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Volume 40, Number 13 March 29 - April 4, 2019

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RPB Rec Plans Include New Talent Show And Inflatable 5K Race

The Royal Palm Beach Recreation Advisory Board met Monday, March 25 and was treated to a “State of the Parks & Recreation Department” overview of accomplishments over the last year and a briefing on what village residents can expect looking forward. Page 3

Ribbon-Cutting Welcomes New ER Facility To Westlake

Wellington Regional Medical Center, representatives from the Universal Health Services and Westlake officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, March 25 marking the completion of construction of the new free-standing emergency room at Westlake. Page 7

Pilot Wins In Overtime To Claim Gold Cup And Continue Gauntlet Run

The thrilling final of the USPA Gold Cup on the U.S. Polo Assn. Field 1 required overtime with Pilot ultimately defeating Aspen 12-11 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach, claiming the second leg of the Gauntlet of Polo, the $125,000 prize and keeping their hopes alive to win the $1,000,000 top prize. Page 12

Wolverines Emerge As An Established Local Basketball Power

The Wellington High School basketball program has established itself as a local authority on winning. During the 2019 season, the Wolverines overcame early adversity to win its sixth-straight district title, back-to-back regional championships and made its secondstraight state finals appearance in Lakeland. Page 23 DEPARTMENT INDEX NEWS...............................3 - 22 LETTERS.................................. 4 NEWS BRIEFS......................... 7 PEOPLE................................... 8 SCHOOLS................................ 9 COLUMNS............................. 18 BUSINESS............................. 19 CALENDAR............................ 22 SPORTS..........................23 - 24 CLASSIFIEDS................ 25 - 26 Visit Us On The Web At WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM

For the first time, the U.S. Open Women’s Polo Championship final took place in Wellington at the International Polo Club Palm Beach on Saturday, March 23. The event included tailgating in pink, along with a post-match brunch to support the partnership with Susan G. Komen Florida to raise awareness about breast cancer. The exciting match concluded with Team Hawaii Polo Life defeating Team Cabo Wabo 10-5. Shown above are Heather Laughlin, Kirsten Stanley and Susan G. Komen Florida Executive Director Kate Watt. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 10 PHOTO BY CALLIE SHARKEY/TOWN-CRIER

ITID Board Does Early Review Of Budget Plan For Next Year

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Indian Trail Improvement District Board of Supervisors got its first look at the proposed budget for fiscal year 2019-20 on Wednesday, March 27. The budget will attempt to hold the line on assessment increases while adding a second culvert replacement crew. District Manager Rob Robinson said he was going into the process a month earlier this year in order to give supervisors more time to consider it, as he and Finance Director Bruce Cuningham were relatively new last year. “We wanted to get more board direction at the beginning and give us another month to prepare a proper budget that will be acceptable to the board, to incorporate direction as well as recommendations from our professional associates and our staff,” Robinson said. He supplied a copy of the two previous budgets for comparison. “The goal is to keep the as-

sessment and current budget at its current level,” Robinson said. “I’ve directed staff to ‘use it or lose it.’ We don’t intend to add anything, only subtract with the intention of the board making any corrections or recommendations or directions.” In his executive summary, Robinson said infrastructure replacement includes culvert replacement, which proposes a second crew to expedite the process. “While the theory was well intended, the application will take twice as long with current staffing and equipment inventory,” Robinson said. “The preliminary numbers will take us to the year 2053 to complete a 100 percent replacement… To meet the goal of your 20-year replacement plan, we are going to need to double down on our current replacement package.” Robinson said he has been able to create a second crew with the possible addition of one staff member by converting a pipe

replacement crew and replacing rubber tire excavators with track excavators. During the past year, district staff has engaged in an intensive effort to grade swales to insure positive drainage to the canals during storms. “Proper swales enhance storage capacity and provide a faster way of removing storm water during rain events,” Robinson said. Canal improvements have also been an important part of the district’s drainage improvement plan by clearing canal easements so staff can effectively remove debris and inspect waterways, Robinson said. The new budget proposes replacing certain equipment, including several excavators and backhoes, two F-250 pickup trucks with more than 250,000 miles, a motor grader and two boom mowers, but not add to it, explaining that the old equipment scheduled for replacement is prone to breakSee ITID BUDGET, page 4

Loxahatchee Groves Looking For Committee Volunteers

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Loxahatchee Groves Town Council last week discussed appointments to advisory committees, noting that nominations are due by Tuesday, April 2. The reminder had been on the consent agenda for the March 19 meeting, but Vice Mayor ProTemp Robert Shorr pulled the item for discussion. “We can’t not talk about committees,” Shorr said. “Every committee seat ends at the election, so we need to be reappointing. If you want to stay on the committee, if you’re not on a committee and want to get on a committee, please talk to a council person.” Shorr said he wanted to see full membership on all the committees. “I think these committees are very important, and I think this year, more than ever, these com-

mittees are going to be active,” Shorr said. “There has been a little bit less activity for whatever reason in the past couple of years, but we really need the citizens involved and serving on these committees.” Shorr noted that at the last meeting, there had been a motion approved to get all committee members who have served over the past year a certificate of appreciation. “I want to make sure that happens, that we get certificates to everybody who has served,” he said. Shorr pointed out that having alternates to all the committees had been approved earlier by the council in order to make sure that meetings have quorums. “There’s six positions on each of the four committees, so we need 24 people out there volunteering,” he said. Council members asked if they

could solicit volunteers through social media, and Town Attorney Michael Cirullo said that was OK, as long as responses were routed through the town, either by the council member or the respondent. “Also, just so you know, anybody can just come into town hall and put in an application, and you all can go through anything that comes through town hall,” Cirullo said. During public comment, Paul Coleman said he would like to volunteer, but it was hard to take time off from work. “I was asked to be on a committee before, and the biggest drawback to being on the committee for me, like a lot of the other folks out in the audience, is I work Monday through Friday, so when the meeting is at 9 a.m. on a Tuesday or a Wednesday, in order to participate or be a part of the See VOLUNTEERS, page 22

Aquatic Harvesting Contract Readies RPB For Floating Weed Season

By Denis Eirikis Town-Crier Staff Report The Royal Palm Beach Village Council voted unanimously Thursday, March 21 to award a contract to Texas Aquatic Harvesting to remove floating vegetative debris as needed during the upcoming rainy season. The village boasts almost 20 miles of scenic canoe trails, lakes and recreational waterways. The waters are clear and inviting this time of year, but village officials are already gearing up for their annual war on floating weeds and debris, fought every summer on a battlefield consisting of the village’s 750 acres of waterways. Many residents cherish everyday views of bass jumping, ospreys diving, wading birds hunting and mother ducks swimming with ducklings in tow, but vegetation threatens these idyllic vistas. Each summer, environmental conditions can cause local populations of floating plants to explosively bloom so enthusiastically that entire lake surfaces can become hidden from view under all the floating plants. It’s an annual battle. Temperatures get warmer, the rainy season washes fertilizers from lawns into waterways and floating plants bloom so prolifically that beautiful reflective waterways are turned

almost overnight into marshes of thick floating weeds. The village chose to “piggyback” on a contract that Texas Aquatic Harvesting already negotiated with the South Florida Water Management District. The contract calls for an initial one-year term, followed by two options of one year each. Since the contract is “piggybacked,” the village can only request an annual extension if the SFWMD does. Public Works Director Paul Webster briefed the council on the item that was pulled from the consent agenda for a full discussion. “For failure to remove floating vegetation properly, we dismissed our former contractor for poor performance,” Webster explained. “This vendor is contractually required to respond to village needs within 72 hours of a request.” Summer floating weed blooms can become so thick that fishing and boating can become problematic, and the aesthetic pleasures of village waterways are debased by acres of rotting vegetation. That’s also when scores of residents pick up the phone each May through September to complain to village officials. “The frustration is understandable. Residents want the canals to be available for their intended See WEEDS, page 22

A harvester cuts through aquatic weeds last season in RPB.



Brooke USA’s Sunset Polo & White Party raised more than $350,000 for working equines and the people who depend on them at an elegant and well-attended fundraiser held at the Wanderers Club in Wellington on Friday, March 22. More than 1,000 people joined together for the signature event. Shown above are Tristan Nunez, Paige Bellissimo, Sidney Shulman and David Oberkircher. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 5 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Vet Liam Dwyer To Receive A New Place To Call Home

Staff Sgt. Liam Dwyer with his wife Meghan.


By Callie Sharkey Town-Crier Staff Report After two tours with the U.S. Marines and suffering major injuries during his deployment, Staff Sgt. Liam Dwyer is finally coming home to the western communities, courtesy of Homes For Our Troops (HFOT), a nationwide nonprofit that builds homes for veterans at no charge. In 2011, Dwyer sustained severe injuries to his arm after stepping on an improvised explosive device (IED) and has undergone more than 50 surgeries since then. “The biggest issues that I have dealt with physically since the injury is the amputation of my left leg above the knee. This required the use of a prosthetic leg,” Dwyer explained. “I am currently under-

going intensive rehabilitation to improve my range of motion, as well as learning how to walk again. I am able to focus on the rehabilitation and recover with the support and care of my family, especially my wife Meghan.” As the Dwyers continue to work on building a new life, they knew it would require finding a permanent place to call home. With Liam’s physical restrictions, it would need to be someplace truly special. “We heard about Homes For Our Troops through other wounded warriors and their families while I was completing the medical board process at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland,” Dwyer said. “The application process was fairly simple, and within 24 hours

of completing the application, we received a call from a representative thanking us for applying and that our information was going to be reviewed.” HFOT, founded in 2004, is a nonprofit that builds specially adapted custom homes for veterans. These homes are built with more than 40 special adaptations offered, from roll-under sinks and lower countertops to wider doorways and accessible showers. “Right now, we have completed more than 270 homes nationwide and 79 projects are underway,” HFOT marketing associate Teresa Verity said. “We have built in 42 states. The homes provide a safe and comfortable living environment for veterans, who are then able to go back to pursuing careers

or back to school. The rebuilding of a life aspect of the home is an important part of our mission.” Dwyer and his wife began their search for a new area to rebuild their lives and found themselves exploring central Palm Beach County due to its close proximity to family. “Meghan and I found our plot of land in our dream neighborhood while training my Golden Retriever, Stella, to be my service dog,” Dwyer said. “Paws 4 Liberty is a nonprofit organization that trains service dogs for veterans. As Meghan and I would attend weekly training sessions, we would drive around Lake Worth/ Wellington area to explore the town. We fell in love with our See DWYER, page 4

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Wellington Chamber Installs New Board For The Upcoming Year

By Callie Sharkey Town-Crier Staff Report The Wellington Chamber of Commerce installed its new executive board for the 2019-20 term during a luncheon and networking event on Wednesday, March 27. The luncheon, sponsored by Office Depot, took place at the Wellington Club, located at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, where guests participated in a raffle, viewed the ongoing equestrian competitions and welcomed new President’s Circle members. President Roxanne Stein introduced Scott and Mair Armand to the President’s Circle and presented them with pins. She then listed all President’s Circle members and announced Arlene Smith as the chamber’s Ambassador of the Year. “Every year, we pick an Ambassador of the Year,” explained Jack Rosen, co-chair of the Ambassadorial Committee. “This year we picked Arlene because of that smile, and she is always the first person to volunteer at any chamber event. She really does an outstanding job. Arlene, thank you for everything you do.” The keynote speaker for the luncheon was Office Depot Store Manager James Hanford. His presentation, “Connecting to Community,” focused on the involvement of the company in the area and noted the Chamber Business Spotlights, which are opportunities for member businesses to set up in the store and distribute marketing

materials. Afterward, Hanford explained the various services Office Depot provides, along with special discounts available to chamber members. “I have a message to new members,” Hanford said. “Don’t expect to just plop down your money and get benefits from the chamber. You’ve got to get involved. It has been very beneficial to me, and it has been great fun.” Hanford’s Office Depot store is located at 2495 S. State Road 7 in Wellington. He can be reached at for details about Chamber Business Spotlights. Following Hanford, Wellington Councilman Michael Napoleone and former Wellington Mayor Darell Bowen introduced the new officers and directors for the chamber: President and Treasurer Stuart Hack, Immediate Past President Roxanne Stein, President-Elect Lisa Banionis, Vice President Kathryn Walton, Secretary Daryl Lyon, Chamber Counsel Dermot Mac Mahon, and board members Scott Armand, Kevin Shapiro and Scott Sweigart. The chamber oath was read, and Bowen asked for a verbal commitment to fulfill the oath, to which the entire group agreed. “I hereby declare the officers and directors of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce for 201920 duly installed,” he said. “May you all have an exciting, profitable and successful term.” Bowen has been a member of the chamber since its founding,

and he also addressed the room after the induction ceremony concluded. “It’s so encouraging for me to look around at the room and see so many faces that I don’t know, and so many young people willing to step up and carry this chamber forward. I wish you all the very best for the coming years,” Bowen said. Stein then took a moment to introduce a new face that may become common in the Wellington area. Ryan Hughes is now the

reporter covering Wellington for WPTV News Channel 5. As the meeting concluded, members had a chance to get to know each other and continue with a networking opportunity called, “Who do you want to meet?” For more information about Wellington Chamber member benefits and community events, including the Flavors Wellington Food & Wine Festival on April 12, visit www.wellingtonchamber. com.

(Above) Incoming Chamber President Stuart Hack with President’s Circle member Carrie Combes. (Below) Diann Hack with Chamber Ambassador of the Year Arlene Smith. PHOTOS BY CALLIE SHARKEY/TOWN-CRIER

(Above left) Office Depot Store Manager James Hanford with Roxanne Stein. (Above right) Scott and Mair Armand receive their President’s Circle pins from Roxanne Stein. (Below) The former and newly inducted chamber board members.

RPB Rec Plans Include New Talent Show And Inflatable 5K Race

By Denis Eirikis Town-Crier Staff Report The Royal Palm Beach Recreation Advisory Board met Monday, March 25 and was treated to a “State of the Parks & Recreation Department” overview of accomplishments over the last year and a briefing on what village residents can expect looking forward. Longtime Royal Palm Beach Parks & Recreation Director Lou Recchio said that his department’s greatest achievement last year was the reopening of the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center. “If you haven’t seen the newly remodeled Cultural Center, please, do yourself a favor and go visit it. People love it and are

booking all sorts of events there,” he said. Another key achievement last year was successfully moving all senior activities to the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center during the extensive remodeling of the Cultural Center. “It has worked out surprisingly well. The seniors come during the day while most kids are in school, and they tend to leave around the time we are filling up with afterschool activities,” Recchio said. “This means that the Recreation Center is packed with people happily using the facilities from early each morning to late at night.” Village residents can expect a variety of new programs and

events to be offered in the coming year. Recchio said planning is now being done on upcoming projects, including the establishment of a new, annual “Inflatable 5K” event that may be held on village waterways, possibly in conjunction with other Independence Day celebrations. “My staff is currently working on such new events as a fatherdaughter dance to be held at the magnificently decorated Cultural Center, plus we want to create a new talent show event where village residents can come together, have fun and be entertained,” he said. Recchio presented the volunteer board with a list of 21 accomplish-

ments of the department over the last year. The list of successes, along with a list of upcoming challenges, was compiled as part of the village’s strategic planning process. In addition to the Cultural Center upgrade, major accomplishments over the last year include: the establishment of a new and successful Rocktoberfest event, various athletic field renovations plus lighting enhancements, and playscape improvements at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park, Todd Robiner Park and Penzance Park. At last week’s Royal Palm Beach Village Council meeting, Councilwoman Selena Samios

was again appointed as liaison to the Recreation Advisory Board. “I really appreciate citizen volunteers stepping forward and offering their time for the betterment of the village,” said Samios, who attended the meeting with her daughter. “The best part about Royal Palm Beach events is that there is something to do for each member of the family.” Recchio agreed. “We have learned over the years that the village is a family community. The events that do best are ones where we have something for everyone in the family,” he said, noting that Winterfest last year was the village’s “best ever” with more than 12,000 attendees.

The Recreation Advisory Board was also briefed on details of the village’s grant application to the Palm Beach County Transportation Planning Agency for a bicycle-pedestrian wayfinding project. That project will create better signage and mapping so that residents and visitors can more easily navigate the village via bicycle. The Recreation Advisory Board not only oversees the activities and programs of the Parks & Recreation Department, but also oversees village compliance with Palm Beach County’s local discretionary sales surtax fund. The board meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m.

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Lox Council Delays Road Rock Policy To Get Competitive Bids

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Loxahatchee Groves Town Council last week deferred approval of a road rock purchase policy that would have bypassed a competitive bid process. The Town of Loxahatchee Groves and the Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District have historically purchased rock from D.S. Eakins Construction and Palm Beach Aggregates nearby at a good rate, but at the March 19 meeting, council members opted to review the process, since the town plans to spend several hundred thousand dollars for rock in the near future. Town Attorney Michael Cirullo said the resolution was to authorize the purchase of base rock from the two vendors. “The recommendation was to move forward with the ability to purchase base rock on an as-needed basis from these two entities,” Cirullo said. “It was brought forward this evening as an exception to your procurement code because this was not advertised and formally submitted.”

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An Early Look At The Numbers

continued from page 1 age and is very high maintenance. The motor grader scheduled for replacement is the oldest in the fleet and has logged more than 18,000 hours, Robinson said. The last mini-excavator the district purchased was $58,000, the skid-steer will be about $35,000 to $40,000, the pickup trucks will be about $45,000 each and the boom mowers are $110,000. The last motor grader the district purchased cost approximately $220,000.


Veteran Getting A New Home

continued from page 1 neighborhood and knew that this was our forever home.” HFOT provides a unique service in that upon completion of the home, veterans and their families can begin rebuilding their lives without worrying about fees or mortgage payments. The process is complex, taking years for accepted applicants to find property, the organization to procure it and align with local contractors to complete construction. “Once construction kicks off, it is typically six to eight months before the house is ready,” Verity said. “Right now, we have [Dwyer’s] land, so his project will be kicking off soon.” Local residents will have a chance to meet and get to know the Dwyers before the keys are handed over. HFOT will host three different events in the area over the coming months.

Cirullo said the resolution would need a four-vote supermajority since it did not follow the procurement code, to allow the town to continue to purchase rock. Councilwoman Phillis Maniglia said Palm Beach Aggregates is generally where base rock comes from locally. “This seems like a no-brainer?” Maniglia asked. “It beats the traffic going east, and it’s an insurance issue,” Town Engineer Larry Peters said. “It takes longer, and there’s more opportunity for accidents.” Peters added that the vendors have the exact locations for precise pricing on delivery. Other factors include the possibility of town staff being delayed by having to wait for delivery. “We wanted a price for delivery, and if we were to go get it ourselves — because we’ve done that before — it’s there before you, the prices are specific,” he said. “We just go down to Palm Beach Aggregates and get what we need. It’s more logical to go to the west.” Vice Mayor Pro-Temp Robert

Shorr was skeptical of bypassing the procurement procedure. “There’s a reason this requires a four-fifths vote because you’re totally skirting the normal process,” Shorr said, adding that skirting the process potentially shuts out local firms. “I know there’s trucking companies all over this town. I’m disappointed there wasn’t more effort to get more prices.” Shorr favored a more open bidding process. “As a government entity, we need to give people the opportunity to bid on these, and we need to be able to select the best price,” he said. “I don’t think the process to go out and get enough bids is there, and I hate to say this, because we need rock. I don’t want to slow down this process.” Councilwoman Laura Danowski asked if it would be possible to get a one-year fixed price from Palm Beach Aggregates on the price of rock the town needs and seek bids for delivery. Peters said that made sense. Maniglia said she has had problems in the past with the town’s bidding process.

“A lot of contractors were not seeing the RFPs [requests for proposals], or didn’t know we had projects,” she explained to new Town Manager Jamie Titcomb. “Local guys didn’t know we had projects. Do you feel we could straighten that out quick enough?” “Generally, I think you’ll see lots of improvements in lots of areas in the near future,” Titcomb replied. Maniglia asked if postponing a decision would delay any important projects, and Peters said after a certain amount, the vendor would not be paid. “They’ve been contacted, and they’ve been told that this is a council item,” he said. “In order to pay the bills, you’re going to have to approve something. He’s still allowing me to pick up the rock. It’s just that the bill is not being paid.” Shorr said paying the current bill was under a separate agenda item, which had been pulled in order to obtain more backup. “Once that backup information comes, it’s going to come back

on the agenda for us to pay this $30,000 bill,” he said. “There’s nothing we can do about that at this meeting, but this is a price agreement based on a large quantity, and there’s no time line. How long is this price good for? It just doesn’t follow the government process of an RFP.” Mayor Pro-Temp Dave DeMarois said the price agreement, as well as paying off the outstanding $30,000 debt, would be settled at the council’s next meeting on April 2. Titcomb said the $30,000 debt had been pulled from the agenda because the price exceeded the cap that could be approved by the manager under the town’s purchasing process, thereby requiring council approval, and the item under discussion was to set policy on future rock purchases. He suggested several alternative processes that could be followed, such as a rotation process from several vendors. “Maybe there’s a trucking rotational aspect to this in terms of who delivers it to you,” Titcomb suggested. “That may be an op-

erational efficiency, but Larry is the expert in this, and I think the documentation is a little light for your purchasing codes. I don’t want to stop any project. I know how critical roads and rock are to this town.” During public comment, former Councilman Ron Jarriel said the LGWCD had historically purchased rock from Palm Beach Aggregates, and he had been advised by local hauling contractors that having the district haul the material was the most economical scenario. Former LGWCD Supervisor John Ryan said the price of rock fluctuates almost daily, and he was not sure if the town could lock in a long-term price. “It might be good to try it,” Ryan said, adding that municipalities, including Wellington, publish their invoices. “You could check the prices of neighboring communities.” Shorr made a motion not to approve the resolution bypassing the procurement code and look at alternative pricing or RFPs, which carried 5-0.

ITID President Betty Argue asked what the advantage was of using the new tracked mini-excavator over the rubber tire excavators in the fleet, and Robinson said the new mini-excavator is more efficient and moves projects along faster because it does not have to use boom extensions. “I want to know that when we are replacing something it is because we really have to, not because we desire to,” Argue said. Argue noted that she has asked for records that show an increase in maintenance of the older equipment. “Can you show that to us and how the maintenance costs are increasing?” Argue asked. “We don’t have any of those facts in front of us.”

Argue also suggested that a new motor grader be purchased but to consider keeping the old one as a backup and for doing work orders if it can be relied on. Robinson said he would look into it if he could find another operator. “Motor grader operators are kind of like hens’ teeth right now,” Robinson said. Argue suggested cross-training existing staff to operate the motor grader, but Robinson said he did not see the need for an additional grader or cross-training staff. “That’s my personal thoughts,” Robinson said. “If I’m directed otherwise, then that will be the case.” Robinson added that one of the excavator machines that had fallen into a canal and had been restored

continues to have problems. “It’ll run fine for a couple of months, and then it’ll go down for several weeks, and it seems to be when we’re right in the middle of something,” Robinson said, explaining that there are issues with the fueling system, as well as some of the computer wiring harness system, which is hard to trace. Robinson suggested that the old restored excavator might be fitted for a forestry attachment. “The machine is pretty old, and it shows it,” Robinson said. “One of the most dangerous jobs to do on a machine is to have a forestry attachment,” he said. “It could be possible to repurpose the machine. We could use it strictly for cutbacks on canal bank reclamations. We are definitely going

to need an increase in canal bank reclamation.” Argue asked about the status of the long-arm mowers, and Robinson said they are used intensely. “It is very tough on those components,” Robinson said. “We’re seeing a lot of breakages in gearboxes and also structural frame damage or stress cracking.” Argue added that she is concerned about converting one of the existing pipe crews to a culvert replacement crew. “We definitely need to create another crew this year for this project,” Argue said. “We need to figure out how to do it with as minimal impact as possible on the budget.” Other projects proposed are improvements and rebuilding at

pump stations, including pump overhauls, upgraded telemetry, engine and submersible pump rebuilds, replacement of exhaust fans, restoration of grass carp and continuation of the aquatic chemical program. The budget also earmarks funds for the park facilities. The presentation included a proposed barn roof replacement at Nicole Hornstein Equestrian Park, siding replacement at Hamlin House, new Sycamore Park playground equipment and basketball court resurfacing, small roofing repairs at park restrooms and the replacement of a clay surfacing machine for the baseball fields. The budget also proposes a 3 percent wage increase for selected employees.

“The first is a community kickoff event, usually held at a venue where the community can come and find out more. This allows us to introduce Liam to the community as well. The second is a volunteer day where the community is invited to help with the landscaping of the home and making it presentable,” Verity said. “Third is the key ceremony, when the veteran is presented with the home. There are a few speakers, a flag-raising ceremony in front of the house with a ribbon cutting, and the public can tour the home.” Future goals for the young couple include being in their forever home here, where they can be near family, and find a new normal not centered around visits to the hospital. “To me, Liam has a heart of gold and is a loving, charming and caring husband. He is determined to overcome his adversity and make the best out of a challenging circumstance,” Meghan Dwyer said. “He is an ambassador to other wounded warriors, providing a strong sense of encouragement with a dose of reality of what to expect, using his own injuries as an

inspiration and example. If I had to use one-word adjectives to describe him, I would say: adaptable, courageous, determined, dependable, generous, giving, sincere and the list could go on forever.” After the plot was secured by HFOT, a future neighbor added a sign to the vacant lot stating, “Fu-

ture Home of an American Hero” — proof that the community is looking forward to welcoming the Dwyers home. For more information about Homes For Our Troops, visit, and to get involved locally on the Dwyer project, e-mail

A sign marks the future home of Liam and Meghan Dwyer.

Staff Sgt. Liam Dwyer during his combat days.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Plastic Straw Bans Are needed

Florida relies on its tourist industry as one of the major draws. The cleanliness of our beaches is a strong selling point. If we have plastic litter, it detracts from the beaches’ appeal. Plastic straws make up a significant portion of the litter we find on our beaches. We have also seen pictures on the web of a plastic straw stuck up the nose of a sea turtle. We don’t need plastic straws. In fact, not long ago we had only paper straws. While paper straws might be a few cents more expensive, they do not leave a lasting footprint on the planet. The problem with plastic straws is that they don’t decompose out in the environment, and they don’t recycle. Some restaurants simply put a plastic straw in every drink, others toss the straws on the table whether they are wanted or not, leaving it to the person cleaning

the table to toss them out if not used. Plastic from a plastic straw comes from oil and gas development such as fracking. If we don’t want increased oil and gas usage, we need to reduce the use of plastic straws. Some people feel straws are more hygienic, but the reality is that a straw does not meet any government standard for hygiene, and that if you fear drinking from a cup at a restaurant, then would you trust the kitchen at that restaurant? I would say a good, clean restaurant will have clean glasses to drink from, and you don’t need a plastic straw for hygiene. For those who wish to have a straw, there are now bamboo, metal and glass straws that you can purchase and carry with you. They come with cleaning kits so you can keep them clean. SB 588, under consideration by lawmakers in Tallahassee, would place a five-year suspension on municipalities’ banning straws,

pending a study from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Plastic straw bans are not really bans, they simply require the server to provide straws only upon request. Drew Martin Lake Worth Editor’s note: Mr. Martin is the conservation chair of the Sierra Club’s Loxahatchee Group.

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BROOKE USA HOSTS SUNSET POLO & WHITE PARTY AT THE WANDERERS CLUB Brooke USA’s Sunset Polo & White Party raised more than $350,000 for working equines and the people who depend on them at an elegant and well-attended fundraiser held at the Wanderers Club in Wellington on Friday, March 22. More than 1,000 people joined together for the signature event, which exceeded funds raised from all previous years. The honorary committee, chaired by Katherine Kaneb Bellissimo, and the host committee, led by Paige Bellissimo, were the driving force behind the success of the event. Gill Johnston’s GJ Racing won the round-robin polo tournament against Provident Jewelry and Invicta Farm. Learn more about Brooke USA at PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

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Margaret Duprey with her award.

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Royal Palm Beach Council Reorganizes With Few Changes

By Denis Eirikis Town-Crier Staff Report The Royal Palm Beach Village Council held its annual reorganizational meeting on Thursday, March 23, and the first item of business was the official swearing-in of Councilman Richard Valuntas and Councilwoman Jan Rodusky for their new terms on the council, which now extend to March 2021. Rodusky was selected to serve as vice mayor over the next year, a largely ceremonial position appointed annually from amongst the council. Items discussed on the evening’s agenda ranged from modest design changes to an automotive dealership and the approval of a contract for removing floating canal debris to a series of rezoning ordinances approving density increases to various parcels of the Tuttle Royale project along Southern Blvd. west of State Road 7 that some have called “the City Place of the western communities.”

Mayor Fred Pinto brought the organizational meeting to order by congratulating the newly installed council members. “I want to congratulate Jan Rodusky and Richard Valuntas for winning their hardfought campaigns. Each deserved victory,” he joked. An audience of family members and well-wishers laughed, as both incumbents won their seats back unchallenged when no one stepped forward to run against them. It was the first time in a decade that the village has not had an election. “I am honored to serve on the council for another two years on behalf of my fellow residents in Royal Palm Beach,” Rodusky said. “I take this responsibility very seriously to represent the citizens on matters coming before the council, especially as they align with the mission and strategic plan of the village.” Next on the organizational agenda was the assignment of each council member’s liaison duties

Village Clerk Diane DiSanto administers the oath of office for Jan Rodusky (left) and Richard Valuntas (right). with various village boards and to this board, I went to Chair John tinue her role as liaison to the use plan amendments, site plans, external organizations. Riordan and asked whether I am Planning & Zoning Commission/ plats, special exceptions, applicaThe first decision of the evening doing well for them or whether Local Planning Agency. This tions for variances and rezoning was to return Councilwoman they wanted another council mem- commission acts as the local applications. Selena Samios as liaison to the ber to represent them,” Samios planning agency for the village in Councilman Jeff Hmara retained Recreation Advisory Board, a noted, adding that Riordan sup- accordance with Florida Statutes. his position with the Education position she has held for the last ported her continued role with It also reviews and makes recom- Advisory Board, which addresses several years. the board. mendations to the council on all educational issues pertaining to See RPB COUNCIL, page 22 “Before asking for reassignment Rodusky was selected to con- proposed comprehensive land

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Welcomes New ER Facility To Westlake Wellington Regional Medical Center, representatives from the Universal Health Services and Westlake officials held a ribboncutting ceremony on Monday, March 25 marking the completion of construction of the new free-standing emergency room at Westlake. The new ER, located at 16750 Persimmon Blvd. at the corner of Seminole Pratt Whitney Road and Persimmon Blvd. East, will be the first emergency healthcare services available in the new community of Westlake. It will officially open for patients on Tuesday, April 9. “We are excited to offer emergency healthcare services for the residents of Westlake and the surrounding communities,” said Pam Tahan, CEO of Wellington Regional Medical Center. “Emergencies can happen at any time, day or night, and it is important to have a facility available to quickly and

professionally provide healthcare services for those individuals.” The more than 10,000-squarefoot facility includes eight exam rooms, one triage room, three rapid medical exam bays, imaging capability and onsite lab services. “As the community of Westlake continues to quickly grow, it is wonderful that we will now have such a well-known and trusted ER provider in our community,” Westlake Mayor Roger Manning said. “The ER is a great addition to Westlake and will help provide local medical services for our citizens.” The ER at Westlake will be staffed by experienced emergency medicine physicians and is the first Wellington Regional Medical Center ER located off the main hospital campus. The ER will be capable of treating both major and minor medical conditions, from cuts and bruises to broken bones,

heart attacks and stroke. For patient convenience, the new emergency room will also offer ER Reserve and provide online ER wait times. ER Reserve allows patients who are in need of less serious emergency care to

request a time for their visit up to 12 hours in advance. This will allow patients to wait in the comfort of their home, instead of at the ER. For more information about the new ER at Westlake, visit www.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony welcomes the new facility.

UHS Chairman and CEO Alan Miller, Westlake Mayor Roger Manning and Minto Vice President John Carter.


Andre Varona, RPB Councilwoman Selena Samios and Don Hearing.

Mickey Smith, Tom and Regis Wenham, and Westlake Mayor Roger Manning.

Dr. David Soria, Tammy Shiverdecker, Dr. Kishore Dass and Sharon Beckley.

Dr. Brandt Delhammer, Diego Perilla, Dr. Adam Bromberg, Dr. David Soria and WRMC CEO Pam Tahan.

Dr. Richard Hays, Diego Perilla, Pam Tahan, Tonja Mosley and Mellissa Johnson celebrate the ribbon cutting with a cake.

Hospital officials and doctors gather with Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue officers.

NEWS BRIEFS FLARA Group To Meet April 1

The western communities chapter of the Florida Alliance for Retired Americans will meet Monday, April 1 at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church (12200 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington) in the classroom building behind the main sanctuary. The business meeting begins at noon, and new members are always welcome. The program, which is free and open to the public, begins at 1 p.m. and will feature a discussion of housing options for low-income people. For more info., call Nancy Tanner at (561) 793-9677.

Garden Club To Feature You Farm April 1

The Wellington Garden Club will meet Monday, April 1 in the Lakeview Room at the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). A light breakfast will begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by a business meeting at 10:15 a.m. and a program at 11:15 a.m. on You Farm Organic Microgreens, presented by Stefan Horbonis. Horbonis, a farmer using organic and hydroponic techniques,

is the president of You Farm, a communal garden that is family friendly. You Farm distributes fresh vegetables to designated kitchens and restaurants in Palm Beach County and sells produce at local green markets. Come hear about wheat grass, barley grass, herbs and sprouts grown hydroponically. Guests are welcome, but seating is limited. RSVP to Mary Drexler at or (561) 506-7404. To learn more about the Wellington Garden Club, visit www.wellingtongardenclub. org.

Garden Party Welcomes Easter Bunny To The Mall

The Bunny Buddy Garden Party will kick off at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 30 with the Easter Bunny greeting the children as they arrive at the Grand Court of the Mall at Wellington Green. Then, the Wellington Garden Club will guide children into planting veggies and flowers in big bins and give out seed pot kits to every child participant. There will also be face painting, balloon artists and art activities for the children. The event will run until 10:30 a.m.

After the Bunny Buddy Garden Party, the Easter Bunny will be in Bunnyville at the mall’s Grand Court from March 30 through April 20 for photo opportunities. For more information, visit www.

CAFCI Student Assistance Awards

CAFCI will host its annual Student Assistance Award ceremony on Saturday, May 4 at Royal Palm Beach’s Village Golf Club. For the past 27 years, CAFCI has provided an award to deserving students toward their college education. Requirements include a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, an official transcript, a letter of acceptance from the college of their choice, evidence of school and community involvement, two letters of recommendation from two teachers or a teacher and a guidance counselor, and an essay to demonstrate interest in and knowledge of Caribbean culture and affairs. Money for the awards are raised by donations made by CAFCI members and community partners, as well as proceeds generated from CAFCI’s annual Friendship Ball and other fundraising events. CAFCI was formed 30 years

ago in Royal Palm Beach to encourage volunteerism and diversity in the community. For more information, visit www.cafcipbc. org or call (561) 790-4002.

Suicide Prevention Event April 5

On Friday, April 5, the Southeast Florida Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) will be at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches to host its inaugural “A Sip in the Park.” The group will welcome more than 200 guests to raise money, and, more importantly, to help save lives. AFSP’s goal is to raise $100,000 in support of critical education and prevention programs. The event will help provide mental health education and training for teachers, staff, parents and students through the “More Than Sad: Teen Depression” curriculum for area high schools. Funds raised will also support the Interactive Screening Program to identify at-risk college students and police officers and help implement AFSP’s Talk Saves Lives program, a community-based presentation that covers the general scope of suicide, research on prevention and what people can do to fight suicide.

The AFSP also supports those who have suffered a loss, provides caregiver training in mental health first aid, advocates for support for returning veterans, and educates elected officials and other partners about opportunities to support suicide prevention. For more information, or to learn other ways to become involved, contact Event Chair Alan Mednick at (561) 325-7456 or

Wellington Honored By Safety Council

Wellington was honored with two safety awards during the

Safety Council of Palm Beach County’s awards luncheon held March 14, which recognized organizations for demonstrating a commitment to safety. Wellington received the Award of Merit for Worker Safety, which reaffirms the village’s commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of all Wellington employees, while always striving to keep safety at the forefront, with a focus on education and training to prevent accidents before they happen. Wellington also received the Safety Council’s Award of Merit for Vehicle Safety, acknowledging the village’s vehicle program as one of the safest in Palm Beach County.

Wellington officials with the two Safety Council awards.

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GCDA Scholarship Program Promises Adult Amateur And Pro Riders A Leg Up

The front cover of Deborah Burggraaf’s new book Corky’s Travels.

Deborah Burggraaf Has A New Book Out

Local author and retired middle school teacher Deborah Burggraaf has announced the release of her 14th book, Corky’s Travels. The new book follows Burggraaf’s 13th book, Josie On Shadowridge Drive, which was well received by parents, teachers and children. Burggraaf has once again teamed up with two-time FAPA Award-winning illustrator Matthew Lumsden, a graphic artist in Boca Raton, to create an everlasting love story between a stray black cat, Corky, and Jim, a fellow living alone looking for companionship. In the book, Jim rescues a stray

black cat being tossed around by chickens and a rooster behind a wired fence. Jim runs over to save Corky, his tail now bent from his experience while landing in a dirt trench. The two bond instantly, as Jim learns how to feed Corky, now making his home a safe place for Corky to call his own. The two travel together over the years, by truck and by airplane, yet always long to return to their cozy cottage. Corky’s Travels was scheduled for release on March 25. Parents, educators and children will also welcome the lessons available at

Fradkin Presents At Research Conference

On March 12-13, Palm Beach Atlantic University held its seventh annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference, and Wellington resident Talia Fradkin was one of the presenters. The Interdisciplinary Research Conference provides Palm Beach Atlantic students and faculty with an opportunity to share research that they have been working on throughout the year with scholars across a wide variety of fields. The conference allows for research presentations in the liberal arts, social sciences, science and healthcare. Fradkin was among the individuals selected to present research. She shared her research on biopharmaceuticals and was a co-presenter on “The Effects of Essential Oils on Beneficial Bacteria,” as well as a co-author of a poster presentation regarding “A Genetic Basis for Pituitary Dys-

Talia Fradkin shares her research with scholars at the 2019 Interdisciplinary Research Conference at Palm Beach Atlantic University. function.” Fradkin is a biology/ pre-health major and active in her local community.

The coral anniversary year of the Gold Coast Dressage Association is sure to go down in the history books, thanks to the landmark scholarship program that assures its members — whether they are adult amateur or professional dressage riders — a leg up in the pursuit of their education and furthering their rise up the dressage “pyramid” of training. “It’s something different that we felt was very important. Our members should have the resources to pursue the training and educational opportunities they and their horses need,” says Dr. Michael Kohl, second vice president of the GCDA, which has been serving Florida’s dressage community for over 35 years. Kohl said that the GCDA is putting together a scholarship committee composed of equestrians and members of the community who see the value in supporting education and this

international sport, and an announcement regarding the start of the scholarship program’s application and review process will follow soon. “A scholarship program is one of the ways we want to give back to our community,” Kohl said, adding how deeply he already cherishes the encouragement he has found among such members and neighbors as Debbie Banas, Donna Cameron, Susan Gohl, Andrea Michael and Vicki Szombathy. In keeping with a commitment to education, the GCDA recently presented “Ride on the Side,” part of the Certified USDF Continuing Education Program, with moderator USEF “S” and FEI 4* judge Bill Warren in the Van Kampen Hospitality Tent at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. The Gold Coast Dressage Association was organized and operates exclusively for educational

Secretary Amy Swerdlin, President Noreen O’Sullivan and Second Vice President Dr. Michael Kohl, the inspiration behind the GCDA Scholarship Program. purposes and to foster local and national amateur sporting competition in the art of dressage.

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TKA Student Ethan Spell Selected To Attend Elite Leadership Academy

Chief Petty Officer Ethan Spell of the American Veteran’s Division of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, a junior at the King’s Academy, was recently selected to attend the program’s Senior Leadership Academy in Arlington, Va. Cadets were selected based upon their contributions to their communities, school records, and overall performance and standing in the Sea Cadet program. “Ethan is well-deserving of this leadership training opportunity with the Sea Cadets, and I am confident that he will represent the King’s Academy with excellence,” said John Raines, one of Spell’s teachers at TKA. “His patriotism,

wealth of knowledge of our country’s history and grasp of political issues is remarkable.” This April, Spell will join 30 of the country’s top Sea Cadets at a week-long program. The attendees will discuss and debate leadership and ethics topics relevant to today’s youth. They will also visit the U.S. Naval Academy, historic sites and museums around Washington, D.C., and will meet with distinguished leaders. “The 30 Sea Cadets selected to attend SLA 2019 are the most elite cadet group in the country. Between them, they have attended 177 advanced trainings and served as staff cadets at 70 trainings,”

Clinics Can Help To Host Golf Event On April 26

Clinics Can Help will host its annual golf classic on Friday, April 26 at the Wellington National Golf Club (400 Binks Forest Drive) with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Following the game, players and attendees are invited to enjoy food, a silent auction and an awards cer-

emony. Proceeds from the event support CCH’s Kinder Project, the organization’s program supporting families of children with special needs. To learn more, call (561) 6402995 or visit www.clinicscanhelp. org.

said the program’s executive director, retired Navy Capt. Paul Zambernardi. “Now, it’s time for them to join their distinguished peers from around the country to spend a week sharpening their leadership skills and expanding their perspectives.” Spell has been a member of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps since 2012. During this time, he has attended recruit training and several advanced trainings. “I’m honored to be selected and hope to represent my unit well,” Spell said. “I have learned so much and have become the person I am today because of the Sea Cadet program.”

Chief Petty Officer Ethan Spell is a junior at TKA.

Anderson Headed To Luther College

Derek Hartl, Luther College interim vice president for enrollment management, has announced that Dylan Anderson of Royal Palm Beach has been accepted for admission for the 2019-20 academic year. Anderson has been awarded the President’s Scholarship. A na-

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Wellington Landings Hosts Amazing Spring Dance Performance ‘To This Day’

A total of 150 dance students from Wellington Landings Middle School performed in their spring dance program “To This Day” on Wednesday, March 6. The dance students delivered a powerful, poignant performance. The concert was overflowing with jazz, contemporary and hip-hop styles. The students performed to a va-

riety of music, including Christina Aguilera, Michael Buble, Ciara, Gotye and Meghan Trainor. The beginning and intermediate classes performed their class group dances with true gusto and beauty. Eight student choreographers were chosen to choreograph four of the advanced class group dances. The dances were filled with beautiful

phrasing, intricate choreography and exquisite lines. The beginning dance class did an impressive job learning two challenging new dances in a short amount of time. In one dance, they dressed like the characters in the Broadway musical Matilda while dancing to “Mean Girls,” a song with an anti-bullying theme.

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Dance teacher Dana Brett is incredibly proud of all of her dancers. Not only did the students dance beautifully, but the level of cooperation, collaboration and kindness among the dancers was extraordinary. Wellington Landings is home to a fine arts academy, which includes an extensive dance program.

Wellington Elementary School recently held its Literacy Night. The Literacy Committee offered activities for grades K-5. The four different activities were: create your own storyboard, design your own chocolate bar wrapper, act out characters during a reader’s theater and play a game called Sight Word Pop. Besides being Literacy Night, it was also Family Book Fair Night. Students and their families got to pick out their favorite books to purchase. Carrabba’s Italian Grill was there to serve delicious meals, and Kona Ice was serving ices to get everyone refreshed, donating a percentage of profits to the school. Pictured above are children at the different literacy stations. Wellington Landings Middle School dancers perform during their spring dance performance March 6.

Sacred Heart School’s Children Helping Children Warms Hearts In Belle Glade

When the Sacred Heart School children heard the story about children in Belle Glade attending their after-school program in a dilapidated, 1940s building, they were ready to help. To date, Sacred Heart children have raised $2,707.44 to help fund the rebuilding of the First Haitian Baptist Church Children’s Development Center in Belle Glade. The children learned about the development center through Sacred Heart School Principal Candace Tamposi and the school’s Grandmother of the Year Nancy Marshall, both members of the Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem Hospitaller, Palm Beach Commandery, an ecumenical organization that is focusing its fundraising efforts to help build a new center for the Belle Glade children. This past fall, Sacred Heart School students in the fourth and seventh grade donated their pho-

tographs for an auction, held at a reception in a private Palm Beach home, which raised $2,005. The photographs were taken at the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge as part of “The Everglades: Through the Eyes of Children” photo project. During December, middle school children raised $400 for the Belle Glade project from their Christmas store. The middle school students acquired a loan from the school office to buy Christmas items for gifts. They did a marketing plan, created commercials to advertise it and created posters. They sold the items in their classroom store, paid back the loan and donated $400 to the Belle Glade project. “I was surprised to see the ingenuity and determination the students gave for this project,” said Rocio Shaw, the middle school literature and special needs resource teacher. In January, the entire school

Coach Keyon Carter and first-grade teacher Gina Castiglia with their students, who won the penny drive as part of Catholic School Week. completed a penny drive for Cath“We love that children are helpolic School Week and selected to ing other children,” Tamposi said. give the money to the Belle Glade “It is an important lesson in caring Project, raising $302.44. and supporting others in need.”

Seniors To Be Honored At The Breakers Hotel

The Scholastic Achievement Foundation of Palm Beach County will honor the county’s highest academic achieving high school seniors at a special dinner on Tuesday, April 16. The foundation is seeking community and business support for the 41st annual event. The annual dinner, founded in 1977 by Clifford E. Ripley — then an assistant superintendent for the School District of Palm Beach County — recognizes graduating seniors from Palm Beach County’s public, private and parochial schools. It is an opportunity for the county’s brightest scholars to be celebrated for their achievements at the Breakers Hotel. Sponsorships for the 41st Annual dinner are available at all levels, and donations can be made online at Tickets to attend the dinner are also available for purchase at There will be 185 students recognized at the 2019 dinner, which will be emceed by WPBF Channel 25 anchor Tiffany Kenney. In addition to recognizing outstanding student achievement,

select students receive scholarships during the event, including four-year, full-tuition scholarships to Florida Atlantic University, Lynn University and Palm Beach State College. In addition, selected students will receive $1,000 scholarships. In the four decades that the Scholastic Achievement Foundation has hosted its annual celebration at the Breakers, more than 4,400 students have been recognized, and more than 360 students have received scholarships. “The Scholastic Achievement Foundation is a once-in-a-lifetime event for these outstanding seniors and celebrates their academic success,” said May Gamble, a retired educator and president of the Scholastic Achievement Foundation. “This is the 41st year that our foundation has hosted this special dinner for our students, and we look forward to community support to help us continue this unique tradition for years to come.” To support the foundation’s 2019 event, visit



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For the first time, the U.S. Open Women’s Polo Championship final took place in Wellington at the International Polo Club Palm Beach on Saturday, March 23. The event included tailgating in pink, along with a post-match brunch to support the partnership with Susan G. Komen Florida to raise awareness about breast cancer. The exciting match concluded with Team Hawaii Polo Life defeating Team Cabo Wabo 10-5. PHOTOS BY CALLIE SHARKEY/TOWN-CRIER

Equestrian Sport Productions CEO Mark Bellissimo, Horse Scout CEO Lucienne Elms, USPA Global Licensing CEO Michael Prince and his son Ben.

Erica Gandomcar-Sachs presents the winners of Hawaii Polo Life with the tournament trophy.

Dawn Jones presents Pamela Flanagan with a gift certificate for Best Amateur Player on behalf of The Tackeria.

MVP award winner Nina Clarkin is presented her prize by Michael Prince of USPA Global Licensing.

Breast cancer survivor Kirsten Stanley does the coin toss.

Hawaii Polo Life’s Mia Cambiaso scores the first goal of the game.

15-year-old Ava Faith sings the national anthem.

Chase and Grace Atkins play a bean bag toss game.

Katy and Elena Escapite, along with baby Viviana, take to the field at half time. Angela Scott, Velma Ratchford and Christine Maclean experience polo for the first time.

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Wellington Councilman Michael Napoleone and his wife Cyndi enjoy some tailgating before the match.

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The Florida Pet Con event was held Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24 at the South Florida Fairgrounds. There were vendors selling animal and human items, raffles and giveaways. Several rescue organizations had dogs, cats and more available for adoption. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Lynden Jones gives Bolt a treat as Barbara Masi looks on.

Mr. Fluffers of Hops A Lot bunny rescue gets combed by Jennifer Yowonske.

Community Animal Hospital’s Tammy Dugal with Leonardo the tortoise.

Kris Miller, Gail Bass and Dawn DiBari of Loxahatchee Lost & Found Pets.

Big Dog Ranch Rescue had a contingent at the show.

Animal aid Deanna Camacho holds Remington while Rachel Montross applies a microchip.

Rebecca Shelton with Pressley.

G Girl Gabriella with G Girl Productions owner Laura Souza.

Pilot Wins In Overtime To Claim Gold Cup And Continue Gauntlet Run

The thrilling final of the USPA Gold Cup on the U.S. Polo Assn. Field 1 required overtime with Pilot ultimately defeating Aspen 1211 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach, claiming the second leg of the Gauntlet of Polo, the $125,000 prize and keeping their hopes alive to win the $1,000,000 top prize. A battle between the two remaining undefeated teams in the USPA Gold Cup featured a back-and-forth affair that saw Aspen have Pilot on the ropes, with Gonzalito and Facundo Pieres bringing their team back into the game. An organized strategy for Aspen had Tomas Schwencke and Stewart Armstrong relentlessly pressure Facundo Pieres, which led to uncharacteristic turnovers for the 10-goaler, but Pilot stuck

to the game plan that has left them undefeated in the Gauntlet of Polo, using a two-man game that proved to be effective. Aspen’s high-pressure defense and quick counter-attack allow them to create more chances in the game, but Pilot’s efficiency was the deciding factor, finishing 62 percent from the field and a perfect 3-for-3 from the penalty line. Usually claiming an early lead, Pilot trailed Aspen over the first two chukkers, with Polito Pieres producing an impressive performance with four goals and an assist to impact all five of Aspen’s goals and push his team to a 5-2 lead. Dominating the throw-in line 7-1 over that span kept the possession with Aspen, holding Pilot to just three shots. Undeterred, Pilot responded by the end of the half, in a

third chukker where they produced perfect 3-for-3 shooting from the field and converted a lone penalty attempt to bring the game back to a 6-6 tie. When finding open space, Gonzalito and Facundo Pieres were effective for Pilot, but Aspen continued to work tirelessly to limit the freedom for the high-profile duo to run with the ball. With the outcome to be decided in the second half, the defense tightened up for both teams, resulting in no goals from the field in a hard-fought fourth chukker. That changed in a lightning-fast fifth chukker with just one foul in end-to-end action. Lucas James found Polito Pieres with a pass for both of Aspen’s field goals, but Pilot responded with three goals of their own, two from Facundo Pieres and one from Gonzalito

Pieres to gain a slim, one-goal lead. Two quick goals for Aspen propelled them back into the lead. With Pilot’s undefeated record on the line, Facundo Pieres fought his way to goal, scoring from 40 yards out to send the game to overtime. Inside the first minute of the extra chukker, Pilot forced Aspen into two consecutive fouls, placing Facundo Pieres on the 60-yard line for a penalty shot worth $125,000. Despite the pressure, he converted the penalty, securing the USPA Gold Cup for Pilot in a thrilling conclusion. Tomas Schwencke claimed MVP honors, while Best Playing Pony was awarded to Facundo Pieres’ One Magnifica. Pilot now joins the other teams in an attempt to secure the final leg of the Gauntlet — the U.S. Open Polo Championship.

Team Pilot — Facundo Pieres, Gonzalito Pieres, Matias Gonzalez and Curtis Pilot — with the USPA Gold Cup.


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Due to popular demand, we are forming a second “Modern Conversational Hebrew” class. The only prerequisite is the ability to read Hebrew; basic vocabulary is helpful, but not necessary. Classes start Tuesday, April 9th, and will run through June 25th starting at 6:45pm. Classes last 45 minutes. The cost is $35 to cover materials and expenses. Everyone is welcome so please join us! RSVP to the Temple Office at:

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Allstate Insurance 798-0230

Edward Jones & Co. 798-6184

Woody’s of Wellington 798-1440

Villari’s Studios of Self Defense 792-1100

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Pizzazz Hair Design 798-1100

Polo Insurance Agency 798-5443

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Sunvest Mortgage Group 337-4848

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Oasis Church in Loxahatchee Groves treated the community to a free corn roast on Sunday, March 24. There was a bounce house, DJ, volleyball, corn hole and more. For more information about Oasis Church, call (561) 791-0524 or visit PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Sami and Daniel Sadowski roast corn.

Carol Wayne and Cindy Drake.

Alicia Clarke enjoys corn.

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Kathryn Polcz gets her face painted by April Hellinger.

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The Wellington Bacon & Bourbon Festival was held Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23 at the Wellington Amphitheater. The family-friendly event featured delicious bacon products, along with bourbon creations for older guests. A wide variety of other foods were also available at the event, along with live music and merchandise vendors. For more info., visit PHOTOS BY ERIN DAVISSON/TOWN-CRIER

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I Have Acquired A Used Treadmill... Now I Just Have To Use It!

After a fat and lazy winter, I decided to get myself a treadmill before things really got out of hand. When a friend of mine heard this, he gave me his old one, and it was hardly used! Plus, it was a name I had heard of (NordicTrack) and not something like RunTilYouDrop. Now, I have never had a gym membership, but I had been on treadmills before in the exercise rooms of various hotels, and I liked them. Unlike walking around the block, there are no barking dogs straining at their leashes to get me, people smiling in amusement from their front porches or cars zooming by belching exhaust as they go. Instead, there is a motorized walkway

Deborah Welky is

The Sonic BOOMER with a TV in front of it. If you can’t distract yourself for a half hour while you’re walking, there truly is nothing good on TV. I love how there’s a little tray to put my phone on. I love having my water bottle right there. I love how I get to choose my speed and time and see how many calories I’ve burned. I especially love it when I’m

the only one in the room. Ahhh. And now I had a treadmill of my very own. So I set this puppy up in the back room of my store and decided to come in a half hour early every day to run on it. Admittedly, it is a used, bare-bones model. For instance, there is no TV. There is also no tray or water holder. There isn’t even an electrical cord. By inserting two AA batteries, I was able to set a timer and, by turning a knob, I was able to adjust the resistance. There was another knob on the bottom in case I wanted to adjust the angle to recreate the experience of climbing a steep hill. I did not. I also did not want to walk at high speed. But I did know how long I wanted to

walk. I set the timer for 30 minutes exactly — not one second more. The first day, I huffed and puffed my way through my walk accompanied by squeaks, stops and starts. I had set the resistance level all the way down to setting one, but the age of the machine (and maybe some rust) made it really hard to walk. I told myself it was just because I was out of shape and kept on going. I reached for my water bottle, placed precariously atop a stack of boxes, and it fell and rolled. By minute 23, I was hunched over the handlebars, watching my feet and praying for death. My cell phone was out of reach. How was I going to call 911? The second day was more of the same, although I did keep my phone in my

pocket. Mostly, I was bored. The third day, I developed the system that I successfully use to this day. I play Candy Crush on my phone with my left hand while clinging to the treadmill with my right. Because I am not left-handed, I quickly fail at Candy Crush. Every time I fail, I have to put the phone down and walk double-time the same number of minutes I had been playing. This is resulting in three desired results: I walk 30 minutes without boring myself to tears; I am slowly learning to win at Candy Crush; and, as a bonus, I am becoming ambidextrous. If I had a trainer, they would probably not like this method at all, but it works for me and I should know — I have been diligently working out for two whole weeks!

It’s Not Just The Crooks, The Admissions System Is Corrupt

Even while feeling a sense of pleasure at how easily some “entitled folk” got caught cheating on the college admission competition, many people were horrified. We have been told over and over that college admissions were fair; all students were judged appropriately. All applicants are equal, but now we understand that some are more equal than others. It’s disgusting that some applicants can have others take their qualifying exams and that admissions people are easily bribed. As someone who had to struggle just to pay tuition, I could only give my daughters encouragement. No money existed to pay off the right people. The real scandal, however, is that without breaking the law, the whole system is rigged. For example, 30 percent of Harvard’s incoming class this past year were “legacies,” that is, they had a parent

‘I’ On CULTURE By Leonard Wechsler or grandparent who went there. On top of that, almost all of those legacies are white. Remember the phrase “white privilege?” This is not white privilege; we are talking about privileged whites. And since they take up the majority of space for white students, it’s harder for a non-privileged white candidate to get into an Ivy League school. Students who have never gotten less than an A, often for honors and advanced courses, and with near-perfect

scores on the SATs, find they do not make the cut even though they are exceptional and “played by the rules.” On top of that, the “elite” kids get other advantages. Private schools provide exceptional preparation but are expensive. Some elite private schools in Manhattan charge more than $50,000 a year for tuition, beginning in the first grade. Harvard only charges $46,000! Kids in the lower grades get plenty of attention. Classes have multiple teachers in the early grades and close attention is paid to each child. From the eighth grade on, these schools focus on getting into top colleges. They begin writing college application essays at that point, having them edited and improved by experts, and then redoing them every year. Counselors direct them to appropriate charity work, where for a relatively small number of hours, they can

get great letters of recommendation. And, of course, there are the special SAT prep classes costing thousands of dollars. Against this, most of our kids go to school with classes that are far larger. Palm Beach County tries to limit early grades to 18, but there is one teacher and perhaps an aide. It takes a while before reading specialists get involved, allowing some students to fall behind. Further, disciplinary rules set forth by the federal government make it almost impossible to handle very difficult students. Class sizes in high school are very large. There are far too few counselors helping to focus on getting into top colleges. The wealthy among us have their own specialists who often come close to what the ones now heading for prison do. Almost as bad, although legal, is that colleges chase the kids of really rich

parents, or those well-connected, because they often get huge donations out of it. Why not take Dopey McStupid, who had trouble getting out of intermediate school, when his parents can donate millions of dollars? If you are not rich, well, we are told the colleges will then judge you fairly. Of course, what they define as fair, most others do not. And the one absolutely objective way of determining competence, the SAT (or ACT for some areas) is being pushed aside to ensure that many of our most talented kids do not make it even if they excel. Without clout, excellence is just another boring word between enriching and excrement. So, when people say that criminals are involved, just realize that whole game is crooked and always has been. Meanwhile, regular, really talented kids are its victims.


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The Lord’s Place SleepOut 2019 Puts Focus On Family Friday, April 5

However you define family, bring yours to the Lord’s Place SleepOut 2019 on Friday, April 5 beginning at 5 p.m. at the United Methodist Church of the Palm Beaches (900 Brandywine Road, West Palm Beach). SleepOut brings together hundreds of people across the county from all walks of life to spend an evening celebrating the success of those who have been helped by life-changing programs from the Lord’s Place. The inspirational evening ends with hundreds sleeping outside overnight to bring attention to the issue of homelessness and to raise funds for the Lord’s Place. Others choose to SleepIn at their homes or backyards. The 2019 honorary family for SleepOut is Jon and Bibi Van Arnam and their daughter Alexandra. They were selected due to their long-standing efforts to help the homeless in Palm Beach County. Jon began participating in SleepOut soon after its inception. In his previous position as Palm Beach County assistant and later deputy county administrator, he wanted to learn more about how the services provided through the county and its sister agencies helped those who are homeless.

“I find SleepOut, where you hear the stories of those whose lives have been changed and sleep out overnight together, is a way to reawaken your commitment and reconnect with the cause,” he said. Bibi and Alexandra have participated in SleepOut since Alexandra was seven. She is now a 15-yearold student at the Dreyfoos School of the Arts. “To be asked to represent something we feel so strongly about is a true honor for our family,” Bibi said. “Taking care of each other as a family is important, but it is also important to take care of everyone in our community. We are all part of this community, and we have to do all we can to make it better.” The family-friendly event, now in its 12th year, begins at 5 p.m. at the United Methodist Church of the Palm Beaches. Registration is $25, with children under 16 free. Participants are encouraged to register beforehand to start or join a team at and request contributions for their participation from family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. SleepOut features fun for the whole family, including a special children’s area, delicious food by Joshua Catering, a social enter-

Healthcare Economic Luncheon To Feature Speaker Jeff Lungren

The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce will host its Healthcare Economic Luncheon on Thursday, April 18 with keynote speaker Jeff Lungren, chief healthcare and immigration lobbyist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The luncheon will be held Thursday, April 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the National Croquet Center, located at 700 Florida Mango Road in West Palm Beach. The event will focus on healthcare costs, Medicare, drug pricing GL Homes Community Relations Director Sarah Alsofrom, Diana Barrett, Ann Brown, Alexandra, Bibi and Jon Van Arnam, Lord’s Place CEO Diana Stanley, Jasmine Yeager, Tayvon Martin and GL Homes President Misha Ezratti. There is plenty of free parking at the event site, just west of I-95 off of Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. Volunteers will help participants pitch their tent or find their “sleeping under the stars” spot. The event will continue rain or shine, with the program staged inside in the church’s Gathering Place. For more information about the Lord’s Place, visit www.thelords

Ready to leave the corporate grind and be your own boss? Looking to expand your online concept? Has your side gig turned into a viable business opportunity? The Mall at Wellington Green is ready to help. Now through Friday, April 19, the Mall at Wellington Green is encouraging local entrepreneurs to submit their innovative ideas to its latest Battle of the Pop-Up contest. The winning entrepreneur will receive prizes including four months of rent and the opportunity to test his or her new idea, product or service with shoppers, guests and the surrounding neighborhoods. “We are so pleased to support new ideas for up-and-coming local businesses. We have always had a terrific response to our Battle of the Pop-Up challenges,” Mall at Wellington Green Marketing Director Rachelle Crain said. “Our last two winners, Cute Now Baby Gear, which is owned by Frank Bevilaqua and Lyndsey Seacrist, and Simplicity in Mind, owned by Rachel Calvelli, were both wonderful ideas and well received. We’re looking forward to seeing this next round of contest ideas.”

AIOFLA Honors Livia Chaykin For Client Satisfaction

The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys (AIOFLA) has recognized the exceptional performance of Wellington-based family law attorney Livia Chaykin as “Three Years 10 Best Family Law Attorney for Client Satisfaction.” AIOFLA is a third-party attorney rating organization that publishes an annual list of the

Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in each state. Attorneys who are selected to the “10 Best” list must pass AIOFLA’s rigorous selection process, which is based on client and/or peer nominations, thorough research and AIOFLA’s independent evaluation. AIOFLA’s annual list was created to be used as a resource for clients during the at-

torney selection process. One of the most significant aspects of the selection process involves attorneys’ relationships and reputation among his or her clients. As clients should be an attorney’s top priority, AIOFLA places the utmost emphasis on selecting lawyers who have achieved significant success in the field of

family law without sacrificing the service and support they provide. Selection criteria, therefore, focus on attorneys who demonstrate the highest standards of client satisfaction. The AIOFLA congratulates Chaykin on this achievement. To contact Chaykin, call (561) 515-5655 or visit www.chaykin

Jenell Reckard Joins Prya Promotions In Wellington tries, bringing novel concepts and expertise to the table. It’s truly refreshing.” Reckard brings more than 15 years of product sales and customer relations experience within the dental and software industries. Originally from the Chicago area, her business background began in sales of computer software and solutions to Fortune 500 companies. More recently, she excelled in the dental field, selling con-

sumables, digital solutions, capital equipment, and led a national team of reps and distributors with a new North American product launch. Her interests include anything sports-related, especially Notre Dame football and her hometown Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs. As the director of national sales and accounts, Reckard will support strategic initiatives for sales and client acquisition and retention. She will work closely with the ex-

The Armory Art Center’s Summer Art Experience is filled with fun and creativity for children ages 6 to 18 years old. Camp runs weekdays from June 3 to Aug 9 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. High quality art education includes drawing, painting, sculpture, jewelry, fashion, ceramics, animation and printmaking. Most instructors have a master’s degree, and all have had a background check. The Armory, located at 811 Park Place in West Palm Beach, provides a safe, enriching environment for your child. For more info., call (561) 832-1776 or visit www. Camp Cambridge is available at the four South Florida Cambridge Preschool campuses. The summer camp has been offered for more than 25 years. Camp Cambridge features programs for children from 18 months through second grade, with an experienced and mature staff, enrichment programs, in-house field trips, VPK summer programs, specialty camp sessions, an on-site swimming pool supervised by Red Cross-trained staff, flexible schedules, weekly sessions, and private and group swimming. For more information, visit or call the school closest to you. The Wellington location is at 1920 Royal Fern Drive. The phone number there is (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 winner receives four months of rent-free space in the Mall at Wellington Green, use of existing mall or store fixtures and free utilities. Additional prizes include a $500 merchandising package that includes interior signage, table-printed displays and graphic design services. To enter, participants must be prepared to obtain a business license by Monday, July 1 and operate their business during mall hours from Monday, July 1 through Thursday, Oct. 31. Entries will be judged on business strategy, concept creativity and likelihood of profitability, among other criteria. The deadline for entries is Friday, April 19. There is no cost to enter. Applicants may enter one of three ways: on the Mall at Wellington Green’s web site at thechallenge, drop off an entry at the mall’s management office or e-mail the completed PDF to thechallenge@starwoodretail. com. Winners will be contacted by e-mail or phone on Monday, May 6.



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isting team at Pyra, searching out new opportunities and managing existing relationships across all industries, concentrating on bringing a higher level of brand awareness, exposure and success to the clients. Pyra Promotions, located at 3121 Fairlane Farms Road, Suite 3, has been supporting brands with promotional products and printed collateral since 2001. To learn more, call (561) 330-2490 or visit


Wellington-based Pyra Promotions recently announced a new hire in the company’s sales and customer support division. Jenell Reckard joins the firm as director of national sales and accounts. “I’m eager and excited to work with a company that takes the time to understand what customers really need,” Reckard said. “Pyra can adapt and provide customized solutions, from small to large companies across many indus-

and the affordability options businesses have. Networking will take place from 11:30 to noon, and the lunch-and-learn event will take place from noon to 1 p.m. This event is made possible through the support and partnerships of TD Bank, Comcast, Wellington Regional Medical Center and Wells Fargo. Tickets are $50 for individuals and $650 for a table of 10. For more information, call the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce at (561) 790-6200 or visit

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prise of the Lord’s Place, and a silent auction. Everyone comes together for an inspiring program of song and word. After the program families will enjoy board games and music, with many opting to spend the night, sleeping outside overnight, with a closing reflection at 7 a.m. the next morning. Others who can’t join SleepOut onsite can opt to SleepIn by registering to SleepIn at

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High Touch High Tech is bringing The Lab for Kids back to Wellington. They have partnered with the Scientastic Institute and are located off Pierson Road in Wellington. High Touch High Tech, the proud leader in science education for the past 25 years, brings science to life with totally participatory, hands-on experiments for children ages 4 to 14 years old. Each day will be a new adventure, from interacting with real animals to launching rockets and panning for real gems. High Touch High Tech offers affordable pricing, experiments with lots of cool take-homes, arts and crafts, physical activities, animal interactions and more, tapping into children’s natural curiosity. Expect awesome fun making slime, erupting volcanoes, launching rockets, making ice cream and more. Call (561) 792-3785 now or visit Hot Shots Paintball, now in its 15th year, will host 2019 summer camps from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Drop off at 8 a.m. with pickup at 6 p.m. for no additional charge. All activities are broken down into one-hour segments, and Hot Shots ensures that all campers stay hydrated. Lunch can be purchased or brought. Lunch break and activity breaks are indoors in air conditioning. Hot Shots is equipped with lightning detection, and campers will be brought inside for games/movies. Activities include all equipment (if needed), supervised games, individual instruction and the Friday Squirt Gun Finale. Hot Shots Paintball is located at 16169 Southern Blvd. in Loxahatchee. For more information, call (561) 798-4717. Daily drop-in is available for $40. The Lake Worth Playhouse is hosting a summer camp where campers learn acting, voice, dance and stage movement through daily activities and rehearsals, which culminates in full-scale productions of Seussical The Musical Jr. and The Little Mermaid. Campers over age 12 will also participate in behind-the-scenes roles and other theater-related education. The Lake Worth Playhouse is located at 713 Lake Ave. in Lake Worth. For more information, call (561) 586-6410 or visit The Little Place and The Little Place Too are premier, nationally accredited childcare centers in Wellington. The Little Place offers a quality, caring environment for children ages six months to five years. Working hand-in-hand with elementary schools, the staff works closely with each child to develop and promote vital academic skills and to reinforce positive social interaction. Children are welcomed into classrooms that are age-appropriate, bright and stimulating. Children ages three to five utilize tablets in the classroom with interactive programs that introduce basic math, reading and other skills. Celebrating 39 years of service, academics have been kept a focal point, and the safety and well-being of the children is the top priority. During the summer, services include childcare for children up to the age of eight. With exciting activities and outings, children are kept busy with educational activities and playtime to help stimulate their minds and nurture their imaginations. For more info., call (561) 793-5860. Know an aspiring scientist? The Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s Junior Marine Biologist Summer Camps give children ages 6 to 17 a hands-on opportunity to explore Florida’s coastal ecosystems, partake in science activities and learn about fun ways to protect the oceans. Sessions include Ocean Adventures, Conservation Kids, Sea Turtle Savers and Field Experiences (ages 14 to 17) with activities like snorkeling, kayaking and more. Camps run Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Late pickup is available for an additional fee. Visit for more information. Movement Arts Dance Academy will hold three weeks of fun-filled summer camp. Weekly themed minicamps for ages 3 to 5 will be held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and will include several dance classes each day, along with arts and crafts and games. Full day camps will be held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students will enjoy classes in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and more. Camps will be held the weeks of June 17, July 8 and July 15. Dance intensives for serious dancers age 7 and up will be held the weeks of July 8 and July 15. Summer classes for age 2 and up will be held from June 17 through July 20 in the evenings and on Saturdays. The studio is in a new location at 1177 Royal Palm Beach Blvd. at the northwest corner of Royal Palm Beach and Okeechobee boulevards. For more info., call (561) 792-9757 or visit At Noah’s Ark Summer Camp, elementary-aged children enjoy fun field trips and activities, such as bowling, skating, the South Florida Science Museum, movies, picnics and more. Similar on-campus activities are held for preschool ages. Tuition includes a creative curric-

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

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ulum, use of computers, field trips and all meals. The main priority is quality and the safety of children. Noah’s Ark is an accredited Gold Seal center. Register now and show the ad to enjoy 50 percent off registration for new customers only. Enrollment is limited. Noah’s Ark emphasizes manners and values, which is essential for good citizenship. The facility caters to children ages six weeks through elementary school. The camp will run from Monday, June 3 through Friday, August 9. Noah’s Ark is located at 14563 Okeechobee Blvd. in Loxahatchee Groves. For more information, call (561) 753-6624 or visit

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STEAM Science Camp will be held in Wellington!

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Planet Kids Summer Camp will fill your child’s summer with fun-filled days. Whether your child is a preschooler or VPK ready, days will be enriched with learning and fun activities. Older children, ages 5 to 12, will enjoy fun-filled days of field trips and the coolest playgrounds in town. Summer camp will run from June 3 through Aug. 9. Register now. Planet Kids has two locations: 9267 Seminole Pratt Whitney Road in Loxahatchee (561-784-5619) and 4330 Summit Blvd. in West Palm Beach (561-964-2800).

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If your child is between 2 and 6 years old, summer camp at Temple Beth Torah’s Leonie Arguetty Preschool is the place to be. Children will enjoy a variety of fun activities that will make them smile, while promoting learning and social development. Activities include arts activities, computers, sports, nature, cooking, water play and use of the preschool’s state-ofthe-art playground. Kids will love the weekly entertainment, including High-Touch High-Tech, storytellers and animal shows — all in a loving and nurturing environment with a nurse on staff. The program runs eight weeks, full-time and part-time. Temple Beth Torah is also now enrolling for preschool 2019-20. Contact Sandy for more information at (561) 793-2649 or

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TNT Gymnastics Camp is a full or half day camp for children ages 5 to 14 years old focused mainly on gymnastic skills and activities, while incorporating group games, arts and crafts, team-building contests and more under the guidance of caring and friendly staff. TNT’s goal is to provide a fun and safe environment while catering to individual skill levels and helping to grow a love of the sport. TNT’s location of 3400 Fairland Farms Road is fully air-conditioned, with newly upgraded equipment. For more information, call (561) 383-8681 or visit www.

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

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SD Farms Captures World Polo League’s Palm Beach Open

In front of a record crowd, SD Farms won its first 26-goal tournament in team history in the World Polo League’s Palm Beach Open final on Sunday, March 24 at the Grand Champions Polo Club in Wellington. SD Farms (Sayyu Dantata, Santi Torres, Guillermo Terrera and Adolfo Cambiaso) jumped out to a 7-1 lead after two chukkers against Audi (Marc Ganzi, Nic Roldan, Pablo MacDonough and Kris Kampsen) and went on to win 11-6. It was the first 26-goal tournament title for Nigerian Sayyu Dantata in his World Polo League debut. Dantata, playing above his 2-goal rating, scored two goals and defended 10-goaler Pablo MacDonough well. He earned the Catena Fair Play Award. “This is the thrill of my life, and playing with the best player in the world is a bonus,” Dantata said. “This feels amazing. I am very, very happy and very excited. My


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continued from page 1 committee, I would have to take three hours at a minimum of vacation time, and that’s if the meeting lasted only an hour,” Coleman said. “Some of these committee meetings go pretty long.”

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continued from page 7 the Village of Royal Palm Beach, reporting back to the council. The board also coordinates the village’s scholarship program for high school seniors. Hmara will also serve as the village’s representative to the Palm Beach County League of Cities, where he is in line to become the next president. Valuntas will continue to serve as the village’s point person with the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce, while Pinto will continue to coordinate with the Western Communities Council. In other business: • The council accepted the Fiscal Year 2018 Comprehensive

family came here to watch, and I am sure the guys back home in Nigeria are excited, too.” SD Farms finished the tournament undefeated at 5-0 and earned $75,000 in prize money. Audi’s foursome, winless in the Founders Cup, finished 4-1 after a remarkable turnaround. “This is a dream team,” Dantata said. “I don’t think any 26-goal team anywhere in the world can beat us, and that is a challenge to anyone who wants to put a 26-goal team together to play us.” Argentine 10-goaler Cambiaso was named Most Valuable Player after scoring a game-high five goals, all on penalty conversions. “We played well,” Cambiaso said. “Sayyu had a great game and did well against Pablo. I think it is the best game we played as a team. We all did a good job. This is a very good team.” Dantata, a veteran of 30 years in polo, praised Cambiaso’s coaching on the field. “When you have

the king telling you what to do, it doesn’t matter what handicap player I have to play,” Dantata said. “I have known Pablo for a long time. I went with Adolfo’s instructions and followed through.” Terrera was SD Farms’ second-leading scorer with four goals, including an incredible 90-yard neck shot through the air in the third chukker. “I am very happy,” Terrera said. “The first three chukkers we had really good rhythm. We had a sixgoal difference, and we kept it up. Maybe in the last two chukkers we made a couple of fouls that allowed them to get close in the score, but they didn’t have enough time.” Co-founded by Grand Champions owners Melissa and Marc Ganzi and Valiente Polo Farm owner Bob Jornayvaz, the World Polo League is the only 26-goal polo in the world outside of Argentina. For more info., visit www.

Coleman suggested asking sitting volunteers when they are holding their meetings. Councilwoman Phillis Maniglia said part of the challenge in the past had been arranging meetings when necessary staff were present. “With prior management, that was part of the problem,” Maniglia said. “They didn’t want to be here at night.” Maniglia noted that some eve-

nings, the building is rented for other purposes. She asked if a schedule could be worked out for the committees to meet at night. Town Manager Jamie Titcomb said he felt new meeting schedules could be worked out and recommended following the regular committee member selection process. “Perhaps you could empower the committee members to consider and adopt when they want to meet, and we could work around those logistics,” he said. “But it does have to be staffed, and it is a

Annual Financial Report after a presentation of its highlights by independent auditor Mark Veil. “Your ample cash reserves would make Royal Palm Beach the envy of many municipalities,” Veil noted in his report. • In addition to approving a site plan modification to the Mazda dealership on Southern Blvd., the council heard first readings on a series of ordinances that will change zoning on about 47 tracts of land south of Southern Blvd. and west of State Road 7. The former Acme Ranches site of about 50 semi-rural homes and a wildlife sanctuary is being developed into a residential and commercial district known as Tuttle Royale. Many Royal Palm Beach residents are still unclear on the scope of the development, portions of which are only now becoming visible along Southern Blvd. west of Lowe’s.


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continued from page 1 uses. Unfortunately, our canals are shallow, well fertilized and continuously flowing,” Village Manager Ray Liggins said. “This means growing aquatic vegetation in the warmer months is accomplished without effort.” Liggins went on to explain that harvesting has benefits over other ways of controlling the weeds. “Preventing all growth chemically by spraying would create a septic, rancid environment that would create pollution,” Liggins said. “We feel that the most rea-

Adolfo Cambiaso of SD Farms works the ball between Audi defenders Pablo MacDonough and Kris Kampsen. PHOTO BY RAMON CASARES public meeting. We have to have the recording elements of that. I think we can work it out so it works for everybody.” Mayor Pro Temp Dave DeMarois said that in the past, the council had been able to appoint most committee members at the beginning of April. “We’d like to encourage people to go ahead and come forward,” DeMarois said. Nina Corning, vice chair of the Roadways, Equestrian, Trails & Greenway Advisory Committee, said she felt there was no problem with committees meeting in the

conference room when other entities are in the council chambers. “Having been on a committee since 2011, we used to meet in the evening, and sometimes meet twice a month,” Corning said. “The fact that you are willing to do that, I’m very grateful. I think that it will make a difference not only for the committee members, but also the people who are showing up and want to participate.” Former Councilman Jim Rockett, who once chaired the Finance Advisory & Audit Committee, said that committee had set alternate

dates to meet in the event that one date turned out to be undoable or lacked a quorum. “One of the things we instituted that seemed to work was we set a pack of dates, because one of the toughest things to do, even tougher than holding a meeting and getting everybody to come, was if you had a cancellation of the meeting because of lack of a quorum,” Rockett said. “To reschedule that meeting took another whole month, so if you didn’t have it included in the committee’s responsibility, then it didn’t happen.”

sonable approach to maintaining our canals is to control the aquatic growth while maintaining some vegetation to attenuate nutrients and provide a fish habitat, with periodic removal of the heavy growth.” Village strategy is to remove the thickest of weeds mechanically using harvester boats and then trucking the plant waste away rather than letting it settle and rot on the bottom, creating even more of a problem. The higher the quantity of nutrients or fertilizers like phosphorous and nitrogen in the water, the faster and more robust the growth of aquatic plants and algae. Brian Gentry oversees fresh surface water quality for the Palm

Beach County Department of Environmental Resources Management. “We urge village residents and landscapers to exercise care and comply with best management practices in dispensing lawn fertilizers which can runoff into, and pollute, our beautiful surface waters,” he said. While Royal Palm Beach is not required to test surface waters, neighboring jurisdictions like the Indian Trail Improvement District are required by regulation to monitor water quality. “Lots of the water entering Royal Palm Beach comes south from our 40th Street sampling point, which we test bimonthly,” ITID Engineer Jay Foy said. “We just sent in our February

results, which show some of the lowest nutrient levels in a decade, but it is dry season.” Village officials know this will change come rainy season, and they are prepared. The village spent more than $223,000 on floating vegetation removal last year and expects to spend just under $200,000 this summer. So, when well-meaning homeowners overfertilize their lawns this spring, as the summer rains inevitably come, the warm water and bright Florida sun create perfect photosynthetic growing conditions for morphing village canals and lakes into floating vegetative debris fields. When residents pick up their phones and call to complain, Liggins and his team will be ready.

COMMUNITY CALENDAR Saturday, March 30 • Vintage Market Days will present Vintage By The Sea from Friday, March 29 through Sunday, March 31 at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center. For more info., visit • A three-day Community Yard Sale will be held Friday, March 29 through Sunday, March 31 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2201 D Road in Loxahatchee Groves. Participants do not have to be there every day, but they must bring their own table. For more info., call Doreen Baxter at (561) 793-6013. • The Intergalactic Bead & Jewelry Show will return to the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center on Saturday, March 30 and Sunday, March 31. Visit www.beadshows. com for more info. • The Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association will hold a clip and walk cleanup on Saturday, March 30 at 7:30 a.m. at the Okeeheelee Nature Center (7715 Forest Hill Blvd.). Call Paul Cummings at (561) 596-4423 for more info. • The Green Market at Wellington will be held Saturday, March 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. near the Wellington Amphitheater. For info., visit www.greenmarketatwellington. com. • The Lady Artisans of Loxahatchee and The Acreage will hold its second artfest on Saturday, March 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 12106 Orange Blvd. selling pottery, wood art, jewelry, paintings, glass, handmade cards, ornaments, angels, candles, handmade soap, acrylic window art, embroidered linens, quilts and more. LALA artists have donated a piece of their art to Shoppe 561 in support of the Place of Hope. LALA will also host the Venturing Scouts, who will be selling homemade baked goods and drinks. For more info., see the LALA page on Facebook. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Books & Kids: Bilingual Story Time for ages 2 to 5 on Saturday, March 30 at 10:30 a.m. Join in for stories, songs, rhymes and fun in both English and Spanish. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Western Palm Beach County will be held Saturday, March 30 from 3 to 11 p.m. at the South Florida Fairgrounds. For more information on joining the relay as a participant, survivor or caregiver, visit or call Community Development Manager Lisa Noel at (561) 614-2835. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free Barbra Streisand tribute concert on Saturday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m. Visit www. for more info. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will present Catherine Russell on Saturday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m., with familiar favorites and forgotten treasures. A former backup singer for David Bowie, Steely Dan, Paul Simon and more, the daughter of Louis Armstrong’s bandleader Luis Russell interprets American standards with soul, humor and stunning vocals. Visit for more info. Sunday, March 31 • The Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association will hold a youth hike for ages 6 and up in Riverbend Park (9060 Indiantown Road, Jupiter) on Sunday, March 31 at 9 a.m. A parent must attend. RSVP to Brynn Kramer at • The Royal Palm Beach Green Market &

Bazaar will be held Sunday, March 31 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Veterans Park (1036 Royal Palm Beach Blvd.). For more info., visit www. • The Palm Beach Museum of Natural History will host ArchaeoFest 2019 on Sunday, March 31 from noon to 5 p.m. in the Live 360 Studio, next door to the Palm Beach Museum of Natural History in the Mall at Wellington Green. Enjoy kid-friendly, hands-on activities and displays on Florida’s prehistory, early settlements and development. Activities include flint-knapping and atlatl-throwing demonstrations, a pottery village and history brought to life. For more info., call (561) 7294246 or visit • The 2019 season at the International Polo Club Palm Beach will continue Sunday, March 31 with the U.S. Open Polo Championship. For tickets, or more information, call (561) 204-5687 or visit • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Imagine Your Journal for ages 12 to 17 on Sunday, March 31 at 2 p.m. Explore the written word together through journaling prompts while making crafty pages. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Monday, April 1 • Wellington will hold a grand opening ceremony to celebrate the New Pickleball Program at the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club (1080 Wellington Trace) on Monday, April 1 at 8:30 a.m. The new indoor pickleball program will allow residents to play inside the Boys & Girls Club gymnasium prior to afterschool programming. Wellington will continue to offer outdoor pickleball at the courts located in the uncovered hockey rink at Village Park (11700 Pierson Road). For more info., visit • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host its Chess Club for ages 5 to 12 on Monday, April 1 at 2:30 p.m. Basic game knowledge is required. Call (561) 7906070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host English Exchange for adults on Mondays, April 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 6:30 p.m. Practice speaking English in a fun and informal atmosphere. Intermediate knowledge of the language is recommended. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington Toastmasters Club invites residents to an open house on Monday, April 1 at Office Depot (101A S. State Road 7) to meet members and be a part of a regular weekly meeting aimed at honing communication skills. Members and guests will enjoy a Toastmasters meeting that will include prepared speeches, Table Topics (impromptu speeches) and evaluations. Registration starts at 6:45 p.m., and the meeting starts at 6:55 p.m. For more info., visit https:// • The Loxahatchee chapter of the Florida Trail Association will meet Monday, April 1 with refreshments at 7 p.m. and a program at 7:30 p.m. at Okeeheelee Park (7715 Forest Hill Blvd.). Call Roy Moore at (561) 307-7792 for more info. Tuesday, April 2 • The Senior Referral Program of Royal Palm Beach will staff an information desk to help seniors and their caregivers identify and access services for their special needs on Tuesday, April 2 and Thursday, April 4 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center (100 Sweet Bay Lane).

No appointment is needed for this free service; just stop by the desk. For more info., call (561) 790-5188. People interested in volunteering are also encouraged to stop by. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Animal Reading Friends (ARF) for grades K through 5 on Tuesdays, April 2, 9, 23 and 30 at 3 p.m. Practice reading skills with licensed therapy dogs. Call (561) 6814100 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Coding With Tech Toys: Bee-Bots for ages 6 to 9 on Tuesday, April 2 at 4 p.m. Learn concepts of control, logic and programming with fun games and activities. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Palm Beach County Public Safety Department Division of Victim Services & Certified Rape Crisis Center will kick off Sexual Assault Awareness Month with a Field of Hope Survivor Speak Out on Tuesday, April 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Palm Beach County Victim Services (4210 N. Australian Ave., West Palm Beach). There will be food, vendors and music to support this unique survivor speak out. For more info., contact Sharon Daugherty at (561) 626-2568 or • Audubon of the Everglades will hold its monthly meeting and lecture on Tuesday, April 2 at 7 p.m. at the Pine Jog Environmental Education Center (6301 Summit Blvd.) with speaker Reed Bowman, director of the Avian Ecology Program at Archbold Biological Station. The topic will be Florida scrub jays. For more information, visit www. Wednesday, April 3 • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Book-A-Librarian for adults on Wednesdays, April 3 and April 17 at 9 a.m. Get personalized attention in areas of computer and mobile devices, genealogy, online resources and more. Call (561) 7906030 to pre-register. • American Legion Auxiliary Unit 367 of Royal Palm Beach will meet Wednesday, April 3. at 10 a.m. at the Palms West Presbyterian Church (13689 Okeechobee Blvd., Loxahatchee Groves). For more info., call Marge Herzog at (561) 818-9114. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host English Exchange for adults on Wednesdays, April 3, 10, 17 and 24 at 1 p.m. Practice speaking English in a fun and informal atmosphere. Intermediate knowledge of the language is recommended. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Blackout Poetry for ages 5 to 12 on Wednesday, April 3 at 3 p.m. Celebrate poetry month by creating poems of your own. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Knit & Crochet With Project Linus for ages 16 and up on Wednesdays, April 3, 10, 17 and 24 at 4 p.m. The crafts you make go to children in need. Bring your favorite pattern, needles, bright yarn and a giving spirit. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6030 for more info. • Calling all bakers and noshers, Shulamit Hadassah will hold a chametz bake-off cleanout in preparation for Passover on Wednesday, April 3 at 7 p.m. at PBCFR Station 30 (9910 Stribling Way, Wellington). For more info., contact Helene at (561) 512-3172 or Thursday, April 4 • The 10th annual Land Rover Palm

Beach International Gay Polo Tournament, presented by RSM US, will return to the International Polo Club Palm Beach from Thursday, April 4 through Sunday, April 7. Highlights include Polotini Presents Wigstock on Friday, April 5 and the tournament itself on Saturday, April 6. For more info., visit www. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host English Exchange for adults on Thursdays, April 4, 11, 18 and 25 at 1:30 p.m. Practice speaking English in a fun and informal atmosphere. Intermediate knowledge of the language is recommended. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Create a Memory Page: Scrapbooking Fun for ages 16 and up on Thursday, April 4 at 2 p.m. Bring personal photos or memorabilia. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host its Tween Advisory Club for ages 8 to 12 on Thursday, April 4 at 2:30 p.m. Brainstorm and develop the kinds of activities you want. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Sit ’n’ Stitch for ages 9 and up on Thursday, April 4 at 5 p.m. Socialize while you crochet. Work on your current project and share ideas with new friends. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free concert by the Wellington High School Jazz Band, along with food trucks, on Thursday, April 4 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Visit www. for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Writers’ Critique Workshop for adults on Thursday, April 4 at 6:30 p.m. Share, offer and accept constructive criticism to improve your fiction, nonfiction and poetry in a supportive atmosphere. Call (561) 7906070 to pre-register. Friday, April 5 • The West Palm Beach Antiques Festival will be at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center from Friday, April 5 through Sunday, April 7. Visit for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Save Your Pennies for ages 6 to 11 on Friday, April 5 at 4 p.m. Become a “money smart” kid and learn how to save for things you really want to buy. Make your own piggy bank. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • Three local animal rescue organizations will host Paws at the Mall at the Mall at Wellington Green to offer mall guests the chance to play with or adopt a dog, as well as learn from training demos, shop from a variety of dog retailers, enjoy kids’ activities and more. The family-friendly event takes place on Friday, April 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the food court parking lot. During the event, dogs from Animal Rescue Force of South Florida, Barky Pines Animal Rescue & Sanctuary and Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control will be available for adoption. For more info., visit • The Southeast Florida chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will host A Sip in the Park on Friday, April 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches to raise money in support of critical education and prevention programs. For more info., contact Event Chair Alan Med-

nick at (561) 325-7456 or sipintheparksefl@ Saturday, April 6 • Audubon Everglades will walk in Stormwater Treatment Area-1E in Wellington on Saturday, April 6 from 7:30 a.m. to noon. E-mail, visit or call (508) 296-0238 for more info. • The Green Market at Wellington will be held Saturday, April 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. near the Wellington Amphitheater. For more info., visit www.greenmarketatwellington. com. • Palm Beach Moms Blog, in partnership with the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Palm Beach County, will present Bloom, an event for new and expecting mothers, on Saturday, April 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mall at Wellington Green. Participating moms will learn about area resources, hear from amazing speakers, receive swag from City Moms Blog Network local and national partners, enter into a number of great giveaways, eat great food and connect with other moms. Bloom will be held in the mall’s Live 360 and Nordstrom Court areas. For tickets, visit To learn more about Palm Beach Moms Blog, visit • April Pool’s Day will be held Saturday, April 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lake Lytal Family Aquatic Center (3645 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach). The Drowning Prevention Coalition, the Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue Search & Recovery Team and Ocean Rescue will promote water safety education through fun, interactive games the whole family will enjoy. For more info., visit Sunday, April 7 • The Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida will hold its annual Thin Mint Sprint 5K event at Okeeheelee Park on Sunday, April 7, where participants will run to support the organization’s mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. The event will include a Tagalong Trot for kids eight years old and under and awards in many different age categories, music, face painting and more. For more info., visit or contact Danielle Crouch at or (561) 815-1808. • Ambers Animal Outreach will host its second annual Easter Pawty on Sunday, April 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Market Place Animal Hospital (278 Professional Way, Wellington) with vendors, food, music, photos with the Easter bunny, raffles, face painting, an egg hunt for kids, an Easter bonnet contest, and dogs up for adoption. For more info., visit • Women of the Western Communities will hold its Pretty in Pink annual fashion show and brunch on Sunday, April 7 at 11 a.m. at the Wellington National Golf Club. RSVP to Mair Armand at (561) 635-0011 or mair. • The 2019 season at the International Polo Club Palm Beach will continue Sunday, April 7 with the U.S. Open Polo Championship. For tickets, or more information, call (561) 204-5687 or visit Send calendar items to: The Town-Crier, 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 33, Wellington, FL 33414 or e-mail news@gotowncrier. com.

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Wolverines Emerge As An Established Local Basketball Power

By Gene Nardi Town-Crier Staff Report The Wellington High School basketball program has established itself as a local authority on winning. During the 2019 season, the Wolverines overcame early adversity to win its sixth-straight district title, back-to-back regional championships and made its second-straight state finals appearance in Lakeland. Wellington earned the Class 9A state runner-up title after falling to Osceola High School, finishing the season with a 25-7 overall record. In 2018, the Wolverines were senior loaded and went unbeaten 31-0 before losing the state final match to Oak Ridge High School. Early on this season, it was not expected that Wellington would appear in the state finals. “I think we had to keep pounding the message to stick together, continue to work to become the best defensive team we could be, because we did go through offensive droughts,” said Wellington head coach Matt Colin, now in his 11th year with the Wolverines. “Our defense would keep us in games. Players also took accountability and finally were OK with the roles that we established for them. Once that happened, we were rolling. Despite the loss to Atlantic and Osceola, we finished the

second half of the season 14-2.” Several players stepped up to take leadership roles for the Wolverines after team captains Danny Valentin and Sean Smith sustained season-ending injuries. Senior Linton Brown averaged 21.5 points per game and 7.5 rebounds. He also managed to break 1,000 career points and was named player of the year by the Sun-Sentinel. Sophomore Chris Walker led the team in three-point baskets with 57 and was second on the team in scoring and rebounding. Junior point guard Jagger Ruiz was a change mid-season that helped impact Wellington’s game. He’s a crafty playmaker who scored and defended well. “Senior Cornelius Butler was one of the best defensive stoppers in the state,” Colin added. “He guarded the other team’s best players and shut them down.” As the Wolverines clawed through opponents during the second half of the season, they cruised to their sixth-straight district title and eventually traveled down to Broward and faced Cypress Bay High School in the regional finals. De’ante Perez’ half court buzzerbeater lifted Wellington 40-37 and pushed them into the state tournament as the regional champs. “We were very excited to have

the opportunity to go back to states,” Colin said. “That was one of the toughest, most grueling games I’ve ever been a part of. No team wanted to give an inch. I think there was a lot of emotion from our guys because of how tough of a game it was and the great environment, with the Cypress Bay fans, we were playing in.” In Lakeland, the Wolverines defeated Evans High School 50-32 in the semifinal match, which powered them into the finals against Osceola. Wellington held a 30-23 lead at halftime but could not hold the early momentum to the final whistle, falling 50-43. Despite the loss, it serves as a benchmark for next year’s squad, and with six graduating, there will be work ahead for Colin and his crew. “We will be on a quest again to find leadership this summer and see who steps up and fills roles,” he explained. “We always have high expectations. We always set short-term and long-term goals. You’ll always have a Wolverine team that plays hard, is defensively sound and competes on every possession.” In the wake of Wellington’s consistent success, the team has definitely established itself not just as local dominant power, but also a force to be reckoned with in the state’s Class 9A.

The Wellington High School varsity basketball team celebrates their sixth-straight district crown.

Wellington senior Myles Samuels looks to pass in the regional semifinal game against Jupiter.


Wolverine senior Cornelius Butler moves the ball in the regional quarterfinal against Lake Worth.

Wellington senior Linton Brown tries to beat the Jupiter defender for two points in the regional semifinals.

Keiser Football Standout Sage Chen-Young Earns Key Honors

By Gene Nardi Town-Crier Staff Report Keiser University introduced its new football program in 2017 and began establishing the necessary culture for success under the direction of head coach Doug Socha. Most were freshman on the new Seahawk squad, and they did not play their first official game until the 2018 inaugural season. Among the collection of talent is Wellington High School alum

Sage Chen-Young, a defensive back for the Seahawks. ChenYoung has made an early impact for the Seahawks, who compete in the NAIA Mid-South Sun Conference. “Sage sets the standard,” Socha said. “He’s an excellent student and makes plays. He is a great guy to be around.” Chen-Young helped the Seahawks to a 6-4 overall record in 2018 and a 4-2 conference record. He was also awarded conference

Defensive Player of the Year Sage Chen-Young of Keiser University returns a punt during a game against Webber.

honors as defensive player of the year and made first team All MidSouth Sun Division. “The coaching staff pushes us every day. We have great coaches who put in countless hours and work hard to put us in the best position to be successful,” ChenYoung said. Chen-Young was not surprised by the team’s first season success. “We worked hard for everything we got,” he explained. “Not many

people get a chance to enter a new program and make history. Being able to have this opportunity is something we will cherish forever. Long after we are gone, we will be remembered, and this means the world to us.” Chen-Young tallied 25 tackles and 6 interceptions in eight games for the Seahawks, which included one pass breakup, a forced fumble and one blocked kick. “Coach Socha and the staff set the bar

extremely high, and they do not waiver for anybody,” he said. “We built a culture on exceeding his expectations day in and day out.” Chen-Young also attributes his success to his high school days as a two-way player under coach Tom Abel. “Coach Abel valued character, hard work and family, which is very similar to coach Socha,” he said. “So, the transition to Keiser has been fairly easy.” Chen-Young’s season with the

Keiser’s Sage Chen-Young gets an interception during last season’s game against Warner.


Seahawks did not come without adversity. He sustained an ACL tear late in the season, but his accumulated season statistics were enough to earn him freshman conference player of the year. “It was an overwhelming feeling,” he said. “It is great seeing all the hard work you put in and having it pay off. This award shows me my potential and that there’s more work to be done.” Chen-Young has enjoyed the local support from fans last season. “Being close to home means the world to us. Having family and friends come watch you play is something you cannot substitute,” he said. “Having the whole city behind us feels great, and we hope to continue our success and having that support.” Both Chen-Young and Socha agreed that there is work to be done for next season. “For 2019, our expectations stay the same, and the standard needs to raise in everything we do,” Socha said. The Seahawks will play five home games next season, and Chen-Young will help lead the defensive unit as defensive back at the team’s newly built stadium at the flagship campus in West Palm Beach. To follow Chen-Young and the Keiser University Seahawks, visit www.kuseahawks. com.

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Emil Hallundbaek And Chalisco Win First Grand Prix Together The main feature at the Winter Equestrian Festival on Saturday, March 23, was the $209,000 Wellington Agricultural Services Grand Prix CSI 4*, held on the grass derby field at Equestrian Village at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Emil Hallundbaek of Denmark and Chalisco raced to victory in the field full of top competitors. There were 45 entries that went to post in the event, and five of those recorded a clear round and advanced to the jump-off. The first to return was Lorcan Gallagher riding Dacantos Group’s Hunters Conlypso II. He and the 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding had a rail during the “bogey” double combination for four faults in 45.35 seconds to finish in fifth place. Hallundbaek and Chalisco were next in, and they galloped around the field and cleared every jump presented to them, crossing the timers clear in 42.37 seconds. “It started off from one end of the arena to the other, so of course you got a lot of speed at the beginning. I have a very careful horse, and for me, I used the fence to push

him up there,” said Hallundbaek of his jump-off ride and the double combination. “It was a tight turn back. He cleared it super, but it was a difficult combination.” They were followed by world number three Harrie Smolders, who piloted Evergate Stables LLC’s Une de L’Othain. They had a rail at the double combination as well, giving them four faults in 41.02 seconds for third place. “I think that the course was not huge, but it was the first class on the grass in the ring,” Smolders noted. “My horse has never competed in this ring, so I didn’t know what to expect today. But she really did a very good job.” Taking note of the double combination, Rodrigo Lambre piloted Chacciama carefully through the turn and was able to stay clear in a slightly slower time of 42.75 seconds for second place. “I think I was lucky to go after [Harrie] so I saw that they were having that rail, and I lost a little bit more time to do it better. Of course, maybe there I lost the class,” Lambre said. Lambre has ridden the 12-yearold Oldenburg mare for two years.

“She’s a very sensitive mare,” he said. “It took me a while to connect with her. I think I finally understood her, since then, I’ve been very happy. She always tries really hard.” The final combination into the ring were Jessica Springsteen and Fleur de L’Aube, Stone Hill Farm’s 14-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare. They, too, had a rail at the double combination to finish in 41.97 seconds for fourth place. Hallundbaek, who is just 21 years old and now based in Aachen, Germany, has won 14 CSI 2* and 3* classes, but this is his first 4* win. Setting that victory in the Grand Prix made it that much more special with Chalisco, who has been in his family for six years. It is their first Grand Prix win together at any level. “This is a peak in my career,” he said. Hallundbaek will take that consistency and apply it toward the $500,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI 5*, which highlights the final week of WEF this weekend. Jose Gomez, owner and CEO of sponsor Wellington Agricultural Services, was thrilled with the competition.

“Wellington Agricultural Services is one of the largest agricultural services provider in the Palm Beach area... We’ve been around for more than 30 years, and our main focus is the environment. Our drive is to one day take 100 percent of all the waste from Wellington and the Palm Beach area and convert it into bio-fuels and anything energy efficient for our community as well,” he explained. “Regarding our event today as a sponsor, it could not turn out any more beautiful than this day that we have out in the green field. It goes with our initiative, our brand, so I’m very excited to be a sponsor. I look forward to many more years of doing the sponsorship at the derby field.” Also last Saturday, Spain’s Sergio Alvarez Moya scored a comeback victory in the $134,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Jumper Series Final during Saturday Night Lights after a six-month recovery from ACL knee surgery. Moya bested a field of 60 entries over tracks designed by Steve Stephens and Nick Granat in the International Arena by posting one of only three double-clear

Emil Hallundbaek rides Chalisco to victory on the derby field.


performances riding his own MHS Attraction. The top fifteen horse-and-rider combinations based on faults after the first round of the CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Jumper Series Final advanced to a second phase to decide the ultimate winner, and faults were cumulative through the two rounds. Moya crossed the final timers in 49.59 seconds for the win over Lorenzo de Luca aboard Soory de l’Hallali. “From the first time I rode her, I thought she was really special,”

said Moya of his winning mount, a nine-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare that he purchased from the Bourns family in Ireland just over a year ago. “She was just in light work at home while I was out, but my people did a great job and that work paid off.” After suffering a fall from a young horse, Moya underwent surgery in Spain and only returned to riding six weeks ago. “I started in Wellington pretty late, and I didn’t know if I could ride or not. But I had a very good doctor,” he said.

Xtreme Tae Kwon Do Group Shines At Vero Beach Karate Tournament Wellington was represented by Xtreme Tae Kwon Do at the annual Vero Beach Karate Association Tournament held recently. Every year, the Vero Beach Karate Association hosts an elite tournament. Grandmaster Gustavo Pope, Master Ryan Maass, Master Lindsay August and Instructor Barry Rivera helped shape the students who competed at this level, and 12 Xtreme students achieved nine first places,11 second places and four third places while representing Wellington. To learn more about Xtreme Tae Kwon Do, call (561) 795-2823 or visit

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Master Lindsay August with Grandmaster Gustavo Pope.

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