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Bicycle Month A Great Time To Check Out The Bike Paths In RPB

At the Thursday, March 7 meeting of the Royal Palm Beach Village Council, Mayor Fred Pinto read a proclamation officially recognizing March as Florida Bicycle Month in the village. With temperatures still in the 70s, most residents don’t need a proclamation to know that it’s a nice time of year to enjoy bicycling. Page 3

LGES’s Annette Blanco Given Top District Award

Loxahatchee Groves Elementary School secretary Annette Blanco was honored as the Palm Beach County School District’s School-Related Employee of the Year by Superintendent Dr. Donald E. Fennoy in a surprise event on Tuesday. Page 5

Arden Celebrates The Grand Opening Of Its Two-Story Lakehouse

Arden, a new residential development off Southern Blvd., invited the public to celebrate the grand opening of its twostory Lakehouse, resort-style pools, fitness center, five-acre farm and barn on Saturday, March 9. Page 5

Palm Beach County Teacher of the Year Daniella Boyd is surprised by Superintendent Dr. Donald Fennoy’s arrival in her math classroom at Royal Palm Beach High School.

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Daniella Boyd Of RPBHS Named Teacher Of The Year

By Denis Eirikis Town-Crier Staff Report Math teachers, at least ones who quietly excel, don’t usually command much media attention. So, there was no way that Royal Palm Beach High School math teacher Daniella Boyd could know that Palm Beach County School Superintendent Dr. Donald Fennoy, School Board Member Marcia Andrews, Principal Jesus Armas and a throng of media reporters were about to barge into her Calculus 101 class on Monday, March 11. Boyd was caught completely by surprise when Fennoy arrived to honor Boyd as the Palm Beach County School District’s Teacher of the Year. Teacher of the Year is a prestigious award in a school district as large as Palm Beach County’s. After all, Boyd is one of nearly 13,000 teachers currently employed by the district.

Boyd looked on in shock as the dignitaries, including her parents, husband and young son, bounded into the classroom as school district staff livestreamed the “Award Ambush” on its social media pages. “This is by far my most crowded classroom, and now all of you have made us really crowded,” Boyd smiled, clutching a bouquet of flowers handed to her by Fennoy. “As my students know, I am a proud product of the Palm Beach County public school system, which is why I love coming here every day.” Armas lauded Boyd as an exemplary teacher. “Mrs. Boyd is a master teacher and a professional educator of the highest magnitude,” he said. “Her knack for creating relationships with students, comprehensive knowledge of the subject matter, professionalism, willingness to

help other faculty members, and her humble, gracious and genuine persona make her the consummate teacher. We at Royal Palm Beach High School are blessed that she has chosen to be a member of our faculty and grateful that everyone in the district now knows what we have known for years.” Andrews was also on hand to congratulate Boyd. “We are so proud that a product of our school system has risen to become Teacher of the Year,” she said, then looked at Armas and continued, “Your school really seems to be on a roll here with good news after good news.” This highest of teacher honors is just one more recent accomplishment for Royal Palm Beach High School. Two months ago, Armas was named Palm Beach County’s Adult Principal of the Year. The State of Florida also recently See BOYD, page 7

Wellington’s Revenues Are Up, PBCFR Response Times Down

Bronco Lacrosse Boys Improve To 5-1 With Win Over Park Vista

On Friday, March 8, the Palm Beach Central High School boys lacrosse team hosted Park Vista High School and defeated the Cobras 9-5. The win pushed the Broncos to a 5-1 record on the season. Seven different players scored for the Broncos on the night, but it was Logan Rohack who led the squad with a hat-trick. Page 23 DEPARTMENT INDEX NEWS...............................3 - 22 NEWS BRIEFS......................... 7 SCHOOLS........................... 8 - 9 PEOPLE................................. 10 COLUMNS............................. 18 BUSINESS............................. 19 CALENDAR............................ 22 SPORTS..........................23 - 24 CLASSIFIEDS................ 25 - 26 Visit Us On The Web At WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM

By M. Dennis Taylor Town-Crier Staff Report Presentations on Wellington’s financial health and the village’s annual report from Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue highlighted the Wellington Village Council meeting on Tuesday, March 12. Also on the agenda was a public hearing on improving small cell wireless service and the awarding of a long-planned rehabilitation contract for Wellington’s wastewater facility. A presentation of the audit results for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2018 revealed the Village of Wellington’s finances to be very healthy and very liquid. The budget was projected to receive $41.3 million in revenue but brought in more than expected with $42.66 million collected. In the budgeted expenditures of $45.7 million, only $41.2 million was spent. No control-related issues were found in the current or previous year, and the outside auditors found that the records are in compliance. “The budget audit is our report card as a council, and I’m quite

proud of this audit,” Vice Mayor Michael Drahos said, congratulating the village staff for making it happen. Councilwoman Tanya Siskind echoed his comments saying, “Few municipalities have a report as good as this.” The annual report from PBCFR for the same fiscal year was presented by District Chief William Rowley and Division Chief Rich Ellis. In situations where seconds count, the big news is that the average fire-rescue response time has been improved by some nine seconds, from 6:45 to 6:36 minutes. Overall calls remained consistent, with nearly three-quarters of the 5,253 calls being medical issues. “Response time is an area where PBCFR can affect success,” Rowley said. Rowley explained that 112 fire calls ranged from a pot on the stove to a structure fire of a room burning, and a grass fire to acreage ablaze. The equipment to fight these fires is maintained by staff technicians and mechanics. “The

condition of these units is excellent,” said Rowley, who pointed out that staff maintains them very well. He said preventative maintenance is done on site so the equipment is still in the area it serves and not at the maintenance facility where it would have to have a replacement vehicle stand in to provide service. Rowley said that the team from each of the four stations that cover Wellington is independent, but the teams can work together for larger situations, even drawing other regional teams to respond for large events. He continued that teams undergo continuous training to maintain their proficiency in such things as vehicle extrication and the methods of disassembling a car, which needs to occur sometimes in the 332 auto accidents annually in the village. Ellis spoke about PBCFR’s new Mobile Integrated Health initiative that works with the preponderance of medical calls, some 60 percent of which are made by what they See PBCFR REPORT, page 4

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Loxahatchee Groves town council candidates Laura Danowski, Lisa El-Ramey and Robert Shorr won sweeping election victories on Tuesday, March 12, unseating two incumbents and filling the seat of retiring Mayor Dave Browning, who declined to run for a fifth term. According to unofficial results from the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Office, Danowski took 359 votes (59.54 percent) to defeat Vice Mayor Todd McLendon, who had 244 votes (40.46 percent) in the race for Seat 2. El-Ramey received 342 votes (56.72 percent) to replace Councilwoman Anita Kane, who had 261 votes (43.28 percent) in the race for Seat 3. Shorr garnered 378 votes (62.48 percent) to Karen Plante’s 227 votes (37.52 percent) in the race for Seat 4. Two referendum questions were also on the ballot, but the results were not nearly as clear. Question 1, asking voters if they wanted to remove language from the charter requiring the town to use the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office for law enforcement services was listed as tied at 295 YES and 295 NO, as of Wednesday afternoon. A question asking voters if they wanted to extend the time period for repaying bonds from three to 11 years passed with 303 in sup-

port (50.75 percent) to 294 against (49.25 percent). Danowski hopes the election signifies a turning point for the town. “We need to start working together, and I know that is a phrase that has been used over and over, but the division has gotten us here, and it’s just time to stop that and pull in the same direction,” Danowski told the Town-Crier on Wednesday. “I think it is an historic election because of the turnout, but also because of the disparity in the voting results. Normally it’s only by one or two or three percentage points, or in some cases by four or five votes. People have come out and voted and made that gap larger, so it tells me that they are ready to be part of the solution.” Danowski’s goals are to spend money responsibly. “To put our needs before the wants, and when I say our needs, I mean the residents’ needs,” she said. “To keep reminding people to come to meetings and to participate and be heard, because we can’t do it without the residents.” Danowski’s primary goal is to create a published road maintenance schedule that anybody can go and check on the town’s web site. “The next two tasks we need to tackle are negotiating with the See LOX ELECTION, page 4

Robert Shorr, Lisa El-Ramey and Laura Danowski celebrate their victories after the returns came in Tuesday evening.

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PROSECCO & POLO

The Wellington Historical Society held its Prosecco & Polo event on Thursday, March 7 at the Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame on Lake Worth Road. The evening included a tour of the museum and light bites by Wellington Hospitality Group. Shown above are Allyson Samiljan, Museum of Polo Director of Development Brenda Lynn and Maureen Gross. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 7 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

McKinlay Meeting Focuses On Acreage-Area Roads

Officials at the meeting included FDOT District 4 Secretary Gerry O’Reilly, ITID Engineer Jay Foy, Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency Executive Director Nick Uhren, Westlake City Manager Ken Cassel, Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay and County Engineer David Ricks. PHOTO BY RON BUKLEY/TOWN-CRIER

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Several hundred people were in the theater at Seminole Ridge High School on Monday, March 11 for a town hall meeting organized by District 6 County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay focused on traffic improvement plans for the western communities. Attendees were also able to air complaints about road problems in the area. McKinlay said the meeting was designed to finish a discussion that had to be called short at her Feb. 13 town hall meeting held at the Acreage library when the library had to close. Panelists included Florida Department of Transportation District 4 Secretary Gerry O’Reilly, Palm

Beach County Engineer David Ricks, Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency Executive Director Nick Uhren, Indian Trail Improvement District Engineer Jay Foy and Westlake City Manager Ken Cassel. “I heard from a lot of you that you would like to have a meeting just on this particular issue of traffic. What I’ve tried to do tonight is assemble the different partners that we work with on traffic-related issues in Palm Beach County,” McKinlay said, pointing out that numerous other agencies were not represented that evening, even though they play critical roles in the traffic planning process, such as the South Florida Water Management District. Panelists gave presentations on

their respective responsibilities in the transportation planning process. O’Reilly said that FDOT is primarily concerned with safety projects, but also gives attention to intermodal transport, which include the State Road 80/Southern Blvd. road widening project currently underway from four to six lanes beginning at Forest Hill/ Crestwood boulevards to the new Arden community near 20-Mile Bend. “Roads like State Road 80 carry large amounts of traffic and carry them across regions, so they’re not just local to an area,” he said. “State Road 80, which is under construction right now, is an example of that, where we got state See ROADS, page 22


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Bicycle Month A Great Time To Check Out The Bike Paths In RPB

By Denis Eirikis Town-Crier Staff Report At the Thursday, March 7 meeting of the Royal Palm Beach Village Council, Mayor Fred Pinto read a proclamation officially recognizing March as Florida Bicycle Month in the village. With temperatures still in the 70s, most residents don’t need a proclamation to know that it’s a nice time of year to enjoy bicycling. The Village of Royal Palm Beach alone boasts 55 miles of paved shared use pathways and 38

miles of designated bicycle lanes. Royal Palm Beach joins scores of other municipalities in promoting March as Florida Bicycle Month. As roads become more congested, transportation planners at the Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency (TPA) are promoting bicycling as a way commuters and drivers can fight traffic congestion while enjoying the many benefits of exercise. Pinto also invited everyone to come out to last weekend’s Bicycle Rodeo at Royal Palm Beach

Commons Park, which featured three village bicycle path courses ranging from 3 to 7 miles. Village employee Brandon Pendergrass, who coordinated the rodeo, reported a good turnout. “My favorite part of the rodeo was watching all of the smiling participants cross through the finish line,” he said. “Also, seeing the PBSO Volunteer Bike Unit teach the young kids about bike safety and guide them through their safety course. It looked like a good time was had by all.”

Residents take part in the Bicycle Rodeo last weekend at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park.

Pinto represents Royal Palm Beach on the TPA board, which helps allocate and coordinate federal and state funding for local transportation projects. The TPA is tasked with using population and vehicle trip projections to plan the county’s transportation needs out for a 25-year horizon. As populations increase on already crowded roadways, alternatives to driving alone are becoming more important as planners look for the most cost-effective future infrastructure. “We are really happy to invite anyone interested in bicycling in Royal Palm Beach, the western communities or anywhere in the county to visit www.bikepalm beach.org, where they can access our calendar, which shows all of what’s going on in Palm Beach County for Florida Bike Month, in addition to bike suitability maps, bicycle etiquette resources and much more,” TPA Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator Nicholas Hernandez said. “We like to think of www.bikepalmbeach.org — soon to be www.walkbikepalmbeach. org, since we will also be including pedestrian resources — as a one-stop shop where anyone can get anything related to pedestrian and bicycle safety.” Longtime Royal Palm Beach resident Douglas Hess is a retired professional engineer who is no stranger to transportation planning.

Vendors were on hand at the Bicycle Rodeo offering bike safety information. PHOTOS COURTESY ROYAL PALM BEACH He recently retired from three deThat is just one of the planned cades as Boca Raton’s transporta- upgrades. tion engineer. “My favorite bike “Bicyclists can look forward trail in the village runs under the to a 12-foot-wide multi-use path power lines from Southern Blvd. now being built along 6.5 miles near Costco all the way to the of Southern Blvd. from west of north end of La Mancha,” he said. Lion Country Safari Road all way “There are lakes, canals, wildlife to Forest Hill/Crestwood Blvd. as and beautiful scenery, plus it con- part of the big roadway widennects so well to Commons Park.” ing project there,” Hernandez Improvements are planned to said. “The additional 6.5 miles make biking there easier. of shared-use path will greatly “That FPL trail will soon be enhance non-motorized movement even safer at night,” Hernandez between businesses and neighsaid. “The TPA has funded a borhoods in southern portions of project to install LED lighting Royal Palm Beach, which is great alongside that part of the trail news for residents who are eager from Lamstein Lane to Las Palmas to walk or ride their bicycles in Street.” this area.”

Royal Palm Residents Complain About Pet Injuries At Dog Park

By Denis Eirikis Town-Crier Staff Report Passionate dog lovers brought their concerns to the Royal Palm Beach’s Village Council last week about unsafe conditions for canines at the dog park located at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park. According to residents attending the Thursday, March 7 meeting, dogs are being injured by sharp stones that village staff laid out along fences to discourage dogs from running up and down along the fence. Longtime La Mancha resident and former Councilman David Swift stepped up to the microphone during the public comment period, carrying a dog bowl full of the offending rocks, which he passed around to council members. “I guess I fail to understand this logic at all,” he said. “We bring

our dogs to a safe place to get them some exercise, and staff lays down a bed of stones to prevent dogs from running in a dog park. I guess I am confused as to why the village did that.” Swift went on to say that conditions at the park have deteriorated and the facility is being poorly maintained. Amy Harvey said she came to the council meeting to see her representatives directly because numerous calls to staff were achieving nothing. “I put calls into [Parks & Recreation Director] Lou Recchio, who told me they deliberately put stones along the fence to stop dogs from running along the inside fence of the dog park,” said Harvey, a regular user of the facility. “I have seen numerous dogs cut themselves with pad and paw injuries, and one poor dog broke its leg

and tore ligaments on the stones.” Swift challenged the council to take quick action. “Now that you have cut the number of council meetings in half, you now have all the time in the world to call a special meeting on dog parks, and I encourage you to visit the dog park and see this situation for yourself,” he said. Mayor Fred Pinto tasked village staff to look into the situation and make the facilities safe. Harvey told the Town-Crier after the meeting that she believes the situation will improve. “The council seemed to take Dave Swift’s and my concerns very seriously and had been unaware until now just how poorly the dog park was being maintained,” she said. “Rocks will no longer be used to fill in the holes, but the rocks along the fence lines will remain for now.”

In other news: • The council presented Robin Cronk with her 15-year service award. Cronk is a secretary in the Village Clerk’s office. “She is the face of the village, the first staffer many people see as they come up to the window in the lobby. She is our ambassador,” Pinto said. The mayor thanked her for the many years of service and pointed out that most people don’t know that Cronk’s duties include updating the variable message signs that are visible throughout the village. • The council unanimously passed five agenda items, with little discussion, that granted changes in land use designation for 27 tracts of land totaling about 110 acres south of Southern Blvd. and west of State Road 7. The sites, part of the Tuttle Royale project, were previously

The council honors Robin Cronk for 15 years of service. (L-R) Councilman Richard Valuntas, Vice Mayor Selena Samios, Robin Cronk, Mayor Fred Pinto, Councilwoman Jan Rodusky and Councilman Jeff Hmara. PHOTO BY DENIS EIRIKIS/TOWN-CRIER zoned low density under county jurisdiction. About four years ago, Royal Palm Beach annexed the site, which was formerly rural in nature and included an animal

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Indian Trail Has Successful Outing At Palm Beach County Days

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Indian Trail Improvement District officials attending Palm Beach County Days in Tallahassee last week enjoyed a successful lobbying effort encouraging legislators to approve three bills related to water control and drainage issues. Attending Palm Beach County Days were ITID President Betty Argue, Supervisor Tim Sayre, Supervisor Joni Martin and District Manager Rob Robinson, lobbying for $5.7 million to complete the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area levee, $400,000 for an outfall gate on the M-0 Canal and $400,000 to continue a pilot project to pump stormwater to the Moss property owned by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). Together, the projects would help protect The Acreage from flooding and give ITID more options to quickly remove standing water after major storms. Argue said their efforts were more organized than last year, when some appointments were canceled.

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continued from page 1 sheriff and to begin the budget process for next year.” Danowski said her research skills will be useful to residents. “I am objective, I am one who will research, I am not afraid to ask questions and seek multiple opinions,” she said. “Some people may see this as a strength, some people may see it as a hindrance, but I can be incredibly blunt when it comes to certain topics. There is no gray on certain things. There is right and wrong, and I think what has been missing in our town is right and wrong. There has been a lot of gray application depending on who or what the topic was. The rules are made for everybody, period.” El-Ramey said the election signifies that there has been a lot of dissatisfaction within the town, given the level of turnout. “I think the margins on the candidates show that people are ready to see something done differently, and, hopefully, that will be provided by the three of us and the two remaining council members,” she told the Town-Crier on Wednesday. Due to the close results of the referendum questions, she feels the results don’t send a clear message. “We have our work cut out there,” El-Ramey said, adding that she got a call from the town attorney Wednesday morning regarding the results, but had not yet been able to return his call. Her short-term goals are to reach out to the community. “I’ve got a couple of ideas for the residents to make them feel more appreciated and more involved in the community,” El-Ramey said. “The next big step is to come up with a plan for the roads. We’ve got a couple of residents in the town who do roads for a living who have a lot of different material ideas, and I think what I’d like to see is maybe some of these materials tested on some of the smaller roads to see whether they hold up over time before we dive into something bigger.”

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continued from page 1 categorize as high frequency 911 users. This is defined as callers to the emergency line of three or more times in a two-week period. Mayor Anne Gerwig interjected that this might be residents with anxiety disorders that manifest as a physical ailment. Ellis agreed, pointing out that another example is, “Patients not taking diabetes medication properly.” Social workers are notified and contact the callers to make them aware of social services available to the patients. These efforts have resulted in a 75 percent reduction in these high frequency calls. Additionally, Ellis pointed out

“The Corbett levee is now $5.7 million,” Argue told the Town-Crier on Tuesday. “Originally it was $8 million, and they did half of it. That was in 2015, and we haven’t been able to get any more money to finish the other half, so now the other half is up to $5.7 million… Hopefully, we get the money we need to get this levee built this year.” Everyone they talked to was very receptive, she said. “I feel like there’s more support than there was last year,” Argue said. “I think we got our message out there in the sense that half a levee is no levee at all, and we need to have this levee completed, and this isn’t an ITID responsibility. All we’re asking for is that they finish the levee. The state never got it done, so we’re still trying to get the funds to get it done.” Argue said no one but ITID is lobbying for completion of the levee, but Palm Beach County supports the district in seeking funding for the project. “It really should be Fish & Wildlife and [the] South Florida [Water Management District]

making this their initiative,” she said. “Hopefully, with the different people we’ve gotten to, they’ll give us the money that we need so we can just get it done. I don’t particularly like it that we have to use our time and energy lobbying on something that isn’t our responsibility.” The M-0 outfall is on the M-0 Canal, which is on the northerly boundary of the district and has no gate, Argue said. “It’s the canal that separates us from Corbett,” she said. “The outfall is at the L8 on our most westerly part of that canal. The outfall right now doesn’t have a gate there, so we cannot control the water level [with] the outfall that’s there now.” Argue explained that FWC is keeping the water level in Corbett higher than water in The Acreage. “As a result of keeping that water level higher, the head differential in our canal can cause significant pressure on the spoil berm that exists on the portion that has not been redone, then in addition to that, it puts pressure on the canal.”

El-Ramey also wants to quickly resolve issues with the sheriff’s contract. She feels her skills as a professional equestrian will help her make sometimes hard decisions on the council. “I’m the kind of person who lives under pressure with the horse business, and it’s something that I’ve learned to work within pressure cooker situations well,” El-Ramey said. “I think that my creativity, coming to the table with out-of-the-box thinking as a whole, will help us come up with solutions that maybe would not have been seen at the beginning of something, we’ll be able to come up with something better going forward.” Although new to the council, El-Ramey said she has stayed informed. “I’ve watched the live streaming on TV, or the computer, and I have had the opportunity to speak with a lot of the people who have been involved more than I have on issues,” she said. “They have been really helpful getting me up to speed.” El-Ramey added that she was involved with the town’s incorporation from an equestrian consulting standpoint. “I’ve been in the shadows, but not necessarily in the dark,” she said. Shorr said the election is the start of a new beginning for the town. “We’ve got new management, we’ve got three new council members, we’ve got town employees now — it’s a big transition period,” he said. Shorr’s first goal is to work with the new town manager and try to put together a staff and contractors, stay with the town’s budget and provide residents the services that they need. “We need to get a [request for qualifications] for sanitation service,” he said. “That expires at the end of the year, and we need to meet with the sheriff and negotiate a contract with the sheriff.” Shorr said a road grading plan needs to be put together to make the roads better and make sure the residents know when their roads will be graded so they can have some expectations. “We can be graded on whether

our utilities department meets those expectations that we laid out,” Shorr said. He hopes that grading can be done in a shorter time period than currently. Shorr said his skills will help the town operate more efficiently, and his love of the town and its rural nature will keep him in tune with the residents. “I have a lot of experience in contracts, reviewing and writing contracts,” Shorr said. “I have a lot of experience working with dirt, roads and rock. I have animals on my farm, including horses. I understand the equestrian business. I have some capital budget planning experience. I used to work for Palm Beach County, so I think those traits will help me understand. I already have a basic understanding of a lot of stuff.” Shorr has served on the town’s Planning & Zoning Committee and takes his jobs very seriously. “If I plan to do something, I’m going to try 100 percent to do it,” he said.

that any addiction-related call results in a phone contact from a social worker to make the resident aware of the services available. “This has resulted in a 45 percent reduction, just by making these phone calls offering service,” Ellis said. Any calls involving a pregnant woman are coded for the outreach program and trigger a similar call from a social worker. “If we save only one baby, it is worth it,” Ellis said. “These programs save on calls, transport to the emergency room and cases where the patient is admitted. It also provides savings across the healthcare system.” Rowley said that public education is important, especially for children, so the first interaction they have with PBCFR team members isn’t during an incident. The department holds joint events with

the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. “There is a great partnership with PBCFR and the PBSO that has developed over six to eight years or more to get to the level of cooperation we have,” he said. In other business: • A small cell wireless ordinance was the topic of an initial public hearing. It generally addresses what the village would like to see such carriers put in the rights of way in Wellington. There was no public comment. “We are as protective in regulations as we are allowed to be,” Village Attorney Laurie Cohen said, noting that the village has to comply with a host of state and federal regulations on the topic. It was stressed that nothing was being proposed that looks different from what has already been used for a decade in the village.

Argue said the Moss pilot project was never completed, although it received support from the SFWMD. That project would enable pumping of excess stormwater in the district into the federally owned Moss property, which is starved for water because it does not have an outside source of water other than rainfall. Because of time limits at Palm Beach County Days, district representatives focused solely on the three items. “You have very little time to get their attention, and I heard there were 2,500 appropriation bills submitted already,” Argue said. “All three of ours got put on committee agendas, and two of them have gone through already. The Corbett levee is being heard this morning in front of the Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee.” According to the web site www. myfloridahouse.gov, the Corbett bill passed the subcommittee and is now before the Appropriations Committee. “All three of our bills will be in appropriations,” Argue said.

ITID President Betty Argue, Supervisor Tim Sayre, District Manager Rob Robinson, State Rep. Holly Raschein (R-District 120) and Supervisor Joni Martin. PHOTO COURTESY ITID “Right now, it’s looking very positive, but we’re asking for a lot of money. We understand that.” Argue noted that the half of the levee that was not done is the eastern piece, which is closest to residential areas in the district. She pointed out that State Rep. Rick Roth (R-District 85) sponsored all the bills on the House side, and State Sen. Bobby Powell (D-Dis-

trict 30) sponsored the bills in the Senate. State Sen. Gayle Harrell (R-District 25) and State Rep. Holly Raschein (R-District 120), who chairs the Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee, of which Roth is vice chair, are helping to pursue the Corbett levee funding. “We have lots of support,” Argue said.

The winning candidates (far right) gather with supporters after the polls closed.

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(Above) John Ryan helps candidate Laura Danowski at the polling place on Tuesday. (Left) Candidate Robert Shorr campaigns Tuesday with his wife Francine. Small cell wireless tends to look like a utility pole and is accepted as aesthetically pleasing. Years ago, the placement of such facilities brought out major opposition. Not so anymore, as good mobile phone service has become less of a luxury and more of a necessity. “The attitude of residents has changed over time,” Gerwig said. “They want good cell service.” Village Manager Paul Schofield verified that the ordinance is compliant with state and federal rules and stressed to the public that the village can’t compel carriers to put poles in where they do not have the client base to justify it. • The council awarded a contract of $19 million to Wharton-Smith Inc., the lowest qualified bidder, for the upgrades to

the wastewater treatment facility on Pierson Road. The firm has worked with the village before on several projects and always came in under budget and under schedule. The 35-year-old treatment plant must remain open and operational during the two-year repair and rehabilitation project for renewal and expansion of the facility. It has reached the age where renewal typically occurs and has recently faced odor challenges. Gregory Williams, of Wharton-Smith, said he lives in the area and his children attend school in Wellington. He said that he has worked on the other projects, noting that the firm has been a good neighbor while the work went on and there were no problems with the projects. “We never made the 6 p.m. news,” he remarked.

• Schofield reported that the PBSO’s Operation Wild Stallion program, which cracks down on drinking and driving during the equestrian season, has resulted in traffic stops being up and DUI and underage drinking arrests being down. • Finally, Gerwig had Schofield clarify the traffic calming policy of the village, due to recent discussions on social media. If an area would like to install traffic calming, such as speed bumps, they must have the vote of a majority of the residents and pay one-half of the fee to install the measures. Schofield said that traditionally, the speeders in an area are the actual residents of that area, and that often a year or so later, the residents want to have the traffic calming devices removed.

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LGES’s Annette Blanco Given Top School District Award

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Loxahatchee Groves Elementary School secretary Annette Blanco was honored as the Palm Beach County School District’s School-Related Employee of the Year by Superintendent Dr. Donald E. Fennoy in a surprise event on Tuesday, March 12. Blanco has worked at the school district for 12 years, with the past four-and-a-half as the principal’s secretary at Loxahatchee Groves Elementary School. Joining Fennoy for the an-

Principal Richard Myerson, Annette Blanco, School Board Member Marcia Andrews and Superintendent Dr. Donald E. Fennoy. PHOTO BY RON BUKLEY/TOWN-CRIER

nouncement were Principal Richard Myerson, School Board Member Marcia Andrews, as well as Blanco’s daughters Ariela and Alexa. “I love coming to work because every day it’s a new adventure,” Blanco said. “The staff here is wonderful, Mr. Myerson is wonderful, and I love working for the school board.” According to the district, Blanco understands the unique needs of the school and does all that she can to show empathy to the students. She has organized Adopt-a-Family

drives, holiday meal distributions, planned luncheons and events, and participated in school fundraisers. She is also known to be front and center dancing at every faculty talent show. Customer service is her expertise, and Blanco is willing to drop everything to help parents, staff and community members with a smile, and assist any way she can. Myerson noted that Blanco is often the first on campus and the last to leave, and she is also known for slipping encouraging notes and treats in staff mailboxes.

ARDEN CELEBRATES THE GRAND OPENING OF ITS TWO-STORY LAKEHOUSE

Arden, a new residential development off Southern Blvd., invited the public to celebrate the grand opening of its two-story Lakehouse, resort-style pools, fitness center, five-acre farm and barn on Saturday, March 9. The free, fun-filled event included boat tours of Lake Arden, tractor rides, synchronized swimming shows, farm demonstrations, live music and more. Buses took visitors to the model homes for tours. For more information, visit www.ardenfl.com. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Courtland, Jaden, Cooper, Cameron and Kyla Twyman look over terrariums at the Lakehouse.

The Palm Beach Coralytes synchronized swim team performs in the new pool.

Mark and Debbie Plaxen visit the Lakehouse.

Alessandra Pansithi with Tute and Carolina Andrade.

Arden Farm Co-Director Carmen Franz in the herb garden.

Whiskey Six entertains.

Corney the Clown gives Vanessa Rosa a turtle bracelet.

Lifestyle Director Luisana Omana with her mother Lenys Camacho.

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Boyd

Teacher Of The Year

continued from page 1 released statistics showing that the school’s graduation rate had reached an all-time high. Boyd is a nine-year veteran mathematics instructor. A Suncoast High School graduate, she went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami, where she gained study abroad experience in Mexico, Chile, Guatemala, Panama and Costa Rica. While working on her master’s degree at Harvard University, she was an academic adviser to Harvard College freshmen and an adviser to aspiring math teachers at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In addition to publishing two case studies for the Harvard Business School, Boyd was also re-

cently published in Education Weekly for her article on the benefits of bilingualism. She currently teaches AICE and IB math and is the sponsor of the Mu Alpha Theta and Girls Who Code clubs. Boyd

also serves as the RPBHS Marzano liaison, where she helps other faculty members be in compliance with district regulations and helps teachers better themselves by serving as a mentor.

School Board Member Marcia Andrews congratulates Palm Beach County Teacher of the Year Daniella Boyd. Teacher of the Year Daniella Boyd holding her son Allen Boyd III, surrounded by her grandmother Ana Mendoza, her parents Blanca and Xavier Suarez, and her husband Allen Boyd II.

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Instructional Superintendent Ed Tierney, Regional Superintendent Dr. Frank Rodriguez, Superintendent Dr. Donald Fennoy, Teacher of the Year Daniella Boyd, School Board Member Marcia Andrews, Principal Dr. Jesus Armas and Allen Boyd II.

Royal Palm Beach High School math teacher Daniella Boyd surrounded by her students.

WELLINGTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY HOSTS ‘PROSECCO & POLO’ AT MUSEUM

The Wellington Historical Society held its Prosecco & Polo event on Thursday, March 7 at the Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame on Lake Worth Road. The evening included a tour of the museum and light bites by Wellington Hospitality Group. For more information about future events, visit www.wellingtonhistoricalsociety.org or call (561) 227-1582. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Museum of Polo Executive Director George DuPont Jr. with sculptor Norman Gitzen.

James Seder with Chuck and Linda Edgar.

Wellington Historical Society President Laurie Cohen.

Dick Cooke and Wendy Everette.

Nancy Wilkinson, Alexander Elles, Sheila McFarlane and Julia Peterson.

Don and Maureen Gross, Julie Menitoff and Wellington Mayor Anne Gerwig.

Callie Clement and Cat Zachariadis with Victor and Marla Connor.

NEWS BRIEFS Garden Club To Host Tour Of Deeridge Farms Gardens April 13

If you love gardening, or even just appreciate the outdoors, make plans to attend the Wellington Garden Club’s once-in-a-lifetime tour of the Deeridge Farms Gardens located in Wellington. Set for Saturday, April 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the garden tour will encompass more than 60 acres of carefully crafted landscapes designed to capture your eye and inspire your inner gardener. The Deeridge Farms Gardens are the creation of Jeremy and Margaret Jacobs and were inspired by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Some of the designs include a lily pond landscape, a butterfly garden, a Japanese garden, a bromeliad garden, the orchid house, wetlands, strategically placed pathways and much more. Wild birds of all types flock to this locale and are viewable throughout the year. They include ospreys, ducks, geese, swans, hawks, whooping cranes and egrets. Bring your camera to this

one-day event, as you are sure to photograph something special. Additional activities will also be happening, such as several prize raffles, plant sales, gardening vendors, crafts for sale by club members, free refreshments and a question-and-answer opportunity with master gardeners. Tickets are only available in advance and not the day of the event. Easy online ordering of tickets can be done at www.wellingtongardenclub.org. Net proceeds from the 2019 Garden Tour will help fund the club’s junior garden clubs, college scholarships, community beautification projects, Habitat for Humanity landscaping and other civic outreach activities.

PBC Shooting Sports Park Presentation March 21

The Friends of Corbett has arranged for Bill Cline, public shooting range coordinator for the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, to present the latest information on the soon-to-be-open gun range by the south entrance to the J.W. Corbett

Wildlife Management Area. This informational event is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 21 at the Everglades Youth Conservation Camp, located at 12100 Seminole Pratt Whitney Road. The new public shooting facility, one of the largest shooting sports facilities in Florida, will meet the growing demand for target shooting opportunities and offer target shooting enthusiasts a place to gain skills and knowledge for safe, responsible firearms handling and target shooting. Developed through a partnership between Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and Palm Beach County, it will feature rifle and handgun ranges, sporting clays, 5-stand, skeet, and American and Olympic trap. For more info., or to RSVP, call Janice Kerber at (561) 624-6929.

The Field of Hope Survivor Speak Out will take place on Tuesday, April 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Palm Beach County Victim Services, located at 4210 N. Australian Avenue in West Palm Beach. Survivors, family, friends and the community are invited to share their expressions of healing on a flag, which will then be placed in the ground in letters spelling “I Ask.” Speakers will include Palm Beach County Mayor Mack Bernard, West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio, West Palm Beach Police Chief Sarah Mooney and Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay. There will be food, vendors and music to support this unique survivor speak out. For more info., contact Sharon Daugherty at (561) 626-2568 or sdaugher@ pbcgov.org.

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Ceramic And Jewelry Sale At Armory March 17

Join the Palm Beach County Public Safety Department Division of Victim Services & Certified Rape Crisis Center next month to kick off Sexual Assault Awareness Month. “I ask for consent” is the theme for this year.

The public can tour the ceramic studio at the Armory Art Center and meet the artists at the Ceramic & Jewelry Sale on Sunday, March 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Armory Art Center is located at 811 Park Place in West Palm Beach. Serving more than 3,000 students annually, the Armory Art Center offers 160 courses per term in six terms throughout the year to students ranging in age from preschool to retiree. For more information, visit www.armoryart.org or call (561) 832-1776.

LWV Publishes Directory of Elected Officials

The League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County (LWVPBC) recently announced the publication of its 2019-20 Directory of Elected Officials, Palm Beach County. This helpful free guide for local residents and voters is now available for pickup at public libraries countywide. “The directory has the name and contact information for all of the county, state and federal elected officials that pertain to Palm Beach County,” LWVPBC President Karen Wilkerson said. “In addition to having the information posted on our web site (www.lwvpbc.org), the league is distributing 20,000 copies

through local public libraries.” The production of the 2019-20 Directory of Elected Officials, Palm Beach County was made possible by contributions from generous donors. For more information about the directory, call (561) 276-4898.

Hibiscus Society Plant Auction March 20

The Conrad-Sunrise Chapter of the American Hibiscus Society will meet Wednesday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mounts Botanical Gardens main meeting hall on Military Trail in West Palm Beach. The meeting will feature the chapter’s annual plant auction. Attendees will have the opportunity to bid on a wide assortment of tropical plants, from hibiscus and other flowering plants to bromeliads, palms and clippings donated by expert gardeners from their own private gardens. The general public is invited to attend and partake in the bidding. There will be time for socializing with members to learn more about the activities of the American Hibiscus Society. RSVP to Karen Sullivan at (561) 596-8072.


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Seminole Ridge SGA Earns Three Awards At State Convention

The Seminole Ridge Student Government Association made

school history, taking home three awards at the Florida Association

Kyla Campbell, Ashley Pellicone, Olivia Campbell and Bella Martinez at the SGA convention.

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of Student Councils (FASC) State Convention at Boca Raton High School. They were awarded the Silver Medallion Council of the Year award, which recognizes the sum of all projects and meetings of SGA over the year. SGA President Olivia Campbell put together the book that allowed the program to be recognized for this distinction. It was the Seminole Ridge SGA’s first time being recognized as a medallion council. “Green Week,” which included the Recycle Smart Presentation by Bella Martinez, won second place in the Environmental Concerns category. That was the school’s first ever second place award at states. Finally, Seminole Ridge received first place in School Spirit for Lip Dub 2019. Student producer and spirit committee chair Ashley Pellicone was there with her committee member Kyla

Campbell, who put together the book that led to the award for school spirit. That was the school’s first ever first place recognition. Ninety-nine schools attended the convention, and more than 70 competed to earn awards in the various categories. Prior to FASC 2019, Seminole Ridge had won only a single third place award in previous trips to the convention. Drama Department To Perform “Mary Poppins” — Everyone’s favorite practically perfect nanny is here to save the day in this supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical adventure. “Mary Poppins” graces the stage at Seminole Ridge High School from April 6 through April 12. Book your tickets at www.srchs.booktix.com. National Honor Society Inducts New Members — Congratulations to the following students on their induction to the Seminole Ridge chapter of the National Honor Society on March 6. Inductees

TKA Holds First Daddy Daughter Dance

More than 300 dads and daughters attended the King’s Academy’s inaugural Daddy Daughter Dance for junior kindergarten through sixth grade elementary students. The Loveland Center was transformed into a special place that was beautifully decorated with towers of pink and gold balloons. Fathers and their daughters created wonderful memories by taking photos in the photo booth, creating delicious ice cream sundaes,

laughing and dancing the night away. “The Daddy Daughter Dance was a very sweet event. It was touching to see so many dads with their little girls. Our prayer is that the fathers will be Godly examples for their daughters,” Elementary Principal Adam Miller said. The Daddy Daughter Dance was met with such excitement that the event will be held annually. “I didn’t want the night to end,” fourth grader Elliana Nabhan said.

Liana Rodila (sixth grade) and Lilly Rodila (fourth grade) with their father Raul Rodila.

Selia Barnes (fifth grade) and Emri Barnes (first grade) with their father Edrick Barnes.

Emerald Cove Middle School Pre-IT Academy students recently took time out of their morning to help promote literacy and celebrate Read Across America with kindergarten students at nearby Equestrian Trails Elementary School. Each kindergarten student received a copy of a Dr. Seuss book and enjoyed the book being read by a local firefighter.

include: Sophomores Elizabeth Alarcón, Ariel Alejo, Matthew Alvarado, Jazmin Alvarez, Vesna Amar, Maia Anderson, Tyler Andrade, Shelby Bakkedahl, Olivia Benson, Jordan Bohn, Kereena Boodhoo, Sierra Brandofino, Kyla Campbell, Emily Carbocci, Victor Chen, Izaiah Clinkscales, Casey Codelle, Bianca Demoura, Brianna Demoura, Amara Dowdell, Joshua Echevarria, Jordan England, Blake Farnham, Daniel Filosa, Rebekah Gilmer, Keila Gonzalez, Victoria Gonzalez, Danielle Gordon, Shaun Gordon, Chloe Griffin, Sarah Griffin, Ryan Hannan, Jackson Harding, McKinley Harding, Jesse Harris, Shelby Hatcher, Sydney Hayes, Gabrielle Heelan, Gavin Henderson, Emma Herring, Samantha Hogan, Elizabeth Houraney, Arianna Jailall, Dominic Janiszewski, Dree Jennings, Madelin Jerome, Sean Khan, Ava Kneedler, Levonte Lawrence, Kristine Leaf, Kailee Matthews,

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WES BEAUTIFICATION DAY A SUCCESS

On Saturday, March 2, Wellington Elementary School’s fourth Beautification Day took place. Students and their families, staff and volunteers all came together to make the day a success. Painting, mulching, weeding, planting and cleaning were the tasks accomplished on the beautiful, sunny day. Above, families are hard at work on beautification projects. Below, Principal Dr. Maria Vaughan with some of the students who came out on Beautification Day.

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PBCHS Principal Honored For SGA Support WESTERN PINES PAINTS Palm Beach Central High School Principal Darren Edgecomb was recently honored as principal of the year at the Florida Association of Student Councils conference in Boca Raton on March 3. He competed with nominees from all over the state and was recognized by his student body

for his passion and dedication to the students and school staff at Palm Beach Central. Additionally, Bronco Student Government Association members received the following awards: Gold Medallion Council of the Year (highest honor), School Service third place and Technology second place. The

group competed in the toughest category level and kept the tradition of bringing positive attention

to Palm Beach Central. Congratulations to the Bronco SGA and sponsor Alex Cordeiro.

STREET IN LAKE WORTH

GOLDEN GROVE DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE Alex Cordeiro, Darren Edgecomb and Justin Arnone. Western Pines Middle School took on the challenge of participating in the annual Street Painting Festival in downtown Lake Worth. Together, 16 eighth grade art academy students drew a white tiger with colorful stripes that measured out to be eight feet by 10 feet. The students had to make a sketch and do the dimension configuration. Teacher Angelica Cruz picked the top 15 designs that showed the most effort and that were going to be easily explained and executed. All of the students got to vote on the best drawing, and the winner got to be the director of the show. This was an amazing experience, and Cruz is extremely proud of all her students who offered to volunteer their time, along with their understanding parents.

Golden Grove Elementary School held its annual Daddy Daughter Dance on Friday, Feb. 22. All the dads and their beautiful daughters had a great time at Breakers West. They enjoyed a delicious dinner, fun dancing and a keepsake picture to remember the wonderful evening.

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WPMS CYBERNETIC TIGERS WIN AGAIN

READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY AT CYPRESS TRAILS

Western Pines Middle School’s Cybernetic Tigers competed Feb. 23 at the First Lego League South Florida Regional Competition hosted at Boynton Beach High School. The Cybernetic Tigers competed in three judged categories — robot design, project presentation and core values — as well as a robot game designed to test their programming and problem-solving skills. The team placed third out of 28 other teams and received a bid to move on to First Lego League Florida State Championships on April 6 at American Heritage School in Delray Beach. Shown above are the Cybernetic Tigers getting an award.

Cypress Trails Elementary School celebrated Read Across America Day on Friday, March 1. Read Across America Day began in 1998 to motivate children to gain a love for reading and to celebrate the birthday of author Dr. Seuss. Cypress Trails students were encouraged to come to school dressed in their favorite Seuss attire. Parents and the community were invited to serve as guest readers in each of the classrooms. Shown above, School Board Member Marcia Andrews was a guest reader in teacher Glenda Marshall’s first grade class. The students were enthralled as Andrews read the Seuss classic Green Eggs and Ham.

H.L. JOHNSON HOSTS FUN READING WEEK

The students at H.L. Johnson Elementary School celebrated National Read Across America Week and Dr. Seuss Week from Feb. 25 through March 1. The week was packed with fun dress up days, such as wearing stripes like the Cat in the Hat, Wacky Wednesday clothing and wearing a Lorax mustache. Feb. 27 was Pink Shirt Day to show support for anti-bullying. The staff participated by wearing custom shirts saying, “Be Kind, Teach the Change You Wish to See.” The fun-filled week ended with a day of “brunch for lunch” with green eggs and ham served in the cafeteria.

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WELLINGTON SUPPORTS RELAY FOR LIFE

Wellington Mayor Anne Gerwig has pledged to walk during the entire American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Western Palm Beach County if Team Wellington Town Heroes reaches its goal of $10,000. The Relay For Life event will be held Saturday, March 30 from 3 to 11 p.m. at the South Florida Fairgrounds. For more information on joining the relay as a participant, survivor or caregiver, or to help the village reach its goal, visit www.relayforlife. org/westernpbfl.

International Polo Star Helps Raise $95,000 For Local Cancer Patients

More than 150 guests attended the third annual Florida Cancer Specialists (FCS) Foundation Polo Brunch fundraiser on Sunday, March 10 and raised $95,000 to help individuals undergoing cancer treatment with their nonmedical living expenses, such as rent, mortgage, utilities and car payments. The FCS Foundation helps alleviate the financial burden inflicted by a diagnosis by helping cover the cost of essential living expenses.

To ensure that every cent of donations go to support patients in need, Florida Cancer Specialists partner physicians pay for the foundation’s overhead and staff salaries. The fundraiser featured a polo game watching with polo champion and cancer survivor Brandon Phillips. An advocate for cancer patients, Phillips has helped raise more than $1 million for cancer charities and has extended his support to the FCS Foundation to raise funds and awareness.

(L-R) FCS Foundation Board Member Jeffrey Phipps Sr., FCS physician Dr. Hugo Davila, FCS Foundation Executive Director Lynn Rasys, FCS physician Dr. Todd Gersten, FCS physician Dr. Daniel Spitz, FCS physician Dr. Raul Storey, FCS Foundation Board Member Shelly Glenn and FCS Foundation Board Member John Shwiner.

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Florida International Youth Dressage Championships Partners With JustWorld

The 2019 Florida International Youth Dressage Championships (FIYDC), presented by Sarah Davis, Terri Kane, the USEF Dressage Owners Task Force, Hampton Green Farm and Dressage4Kids, has once again selected JustWorld International as its official charity partner. The annual event was held during Week 8 of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival from Feb. 27 through March 3 at Equestrian Village at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. These championships are more than a competition; they offer riders, from ponies and children to juniors, young riders and under-25 divisions, the chance to compete on a larger scale and showcase their talent at one of the best dressage competitions in the world. A total of 28 riders represented their nations, including Canada, Germany, Spain and the United States. To kick off the competition week, JustWorld’s headquarters organized a “Taco Tuesday Welcome Dinner” hosted by Sarah Davis. This fun-filled evening

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Kimberly Van Kampen, Terri Kane and JustWorld founder Jessica Newman with the youth dressage champions. made a donation on behalf of the for those who cannot afford to see top finishers in each division. The a doctor. During an interview, they donation provided the winners shared how important good health with an opportunity to collaborate is when getting an education. with one another and determine JustWorld is grateful for this which programs their division’s partnership with the Florida Interportion of the donation would fund national Youth Dressage Champiat JustWorld’s projects. onships and the tremendous opporU25 Riders Natalie Pai, Camille tunity to share their mission with Carier Bergeron and Hope Cooper other passionate riders who want decided to focus their portion of to ride for a cause. Learn more at the donation to health check-ups www.justworldinternational.org.

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Loxahatchee Groves resident Darcy Dean Murray organized a ride-to-vote event on Tuesday, March 12 to call attention to equestrian issues the community. Although not everyone who rode was able to vote, they came to support the community. Shown above are (L-R) Cherry Trolley, Michelle Minik-Berkstresser, Paul Woods, Terry Gould, Robert Schorr, Fran Schorr, Faith Bell and Darcy Dean Murray.

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CHALLENGE OF THE AMERICAS RAISES MONEY TO FIGHT BREAST CANCER

The Challenge of the Americas, an annual benefit for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation through Play for P.I.N.K., was held Friday, March 8 at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival showgrounds in Wellington. Opening ceremonies were followed by music, twirlers, a jumping quadrille and dressage exhibitions. The quadrille competitions were a delight for horse lovers. The large crowd expressed their appreciation often with loud applause. Learn more at www.challengeoftheamericas.com. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Team Gardy Bloemers (Merrill Lynch) took first place, highest technical score and crowd favorite.

Team Purina took second place with highest musical score and high choreography score.

Challenge of the Americas founder Mary Ross with Play for P.I.N.K. Manager Doreen Gales.

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TEMPLE BETH TORAH CELEBRATES JEWISH PURIM HOLIDAY WITH CARNIVAL

On Sunday, March 10, Temple Beth Torah joined with Temple B’nai Jacob as the two Wellington congregations celebrated the Jewish holiday of Purim. The holiday celebrates the Jewish victory in ancient Persia detailed in the Book of Esther. Each year, people celebrate with costumes and celebratory foods. There were many games for young children to play, along with bounce houses, a dunk tank and more. PHOTOS BY ERIN DAVISSON/TOWN-CRIER

Kids take part in a costume contest.

Marcy Samuels and Beth Silverman.

Ed Graham served up pizza.

Kids enjoyed taking part in the dunk tank.

Rabbis Andrew Rosenkranz and Matan Peled in costume.

Jake Liddell and Ezra Seelaus run one of the game tables.

Jenny Levin shows kids how to play Q-bitz.

Sharon Abrams of Temple B’nai Jacob and Amy Robbert of Temple Beth Torah.

Michael Samarel and his son Benjamin.

Bluman And Ladriano Z Win $391,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix

Daniel Bluman rides Ladriano Z to victory. PHOTO BY SPORTFOT

The highlight event of Week 9 at the 2019 Winter Equestrian Festival, the $391,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate Grand Prix CSI 5*, hosted the highest level of competition at the circuit, and it was Daniel Bluman who rode to the win on Ladriano Z, owned by Over the Top Stables. Out of 39 entries in the opening round competing over a course designed by Alan Wade, five found the key to a clear round and advanced to the jump-off. First into the jump-off was Alex Granato and Page Tredennick’s Carlchen W. They had the fastest time of the night in 37.09 seconds, but with a rail at the “a” element of the double combination, they

finished in fourth place. Karen Polle and the Kinoshita Group’s Sari went to the top of the leaderboard as the next combination in with a clear round in 37.58 seconds, but it would not be quite enough, and they placed second at the end of the class. “She was jumping really, really well tonight, so I knew I could take a shot at some of the verticals,” Polle said of her jump-off ride. “I just tried to be as neat as I could. I knew there were a lot of fast pairs behind me. I think I did pretty much the best I could with the stage we’re at in our partnership right now.” Polle has been riding Sari, an 11-year-old Selle Francais mare

for just over a year, but they have only competed at the Grand Prix level since September. “I’m so thrilled with her,” said Polle, who was also named the Martha Jolicoeur Leading Lady Jumper Rider for the week. Beezie Madden and Abigail Wexner’s Breitling LS were next in, and despite an incredible slice across a vertical in the middle of a jump-off, they finished just off the pace in 37.76 seconds for third place. “I’m just really thrilled with his performance,” said Madden of the 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion. “I thought in the first round, he was excellent. In the jump-off, I think I was right on

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LEAGUE OF YES RETURNS TO WELLINGTON PARK WITH BASEBALL SHOWCASE

On Saturday, March 9, the League of Yes hosted its fourth free baseball showcase for kids with special needs at Wellington’s Village Park. Some participants attended for the first time, while other young people have been to multiple games and found the judgementfree zone a place to gain new confidence. For more information about the League of Yes, or to volunteer, visit www.leagueofyes.org/ loy-florida. PHOTOS BY CALLIE SHARKEY/TOWN-CRIER

The Ladies of Palm Beach Central High School and the Gold Coast Hurricanes softball teams volunteer as “buddies.”

Ronin Nance takes his swing.

Pace Pollack is swinging for the fences.

Hunter, Jean and Mason Warner played for the second time.

Jason Pollack escorts his son Eli out to the mound for the opening pitch.

Brayden Eddy found confidence as he ran under the bridge of support.

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Hunter Warner takes a big swing.

KOMEN DIRECTOR VISITS WITH WOMEN OF THE WESTERN COMMUNITIES

The Women of the Western Communities gathered Thursday, March 7 at the Wellington National Golf Club. After an Asian fusion buffet, Susan G. Komen Executive Director Kate Watts encouraged all women to see their doctors and set up a yearly mammogram. Learn more about the Women of the Western Communities at www.womenofthewesterncommunities.org. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

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I am hardly a student of economics, having only taken one course, but I know one thing I know for sure — hurrah for the middle class! What would we do without these people? They keep the wheels of America churning along, providing most of the goods, most of the services and most of everything that has made our country what it is today. And what do they get for it? A kick in the slats, as my father would say. Well, no. They get more than that. They get education for their kids, some of the best healthcare in the world and a roof over their heads. They get food to eat, a car to drive and a little entertainment now and then. Of course, none of this comes free. The middle class goes to work five days a

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signed your name to a mortgage that will usually last until the day you retire, and now you have to go out and buy lawn maintenance equipment as well. I know a guy who bucked this trend, insisted on paying rent his entire life because he didn’t want to be responsible for a yard or house repairs and, when he lost his job at age 50, had nothing to fall back on. If you have a house, you can sell it — get the money to start over. That’s always fun. But home ownership is more than a lawn to mow, it’s the insurance you need. It’s like a savings account. Let’s talk for a minute about savings accounts. What the heck is going on with that? No one gets any interest anymore. Not that it matters. If you have a car pay-

ment to make, kids to feed and the desire to go to a movie now and then, where is this extra money? I know where it’s not — education. This is another beef of mine — who’s running the teachers’ union? They have all the power and rarely use it. Do you know what would happen if the teachers in this country went on strike — I mean really went on strike? Days, weeks, months of striking? They would get anything they wanted. They could write their own ticket. Parents would be rioting in the streets. And the end result would be better education — higher-paid teachers, more supplies, greater technology, maybe even a field trip now and then. Regarding healthcare, and I hope I’m

not jinxing myself by saying this, but I have been lucky as hell to be mostly healthy most of my life. But for those who haven’t had a silver star shining down on them, life is rough. They go on day after day living in pain or coping with disease or functioning without whatever they’re somehow functioning without. Our country has the technology, but it doesn’t come cheap. Certainly we can figure out a way to do better for those who are hurting, America, I mean, come on! And by “America,” I don’t mean you, middle class. I know you are doing everything you can, running inside that little hamster wheel of a life of yours. Just know this — I appreciate you. We all do.

‘Captain Marvel’ Is A Fast-Moving, Fun Film With Great Action Captain Marvel is a charming film, filled with action and plenty of twists and turns. It might not be one of the best of the Marvel movies, but it is great fun. It is making a fortune, and people are walking out of the theater smiling. Vers/Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) is a Kree super-warrior. Plagued by bad dreams, she works out with her mentor Yon-Rogg (Jude Law) trying hard to overcome emotions and use her full powers. Before long she is sent out with his team to fight against the feared Skrulls, a shape-shifting, reptilian looking race. She is captured and interrogated by Talos (Ben Mendelsohn), a Skrull leader, but manages escape to a backwater world, which turns out to be Earth in the 1990s. Struggling against the Skrulls, she winds up with young Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) who has trouble believing her

‘I’ On CULTURE By Leonard Wechsler until a Skrull winds up on an autopsy table. She gets memory flashes, discovering she is native to earth and was a pilot and best friend of Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch). She disappeared with scientist Dr. Wendy Lawson (Annette Bening), who turns out to not be who she seemed. The chase is on, with plenty of plot twists, all nicely done. The film moves quickly through interesting scenes, moving from futuristic

Kree cities to 1990s America. A few touches brought laughs: Vers lands in a Blockbuster Video store (the one movie we see her check is The Right Stuff) and she goes to Radio Shack for communications equipment. Songs from the era play in the background. But there’s always the feeling that a chase is on. The movie keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout, particularly because just about anyone can be a Skrull in disguise. There are a couple of real problems, however. At the start, Vers is told to control her emotions, and Larson does that for the first half of the film, which makes her a not very sympathetic character. Jackson’s Fury comes across far better. He seems more the center of the film than she does for the first half. In some ways, the key emotional center of the film is the relationship between the two leads and, although

they have great chemistry together, a lot of that does not appear until well into the picture. In many ways, this is as much Jackson’s picture as Larson’s. Even more vital is that the story is not linear. Larson’s character is Vers, a Kree warrior through most of the film, who has flashbacks that eventually turn into finding out she was once Carol Danvers. The name “Captain Marvel” is never used in the film. As a result, it takes time to figure out what the central character really is all about, and an awful lot is left out. Most of the supporting cast is fine but is given very little to do. The great exception is Mendelsohn as the leader of the Skrulls. His performance is only slightly limited by the fact he wears a reptilian face, but he manages to turn the whole plot on its ear partway through. It is a bravura performance. Law, all buffed

up, is OK but emotionally limited. Lynch gives a charming performance as Carol Danvers’ best friend. She provides a lot of emotional warmth. The film’s lead actors and directors have done no favors by constantly talking female empowerment and claiming a focus on women’s issues. Although Vers is clearly a woman (and for most of the career of Captain Marvel, the character was male), there is no sex or even allusion to it. Vers is a tough warrior whose superpowers are tremendous. For much of the film, her gender has no relevance, and even then, it is mostly because of her friendship with Rambeau and her daughter. If you like the Marvel films, this one is for you — a nice warm-up for Avengers: Endgame coming in late April. There is even a post-credits scene that brings her into that universe.

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Brooke USA Hosts Lunch & Learn At PBIEC Equestrians and horse lovers took a break from the action to learn about Brooke USA at a Lunch & Learn held Thursday, Feb. 28 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. The event drew the largest attendance of the Lunch & Learn series to date this season. Brooke USA Executive Director Emily Dulin gave a presentation and overview of the work Brooke USA funds to help working horses, donkeys and mules, and the people they serve, throughout the developing world. She described the work of 100 million animals who serve 600 million families in the poorest communities in the world, where Brooke USA focuses its efforts. “We call them the invisible workers,” said Dulin about equines in the developing world. “They work moving goods for families, they work in places where there is no access for vehicles, they work in the timber and coal mining industries alongside their owners, and the brick kilns of India and Pakistan. Their work is dangerous and arduous. Their owners need their help for survival, and it is our mission to help them, both humans and animals.” Another speaker was Brooke

USA ambassador and bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe who talked about her upcoming book, The Summer Guests, scheduled to be published by Simon & Schuster in June. The book is based on actual events when a group of horse people converged on a farm in Campobello, S.C., to escape Hurricane Irma. Cindy Boyle, a Brooke USA supporter who introduced Monroe at the event, was the real-life host for the hurricane evacuees. Celebrity makeup artist Leslie Munsell also inspired one of the characters in Monroe’s upcoming book. The founder of Beauty for Real cosmetics also attended the Lunch & Learn event and demonstrated her Beauty for Real line to guests. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of her products was donated to Brooke USA. Brooke USA Development Officer Kendall Bierer kicked off Brooke USA’s Paint Wellington Orange, an awareness and fundraising initiative geared at engaging the community with the organization. Local businesses, including California Pizza Kitchen, Don Chepo’s, Pilates Core Arena and more are donating a portion of their proceeds to Brooke USA. Eye Gee Designs, Everything Equestrian

Leslie Munsell of Beauty for Real cosmetics, bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe and Brooke USA supporter Cindy Boyle at the PHOTO BY EQ MEDIA Brooke USA Lunch & Learn event at PBIEC. and AmTrust are also supporting “We are so pleased with the Paint Wellington Orange. wonderful turnout for the Brooke Paint Wellington Orange leads USA Lunch & Learn,” Dulin said. up to the signature event, Brooke “It was a great event, and we look USA’s Sunset Polo and White forward to seeing everyone at our Party on Friday, March 22 at the signature event, Brooke USA’s Wanderers Club in Wellington. Sunset Polo and White Party.” The not-to-be-missed event sets With more than 1,000 people an idyllic scene with white cabanas in attendance each year, the event overlooking the tournament-sized has raised $1.2 million to benefit polo field and festive lit pool. Brooke USA, directly improving As the sun sets, the exhibition the welfare of working horses, polo match begins, followed by donkeys and mules and the people a gourmet meal and celebrity they serve. Learn more at www. entertainment. BrookeUSA.org.

Coldwell Banker Wellington Donates To YWCA

The YWCA of Palm Beach County was “bowled over” by the generosity of the Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate office in Wellington. To give back to the community, the management and agents at Coldwell Banker held a “funraiser” in November at Greenacres Bowl. In addition to some lively bowling matches, pizza and refreshments, the event included a raffle for many beautiful gift baskets. Coldwell Banker Sales Manager Dennis Hoffman arranged a luncheon at the real estate office on Feb. 26, at which time he presented a check for $1,700 to

Allyson Samiljan, special events coordinator for the YWCA. The funds will go to Harmony House, a 72-bed secure shelter for women and children who are victims of domestic violence. “We are so pleased that the Wellington office of Coldwell Banker chose the YWCA as the recipient of these funds. Your support will help us continue to provide services to the nearly 500 women and children who take refuge at Harmony House each year,” Samiljan said. For more information about the YWCA, visit www.ywcapbc. org. To contact Coldwell Banker Wellington, call (561) 793-3400.

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Sprouts Farmers Market To Open In Wellington March 27

Sprouts Farmers Market will open in Wellington on Wednesday, March 27. The new store will be the healthy grocer’s first in the Palm Beaches and will help meet the growing local demand for fresh, natural and organic foods at great prices. Sprouts will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Wellington location at 820 S. State Road 7 before doors open at 7 a.m. The public is invited to join the festivities and shop among thousands of healthy items offered throughout the 30,000-square-foot store. The first 200 shoppers will receive 20 percent off their initial total purchase, and muffin and coffee samples will be served to everyone in line before the doors open. Every customer on grand opening day will receive one free reusable bag with a purchase. Weekend shoppers are invited to explore new natural and organic products during Taste of Sprouts on Saturday, March 30, when guest favorite and trending items, including a selection of exclusive Sprouts Brand products, will be sampled throughout the store. Sprouts has been a driving force for making healthy food affordable and accessible since its inception and has paved the way for numerous natural brands. The Wellington store will offer locally made products from brands including Bavaro’s Pasta Sauce, Goodie Girl Cookies, Old Florida Gourmet and Terrapin Ridge Farms.

As part of Sprouts’ commitment to “zero waste,” the new Wellington store will donate unsold and edible groceries to Feeding South Florida through the grocer’s Food Rescue program. In 2018, Sprouts stores and distribution centers donated 27 million pounds of product, equivalent to 23 million meals. Food that is not fit for donation is provided to local cattle farms and composting facilities. Sprouts’ evolving “zero waste” initiatives help minimize food waste while reducing the impact of hunger and the company’s environmental footprint. Sprouts Farmers Market Inc. specializes in fresh, natural and organic products at prices that appeal to everyday grocery shoppers. Based on the belief that healthy food should be affordable, Sprouts’ welcoming environment and knowledgeable team members continue to drive its growth. Sprouts offers a complete shopping experience that includes an array of fresh produce in the heart of the store, a deli with prepared entrees and side dishes, the Butcher Shop and the Fish Market at Sprouts, an expansive vitamins and supplements department and more. Headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz., Sprouts employs more than 30,000 team members and operates more than 300 stores in 19 states from coast to coast. Visit about.sprouts.com for more information.

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Trophy Room Offers New Garden Happy Hour And More

Trophy Room isn’t waiting until summertime to offer enticing discounts. The new Wellington restaurant and lounge is embracing “winter” in South Florida with a series of weekly happenings. From half price dining to a daily happy hour. Half Price Tuesdays features

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with specials on cocktails and light bites. The new happy hour menu features a variety of high-quality champagnes and rosé by the glass; the Winnermelon cocktail for $9; wines by the glass starting at $6; and all beers and ciders for $4. The Lite Bites menu features a selection of shareables and more.

Trophy Room is located at 12300 South Shore Blvd. in Wellington. The restaurant brings a global perspective from its food and beverages to its vibe and offers an energetic space that is equal parts restaurant and lounge. For more information, visit www. trophyroomrestaurant.com.

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If you identify with this DRAMATIZATION you’re likely married to a husband with a personality disorder. He’s probably a Narcissist. If you’ve never heard this before you should take some time to read up on narcissism.

You’re not a greedy person. All you want is to be happy, and feel appreciated in your life, and in your marriage. But you know deep down that your marriage is never going to get better. Your husband is not changing. In fact, he’s just getting worse.

While a divorce for you will likely not be hassle free, there are some basic things you can learn that can minimize your husband’s ability to make the process harder than it needs to be.

Divorce is something you never thought you’d ever experience, but you know you must leave the marriage if you’re ever going to have a chance at happiness. And you know now’s the time. Your children have grown into adults and you’re not getting any younger. But at the same time you’re worried. You don’t know where to start, or how all this needs to happen. What you do know is he’s going to make things difficult as you’ve seen how he’s dealt before with others that have crossed him. You feel all alone. Like a prisoner of your own circumstances. You’re worried that nobody will see you and your situation for what it really is. At times, you feel like it will be impossible to ever get out of this unless you leave only with the shirt on your back. But it’s not going to be that simple, as you need to secure your financial future.

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Casperey Stables Horse Camp is a small, fun-filled day camp for children ages 7 to 14. With four riding opportunities each day, arts and crafts, and outdoor games, campers find little time to be bored. The low counselor-child ratio ensures that each child receives individual attention. There are camp sessions for spring and winter school breaks and during the summer. Each two-week session has a theme, such as Indian Days, Circus Days and Medieval Days. Casperey Stables has a weekly swim party and ends each session with a horse show and family barbecue. To learn more about the camp, located at 2330 D Road in Loxahatchee Groves, call (561) 792-4990 or visit www.caspereystables.com. Hot Shots Paintball, now in its 15th year, will host 2019 summer camps from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Drop off at 8 a.m. with pickup at 6 p.m. for no additional charge. All activities are broken down into one-hour segments, and Hot Shots ensures that all campers stay hydrated. Lunch can be purchased or brought. Lunch break and activity breaks are indoors in air conditioning. Hot Shots is equipped with lightning detection, and campers will be brought inside for games/movies. Activities include all equipment (if needed), supervised games, individual instruction and the Friday Squirt Gun Finale. Hot Shots Paintball is located at 16169 Southern Blvd. in Loxahatchee. For more information, call (561) 798-4717. Daily drop-in is available for $40. The Lake Worth Playhouse is hosting a summer camp where campers learn acting, voice, dance and stage movement through daily activities and rehearsals, which culminates in full-scale productions of Seussical The Musical Jr. and The Little Mermaid. Campers over age 12 will also participate in behind-the-scenes roles and other theater-related education. The Lake Worth Playhouse is located at 713 Lake Ave. in Lake Worth. For more information, call (561) 586-6410 or visit www.lakeworthplayhouse.org. The Little Place and The Little Place Too are premier, nationally accredited childcare centers in Wellington. The Little Place offers a quality, caring environment for children ages six months to five years. Working hand-in-hand with elementary schools, the staff works closely with each child to develop and promote vital academic skills and to reinforce positive social interaction. Children are welcomed into classrooms that are age-appropriate, bright and stimulating. Children ages three to five utilize tablets in the classroom with interactive programs that introduce basic math, reading and other skills. Celebrating 39 years of service, academics have been kept a focal point, and the safety and well-being of the children is the top priority. During the summer, services include childcare for children up to the age of eight. With exciting activities and outings, children are kept busy with educational activities and playtime to help stimulate their minds and nurture their imaginations. For more info., call (561) 793-5860.

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Know an aspiring scientist? The Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s Junior Marine Biologist Summer Camps give children ages 6 to 17 a hands-on opportunity to explore Florida’s coastal ecosystems, partake in science activities and learn about fun ways to protect the oceans. Sessions include Ocean Adventures, Conservation Kids, Sea Turtle Savers and Field Experiences (ages 14 to 17) with activities like snorkeling, kayaking and more. Camps run Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Late pickup is available for an additional fee. Visit www.marinelife.org/camp for more information. Movement Arts Dance Academy will hold three weeks of fun-filled summer camp. Weekly themed minicamps for ages 3 to 5 will be held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and will include several dance classes each day, along with arts and crafts and games. Full day camps will be held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students will enjoy classes in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and more. Camps will be held the weeks of June 17, July 8 and July 15. Dance intensives for serious dancers age 7 and up will be held the weeks of July 8 and July 15. Summer classes for age 2 and up will be held from June 17 through July 20 in the evenings and on Saturdays. The studio is in a new location at 1177 Royal Palm Beach Blvd. at the northwest corner of Royal Palm Beach and Okeechobee boulevards. For more info., call (561) 792-9757 or visit www.movementartsdanceacademy.com. At Noah’s Ark Summer Camp, elementary-aged children enjoy fun field trips and activities, such as bowling, skating, the South Florida Science Museum, movies, picnics and more. Similar on-campus activities are held for preschool ages. Tuition includes a creative curriculum, use of computers, field trips and all meals. The main priority is quality and the safety of children. Noah’s Ark is an accredited Gold Seal center. Register now and show the ad to enjoy 50 percent off registration for new customers only. Enrollment is limited. Noah’s Ark emphasizes manners and values, which is essential for good citizenship. The facility caters to children ages six weeks through elementary school. The camp will run from Monday, June 3 through Friday, August 9. Noah’s Ark is located at 14563 Okeechobee Blvd. in Loxahatchee Groves. For more information, call (561) 753-6624 or visit www.noahsarkacademyinc.com. If your child is between 2 and 6 years old, summer camp at Temple Beth Torah’s Leonie Arguetty Preschool is the place to be. Children will enjoy a variety of fun activities that will make them smile, while promoting learning and social development. Activities include arts activities, computers, sports, nature, cooking, water play and use of the preschool’s state-ofthe-art playground. Kids will love the weekly entertainment, including High-Touch High-Tech, storytellers and animal shows — all in a loving and nurturing environment with a nurse on staff. The program runs eight weeks, full-time and part-time. Temple Beth Torah is also now enrolling for preschool 2019-20. Contact Sandy for more information at (561) 793-2649 or psdirector@templebethtorah.net.

Register early, because spaces are limited and fill up fast! Morning “Mini” Camps Ages 3-5

Full Day Dance Camps Ages 5-11

Dance Intensives for Serious Dancers

Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Monday through Friday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Weeks of June 17, July 8 and July 15

Weeks of June 17, July 8 and July 15

Monday through Thursday 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Ages 7-11) 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Age 11 & up)

Summer Dance Classes also available for age 2 & up in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop and more in our new location! 1177 Royal Palm Beach Boulevard Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411 561-792-9757 www.movementartsdanceacademy.com

Summer Art Experience

Ages 6 to 18 June 3rd – Aug 9th

Western Academy Charter School will host a summer camp for children in kindergarten through eighth grade. Kindergarteners must be five years old by the first day of camp on June 3. Campers from other schools are welcome. There are three field trips per week, plus two campus activity days. The cost is $350 for a two-week session. Before care is $50 for a two-week session and starts at 7 a.m. The camp fee includes breakfast, lunch and snacks each day, plus transportation and admission to field trips. Call (561) 792-4123 or (561) 795-2186 for more information.

Summer Break Camp 2019 June 6-29, 2019 Camp time: 9am to 3pm

Monday-Friday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm $235–$285 per week

Summer Art Experience is filled with fun, inspiration, and creativity with high quality art education. Most instructors have a master’s degree in art and/or education and all have had a background check. We provide a safe and enriching environment for your child.

Register today! (561) 832-1776 armoryart.org/youthartcamps NO EXCHANGES OR REFUNDS FOR THIS EVENT

Weeks of July 8 and July 15

811 Park Place,West Palm Beach, FL 33401 The Armory Art Center school admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.

DRAWING • PAINTING • SCULPTURE • JEWELRY • PRINTMAKING • FASHION • DIGITAL ART • ANIMATION

Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center is excited to offer this inclusionary camp for riders of all abilities! Riders with or without experience will be introduced to equestrian skills and horse care, while building confidence and independence. One week sessions start in June. Join us for one week, two weeks or all summer!

CALL FOR MORE DETAILS & TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT 561 792 9900 Vinceremos is located at 13300 Sixth Court North Loxahatchee, FL just behind Palms West Hospital

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Cambridge Schools in Wellington

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GPL’s Wigstock Party Returns April 5 As A SAGE Fundraiser

The 10th annual Land Rover Palm Beach International Gay Polo Tournament, presented by RSM US, gallops back to the social scene April 4-7, to be hosted once again at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington. As Gay Polo League (GPL) festivities get underway, the “GPL Polotini Presents Wigstock” party on Friday, April 5 is the place to be. Wigstock is a rousing, poolside cocktail party with food stations, a full bar and electrifying entertainment, featuring Michael Dean as Cher and Velvet Lenore as Donna Summer. As GPL has become a platform for human rights, the April 5 party will serve

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continued from page 1 funding to widen that road and improve it.” O’Reilly said he has worked for many years on the State Road 7 extension, which is tied up in permitting challenges from the City of West Palm Beach. “Technically, in the FDOT, it’s ‘under construction,’ but obviously, if you go out there, it’s not under construction at all, and the technicality is that we did hire a contractor to do the job,” O’Reilly explained. “However, now we’re in a position where there has been a challenge to the environmental permit, and this has been an ongoing challenge to our permit for the past several years.” O’Reilly said the environmental appeal is set to be heard in August. “We’re defending the decisions that have been made over the past 10 years, and we’ve done that successfully each time, and I guess we’re going to have to do it again,” he said, adding that FDOT still has the contractor on retainer. “I’d love to tell you it happens quickly. When I talk to the attorneys, they

as a fundraiser for SAGE, with the net proceeds from ticket sales and the silent auction donated to the LGBT organization. Wigs are encouraged — the wilder and wackier the better! For 40 years, SAGE has worked tirelessly on behalf of LGBT older adults. Building off the momentum of the Stonewall uprising and the emerging LGBT civil rights movement, a group of activists came together to ensure that LGBT older adults could age with respect and dignity. SAGE is more than just an organization, it’s a movement of loving, caring activists, dedicated to providing advocacy, services and support to older members of the LGBT community.

“It’s the right thing to do,” said Chip McKenney, founder of GPL. “LGBT elders fought — and still fight — for our rights. This is a way to give back and honor their heroic efforts in trying to level the playing field for LGBT. We wouldn’t be here today, playing polo, if not for their determination and strength.” Tickets for “GPL Polotini Presents Wigstock” are $125 per person and can be purchased at www. gaypolo.com/tickets, along with tickets for all of the 10th annual International Gay Polo Tournament events and festivities. For information about sponsorships, contact Chip McKenney at chip@ gaypolo.com.

tell me its quick, but it’s not quick in any time frames I typically deal with.” Uhren said the SR 7 project, when the challenges are cleared, will extend the road from 60th Street North to Northlake Blvd., and widen the road from two to four lanes from 60th Street North to Okeechobee Blvd. Other projects funded by the TPA include the installation of traffic calming devices in The Acreage, including Hall Blvd., 140th Avenue North and Temple Blvd., all just south of Northlake Blvd. “The state is constructing those speed tables for the Indian Trail Improvement District with the funding given to them by the TPA,” he said. “Those corridors should be under construction by 2021.” Uhren added that a proposed intersection improvement project for Northlake Blvd. and the Beeline Highway was presented at a public hearing in February with favorable results after proposals for an overpass were rejected. “We think that FDOT has come up with a plan now that will be buildable, that the railroad will allow us to construct, so that we can relieve some of the congestion at that intersection while also avoiding some of the adverse effects that the overpass would have had if

Northlake Blvd. had gone over the Beeline Highway and the railroad at that location,” Uhren said. Ricks said county roads 60th Street North, 190th Avenue North, Coconut Blvd. and Orange Grove Blvd. have been included in the five-year plan as potential network roadways. “One of the things we have challenges with is Roebuck Road, because we have some challenges with the nearby communities,” he said. “Jog Road from Roebuck to 45th Street has also been put on hold because of some challenges from the local community.” Ricks said funding for road construction comes from gas tax revenue, which is shared with Palm Tran and other services, impact fees and a proportional share paid by developers, which is falling short of anticipated roadway needs. “That [proportional] share does not pay for the full cost of the road, only a fraction of that cost, so they may only pay 20 or 30 percent of the true cost of that roadway,” he explained. “The other cost has got to come from other funding sources, like the gas tax, and may take several years before we fully fund the road improvements.” Ricks noted that funding for western communities roadway improvements in 2019 is more than $24 million. “Hopefully, we

Sugar Erskine, Gus Larrosa, Margaret Duprey, Chip McKenney, Pete Grover and Matt Coppola enjoy an evening at Wigstock. will be at work this fall or next springtime,” he said. Projects include 60th Street North around the City of Westlake, Seminole Pratt Whitney Road around the intersection of Northlake Blvd., and expanding Northlake Blvd. from two to four lanes for approximately four miles from Seminole Pratt Whitney Road to Avenir. “There is a lot of work going on,” Ricks said. “It doesn’t address your needs today, but we are trying to address that as we are going forward.” While there have been calls for more lights, Ricks said traffic signals are established according to a national standard that warrants a light. “If you don’t do that, then potentially there’s some liability that occurs if you don’t use the right criteria as far as warranting a signal,” Ricks said. Many residents of the Bay Hill Estates neighborhood were at the meeting asking for a light at Bay Hill Drive and Northlake Blvd. Ricks explained that the light was not warranted under the national standards. “These are things that professional engineers will look at in terms of establishing criteria for a signal,” Ricks said. “They look at traffic volumes, the existing speed limits, crash history and the age of

drivers. There’s a lot of concern as far as the accident data related to that area of Northlake, so we pulled some data from the sheriff’s office and also the City of Palm Beach Gardens.” After doing an analysis two weeks ago, he said the criteria did not meet the threshold for a traffic signal at Bay Hill and Northlake. “That doesn’t mean it won’t meet it in the future, but that’s where we’re at today,” he said. Ricks added that the City of Palm Beach Gardens has traffic jurisdiction over that portion of Northlake Blvd., but it must meet the same standards as the county. Cassel said the City of Westlake will construct the roads within his community’s limits in accordance with Westlake’s comprehensive master plan and the development order that was approved by the county. “To date, Seminole Pratt Whitney from the school to 60th has been completed at a cost of close to $20 million for the developer,” he said. “We’re in the process of working with the county and the developer turning over 60th Street North from 140th Avenue North to Seminole Pratt on their road plan in accordance with the development order. The rest of the roads within the city limits will be constructed as indicated in the comp plan.”

Foy explained that ITID is a special assessment district that does not receive gas tax revenue or impact fees. “We have one source — non-ad valorem taxes,” he said. “We cannot fund a road unless the people in our active units approve it. We do not control traffic. That is not our jurisdiction.” Foy said ITID’s road focus in recent years has been its R2 program to bring pavement to within a half-mile of every home in the district. It is now working on an R3 program to improve roads in the proximity of schools, parks, fire stations and public facilities. McKinlay said she hoped the presentations gave those attending an idea of the challenges the county faces in prioritizing road projects. “Palm Beach County is one of 67 counties that the Florida Department of Transportation hears from in terms of road projects,” she said. “I am one of 21 voices on the Transportation Planning Agency. I am one of seven county commissioners, who also have priorities in their districts, and I work as best as I can with the Indian Trail Improvement District, Loxahatchee Groves, Westlake, Royal Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach, Wellington, Belle Glade and everything in between.”

COMMUNITY CALENDAR Saturday, March 16 • The Repticon West Palm Beach Reptile & Exotic Animal Show will be at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center on Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17. For more info., visit www.repticon.com. • The 26th annual Asian Trade, Food Fair & Cultural Show will be at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center on Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17. For more info., visit www.asianfair.org. • The Florida Gun & Knife Show will be held Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17 at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center. Visit www.flgunshows.com for more info. • The Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association will walk in Okeeheelee Park South (7715 Forest Hill Blvd.) on Saturday, March 16 at 7:30 a.m. Call Bruce at (772) 333-1837 for more info. • Polo America will present the 2019 Wellington Barn Tour to benefit the Semper Fi Fund starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 16. Luxury buses will depart every 30 minutes to tour four incredible barns. The cost is $55 per person. Visit www.poloamerica. com/wellington-barn-tour or call (760) 6686093 for more info. • The Green Market at Wellington will be held Saturday, March 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. near the Wellington Amphitheater. For info., visit www.greenmarketatwellington. com. • The Native Canopy Program will hold a free native plant giveaway at the Westgate Bike Rodeo at the Westgate Park & Recreation Center (3691 Oswego Ave.) on Saturday, March 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Palm Beach County residents can bring home two free three-gallon-container-sized native trees or shrubs, learn about native canopy plants, invasive plants, and planting for birds, butterflies and other wildlife. Contact Environmental Horticulture Program Assistant Adrienne Deutsch at adeutsch@pbcgov.org or (561) 233-1790 for more info. • The Yesteryear Village Lecture Series will feature “The Adventures of Charlie Pierce” with Harvey E. Oyer III on Saturday, March 16 at 11 a.m. For more information, visit www. southfloridafair.com/events. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host an Acoustic Java Jam for adults on Saturday, March 16 at 2 p.m. Experience a caffeinated collection of local talent, or bring your acoustic instruments and jam out. Coffee will be provided. Call (561) 790-6030 for more info. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host Wellington Idol 2019 on Saturday, March 16 at 7 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov/idol for more info. Sunday, March 17 • The Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association will walk in the Peaceful Waters Preserve (11676 Pierson Road, Wellington) on Sunday, March 17 at 8 a.m. Call Paul Cummings at (561) 596-4423 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach Green Market & Bazaar will be held Sunday, March 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Veterans Park (1036 Royal Palm Beach Blvd.). For more info., visit www. rpbgreenmarket.com. • The 2019 season at the International Polo Club Palm Beach will continue Sunday, March 17 with the USPA Gold Cup. For tickets, or more info., call (561) 204-5687 or visit www.internationalpoloclub.com. • Audubon Everglades will walk in the Wakodahatchee Wetlands in Delray Beach on Sunday, March 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. Visit

www.auduboneverglades.org or call (508) 296-0238 for more info. • “American Equestrians Got Talent” is back with a finale set for Sunday, March 17 at 6 p.m. at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival VIP tent (13500 South Shore Blvd., Wellington). Online auditions are open at www.aegtusa.com. For updates, registration forms, audition tips, venue information and to submit an online audition, visit www. aegtusa.com. Monday, March 18 • The Palm Beach Zoo will host Spring Break Zoo Camp for ages 5 to 8 on Monday, March 18 through Friday, March 22, and Monday, March 25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy up-close animal encounters, behind-the-scenes tours, group projects and more. Register at www.palmbeachzoo. org/zoo-camp. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Pokémon Plus for ages 5 to 12 on Monday, March 18 at 2 p.m. Play or trade Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh or any other games with friends and fellow fans. Call (561) 681-4100 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Rainbow Noodle Art for ages 6 and up on Monday, March 18 at 2:30 p.m. Learn how rainbows are formed in nature, and then make your own with multicolored pasta noodles. Create colorful jewelry and other fun crafts. Call (561) 7906030 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Lego Bricks for ages 6 to 11 on Tuesday, March 19 at 2:30 p.m. Build, imagine and play with Lego bricks. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Musical Toddlers & Tykes for children under 4 on Monday, March 18 at 3:30 p.m. Jam along to favorite story time songs with instruments for you to play. Call (561) 681-4100 for more info. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will present the Argus Quartet with violinists Clara Kim and Jason Issokson, violist Dana Kelley and cellist Joann Whang on Monday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Young Artists series. Visit www.kravis. org for more info. Tuesday, March 19 • The Senior Referral Program of Royal Palm Beach will staff an information desk to help seniors and their caregivers identify and access services for their special needs on Tuesday, March 19 and Thursday, March 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center (100 Sweet Bay Lane). No appointment is needed for this free service; just stop by the desk. For more info., call (561) 790-5188. People interested in volunteering are also encouraged to stop by. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Butterflies Are Amazing for ages 6 to 12 on Tuesday, March 19 at 2 p.m. Examine native caterpillars and their chrysalises and guess what kind of butterflies they become, then make a colorful one of your own. Call (561) 681-4100 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host a Bee Bot Bonanza for ages 6 to 10 on Tuesday, March 19 at 3 p.m. Come play with these adorable robots while learning logic and programming skills. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Dr. Ruth & Judge Judy: Two Unique Media Personalities for adults on Tuesday, March 19 at 3 p.m. Dr. Rose Feinberg discusses each woman’s early life, accomplishments, challenges and

fascinating events that led to becoming a media personality. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Spring Break Bingo for ages 5 to 12 on Tuesday, March 19 at 3 p.m. Create your own card and see if luck is on your side. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Get Gaming for ages 12 and up on Tuesday, March 19 at 6 p.m. Game with friends on the PS4 and try new and favorite card and board games. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 681-4100 for more info. • The Kretzer Music Foundation’s Music for the Mind Concert Series will return on Tuesday, March 19 at 7 p.m. in the Harriet Himmel Theatre at CityPlace in West Palm Beach with pianist David Crohan. All proceeds from the concert will benefit children’s programs of the Lighthouse for the Blind of the Palm Beaches. Guests also have the option to meet Crohan during a special VIP cocktail reception at 6 p.m. The VIP reception includes wine, light hors d’oeuvres and premier seating for $50 per person. For tickets, call Complete Ticket Solutions at (866) 4492489 or visit https://tickets.completeticketsolutions.com/kretzer/online. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will present Friends: The Musical Parody on Tuesday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Wednesday, March 20 at 6 and 9 p.m. Visit www.kravis.org for more info. Wednesday, March 20 • The League of Women Voters Hot Topic Luncheon will feature Professor Terryl Lawrence speaking about advocate, singer and dancer Josephine Baker on Wednesday, March 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Atlantis Country Club. Register online at www. lwvpbc.org or call Estelle Friedman at (561) 968-4123. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Unmask Your Inner Hero for ages 4 to 10 on Wednesday, March 20 at 2 p.m. Wear your costume and get ready to save the day, with crafts, games, activities and props for awesome hero photos. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Paper Plate Flowers for ages 5 to 12 on Wednesday, March 20 at 3 p.m. Paint colorful flowers that are perfect for springtime decorations. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Book Chat: Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed for adults on Wednesday, March 20 at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. Thursday, March 21 • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Women’s History Kahoot, Karaoke & Pizza for ages 12 to 17 on Thursday, March 21 at 2:30 p.m. Play Kahoot trivia using a library laptop or your own device to answer questions about famous women, sing a song by a famous female singer and munch on pizza. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Paint Like Monet for ages 5 to 12 on Thursday, March 21 at 3 p.m. Use watercolors to paint like an impressionist painter. Dress for a mess. Call (561) 7906070 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Miss Carly’s Crochet Class for ages 9 and up on Thursday, March 21 at 4 p.m. Learn the basics of crochet or show off your mad crochet skills. Bring a size

H, I, J or K hook and skein of worsted-weight yarn. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Wellington Jewish Center will host Purim in Morocco on Thursday, March 21 at 5 p.m. at the Olympia Clubhouse (9100 Fatio Blvd., Wellington) featuring a Megillah reading followed by a festive meal of Moroccan cuisine with music and fun for the kids. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for children 12 and under. RSVP to (561) 3334663 or rabbim@bellsouth.net. • Chabad of Royal Palm Beach (129 Sparrow Drive) will host Purim in Outer Space on Thursday, March 21 at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy an out-of-this-world feast with a Mad Science show, music, dancing, raffles and prizes. For more info., e-mail info@jewishroyalpalm.com or call (561) 225-1766. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Career Transitions for adults on Thursday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m. Enhance your job search, write an effective résumé and cover letter or explore a new career path. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • Bill Cline, section leader for hunter safety and public shooting ranges with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, will present information and answer questions about the new Palm Beach County Sports Park facility on Thursday, March 21 at 7 p.m. at the Everglades Youth Conservation Camp (12100 Seminole Pratt Whitney Road). RSVP to (561) 624-6989. E-mail friendsofcorbett. schuette@gmail.com for more info. Friday, March 22 • The Wellington Bourbon & Bacon Festival will return on Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23 at Wellington Town Center. For more info., visit www.baconbourbonfest.com. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will present a lecture on Mar-a-Lago: From Cereal Heiress to Winter White House by Richard René Silvin on Friday, March 22 at 1:30 p.m. Visit www.kravis.org for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Crafts for Kids for ages 4 to 8 on Friday, March 22 at 2 p.m. Make a fun craft and friends at this family event. Call (561) 681-4100 for more info. • Audubon Everglades will walk in Jonathan Dickinson State Park on Friday, March 22 at 3 p.m. Visit www.auduboneverglades. org or call (508) 296-0238 for more info. • Brooke USA’s Sunset Polo & White Party returns to the Wanderers Club (1900 Aero Club Drive, Wellington) on Friday, March 22 from 5:30 to 11 p.m. For more info., visit www.brookeusa.org, call (859) 296-0037 or e-mail events@brookeusa.org. • U.S. Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-North Carolina) will be the keynote speaker at the annual Abraham Lincoln Day Dinner at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach on Friday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m., emceed by former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. Contact Scott Maxwell at (561) 686-1616 for more info. • The 10th annual Arrigo Dodge Ram Rodeo will be at the South Florida Fairgrounds Kubota Agriplex Arena on Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23 at 8 p.m. each night. For more info., call (205) 790-3452 or visit www.southfloridafair.com/events. Saturday, March 23 • Florida Pet Con will be at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center on Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24. For more info., visit www.peteventprofessionals.com/ florida-petcon. • The Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association will hike about nine miles in Royal Palm Beach Pines (110 Natures Way) on Saturday, March 23 at 8 a.m. Call Joe at

(561) 859-1954 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Garden Talks for ages 15 and up on Saturday, March 23 at 10:30 a.m. Discuss different spaces and sizes of gardens with Master Gardener Chris Miller. Share ideas, seeds and seedlings. No knowledge is required. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The U.S. Open Women’s Polo Championship Final will be played for the first time in Wellington at the International Polo Club Palm Beach on Saturday, March 23 at 11 a.m. with Susan G. Komen Florida as the charity partner of the tournament. For more info., contact boxoffice@internationalpolo club.com or (561) 282-5331. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Balance of Powers: The Branches of U.S. Government for adults on Saturday, March 23 at 2:30 p.m. Learn about the powers of the legislative, executive and judicial branches of the federal government and how they relate to one another in this presentation by the League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host its Teen Anime Club for ages 12 to 17 on Saturday, March 23 at 3 p.m. If you like manga, anime, cosplaying and more, then this is your chance to meet others just like you. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • Audubon Everglades will walk in the Wakodahatchee Wetlands in Delray Beach on Saturday, March 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. Visit www.auduboneverglades.org or call (508) 296-0238 for more info. Sunday, March 24 • The Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association will hike in the Cypress Creek Natural Area (10035 W. Indiantown Road, Jupiter) on Sunday, March 24 at 7:30 a.m. Call Alan Collins at (561) 586-0486 for more info. • Audubon Everglades will walk in the Hungryland Slough Natural Area on Sunday, March 24 from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Visit www. auduboneverglades.org or call (508) 2960238 for more info. • The Tyler McLellan Foundation will host its ninth annual Tyler’s Team Charity Poker Classic on Sunday, March 24 at the Palm Beach Kennel Club. The event offers players a complimentary buffet and soft drinks from noon to 1 p.m., along with bounties and a silent auction. Buy-in is $50 with $20 re-buys and $10 add-ons. The tournament will start at 1 p.m. sharp and pay the top 10 percent of the field. The winner takes home the Tyler’s Cup trophy, a $440 Palm Beach Kennel Club tournament coupon, a one-ounce silver tournament coin, along with a cash prize. For more info., call Kevin McLellan at (561) 215-3717. • Oasis Church, located at 16401 Southern Blvd., is providing a Free Corn Roast on Sunday, March 24 from 1 to 4 p.m. on the church campus in Loxahatchee. The entire community is invited to stop by for free roasted corn, with hot dogs and soda for $1, music and a bounce house for children. For more info., call the church office at (561) 791-0524 or visit www.oasisfl.org. • The 2019 season at the International Polo Club Palm Beach will continue Sunday, March 24 with the USPA Gold Cup Final. For tickets, or more info., call (561) 204-5687 or visit www.internationalpoloclub.com. Send calendar items to: The Town-Crier, 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 33, Wellington, FL 33414 or e-mail news@gotowncrier. com.


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Bronco Lacrosse Boys Improve To 5-1 With Win Over Park Vista

By Gene Nardi Town-Crier Staff Report On Friday, March 8, the Palm Beach Central High School boys lacrosse team hosted Park Vista High School and defeated the Cobras 9-5. The win pushed the Broncos to a 5-1 record on the season. Seven different players scored for the Broncos on the night, but it was Logan Rohack who led the squad with a hat-trick. The Broncos rolled up a total of five goals before the end of the first half, while playing solid defense, only allowing a single goal by the Cobras. Park Vista did find early momentum at the start of the second half, putting up three unanswered goals to narrow the

margin to 5-3. Both teams began to go blow-for-blow at the net, combining for eight goals in the second half. The Broncos were able to close out the final quarter with strong defensive play to secure their lead, despite the Park Vista rally, and sealed the 9-5 victory. The Broncos collected 22 shots on goal, in the wake of their nine goals. Rohack is credited with the hat-trick, while Chris Conley, Mark Prieto, Chase Cooper, Brad Freeman, Jack Berman and Danny Broderick each had a goal. The Broncos also dominated in winning ground balls and time of possession. The win improved the Bronco record to 5-1 on the season.

Bronco Ryan Rundel tries to maintain possession of the ball.

Palm Beach Central’s Clark Whiddon fights for the ball.

Palm Beach Central’s Kyle Johnson takes the ball up the sideline.

Bronco Brad Freeman faces off with the Cobras.

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Sem Ridge Baseball Squad Suffers Loss To Santaluces 3-0

By Gene Nardi Town-Crier Staff Report On Thursday, March 7, the Seminole Ridge High School baseball team hosted Santaluces High School in a non-district game and suffered their first loss of the season to the Chiefs 3-0. Seminole Ridge (5-1) had plenty of opportunity to close the margin, but a small collection of errors made the difference in the contest. The Hawks played solid defensively early on, with a doubleplay, but the Chiefs (2-3) did just enough to notch the game’s first run to lead 1-0 by the end of the first inning. Santaluces added to that lead in the top of the fourth

inning with an RBI triple after both teams struggled offensively for two innings. Seminole Ridge connected with the ball on occasion, but a Santaluces double-play was the key factor in the inning. In the fifth inning, Mark Link hit a double down deep left-center for the Hawks, but with two outs, the play would not amount to any runs, and Santaluces kept its 2-0 advantage. In the top of the sixth inning, Hawk errors helped Chief runners on first and third, which eventually extended the Santaluces lead to 3-0. Seminole Ridge buckled down defensively to get to their chance at the plate. Again, the

Hawk batter Mark Link sprints to first base after his line drive hit deep into left center field.

Hawks put runners on the field but could not close the margin by the end of the sixth inning. The Hawks’ Andrew Dutil struck a line drive down left center to grab a single with two outs in the team’s final chance to rally, but again, they were unable to capitalize and fell 3-0 to the Chiefs. Eric Weiss pitched a complete game for the Hawks. The following evening, the Hawks defeated crosstown rival and district foe Wellington high School 9-8. The Hawks had games against Kiski, Pa., and district rival Royal Palm Beach High School this week, but results were not available by press time.

Seminole Ridge batter Logan Poe connects with the ball.

The ball comes loose from the glove of Hawk first baseman Andrew Dutil as the Santaluces runner dives back at the base.

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The beginning of the third round in the USPA Gold Cup on Sunday, March 10 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach started with a match-up of undefeated teams with Las Monjitas claiming the 10-7 victory over Stable Door Polo, followed by a crucial mustwin game that saw Park Place defeat La Indiana 9-7, finished by the featured game of the week, where Cessna Polo Team defeated Iconica 10-8. Play began with a quick-running game between Las Monjitas and Stable Door Polo with just nine fouls throughout the game. With few whistles, Hilario Ulloa shined in open play, leading the game with eight shots. An even first chukker saw Stable Door Polo maintain a one-goal lead on handicap, but a dominant 5-0 second chukker for Las Monjitas, including three field goals from Ulloa, gave them a commanding four-goal lead. Stable Door Polo

struggled to generate offense against the organized Las Monjitas defense, producing just five shots to trail 7-3 at halftime. Las Monjitas continued to excel in open play, providing a disciplined team effort that kept Stable Door Polo off the penalty line. Over the fourth and fifth chukkers, Stable Door Polo converted just 1 of 6 shots to see their deficit increase. Victorino Ruiz Jorba and Santiago Toccalino came out firing in the sixth chukker as Stable Door Polo looked to make a comeback, but three unanswered goals only pulled them within three, with Las Monjitas claiming the 10-7 victory to finish first in Bracket 2. Stable Door Polo still advances to the semifinals as the second team in the bracket. A high-pressure game between La Indiana and Park Place broke out with both teams holding a 0-1 record and needing a win to improve their chances to qualify

for the quarterfinals. A low-scoring affair saw neither team able to string together multiple goals, as possession changed hands constantly. The defensive game produced just three combined field goals over the opening three chukkers, with La Indiana claiming a narrow 3-2 advantage at halftime, led by two goals from Facundo Obregon. Substituting for Tommy Collingwood, Lucas Diaz Alberdi had a strong game for Park Place on both sides of the ball, and his third goal of the game in the fifth chukker restored the tie at 5-5, leaving the outcome to the final chukker. Scoring for both sides came to life in the sixth chukker, with Park Place’s Juan Britos converting two penalties to begin the chukker and give Park Place a two-goal advantage. A double-yellow for Facundo Obregon gave Park Place the opening the needed, with Alberdi adding two more field

goals to secure the 9-7 victory for Park Place. The final game of the day featured a controlled match in front of the grandstand with Iconica already securing the top seed in Bracket 3, while Cessna was already eliminated from the quarterfinals. The back-line duo of Ignatius Du Plessis and Matias Magrini were seeking to build chemistry in their second game together for Iconica, while Felipe Marques and Ezequiel Martinez Ferrario had impressive showings for Cessna. Jumping on loose ball turnovers, Cessna grabbed a quick 2-0 lead, and held that lead from start to finish. The duo of Marquez and Ferrario were dynamic, combining for five goals in first half, giving Cessna a 5-4 lead, while defense was also crucial in containing Peke Gonzalez, who was limited to just one goal through three chukkers. Iconica was held off the scoreboard in the fourth chukker as their

HAWK FOOTBALL PLAYERS SIGN SCHOLARSHIPS

Two Seminole Ridge High School football players recently signed letters to play at the collegiate level. Kaimyn Castilla and Ertonn Chatelain both signed football scholarships. Castilla, a quarterback, is headed to Cornell College in Iowa, while Chatelain, a member of the defensive line, is bound for St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens. (Above left) Castilla with his family, joined by Athletic Director Scott Parks, coach Rick Casko and Principal Dr. James Campbell. (Above right) Chatelain with his family, along with Parks, Casko and Campbell.

Cessna Polo Team defeated Iconica 10-8 in the featured match.

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deficit grew to three after Marquez and Ferrario continued to provide the offensive punch for Cessna. Cessna remained in control, but Peke Gonzalez gave them a bit of a scare, coming alive in the second half with three goals. However, with the position of both teams already secured, Cessna was able

Bluman

Win At WEF

continued from page 15 by Stephex Stables, slotted into fifth place. Last into the jump-off were Bluman and Ladriano Z. With a huge stride and neat turns, they galloped easily over the jumps and came home in a time of 37.41 seconds for the win. “Today he felt spectacular,” Bluman said. “[In the first round], he jumped flawless, and then the warm-up for the jump-off was as good as I could have a warm-up for him. Then I got to see Beezie and Karen go, and Lorenzo. I sort of had my plan in my head, and I knew if I gave the horse the right chance, we could maybe win the class, and it turned out, so I’m very thrilled.” The pair were the five-star Grand Prix winners during Week 5 of WEF in 2018, and they also

to maintain the lead, claiming their first victory of the tournament in the 10-8 win. MVP was claimed by Ezequiel Martinez Ferrario, who also captured Best Playing Pony for Garota. USPA Gold Cup action continues this weekend. Visit www.internationalpoloclub.com for info. took the top spot in the four-star Grand Prix at the Hampton Classic Horse Show. When quarantine complications changed Bluman’s competition plan for his top horse, he decided to enter into this week’s show. “I wasn’t actually supposed to show him this week, but I found out about quarantine restrictions for Mexico and then to go to Europe,” he confirmed. “At the end, I said, ‘If I’m not going to go to Mexico, then maybe we can jump one more five-star week here.’” Don Langdon of sponsor Douglas Elliman Real Estate was thrilled with the competition. “It’s just a great joy for all of us to watch these horses and riders compete,” he said. “As a spectator, we were at the edge of our seats. We’re very happy, and we’re very proud to be part of everything here at WEF. It means a lot for us to come out and support all of the riders.”

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LIQUORS Bailey’s Irish Cream .................... $20.99 Kahlua ....................................... $35.99

Grey Goose Vodka

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Jose Cuervo................................ $33.99 Sauza Tequila (Light/Dark) ......... $29.99 Patron Silver .............................. $39.99 Partido Blanco Tequila ................ $35.99

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SCOTCH/WHISKEY Dewars Scotch Whisky ............... $26.99 J.W. Red Label Scotch ................ $31.99 Chivas Regal .............................. $49.99 Clan MacGregor Rare Blended .... $19.99 J&B Scotch ................................ $34.99 Ballentine’s Scotch .................... $27.99 Seagram’s VO............................. $24.99 Jameson’s Irish Whiskey ............. $43.99 Courvoisier VS Cognac................ $19.99 Crown Royal (Regular) ................ $39.99 Canadian Club ............................ $19.99 Glenlivet 12 yrs. ......................... $79.99 Jim Beam(Regular) ..................... $12.99 Jim Beam (All Flavors) ................ $14.99 Jim Beam (Regular) ................... $24.99

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Captain Morgan Rum .................. $22.99 Bacardi Rum (Light & Dark) ........ $16.99 Brugal Anejo Rum ....................... $37.99 Appleton Rum............................. $25.99 Ron Rico (Light & Dark) ............. $15.99 Mount Gay Rum .......................... $41.99 Don Q Rum (Light & Dark) ......... $21.99 Sailor Jerry Rum ......................... $26.99 Malibu Rum ............................... $22.99 Admiral Nelson 80 Rum .............. $16.99 Cruzan Rum (Light & Dark) ........ $22.99 Ron Zacapa Rum ....................... $39.99

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