizards that participate in the sevens rugby series. Head coach Ron Vargo conducted the camp with Boynton Beach head coach Sean Simon. “Sevens is played a little bit differently, so we just wanted to show them those principles,” Vargo said. “We wanted to get the Boynton kids some experience as well.”
Isaac Rivera dives for a try during the scrimmage.
Boynton Beach rugby is a newer program but continues to grow, according to Simon. “The boys are up to about 50 bodies,” he said. “We’ve made our way into four different high schools, and it will take some time to build that momentum.” The girls teams just started two months ago, Simon added. “We already have between 30 to 50 bodies,” he explained. Boynton has also started a touch rugby team within the club and believes that since the Wellington See RUGBY, page 29
Alex Wantlin of Wellington works on passing drills during the camp.
Coach Ron Vargo works with new players from the Boynton Beach club during a rugby match.
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The King’s Academy Names Chris Hobbs Athletic Director
The King’s Academy recently announced that Chris Hobbs has accepted the position of director of athletics. Hobbs, who also serves as the Lions’ head varsity basketball coach, will continue to work with 10-year veteran Athletic Director Adam Winters, who will remain with the Lions as director of athletic operations and head varsity softball coach. An 18-year veteran of educational athletics in three different states, Hobbs made his mark at TKA since arriving in July 2016. The National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association has recognized Hobbs as a Certified Master Athletic Administrator, and Coach and Athletic Director magazine recently named him a
“Top 40 under 40” sports leader. His research on athletic leadership has been published in journals such as Interscholastic Athletic Administrator, High School Today and The Sport Journal. Hobbs holds a master’s degree in sport coaching from the United States Sports Academy, a specialist degree in educational leadership from Liberty University and is currently a doctoral candidate at Liberty University researching the leadership behaviors of athletic administrators in Christian school settings. “I am pleased to announce that Christopher Hobbs, a nationally recognized coach and certified master athletic administrator, has agreed to lead the King’s Academy’s athletic
program as director of athletics,” TKA President Randal Martin said. “Lions Athletics has a long history of sports excellence and character development, and I am confident that this winning tradition will flourish under coach Hobbs’ leadership.” Hobbs is excited about this new position. “Athletics is a powerful platform to mentor young people and is often the first impression that people receive of an educational institution,” he said. “The University of Alabama and Duke University are incredible academic institutions, but the moment you read that, you probably thought ‘football’ and ‘basketball.’ That is the power of athletics!” The King’s Academy has a 48-
year history of athletic excellence in Palm Beach County. A full member of the Florida High School Athletic Association and the South Florida Conference for football, the school fields more than 50 teams for girls and boys in 23 varsity sports. Throughout the years, Lions varsity teams have won 118 district championships, 39 regional and conference titles, 10 state championships and three national titles. Additionally, 26 student-athletes have won individual state and national titles while competing for TKA The King’s Academy is a National Blue Ribbon, Christian school serving more than 1,400 students from preschool through 12th grade. More information about TKA is available at www.tka.net.
Croquet Club Announces Dates For 2018 Summer Golf Croquet League The tenth annual Palm Beach County Summer Golf Croquet League will begin on Tuesday, July 10 and run for six weeks. League play will be split into two divisions, one on Tuesday evenings and one on Wednesday evenings, running for five weeks. Each division will have beginner, amateur and championship blocks. Then, on Tuesday,
Aug. 14, there will be a final playoff between the division block winners from Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The finals will be followed by a lobster dinner and awards ceremony. Last year, 88 teams competed from across Palm Beach County in this doubles tournament. The teams were organized by families, friends and business associates. Many of
the entrants were croquet beginners. Complimentary instruction and practice sessions will be offered from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, June 26 and July 3 at the National Croquet Club for anyone interested in entering a team in the league. Strategy sessions will also be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturdays, June 23 and June 30 in the club’s lounge.
All teams are required to have a team name. Teams can register 2, 3 or 4 players for the six-week event. Medals will be awarded to the first and second place finishers in the championship block. Certificates will be awarded for winners and runners up in the amateur and beginner blocks. Special awards for sportsmanship, team spirit, most
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SPORTS & RECREATION that philosophy among the players. Both clubs concluded the training sessions and participated in short scrimmages with the sevens rules. The Phoenix will field two teams in the 2018 Surfin’ Sevens Rugby Tournament, one boys team and one girls team. Simon hopes to have select players eligible to participate in their first tournament. The tournament will be held Saturday, June 23 at Lake Lytal Park, kicking off at 10 a.m. For more information, visit www.floridarugby.org.
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es. “We are always keeping an eye out for players who can come in to our program and enhance what we are already building — culturally, academically and athletically,” Edwards said. “Recruiting is the life’s blood of our game, and that process is never ending.” Abel was pleased with his team’s overall performance. Balitan Celestin and Cornelius Butler both had a good showing at the camp in the slot receiver position. Joshua Shwartz, Jadien Durant and Lenori Williams excelled at running back. Wellington has three quarterbacks battling for
the starting position — Austin Wallace, Matthew Shannon and Black Kendall — who all show promise, according to Abel. “They’re battling for the spot, but supportive of one another,” he said. Most high school teams participate in various functions through the summer, such as camps and 7-on-7 tournaments. The efforts are to maintain a team chemistry to make for a smoother transition to the fall season. For more information about the Keiser University football program, visit www.kuseahawks.com.
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