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Wellington Council OKs Bid For Tennis Center And Community Center

Volume 35, Number 13 March 28 - April 3, 2014

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Wellington will have a new tennis center within two years, and a new community center to follow soon after, if everything goes according to plans approved this week. Members of the Wellington Village Council voted Tuesday to approve a $12.8 million contract to rebuild the Wellington Community Center and move the Wellington Tennis Center. Page 3

‘Secret Gardens’ Tour Planned For April 5

The Wellington Garden Club’s seventh biennial Garden Tour will take visitors on a guided journey Saturday, April 5 through some of the most colorful, diverse and elegant gardens in Wellington. “The Secret Gardens of Wellington” showcases six private gardens that are tropical oases, each unique and special in its own right. Page 5

Attorneys At The Kelk Phillips Law Firm Bring Unique Experience

Kelk Phillips P.A. is a full-service Wellington law firm with flexible, accommodating hours, focusing on real estate law, wills and trusts, equine law and immigration. Page 22


Beware Any Plan To Weaken Ag Reserve

As development continues to move west across Palm Beach County, many communities have stepped up to fight back against encroaching residential and commercial projects. But now, Palm Beach County has begun down a dangerous path, possibly entertaining the desires of a few special interests to weaken the 22,000-acre agricultural reserve, which for nearly two decades has successfully held the forces of development at bay. Page 4

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The Palm Beach Pooch Party took place Sunday, March 23 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center Stadium on South Shore Blvd. Guests enjoyed pet vendors and music, as well as a pet painting contest. The event also featured the PBIEC annual art project, where 13 local schools painted wraparound benches. Shown here are Angie Friers, Claudia Flores, Nancy Gulker and Stacy Bayterian with boxers up for adoption. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 22 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

County To Hold Roundtable Discussions On Ag Reserve

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Palm Beach County Commission agreed Tuesday to hold roundtable discussions on the future of the 22,000-acre agricultural reserve south of Wellington. The decision came after a fullday workshop hearing from farmers and nurserymen who want more property rights, and taxpayers and environmentalists who contend that the ag reserve should not be changed. A group of farmers and nurserymen called for the workshop, say-

ing smaller property owners cannot take advantage of incentives that larger property owners have, adding that they are being denied the sale of what they consider their “retirement investment.” Other speakers countered that taxpayers had approved a $100 million bond issue to protect the ag reserve. Palm Beach County staff explained that existing policies provide for infill and development, as well as policies to protect the environment. Palm Beach County Agricul-

tural Extension Director Audrey Norman said the ag reserve is among the top 10 agricultural zones in the nation, with a unique environment that seldom freezes, and soil qualities and a long growing season that allows for a great variety of produce. Norman noted that recent freezes resulted in the loss of 3,700 acres of produce in other agricultural areas, but in the ag reserve, not one acre was damaged. Locally grown produce feeds the rest of the country in winter, See AG RESERVE, page 7

Panther Run Gets OK For A Full-Fledged Gifted Program

By Julie Unger Town-Crier Staff Report Panther Run Elementary School will have a full-fledged gifted program next year, with each grade level having at least one gifted class. The decision was announced Tuesday, March 25 at a meeting attended by about 100 current and potential students and parents. The full-time gifted program will replace the part-time program currently at the school. It was a decision many Panther Run parents had long been requesting. The announcement was made by Panther Run Principal Pamela Strachan and Area 3 Superintendent Dr. Matthew Shoemaker. Gifted program coordinators from Panther Run and the school district also attended the meeting, as did Binks Forest Elementary School Principal Michella Levy. Binks Forest, also home to a fulltime gifted program, is where many gifted students zoned for Panther Run have ended up. “We currently have more than 150 students who are giftedeligible, between the two schools,” Shoemaker said. “This school has

the capacity — we have five or six unused classrooms, plus we have the expandability of being able to accommodate portables.” The school is also already home to five certified gifted teachers. “We also look at community support,” Shoemaker said. “Obviously, by looking around here, we have community support.” The big question was whether current students in the gifted program at Binks Forest will be grandfathered in and allowed to stay there until they move on to middle school. Shoemaker said that they would, and special accommodations will be made for siblings. “Siblings are grandfathered as well,” he said. “They will be able to go to Binks if you have a currently enrolled gifted student.” For students currently enrolled in the gifted program at Binks Forest, siblings will be grandfathered in. If the children will not be attending the school at the same time, that will not apply. For example, parents with a third-grader and a kindergartner, the kindergartner is grandfathered in and can attend Binks Forest until

he or she graduates. Both also have the option to attend Panther Run, or one could be at each school. For parents with a gifted fifth-grader at Binks Forest and an incoming kindergartner, then the would-be kindergartener is not grandfathered in. “The sibling does have to be gifted,” Strachan noted. The school district will continue to provide bus transportation for one year for students who are slated for Panther Run but attend Binks Forest. Those students will have the option to continue their elementary education at Binks Forest after that time, but parents will have the responsibility of bringing children to and from the school. The new gifted classes will mirror those at Binks Forest, and both schools will offer support in making the transition seamless. “We will have at least one gifted class for each grade level. I already know of two grade levels where there will be two,” Strachan said. “The important thing for you to know is that these classrooms will mirror what is currently in place in Binks. You have to give See GIFTED, page 21

Planners OK Aldi ‘Flagship’ Store Near Distribution Center In RPB

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report A “flagship” Aldi grocery store on State Road 7 in front of the company’s unfinished regional distribution center received glowing recommendations of approval from the Royal Palm Beach Planning & Zoning Commission on Tuesday, March 25. Sitting as the Local Planning Agency, the commissioners recommended approval of a smallscale comprehensive plan amendment from industrial to commercial, as well as a zoning change for the currently vacant 2.3 acres at 1121 N. State Road 7, about a quarter-mile south of Okeechobee Blvd. The site of the future store borders Regal Cinemas to the south and the Fox Property commercial district to the north. “There are two parcels in the Aldi planned industrial development which they are looking to change to commercial land use from industrial land use in order to do one of their grocery stores,”

Site Plan Coordinator Kevin Erwin explained. “It is our understanding that this is going to be their ‘flagship’ store. It’s going to be their show store that they bring all their executives to, and everybody who they want to show their stores to. It’s going to be a little bit bigger, I believe, and a little bit fancier than their normal Aldi stores.” Erwin said the land use change meets the goals of the village’s comp plan objectives. “It just makes sense to have an Aldi grocery store right in front of the Aldi distribution center,” he said. “It works out very well for the store as far as restocking, as well as the residents of Royal Palm Beach.” Last year, Aldi had planned to build a store in a shopping center further south on SR 7, but those plans fell through. Erwin said the infrastructure and stormwater requirements for the new location were incorporated into the original design of the Aldi distribution center. “All of those infrastructure See ALDI, page 21


About 80 riders, along with parents and volunteers, attended the Special Olympic Area Games organized by the Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center on Saturday, March 22 at the Van Kampen Arena in Wellington. The riders competed in English and Western equitation, dressage, horsemanship, trail, speed and agility. Shown here is the Vinceremos Drill Team: Carrie MacMillan, Cassidy Hoff, Mareesa Levy, Ethan Borys, Sarah Menor and Christina Cooney. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 11 PHOTO BY JULIE UNGER/TOWN-CRIER

Marcia Radosevich Offers An Apology For Nazi Salute

By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report A former member of Wellington’s Planning, Zoning & Adjustment Board offered an apology Tuesday for giving a Nazi salute toward a village employee at a meeting earlier this month. Dr. Marcia Radosevich, who resigned after the incident, said at Tuesday’s meeting of the Wellington Village Council that her behavior was inexcusable. “I am not asking to be excused,” she said. “My behavior was inexcusable, period.” Radosevich made the gesture toward Planning & Development Services Director Tim Stillings about three hours into a meeting on Wednesday, March 5. Members were discussing whether Wellington should eliminate its Development Review Committee

and put decisions of the committee, currently composed of several staff members, in the hands of an employee. Radosevich said she made the gesture because she was frustrated after almost three hours of being given multiple answers about which employee would make the decisions. “When every single board member who was present questioned Mr. Stillings about who that officer would be, he repeatedly insisted that the officer would be no one person, but would be a function assigned to various staff depending on their availability and expertise,” Radosevich explained. Later in the meeting, Radosevich asked whether Stillings himself would be the one making the decision, and he said he would be. “After almost three hours of beSee RADOSEVICH, page 21

Popular Flavors Of Wellington Event Returns April 4

By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Bringing you the best of Wellington for more than a decade, the 11th annual Flavors of Wellington Food & Wine Festival returns to the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center on Friday, April 4 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. With bites from more than 25 restaurants, paired with wine tastings, guests will have the chance to indulge in delicious food and drink, all while enjoying an equestrian event, live music and more. “It’s a true community event,” said Michela Perillo-Green, executive director of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, which hosts the annual affair. “In its 11th

year, the event is really representative of what Wellington has to offer.” The event’s 10-year anniversary was record-breaking, drawing more than 1,000 people, celebrity judges and delectable dishes. This year, Perillo-Green is expecting the same great atmosphere. “The only thing we’re changing is that we have a new entertainer, Michael Matone,” she said. “He’s a Frank Sinatra impersonator. He looks like him, dresses like him, sounds like him. It’s going to be fun.” Sponsored by Equestrian Sport Productions, Florida Power & Light, the Wellness Experience, My Community Pharmacy, Wel-

lington The Magazine and the Town-Crier newspaper, the event is not to be missed, Perillo-Green said. “It’s a great way to wrap up the season, see new and old friends, listen to great music and enjoy a show,” she said. Attendees will have the chance to sample cuisine from the menus of dozens of local restaurants, each of which puts out its most delicious and beautiful plates in hopes of winning one of several prizes, including Best Plate, Best Entrée and Best Dessert. “Everything the restaurants put out for you to sample is something you can find on their current menus,” Perillo-Green said.

Attendees not only get to sample great food, but they are also able to discover favorite new restaurants. “The reason we do this in April is that it’s the tail end of the season,” Perillo-Green said. “We hope to keep these restaurants busy May through November. We want people to know who the restaurants are, who the caterers are, and who the country clubs and venues are. We want them to go to them in the summer.” Tickets cost $35 each or $55 per couple, but Perillo-Green encouraged readers to keep an eye out for an upcoming Living Social deal. VIP tables are also available, offering a more exclusive experience. “They are second-tier tables

with a great view,” Perillo-Green said. “They have a private bar and private bottle service, along with all the food and wine tasting.” Tickets and tables are still available by visiting Flavors is the perfect night out on the town with friends, family or as a date. “It’s a night of casual elegance,” Perillo-Green said. “There’s free valet, then you take a cart up to the International Club, which most people don’t get to see unless you’re a member. There’s live music, 25 restaurants and wineries, dancing if you’d like and an exciting equestrian show. It’s very representative of Wellington.”

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Wellington Council OKs Tennis Center/Community Center Bid

By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Wellington will have a new tennis center within two years, and a new community center to follow soon after, if everything goes according to plans approved this week. Members of the Wellington Village Council voted Tuesday to approve a $12.8 million contract to rebuild the Wellington Community Center and move the Wellington Tennis Center. Council members voted 3-1, with Vice Mayor Howard Coates dissenting, to approve the contract with Pirtle Construction. Councilwoman Anne Gerwig did not vote because her company has done business in the past with the architect working on the project. Additionally, the council voted to transfer $2.6 million from its reserves to cover the project. “I thank you and your staff for negotiating what I think is a very reasonable price,” Councilman John Greene said to Director of Operations Jim Barnes. Wellington staff negotiated a

$12.5 million “guaranteed maximum price” contract with Pirtle Construction. The total cost also includes an additional $63,400 agreement with Alexis Knight Architects, approximately $81,000 in permits and regulatory fees, and $100,000 in builders risk insurance, bringing the project total to about $12.8 million. “We’ve returned back to the original proposal,” Barnes said. The main changes in the contract come from the planned tennis center, which is being reduced from 23 to 21 courts, in line with the council’s original request. “It will allow for future expansion, but we are staying with the original program for 21 courts,” Barnes said. The contract also eliminates some redundancy in court drainage costs, which added to the savings, and a reduction of the tennis center’s entryway. “What you have is the ability to look at the changes as a starting point,” Barnes said. Because the project is designbuild, staff and council members

will be able to provide continual input. Greene asked whether covering some of the additional expenses, such as insurance, would come at a cost savings. “Was it significantly less to have us do that?” he asked. Barnes said it was. “[Pirtle’s] risk insurance was about $160,000... and we received a quote for $36,000 for the tennis center. Given that that’s half the project, we think it will be just a little more than that for the whole project. All in all, it’s about 50 percent of his cost, so there is a considerable savings there,” he said. Greene then asked when construction was expected to begin. Barnes said there is a window of two years for the project to be completed. “If this is approved, we’d like to begin meetings with staff and individual council members,” he said. “The tennis facility is proposed to go first, given the timing requirements. We can’t commence any work that would impact tennis

play until the facility is completely relocated.” During public comment, several residents again said that the tennis center should remain where it is. “I believe this issue should have been voted on by the people,” resident Bart Novak said. “We should not be moving the tennis courts and giving up those 15 acres. The seniors can use that 15 acres. We can still maintain tennis courts here.” Alec Domb, representing the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, said moving the courts would affect businesses. “We oppose moving the tennis facility because it’s bad for businesses in the area,” he said. “We think you should keep the tennis facility in the town center.” The new facility would address Wellington’s growing needs, Greene said. “I think it’s important we look ahead,” he said. “We need to do what’s best for the village today and a few years from now. I hope anyone who is concerned with how much money this is costing knows we’ve done it with

Dr. Randall Laurich Installed As New President Of The Wellington Chamber

By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report The Wellington Chamber of Commerce installed its new board of directors Wednesday at a special luncheon held at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. Dr. Randall Laurich took over as president, promising to be an

advocate and resource for local businesses. “I want every one of you to come to me and tell me what you need for your business to make it grow,” he said. The chamber’s board of directors was installed by former Wellington Mayor Dr. Carmine Priore, while Laurich was installed

Wellington Chamber of Commerce President Dr. Randall Laurich speaks at Wednesday’s installation luncheon.


by celebrity master of ceremonies Brandon Phillips, a polo player and Laurich client. Laurich, a chiropractor who owns the Wellness Experience, said that Wellington’s close-knit community and chamber remind him of his hometown. “I love this community,” he said. “It reminds me of where I grew up. I’m extremely thankful to the board and the chamber.” For Laurich, business acumen runs in his blood. He said his family helped him become the businessman he is today, something he hopes can benefit chamber members. “In 1966, my grandmother started a business, a beauty shop,” he said. “For a woman to own a business at that time was a bit more challenging. My sister and I spent a lot of time there. We saw how it grew and how awesome it was.” The business still stands today, Laurich said, run by his aunts. In 1987, his father started Laurich’s Garage Doors, which has grown in success. “He started it with $2,000 that he borrowed from

my grandmother,” Laurich said. “Now he’s selling it for $500,000. I’m so proud of him for what he has done. He took something from nothing and sustained our family through all the years.” His twin sister also runs her own chiropractic office in Colorado, while his father-in-law runs two marinas on Florida’s west coast. “When I’m talking about business, I’m talking about family,” he said. “People in this community are like family to me. It’s a business family. These are the people who showed me the way through my business, and what I need to do to help your business be a success.” He said he was committed to being a president who listens and helps businesses grow. “During my term, even though I have a big list of commitments I will make to this chamber, I want you to come to me and give me suggestions,” Laurich said. “I want every one of you to be as successful as my grandmother. That’s my commitment to you.”

great planning and great awareness of where we stand financially, and what kind of impact it will have on the community.” He said he hopes some of the opponents of moving the facility will still be able to enjoy the new facility. “It will be there for the new generations of Wellingtonians to enjoy,” Greene said. Vice Mayor Howard Coates

called the project “fiscally irresponsible.” “It’s not responsive to the needs and desires of the community,” he said. “I have said this in previous meetings, so I won’t belabor it tonight, but I won’t be supporting this.” Greene made a motion to approve the contract, which passed 3-1.

Oath Of Office — Councilwoman Anne Gerwig and Vice Mayor Howard Coates took the oath of office Tuesday to formally begin their new terms. PHOTO BY LAUREN MIRÓ/TOWN-CRIER

Citizen Observer Patrol Participation Up In Royal Palm By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office District 9 Capt. Paul Miles gave his annual report to the Royal Palm Beach Village Council on Thursday, March 20. Miles said the District 9 deputies had undergone more than 3,500 hours of training during the past year. They also participated in numerous community events, many in cooperation with the village, including a food drive where they partnered with village schools to distribute 556 turkeys. The deputies also met with principals of all the public and private schools in the village to explain how they work with the schools, and staged a breakfast for local ministers along with village officials to explore ways to partner with them. District 9 deputies attended 62 homeowners’ association meetings in 2013 to discuss crime trends

and distribute crime prevention information. “This allows the community to have seamless contact with law enforcement,” Miles said. He added that Royal Palm Beach has an active Citizen Observer Patrol that provided more than 5,900 volunteer hours last year assisting in many roles. “That was an increase of more than 120 percent,” Miles said. “Whether it be on the water in our new boat or on Segways that we use in Commons [Park], we count on our volunteers to assist us in many ways.” District 9 is one of four designated areas in the county that provide fingerprint services. “This is of benefit to residents, and 1,280 fingerprint requests were processed last year in District 9,” he said. The district’s deputies also collected 378 truants and returned See CRIME, page 21

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Beware Any Plan To Weaken Palm Beach County’s Ag Reserve

As development continues to move west across Palm Beach County, many communities have stepped up to fight back against encroaching residential and commercial projects. But now, Palm Beach County has begun down a dangerous path, possibly entertaining the desires of a few special interests to weaken the 22,000-acre agricultural reserve, which for nearly two decades has successfully held the forces of development at bay. Almost 15 years ago, Palm Beach County voters approved a $100 million bond issue to preserve agricultural areas in the county. Known as the “ag reserve,” the protected acres have been central to the area’s produce production, providing the nation with fruits and vegetables all season long and employing tens of thousands of people. The county created a master plan for the area, meant to preserve agriculture and protect the area from development. The plan does allow limited commercial and residential development in certain locations, but the vast majority of the farmland is preserved. Unfortunately, this has not sat well with everyone in the community. Last week, several farmers and nursery owners asked for more property rights, including the ability to sell some of their land for development.

Golf Carts In Wellington

It’s sad to see a 13-year-old boy has been critically hurt on village property, riding on a golf cart as a passenger, and may not have medical coverage. The Wellington Village Council, attorney and staff, including the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office in Wellington and Sheriff Ric Bradshaw’s office have been on notice for many years by my public outcry, which has fallen onto deaf ears, and failed to address this issue. Our safety committee has also failed to address this issue. In fact, there has been a drafted ordinance on the council desk for four to five years which has not been addressed. Even our Equestrian Preserve Committee has their own version, which again has not been addressed. All of these governmental agencies turned a blind eye, allowing golf carts all this time. They should now be held accountable under their watch. All they had to do is enforce the law of the land. Still, to this day, golf carts are throughout Wellington. All of this could have been avoided by listening to my plea many years ago. Does our council know better? The answer is no. Even on other village projects they fail to reason and listen to the people. Shame on them. Bart Novack Wellington

Jack Van Dell Responds To Victor Connor

Editor’s note: The following letter is in response to the letter “An Opportunity to Heal the Community” by Victor Connor published last week. As the first president and one of the founders of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, I can no longer sit back and listen to, and read, the inane words being pro-

With Palm Beach County rapidly returning to the path of overdevelopment once again, opening a piece of land as important as the ag reserve to development would be a serious mistake. Already, environmentalists and communities who oppose overdevelopment are losing the battle in other areas of the county. In the case of the ag reserve, Palm Beach County has done some excellent work in creating and executing a plan to preserve the area’s agricultural nature, and a change from that course could lead to the dismantling of the current agricultural system. This system is important to local communities and the area as a whole, bringing about $2.6 billion in annual revenue. When the rest of the nation is experiencing frozen temperatures, our local growers can continue to provide produce. Perhaps the farmers and nursery owners have some legitimate concerns, but if they are going to be addressed, the issues must be addressed as narrowly as possible. Although some limited accommodations could be made to level the playing field for small growers, selling land for more home development and retail stores is not the way to go about it. Selling out Palm Beach County to developers should not be anyone’s retirement plan.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR mulgated by its current president, Victor Connor. It’s not only very bad business for a purported member of the business community to speak so venomously about anyone, it becomes a reflection of how he manages the chamber, as well as his own business. This type of nasty and childish rhetoric has been going on for several years by three or four members of the chamber and its very biased political action committee. (Why the chamber even needs a PAC is questionable.) The chamber is a private group and can act anyway it thinks is in it and its members’ best interest, but speaking as a longtime Wellington business person, I am very sad to see this turn of events within the chamber, and hope the more reasonable members will take back control of that organization. A change in the village has to start somewhere, and this appears to be the obvious place to begin a transition to ordered, truthful and relevant intercourse among the members. I would ask those of you who are current Wellington Chamber of Commerce members to take a more active interest in the activities of the various committees, and include morals, ethics, common sense and kindness to each other in your ongoing activities. Jack Van Dell Wellington

The Rule Of Law

The Wellington Village Council recently agreed to reimburse $22,000 to two of its members. Mayor Robert Margolis accepted a $2,500 gift to his legal defense fund. The new Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics wrote, “... respondent accepted a prohibited gift from a principal of a lobbyist.” It dismissed the charges with a letter of instruction, and the mayor agreed to return the illegal gift. A few weeks ago, the Welling-

ton Village Council agreed to reimburse the mayor’s legal fees. The law only permits the village to reimburse the mayor’s legal fees where the action complained of arises out of his public duties as mayor. Accepting gifts is not an official function. Secondly, the mayor’s actions must have served a public purpose. Accepting an illegal gift does not serve a public purpose. Third, the village must have a pecuniary interest in the outcome of the ethics charges. The village has no interest in an illegal gift to the mayor’s defense fund. Finally, Margolis must have been exonerated of all charges. A dismissal would normally satisfy the test, but arguably not based on the facts in this case; nevertheless, the action taken by the council was in legal terms, “ultra vires and void ab initio.” In short, the council acted without legal authority. Perhaps the inspector general will intervene. Even a taxpayer has standing to sue to force the mayor to return the money. A complaint and brief reside on my laptop. On the other hand, Councilman John Greene is probably entitled to reimbursement. In his case, all the criteria was met. He was charged with what is essentially a bribe to vote to withdraw approvals for the Equestrian Village, but the thousands in gifts were made prior to his taking office, so they are perfectly legal, despite the fact that some gifts were made to Greene’s “defense fund” after the legal issue had already been resolved. Now the council is once again thwarting the rule of law by its attack on aircraft owners who reside in the Aero Club. The council wants to change the rules for operating the private airstrip. The pilots have had to hire an attorney to protect their rights, and they will win. Perhaps council members will someday learn that landowners have the right to use their property in accordance with prior zoning approvals. In every case, council members should be held

to account for abusing the powers of their office. 400 years ago, Lord Chief Justice Coke wrote that the king himself ought to be subject to God and the law, because the law makes him king. Frank J. Morelli Wellington

Kudos To Council On Fluoride Vote

A defense of the Wellington Village Council members who voted to stop injecting poisonous fluoride into the potable water supply is in order. Wellington was the first in the county to do so, but only eight of Palm Beach County’s 38 municipalities fluoridate (though they make up 61 percent of the population). Has anyone found higher incidences of tooth decay in those 30 cities than in the eight that fluoridate? Most European countries have not fluoridated their water, but have experienced substantial declines in tooth decay since the 1970s, when fluoride toothpaste was introduced. A former Wellington councilman, a retired dentist, foolishly wrote a letter to the Palm Beach Post that no one has said fluoridation was a problem. That proves nothing. How would lay persons with any of the several diseases said by opponents to result from fluoridation know if it was the cause? How would their doctors know? The Centers for Disease Control said no credible evidence pointed to a link between these maladies and fluoridation. Really? Three years ago, I wrote a magazine article on the subject. I discovered that, on the same day in 2011 when the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services recommended lowering fluoride levels, the Environmental Protection Agency released two new studies, one finding that prolonged, high intake of fluoride can increase the

risk of brittle bones, fractures and crippling bone abnormalities. In 2005, the heads of 11 EPA unions, including one for the agency’s scientists, pleaded with the EPA to reduce the permissible level of fluoride in water to zero. They cited research showing it could cause cancer. This nation doesn’t even forbid people from smoking, or consuming trans fats or inordinate amounts of sugar, though there is no disagreement that all three are highly detrimental to health. Our laws allow freedom of choice. Yet government bodies require people to consume a substance about which there is abundant controversy over its possible harm. That requirement denies freedom of choice, even though fluoridation apparently is opposed by many people. In a 2011 poll, 85 percent of the respondents thought cities should stop fluoridating and only 19 percent favored the practice. William Campbell Douglas, M.D., a maverick physician who did research at Russia’s Pasteur Institute, said water fluoridation delivered a drug at levels that were officially malpractice if prescribed by a doctor to children up to age 3. He said one-half the fluoride entering one’s body was deposited in the bony skeleton for life. Paul Connett, chemistry professor at New York’s St. Lawrence University, said half the fluoride we ingest accumulates in the bones, the pineal gland and other tissues. Studies by Jennifer Luke showed very high levels of fluoride

accumulation in the pineal gland. Connett wrote, “Some of the earliest opponents of fluoridation were biochemists, and at least 14 Nobel Prize winners are among numerous scientists who have expressed their reservations …” Dr. Hardy Limeback, a high-profile Canadian dental professor, reversed his position, saying he thought ingested fluoride was not greatly effective and personal treatment was a better way to use fluoride. Two investigative journalists reported in 1997 that the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission censored evidence of adverse health effects from fluoride during World War II, citing national security. Fluoride was the key chemical in atomic bomb production, and it caused damage to humans, animals and crops in areas where it was used, leading to lawsuits, the journalists reported. Connett said the U.S. Public Health Service first endorsed fluoridation in 1950, before completion of a single trial. He questioned the coincidence of the Sugar Research Foundation Inc.’s announced aim that year to research “effective means of controlling tooth decay by methods other than restricting carbohydrate (sugar) intake.” The professor said in European countries banning fluoridation, “their children’s teeth have not suffered.” The best policy, he said, is: “If in doubt, leave it out.” Bob Brink Boynton Beach


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bid for a patient’s business. Citing one recent case, where a 62-yearold patient was given a local hospital’s estimate for a hip replacement at $45,000, the online bid wound up being $13,490. This included the surgery center, anesthesiolo-

gist, lab tests, x-rays, etc. MediBid encourages patients to do their homework and research a doctor’s credentials, just like patients normally do when selecting a new healthcare professional. ”When patients start to be-

have like consumers, prices come down,” said Chris Hobbs, chief financial officer at MediBid. Robert S. Huckman, professor of business administration at Harvard and a healthcare pundit, chips in, “The theory behind models like

MediBid is that we need more competition among healthcare providers.” The woman who accepted the $13,490 bid and underwent a totally successful surgery, plus aftercare, couldn’t agree more!


RPB Zoners Support Village-Maintained Cypress Head Sign

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Royal Palm Beach Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval Tuesday for an entrance sign at the Cypress Head community off Southern Blvd. The 4-foot-high, 12-foot-wide sign will be built by the village on property it owns at the south end of the median at Cypress Head Avenue. “The village will be constructing this sign for the Cypress Head development,” Site Plan Coordinator Kevin Erwin said. Consultant Jan Polson with the planning firm Cotleur & Hearing said she worked with the village and residents to develop the sign. Commissioner Barbara Powell did not recall the village designing and maintaining a sign before. “Is that commonplace?” she asked. “I don’t remember an application coming in that the village is actually doing the design and maintenance.”

Erwin said the village had done some signs for developments in the past. “We own the median, so it would be maintained by the village,” he explained. Public Works Director Paul Webster said the median area was transferred from the Florida Department of Transportation to the village for the express purpose of installing the sign. “The sign will be constructed by village staff and maintained by the village,” Webster said, adding that the village maintains several other neighborhood entrance signs. Commission Chair Jackie Larson noted that the village constructed an entrance sign for La Mancha several years ago. “It was an improvement on the sign that was there,” she said. Commission Alternate Michael Axelberd made a motion to approve the application, which carried 5-0. In other business, the commis-


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sioners recommended approval of signs for Aspen Dental and Mattress Firm at a recently constructed 6,336-square-foot outparcel on State Road 7 south of Southern Blvd. Erwin said the site is where a bank was originally proposed. Aspen Dental will occupy the northern half, while Mattress Firm will take the southern half, with two signs for each business, one on the front and one on the back of the building. Aspen Dental submitted an application that mimics its trademark registration, with “Aspen” in blue highlighted in black, with the “A” capped with a snow peak, and “Dental” in white. “It should be noted that this sign exceeds village code requirements for size,” Erwin said. “The sign has already been approved by the Royal Palm Beach Village Council for the sign variance. The rear sign has also received a

variance from the council.” Mattress Firm proposed to use a portion of its red trademark logo without the yellow-and-black swoosh that usually goes underneath. That was also approved by the council. “They have elected to eliminate that [swoosh] to get the size of the sign down a little,” Erwin said, explaining that the village calculates square footage by the space in a rectangle that would encompass the entire sign. Polson said the Aspen Dental sign in front has 34-inch channel letters with a total area of 60.45 square feet. The rear sign has 24inch letters. “The building is actually completed at this point in time, and Aspen Dental has moved into the building,” Polson said. “Mattress Firm has not moved in yet.” Powell said she had a problem with the size of the signs. “I don’t think it’s doing justice to have such a large sign on these buildings,” she said. “I think it’s inconsistent


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with what we’ve been trying to reflect on the board here… At this point, we are not able to approve or disapprove anything but the colors and logo design. I think it’s unfortunate that they have almost a 30 percent increase in their sign variance. I think it’s unnecessary.” Axelberd made a motion to approve the application, which carried 4-1 with Powell dissenting. The commissioners also recommended approval for a site plan modification on a 2.6-acre portion of Anthony Groves Plaza for a restaurant with a drive-through, retail and office space in a twophased development. The application by Land Design South requested a site plan modification, special exception use and architectural approval to replace previously approved but not-yet-constructed buildings, allowing development in two phases, which would increase the total approved floor area for

the Anthony Groves center from 60,500 square feet to 72,500 square feet. The special exception would allow a restaurant with a drive-through. The first phase would be 8,000 square feet on the north side of the property, and the second phase would be 10,000 square feet, which would be the restaurant. The landscape plan complies with village code requirements except for the width of a landscape buffer along the south property line, which is normally required to be 25 feet wide with a 3-foot berm. The applicant applied for a 1.5-foot berm with a 10-foot buffer because the south property line is adjacent to a 60-foot-wide canal that will provide buffering. Commissioner Joe Boyle made a motion to approve the application, adding a condition requiring a three-way stop at an alley between the buildings. The motion carried 5-0.

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Wellington Garden Club’s Garden Tour Will Return On April 5

By Julie Unger Town-Crier Staff Report The Wellington Garden Club’s seventh biennial Garden Tour will take visitors on a guided journey Saturday, April 5 through some of the most colorful, diverse and elegant gardens in Wellington. “The Secret Gardens of Wellington” showcases six private gardens that are tropical oases, each unique and special in its own right. Garden Tour Chair Jane Kiesewetter noted that the last time the event was offered, approximately 320 participants took part in the self-guided tour. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the gardens will be open, with the owners and club members available to answer questions and describe plants. There will also be a unique plant sale, a garden art boutique, refreshments and a raffle, with net profits from the event supporting scholarships and community projects such as summer camp and horticultural scholarships, youth garden clubs and Habitat for Humanity landscaping.

Picking the featured gardens takes time and effort, Kiesewetter said. “We put out feelers among our garden club members, and sometimes we drive up and down streets looking for pretty gardens,” she explained. Featured gardens do not have to belong to Wellington Garden Club members, and some gardens cannot be showcased because of their location, parking issues or if the garden is not quite ready for visitors, Kiesewetter said. The first garden, “Tranquility,” by Linda DeSanti, will be the location of the tree sale. DeSanti’s garden has won numerous recognitions, including awards from Florida Yards & Neighborhoods and the National Wildlife Habitat. The garden was also featured on the Mounts Botanical Garden Connoisseurs Tour in 2008. DeSanti recently installed a new pergola with large planters, and her garden boasts a rainbow eucalyptus tree, angel trumpet and bamboo. A relaxing walk along meandering paths brings visitors

through native plants, orchids, ferns and red flowers that attract hummingbirds. “We have been here about 15 years, and it has grown larger and larger,” DeSanti said. “There’s a deck with a large pond and waterfall, arbor with lion heads, a water fountain, a quiet area in the very back that is secluded, a potting work area to one side, and the front yard has a bird and butterfly sanctuary area.” Garden two, “Holly House,” showcases three D.D. Blanchard magnolia trees and six Nellie Stevens hollies, as well as desert cassia trees and a silver trumpet. With a continuous-edge pool, a spa seating 20 and a volleyball court, the pool design won a mention in the National Pool & Spa competition. Garden three, “Secret Garden,” features more than 80 plants and trees. Three bottle brush trees stand at the garden’s entrance, guiding visitors into a garden flourishing with butterflies and birds. Nestled behind cypress trees is a hidden-away area that is a certi-

fied butterfly sanctuary. Fluttering through the garden are zebra, monarch, sulphur and swallowtail butterflies, along with hummingbirds and other bird species. Garden four, “Villa Glenna,” boasts more than 72 varieties of bougainvillea trees, along with 50 other trees and plants throughout the property. With luscious citrus fruits growing on many of the trees, hummingbirds frequently visit the garden. Garden five, “Lovsta South,” is a 10-acre garden with more than 260 trees. Within its pictureperfect confines, there is a vegetable garden with tomatoes and peppers, an orchid shed, an herb garden, a secluded oasis within the evergreens, live oaks, Hong Kong orchids, bougainvilleas, cinnamon trees and more. Garden six, “Modern Art,” is a small garden with rocking chairs, a marble sculpture, a tranquil pool and plants in bright blue planters. In the rear are two pelican sculptures, ground orchids and bromeliads.

Wellington Garden Club member Linda DeSanti in her garden.

Bromeliads featured in the “Modern Art” garden.

A beautiful bench in the “Secret Garden” stop on the tour.

“Lovsta South” is a 10-acre garden with more than 260 trees.

Some of the many bougainvillea trees at “Villa Glenna.” Gardens take time, effort and gardens that are beautiful and financing, and the gardens featured loved by the people who put them together,” Kiesewetter said. “It is on the tour are labors of love. Sharing their gardens with the a very peaceful way to spend time public is something many garden- and see beautiful plantings and beautiful landscape design.” ers eagerly anticipate. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 “It’s rewarding,” DeSanti said. “Every time someone walks into the day of the tour and $22 each for the back yard, they’re amazed. groups of 10 or more. Advanced tickets can be purThey always have things to say about how calming and relaxing chased at Whole Foods Market (2635 State Road 7, Wellington) it is.” One of the best things about and Amelia’s Smarty Plants (1515 the tour, DeSanti said, is the abil- N. Dixie Hwy., Lake Worth). ity to see award-winning gardens On April 4, the day of the tour, and what makes them so special. tickets can be purchased at First The gardens provide inspiration, Baptist Church of Wellington whether they’re large, small, with (12700 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) starta yard or in a container. ing at 9:30 a.m. Raffle items include a Van Dell The Wellington Garden Club ladies watch, a flowering tree, a was founded in 1981 with 14 handmade pendant, a Christmas members. Today, there are 150 palm, a specialty facial at Sanda members. A nonprofit organizaGané European Day Spa, two pal- tion, it takes an active part of the lets of red mulch installed, a blue- community. The club’s objectives ribbon king quilt, a wine tasting are to advance home gardening, for 20 from Total Wine, a glazed preserve natural resources, stimuceramic container with succulents late civic pride and protect wildand more. life. To learn more, visit www.wel“I cannot imagine a nicer way to or e-mail spend the day than going through

A look at the front of the “Holly House” stop on the tour.


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Man Arrested For Target Store Theft

By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report MARCH 21 — A Wellington man was arrested last Friday on shoplifting charges after he was found to have shoplifted from the Super Target store on Okeechobee Blvd. According to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office report, at approximately 2 p.m. last Thursday, 27-year-old Daniel Gomez entered the store and stole a Dyson vacuum, a Sony blue-ray disc player and a Bose sound system. The stolen items were valued at $1,519. According to the report, the incident was caught on video surveillance cameras, but Gomez fled before he could be stopped. Last Friday, at approximately 5:30 p.m., Gomez entered a Target store in Greenacres and was arrested for theft. According to the report, a deputy from the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach was able to identify Gomez as the suspect who had stolen the items from the RPB store. Gomez was arrested and taken to the Palm Beach County Jail, where he was charged with theft. ••• MARCH 19 — A resident of West Sycamore Drive called the PBSO’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation last Wednesday to report a suspicious incident. According to a PBSO report, at approximately 7 p.m. last Tuesday, an unknown white male came to the victim’s home while she was at work. The suspect made contact with her roommate and identified himself as an auditor with Bank of America who was sent to meet with the victim concerning her financial situation. According to the report, the suspect had a folder that he said contained bank documents concerning the victim and her loan company. The suspect left his name and a phone number. According to the report, the victim contacted Bank of America, which said it does not make contact with customers in that manner and that no one with the suspect’s name works for them. According to the report, the victim is currently restructuring her loans and it’s possible her information was available as a public record. MARCH 19 — A deputy from the PBSO’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation was called to a home on Persimmon Blvd. last Wednesday regarding a theft. According to a PBSO report, at approximately 6:30 a.m., the victim came outside to discover that his Florida license plate was no longer attached to his Honda Civic. The victim parked his vehicle outside his home on the driveway near his other two vehicles, which were not missing their plates. According to the report, the victim was not sure when the plate was taken. The victim’s property is fenced and gated, and there were no signs of forced entry. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. MARCH 19 — A resident of 82nd Lane North called the PBSO’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation last Wednesday to report a theft. According to a PBSO report, sometime between

6 and 9:30 a.m., someone stole a 6,500-watt Coleman generator with a Honda engine from the victim’s property. The generator was strapped to a utility trailer. The stolen item was valued at approximately $850. There were no suspects or witnesses. MARCH 19 — A deputy from the PBSO’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation was dispatched to a home on 93rd Road North last Wednesday regarding a theft. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 1 and 6 p.m. last Tuesday, someone stole two rug-cleaning machines from inside the victim’s garage. The victim left his overhead garage door open at the time and was likely in his back yard at the time of the theft. The machines were valued at approximately $700. There were no suspects at the time of the report. MARCH 21 — An Acreage man was arrested last Friday on charges of theft after he was found to have stolen from a restaurant on Southern Blvd. According to a PBSO report, an employee of the restaurant contacted the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach at approximately 11:30 p.m. to report the use of a fraudulent credit card. The employee said 22-year-old Adrian Harper had left the restaurant without cashing out, stealing approximately $127. Harper was located at his home with the cash. He was arrested and taken to the county jail, where he was charged with petty theft and two counts of illegal use of a credit card. MARCH 24 — A resident of Madison Green called the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach on Monday to report a home burglary. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 10 a.m. and 12:40 p.m., someone smashed the sliding-glass door in the master bedroom to gain access to the home. Once inside, the perpetrator(s) ransacked two of the bedrooms and stole approximately $1,000 in cash, along with various pieces of jewelry. According to the report, several witnesses observed a thin black male, approximately 5’10” tall, wearing a green jacket and carrying a black backpack, in the area around 10 a.m. Another neighbor observed a white Dodge Charger parked at another home at approximately 11:30 a.m. The neighbor said the Charger drove slowly past the victim’s home before fleeing. The same neighbor also reported a small white compact car in the area around the same time. DNA evidence was taken at the scene. MARCH 24 — A Wellington resident contacted the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach on Monday to report a case of fraud. According to a PBSO report, the victim was contacted by the federal unemployment agency, which asked him if he was unemployed. The victim said that he is currently employed and has never filed for unemployment. According to the report, the agency had all his information, and he believes someone used his information to file for unemployment.

PBSO Seeks Info On RPB Burglaries

MARCH 17 — The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating suspects believed to have burglarized several vehicles in the Counterpoint Estates community in Royal Palm Beach. According to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office report, early last Monday morning, seven vehicle burglaries

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were reported to the Royal Palm Beach substation. According to the report, the suspects are Hispanic males, including one with a loosely groomed goatee. The suspects may have been driving a large, white sedan. Anyone with information about the burglaries is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800458-TIPS.

Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is asking for the public’s help in finding these wanted fugitives: • Johnesha Gooden is a black female, 5’3” tall and weighing 130 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. She has a tattoo on her right shoulder. Her date of birth is 01/01/90. Gooden is wanted on charges of food stamp fraud and failure to appear on charges of operating a vehicle with a suspended, canceled or revoked license. Her last known address was Sturbridge Lane in Wellington. She is wanted as of 03/20/14. • Jonathan Alvarez is a white male, 5’11” tall and weighing 150 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. His date of birth is 05/13/82. Alvarez is wanted for violation of probation on charges of leaving the scene of a vehicle crash. His last known addresses were Papaya Road in West Palm Beach and Heather Drive in Greenacres. He is wanted as of 03/20/14. Remain anonymous and you may be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward. Call Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS (8477) or visit www.crimestopperspbc. com.

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Congressman Ted Deutch Tours The Butterfly House At WRMC

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Congressman Ted Deutch (DDistrict 21) was taken on a tour of the Butterfly House at Wellington Regional Medical Center on Friday, March 21. Butterfly House is a dedicated forensic exam site for survivors of sexual assault. It is located in a separate room adjacent to the hospital’s emergency room. Deutch’s tour was led by officials from Palm Beach County Victim Services. At Butterfly House, evidence is collected thoroughly by specially trained sexual assault nurse examiners. Survivors have access to state-of-the-art medical treatment, if needed, next door at the ER. “We are mobile, and we have nurses who can go anywhere throughout the hospital,” said Carol Messam-Gordon, team supervisor for the certified rape crisis center. “Butterfly House is our forensic exam site… Our rape victims can get any kind of medication they need. This is a project that we want to make sure continues, because our victims are being served.” Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Coordinator Nicole O’Brien said the team does ev-

erything from evidence collection to basic first aid before going to the emergency room. “We take photographs for crime scene, as well as document any injuries that we find,” she said. “We document all of this evidence, which goes to the crime lab. Since we actually have [sexual assault nurse examiners] now, we have found that evidence collection has improved so much… Our crime lab has actually seen more DNA profiles of better quality, compared to what it used to be.” O’Brien travels to emergency rooms and other agencies throughout the county to provide information on how to conduct the exams. “The results are really amazing when we do it together,” she said. Messam-Gordon said that in having the same nurses trained to do the forensic exam and prepare a rape kit, they have a step-by-step process they follow. “Crime lab is part of our Sexual Assault Response Team, so we meet monthly to make sure that we fine-tune this process,” she said. “Because we are so highly trained, we have more evidence collected and we have more successful prosecution for our rape victims.” The Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office also works with

SART nurses to prepare them for testimony during trials. “We are so fortunate to have the support from the hospital and from the legislators to have this,” MessamGordon said. She added that an advocate is assigned to each victim. “A rape exam is not done without an advocate present,” Messam-Gordon said. “The advocate follows the victim from the time she reports, or if she doesn’t want to report, throughout the whole process, to sit in on the forensic process and make sure that she knows what happens with her kit, and follows her through the criminal justice process.” All services the victim receives are free, including therapy. Since the rape crisis center is operated by Palm Beach County Victim Services, it is autonomous from other agencies, including law enforcement. “Because we are independent, we have the flexibility to go anywhere,” Messam-Gordon said. “In Florida, we are unique in that we can provide ongoing services for that victim and follow that victim, and not report to law enforcement if that victim does not want to.” Butterfly House is available to

sexual assault survivors by calling a 24-hour rape crisis hotline at (561) 833-7273. Law enforcement officers will transport the victim to Butterfly House, where they are met by an advocate and a nurse examiner for a forensic exam in a private room. She, or he, is able to shower afterward and put on clean clothes. The survivor, with the victim advocate, is then able to sit with a detective and describe what hap-

pened, all in one safe, comfortable location. In 2013, the project received $282,039 through a 2011 Florida legislative act, with revenue administered by the Florida Department of Health to finance two advocates, one licensed therapist, a coordinator for the nurse examiners and standby pay for those nurses, as well as other costs associated with Butterfly House. Last year, service was provided

for 455 victims of sexual assault, which included criminal justice advocacy, accompaniment, crisis stabilization, medical follow-up, information and referral, support groups and therapeutic treatment. On-call nurse examiners responded to 221 calls and performed 201 sexual assault forensic exams. For more information about Butterfly House and Palm Beach County Victim Services, call (561) 625-2568.

SART Coordinator Nicole O’Brien explains the Butterfly House to Congressman Ted Deutch and others touring the facility.


Garden Clubs Rep Asks To Place Blue Star Marker At RPB Vets Park

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Rosita Arastoff, chair of the District 10 Blue Star Memorial Marker Program of the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, made a presentation to the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Advisory Board on Monday, asking to install and dedicate a Blue Star Memorial By-Way marker at Veterans Park. Parks & Recreation Director Lou Recchio chaired the meeting, which did not have a quorum

with only board members Phyllis Katz and June Perrin present. Councilman Richard Valuntas also attended. Arastoff, representing 18 garden clubs in seven counties, said the Blue Star concept was originally created by a World War I army captain. “It has since been adopted by the U.S. Department of Defense,” she said. The Blue Star banner designed in 1917 was displayed on homes during both world wars, and the

number of stars represented the number of family members serving in the armed forces. The garden club’s affiliation with the veterans memorial program began more than 70 years ago, after the New Jersey Council of Garden Clubs planted 8,000 dogwood trees along a stretch of U.S. 22 as a living memorial to veterans of World War II. Since its adoption, about 3,000 memorial markers have been installed, including one on U.S. 1 in North

Palm Beach. “In 1981, the Blue Star tribute to the troops was expanded from the highways to also include national cemeteries, Veterans Administration centers, parks and other suitable locations,” she said. “For these locations, we use a smaller marker.” Two years ago, a Blue Star By-Way marker was dedicated at Veterans Park in Stuart. “The Florida Federation of Garden Clubs worked closely with the state legislature to develop the

Blue Star program here,” Arastoff said. “The garden club, with its 1,200-plus members in District 10, would be honored to have one of our Blue Star markers join the other tributes to the troops here at Veterans Park in Royal Palm Beach.” Recchio said the garden club purchases, installs and maintains the markers, including the replacement of damaged markers, and they are regularly inspected by garden club representatives.

“When Rosita came to me with this program, in all honesty, I didn’t realize what it is until I started looking through the pamphlet,” Recchio said. “Then I realized that I recalled seeing them on the highways. I’ve never seen them in the parks, but I think it’s a great program, and all we’re doing basically is giving them a site.” Recchio said that if approved by the village, the dedication might take place on Veterans Day in November.

Arts-Themed Charter School Planned For Wellington Christian Site A local charter school announced plans this week to take over the Wellington Christian School campus. The plan was unveiled a month after WCS administrators told parents they were closing the school at the end of this school year because of looming financial constraints. Eagle Arts Academy Charter School for the Arts, a Delray Beach-based academic-infused arts nonprofit charter school, has agreed to lease the facility and will operate its school on the property.

“This area will finally have a performing arts school, and we will provide a challenging educational curriculum supplemented significantly by the arts,” said school founder Gregory James Blount, an independent producer and talent scout. Blount is an Eagle Scout, the highest rank received from the Boy Scouts of America, thus the name of the school. Blount and his executive team have been meeting for weeks with officials at Wellington Presbyterian Church, which currently

owns the existing school facility, to reach an agreement. Under the agreement, the church will be allowed to operate on the property for the next three years. During its first year, Eagle Arts Academy has been approved to open with nearly 900 students from kindergarten through sixth grade and is now accepting applications. The kindergarten through eighth charter school has been approved for nearly 1,500 students by the end of a three-year period.

Dr. Liz Knowles, formerly of the Pine Crest School, has been selected as head of school. Knowles, a curriculum and reading specialist and an award-winning educator and author, developed Eagle Arts’ “Artademics” curriculum with Blount. An educator for 40 years, Knowles has experience in cognitive skills development and the International Baccalaureate program. The school, scheduled to open in August, will focus on a mixture of performing and production

arts, and offer a cognitive skill development program for all ages, Blount said. The school will be retrofitted with a green screen studio, digital media editing facility, TV studio, plus an acting, dance and vocal studio, with additional improvements expected over the next 18 months. Technology will be infused into all areas of the curriculum to enhance academics, develop creativity and extend learning through video, animation and more. “We want to make sure these

kids are ready for the world. They will learn how important the arts are to education and to the world,” Blount said. “Studies show that kids who are involved in the arts usually do better in school in all sorts of ways, including academically and socially.” Blount has already worked to secure industry professionals from both sides of the entertainment industry to conduct specialty workshops for Eagle Arts students. For more information, call (561) 665-0151 or visit www.

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preserve agricultural areas. Principal Planner Isaac Hoyos said the Ag Reserve Master Plan was intended to support farmers by creating entitlement options, support the voter-approved bond issue and provide a basis for land preservation in the county’s comprehensive plan. He said of 10,000 development units approved in the ag reserve, 5,000 remain to be built. In 2012, the county commission held a workshop that reaffirmed its support for the ag reserve and provided instructions for staff to allow packing plants and enhance provisions for green markets, but no direction to accommodate additional development requests. The county has received several recent requests to change the ag reserve to allow additional commercial locations. Attorney Mark Perry, representing a number of farmers and nurserymen at the workshop, asked for the opportunity to have continued dialogue to consider revision of policies. Perry said he had selected sev-

eral nurserymen and farmers to state their case. Grower Jim Alderman said smaller farmers are not entitled to provisions that allow larger farmers to transfer underlying development rights in return for subsidies. Ken Tuma of Urban Design Kilday Studios added that the current policy allows owners of a minimum of 150 acres to transfer development rights. “Some cannot participate,” Tuma said. “We want to allow the minimum size to be smaller.” Steve Thomas of Thomas Produce said his family has been farming for more than 60 years. He said the soil quality in the ag reserve is good, but it is not unique, and exists in other locations, including Martin and St. Lucie counties. Thomas added that policies, including the North American Free Trade Agreement, has allowed the dumping of crops from other nations, which has harmed the local market. Encroaching development in the ag reserve has also made farming in the remaining areas more difficult, he said.

Commissioner Steve Abrams said he had been to Thomas’ farm, which has been hemmed in by development approved under terms of the bond issue. Alderman added that he is sandwiched between two shopping centers, and trucks have to make a dangerous U-turn to get into his farm. He asked to be able to rezone that property commercial and move his farm to land he owns west of State Road 7. Alderman added that with new regulations for food safety, he wants to build a totally enclosed packing house. Tim Linkous, owner of Valico Nursery in the ag reserve, said in the past 40 years, he has been through hurricanes, tornadoes and floods, and the risks are no longer worth the reward. He said it is economically unfeasible to lease his land due to competition from the county, which charges less to farm on land it owns. “I own the land, and I never took a dime from a county resident,” he said. “Our land is our retirement. We worked hard for it.”

Sheila Calderon with the Loxahatchee chapter of the Sierra Club was among several environmentalists seeking to preserve the ag reserve. She pointed out that she was among a large majority of voters who approved a bond issue to protect the ag reserve. “Here we are again,” Calderon said. “It is more than the ag reserve, it is a matter of preserving the whole ecosystem. We know everything the ag community supports. Do we need another bond issue? We need to do something to preserve the land.” Retired Palm Beach County Extension Service Director Clayton Hutcheson said farmland needs to be preserved, but farmers also need to be protected. “There is a demand for houses enough to make developers salivate,” Hutcheson said. “When we think about the situation and what we might need to do, some of the proposals might have merit, but when you develop around farm areas, it can have negative impacts on farmers.” He added that the county’s

master plan is working and seems to be holding up. “Changes should be approached with trepidation,” Hutcheson said. Attorney Lisa Interlandi with the Everglades Conservation Center and 1,000 Friends of Florida said allowing further development in the ag reserve would be contrary to the county’s master plan. “Its purpose was not to allow farmers to develop, it was to preserve agriculture,” she said. “One of the worst things is to make this a receiving area for development. What is proposed today is really to maximize profits.” Before they broke for lunch, Commissioner Shelley Vana suggested a roundtable discussion with all parties involved and, after several more hours of input that afternoon, other commissioners agreed. Commissioner Mary Lou Berger, who put Tuesday’s workshop on the agenda, said she had no idea it would have such a response. “It might take more than one round table, but I agree with Commissioner Vana,” she said.

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continued from page 1 with a total impact of $2.6 billion in revenue, including sugar cane, rice, sod, nursery plants and equestrian uses. The agricultural industry employs 13,000 to 15,000 workers from pickers to managers, accounting for about $350 million in annual wages. Norman added that much of the produce varieties can be planted several times each season. Agricultural infrastructure is already in place with seven packing facilities in the ag reserve for local distribution, and demand for locally grown produce is at an all-time high. She also pointed out that when farmland is taken out of production for development, it is virtually impossible to restore. The county developed its Ag Reserve Master Plan in 1999, the same year voters approved the $100 million bond issue to


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NEWS BRIEFS WPC, Jacobs Family Support PBSO Program

The Wellington Preservation Coalition and the Jacobs family recently announced support for the Dance Matrix program run by the Wellington substation of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. The program reaches out to 30 local children who have never had a consistent location to practice

their dancing and work on completing their homework. The sponsorship will provide the 30 children access to the Neil S. Hirsch Boys & Girls Club of Wellington for a full year, with all the benefits and services beyond a place to practice. PBSO Lt. Eli Shaivitz and Deputy Malora Duplantis, who lead the program, were excited that the youngsters will have access to the great venue. “We are proud to help all the

Tom Wenham with Deputy Malora Duplantis and Lt. Eli Shaivitz.

children in this program,” Wellington Preservation Coalition Executive Director Tom Wenham said. “This is a worthy cause, and we are pleased to join the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office in this community outreach.”

ADA Customers Can Ride FixedRoute Buses Free

Effective Sunday, March 30, Palm Tran, Palm Beach County’s public transportation system, will permit Palm Tran Connection ADA-eligible customers to ride Palm Tran’s fixed-route buses at no charge. Customers who wish to participate in this new program are required to register and will receive a new Palm Tran Connection ADA ID card. Existing customers will need to request the new ADA ID card if they wish to use the fixedroute service at no charge. To make boarding a fixed-route bus easier for disabled customers, Palm Tran buses will be modified to create one semi-permanent position for non-ambulatory customers in the front of the bus. This will provide an open area for customers using a wheelchair or scooter.

In addition, new stickers have been affixed in each bus near the other front seats stressing the importance of offering these seats to people who have a greater need for the seat or the space. The Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners recommended that Palm Tran initiate this program in January. Currently, Palm Tran Connection ADA customers pay half fare on fixed-route buses. For more information, call (561) 649-9838, option 4.

Feed Palm Beach County Day April 12

The Rotary Club of West Palm Beach and the Palm Beach County Food Bank are inviting local organizations, businesses and community groups to become partners in the first-ever Feed Palm Beach County Day on Saturday, April 12. The focus of the event, to be held at Gaines Park at 1501 N. Australian Ave. in West Palm Beach, is to assemble 50,000 meals in one day. The meals will be distributed to the hungry by the Palm Beach County Food Bank through nearly 100 local nonprofit organizations.

The effort is on now to recruit at least 150 volunteers and to raise $26,000 needed to purchase the food for the meals. Sponsorship levels range from $25 for individuals to $1,500 for groups and organizations wishing to sponsor a table at the event and bring volunteers to assemble the meals. “With more than 57 percent of Palm Beach County school children qualifying for free or reduced-price lunches, and nearly 180,000 adults in our county at or below federal poverty guidelines, we know there is a great need to provide food to the hungry in our community,” said West Palm Beach Rotary Club member Tony Lofaso, organizer of Feed Palm Beach County Day. Palm Beach County Food Bank Executive Director Perry Borman said this is just the type of grassroots effort that is needed to continue to focus on ways to eradicate hunger in Palm Beach County. “It is difficult to look for a job as an adult or to focus on your studies at school if you don’t know where your next meal is coming from,” Borman said. For more information about how to become involved, contact Lofaso at (561) 689-6775 or

‘ZOOvies’ Returns On March 28

The public is invited to enjoy an evening exploring the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society, followed by an inspiring family movie under the stars during the zoo’s second “ZOOvies,” on Friday, March 28. The movie shown will be We Bought A Zoo, presented by Twilight Features. The zoo will reopen at 5:30 p.m., and the movie will start at 7:30 p.m. A screen will be set up in the Fountain Plaza, and guests are invited to bring blankets, cushions or low-rise beach chairs for their comfort. Popcorn, snacks and refreshments will be for sale, including a cash beer and wine bar for those 21 and over. Guests can meet some of the zoo’s residents up-close during animal encounters. Admission for “ZOOvies” is as follows: member adults $9, non-member adults $10, member child $6, non-member child $7, children under 3 free. Admission includes full zoo access until the movie starts. For more information, visit www.palmbeachzoo. org.

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The DooWop Mob gave an oldies concert on Saturday, March 22 at the Wellington Amphitheater. Attendees enjoyed a great performance, along with food and drinks from local vendors. For more about events at the Wellington Amphitheater, visit PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

The DooWop Mob: Walter Hockhauser, Joe LaCicero, Carmine DeSena, Anthony DeFontes and Frank Mancuso.

Alice Reilly, Serafina Mazzola, Rosemary Camperlengo and Camita Gayle.

Darlene Reeves and Jim Wilson.

Lori Shankman and Mike Calandra enjoy the music.

The DooWop Mob performs on stage.

Laura Leve, Joan Draughon and John James.


A Quarter Auction was held Wednesday, March 19 at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center. The charity of the month was the American Cancer Society’s Royal Palm Beach Relay for Life, to be held April 5 at Royal Palm Beach High School. For more info., visit www. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Marianne Herron, Dana Price and Amy Schavolt.

Elizabeth Kusuk presented Lynn Acierno with an Eliza Bead prize.

Cheryl Dunn Bycheck, Krista McNevin, Felicia Matula, Event Chairman Steve Whalen, Chris West and Todd Wax of the RPB Relay for Life.

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Valiente Team Repeats As Piaget USPA Gold Cup Champions

Bob Jornayvaz’s Valiente team (Bob Jornayvaz, Santi Torres, Sapo Caset and Adolfo Cambiaso) led Alegria (Julian Mannix, Clemente Zavaleta, Mariano Aguerre and Hilario Ulloa) through most of the game, but needed a sixth chukker rally to claim an 11-10 victory in the final of the 2014 Piaget USPA Gold Cup, the team’s third in a row, at the International Polo Club Palm Beach last Sunday afternoon. An Alegria foul in the opening minute of play sent Valiente’s Caset to the penalty line, where he converted the shot for a goal and an early 1-0 lead. Zavaleta tied it up on a 60-yard penalty conversion. Caset scored the final goal of the chukker on a pass from teammate Torres, and Valiente ended the first chukker ahead of Alegria, 2-1. Zavaleta tied it up, 2-2, on a goal from the field midway through the second, but Caset gave the

lead back to Valiente on a wellexecuted nearside neck-shot to end the chukker 3-2. Valiente took control of the game in the third with Caset converting a penalty shot for a 4-2 advantage. Mannix cut the lead back to a single goal, 4-3, with his first goal of the game. Caset added two more penalty conversions and Cambiaso got on the scoreboard as Valiente rode off the field at the end of the first half, 7-3. Aguerre scored two goals in the opening two minutes of the fourth period for Alegria, making it 7-5, but Valiente responded in kind. Caset scored one goal from the field, then converted a short penalty shot with just 22 seconds on the clock for a 9-5 lead. However, Alegria staged a oneman rally in the fifth chukker with Ulloa scoring four consecutive goals (three on penalty shots) to tie it up 9-9. Valiente was unable to

break through the Alegria defense as they watched their four-goal lead evaporate. The two teams were all even going into the final chukker of regulation play. Alegria got to work right away, with Aguerre receiving a pass from Ulloa and sending a backhander through the goalposts for Alegria’s first lead of the game, 10-9. Caset tied it up on a 60-yard penalty shot just a minute later, 10-10. Another penalty goal from Caset was all Valiente needed, as they held on to register the 11-10 win. Caset provided almost all of the Valiente offense, scoring seven of his ten goals on penalty conversions. Cambiaso added the only other goal in the game for Valiente. Ulloa scored four times for Alegria (three on penalty shots). Aguerre added three goals, and Mannix scored once in a losing effort. Caset was aptly named MVP, while Jornayvaz’s Pipi, played

by Sapo Caset, was named Best Playing Pony. Earlier in the day, Crab Orchard (Kerstie Allen, Facundo Pieres, Magoo Laprida and Inaki Laprida) defeated Coca-Cola (Gillian Johnston, Sebastian Merlos, Julio Arellano and Facundo Obregon) 14-9 to claim the Butler Handicap title.

Pieres scored five of his gamehigh seven goals on penalty shots. Magoo Laprida added four goals, and Inaki Laprida scored twice. Crab Orchard received one goal by handicap. Merlos and Arellano scored three goals each for CocaCola, while Obregon and Johnston added single goals in the loss.

Inaki Laprida was named MVP, while Norma, owned by Pieres, received Best Playing Pony honors. Underway now at the International Polo Club Palm Beach is the 110th Maserati U.S. Open Polo Championship. For more information, visit www.internationalpolo or call (561) 204-5687.

Valiente reclaimed its lead in the final chukker to hold on and win the coveted USPA Gold Cup trophy. PHOTOS BY ALEX PACHECO


About 80 riders, along with parents and volunteers, attended the Special Olympic Area Games organized by the Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center on Saturday, March 22 at the Van Kampen Arena in Wellington. The riders competed in English and Western equitation, dressage, horsemanship, trail, speed and agility. For more info., visit PHOTOS BY JULIE UNGER/TOWN-CRIER

Emily Jone with Cookie and instructors Vickie Penly and Darlene Dennis.

Stacey Gutner with her daughter, Reed.

Lake Doran on Sassy.

Chyanne Quay, Danielle Edwards, Kristi Walsh, Alex Perry, David Hernandez and Carmen Ramos.

Vicky Penly, Henn Howell, Joan Swiderski, Darlene Dennis, Karen Gerber, Lauren Penly and Laurie Van Valkenburg of Special Equines of the Treasure Coast.

Tammy Zoerhof of Destiny Bound, George King Jr. and Kristi Walsh prepare for the competition.

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No more development in Palm Beach County’s Agricultural Reserve Palm Beach County’s Agricultural Reserve has long been a battleground where developers and conservationists clash, and in these frequent skirmishes developers have won more than their share. Little by little, suburban sprawl is encroaching into the 22,000acre reserve west of Boynton Beach and Delray Beach, which was set aside decades ago as a farming haven. More gated communities have sprung up in recent years, and 2012 saw the opening of Bethesda West Hospital in what once was an unbroken rural stretch. This morning, county commissioners will discuss the reserve’s future once more, and while it is billed as a workshop it is really the site of the latest skirmish. Developers and farmers are pushing for changes to county rules to make it easier to build there. County Commissioner Mary Lou Berger, who called for the workshop, will likely continue to press fellow commissioners to oblige them. We have said it before, but let us say it again: Don’t make it any easier to develop in the Agricultural Reserve. The area was designated decades ago to be a stronghold of the county’s farming industry, and today more than 10,000 acres are in agricultural production, turning out out such vegetables as

The area was designated decades ago as a stronghold of the county’s farming industry. cucumbers, squash, lettuce, eggplants and green beans. County taxpayers approved the spending of $100 million to buy up and conserve thousands of acres there, and it is incumbent upon county commissioners to protect that investment. Farmland, once paved, will never be farmland again. To be sure, development will continue in the reserve, but it is limited in ways that displease builders looking to maximize investments. Currently, developers must put aside between 60 and 80 percent of a project site as conservation land before building. In total, a planned development cannot exceed an average of more than five units per acre. This holds down property values, which means low returns for farmers who want to retire and get rid of their land. But the reserve was never intended as a cluster of investment properties for farmers and nursery owners to till and then sell to the highest bidder. One nursery owner complained last week to the Post’s Joe Capozzi that the current zoning rules “kind of put the hurt on us.” But the - Paid Advertisement -

agricultural reserve and its rules have been in place since 1980. In December, the development push emerged once more. A developer asked commissioners for permission to build a small shopping plaza on 5 acres at the southeast corner of Lyons Road and Atlantic Avenue. But current rules don’t allow new commercial development anywhere in the reserve except two sites, the northwest corner of Atlantic and Lyons, and the southeast corner of Lyons and Boynton Beach Boulevard. The developers said they weren’t out to overhaul the reserve, they just wanted “to change this one corner.” But if the reserve dies, this is just how it will happen, picked apart and paved over piece by piece. County planners opposed the request, but the developers have a powerful ally in Berger, the county commissioner, who supports more commercial development there. Saying the county’s plan for the area is out of date, she called for today’s workshop to review “what it was then and what it is now and the vision that the residents in the area would see in the future.” So began another push to weaken one of Palm Beach County’s great assets. Commissioners should resolve this skirmish by reasserting their commitment to protecting the reserve.

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Some Public Comments

On Palm Beach County’s Agricultural Reserve “We agree with today’s lead editorial in the PB Post.... After the taxpayers have voted and floated a $150 million bond, the yield and give-away to special interests appears to be an assault on democracy, and lost confidence in those we elected to carry out our wishes.” -- John Arthur Marshall “It’s time for our elected officials to listen to the people who vote for them instead of the lobbyists and the developers who stand to make millions and millions of dollars by raping our land.” -- Barbara O’Donnell “... the voters chose to put aside $150 million dollars to preserve this precious farmland which provides winter vegetables to our nation. I am sure that any additional vote would produce the same result. This is the voice of the people...” -- Linda Rosenthal “We need agricultural more than we need commercial. Preserve the Ag Reserve according to the plan already adopted.” -- Jeanette Porter “I am absolutely opposed to a change to either the 40/60 residential/agriculture split or to the housing density.” -- Paton White

“Please do not change ANY farmland into residential / commercial or industrial. This is a special place-it doesn’t freeze and the soils works. Without the Ag reserve—our winter vegetables come from South America, China, the middle east— what wonderful controls they have on pesticides, lead et cetera. Say NO to development.” -- Bill Louda

“I am opposed to any further development in the Ag Reserve -- It is contrary to our comp plan and further does not support the voters who voted for the Bond Issues in the 1990’s so that the Ag Reserve would be preserved.” -- Sheila Calderon

“I support changes to Ag Reserve in particular addition to more commercial locations at Lyons and Boynton Beach Blvd.” -- James M. Alderman

“Support keeping limits to development in the Ag Reserve -- we need farms not more housing, stores in Palm Beach County.” -- Kay Gates

“As a resident, I voted for the 1999 bond issue to protect about 20,500 plus acres in the Ag Reserve. When we elect commissioners, we expect that the funds dedicated for that purpose will be used for that purpose. This County has enough trouble with ethics. Stop bowing down to the developers!!” -- Dr. Peggy G. VanArman

“Development within the Ag Reserve needs to be stopped beyond those currently approved. PBC spent $100M to protect this land, not subsidize developers. Once it is gone there is no going back. A decision to put additional development in the Ag Reserve should be put to a countywide referendum.” -- Joseph O’Donnell

Please remember that our Ag Reserve, consisting of greenspace and agriculture, is and should remain, the Central Park of our county.” -- Roni Freedman

“...the Agriculture Preserve should stay preserved as the great number of people voted 15 years ago, without any new revisions or changes.” -- Linda Humphries

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“Our preserves were preserved in perpetuity.” -- Edward Tedtmann

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Caridad To Hold ‘25 Years Of Caring’ On April 7 At Polo Club In Wellington

The Caridad Center, the largest free healthcare and dental clinic in Florida, will host “25 Years of Caring: A Salute to the Heroes of Caridad” on Monday, April 7 at 6 p.m. at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington. The event will honor the 400 volunteers whose medical, dental, vision and social service expertise enables the clinic to provide 26,000 patient visits each year. The dinner will also celebrate Caridad’s 25 years of providing free medical services to the working poor and uninsured in Palm Beach County. “Caridad Center simply could not exist without its incredible corps of volunteers,” Executive Director Laura Kallus said. “It is remarkable to reflect on the number of children and their families whose health and lives have been improved — and sometimes saved — through our partnership of donors and volunteers.” The presenting sponsor is the International Polo Club and International Polo Club Catering. Additional sponsors include the Goshen Hill Foundation, FirstPath, Quest Diagnostics Inc., Bethesda Health

Inc., Maserati of Palm Beach, the Grand Champions Polo Club, Phelps Media Group International, Equestrian Sport Productions, the Kosinski Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. William McCauley, Daszkal Bolton Accountants & Advisors, the Sun-Sentinel, Nurse on Call, Illustrated Properties, the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce and the Wanderers Club. The event co-chairs are Caroline Moran, Sanjiv Sharma and Robert Souaid. Committee members include Constance Berry, Luis Torres, Richard Retamar, Marie Speed, Dr. Paul Archacki, Penny Kosinski, Sugar Savin McCauley and Billy Williams. The evening will honor all of Caridad’s volunteers, and especially recognize those who have reached their 5-, 10-, 15- and 20-year anniversaries of service. Tickets are available for $250. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, or for an invitation to the event, call (561) 853-1638. The Caridad Center is the largest free healthcare clinic operated through volunteer providers in

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Dr. Marita Malone, Sanjiv Sharma, Caroline Moran, Robert Souaid, Luis Torres, Sonia Torres and Dr. Paul Archacki. Florida, serving the working poor and recently uninsured throughout Palm Beach County. More than 400 doctors, dentists and other medical professionals donate their time and provide services valued at over $2.3 million a year. The Caridad Center provides 26,000 patient visits each year, bypassing costly emergency

room visits, which saves county taxpayers an estimated $4.8 million annually. In addition to medical services, Caridad provides college scholarships, baby supplies, crisis intervention services, back-to-school supplies and the adopt-a-family program during the holidays. For more info., visit


James and Joyce Dossett are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on Friday, March 28. Married in a small ceremony attended by just a few in 1964, both are now retired and enjoying time with their family. They both reside in Loxahatchee.

Morrison Graduates From Air Force Basic Training

Air Force Airman Kendall S. Morrison recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate’s degree in applied science through the Community College of the Air Force. Morrison is the son of Pamela Morrison of Royal Palm Beach. He is a 2011 graduate of Royal Palm Beach High School.

Kendall S. Morrison

Johnna Cesta On BU Dean’s List

On Thursday, March 13, the Rotary Club of Royal Palm Beach inducted a new member, Ray Ahmed, and also awarded a service pin to Dr. Bruce Elkind. Ahmed is president and pharmacist in charge of Royal Palm Pharmacy, located at 11328 Okeechobee Blvd. He will begin the Red Badge program to learn all aspects of how the club operates. He was proposed as a member to the club by B.B. Okon. Elkind, who is a charter member of the club formed in 1990, received his Paul Harris +5 pin. Over the years, Elkind has given $6,000 to the Rotary Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational and cultural exchange programs. Shown above are Okon and Ahmed (left), and Foundation Chair Eric Gordon with Elkind (right).

Johnna M. Cesta of Wellington was named to the Dean’s List at Boston University for the fall semester. Each school and college at Boston University has its own criterion for the Dean’s List, but students generally must attain a 3.5 grade

point average on a 4.0 scale, or be in the top 30 percent of their class, as well as carry a full course load as a full-time student. Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research.

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‘Women In IT’ Award Goes To Seminole Ridge High School’s Kimberly Ramroop

Seminole Ridge High School student Kimberly Ramroop of the school’s information technology academy was honored recently as a recipient of the 2014 South Florida National Center for Women in Technology “Women in IT” award, receiving a trophy at Citrix Systems in Fort Lauderdale. “We networked with some of the top IT women role models in south Florida, from graphic

designers to programmers to engineers, and heard their stories of IT success,” information technology teacher Rebecca Vadakara said. Millions of computing and technology jobs will be open in the coming years, but not enough people will be available to fill them, Vadakara added. “I’m glad for our IT academy and the career industry certifications we offer, and I hope to see

more of our girls aspire to the IT field to be women in technology,” she said. • WITVA Honors Hawk Artists — The annual Women in the Visual Arts (WITVA) exhibition has honored a number of SRHS artists for their work. Congratulations to the following students, who will receive cash prizes at WITVA’s annual awards ceremony: • Shanira Delgado, Nature’s

Losing Battle, mixed media: $200. • Nhi Huynh, Crystallize, acrylic on canvas: $100. • Diana Lopez, Worlds Away, acrylic on canvas: $50. • Jody Mewborn, Computer, gouache on canvas: $50. • Cydney Rallo, Idyllic Desires, charcoal on paper: $100. • Robyn Rosier, Bottles, pastel and water: $200.

THE NED SHOW VISITS BINKS FOREST ELEMENTARY On Saturday, March 1, Wellington Elementary School held its Equestrian Night at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington. Coach Adrienne Brady’s twirlers started out the evening performing magnificently. Mr. Dave Morrison’s chorus sang the national anthem beautifully. Students and their families had a wonderful time visiting all the tents, watching magicians perform, riding the carousel, having their face painted and more. A silent auction was held, as well as a raffle, with proceeds going directly to the school. Shown here are the chorus (above) and the twirlers (below).

The NED Show recently visited the students at Binks Forest Elementary School. NED stands for: Never give up, Encourage others and Do your best. The NED Show combines a positive message with humor, storytelling, audience participation and memorable object lessons like yoyo and magic tricks. The assembly teaches students how they can develop the three valuable characteristics to become champions at school and in life. Shown here is firstgrader Nathaniel Kurz on stage during the NED Show.

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TKA Senior Helps With SAT Preparation

In a day and age in which the goal of most high school students is to avoid homework, King’s Academy senior John McGrath is not only doing the homework assigned to him, he is creating more. After a near perfect score on his SATs, McGrath realized that the standard homework included in most math textbooks was not reflective of the rigor or depth of understanding needed for standardized tests and most college-level math courses. That sentiment was articulated almost verbatim by College Board President David Coleman on March 5, when he announced the new SAT format. Coleman quoted College Board

statistics indicating that while many more people are applying to and enrolling in colleges, “the rise in college-going is accompanied by a disturbing statistic. By the College Board’s own research, the percentage of ‘college ready’ high school graduates has been essentially unchanged since 2009 at about 43 percent.” McGrath decided to do something about it. Working with members of TKA’s faculty, McGrath created a seminar on “Math the SAT Way,” which he delivered to the math teachers who attended the Christian Schools of Palm Beach County conference on Feb. 14. At the seminar, McGrath

showed the teachers how to go beyond the rote practice and computation of the textbooks to the symbolic representation and application skills measured in tests such as the SAT. The King’s Academy is a nationally recognized private Christian school serving approximately 1,200 students from preschool through 12th grade. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Association of Christian Schools International and the Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools. More information about TKA is available online at

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John McGrath teaches SAT methods to teachers.

SRHS Students Take Third In Brain Bee

Science institutions throughout the country celebrated Brain Awareness Week March 10-16 with fairs, exhibitions and competitions, sharing their events globally via social media and the tag #brainweek. The Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience and 50 students from Palm Beach and Martin counties took part in the third annual Brain Bee Challenge, where students toured state-ofthe-art research labs, participated in demonstrations and Q&A sessions with neuroscientists, and competed in teams in a brain science quiz. The team format was a new addition to this year’s Brain Bee, which in prior years was an individual competition. “Collaboration is an important part of the scientific process and a core value of the Max Planck

Society and MPFI,” said Dr. Ana Fiallos, head of education outreach. “We were excited to incorporate that through the new format this year.” For the third year in a row, the MPFI Brain Bee was funded by the Mary and Robert Pew Public Education Fund. “The reality is, some schools just have more resources available to them than others,” said Louise Grant, the Pew Fund’s executive director. “We support the Brain Bee because it gives all students an equal opportunity to be challenged and to realize the full potential they have outside of the classroom.” Seniors Christopher Aguirre of Atlantic High School and Cynthia Colas of Olympic Heights High School took home the first-place title. Michael MeCabe, Sienna Young and Chandni Rana of Ju-

New Horizons Elementary School is celebrating 25 years educating children in Wellington. Former students and staff members are invited to observe the anniversary at the annual hoedown on Friday, April 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. A special program will take place at 6 p.m. Shown here are some of New Horizons’ original staff members: guidance counselor Lynne Bray, reading teacher Karen Butts, kindergarten teacher Gwen Lyons, fifth-grade teacher Pat Klammer and assistant Denise Borgen.

Oliver Levy and SRHS students Camila Yepes and Olivia Williams finished in third place. piter High School came in second donations to the high schools of place, while Olivia Williams and the winning students, and for the Camila Yepes of Seminole Ridge first-place winners, an invitation to High School and Oliver Levy of shadow a scientist for a day. Jupiter High School made up the For more information on MPFI third-place team. and the Brain Bee Challenge, visit Prizes for the winners included


Register For Adult Education Classes Online

Spring is in the air, and with its arrival, the Department of Adult & Community Education at the School District of Palm Beach County is launching online class registration at five community schools beginning March 31. Adults now have the option to enroll in Fun & Leisure classes from the comfort of their home. They can register and pay online via credit card to sign up for classes at Park Vista High School, Royal Palm Beach High School, Boca Raton Middle School, Jupiter High School and West Boca High School. The user-friendly,

convenient online registration system will be rolled out in phases to more schools throughout the rest of the year. Powered by Active Network software, the registration system allows users to browse Fun & Leisure classes online, add them to their shopping cart and pay with a credit card. Walk-in students can continue to register in person by cash or check. Online registration for GED and ESOL classes is not available at this time. West Boca High School was the first school to launch this successful program in the summer of

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Presbyterian Church (561) 795-6292 13689 Okeechobee Blvd, Loxahatchee (1.3 miles west of Crestwood Blvd.)

2013. Since its inception, more than 90 percent of class registrations are conducted online. Fun & Leisure classes for adults are offered at more than 26 community schools in Palm Beach County. With hundreds of classes to choose from, students can explore a new hobby, develop new skills and cultivate new friendships. Offerings include arts & crafts, music, sports & fitness, cooking, computer training and a wide variety of personal enrichment classes, such as how to start a business, dog obedience training, flower arranging, meditation, mo-

torcycle maintenance and more. Spring registration (both online and on-site) for Fun & Leisure classes begins Monday, March 31. Students can preview the registration site now and add classes to their “wish list.” Classes begin Monday, April 14. The Department of Adult & Community Education is dedicated to empowering adults for lifelong learning with knowledge and skills needed at work, at home and in the community to compete in today’s global society. For more info., visit www.pbc or call (561) 649-6010.

On Tuesday, March 11, Wellington Elementary School staff, students and families were at PDQ restaurant on State Road 7 in Wellington for a successful PTO fundraiser. The school received a percentage of food purchased that evening. It was a great night for all to come together and eat a delicious meal for a great cause. Wellington Elementary School thanks business partner Wellington PDQ for its support. Shown here is teacher Jennifer Laham with her family enjoying dinner at PDQ.

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We Were On A Road Trip; Car Buying Was Not Part Of The Plan We bought a new car. I say it matter-of-factly and devoid of excitement because that is how it happened. We were cruising down the interstate, four hours into what was to be a 19-hour trip, and I smelled transmission fluid. “I smell transmission fluid,” I said. “Uh-huh,” said Mark, dismissing the comment, perhaps because I am a girl, and a girl could not possibly know what transmission fluid smells like. “Did you put transmission fluid in before we left?” It was a long shot. “No.” Mark is a man of few words. “Things are only going to get worse from here,” I said. I may be a girl, but I am a girl who grew up with two gearhead brothers and

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The Sonic BOOMER a mechanical engineer for a father. Mark tried shifting into low. The car did not like that. We limped off the exit ramp and into the parking lot of a hotel. Unbelievably, there was a Ford dealership right across the street. “It’s a sign,” I said. “Right,” Mark replied.

The time was 9:15 p.m. Car dealerships typically close at 9 p.m. “I’m going to walk over there and see what time they open,” Mark said. “We’ll stay here tonight, and I’ll be first in line for Ford service in the morning.” That was fine with me. The hotel lobby had one of those vintage-looking red carts offering up free hot popcorn. I filled up a bag and got a soda out of the machine. I was “making lemons into lemonade.” “You know they’re going to sell you a new car, right?” “Naw, I’m just going to get this one fixed,” he said. Mark is a babe in the woods sometimes. At 9:15 a.m. the next morning, Mark called the room from his cell phone. “I’m

just outside the lobby,” he said. “Come see what you think of this new vehicle.” Uh-huh. “The service department says our car needs a new transmission. It’ll cost $4,000 and they can’t get to it for three days,” Mark said. “So I’m taking a test drive in this.” “It’s a pickup truck,” I said. “We need an SUV.” It was the beginning of the end. There followed six hours of test drives, negotiation, calls to friends who work at Ford to see about available discounts and the inevitable dealing with Ford Credit. It’s like the nightmare I have where things get smaller and smaller until I’m stuck and can’t move. Mark and I started

out in the vast Ford parking lot, advanced to the spacious showroom, were moved to a dealer’s roomy cubicle and ended up in a tight little office where our knees were jammed up against the desk and our chairs were too short. On the bright side, we had found a nice vehicle right on the lot, were able to hitch our trailer to it, and were on our way within hours. Things could have been so much worse. We could’ve been stranded in a field somewhere... could’ve had to pay towing charges... it could’ve been snowing... and, worst of all, no popcorn. “I didn’t like our old car anyway,” I said. “And that was really good popcorn,” Mark replied. Fifteen hours to go.

‘Divergent’ An Interesting Action Film With Major Plot Problems I thought Divergent was a pretty decent film. There were many inherent weaknesses, but there was enough interesting action to keep the audience engaged. Based on a bestselling series of books by Veronica Roth, it is set in a post-apocalyptic Chicago. People are divided into five cliques, each one an emotional state that is completely emphasized, overwhelming all other feelings. Unless, of course, you are “divergent.” There are five basic factions: Erudite (intellectual), Candor (honest), Amity (kind, friendly), Dauntless (courageous) and Abnegation (selfless). Abnegation is in charge, presumably because those who live a simple life helping others would be an ideal ruling group. Erudite, however, wants to take over. Young people are forced to choose one of the groups at a large ceremony and, once they have

‘I’ On CULTURE By Leonard Wechsler chosen, may never change their minds. The slogan used is “Faction Over Family.” Beatrice (Shailene Woodley), the daughter of leading Abnegants, is a divergent: She is part Abnegant, part Erudite and part Dauntless. She chooses Dauntless and goes through a long, although fascinating, initiation period. Much of the movie focuses on the way initiates learn to be full members. Under the stern eye of Four (Theo James), a tough but caring

tutor, Tris, as she now styles herself, becomes a warrior. These scenes are among the best in the movie. But then politics rears its ugly head. There are rumors spread that the leaders of Abnegation are abusive, all of which leads to a revolt by Erudite, using mind control over most of Dauntless. Tris and Four lead a small band that stops a genocidal killing spree, but they become factionless… leading to the inevitable sequel. There are several problems with the story. The first is that there is no reasonable explanation for dividing the population the way they have, and certainly no reason why people should not be allowed to change. In some ways, it is a reversion to the old “nature vs. nurture” argument over whether our genes or experiences determine who we are. The leader of Erudite, the rather nasty Jeanine Matthews (Kate

Winslet), freely admits that it is against human nature, but argues that human nature is almost always wrong. This argument, often used by some intellectuals, assumes that those with more education always know best, something that might well be argued. On top of that, it seems that Tris’s parents have managed to change their affiliation, although this is not explained. A second flaw is that just too much of the plot is taken from other films. This movie borrows from Harry Potter (ceremonially choosing factions), Total Recall and Inception (use of drugs to get inside people’s brains), and possibly tips a nod to zombie movies, as well as even Planet of the Apes (post-Apocalyptic world), not to mention a whole genre of teen movies where kids break up into cliques in which they have to prove themselves to join. Of course, there are also the clichés: the

villains are really villainous, ready to commit genocide. The leader of the training, Eric (Jai Courtney), is a sadistic meanie shown to be a fake. Another problem is that somehow we are expected to believe that several of the women, who are rather small, can take on trained men nearly a hundred pounds heavier in nasty fighting. The cast is pretty good. Woodley is good in the action, handles the drama well and fits the mold of an average girl who, through heroic efforts, wins over the good-looking guy. James is a particularly good action hero: very tough, good-looking in a masculine way, yet able to show a real sensitive side. Winslet, Ashley Judd and Tony Goldwyn (as the parents of Tris) are also good in smaller roles. The action scenes are what carries the movie, and they are many and varied. It See WECHLSER, page 21

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The Sons of Italy Michelangelo Lodge No. 2864 in Royal Palm Beach celebrated the Feast of St. Joseph with a linguini and clam sauce dinner on Thursday, March 20 at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center. For more information about the Sons of Italy, call Pat Devivo at (561) 249-1298 or e-mail PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Joe Dente of the Delray Beach lodge, Edward Mottola from the Boca Raton Lodge, RPB President Pat Devivo and Sam Pittaro.

Betty and Joe Dente with Leo and Angela Pignatelli.

Sam Pittaro, Millie Gaspirone and Joe Beluccio.

George Beyers and Dora Fiorencia with John and Rose Morack.

Louise and Frank Melillo enjoy the evening.

Joe Beluccio plays for Jan Schneider.


Members of the Wellington Seniors Club attended Friday Night Stars on Friday, March 14 at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. Club members enjoyed the AGDF Grand Prix Freestyle dressage competition, where the horse and rider “dance” to their choice of music and their own choreography in a six-minute routine. For more info., visit PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Mary and Tony Alfalla, Eileen Dix and Mary Rowe.

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Sally Schwartz and Estelle Rubin with Wellington Seniors Club President Howard Trager.

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Philanthropy Takes Center Arena At The Community Gifted Foundation’s Luncheon At Wellington Show Grounds Panther Run Philanthropy was the topic of enjoyed the view overlooking the president and CEO, hosted a series order to build stronger, healthier Program discussion at the Community show jumping arena while they of luncheons around Palm Beach communities. Foundation for Palm Beach and shared stories about how the Com- and Martin counties this season Rich Anderson, executive direcExpanded Martin Counties’ luncheon on Fri- munity Foundation has helped designed to educate donors and tor and CEO of the Peggy Adams day, March 21 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Guests at the intimate event

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Offers An Apology

continued from page 1 ing told three different answers by Mr. Stillings... this truth finally came out,” she said. “I was shocked. I lost my temper. I lost my patience and, momentarily, I lost the power of thought. I reverted to the most potent gesture in my subconscious to express what these staff members were trying to do — to consolidate power to themselves and take the decisionmaking out of the public arena and into the dark.” Radosevich said she is not blind to the severity of the gesture. “I’m a third-generation Nazi fighter,” she said. “The horrors of World War II are very real and alive to me. I grew up with the emotional scars caused by the Nazi regime, and I was taught that we must never forget the horrors of totalitarianism.” She said she agreed to serve on the Planning, Zoning & Adjustment Board because of her love of American democracy and the frustrations many residents have expressed with village staff. “Some residents feel that some village staff members are making their lives miserable,” Radosevich said. Several people spoke in support of Radosevich, saying that the incident was a reaction to frustration with the government, and led to “bullying” that was used to push her off the board for political gain. The board is scheduled to hear an appeal by the Jacobs fam-


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continued from page 3 them to their schools, which was the fourth-most in the county. “For a village this size, it’s outstanding,” Miles said. The district also provided 340 horse-hour patrols from the mounted unit, and 2,698 bikehours. “That was an increase of 707 bike-hours the past year,” he said. “You’ve probably seen the bikes in neighborhoods and business plazas with District 9 deputies riding. Participation in the district’s Police Athletic League boxing program for boys and girls ages 11 to 17 was up 41 percent last year and averages 100 kids per week showing up to work out, Miles said. Calls for service have been divided into sectors, and with the

supporters about the ways the organization identifies and addresses issues, and assists nonprofits in

Community Foundation President and CEO Brad Hurlburt with Mark Bellissimo, Caroline Moran and Katherine Bellissimo.

Animal Rescue League, was the featured guest speaker. He explained about the nonprofit’s work that provided services to more than 29,000 animals last year. The organization recently started an endowment fund at the Community Foundation to ensure that their mission can be sustained in the future. Luncheon guests included Community Foundation board member Anson Beard Jr.; former board chair Eliot Snider and his son, Paul Snider; Mark and Katherine Bellissimo; Helen Andrews and Frank Orcino; and Caroline Moran. For more information, visit www.yourcommunityfoundation. org.

ily next month regarding the Van Kampen Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center Stadium. The item will be heard only before the Planning, Zoning & Adjustment Board, which could determine that staff was incorrect in determining that the covered arena was an approved structure. Mayor Bob Margolis felt the two issues were linked. “This waited a week to surface,” Margolis said during council comments. “It came out and went all over the place. Issues are coming up on the planning and zoning board in a few weeks. I believe this was done for political purposes.” Some residents said they understood Radosevich’s frustration. “Marcia was reacting to an overbearing, arrogant and non-responsive government that changes documents without telling people, that loses three or four years of videotapes and minutes to meetings,” said Michael Whitlow, a member of the Wellington Equestrian Preserve Committee. “It gets under your skin, and I fully understand why Marcia did what she did.” Resident Houston Meigs accused the Wellington Chamber of Commerce of “bullying.” “As it is unacceptable to use a Nazi salute, it is equally unacceptable to use bullying and intimidation tactics indulged in by various organizations such as our chamber,” he said. “Such inflammatory statements are the tactics of tyranny. This bullying is solely meant to silence a differing opinion.” Alec Domb, representing the Wellington Chamber of Commerce’s Government Affairs Com-

mittee, said the chamber called for Radosevich’s resignation. “We called for Mrs. Radosevich to resign from her position on the board because of her actions at the meeting, and in particular, her treatment of a public employee,” he said. “We found it to be offensive and reprehensible in its actions. Her treatment of the employees who came before that board was inappropriate and, at the end of the day, what she did to Tim Stillings — who is both a husband and a father — she had no right to do, regardless of her anger or resentment toward village employees.” Councilman Matt Willhite, who appointed Radosevich to the board, noted that he had already accepted her resignation and appointed Andrew Carduner, president of the Palm Beach Polo Property Owners Association, in her place. During council comments, Councilwoman Anne Gerwig asked Village Manager Paul Schofield to clear up the issue of removing the Development Review Committee. Schofield said that because the Development Review Committee is often made up of employees and supervisors, projects cannot be as openly discussed as they could otherwise because of Florida’s Sunshine Law. “It was not to curtail the public review process or take anything away from a board or committee,” he said. “If the planning director can’t talk to his planner, who he supervises, outside of a public meeting, we can’t conduct business.”

He added, however, that perhaps the changes were not very clear. “We probably did not do a good job of communicating it,” Schofield said. “No one is trying to take the review process out of the public.” Gerwig said she accepted Radosevich’s apology and thought a lesson could be learned from the incident. “I know we’ve done that, amongst council, when we’ve gotten emotionally involved and said things we didn’t want to say,” she said. “We do need to treat our professional staff in a proper way.” Vice Mayor Howard Coates said he was surprised by the incident but was understanding. “I recognize that you are a human being and that sometimes we get caught up in the emotion of the moment and do dumb things,” he said. “I think that’s what happened. I think your apology and recognition of the inappropriateness of what happened is heartfelt.” Councilman John Greene said Radosevich is not the first person to be subjected to bullying in Wellington. “I’m sorry that you had to deal with this,” he said. “I hope you continue to be a strong voice in this community. You brought a lot of issues to light, and we have a lot more work to do. It’s time for us to stand up and fight back.” Willhite said he was disappointed with the media frenzy surrounding the incident that shed a negative light on Wellington, while ignoring the recent naming of Wellington as one of the top 100 places to retire to. “They only shed light on the negative aspects of this village,” he said.

computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system, calls are balanced so they are distributed evenly, Miles said. The CAD system captured 65,461 calls last year. Of those, 44,250 were proactive police calls, and the remaining 21,211 were calls for service. Of those, 3,230 were criminal in nature, which was down from the previous year’s 3,411. He said uniform crime reporting (UCR) from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has evened out over the past three years, and the percentage of cases closed has risen from 36 percent to 38 percent. In the seven categories collected by the UCR, the total crime index was up to 1,103 from 1,086 in 2012. There were no murders, compared to one the previous year. Forcible rapes were down to 12 from 13 in 2012. Robberies increased by nine to 39, larceny was up to 832 from 761 in 2012, and motor vehicle thefts were up

to 36 compared with 26 in 2012. However, aggravated assault was down to 65 from 78 in 2012, and burglaries were down sharply to 119 from 181 in 2012. Miles credited the reduced number of residential burglaries in part to the increased truancy enforcement. He attributed the increase in robberies to shoplifters resisting arrest by store attendants; there were nine such incidents. “Resisting a merchant is considered a robbery, so if you’re at your local store and somebody resists the loss prevention officer going out the door, that is regarded as a robbery,” he said. Shoplifting is concentrated largely at the Super Walmart store, which had 197 of the total 393 incidents in 2013, an increase of 23.1 percent at that store alone. “I have met with the Walmart store manager and corporate officials about the growing problem,” he said. “They have instituted a

plan to cut down on the man-hours that we spend at Walmart.” Of the 39 robberies, 20 were highway, 12 were commercial, one was a gas station, one was a convenience store, two were residences, one was a bank and two were not categorized. Theft accounted for 75 percent of the total crime index. “Shoplifting incidents were 38 percent of all thefts reported,” Miles said. “Vehicle burglaries are listed as thefts from motor vehicles,” he said. “That was an increase from the previous year. Thefts from unlocked vehicles remain the PBSO’s biggest challenge in Royal Palm Beach. “Criminals working at night and pulling on door handles is becoming a constant thing throughout the county and across the country,” Miles said. “Just the other night, they were out in Counterpoint Estates. You hit one, you get a whole spree of them. We had eight vehicles hit the other night.”

continued from page 1 us some time for growing pains, but I can promise you we will have one class per grade level, kindergarten through fifth grade.” This change will end the current part-time gifted program at Panther Run, which takes students in the gifted program out of their regular classes for special classes one day a week. Parents have argued that this disrupts not only the schedules of the gifted students,

but also those of the other students. In the next week, a survey will go out to parents asking whether they will continue to send their students to Binks Forest or will be attending Panther Run next school year. Strachan explained that the school does not immediately plan to add classes. For now, at least one class in each grade will be changed into a gifted class. Additional classes could be added in the future. All of the information will be available on Panther Run’s Edline page next week. Panther Run is located at 10775 Lake Worth Road. For more about the program, call the school at (561) 804-3900.

Gifted Meeting — A number of school and district officials attended Tuesday’s meeting. Among them were (L-R): Area 3 ESE Coordinator June Aversano, Binks Forest Elementary School Principal Michella Levy, Panther Run Elementary School Principal Pamela Strachan, Area 3 Superintendent Dr. Matthew Shoemaker, Panther Run Assistant Principal Edilia De La Vega, Area 3 Director Dwan Moore-Ross, Binks Forest Assistant Principal Karen Berard, ESE Gifted Specialist Dr. Rosemary Daniels and ESE Associate Director Kevin McCormick. PHOTO BY JULIE UNGER/TOWN-CRIER


Approval For Store

continued from page 1 improvements are being provided onsite to support not only the warehouse use, but future uses on the other vacant parcels,” he said. “When the warehouse came through, that was the biggest user. They made provisions to design the water retentions for all of the sites that would be developed in the future.” The removal of invasive plant species has already been undertaken for the entire site. “There are some exotic invasives at the rear,” Erwin said. “It is my understanding that they are going to be removing those when they get the rear buffer in.” The applicant submitted a market study showing that the property is capable of supporting a grocery store. However, Aldi officials did not speak at the hearing. Commission Vice Chair Richard Becher agreed that the amendment and land use change made sense. “The state obviously is encouraging this type of situation,” he said. “I agree with it 100 percent.” Commission Alternate Michael Axelberd also supported the project. “I think this is the perfect use for this land, and I have been in favor of using this land for this type of development for years,” he said. Axelberd asked whether the


New Film ‘Divergent’

continued from page 18 could have been terribly boring watching a long series of training sequences, but they are what makes the movie come to life and help us identify with Tris. I am frustrated by the number of young adult bestsellers turned into movies that are either into

main entrance was going to be at the existing entrance to the Regal Cinemas, and Erwin said the main entrance will be at Aldi Way, between the grocery store site and an existing self-storage facility. “Eventually there is going to be potential for a [traffic] light there,” Erwin said. “I think it depends on FDOT when and how soon that will happen.” Commission Chair Jackie Larson said she thought the location was ideal after negotiations at the former Toys ’R’ Us site did not go through. Axelberd made a motion to recommend approval of the land use amendment, which carried 5-0. Commissioner Barbara Powell made a motion to approve the zoning change, which also carried 5-0. The issue also came up at the Thursday, March 20 meeting of the Royal Palm Beach Village Council. The council approved its preliminary reading of the Aldi land use change. Councilman David Swift asked why the application had not gone to the Planning & Zoning Commission first, and Village Manager Ray Liggins said it was a matter of timing, adding that the land use amendment would need to go to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, and then return to the council a second time once it arrives back from Tallahassee with commentary. Councilman Richard Valuntas made a motion to approve the application, which carried 5-0. the supernatural or are dystopic. Years ago, young people seemed to expect hope in their future. Now, they seem to see either horrible futures dominated by a ruling elite or hope through some sort of dealings with super-beings. I could try to be profound about that, but I might start crying. At any rate, this is a decent, not great, action film. There is a lot of violence and a chilling genocidal scene near the end. But it kept me interested and involved throughout.

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Attorneys Of Kelk Phillips Law Firm Bring Unique Experience

By Julie Unger Town-Crier Staff Report Kelk Phillips P.A. is a fullservice Wellington law firm with flexible, accommodating hours, focusing on real estate law, wills and trusts, equine law and immigration. Zachary W. Phillips graduated magna cum laude from Nova Southeastern University after earning his undergraduate degree in finance from Florida State University. With his pilot’s license and aviation knowledge, Phillips is able to apply his moot court experience, law review and national trial association experience and legal experience to various areas of practice, including real estate, probate, wills, trusts, litigation, equine law, family law, aviation law and commercial litigation.

Laura Kelk Phillips traveled internationally to earn her degrees. She received her juris doctorate from Nova Southeastern University after completing a master’s degree in criminology at the London School of Economics in England, and receiving an honors bachelor’s degree from York University in Toronto. Originally from Ontario, Kelk Phillips competes in equestrian show jumping, which makes her uniquely qualified to represent equestrians in legal matters, she said. Her extensive experience is applied to her primary areas of practice, including real estate, wills, trusts, probate administration, commercial litigation, family law and equine law. “I’ve been involved with horses for 24 years now,” Kelk Phillips said. “I’ve done a lot of buying and

selling, and I have been involved in the horse community.” Having a lawyer experienced in equine law is important for people buying and selling horses, she said. “There are a lot of deals that go bad because of failure to sign a contract, and people lose their friendships over deals that go bad,” Kelk Phillips said. “You can protect yourself with a contract — selling, buying or leasing. For example, you lease a horse and it gets hurt, then you give it back to your friend. If you have a contract with the terms on how to deal with that, then your friendship isn’t on the line. I’ve seen many friendships go bad because of a horse deal. The industry as a whole could be more protected with contracts.” Her familiarity with the needs of horses provides her clients with a unique, insider’s perspective.

Immigration, work visas and green cards are important in the international equestrian scene, and her experience in this arena helps Kelk Phillips assess situations and determine the best route for clients. “We are new to the area, a fresh law firm,” Phillips said. “We’re both extremely hard-working and passionate about what we do.” Still in the early years of their law careers, the couple will be married two years next month. They have found unexpected advantages to a firm with young lawyers. For example, individuals looking to work on their probate wills and trusts tend to be older but look toward younger lawyers, who will be around in 20 years, to help them, rather than a lawyer their own age. “I feel like with wills and trusts, equine and immigration, you’re

Attorneys Zachary W. Phillips and Laura Kelk Phillips. helping people,” Kelk Phillips said. “That’s how we got started at those particular areas. You feel like you’re doing good.” Kelk Phillips P.A. is located at

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The Palm Beach Pooch Party took place Sunday, March 23 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center Stadium on South Shore Blvd. Guests enjoyed pet vendors and music, as well as a pet painting contest. The event also featured the PBIEC annual art project, where 13 local schools painted wraparound benches. Winners were named at the party, with Emerald Cove Middle School winning Best Representation, Wellington Elementary School winning Most Inspiring and Okeeheelee Middle School taking the Best Overall award. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Principal David Samore with art teacher Dolores Santiago.

Judy Howard with Ava, Ace and Madison.

Taylor Dailey gets a kiss from Cabo.

Marva Hyde and Amelia of Pawsitive Independence Service Dogs get a dog bowl from Wyatt Boswell and Chad Lenzi.

Vance Carothers with Mochi.

Wellington High School senior Jessi Dwyer with the bench she helped paint.

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New McDonald’s Brings 55 Jobs To Area

There’s a new dining spot in the area — and an employment boost with more than 55 new jobs — with the opening of a new McDonald’s at 15880 Orange Blvd. “We’re excited to be open in Loxahatchee with a locally hired team,” owner-operator Michele Heisner said. “We want our restaurant to be a community gathering place, as well as a dining spot, and we look forward to being part of the community.” Page 29


The Life Of A South Florida Golf Pro

If you ask Perr y Lancianese how he is doing, don’t expect to receive a perfunctory response. Instead, expect a big smile and his robust, trademark reply, “I’ve never had it so good!” Lancianese, director of golf operations and manager of club services at the Palm Beach Polo Golf & Country Club in Wellington, wholeheartedly means it. Page 35

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Local fitness enthusiasts will have the chance to work out with Tony Horton, famed creator of P90x, on Saturday, April 5 at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park (11600 Poinciana Blvd.) from 9:30 to 1:30 p.m. The event will be hosted by Ultimate Wellness Rewards. Page 35

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Tropical Hay & Feed Expands Store In The Grove Plaza

It wasn’t that long ago that June and Robert “Bob” Orvis finally took the plunge and opened a feed store. After many years of driving semi loads of hay back and forth from Canada to South Florida, it was time to stay put for a while and take a break from the road. And so, in October 2013, they signed the lease and moved into one of the small empty stores in the Grove Marketplace shopping plaza, the one more commonly referred to as the old Winn-Dixie shopping center on Seminole Pratt Whitney Road. Winn-Dixie might be long gone, but June and Bob were doing just fine. So well, in fact, that by February, they contacted their landlord and took over the empty store next door, made a hole in the wall and doubling the size of Tropical Hay & Feed. “We were busting out of the smaller space,” June said. “We ran out of room. Now we’ve doubled our size, from 1,037 square feet to 2,237 square feet. This is a comfortable size for us; a much better fit.” “Business has been wonderful, extremely busy,” Bob added. “We started with the hay and a complete line of Walpole feed, and now we’ve added MannaPro and ADM products. Our customers requested it, so that’s what we did.” Get updates all week long... follow Ellen Rosenberg on Twitter at or stop by the Tales from the Trails page on Facebook and click “like.”

Tales From The Trails By Ellen Rosenberg Indeed, June and Bob are all about pleasing their customers. “If there’s something you want that we don’t have, let us know, and we’ll get it,” Bob said. “We can get the equivalent or better of any feed you use, and our prices can’t be beat. We have every kind of horse feed, plus food for goats, dogs, rabbits, chickens, pigeons, fish and parrots. One customer requested turtle food for her tortoises, so now we carry that, too.” The store also carries shavings and pine wood pellets, along with, of course, hay. “We carry about the best hay you can find,” Bob said. “We have three-string alfalfa from Arizona, three-string timothy from Nevada and a variety of western-Canadian hays — two-string alfalfa, two-string T&A and compressed T&A. And we offer free delivery with no fuel surcharge.” The business has grown quickly. “When we first opened, we saw about 10 to 12 customers a day,” June recalled. “Now it’s more like 40. We had a lot of old customers, from when we were driving, but friends

June and Bob Orvis in the newly expanded store. tell friends, and now we’ve got lots of newer customers. We had four new ones walk in yesterday.” Heather McCandless of Loxahatchee Groves is one of those new customers. “I have four horses,” she said. “I just started coming here recently, and I like it. I’ll be back.” “We’ve had a lot of good feedback,” Bob said. “People say they’re glad to have a local

store close by. They can pull up with their truck or even their horse trailer, and we load everything up for them. They don’t have to carry a single bag.” The store also offers used tack on consignment, buckets, supplements and, occasionally, live chicks. The MannaPro rep periodically holds feed seminars to educate people on See ROSENBERG, page 37

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Ribbon Cutting Celebrates Opening Of Roosters On SR 7

Wonder what men talk about when getting their hair cut? The experienced hair care professionals at Roosters Men’s Grooming Center in Wellington can tell you. This was a question recently asked of participants on “Let’s Ask America,” a new interactive TV game show. They were asked to select from one of four responses polled during a survey of men getting their hair cut. The options were work, hair, sports and politics. “Our team knows the answer — it’s sports,” said Bob Rourke, owner of Wellington’s new Roosters MGC, who acknowledged there may have been a little more politi-

cal talk than usual this month. “We coincidentally chose a busy election day to host our store’s grand opening celebration. Members and staff of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce really came out of their way to make us feel welcome before they headed to the election parties.” During the celebration that included refreshments and prize drawings, visitors relaxed in Roosters’ oversized leather barber chairs and met the store’s team of experienced barbers and stylists. Roosters’ custom services include precision haircuts and shaves with hot steam towels, deep cleans-

ing facial massages with moisturizing lotions, and exclusive Aveda products for men. Located on State Road 7, next to Men’s Wearhouse in the Plaza at Wellington Green, Roosters MGC is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. To schedule an appointment, or purchase a gift card, call (561) 798-0606. Walk-ins are always welcome. Roosters MGC in Wellington is one of more than 70 franchises nationwide and the third to open in Florida. For more information, visit

Owner Bob Rourke cuts the ribbon, joined by the Roosters’ team of hair care professionals, friends, family and representatives of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce.

Stonewood Grill & Tavern Now Offering Online Reservations Stonewood Grill & Tavern is now offering customers the added convenience of online reservations at any of its 14 locations throughout Florida, including the one in Wellington. Parties of 12 guests or less can now make dinner reservations online at Telephone reservations are still available for parties of 13 guests or more and for guests who prefer to book by phone. “Enabling guests to make their own reservations right from our

web site is a small but important convenience for our new and returning customers,” said Jeff Ash, president and chief operating officer of Stonewood Holdings. “This is in line with our commitment to continuously enhance quality, service and value for our guests, and we’re already hearing from guests who have found our online reservations to be quick and easy for planning their evenings with us at Stonewood Grill & Tavern.” Stonewood’s online reservation

system allows parties to include special requests and important information for the restaurant, such as special celebrations or notes to the staff. Once a reservation is completed online, guests receive an automated e-mail confirming the date, time and location. In addition to online dining reservations, most Stonewood Grill & Tavern locations offer private dining areas for larger groups or celebrations that can be reserved by calling each restaurant directly.

For dinner parties not wishing to make reservations, walk-ins are always welcome and will be seated as soon as possible by Stonewood’s skilled and friendly staff. Drinks and appetizers are available in the tavern as an alternative to the dining room, or while waiting for a table. Founded in 1999, Stonewood Grill & Tavern offers a comfortable and inviting dining experience with an emphasis on oak-grilled steak and fresh seafood.

Stonewood Holdings is the parent company of two Florida dining concepts, Peach Valley Café (www. and Stonewood Grill & Tavern (www. Stonewood Holdings currently operates five Peach Valley Café locations and 14 Stonewood Grill & Tavern restaurants. Stonewood Holdings opened its first location in 1999 in Ormond Beach, where it currently maintains its headquarters.

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McDonald’s Brings 55 Jobs To Acreage/Loxahatchee Area

There’s a new dining spot in the Acreage/Loxahatchee area — and an employment boost with more than 55 new jobs — with the opening of a new generation McDonald’s located at 15880 Orange Blvd. “We’re excited to be open in Loxahatchee with a locally hired team of 55 employees,” owner-operator Michele Heisner said. “We want our restaurant to be a community gathering place, as well as a dining spot, and we look forward to being part of the community.” This is the eighth Palm Beach County McDonald’s for Heisner Enterprises Partnerships, which also owns restaurants in West Palm Beach, Lake Worth and Boynton Beach. The restaurant’s grand opening is set for Saturday, April 5, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., starting with a ribbon cutting, special offers, a Ronald

McDonald visit from 10:30 a.m. to noon, a DJ and family-friendly entertainment and activities. Heisner wants people to know that McDonald’s is a great place to start a first job or to build a career in management. She started her career as a crew member, as did many of her organization’s top management. She notes that McDonald’s supports career advancement with programs including management training, which enables employees to earn college credits while working. The new McDonald’s is an “any time of day dining destination” designed for convenience and comfort. The contemporary design features a sleek “eyebrow” arch replacing the familiar golden arches, and gives guests a choice of indoor and outdoor dining areas. There’s free Wi-Fi and a double lane drive-through for speedy service.

“Whether it’s moms stopping by for a McCafe break while the kids are in school, a family out for the evening or a business person on the go, we want McDonald’s to be their destination of choice,” Heisner said. Every Tuesday night will be family night at McDonald’s, and the restaurant will welcome local schools, camps and clubs for special events and fundraisers. Heisner is a second-generation McDonald’s owner-operator. She relocated to Florida from Chicago, where she owned several McDonald’s restaurants and has made giving back to the community integral to her business. This includes an active role in supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities, local schools and community groups, and initiatives such as the annual FitKids Triathlon. As both a business owner and an avid horsewoman, she wel-

McDonald’s owner-operator Michele Heisner. comed the opportunity to expand to the Loxahatchee area. The Loxahatchee McDonald’s is

open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. For employment opportunities, visit

Neighborhood Stabilization Programs Help Nearly 10,000 PBC Residents

To date, close to 10,000 residents have received assistance through Palm Beach County’s Neighborhood Stabilization Programs. More than $89 million, funded by the U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development, has been spent on projects to help stabilize neighborhoods that were adversely affected by the fore-

closure and economic crises. Here’s a snapshot of the county’s NSP activities: • 279 abandoned or foreclosed properties have been purchased and rehabilitated or redeveloped for households with very low, low and moderate incomes through NSP mortgage assistance and by

nonprofit community development organizations for resale or lease. • 56 unsafe structures have been demolished in the Glades area through a collaboration with city officials and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. • 288 new energy-efficient, affordable rental housing units for

low-income seniors and families have been constructed through partnerships with private developers, leveraging more than $32.2 million in additional investment dollars. • 8,200 homeless people have received help through the county’s first homeless resource center, built with $7.5 million in NSP funds.

These projects have resulted in reinvestment in homeownership, restoration of vacant structures to productive use, a turnaround in home values, elimination of blight, an overall increase in neighborhood pride, a greater supply of affordable rental communities and increased services to help the homeless.

Calling all campers for a summer of fun. Sports-minded, adventure-seeking, nature-loving kids will find something for everyone at Breakers West Country Club. Daily Golf, Tennis, & Swimming Instruction Arts & Crafts | Magic Shows | Science Projects Wildlife Demonstrations | Family Cookouts New Family Activity Center & More Ages 5 – 14 Weekly Sessions:

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Acreage Montessori is located in the heart of The Acreage, across the street from Western Pines Middle School. Summer camp is for children ages 5 to 7. The school will be offering a variety enjoyable trips and on-campus events with their fully trained staff, CDA-certified teachers and quality care. All meals are included. Acreage Montessori is located at 5700 140th Ave. North. Call (561) 784-0078 for more info.

The Armory Art Center’s Summer Art Camp is a great way for children in grades K-12 to experience a broad range of art projects. Each of the ten weeks has a different theme or focus. Experienced art instructors provide exciting hands-on art activities. Children will explore various art mediums, including ceramics, photography, mixed media, printmaking, collage, drawing and painting. All art materials are included with tuition. Campus security includes video surveillance. The experienced staff has been screened and meet DCF standards. The Armory Art Center is located at 1700 Parker Ave., West Palm Beach. For more info. call (561) 832-1776. Breakers West Country Club is calling all campers for a summer of fun. Sports-minded, adventure-seeking, nature-loving kids, ages 5 to 14, will find something for everyone at Breakers West. Enjoy daily golf, tennis and swimming instruction; wildlife demonstrations; science experiments; magic shows; arts & crafts; cookouts; and more. This summer, campers will also enjoy game room fun at the new Family Activity Center. Camp runs from June 9 through Aug. 8 (excluding June 30 through July 4). Camp times are Monday through Friday, from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch is included. Space is limited. To register for Breakers West Summer Camp, call (561) 422-4915. Discover the summer camp with an academic focus, and find out why local families have been choosing Camp Cambridge for more than 25 years. This Wellington camp offers programs for children from 2 years old through second grade, with an experienced and mature staff, bilingual programs, in-house weekly field trips, specialty camp sessions, an on-site swimming pool supervised by Red Cross-trained staff, flexible schedules, weekly sessions, and private and group swimming. Nine weeks of camp is offered at Cambridge Schools, located at 1920 Royal Fern Drive in Wellington. For more information, visit or call (561) 791-0013. Casperey Stables Horse Camp is a small, fun-filled day camp for children ages 7 to 14. With four riding opportunities each day, arts and crafts, and outdoor games, campers find little time to be bored. The low counselor-child ratio ensures that each child receives individual attention. There are camp sessions for spring and winter school breaks, and during the summer. Each two-week session has a theme, such as Indian Days, Circus Days and Medieval Days. Casperey Stables has a weekly swim party and ends each session with a horse show and family barbecue. To learn more about the camp, located at 2330 D Road in Loxahatchee Groves, call (561) 792-4990 or visit The Goddard School, located in Wellington, is now enrolling for its Summer Program, from June 4 through Aug. 14. The Goddard School’s program topic is “Amazing Animals,” which is a summer program for all budding adventurers — children who want to explore the wide world of animals. Talented teachers incorporate Goddard’s accredited FLEX Learning Program with special activities every day, including a petting zoo, visits from a reptile trainer, pony rides and much more. In addition, the Goddard School provides a free summer Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) program for all eligible children. For more information, call (561) 333-2020 or visit today. The Lab/High Touch High Tech is conveniently located off State Road 7 at Lantana Road. The Lab brings science to life with hands-on experiments provided by High Touch High Tech, the leader in science education for the last 19 years. Each day will be a new adventure, from interacting with real “lab critters” to launching rockets and panning for gems. The unique Lab offers affordable pricing, experiments with lots of cool take-homes, arts and crafts, physical activities and more. The program taps into children’s natural curiosity and provides them with safe and fun activities that help them learn about the world around them. Campers will make slime, erupt volcanoes, make ice cream, tie dye T-shirts and more. Call (561) 444-3978 or visit for more info. The Lake Worth Playhouse will offer a summer camp teaching children acting, voice, dance and stage movement through daily activities and rehearsals, culminating in full-scale productions of popular musicals. The students will produce Willy Wonka Junior June 9-28 and Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr. from July 14 to Aug. 4. They will be engaged in studio-style rehearsals for music, dance and production. Campers 12 or older also will have the opportunity to participate in behind-the-scenes roles and other theater-related educational opportunities. The opportunities are for a

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one-week and a three-week camp, and range in price from $200 to $600. To sign up, call (561) 586-6410 or visit The Learning Experience (TLE) Academy of Early Education in Lake Worth not only offers premier childcare and preschool education for children ages 6 weeks and up, it also offers an exciting summer camp. Children at Camp TLE will engage in hands-on learning activities throughout the nine weekly camp themes while still having plenty of time for sun and fun on a state-of-the-art outdoor playground. Summer camp will take place June through August 2014. Call TLE today for the best in age-appropriate care, early academic programming and summer camp. For more information, or to secure a space for your child, call (888) 991-4222. At Noah’s Ark Summer Camp, children will enjoy field trips and activities such as swimming, bowling, skating, South Florida Science Museum programs, movies and picnics. Tuition includes camera surveillance, a creative curriculum, use of computers and all meals. Registration is now being accepted, and is free for new customers only. Noah’s Ark is located at 14563 Okeechobee Blvd. in Loxahatchee Groves. For more information, call (561) 753-6624 or visit Palm Beach Christian Academy is excited to share fun, weekly summer themes with all age groups, from infants only six weeks old to older children. Campers will explore and learn through creative play, stories, songs, art and many other fun, hands-on activities geared toward their age group. Palm Beach Christian Academy is conveniently located downtown at 1101 S. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach. Fulland part-time options are offered Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Contact the academy for more information at (561) 671-5795. Has your child ever dreamed about calling a last-second, game-winning shot? Sports Broadcasting Camp is their chance. The award-winning sports broadcasting camp is back in South Florida June 9-13 at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. Boys and girls age 10-18 will have an opportunity to learn from the pros; meet sports celebrities; and make play-by-play, reporting and sports anchor tapes. Host your own sports talk radio and PTI-style shows. Participate in sports trivia contests, “Stump the Schwab” games and much more. Check out www.playbyplaycamps. com, or sportsbroadcastcamp to learn more. For more info., call (800) 319-0884. Campers at St. Peter’s Summer Camp in Wellington will enjoy arts and crafts, academic enrichment, water play, outdoor play and lots of hands-on fun. The themes for this year’s camps include Workshop of Wonders, the Great Outdoors, Let’s Investigate, A Fit & Healthy Me and more. St. Peter’s Enrichment Center offers a fun, educational camp for children ages 3 through first grade. Camp start dates are June 16, June 23, June 30, July 7, July 14, July 21, July 28 and Aug. 4. Visit for enrollment. Call (561) 798-3286 for more info. If your child is between 2 and 6 years old, “Summer of Fun” Enrichment Camp at Temple Beth Torah’s Leonie Arguetty Preschool offers children a chance to enjoy a variety of fun activities that will make them smile, while promoting learning and social development. Activities include arts and crafts, gymnastics, computers, sports, nature, cooking, water play and a state-of-the-art playground. The weekly entertainment lineup includes High-Touch High-Tech, storytellers and animal shows, provided in a loving and nurturing environment. The camp, offered for eight weeks, full-time or part-time, is now enrolling for preschool 2014-15. Contact Sandy for more information at (561) 793-2649 or Villari’s of Wellington is pleased to invite your child to summer camp this year. Villari’s is offering junior and senior camp in two-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 $24 per day, including arts and crafts, derby building, martial arts and much more. Call (561) 792-1100 to reserve your space, or visit for additional information. Wellington Children’s Theatre will host its Summer Musical Theatre Camp, for ages 7 to 16, June 9 through July 11, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Week 1 will be Glee Camp. Campers will enjoy daily creative and performance activities, and focus on singing and choreography of Glee-style ensemble numbers. Weeks 2 through 5 will be the Summer Stage Session. Campers will enjoy acting, dance and vocal classes, and will build their self-confidence and their theatre skills, culminating in a final, fully staged Broadway show. Daily electives and workshops include script writing, pantomime, stage combat, magic, stage makeup, audition techniques and more, with guest teachers. Campers will bring their own lunch, and an ice cream snack will be served daily. The cost is $250 per week. Aftercare is available. For more info., or to register, call (561) 223-1928 or visit

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The Life Of A Golf Pro: ‘I’ve Never Had It So Good’

By Mickey Smith Special To The Town-Crier If you ask Perry Lancianese how he is doing, don’t expect to receive a perfunctory response. A simple “OK,” “good,” or even “great” just does not fly with him. Instead, expect a big smile and his robust, trademark reply, “I’ve never had it so good!” Lancianese, director of golf operations and manager of club services at the Palm Beach Polo Golf & Country Club in Wellington, wholeheartedly means it. The origin of the phrase dates back to Lancianese’s days playing college baseball. A routine play turned bad when Lancianese’s left foot went into a hidden divot on the field. The freak accident resulted in a bad spiral fracture of his femur. To make matters worse, osteomyelitis — an infection of the bone — set in. Several surgeries and a lengthy stay in the Cleveland Clinic followed. “The doctors thought for sure that I would lose my leg. It was a scary time,” Lancianese recalled. “Thankfully, I beat the odds. The doctors were utterly amazed I walked out of there.” The resulting scar is the only physical reminder of the episode today. Mentally, Lancianese said the experience reinforced a positive outlook on life. “I was so darn fortunate the way it turned out, I vowed to always be upbeat and positive about life,” he explained. “When I say I’ve never had it so good, I really mean it.” Originally hailing from a working-class Pittsburgh neighborhood, Lancianese was born to first generation Italian-American parents. “I learned hard work from them,” Lancianese said. The family was in the restaurant and bar business and the hours were long. “My father worked amazingly long hours, but he never once complained,” Lancianese said. “He was just so thrilled to be in this country. His attitude has always stuck with

me. It simply intensified after my accident.” Lancianese moved to Palm Beach County in 1987 and has been at Palm Beach Polo since 1996. His duties also include overseeing a sister club in St. Lucie County, the Tesoro Club. In season, the hours can be brutal. A recent week included the filming of an Acura commercial at the Polo Club, one of about a dozen commercials Lancianese has been involved with filming there. “That week, I probably worked more than 100 hours. In season, 60 to 80 hours is routine,” Lancianese said. About half of that time is spent on the food and beverage side of the business, and the other half is spent with golf operations. Does he ever resent the long hours? “No way. I have the best job in the world,” he said. “I get to spend a lot of time outdoors, and I am around the sport I love. People travel from all over the world to spend time here. Resent it? Are you kidding? I’ve never had it so good!” Since Palm Beach County is frequently cited as the “Golf Capital of the World,” Lancianese, who has been a golf professional for over 30 years, was happy to sit down and offer some advice. Question: Let’s start with a basic question. Is there a difference between a golf professional and a professional golfer? Answer: I am a golf professional; I work as a professional at a golf club. A professional golfer is a playing professional, like the folks we watch on the PGA tour. The amazing thing about our area for the golf lover is we live at ground zero for the sport. There are more courses here than anywhere, and the area has become a top location for the touring pros to live. Question: What is the best way for a beginner to get involved in golf? Answer: You probably thought

Perry Lancianese, director of golf operations and manager of club services at the Palm Beach Polo Golf & Country Club in Wellington, takes a swing on the course. I would say this, but it is true — take lessons. You need to find a golf pro you click with. Start with an interview before committing to anything. You have to learn the fundamentals, and most people should start with the short game. Getting “tips” from your buddy who can barely break 100 is definitely not the way to go. Question: Speaking of tips, do you have any hot tips for shaving a few strokes off the weekend golfer’s score? Answer: Get the ball in the hole by learning how to make putts — 50 percent of a good golfer’s score comes from putting. If you have limited practice time, devote most of it to putting and short game. Playing with golfers better than you is always helpful.

Question: Is it helpful to watch the touring professionals play on television? Answer: Yes, but it is far better to watch the ladies. The swing is slower, and it is easier to see how they get the club on the ball solidly. Also, course management is more important on the ladies’ tour. The men’s tour today largely involves overpowering the course. Most people simply cannot do that. Question: Does the brand of golf ball a weekend player uses really matter? Answer: The type of ball does. It is very helpful for a player to be placed on a launch monitor and have the swing speed calculated. Titleist, Bridgestone and other companies offer balls that can be matched to the player’s swing speed. Another

Tony Horton To Lead Workout In RPB

Local fitness enthusiasts will have the chance to work out with Tony Horton, famed creator of P90x, on Saturday, April 5 at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park (11600 Poinciana Blvd.) from 9:30 to 1:30 p.m. The event, hosted by Ultimate Wellness Rewards, gives participants the chance to meet Horton and enjoy a workout session. P90X is a boot-camp style home fitness program that

combines cardio training, jump training and more to create a varied workout schedule. The fitness series is a bestselling product that has sold millions of copies across the world, making Horton a household name. Horton also released a book, The Big Picture: 11 Laws That Will Change Your Life. He will be arriving early on the day of the event to sign copies, which will be

available to participants at a discounted rate. Tickets cost $50 in advance or $75 on the day of the event. VIP admission is also available for $150 a ticket, which includes lunch with Horton and more. To register, visit Space is limited, and the event will take place rain or shine. The workout session will be held on the great lawn at the park, and admission

will be monitored. Participants should bring comfortable workout clothes and shoes, a mat or towel, a receipt from the ticket purchase, as well as a valid ID and the completed online waiver and registration form. For more information, visit (Right) Fitness expert Tony Horton leads a workout session.

factor is the amount of spin imparted to the ball. Weekend players often impart a lot of spin. Lower-spin balls can help. Question: Does the brand of golf club a weekend player uses really matter? Answer: Generally, all of the top brands are good. The technology keeps improving, making it easier for the amateur to strike the ball and, therefore, have more fun playing. A fitting by a qualified professional is important. I feel strongly that a fitting should be done outside, on the range, where the true flight of the ball can be observed. Hitting into a net is simply not the same. Question: Is betting on the golf course common? Is it legal? Answer: I take the fifth!

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Great Showing For Louise-Marcelle Eadie And Roseview’s Decorum

“Ultimately, we’re aiming for Grand Prix,” said Louise-Marcelle Eadie, whose stellar 77 percent score in the USEF Young Horse Test for Four Year-Olds on Roseview’s Decorum earned the pair both reserve honors in the class and the Horse of Course High Score Award for week 10 of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDIW and CPEDI3* at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington. For the black, 16.2-hand gelding owned by Judith Sloan, it was only his second

show ever. “His transitions were really quite good,” Eadie said, with a mastery of understatement belying her own British roots. “There has been a lot to look at, but he stayed with the program, and overall, he has been staying with me.” The pair had also posted a 73.20 percent score to win a Training Level Test 3 class. In 2005, Eadie made her own transition to the United States, and trains with Anne Gribbons, dividing her season between Wellington for the winter and Westchester,

New York in the summer. The strong finish in the Young Horse test points the pair directly at U.S. Nationals as their next goal. “He’s a beautiful young horse and clearly has a bright future. You’ve done an incredible job,” said Beth Haist, CEO of the Horse of Course, as she presented Eadie her with the High Score Award and prize saddlepad. One of the most highly regarded dressage attire and saddle outfitters in Florida and the south, the Horse of Course has been recognizing

the highest-scoring horses and riders each week of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. “I’m super happy with the score and with accepting these nice prizes,” Eadie replied. “On a black horse, this saddlepad is going to look great.” The Horse of Course has a complete selection of tack and apparel for the English rider: show clothing, stable accessories, training equipment, gifts, books and equestrian sportswear. Learn more at www.thehorseofcourse. com.

Local Karate Instructor Competes In California Sensei Keith Moore, chief instructor at Genbu-Kai Karate in Wellington, traveled to Santa Ana, Calif., to compete in the 43rd Annual Goodwill Championships. Moore participated and assisted teaching seminars conducted by world-recognized instructors in karate,

kobudo (Okinawan weapons) and batto (Japanese sword). The two-day competition included more than 500 competitors total, from all around the world, including the U.S., Canada and Mexico. All competitions were held at the Costa Mesa High School. Moore competed in batto kata (form), tameshigiri (cutting), three-person team tameshigiri, dodan-giri (vertical cutting), and haya-waza

giri (advanced specialized cutting). He placed in all five divisions, capturing third in haya-waza giri, third in dodan-giri, and fourth in black belt kata, individual cutting and team cutting. Genbu-Kai Karate is conveniently located in the Wellington Marketplace shopping plaza. For more information on classes, call (561) 804-1002 or visit www.

Beth Haist of the Horse of Course with dressage rider Louise-Marcelle Eadie.

‘Brew At The Zoo’ April 12

“Brew at the Zoo,” Palm Beach County’s most unique craft beer festival, returns to the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society on Saturday, April 12 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. With more than 25 craft breweries, live music, delicious food and up-close animal encounters, event organizers encourage guests to purchase tickets early, since tickets must be purchased in advance and the

event is predicted to sell out. “Brew at the Zoo puts a special focus on South Florida brews,” said Ron Brooks, events manager for the zoo. “It’s all about sustainability and the reduced impact on the environment that comes from local products.” The Palm Beach Zoo is located at 1301 Summit Blvd. in West Palm Beach. For more information, visit www.

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sports & recreation Dr. Eileen Gesoff, a local veterinarian, also plans to conduct seminars at Tropical Hay & Feed to discuss horse health and other topics. Tina Ott, from The Acreage, is a loyal customer. She does barrel racing and drill team with her two horses. “I didn’t find them, they kind

Loyal customer Tina Ott with June Orvis of Tropical Hay & Feed.

of found me,” she laughed. “Even before they opened their store, I’d heard about their wonderful hay. Then, when they first opened the store, I came over. I love them, absolutely love them. I’m glad they’ve expanded. I don’t go to other feed stores too much now. All of my needs are met here.” Since using Tropical Hay & Feed, Ott has noticed improvements in her horses. “My horses are doing phenomenally. I started feeding Renew Gold, a fantastic supplement, and their coats are so gorgeous, all shiny and dappled. They always look like they’ve just had a bath,” Ott said. “They’ve helped me out a lot, even when I needed something at the last minute. They have great customer service. I’ve dealt with many other hay and feed suppliers, but June and Bob are the best. We’re fortunate they’re here. I highly recommend everyone stop by and check them out. You won’t be happier anywhere else.” Tropical Hay & Feed is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, and 9:30 a.m. 3:30 p.m. Sunday. The store is located at 5046 Seminole Pratt Whitney Road in the Grove Marketplace. For more information, call (561) 727-9594 or visit www.tropicalhay

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Polo Park Middle School’s Special Olympics Team competed at the Palm Beach County Summer Games in cycling and tennis skills on March 8. Danielle Garrison earned a second place in her tennis skills division with a personal best score. Julio Ezcura earned a first place in his 800m and second place in his 1K race. Frankie Jeresweski earned first place in both his 1K and 5K cycling races. The students will compete again in April at the Special Olympics Area X Summer Games against cyclists and tennis skills players from Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties.

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Saturday, March 29 • The Wellington Green Market will take place Saturday, March 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 283-5856 for more info. • Wine, Women & Shoes benefiting Big Dog Ranch Rescue will be held Saturday, March 29 at 11 a.m. at Mar-A-Lago with lunch, wine tastings, a fashion show, an auction and more. Tickets are $300 and are available at www.winewomenand For info., call (561) 309-3311. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host RPB Teen Xpressions for ages 12 to 17 on Saturday, March 29 at 2 p.m. Share original poems, writings or artwork. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Naturalization Information Session for adults Saturday, March 29 at 2:30 p.m. U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services will discuss the requirements for naturalization. Free educational materials and brochures will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Tech Petting Zoo Road Show for adults Saturday, March 29 at 3 p.m. Learn about eReaders, tablets and smart phones. Try out iPads, Android tablets and Kindles, and apps for downloading eBooks and music. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Okeeheelee Nature Center (7715 Forest Hill Blvd.) will host its Dark Sky Festival for all ages Saturday, March 29 from 6 to 10 p.m. The free event will demonstrate how to improve lighting practices to lower energy use, reduce harmful impacts to wildlife and make it easier to see the night sky. Event activities include stargazing, telescopes, live animal show, guided nature walks and more. Call (561) 233-1400 for more info. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a free concert with Mark & Clark Dueling Pianos on Saturday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 or visit www. for more info. • The Palm Beach Chapter of the Rare Fruit Council will hold its Tropical Fruit Tree & Edible Plant Sale on Saturday, March 29 at the South Florida Fairgrounds Agriplex. For more info., visit Sunday, March 30 • The Royal Palm Beach Green Market & Bazaar will take place Sunday, March 30 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Commons Park (11600 Poinciana Blvd.) Visit for more info. • The Acreage Green Market will take place Sunday, March 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Acreage Community Park (6701 140th Ave. North). For more info., visit or call (561) 929-0237. • The public is invited to attend a free Family Tennis Day at the Wellington Tennis Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) hosted by the Western Communities Tennis Association on Sunday, March 30 from noon to 2 p.m. The event will

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provide an introduction to tennis involving professional instructors and play opportunities for children and adults. For info., call (561) 791-4775. • The International Polo Club Palm Beach (3667 120th Avenue South, Wellington) will continue its 2014 season Sunday, March 30 with the Maserati U.S. Open Polo Championships. For tickets, visit or call (561) 204-5687. • A.B. Levy’s in Palm Beach will hold two fine art auction sales in the Flamingo Building (1921 South Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach) on Sunday, March 30 at 1 and 6 p.m. Modern and contemporary works of art will include top artists. Internet bidding will be facilitated by, and For more info., call Albert Levy at (561) 835-9139 or e-mail Monday, March 31 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Legos for ages 8 and up Monday, March 31 at 4 p.m. Create vehicles or buildings out of Lego pieces. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Tuesday, April 1 • The Okeeheelee Nature Center (7715 Forest Hill Blvd.) will host Science For Seniors: Marine Ecology for ages 50 and up Tuesday, April 1 at 9:30 a.m. The cost is $5 per person. Call (561) 233-1400 to RSVP. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host the Beverly Cleary Reading Club for ages 5 to 12 on Tuesdays, April 1, 15 and 29 and Mondays, April 7 and 21 at 3 p.m. Library staff will read from one of Beverly Cleary’s chapter books throughout the month of April. Make something fun each week and on April 29, celebrate Beverly Cleary’s birthday. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Scherenschnitte Papercutting on Tuesday, April 1 at 6 p.m. Explore this Pennsylvania Dutch folk art by making decorative, lacy creations. Bring a pair of scissors; other supplies will be provided. Call (561) 681-4100 for more info. • A free series for parents of teens, “Teening-Up” with Your Teen, will be offered by the Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension at the Clayton Hutcheson Agricultural Center (559 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach) Tuesdays, April 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. Call (561) 233-1742 to register. Wednesday, April 2 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Financial Statement Soup: Understand the Darn Things on Wednesday, April 2 at 2 p.m. Non-accountants tend to run screaming from financial statements. Phil Scruton from the Small Business Development Center will explain what they mean and how to use them. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host American Girl: Isabelle for ages 6 to 12 on Wednesday, April 2 at 4 p.m. Celebrate the American Girl of the Year. Share a talent, hobby, artwork, collector’s item or a piece of family




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history and tell all about it. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Japanese Anime & Culture Club for ages 12 to 17 on Wednesday, April 2 at 6:30 p.m. Hang out, watch anime and eat snacks with fellow fans. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Kravis Center (701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach) will feature Lily Tomlin on Wednesday, April 2 at 8 p.m. in Dreyfoos Hall. For info., call (561) 832-7469 or visit Thursday, April 3 • The Palm Beach International Film Festival will take place Thursday, April 3 through April 10. Visit for more info. • The Okeeheelee Nature Center (7715 Forest Hill Blvd.) will host Story Time for ages 2 to 5 on Thursdays, April 3 at 10 and 11 a.m. The cost is $2 per child. Call (561) 233-1400 to RSVP. • The Kravis Center (701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach) will feature A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra featuring vocalist Delores King Williams on Thursday, April 3 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Dreyfoos Hall. For more info., call (561) 832-7469 or visit • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Play With Poetry for ages 4 to 14 on Thursday, April 3 at 1 p.m. Props, poems and performance will be included in a program in celebration of National Poetry Month. Bring a favorite poem and a prop or two to help “perform” it. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • Wellington’s Food Truck Invasion will take place Thursday, April 3 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 753-2484 or visit www. for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Writers’ Critique Workshop for adults Thursday, April 3 at 6:30 p.m. Share, offer and accept constructive criticism to improve your fiction, nonfiction and poetry in a supportive atmosphere. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • Palm Beach State College’s theatre department will present Dearly Departed by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones from Thursday through Saturday, April 3-5 and April 10-12 at 8 p.m. at Stage West at the Palm Beach State College Lake Worth Campus (4200 Congress Ave.). Tickets can be purchased by phone at (561) 868-3309 or at the box office the evening of the performance. • The Kravis Center (701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach) will feature Get the Led Out: The American Led Zeppelin on Thursday, April 3 at 8 p.m. in Dreyfoos Hall featuring the music of Led Zeppelin. For more info., call (561) 832-7469 or visit Friday, April 4 • The fifth annual International Gay Polo Tournament will take place Friday through Sunday, April 4-6 in Wellington. For more info., visit www. • The 11th annual Flavors Wellington Food & Wine Festival will take place Friday, April 4 at

The Town-Crier 6:30 p.m. at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. For more info., call (561) 792-6525 or visit • The South Florida Science Center & Aquarium’s annual benefit, The Tech Revolution: An Evening with Steve ‘Woz’ Wozniak, will be held Friday, April 4 at the Breakers. Contact Marcy Hoffman at (561) 370-7738 or mhoffman@ for more info. • The Kravis Center (701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach) will host a Gospel Gala with Israel Houghton and New Breed on Friday, April 4 at 7 p.m. in the Dreyfoos Concert Hall. For more info., call (561) 832-7469 or visit • The Village of Wellington will host its fourth annual “A Touch of Broadway” Musical Preview on Saturday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater featuring local high school theater departments. For more info., call (561) 753-2484 or visit Saturday, April 5 • Palm Beach State College will host the free seminar “College is Possible” on Saturday, April 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Duncan Theatre on the Lake Worth campus (4200 Congress Avenue) for high school seniors who need help getting on the path to college and juniors who want to get a head start on their higher education planning. A free continental breakfast will be provided. The event is free and open to the public. Pre-register at recruitment/College-Possible.aspx. • The Wellington Garden Club will present “The Secret Gardens of Wellington” on Saturday, April 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit six spectacular gardens and participate in a unique plant sale and raffle. The event will support scholarships and community projects. For more information, e-mail, call (561) 791-0273 or visit • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Deep Sea Stories for ages 2 to 6 on Saturday, April 5 at 11 a.m. Enjoy stories, songs and a craft. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • Relay for Life of Royal Palm Beach will honor cancer survivors and current cancer patients along with families, friends and caregivers at the opening ceremonies Saturday, April 5 at 4 p.m. at Royal Palm Beach High School. Registered survivors and patients will receive commemorative shirts and gift bags, along with supper provided by Ruby Tuesday. The special guests will also be honored onstage at the opening ceremonies and cheered as the walk opens. To participate, visit and register as a survivor. • The Kravis Center (701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach) will feature Paul Anka on Saturday, April 5 at 8 p.m. in the Dreyfoos Concert Hall. For more info., call (561) 832-7469 or visit Send calendar items to: The Town-Crier, 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 31, Wellington, FL 33414. FAX: (561) 793-6090. E-mail: news@

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