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Growing up in Wellington since the age of 10, dressage rider Monica Burssens is currently traveling to Mexico City with two horses to qualify in the selection trials for the XXIII Central American & Caribbean Games. Page 3
RPB Zoners Allow Lennar Homes To Phase Crestwood Project
The Royal Palm Beach Planning & Zoning Commission met Tuesday, March 27 and granted approval for Lennar Homes to create a phased development plan for the company’s new 385-home residential project along Crestwood Blvd. at the site of the village’s old wastewater treatment plant. Page 4 Nic Roldan’s third annual Sunset Polo & White Party was held Friday, March 23 at the Wanderers Club in Wellington. The event was hosted by Mark and Katherine Bellissimo to raise awareness and funds for Brooke USA. Shown above are Joie Gatlin with Rob and Chandler Meadows. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 17 PHOTO BY BETSY LABELLE/TOWN-CRIER
Fire-Rescue Official Details Higher Wellington Call Volume Bacon & Bourbon Fest’s Arrival In Wellington A Fun, Tasty Success
Crowds came out to the Wellington Amphitheater and the Wellington Community Center last weekend for Bacon & Bourbon Fest. Visitors enjoyed bacon-infused foods; a variety of different bourbon, whiskey and rye drinks; a selection of local vendor shops; live musical entertainment; and many backyard family games. Page 5
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By Dani Salgueiro Town Crier Staff Report Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue District Chief William Rowley presented his annual report on firerescue services in the community at the Wellington Village Council meeting on Tuesday, March 26. Rowley’s report detailed the services provided throughout Wellington from Oct. 1, 2016 through Sept. 30, 2017. Rowley broke down the nearly 5,300 emergency calls in Wellington that were made last year. The majority of the calls made were medical calls (3,914 calls), which, Rowley explained, is consistent throughout the county. Although the high percentage of medical calls is normal, Mayor Anne Gerwig expressed interest in finding out how many medical emergency calls were made as a result of overdoses in Wellington. “It’s an important problem nationwide, and we want to keep an eye on it,” Gerwig said. The 411 vehicle accident related calls last year were also of concern for Rowley, as there is not much that can be done about the increasing traffic throughout the village
and the resulting vehicle incidents. “We are going to see the number [of vehicle accident calls] increase. Traffic, especially at evening times, is pretty heavy. That number will go up as the population grows, so there is really no getting around that number,” Rowley explained. Rowley said that a portion of the total 132 emergency fire-related calls made last year were car fires. Other emergency calls made were about water-related injuries (3 calls), hazardous materials/power lines (47 calls), assists/investigations (277 calls), alarms (594 calls) and inter-facility transports (12 calls). The overall number of emergency calls made in the past year to PBCFR from Wellington increased by about 400 calls. Rowley said that although the call volume has increased since, the average response time of about six and half minutes has only increased by about five seconds. Rowley explained that stations and units in neighboring municipalities are able to work together in order to tend to people’s emergencies quickly and efficiently. Rowley also explained that
special fire-rescue personnel teams have adapted and are trained to deal with some of the emergency needs unique to Wellington. Rowley mentioned past lengthy phone calls made after incidents dealing with pipelines during construction in the village, to which special personnel were able to efficiently respond. Rowley added that some of the village’s fire-rescue units trained to do high angle and rope rescues have learned to respond to emergencies with larger animals. “We have trained special operations teams that come out to take horses out of pools and ponds,” Rowley said. Rowley explained that within the last year, PBCFR employees underwent 100 hours of additional training, as they do every year. Employees are educated and trained on topics including advanced pediatric life support, advanced cardiac life support, trauma life support, smoke drills, high-rise firefighting and more. Gerwig thanked Rowley for the service his agency provides. “We have a confidence in [being able to] call 911 and know See PBCFR, page 15
Commissioners Direct Staff To Keep An Eye On Westlake Plan By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Palm Beach County Commission decided last week not to take immediate action on the City of Westlake’s recently approved comprehensive plan, but wait and see if there are opportunities to object. Westlake recently approved a comp plan that included 6,500 residential units, 1,954 more than originally approved by Palm Beach County before the Minto development incorporated. At a county commission zoning meeting Thursday, March 22, Senior Planner Bryan Davis gave an update on the status of Westlake’s comp plan. “They are required as a new municipality to go through a statecoordinated review process to adopt a comprehensive plan,” he
said. “They have done that. They transmitted back in November of last year. They’ve gone through state agency comments.” Davis added that the Westlake City Council recently adopted its revised comp plan to comply with state comments, and the county received the revised copy and support documents the day before the meeting. “We also have the objections, recommendations and comments, a 30-some-odd-page document where they respond to all of the agency comments, so we can see exactly how they have responded and addressed all of those items,” Davis said. County staff has met with Westlake’s transportation planning experts, consultants and staff for clarity on some of the issues. “If you recall, we had certain
ambiguities,” Davis said. “We couldn’t tell in the transmittal package exactly what kind of impacts they were talking about and exactly when those impacts would be. We have effectively understood what the incremental impacts are.” He explained that the Westlake development approval by the county years ago was incomplete. “The Minto West development order that the county gave had holes in it, if you will,” Davis said, showing a map of the Westlake planned development. “It was like Swiss cheese, so all of the white spots that are on there — the high school, the elementary and middle schools, the area of the southeast called Silver Lake and the existing Grove Marketplace — they were not under the same ownerSee WESTLAKE, page 4
Forum Highlights The Positives And Negatives Of Equestrian Impact
By Dani Salgueiro Town Crier Staff Report On Monday, March 26, Wellington’s Equestrian Preserve Committee held an open forum at the Wellington Community Center as an attempt to provide Wellington residents the opportunity to voice opinions about the overall equestrian impact on the village. With the end of the current equestrian season in sight, the Equestrian Preserve Committee wanted to, for the first time, create an open space where equestrian and non-equestrian property owners could engage in conversation with each other, as well as express any concerns or thoughts to the committee. “We are looking for a way to involve all of you across the dif-
ferent preserve neighborhoods, [in order for you to] have a way to talk to us, and for us to have a way to represent your interests year-round,” Committee Chair Jane Cleveland explained. The forum of roughly 60 people centered on some of the equestrian community’s perennial topics of discussion, such as its economic influence, horse sports, land use, community impact and environmental issues. Cleveland detailed the ongoing study measuring the economic impact of the equestrian industry on Wellington. She noted that the economic impact from the equestrian industry has been measured in Palm Beach County as a whole, but that the committee is looking See HORSE FORUM, page 15
With protesters across America taking part in #MarchForOurLives on Saturday, March 24, Wellington’s horse community came together at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center to support school safety and to remember the victims of school violence. Shown above, Quentin Judge and Alexa Pessoa take part in the ride. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 9 PHOTO BY BETSY LABELLE/TOWN-CRIER
Additional School Safety Resources Are On The Way By M. Dennis Taylor Town Crier Staff Report Lots of resources are on the way for school safety — that was the message at a joint meeting of the Wellington Education Committee and Public Safety Committee on Wednesday, March 28. Some 45 audience members, many of them elected officials and school administrators, were on hand at the Wellington Community Center for what Wellington Assistant Village Manager Jim Barnes described as a meeting to address issues in common with both committees. “This will be a jumping off point for a future community-wide meeting that will benefit by having the information gathered in this meeting,” he said. “We may not be able to answer all the questions [tonight], but they will be addressed in the forum.” Barnes stressed that the meeting had been scheduled to discuss bullying, student altercations on and off campus, and school safety, with the focus on traffic issues. After the
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on Feb. 14, the meeting was rescheduled with the added agenda item of the larger issue of school safety after Parkland. Education Committee Chair John Webber said the issue was to provide safety. “We want to make schools as safe as possible and as safe as practical,” he said. Palm Beach County School District Police Chief Lawrence Leon said that prior to this recent shooting, the department had trained more than 1,200 school administrators with every school working toward safety improvements. “We’ve always been ahead,” Leon said. He explained that the school police work closely in a collaborative effort with Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and the principals of the schools to develop confidential crisis plans. “Our partnership with the PBSO is phenomenal,” Leon said. “Our relationship has never been stronger.” Leon said the department is See SAFETY, page 4
School Safety A Hot Topic At Chamber Installation By Dani Salgueiro Town Crier Staff Report The Wellington Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual installation luncheon on Wednesday, March 28 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. Aside from the installation of the chamber’s 2018-19 board of directors, attendees also heard from keynote speakers School Board Member Marcia Andrews and Palm Beach County School District Chief of Police Lawrence Leon on the topic of school safety. The new board members included President Roxanne Stein, President-Elect/Treasurer Stuart Hack, Vice President Lisa Banionis, Secretary Kathryn Walton, Chamber Counsel Dermot Mac
Mahon and Board Member Kevin Shapiro. They were officially sworn in by Wellington Vice Mayor John McGovern. “It is a privilege to be the president of the chamber,” Stein said. “Finding a place like Wellington and being able to call it my home is really important, and I think we need to continue to work together to make the community even better. I think when we have strong and successful businesses, we have better communities.” Tymon Cook was presented with the chamber’s new Ambassador of the Year Award. Cook was honored for his active participation in the chamber throughout the 2017-18 year. In the aftermath of the deadly
school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14, the luncheon’s speakers had a lot of information to provide about safety at Palm Beach County schools. Andrews, a longtime resident of the western communities who worked in several Palm Beach County schools before her election to the school board, began by acknowledging how deeply the Parkland shooting has affected her views on school safety and her everyday life as part of the school board. “The events in Parkland have touched us and forced us to have a difficult conversation,” she said. “Feb. 14 was a sad day in America, See CHAMBER, page 15
New Wellington Chamber Board — (L-R) President Roxanne Stein, President-Elect Stuart Hack, Vice President Lisa Banionis, Secretary Kathryn Walton and Chamber Council Dermot Mac Mahon. PHOTO BY DANI SALGUEIRO/TOWN-CRIER
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Burssens Preparing For Central American & Caribbean Games By Betsy LaBelle Town-Crier Staff Report Growing up in Wellington since the age of 10, dressage rider Monica Burssens is currently traveling to Mexico City with two horses to qualify in the selection trials for the
XXIII Central American & Caribbean Games. Born in Mexico City, 31-year old Burssens grew up in a tightknit, hardworking equestrian family. She attended Wellington High
Monica Burssens (center) at an Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI horse inspection with her parents, Marisol and Patrick Burssens. PHOTO BY BETSY LABELLE/TOWN-CRIER
School. “I was a cheerleader there,” she said. “I started going to school in fifth grade in Wellington at New Horizons, Wellington Landings and then Polo Park.” The opportunity to represent her team for the upcoming games will be a huge step in her career, and it will put Burssens on the map for potential sponsors in the future. “This is my dream,” she said. “I have a very high chance of making the team if I can make it to the selection trials.” The Mexican Equestrian Federation requires its team competitors to be in Mexico City for the selection trials April 7-8, May 5-6 and May 25-27. Burssens and her horses, Elfentanz, a 10-year-old Oldenburg mare, and Sao Passionat, a 9-year-old gelding with whom Burssens has done all the training, are heading down to Mexico City to prepare. Her aunt is Mexican FEI 5* Dressage Judge Maribel Alonso. In Mexico City, Burssens will be surrounded by family. “My grandparents, a few uncles and cousins, including my aunt Maribel Alonso, will all be there cheering me on. If I make the games in Bogota, Colombia, they will all go, too. I
am really excited,” she said. She has been riding seriously for 10 years at IDA Farm in Little Ranches. “As a child, I didn’t take the dressage training seriously, until I moved away for college to Madrid, Spain,” she recalled. “I missed riding too much, and when I returned, I decided to pursue the sport with 100 percent effort.” Both her father and mother run a large stable in Wellington with dozens of horses in training, horses for clients and horses in their care for amateur riders who work locally. “My family has always been involved in horses,” Burssens said. “My dad, Patrick, is a well-known trainer here in Wellington.” The family, however, is from humble beginnings. “My parents were never wealthy growing up,” she said. “My dad worked super hard to send us to a private school in Mexico because the public school system is really not that good. Both my parents work hard. My mom is pretty much the backbone of everything.” In her younger years, she took every opportunity to ride. “I never had a pony growing
McLendon Seeks Changes To The Way Lox Groves Operates By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report With the help of two new members on the council, Loxahatchee Groves Councilman Todd McLendon last week recommended several changes to the way the town works, including how voters are registered, reverting duties of the Local Planning Agency from the Planning & Zoning Committee to the Loxahatchee Groves Town Council, and cutting meetings of the Finance Advisory & Audit Committee to every four months. New councilwomen Joyce Batcheler and Phillis Maniglia were seated at the March 20 meeting, replacing former councilmen Ryan Liang and Ron Jarriel. McLendon said he would like to clean up the voter registration to see which voters still live in the town. “In the statute for voter registration, there’s a process where the town can find out who’s not living in Loxahatchee Groves anymore,”
he said. “We have 2,300 registered voters here. There are probably 500 who haven’t voted in 20 years. I can look at this list, and I know there are a bunch of people who have moved away or have died.” He made a motion for the council to direct staff to go through the voter list and send letters asking if they still live in the town, and if there is no response, to notify the Supervisor of Elections. The motion carried 5-0. McLendon also asked that the council serve as the town’s Local Planning Agency. “That way, the P&Z is not the LPA anymore, because trying to get things done through the Uniform Land Development Code is red tape after red tape, and it’s taking forever to get it done,” he said. “It puts more duties on us. It might end up being an extra meeting sometimes… but it will move things along faster with cleaning up our ULDC.” He made a motion for the coun-
cil to become the LPA and that the ULDC be reinitiated, which carried 5-0. Town Attorney Michael Cirullo pointed out that the change would have to be made by ordinance. “You have your Planning & Zoning Committee established by ordinance designated the LPA,” Cirullo said. “The change in duties would come to you in the form of an ordinance.” McLendon also asked approval for staff to look at how many hours it has spent fulfilling public records requests from the Office of the Inspector General in response to complaints filed by residents. “[We spent] tons of man hours and found no money missing, no money misspent anywhere and that sort of thing,” he said. “I will try a vote on this at the next meeting.” McLendon added that he felt the OIG should have been paying for the records they requested. Councilman Dave DeMarois See LOX CHANGES, page 15
up,” Burssens said. “I would ride what anybody would let me ride of my dad’s clients. Usually, I walked the horses before or after their workouts. Little by little, a client would let me ride one of their horses a bit longer. I had to work to get myself riding jobs here and there just to ride.” Now, she is preparing to represent her native Mexico. “I was born in Mexico City, and I have one brother who was born in Ohio when my dad had a job there overseeing stallions, mares and foals. But then we moved back to Mexico City,” Burssens explained. “In Mexico, the sport of dressage is kind of small. That is why he said, ‘Let’s relocate to Florida,’ and we moved to Wellington. When we first moved here, Southern Blvd. had only one lane of traffic going each way. In 1997, my parents bought IDA Farm in Little Ranches, which was only one main barn, and the rest was owned by Ken Adams and his family.” Monica has two brothers: Alex Burssens, who manages and runs Red Barn in Loxahatchee Groves with his wife, Marcela, and Santiago Burssens. “It’s a huge local
store here in our area,” she said. “They love it.” Eight years ago, Burssens was short-listed for the 2011 Pan Am Games in Guadalajara, but unfortunately, her horse foundered, and she was devastated. “My horse was Dance of Joy, and he was such a magnificent horse. He was lent to me by a super friend of my family. After a qualifying show at Jim Brandon, he was getting off the horse trailer, and he was completely lame,” she recalled. “We did everything possible for him. We tried stem cells, but he could not continue to compete and had to retire. I was devastated. We had become so close.” Now, with two of her own horses that she has trained for the last five years, Burssens is looking forward to her upcoming trip. “I feel like I just want this so bad. I have had these horses so long. I am the one who has done the work on these horses,” she said. “Yes, I have had help from my father, but I have really put in the hours to get them ready for this top level since they were three and four years old. They have been See BURSSENS, page 15
HISTORICAL SOCIETY RETREAT
Members of the new Wellington Historical Society gathered at Wellington Regional Medical Center for a day-long retreat on Saturday, March 24. The society’s founding members got together to engage in conversation in order to strategize plans for the group’s future endeavors. Shown above are: (front row) Joan Manning, Dennis Quinlan, Charles Edgar and Joseph Piconcelli; and (back row) Francine Ramaglia, Maureen Budjinski, James Seder, Laurie Cohen, Sue Bierer and Mary Jo Shockley. Not pictured: John Herring. PHOTO BY DANI SALGUIERO/TOWN-CRIER
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RPB Zoners Allow Lennar Homes To Phase Crestwood Project
By Betsy LaBelle Town-Crier Staff Report The Royal Palm Beach Planning & Zoning Commission met Tuesday, March 27 and granted approval for Lennar Homes to create a phased development plan for the company’s new 385home residential project along Crestwood Blvd. at the site of the village’s old wastewater treatment plant. Lennar Homes, represented by the Wantman Group, requested a major site plan modification to the single-family home development to create two phases in which to divide the overall project. Phase one will include lots 1 through 29, 79 through 282 and 338 through 385, as well as all of the lake tracts and the onsite recreation parcel. Phase two will comprise the northwest portion of the property,
including lots 29 through 78 and 283 through 337. That land will be removed from the current plat and be resubmitted in the future through a separate plat application. After selling its water utility to the county approximately 10 years ago, the village debated for years what to do with the vacant 154-acre wastewater treatment plant site on the village’s north end. It was eventually approved for a residential development, with Lennar chosen as the buyer and developer. The village previously approved the development on Jan. 16, 2014. The site plan for 385 single-family units was approved on Nov. 19, 2015. An on-site recreation site plan was approved March 16, 2017. Development Review Coordinator Kevin Erwin said that the
village supports the change, with conditions. “Staff has included a condition that all of the perimeter landscape buffers shall be required to be completed prior to the certificate of occupancy within phase one, with the exception of the landscape buffer along the north of the property adjacent to the water treatment plant,” he said. “The western buffer along Saratoga Pines will be put in as a part of phase one, even though a part of that area is within phase two.” Erwin said that the change does not modify the overall development in the long term. “They are simply putting in a phasing time, which allows them to build in areas when they are ready to do so,” he explained. The commissioners approved Lennar’s application. It next heads to the Royal Palm Beach
Village Council on April 19. In other business, the commissioners also granted architectural approval for a new building paint color at the Academy of Child Enrichment on Camellia Drive, as well as a new wall sign at Athena Nail Spa on Okeechobee Blvd. At the meeting, longtime Commissioner Jackie Larson told her fellow board members that she has asked not to be reappointed after her current three-year term is up this year. She will cap her service on the Planning & Zoning Commission at 24 years. Board members and staff said that she will be missed and thanked her for her many years of service. (Right) The two-phase site plan for Lennar Homes is shown here. Phase one includes the white area, and phase two in the gray area.
MARIO CROCETTI RECOGNIZED FOR HIS YEARS OF SERVICE
LOCAL STUDENTS RECOGNIZED FOR WINNING ‘DROP SAVERS’ CONTEST
The Wellington Village Council recognized longtime Wellington High School Principal Mario Crocetti on Tuesday, March 28. Crocetti was honored for his years of service in various Palm Beach County schools. Crocetti began both his teaching and administrative careers at Crestwood Middle School in the 1980s. He served as principal of Wellington Landings Middle School from 1997 until he took over as principal at WHS in 2008, where he worked until he retired last month. “You have changed education in this village,” Vice Mayor John McGovern told Crocetti. “You’ve had a hand in much of the excellence in education that exists in Wellington today, and you deserve great credit.” Shown above are Vice Mayor John McGovern, Councilwoman Tanya Siskind, Mayor Anne Gerwig, Mario Crocetti, Annette Crocetti, Councilman Michael Napoleone and Councilman Michael Drahos. PHOTO BY DANI SALGUEIRO/TOWN-CRIER
The Wellington Village Council recognized the local winners of the Drop Savers Water Conservation Poster Contest on Tuesday, March 28. The Florida section of the American Waterworks Association sponsored the Drop Savers contest, in which students from local elementary and middle schools are welcomed to participate. Students had to create posters depicting water conservation methods and water awareness messages. Posters were judged based on their message, creativity and originality. The first-place winner’s artwork from each division will move up to a state-level competition. This year, 195 students from four local schools participated in the competition. Eight winners were students from Panther Run Elementary School and Wellington Landings Middle School. Shown above, the council honors the local contest winners. PHOTO BY DANI SALGUEIRO/TOWN-CRIER
Comp Plan Concerns
continued from page 1 ship at the time that we gave the approval.” He said that when the Seminole Improvement District went through the municipal incorporation process, it used the legal description of the Seminole Improvement District, which created a more contiguous community. Davis said Westlake is in the process of executing its Minto West planned development approval of 4,000 to 6,500 residential units and 2.2 million square feet of non-residential uses, including a 150-room hotel and 3,000-student college. “However, they have also had to do other planning requirements,
continued from page 1 hiring 75 new officers and that an armed resource officer will be in place in every school; some will have more than one. “We have a huge recruitment and retention team looking for new officers. It is a huge effort to hire 75 new people,” he said, adding that competition for new officers is intense. “Salary is difficult when competing with other cities or the PBSO. It’s a challenge.” Bullet resistant outer doors and windows are being installed. “Nothing is bullet proof, unless you armor it,” said Leon, who said that some 200 projects will be handled over the summer for school maintenance and upgrades. Leon also described a new app that will be available in the next few days that allows students to notify school police of issues and puts them in direct contact with the department. It is part of the “See Something; Say Something” campaign. He pointed out that safety begins at home. “Look in the child’s back-
and they have effectively asked for more dwelling units because of population projections, which is a statutory requirement, and they are now saying there will be 6,500 units,” he said. “We’re not suggesting to look the other way to the 6,500 units; it’s simply a demanding exercise that they have done.” He also pointed out a potential 45,000 dwelling units and up to 11 million square feet of non-residential uses as suggested in an analysis by the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council during its review in January is possible, but not realistic. “You can do the mathematical exercise, but I want to be very clear on this, they are limited by other constraints, [with] their planned infrastructure being the key one,” he said. “Most all of their documents talk about their water supply pack and see what they are taking to school,” Leon said. Ron Herman, chair of the Public Safety Committee, asked about drills in the schools, and Leon described the 10 fire drills per year and one each of lockdown and evacuation drills. School Board Member Marcia Andrews said that changes must be made now. “We can’t wait, we have to put things in place now,” she said. “We still have a list of things that need to be done… It is a slow process.” She said that the superintendent has said that additional resources will be made available to help make schools safer immediately. Andrews pointed out that some schools in Wellington are fairly old, built before the era of single entry points and hardened security. She also added that it was decided, “we will not be asking our teachers to carry firearms in our schools.” Department of Safe Schools Director June Eassa said that the school district has a robust mental health program and school counselors that will be augmented by $3.9 million from the state for the district. There will be a mental health counselor for each school
plan and the actual transportation network. They are limited by constraints of their infrastructure.” Davis said Westlake could accommodate more regional non-residential needs, but it does not plan to, even though it could demonstrate a need. “The key point of this is, as far as planning, we’re looking at the addition of 1,954 units,” he said. “I’m not saying to take it lightly, but as we understand it, they still have to live with the [proportional] share that they have, which is a zoning level approval for the number of units they have.” He outlined four options that the county could exercise at this point: take no action, file an administrative challenge, wait to intervene in the event that the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity issues a “not in compliance,” or, if the FDEO issues an “in compli-
ance,” challenge the finding. Davis recommended taking no further action at present. “The Florida Statutes are very clearly intended for a local government to develop a comprehensive plan regardless,” he said. “You’re not supposed to stop them or prevent them from having one. All you can effectively say is, ‘You didn’t follow the process.’” Davis pointed out that the state objects only when there are gross or egregious procedural errors in the planning process. “All they want you to do is go back and do it right, so we understand that the likelihood that they would actually file a challenge or find somebody not in compliance is very slim,” he said, explaining that the only challenge to Westlake’s comp plan was from the City of West Palm Beach over the M Canal, which supplies the city’s
Central Regional Superintendent Frank Rodriguez, Community Services Director Paulette Edwards, Public Safety Committee Chair Ron Herman and Education Committee Chair John Webber. or at least mental health triage on School and building a memorial. every campus. The money will take time to get State Rep. Matt Willhite (D-Dis- dispersed. “Recurring money is trict 86) said that 20 percent of the the key,” he said. “We can never schools don’t have a police officer fund schools enough.” at them. “Elementary schools are Dr. Veronica McCue, a member soft targets,” he said, advocating of Wellington’s Senior Advisory contracting with a police depart- Committee, pointed out that state ment to get officers immediately. law mandates that schools are used “Use a portion of the $7 million as designated polling places. [coming from the state] to get offi“We are going to open our doors cers in the schools tomorrow… It’s and invite non-vetted people in our job to put safety first.” while students are in class,” she Willhite said that $400 million said, asking that action be taken to statewide has been approved by prevent this for the next election. the governor, “although he hasn’t Willhite said that he will sponsigned the check yet” for school sor legislation in the next session safety, mental health, rebuilding to keep students out of school on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High polling days.
water. “Whether we like it or not, it meets the statutory requirements.” Palm Beach County Mayor Melissa McKinlay, who represents the Westlake area in District 6, said she did not like the development’s process of approval — which was approved originally by a special Agricultural Enclave Act of the legislature — but saw no other option than to wait and see what it does in the future. “Thank you, Tallahassee, for completely screwing us on this one,” McKinlay said. “It would be my opinion, and I hear you on
the ‘no further action,’ but I just can’t sit by and accept that. As a middle ground, we would wait and see, if they have a finding of ‘not in compliance’ that we intervene. I know what it says in their comp plan, but based on their historic behavior, I just don’t have a lot of faith going forward. That is not a reflection on their elected officials, who have been appointed. That is a reflection on the developer that is still basically running that city.” The commissioners agreed by consensus with McKinlay’s recommendation.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Where Are Our Priorities?
As a parent of two school-age children, I was excited about taking part in the March For Our Lives on March 24. I wanted my family to join in the movement to reduce gun violence inspired by the survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre. I knew there were a number of marches planned for Palm Beach County, but to my dismay, I discovered that none were in the western communities. This worldwide event was scheduled weeks ago. Why were Boca Raton, Delray Beach, West Palm Beach and Jupiter able to accommodate the thousands of people who wanted to take part, but not one of our western communities? It wasn’t due to a lack of interest. One of the organizers of the West Palm Beach march was a 17-yearold Seminole Ridge High School student. Palm Beach Central High School filled its football stadium for a memorial to the Douglas victims. This tragedy has touched students across the nation and
world, as well as their families. We can host the Bacon & Bourbon Fest but not the March For Our Lives? Where are our priorities? Rick Robb Wellington Editor’s note: There was at least one march held in the western communities, organized by equestrians at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. See photos from that event on page 9.
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Just as I didn’t think that my opinion of our narcissist-in-chief Donald Trump could sink any lower, he proves me wrong again. Instead of staying in Washington, D.C., and seeing and hearing first-hand from the thousands upon thousands of high school students, their families and friends during the March For Our Lives, he comes to Palm Beach County to play golf. This is certainly not presidential. It is not even humane, let alone Christian. Dr. Bill Louda Loxahatchee Groves
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BACON & BOURBON FEST’S ARRIVAL IN WELLINGTON A FUN, TASTY SUCCESS
Crowds came out to the Wellington Amphitheater and the Wellington Community Center last weekend for Bacon & Bourbon Fest. Visitors enjoyed bacon-infused foods; a variety of different bourbon, whiskey and rye drinks; a selection of local vendor shops; live musical entertainment; and many backyard family games. For more info., visit www.baconbourbonfest.com. PHOTOS BY DANI SALGUEIRO/TOWN-CRIER
Palm Beach Bourbon Society members John and Erica Sirianos with Diana Guevara.
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The Florida Alliance for Retired Americans will meet Monday, April 2 at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church (12200 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington). A business meeting begins at noon; new members are always welcome. A program on “Saving Social Security,” presented by FLARA President Bill Sauer, begins at 1 p.m. The program is free and open to the public. For more info., call Nancy Tanner (561) 793-9677.
Food Drive In Wellington
Life 2 Inspire has organized an End of Season Food Drive aimed at the equestrian community in Wellington through Wednesday, April 3. Food donations will benefit the Palm Beach County Food Bank. Wellington residents are encouraged to “upcycle” the empty cardboard boxes in their garages, fill them with items such as pasta, rice, shelf-stable milk, peanut butter, beans, cereal and other needed,
non-perishable foods, and then donate them to people in need. Donations can be dropped off at a variety of local businesses, including: the International Polo Club Palm Beach, the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, the Adequan Global Dressage Festival show grounds, LA Fitness, the Wellness Experience, the Green Market at Wellington, Café Polo at the Polo Club and others. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/life2inspire.
Spring Fair At St. Peter’s April 7
The St. Peter’s United Methodist Church Child Enrichment Center will host its 31st annual Spring Fair on Saturday, April 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is the CEC’s largest event of the year. The public is invited for a great afternoon with bounce houses, a petting zoo, kids’ games with prizes, wonderful baked items for sale, a huge silent auction and themed raffle baskets. St. Peter’s United Methodist Church is located at 12200 W. Forest Hill Blvd. in Wellington. For
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Cleveland Clinic Florida invites the community to celebrate the grand opening of Cleveland Clinic Florida Wellington, the academic medical center’s newest location in Palm Beach County, on Saturday, April 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Activities will include tours of the new facility, risk assessment screenings and wellness information, a meet-and-greet with Cleveland Clinic specialists, food trucks, raffle prizes and children’s activities. Cleveland Clinic Florida Wellington is located at Village Green Center (2789 S. State Road 7, Suite 100, Wellington). Cleveland Clinic Florida is a nonprofit, multi-specialty, academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. With locations in Weston, Fort Lauderdale, Parkland, West Palm Beach, Wellington and Palm Beach Gardens, Cleveland Clinic Florida
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Flagler Museum Easter Egg Hunt
The Flagler Museum will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31. Gates open at 9 a.m., and the egg hunt begins promptly at 10 a.m. Tickets are free for museum members and their children or grandchildren at the sustaining level and above. Tickets are also free for adult individual and family-level members, but ticket purchase will be required for children and grandchildren. For non-members, tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for children. Children are invited to hunt for treat-filled Easter eggs on the museum’s lawn and in the Cocoanut Grove. The museum’s grounds will be sectioned off into age-appropriate areas so that everyone, including toddlers, will have the opportunity to participate safely. Families are encouraged to pose for a photo with the Easter Bunny, make crafts, have faces painted, and play games until the egg
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Lox Council Hires Road Consultant, Objects To Westlake Plan By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Loxahatchee Groves Town Council agreed last week to hire a road consultant to help coordinate road improvements in the town. The company, Foresight Communications & Consulting, would charge an $1,800 initial fee and $150 an hour thereafter for its services, which will include talking with residents whose roads might be part of improvement projects. “This is a third party,” Town Manager Bill Underwood said at the March 20 meeting. “I did look at their references. They’ve worked with a number of construction and engineering firms. They have worked with our engineering firm… This is what we need when it comes time to get easements and catch basins in place.” Underwood asked the council to consider having staff draft an agreement with Foresight to help coordinate road improvement projects. “If that’s what the council wants, we would have the attorney draft
an agreement that we can live with, and then they would be engaged,” Underwood said. “Once we determine what we’re going to do with the bond issue, it would come out of that bond issue as well. They have an initial cost of $1,800 to get the facts, how they’re going to explain to the public what is happening, what the costs are, what the easements are, and then as an hourly rate after that.” Councilman Todd McLendon made a motion to draft the contract. Councilman Dave DeMarois asked if the consultant would start with roads approved earlier in the meeting — San Diego Drive, Los Angeles Drive, Paradise Trail, Flamingo Road, Raymond Drive and 22nd Road North — and Underwood said it would. Councilwoman Phillis Maniglia asked if the consultant would speak to the residents individually or as a group, and Underwood said they would start by inviting groups of residents to participate at meetings.
“We tried that with B Road, and we had some show up,” he said. “Not everybody showed up, and then we would try to work through individual properties. Some gave us lots of room, some gave us less room, and I would say we were successful.” Maniglia said she would like to get as many residents together as possible at meetings to help save costs. “If you get them in a group, you may get the majority that wants the road, and they will encourage their neighbors to come forward as well,” she said. McLendon’s motion carried 5-0. In other business, the council agreed to draft a letter to the state objecting to approval of the City of Westlake’s comprehensive plan, which is under review by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (FDEO). Mayor Dave Browning explained that developer Minto bought the almost 1,500-acre Callery-Judge Grove after CalleryJudge had got approval from the
state for just under 4,000 homes on the property. “When it was Minto, they went for 7,000 and were approved for 5,000 homes,” Browning said. “Then they became Westlake.” An analysis by the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council found that Westlake’s comp plan could allow for as many as 45,000 homes and 11 million square feet of non-residential space. “So, I think it’s a good time to object,” Browning said. Town Planning Consultant Jim Fleischmann said the official plan is 6,500 units and 2 million square feet of non-residential. “With all of the density bonuses that could accrue, it could get up to 30,000 or 40,000 dwellings, but that’s unknown for the future,” Fleischmann said. The Westlake City Council adopted the plan and transmitted it on March 12. Fleischmann explained that the town has 30 days to file an objection if it wants to. “There’s two ways to go,” he said. “We can send a letter to the
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include that prior to their gaining compliance by the state.” McLendon made a motion to send a letter to Tallahassee specifying those two objections to Westlake’s comp plan, and it carried 5-0. Fleischmann noted that the Palm Beach County Commission met recently at its zoning meeting, where county staff had recommended that the commissioners not object to the comp plan because staff lacked sufficient data to show that Westlake could build more than 6,500 homes. “When Westlake adopted the transmittal version of it, the county’s only real comment was that there wasn’t enough data and analysis in there for them to make any kind of interpretation of the impact on traffic in the area, so they requested that Westlake provide additional information so that the county had an opportunity to make an assessment,” he said. Underwood noted that he had received a call from Westlake’s See LOX ROADS, page 15
RPB Rec Board Reviews Successful 2017 With A Busy Year Ahead By Betsy LaBelle Town-Crier Staff Report Successes from 2017 were reviewed and projects in progress for 2018 were presented at the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Advisory Board meeting on Monday, March 26. Parks & Recreation Director Lou Recchio said that the upcoming three-day strategic planning session done annually by village staff and the Royal Palm Beach Village Council will take place April 9-11. “This is the time of year that we get organized with our strategic plan. We go over what we have accomplished over the last year, what we are looking to do in the next year and what we would like to do in the next five years,” he said. “We will sit down with all the department heads and the village
manager and go through what we would like to see.” The following day, the manager will meet with the council, and they will get to discuss what they would like to see over the next year and five years. “This all comes together on the third day, and things are ranked and moved around on the list and on the time frame. It’s a great system. The program works well, and it gives us a plan,” Recchio explained. “The biggest success I see this year has been coordinating the closing down of the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center and [moving] everything over to the Recreation Center and accommodating all the programs. It has worked out very well.” This was done to accommodate the complete renovation and expansion of the aging Cultural
Center building. “The plans for the Cultural Center are going very well. I am confident that in the fall, it will be open,” Recchio said. “It may not look like it from the outside, because it is all fenced in, but it’s going very well. We are pleased with the rate they are going.” Other Parks & Recreation Department successes over the past year include completion of construction of additional restrooms and the amphitheater at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park, and completing the construction of the northern walkway at Commons Park, which allows the village to now hold true 5K events. Recchio also noted providing another area for visitors to the park to walk or jog or ride their bikes, and improvements to the Bob Marcello Baseball Complex at Willows
Park, including renovating the tennis courts and baseball field 5. Also mentioned was the appointment of staff to act as a liaison with the Royal Palm Beach High School student body, which meets monthly at the school to establish a direct line of communication with the students to better serve the community’s teen population. Recchio was also proud of the “Insane Inflatable 5K” at Commons Park with 1,200 participants to experience an intense, yet enjoyable, 5K obstacle challenge as family teams, corporate teams or as individuals, and establishing a new pickle ball program at the request of local seniors. Securing a golf pro at the Commons Park Golf Training Facility, providing professional instruction to the public, was also accomplished over the past year, as was
conducting the third annual Royal Palm Beach Senior Expo, which provided senior residents and their caregivers with new opportunities, valuable information and access to health screening. A core conditioning class for senior citizens was also added to the recreation lineup. Recchio next described projects in the works for 2018, which include refurbishing Veterans Park and sealing of all the natural wood, lighting upgrades at Veterans Park, gym lighting replacement, playscape enhancements at Commons Park and Robiner Park, athletic field renovations, a playscape replacement at Penzance Park, a fence replacement at the Robiner Dog Park, waterfall repairs at Veterans Park, updating the rental fee structure at the renovated Cultural Center, improvements to the Commons Park Sporting Center, sports
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Colorado And Flexjet Win USPA Gold Cup Matches At IPC; Final This Sunday High-goal action at the International Polo Club continued Sunday, March 25 with two matches in the 26-goal USPA Gold Cup Tournament. In the morning, Flexjet beat Daily Racing Form 10- 9. Next, in the 3 p.m. featured match, Colorado faced Audi, with both teams looking for their first tournament victory. Colorado started the game with a goal on handicap and made the most of the first chukker to get ahead, thanks to two goals from Magoo Laprida. Nic Roldan also scored to keep Audi in the game.
The third chukker saw Marc Ganzi’s team kick into gear. Audi was down by 3 goals when Roldan scored twice and Polito Pieres scored once to tie the game at 5-5. But Colorado came back to finish the first half with a 7-6 advantage. The fourth chukker was well fought, and both teams scored one goal each. Colorado stepped it up in the fifth chukker, after Audi had tied the game once again. Laprida scored two more goals to make it 10-8 in favor of Colorado at the start of the sixth chukker. Just as it seemed that Rob Jor-
nayvaz’s team would claim the win, Pieres and Roldan scored again to tie the match 10-10. But Tomás García del Río, who played in place of the injured Juan Britos, came through to give Colorado the victory with just 30 seconds left in the final chukker. Colorado’s victory led to a penalty shootout Monday morning between Colorado and Tonkawa. Tonkawa won the shootout and advanced to the semifinals. García del Río was named Sunday’s MVP. “I was asked to play after Juan Britos suffered a fall the other
day, but luckily he is OK,” he said. “It’s always fun playing on this team, with these players and on these horses. It was easy to fit into the team, since I have played with Magoo and Diego Cavanagh many times before. I always have fun when I play with them.” This Sunday’s featured match will be the USPA Gold Cup Final. For more information, visit www. internationalpoloclub.com. (Right) Colorado started out strong in the first chukker with two goals by Magoo Laprida. PHOTO BY ALEX PACHECO
PANCAKE BREAKFAST AND EASTER EGG HUNT AT ST. RITA CATHOLIC CHURCH
St. Rita Catholic Church in Wellington held a Pancake Breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 24 in the parish hall. The pancake breakfast was provided by the Knights of Columbus. The Easter Bunny and friends spent time dancing with the kids and taking photos. The egg hunt was broken up into age groups, and kids looked for special tickets that could be redeemed for prize baskets. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER
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More than 800 people came to Dreher Park in West Palm Beach on Feb. 24 to celebrate Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith’s 90th anniversary. Dignitaries and members of the firm celebrated with a western theme barbecue that included a bounce house, live band, food trucks and cute pups from Big Dog Ranch Rescue. Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith is a third-generation law firm that has grown to 11 attorneys with more than 265 years of combined experience and four offices, located in West Palm Beach, Stuart, Wellington and Boca Raton. Learn more at www.lesserlawfirm.com.
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Douglas Elliman Real Estate Supports Special Equestrians At WEF Gala
On Saturday, March 10, officials from Douglas Elliman Real Estate ponied up with Grand Prix Show Jumping Champion Georgina Bloomberg and Give Back for Special Equestrians to spur donations and awareness for children and veterans with disabilities during the Douglas Elliman Winter Equestrian Festival $384,000 Grand Prix. More than $15,000 was raised at the lavish ringside competition and gala in Wellington for Give
Back for Special Equestrians, a nonprofit whose mission is to provide equine-assisted and therapeutic riding scholarships in Florida and New York for those facing some of life’s most difficult challenges, like autism, paralysis, spina bifida and post-traumatic stress disorder. Douglas Elliman’s Dottie Herman presented the winning trophy to rider Daniel Coyle of Ireland aboard his mount, Cita. Afterward, Douglas Elliman’s Scott Durkin, a
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passionate horseman, welcomed guests and introduced Dr. Heather Kuhl, who joined Sissy DeMaria and Isabel Ernst in founding the all-volunteer charity. “The Winter Equestrian Festival event is in step with Douglas Elliman’s mission to stand in support of friends, agents and clients in the equestrian arena, as well as important charities, like Give Back for Special Equestrians, within the communities we serve,” Durkin said. “We are proud to align our
philanthropic efforts with such a wonderful cause.” Dr. Peggy Bass, a board member of Give Back for Special Equestrians and the executive director of Good Hope Equestrian Center, extolled the life-changing benefits of equine-assisted and therapeutic riding for people with disabilities. Guests heard heart-warming stories of healing from special-needs rider Natalia Cercone and Christina Simmons, mother of five-yearold Ethan Simmons, recipients
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Oxbridge Students And Faculty Get Their Heads Shaved At St. Baldrick’s Day Event
During Give Back Week at the Oxbridge Academy, 14 students and faculty members participated in the St. Baldrick’s “Brave the Shave” event on March 14 by having their heads shaved or donating long locks of hair to help raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-powered charity committed to childhood cancer research. The event is held nationally to raise funds and to show solidarity with those battling cancer. Nathan Bush, a student at John I. Leonard High School, shared his story of surviving cancer with the Oxbridge students, staff and faculty. SportClips provided the hair stylists for the event.
This is the third year that the school has participated in the event, garnering donations of more than $25,000 for the two previous years. This was part of the school’s annual Give Back Week, a weeklong celebration where students concentrate on giving back to their community. The week also included a school walk-out in memory of the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, a salute to veterans and other community service projects and programs. The Oxbridge Academy is a private college preparatory high school. For more information, visit www.oapb.org or call (561) 972-9600.
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Members of the Cancer Awareness Club and the group of Oxbridge Academy students and faculty after getting their head shaves or long locks cut at St. Baldrick’s Day.
Students Win Young Artist Vocal Competition
The Choral Society of the Palm Beaches recently announced the winners of its 2018 Young Artist Vocal Competition. Skyler Sajewski of Palm Beach Gardens and Alexandra Slusarenko of Wellington were awarded the first-place and second-place honors, respectively, and earned scholarship awards in the not-for-profit’s fifth annual competition. Each are students at the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts. The vibrant competition of nine contestants that took place on Feb. 25 at Lakeside Presbyterian Church in West Palm Beach provided the chance for students throughout Palm Beach County to apply and compete for monetary awards by the society’s donor-supported scholarship fund. To date, the Choral Society of the Palm Beaches has awarded $8,250 in scholarship awards to recognize excellence in vocal performance. Sajewski, 17, who won the competition, said musical theater helped her grow as a person. “Live theater is a serious, impactful art form that can shed light onto darkness and lift people’s
spirits,” she said. “For this simple reason, I have chosen musical theater as my life’s work.” Slusarenko, 18, who placed second, has her sights set on a professional opera career. “I am determined to fulfill my pronounced potential and see where life takes me,” she said. Sajewski and Slusarenko will each perform as featured soloists on the program of the Choral Society of the Palm Beaches’ final concert in its season series, “Choral Masterpieces” on April 29 at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute auditorium on the Florida Atlantic University campus in Jupiter. “As a not-for-profit, made up of 70 members who love to sing, it is important to us to support young artists who share the same passion for musical performance,” said Nina Motta, who was instrumental in starting the competition in 2014. “The Young Artist Vocal Competition provides an avenue for students to explore their dreams and to experience and feel encouragement in the arts.” The competition was founded to support senior high school choral
WES Participates In 2018 Palm Beach Autism Speaks Walk
On Sunday, March 4, Wellington Elementary School participated in the 2018 Palm Beach Walk for Autism Speaks. The walk was held in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach along Flagler Drive. Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. The organization is committed to funding for research into the causes, preventions, treatments and finding a cure for autism. It also tries to increase awareness of autism spectrum
disorders and has become the leading advocates for the needs of individuals and their families affected by autism. Since Autism Speaks has been established in 2005, it has raised more than $600 million to its mission, the majority of it going to science and medical research. Every year, Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 100 cities in the United States. Wellington Elementary School staff and families were proud to be a part of this great cause.
(L-R) Ashlyn Taylor, Dylan Melville, Alexandra Slusarenko and Skyler Sajewski. students in pursuit of higher educational goals in the vocal arts. To qualify, students must plan to pursue a college major or minor degree in vocal performance, music education or musical theater, and careers that incorporate music. Two additional students recognized in the competition by Artistic Director Mark Aliapoulios for exceptional promise and merit were Ashlyn Taylor, 18, and Dylan Melville, 17. Each were awarded
a $250 prize and will perform as featured artists on April 29. To learn more about the Young Artist Vocal Competition, contact Nina Motta at ninam1117@gmail. com or visit www.choralsocietypalmbeaches.org/vocal-competition. For information about the Choral Society of the Palm Beaches, visit www.choralsocietypalmbeaches.org or call (561) 6269997.
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My TV Time Is Bombarding Me With Messages I Don’t Need I am too young and impressionable to watch TV anymore. It’s not the shows. It’s not even the news. It’s the ads. We got cigarette ads banned. Why can’t we do the same with all these prescription products? I am so tired of hearing “Ask your doctor about ____.” No. How about this? My doctor tells me what to do. That’s her job. My job is to stay as healthy as possible so she doesn’t have to tell me anything, so I don’t even have to go visit her. There’s a reason Netflix and Hulu and YouTube are doing so well — the general population is sick of commercials. Literally, sick.
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The Sonic BOOMER On any given night, I settle into my sofa for a relaxing distraction from the events of the day (which, frankly, carry enough drama), and I am bombarded with malady after malady and symptom after symptom. Pretty soon, I am scratching an “itchy, flaky scalp,” which was just fine a moment
ago. I have “patchy, burning skin” inside my cozy slippers and a “hot, dry mouth,” which I could previously soothe with a big glass of chilled water. It no longer seems enough. When I turn on the tube, it’s usually my intent to sit there and relax while being entertained for an hour. Instead, I am putting my shoes back on and rushing over to urgent care. I can’t relax, I’m on death’s doorstep! Of course, we know what happened. By saving our children from the horrors of smoking, we took away a big chunk of the television industry’s income. And they need money to produce high quality programming like “The Bachelorette.”
Lots of money. Bachelorettes don’t come cheap. So, they turned to the prescription drug industry, and they did a really good job turning that into a cash cow. Now, instead of cigarette addicts dying of lung cancer, we have drug addicts overdosing on opioids. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to convince ourselves that television is not “the real opiate of the people,” just like Edward R. Murrow said way back in 1957. The real question is, why are we so easily led? Is it because TV is what we turn to when we’re at our weakest point — tired, lonely, depressed or, heaven forbid, all three? All of a sudden, a commercial that
promises to turn our frowns upside down by way of twin outdoor bathtubs sounds pretty good. We need to snap out of the stupor. If I was staying overnight at a friend’s house and they told me “the bathtubs are out in the backyard” and “someone will be joining you shortly,” I’d hightail it out of there and seriously rethink that friendship, not say, “Sign me up!” We’ve got to start taking responsibility for our actions. We’ve got to think before we act. We’ve got to mute the commercials and look away. We’ve got to switch over to YouTube and see what those adorable little kittens are up to.
New ‘Pacific Rim’ Movie Offers A Fast-Paced, Fun Experience
Pacific Rim: Uprising is a fairly atypical sequel in that it is smaller than the original, but it also provides a fast ride on the adrenaline express. It does move to get to the action quickly and does not dawdle through useless scene setting. As a result, it was a pretty decent time at the movies. The film starts with Jake Pentecost (John Boyega), a former Ranger and the son of Stacker Pentecost, the great leader of the first defense against the alien invaders, being chased by thieves, escaping by joining with young Amara Namani (Cailey Spaeny), a young genius who has rebuilt an old Jaeger, the gigantic machines that fought off the monstrous Kaiju aliens from another dimension in the last film. It turns out she was the young girl from the last film who survived when one of the monsters stomped on the rest of her family. They are quickly apprehended after a fun fight, and he is forced to re-enlist to help
‘I’ On CULTURE By Leonard Wechsler train young Rangers, and she is enrolled in the school. As soon as he gets to the school, Jake winds up arguing with his old frenemy, ex-partner Nate Lambert (Scott Eastwood) about discipline. Amara soon gets into trouble and is being expelled when new “drone Jaegers,” ones run by one person outside the machines, go rogue. It turns out the Kaiju had infiltrated and controlled a key person’s mind, and the new machines were ready to open up the rift between dimensions and allow the
Kaiju to wipe out all life on the planet. Jake’s big problem is living in Stacker Pentecost’s shadow, the great hero of the first film. He was played by Idris Elba and was killed after yelling, “Today, we are canceling the Apocalypse!” This is not one of the Star Wars films, despite Boyega being in both, where the dead can come back. Jake is rebellious and anti-authoritarian until things hit the fan. At that point, he can come into his own. Jake and Nate fight off the first attack. At that point, the young trainees are tasked with running the few other machines in a major battle. They are about 300 feet long and weigh 7,000 tons, for those interested. While all of this is going on, industrialist genius Liwen Shao (Jing Tian), the developer of the rogues, battles to take control of the machines from the Kaiju-infected human and even remotely joins the big battle.
One of the great blessings of the film is that the director, Steven S. DeKnight, kept it short. It only runs for 100 minutes instead of the two hours plus we have gotten accustomed to. Instead of dawdling around with useless plot twists, the action begins fairly early and continues to the end. While realizing that just about every cliché ever invented was used here — the problem son trying to live up to a dead father’s reputation, genius kid wanting revenge, two top performers arguing constantly until they have to work together brilliantly, crazed scientist, special secret weapon never used before, saving the day just before the end — things seemed to fit together reasonably well. In essence, no surprises, but everything followed the basic path reasonably well. The cast does a pretty good job dealing with parts that are in large part stereotyp-
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Sales Gallery Now Open At HarborChase Of Wellington Crossing The sales gallery is officially open at HarborChase of Wellington Crossing, a new local assisted living and memory care community. The general public is invited to drop by to learn more about the services, amenities and living options available at HarborChase. Set to open for residents in 2018, the luxury retirement community will serve the needs of seniors and families in and around the West Palm Beach area with 76 assisted living
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Jim Sackett Invitational Softball Tournament Returns April 28 Approximately 1,400 children are in foster care in Palm Beach County, many coming from homes where they were abused and neglected. In recognition of April being Child Abuse Prevention Month, and in support of the life-changing efforts of Friends of Foster Children, the seventh annual Jim Sackett Invitational Softball Tournament will be held in Wellington on Saturday, April 28, once again dedicated to raising awareness and preventing child abuse.
continued from page 1 and, the truth is that we are having too many sad days. Children cannot learn if they do not feel safe. Everyone needs to come together to discuss how we can keep our children safe. Schools were once considered the place where children could feel safe, and that is not the case right now.” Andrews went on to discuss the ways in which the school board is beginning to analyze every possible problem schools may face. Andrews zeroed in on the fact that many Wellington schools do not have a single point of entry or fences surrounding the perimeters of schools. The design layouts and construction of Wellington’s older schools is, according to Andrews, a priority on the list of problems. “Florida schools are built to withstand hurricanes, not assault rifles,” she said. “We must rethink
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continued from page 3 such good projects for me, and I adore both of them.” Burssens is quite passionate about her horses. “It’s all day, every day,” she said. “I start before 8 a.m., and I ride around nine to 10 horses a day, and I coach several clients every day, six days a week. It’s a lot.” However, she is not in it alone. “I have always had a lot of support from my family and our great clients, who are always doing little things to help me out,” she said. “Right now, my husband and I have a horse in Europe, [and] we are selling pieces of him so that we can fund some of this. It’s not ideal, but I keep saying to myself, ‘If I had all the money, would I go?’ Yes, I would go. So, I am making the decision to go. There is a quote that says, ‘If you can solve
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continued from page 3 said he felt, in fairness, the OIG should be called as well to ask their opinion on what they are trying to do and what they are searching for. During public comment, former Loxahatchee Water Control District Supervisor John Ryan, a member of the town’s Finance Advisory & Audit Committee, said he would like to remind people that the OIG was approved in a referendum by more than 70 percent of county voters. “They were set up as kind of an
Sackett, a retired anchor with WPTV and board member of the organization for eight years, was known to viewers as WPTV’s serious journalistic voice and a champion for children as he helped find homes for hundreds of adoptable children through his Thursday’s Child segment for 30-plus years. “Jim has been a true community leader, not only during his television career, but because of his hands-on support of foster children,” Friends of Foster Children President Laurie J. Briggs
said. “We are truly grateful for his dedication to the 1,400 children in Palm Beach County who are in foster, relative and shelter care. We look forward to hosting this tournament each year, bringing the families and the community together.” The seventh annual Jim Sackett Invitational Softball Tournament will take place at Village Park on Pierson Road beginning at 8 a.m. on April 28. The entire community is invited for a great amateur competition featuring South Flor-
ida’s finest softball teams. This family-friendly day hosts non-stop games to cheer for, a real ball park lunch, raffles and auction items all benefiting the programs and services provided by Friends of Foster Children for children in need in our community. “One of the highlights of this event is the pinwheels. All over the venue there are child abuse prevention pinwheels, one for each child in care. It’s humbling to see over 1,400 pinwheels and a good reminder that these children need
our help,” said Maria Bond, executive director of Friends of Foster Children. “Even if you cannot attend this amazing event we ask that you please consider donating in honor of a child.” Sponsors to date include the Children’s Services Council; Searcy, Denney, Scarola, Barnhart & Shipley P.A.; WPTV; Alpha Media; Knights of Columbus Council 8419; and Clara’s Secret Shepherds Foundation. Event sponsorships are still available by e-mailing alana@friendsoffos-
terchildren.com or calling (561) 352-2547. Friends of Foster Children is a nonprofit organization serving children in Palm Beach County who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect. Proceeds support FFC programs and services including youth enrichment activities, emergency bags for children recently removed from their homes, car seats, cribs and beds, summer camps, school trips, advocacy services and more.
everything that we thought we knew about our schools, [such as] our schools’ construction, especially older schools like Wellington Elementary, Wellington Landings and Wellington High, which were built differently.” Along with the physical construction of schools, Andrews emphasized the importance of preparing teachers, staff and students to react in the case of a “code red” emergency. “Teacher emergency training, emergency drills and safety protocols, we have to rethink it all,” Andrews said. “We have to start all over again so that our students feel safe.” Andrews recognized and honored the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who went to Tallahassee to discuss school safety in public schools. Andrews attributes the extra funding added to the budget to the work of those students, and explained that, because of the increase in funding, there will be more armed police officers present in public schools.
“We welcome the extra funds from the governor. We have money this year thanks to the Parkland students who went to Tallahassee,” Andrews said. “Our students know what has to happen, and they will not tolerate not having safe schools. This generation is changing the world.” Within the past month, Andrews has been making visits to Wellington schools hoping to note the more pressing issues in order to report to the school district and aid in making positive changes happen quicker. “We know we are not where we need to be at this point in time, but we are working on it,” she said. “Unfortunately, tragedy had to happen for us to do the right thing, but we can’t allow this to happen again. At a community, school board and police level, we have a lot of work to do.” Andrews went on to add that the Palm Beach County School Board will not participate in arming teachers. This is something that was reinforced by Chief Leon.
“Teachers come to teach,” Leon said. “Trained police officers will be present [in schools] so that teachers do not have to be armed.” Leon, who has overseen the Palm Beach County School District police officers since 2012, shared his experience going to Tallahassee to speak to representatives about the importance of
the Palm Beach County School District. “It was a battle for me. We were almost left out of [the state’s] funding. It was important for them to understand that this department is one out of five school districts in the state to have its own police department,” Leon said. Leon explained that, with additional state funding, the de-
partment is looking to hire 75 new school officers by August. He added that all school district police officers undergo 160 hours of training throughout the summer, which includes training in active shooting, so that they are properly prepared to work in schools. “There is a lot of work to be done,” Leon said.
repeatedly signaled out as a positive and important attribute to the Wellington community throughout the forum. Marc Ganzi, owner of the Grand Champions Polo Club and patron of the Audi Polo Team, addressed the committee and the audience to express assurance that polo is not leaving Wellington anytime soon. He stressed that, last year, polo was played throughout eight of the 12 months of the year, adding that the notion in some quarters claiming polo to be headed for a downturn in Wellington are incorrect. “What I’m here to tell you, as someone who has been in this community for 17 years, is that polo is in a better place today than
it was when I got here,” Ganzi said. “It is more accessible — it’s accessible to women, children and all levels. There is no better place than Wellington, Florida, to show that polo is open to everyone at every skill and level.” Others felt that Wellington, though it is excelling in equestrian venues, sports and amenities, could expand and improve some of the current resources available for equestrians and their horses. Mary Ann Simonds said that she chose Wellington after living and working in several other equestrian locations. She expressed a great necessity for more horse trails in Wellington. “Across the country, the number one thing that preserves horse
all your problems with money, then they aren’t really problems.’ I am just going to find the money somehow by selling things, and I have started a GoFundMe site. If all of my friends give me $20, that is already enough to help me a lot.” The XXIII Central American and Caribbean Games take place every four years and are scheduled for this July. The competition works as a qualifier for the Pan-American Games, and likewise, the Pan-American Games is where the countries’ federations qualify their teams to be able to compete a team at the 2020 Olympics. But before she can get to Bogota, she must qualify in Mexico City. “I know if I don’t go, I will wonder forever why I didn’t go. If I do make the team, they will take me more seriously next year for the Pan-Am Games,” she said. “I will have some experience under my belt with these games. It’s great to go to these big games to
learn how to deal with the nerves and how to push through any nervousness.” Hopefully, this is a start of an amazing journey. “This chance will be a dream come true and a magnificent opportunity for me and my horses to learn how to compete under pressure and be part of a team,” Burssens said. “Ultimately, my goal is to make it to the Pan-American Games in 2019 and the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo.” A newlywed, Burssens married Manuel Lecuona last year. “My husband is also a rider, a jumper rider, and we are both from Mexico City, but we met in Florida,” she said. “We met almost 10 years ago and have been together seven years now and married for one year — and now we just found out we are pregnant.” To follow Monica Burssens on her journey, find her at www. facebook.com/monica.burssens and www.instagram.com/moniburssens.
communities is horse and bridle trails. As long as there are trails, that cannot be removed or paved over, there will always be a horse community,” Simonds said. “We have a great opportunity to attract the people we want.” Although a majority of people at the forum expressed acceptance and appreciation of the strong equestrian presence and influence on Wellington’s community, some also felt reluctant about planned future equestrian expansion. Some said that they feel comfortable with the established balance between the current equestrian parts of the village and the non-equestrian parts of the village, but are fearful of what more equestrian development could mean for the community as a whole. Equestrian Club resident Mark Albers brought up issues he foresees when discussing further development. As the Equestrian Club is adjacent to the Internation-
advisory to all of the municipalities in Palm Beach County, and they perform various functions, review of contract issuance, audits,” Ryan said. “In the process of a two-year audit of Loxahatchee Groves, they did review most of the operating aspects of the town, and they came up with serious concerns. They said, number one, no other community uses an all-in-one management company. There is an inherent lack of checks and balances, and there’s a situation where they said this is a weakness in the way the town is structured. Towns typically have a town manager, a separate town clerk, separate functions of finance and others that are carried out in the town. Putting them all in one company is asking for a lack of checks and balances.”
McLendon pointed out that the town’s form of government was scrutinized because it is the only one in the county that has a contractual form of government, as the charter calls for, and the town has complied with all the OIG requests, including detailed inventory of supplies and equipment. “How that saved money for us, I have no idea,” he said. Mayor Dave Browning said the OIG’s biggest problem is that Loxahatchee Groves is not like any other town. “We don’t have employees that we pay retirement into the future,” Browning said. “They pulled me in and the issue was, ‘Your contract says he’s supposed to take verbal proposals over the phone, and you’re taking written proposals
Chief Lawrence Leon with School Board Member Marcia Andrews.
al Polo Club Palm Beach, Albers explained that noise is a constant constraint in his neighborhood and that further development at IPC would affect his neighborhood even more. “On the weekends, [we] can hear horses and trailers from 8 a.m. through dusk. We are used to [the noise], but new development, new venues and more sporting events — along with the [increased] whistles, megaphones, announcements and car noise — do impact us,” Albers said. William McCue, an Eastwood resident, raised the question of the equestrian area’s impact on the rest of Wellington. McCue explained that he appreciates equestrians, but also expressed that the opinions of non-equestrians are not being considered when making decisions to expand or further develop the equestrian community. “I would say that the great majority of Wellington residents
Tymon Cook was named Ambassador of the Year. are happy with what is happening in the equestrian community, but we also have to address the non-equestrians’ concerns,” he said. “There are as many as 20,000 horses [in Wellington] in season, so, if you want to expand things, then my question is how much more do you want to expand?” Along with the effects from equestrian communities on those communities bordering the Equestrian Preserve Area, McCue also expressed concerns about the environmental impact from the growing equestrian industry. “One of the major things that affects me and my family, and everybody’s family here, is what we are doing with the manure from 20,000 horses,” McCue said. “A 1,000-pound horse produces around nine tons of manure per year. We have heard stories that the haulers taking [the manure] are not disposing of it properly. As a community, we all need to address that before it becomes more of a problem.”
continued from page 1 that someone is trained the way that you guys train [responders],” Gerwig said. The CARES team — previously known as the CAT team — is the Comfort, Assistance, Resources, Evaluation and Safety Net, Rowley explained. The volunteer team assists with emotional response and grief counseling to the people involved in some of the more intense emergencies. Rowley said that, typically, the CARES team is involved with most families involved in structural fires. “The team helps families, pro-
vides resources and emotional support. When crews go into people’s homes, we can also address issues they are having that may not directly be related to emergency care, and this group will come out and meet with them and counsel them to see what kind of services outside of fire-rescue we can bring for them,” Rowley said. Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue has also continued to actively participate in community events throughout the past year, partaking in a collected 12,000 hours of community service. “I want to thank you not only for the core aspect of [PBCFR’s] work, but also for the community service aspect, too,” Councilman Michael Napoleone said. “Your personnel always come out and are with the residents and children.”
continued from page 7 city manager asking if the town was going to have objections, and he told Underwood that 14,000 residences was the number they had in mind. Browning said the letter should object to any number of residences over the 6,500 approved by the county. McLendon said the issue he cared about was the impact on town roads. “We’re addressing that by saying they haven’t worked with us,” he said.
over the phone.’ I said I would rather take a written proposal, ‘Well, yeah, but he’s supposed to take them verbal.’ We spent a lot of money answering their stuff, and all this stuff is cleared up.” Browning added that he and Underwood made a special trip to Tallahassee to clear up any issues on the Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District bill and found that all OIG questions had been answered to the state’s satisfaction. “Why does this keep coming up that there [are] all of these issues?” Browning asked. “When we became a town, we chose a different method… All of these charges ate up a lot of our time. It was a purposeful movement to derail the town.” A motion to look into the costs
of responding to OIG questions carried 5-0. McLendon also asked that FAAC meetings revert to the previous schedule. “These finance committee meetings, they go on for hours. Some of the members are completely disrespectful to town staff,” he said. “I’d like to limit them to every four months, and I’d also like the resolution that set up the FAAC to come back to our next meeting and limit its scope back to what it was before. We need to add in there that you need three affirmative votes for something to pass, because the way it’s set up right now, two affirmative votes can pass something. It shouldn’t be that way.” DeMarois felt the council
should hold off changing the scope of the committee until they’ve had a chance to operate with new members. “Why don’t we give them a chance to operate for another couple of months and see what they think of the new group?” he asked. “Because I’ve had enough of what I’ve seen already,” McLendon said. “With the way they’ve treated our town staff, the way the town staff has sat here till seven o’clock only to find out that there’s not a quorum… that’s got to stop.” McLendon made a motion for staff to bring back a resolution that limits the scope of the committee, which carried 4-1 with DeMarois opposed.
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Wellington’s Frazier Named Athlete Of The Year
The Palm Beach County Sports Commission announced the eight winners of its 2018 Sports Awards on Sunday, March 25. Among the winners was Wellington High School basketball star Trent Frazier. The recipients were recognized at the Sports Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. Page 29 2018
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Bronco Athlete Tre Jackson Commits To South Dakota
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Beezie Madden Rides Breitling LS To A Derby Field Victory The $205,000 CaptiveOne Advisors CSI4* Grand Prix, the senior jumping finale class of the season on the derby field, came right down to the wire on Saturday, March 24. Beezie Madden, the last to ride, clinched the win in the five-strong jump-off. Clears in the first round were few and far between over Olaf Petersen Jr.’s big and challenging track, with many careful combinations being caught out by the yawning water jump. The first 39 starters produced
only two clears, but the jump-off numbers were bolstered by three late clears from the final six riders. The class, held in the penultimate week of the 12-week 2018 WEF circuit, was held on the expansive grass arena of the derby field at Equestrian Village, home to the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. Madden was riding Breitling LS, a quick and careful 12-year-old stallion owned by Abigail Wexner, who was clocking up his second Grand Prix win of the season.
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“This is Breitling’s final prep before he goes to Paris for the World Cup Finals, and I know it sounds funny to do a big field class, but I think that the grass and a different venue helps keep him feeling fresh and feeling good,” said Madden, who is no stranger to the World Cup Final, having won it in 2013 on Simon. “Breitling has always been a horse that goes well when he’s in a good mood, so we’re just trying to keep him happy, and he seems to like the grass. That’s why we chose this class.” The 54-year-old Olympic gold medalist had the advantage of crafting her jump-off tactics after watching her fellow competitors tackle the course. She broke the beam in 47.19 seconds, cruising more than a second under Irishman Daniel Coyle’s time. He finished second with Cita. “I was lucky that I was able to keep an eye on what was going on and able to see Daniel go. It was lucky he went into the lead because I could see exactly what I needed to do,” Madden said. “I think when I did five strides from fence two to three, it took maybe almost a little too much time at the double, which worried me and made me hustle the rest of the way around.” Madden has ridden the talented
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Erin Kelley Joins Urban PBC Unemployment Rate Drops Design Kilday Studios
Urban Design Kilday Studios, one of Palm Beach County’s largest urban design, planning and landscape architecture firms, has added Erin Kelley as a planning project manager. Her primary responsibilities include preparing and processing applications for development approvals and entitlements, land use analysis, and site planning for UDKS clients. Prior to joining UDKS, Kelley worked as a senior planner at the City of Palm Beach Gardens Planning & Zoning Department, providing site plan review, evaluation of land use plan applications, and managing oversight on variance and special permit applications. She assisted in development and implementation of growth management, land use, economic development, utility, housing, transportation, facilities, solid waste and other plans and codes to meet the city’s needs and any related intergovernmental agreements or requirements. Kelley received her bachelor’s degree in international affairs from Florida State University and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from Florida Atlantic University. She is a member of the
Erin Kelley Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association and the Florida Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism. Founded in 1977, UDKS provides the multi-disciplinary services of land use planning and landscape architecture with a focus on land use analysis, site-specific design and landscape planting design for both public and private development sectors. For more info., visit www.udkstudios.com or call (561) 366-1100.
Palm Beach County’s unemployment rate for February dropped to 3.7 percent from 4.3 percent a year ago and below January’s 4.0 percent. The county’s rate was lower than the state’s 3.8 percent and the nation’s 4.4 percent rates, according to reports released last week from CareerSource Palm Beach County and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. Palm Beach County’s unemployment rate has stayed below the state rate for the past 12 consecutive months and below the national rate for 13 consecutive months. “For the past five consecutive months, the county’s unemployment rate has fallen below or matched four percent, a healthy indicator of what many economists consider to be a measure of full employment. Palm Beach County gained 3,300 jobs over the year and there were more than 20,000 available advertised jobs in February,” said Steve Craig, president and chief executive officer of CareerSource Palm Beach County, the nonprofit organization chartered by the state to lead workforce development in Palm Beach County. Over the past 12 months, the county’s unemployment rate ranged between 3.5 and 4.7 percent, primarily
reflecting seasonal fluctuations. This compares favorably with state and national levels, and is about one-third of what it was at the 11.6 percent peak unemployment rate in 2010.
On a percentage basis, job gains in February were led by the construction industry with 8.5 percent over-the-year job growth, above 6.6 percent statewide.
ABWA To Meet April 11
The Northern Palm Beach Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association will meet on Wednesday, April 11 at the Embassy Suites Hotel (4350 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens). Networking is from 6 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $25, and guests are welcome. The April speaker is Shari J. Hanglan on “The Importance of Mentorship.” Hanglan is the director of professional development and training for Nonprofits First. She has led trainings and workshops for a number of agencies, including Palm Beach County, the City of Fort Lauderdale, the Urban League of Palm Beach County, and Ruth and Norman Rales Jewish Family Services. She subscribes to the belief that each of us has the power to change our lives for the better, and she is committed to providing professional and personal development that inspires others to make a meaningful difference.
Shari J. Hanglan To make reservations, or for more information, contact Sam Markwell at (561) 644-2384 or Sally Ott at (561) 373-8727. The Embassy Suites Hotel is located at 4350 PGA Blvd. in Palm Beach Gardens. For directions to the hotel, call (561) 622-1000.
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Sole Escape New Drop Off Location For FSO Forgotten Soldiers Outreach is proud to announce that Sole Escape is now an official drop off location of “We Care” package items. In addition, Sole Escape is offering free upgrades to everyone who brings items from the list into the place of business. Sole Escape is a foot and body massage spa conveniently located at 4075 S. State Road 7, Suite F1, in the Marketplace at Wycliffe. “Sole Escape Foot and Body Massage is proud to be a designated drop location for Forgotten Soldiers organization. We thank our soldiers for their service and dedication to our
country,” owner Joie Zippin said. All donated care package items and monetary donations benefit Forgotten Soldiers Outreach, a South Florida based not-for-profit organization entering its 15th year. FSO’s mission is to send out monthly “We Care” packages to troops deployed overseas, reaching out to those who have little to no support from the home front. To learn more about Forgotten Soldiers Outreach, visit www.forgottensoldiers.org or call (561) 369-2933. For more information on Sole Escape, visit www.soleescape.com or call (561) 247-7665.
March 30 - April 5, 2018
Braman BMW In WPB And Jupiter Honored As Centers Of Excellence
BMW of North America recently announced its annual Center of Excellence honors to Braman BMW of West Palm Beach and Jupiter. A statement from BMW read, “BMW continues its success in the luxury automotive industry based on excellent 2017 performance on eight different sales and aftersales key performance indicators. These centers outperformed their peers.” Braman Motorcars’ General Manager Stephen Grossman was officially notified of the award, which includes the utilization of the exclusive Center of Excellence 2018 logo, as testament to Braman
BMW’s standing — the only BMW center to receive recognition in South Florida. “This award is a tribute to our team’s exceptional performance achieved from their hard work, exemplary customer treatment, adherence to best industry practices and a pursuit of excellence unseen in any other team,” Grossman said. “I am as proud as they are to celebrate this award as we continue to provide a world-class experience to each and every customer, every single day, in every department.” The Center of Excellence recognition rewards the BMW Centers that
excel in their key business metrics. “This year’s winners are the ultimate performers, the best of the BMW network, and we are proud to have them representing the brand,” said Bernhard Kuhnt, president and CEO of BMW of North America. For more than 30 years, Braman Motorcars has been providing South Florida with a world-class luxury automotive experience. With locations in West Palm Beach and Jupiter, Braman is an authorized dealer for Bentley, BMW, MINI, Porsche and Rolls-Royce automobiles and is ranked #3 from among 17,500 dealers nationally by Wards Magazine.
Lake Worth Real Estate Agency Joins Weichert Network market share, and I found what I needed in Weichert,” said Garcia, who opened the Lake Worth real estate office with his wife, Connie, in 2009. “The business tools and marketing support Weichert provides its affiliates is amazing and exactly what I was searching for to help my agents succeed.” As part of the Weichert franchise network, Garcia’s team can take advantage of training programs
available to help agents offer the best real estate service in the industry. The office will also be eligible to receive sales leads from the Weichert call center to help grow its local market share. Garcia was also moved by the family-like environment at Weichert. “They immediately made me feel like I was part of their family instead of a small part of a big company,” added Garcia after he met with the
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to the Weichert family,” he said. “Their office has a reputation for great customer service, and they are highly regarded in the Lake Worth area. The office also shares our client-first philosophy and is rooted in the region it serves.” Weichert, Realtors - True Quality Service is located at 7109 Lake Worth Road. For more information, call (561) 488-7693 or visit www. weicherttqs.com.
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The Armory Art Center’s Summer Art Experience is filled with fun and creativity for children 6 to 18 years old. Camp runs weekdays from June 4 through Aug. 10 (no classes July 4) from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. High-quality art education includes drawing, painting, sculpture, jewelry, fashion, ceramics and printmaking. Most instructors have a master’s degree in art and/or education and all have had background checks to provide a safe and enriching environment for your child. The Armory Art Center is located at 811 Park Place in West Palm Beach. For more info., call (561) 832-1776 or visit www.armoryart.org/youthartcamps. Camp Varsity is a full-day sports camp during the summer located at Wellington High School. The camp is action-packed, combining a mix of team sports with fishing and fun recreational games. Camp Varsity focuses on sportsmanship and teamwork, as well as developing new sports skills. Campers will have the opportunity to participate in many different sports and recreational games. Most camp activities are indoors with two to three hours max daily for outdoor activities. Sports included every week are fishing, basketball, soccer, football, kickball, recreational games and more. Camp ages are 5 to 13. For online registration, visit www.buildingupsportsacademy.com or call (561) 601-5248.
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Casperey Stables Horse Camp is a small, fun-filled day camp for children ages 7 to 14. With four riding opportunities each day, arts and crafts, and outdoor games, campers find little time to be bored. The low counselor-child ratio ensures that each child receives individual attention. There are camp sessions for spring and winter school breaks and during the summer. Each two-week session has a theme, such as Indian Days, Circus Days and Medieval Days. Casperey Stables has a weekly swim party and ends each session with a horse show and family barbecue. To learn more about the camp, located at 2330 D Road in Loxahatchee Groves, call (561) 792-4990 or visit www.caspereystables.com.
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2018 education. The Lake Worth Playhouse is located at 713 Lake Ave. in Lake Worth. For more info., call (561) 586-6410 or visit www.lakeworthplayhouse.org. The Little Place and The Little Place Too are Wellington’s premier nationally accredited childcare centers. The Little Place offers a quality, caring environment for children ages six months to five years. Working hand-in-hand with local elementary schools, the staff works closely with each child to develop and promote vital academic skills and to reinforce positive social interaction. Children are welcomed into warm classroom settings that are age-appropriate, bright and stimulating. The older children, ages three to five, utilize tablets in the classroom with interactive programs that introduce basic math, reading and other skills. Celebrating more than 39 years of service to the community, academics have been kept a focal point, and the safety and well-being of the children is the number-one priority. During the summer, services include childcare for children up to the age of eight. With exciting activities and outings, elementary-age children are kept busy with educational activities and playtime to help stimulate their minds and nurture their imaginations. For more information, call (561) 793-5860.
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If your child is between ages 2 and 6, “Summer of Fun” Enrichment Camp at Temple Beth Torah’s Leonie Arguetty Preschool is the place to be. Children will enjoy a variety of fun activities that will make them smile, while promoting learning and social development. Activities include: arts & crafts, gymnastics, computers, sports, nature, cooking, water play and use of the state-of-the-art playground. Campers are sure to love the weekly entertainment, including High-Touch High-Tech, storytellers and animal shows. All of this is in a loving and nurturing environment. Camp runs eight weeks, full and part time. Temple Beth Torah is also now enrolling for preschool 2018-19. For more information, call Sandy at (561) 793-2649 or e-mail email@example.com. Villari’s Studios of Self Defense Wellington is pleased to invite your child to summer camp this year. Villari’s is offering four one-week sessions. Book summer camp spots now during March Madness and receive a 25 percent discount. Due to rising demand, book your spot early. Camp starts as low as $30 per day. Introduction to martial arts, five Shaolin animal techniques, games and much more are included. Call (561) 792-1100 to reserve space or visit www.villarisofwellington.com for additional information. Today, day camp is more vital than ever. To deliver on the Y’s commitment to nurture the potential of every child and teen, the YMCA Summer Camp fosters achievement, relationships and belonging. Through nine differently themed weeks, the YMCA teaches youngsters important values through having fun and discovering skills. Campers experience achievement when they try different activities, learn what they like and discover what they are good at. Campers also have the opportunity to form healthy relationships with others, which helps them feel good about themselves and learn to get along with others. The YMCA Summer Camp is located at 2085 S. Congress Ave. in West Palm Beach. For more info., call (561) 968-9622 or visit www.ymcapalmbeaches.org/summer-camp.
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Bronco Athlete Tre Jackson Commits To South Dakota
By Gene Nardi Town-Crier Staff Report Palm Beach Central High School dual-sport athlete Tre Jackson recently committed to play Division I football for the University of South
Dakota in the fall. The Coyotes compete in the Summit League-Missouri Valley Football Conference. The senior excelled at both football and basketball, but focused on a college career in football. His
Palm Beach Central’s Tre Jackson made a name for himself in both football (above) and basketball (below).
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accolades are deep, not typically in the statistical fashion, but as a team leader, according to Bronco head football coach Tino Ierulli. “Tre stuck with the program when he could have easily [gone] to other programs,” Ierulli said. “Despite our two rebuilding years, Tre saw it through, and because of that, showed great leadership and commitment to the program. He is loved and respected by all his coaches and teammates. He was absolutely a leader.” Although Jackson gravitated toward football, he chose basketball to maintain a high level of conditioning to keep him in shape for football. Although he began playing football in the third grade with the Western Communities Football League, basketball also attracted his interest. “I started playing basketball in sixth and seventh grade, but I was cut from the team,” Jackson said. “I kept playing and got better, and made the team at Emerald Cove Middle School in eighth grade.” Jackson could have surrendered to being cut from his middle school team. However, it instead served as motivation for him to persevere and eventually achieve success. He went on to play at Palm Beach Central High School in both football and basketball. After a brief stay on the freshman teams, he moved up to varsity and started as a sophomore. “Tre worked at a level of commitment unseen by any dual-sport athlete in my five years at Palm Beach Central,” Bronco head basketball coach James Pitman said. “Playing football and basketball is a full-time commitment with no real down time.” Not only did the cornerback grow mentally, developing into a team leader, he worked to increase his physique for football. “I’m six-foot and 165 pounds now, and want to get to 185 for college,” Jackson said. “I was only 127 pounds my sophomore year.” Jackson quickly became one of the team leaders on both the gridiron and the court, and has been revered by his coaches and peers. Jackson helped lead the Broncos on both teams. In
Tre Jackson in his University of South Dakota jersey.
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football, the Broncos won the district championship and finished 8-3 and unbeaten in the district. Jackson was also chosen to participate in the Florida vs. Georgia AllStar football game. “I played corner, and it was a good experience,” he said. “It was fun.” On the court, he helped his squad start off to a 6-0 record, district runner-up honors, and was selected to play in the Palm Beach County All-Star game. Jackson’s personal achievements consist of all-county first team and all-conference first team. If you ask Jackson what helps
motivate him, it’s not just the thirst for success. It is the drive to make his parents proud. “My parents work hard; my mom kept pushing academics on me because academics come first, and she does a lot for me,” he said. “My dad has helped train and prepare me, and he has always helped me.” Jackson wants to make graduating from college his priority and understands the challenges he has yet to face. He plans to study kinesiology. “It’s something that interests me,” he explained. Although set to embark on his colSee JACKSON, page 31
Wellington’s Frazier Named High School Athlete Of The Year The Palm Beach County Sports Commission announced the eight winners of its 2018 Sports Awards on Sunday, March 25. Among the winners was Wellington High School basketball star Trent Frazier. The recipients were recognized at the 2018 Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony, presented by Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath and held at the Palm
Beach County Convention Center. Honored as Male High School Athlete of the Year, Frazier’s magical senior season included many accolades from around the county and the state. The 6-foot-1 lightning-quick guard led the Wolverines to the Class 9A state semifinals while averaging 27.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.4 assists. The Wolverines fell to eventual state champion Kissimmee Osceola 52-50 in the
state semifinals, despite 32 points from Frazier. He was also named the Florida Dairy Farmers’ Class 9A Player of the Year and the FABC Class 9A Player of the Year. Female High School Athlete of the Year was Madeline Furtado of the King’s Academy. She led her volleyball team to an undefeated season in 2017 and was named the Sun-Sentinel Volleyball Player of the Year for small schools in
Palm Beach County. She was also nominated the Gatorade Player of the Year for volleyball and set the school record for kills (2,024), aces (297), digs (974) and service points (784). Other honorees included: Jude Blessington of Forest Hill High School as High School Coach of the Year; Devin Singletary of Florida Atlantic University as Amateur Athlete of the Year; Lane Kiffin of
Florida Atlantic University as Coach of the Year; the African-American Golfers Hall of Fame as Outstanding Sports Contributor; Drag Racing Ambassador Gary Byrd received the Dick Moroso Memorial Motorsports Award; and equestrian Chris Nardone was named Special Olympics Athlete of the Year. Visit www.palmbeachsports.com for more information about the Palm Beach County Sports Commission.
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IPC’s Successful March Low-Goal League Makes Way For 6-8 Goal Tourneys In April
New Junior Black Belt At Genbu-Kai In Wellington
Genbu-Kai Karate is proud to announce the promotion of its first junior black belt, Kota Ramsey. Ramsey started in the Karate Kid program (3 to 6 years old) in April 2010 and advanced to the rank of 7th kyu, the last beginner level. He then moved on to the junior karate program, which he has been active in for the past 6 years, at least three times per week. Ramsey tested for his rank during Genbu-Kai’s annual seminar events in front of Demura Shihan. Due to Ramsey’s age, physical size and maturity level, he has since moved into the adult program and is currently a 6th kyu adult green belt and working his way toward the adult black belt. In Genbu-Kai, anyone testing for their 1st level black belt ranks are presented with either a plain red or black belt. For juniors (under 18), a plain red belt is awarded, while a plain black belt is awarded to adults. After this initial promotion, students must wait and prove their dedication, and within a year’s time are awarded their official Sho-Dan ranks (red or black belts), with their names embroidered on one side in Katakana, and the other side with the
Kota Ramsey with Sensei Keith Moore. name of the organization. In today’s society, many who test and pass this rank often quit shortly afterward, thinking they’ve reached the top. However, this is the first step in understanding the true essence of martial arts training. Genbu-Kai Karate is conveniently located in the Wellington Marketplace shopping plaza. For information on classes, call (561) 804-1002 or visit www.floridagenbukai.com.
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The Polo School at the International Polo Club Palm Beach will continue to offer its popular 6 to 8 goal league for polo enthusiasts and fans through the month of April due to the strong response from inaugural tournament play. The league, which started in early March, has seen increased participation weekly and has drawn both patrons and professionals to IPC during the week. The league aims to cater to players who are looking for a safe, fun way to play in a group setting. Teams will consist of two patrons and two professional players. The league will host an additional four tournaments in addition to the fourweek tournament organized by IPC in the month of March. Games will run four chukkers each, and each team is guaranteed two games per tournament. “Seeing new patrons, as well as some existing patrons, participate in our Low Goal Challenge was extremely encouraging in March,” said Gates Gridley, manager of the Polo School at IPC and coordinator of the Low Goal League. “We look forward to expanding the level of play to finish out the 2018 season, so
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Saturday, March 31 • The Green Market at Wellington will be open Saturday, March 31 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. near the Wellington Amphitheater. For more info., visit www.greenmarketatwellington.com. • Get your baskets ready for Wellington’s Annual Egg Hunt, which returns to the Village Park softball fields, located at 11700 Pierson Road, on Saturday, March 31. The event begins promptly at 10 a.m. It will be divided into four age groups: ages 2 and under, ages 3 to 4, ages 5 to 7 and ages 8 to 10. At each hunt, two eggs will have a pink bunny ticket inside, indicating a special prize. Families are encouraged to arrive early. For more info, visit www.wellingtonfl.gov/events. • The VA Medical Center (7305 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach) will hold a Veterans Job Fair on Saturday, March 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info., call Milton Roman at (561) 422-6694 or Robert Gawel at (561) 422-6423. • Congregation L’Dor Va-Dor (9804 S. Military Trail, Boynton Beach) will hold a Shabbat and Passover morning service on Saturday, March 31 at 10:30 a.m. Call (561) 381-5035 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Buggin’ Out for ages 2 to 6 on Saturday, March 31 at 11 a.m. Buzz on over and enjoy some fun stories, songs and a craft. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Dungeons & Dragons for ages 12 and up on Saturdays in April at 2 p.m. Adventure in the world of Dungeons & Dragons and battle evil monsters to bring goodness back to the world. Call (561) 681-4100 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host its Scrapbooking Club for ages 14 and up on Saturday, March 31 at 2:30 p.m. Organize your photos and record your memories. Bring your own photos, unfinished scrapbooks and materials to trade. Some materials will be provided. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • HomeSafe will host its eighth annual Jump for HomeSafe at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington on Saturday, March 31 at 7 p.m. At this family-friendly event, guests will enjoy air-conditioned, ringside seating for the final competition of the Saturday Night Lights series at WEF, the $500,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI 5*. Guests will also enjoy a buffet dinner, open bar and silent auction. For tickets, visit www. helphomesafe.org/jump or call (561) 383-9842. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach will present humorist and writer Dennis Miller on Saturday, March 31 at 8 p.m. Visit www.kravis.org for more info. Sunday, April 1 • An Easter Sunrise Service will be held at the Wellington Amphitheater on Sunday, April 1 at 6:30 a.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. • The community is invited to attend an Easter service at Unity of the Palm Beaches on Sunday, April 1 at 11 a.m. “The Way of Resurrection” is the theme of the service. An Easter egg hunt for the children will follow the service in the Water-
front Courtyard. The service will take place in the Temple Israel sanctuary (1901 N. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach). Parking and the entrance are behind the building. Additional parking is available across the street. For more info., visit www. unitypalmbeach.com or call (561) 833-6483. • The 2018 high-goal polo season will continue Sunday, April 1 with the USPA Gold Cup Final at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. Polo matches are open to the public, with a wide range of hospitality and guest seating options. For more info., visit www.internationalpoloclub.com. Monday, April 2 • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Write, Read & Critique for adults on Mondays, April 2 and April 16 at 9:30 a.m. Join in this informal roundtable discussion where participants improve their craft by reading and discussing work in progress. Call (561) 7906030 to pre-register. • The Mounts Botanical Garden in West Palm Beach will host “Weeds: Pesky Plants of Lawns & Gardens” on Monday, April 2 at 9:30 a.m. For more info., call (561) 233-1757 or visit www. mounts.org. • The Florida Alliance for Retired Americans will meet on Monday, April 2 at St Peter’s United Methodist Church (12200 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington). A business meeting begins at noon, with a program on “Saving Social Security” presented by FLARA President Bill Sauer at 1 p.m. Call Nancy Tanner at (561) 793-9677 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host its Homework Club for ages 5 to 12 on Mondays at 2 p.m. Enjoy a quiet space to study, read and complete homework. Call (561) 7906070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host English Exchange for adults on Mondays in April at 6:30 p.m. Practice speaking English in a fun and informal atmosphere. Intermediate knowledge of the language is recommended. Call 561-894-7529 to pre-register. • The Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association will meet on Monday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Okeeheelee Nature Center (7715 Forest Hill Blvd.). Call Roy Moore at (561) 422-2189 for more info. Tuesday, April 3 • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Kiddie Stay & Play for ages 2 to 5 on Tuesdays, April 3, 10 and 17 at 11 a.m. Play with toys, puzzles, puppets and puppet theater while meeting up with old friends and making new ones at the library. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host its Art Club for ages 5 to 12 on Tuesday, April 3 at 3 p.m. Unleash your creativity to produce unique, colorful art. Call (561) 7906070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Hooked on Crochet for adults on Tuesday, April 3 at 6:30 p.m. Learn beginning
techniques or bring current projects to work on. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • Audubon of the Everglades will hold its annual meeting, potluck dinner and lecture on the history of the plume trade on Tuesday, April 3 at 7 p.m. Visit www.auduboneverglades.org for more info. Wednesday, April 4 • American Legion Auxiliary Unit #367 of Royal Palm Beach will meet Wednesday, April 4 at 10 a.m. at the Palms West Presbyterian Church (13689 Okeechobee Blvd., Loxahatchee Groves). For more info., call Marge Herzog at (561) 798-9875. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Getting Started With Ancestry Library Edition for adults on Wednesday, April 4 at 10 a.m. Learn how to access and navigate one of the most popular online resources for researching your family tree. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host the Great Courses DVD Lecture Series on wines for adults on Wednesdays in April at 3 p.m. Call (561) 681-4100 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Hot Air Balloons for ages 5 to 12 on Wednesday, April 4 at 3 p.m. Get blown away with this colorful and decorative hot air balloon craft. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host “Loxahatchee Rocks: Rock Out With Rock Art!” for ages 6 and up on Wednesday, April 4 at 3:30 p.m. Show your neighborhood pride and create colorful rocks that reflect your favorite hobbies, sports, animals and more. Call (561) 681-4100 for more info. • A Neighborhood Watch Meeting will be held for the Wellington’s Edge community on Wednesday, April 4 at 6 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for more info. Thursday, April 5 • The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce will host a Sports & Tourism Luncheon on Thursday, April 5 at 11:30 a.m. at the National Croquet Center (700 Florida Mango Road, West Palm Beach). Visit www.cpbchamber. com for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host English Exchange for adults on Thursdays in April 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 for adults on Thursday, April 5 at 2 p.m. Create artful displays to commemorate special events and those you love. Bring personal photos and your imagination. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Tween Gaming for ages 8 to 12 on Thursday, April 5 at 3 p.m. Bring a friend for Wii gaming and board game fun. Call (561) 7906070 to pre-register.
• The Wellington Amphitheater will host a concert by the Flyers, along with a food truck invasion, on Thursday, April 5 at 5 p.m. Visit www. wellingtonfl.gov/events for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Writer’s Critique Workshop for adults on Thursday, April 5 at 6:30 p.m. Share, offer and accept constructive criticism to improve your fiction, nonfiction and poetry in a supportive atmosphere. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Loxahatchee Groves Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) meets on the first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at Palms West Presbyterian Church on Okeechobee Blvd. The next meeting will be Thursday, April 3. For more info., call Doreen Baxter at (561) 793-6013. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach will present Organ Duo David Baskeyfield and Thomas Gaynor on Thursday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.kravis.org for more info. Friday, April 6 • The West Palm Beach Antiques Festival returns to the South Florida Fairgrounds from Friday, April 6 through Sunday, April 8. For more information, visit www.wpbaf.com. • Families First of Palm Beach County is drawing attention to child abuse prevention efforts in a casual way through Community Denim Day on Friday, April 6. As part of National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month, the agency is asking businesses and organizations to allow staff to wear jeans that day in exchange for a $5 donation. To participate, businesses and organizations can contact Samantha Whiteman at firstname.lastname@example.org or register at www.familiesfirstpbc.org. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach will present The Ben Hecht Show from Friday, April 6 through Sunday, April 8 in the Rinker Playhouse. Visit www.kravis.org for more info. Saturday, April 7 • The Green Market at Wellington will be open Saturday, April 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. near the Wellington Amphitheater. For more info., visit www.greenmarketatwellington.com. • The Rotary Club of Wellington will hold a document shredding event on Saturday, April 7 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Wellington Municipal Complex. The club will also collect dry food and canned goods for Wellington Cares. Visit www. wellingtonrotary.org for more info. • The Great Amazing Race to support Dogs to the Rescue will be held Saturday, April 7 at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at Commons Park in Royal Palm Beach. Register online at www.greatamazingrace.com. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free Barbra Streisand tribute concert by Simply Streisand on Saturday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov/events for more info. Send calendar items to: The Town-Crier, 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 33, Wellington, FL 33414 or e-mail email@example.com.
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HOME HEALTH AIDE AVAILABLE — Experienced Home Health Aide seeks new position. Flexible hours, full time or part time, day or night. I am a Licensed CNA who has worked as a home health aide and also as a nanny. I have many years of experience taking care of the elderly at home. Price negotiable, references provided upon request. Call Pat at (561) 294-1423. SEEKING POSITION: Companion to elderly person, non-medical position, college educated. Please call 561-324-5807.Please call 561-324-5807 I WOULD LIKE TO CARE FOR YOUR LOVED ONE — Experienced CNA/HHA/ COMPANION 12 years experience. Excellent references. Call Marie 561-308-5859
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