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The Seminole Ridge High School Construction Academy took a break from a Habitat for Humanity project Tuesday, May 22 to work on the Indian Trail Improvement District’s Hamlin House, a residential home that is being converted into community space at Nicole Hornstein Equestrian Park. Page 3

Perfect Smile Dentistry Marks Big Milestone

Celebrating its 10-year anniversary, Perfect Smile Dentistry is welcoming everyone to join in the festivities. In celebration of the milestone, the practice is hosting an evening of refreshments, food, raffles and many free giveaways in conjunction with the Wellington Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, July 11. Page 7

OPINION Ray Bradbury’s Lessons

This week saw the passing of a literary great when Fahrenheit 451 author Ray Bradbur y passed away Tuesday. Though he made his name writing tales of science-fiction, fantasy and horror, it was the underlying political messages that gave Bradbury’s novels such weight. Though some people still don’t get it, Bradbury taught us a very important lesson: The pen is mightier than the torch. Page 4 DEPARTMENT INDEX NEWS ............................. 3 - 13 OPINION .................................4 CRIME NEWS .........................6 NEWS BRIEFS........................ 8 SCHOOLS .....................14 - 15 PEOPLE ............................... 16 COLUMNS .................... 23 - 24 BUSINESS .................... 25 - 27 ENTERTAINMENT ................ 29 CAMPS .........................32 - 33 SPORTS ........................ 35 - 37 CALENDAR ...................38 - 39 CLASSIFIEDS ................ 40 - 44 Visit Us On The Web At WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM

The Professional Firefighters/Paramedics of Palm Beach County sponsored Wellington Fire Fest on Saturday, June 2 at Wellington Village Park. To help promote fire safety there were fire-rescue demonstrations, car extractions and displays of fire-rescue trucks and more. Here, Sam Adler and Mike Schaefer cut the door off a car during an extrication demo. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 5 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Two Republicans Eye Newly Drawn State Senate District By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Two Republican candidates — Geoffrey Sommers of Boca Raton and Melanie Peterson of Wellington — are vying to be their party’s nominee for the newly drawn Florida State Senate District 25 seat. Sommers and Peterson will face off in anAugust primary. The winner is expected to face State Rep. Joseph Abruzzo (D-District 85), the likely Democratic nominee, in November. The district, which includes nearly all of the western communities, leans Democratic. The filing deadline for legislative offices is Friday, June 8. MELANIE PETERSON Peterson, 35, has lived in the district for most of her life. “I manage a horse farm in Delray Beach, and I recently moved up to Wellington,” said Peterson, who has been in the horse business for 18 years. Peterson also runs the horse listing service horsemls.com and recently obtained her real-estate license. Peterson said she is running because during the 25 years she

Prep For New Park: RPB Will Privatize Some Landscaping By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Royal Palm Beach is considering hiring a private landscaping firm to maintain eight of its more passive parks and move current maintenance staff to jobs tending the new Royal Palm Beach Commons Park when it opens. The change, which was slated for consent agenda approval by the Royal Palm Beach Village Council this Thursday, will save the village an estimated $100,000 a year. That will absorb a large chunk of the estimated $500,000 annual maintenance cost for the new 160acre park set to open this summer. Where to find money for maintenance of the new park has been a challenge for RPB officials, who have been hard-pressed to keep up with existing parks because of cutbacks due to declining revenues. “We put out a bid for the maintenance of eight parks,” Parks & Recreation Director Lou Recchio said. “They’re passive parks. They’re small, neighborhood parks with no athletic facilities or anything. Instead of hiring more staff, we will be redirecting staff

from one area and bringing them over to Commons Park. As a result, we’re going to save around $100,000 a year, maybe a little more.” Recchio said there was no way his existing staff could have taken on maintenance of the new park with its existing personnel and provide the same level of service. He added that the existing staff has skills that will be valuable for the special needs of the new park. “The staff going over to Commons Park are experienced in dealing with that type of foliage,” Recchio explained. “We have a driving range and golf practice areas, and we have people who are experienced at maintaining that type of turf because they’ve been working with the athletic facilities.” He noted that the golf practice greens must be cut every day. “It’s not the expense of the grass itself,” Recchio said. “It’s the expense of maintaining it. We have those staff on board who will be able to pick that up.” The recommended bidder for the eight passive parks is L.V. Superior Landscaping with a bid of See LANDSCAPING, page 18

Wellington Zoners Reject McDonald’s ‘Swoosh’ Request

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has lived in the area, much has changed, some for good, but some for the worse. “Some was not so great because it was change that benefited a few and affected very many,” she said. “About 10 years ago, when I was in college, I was in an environmental fellowship. Coming from an agricultural background with the horses, I was very much an advocate for the agricultural industry in Palm Beach County. I

wrote a short informational booklet about agriculture in our county, and it kind of took off. I became an advocate for agriculture not only in our county but throughout the state.” Peterson sat on the Equine Advisory Board for the Florida Farm Bureau for eight years and got involved in the political process by advocating for the equestrian industry. For the past six years, PeterSee SENATE GOP, page 18

By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Wellington’s Planning, Zoning & Adjustment Board on Wednesday denied an administrative appeal by McDonald’s to allow an architectural roof cap on its new location to be built in the Village Green plaza on State Road 7 just south of the Mall at Wellington Green. McDonald’s had appealed a Wellington staff decision stating that the yellow “swoosh” is considered a sign by Wellington’s code. Planning & Zoning Manager

David Flinchum explained that the issue had gone before Wellington’s Architectural Review Board last year, but the board could not alter the code to allow the item. He noted that Wellington’s code defines a sign as “any object, device, display or structure… which is used to advertise, identify, display or direct attention to an object… or business by any means including words, letters, figures, design symbols, fixtures, illuminations or colors.” “Because above-the-roof signs are prohibited, the board did not See SWOOSH, page 18

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Moratorium Stops Lox Code From Shutting Home Hay Biz By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Loxahatchee Groves Town Council eased enforcement of restrictions on home-based businesses Tuesday until it could amend its Uniform Land Development Code to allow activities such as that of residents Jerry and Janet Eick, who were cited for selling hay largely to their neighbors. Councilman Ron Jarriel added the item to the agenda, although the meeting room was full of residents who had been alerted that the matter would be discussed that evening. “They sell hay on their property,” Jarriel explained. “I hate putting things on [the agenda] at the

last minute, but I was made aware of it Saturday evening, and I felt it was important. They’ve been sent a notice that they must cease all sales, so I went out to check it out myself.” Jarriel noted that one of the primary goals of the ULDC was to not unnecessarily disrupt home businesses in the town. Jarriel said the family has lived in Loxahatchee Groves for about 30 years and has been selling hay for 17 years. “When they first started, they were questioned by the county,” he said. “The county came out and did an inspection. They were told to take care of some things, and they haven’t had any trouble since.”

However, a complaint from someone launched a town code enforcement action. Jarriel said the family operates as a bona fide agricultural business on B Road raising horses, and that most of the hay is used to feed their own livestock. “From the road, you wouldn’t know that they had a hay sale there,” Jarriel said. “They’ve got a beautiful piece of land, and most of the hay sales [are to] their neighbors. When I can buy hay a lot cheaper from my neighbor than I can at the Red Barn or Tractor Supply, I appreciate that break.” Jarriel said that when the council passed the ULDC, members See HAY, page 4

The Wellington Art Society held its installation dinner Thursday, May 31 at Graffito South in Wellington. Outgoing President Suzanne Redmond gave out thank-you gifts, and board members were installed, including Tony Baker as the new president. Shown here are Linda Rovolis, Suzanne Redmond and Adrianne Hetherington. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 9 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

St. Michael Completes Long-Awaited Church Building

St. Michael — The new sanctuary at St. Michael Evangelical Lutheran Church is a bright space with plenty of modern technology. PHOTO BY RON BUKLEY/TOWN-CRIER

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report St. Michael Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wellington recently opened its longplanned new chapel, allowing some leg room for the growing congregation. The church, located at 1925 Birkdale Drive, held a dedication worship service for the newly constructed sanctuary Sunday, May 20, where Bishop Ed Benoway of the Florida Bahamas Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America preached and presided at communion. The new chapel, which can accommodate about 150 people comfortably, is a dramatic switch from the converted five-unit condominium that has been the congregation’s home since 1988. “We were a little squeezed over at the old sanctuary,” Pastor Marjorie Weiss told the Town-Crier. “The attempt to add a second worship to deal with that squeeze did not work out well, and at the same time the con-

gregation was hoping to build a new sanctuary.” The congregation went through its first fund drive from 2000 to 2003 and raised about $320,000, Weiss said. At the time, they were not able to get the loan they needed to build the sanctuary, so they built the infrastructure including the parking lot and sprinklers. A second fund drive from 2006 to 2008 raised about $340,000. “We continued to receive funds toward the building fund,” Weiss said. “Along the way, we really felt like we were constantly chasing the building because the prices continued to go up.” Ironically, the real estate downturn was a blessing for St. Michael, which had the money in hand and a buyer’s market for development. “The cost of building structures went down, and we also contracted with a company, Royal Concrete Concepts, which preSee ST. MICHAEL, page 18


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Are You Ready To Take Part In The Great Wellington Talent Search? By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Calling all talent — Wellington wants to make you a local star! The village is seeking Palm Beach County residents to show off their talent for a chance to win $500 and a scholarship to attend a national talent convention. Amateur performers will have a chance to win as part of the Wellington Talent Search, which will be held at the Wellington Amphitheater. The overall winner will take home $500 and a scholarship to attend a convention hosted by Talent Inc., valued at $1,950. One

runner-up from each category will receive $250. Wellington is calling for not only singers and dancers, but also magicians, musicians, comedians, thespians and even those with talent so unique it can’t be categorized. “We know that there are a lot of people out in the community who have talent other than singing or dancing,” Cultural Programs & Facilities Manager Joe Piconcelli said. “We wanted to give them an avenue to showcase their talents.” Piconcelli said that the idea to expand Wellington’s horizons to include other acts came when a

Students get instruction on what to do. PHOTOS COURTESY INDIAN TRAIL IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT

resident whose child was an instrumentalist contacted him about Wellington Idol. As in the popular television show America’s Got Talent, participants are welcome to audition with wacky or off-the-wall talents, so long as they are family-friendly. “You’re required to submit a DVD or YouTube video,” Piconcelli said. “So we will be screening the acts to make sure they are appropriate for families before they go to the live auditions.” Participants must be 8 or older by June 30 and live in Palm Beach County, Piconcelli said.

Performances may be by single participants or a group, and rather than having age divisions, each act will be classified by type of performance. “We’re going to have categories for singers and groups, dancers and troupes, scenes and monologues and other, which could include instrumentalists, comedians, magicians or anything else,” Piconcelli said. Wellington is accepting applications through the end of the month, with auditions and live performances to kick off in July. More information is available by visiting www.wellingtonfl.gov.

SRHS Construction Academy students tear down walls at Hamlin House in order to create a large meeting room.

Applications can be dropped off at the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) and must include an application fee of $25 per individual or $50 per group, along with either a CD or DVD or link to a YouTube video featuring the intended performance. Like the television show, Wellington Talent Search will feature live auditions featuring the top 100 acts. “We know not everyone will make it to the semifinals and the finals,” Piconcelli said. “But this gives the community a chance to show us what they can do.”

A panel of judges will pare the acts down to the top 24, who will then perform for a chance at the finals. The finals will feature the top 12 acts and be broadcast live on Channel 18. Piconcelli said that the talent search is another way for Wellington to offer great community entertainment starring standout talent from the area. “It’s a way to let students and other members of the community get up on stage and perform,” Piconcelli said. “There is so much talent in our schools and local organizations, and we want to show it off.”

Students break up wallboard so it can be carted away.

Seminole Ridge Students Help ITID With Project At Equestrian Park By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Seminole Ridge High School Construction Academy took a break from a Habitat for Humanity project Tuesday, May 22 to work on the Indian Trail Improvement District’s Hamlin House, a residential home that is being converted into community space at Nicole Hornstein Equestrian Park. Hamlin House, which is located at 89th Place and Hall Blvd., was a three-bedroom, two-bath home before being purchased by ITID when the park was expanded. Once the conversion is done, it will become a community meeting hall. “One of our goals was to renovate the house and do something

with it,” ITID Parks Department Director Tim Wojnar said. Wojnar said that about 26 construction academy students participated in the project at the suggestion of Supervisor Ralph Bair, who made contact with Construction Academy Adviser Rick Terkovich, who agreed to participate. The students, under the supervision of their teachers and a general contractor, began the demolition required before the remodeling could begin. Leading them were Acreage residents Bill Featherston and Mark Harris of William Featherston & Associates. The students took down walls and drop-down ceilings and removed the kitchen cabinets, toilets, bathtubs, bathroom cabinets,

light fixtures, carpet, tile and doors to open the house into one big room that can be used as a meeting place, Wojnar said. “We’ve been working to get all the paperwork into place, contractors, making sure insurance requirements were met,” Wojnar said. “There were a lot of logistical things that went into it. We finally got that completed, and we began on May 22.” Wojnar said repurposing the space is not a small project. “We’re going to make it an open meeting space, leaving one restroom,” he said. “They removed one wall from one of the bedrooms. One bedroom was left that will be used for a storage area.” The kitchen was also removed

except for one sink and a counter that will accommodate a microwave oven. Terkovich said he was glad his students could help. “This is a great opportunity for the kids to learn how demolition is done,” he said. “The students thought they could just come in here and start swinging a sledge hammer. They now know that they have to have a plan to not only keep everything controlled but to keep everyone safe as well.” Terkovich said the academy is in the middle of building a house for Habitat for Humanity and got bogged down in legal issues. “We were looking around for something else to do, and Ralph Bair from the Indian Trail Improve-

ment District called me up and said they have this Hamlin House that they want to turn into a recreation center,” he recalled. “I said that would be perfect for us because we’re looking for something to fill in before we start Habitat.” Terkovich said he talked to the general contractor, who told him that what they could really use was help with the demolition. “We took the walls out, we took the bathrooms out, so now they have one big meeting room,” he said. The contractor will come back and put in a handicapped-accessible bathroom and finish the project. Terkovich added that any of his students who want to earn

community service points over the summer can help Featherston with putting the house back together. Indian Trail has focused on using local contractors and professionals who are also willing to work with the Seminole Ridge High School Construction Academy. These include William Featherston & Associates, David Porter Associates-Architects, Urban Design Kilday Studios, Cardinal Electric, Taz Plumbing, Southern Air Conditioning and Engenuity Group LLC. “ITID is committed to supporting our community, and we are very excited this renovation is moving forward,” Supervisor Carlos Enriquez said.


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Ray Bradbury Taught Us That The Pen Is Mightier Than The Torch This week saw the passing of a literary great when Fahrenheit 451 author Ray Bradbury passed away Tuesday at the age of 91. Though he made his name writing tales of sciencefiction, fantasy and horror, it was the underlying political messages that gave Bradbury’s novels such weight. Though the subject of book burning has been broached in popular works of literature for centuries — including Miguel de Cervantes’ The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha — no other book is as synonymous with the practice as Fahrenheit 451. Bradbury wrote Fahrenheit 451 in 1953, at the height of McCarthyism and not too long after the fall of Nazi Germany, which had engaged in a book-burning campaign to “cleanse the un-German spirit” from the country. Though the notion of book burning sounds ridiculous to any right-thinking person, it still goes on today, even in this country. About a decade ago, when the Harry Potter craze was turning American youth to the wonders of book reading, there were those who saw it as a bad thing, claiming that author J.K. Rowling was promoting witchcraft to children. However, several people involved admitted to not having read the book that so incensed them. And so lies the heart of the matter — ignorance. A Forbes.com article on the situation went on to offer Bradbury’s views on the matter: “There’s nothing wrong with the Potter books, because they’re not promoting witchcraft. They’re promoting being wise.”

More recently — and locally — was the 2010 non-incident involving Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, who threatened to burn copies of the Qur’an on Sept. 11. News of his plans spread quickly, and he was rightfully denounced by members of all faiths before changing his plans. However, the very real burning of four copies of the Qur’an by U.S. troops in Afghanistan this past February resulted in violent protests that caused dozens of deaths and many more injuries. Despite the military’s insistence that the burnings were accidental, what the Afghanis perceived as the symbolic destruction of their religion led to the real death of human beings. All of these examples illustrate the power of the written word. What’s more important is what’s at the root of that power. It’s not the books themselves but the ideas contained on those pages that gives them weight. And that’s why book-burners will never win: You can’t kill an idea. Of course, the more likely threat to the future of books is the growing popularity of digital publishing. The way things may end up, the title Fahrenheit 451 might have to be changed to the temperature at which an iPad burns. All humor aside, the literary world lost a very important voice this week, and we can only hope that future generation of writers will continue to learn from Bradbury’s example. Though some people still don’t get it, Bradbury taught us a very important lesson: The pen is mightier than the torch.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Inspector General Audits Waste Money My May 18 letter in the TownCrier detailed some of the actions of the Inspector General’s Office (IGO) that seemed out of line with what most of us know about the Village of Wellington. The actions concerned a political decision made by the Wellington Village Council to erect a Patriot Memorial and to expend more money than had been originally anticipated. The IGO found no wrongdoing — at a cost of some $9,000 of village revenue as well as an undisclosed amount of spending by the IGO. Nevertheless the IGO “observation” (one of many terms defined by the IGO that avoids using the word “investigation”) apparently felt it necessary to criticize some of the village actions even though the IGO conceded that “...the award of the contract and associated change order fell within the village’s policies and Florida State Statute 287.055...” The IGO “audit” (another avoidance of “investigation”) of the use

of purchase cards (p-cards) in the village was even more astounding. At the request of Mayor Bob Margolis (no other requesters were identified), the IGO audited the use of p-cards by the village. (In response to my query regarding the reason for the effort, the IGO informed me that it was requested by Margolis. But Bob Margolis was not the mayor of the village at the time, nor even a councilman.) Beginning in August 2011, the IGO demanded information from the village that cost village taxpayers over $50,000 in village staff time and contractor fees to provide. What was the result of the audit? Some 7,000 transactions were scrutinized — $2 million worth of p-card purchases. In those, the IGO found no wrongdoing. Lacking any findings of fraud, waste or abuse, the IGO criticized some expenditures as not having a “public purpose” or of not meeting criteria established in state statutes for the expenditure of state funds. But the village was spending no state funds. The expenditures were legally and openly used to pay for meals of rea-

sonable cost for staff members who were using their free time during lunch break to discuss village business with council members, for example. The public purpose of such a practice is probably to save money. Having required the village to expend over $50,000 to meet the IGO demands for information, and having spent an unknown amount of money for its own staff time and overhead, the net result was to find a minuscule amount of even truly questionable expenditures. It is difficult to parse the total amount of questionable spending from the IGO report, but it appears to be much less than $1,000. In sum, the IGO performed two investigations of village expenditures and found no wrongdoing, fraud, waste or abuse, at a cost of around $60,000 of expenditure of tax money by the village and an unknown amount of tax money spent by the IGO. No savings of money resulted. Local newspaper editors have criticized the village for joining a lawsuit that questions the method of funding the IGO. That suit has a good chance of being suc-

cessful. But the larger question has to do with the unbridled power and expenditures associated with the IGO. When 72 percent of the voting citizens in municipalities agreed to have their local government overseen by the IGO, they could not have been aware of the power and cost of such an office. Phil Sexton Wellington

Beware Erosion Of Civil Rights On Friday, June 2, an American veteran, Dave Willoughby, attended the Bill Clinton rally in support of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in the recall election held this Tuesday to remove Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker from office, and be replaced with Mayor Tom Barrett. Mr. Willoughby was protesting for Gov. Walker to remain in office. In speaking pro-Walker, he was taken away in handcuffs, put into the back of a police car and taken to jail. There is video of him at the rally and of him being cuffed and taken in a police car to jail. He did not create a fight and said many

times, “I have freedom of speech as do the rest of the people here today who are in support of the mayor.” If you are a Democrat, Republican, Libertarian or independent, what happened to this man can happen to any one of us. It seems no one will be safe from this, under the National Defense Authorization Act, passed by law in the last couple of months. This law states that the Obama administration has the right to have anyone arrested and held without charges, denial of an attorney, denial of a trial, and be held in this or any other country forever.

This Dave Willoughby story just wiped out two of our constitutional rights: 1) freedom of speech and 2) the right of an attorney, speedy trial and to be charged with a crime to be arrested. For the record, U.S. senators Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson voted yes to this NDAA law. A third Constitutional right, freedom of religion, is also being tested this month with the Supreme Court coming to a decision soon in this case. A fear has come over me today. How about you? Ronald Piretti Royal Palm Beach

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Curious Background Of ‘I’ll Have Another’ Trainer Doug O’Neill As this is written, Doug O’Neill, the maligned trainer of I’ll Have Another, is preparing his super horse for the running of the Belmont Stakes. His preparation will, since new regulatory rules, be rather different than in bygone days. O’Neill, who has suffered mul-

Footloose and... By Jules W. Rabin tiple sanctions for doping hors-

es, was recently suspended for 45 days by California’s racing regulators for another violation. (The California horse hierarchy, however, said the suspension need not be served prior to the Belmont.) New York State’s newly formed Racing and Wagering Board has stepped in now and

shackled O’Neill with a list of special rules and regulations. O’Neill’s horses cannot in any way be treated without a board investigator present. And he should not allow treatment of any of his horses by mouth or in feed without conferring (approval) with a board investigator.

O’Neill must also provide veterinary records for I’ll Have Another and all other of his horses at Belmont by no later than 10 a.m. each day after any treatment. O’Neill, who was suspended in 2010 for a similar violation in Illinois, has more than a dozen drug

violations in four states. His restrained rejoinder to all the hoopla: “With a great horse they’re under a bigger microscope. I wish they did this everywhere. We need to be transparent and show the public (racings) backstage.” An old and popular Yiddish word comes to mind — chutzpah!

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County To Continue Well Field Protection Despite Municipal Cuts By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Palm Beach County Commission gave full funding support to its well field protection ordinance Tuesday, although a number of municipalities, including Wellington, have opted not to continue paying for the program. Since 80 percent of Palm Beach County’s potable water comes from groundwater sources, the county’s Environmental Resources Management department is tasked with protecting well fields from the risk of contamination. For years, municipalities funded the work jointly with the coun-

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continued from page 1 agreed that if it started taking away from the benefits that residents legitimately enjoyed beforehand, it would be corrected. “I apologize that it got to the point that they received a notice, and I wasn’t aware of what was going on,” Jarriel said. Mayor Dave Browning read a letter from the Eicks, stating that they had lived in Loxahatchee Groves for 30 years and originally bought hay for their horses and cows. “We have always given hay to people who could not afford to

ty. However, at a March 27 workshop, ERM officials said that the department no longer has adequate financing for the well field protection program since a number of municipalities have pulled out due to financial constraints. The commissioners postponed action in March so that county officials could try to get municipalities that have dropped out of the program back on board. That effort was not successful, ERM representative Robert Robbins told commissioners Tuesday. Richard Hasko, environmental services director for the City of Delray Beach, said his community

chose to stay with the program because they feel it is indispensable. “Well field protection is the first line of protection for not only the municipal but obviously the county’s drinking water,” Hasko said. “We had a firsthand experience back in the mid-1980s of a serious, major well field contamination in Delray Beach. We didn’t have to go through that to realize it’s much cheaper to monitor and prevent than to mitigate after the fact.” Hasko said water supply is a regional issue. “The water supply is a common water supply for every water utility in the county,” he

said, explaining that he thought the county has run an effective well field protection program to identify potential groundwater contamination. Should the program become fractured, with each municipality running its own program, there would no longer be general oversight. “It makes it very difficult without that regional oversight to make it efficient,” Hasko said. Sheila Calderon of the Sierra Club encouraged the county to continue the program, with or without more municipal support. “Well fields provide 80 percent of our safe drinking water,” Cal-

deron said. “I don’t know how we could even consider any budget cuts that would put public health in jeopardy by making cuts to inspections of gas stations and other polluters.” Calderon said she thought the local provision is even more important in the face of continued state and federal deregulation. Commissioner Karen Marcus asked whether county staff had reached out to the municipalities that were pulling out, and Robbins said they had, but many of the municipalities were waiting to see what action the county commission would take.

Robbins said that about 12 percent of the county’s water supply is unaccounted for. “Of those 12 percent, we know some like Mangonia Park would probably participate, but they want to see the outcome today,” Robbins said. “Others have told us that they will not participate, or they will do something on their own.” Those waiting to see what action the county would take included Riviera Beach, Tequesta and West Palm Beach, which Robbins said probably would not participate no matter the outcome. Wellington, Boca Raton and See WELL FIELD, page 7

feed their animals,” they wrote. “We support many neighbors in their time of need. It would not only be a financial hardship for our family if we were not able to continue our hay business, but this would also cause hardships for many of our neighbors.” In the letter, the Eicks stated that they barter with neighbors for things such as horseshoeing, horse training, dirt, mechanical work and care for animals when they are away. “Many of our neighbors and ourselves could not afford this unless we did barter,” the letter stated. Jarriel said he would like to figure out how to solve the problem. Town Attorney Michael Cirullo said that the council could declare a moratorium until they’ve approved an ordinance correcting the issue.

“When given direction to review an issue that has come to you, we are given specific directions to address that issue,” Cirullo said. “In the meantime, we either don’t initiate or we don’t continue that enforcement until we come back to you for further direction.” Cirullo said the council could approve a new section of the code granting hay and related sales, or add a section for conditional uses. “We could bring back some options, and you could tell us what you think,” he said. Councilman Jim Rockett said the situation is akin to what Loxahatchee Groves stands for and that when they went through the process of constructing the ULDC, they tried to follow certain themes. “If I was to pick a type of neighbor that I would like to live

next to in this community, this would be my choice,” Rockett said. “I would like to restore their operation until we come up with something else.” Browning said that when they first put the town’s comprehensive plan together, they had agreed that existing operations would continue as long as they were not illegal. “We were really talking about things that were bad on the environment,” he said. “There were people out here stripping cars, and things like that, and if they were not blatantly bad for the community, we were not going to shut them down, and I think that applies in this situation.” Browning said that interfering with residents’ lives was not the intent, as long as their activities did not negatively affect neigh-

bors. He said it was wrong to cite someone “where the neighbors have no problems, and we have not heard of any complaints from neighbors.” Rockett suggested that an amendment could be crafted that would allow property owners to engage in bartering and trade as long as they are residents conducting the activities themselves and are not actively advertising. During public comment, Mary Ann Miles, who lives next to the Eicks, said she had no complaint. “If anybody should have a complaint, it should be me, and I don’t,” Miles said. Jarriel made a motion for staff to review the ULDC and formulate options to address the issue. The motion carried 3-0 with Councilman Tom Goltzené and Vice Mayor Ryan Liang absent.

Town Manager Mark Kutney said he would tell officers to put a stay on code enforcement until the council addresses the issue. In other business, the council approved a preliminary reading of a moratorium on land use amendments until Nov. 30 while staff and the council review its comp plan to refine provisions that allow commercial development. The proposed ordinance exempts any such applications that were pending as of April 17, which include those for the property at the corner of Southern Blvd. and B Road, where plans are underway for the fifth Palm Beach State College campus. It also exempts the town-initiated amendments that are likely upon completion of the review of the comprehensive plan by the town during the time of the moratorium.

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FIREFIGHTERS AND PARAMEDICS DEMONSTRATE AT FIRE FEST IN WELLINGTON

The Professional Firefighters/Paramedics of P alm Beach County sponsored Wellington Fire Fest on Saturday, June 2 at Wellington Village Park. To help promote fire safety there were fire-rescue demonstrations, car extractions and displays of fire-rescue trucks and more. For more info., visit www.firefest.us. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Aaron Piering, Ron Nichols, Mike Schaefer, Scott Sherr y, Capt. Houston Park, Sam Adler and Aaron Getting.

Firefighters put out the demo fire.

Flight medic Kit Hibbs with Alexander and Liliana Unversaw.

Lisa Moreira signs a fire-rescue truck.

The Wellington High School Mighty Wolverine Sound performs.

Sydney Williams gets a feel for the fire-rescue truck.

CHALLENGER LEAGUE HOLDS END-OF-YEAR AWARDS CEREMONY IN ROYAL PALM The Challenger League awarded its end-of-the-year trophies to players during a celebration held Saturday, June 2 at Royal Palm Beach Veterans Park. The Challenger League provides an opportunity for players with disabilities to play organized softball. For more info., call Larry Weld at (561) 723-5986. PHOTOS BY LAUREN MIRĂ“/TOWN-CRIER

The Marlins players celebrate with their coaches.

Members of the Red Sox team show off their awards.

Members of the Asphalt Angels Car Club, which sponsors the league.


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Homeless Man Arrested Following Stabbing In RPB By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report JUNE 2 — Ahomeless man was arrested late last Saturday night on charges of aggravated battery following an incident in the Lantern Walk community in Royal Palm Beach. According to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office report, a deputy was called to the community after 24-year-old Isaiah Sterling got into a physical altercation with the victim. According to the report, Sterling slashed the victim across the abdomen and finger with a 5-inch knife. The victim was treated at Palms West Hospital. Sterling was arrested and taken to the Palm Beach County Jail, where he was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. ••• MAY 28 — Two Acreage men were removed from the Mall at Wellington Green last Monday evening following an incident in the food court. According to a PBSO report, a deputy from the Wellington substation was called to the mall after a security officer observed Chaz and Chad Bailey, both 18 years old, taking money from the water fountain. The men were issued trespass warnings for one year. MAY 29 — A resident of White Pine Drive called the PBSO substation in Wellington last Tuesday morning to report a suspicious person following an incident at a bus stop near the intersection of White Pine and Birkdale drives. According to a PBSO report, at approximately 9 a.m., the victim was walking to her school bus stop when an unknown black male in a newer model white Ford Expedition began circling the area. According to the report, the victim said that the suspect then stopped and asked her to come up to the vehicle. The victim then dropped her backpack and ran to her home,

where she called her mother, who contacted the PBSO. The suspect has been described as a black male with a goatee wearing all black clothing. There was no further information available at the time of the report. JUNE 2 — A deputy from the PBSO’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation was dispatched to a home on 66th Street North last Saturday afternoon regarding a theft. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 6 p.m. on Friday, May 25 and 4 p.m. last Saturday, someone removed the air-conditioning unit from the east side of the property. The stolen item was valued at approximately $1,500. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. JUNE 4 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach was dispatched to a home in La Mancha on Monday afternoon regarding a burglary. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 3 p.m. on Friday, May 4 and 3:46 p.m. on Monday, someone broke the glass window on the side door and garage lock. According to the report, the perpetrator(s) took the kitchen sink along with several hurricane panels. The victim said that the home is vacant. The stolen items were valued at approximately $1,850. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. JUNE 4 — A resident of Bella Terra contacted the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach on Monday morning to report a vehicle burglary. According to a PBSO report, surveillance video footage showed that at approximately 3 a.m., two white males on bikes entered the victim’s unlocked vehicle and stole a phone charger, cell phone docking station and a pair of designer sunglasses. The stolen items were valued at approximately $255, but the suspects had See BLOTTER, page 18

(Above and inset) The PBSO is seeking the identity of these three suspects.

Three Sought For Wellington Robbery MAY 6 — Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office detectives are seeking the public’s assistance with identifying suspects wanted for robbery after they suddenly snatched a woman’s handbag on Sunday, May 6 outside a Publix in Wellington. According to a PBSO report, three suspects approached and began a conversation with a woman in the parking lot of the Publix supermarket in Town Square on Forest Hill Blvd.

While one suspect was engaged in conversation, the other two suspects stole her handbag from her shopping cart and fled. The three suspects used the victim’s credit card at the nearby Shell gas station located at 12000 South Shore Blvd. a short time after the crime. Anyone who can identify these suspects is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS or email tips@cspbc.com.

Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is asking for the public’s help in finding these wanted fugitives: • Sonia Celis, a.k.a. Sonia Celis-Nunez, is a white female, 5’2” tall and weighing 160 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. Her date of birth is 08/23/58. Celis is wanted for violation of probation on charges of sale of amphetamines and dispensing prescriptions without a license. Her occupation is unknown. Her last known address was Torchwood Court in Wellington. Celis is wanted as of 06/07/12. • Neftali “Junior” Sanchez is a white male, 5’9” tall and weighing 150 lbs., with black hair and green eyes. He has multiple tattoos. His date of bir th is 09/11/67. Sanchez is wanted for dealing in stolen property, false verification of ownership and grand theft (felony), and failure to appear on charges of petit theft and criminal mischief (misdemeanor). His occupation is unknown. His last known address was Grand Duke Way in Royal Palm Beach. Sanchez is wanted as of 06/07/12. Remain anonymous and you may be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward. Call Crime Stopper s at (800) 458-TIPS (8477) or visit www.crimestopperspbc. com.

Sonia Celis

Neftali Sanchez

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Officials: Palm Beach County Well Prepared For Hurricane Season By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Palm Beach County is one of the best prepared counties in the state for hurricane season, according to officials who gave an update about the 2012 storm season to the Palm Beach County Commission on Tuesday. Assistant County Administrator for Public Safety Vince Bonvento said the county’s emergency management program has received numerous awards. “We are recognized as one of the most proactive emergency management operations in Florida, and we definitely are a leader in the state,” he said. “We’ve had emergency management directors from all over the country come and visit us.” Bonvento recognized Emergency Management Director Bill Johnson, who was selected outstanding emergency management director in Florida at a re-

cent conference in Fort Lauderdale. FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, requires all management staff be certified by the National Incident Management System (NIMS). This requires participation in numerous classes, and Bonvento noted that Palm Beach County once again leads the state. “Ninety-five percent of senior managers are NIMS-certified,” Bonvento said. “That’s really an outstanding achievement. It’s one of the highest in the state, so we’re very proud of that.” Johnson noted that FEMA had upgraded the county’s rating from Class 6 to a Class 5 rating, which will save county residents $4.5 million in annual insurance premiums, an average of $120 per household, which is more than double the Division of Emergency Management’s draw on ad valorem taxes. He pointed out that Palm

Beach County is among only nine communities in the United States with a rating of five or better. The emergency management department has also made some dramatic improvements to its web page, which describes some new programs it has unveiled to the community. Among the updates for this season are new emergency evacuation zones based on new technology, including laser-guided topography maps and surge modeling from the National Hurricane Center. “We’ve been able to create better and more accurate surge modeling, and therefore we’ve gone from two models last year to five this year,” Johnson said, explaining that the models are on the web site at www.pbcgov.com/dem/ evacuate. The zones are closely related to storm categories, naming them by letter rather than number because

the amount of surge is determined by more variables than just the strength of the storm. “It becomes very important for every individual to know which part of the zone they reside in,” he said. The department has also developed a phone application it will release soon called the Disaster Assessment Resource Tool (PBCDART), which is available for the iPhone and will be available soon on Android and Windows mobile operating systems. It will have the capability to determine whether the person holding the phone is standing in an evacuation zone, where the nearest shelter is and whether it is open, Johnson said. The application will also be able to identify damage to property after the storm. Plans are underway to expand the functionality of this tool. The updated web page is simplified to focus on three basic au-

diences: citizens, businesses and partners. It is also linked to social media, including Facebook and Twitter. “It includes all of our other technologies, as well as all of our resources to help our community plan for and prepare for a hurricane,” Johnson said. The web site includes all the maps produced by the division, as well as shelter maps and maps of gas stations and grocery stores that are equipped with emergency generators, as well as home repair stores. “We believe that our web site now has become very robust and a helpful resource for our community,” he said. The forecast for 2012 predicts between nine and 15 named storms, with four to eight reaching hurricane strength and one to three being intense hurricanes, Bonvento said. “We’re still making numerous

presentations to the community,” he said. “Our message that we try and present to the community is very simple: have a plan, be prepared and be informed.” Commissioner Karen Marcus stressed the importance of the county to coordinate its emergency management with municipal emergency operating centers, pointing out that more of the cities are forming their own EOCs and that a recent exercise in north county might not have had as much county participation as it should. Bonvento said the individual EOCs do tie in with the county during emergencies. Commissioner Steven Abrams agreed with Marcus, saying that many of the municipalities have greatly improved their own EOCs. “They’ve beefed them up to where they could be a great assistance to the county, but also likewise, we need to be in coordination with them,” he said.

Perfect Smile Dentistry Planning Big 10th Anniversary Celebration By Jessica Gregoire Town-Crier Staff Report Celebrating its 10-year anniversary, Perfect Smile Dentistry is welcoming everyone to join in the festivities. In celebration of the milestone, the practice is hosting an evening

Dr. Barbara Bates in one of the procedure rooms.

of refreshments, food, raffles and many free giveaways in conjunction with the Wellington Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, July 11 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Perfect Smile’s Wellington location, 12300 South Shore Blvd., Suite 208. Dr. Rasmi Akel, who owns the practice with Dr. Barbara Bates, encourages people to attend for a chance to win one of the many great prizes. “We are going to have a couple of raffles, and one of the raffles is going to be for eight veneers,” he said. “If you don’t want the veneers, you can actually gift it to somebody else that you know. Then they can come in for a consultation.” Other giveaways include an electric toothbrush, a wine basket, a take-home whitening kit and a certificate for $50 off any service, given only to the first 50 attendees. Akel and Bates founded Perfect Smile Dentistry after attending dental school together at Nova Southeastern University. The dentists opened their joint practice shortly after graduating in 2001.

Perfect Smile has been providing dental procedures to the community since 2002. “We provide services for people all around the western communities, from the age of 3 to 103,” Akel said. With a variety of comprehensive procedures, the practice is always evolving with the latest techniques. Services include cleanings, root canals, extractions, teeth whiting, dentures and partials, crowns, bridges and Invisalign, just to name a few. Akel attributes much of the practice’s success to its patients. “In the beginning, we had no patients,” he said. “We did not buy this practice from somebody or come with our own patient base.” Bates also thanks the Perfect Smile Dentistry associates, hygienists, dental assistants and staff for their contributions to the overall growth of the practice. “We have a very pleasant and efficient staff,” she said. “The patients come in contact with a lot of people, and it’s important that they have a great experience with ev-

eryone they come in contact with.” Perfect Smile has grown along with the community. “Over the 10 years, we have seen kids who have grown with us from being 3 or 4 years old, who are now teenagers getting ready for college,” Akel said. Many of the patients have been there since the beginning. “I’m really pleased as to the way the practice has grown,” Bates said. “We have patients who have been coming here since the day we opened. Then they started bringing their families, friends and neighbors, which we really appreciate.” Akel is very thankful for the trust these patients have placed in Perfect Smile Dentistry. “Our patients trusted their dental health to our hands, and we proved to them that we are capable of providing the best dental procedures,” he said. With close connections to the community through sponsorship of local sports teams and various events, Perfect Smile believes in

Perfect Smile administrative staff: Chardonnay Badchkam, Pam Salopek, Sandra Garcia, Assistant Business Manager Denise Chase, Amber Goss and Office Manager Kendra Williams.

Dr. Rasmi Akel with dental assistants Maria Perez and Janneth Varela.

giving back to the community it serves. “Whenever our patients ask us to support a local event or team, we do it,” Bates said. It is this close relationship that has turned patients into friends. “We are more like family now with many of our patients,” Akel explained. “Just to see how even the children have grown, and they are on their way to becoming the next generation in the area.” Perfect Smile has been keeping up with the latest technology in an industry that is constantly changing. “Every day there is new material, and we always attend continuing education courses to see what new materials and programs are available,” Akel said. The practice has just updated its computer software to the new Dentrix system, which shows the patient and the dentist three-dimensional charting of all teeth and surfaces. “It makes it more educational,” Akel said. “We always try to bring in new material for our patients while educating them on all the different types.”

Perfect Smile Dentistry has significantly grown over its 10 years. In 2006, the practice opened a second location in Boynton Beach (7593 Boynton Beach Blvd., Suite 200), and also has added an experienced associate, Dr. John DeStefon, to the Wellington location. “This practice in Wellington has pretty much been our baby,” Bates said. “This is where we started, and we try to stay involved in the community to continue to grow with it.” With many hopes for the future, Bates anticipates more support from the community. “We want new people in the area to know that we are here, and to continue offering the best possible service we can,” she said. Akel is proud that Perfect Smile Dentistry has reached this important milestone. “We really know our community, and we really enjoy knowing everybody, and we hope to be here for many more years to come,” he said. For more information, visit www. perfectsmiledentistry.com or call (561) 204-4494.

Dental assistants Barbara Bretoux and Janneth Varela with hygienist Carolina Bueno and Laura Morse. PHOTOS BY JESSICA GREGROIRE/TOWN-CRIER STAFF REPORT

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Well Field

County To Continue Program

continued from page 4 Palm Springs have indicated they will not participate but will run their own programs, Robbins noted, while West Palm Beach and Boynton Beach have said they will not participate and do not intend to run their own programs. About 47 percent of the county’s allocated water supply would

be under the county’s well field protection plan and 41 percent would be under some form of municipal protection, he said. Commission Chair Shelley Vana said the county cannot force the municipalities to participate. “We do have the responsibility to make sure the wells are OK,” Vana said. “My question is how do we know how well anybody’s doing it? Either we’re going to take responsibility or give it to everybody else.” Vana said she thought the county should continue its plan whether the cities participate or not. “I’m not saying I don’t trust our mu-

nicipalities, but we know what we’re doing,” she said. The program’s cost is about $512,000, and the amount that would need to be reinstated to the program would be about $355,000, Robbins said. Commissioner Paulette Burdick, a resident of West Palm Beach, said she recalled a recent time when the city’s water looked, smelled and tasted bad and could not understand why it would not elect to be in the program or initiate its own. “Good, clean, safe drinking water is so important to Palm Beach County,” Burdick said. “If we

don’t have that, then everything else that we do is going to be detrimentally impacted, so I can certainly support doing this on a countywide basis.” Robbins said the county used to monitor businesses around the West Palm Beach well fields but no longer does so. He explained that the county is currently only monitoring well fields in those municipalities that pay a prorated share into the program. Vana favored doing the full program, regardless of whether all cities participate. “I think the water is very important, and I think we

should enter into [agreements] working in a good faith with the municipalities,” she said. “We will need them and they will need us at some point in time.” Marcus made a motion to continue the well field protection plan, which carried unanimously. Wellington Engineer Bill Riebe told the Town-Crier that the village had opted out because there are no potential sources of contamination near its well fields and that the county’s request for support of about $20,000 had not been specific enough. “Most of the potential contaminant sources are

under control of the Village of Wellington,” Riebe said, including its municipal fuel station and tanks for emergency generators. He said that Wellington has implemented its own well field protection plan. “When [the county] brought this up, they really didn’t give a good itemization of the cost,” Riebe said. “All the people, public and private, benefit. What the county wanted was for the municipal authorities to pay for the program, and it wasn’t fair to ratepayers in Wellington or Boca or anywhere else. They want to shift the burden onto the cities.”


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NEWS BRIEFS Wellness Festival Silver Sponsors Announced The Wellington Chamber of Commerce has announced that Dr. G’s Weight Loss & Wellness and My Community Pharmacy have been named as silver sponsors for the 2012 Summer Wellington Health & Wellness Festival. The event will take place Saturday, June 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. near Whole Foods Market in Wellington. Dr. Randall Laurich of the Wellness Experience of Wellington is chairman and presenting sponsor of the event. This goal of the event is to create awareness of the many dimensions of wellness through experiential booth exhibits. It will showcase a variety of specialties including chiropractic care, state-of-theart pharmacy services, live yoga, fitness and karate demonstrations, weight-loss programs and services, health screenings, cuttingedge fitness trends, integrative and holistic medicine, pet therapy, massages and food samples. Dr. G’s Weight Loss & Wellness offers safe and sensible medically supervised weight-loss programs,

as well as nutritional products, that assist individuals to easily and rapidly achieve their proper weight and improve their lifestyles. Founded by Dr. Charles Goldsmith in 1994, Dr. G’s Weight Loss & Wellness has 18 years of experience helping over 85,000 patients lose more than one million pounds. Unlike most weight-loss programs where one size fits all, the Dr. G’s program is an individualized physician-supervised medical weight-loss plan that provides a sense of ease, freedom and instant gratification that dramatically changes patients’ lives. Dr. G’s Weight Loss & Wellness uses its proprietary software and a full medical evaluation, including blood work, EKG, metabolic rate, body composition and behavioral history, to create customized plans for safe and effective weight loss. Plans may incorporate a combination of FDA-approved medication and herbal supplements to help clients reach their weight-loss goals. My Community Pharmacy is a hometown community pharmacy, providing special, individualized care. Whether you need a simple prescription, a specially made medication just for you or your pet, or

even a walker, cane or crutch, My Community Pharmacy has what you need at reasonable prices. Other services include compound medications, home infusion drug therapies and a variety of medical equipment and assistance products to make it easier to cope with illness or disability. For more about the June 9 event, call the Wellington Chamber of Commerce at (561) 792-6525.

Family Fun Fest This Sunday At CityPlace Just in time for summer, CityPlace is launching Family Fun Fest, a series of free monthly events that will keep children and their parents engaged and entertained on Sunday afternoons. The event series kicks off with a sports festival Sunday, June 10 from 2 to 5 p.m. and will continue on the second Sunday of each month with a variety of themed, interactive activities, charity partnerships and exclusive promotions at the CityPlace plaza and throughout the property. Guests at the first festival will interact with the Miami Dolphins,

Florida Panthers and representatives from Roger Dean Stadium during exciting, live demonstrations, plus there will be more than 15 types of sports-themed entertainment. Activities include baseball pitching and swinging tests, ice skating on a miniature rink, mini putting areas for golf, child-safe archery, gymnastics, martial arts training and more. In addition to sports, music will keep the party going all afternoon, along with stations for temporary sports fan tattoos, games outside B.B. King’s Blues Club and giveaways. The Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida will also be on site to raise awareness for its physical fitness programs. Parents and children who show their Family Fun sticker at participating businesses will get even more treats with shopping and dining incentives throughout CityPlace. Children eat free at B.B. King’s Blues Club with the purchase of two adult entrées, and guests can receive a free regularsized Italian ice from Rita’s with the purchase of another regular or large menu item. Gap, Macy’s and White House Black Market all have extra discounts for the whole family.

For more information about CityPlace, visit www.cityplace.com or call CityPlace Guest Services at (561) 366-1000.

Food Drive At Muck City Fest June 9 For the second year in a row, Feeding South Florida has joined forces with Tampa Bay Buccaneer and former Glades Central Raider James Lee, the James Lee Children’s Foundation, the Tyler McLellan Foundation and the City of Belle Glade to provide nutritious food for families who are facing hunger. During the James Lee Children’s Foundation’s Muck City Fest on Saturday, June 9, Feeding South Florida will have a mobile pantry on site with 20,000 pounds of food for those who are food insecure. Several NFL players will be distributing food at the event, which is open to the public and takes place at Lakeshore Park in Belle Glade. Food distribution will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Players will arrive and distribute food between 1 and 1:30 p.m. Muck City Fest is an annual

sponsored day of family/community activities, free health screenings, information booths, giveaways and fun for all ages hosted by Lee and several of his NFL friends. The event includes food, T-shirts for the first 300 children registered, music, bounce houses, a fire truck from the Belle Glade Fire Department and more — all at no cost to local residents. In an effort to provide those who are food insecure in underserved communities with nutritious foods, Feeding South Florida operates a mobile food pantry truck throughout South Florida. “Last year, we had our single largest mobile food pantry event at the Muck City Fest. We distributed about 18,000 pounds of food to approximately 1,000 people,” said Francisco “Paco” R. Vélez, CEO of Feeding South Florida. “We’re happy that the mobile food pantry made a tremendous positive impact on those in need in the area, and we hope to achieve that again this year.” Lakeshore Park is located at 1224 SW Avenue E Place in Belle Glade. For more information about Feeding South Florida, call (954) 518-1818 or visit www.feeding southflorida.org.


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WELLINGTON ART SOCIETY INSTALLS ITS NEW BOARD MEMBERS FOR 2012-13

The Wellington Art Society held its installation dinner Thursday, May 31 at Graffito South in Wellington. Some members brought graffitithemed artwork to share. Outgoing President Suzanne Redmond gave thank-you gifts to members who worked on special projects throughout the year, and board members were installed, including Tony Baker as the new president. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER SEE MORE PHOTOS FROM THIS EVENT AT WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM

Joanne Baker MacLeod with Suzanne Redmond.

The new Wellington Art Society board.

Members receive thank-you photos.

Tony Baker receives the gavel from Suzanne Redmond.

Randy and Leslie Pfeiffer with Suzanne Redmond and George Springthorpe.

Linda Rovolis, Kathy Morlock, Joanne MacLeod and Suzanne Redmond.

Kathy Morlock, Joanne MacLeod, Bobbin Salisbury and Ursula Fernandez.

PBC MOUNTED POSSE HOLDS FINAL SHOW OF THE SEASON AT BRANDON CENTER The Palm Beach County Mounted P osse held its last show before summer break on Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3. Riders competed in several jumping, dressage, hunter and western events throughout the weekend. For more info., visit www.pbcposse.com. PHOTOS BY LAUREN MIRĂ“/TOWN-CRIER

Maya Suchy and Miracles are Real look for the next jump.

Laina Wilson on Sublime.

Brianna and Betty Alvarez sell watermelon for 4-H.

Chloe Rutstein shows off her ribbons and trophy aboard Rebel.


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WEST PALM ANTIQUES FESTIVAL GREETS SUMMER WITH FAIRGROUNDS SHOW The West Palm Beach Antiques Festival took place June 1-3 at the South Florida Fairgrounds. There was plenty of jewelry, clothing, linens, artwork and many more vendors displaying their collectibles and antiques. The festival will continue throughout the summer on the first weekend of each month. For more info., visit www.wpbaf.com. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Kathy Schnieders admires a purse for sale by Jennifer Mercer of London M. Collection.

Patty Cohen helps Barbara Rothman try on a necklace while Sharon Levine holds the mirror.

Arthur Gozzi repairs a watch.

Rita Harvey looks at turquoise jewelry by Tiki Designs.

Deborah’s Linens owner Deborah Gentile.

Patti Brown adjusts a hat purchased by Celia Lucenta.

PET WELLNESS STATION OFFERS PET VACCINATIONS AT RED BARN FEED & SUPPLY The Pet Wellness Station provided low-cost vaccinations for dogs and cats Sunday, June 3 at the Red Barn Feed & Supply in Loxahatchee Groves. Services included blood tests, vaccinations and heartworm and flea prevention products. The Pet Wellness Station comes to Red Barn the first Sunday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon. For more info., contact Dr. Ginnie Sayre at petwellnessstation@comcast.net or (561) 236-7365. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Michelle Shaen and Michelle Macy with Macy’s dogs.

Natasha Salazar with Mia and Luisa Salazar with Max.

Vet tech Debbie Coutts holds Ziggy while Dr. Ginnie Sa yre draws blood for a heartworm test and Maxine Cann looks on.


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Bedner’s Farm Fresh Market Featured On TV Show For Green Spaces By Jessica Gregoire Town-Crier Staff Report “Farmers are the first environmentalists,” said Mary Bedner, coowner of Bedner’s Farm Fresh Market, as she walked through the store her family owns and operates. “Our objective is to be as green as possible and to try to keep the land as pristine as we can.” It has been the duty of the farmer for centuries to keep the environment healthy in order to produce the best-quality products, she said. For farmers, the environment is their livelihood, and farms such as Bedner’s have been finding minimally invasive alternatives to reduce their impact on the environment. Bedner ’s Farm Fresh Market, located at the corner of State Road 7 and Lee Road west of Boynton Beach, was featured recently on Designing Spaces Think Green, a Lifetime TV network show, because of its low impact on the environment. Designing Spaces features environmentally friendly home improvement ideas and products. Bedner ’s was recognized for its eco-friendly approach to running a farmer’s market. The local business came to the attention of the show through an interesting connection. “A local production company in Pompano Beach is part of the network,” Bedner said. “One of producers who shops here thought it would be a

perfect location for a segment.” The producer got in contact with Bedner, and she agreed to take part. “Once they got here, they liked it, and that’s why they came inside and focused on a lot of different areas,” she said. The producers chose Bedner’s as a backdrop for the segment because the market complemented the show’s eco-friendly topics. “We have a low carbon footprint, and the producer recognized that during her shopping experience here,” Bedner said. “She thought this would be an ideal location for that type of project.” On the day of the shooting, the production crew, host and producer filled the market with their cameras and sound equipment for several hours. Customers looked on as the crew set up, and host Ted Brunson began the segment by speaking to Bedner in front of the market’s entrance. “To watch them do all that was really interesting,” Bedner said. “And to see the final product was just really great because I got to see how everything came together.” The segment features three ecofriendly topics — solar power, energy-efficient windows and synthetic lawns. The segments were filmed in different locations throughout the country. Brunson goes back and forth between topics, introducing the segments from Bedner’s.

Megan Bedner, Mary’s niece and an employee, sorts Bedner’s Farm Fresh Market co-owner Mary some of the vegetables grown and sold at the farm. Bedner in front of an impact-resistant window. PHOTOS BY JESSICA GREGOIRE/TOWN-CRIER SEE VIDEO ON BEDNER’S AT WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM “They flew him in all the way plained how Bedner’s has a low cause it’s fresh picked straight to owners made sure that the strucfrom Chicago, which was amaz- carbon footprint because the pro- the shelves.” ture was as eco-friendly as possiing,” Bedner said. “And he came duce it sells is grown on its own Bedner’s farm borders the ble. in and was really friendly, and ev- farm. “He really liked the pepper Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee “We tried to keep everything as erything just flowed.” section and the different lettuces, National Wildlife Refuge. The basic as possible, from the shelvWhen the topic of energy-effi- and used one of our reusable bags owners keep the area sustainable ing to the unpolished floors,” Bedcient windows came up, Brunson to fill up and then make a pur- for not only themselves but for all ner said. “We try to keep it minishowed the energy-efficient win- chase,” Bedner said. “He brought the wildlife in the area. “We have mal, and the appeal is basic.” dows that Bedner’s has installed that part of our market into the to be very careful and maintain The segment has begun airing throughout the market. “The win- show, which was awesome for us.” things to keep it clean because we on Lifetime TV and is also availdows we have are hurricane-proof, It was a wonderful opportunity are part of the Everglades sys- able at www.designingspaces.tv/ so we don’t have to put shutters for the local business to be recog- tem,” Bedner said. greenspaces. The next TV air date on them,” Bedner said. “So that nized for environmental preservaThe owners keep the farm envi- is July 12. makes it better insulated, and that tion efforts. “People realize how ronmentally sustainable through Bedner’s Farm Fresh Market is was one of the appeals for the pro- minimal our impact is on the envi- various alternatives, from its farm- located at 10066 Lee Road at State ducers.” ronment, versus [businesses] that ing practices to the way its market Road 7. For more information, visFor the segment, Brunson also truck in their produce,” she said. building was constructed. From it www.bedners.com or call (561) bought some produce and ex- “And the shelf life is fresher be- the floors to the windows, the 733-5490.

RPBHS GRADUATE BARR SIGNS TO PLAY BASEBALL WITH UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI

Royal Palm Beach High School graduate Christopher Barr signed a letter of intent to play baseball for the University of Miami on Friday, June 1 in the principal’s conference room. Coaches, mentors, family and friends gathered to celebrate Barr’s achievement.

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Christopher Barr with his parents Belinda and Jim.

Brandon Hernandez, Christopher Barr, Kyle Houck and Justin Lauginiger.

Royal Palm Beach High School Principal Jesus Armas, Justin Hedges, head baseball coach Brian Joros, Bart Wible and Eric Patterson look on as Christopher Barr signs his letter.


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WLMS Band First In Panther Run Holds Its Kindergarten Roundup Boston Competition The Wellington Landings Middle School band traveled to Boston the weekend of April 27 to compete in the Music in the Parks Festival. The band’s performance won it a first-place trophy and a Superior rating in the Middle School competition. The WLMS band also won the Esprit De Corps Award, which recognizes the organization that displays the best overall qualities expected in a musical organization including performance, discipline, professionalism and overall best representing their school and community in the field of music education. This is the second time WLMS band has won this award, and Band Director Chris Martindale was very proud of the band’s performance and the dedication of the students. The awards presentation was held at Six Flags New England and the students were treated to a fun day at the park. The band held a pancake break-

Panther Run Elementary School recently held its kindergarten roundup. Although former music teacher Dwane Earnhardt retired last school year, the reins were passed to Anna Karabensh, who continued the “Three Piggy Opera” legacy. Karabensh is completing her first year as music teacher at Panther Run Elementary School.

This year’s kindergartners performed for those who will be starting kindergarten in the fall. Parents and family members were also present. Each kindergarten class had a chance to take part in the opera on different days. Three classes performed at a time. On this day, they were the kindergarten classes of Lisa Kenny, Olga Espinoza and Laura Hildebrandt.

Principal Blake Bennett holds the band’s two trophies. fast and silent auction/raffle in April to raise the funds needed for travel expenses. Thanks to the generosity of local businesses and parents, many items were donated, and the school and band department are very thankful.

NEW HORIZONS STUDENTS LEARN ALL ABOUT SAFETY

New Horizons Elementary School students recently learned important safety skills. Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue education specialists presented informative and interactive “Match Game” assemblies. Students learned about injury prevention topics, including water, vehicle, bicycle, pedestrian and gun safety tips. Pictured here are PBCFR education specialists Jeff Heinz and Bob Shallacombe with Fah Davidson’s kindergarten students.

Kindergarten classes sing the operetta.

Ricky Rodriguez, the farmer selling straw.

Megan Esposito played the wolf.

SUPPLY DRIVE FOR U.S. CRESTWOOD AWARDS TROOPS AT WELLINGTON OUTSTANDING STUDENTS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Wellington Elementary School recently held its “Support Our Soldiers Drive.” Students collected toiletries and food items to donate to the organization Forgotten Soldiers Outreach. Its mission is to ease the feeling of separation U.S. servicemen and women experience when they are far away from their loved ones. Items collected will be included in the “we-care” packages that will be shipped to military personnel of all branches serving overseas. Wellington Elementary School students and staff salute all servicemen and women and thank them for all they do for the country. Shown above are some of the drive participants with items they collected.

Crestwood Middle School held its eighth-grade award ceremony Tuesday, May 29. Awards included those for National Junior Honor Society service, outstanding athletics and being in the top 5 percent, as well as the President’s Award and the Principal Academic Award. Pictured above is Principal Dr. Stephanie Nance with Kaitlyn Donahue, recipient of the award for top GPA for all three years in Crestwood.


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SRHS Summer Brain Students Of The Month At Western Pines Camp Starts July 30 Seminole Ridge High School will hold its annual Brain Camp for students registered to take advanced courses in the coming school year. The free four-day session begins Monday morning, July 30, and takes place from 8:30 a.m. to noon each day. Brain Camp is open to any SRHS student enrolled in the school’s Accipiter pre-Advanced Placement academy or scheduled for college-level

coursework (AP/AICE). Topics of study include time management, critical thinking, research and study skills, and an introduction to preparing for AP/AICE course exams. Students interested in attending the camp must register for the camp by Friday, June 29. To register, visit www.surveymonkey. com/s/82cswxy or e-mail mierka. drucker@palmbeachschools.org for more information about Brain Camp.

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Western Pines Middle School Principal Robert Hatcher has announced the students of the month for May. The students were selected by their science teachers as being young men and women of excellence in and out of the classroom. Mikael Ameris, this month’s sixth-grade student, is considered by his teachers to be an extraordinary young man who continually strives to do his best while helping others reach their potential. In the classroom, he is enthusiastic about aiding struggling students and inevitably takes the leadership role in his lab group. In addition to being an excellent student, Ameris has been involved in school sports, including volleyball, basketball, and track and field.

Seventh-grader Jasmin Tarakmi’s teachers regard her as a very kind and inspiring young lady. According to her teachers, Tarakmi is very task-oriented and tends to be a perfectionist in whatever she does. She also steps up to the plate as the leader of her small group and lab groups. Tarakmi has been inducted into next year’s National Junior Honor Society. Finally, eighth-grade student of the month Macy Varnell is a quiet and hardworking young lady. She consistently hands in work that shows great care, pride and perfection. Varnell takes the time to help her peers, answering questions and offering further explanation whenever her friends ask for her help. She is the epitome of a conscientious and accomplished student.

Students Of The Month — Macy Varnell, Mikael Ameris and Jasmin Tarakmi with Principal Rober t Hatcher.

Huntington Offers Advice For Avoiding Summertime Regression Summertime regression is a common problem among students. Studies show that most students lose at least some knowledge that they gained during the school year over the course of summer vacation. According to Mary Fisher of the Huntington Learning Center in Wellington, a little effort can go a long way when it comes to helping children avoid significant regression during the summer months. “It doesn’t take eight hours a day of studying for your child to stay fresh,” Fisher said. “Try

projects and activities that make learning fun.” Fisher suggests several ideas. Look for educational summer camps or programs. Check with your child’s school for educational summer camp ideas. Perhaps your budding scientist will enjoy your local nature and science museum’s summer series for youth. If your child enjoys reading, check out writing programs for children and teens at the local library. Also investigate programs at local colleges and universities. Make library visits a weekly excursion. Whether your child is

seven or 12, the library should be your home away from home during the summer months. Most libraries host a variety of programs and classes for children and teens, from history classes to science programs to book clubs for all different genres. For younger children, the library may offer fun classes, clubs and more. Request reading lists and activity sheets from your child’s teacher. Your child’s teacher can offer ideas to develop a realistic academic plan for summer. Ask for book recommendations based on your child’s reading level and re-

quest other activities your child can do with you, or independently, that will reinforce concepts learned this past year. Make reading a daily occurrence. Reading can be one of the most drastic regression areas, so develop a nightly reading routine for the whole household. Turn off the television and cell phones and have everyone in the family pull out their books or magazines for 30 minutes or longer. If your child needs help, read together. Keep it fun — let your child choose the reading material when you go to the library.

Summer is a great time for children to follow their interests and review what they learned last school year, and they can do so at a more relaxed pace. “A summer learning routine doesn’t have to be rigorous, and it takes just a little creativity to come up with great anti-regression activities,” Fisher said. “Get your child involved in the process, and remind your child that a little work this summer will have a great impact when he or she goes back to school in the fall.” To learn more about Huntington’s Reading Adventure pro-

gram, contact Fisher at (561) 5941900 or fisherm@hlcmail.com. Huntington Learning Center prides itself on being “your tutoring solution” for students in all grades and subjects. The school offers tutoring in academic skills, such as reading, phonics, math and study skills; and in advanced math and science subjects ranging from algebra through calculus and general science through physics. It also prepares students for state and standardized entrance exams, such as high school entrance exams and the SAT and ACT.


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Boys & Girls Clubs Of PBC Annual Golf Tournament A Success The Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County recently held its 23rd annual Golf Classic & Auction at BallenIsles Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens. Supporters joined the organization for a weekend of swashbuckling entertainment at the “Putters of the Caribbean” pirate-themed gathering, including dining, auction bidding, tarot-card reading, pirates and golf, which brought in more than $175,000 for the organization. This longstanding event was chaired once again by WPEC sports anchor Pat Murphy, who started the tournament 23 years ago. Since its inception, the annual golf classic has raised over $4 million for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County. “I am proud to be involved with such a top-notch event,” Murphy said. “We have been fortunate enough to have the continuous support of so many good people in Palm Beach County, and every year we host this event, our supporters enable us to serve children in dire need of the services our clubs provide their communities. Above all, it is incredibly rewarding to know that what a phenomenal impact we have made in the lives of so many young people throughout the 23 years.”

The festivities began Friday, May 11 as more than 200 guests attended the “Putters of the Caribbean” pirate-themed dinner party and auction. During the reception, guests were welcomed by club members of the Marjorie S. Fisher Boys & Girls Club in West Palm Beach, who were outfitted in pirate garb, had their fortunes read by psychic Deborah Graham, and bid on a treasure-filled silent auction which included golf foursomes, vacation packages, sports memorabilia, a special Mother’s Day Collection and much more. During dinner, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County’s Youth of the Year, Tatiana Brown, addressed the crowd and spoke of what a positive impact the club has made in her life. The evening concluded with a live auction that included 2-carat diamond bow-style earrings set in 18K white gold donated by Tracy Sherman; trips to Cape Cod, New Orleans and St. Thomas; and an autographed Tiger Woods pin flag, to name a few. The event continued Saturday morning as more than 130 golfers took to the links on BallenIsles’ east course, with players hitting for top-finishing prizes, including handsome wrist watches for first place courtesy of Tourneau, a set

HAYNES, WENDLER TO WED IN SEPTEMBER

Dennis and Lorelle Haynes of Wellington have announced the engagement of their daughter Tara Haynes to John Wendler, also of Wellington. Wendler is the son of Lida and the late John Wendler. Haynes and Wendler both are graduates of Wellington High School and are employed in West Palm Beach. Their Australian shepherds Hera, Lila and Apollo are responsible for the couple meeting one another. The small, intimate wedding will include only immediate family members. It is planned for Sept. 23 in Santa Fe, N.M.

of Calloway clubs from Palm Beach Golf Center for second place, gourmet KitchenAid products donated by Whirlpool for third, and gift certificates to Palm Beach Golf Center for fourth. Scott Laird, Brent Waugh, Michael Simms and Warren Cleveland took first place with a score of 50.8. In second place were Dan Thomas, Frank Carr, John Templeton and Mike Merritt of Templeton & Co. Third place was awarded to Lucas Martin, Lucas Mullen, Michael Aouad and Dean Brown. Clenching fourth place was Doug Robinson, Hal Burke, Wes Campbell and Jason Locker. Individual prizes were also awarded to Charlotte Ottoman and Dennis Witkowski for the Closest to the Pin, and to Rusty Lamm for Long Drive. On the course, golfers enjoyed refreshments and snacks from Prosecco Café in Palm Beach Gardens. Players also had the opportunity to win a brand-new Fiat 500 or Dodge Charger courtesy of Arrigo Dodge Chrysler Jeep, and complete set of clubs courtesy of Palm Beach Golf Center, if they were able to sink multiple hole-inone challenges. The event welcomed many returning sponsors and new supporters including the C. Kenneth and Laura Baxter Foundation, the

Julie and John Kime. William H. Pitt Foundation Inc., IGP Sports & Entertainment Group and the Honda Classic, and Publix Supermarket Charities as Corporate Sponsors and G4S as Auction Party Sponsor. Tournament Sponsors included Arrigo, Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, Brown Distributing, WPEC News 12, David Yurman, Frank Fuhrer, Palm Beach Golf Center, Templeton & Co., Tire Kingdom, Tourneau and Whirlpool Corporation. D.S. Eakins Construction Corporation, Harris Bank, Oasis Outsourcing and PGA of America

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Jeff Cappelletti of G4S with WPEC sports anchor Pat Murphy. were Gold Sponsors. The Silver Sponsors included B/E Aerospace Inc., Bethesda Memorial Hospital, Mary Church, MDH Printing, the Rendina Companies, Searcy, Denny, Scarola, Barnhart, and Shipley, Tracy Sherman, Tenet Healthcare and Toshiba Business Solutions. This year’s committee was composed of seasoned members as well as new faces, including Murphy, Yvonne Cabrera, Mary Church, Kathryn Gillespie, Tracy Sherman, Mark Travglini and Bill Walsh.

Camacho Receives Navy Promotion Navy Seaman Alexander Camacho, son of Elaine and Edwin Camacho of Wellington, was recently promoted to his current rank upon graduation from recruit training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. Camacho received the early promotion for outstanding performance during all phases of the training cycle. Training included classroom study and practical instruction on Naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

Chad Dave Pollard, a graduate of Seminole Ridge High School, will leave for Air Force basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, on July 24. Pictured here is Pollard with his Air Force recruiter, Sgt. Kalvin Williams.

More than 6,000 children participate in the programs provided by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County’s 13 facilities. This nonprofit youth development organization is dedicated to serving youth from 6 to 18 years of age, particularly those who need it most, with the necessary skills to become responsible, productive and caring citizens. For more information about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County, call (561) 683-3287 or visit www.bgcpbc.org.

The capstone event of boot camp is “Battle Stations.” This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. Battle Stations is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of honor, courage and commitment. Its distinctly Navy flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a sailor. Camacho is a 2009 graduate of Wellington High School.

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TEMPLE BETH ZION HOLDS GRADUATION CEREMONY FOR 30 PRE-K STUDENTS Temple Beth Zion Preschool in Royal Palm Beach graduated 30 pre-kindergarten students Sunday, June 3. The students entertained a standing-room-only crowd of family members and friends by singing songs and showing off what they learned over the school year. Ruth Baraoidan, founder of the preschool, was the special guest speaker, while Christian Ramsahai, a 10-year-old former TBZ student, gave advice to the graduates on what elementary school has in store for them. The students received their diplomas with much excitement. Following the ceremony, the graduates were entertained with games and dancing provided by DJ Billman. All attendees enjoyed refreshments and dessert as well. For more about Temple Beth Zion Preschool, call (561) 798-3737 or visit www.tbzpreschool.com.

Students march in to the ceremony.

Students recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

Preschool founder Ruth Baraoidan addresses the gathering.

Getting ready before the ceremony.

Elementary school student Christian Ramsahai speaks.

Family and friends watch the students perform.

Celebrating with a DJ after the graduation.

DR. G’S WEIGHT LOSS & WELLNESS CELEBRATES WELLINGTON GRAND OPENING Dr. G’s Weight Loss & Wellness in Wellington opened its doors for the first time on Monday, June 4. Located at 2615 S. State Road 7, Suite B-540, the center offers safe medically supervised weight-loss programs, nutritional products, and health and wellness improvement. For more info., visit www.drgswellington.com or call (561) 370-6484. PHOTOS BY JESSICA GREGOIRE/TOWN-CRIER

Dr. G’s owners Ken and Vicky Sehres in the waiting area.

An outside view of Dr. G’s Wellington storefront.

Wellness coach Lisa Butcher in her office .


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NEWS Stroke/Cardiac Disease Support Group At WRMC Wellington Regional Medical Center has announced a new monthly support group that will meet at the hospital, focused on providing education and support to patients with cardiovascular diseases such as stroke, heart attack, congestive heart failure, etc. The “Cope to Hope” support group will help patients and their family members cope with cardiovascular illnesses through education about their diseases, and provide wellness and nutritional information to support lifestyle changes. Physician speakers will be invited to address the group at each meeting. The group will meet on the third Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. at Wellington Regional Medical Center in Conference Room A. The first meeting

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continued from page 1 fabs the walls,” Weiss said. “That reduced the cost quite a bit, to have the walls prefabbed, and they just brought them in with cranes and lowered them into place.” In addition to the sanctuary, the building has nursery and choir rooms, as well as a large foyer or narthex separated from the sanctuary by doors. Weiss said the narthex was built large in order to give people talking space, which they did not have in the old chapel. “We set it up so we can have our coffee hour here following worship,” she said. The sanctuary is also equipped with an audio-visual room and

will be held Wednesday, June 20. The guest speaker will be Dr. David Soria, chairman of emergency medicine at WRMC, who will speak on “Recognizing Symptoms of Heart Attack and Stroke: Improving Your Odds.” Refreshments will be served. For more information, call (561) 7532641.

The Kevin Perkins Golf Academy will start its 18th annual Junior Summer Golf Camp on Monday, June 11 at Polo West Golf Club in Wellington. The Junior Summer Golf Camp is open to boys and girls ages 7 to 17 and will take place weekly from June 11 through Aug. 17. Each weekly camp is conducted Mon-

The Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Office has been notified that registered voters are receiving calls asking them to reregister to vote. The caller indicates he can register the voter over the telephone if they just give him their name, full Social Security number and address. The voter registration form

does not require a full Social Security number. The information required is only the last 4 digits of your Social Security number or your Florida driver’s license number. Every voter registration application requires a voter to complete the form and sign it prior to mailing or hand-delivering the application to the supervisor’s office. Voters who register anywhere in the State of Florida are not required to re-register to vote. The only time a voter would be required to complete a voter registration form again would be to change their name, update their address, change their party affiliation, update their signature or to replace their Voter Information Card. The Supervisor of Elections Office is not placing calls to voters. Beware anyone who calls and represents themselves as someone who can register you to vote and asks you to provide them with any of your personal information.

large viewing screens on either side of the altar. They still use paper programs, but the church plans to use the screens more and more. “It’s not the kind of thing we wanted to hit the people with all of a sudden,” Weiss said. “We’ve begun to use them to put the lessons up there. A woman who just joined the congregation said, ‘Oh, I love them up there.’ She said she never could read them in the bulletin.” There are also monitors in the narthex and the nursery. The church held another fundraiser to purchase chairs for the sanctuary at a cost of $40,000. The chairs give the sanctuary more flexibility than traditional church pews or theater-style seats. “Pretty soon we’re going to move some of the chairs out and put it more like worship in the

round because we don’t have as much attendance in the summer,” Weiss said. “That way, it will be more intimate.” The church is still using the old altar and pulpit, but eventually

they will be replaced. The cross above the altar, one outside the building, the piano for the sanctuary, as well as tables and a credenza in the narthex were all donated.

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Bishop Ed Benoway of the Florida Bahamas Synod leads a dedication service at St. Michael last month.

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continued from page 1 son has served as an elected supervisor on the Palm Beach Soil & Water Conservation District. “I just resigned my seat to run for this seat,” she said. “I’ve tried to use my knowledge and education to volunteer in the community for educational outreach about the environment and agriculture and, through that process, became really familiar with the legislative process and how things work all the way from the ground level to Tallahassee and back.” This led people, including current legislators, to encourage her to run for state office. “I think that it’s time now for some citizen candidates to go into government and really bring some common-sense solutions,” she said. “It’s a little heavy right now. I think that business people can help to unload that weight.” Peterson stressed that she does not consider herself a politician.

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continued from page 1 approve the architectural element,” Flinchum said. Wellington Attorney Jeff Kurtz said that the Architectural Review Board does not have the power to determine if the swoosh is an architectural element rather than a roof sign. He noted, however, that PZA Board has the ability to make that distinction. Project Manager Craig McDonald said that the architectural swoosh — which vaguely resembles a giant French fry — is part of the fast-food chain’s national rebranding. In a letter to Wellington staff, he said the elements add to the building’s theme. “The roof cap elements serve the purpose of breaking up the flat planes of the elevations and enhance the silhouette of the building,” he wrote. On Wednesday, McDonald said that the architectural elements don’t serve the same purpose as a

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day through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Polo West Golf Club is located off South Shore Blvd., at the site of the former Greenview Cove Golf Club. For more information about the Junior Summer Golf Camp and other programs provided by the Kevin Perkins Golf Academy, visit www.kevinperkinsgolfacademy. com or call (561) 301-3783.

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ADRIENNE ROWLES JOINS WELLINGTON ROTARY

On Thur sday, May 24, Adrienne Rowles became the newest member of the Wellington Rotary Club. She was sponsored for membership by Joanne Dee of Floridian Community Bank. Shown above are Dee, Rowles, Wellington Rotary Club President Karen Hardin and Membership Chair Laura Jaffe. “We had a lot of people who decided they wanted to contribute toward special items,” she said. “They did it in memory of people. Eventually we’re going to have some sort of recognition wall or

plaque to honor all of those special donations.” For more information, visit the church’s web site at www.st michaelelc.com or call the church office at (561) 793-4999.

Pastor Marjorie Weiss shows the new altar.

Pastor Weiss in the choir room.

The chapel is equipped with a donated piano and keyboard.

The new building has a large portico that is separated with doors from the main chapel.

“I’m somebody who’s concerned about her community and has business experience,” she said. “I come from an entrepreneurial background. I’ve been self-employed. My parents are self-employed. We’re people used to making something from nothing. I think we could use more people like that.” Peterson said the prevailing issue anywhere is jobs and the economy. “My focus is on stimulating the local economy here,” she said. “How do we stimulate the state economy? How do we encourage small business growth and development?” She said she is also concerned about education, noting that companies often decide against coming to Florida because there is not enough of a skilled workforce. “That’s where education and job creation go hand in hand,” Peterson said. She believes that creating a good environment for small businesses can be more beneficial than helping a few big ones. “It’s more effective if we remove the red tape and encourage people to start

their own businesses, and encourage the private sector,” Peterson said. For more information, visit www. votemelanie.com. GEOFFREY SOMMERS Sommers, 31, grew up in southern Palm Beach County, where his family still lives. His wife, Allison, and her family are also from South Florida. “We are recently married,” he said. “We met when we were 11 years old.” Both Sommers and his wife are lawyers. Her practice is in criminal defense, and he specializes in corporate and commercial work after spending several years overseas. “I came back, and I have friends who don’t have jobs,” he said. “They are also educated, and they don’t have the jobs they want or don’t have jobs at all. This is what motivated me to run. What qualifies me to run is the experience that I do have in helping businesses as they deal with government regulation. I can see ways in which true fiscal conservatism can assist businesses.”

Sommers has not held political office before. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science, a master’s degree in international relations, a law degree with a specialization in international trade, and a master’s degree in international and comparative law. He regularly commutes to the District of Columbia, where he teaches law at George Washington University. “I am excited that we are now in the summer months so I am no longer on a plane every week,” he said. “The semester is over, so I am focusing on this full-time now.” Sommers said changes need to be made to the state’s business climate. “I believe we deserve representation that is friendly to business and economic growth,” he said. “I care about our community.” He said his strength is his understanding of how government affects business. “I really can’t stress that enough,” Sommers said. “I believe it will be private industry, not government, that will lead our recovery.” The top issues of the campaign will be jobs, the economy, schools

traditional sign. “It’s not signage,” he said. “It’s not internally illuminated. It won’t light up yellow at night. It’s simply a way for us to bring an identity as we move forward. You will see this type of building with the swoosh as an identity for McDonald’s going forward. It’s a critical component of our new design.” He said that both the color and the architectural design are federally trademarked parts of the restaurant’s image. Flinchum said that part of the problem is that the design element is in the iconic McDonald’s yellow, which helps to identify the restaurant. “We asked them if they would make it white, but they would not,” he said. “It’s clearly a corporate color that identifies that particular establishment.” PZA Board Member Paul Adams, who works in corporate real estate, said that by requesting that McDonald’s change the color, Wellington would be hindering its branding. “What an intrusion on their corporate identity that we tell a corporate chain that they have to use white,” he said. “If you’re driving

along the highway, maybe having a cohesive [element] throughout the country would allow you to know that that is a McDonald’s.” Some board members noted that the problem was that the “swoosh” sticks up above the roof line and asked if it could be lowered. But McDonald said that it could not. “It doesn’t meet McDonald’s architectural standards,” he explained. PZA Board Member Marcia Radosevich said that McDonald was providing conflicting information. “Your swoosh meets all of those [sign code] definitions,” she said. “It’s federally trademarked for brand design protection. You want it to be used as a corporate identity.” But McDonald insisted that it is an architectural element, not a sign. PZA Board Member Carol Coleman said that it would still identify McDonald’s. “It triggers brand recognition,” she said. Adams said that if Wellington is willing to accept the same element in a different color, it negates concerns about it being a sign.

“The argument is destroyed by the fact that they would allow it if it were another color,” he said. But Radosevich said that the fact that McDonald’s wouldn’t change the color suggested it was more a sign than an architectural element. “If it’s not a sign, then it shouldn’t make a difference what color it is,” she said. “Because color does make a difference, it is serving that function. We simply have to enforce the code.” PZA Board Member Mike Drahos was concerned that excluding the swoosh from the definition of a sign could be a dangerous path. “I think our job is to protect and preserve the code,” he said. “If we water down the code, we lose what makes us unique. Though I think this is nice-looking, it doesn’t meet code in my opinion.” Adams made a motion to approve the appeal by McDonald’s, deeming the swoosh an architectural element, but the motion died for lack of second. Coleman then made a motion to deny the appeal, which passed 61 with Adams dissenting.

and healthcare, he said. “We have a broken system,” Sommers said. “We are all concerned about our schools. I do believe that opportunity starts in our schools, so if we are going to support our local businesses, we also have to support our community’s children so they are in a position at some stage of their lives to take advantage of a positive, growing environment for business.” Sommers said his campaign is about fundamentals. “There are certain principles that I believe come from our nation’s founding and are applicable to basically every decision that I would be honored to make as my community’s legislator,” he said.

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continued from page 1 $41,755. Bids ranged from a low of $33,140, which was thrown out, to a high of $104,320. Village Manager Ray Liggins said hiring the private firm will go a long way toward resolving the Commons Park maintenance conundrum. “In last year’s budget, we knew we were going to be bringing Com-

Blotter continued from page 6 not been identified at the time of the report. JUNE 5 — Two residents of The Acreage called the PBSO’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation Tuesday to report acts of vandalism. According to separate PBSO reports, the victims discovered that someone had damaged their mailboxes overnight. According to one PBSO report, a resident of 89th Place North reported that sometime between 9 a.m. on Monday and 8 a.m. the following morning, someone tried to pry her mailbox off its post. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. In a second PBSO report, a resident of 88th Road North contacted the substation after discovering that his mailbox had been knocked off its stand. According to the report, the victim’s wife left

Freedom and opportunity are at the heart of his campaign, he said. “I know it sounds cliché, but to me it’s not,” Sommers said. “To me it’s applicable in every situation, whether I’m deciding an issue on business or healthcare, or education. I look to those guiding principles and say, ‘Well, what was the intent of our founders?’ I believe that in many cases we have moved away from the individual and more toward the government. I firmly believe that it is government’s responsibility to be accountable to all of us as individuals, more so than it is for individuals to be accountable to the government.” For more information, visit www. geoffsommers.com. mons Park on this year,” Liggins said. “In doing that, we knew we had a choice of adding employees to our payroll or bidding out some work that our employees are doing and transferring those employees over to the new park, and that’s exactly what we’re doing. We took eight parks that can be maintained with standard equipment — mowers, edgers, weedeaters — and put it out to bid, and we got some very competitive bids.” Liggins said Superior Landscaping is a reputable firm that already does work for Palm Beach County at fire stations. the home at approximately 3:15 a.m. on Tuesday and did not see anything wrong. At approximately 4 a.m., the victim went outside to see why his dogs were barking and observed a tan golf cart with two passengers driving down the street. According to the report, the victim did not see the occupants damage his mailbox, but when he went to leave for work, he discovered the damage. There was no further information available at the time of the report. JUNE 6 — A deputy from the PBSO’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation was dispatched to a home in Royal Ascot Estates on Wednesday regarding a theft. According to a PBSO report, someone removed the victim’s lawn mower from his home. The stolen mower was valued at $2,600. There was no further information available at the time of the report.


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Equine Law Tips From Area Lawyer Anthony Barbuto

Anthony Barbuto of Wellington didn’t start out to be an equine attorney; it just kinda happened. It began when he started practicing with attorney Ann Porath in 2008, and Barbuto has amassed a broad knowledge of equine legal issues, which he shares this issue. Ellen Rosenberg’s Column, Page 23

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Wellington Falls To Olympic Heights In Spring Football

The Wellington High School varsity football team hosted Olympic Heights High School in a spring jamboree match-up Wednesday, May 30, falling to the visiting Lions 14-3. Both squads struggled offensively at the start, and now have a better idea of where the most work is needed for the fall season. Page 35

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Business Personal Chef Jill Evans Makes Meals That Are Good... And Good For You

With 20 years of cooking healthful yet tasty food, chef Jill Evans has been mastering the art of making a real meal. As a personal chef with a service area ranging from Boca Raton to Wellington, she emphasizes a proper diet with her clients. And as a colon cancer survivor, Evans understands the importance of living a healthful lifestyle. Before becoming a personal chef, Evans owned an award-winning restaurant, Culinaria Gourmet Café in Boca Raton. Page 25

Sports Wellington Presents Skills Clinic For Young Basketball Players

Wellington hosted a Fundamentals of Basketball camp on Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3. Held for age 8 and older, participants learned key skills such as ball handling, shooting, defense, passing, rebounding, conditioning and other things to help improve their game. Page 35

THIS WEEK’S INDEX COLUMNS & FEATURES ........................ 23-24 BUSINESS NEWS.................................. 25-27 DINING & ENTERTAINMENT ...................... 29 SPORTS & RECREATION........................ 35-37 COMMUNITY CALENDAR ......................38-39 CLASSIFIEDS ........................................40-44


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Equine Law Tips From Wellington Lawyer Anthony Barbuto Anthony Barbuto of Wellington didn’t start out to be an equine attorney; it just kinda happened. “I have no horse background,” he explained. “I didn’t choose it; it chose me.” It began when he started practicing with attorney Ann Porath in September 2008. “She was the first full-time lawyer in Wellington and had a general practice doing wills, trusts, probates, a lot of divorces,” he recalled. “Little by little, I started seeing more and more equine clients with horse-related issues. I learned along the way.” The one biggest issue is horse buyers claiming that a seller has misrepresented a horse. “This is a very common issue. I’ve done collections for veterinarians. Another frequent complaint involves personal injury from a horse- or riding-related incident,” Barbuto said. “Then there are liens placed against a horse for nonpayment of boarding bills. This happens more times than you’d think, even with very wealthy clients. They may be living a high lifestyle and be in way over their heads. When I start investigating, I find they’ve done this more than a few times and owe other establishments as well, kind of serial barn-jumpers.” Barbuto advises clients to examine the details of their situation and do a cost-benefit Get updates all week long... follow Ellen Rosenberg on Twitter at twitter.com/ HorseTalkFL or stop by the Tales from the Trails page on Facebook and click “like.”

Tales From The Trails By Ellen Rosenberg analysis before starting a case. For example, if the amount owed is only $500, contacting the person may cost more than what you’re hoping to recoup. Small claims court may be the best way to go for a case where the contested amount is less than $5,000. It’s very informal, and most claimants don’t have lawyers or any legal background. “One important thing a horse owner should know is what a horse is capable of doing,” Barbuto explained. “For example, if a horse has an injury which hasn’t fully healed, and someone rides that horse, gets bucked off and becomes injured, the owner may be liable because he should have known better than to allow someone to ride it. The owner has an obligation to determine that the horse is sound and will not act dangerously or in an unsafe manner.” According to Barbuto, stables should always have a written contract for their own protection, spelling out all of the details, including specifically what happens if a boarding bill isn’t paid. “For example, let’s say a client removes his horse on the fourth day of

Attorney Anthony Barbuto specializes in equine law. the month without prior notice,” he said. “The all the details spelled out beforehand means contract should state how much he owes, ei- everyone’s on the same page and can avoid ther for the rest of the month or a per diem misunderstandings.” pro-rated charge. Other situations which Trainers should also carry their own liabilishould be spelled out include any riding re- ty insurance. “They can be held liable if, for strictions as to days, times or areas, and rules example, they direct a student to do somegoverning the use of outside trainers. Having See ROSENBERG, page 24


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I Think We Need To Spice Up Staid Graduation Ceremonies My nephew graduated from his Los Angeles high school last week, and from what I can see on his Facebook page, the event was accompanied with dance, lights, music, maybe even fireworks. That’s L.A. — every event larger than life. Then I got to thinking, why not? If there’s one event no one ever forgets, it’s their high school graduation. You spend 12 years of your life getting there; most of your friendships are made along the way; you’re finally of legal age (or pretty close) — why not make it into a very big deal? When my kids graduated from high school, their school classes went to Disney World, where the students walked a red carpet, were “photographed” by the “paparazzi” and were hounded for autographs. I’m not sure Disney does that anymore, but it was a cool idea, far better than my graduation. Get your Sonic Boomer humor every day! Follow Deborah Welky on Twitter at twitter.com/TheSonicBoomer. On Facebook, stop by “The Sonic Boomer” page and click the “Like” button.

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The Sonic BOOMER At my graduation, we marched across the same dumb stage of the same boring high school auditorium and returned to our assigned seats unless, like me, you were in the band. Then you returned to the orchestra pit, where you played “Pomp and Circumstance” for your comrades until your lips fell off. There were 1,000 kids in my graduating class, so by the time they got to the Zs (and I know, because I’m a W), the audience had thinned somewhat radically. If your kid’s last name began with A, you just couldn’t take it anymore. The excitement of anticipation was long gone. All that’s left is the crinkling of hard candy being unwrapped to still-antsy brothers and sisters.

Plus, the atmosphere onstage was tense. As a high school prank, someone had let pigeons loose in the auditorium the day before, right after they’d fed the birds some Ex-Lax. A cleaning crew had to be paid overtime, and the smell of Lysol still lingered. We were handed our diplomas with a scowl. (“Are you one of the guilty ones?”) So maybe some entertainment would be good. Nothing aviary, of course, but maybe the undergrads could do a mini-pep rally. Maybe a video of the highlights of the year. Maybe a lobby full of treats for the siblings. This is a good opportunity for anyone in the special events business. Come up with a couple of package deals to choose from. You could offer theme graduations. One would be the “education” theme — stately, traditional, but with a twist. Guest speakers from the sports and entertainment industries would talk about their success, then hand out autographed footballs or free tickets to their next concert. Family members would be more engaged (and more likely to stay until the end) because a drawing would award free college tuition to one lucky grad

(parents must be present to win). Another theme could be the anti-ceremony, best for arts schools or grads heading off to clown college. Everything would be taken tongue-in-cheek. The featured guest speakers would be political pundits or, better yet, real politicians. In the case of the latter, audience members would be given rotten tomatoes, affording them the opportunity to physically disagree with any campaign threat — er, promise. Grads would have to walk across the stage on their hands. Ramping it to the highest level, the whole graduation ceremony would take place on a cruise. There would be no guest speakers but plenty of carnival games on board. The food would be unbelievable. Students and family members alike would disembark in Cancun for a weekend of partying with goody bags that would contain bail money as well as a diploma. Dangerous but fun, a good introduction to Real Life. It’s too late for this year, but couldn’t we get this going? I know I, for one, would attend more graduation ceremonies if there was a chance Steven Tyler was going to be there.

Don’t Mistake Current ‘Snow White’ Film For Disney Story Occasionally it is fun to watch a change of pace for an old story, and Snow White and the Huntsman pulls it off. Not completely; this is a flawed movie. But, on the other hand, it was also inventive and fun despite the flaws, perhaps because it does provide a new take on the fairy tales, which are, according to some psychologists, a reflection of our group subconscious. The movie turns the old story away from the Disney version we’ve gotten used to and returns to the Brothers Grimm, with more than a bit of Tolkien added. The wicked queen is the central character, and Charlize Theron makes the most of the part. She is really bad; she not only embodies the old nasty stuff but brings in some Elizabeth Bathory. Bathory, a real-live countess from the 17th century, killed young virgins to drink and bathe in their blood and was so feared that instead of killing her, rebellious gentry walled her up in a room to leave her to die. A lot of our vampire mythology comes from her colorful career. At any rate, right from the start, Ravenna (Theron) is evil. She marries Snow White’s father, the king, kills him on their wedding night

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continued from page 23 thing dangerous, beyond the scope of either the horse or the rider, or if they ignore a vet’s warning that a horse isn’t fully healed and tell the rider to go ahead anyway,” Barbuto said. As he noted earlier, misrepresentation is a big issue. “The most common type of equine case I handle is a buyer claiming the seller has misrepresented a horse, either through undisclosed medical problems or other difficulties,” he said. “For example, let’s say someone buys a jumper who’s supposedly an excellent show horse, and now the horse stops at every jump. Upon investigation, we may find that the horse has a history of stopping, and the buyer was

and allows an army to take the kingdom — all in the first couple of minutes. Snow White (Kristen Stewart) is imprisoned for years until the queen is told (by the magic mirror) to take the girl’s beating heart. But the girl escapes into a cursed forest wearing the normal prison costume of long skirts covering tight leather pants and really good high boots. A drunken huntsman (Chris Hemsworth), suffering because of the death of his wife, is forced to go after her, faces danger for her before discovering who she really is and becomes a devoted follower. Along the way, the two run into eight (yes, eight) grumpy British dwarfs, go through a lot of fighting that is actually improved special effects, and even-

tually Snow White gets to battle the queen. The film touches all the Snow White bases, giving a modern twist to them — and in doing so, helps itself work. The evil queen appears, looking like young Duke William (Sam Claflin), her best friend as a child, who had teased her by offering an apple and then taking a bite in an early scene. Snow White grabs the apple, takes a bite, dies. Then the prince kisses her and nothing happens. Later, the grieving huntsman does it, and she awakens. My wife said she would prefer to get a wake-up kiss from the buff Hemsworth rather than the pallid Claflin. After waking, Snow White demands everyone follow her into battle, where many get killed, but she eventually becomes queen, although there is no resolution to the issue of whom she’ll marry. Theron is terrific, essentially not only stealing the movie but gobbling it whole. She is over the top a lot of the time; there is no subtlety to her grasp for beauty, youth and power; but if the wicked queen can’t be all bad, why even have her in the story? Stewart, compared with her, never comes close to being the fairest of them all. She seems more a mod-

ern girl unsure of what she wants until she gets around to fighting, which she somehow does incredibly well with almost no training. Hemsworth gives a really good performance, overshadowing the prince. His huntsman is complex, sad and all too human. The dwarves are interesting characters, taken from a whole group of top English actors who, through modern technical wizardry, are shrunk down on the screen. I particularly like Bob Hoskins as the blind dwarf. The film is a pretty good adventure. There are some slow bits and a few plot holes, but essentially, this is a tough look at an old fairy tale. Snow White gets to wear armor and kick some bad-guy butt. The wicked queen has some great special effects up her sleeve and presents a stunning image of a power-hungry woman who lives only for destroying others. The movie is good; hardly great. But it does work, and it is far better than the film Mirror, Mirror that came out and died at the box office last April. It is visually exceptional, the story is good, and it does overcome its flaws. In a summer that has not been spectacular except for The Avengers, it is above average.

misled. Or a horse had an injury which was masked, and soon after comes up lame. Prepurchase exams are really important and should include some blood screening for drugs and X-rays.” Barbuto advises, when buying a horse, to make sure you’re really satisfied with its looks and movement before purchase. Ride it as much as possible in a variety of settings and situations. Try showing up to ride unannounced, he suggested. Erica Kahn owns Acorn Creek Farms in Wellington, a hunter/jumper boarding and breeding facility. “We used Anthony to help us set up our corporation,” Kahn said. “He was very efficient and professional, and made the whole process easy and simple. I would definitely recommend him.”

Gene Fruehling also used Barbuto’s services. He and his daughter Becky run a training and boarding business in Palm Beach Point East. “It turns out there are all kinds of things you have to know about,” he said. “Horses do all sorts of things. You need liability releases for riding, board contracts, sales contracts. And they can’t be too lawyer-y, too scary that people are afraid to sign them, or too dense that no one understands what the heck they’re signing. They should be comprehensive and comprehendible. Anthony did a great job.” Barbuto also does a lot of agricultural exemptions for farms, which can lead to big tax savings. Even non-horse people can become entan-

gled in legal equine issues. Because this is an area with extensive equine activity, people ride horses along roads. Horses can spook, rear or bolt suddenly into a vehicle’s path. “Drivers should always pass horses with caution and be conscious of what it means to drive in an equine area,” Barbuto said. “It’s more serious than people realize. Horses and riders can be severely injured or killed by a negligent or inattentive driver.” The one overarching piece of advice Barbuto has for people dealing with horses is to be safe, think ahead and be prepared for any contingencies. Follow the rules, and make sure everything is spelled out ahead of time. For more information, call Barbuto at (561) 798-2907 or visit www.barbutolaw.com.

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Chef Jill Evans of Jill’s Healthy Cooking in her kitchen. PHOTO BY JESSICA GREGOIRE/TOWN-CRIER

Personal Chef Jill Evans Provides Meals That Are Good... And Good For You

By Jessica Gregoire tion to become a personal chef,” she said. Town-Crier Staff Report Evans received her training from the CuliWith 20 years of cooking healthful yet tasty nary Business Academy in Atlanta, Ga. “It food, chef Jill Evans has been mastering the was not about teaching you how to cook but art of making a real meal. As a personal chef more about teaching you how to start a perwith a service area ranging from Boca Raton sonal chef business,” she said. to Wellington, she emphasizes a proper diet The training was also a requirement for with her clients. And as a colon cancer survi- Evans to gain essential certifications. “I needvor, Evans understands the importance of liv- ed these certifications in order to become a ing a healthful lifestyle. national member of the United States PersonBefore becoming a personal chef, Evans al Chef Association, which is a very prestiowned a successful and award-winning res- gious association,” she said. taurant, Culinaria Gourmet Café in Boca RaIn 2005, Evans began Jill’s Healthy Cookton. “It was the first non-smoking restaurant ing, focusing on home-cooked meals that taste in Palm Beach County,” she said. “I decided good and are good for you. “I’m not a nutrithat I wanted a healthy environment to work tionist, but I’m just very knowledgeable, and I in since I was a colon cancer survivor from do a lot of research,” she said. “I can work the age of 35.” with a client’s physician or nutritionist if they Evans spent many years cooking for her have one, because it’s more of a team effort.” family as a stay-at-home mom, which prepared Evans meets with clients for a free initial her for her current business, Jill’s Healthy consultation to find out what their needs and Cooking. “I would always look for different wants are through a questionnaire. “If they diets for health restrictions for my child, who have a list of things they can or can’t eat, I can had asthma and allergies,” she said. “And I tailor my recipes to accommodate them,” she was a vegetarian at that time for 15 years, so I said. have always been into health and wellness Her clients range from people with health even before I was diagnosed with cancer.” conditions such as diabetes to busy families Although Evans was extremely health-con- who don’t have time to make dinner when scious for many years, having cancer dramat- they get home but are tired of ordering out. ically made her rethink what she did with her Evans goes to the homes of her clients and body. “I decided that everything that I was cooks from their kitchen. “I do all the grocergoing to put into my body would be healthy ies, and when I get to the client’s house, I start and my environment would be healthy,” she what I like to call ‘power cooking,’ where I said. “And because of this, we became noted make all the food for the week,” she said. “And as a healthy and nutritious place to eat in Boca when they come home they smell the deliRaton.” cious aromas.” After running the restaurant for seven years, To ensure order and freshness, Evans packs Evans needed a break. “It takes so many hours the food into labeled containers and puts it in running a restaurant,” she said. the refrigerator. When the client is ready to Evans developed an interest in becoming a eat, all he or she has to do is heat it up. personal chef after reading an article on the For more information about Jill’s Healthy profession. “It piqued my interest, so I decid- Cooking, visit www.jillshealthycooking.com ed to go back to school to get my accredita- or call (561) 376-6424. SEE VIDEO OF JILL EVANS AT WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM

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Wellington Rotary Honors Phelps With Paul Harris Award

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League Of Cities Installs New Board The Palm Beach County League of Cities held its annual installation gala Friday, May 25 at the Airport Hilton in West Palm Beach. Installed on the 2012-13 executive board were President Todd Wodraska, Jupiter councilman; Vice President Martha Webster, Royal Palm Beach councilwoman; and Second Vice President Scott Maxwell, Lake Worth commissioner. Webster will also serve on the executive board of the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council in the position of secretary/treasurer. The other local

members of the board include Wellington Councilman Matt Willhite. The Member of the Year Awards were presented to those who go above and beyond to accomplish the goals and objectives of the league. This year, the Member of the Year was renamed in honor of Board Member and Past President William “Bill” Moss, in recognition of his service to the league. Former Wellington Councilman Dr. Carmine Priore received the Defender of Home Rule award.

The Wellington Rotary Club recently honored Mason Phelps with the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow Award. Phelps Media Group International General Manager Julie Tannehill accepted the award at a Wellington Rotary Club luncheon last month. The award was given to Phelps in recognition of his continuous and outstanding support of the Wellington Rotary Club’s fundraising efforts over the past years. The Paul Harris Fellow Award is named after the founder of Rotary International and is used to recognize those who have helped to raise or have donated money to Rotary International and who have exemplified the mission of Rotary — to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty in the world. The Wellington Rotary Club has partnered with Phelps Media Group on many fundraising events, most recently on the Gay

Polo League Tournament weekend held in Wellington in April. The Rotary hosted the victory party after the final polo match, which was a sold-out event attended by more than 240 polo enthusiasts, tournament players and local supporters. Wellington Rotary Club International Chairman Tom Eastwood and Wellington Rotary Club President Karen Hardin presented the Paul Harris Fellow Award to Tannehill. “Mason is unable to be here today, but he is extremely honored to receive this award,” Tannehill said. “We at Phelps Media are so pleased to have the Wellington Rotary Club involved in our GPL event and are happy to be able to utilize the community’s support of GPL to help raise funds for your club’s philanthropic efforts — a great partnership for the good of all.” For more information about Phelps Media Group International, call (561) 753-3389 or visit www. phelpsmediagroup.com.

Mason Phelps The Wellington Rotary Club meets weekly at the Wanderers Club for fellowship, lunch and informative presentations from guest speakers. For more information, visit www. wellingtonrotary.org.

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Daniel Mulholland Joins Board Of Center For Family Services The Center for Family Services of Palm Beach County has announced that Daniel B. Mulholland has joined its board of directors. Mulholland is the president and chief executive officer of DBMulholland & Associates, a management consulting firm headquartered in Palm Beach. His firm’s focus is helping businesses to achieve better leadership performance, strategic planning and revenue growth. In addition, the firm has partnered with private equity and venture capital firms to identify and assess potential acquisitions. Mulholland has also served on the board of directors of nonprofit, public and private equity-owned companies. Prior to DBMulholland & Associates, Mulholland served as president of Mallinckrodt Baker Inc. From 1992 to 1995, he was president of J.T. Baker Inc., a division of the Proctor and Gamble Company. Mulholland has been very active in the business and charitable communities in which he lived, serving on the advisory board for Keystone Nazareth Bank & Trust (2005-08); the board of directors of Keystone Nazareth Bank & Trust and Naza-

reth National Bank (1994 to 2005); and the board of directors of Sovereign Specialty Chemicals (2002-05). He was previously chairman of the board of directors for the Children’s Home of Easton; director of the Lehigh University National Annual Fund Committee; and a director of the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley. Mulholland also was the two-time Campaign chair for the United Way of Warren County, N.J. Mulholland received his bachelor’s degree in finance with high honors from Lehigh University, and his MBA from Ohio State University. He has also completed advanced executive training at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Business and at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation, the Center for Family Services is a 51-year-old nonprofit social services organization whose mission is strengthening families through counseling, education and homeless intervention. The agency provides a full spectrum of services for homeless families with children and families at risk

Daniel B. Mulholland for homelessness and substance abuse treatment programs, as well as specialized therapy for children who are victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence. For more information, call Stanton Collemer at (561) 616-1257, e-mail scollemer@ctrfam.org or visit www. ctrfam.org.

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Shenkman Presents Planning Strategies At Carlisle Event Benjamin Shenkman of the Wellington law firm Gonzalez & Shenkman PL recently presented “The Top Three Estate Planning Strategies for 2012” at the Carlisle Palm Beach in Manalapan. Shenkman discussed planning to minimize federal estate and gift taxes, probate avoidance techniques and recent changes to Florida law. Shenkman is a frequent speaker on estate planning and related topics. He concentrates his practice in estate planning and administration. He earned a master’s degree in estate planning from the University of Miami School of Law. Shenkman has practiced exclusively in Palm Beach County for the past 17 years. In addition to estate planning and administration, Gonzalez & Shenkman provides legal services for commercial and residential real estate transactions and business transactions. The Wellington law firm of Gonzalez & Shenkman PL is committed to providing quality legal representation in the areas of real estate, busi-

Benjamin Shenkman ness transactional and estate planning law. It combines large-firm experience and expertise with smallfirm responsiveness and accessibility. The firm is committed to providing cost-effective and efficient legal services to its clients without sacrificing quality. For more information, call (561) 227-1575 or visit the firm’s web site at www.gslawfirm.com.


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Two Exhibits Set To Open At Photographic Centre June 20 Palm Beach Photographic Centre President & CEO Fatima NeJame has announced that two exhibitions — “Infocus” and “Picture My World” — will open June 20 and continue until Aug. 18. An opening reception will take place Wednesday, June 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Palm Beach Photographic Centre’s 16th annual juried show “Infocus” will showcase the work of its student members, both inside the center and on its web site, www.workshop.org. A Best of Show cash prize of $950 will be awarded, as will two Merit Awards for free tuition for a FOTOfusion passport or a master workshop. This year’s winners will be announced at the exhibition’s opening reception June 20. The “Infocus” juror is John Reuter, who has been a photographer since the early 1970s. While earning two master’s degrees at the University of Iowa, he began to specialize in Polaroid materials, most notably in his SX-70 constructions that combined photography with painting and collage. Reuter joined the Polaroid Corporation in 1978 as senior photographer and later director of the legendary 20x24 Studio. His own work evolved through large-scale Polacolor image transfers to digital imaging in the mid-1990s. He has taught workshops around the world in Photoshop, Lightroom, Polaroid

Working Man by Carol Roberts. materials and encaustic painting. Reuter has been exploring video since 2006 and working with DSLR video and Adobe tools for video since 2008. He has been a presenter at the Photographic Centre’s annual FOTOfusion since 1997. Since 1997, the Palm Beach Photographic Centre’s “Picture My World” program has served numerous disadvantaged children, ages 8 to 17, helping them to develop a

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positive means of expression while improving their academic and problem-solving skills. This popular program utilizes photography and introspective journal writing to instill an appreciation of family and community while building awareness among the participating students that their voice can make a positive difference in their lives and others. “Picture My World” is made possible, in part, through generous sup-

port from the PNC Foundation. Participating organizations include Boca Raton’s Promise Mental Wellness Coalition, Children’s Home Society Guardian Ad-Litem Youth and the Place of Hope Child Protection Center. Also on display now through June 9 is “Wynn Bullock: Insights & Surprises,” featuring a contemporary 44-print traveling exhibit of the artist’s unique Color Light Ab-

stractions and black and white originals. The Palm Beach Photographic Centre is located at the City Center municipal complex at 415 Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, call (561) 2532600, or visit www.workshop.org or www.fotofusion.org.

‘Visions Of Asia’ On Display At Lighthouse Gallery At Midtown Take a trip to Midtown and journey to the Far East. That really is all you need to do to see “Visions of Asia” in the Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery at Midtown show in Palm Beach Gardens. The show, open now through Aug. 30, offers works by local artists such as photographers Ruth Petzold, Melinda Moore and Malcolm MacKenzie, painter and collage artist Judy Flescher, multimedia artist Katie Deits and painter Jenny Constable. All are members of the Tequesta museum and art school’s Artist Guild. And all of their works draw inspiration from the Orient.

Lotus Kimono by Judy Flescher.

“Judy Flescher found her muse in Japan for her kimonos, and Ruth Petzold caught wry moments in China and beautiful underwater scenes in Indonesia,” said Katie Deits, the ArtCenter’s executive director and an artist who produced The Memory of a Flower Endures, a work of mixed-media and photography. “The work in this show is not art of Asia, per se, but rather art that is evocative of Asia, its simplicities and its complexities.” The Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery at Midtown is located at 4759 PGA Blvd. in Palm Beach Gardens. The gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, call (561) 746-3101 or visit www.lighthousearts.org. “This truly is an excellent opportunity for visitors to see what the Lighthouse ArtCenter does,” Deits said. “As our 50th anniversary nears, we understand the importance of fostering artists and creating new works.” The Lighthouse ArtCenter is a member-supported not-for-profit community arts organization, providing excellence in art exhibitions, instruction, education and ArtReach for all ages. Programs are funded in part by the Palm Beach County Cultural Council, the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council and the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners. For additional information on the Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum, School of Art, exhibitions, programs and events, visit www. lighthousearts.org or call (561) 746-3101.

Ruth Petzold’s Peace Be With You features the Great Wall, outside Beijing.


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Academy for Child Enrichment — Summer Camp Children will enjoy field trips and activities such as swimming, bowling, skating, science museum, movies and picnics. Tuition includes camera surveillance, creative curriculum, computers and all meals. Registration is now being accepted for Summer Camp. Registration is free for new customers only. Se habla Español. Visit the Academy for Child Enrichment at 700 Camellia Dr., Royal Palm Beach. For more info., call (561) 798-3458 or visit www.small worldpbc.com. Camp Gan Israel Day Camp — Camp Gan Israel has a program geared for your child! Understanding that all kids are unique and are drawn toward different activities, Camp Gan Israel offers something for everyone. There are professional sports instructors, baking experts, dance instruction, jewelry making, karate instruction, trips to exciting local venues, swimming, boating, scrapbooking, edible art and so much more. Camp Gan Israel runs from June 18 through July 20, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The camp will take place at Palm Beach Central High School and accepts children from 3 to 13 years. To register, visit www.wellingt onjewishcenter.org or call (561) 333-4663. High Touch High Tech/The Lab — The Lab is happ y to announce that it is expanding into a larger facility located near State Road 7 and Lantana Road. Science is presented by High Touch High Tech, the leader in hands-on science education for the last 17 years. Each day will be a new adventure from interacting with “lab critters” to launching rockets and panning for gems. The program offers affordable pricing, experiments with lots of cool science take-homes, art, physical activities and more. The Lab taps into children’s natural curiosity and provides them with safe and fun activities that help them learn about the world around them. Expect awesome fun as kids make slime, erupt volcanoes, make ice cream, tie dye t-shirts and more! Call (561) 444-3978 for info. The Learning Foundation of Florida’s Academic Summer Camp — TLFF’s elementary, middle and high school summer academic school/camp program has several different service options available to assist the diverse needs of students. TLFF’s K-8th grade summer program focuses on individualized academic remediation. TLFF uses weekly

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themes, a variety of teaching strategies, including a multi-sensory/hands-on approach and creative lessons. TLFF’s high school summer program focuses on grade forgiveness and/or acceleration. Students who have received D or F grades in classes may redo them for a higher grade. Students can also accelerate and take classes to get ahead. Both programs are open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. beginning June 18 and running through Aug. 3. For more info., call TLFF at (561) 795-6886. Noah’s Ark Summer Camp — Children will enjoy field trips and activities such as swimming, bowling, skating, science museum, movies and picnics. Tuition includes camera surveillance, creative curriculum, computers and all meals. Registration is now being accepted for both Summer Camp. Registration is free for new customers only. Se habla Español. Noah’s Ark is located at 14563 Okeechobee Blvd., Loxahatchee Groves. For more information, call (561) 753-6624 or visit www.smallworldpbc.com. Pierce Hammock Elementary Summer Camp Program — Summer is just around the corner, so make plans now to sign up with Pierce Hammock Elementary School. Pierce Hammock has been serving the west area since 2004 and would love for you to join in the summer fun. Monday is on-campus activity day: participate in arts & crafts, sports, cooking, computers and more. Tuesday through Frida y will be off-campus days. Field trips include museums, wildlife excursions, water parks, arcades and other exciting places. Hurry, sessions fill quickly. For more information, or to register, call (561) 6334530 or visit www.edline.net/pages/Pierce_Hammock_Elementary/Afterschool and click on “2012 Summer Camp Info.” Tiny Tikes — Tiny Tikes camp is geared toward the elementary-age camper. Daily activities are sure to keep the campers happy, busy and engaged. Trips include bowling, skating and movies weekly, as well as special trips including the zoo, science museum and much more! They have three conveniently located centers which open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. Activities occur throughout the day, both at the center and out on the bus. Meals are included. Call (561) 790-1780 now to reserve your space or visit Tiny Tikes at 16245 Okeechobee Blvd. in Loxahatchee.


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Wellington Falls To Olympic Heights 14-3 In Spring Football By Gene Nardi Town-Crier Staff Report The Wellington High School varsity football team hosted Olympic Heights in a spring jamboree matchup Wednesday, May 30, falling to the visiting Lions 14-3. The Wolverines scored early on a 25-yard field goal by Joseph Bugeja after a Wellington defense stand held the Lions just outside their own “red-zone.” The score gave the Wolverines an early 3-0 lead that would only last the quarter. Both squads struggled offensive-

ly at the start, and now have a better idea of where the most work is needed for the fall season. The teams seemed content with testing the running game, with very limited passing. Olympic Heights drove in two rushing touchdowns and converted on both PATs to take a 14-3 lead. Wellington’s sophomore quarterback Kamar Downer was hit quickly in the backfield repeatedly as he received the snap. The Wolverines managed just two first downs in the first half. The Wellington offensive line

battled in the trenches, but could not open the holes needed to move the ball. The Wolverine offense did find some success rushing the ball with Dannick Duffus and Darely Cazean late in the game, but they were unable to reach the end zone to close the gap on the Lions. Olympic Heights held on to win 14-3. Spring games prepare teams to focus on what improvements need to be made for the fall, and assist coaches with making the decisions needed to make those improvements.

Wellington running back Dannick Duffus runs up the field for a gain.

WHS quarterback Kamar Downer looks to evade a sack.

Wolverine linebacker Thomas Oporto drags down an Olympic Heights receiver.

Wellington’s Dannick Duffus makes a second-half first down.

Wellington defensive back Shamar Jackson breaks up a pass play downfield. PHOTOS BY GENE NARDI/TOWN-CRIER

WELLINGTON HOLDS SKILLS CLINIC FOR YOUNG BASKETBALL PLAYERS Wellington hosted a Fundamentals of Basketball camp on Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3. Participants learned key skills and tips to make them better players. For more information about future Wellington sports programs, call (561) 791-4000 or visit www.wellingtonfl.gov. PHOTOS BY LAUREN MIRÓ/TOWN-CRIER

John Smith dribbles through the cones.

Mohamedameen Osman eyes the basket.

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CATS Of Wellington Scores Big At AAU Championships The CATS of Wellington gymnastics teams recently competed in the 2012 AAU Florida Gold Championships held May 18-20 at Lynn University. It was the girls’final competition of the season. Level 2 competitors were scored

as one group. Each girl scored her personal best in one or more event. Zoe Kyrkostas scored a 9.5 on beam and a 9.6 on bars. Sasha Campbell scored a 9.45 on bars and a 9.4 on vault. Sophia Roberts scored a 9.65 on vault and a 9.4 on bars. Aliyah

RPB Dancers Stage ‘Aladdin’ The RPB Dancers from Royal Palm Beach High School presented a dance version of the story Aladdin on May 17 in the RPBHS auditorium. The 75 dancers portrayed the mythical story of Aladdin, with Andres Cazares and Zenia Fermin in the roles of Aladdin and Jasmine, and Kim Benavente dancing the

genie. The scene-stealer was Bryce Blecher as Jafar, along with his sidekick, Iago. Chary Baez took on the role of Rajah, Loren Estebanez was Carpet, Delaney Brown was Abuj, Alexa Blecher was Lampl, and Raul Santiago was Sultan. Also featured were the preschool “Harem Girls,” the Beginner I and Beginner II classes of genies, and the Intermediate class of palace guards. Master teacher and choreographer Michele Blecher chose Aladdin as a theme to help the children learn that “greatness and strength comes from within” and “it’s better to be yourself than to pretend to be Aladdin cast members. something you’re not.”

Perez scored a 9.35 on bars and a 9.3 on vault. Enacoret Parziale scored a 9.4 on vault and high 8s all around. Sophia Rodriguez scored a 9.5 on vault and a 9.65 on floor. Hailey Gruber scored a 9.65 on bars and a 9.45 on vault. Natalie Bornel scored a 9.05 on vault and high 8s all around. Jessica Vanravenswaay scored a 9.75 on bars and a 9.55 on floor. As a team, they placed fourth out of nine. In Level 3, Angelina Apicella scored a 9.55 on floor and a 9.3 on bars. This earned her fourth place all around. Alexis Merritt scored a 9.7 on bars to earn second place for that event. She scored all high 9s and finished in fifth place overall. In the next age group, Alexa Alvarez scored almost all 9.5s on all events to place fourth in her age group. Allison Bunchuk scored a 9.55 on beam to place fourth for that event and a 9.35 on bars. Alexandria Davis scored a 9.25 on vault and a 9.35 on floor. She earned mid-9s in all events, making it one of her best competitions. Samantha Vilarinoalso had a great day, scoring a 9.45 on vault and a 9.5 on floor. Katie Lettera scored a 9.05 on vault and a 9.1 on bars. Genevieve Sylvester scored a 9.3 on vault and a 9.25 on bars. These scores placed them fourth all around.

CATS gymnasts and coaches with their awards. In Level 4, Arabella Campbell scored a 9.55 on vault and a 9.075 on floor. Faith Campagnuolo scored a 9.6 on vault to earn second place for that event. She also scored a 9.2 on floor to earn third place in that event. Belen Bengolea scored a 9.1 on vault a 9.35 on bars. Kinsey Cribbs scored a 9.5 on vault and a 9.275 on bars. Brieanna McCaffery scored a 9.45 on bars and a 9.375 on vault. The Level 4 girls placed fourth out of 12 at this completion.

In Level 5 and up, Isabella Padilla scored a 9.175 on bars to earn first for that event and a 9.575 on floor to earn first place. She earned second place all around. Alexia Moraes scored a 9.525 on floor to place first for that event. She scored high 8s in all other events and earned fourth place all around. CATS of Wellington thanks coaches Margarita Rodriguez and Mario and Felipe Restrepo. For more information, visit www.cats gymnastics.com.


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Wellington Soccer Club Celebrates Successful Season

Ed Singleton

Larry Payne

Phil Northrop

Bassmasters Compete In Clewiston The Royal Palm Bassmasters held its monthly fishing tournament Sunday, May 20 out of the Clewiston boat ramp on Lake Okeechobee. First place was awarded to the team of Larry Payne (boater), with five fish weighing 12 lbs., 3 oz., and partner Phil Northrop (co-angler), with five fish weighing 10 lbs., 4 oz., for a team weight of 22 lbs., 7 oz. Second place was awarded to the team of Randy King (boater), with five fish weighing 6 lbs., 5 oz., and

partner Herman Parker (co-angler), with three fish weighing 6 lbs., 1 oz., for a team weight of 12 lbs., 6 oz. Third place was awarded to the team of Punk Duff (boater), with four fish weighing 5 lbs., 13 oz., and partner Dede Duff (co-angler), with five fish weighing 4 lbs., for a team weight of 9 lbs., 13 oz. The Big Fish of the tournament was caught by Ed Singleton, with a bass weighing 4 lbs., 14 oz. Royal Palm Bassmasters meets on

the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center (100 Sweet Bay Lane, Royal Palm Beach). The club is now accepting applications for new boaters and non-boater members. Come and check out the fun you’ve been missing. For additional information about the Royal Palm Bassmasters, contact the club via email at rpbassmasters@gmail.com or visit the club’s web site at www. royalpalmbassmasters.org.

The Wellington Wave Soccer Club invited all of its members, families and friends to attend Family Night on Friday, May 18 at Village Park on Pierson Road to celebrate the end of a truly successful season of competitive soccer for youth ages 8 to 18. Board members served up hot dogs and hamburgers, and great music added to the festivities. Vice President of Community Affairs Jorge Suarez recognized multiple volunteers for their contributions to the club and the community. Brandon Broadwell was awarded the Golden Wave Award by the Wellington Soccer Club. Broadwell was recognized for his leadership both on and off the field, for his outstanding academics, for being the first Wellington Soccer Club player to make the Olympic Development Program region pool, and he won a national championship with the Olympic Development Program representing the State of Florida. As the recipient of the Golden Wave Award, Broadwell was honored with

Brandon Broadwell with his Golden Wave Award. a full scholarship to the Wellington Soccer Club. The Wellington Soccer Club is a nonprofit organization. For more information, call Director of Coaching Patrick Zoete at (561) 252-1467.


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Saturday, June 9 • The Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association will do trail maintenance in the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area on Saturday, June 9 at 6 a.m. Call Paul Cummings at (561) 963-9906 or Diana at (561) 848-2880 for more info. • The Friends of Mounts Botanical Garden (531 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach) will sponsor a Farm Your Back Yard Workshop on growing vegetables Saturday, June 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more info., call (561) 233-1757 or visit www.mounts.org. • The Villa Olympia Tennis Courts in Wellington will host a USTA Recreational Coach Workshop on Saturday, June 9 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost for the workshop is $20. Participants will engage in six hours of on-court training. For more info., contact Janet Sprague at sprague@florida.usta.com or (561) 385-7399. To register, visit www. ustarcwwellington.eventbrite.com. • The Philippine Summer Festival will take place Saturday, June 9 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center. The event will feature food vendors, arts and crafts, souvenirs and live music. Admission costs $6 for adults and is free for age 3 and younger. For more info., visit www.the philippineamericansociety.org or call (561) 315-2316. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Library Tours at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, June 9; Thursday, June 14; Wednesday, June 20; and Tuesday, June 26. This staffguided tour of the new library emphasizes LEEDS-certified qualifications. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will feature “Saturday Morning Cartoons” for ages 5 to 8 on Saturdays, June 9, 16, 23 and 30 at 11 a.m. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The 2012 Wellington Health & Wellness Festival will take place Saturday, June 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at near Whole Foods Market in Wellington. Presented by the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, the free event will showcase a variety of specialties, including chiropractic spinal screenings, medical screenings, cutting-edge fitness trends, integrative and holistic medicine, aromatherapy, pet therapy, massages and food samples. For more info., call (561) 792-6525. • Nature’s Center (5301 State Road 7, Lake Worth) will hold a class on edible and seasonal gardening Saturday, June 9 at 2 p.m. Join Jim Doenges for an open discus-

sion on the benefits of edible and seasonal gardening. To register, call (561) 434-5777 or e-mail info@thenaturescenter.com. The program is free and walk-ins are welcome. Visit www.thenaturescenter.com for info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will kick off its Summer Reading Program with “Jugglemania 2” for all ages Saturday, June 9 at 2:30 p.m. This high-energy, interactive show will have you gasping in awe at juggling feats, from scarves to clubs and more. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will hold an Anime Club meeting for ages 12 to 17 on Saturday, June 9 at 3 p.m. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a free concert featuring Long Run’s Tribute to the Eagles on Saturday, June 9 at 8 p.m. Bring your own seating. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. Sunday, June 10 • Whole Foods Market (2635 State Road 7, Wellington) will host “Dude, Where’s My Kitchen?” on Sunday, June 10 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Learn how to cook with the basics utilizing batch cooking and transforming leftovers. There is no charge. Call (561) 9044000 to pre-register. • “An Evening with Copeland Davis” will take place Sunday, June 10 at 6 p.m. at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center (151 Civic Center Way). Enjoy live entertainment, a buffet dinner, wine and soft drinks, and live and silent auctions as you enjoy the music of Copeland Davis and friends. Tickets cost $40 per person or $75 for two. Proceeds benefit My Brother’s/Sister’s Keeper Charitable Trust. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling (561) 793-7606. Monday, June 11 • Summer Story Times for children age 5 and younger begin Monday, June 11 at 10:15 a.m. at the Royal Palm Beach library. Call (561) 790-6030 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will kick off its Summer Reading Program with “Jugglemania 2” on Monday, June 11 at 2 p.m. This high-energy, interactive show will have you gasping in awe at juggling feats. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host “Origami Basketball” for ages 10 to 15 on Monday, June 11 at 2 p.m. Make an origami basketball hoop and compe te in a mini-compe tition. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. See CALENDAR, page 39


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COMMUNITY CALENDAR CALENDAR, continued from page 38 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Simple Seasonal Origami” for age 8 and up Monday, June 11 at 4 p.m. Try your hand at simple origami paper folding. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will feature “America’s Next Top Monster” for ages 9 to 12 on Monday, June 11 at 4 p.m. Want to look like the glamorous ghouls in Monster High? Learn monster makeup techniques and vote for your favorite look. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District Board of Supervisors will meet on Monday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the district office (101 West D Road). Call (561) 793-0884 for more info. Tuesday, June 12 • The Wellington Chamber Small Business Roundtable will present “Law and Location” Tuesday, June 12 at 8 a.m. at Whole Foods Market (2635 State Road 7, Wellington). Learn about key legal issues for your small business and learn about the importance of office location. For more info., call (561) 7926526 or visit www.wellingtonchamber.com. • Whole Foods Market (2635 State Road 7, Wellington) will host “Block Party: Dads Favorite Foods” on Tuesday, June 12 at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy father-friendly samples around the store. No registration is necessary and there is no charge. Call (561) 904-4000 for info. • The Palm Beach County Commission will hold a Budget Workshop on Tuesday, June 12 at 6 p.m. at the government center’s Jane M. Thompson Memorial Chambers (301 N. Olive Ave., Sixth Floor, West Palm Beach). For more info., visit www.pbcgov.com. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host “Art Smarts: Let’s Make Clay” for ages 6 to 8 on Tuesday, June 12 at 7 p.m. Learn about clay, including making salt clay, and start a project you can finish at home. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Wellington Village Council will meet Tuesday, June 12 at 7 p.m. at the municipal complex (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). For more info., call (561) 791-4000 or visit www. wellingtonfl.gov. Wednesday, June 13 • The Royal Palm Beach library will feature “Let’s Get Crafty” for ages 8 to 12 on Wednesdays, June 13, 20 and 27 at 2 p.m. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Board Game Challenge for age 6 and up Wednesday, June 13 at 3 p.m.

Challenge others to Chutes & Ladders, Candyland and other board games. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Indian Trail Improvement District Board of Supervisors will meet Wednesday, June 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the district office (13476 61st St. North). Call (561) 793-0874 or visit www.indiantrail.com for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will hold Bilingual Story Time Wednesdays, June 13 and 27 at 6:30 p.m. for ages 3 to 6. The fun family story time is available in English and Spanish. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • Whole Foods Market (2635 State Road 7, Wellington) will host a “Savvy Shopper Tour” on Wednesday, June 13 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Experts will show you how to shop the store’s private label, weekly specials and family sized savings. There is no charge. Call (561) 904-4000 to pre-register. Thursday, June 14 • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host “Gross Science” for ages 5 to 8 on Thursdays, June 14 and 21 at 2 p.m. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will feature “Hands-on Craft: Easy Paper Flowers” for adults Thursday, June 14 at 2:30 p.m. Make and take easy paper flowers. Materials will be provided. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • Women of the Western Communities will hold its final meeting of the season Thursday, June 14 at 6:30 p.m. at ther Madison Green Golf Club (2001 Crestwood Blvd., RPB). The evening will include a buffet dinner, the installation of the new board and the presentation of the club’s donation to the Harmony House. The guest speaker will be WPTV news anchor Kelley Dunn. The guest fee is $40. RSVP to Mair Armand at mair@ wwc-fl.com or (561) 635-0011. Friday, June 15 • Whole Foods Market (2635 State Road 7, Wellington) will host “Health Starts Here: Seasonal Eats” on Friday, June 15 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. There is no charge. Call (561) 9044000 to pre-register. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will feature a free screening of the movie We Bought a Zoo on Friday, June 15 at 8 p.m. Bring your own seating. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. Send calendar items to: The Town-Crier, 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 31, Wellington, FL 33414. FAX: (561) 793-6090. Email: news@gotowncrier.com.

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WINDOW INSTALLERS WANTED Subcontractors only. Top Pay. No Brokers. Call Matt 561-714-8490 FRONT DESK — Loxahatchee/ Boynton Beach. Busy Dermatology practices, full-time, experience preferred, must be available for flexible hours, evenings and weekends. Fax resume to 561-790-7568 MEDICAL ASSISTANT NEEDED IN LOXAHA TCHEE/BOYNTON BEACH — Busy Dermatology practice, full-time, experience preferred, must be available for flexible hours, evenings and weekends. Fax resume to 561-790-7568 TOWN-CRIER CLASSIFIEDS GET RESULTS CALL 793-7606 TODAY

JOHN C. HUNTON AIR CONDITIONING & REFRIGERATION, INC.—Service & new installation FPL independent particip ating contractor. Lic. CAC 057272 Ins. "We are proud supporters of the Seminole Ridge Hawks" 561-798-3225. Family Owned & Operated since 1996. Credit Cards Accepted

WE CLEAN OFFICES & PRIVATE HOMES — Licensed & Insured. Call for an estimate and to schedule your apartment. Discount for Central Palm Beach County Chamber members and to all new clients for first cleaning. 561-385-8243 Lic. #2012-252779

COMPANION/LIVE-IN FOR ELDERLY — Experienced in all Area’s Top references, I speak English only. Call 561-632-0464

MOBILE-TEC ON-SITE COMPUTER SERVICE — The computer experts that come to you! Hardware/ Software setup, support & troubleshooting w w w.mobiletec.net. 561-248-2611 D.J. COMPUTER — Home & office, Spyware removal, websites, networks, repairs, upgrades, virus removal, tutoring. Call Jeff 561-3331923 Cell 561-252-1186 Lic’d W ell. & Palm Beach. We accept major credit cards.

DRIVEWAYS — Free estimates A & M ASPHALT SEAL COATING commercial and residential. Patching potholes, striping, repair existing asphalt & save money all work guaranteed. Lic.& Ins. 100045062 561-667-7716

HOUSECLEANING — 20 yrs experience. Excellent local references. Shopping available. 561572-1782 HOUSECLEANING — affordable cleaning services, Royal Palm Maids. 561-666-7738 “For all your cleaning needs” F AMILY OWNED CLEANING BUSINESS IS EXPANDING — We are honest, reliable and dependable. Over 20 years experience in the Western Communities. Call today to get started. Norma 561-3555044

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

BOB CAVANAGH ALLSTATE INSURANCE — Auto •Home • Life• Renters •Motorcycle •RV • Golfcart • Boat Serving the Western Communities for 24 years Call for a quote 798-3056, or visit our website. www.allstateagencies.com/ rCavanagh

RJA PAINTING & DECORATING, INC. — Interior Exterior, Faux Finish, Residential,Commercial.Lic. #U17536 Rocky Armento, Jr. 561793-5455 561-662-7102 J&B PRESSURE CLEANING & PAINTING, INC. — Established 1984. All types of pressure cleaning, roofs, houses, driveways, patios etc. Commercial & Residential. Interior & Exterior painting. Certified pressure cleaning & painting contractor. Lic. #U21552 Call Butch 309-6975 or visit our website at www.jbpressurecleaningandpainting.com

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

THE MASTER HANDYMAN — All Types of Home Repairs & Improvements. No job too big or small done right the first time every time 40 yrs of satisfied customers. See me on Angies List. Tom (561) 801-2010 or (954) 444-3178 Serving Palm Beach and Broward Counties. BILLY’S HOME REPAIRS INC. REMODEL & REPAIRS — Interior Trim, crown molding, rottenwood repair, door installation, minor d r y w a l l , k i t c h e n s / c a b i n e ts / countertops, wood flooring. Bonded and Insured U#19699. Call 7919900 or 628-9215 HANDYMAN AND CLEANING SERVICES — Caza Services for all your handyman and cleaning needs. 18 years experience. No job is too small. Call us today. Insured 561-802-8300 or 754-242-3459

ANMAR CO.—James’ All Around Handyman Service. Excellent craftman Old time values. Once you’ve had me! You’ll have me back! Lic. Ins. Certified Residential Contractor CRC 1327426 561-248-8528

COLORS BY CORO, INC. — Int./ Ext. residential painting, over 20 yrs exp. Small Jobs welcome. Free est. Ins. 561-383-8666. Owner/Operated. Lic.# U20627 Ins. Wellington Resident \ JEREMY JAMES PLUMBING — Licensed plumber, legitimate estimate. Water heaters, new construction. CFC1426242. Bonded Insured. CFC1426242. 561-6016458

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

MINOR ROOF REPAIRS DON HARTMANN ROOFING — Roof painting, Carpentry. Lic. #U13677 967-5580 TOWN-CRIER CLASSIFIEDS GET RESULTS CALL 793-7606

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ROBERT G. HARTMANN ROOFING — Specializing in repairs. Free estimates, Bonded,insured. Lic. #CCC 058317 Ph: 561-790-0763. ROOFING REPAIRS REROOFING ALL TYPES — Pinewood Construction, Inc. Honest and reliable. Serving Palm Beach County for over 20 years. Call Mike 561-309-0134 Lic. Ins. Bonded. CGC-023773 RC0067207 JOHN C. BEALE BUILDING & ROOFING — Additions, remodeling, roof rep airs & replacements, screened porches. Licensed & Insured. Call for Free Estimates. 561798-6448 ccc1326383 ccc1250306

THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 9th 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Weather Permitting — Huge garage sale including many Womens size 3x clothing. Follow signs at Big Blue T race & Wiltshire Village 1360 Brampton Cove WELLINGTON AERO CLUB 3 FAMILY ESTATE SALE. THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 9th 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. NO EARLY BIRDS Antiques, Vintage China, Pottery, Glass, Linens, Decor Items, Furniture, Office Furniture, Jewelry new and old, too many items to list. 2400 Greenbriar Blvd.

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

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

ACCORDION SHUTTERS — Gutters, screen enclosures, siding, soffit s, aluminum roofs, Serving the Western Communities. Since 1985. U-17189 561-791-9777

AQUA TIC SPRINKLER, LLC — Complete rep air of all types of systems. Owner Operated. Michael 561-964-6004Lic.#U17871 Bonded & Ins. Serving the W estern Communities Since 1990

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

STEAMPRO TILE & CARPET CLEANING — Residential & Commericial. 561-818-8635 (office) 561-255-9098 (cell) Licensed, Bonded and Insured.

TREES TRIMMED AND REMOVED — 561-798-0412 D.M. YOUNG TREE SER VICE. Family Owned & Operated Lic. & Insured 199212121 Visit our website at dmyoungtreeservice.com

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

ROOM FOR RENT — includes Queen Size bed, dresser, and night stand. Access to kitchen, living room, washer-dryer and huge yard. Available now for $600 month. 561291-4077

FURNISHED HOUSE FOR RENT/ SHORT OR LONG TERM — situated in a cul-de-sac and 5 minutes away from Spruce Meadows, this 2000 sf. 2 story newer house in Shawnessy has hardwood floor throughout and 2.5 bathrooms. Leather furniture, 48” TV and a Piano in main floor. Master bedroom has Jacuzzi. 2 large size bedrooms and bonus room. Wireless Internet, double att ached garage, fenced backyard with BBQ. Weekly housekeeping, linen service and lawn cutting plus all utilities included. For more details call (403) 808-7254 OR (403) 700-2065 TOWN-CRIER CLASSIFIEDS GET RESULTS CALL 793-7606 TODAY

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