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Lox Council Approves Road Improvement Cost Sharing Policy

Volume 39, Number 12 March 23 - March 29, 2018

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The Loxahatchee Groves Town Council on Tuesday approved a cost sharing policy for road and drainage capital improvements in preparation for a $5 million bond anticipated to be approved next month, beginning with five roads that have been previously approved. Page 3

Royal Palm Brewing Company Opens With St. Patrick’s Day Party

The Royal Palm Brewing Company is officially serving its handcrafted beers to the public after celebrating its opening day on Saturday, March 17. Locals spent St. Patrick’s Day enjoying some of the brewery’s unique libations, snacks and board games. Page 6

Sheriff’s Foundation Hosts St. Patrick’s Day Jeep Show And Shine

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Foundation hosted a St. Patrick’s Day Jeep Show and Shine on Saturday, March 17 at the Wellington Marketplace. Arrigo Dodge sponsored this fundraiser for law enforcement in Puerto Rico. Trophies were given out for Best in Show, Tallest Jeep, Best Spirit and more. Page 7

Groves Hosts League Of Cities With ‘Farm To Table’ Showcase

A local-food themed “farm to table” showcase of the Town of Loxahatchee Groves’ homegrown talents and resources was featured at a luncheon hosting 180 representatives from the Palm Beach County League of Cities recently at the Loxahatchee Groves campus of Palm Beach State College. Page 7 2018

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American Equestrians Got Talent (AEGT) 2018 highlighted finalists of all the former years at an all-star gala event on Sunday, March 18 at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival show grounds. Brian Lookabill, shown above, was the night’s big winner. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 19 PHOTO BY BETSY LABELLE/TOWN-CRIER

Xcelerate Wellington Final Set For March 31 At PBIEC

By Dani Salgueiro Town Crier Staff Report Innovative and progressive businesses will compete at the Xcelerate Wellington 3.0 competition on Saturday, March 31 for the chance to win cash grants. The event, which is open to the public, will take place from 5 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center during the final weekend of the Winter Equestrian Festival. Presented by the Young Professionals of Wellington (YPOW), this year’s event will be a two-inone evening of excitement. The business pitches will begin at 5 p.m., and the winners will be announced at 7 p.m. After the Xcelerate Wellington prizes are presented, the $500,000 Rolex Grand Prix will commence at 7:15 p.m. The two were combined to attract more people and to invite a broader audience to witness both Wellington events, in which local entrepreneurs and equestrians compete at the same venue. The space will provide opportunity for people across the region to network and socialize in a distinctive setting.

This will be Xcelerate Wellington’s third annual event, and it is expected to be the biggest one yet. The business with the best-thought-out idea will win the $10,000 grand prize. A secondary prize of $2,500 will also be awarded to a local Wellington small business. A local rendition of the Shark Tank television series, Xcelerate Wellington pits South Florida entrepreneurs against each other. The one whose innovative idea is judged as the most promising will earn the $10,000 cash prize for their business. Xcelerate Wellington creates an opportunity-filled space for forward-thinkers from the surrounding region. They have the chance to present and pitch their unique business ideas to a panel of judges, who will ultimately determine a winner. “We want to bring the conversation of entrepreneurship to Wellington,” YPOW’s Monica Van Tassel explained. “We have the people, ability and platform to join the bigger conversation of business taking place across the state.” Although business owners from

across the region can qualify to compete, the Homegrown People’s Choice Award, the secondary $2,500 price, will be presented only to a local Wellington business. Xcelerate Wellington’s ultimate purpose is to initiate a fresh conversation on business development in South Florida, while aiding and encouraging local business leaders. The finalists are applicants with either a local small business or startup organization, who have taken on the challenge of coming up with and presenting their unique business ideas to a panel of judges. The finalists competing for the $10,000 grant are Brian Niles and Patrick Stinus with their pitch, Rooster; Matteo Ferrer with his Versattire pitch; Logan Rae with a Bacon Boxes pitch; and Rhys Ryan with the Ekkobar pitch. Presenting sponsor Equestrian Sport Productions will award the $10,000 grand prize. Along with the grand prize competition, Dr. Robin Schecter, Jenny Levin and Niquelle Averkamp will See XCELERATE, page 17

Bill To Make LGWCD Dependent To Town Awaits Gov’s Signature By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report A local bill to make the Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District dependent to the Town of Loxahatchee Groves has passed both houses of the Florida Legislature and awaits Governor Rick Scott’s signature. Once enacted, the LGWCD will need to hold a referendum for final approval. “When it comes out of there, we have to write up a referendum vote, which will likely occur sometime this summer,” LGWCD Chair Anita Kane told the Town-Crier on Tuesday. “It has to occur sometime before Oct. 1.” If the referendum passes, which will be based on a proxy vote by acreage owned rather than a popular election, the Loxahatchee Groves Town Council will replace

the five sitting LGWCD board members. The fate of district staff is uncertain. The district’s primary responsibility is now drainage and canal maintenance, since the district recently turned over all roads to the town, which has a contractual form of government with no permanent staff, like the district. “The recommendation for staff is something that I would hope they would ask us, but it’s not a requirement,” Kane said. Writing the referendum question is the next step once Gov. Scott signs H.B. 1093. Kane said the district will probably get information from Wellington as to the process. Wellington incorporated through a popular vote referendum in 1995. The newly elected Wellington Village Council took

over as supervisors of the Acme Improvement District in 1996. In that case, however, there was no existing council, and four of the five members elected to the inaugural Wellington Village Council were sitting Acme supervisors. Kane said it is likely that the governor will sign the bill, a few letters of objection from local residents notwithstanding. “Everything I’ve heard, there’s no chance of it not going through the governor’s office, especially when there is no money involved,” she said. Kane said supporters of the bill need to start talking actively to potential voters and get the facts out about the district becoming dependent, and pointed out that a few letters written to the state in opposition were inaccurate in their See LGWCD BILL, page 17

Meeting Will Bring Together Public Safety, Education Boards March 28 By Dani Salgueiro Town Crier Staff Report Wellington’s Education Committee and Public Safety Committee will hold a joint meeting on Wednesday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Wellington Community Center. The two committees are coming together to engage in important conversation regarding safety in Wellington schools. The meeting, which was originally scheduled to take place in the beginning of March, will have an agenda focusing on school safety, bullying and student altercations inside and outside of school grounds. Although the special joint meeting between the two committees was planned before the deadly shooting at Parkland’s Marjory

Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14, the meeting’s agenda has been altered from its original emphasis on bullying and student altercations to include school safety. Education Committee liaison Ed De La Vega explained that the two committees both wanted the presence and input of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and the Palm Beach County School District Police Department in order to collaborate and discuss ways that the village and local law enforcement can come together to make the everyday lives of Wellington’s children, teachers and school administrators safer while in school. The meeting is expected to inSee JOINT MEETING, page 17


Wellington Cares held its inaugural Tea & Trinkets Party last Sunday at the Wellington National Golf Club. Vendors sold a variety of merchandise from clothing, jewelry and ladies accessories to blended teas and bath items. Refreshments included sandwiches and sweet treats. Shown above, Julie Ahbol and Chris Simpson found pretty dresses. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 11 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Recycling Earns Money For SWA To Offset Trash Disposal Costs By M. Dennis Taylor Town Crier Staff Report Palm Beach, the largest county east of the Mississippi River, produces 16.8 million pounds of garbage every day — 12 pounds for each of the 1.4 million residents, a $187 million annual expense. Recycling cuts down that amount by about half. For years, the number one recycled product was newspapers. Today, consumer habits have changed. As consumption of printed newspapers has fallen, the most recycled material is now cardboard, which is growing. “It’s called the Amazon Effect,” said Aurora Ortiz, an education specialist with the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County, when she spoke at the Wellington branch library on Wednesday, March 21. The purpose of the presentation was to talk trash. Ortiz said that the

amount of trash generated by the county would fill a football stadium 11 feet high every day. The SWA, an independent government agency created by the Florida Legislature in 1975, collects that trash, recycling what it can and burning 90 percent of the remainder to create electricity. The other 10 percent is made up of items that can’t be burned, either because they are too big or are inflammable, like old campers and cement blocks. “The program has extended the life of the landfill by 20 years,” Ortiz said. The SWA generates enough electricity in its two Renewal Energy Facilities — the first beginning operation in 1989, the second went online in 2015 — to power some 75,000 homes. It earns the SWA about $75 million per year, in addition to supplying much of the electricity for its own operations. See SWA, page 4

Chrystine Tauber: A Champion For Show Jumping By Betsy LaBelle Town-Crier Staff Report Living in Wellington for many years, Chrystine Tauber serves as one of the international officials at the Winter Equestrian Festival. Tauber champions the mandated position by the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) as the president of the Appeal Committee for show jumping CSI 4* and 5* events during the winter season. As a former international rider herself, she has been a licensed FEI and USEF judge for 40 years and a course designer for 20 years. Trusted by competitors and officials alike, she exemplifies fair play and great sport. Her efforts take place behind-

the-scenes, and she works six of the 12 weeks during the highestlevel international show jumping events. “To run these high-level international events is a big undertaking for show management,” she said. “There is a lot of prize money involved, and it’s a big commitment.” Tauber presides over a threeperson committee and watches the competition closely for any unusual situations or problems that might result in a protest. They review the cases that are beyond the jurisdiction of the ground jury of FEI judges. In cases involving veterinary matters or irregularities with the competition horse’s passport, the international veterinary delegate

is invited to join the Appeal Committee for a review. Each of the horses competing at FEI events has a passport that includes its identification papers and inoculation requirements to compete in international Grand Prix events all over the world. Usually held on the day before the start of the competition, the veterinary delegate and the president of the ground jury examine the paperwork of each horse, and then the horses must jog for soundness. Tauber is either present or oncall for these horse inspections. “The passports are the official entry document into the secured FEI stabling on the grounds,” she explained. “They must be up to date and the information correctly

entered for the horse to compete.” The ground jury consists of four or five FEI judges. Often, two judges sit in the judges’ tower with the announcer and electronic timing technician, while another serves as a backup timer with a stop-watch in the arena in case of an electronic failure. If there is a water jump as part of the course, one judge will be assigned to observe the horses clearing the full width of the water. “The ground jury does have the final decision on the results for the class,” Tauber said. “However, if there is a major rule infraction that warrants a significant fine, then it will be referred to the Appeal Committee.” Tauber is a longtime champion See TAUBER, page 17

Chrystine Tauber has spent a lifetime supporting the sport of show jumping.


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Royal Palm Beach Officials Discuss School Safety, CPA Report By Betsy LaBelle Town-Crier Staff Report Newly re-elected members of the Royal Palm Beach Village Council were sworn in for new terms on Thursday, March 15 at a meeting that included discussions of school safety and the village’s strong financial condition. Returned to the dais for new two-year terms were Mayor Fred Pinto, Councilman Jeff Hmara and Councilwoman Selena Smith. During the annual reorganizational meeting, Smith was tapped to serve as vice mayor. Amid concerns over school safety, Hmara gave an update on the situation in Royal Palm Beach. He shared details about a meeting he attended with Major B.K. Davis of the Palm Beach County School District Police Department. Also at the meeting, local school principals described the programs and safety measures in place within their schools. “We learned that there are only five school districts within the State of Florida that have their own police department, and we are one of those,” Hmara said. “Our school police department works really well with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and the local police. Having a school police department that focuses on school security means they really know the territory.” That said, Hmara noted that more officers are needed. “It was pointed out that there are two full-time police officers at

Royal Palm Beach High School, one officer full-time at Crestwood Middle School, and one officer shared among the three elementary schools,” he said. “That is the way it stands right now. They think the schools would be more secure with more boots on the ground. So, hopefully, the money that has been earmarked by the State of Florida for school safety and gun violence will allow an increase in police officers available at our schools, at least one officer full time at each of the schools.” Hmara reported that Davis also detailed several other initiatives being worked on now to be proactive in identifying individuals who may become a threat. “They have mental health and behavioral units that are implemented right now in schools,” he said. “They are hoping with this state funding, there may be more health units available at more schools to identify kids at risk and engage with them sooner.” Each school has many security measures currently in place. “One is that there is a single point of entry into each school during the school day, and that has been in place for quite a while,” Hmara said. “The use of technology at each school with an annual vulnerability assessment to fill any missing gaps was discussed, as was the training of everyone in awareness in Code Red drills and emergency management drills on a regular basis for teachers, the administration and students.”

Hmara said that all threats must be taken seriously. “It has risen to a much higher level now. Students are asked and encouraged to report anything they might find threatening. The slogan ‘See something, say something’ is encouraged,” he said. “One key to school safety are the relationships with the students. The students need to know that there is an ear available at any time whether that is a teacher, a counselor or an administrator. The schools here work hard to let the kids know that if anything doesn’t seem right, the student should bring that up to any member of the faculty.” On a more upbeat note, the 2017 Financial Report for the village revealed excellent news. CPA Mark Veil, the representative from the village’s accounting firm of Caler, Donten, Levine, Cohen, Porter & Veil, was pleased to report Royal Palm Beach’s financial condition. “It’s always nice to make presentations when there is plenty of good news to present,” he said. “We gave the highest opinion that we can give as certified public accountants, in accordance with U.S. general accounting principles.” The overview shows the village with a strong financial position. “If you look at total assets, the village has a total of $173 million. We have cash and assessments, which is $90 million, around half of that number. And capital assets, which is your property, your land and infrastructure, and that is

Councilwoman Selena Smith takes the oath of office from Village Clerk Diane DiSanto.

Councilman Jeff and Carolyn Hmara cut cake to celebrate.

about $82.5 million which is the other half,” Veil said. “That is the makeup of all the assets for the village.” Balanced against liabilities, the village remains in strong shape. “At the end of the day, we end up with a net equity of $164 million; $82 million relates to the capital assets, and you have $79.5 million [that] is unrestricted,” Veil said. “That is the money you can use to do with whatever purpose you want.” Meanwhile, recent changes have only improved the picture. “In 2017, the new sales tax went into effect,” Veil said. “As of Sept. 30, the village had about $1.8 million accumulated that will be See RPB COUNCIL, page 17

Mayor Fred Pinto presents Ernest Richardson with a 20-year village service award.


Lox Council Approves Road Improvement Cost Sharing Policy

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Loxahatchee Groves Town Council on Tuesday approved a cost sharing policy for road and drainage capital improvements in preparation for a $5 million bond anticipated to be approved next month, beginning with five roads that have been previously approved. Town Manager Bill Underwood outlined the policy recommended by staff. “We have two policies that the council has adopted relative to roads,” he said, referring to a road prioritization policy adopted Aug. 2, 2016 and a capital improvement and drainage policy adopted June 22, 2017. “These two policies are going to be impacted. April

2 we’re going through the court validating the bond issue referendum. Some 30 days after that, we will be able to actually borrow the money. My position, and what I would recommend to the council, is we don’t borrow the money until we’re ready to identify the roads and we have some preliminary work done on the engineering.” Underwood explained that highly populated roads are considered a priority for improvements. “Property owners must agree to the improvements, and property owners must provide adequate drainage and swales to protect the road,” he said. “That kind of guides the council on where you want to focus your resources.” Priorities will be implemented

by the council or by resident petitions. “There’s a petition process,” Underwood said. “The town verifies the petitioners, that they are the owners, and the town prepares a preliminary budget. We mail out voting cards to the improvement area, and assuming that 51 percent actually agree, because part of the issue is this policy states that the property owners that are affected by the improvement area will pay 50 percent of the construction costs. The town is going to be absorbing engineering soft costs.” He said the capital improvements can be for roads, drainage and more. The applying resident pays a $100 fee and the town provides

applications and petition forms for the resident to start the process. “They will identify the specific improvement, the boundaries, map of the area, and get signature pages included with the owner, address and parcel piece — vital information that we need to be able to eventually get structured into an assessment that will go onto the tax roll,” Underwood said. The town will be responsible for preparing a preliminary budget and per-acre assessment for the area. A public hearing will be held, and if acceptable, will be presented to the council authorizing the mailing of a letter card advising the estimated cost. The council will have leeway to increase the suggested 51 percent approval rate.

“You can make it 60 [percent], you can make it 80 [percent], whatever you want,” he said. “If we don’t get them within the 45 days, it’s considered null and void. If we get the 51 percent, the town will proceed with scheduling the project.” Any additional property that is required, such as swales, will be acquired before the project starts. “It really doesn’t do any good to build a road that’s going to be underwater,” he said. “We want to get that in place prior to the actual design, so we know where we’re putting swales and catch basins.” Councilman Todd McLendon made a motion to approve the policy with some changes, including one that makes the petition more

equitable to the amount of land the residents own, so the owner of a large piece of property does not absorb most of the cost. During public comment Laura Cacioppo and Mary McNicholas agreed with McLendon that the policy needs to be equitable so large property owners are not unduly burdened. “We’re open to suggestions for a compromise,” McLendon said. Mayor Dave Browning pointed out that the roads paved with opengraded emulsified mix (OGEM) were approved by voters in a Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District referendum by acreage, and the taxation is by acreage. McNicholas asked if the policy See LOX ROADS, page 17



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Indian Trail Reschedules Postponed Meeting To March 29

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Indian Trail Improvement District Board of Supervisors has several important items on its agenda for a meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m., which was postponed from March 14. They include the new district manager employment agreement with acting manager Rob Robinson, an agreement with GL Homes to accept a 640-acre potential reservoir, road planning options and possible water control options. “We’re talking about adopting a


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continued from page 1 This money goes to offset the costs of trash removal and disposal. “Whether you throw it away, recycle it away or flush it away, we put your waste to work,” Ortiz said. Trash is burned to generate steam that turns turbines that generates the electricity that is sold to FPL. The water to produce the steam begins as rainwater runoff and is reclaimed, cooled and reused.

new road plan, some of these roads that are currently in the water plan, that we can come to an agreement on that and move forward with a community plan, so we’re looking for input from the board and the community on that,” ITID President Betty Argue told the Town-Crier on Wednesday. The board will discuss the R3 plan prepared by the district engineer, which concentrates on specific roadway segment issues at schools and parks. The R3 plan builds on the district’s R1 plan, which was to have a paved road within one mile of all residential

lots, and the R2 plan, which was to have a paved road within a half mile of all residential lots. The R3 road paving plan can generally be described as all the active units of development in the M-1 and M-2 basins. “Then, the drainage project is still on the agenda,” Argue said. “They’re looking for different direction to developing priorities for the next budget year and the next legislative session.” Discussion will include use of the 640-acre potential reservoir offered by GL Homes and how to develop it, and enhancement of a

pump system to the Moss property. The board will discuss whether the district will allow the owner, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, legal access to the property, which it does not currently have, and whether Indian Trail will allow others to operate the impoundment and the 640-acre GL Homes reservoir. The estimated cost for the Moss pilot project is about $400,000. The district has a South Florida Water Management District agreement for $150,000 and is seeking other grant money. GL Homes offered to donate

the 640 acres to the district as part of an agreement for the district to cooperate in GL’s development of a large tract of property it owns northwest of The Acreage for residential and some commercial use. “The 640 acres that they’re donating to Indian Trail requires a land use approval, so they have to have an agreement with Indian Trail and put it into escrow by April 1,” Argue said. “We’ve been negotiating that agreement, and that’s now pretty much ready for approval.” Supervisors will also discuss the planned redirection of some

ITID water from the M-O Canal through the Mecca Farms property northward to re-nourish the Loxahatchee Slough Natural Area, which has been depleted by development. They will also get an update on the Acreage Community Park expansion and consider playground options for the park and hear a presentation on grants for ITID projects. Argue added that ITID has been successful scheduling a workshop on April 4 with the county on the status of the future of 60th Street North, which the county is planning to widen and pave.

Recycled materials are sorted and packaged for sale to manufacturers who use them as raw materials for new products. Ortiz explained that the twobin procedure used by the SWA, followed by optical sorters to separate plastics with lasers, produces the highest quality selling materials. In fact, many communities, such as nearby Lake Worth, that had adopted a single bin, unsorted method, are reverting back to two bins due to the increased value of the recycling yields. “We have a state-of-the-art quality control system,” said Ortiz,

who gives VIP tours to visitors from across the nation and around the world. “The facility emits no waste, the ash goes to the sanitary landfill and we recover metals that — let us say — accidentally made it into the trash instead of being recycled.” Ortiz noted that participation in the recycling program is voluntary, which is not the case all over the country. “We are not allowed to say the ‘D’ word anymore,” said Ortiz referring to the antiquated concept of a “dump.” A sanitary landfill is carefully managed and lined so the fluids associated with it do not leech into the drinking water. A landfill is only allowed to get 160 feet

high, then it gets turned over to the county and retired to make a park or a golf course. Ortiz answered questions that she said would help with “that heated debate in the kitchen over recycling and which bin something goes into.” “When in doubt, throw it out, for at least it gets burned for energy,” she said. However, the directions are printed on the side of the bins. Bins, which incidentally, belong to you. “So, paint your name and address on them to keep your neighbors from acquiring extra, and feel free to put wheels on it, if you’d like,” Ortiz said. Some pearls of trivia to impress

family and friends include the topic of “plastics.” Yes, the plastic your mail or an Amazon product comes in might have a recyclable logo, but that won’t work for the SWA because of the contracts they have for selling it. “The rule of thumb for plastic [with us] is that if liquid or food came in it — even peanut butter — it’s recyclable with us… And if the cap is plastic, put it back on and throw it in the bin,” said Ortiz who warned not to throw loose caps in. “They just fall through the conveyor belt.” She warned against plastic bags. “No bags, please. They get caught in the conveyor belt, stop the line and have to be cut out by hand with scissors,” she said.

If it has a metal lid, throw the lid out. The only metal that’s recyclable here is aluminum cans, not foil or trays, and there is no need to wash the bottles. Water is precious; just put them in the blue bin. Household hazardous waste can be brought to area facilities to dispose of free of charge. This includes paint, propane tanks, used oil, florescent light bulbs and rechargeable batteries. What about that proverbial pizza box? Ortiz had a ready answer. “If it’s a greasy pizza box, tear off the greasy part and throw the rest in the yellow bin,” she said. For questions, or to request new bins, call the SWA at (866) NEW-BINS.


Aurora Ortiz speaks Wednesday at the Wellington library.


Councilwoman Joyce Batcheler (left) and Phillis Maniglia (right) are sworn in to their seats on the Loxahatchee Groves Town Council on Tuesday, March 20. Batcheler took Seat 3 by default when no one filed to run against her. Maniglia narrowly defeated Vice Mayor Ron Jarriel last week. PHOTOS BY RON BUKLEY/TOWN-CRIER


My husband, Jim Shallman, a dedicated, educated, truly intelligent and a man of integrity lost his job on June 21, 2017, due to a well-planned and orchestrated deed by attorneys and some board members of the Indian Trail Improvement District (ITID). Jim cannot find employment due to the misleading and one-sided article from June 2017 in the Town-Crier. When he’s Googled, the article comes up and he cannot get an interview. Knowledge, dedication and experience are out the window. A good man lost his job. This man gave nine years of his life to ITID to get railroaded by the ITID board members and attorneys. Why should Jim go on early retirement? He has a lot to contribute and to bring to a new job. Someone should look into abuse of power at ITID. Jim didn’t play politics; he only wanted to do his job and protect the district, but a new board member had other ideas. This arrogant woman came in with an agenda to take over, and because my husband wouldn’t play the game and he refused to be her puppet, she found allies to help get Jim fired. Conveniently, the attorney of record for ITID held back an important e-mail from April 2017 to June 2017, and the labor attorney, who never protected my husband during meetings, was also privy to the machinations. The deciding vote to fire the district manager and the director of finance came from the most insecure and vindictive person. Since my husband would not reinstate an incompetent employee to a supervisor position, she voted against him. An arrogant and illiterate board member who would

show up at my house uninvited and unannounced, who constantly interfered and wouldn’t let my husband do his job, allied himself with the new member. The employees who replaced the district manager and finance director are her unqualified puppets. Question: why would the HR person get two raises in a year? She has allied herself with the board president, very beneficial to her. Elsy Shallman The Acreage

Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied

Another facet of Loxagrovia’s forever-going voter fraud scandal of 2015: Not just the ordering of absentee ballots, now fraudulently casting of those absentee ballots. Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections (SOE) Public Document Request ID Number 0217-1733 shows Sandy Chiu, an attorney residing in Miami since January 2015, as ordering an absentee ballot on Feb. 25, 2015, and said ballot was cast and received on March 3, 2015. The ballot was sent to her father’s residence in Loxahatchee Groves, Lung Chiu, inspector general of the Palm Beach County School Board. On March 6, 2018, in the deposition of Sandy Chiu, she stated that the she did not vote in the 2015 Loxahatchee Groves election; she did not request an absentee ballot; and that she was living in Miami as of January 2015. Ms. Chiu had no recollection of being contacted by any investigators from the SOE, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) or the State Attorney’s Office (SAO) prior to August 2017.

This means, if her recollection is correct, no one bothered to investigate the casting of the absentee ballots until August 2017, despite having significant irregularities in the election relating to absentee ballots prior to the election. It appears that no inquiry was made by anyone to determine this fundamental question concerning our democratic process. Had inquiry been made to even Ms. Chiu, the results probably should not have been certified. FDLE’s First Try: Shortly after the election, it was discovered that FDLE was going to investigate the matter. Initially, FDLE wanted to close out the file with a “finding of no wrongdoing.” At that time, FDLE essentially and completely failed to investigate. FDLE’s Second Try: After the first attempt to close out the file, we made an appointment to speak with FDLE Special Agent Eric Jester. Jester reviewed the information we had already discovered (i.e. the admissions in the media and the town; the single IP address, and the failure of Jim Rockett and Ryan Liang to report anything) and directed FDLE to investigate. The investigation ended up confirming the IP address used to order the absentee ballots as Ms. [Philomena] Liu’s, and after an interview with Mr. Liang, after initially denying knowledge, provide a substantial amount of specific information, which not only confirmed his knowledge of what was going on, but also confirmed that he knew in a timely manner and did nothing and said nothing to anyone, in violation of his duties as a sitting councilman. In my opinion, FDLE Special Agent Demarios Thomas substantiated the case against both Ryan Liang and Philomena Liu.

One criticism I have is that Thomas failed to investigate or interview any of the persons whose votes were actually cast by absentee ballot to determine if they actually voted or if their vote was bogus. As we now know from Ms. Chiu, she said she absolutely did not vote, and according to the Republican Party and the records provided to them from the SOE, she did vote by absentee ballot. The SAO’s first try: After Thomas submitted his report dated July 20, 2016 to the Office of the State Attorney, Assistant State Attorney Timothy Beckwith filed a “no file report” dated Nov. 30, 2016. I am uncertain as to who is now investigating, however, Ms. Chiu indicated that an investigator contacted her for the first time in August 2017. In my view, there is no doubt that Mr. Liang was involved in the ordering of the absentee ballots. He so much as says so in his interview with Thomas. There is also no doubt in my mind that Ms. Liu ordered the absentee ballots, with each one being a separate crime. There is also no doubt that if the Republican Party’s information is correct, that Ms. Chiu voted; her vote was fraud and would support additional counts against someone. I believe that every voter who cast an absentee ballot should be questioned as to whether or not they cast the ballot that was received. I would find it unusual to have this many ballots and have Ms. Chiu be the only person whose vote was forged. It pains me to think how easy our democratic system was corrupted. This needs to be changed. It is fundamentally the government’s responsibility to oversee the election process. They failed in this instance.

It is not right that, as being the victim, I have had to miss serving as a councilman and had to expend personal monies to force the government to investigate and [uphold] the very foundation of our whole system of government. The citizens of Loxagrovia are victims as well. I would like to think justice can be found in Palm Beach County. The evidence shows otherwise. Keith Harris Loxahatchee Groves

Congratulations To Mayor Pinto

Congratulations to Fred Pinto on his election victory over challenger Martha Webster. Fred has once again proved that he is the man for the job. We all should put aside our differences and support Fred and the entire board. Fred has redefined excellence and thoroughly deserves this victory. I was quite impressed by the newcomer Sam Roman. He made a good impact and will be a force to reckon with in the future. Message to Martha: You have desecrated political decorum by

resorting to gutter politics. Shame on you! Gutter politics has no place in a civilized society. It may have worked in the past, but it won’t work here in our beloved western communities. Hopefully, we will never see it again. Campaigns should focus on the issues and each candidate’s ability to deal with them efficiently, not focused on personal attacks and innuendos... Shame on your supporters for falling for your unethical campaign tactics, shame also on Fred Pinto’s supporters who did not vote. Martha, you can fool some people some time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time. In a recent meeting with a prominent elected official, I confidently predicted a win for him, and in the Royal Palm Beach mayor’s race, a win for Fred Pinto. He told me not to count my chickens. Once again, congratulations to Fred Pinto. You have proven once again that you are the right man for the job, the people’s choice. North, south, east and west, Fred Pinto is simply the best. Karl Witter The Acreage


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The Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center held its Par for the Horse Golf Tournament on Monday, March 19 at the Wanderers Club. Proceeds will be used for programs that enrich the lives of children and adults with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities through riding and other equine-assisted activities. For more information about Vinceremos, call (561) 792-9900 or visit PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

First-place winners Christine Pinto, Mary Lou Johnson, Mary Jo Roth and Denise Hasbrouck with Chip Perkins (center).

Second-place winner Will Piper with Chip Perkins.

Christine Pinto wins for closest to the pin.

(Seated) Mary Lou Johnson and Mary Jo Roth; and (standing) Christine Pinto, Craig Dickmann and Denise Hasbrouck of sponsor Lugano Diamonds.

Third-place winners Janice Lewis, Ellin Miller and Judy Dwyer with Chip Perkins.

Closest to the pin winner Ted Biribin with Chip Perkins.

Susan Guinan and Chip Perkins.

John Delaney, Chad Adrian, Tom Ferris and Marc Melnick.


The Royal Palm Beach Senior Activities Group held a St. Patrick’s Day Party on Friday, March 16 at the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center. Seniors dressed up in green and enjoyed Irish music and a sing-a-long. Refreshments were served. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

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IPC Season Continues With Another Valiente Win The high goal season at the International Polo Club Palm Beach resumed on Sunday, March 18 with matches for the USPA Gold Cup and the Carlos Gracida Cup. It was a wonderful, sunny day, and many polo fans came out to watch superstars Facundo Pieres and Adolfo Cambiaso play together once again. Sunday also marked the debut of Flexjet in the 26-goal tournament. In their battle with Valiente, Flexjet managed to take control of the game in the opening chukker, clearly showing their intentions of putting up a fight. A goal from Gonzalito Pieres and another from Rodrigo Andrade gave Flexjet an early 2-1 advantage. But Valiente gained strength and

quickly tied the game thanks to a conversion from Gillian Johnston, who played as a substitute for Bob Jornayvaz. Flexjet battled back and made it to halftime with a 6-4 advantage, to the surprise of many in the stands. Facundo Pieres and Cambiaso took control in the fourth chukker, and quickly tied the match at 6-6. The fifth chukker was the best in the game, with good runs and goals from both teams. Valiente went into the final chukker ahead by one, and the team made the most of it, as Johnston and Facundo Pieres each scored a goal to seal the deal. The game ended with a final score of 11-8 in favor of Valiente. “I started off a bit slow, but

a couple of words from Adolfo helped me get into the groove of the game,” said Tommy Beresford, the youngest player on the Valiente team. “Luckily, I was able to perform better as the game went on, and help my teammates win the game.” Flexjet’s Nico Pieres was named MVP during the awards ceremony. “It was a tough match against a team which should be considered as one of the best of all time,” he said. “We were lucky to have the advantage for a few chukkers, but in part of the fifth and then the sixth, they managed to control the ball and started playing well. That’s why they won. We need to focus on being in good form for the next few games, shortening our

lists and concentrating on playing well each chukker.” Pieres also noted that this was Flexjet’s first match of the season and they had just practiced for the first time together two days before. Best Playing Pony honors went to Dalma, played by Facundo Pieres. Earlier in the day, the next Carlos Gracida Cup match was played with La Indiana defeating Prestige Worldwide by a final of 11-8. To learn more about the International Polo Club Palm Beach, visit (Right) After falling behind, Valiente made a comeback in the fourth chukker to tie the game. PHOTO BY ALEX PACHECO

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Great Amazing Race Coming To Royal Palm Beach On April 7

By Erin Davisson Town-Crier Staff Report The Great Amazing Race is happening Saturday, April 7 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park. Loosely based on the popular TV show “The Amazing Race,” organizers said that this race is meant to be great! Team work is definitely needed, as well as walking, jogging or running. Most importantly, participants should be prepared to get wet and dirty. It’s designed to be even more fun than the average 5K run. The event is sponsored by Dogs to the Rescue. Founded last year by area resident and firefighter Maria Fonzi Gonzalez, this nonprofit organization will use the event as a fundraiser. “Our goal is to train dogs as therapists for our first responders

that suffer from PTSD,” Gonzalez said. Gonzalez explained that many first responders — firefighters, paramedics and police officers — have seen horrific scenes during their service. These scenes can leave them scarred and mentally hurting. Therapy dogs are specifically trained to help anybody with work-induced trauma and keep them as calm as possible. It has also been shown that therapy dogs can help lower blood pressure and help people work through any negative emotions that happened to them. The group’s training takes place in Boca Raton, and they also allow families to foster dogs. “We already have two dogs training for our first responders,” she said. This is the second fundraiser for

Dogs to the Rescue hosted at Commons Park. Last December, the group collaborated with the successful Santas on the Run event. The April 7 event, in conjunction with the national Great Amazing Race organization, is to help promote exercising, fitness awareness and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Created in 2012, Great Amazing Race’s main charity partner is the Max Cure Foundation. It works with sponsoring organizations like Dogs to the Rescue and does not take any money from the local entity. The program allows up to 100 two-person teams in the race and is for people from age 4 all the way up to age 84. The Great Amazing Race is an all-American event that has had participants from both the NBA and the NFL. Two types of courses are of-

fered, the leisure version for those who want to go at their own pace for fun and the competitive course for high achievers. Participants in the competitive course must be physically active with a desire to compete against others. There are four race divisions, which are based on either grade divisions or age. Eight outdoor challenge courses will be made. The track

is roughly 1.5 miles for the entire course. No one will know about the obstacles they’re facing during their run. There will be stations that provide clues about what each challenge will be during the race. The first teams to go up are the children. Every 10 minutes, another wave goes by. If there are adults paired with kids, then

they will go next, followed by the adult teams. “It’s going to be exciting!” Gonzalez said. Space is limited, so sign up early to participate at Sponsorships are also available, visit or e-mail Maria Gonzalez at dogstotherescue@ for more information.

Tropical Fruit Tree & Edible Plant Sale Set For March 24 The Palm Beach Chapter of the Rare Fruit Council International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and further cultivation and use of tropical and rare fruit in South Florida and around the world, will host its annual Tropical Fruit Tree & Edible Plant Sale on Saturday, March 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Community Exhibit

Buildings 8, 9 & 10 at the South Florida Fairgrounds. At this year’s Tropical Fruit Tree & Edible Plant Sale, vendors from all over the state will offer a wide variety of delightful and delicious fruit trees. Also available will be educational information on the planting and growing of fruit trees, along with knowledgeable

volunteers and vendors to answer any questions. Tree and plant fans should enter the South Florida Fairgrounds through Gate 8 on Fairgrounds Road. Both admission and parking are free. For more information about the Palm Beach Chapter of the Rare Fruit Council, visit www.

Lox Groves Hosts League Of Cities With ‘Farm To Table’ Showcase A local-food themed “farm to table” showcase of the Town of Loxahatchee Groves’ homegrown talents and resources was featured at a luncheon hosting 180 representatives from the Palm Beach County League of Cities on Feb. 28 at the Loxahatchee Groves campus of Palm Beach State College. Mary McNicholas of Geoffrey B. Sluggett & Associates envisioned the theme for the event with the goal of having the community work together, with local businesses to help underwrite the luncheon and to provide for a town scholarship fund. “Our goal was reached and exceeded, with half the town coming out to help us decorate, make home-baked desserts and show off our local orchids, bamboo, fresh produce, honey, fruit, artwork and pottery,” McNicholas said. “So many thanks will continue to go out to the local community who helped provide for this event, and especially [Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District Chair] Anita Kane, co-owner of Education Place, and Perla Underwood

of Underwood Management for all of their help and support.” McNicholas collaborated with local food talents, such as Swank Farm & Specialty Produce for the lunch and wildflowers, Cream Catcher’s Farm & Dairy’s fresh turkeys, Gratitude Garden Organic Farm mushrooms and turmeric/ ginger elixirs, as well as McCoy’s Sunny South Apiaries for local honey. Jodi Swank of Swank Farm said she was happy to help the town welcome representatives for the county’s 39 municipalities. As the attendees registered in the Palm Beach State College lobby, they were greeted by members of the Loxahatchee Groves Landowners’ Association and invited to view the vignettes, showcasing multiple artists, Vanda orchids and historic pictures of the community. Retired Judge Nelson Bailey was on hand to entertain with a historical viewpoint of the town. Joseph Chammas of Gratitude Garden displayed mushroom blocks and samples of anti-oxidant tumeric elixirs, along with various types of local McCoy’s honey.

LGWCD Chair Anita Kane, Town Manager Bill Underwood and LGWCD Supervisor Connie Bell. Majestic orchid centerpieces pro- of Sluggett & Associates and Don vided by local farm R&R Orchids Kiselewski of FP&L were the first adorned the tables. supporters of the town’s League This was only the second time of Cities luncheon after LGLA in a decade that the town has been President Marge Herzog asked able to host this countywide event for their assistance shortly after for municipalities. Geoff Sluggett incorporation. Back then, they

Loxahatchee Groves Mayor Dave Browning, event organizer Mary McNicholas of Geoffrey B. Sluggett & Associates and Palm Beach State College President Ava Parker. served box lunches at the town’s “It was the best fit for our only park. town’s agricultural and equesThis event began as an idea to trian resources to showcase the host with hot dogs and hamburg- local farms, nurseries, equineers, but once Mayor Dave Brown- related talent and the historical ing got McNicholas involved, the value of our town,” McNicholas creative juices flowed. explained.


The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Foundation hosted a St. Patrick’s Day Jeep Show and Shine on Saturday, March 17 at the Wellington Marketplace. Arrigo Dodge sponsored this fundraiser for law enforcement in Puerto Rico. Trophies were given out for Best in Show, Tallest Jeep, Best Spirit and more. There were kids games, a bounce house and a costume contest, as well as raffles. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

PBSO deputies Dan Diaz, Hubert Burey, Chris Ficarra and Scott Poritz.

St Patrick’s Day costume contest winners Angelina Matos, Colton Vickers and Ixabella Acevedo.

Dane and Alan Gerwig look over a new Jeep.

Wellington Councilman Mike Napoleone, Village Manager Paul Scofield, Mayor Anne Gerwig, PBSO Capt. Rolando Silva and Vice Mayor John McGovern.

PBSO Deputy Roy Gonzalez gives Frank Gomez the Best in Show award.

Most Spirit award winner Chris Page and his 2007 Jeep Wrangler with Deputy Roy Gonzalez.

NEWS BRIEFS Great American Cleanup In RPB April 14

The Village of Royal Palm Beach will participate in the Great American Cleanup on Saturday, April 14. Registration will take place from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. at the Recreation Center, located at 100 Sweet Bay Lane, where participants will be equipped with bags and gloves for the cleanup. Refreshments and lunch for participants will follow the cleanup. Call Michael Cheatham at (561) 790-5199 for details.

Wellington Egg Hunt Returns March 31

Get your baskets ready for Wellington’s annual Egg Hunt. The Egg Hunt returns to the Village Park softball fields, located at

11700 Pierson Road, on Saturday, March 31. The event begins promptly at 10 a.m. It will be divided into four age groups: ages 2 and under, ages 3 to 4, ages 5 to 7 and ages 8 to 10. At each egg hunt, two eggs will have a pink bunny ticket inside, indicating a special prize. Families are encouraged to arrive early as traffic congestion may occur. The prize baskets have been sponsored by the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital at Memorial. For more information on this, and other Wellington events, visit

April 8 Women’s Group Fundraiser

The Women of the Western Communities will hold its annual spring fundraiser on Sunday, April 8 at 11 a.m. at the Wanderers Club in Wellington. The event will be a brunch and fashion show sponsored by

Dressbarn. it will include both silent and ticket auctions. The special guest emcees will be Mo and Sally from KOOL 105.5 FM, while Leslie Gray Streeter will be a special guest model. Tickets are $50 per person, and reservations are required. The RSVP deadline is April 1. Call Donna Kuebler at (561) 308-5877 to RSVP. The group is also seeking auction donations and goody bag favors. If you have a donation to make, or would like more information, call Mair Armand at (561) 635-0011.

Legion Auxiliary To Meet April 4

American Legion Auxiliary Unit #367 of Royal Palm Beach will meet Wednesday, April 4 at 10 a.m. at the Palms West Presbyterian Church (13689 Okeechobee Blvd., Loxahatchee Groves). For more information, call Marge Herzog at (561) 798-9875.

Kindergarten Round-Up At Cypress Trails

Cypress Trails Elementary School will hold its Kindergarten Round-Up on Wednesday, March 28 at 6 p.m. The school is located at 133 Park Road North in Royal Palm Beach. For more information, call (561) 904-9000.

Families First Denim Day April 6

Families First of Palm Beach County is drawing attention to child abuse prevention efforts in the most casual way. For the third year, the nonprofit is seeking businesses to take part in Community Denim Day on Friday, April 6 as part of National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month. The agency is asking businesses and organizations to allow staff to wear jeans that day in exchange

for a $5 donation. In addition, each participating organization will be supplied with information about how to help child abuse prevention efforts. Last year, more than 60 local businesses joined in. “This Community Denim Day project is a fun and simple way to involve the entire community in child abuse prevention awareness efforts,” said Julie Swindler, CEO of Families First. “Through education efforts and awareness, everyone in the community can become a protector of our children.” To participate, businesses and organizations can contact Samantha Whiteman at swhiteman@ or register at

Unity Of The Palm Beaches Easter Service

The community is invited to attend an Easter service at Unity of

the Palm Beaches on Sunday, April 1 at 11 a.m. “The Way of Resurrection” is the theme of the service. “We will explore the energy patterns of crucifixion and of resurrection as they pertain to an awakened and engaged spirituality for each of us here and now,” Senior Minister Rev. Taylor E. Stevens said. “They are living dynamics active in each of us.” An Easter Egg Hunt for the children will follow the service in the Waterfront Courtyard. “We want families experiencing Easter together,” Director of Youth & Family Trish Yancey said. “The children’s ministry is very important to Unity of the Palm Beaches.” The service will take place in the Temple Israel sanctuary at 1901 N. Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach. Parking and the entrance are behind the building on Pine Street. Additional parking is available across the street. For more info., visit or call (561) 833-6483.

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PALM BEACH CENTRAL HOSTS MEMORIAL FOR STONEMAN DOUGLAS VICTIMS On Wednesday, March 13, Palm Beach Central High School hosted a memorial one month after the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14. All Palm Beach Central students were escorted out of class and to the football stadium to honor the 17 students and staff members who lost their lives. PHOTOS BY DANI SALGUEIRO/TOWN-CRIER

Photos of all of those who lost their lives were on display.

Principal Darren Edgecomb with the student speakers.

Principal Darren Edgecomb addresses students and staff.

Vice Mayor John McGovern gives a speech encouraging students to register to vote.

Students share facts about each victim.

Students filled the stadium stands to capacity.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas student Devon Weisenfeld addresses the crowd.

Palm Beach Central student Christina Pugliese speaks to her fellow students.


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WELLINGTON CARES HOSTS TEA & TRINKETS PARTY AT WELLINGTON NATIONAL Wellington Cares held its inaugural Tea & Trinkets Party on Sunday, March 18 at the Wellington National Golf Club. Vendors sold a variety of merchandise from clothing, jewelry and ladies accessories to blended teas and bath items. Refreshments included delicate sandwiches and sweet treats like scones and chocolate-covered strawberries with an assortment of teas. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

(Seated) Mary Ann Genco and Anna Glorioso; and (standing) Evelyn Regan, Allyson Samiljan, Pauline Parlato and Joan Manning. School Board Member Marcia Andrews found a top she liked as Debbie Pincus from Kloset Kouture looks on.

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The Bricks Busting Boredom Lego Party held March 10 at the Quantum House was a huge success. The kids had a wonderful time building their own Lego creations, playing pin the head on the Lego, eating pizza and enjoying Jupiter Donuts. Each child went back to their room with a Lego set of their choice. Bricks Busting Boredom plans on hosting quarterly Lego parties at the Quantum House. To donate used or new Legos, or to set up a collection in a school or business, call Sarah at (954) 682-3816 or visit Shown above, Quantum House children play with Lego sets.

Stephanie Riggio Bulger Honored By EAF Equestrian Aid Foundation founders, board members, staff and friends honored Stephanie Riggio Bulger with a Luminary Award for her invaluable service to the organization. Founders Robert Dover, chef d’équipe of the U.S. dressage team, and Robert Ross hosted a private party Sunday, Feb. 4 at their home in Wellington’s Palm Beach Polo & Country Club. Dover, Ross and fellow founder R.

Scot Evans paid tribute to Bulger. “Stephanie infused the Equestrian Aid Foundation with her energy and clear vision for our mission,” Ross said. “Her focus is helping us navigate new paths to define our future. We are grateful for the legacy Stephanie bestowed upon us all,” EAF Vice President Monique Keitz added. Ross and Evans introduced

Life.Church, Place Of Hope Celebrate Partnership Place of Hope recently celebrated another year in partnership with Life.Church Wellington and accepted an $8,000 grant that will help the group continue its mission to provide stable and loving family environments for children and families who are hurting. Place of Hope is the largest faith-based, family-style and state-licensed children’s organization in the region. Children and families can find dignity, guidance and hope through various programs and efforts at Place of Hope. For more information, visit www. With a location in Wellington, Life.Church is a multi-site church with 27 physical locations in eight states. Messages are led by Senior Pastor Craig Groeschel and are broadcast to more than 239 worship experiences each weekend at

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Bulger to the EAF nearly a decade ago. The organization provides financial support for horse people facing catastrophic illness or injury. She served as a member of the board of directors for eight years, with four years as the president of the foundation. “I was so surprised!” Bulger said about her award. “When Robert got the mic and asked for Stephanie to come up, my initial thought was that there was a new grant recipient named Stephanie who was going to speak. I had no idea I was about to be recognized and honored.” Bulger said that she is especially proud of several projects that she tackled during her leadership. The last major project she led was producing the recipient resource guide, a succinct handbook that details where and how injured or ill horse people can find additional help. It provides helpful links, phone numbers, an explanation of various government programs and benefits, and more. “I am so happy with how the recipient resource guide turned out,” Bulger said. “I am also thrilled with the Show You Care horse show program that we launched last year.” Bulger said that the Equestrian Aid Foundation gave her an outlet to give back to the community. “Horses and the people I have met have formed the most significant and meaningful relationships in my life,” Bulger said. “I

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Stephanie Riggio Bulger accepts the Equestrian Aid Foundation Luminary Award.


don’t know where I would be if it weren’t for my horses and horse friends. Working with the Equestrian Aid Foundation was my way of saying thanks.” With the changing times and challenges facing nonprofit organizations, Bulger said she hopes the EAF continues to look forward to help horse people in crisis. “There is so much more work to be done and more people who need help,” she said. The Equestrian Aid Foundation is a nonprofit organization that assists people from all corners of the horse world who are coping with life-changing injury or illness and financial crisis. Learn more at www.equestrianaidfoundation. org.

On Saturday, March 3, Xtreme Tae Kwon Do of Wellington attended the Vero Beach Karate Open, where 15 Xtreme students performed self-defense, forms and sparring. With about 400 competitors, the Xtreme Tae Kwon Do students achieved nine first places, eight second places and three third places. (Above) The students thank the master instructors and instructor who helped shape the students to compete at this level, including Master Ryan Maass (third from left), Grandmaster Gustavo Pope (fourth from left), Master Lindsay August (fifth from left) and Instructor Barry Rivera (not shown). (Right) Nikholas Moraes finishing his first match.

Marissa Ullman, Spencer Kovar To Wed Marissa Ullman, daughter of Debbie and the late Keith Ullman of Wellington, is engaged to marry Spencer Kovar of Farmington Hills, Mich. Ullman is a 2010 graduate of Suncoast High School and a 2014 computer animation graduate from the Ringling College of Art & Design. She is currently employed as a digital sculptor with General Motors in Detroit. Her fiancé is a 2010 bio-engineering graduate of Oakland University and will graduate from the physician assistant program at Eastern Michigan University next month. Ullman and Kovar will be married on May 26, 2018 in Tecumseh, Mich.

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Equestrian Trails Students Run In Neighborhood 5K Twenty students from the Equestrian Trails Elementary School Running Club hit the neighborhood pavement around the school by participating in their own 5K. Students ranged from grades 2 to 5, and all of the kids finished with big smiles on their faces.

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Many teachers, students and parents came out for Panther Run Elementary School’s Beautification Day on March 10. They spent the morning weeding, sweeping, laying mulch and painting. It was great to see everyone helping in order to make the campus look its best.

“I wanted to give them an opportunity to try out the distance,” coach Liza Asch said. “We have a very small running area inside school, and with all of the other sports, it is sometimes really hard for them to get to a local 5K. I am so proud of what they accomplished.” (Above left) Panther Run students Ryan and James Hawkins lay mulch with their grandfather. (Above right) Fifth-grade teacher Tracy LaBrosse carries a huge bag of mulch during Panther Run Elementary School’s Beautification Day. (Left) Students from Palm Beach Central High School were painters for the morning at Panther Run Elementary School’s Beautification Day.


Equestrian Trails Elementary School held its annual Father Daughter Dance on Friday, Feb. 9. Everyone had a splendid time dancing their hearts away. The fathers and daughters are looking forward to what is in store next year. (Below and right) Dads and daughters dance the night away.

Fifth-grader Riley Lewis and fourth-grader Edian Diaz ran the whole race together and decided to finish it together.


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PANTHER RUN STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN 5K EVENT GOLDEN GROVE’S DADDY On March 11, Panther Run DAUGHTER DANCE Elementary School students participated in the “Strive for 5” 5K event sponsored by Allamanda Elementary School in Palm Beach Gardens. This was a fun-filled event. Participants received a shirt and medal, as well as a free breakfast buffet at Brio. Brother and sister Billy and Allison Connors received first place in their age groups. Other participants included Colby Archambault, Tyler Chin, Adam Reynolds, Dominic Armenti, Ariana Smith, Shawn Solomon, Thiagio Costa and Will Leffert.

(Left) Billy and Allison Connors with their awards. (Right) Panther Run students at the event.

Day Of Action At Polo Park Middle School On Wednesday, March 14, Polo Park Middle School students walked out of their classrooms and into the courtyard during the nationwide call to action. More than 865 students, along with teachers and staff members, gathered to remember the students and teachers who lost their lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High

School last month. Members of the Polo Park Middle School student advocacy group planned the event, which included a banner with the handprints of every student at Polo Park and the words “our hands will lift you up,” a statement of support for those at Stoneman Douglas. Students listened as their fellow

students Jena Spies, Bella Moss, Samantha Byck, Jordonna Levin, Samantha Kalish and Sarah Garfield spoke and recited poetry, all expressing the sentiment that this should never happen again. “I’m so proud of the work that these students did in remembering the lives lost at Marjory Stoneman Douglas. The entire student body

heard their powerful words,” Principal Ann Clark said. There were 20 students involved in planning the event with the support of Clark, a strong advocate of student-centered learning. After spring break, the student advocacy group will plant trees as a living memorial to those lives lost and the promise and pursuit of change.

On Feb. 23, the fathers and daughters of Golden Grove Elementary School got together once again for the annual Daddy Daughter Dance at the Breakers West Country Club. There were 175 young ladies and 155 fathers who attended this fun-filled event. The night was full of dancing, food and friends. This is a highly anticipated event for the students, who are already looking forward to next year.


(Above) Polo Park students speak at the ceremony. (Left) Student organizers stand in front of the banner.

SRHS Inducts National Honor Society Students The Seminole Ridge High School chapter of the National Honor Society held its annual induction ceremony on March 12. Inducted as honorary faculty members this year were English teachers Marcie Hagan and Marisa Santos. Student inductees included: Sophomores: Rachel Abiusi, Brendan Abraham, Nicholas Alm, Rebekah Anderson, Cameron Aspenwall, Miranda Aucoin, Leviticus Bennett, Kyla Bergmann, Mari Brimlow, Oliver Brown, Vienna Caprio, Rachel Clarke,

Denise Cuccia, Molly Danison, Morgan Davidson, Evan Eisenstark, Scott Eisenstark, Ethan Forman, Ajani Frank, Frantzline Gaudard, Alexis Grams, Kayla Harris, Shenell Hector, Amanda Heermance, Victoria Holt, Charisma Hunter, Paige Kercheville, Leyton Kounlavong, Christian Larmonie, Isabella Martinez, Kayla McKenzie, Alyssa McMinns, Jonathan Meade, Randy Medrano, Rachel Miller, Robert Moore, Caitlyn Muir, Cassi Narcus, Gabrielle Nelson, Magali Nicho, Caitlyn O’Neill, Vivianna

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Osceola Creek Middle School congratulates four teachers for receiving the Florida High Impact Teacher Award. The award is based on an analysis of their former students’ performance on statewide standardized assessments. Their impact on student learning growth is among the most positive in the state. Osceola Creek is lucky to have Delores Johnson-Mayes, Suzanne Dodge, Judy Nosworthy and Daniella Shears on its staff.

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I Love Today’s Tech, But I Long For The Days Of Real Photos

I miss photographs — the paper kind that you could hold in your hand or paste into an album or hang on the wall. I mean, I prefer the cell phone method of taking photographs — reach into your pocket, take out the rectangle, snap the pic, done. And I certainly don’t miss standing in line at the drug store, waiting to drop off a roll of film and then waiting in line again to pick up the prints. And again if I decided to get reprints. And again to pick up the reprints. And I do wish cell phones had been invented when I snapped that rare picture of my father and his three brothers all together in the same state, in the same

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The Sonic BOOMER room, at the same time. That would’ve been a classic if, after everyone had left, my uncle hadn’t “helped out” by flipping open the back of the camera, exposing the film and losing our only record of that moment. Sigh.

I take a lot of pictures. Based on what I see on the Internet, everyone does. There are pictures out there that never should’ve been taken, much less shared. No one would’ve gotten a single reprint of them, yet they are now cluttering up cyberspace forever. I take so many pictures that my cell camera frequently goes on strike, refusing to grant me storage for even one more. That’s when the whole lot of them are downloaded and preserved onto a flash drive. You know the drill. I have drawers full of these flash drives. I have them in every color. On

one or two of them, I have made a note of what they contain. The rest are just thrown in there anonymously, because I’m in a hurry and need to free up my camera function because a wedding starts in less than an hour, and I have to go now! That poor bride. After I e-mail her a few of my favorite shots, the rest of her wedding is doomed to spend the rest of its days in a drawer, rubbing flash drive shoulders with my grandson’s first few days of life and 10 billion photos of Walt Disney World. And, speaking of grandsons, do he and I ever sit on the couch together, looking

at an album and reminiscing about the fun we had on Space Mountain? We do not. He doesn’t even know what he looked like as a toddler. That version of him is stuck in a drawer. After I’m gone, will my relatives divvy up these photos for posterity? Hardly. Who has the time? No, my flash drive images are headed for the garbage can just like the rubber bands and pencil stubs and everything else in that drawer. My only hope of getting anyone to even slide one into their laptop is to label each one “Last Will and Testament” — without a date. And that’s what I’m going to do.

New ‘Tomb Raider’ Movie Has Plenty Of Action, But Little Plot The problem with Tomb Raider is all in the script. It contains a lot of action, but much of it is wrong-headed. Still, it makes for a decent time at the theater. Things move fast enough that the audience does not have the time to realize that the plot is nonsense. There is not enough fun, however. Think of it as Raiders of the Lost Ark without a sense of humor. The action almost never ceases, so it seems like a lot is happening, even though much of it is simple and often repeats gimmicks from other films. Tomb Raider is based on a successful computer game and, like most of these games, focuses on a very simple plot. There have been two previous films in the franchise, both starring Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft, and those tended to focus too much on Lara’s curves. This film presents the lead as tough and fit, rather than simply voluptuous. That does help the

‘I’ On CULTURE By Leonard Wechsler action. Yet it simplifies the plot until there is almost no room for characterization. Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) is barely getting by as a bike delivery person for an Indian restaurant in London. However, we soon find out that as the heir to Lord Richard Croft (Dominic West), she would be a billionaire if she simply signed papers agreeing that since he had disappeared seven years earlier, he could be declared dead, and she would take over the family fortune. She refuses to do so. That may seem unrealistic, but

compared to the rest of the film, that’s almost normal. When she finally agrees to sign the papers, she discovers a clue to her father’s disappearance and, instead of signing, runs off to an island off the Chinese coast where a Japanese witch, so deadly that she killed thousands, was buried alive, according to myth. I am not exactly certain why a Japanese witch would be involved with a Chinese island, and that is never explained. Lara has a few adventures in Hong Kong, where she convinces drunken Lu Ren (Daniel Wu) to sail his boat to the not-quite-mythical island. She arrives and finds a nasty group of evil doers called Trinity using slave labor to find the tomb because they think they might find something that could help them take over the world. Led by Mattias Vogel (Walton Goggins) they would do anything to get to the tomb and claim the weapon, and

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Lara will do anything to stop them. There is a lot of action. Unfortunately, there is nothing really new here. Lara’s exploits almost always consist of leaping off something that is collapsing, not quite making it but grabbing hold of something and then climbing up. That trick was pulled at least a half dozen times and became a bit boring. The villains were Vogel and a handful of bumbling gunmen, all very buff and looking all evil, but not actually doing much. Vikander handled the action well enough, although the stunts were repetitious. She has very nice shoulders and arms, which I presume is why she was shown hanging from them so often. She also looks great when jumping. The acting was not very difficult for her, and she handled a part that too often seemed to veer into simple stupidity. West handled the father’s part deftly. Goggins, however, never really seemed all that evil. He

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#RideForOurLives: Equestrians Aim To Protect School Kids Wellington’s equestrian community is leading a movement to unite all equestrians across the country in the mission to keep children safe in schools and remember the victims of school violence. Last month, 17 people were shot and killed, along with more than a dozen who were injured, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, less than an hour from Wellington. Three-time Olympian Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, who is based in Wellington during the Winter Equestrian Festival, was deeply moved by the tragedy and is rallying the equestrian community to make a strong, unified statement to protect children in schools.

To showcase support for the initiative, Michaels-Beerbaum, her husband Markus and her daughter will ride into the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center’s International Ring, followed by a procession of the sport’s most decorated riders, including Lauren Hough, Danielle Torano and Jessica Springsteen, on Saturday, March 24, which is the same day as the #MarchForOurLives rally in Washington, D.C. Along with their respective children, the riders and horses will stand together in support of the mission to keep children safe in schools. Joining the movement, The Chronicle of the Horse, the nation’s leading equestrian magazine, is inviting equestrians across

the country to submit photos or videos of themselves and their horses holding a #RideForOurLives sign. A commemorative sign can be downloaded and printed from the web site. Submitted photos and videos will be shown as the athletes ride into PBIEC on March 24 at 6 p.m. Photo and video submissions will be accepted through Friday, March 23 via Facebook or Instagram using the #RideForOurLives hashtag, or via e-mail to results@ Posters will be available for anyone who wants to join the ride and show their support. The ride at PBIEC on March 24 is open to the public to view and will begin at 6 p.m. Participants

on horseback must arrive in the Rost Arena between 5:30 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. People wishing to participate on horseback must wear an ASTM-approved helmet and a WEF or AGDF back number assigned to the horse and rider. Horses must be stabled on the show grounds or must walk in. Trailering of horses cannot be accommodated. Individuals without a WEF or AGDF back number are welcome to march on foot. Registration is not required. For questions, visit the PBIEC Horse Show Office. “This is not about right or left, this is about protecting our children and standing up for them. We encourage the equestrian commu-

Special Recognition For Wellington Safety Program The Safety Council of Palm Beach County recognized Wellington for its safety program and vehicle safety during the 21st annual Safety Awards luncheon on March 8. Wellington is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all village employees. Wellington’s Safety Committee focuses on education and training, to prevent accidents before they happen. Established in 2005, the Safety Committee provides a comprehensive review of potential workplace and job site hazards. Within the last year, the village has cemented its commitment to safety by creating a full-time position for a dedicated safety officer. The safety officer will use both leading and lagging indicators as safety control

Joint Meeting

Education And Safety

continued from page 1 clude discussion about enhanced safety measures and procedures projected to take effect in Wellington schools, as well as additional safety precautions that could be implemented in schools in order to prevent a shooting from taking place at a Wellington school. “The original intent for the joint meeting was not to discuss Parkland, but that conversation is happening everywhere,” De La Vega said. “So, if the topic does come up, the right people will be present to discuss it.” Along with members of the two committees, principals and teach-

Lox Roads

Policy Put In Place

continued from page 3 was primarily for roads, and Underwood said it was primarily for road projects that will have a life span of 10 to 20 years. Geoff Sluggett said he was glad to see the council moving forward with the policy, although he was also concerned with the method of assessment. “Ever since incorporation, we’ve been coming before this board asking for something to be done with our road, and roads in

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continued from page 3 spent over time on general capital-related items. And you have a nice portfolio of triple-A rated investments.” The revenues also look great. “We budgeted for $20 million, and we ended up with $22 million. We came up with around $2 million in the good,” he said. “And the expenditures, our final budget was $23 million, and we ended up


A Leader In Show Jumping

continued from page 1 for the Wellington winter series and all its riders. “The 12-week series is unique,” she explained. “It allows the riders to develop their horses over a lengthy period of time that builds confidence and trust in their training. I love the CSI 5*/2* format. That is relatively new. It allows the riders to decide each week what level they want to jump each of their horses. This is a great way to develop top-level horses.” The evolution of international show jumping in the United States has been remarkable, and it continues to this day, Tauber said. “There are all sorts of changes going on that are very progres-

measures, to create and maintain a safe workplace environment. The safety officer will focus on creating and implementing a safety program for the Village of Wellington; establishing and tracking safety training curriculum and performance; conducting departmental safety audits and inspections; working closely with managers and supervisors to create a top-down safety environment within the village; and managing and conducting Wellington’s Public Safety Committee and associated meetings. Wellington is also proud to receive the Award of Merit for Vehicle Safety, reaffirming its commitment to having one of the safest vehicle programs and drivers in Palm Beach County.

nity to take a stand to show that we need to do something about gun violence in schools in the United States. We ride together today as a testament that it’s time to take action,” Michaels-Beerbaum said. “We’re not standing for a specific rule change or a specific political party; this is a bipartisan effort to unite behind the fact that we don’t want our children killed in schools anymore.” PBIEC is also hosting a memorial on Saturday, March 31 prior to the evening Grand Prix where the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School choir will sing and 17 horses and riders will stand in the ring in memory of the lives lost. Katherine Bellissimo, manag-

ing partner of Wellington Equestrian Partners, which owns and operates PBIEC, is committed to supporting the effort to keep children safe in school. “We are committed to protecting and growing the future of our sport, and keeping our children safe is critical,” Bellissimo said. “The vision of our partnership is to unite equestrians in all layers of life, and this plays into that goal in an even more meaningful level. We are all equestrians, but we are also a community of parents who love our children and want to protect them.” For more information on the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, visit www.pbiec. com.

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will analyze the problem [of each school’s design] and identify red flags in order to prevent anything from happening. I believe that it will come down to looking at every school individually.” Gerwig emphasized not only the importance of keeping local children safe at school, but also the importance of keeping some of the county’s most valued employees safe at work. Gerwig is proud of the Public Safety Committee’s initiative to talk about and bring about change

to Wellington schools. “The Public Safety Committee has been very productive in their last few meetings; they have really taken initiative on their own. I’m excited about the joint meeting with the Education Committee because our kids are so important,” Gerwig explained. According to De La Vega, the meeting agenda will also include discussion on other pressing school safety topics, such as ways in which to more adequately and safely direct traffic at schools. De

La Vega said that this is also an important topic, as incidents putting pedestrians in danger at local schools have occurred. Public input is welcomed and encouraged at committee meetings. The Education Committee will also hold its regular meeting preceding the joint meeting at 5:30 p.m. The Wellington Community Center is located at 12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd. For more information, visit

under the circumstances, I don’t think they can handle running the water control district as well,” she said. “I think we need [LGWCD District Administrator] Steve Yohe or someone of his ilk to run the water district, because Bill [Underwood] can’t do all of that. That’s my two cents for anyone who asks me.” If the referendum is successful, all money and property of the district will go to the town, but the town is still saddled with the responsibility of maintaining roads turned over to the town, which are in bad condition, and the town lacks funding to bring them up to grade. Kane said the district has faced criticism due to the bad condition of the roads, but pointed out that the lack of maintenance goes back longer than the present board.

“I’ve talked to council members. They said, ‘We got those roads dumped on us in terrible condition.’ There’s no question, the water control district for years did a horrible job maintaining them, but you guys knew for almost a year that you were going to get those roads,” she said. “You asked for them, and you knew we were moving in that direction. We had workshops to make it happen. Why wasn’t something put in place?” She hopes the town does a better job planning for a takeover of the LGWCD responsibilities. “I do understand that they’re starting to have that conversation, so I’m happy to hear that,” Kane said. The proxy vote by acreage that will be used for the dependency referendum will be the same

process used to elect four of the five sitting LGWCD supervisors, she said. Kane said proxy voter turnout has increased in recent years due to recently elected supervisors being more active in garnering votes. In July 2016, Kane and Supervisor Simon Fernandez won elections by wide margins, defeating 18-year Supervisor Dave DeMarois, now a councilman. Kane won the first round of voting 1,884 to 976 over DeMarois. Fernandez won the second round over DeMarois 1,919 to 941. Kane said prior proxy elections had about 500 proxy votes, with a possible total of about 8,000 proxy votes. “The point I’m making is getting more people involved is what’s making a change,” she said.

right at $22 million. So, we are $1 million under our budget.” This puts Royal Palm Beach ahead of many other municipalities financially. “It’s probably the most liquid city I deal with, and we audit quite a few,” Veil said. “It really is a good position to be in.” In other business, the council also approved the purchase and installation of playground area setups for Penzance Park and Commons Park. The next meeting of the Royal Palm Beach Village Council is scheduled for Thursday, April 5.

Finals On March 31

continued from page 1 pitch their business ideas in the hopes of winning the Homegrown People’s Choice Award of $2,500. BNY Mellon Wealth Management will present the prize to the winning local business. Contestants could not compete for both the grand prize and the Homegrown People’s Choice Award. Each finalist will have five minutes to pitch his or her idea to the four judges, who will then pro-

vide their perspectives, likes and dislikes, on each of the business ideas presented. The finalists will answer questions for 10 minutes after their presentations. Judges then each individually score the finalists’ ideas using scorecards, and the idea with the highest number of awarded points will win. The judges evaluate all pitches, not only on their uniqueness and likability, but also on their probability of success in the present economy. The judges are each involved in varied Wellington enterprises and understand what it takes to build and maintain successful businesses. They are Howard

Dvorkin, founder and CEO of Consolidated Credit; Jeff Brown, a business entrepreneur, investor and mentor; Mark Bellissimo, managing partner of Wellington Equestrian Partners, which owns and operates the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center and the International Polo Club Palm Beach; and Robbin Lee, CEO of Wellington Regional Medical Center. “We really wanted to stick to a panel of Wellington judges in order to create valuable conversation between them and the finalists,” Van Tassel explained. Each prize will be awarded in cash, meaning that each of the two

winners will obtain their grants in their entirety. The goal is for the winners to utilize the grants as a stepping-stone resource for their business idea. Tickets to the Xcelerate Wellington 3.0 final are $50, which includes free valet, an open bar, exclusive access to the Gallery Room, heavy hors d’oeuvres and the jumping competition that follows the business event. Purchase tickets at http://events. For more information, visit

sive, including the International Olympic Committee’s 2020 mandate to require all sports to provide more exciting formats that appeal to youth and include medal podium awards following the event,” she said. “That is a good thing. Whenever we are challenged to improve our sport, whether it be for television coverage or to provide spectator appeal, we have to ensure that we provide good sport and fair competition. All those components have to be part of what we develop for the equestrian sports.” Tauber is the past president of the U.S. Equestrian Federation and served as manager for all show jumping, dressage and eventing for U.S. equestrian teams in the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games, the 1983 and 1987 Pan Am Games, and for the show jumping teams for the 1982 and 1986 World Championships. She also had a hand in creating and instituting the

USET Medal Finals as a National Championship. One of Tauber’s top goals is that the United States stays competitive at all levels. “I am currently chairman of the Jumping Sports Committee for U.S. Equestrian. Developing the pathways for our riders has been a topic of discussion over this last year,” she said. “We are currently looking at pathways to develop our youth, through young rider divisions and into the Under 25 Grand Prix division, and then onto the international senior U.S. team. The U25 show jumping division began at the Winter Equestrian Festival and has become an important part of our pathway.” To stay competitive, U.S. riders need to compete head-to-head with riders from around the world. “It has become so global now,” Tauber said. “For many years, our riders were coming up through the equitation division to develop

good, solid, basic riding skills. But today, we see that that is not the only avenue. Many come up through the jumper division. In the youth events, the South Americans are used to riding a very fast time. Our youth have to learn how to ride against that clock.” Additional programs and events will focus on this issue. “We are working on offering more types of events to attract our youth and broaden their experience,” Tauber said. “It’s part of our overall strategic plan that we are working on within the Jumping Sports Committee.” The Europeans have several advantages, she noted. “They get more international experience at all levels, including children’s divisions, in Europe because of the close proximity of the different countries,” Tauber said. “Here, we would like to create more opportunities for the

up-and-coming riders to compete in team events.” Recently, Americans have new opportunities to compete in Europe. “U.S. Equestrian now provides developing rider tours to Europe to compete in competitions that have invited U.S. riders,” she said. “When I was growing up, that wasn’t even possible.” Tauber qualified and rode for the U.S. team in Gladstone, N.J., at the age of 18. She competed in Europe for several years representing the U.S. in CSIO Nations Cup international team competitions. “When I was younger, I trained with Gabor Foltenyi, and then I went on to ride for the U.S. team and coach Bertalan de Némethy,” she recalled. Capping an illustrious junior career, she won both the Medal and the Maclay Finals at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Tauber has long been a cham-

pion for the equestrian sports. Her significant career accomplishments include the U.S. Equestrian Federation Sallie B. Wheeler Award for Distinguished Service in 2017 and the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. She was a member of the United States Equestrian Team for show jumping from 1965 to 1968 and was winner of the Grand Prix of Cologne and the President’s Cup in Washington, D.C. She is also the current owner and operator of Distinctive Gardens, providing personalized garden design and care within Wellington. She lives with her husband George Tauber, who is a board member of the Palm Beach Polo Property Owners Association. To learn more about Chrystine Tauber, view her Lifetime Achievement Award video at

ers from surrounding schools, the PBSO Behavioral Sciences Unit and Palm Beach County School District police officers will be present at the meeting to share information and be part of the conversation. Since the Parkland shooting occurred in a neighboring county, Wellington Mayor Anne Gerwig hopes that the meeting’s dialogue will center on the different precautions that local schools are taking to avoid anything similar from happening locally. “The conversation on school safety and gun control is a very sensitive topic, but we need to look at what we can and have to do to prevent something like Parkland happening here,” Gerwig said. “The conversation is happening, and it is important.” general in Loxahatchee Groves,” Sluggett said. “It’s going into the 12th year, and we’re still having this discussion. I hope whatever gets done at this point, we’re not here in another year or two years still discussing this policy.” McLendon’s motion carried 5-0, and Underwood asked for direction on whether to move ahead on five or six roads that have already been approved for improvements — San Diego Drive, Los Angeles Drive, Paradise Trail, Flamingo Road, Raymond Drive and 22nd Road North. McLendon made another motion to move ahead with those projects, which carried 5-0.

Wellington representatives accept the two Safety Awards.

Gerwig expanded on the importance of securing school entryways and the necessity to analyze the actual design layout of each school, in order to narrow down single entry points. “It’s important to talk about how differently our schools were built, as they were built in significantly different time frames,” she said. “Wellington High School is built completely different from Palm Beach Central High School. It will be interesting to see how the people who know our schools


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continued from page 1 reference to the district and town losing its water rights. “I am in possession of those letters sent to Tallahassee in opposition, and all of those letters are not factual,” she said. “There’s no effect on the amount of water we’re allowed to drain from South Florida Water Management District, whether we’re dependent or independent.” Although Kane supports the district becoming dependent, she feels that the town should accept the transition with a minimum of district staff turnover. “Although I think Underwood Management is doing a fine job


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Spencer Smith Wins Horseware Ireland Grand Prix

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Spencer Smith Wins $132K Horseware Ireland Grand Prix Michel Vaillancourt of Canada. Smith and Theodore Manciais, an 11-year-old Selle Français gelding, went sixth in the order. They finished clear in 75.09 seconds, and Smith, who trains with Olympic gold medalist Eric Lamaze of Canada, watched as rail after rail fell for the following 38 riders. “I think the course was difficult,” Smith said. “I think I had an advantage going early and not knowing how the course was unfolding. I just kind of went in and did the plan

Spencer Smith and Theodore Manciais ride to victory. PHOTO BY SPORTFOT

that Eric and Yann [Candele] told me exactly.” He has been training with Lamaze for about a year a half. “I really have to say that he has changed not just my riding, but my life forever. I’m indebted to him for the rest of my life for sure,” Smith said. The young rider not only won his first international Grand Prix, but his first ever FEI ranking class. “This is amazing and unreal to be here,” he said. “To be showing in these competitions anyway is a dream come true. To win one like this is amazing.” With an early rail on course, Canadian legend and Olympic team silver medalist Ian Millar picked up the pace with Ariel Grange’s Dixson to finish second with four faults in 72.23 seconds. “Dixson had a regrettable early rail,” Millar said. “Actually that turned into an advantage, because then I knew I really had to pick it up to get to be a fast four-faulter. It was a very uncharacteristic rail for him. It was just one of those things that happens.” Nevertheless, Millar enjoyed the course. “The course was quite excellent. I’m a big fan of Michel Vaillancourt,” he said. “We saw so many

faults at the liverpool and the plank, the last few jumps; you wonder what set that off. I suspect that the effort required at the triple combination, even if they jumped it well, was a bit of a fraying effect on the horses mentally.” Georgina Bloomberg and Manodie II H, owned by Gotham Enterprizes LLC, were also quick in 73.53 seconds with four faults to finish third. With their additional third place in last Thursday’s Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup, Bloomberg was named the Martha Jolicoeur Leading Lady Rider in memory of Dale Lawler. Bloomberg is getting onto a rhythm in the later weeks of the Winter Equestrian Festival after a late start to the season. “I was up in New York for my son to finish school,” she said. “So, it took a little bit longer for me to get back in the groove and get back to jumping bigger jumps.” She was pleased with Manodie II H, a 13-year-old Oldenburg mare she started riding in the spring of 2016. This was their first Grand Prix under the lights together. “I don’t have a solid Grand Prix horse at the moment, so she’s my best horse,” Bloomberg said. “I think that she will take that next

step up, but she just needs a little bit more time.” Both Millar and Bloomberg were happy to see Smith take his first Grand Prix win. “I’ve always said that I believe in the future of the sport,” Bloomberg said. “I know that people have said that there’s a gap coming and the future is doomed. I’ve always said that I completely disagree. I’m a big supporter of the [FEI North American] Young Rider Championships and the next generation. I think this proves it. It’s really just wonderful to see younger riders coming up and showing what the next generation is going to have.” Millar agreed. “I couldn’t be happier for anybody than I am for this young man tonight,” he said. “I know what this means to him, and I talked to his grandparents and to his father. It probably means more to them even than it means to him.” The Saturday Night Lights series continues throughout the 12-week WEF circuit, held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington. Hunter, jumper and equitation competition at WEF continues through April 1, offering more than $9 million in prize money. For more info., visit

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Lion Country Safari Earns ZAA Reaccreditation

Lion Country Safari earned its reaccreditation from the Zoological Association of America on March 1 after first becoming a member in 2012. The park is accredited by both the ZAA and the Association of Zoos & Aquariums and is held to the highest standards of animal care, conservation and education. ZAA accreditation is a multiphase process that establishes an extremely high bar with respect to professional standards and best management practices. The accreditation process may take up to one year to complete, with reaccreditation required every five years. ZAA-accredited zoos are required to go through an in-depth application and review process, which includes on-site inspections by a team of experts from around the country. Animal care and husbandry, vet care, nutrition, enrichment, security and safety, facility aesthetics and maintenance, record keeping, and a thorough review of policies, pro-

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cedures and protocols are reviewed during the accreditation process. As a result, ZAA-accredited members are among the finest facilities in the United States, with a safety record that is the best of any of the major zoological trade associations. For more info., visit accreditation Lion Country Safari is the only drive-through safari in South Florida. Guests can see more than 1,000 animals on 320 acres. The park is home to the largest herd of zebras in the country. For more information, call (561) 793-1084 or visit www.


Roland Valdivieso Hired To Lead Professional Bank Into WPB Area

Professional Bank, a Coral Gables-based community bank operating in the tri-county region of Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Broward, recently announced that Roland Valdivieso has been hired as senior vice president and market leader for West Palm Beach. Valdivieso will lead Professional Bank’s initiative to expand its presence in Palm Beach County as it looks to open a loan production office in the greater West Palm Beach market. West Palm Beach will be Professional Bank’s third location in Palm Beach County, having opened a loan production office in Boca Raton and a full-service branch in Palm Beach Gardens in 2017. A lifelong South Florida resident, Valdivieso’s 19 years of commercial banking experience started at SunTrust Bank. Most recently, Valdivieso served as a senior relationship manager with First Republic Bank, where he was charged with growing the bank’s Florida presence by focusing on nonprofit, private equity and commercial real estate clients. Prior to First Republic, Valdivieso held various roles in the middle market, commercial and industrial

lending groups with TD Bank and Bank United in Palm Beach and Broward counties Valdivieso’s extensive background in banking includes C&I lending, asset-based lending, commercial real estate lending, construction lending, SBA lending and international lending, as well as providing private banking and cash management solutions to his clients. “Roland is a seasoned commercial banker who embodies the market knowledge, expertise and character required to establish Professional Bank’s presence in one of South Florida’s fastest-growing business communities,” said Abel Iglesias, president and CEO of Professional Bank. “Roland is a great addition to the leadership team, and we are delighted to have him join the Professional Bank family.” Professional Bank is a community bank specializing in construction, residential and commercial real estate financing, as well as business loans and lines of credit, including SBA. The banking needs of Professional Bank’s clients are served through a full offering of deposit products, cash management services, online and mobile banking.

Roland Valdivieso Professional Bank operates three full-service branches in Coral Gables, South Miami and Palm Beach Gardens, and two loan production offices in Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale. Founded in 2008, Professional Bank has grown to more than $500 million in assets. For more information, visit www.

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The Little Place Too is hosting two sessions of intense, individualized reading classes. The program will be taught by two actively certified elementary teachers with Masters Degrees in Education and is designed for children entering Kindergarten through the completion of second grade.

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BHQA Named To New Medicare Shared Savings Program

The Bethesda Health Quality Alliance (BHQA), recently formed as a partnership between Bethesda Health, community physicians and other healthcare providers, has been selected as one of 124 new Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) in 2018, providing Medicare beneficiaries with access to high quality, coordinated care. Physicians and other providers from across the local medical community worked together to form the Bethesda Health Quality Alliance for the purposes of transforming healthcare delivery through a quality

focused, integrated approach intended to engage patients in their health choices and provide value. “Patients, taxpayers, employers, insurers and other stakeholders have long demanded better quality and greater value out of healthcare. Our alliance can respond by providing better integration, information sharing and accountability for the cost, quality and overall experience,” said Shawn Franklin, executive director of the BHQA. Organized as a clinically integrated network, or CIN, the Bethesda Health Quality Alliance is well positioned to adapt to the changes

resulting from the anticipated wave of new regulation, consolidation and delivery system reform efforts sweeping across the industry. “We believe a full-service network, including physicians, hospitals and other healthcare providers is key to delivering on our mission of advancing the quality of healthcare in our community by delivering patient-centered, compassionate care through a culture of collaboration, transparency, integrity and innovation,” said Roger L. Kirk, president and CEO of Bethesda Health Inc. Participation in the Medicare Shared Savings Program is an

important milestone for this newly formed network. Medicare Shared Savings Program ACOs are formed by physicians, hospitals and healthcare providers in order to work together to provide higher quality coordinated care to Medicare beneficiaries. “In cooperation with Medicare, our partnership fosters an environment of collaboration and accountability that aligns with our goals to provide quality, patient-centered care,” said Dr. Acey Albert, M.D., medical director of BHQA. “Our physicians and providers are profoundly committed to a healthier community for all of us.”

The Bethesda Health Quality Alliance is part of Bethesda Health Inc., and now an affiliate of Baptist Health South Florida, based in Coral Gables. Founded in 1959, Bethesda Health Inc. is a healthcare organization serving the medical needs of Palm Beach County with a mission to provide quality health services in a caring manner. With two not-forprofit hospitals, 401-bed Bethesda Hospital East and 80-bed Bethesda Hospital West, Bethesda Health is comprised of 680 physicians, 22 employed physician practices and 2,750 employees. For more information, visit

Mom Fills Void In Children’s Market Wellington resident and mother of two Brianna Mobilian filled what she found to be a void in the children’s toy and product market. Her company, the Prana Tribe, launched in August 2017 and offers products that aim to develop a child’s whole self. The two products, affirmation cards and meditation cards, teach skills like self-love, inner peace, mindfulness and gratitude, which are essential in helping children cope with everyday stressors, as well as deal with challenging situations. The Prana Kid’s Affirmation

Cards are a large-sized deck of 45 rhyming affirmation cards designed with children in mind. They feature 10 peaceful children and dreamy watercolor chalky backgrounds that will put your child at ease and drift their mind, body and spirit to a place of peace. The rhymes are powerful and easy to memorize. The Prana Kid’s Meditation Cards are a large-sized deck of 46 deep breathing/meditation cards designed with children in mind. They feature 10 peaceful children and dreamy watercolor backgrounds. The exercises

were created and tested to provide many benefits to children now, and as they grow through into adulthood. Each deck includes handy instructions and tips for parents. “Parents spend an incredible amount of time teaching positive behaviors without many tools to help,” Mobilian said. “I wanted to create something for all children, including my own, to help foster a sense of emotional, physical and spiritual well-being.” Learn more at www.thepranatribe. com.

The Prana Tribe’s affirmation cards.

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Camp Varsity is a full day sports camp during the summer. This camp is action packed combining a mix of team sports with fishing and fun recreational games. No matter the theme or week, campers will have the opportunity to participate in many different sports and recreational games. Most camp activities are indoors with 2-3 hours max daily for outdoor activities. Sports included every week are basketball, soccer, baseball, football, kickball, fishing, recreational games, and more.

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The Armory Art Center’s Summer Art Experience is filled with fun and creativity for children 6 to 18 years old. Camp runs weekdays from June 4 through Aug. 10 (no classes July 4) from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. High-quality art education includes drawing, painting, sculpture, jewelry, fashion, ceramics and printmaking. Most instructors have a master’s degree in art and/or education and all have had background checks to provide a safe and enriching environment for your child. The Armory Art Center is located at 811 Park Place in West Palm Beach. For more info., call (561) 832-1776 or visit Camp Varsity is a full-day sports camp during the summer located at Wellington High School. The camp is action-packed, combining a mix of team sports with fishing and fun recreational games. Camp Varsity focuses on sportsmanship and teamwork, as well as developing new sports skills. Campers will have the opportunity to participate in many different sports and recreational games. Most camp activities are indoors with two to three hours max daily for outdoor activities. Sports included every week are fishing, basketball, soccer, football, kickball, recreational games and more. Camp ages are 5 to 13. For online registration, visit or call (561) 601-5248.

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 thatOn each the ride hom child receives individual attention. There are camp sessions for spring and winter talking school breaks and during the summer. Each two-week session has a theme, such about ca stories about hi 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. Toteachers. learn He pro more about the camp, located at 2330 D Road in Loxahatchee Groves, calllatest (561)work of a 792-4990 or visit giggles recountin

I made the right 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 Into the Woods Jr. and Mary Poppins Jr. Campers over age 12 will also participate in behind-the-scenes roles and other theater-related NO


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Ages 6 to 18 June 4 – Aug 10, 2018 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.


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education. The Lake Worth Playhouse is located at 713 Lake Ave. in Lake Worth. For more info., call (561) 586-6410 or visit The Little Place and The Little Place Too are Wellington’s premier nationally accredited childcare centers. The Little Place offers a quality, caring environment for children ages six months to five years. Working hand-in-hand with local 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 warm classroom settings that are age-appropriate, bright and stimulating. The older children, ages three to five, utilize tablets in the classroom with interactive programs that introduce basic math, reading and other skills. Celebrating more than 39 years of service to the community, academics have been kept a focal point, and the safety and well-being of the children is the number-one priority. During the summer, services include childcare for children up to the age of eight. With exciting activities and outings, elementary-age children are kept busy with educational activities and playtime to help stimulate their minds and nurture their imaginations. For more information, call (561) 793-5860. Know an aspiring scientist? The Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s Junior Marine Biologist Summer Camps give children ages 6 to 17 the 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 pick-up is available for additional fee. Visit for more information. Kids ages 8 to 17 can learn a fun and useful skill this summer at Stitch and Sew Summer Camp. Sewing is a great way to be creative, and it’s a chance to use your imagination while also bringing ideas to life. Over the course of a week, campers can progress from knowing nothing about how to sew, to being able to follow patterns and create their own clothing and crafts. So, if you’re ready for a fun and interactive experience that you’ll never forget, call/text Janet at (561) 846-1857 for more information.

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Summer Camp Want to learn a fun and useful skill this Summer? Sewing is a great way to be creative and it’s a chance to use your imagination while also bringing your ideas to life! For a fun and interactive experience that you’ll never forget, come join us this Summer!

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Who: Kids ages 8-17 When: Weekly sessions are held from June 4th - July 27th and run Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm Where: 16701 East Duran Blvd., Loxahatchee FL 33470 How Much: $275 per week

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Villari’s Studios of Self Defense Wellington is pleased to invite your child to summer camp this year. Villari’s is offering four one-week sessions. Book summer camp spots now during March Madness and receive a 25 percent discount. Due to rising demand, book your spot early. Camp starts as low as $30 per day. Introduction to martial arts, five Shaolin animal techniques, games and much more are included. Call (561) 792-1100 to reserve space or visit for additional information. Today, day camp is more vital than ever. To deliver on the Y’s commitment to nurture the potential of every child and teen, the YMCA Summer Camp fosters achievement, relationships and belonging. Through nine differently themed weeks, the YMCA teaches youngsters important values through having fun and discovering skills. Campers experience achievement when they try different activities, learn what they like and discover what they are good at. Campers also have the opportunity to form healthy relationships with others, which helps them feel good about themselves and learn to get along with others. The YMCA Summer Camp is located at 2085 S. Congress Ave. in West Palm Beach. For more info., call (561) 968-9622 or visit






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If your child is between ages 2 and 6, “Summer of Fun” Enrichment 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 & crafts, gymnastics, computers, sports, nature, cooking, water play and use of the state-of-the-art playground. Campers are sure to love the weekly entertainment, including High-Touch High-Tech, storytellers and animal shows. All of this is in a loving and nurturing environment. Camp runs eight weeks, full and part time. Temple Beth Torah is also now enrolling for preschool 2018-19. For more information, call Sandy at (561) 793-2649 or e-mail



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Seniors Showcase Talents At Basketball All-Star Game By Gene Nardi Town-Crier Staff Report On Saturday, March 17, local high school seniors participated in the 10th annual “We Got Game” all-star game held at Atlantic Christian Academy. The event placed a spotlight on basketball players from all over Palm Beach County, with 24 schools represented. The annual game continues to grow in popularity each year and

provides seniors one last opportunity to display their skills on the court. This was evident by the score, with the red team holding on to defeat the black team 142-117. The game boasted a staggering 259 total points, with alley-oops, dunks and three-pointers from every angle. Two area schools that were heavily represented on the black team were Wellington and Palm Beach Central. During the season, the two

are district rivals, and usually face each other in the postseason. Last Saturday, they carried the same flag. The players welcomed the opportunity to play for the same side for a change. “We’re rivals, but in travel, we play for the same organization,” Wellington’s Nicholas Toledo said. “We’re familiar with each other and good friends.” Toledo helped lead the Wolverines this season to an amazing 31-1

Area senior all-stars included: Nicholas Toldeo, Bryan Williams, Texan Moulton, Jonathan Philistin, Gyvicht Geneus, Tre Jackson, Drew Potter and Jay Medor, shown with coach Addison Smith.


Wellington’s Nicholas Toldeo keeps the ball in play for the black team.

Palm Beach Central’s Tre Jackson tries to go through the defense for a basket.

record with district and regional titles, along with a state finals appearance. “I’m going to miss being in this uniform,” Toledo added, clinging to his Wellington jersey. Other record-breakers were on hand for the game. Palm Beach Central’s Gyvicht Geneus averaged 23 points per game and totaled over 1,000 career points, breaking the school record. “It means a lot to me because I spent four years with my coach and my brothers working hard to make that accomplishment,” Geneus said. The players referred to the game as a family, and despite the school rivalry, they all remain friends throughout the school year, especially during the season. “It feels good. We’re all friends, and we all played on travel teams, but we’re all really close, like one big family,” said Geneus, who has drawn interest from Division II and Division III schools. The night did not disappoint, as both teams pulled no punches. The red team broke out early and led by as much as 19 points, but the black team rallied back to make the game close. The red team led 65-50 at halftime. The second half provided the spectacle many anticipated, with plenty of skilled passing, to dunk finishes at the rim. Late in the third period, the black team only trailed 79-70. The final period, unleashed triple digits, but it was the red team

Texan Moulton of Wellington tries to block an attempt to score by the red team.

Palm Beach Central senior Gyvicht Geneus dunks early in the game for the black team. that stayed on top for the 142-117 win. After the contest, players gathered for group photos and socialized with supporters and the younger fans, displaying how the basketball community really is one big family. Local players for the black team included Nicholas Toledo, Bryan Williams, Jonathan Philistin and Texan Moulton from Wellington, as well as Tre Jackson, Gyvicht Geneus and Drew Potter from Palm Beach Central.

Drew Potter, a Bronco senior, goes for a lay-up during the first half.

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Croquet Club Announces Dates For Popular Summer League The tenth annual Palm Beach County Summer Golf Croquet League will begin on Tuesday, July 10 and run for six weeks. League play will be split into two divisions, one on Tuesday evenings and one on Wednesday evenings, running for five weeks. Then, on Tuesday, August 14, there will be a final playoff between the division winners from Tuesday and Wednesday. The finals will be followed by a lobster dinner and awards ceremony. Last year, 88 teams competed from across Palm Beach County in this doubles tournament. The teams were organized by families, friends and business associates. Many of the entrants were croquet beginners. Instruction and practice sessions are included. All teams are required to have a

team name. Teams can register 2, 3 or 4 players for the six-week event. Medals will be awarded to the first and second place finishers in the championship block. Certificates will be awarded for winners and runners up in the amateur and beginner blocks. Special awards for Sportsmanship, Team Spirit, Most Improved Team, Youngest Player and Best New Team Name will also be presented during the awards ceremony on August 14. The public is welcome to attend any of the Summer League activities. The Croquet Grille & Lounge will be open for drinks and light dinner fare throughout the tournament. Golf croquet is the easiest version of croquet to learn and to play. Complimentary instruction and practice sessions will be offered

from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, June 12, June 19, June 26 and July 3 at the National Croquet Club for

anyone interested in entering a team in the league. Strategy sessions will also be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. on

Saturdays, June 23 and June 30. For more information, call (561) 478-2300, ext. 3, and ask for Marie.


Brew At The Zoo Returns On April 7 Brew at the Zoo, presented by West Palm Brewery & Wine Vault, returns for its fifth year on April 7. Sample craft beer from more than 25 South Florida breweries all around the zoo. Did you know that drinking local beer can help save wildlife? Local beer doesn’t get trucked thousands of miles. That means a lower carbon footprint.

There will also be live music, great food vendors and zoo animals. VIP tickets include early entry, free food courtesy of Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, a commemorative t-shirt and special beer samples. This is a 21 and over event, and advance tickets are required. Visit for more info.

The Royal Palm Beach U9 boys soccer team won the Jupiter Presidents Day Cup, defeating Elite Soccer Academy 3-1 in the final. Shown above are: (Front row) Ryan Chamberlin, Andre Da Silva, I-Jah Marseille, Evan Holowecky, Tomas Uribe, Tizi Trevisan, Matthew Desnoyers, Justin Deptola and Matthew Deliverance; and (back row) coach Eddie Carulli and team manager Ken Holowecky.

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Royal Palm Bassmasters Fish Out Of Clewiston Boat Ramp The Royal Palm Bassmasters held its monthly fishing tournament recently on Lake Okeechobee out of the Clewiston boat ramp. First place was won by Billy Latham and Scott McCrea with five fish weighing 13 pounds, 8 ounces. Second place was awarded to the team of Dennis Veclotch and Chris

Billy Latham and Scott McCrea

Schultz with five fish weighing 9 pounds, 9 ounces. The team of Phil Northrop and Russ Clothier took third place with five fish weighing 8 pounds,13 ounces. The Big Fish of the tournament was 3 pounds, 7 ounces, caught by R.J. and Rudy Leddick. The Royal Palm Bassmasters

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meet on the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center, located at 100 Sweet Bay Lane. The club is now accepting applications for new teams and alternates. For more info., e-mail, visit or call (561) 644-6269.

Phil Northrop and Russ Clothier

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The Royal Palm Beach Strikers U12 girls soccer team won the Gator Classic Tournament held Feb. 17-18, defeating Liverpool FC 3-0 in the final 3-0. The tournament was very special being that the players played for all the lives lost in the tragic events that happened in Parkland, especially soccer player Alyssa. (Front row) Allison Andrade, Cora Anderson, manager Leslie Hernandez, Mackenzie Hasan and Savannah Edworthy; and (back row) coach Maria Edworthy, Aleeyah Lopez, Anaya Thomas, Olivia Cuenot, Aaliyah Lobo, Reagan Lopez, Nirvani Balkaran, Alexa Hernandez, Briana Jones and coach John Edworthy.

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Saturday, March 24 • The Wellington Bacon & Bourbon Fest will continue Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25 at the Wellington Community Center and Wellington Amphitheater. For more info., visit • Palm Beach Opera will continue Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro on Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach. Visit for more info. • The Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association will hike nine miles in Apoxee Park (3125 N. Jog Road, West Palm Beach) on Saturday, March 24 at 8 a.m. Call (561) 859-1954 for more info. • St. Rita Catholic Church in Wellington will host an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 24 at 9 a.m. The Knights of Columbus will serve a pancake breakfast in the parish hall at 9 a.m., and the Easter Bunny and friends will arrive at 9:15 a.m. to dance and mingle with the kids. At 10 a.m., they will head outside to hunt for eggs. For more info., call the church at (561) 793-8544. • The Palm Beach Chapter of the Rare Fruit Council International will host its annual Tropical Fruit Tree & Edible Plant Sale on Saturday, March 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Community Exhibit Buildings 8, 9 & 10 at the South Florida Fairgrounds. For more information, visit www. • The Sisterhood of Congregation L’Dor Va-Dor will hold a luncheon on Saturday, March 24 at 12:30 p.m. at the China Lane Restaurant (6619 W. Boynton Beach Blvd., Boynton Beach). Call (561) 968-0688 to RSVP. • Ambers Animal outreach will host an Easter “Pawty” on Saturday, March 24 from 1 to 4 p.m. at All Paws Animal Clinic in Royal Palm Beach. There will be vendors, music, food, raffles, pet photos with the Easter Bunny, a pet bonnet contest, a kids egg hunt and dogs up for adoption. Visit for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Family Craft Fun for all ages on Saturday, March 24 at 2:30 p.m. Bring the whole family to make creative and colorful art. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • Audubon of the Everglades will hold a flamingo quest at Stormwater Treatment Area 2 on Saturday, March 24 from 3 to 7 p.m. Visit www. for more info. • Audubon of the Everglades will walk in Grassy Waters Park on Saturday, March 24 from 4 to 7 p.m. Visit for more info. • Congregation L’Dor Va-Dor (9804 S. Military Trail, Suite E2-4, Boynton Beach) will hold a screening of Watermarks on Saturday, March 24 at 7:30 pm. Call (561) 968-0688 for more info. Sunday, March 25 • The Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association will hike in the Cypress Creek Natural Area (10035 W. Indiantown Road, Jupiter)


on Sunday, March 25 at 7:30 a.m. Call (561) 586-0486 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach Green Market & Bazaar will be open Sunday, March 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Veterans Park. For more info., visit • Audubon of the Everglades will walk in the Hungryland Slough on Sunday, March 25 from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. For more info., visit www. • The 2018 high-goal polo season will continue Sunday, March 25 with the USPA Gold Cup Final at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. Polo matches are open to the public, with a wide range of hospitality and guest seating options. For more info., visit Monday, March 26 • The Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach will host Preschool Story Time: Bunny Day for ages 4 and under on Monday, March 26 at 10:30 a.m. Call (561) 655-2776 for more info. • Wellington’s Equestrian Preserve Committee invites residents to an Equestrian Preserve Owners’ Forum on Monday, March 26 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). The forum will open with a “State of the Equestrian Preserve Area” provided by the Equestrian Preserve Committee chair, followed by an overview of the Equestrian Plan of Action draft. It will conclude with an open forum for attendees to provide comments. For more info., visit • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach will present the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Orchestra with Joshua Bell on violin and conducting on Monday, March 26 at 8 p.m. Visit for more info. Tuesday, March 27 • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach will present the Zurich Chamber Orchestra with Daniel Hope on violin and conducting on Tuesday, March 27 at 2 p.m. Visit for more info. Wednesday, March 28 • Wellington Chamber of Commerce will host a Special Event Luncheon and Board Installation on Wednesday, March 28 at 11:30 a.m. at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. School Board Member Marcia Andrews will speak on “Keeping Wellington Schools Safe.” For more information, call (561) 792-6525 or visit www. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Free at Your Fingertips: Navigating the Library Website for adults on Wednesday, March 28 at 2 p.m. Find legal forms, computer tutorials, résumé templates, homework help and more with your library card. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host a Book Discussion on The Mothers by Brit Bennett for adults on Wednesday, March 28 at 2 p.m. Pick up a copy at the research services desk when you register. Call (561) 7906030 to pre-register.

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• The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Musical Toddlers & Tykes for ages four and under on Wednesday, March 28 at 3:30 p.m. Jam along to favorite story time songs with instruments for you to play and keep the music going. Call (561) 681-4100 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Kids Wii U Gaming & More for ages 7 to 12 on Wednesday, March 28 at 4:30 p.m. Play some of your favorite Wii U and board games. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • Wellington will hold a Neighborhood Watch Meeting for the Greenview Shores community on Wednesday, March 7 at 6 p.m. For more info., visit • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Teen Takeover for ages 12 to 17 on Wednesday, March 28 at 6 p.m. Enjoy Wii games, board games and more. Bring a friend or make new ones. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County will host a Civics Education Discussion on Wednesday, March 28 at 6 p.m. at the STEM Education Center (4802 Dreher Trail North, across from the South Florida Science Museum in West Palm Beach). Visit or call (561) 968-4123 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Green Dot for adults on Wednesday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m. Green Dot is a program that asks everyone to take a stance against acts of domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, child abuse, bullying and stalking. Learn how you can safely make a difference. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach will present the Zurich Chamber Orchestra with Daniel Hope on Wednesday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. Call the box office at (561) 655-7226 or visit for more info. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts

The Town-Crier in West Palm Beach will present Dudu Fisher Celebrates Jerusalem on Wednesday, March 28 at 8 p.m. Visit for more info. Thursday, March 29 • The Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach will host Preschool Story Time: Peter Cottontail Day & Egg Hunt with author Robert L. Forbes for ages 4 and under on Thursday, March 29 at 10:30 a.m. Call (561) 655-2776 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Art for Adults: Open Studio for ages 16 and up on Thursday, March 29 at 2 p.m. Practice your skills and get guidance on how to finish bringing your vision to life. Bring an unfinished project or start a new one. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host its STEAM Club for ages 5 to 12 on Thursday, March 29 at 3 p.m. Use science, design and engineering skills to tackle unique challenges. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free Foreigner tribute concert by 4NR2, along with a food truck invasion, on Thursday, March 29 at 5 p.m. Visit for more info. Friday, March 30 • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free screening of The Greatest Snowman on Friday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m. Visit events for more info. • Chabad of Royal Palm Beach (129 Sparrow Drive) will hold Passover Seders on Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31 at 8 p.m. Relive the exodus from Egypt, discover the eternal meaning of the Haggadah and enjoy handmade matzah, along with a wonderful dinner. E-mail rabbizevis@, call (561) 225-1766 or visit www. for more info. Send calendar items to: The Town-Crier, 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 33, Wellington, FL 33414 or e-mail

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REAL ESTATE FOR SALE THE ACREAGE 2.23 ACRE VACANT LOT ON HAMLIN BLVD. — near Equestrian Park, Road to Road, $148,900. Halina Sledz, Broker Ameron Realty. Call / Text 561-596-9727


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LOXAHATCHEE LOTS 5.23 ACRE VACANT LAND IN PRIME LOCATION — adjacent to White Fences. Previously cleared, $259,900 Halina Sledz, Broker Ameron Realty, Call/Text 561-596-9727

TOWN-CRIER CLASSIFIEDS CALL 793-7606 FICTITIOUS NAME NOTICE Legal Notice No. 625 Notice Under Fictitious Name Florida Statute 865.09 Public notice is hereby given that the undersigned desires to engage in business under the fictitious name of:

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SEEKING EMPLOYMENT CHILDCARE TEACHER ASSISTANT — Looking for teacher assistant, experience preferred please. Hours are (8 a.m. - 2 p.m. ) or (2 p.m. - 6 p.m. ) This facility is located in Western Communities. Call (561) 793-5860

HOME HEALTH AIDE AVAILABLE — Experienced Home Health Aide seeks new position. Flexible hours, full time or part time, day or night. I am a Licensed CNA who has worked as a home health aide and also as a nanny. I have many years of experience taking care of the elderly at home. Price negotiable, references provided upon request. Call Pat at (561) 294-1423. SEEKING POSITION: Companion to elderly person, non-medical position, college educated. Please call 561-324-5807.Please call 561-324-5807 I WOULD LIKE TO CARE FOR YOUR LOVED ONE — Experienced CNA/HHA/ COMPANION 12 years experience. Excellent references. Call Marie 561-308-5859


EMPLOYMENT S E C R E TA RY F O R S M A L L A C COUNTING OFFICE — heavy phones, client contact, filing, preparing documents. Must know Word. Excel a plus. Please fax resume to: (561)333-2680. LEGAL SECRETARY/PARALEGAL-MATURE — part to full time for solo practitioner, small office, heavy phones, client contact, scheduling, preparing documents, etc. Must be experienced. Timeslips, ProDocs, Word Perfect or Word. Probate, estate planning, guardianship and Medicaid planning. Please fax resume to (561)333-2680. References required.

ASSISTANT TEACHER — 8:30 a.m. 5:30 p.m. M-F Full Time, begin immediately. The Little Place Pre-School 561-790-0808 VPK TEACHER — 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. M-F Full Time, August begin. The Little Place Pre-School 561-790-0808

WRITER WANTED The Town-Crier Newspaper and Wellington The Magazine seek a well-rounded editorial staff member for writing and editing work on our community publications serving central Palm Beach C o u n t y. G o v e r n m e n t writing experience a plus. Experience in page design a plus. Interested? Send your resume and writing samples to


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

NEIL O’NEAL JR. ROOFING — Roofing & Reroofing. Family owned and operated. Residential/Commercial. Wood Replacement, Roof Coatings, Solar Vents, Skylights & Roof Ventilation. 561-656-4945 Lic. & Insured CCC1330208.Free Estimates

APPLIANCE REPAIR DOCTOR APPLIANCE SERVICES — Repair and Maintenance. Free Estimates Fair Prices. Also offer handyman work. Family owned. Call 305-342-2808 EXPERIENCED

AUTO BODY REPAIR JOHNNY V'S MOBILE SCRATCH & DENT REPAIR — 561-252-8295 Residential & Commercial

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

SEPTIC SYSTEM REPAIR DANNY'S SEPTIC — Commercial/Residential. Drainfields, Lift Stations, Grease Trap Pumping, Drain Cleaning. Licensed/Insured. SA0031137 SR0111696. 561-689-1555



WE CLEAN OFFICES & PRIVATE HOMES — Licensed & Insured. Call for an estimate and to schedule your apartment. Discount for Central Palm Beach County Chamber members and to all new clients for first cleaning. 561-385-8243 Lic. #2012-25277

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

CLEANING LADY — I can help get your house cleaner than ever! Try me once and you will not be disappointed! 561-657-0420 Patrycja

AQUATIC SPRINKLER, LLC — Complete repair of all types of systems. Owner Operated. Michael Office: 561-964-6004 Cell: 561-236-8595 Lic.#U17871 Bonded & Ins. Serving the Western Communities Since 1990

DRIVEWAY REPAIR D R I V E W AY S — F r e e e s t i m a t e s A & M ASPHALT SEAL COATING commercial and residential. Patching potholes, striping, repair existing asphalt & save money all work guaranteed. Li c.& Ins. 1 0 0 0 4 5 0 6 2 5 6 1 -6 6 7 - 7 7 1 6

ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR SINGER ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING, INC. — Electrical work you can trust at an affordable price, Fully Licensed and Insured. EC#13007941 561-425-5409

FLOOR SANDING W O O D F L O O R R E S T O R AT I O N — Since 1951 Artisan Licensed & Insured. Bob Williamson 561-389-8188

HANDYMAN DR. HONEY DO — Interior Specialist, Paint, Floors, Bathrooms, Interior Remodeling & Tile. 35 years experience, all work guaranteed, honest & reliable. 561-506-4607

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

PAINTING J&B PRESSURE CLEANING & PAINTING, INC. — Established 1984. All types of pressure cleaning, roofs, houses, driveways, patios etc. Commercial & Residential. Interior & Exterior painting. Certified -pressure cleaning & painting contractor. Lic. #U21552 Call Butch 309-6975 or visit our website at JOHN PERGOLIZZI PAINTING INC. — Interior/Exterior - Repaint specialist, pressure cleaning, popcorn ceiling, drywall repair & roof painting. Family owned/owner operator. Free Est. 798-4964 Lic. #U18473

ROOFING ROBERT G. HARTMANN ROOFING — Specializing in repairs. Free estimates, Bonded,insured. Lic. #CCC 058317 Ph: 561-790-0763. ROOFING REPAIRS RE-ROOFING ALL TYPES — Pinewood Construction, Inc. Honest and reliable. Serving Palm Beach County for over 20 years. Call Mike 561-309-0134 Lic. Ins. Bonded. CGC-023773 RC-0067207


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

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

WATER & COFFEE DELIVERY BLUE MOUNTAIN SPRINGS — Bottled Water and Coffee Delivery service. Cooler • Bottle Cases • Home & Office Delivery. Office: 561-996-3525. Cell 561-985-3336

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HERE’S MY CARD Psychic Stephanie


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