CULTURAL DIVERSITY DAY MAY 12 IN RPB SEE STORY, PAGE 3
WELLINGTON’S FLEMING PBAU PRESIDENT SEE STORY, PAGE 7
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Look For The May Issue Of ‘Forever Young’ In This Week’s Paper RPB Directs Manager To Balance Budget Using Village Reserves
The Royal Palm Beach Village Council last week directed Village Manager Ray Liggins to use money from reserves to avoid tax increases or service reductions when drawing up a budget. Page 3
Charter School Gets Wellington Council OK
Wellington could soon have a new charter school after the Wellington Village Council unanimously approved a comprehensive plan amendment that would allow for such a school to be built on 8.35 acres of land on the east side of State Road 7. The council rejected a portion of the measure, however, that would have allowed for a daycare facility on the site. Page 3
The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce presented its 15th annual Teachers Appreciation Celebration on Thursday, May 3 at the original Wellington Mall. Teachers were treated to free food, drinks and raffle tickets. Shown here are Kristina Nickle and Deborah Waddington of Royal Palm Beach Elementary School with Curt Graham of Humana. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 11 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER
Balloons Will Take To The Skies Over Wellington This Weekend By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report From the polo fields of Wellington to the skies above, the Ford Trucks Polo & Balloon Festival will offer a weekend of great entertainment for all ages while supporting America’s troops.
Wellington Dedicates Renovated Tiger Shark Cove Park Playground
The playground at Tiger Shark Cove Park in Wellington was rededicated Saturday, May 5 after more than 500 volunteers helped give the aging park a facelift. The Wellington Village Council celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, unveiling of the new plaque and a day of playing in the park. Page 5
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This Humpty Dumpty balloon will make an appearance at this weekend’s festival.
The event is brought to Wellington by Polo America and hosted at Polo West, located at 2470 Greenview Cove Drive off South Shore Blvd. in Wellington, from Friday, May 11 through Sunday, May 13. Proceeds from the event will go to the Wounded Warriors Project and the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. “It’s one of these great events for the entire family,” said Randy Russell, president of Polo America. “It doesn’t matter if you’re 2 years old or 82 years old. Everyone has a fascination with hot air balloons. It’s a great experience because you can interact with them. You can stand right next to the balloons and watch as they inflate. The sound of it and the heat from the burners are something you’ll never forget.” Admission to the festival is a donation to the organizations, Russell said. In addition to the balloons and polo matches, there will be food, drinks, music and more. “We want to make sure that everyone can enjoy this event and honor our troops,” he said. “That’s what this event is really about.” Festivities begin Friday at 5:30 p.m. The Polo West Polo Cup begins at 6 p.m., with a match between Ford Trucks Polo and the Palm Beach Polo & Hunt Club. After the match, the crowd can enjoy watching as balloons are inflated on the field, and guests will be able to enjoy tether rides for $5 per person. “The balloons will take guests up about 100 feet,” Russell said. “All of the money goes directly to the See BALLOON FESTIVAL, page 20
Lion Country Safari Seeks OK To Expand Walk-Through Area By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Palm Beach County Zoning Commission last week approved modifications necessary for an 11-acre expansion at Lion Country Safari’s walk-through area. The modifications include a 70foot height exception to allow construction of a zip-line tower and a special exception to allow music accompaniment for presentations at a 400-seat theater planned for the area. At the May 3 meeting, safari representatives asked to transfer 11.35 acres of land from the existing drive-through park to the walk-
through village to make it a total of 65 acres. Palm Beach County Planner Joyce Lawrence said her office received a request from the applicant May 2 to delete the lighting conditions, which staff supported because of conditions of approval that require them to be off by 10:30 p.m. County staff, however, did not support a modification deleting restrictions on live concerts and other attractions at the park. She added that the county has received a handful of phone calls from the public over noise concerns. Agent Kieran Kilday said the
modifications would have little, if any, impact on surrounding residences, adding that Lion Country Safari opened in 1967, 45 years ago, well before the surrounding residential areas were built. “We have tried very hard to be good neighbors [to those] who have come in while we’ve been there all these years,” Kilday said. “I think it’s reflective of the fact that we don’t have violations. We don’t get cited. We really don’t get complaints.” Kilday said the park had an open house recently to explain its expansion plans. “Because we were asking for See SAFARI, page 20
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Draft ITID Budget Drops Assessments But Spends More By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Indian Trail Improvement District Board of Supervisors heard a presentation on the first draft of the district’s 2013 budget Wednesday. The budget calls for assessments that are 2.5 percent lower on average than the 2012 budget. However, the draft budget of $11.9 million is higher than the $11.6 million budget of the current year. That differential was achieved by tapping ITID’s reserves, according to District Administrator Tanya Quickel. Quickel pointed out that the reserves are still within 25 percent of the annual budget, as required by the board. Almost $1 million would be taken from the reserves, with most of it going to capital road improvements in units 1 and 9, according to the staff report. A community information meeting is planned at the district office from 8:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 12, with a public hearing set for Monday, May 14 at 6 p.m. A
public hearing and vote on assessment rates is set for the board’s next regular meeting, Wednesday, June 13 at 6:30 p.m. Finance Director Emily Poundstone said the overall 2013 budget, if approved as presented, would mark the fifth consecutive year of decreased assessments, with an average assessment of $419 a year, compared with $526 in 2007. “Every unit has a decrease this year in this proposed budget,” Poundstone said. The focus of the budget, Poundstone said, was on road improvements to include a schedule for paved road shoulder stabilization; to finish Phase 1 of the Acreage Community Park expansion, including development of a revenue policy; to complete “Welcome to The Acreage” signage; and to lower the total assessment, if possible, while maintaining the current level of service. The budget as proposed meets those goals, Poundstone said, See ITID BUDGET, page 20
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Women of the Western Communities celebrated “A Day at the Derby” on Sunday, May 6 at the Wanderers Club in Wellington. Shown here are hat contest winners: Rhea Caswell (Most Beautiful Hat), Marianne Davidson (Funniest Hat) and Ruth Mansmith (Most Derbyesque Hat). MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 9 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER
Martha Webster Removed As Zoning Commission Liaison By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Royal Palm Beach Village Council removed Councilwoman Martha Webster from her post as liaison to the Planning & Zoning Commission last week after refusing her second attempt to replace several sitting members with volunteers who had not served before. The council appointed Vice Mayor Fred Pinto as the commission’s liaison and agreed to re-advertise the existing vacancy. Webster had asked to be appointed liaison during the council’s annual reorganizational meeting in March, replacing Mayor Matty Mattioli. At the council’s April 19 meeting, after a heated discussion about reappointments and the power of the council liaisons, Webster did not receive a second to a motion to replace longtime Commissioner
Jackie Larson, whose term had expired, and alternates Richard Becher and Janet Ellis with three new people. Larson had written that she wanted to be reappointed, while both Becher and Ellis had said they wanted to move up to the full-time seat vacated by Genevieve Lambiase, whose term had also expired. Instead, Webster wanted to replace them with Ana Martinez and June Perrin as members and Eric Gordon as an alternate. When Webster’s motion failed, Councilman Richard Valuntas made a motion to put Larson and Martinez, an architect, on as members and return Ellis as an alternate, which was approved by a 4-1 vote with Webster opposed. Last week, however, Martinez wrote to the village that she was no longer interested in the position because the discussion that See WEBSTER, page 20
Wellington Boys & Girls Club To Break Ground May 22
An artist’s rendering of the new Boys & Girls Club facility to be built on Wellington Trace.
By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report The Wellington Boys & Girls Club is on track to build its new location and assume a new name after a generous donation this week helped boost the club’s funds. Officials will break ground at the club’s new site at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 22. The club will be called the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club in honor of a $1.5 million donation by the Black Watch polo team founder and owner of the Players Club in Wellington. “We are so happy to be breaking ground for this new clubhouse,” said Mary O’Connor, president and chief executive officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County. “Over the years,
the small size of our current facility forced us to turn hundreds of children away. The new Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club will enable us to serve hundreds of children who might otherwise go home to an empty house each day after school or spend school breaks alone. It’s going to be an amazing place for kids to come, learn and make lifelong friends.” The new 22,750-square-foot facility located at the northwest corner of Wellington’s water treatment plant property at 1080 Wellington Trace is set to be completed in October 2013. Last month, the Wellington Village Council approved a measure to move the date of completion back from this fall until next fall See B&G CLUB, page 7
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RPB Council Directs Manager To Tap Reserves To Balance Budget By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Royal Palm Beach Village Council last week directed Village Manager Ray Liggins to use money from reserves to avoid tax increases or service reductions when drawing up a budget. At the May 3 meeting, Liggins asked for authorization to use a portion of the $5.4 million currently in “unassigned funds” to avoid a tax increase. He explained that the village has an investment portfolio that started at about $63.4 million when the village sold its water utility to Palm Beach County in 2006. As of last September, the fund had earned about $15.9 million, but interest rates have fallen sharply. Use of the fund in the past six years subtracted about $10.4 million, and the current balance stands at $68.8 million. Liggins said that the village had used part of the money to pay the Commons Park debt and other expenses, and estimated that $18.5 million of the fund would be used through 2017 based on past spending, which would require it to earn 4.4 percent during that time in order to avoid tapping into principal. “A 4.4 percent return is not anticipated in the next few years,” Liggins said. “To be a perpetual fund, a 3 percent return is required after inflation. If we receive only a
2 percent return over the next few years, we will be at the inception value by the end of 2014.” If the return stays at 2 percent for the next five years, the fund would be down to about $58.9 million at the end of 2017. Liggins said that tapping into some of the money might be necessary in light of recurring revenues being down 21.6 percent, or $4.5 million annually, from the high in 2006. “Our assessed values in Royal Palm Beach went from $2.8 billion to $1.8 billion today, a 36 percent decline,” he said. “When property values rose, we reduced rates, [and] when property values declined we reduced rates, until last year, when we held the rate flat.” These reductions, along with losses in other revenues, have eliminated surplus revenue to finance future capital expenses and reduced carryover that had been used in the past to avoid tax increases or cuts in services, Liggins explained. However, the loss of revenue did lead the village to eliminate positions and reorganize its departments, and the village has become more efficient, he said. “I will tell you that our mission statement of providing a safe, aesthetically pleasing, family-oriented community with a full range of municipal services at the best val-
ue — I would say that we are doing that,” Liggins said. He noted that village property values are anticipated to drop about 1 percent this year, followed by modest increases the next few years of about 2 percent. Other revenue sources are expected to improve as well. “We believe we are coming out of the decline,” Liggins said, adding that state and county experts agree. Recurring revenue for 2012 is estimated to be about $16.3 million and increasing without new development at about $186,000 a year, or about 1.14 percent per year, until 2017, he said. Expenditures for 2012 are estimated to be about $21.3 million, increasing about $400,000 per year, or 1.91 percent, until 2017. “The difference in recurring revenue and expenditures is made up in the investment fund carryover,” he said. “Two years ago, we budgeted a half-million dollars from the investment account to balance the budget without a tax increase, with the actual need being less than zero. Last year we budgeted oneand-a-half million from the investment account, the actual need being less than $600,000.” Next year, Liggins said he anticipates needing $2.2 million to balance the budget, and increasing $250,000 a year. If 10 percent of undeveloped properties in the village develop each year, the unas-
Cultural Diversity Day In RPB May 12 By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Cultural Diversity Day is back for the eighth year. It is set for Saturday, May 12 from 1 p.m. to sundown at Veterans Park in Royal Palm Beach. Cultural Diversity Day was originated by Caribbean-Americans for Community Involvement (CAFCI). “We felt that our community needed a diverse view of their residents, and this would help bring us together,” CAFCI Cultural Director Elet Cyris said. “It has grown over the years. We do this by music, dance, food and displays.” Cyris said there is a focus on children’s activities and that this year’s attractions for the young people include a Peruvian jeweler who will work with children in the art tent to craft their own pieces.
“It’s really to introduce and keep our community together,” Cyris said. Entertainment will include a youth dance group from Ecuador. “They were with us last year, and they are great performers,” she said. Other entertainers include the Diamond Dance and Cheer Group of Wellington, along with groups from Haiti, Trinidad, Jamaica, Santo Domingo and Spain. A strolling mariachi band will also play. The event is free and open to the public, and families are encouraged to come and relax on the lawn, Royal Palm Beach Cultural Events Coordinator Carlos Morales said. “We’re going to have plenty of music, dance, food, different displays,” Morales said. “There’s going to be people playing domi-
noes under the pavilions, and pretty much just a good old event. Bring your chairs, blankets, tents, have a good time and we’ll have different food from different cultures.” About 20 vendors will have food for sale, including Jamaican jerk chicken, barbecue, Italian, Indian and, for dessert, Italian ice. “It’s an event for all different, diverse heritages,” Morales said. Ethnic diversity will be on display side by side with more domestic varieties such as square dancing. “We’ll have a DJ there who will be playing all kinds of music,” he said. Veterans Park is on Royal Palm Beach Blvd. just south of Okeechobee Blvd. For more information, call the Cultural Center at (561) 790-5149 or visit www.cafci.org.
signed reserves balance would be $1.1 million by the end of 2017, and the deficit between revenue and expenditures would be reduced to $1.2 million. Options to borrowing from the unassigned revenue fund or raising the tax rate include possible new construction in the village, which had not been factored into the presentation but would ease the revenue shortfall if that were to happen, he said. Liggins explained that village staff had assessed all vacant property in the village and, although residential properties are 95 percent built out, there are still significant commercial properties to be developed. “They are about 60 to 65 percent built out, so another 35 to 40 percent remain,” he said. “If all
those properties were developed, it would result in recurring revenue of $3 million to the village and about $350,000 a year in fees during the development of those properties.” They also looked at all the property the village owns, including parks and vacant land, and identified six parcels they could get onto the tax rolls. “Selling them at the right time might make sense,” Liggins said. “I don’t think right now is the right time. If we do that, we could realize sales of $30 million in property with recurring value of a half-million dollars a year and $800,000 in fees.” Further cost-cutting is also an option, he said, explaining that further developments in information technology could allow for great-
er productivity. Further streamlining of service delivery, more outsourcing where feasible and evaluating the cost and use of all facilities are also options, he said. “We will always look for ways to cut costs,” he said. Liggins stressed that Royal Palm Beach is not in a panic state and that many municipal officials wish they were in the financial condition that Royal Palm Beach is in. Vice Mayor Fred Pinto and Councilman Jeff Hmara both complimented Liggins and his staff for preparing a report that looked ahead to the next five years. Pinto made a motion to authorize the village manager to include reserve money to balance the budget, Hmara seconded and it carried 5-0.
Charter School Gets Wellington Council Approval Sans Daycare By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Wellington could soon have a new charter school after the Wellington Village Council unanimously approved a comprehensive plan amendment that would allow for such a school to be built on 8.35 acres of land south of Stribling Way on the east side of State Road 7. The council rejected a portion of the measure, however, that would have allowed for a 15,000square-foot daycare facility. Council members had postponed action at their April 10 meeting because of concerns about whether there was a need for the school. The planned facility would serve 1,200 students in kindergarten through eighth grade, Planning & Zoning Manager David Flinchum said. The building would be 75,000 square feet. The land had previously been designated commercial and zoned for a retail furniture sales showroom and design center. John Schmidt, agent for the applicant, said that Charter Schools USA is expected to operate the school. Part of the condition of approval includes paying for one-third the cost of a signal at Palomino Drive and SR 7, which Schmidt said his client agreed to do.
Councilman Matt Willhite said he still had concerns about traffic. “I don’t want to impede at peak hours,” he said. Council members were also concerned about a measure that would allow only lightweight vehicles on the cross-access road from the south of the school, which could force buses to make a U-turn at Palomino Drive to head north to the school. “Instead of a mom with two kids making a U-turn,” Willhite said, “we’ll have a bus driver with 30 kids making the U-turn. That was part of my concern about the traffic. I would be in agreement with allowing buses to use the crossaccess point.” But Councilwoman Anne Gerwig said she didn’t believe it was fair to force the school to get access from other properties for the buses. “I can understand limiting the buses and not letting them go through there,” she said, “but I can’t understand requiring the neighboring property to let them go across. Could we get an agreement that the buses would not do U-turns?” Andrea Troutman, Wellington’s traffic consultant, said she believed that the school has the ability to control the bus routes. “It’s a condition that we could
put on there to restrict the buses from making U-turns,” she said. “It may be more complicated.” But Gerwig said it would be safer. “It may be out of their way,” she said, “but it would be a safer route.” Schmidt agreed, pointing out that there will only be six to eight bus trips anticipated each day. “We would be in agreement not to allow U-turns on State Road 7,” he said. Willhite said he thought several of his concerns from the previous meeting had been addressed. “I appreciate that,” he said, asking if there are plans for the school to serve students above eighth grade. Schmidt said there are no such plans. “Not on this piece of property,” he said. “It’s a little too small, and I don’t think the parking would work.” Willhite also asked if plans would change if a daycare center was not allowed, and again Schmidt said they wouldn’t. “That isn’t currently a Charter Schools USA model for this area,” he said. Councilman John Greene asked if the charter school being proposed would be like a magnet school, targeting a specific type of student. Schmidt pointed to the Charter See CHARTER, page 20
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Support Project Grad To Help Keep Season Safe For Our Seniors As local high school seniors prepare to bid adieu to their respective schools, the freedom just around the corner is something they’ll want to celebrate. Unfortunately, that celebration can often lead to dangerous situations involving drugs and alcohol — situations that have cut short too many promising futures. That is why for the past three decades, parents and volunteers have hosted Project Graduation events across the country, offering a drug- and alcohol-free evening of fun for high school seniors on graduation night. Project Graduation’s roots can be traced to a community in Maine in 1980, a year after seven teenagers died from drug- or alcohol-related incidents during commencement season. Because of its early success, the idea spread quickly. A year later, a dozen Project Graduation events took place in Maine, and the number continued to grow each subsequent year until it became the staple of American high school graduation nights that it is now. Though every school’s event is different, common elements include games, music and dancing, food and plenty of prizes. There’s more than enough incentive to keep graduates from taking any unnecessary risks at other parties. There are several Project Graduation parties planned locally — and it’s not too late to get involved! Information on area high school Project Graduation events is as follows: • Wellington High School — Wellington High School’s Project Graduation will take place Monday, May 21 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. at Wellington Village Park. The cost is $10 and includes a T-shirt. For more information, contact Susanne Bennett at (561) 670-0840 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Royal Palm Beach High School — Project Graduation is free for RPBHS seniors and will take place Monday, May 21 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center. For more information, call Kim Torrieri at (561) 358-7577 or Dawn Bullock at (561) 385-0979. • Palm Beach Central High School — Palm Beach Central’s Project Graduation will take place Wednesday, May 23 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. at Wellington Village Park. Admission is free for Bronco seniors. For a $20.12 donation, students receive a T-shirt and a senior DVD; for $7, students receive a T-shirt only. Students must wear T-shirts to the event. For more information, call (561) 704-3978 or (561) 307-5485, e-mail pbcprojectgrad2012@ comcast.net or visit www.pbcprojectgrad.org. • Seminole Ridge High School — For Seminole Ridge, Project Graduation will take place Thursday, May 24 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the school. The cost is $20.12 (cash only). Donations are still being accepted. For more information, contact Cindi Walker at (561) 358-8118 or email@example.com. Of course, before the fun takes place, students have another event to attend earlier in the day — their graduation ceremony. Area high schools will hold their graduation ceremonies on the following dates at the South Florida Fairgrounds: Royal Palm Beach High School, Monday, May 21 at 8 a.m.; Wellington High School, Monday, May 21 at 4:30 p.m.; Palm Beach Central High School, Wednesday, May 23 at 8 a.m.; and Seminole Ridge High School, Thursday, May 24 at 8 a.m. Congratulations, 2012 graduates. Have fun, stay safe — and good luck!
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Mayor Mattioli’s Actions Were Clearly Provoked Recent opinions and media reports concerning the Royal Palm Beach Village Council and our Mayor Matty Mattioli have shown a distinct bias and/or an ignorance of all the facts. While the mayor’s actions, for which he apologized, were uncalled for, they were clearly provoked numerous times by the actions of another council member. That individual frequently has overstepped the role of a council liaison and tends to vote for the good of the community just when it works for personal ambitions. The role of any liaison should be to communicate between two groups and not self-serving. It should have been very clear to any of us who attended the recent council meetings or who watched on TV that the behavior of one of the council members was repeatedly antagonistic toward the mayor and, in many cases, did not represent the good of our community. For example, the proposal to replace an 18-year member of the Planning & Zoning Commission with environmental expertise who is doing a good job with a new person makes no common sense. Another similarly proposed candidate is claimed to have resigned because of the mayor’s actions. That person actually submitted a letter of resignation before the council meeting and is expected to be moving out of Royal Palm Beach in the near future. Conspiracy may be an evil word, but the constant pick-picking at Mayor Mattioli sure smells like one! So I leave it up to you, my Royal Palm Beach neighbors, to decide who is really on our side: a person whose self-interest and ambitions come before our needs or a mayor who has given us two decades of unselfish service and whose sole ambition is to serve the best interests of this place we call home? Arlene Olinsky Royal Palm Beach
Don’t Knock The Boys & Girls Club I was astonished watching our new Mayor Bob Margolis when discussing the viability of approving the village cash loan to move the construction of our new Boys & Girls Club project forward. He said during his election cam-
paign thousands of voters voiced their concerns about approving the funds. I hardly doubt that when the previous council last year had public hearings and approved the funding mechanism. His explanation was that approving a loan from public funds of the village to a private organization would set a precedent he was concerned with. It is not a precedent; it has been a tool to assist the Boys & Girls Club put up new facilities in West Palm Beach and other cities/towns, which have always been faithfully paid back from contributions and sponsor funds the club receives from donors. When one realizes how much good the club does for our underfortunate children in our village as well as serve other nearby local children, it relieves the additional burden of having these kids go to our village parks/recreation programs and provides a safe haven for them after school each day. Our local club has an annual membership of over 500 children, with approximately 136 children attending each day. Forty-seven percent live in single-parent households with little supervision after school. We provide a safe caring environment for their lives. It is actually a huge cost savings for our village not to have to handle these kids in our parks and recreation system each day. As a member of the local club board I am glad the council finally approved the funds, and we now have a groundbreaking date for later this month. Once the club is up and running, the local children can walk there from one of our most needy transitional neighborhoods (White Pine/12th Fairway) and have a safe place after school until parents pick them up, eliminating the opportunity for them to go astray. Thank you, Mary O’Connor, executive director of the clubs, for all that you and your staff do for our local underprivileged kids and for explaining the benefit to Mr. Margolis before the final vote. Al Paglia Wellington Editor’s note: Mr. Paglia is a former member of the Wellington Village Council and was an unsuccessful candidate in the recent Wellington municipal election.
Wellington Will Miss Dr. Priore With all the hubris over the election problems and seating a new
Wellington Village Council, and the unending meetings over the equestrian area, one important item has been missing from the news. One of the founding fathers and important contributors to Wellington’s success is no longer on the village council — Dr. Carmine Priore. Dr. Priore is without a doubt probably one of the four of five individuals who is most responsible for Wellington’s success as a community, which is considered one of the top 100 communities in the nation in which to live. Dr. Priore’s commitment to this village is legendary, and his professionalism, demeanor and preparedness is without equal in the past 20 years. I first met Carmine in the early ’90s when we were considering incorporation. He knew the process completely and felt controlling our own destiny was important in order for us to achieve the goals of most residents. Once incorporated and elected to the council, Dr. Priore’s professionalism, even temperament and knowledge of the rules and policies helped guide us through the early years. Dr. Priore understood that the residents of Wellington expected a level of service and amenities somewhat higher than that of its neighbors, and recreation and education was paramount to a successful community. But he also understood the needs of the seniors, and the need to keep taxes low in order to move forward. Dr. Priore’s affiliation with the League of Cities and his success statewide with that organization kept our municipality at the forefront of trends and policies happening statewide, especially with respect to sections 28 and 14 to our west, and in regard to our incorporation of areas to our east and west. Dr. Priore always treated those coming before council with respect and tolerance, and always listened to try and glean some bit of information that may make us a better community. During my years of involvement with the community and the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board, I had many battles with Carmine over issues that we disagreed on. But he was always professional and always respectful. That is class. I had the privilege of walking with him on the treadmills at the club for some weeks after his heart attack, and I can tell you without one doubt that the Village of Wellington is a great place to live because of what Dr. Carmine Priore has contributed
and done over the past 20 years. I will miss you greatly. Steve Haughn Wellington
Unger’s Praise Over The Top Editor’s note: The following letter is in response to last week’s letter by George Unger “Way Too Early To Unfairly Judge New Council.” To respond to Mr. Unger’s claim that a writer from the previous week was suffering from “sour grapes” after the ill-fated Wellington Village Council election results, he is quite wrong! In reality, the feeling that most of us have is not sour grapes but “sour stomachs,” knowing that the electorate was falsely influenced by an individual who had the financial means and personal gain, to spend a fortune on negative and deceitful advertising to discredit our well respected and dedicated Mayor Darell Bowen. Even with the huge sum spent to defeat him, he lost by only a few points. I have nothing against the newly elected Mayor Bob Margolis or the new councilmen, since they have not had the opportunity to prove themselves worthy of their new seats, but all will be held accountable when spending our tax dollars. As for the one incumbent, Matt Willhite, he will now likely suffer from the halo effect bestowed upon him by the overzealous writer. From Mr. Unger’s letter, one might assume that Mr. Willhite was a “one-man-show” on the board. But those of us who have kept up with Wellington’s progress for many years and attended recent public meetings know quite well that this is not the case. Additionally, reading about the huge sums of money Mr. Willhite almost “single-handedly” saved Wellington taxpayers was also quite surprising. Lest we be reminded of the monstrosity of a structure that stands as a so-called “9/11 Memorial,” costing Wellington $500,000 — plus, I am told, approximately $1,000 per month to keep the flame burning? Had the Wellington residents been allowed input, perhaps a more dignified, less expensive and more childfriendly memorial could have been erected on a more appropriate site, also without the additional cost of travel expenses to and from New York several times to “arrange and accompany” the metal structure to Wellington. Perhaps the Boys &
Girls Club or some other equally needy organization could have been better served with even half of the cost of that structure, while still honoring our 9/11 heroes and victims. This has been a thorn in the sides of many, but what is done is done. However, in the future, let us be cautious that our praise or criticism of those on the board is actually credible. It takes a tenacious person to run for office in today’s society, even in local elections, and we do appreciate their time and effort in serving our community. We hope and pray that Mayor Margolis will prove to be a strong and effective leader. Marge Fitzgerald Wellington
WPB Leaders Continue To Fight Needed Oversight It is no wonder that West Palm Beach leads 13 other cities in the lawsuit that refuses to pay for the inspector general. City Commissioner Keith James and Mayor Jeri Muoio are paying lip service to the inspector general and are not happy that the inspector general is getting involved in West Palm Beach’s business. Recently, city officials failed to report, as directed by the inspector general’s ordinance, that three employees were paid for more than 300 hours they didn’t work. One wonders if Mayor Muoio even understands the inspector general’s duties or her scope. She first said that the inspector general did not have jurisdiction over the inquiry because the act occurred before the inspector general’s office had oversight. The ordinance gives jurisdiction for the inspector general to go back in time even before the office was
created. Next, Mayor Muoio lamented that the inspector general was spending so much of its resources on the case. Imogene Isaacs, the city’s internal auditor, reported the incident to the inspector general. She has since resigned, because Commissioner Keith James sent her a letter forbidding her to meet with “any person from outside the city without his permission,” and later called her a “rogue agent.” None of the three accused employees were fired. In fact, their punishment varied between a three-day suspension, a written reprimand and a verbal reprimand, despite the fact that all three had been written up in the past for payroll reporting issues. Once again, we can see the need for an independent inspector general. That does not seem to include 14 municipalities, especially the City of West Palm Beach. When will this fight end? Stay tuned more to follow. Morley Alperstein Wellington
Show World Photos Of Dead Osama Bin Laden Pictures of Osama bin Laden’s corpse should be shown, just as pictures of our countrymen were televised as they were having their throats cut. We need a president who does not back down from anyone at any time. What are our fighting men and women giving their all for if our leaders don’t back them? Giving Osama his traditional burial was a slap in the face of every American. As my Irish grandma used to say, “Stand for something, or fall for anything!” Gemma Maguire Koder Loxahatchee
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WELLINGTON REDEDICATES RENOVATED TIGER SHARK COVE PARK PLAYGROUND The playground at Tiger Shark Cove Park in Wellington was rededicated Saturday, May 5 after more than 500 volunteers helped give the aging park a facelift. The Wellington Village Council celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, unveiling of the new plaque and a day of playing in the park. For more info., call (561) 791-4000 or visit www.w ellingtonfl.gov. PHOTOS BY LAUREN MIRÓ/TOWN-CRIER
The Wellington Village Council cuts the ribbon to reopen the park with the help of local children.
Wellington Councilman Matt Willhite with his wife Alexis and sons Mark and Luke play on the famed Tiger Shark.
Oliver and Henr y Taylor and Amir Mohaideen on the tire swing.
Joseph Stern and Donovan Carey in the bait shack.
Anya Norton tries out the see-saw.
The Wellington Art Society’s Geoff Wilson, Corinne Ingerman, Jean Talbott, Suzanne Redmond, Kathy Morlock, Leslie Pfeiffer and Marie Lentine under a mural painted by Talbott.
Alexa and Cassidy Henghold with Katie and David Pierson.
BINKS FOREST ELEMENTARY DRAMA CLUB PRESENTS ‘THE WIZARD OF OZ’
The Binks Forest Elementary School Drama Club presented The Wizard of Oz on Friday, May 4 in the school auditorium. Mary Beth Wedgworth and Robin Peck produced the play, and Becky Gonzales was the director. PHOTOS BY JESSICA GREGOIRE/TOWN-CRIER
Julia Wortman as Dorothy, Ryan Boyer as the Tin Man and Jackson Haynes as the Lion.
Drama school students travel along the yellow brick road.
Julia Wortman as Dorothy and Emily Trinchet as Toto.
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Wellington Woman Attacked At Home By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report MAY 2 — A Wellington woman was attacked early last Wednesday morning at her home in Solara at Wellington after opening the door to an unknown woman. According to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office report, the victim called the PBSO substation in Wellington to report the attack. According to the report, the victim arrived home from work at approximately midnight and was in her living room when she heard noises outside her front door that sounded like someone throwing up and knocking on doors. The victim said that someone then knocked on her door and she answered it. According to the report, an unknown female pushed past the victim into her home and began attacking her. The victim said that the woman pushed her onto the floor, hit her head against the floor and then bit her on her back, breaking the skin. According to the report, the victim managed to get away from the suspect and locked herself in the bathroom until she heard the woman leave her home. According to the report, the suspect was described as a young female, approximately 5’2” and 140 lbs., wearing a white tank top and pink sweatpants with her hair pulled up in a bun. DNA evidence was taken at the scene, but there was no further information at the time of the report. ••• MAY 1 — An employee of the JCPenney store in the Mall at Wellington Green was arrested last Tuesday on charges of theft after she was discovered stealing cash. According to a PBSO report, a deputy from the Wellington substation was dispatched to the mall last Tuesday afternoon when it was discovered that 35-year-old Ivette Navarrete of West Palm Beach had stolen from the store on multiple occasions over three months. According to the report, Navarrete stole $350 in cash. She was arrested and taken to the Palm Beach County Jail, where she was charged with second-degree theft. MAY 2 — Aresident of La Mancha called the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach last Wednesday morning to report a residential burglary. According to a PBSO report, the victim left her home on Barcelona Drive at approximately 7:30 a.m. Sometime between 7:30 and 11:30 a.m., someone smashed her rear sliding glass door and entered the home, stealing several iPhones, a white Macintosh laptop computer and a 32-inch television. According to the report, a neighbor said she had seen a suspicious blue truck in the area two
days earlier and took a photo of the license plate. The neighbor also said she was outside doing yard work at approximately 10:30 a.m. and did not notice any people or vehicles in the area. The stolen items were valued at approximately $2,900. There was no further information available at the time of the report. MAY 2 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach was dispatched to a home in Counterpoint Estates last Wednesday afternoon in response to a residential burglary. According to a PBSO report, the substation received an alarm call at approximately 1:40 p.m. When the deputy arrived at the home, he observed that the northeast window had been smashed out with an unknown object. According to the report, the homeowner arrived and said that the only thing taken was a jewelry box containing several pieces of jewelry. According to the report, the deputy believed that the perpetrator(s) had only been in the home for several minutes because there were other expensive items that were not taken. The stolen jewelry was valued at approximately $2,300. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. MAY 3 — Two residents of The Acreage called the PBSO’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation last week to report stolen garbage cans. According to separate PBSO reports, the victims reported that someone removed their garbage cans and trash from outside their home. According to one PBSO report, at approximately 9:48 p.m. last Thursday evening, a dark-colored vehicle traveling east on Citrus Grove Blvd. stopped in the victim’s driveway. According to the report, an unknown male passenger of the vehicle got out, took the victim’s garbage can, which was full of garbage, and put the can in the car. The vehicle then continued driving east on Citrus Grove Blvd. According to the report, the victim caught the incident on his security camera but does not know who the man is. The stolen garbage can was valued at approximately $30. There was no further information available at the time of the report. In a second PBSO report, a resident of 73rd Court called the Acreage/Loxahatchee substation Monday to report the theft of his garbage can. According to the report, sometime between 4 p.m. last Saturday and 9 a.m. the following morning, someone stole his 50-gallon garbage can, valued at approximately $25, from in front of his garage. The victim said he has surveillance See BLOTTER, page 20
Motorist Dies After Acreage Traffic Crash MAY 4 — A traffic accident last Friday in The Acreage left a West Palm Beach woman dead and three others, including an Acreage man, in critical condition. According to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office report, at approximately 1:13 p.m., a 2008 Hyundai was traveling westbound on Orange Blvd. approaching Seminole Pratt Whitney Road. Meanwhile, a 2011 Mini Cooper being driven by 53-year-old Lesa Tavarez of West Palm Beach was traveling northbound on Seminole Pratt Whitney Road, turning right
to travel onto Orange Blvd. According to the report, as Tavarez made her turn, the driver of the Hyundai drifted into the oncoming lane, striking Tavarez’s vehicle. The Hyundai continued westbound, striking the curb and overturning, while the Mini Cooper spun and stopped facing westbound. Tavarez was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Hyundai and one passenger from each vehicle were transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center, where they remained in critical condition.
Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is asking for the public’s help in finding these wanted fugitives: • Fabian Fuentes, a.k.a. Orlando Fuentes, is a white male, 5’11” tall and weighing 170 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. He has multiple tattoos. His date of bir th is 07/10/84. Fuentes is wanted for burglary of a dwelling and grand theft. He is self-employed. His last known address was The 12th Fairway in Wellington. Fuentes is wanted as of 05/ 10/12. • Leare “Lee” Kerr is a black male, 5’8” tall and weighing 170 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. He has multiple tattoos. His date of birth is 03/29/81. Kerr is wanted for failure to appear for jury trial on a charge of possession of marijuana with intent to sell. His occupation is unknown. His last known address was Waterway Village Court in Greenacres. Kerr is wanted as of 05/ 10/12. Remain anonymous and you may be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward. Call Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS (8477) or visit www.crimestopperspbc. com.
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Wellington Postpones Action On Senior Care Home’s Expansion By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report The Wellington Village Council postponed a decision Tuesday on a zoning text amendment that would allow the expansion of a senior care facility in a residential neighborhood. Wellington Elder Care, which operates an assisted-living home on Lily Court, requested that the council change its zoning text to allow for a congregate living facility with up to 21 residents. However, several council members were concerned that allowing an expanded facility could set a worrisome precedent. “I think we set a very dangerous precedent on this council to approve a zoning text amendment that is, for all intents and purposes, specifically for one property,” Vice Mayor Howard Coates said. Last April, the council approved a development order amendment to allow the use of a congregate living facility with 14 residents. But one year later, Wellington Elder
Care now has a waiting list of people trying to get in. “The request is to allow a new type of congregate living facility,” Planning & Zoning Manager David Flinchum explained. “This request is for senior housing, specifically 65 years of age or older. They are currently operating at their maximum capacity of 14 residents. They are here tonight asking to have that increased up to 21.” Flinchum noted that senior housing facilities are subject to standards set by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. Requirements for the new type of facility would include being located in a multi-family residential district on a lot of at least 11,500 square feet, that the entire lot be used for a senior housing facility and that no facilities be permitted in single-family communities. Additionally, any potential facility would have to be located within 3 miles of a full-service hospital. Kim Glas-Castro, agent for owners Rosa and Ricardo Gutierrez,
said that she thought that the change was important enough to be applied village-wide. “It’s not something just for Wellington Elder Care to seek a variance for,” she said. Glas-Castro pointed out that the facilities would be a conditional use and would have to come before the council, as well as meet Wellington’s and AHCA’s standards. “These are residents who are capable of independent living, but they require some assistance,” she said. “They are mobile. It’s not a nursing home. It’s a form of multifamily residence where you’re renting a room and getting assistance in your daily activities.” Glas-Castro noted that Wellington needs facilities where residents can continue to stay in the village as they age, or where residents can bring parents or older relatives to live nearby. “It’s important that these types of residences stay in a residential neighborhood so they still feel homey,” she said. “They don’t
take on that institutional feeling. It’s also more affordable for the average resident.” Councilman John Greene said that he had visited the facility in person. “I drove through the community,” he said, “and in my opinion, this facility was probably the most well-maintained property on that block.” During public comment, neighbors and children of residents spoke favorably of the facility. “My mother-in-law is there,” David Samore said. “It’s nice to have older family members nearby. It’s so nice that oftentimes my wife has to drag me out of there. I feel like I’m in my own home.” During a passionate speech that brought her to tears, Sandra Samore told council members how glad she was to have her mother in the facility. “I cannot take care of my elderly mother,” she said. “I am so fortunate that the Gutierrez family is doing it for me.” Coates said that he was con-
cerned not with the quality of care but with Wellington changing rules for one facility. “You can say it’s village-wide, but the reality is that this came down as the result of an applicant seeking to increase his profitability for his particular operation,” Coates said. “It’s not the intended consequences that you have to worry about — it’s the unintended consequences.” Councilman Matt Whillhite echoed Coates’ concerns. “We already have standards in place,” he said. “Now we’re starting to adjust them a lot to allow something specific.” But Councilwoman Anne Gerwig pointed out that changes in rules often come out of a need by one entity. “Generally, when you’re looking at an ordinance, it’s driven by a need,” she said. “The need is evident. This facility has a waiting list. If it wasn’t an obvious need, it wouldn’t have a waiting list.” Gerwig said she thought it was
a good, affordable option for Wellington seniors. “I think if the standards are met,” she said, “and we agree this is enough space, it looks to me like this is a very good option for people to have. Having more residents, I presume, will help bring down cost.” Willhite said he’d like to have seen input from Wellington’s senior community on the matter. “I’m a little disheartened to hear that we didn’t ask our seniors group or our senior advocate on staff,” he said. “I think that would have been a beneficial thing. It would have helped me to know that they are the ones authoring this, that they are the ones approving this.” Willhite suggested bringing the item back for further discussion. “I think we have to put the issue off to come up with all of our stipulations to put in this ordinance before we support it,” he said. The council voted 3-2 to table the item, with Gerwig and Greene dissenting.
Wellington Resident Bill Fleming Installed As P.B. Atlantic President Affirming the recommendation of its presidential search committee, Palm Beach Atlantic University trustees elected William M.B. Fleming Jr. as the university’s eighth president on Monday, May 7. A Wellington resident, Fleming, who had served as interim president for more than a year, officially began his presidency on May 8. Fleming, who joined Palm Beach Atlantic in 1992 as vice president of development, was appointed March 4, 2011 to steward the university as interim president. Well known nationally in higher education, Fleming, 60, previously
served in senior administrative posts at Wingate University and Guilford College, both in North Carolina. “Palm Beach Atlantic’s search committee received more than 80 applications and nominations for the presidency. Within a nationally robust pool, Bill Fleming was the candidate of choice by the committee, the board of trustees, the campus and local communities,” said Gary Schroeder, chair of the presidential search committee. “Bill embodies all of the traits that the search committee was charged with finding — a servant leader with a proven track record of management successes who
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can lead a university into its next chapter of excellence. I am pleased to have chaired an effort that produced such an excellent candidate and delivered its recommendation ahead of schedule.” The nine-member search committee included alumni, community members and faculty. CarterBaldwin Executive Search assisted the committee and provided comprehensive due diligence support. “Bill has proven his effectiveness and leadership time and time again during his tenure at Palm Beach Atlantic University,” commented Robert Simpson, chair of the board of trustees. “His accomplishments as interim president solidified his qualifications for the committee and illustrated, for me, the positive direction in which he will guide the institution and strengthen our Christ-centered community.” “Bill has demonstrated a deep commitment over a long period of time to Palm Beach Atlantic, its principles and the community,” added Dr. Tom St. Antoine, associate professor of communication and a search committee member.
Leadership Palm Beach County held its “Family and Friends Day at Polo” on Sunday, April 15 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington. (Above) David Green, Natanael Tomasal, Vanessa Brenas, Martha Reyes, Silvia Garcia and Lee Williams at the table of food sponsor Havana Restaurant. (Below) Lee Williams with Michelle McGovern, winner of the Whole Foods Market/Chick-FilA raffle, McGovern’s daughter Victoria and Silvia Garcia.
continued from page 1 because fundraising delays pushed back construction. Wellington agreed to cover the $1.3 million gap, which the club will pay back over 10 years. That money was in addition to the $700,000 Wellington already had promised, as well as $600,000 from Palm Beach County and another $1 million in private donations. In the meantime, the club will be able to stay at its current location on South Shore Blvd. for another year after the council voted 3-2 on Tuesday to renew its lease agreement with the club. Mayor Bob Margolis and Vice Mayor Howard Coates opposed the measure, citing concerns about spending additional public money on the organization. “This is a difficult issue for me,” said Coates, who served on the club’s board for years. “I’m reaching the point where I have some concern about the government’s involvement.” Margolis agreed. “The Village of Wellington has given the Boys & Girls Club $50,000 a year for the last 20 years,” he said. “That’s $1
“Surpassing his institutional commitment, however, is his commitment to the people — students, faculty and staff, alumni and friends of the university — whose lives and work have intersected with his. President Fleming appreciates university life, and, under his leadership in the past year, Palm Beach Atlantic has continued to mature as a first-rate private liberal arts university.” Fleming said he feels honored to have been selected to serve as president of Palm Beach Atlantic University. “It has been my pleasure to work on a campus in which all collaborate to offer a Christian education and experience to our students to prepare them, in turn, to become leaders in their personal and professional communities,” Fleming said. “My wife, Pam, and I have grown to love the university over the past 20 years. What I cherish most about my collaborations with our faculty, staff and administrators is that we place the needs of our students, the university and each other first.” In the past year, the university has gained significant momentum
under Fleming’s leadership as illustrated by an increase in undergraduate and graduate enrollment; an 8 percent increase in the number of freshmen continuing to their sophomore year; a reduced faculty to student ratio of 1:12; increases in faculty numbers and faculty compensation; listings as a “best” choice in U.S. News & World Report and the Princeton Review; and inclusion in the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Further, the university was selected to host the World Leaders Conference; established the Parker Avenue Consortium; was chosen as a model for community engagement by the NCAA Division II; and increased its economic impact to $309.7 million, up nearly eight percent. In addition, construction of the Rinker athletic campus has been renewed. President Fleming has been instrumental in raising more than $118 million for Palm Beach Atlantic during his tenure. Palm Beach Atlantic University is a private, independent university offering undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees, with
campuses in West Palm Beach, Orlando and Wellington. The university is dedicated to the integration of Christian principles to prepare students for lifelong learning, leadership and service. For more information, visit www. pba.edu.
million, plus the $700,000.” Coates noted that already, residents are unhappy that Wellington has promised $700,000. “When we decided to go down that path,” he said, “the discussion was that this $700,000 would replace the $50,000 that we’d been donating in years past. I’m left with a little bit of a feeling that it’s coming back to the well again. We’ve already committed $700,000; we’ve committed more in terms of the deficit. Now we will be repaid that, but to have another $50,000 of public money applied to this, that bothers me.” Coates said he thought that the money could be used by other organizations in need. “There are a lot of great organizations out there that could come to us asking for donations and grants,” he said. “I’m having some difficulty with where we draw the line. When do we give to one and not the other?” Margolis noted that other organizations have come to Wellington looking for financing. “I get a lot of requests,” he said. “I just received a request for the village to pay for the band uniforms at Wellington High School. It’s not that I’m against the Boys & Girls Club. There needs to be an avenue in place to where these
types of organizations can come to the village and have their requests voted on.” Councilwoman Anne Gerwig said she felt that the Boys & Girls Club provided a needed service to Wellington. “It keeps the kids in a safe environment,” she said. “It keeps them on the right track. I think this does have a public value. It’s not just a private entity that we’re helping out.” Councilman Matt Willhite said that although he shared Coates’ concerns, he understood the situation the club was in. “I’m hoping this is the last time they come back for this,” he said. “It’s not their fault that the project isn’t further ahead. They were hoping to be in the new facility already.”
Willhite said that he was in support of renewing the agreement for this year. “This is it,” he said. “The well is dry. The bucket is on its way up. I will support it this year, but this is the last time.” The measure passed 3-2 with Gerwig, Willhite and Councilman John Greene in support. Margolis and Coates stressed that they were not opposed to the Boys & Girls Club but believed Wellington had already committed enough money. “I can’t support this,” Coates said, “but it’s not because I don’t support the Boys & Girls Club. I think this is coming back to the well one too many times. I think we’ve made a tremendous commitment already.”
Jess Santamaria To Host Community Forum May 16 County Commissioner Jess Santamaria’s next community forum will be held Wednesday, May 16 from 7 to 9 p.m., center court in the original Wellington Mall, located at the southeast corner of Forest Hill Blvd. and Wellington Trace. The main discussion topic will be the history and preservation of the area’s valuable, remaining environmentally sensitive land and Agricultural Reserve land. Refreshments will be served. For additional information about the community forum, call Santamaria’s office at (561) 355-6300.
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NEWS BRIEFS Next Wellington Chamber Lunch Set For May 23 The Wellington Chamber of Commerce has announced that Wellington Principal Planner Bill Nemser will serve as keynote speaker of a luncheon Wednesday, May 23 at the Wanderers Club. Attendees will learn about the planned Wellington Medical Arts District and have the opportunity to meet and hear from Wellington Regional Medical Center CEO Jerel Humphrey and Palms West Hospital CEO Eric Goldman. The Wellington Medical Arts District is located near the northwest corner of State Road 7 and Forest Hill Blvd. The 208-acre district will create employment and educational opportunities focused on medically related uses and anchored by Wellington Regional Medical Center. Projected to create or retain approximately 6,000 professional and technical jobs, the medical arts district is all about employment and educational opportunities. The district will create an integrated campus consisting of 2.3 million
square feet of a hospital, medical and professional offices, technical and research space, educational institutions, research and development facilities, laboratories as well as residential dormitories and congregate living facilities. Nemser is the principal planner for the Village of Wellington. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and holds both master’s and bachelor’s degrees in urban and regional planning from Florida Atlantic University where he was awarded an Environmental Growth Management Fellowship from the Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions. Nemser was named the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association’s Outstanding Student Planner of the Year in 2004. He is a LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) accredited professional certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. Humphrey brings over 20 years of leadership experience to Wellington Regional Medical Center, most recently having served as CEO of Danville Regional Medical Center in Danville, Va. Humphrey’s longest tenure as CEO was served with the Memorial
Hermann Healthcare System in Houston, Texas, a not-for-profit corporation operating 11 acutecare hospitals in southeast Texas. Over this 15-year period, Humphrey successfully led operations at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann City Hospital and Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital. Goldman joined Palms West Hospital as its new CEO in March. He came to Palms West from Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, an affiliate HCA facility, where he was the chief operating officer since 2006. Goldman has 17 years of healthcare experience with HCA. Prior to moving to Jacksonville, Goldman was chief operating officer at Columbia Hospital in West Palm Beach. He received his bachelor’s degree at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and a master’s degree in health science in health finance management at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md. Goldman is looking forward to working with the Wellington Chamber and getting involved in the community. Registration for the May 23 luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m., and the luncheon begins promptly at noon. Tickets cost
$20 for members and $30 for nonmembers. VIP tables cost $200. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information, call the chamber at (561) 792-6525 or visit www.wellingtonchamber.com.
Pop Warner Registration In Royal Palm The Pop Warner Palms West Wildcats are holding registration for its 2012 football/cheer season. The league is looking for youths ages 5 to 15 as of July 31. Registration will be held at the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center on the following dates: Saturday, May 12 from 1 to 3 p.m.; Wednesday, May 30 from 6 to 8 p.m.; and Saturday, June 2 from 1 to 3 p.m. Pop Warner is a national youth sports program for football, cheer and dance. “Little Scholars” Pop Warner is the only youth sports program in America that rewards its athletes for their outstanding performance in the classroom with All-American Scholar status. The Palms West Wildcats are the official youth football provid-
er for the Village of Royal Palm Beach. The Wildcats also represent the provider for Pop Warner football for Royal Palm Beach, Wellington, Loxahatchee Groves and portions of The Acreage. For more information, contact Jessi Sleek at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.rpbwildcats.com to register online.
St. Michael Open House On May 19 In celebration of its long-awaited and newly constructed sanctuary, St. Michael Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wellington is inviting the community to a semiformal open house wine reception to see the new church home. The reception is scheduled for Saturday, May 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. Due to the nature of the event, the church requests that only adults attend this function. Otherwise children of all ages are always welcome at St. Michael. St. Michael Evangelical Lutheran Church is located at 1925 Birkdale Drive at the corner of Forest Hill Blvd. and Birkdale Drive. It is a Christian congrega-
tion where science and faith do not conflict, and is open to all God’s people. For more information about this event, visit the church’s web site at www.stmichaelelc.com or call the church office at (561) 793-4999 and speak with Pastor Marjorie Weiss.
Garage Sale To Benefit Acreage Sports May 20 USA Football and Acreage Baseball are teaming up to sponsor a huge garage sale Sunday, May 20 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Acreage Community Park. Sale items will include household items, clothing, tools, sporting equipment, toys and much more. The cost to rent a garage sale space is $10. USA Football will donate 100 percent of the proceeds to the Seminole Ridge High School flag football program, and Acreage Baseball will use its proceeds to fund all-star teams in their summer tournaments. For more information, contact Molly Harding at (954) 593-0913 or email@example.com.
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WOMEN OF THE WESTERN COMMUNITIES HAVE FUN AT THEIR ‘DAY AT THE DERBY’ Women of the Western Communities celebrated “A Day at the Derby” on Sunday, May 6 at the Wanderers Club in Wellington. The day consisted of a sumptuous brunch buffet, trivia contest, hat contest, and Chinese and silent auctions. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER
Stacy Kaufman and Laurie Piel.
Julie Tannehill, Maureen Gross and Hope Barron.
Ruth Mansmith and Mair Armand look over auction items.
Melany Armand, Teresa Harrington and Selena Smith.
Marianne Davidson, Allyson Samilijan and Maureen Gross.
Rhea Caswell and Suzanne Turner.
CAFCI HOSTS STUDENT ASSISTANCE AWARDS CEREMONY AT THE HARVIN CENTER Caribbean-Americans for Community Involvement (CAFCI) held its 2012 Student Assistance Awards presentation Saturday, May 5 at the Kevin Harvin Center in Royal Palm Beach. The Simms Award for Academic Excellence was also presented. The Winn-Dixie Foundation contributed $2,500 toward the scholarships. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER
School Board Member Marcia Andrews addresses the students.
Students gather with their parents for a photo.
Winn-Dixie representative Mary Deniliack presents a check to Dr. Elaine Ealy and Nadine White-Boyd.
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CENTRAL PBC CHAMBER HOSTS TEACHER APPRECIATION MIXER IN WELLINGTON The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce presented its 15th annual Teachers Appreciation Celebration on Thursday, May 3 at the original Wellington Mall. Teachers were treated t o free food, drinks and raffle tickets. Vendor s gave out some freebies and each teacher received a goodie bag. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER
H.L. Johnson first-grade teachers Tammy Nordlinger, Bonnie Perry, April Kercheville and Tracy McGrath.
Emerald Cove Middle School teachers Angela Schmitt, Julie West and Amy Yuzenas.
Pierce Hammock Elementary School teachers.
Bartender s Maria Antu単a, William Brasmar, Gina Richey, Jathy Garcia, Gretchen Feng and Eric Gordon.
Raffle winners received hats from Humana.
Kathy Sangen, Karen Carney and Jana Bolinder dance.
WELLINGTON SENIORS ENJOY SPRING FLING DINNER DANCE AT MADISON GREEN The Wellington Seniors Club held its Spring Fling Dinner Dance on Friday, May 4 in the ballroom at Madison Green Golf Club in Royal Palm Beach. The Fabulons played oldies music while seniors danced the night away. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER
(Seated) Loretta Katz, Ellen Bubenik and Zena Plous; (standing) Sally Schwartz, Barbara Powers and Iris Goldson.
Bob and Helen Prior with Eileen and George Kuhnel.
Jerry Springer, Catherine Amico and Art Wicklaman.
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OUR LADY QUEEN OF THE APOSTLES CHURCH IN RPB HOSTS CAR & BIKE SHOW Our Lady Queen of the Apostles Catholic Church held its inaugural Car & Bike Show and Family Fun Day on Satur day, May 5. The event included an array of cars and bikes from classic to custom and one-of-a-kind items. Top cars and bikes received a variety of awards, with proceeds from the event going to the church. For more info., visit www.olqa.cc. PHOTOS BY JESSICA GREGOIRE/TOWN-CRIER
Dave Delzoppo with a 1967 Chevelle Super Sport.
Diane Baumann with her 2004 custom Mustang.
Donald Perry, a.k.a. Donni Reade, with Marty Goffe of the Antique Auto Club of America in front of a 1950 Ford that has been in five Hollywood movies.
Arlene Lilly with her 1968 American Motors Corporate Experimental original.
Don Lilly with his 1995 Lincoln Mark VIII original.
Betsy and A.J. Palermo of the Classic Cruiser Car Show.
WELLINGTON GARDEN CLUB’S FINAL MEETING OF THE SEASON AT WANDERERS The Wellington Garden Club held its last meeting of the season with a “Wild for Chocolate” luncheon Monday, May 7 at the Wanderers Club. Members enjoyed tasty treats, while awards were given to four recipients of its annual scholarship given to Palm Beach State College horticulture students. For more info., visit www.wellingtongardenclub.org. PHOTOS BY JESSICA GREGOIRE/TOWN-CRIER
Mary Drexler, Christine Biscoglio and Linda DeSanti.
Jean Clancy and Phil Biscoglio enjoy the luncheon.
Shirley Fenner places her raffle tickets in the bag.
Wellington Garden Club scholarship recipients Jeremy Lamott, Martha Parker, Daniela Josanu and Christopher McCullon.
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Crestwood Kids Tops With Sunshine Books
The #1 Education Place 2012 graduates.
#1 Education Place Graduation May 13 Wellington’s #1 Education Place has announced that its 2012 graduation ceremony will take place Sunday, May 13 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington. This year’s graduates are Kelcie Brophy, Alyssa Mansfield, Mariel Mohey-el-Dien, Robert Roknich and Lindsey Tomeu. Following the ceremony, the school will host a buffet dinner and pool party for the graduates and their families,
as well as for the faculty, students and parents of the #1 Education Place community. Located in the original Wellington Mall, #1 Education Place serves students in grades one through 12. It offers an accredited curriculum in an alternative school environment and specializes in meeting the needs of equestrian families. For more information, call (561) 753-6563 or visit www. 1educationplace.com.
BINKS FOREST STUDENTS PERFORM AT KRAVIS
A total of 809 students at Crestwood Middle School participated in the Florida Sunshine State Readers’ Program for 2011-12. These students chose to read three or more novels on the state’s recommended list of newly published books for young adults. This year, 55 students finished the entire list of 15 books. The Crestwood staff also accepted the challenge of becoming Sunshine Readers 20 and earned T-shirts for their efforts. To honor their achievement, the Sunshine Readers attended the annual banquets, one for each grade level. After being treated to pizza, cookies and lemonade, the students voted for their favorite books. Out of My Mind, a realistic fiction novel by Sharon Draper,
captured first place. In second place was The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, a comedy by Tom Angleberger. Crestwood students chose the mystery Alibi Junior High for third place. The highlight of the eighthgrade assembly was recognizing three outstanding readers who read all 15 books for three consecutive years: Courtney Thornberry, Giavanna Joseph and Mykala Bethune. Sunshine State Readers’ Program sponsor Debbie Still has submitted Crestwood’s votes to the state organization, and the school is awaiting the state results. Most of all, the students and staff are eagerly waiting for the list of books for 2012-13, so they can read more great books.
Courtney Thornberry, Giavanna Joseph and Mykala Bethune.
Western Pines Honors Students Of The Month Western Pines Middle School Principal Robert Hatcher has announced the students of the month for April. The students were selected by their math teachers for being students of character in and out of the classroom. Brianna Oldham, this month’s chosen sixth-grade student, is always prepared with daily materials and work, and she has a great attitude, according to her teachers. Oldham is helpful to her teachers and her classmates and is generous with her supplies when others are less prepared. Furthermore, she actively participates and is always willing to assist her peers. She is always kind and respectful. Seventh-grader Cameron Winslow displays a high degree of integrity, responsibility and ambition. He is in the Algebra I Honors class, where he has maintained an A average all year. Winslow’s
teachers consider him to be a leader rather than a follower. In order to achieve his excellent scholastic accomplishments and his teachers’ respect, Winslow has demonstrated outstanding leadership skills and maintained a clear sense of purpose. In addition, his good judgment and mature outlook ensure a logical and practical approach to his endeavors. Winslow demonstrates the traits of a wellbalanced student. Finally, the eighth-grade student of the month is Aubrey Talton, whose teachers believe is a wonderful student who works hard and asks great questions in class. Talton has a positive attitude, and when the subject gets tough, he perseveres until he understands. He has a great personality, and he always puts a smile on everyone’s face when he enters the classroom.
Students Of The Month — Pictured here with Principal Robert Hatcher are Brianna Oldham, Aubrey Talt on and Cameron Winslow.
AT&T’s ‘It Can Wait’ Campaign To Visit PBCHS Binks Forest Elementary School is extremely proud of its students who were a part of the Spotlight on Young Musicians Elementary Chorus. Students Lexi Dubocq, Esha Dudhwewala, Anne Paul and Catherine Schrubb performed with the elementary group May 3 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. The students rehearsed Saturday mornings throughout March and April. The young ladies’ music teacher, Karen LaFrance, was delighted that they were a part of this memorable gr oup. Spotlight on Young Musicians Elementary Chorus was directed by Kurt Clark and managed by Amy Clark. Shown above are the girls with trophies for their performance.
Palm Beach Central High School has been selected as a site to host the AT&T vehicle simulator that demonstrates to drivers the dangers of texting and driving. The vehicle will be on campus Tuesday, May 15 in the gymnasium. The initiative is part of AT&T’s “It Can Wait” campaign that creates awareness about the use of
technology behind the wheel. The main goal is to educate all wireless users, but especially teen drivers, that there is a smart way to text. “[PBCHS Principal Butch] Mondy and his staff are thrilled to be one of the only two high schools in Florida to have this vehicle on their campus,” said Eric Stern, the Palm Beach County
School District’s drivers ed program planner. “It is important to educate our students about this because the only way to help them become aware of the severity of this issue is by experiencing it.” Students, teachers and staff members will have the opportunity to use the simulator, which gives a realistic experience to drivers as
to what happens when you text and drive. It is equipped with a real car, a set of glasses and a computer. Drivers are asked to use their phones, as they normally would, to see that when their attention is set on the mobile device, and not the road, the consequences can be dangerous and sometimes fatal.
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Oxbridge Students Visit Four Arts Exhibit
Curatorial Collections Specialist Xiomi Murra y leads the students on a tour.
Students from the Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches had the rare opportunity not only to see the only existing tintype portrait of legendary outlaw Billy the Kid but also to learn about the American Western frontier through the eyes of their school founder, William I. Koch. The founding ninth- and 10thgrade classes took a field trip April 23 to the Society of the Four Arts to view “Recapturing the Real West: The Collections of William I. Koch,” a special exhibition that mixes fine art with relics of the West from Koch’s personal collection. The portrait of Billy the Kid, which made headlines last year when it sold for a record $2.3 million at auction, was just one small part of the vast array of historical treasures the students saw during the tour. A representative of the Koch collection, Xiomi Murray, toured the students through the gallery and described some of the 500 artifacts and fine art pieces on display, many of which have never been displayed publicly. The students saw original
paintings and sculptures by artists such as Charlie Russell and Frederic Remington; more than 150 guns from notorious outlaws such as Jesse James, John Wesley Hardin and the Ford Brothers; and Gen. Custer’s personal flag, flown at the Battle of Little Big Horn. “Recapturing the Real West” has broken all records of attendance at the Four Arts by drawing more than 20,000 visitors since its opening day. The exhibition is now the largest and most successful in the museum’s 76-year history. In response to the enthusiastic demand from the community, the show has been extended for a second time and will now run through May 13. The museum is open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Admission is $5. For more information call (561) 6557226, or visit www.fourarts.org. Oxbridge enrollment is still active for the 2012-13 school year for students entering ninth, 10th or 11th grade. For more information, or to schedule a tour, call (561) 9729600 or visit www.oapb.org.
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NEW HORIZONS CHARACTER COUNTS WINNER HONORED
Seminole Ridge Artist Awarded Scholarship The Florida School of the Arts, a component of the St. John’s River State College at Palatka, has awarded Seminole Ridge High School artist Carolyn Searls its annual talent scholarship, which will cover the cost of Searls’ asso-
ciate’s degree in art. Searls, whose preferred creative medium is charcoal, has spent much of her senior year creating a studio portfolio examining the theme of revenge. In other Hawk news, several
Hawk chorus members recently earned honors at the Florida Vocal Association South State Assessments. Alexis Rizzolo (vocal solo) and combined women’s chorus received “Superior” ratings, and
“Excellent” ratings were awarded to Sidney Clarke-Lequerique and Joel Iglesais (vocal solo), the men’s ensemble Mu Epsilon Nu Philammonus, the mixed chorale Thamyris and the women’s ensemble Theta Omega Thamyris.
New Horizons Elementar y School fif th-grade student Katie Tolman received a Character Counts award at the annual Palm Beach County School District Character Counts celebration. She was nominated by her teachers for showing character every day both in school and in the community. Pictured here are Tolman with her mother Rita, father Victor and grandmother Rita Calas.
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RPB’s Blanchette Receives Frank Prize For Performing Arts Education Steven Caras, founding chairman of the Randolph A. Frank Prize for the Performing Arts, has announced that three individuals whose artistry enhances the quality of life in Palm Beach County have been selected to be the 2012 recipients of the Frank Prize: Beverly Blanchette, Gordon McConnell and Billy Bell. The winners were chosen by the Frank Prize Board of Directors: Tracy Butler, Jo Ann Engelhardt, Ann Marie Rezzonico, Roy Bartolomei and Craig Ames. A private award ceremony in the recipients’ honor will take place Wednesday, May 23 at Nick & Johnnie’s Patio Bar and Grill res-
taurant sponsored by Nancy and Jay Parker. Blanchette, a Royal Palm Beach resident and dean of theater at the Dreyfoos School of the Arts, has been awarded the Performing Arts Educator Prize. A true role model as an outstanding Florida theater educator and director for the past 35 years, Blanchette has trained many theater students who chose to remain in the area and who now teach in the studios and schools in this community. She has served in numerous leadership roles within the academic and theatrical community, often recognized for her inspired commitment and dedication to the field.
Feldman Graduates U.S. Army Training U.S. Army Pvt. Avery Feldman, a graduate of Wellington High School, has completed basic combat training at Ft. Jackson Military Base in Columbia, S.C. Feldman completed an intensive 10 week course that included physical fitness, military discipline, basic military principles and skills, chemical warfare, armed and unarmed combat, field tactics, map reading and marksmanship. Feldman received a medal for excellent marksmanship. Feldman is the son of Jeff Feldman, also of Wellington. He graduated Wellington High School in 2009. Feldman is now headed to Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, to study military emergency medical training.
Laurin Completes Navy Basic Training Navy Seaman Recruit Moise Laurin, son of Marie and Moise Laurin of Royal Palm Beach, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. During the eight-week program, Laurin completed a variety of training, which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness. The capstone event of boot
camp is “Battle Stations.” This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. Battle Stations is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of honor, courage and commitment. Its distinctly Navy flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a sailor. Laurin is a 2009 graduate of Royal Palm Beach High School.
Blanchette will retire from her teaching position in June but will continue her professional development by participating in two internationally recognized Shakespeare directing workshops. “In a county so rich with wonderful arts educators, I feel especially honored,” Blanchette said. “The Frank Prize will help me continue my own arts education this summer at London’s Globe Theater and New York’s Julliard School, where I will study directing Shakespeare.” McConnell, a professional actor, has been awarded this year’s Performing Artist Prize. In his 25plus years in this community, his
style as an actor remains as genuine as the plays in which he performs are diverse. Along with maintaining his outstanding theatrical career performing regularly in all of South Florida’s regional houses, he has also been featured in various other national venues. In addition, McConnell has served as a director and producer on a number of theatrical productions including his newest venture, AirPlayz. This imaginative program presents live interactive productions of radio plays in theatres which are simulcast across the world. Bell, a professional dancer, choreographer and founder of
the Lunge Dance Collective, has been awarded the Emerging Artist Prize. Bell excelled as a dance major at the Dreyfoos School of the Arts. Upon graduating, he received immediate national recognition and acclaim for his special talents as a dancer and choreographer on Fox Network’s So You Think You Can Dance during seasons 6 and 7. In addition to his work with Lunge Dance Collective as dancer and choreographer, Bell collaborates on a regular basis with his alma mater, Dreyfoos, where he holds continuing dance program residencies. To date, he has created 10 diverse works specif-
Beverly Blanchette ically on these students, thereby serving their artistic needs while providing Palm Beach County audiences with a unique and exciting approach to viewing dance.
Vita Nova Hosts Annual Gala In West Palm More than 300 guests attended the Vita Nova fourth annual Tempt Your Senses Gala held Thursday, April 12 at the Trump International Golf Club. The evening celebrated the finest cuisine, art and music in Palm Beach County and featured a culinary competition, wine tasting, music and a fabulous silent auction that included a starfish diamond necklace designed exclusively for Vita Nova by artist Norman Gitzen; trips to Little Palm Island, Mexico and the Bahamas; and much more. In addition, the evening also featured an art competition presented by 10 talented young students from the Palm Beach County School District who displayed a beautiful variety of their original artwork and photography. More than $80,000 was raised with the proceeds benefiting Vita Nova’s community service programs. During the evening, guests sampled appetizers, entrees and desserts and then voted for who they
thought were the best chef(s) in each category. In the entrée category, more than 16 Palm Beach County restaurants, country clubs and resorts competed for a $1,000 cash prize. First place went to Chef Michael Rolchigo of Jupiter Island Grill for his Maine lobster ravioli, second place went to Chef Edward Dickens of Sailfish Point Country Club for his Asian steamed buns with braised pork belly and third place went to Chef Eric Parker of Duffy’s Sports Grill for his Kobe beef tacos with lobster fried rice. In the appetizer category, students from the Lincoln Culinary Institute competed for a $1,000 scholarship and first place went to Nichalos Clutts, Connie Brown, Jacob Dromerhauser and Hannah Flora, mentored by Chef James Hayek. In the dessert category, students from the West Boca Raton High School also competed for a $1,000 scholarship. Firstplace winners were Allie Miller and Terrysna Caldeira. Honorary chairs were Yvonne
Honorary chairs Al Zucaro Jr. and Yvonne S. Boice. PHOTO COURTESY EDWARD FAZIO
S. Boice and Al Zucaro Jr. Vita Nova Inc. is a nonprofit organization that provides independent living services such as vocational training, education prepara-
tion and life skills development to young adults currently homeless or previously in foster care. For more information, visit www.vitanovainc.org.
Christopher Allen Serving Navy In Afghanistan Navy Lt. Christopher B. Allen, a 2000 graduate of Wellington High School, is currently deployed. Allen and his fellow sailors presently in Afghanistan are manning defenses and constructing a compound in the Lashkar Gah District to support U.S. Marines who will advise Afghan Uniformed Police and prepare them for a smooth transition upon the eventual drawdown of U.S. and allied forces. Some sailors from Naval Mobile
Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 departed the battalion’s main body in March with equipment, materials and supplies to set and maintain defensive positions while constructing a sustainable compound for U.S. Marines. The new compound will include everything from power and communications capabilities to berthing, dining facilities, office spaces and morale, welfare and recreation buildings. Sailors assigned
to construction battalion are commonly referred to as Seabees. Typically, Seabee project sites are secured by Marines, thus allowing the Seabees to arrive and begin construction. For this site, however, Seabees arrived with personnel dedicated to security and other crews dedicated to construction. Small elements of Marines are on site to facilitate a smooth transition of the compound when the
Seabees depart at the end of the project. This type of interaction exemplifies the fluidity of the joint service relationship between the Marine Corps and the Seabees of the Navy. Homeported in Gulfport, Miss., NMCB-11 mission is to conduct general, mobility, survivability engineering operations, defensive operations. For more information, visit www.navy.mil.
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UTOPIA AT POLO WEST HOSTS WELLINGTON CHAMBER’S ‘CINCO DE MAYO’ MIXER The Wellington Chamber of Commerce celebrated Cinco de Mayo early with a chamber mixer Thur sday, May 3 at Utopia at Polo West. Members mingled while sampling the food from the new restaurant. For more about Utopia, visit www.utopiacuisine.com.
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Erin Downey, Andrea Plevin and Bob Rohan try some appetizers.
Bill Morosco, Kathy Foster and Mike Nelson.
Utopia at Polo West owner Alvaro Cervera (center) with bar tenders Tamara Seely and Alexandra Van Der Rest.
Rob Wilson and Scott Shulman.
Don Voils and Maizie Hale Voils.
Dale Grimm and Kevin Wilkinson.
ROYAL PALM CHIROPRACTIC HOSTS ANNIVERSARY PARTY AT LOX GROVES PARK Royal Palm Chiropractic celebrated its 10th anniversary Saturday, May 5 at Loxahatchee Groves Park. Guests enjoyed a free barbecue, sodas and a bounce house. For more info., visit www.royalpalmchiropractic.com.
Dr. Michael Davis and Dr. Giuseppe Corinella (center) with Royal Palm Chiropractic staff.
Matthew Davis, Cassandra and Victoria Corinella and Brandon Davis play in the bounce house. PHOTOS BY LAUREN MIRÓ/TOWN-CRIER
Svetlana and Mihai Milosan enjoy some watermelon. PHOTO COURTESY JULIA CORINELLA
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NEWS ITID Community Information Meeting May 12 Indian Trail Improvement District staff will host a community information meeting Saturday, May 12 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the ITID administrative office (13476 61st Street N. in The Acreage, across from the fire-rescue station). The purpose of the meeting is to provide information about the proposed fiscal year 2013 budget. Residents are encouraged to drop in for information and to ask questions. The proposed budget is available at www.indiantrail.com, along with the proposed assessment rates. For more information, call (561) 793-0874 or e-mail info@ indiantrail.com.
Wellington Public Hearing On Housing Beginning in 2013, Wellington will be eligible to receive approximately $229,000 per year in federal
continued from page 1 Wounded Warriors Project and the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.” But, he cautioned, space is limited for tether rides; those wishing to participate should get their tickets early. Tickets for the rides go on sale at 5:30 p.m. Among the dozens of balloons to be present are two specially shaped ones, Russell said. “One is Humpty Dumpty,” he said, “and then Budweiser will be bringing in their Budweiser Select balloon. It is 15 stories tall. It will dwarf every other balloon out there.” The festival returns early Saturday morning as a sea of balloons will take to the skies during a mass ascension. Balloons will be inflated starting at 6:30 a.m. and take flight at 7 a.m., and guests are welcome to walk among them as they’re inflated and lift off. “About 20 Marines and soldiers wounded in active duty will be going up with the balloons,” Russell said. “It’s our way to honor them and thank them for their service.” Saturday night will feature the Lamborghini Palm Beach Polo Classic at 6 p.m. The Lamborghini Palm Beach Polo team plays the Palm Beach Polo & Hunt Club team. The game will kick off with vocal-
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continued from page 1 had transpired between council members at the April 19 meeting had made her feel uncomfortable. That brought the question of a replacement for her to the council last week. At the May 3 meeting, Mattioli apologized to anyone whom he might have insulted at the April 19 meeting, when he had cut short applicants who were citing their qualifications to serve, telling them that wasn’t necessary because the council had their résumés on hand. During public comment, Planning & Zoning Commission Chair Barbara Powell said she support-
Adding New Attractions
continued from page 1 something new, we figured the community would want to know about it,” he said. “We did hold a meeting two weeks ago. We sent out 650 invitations to everyone in Deer Run and everyone in Fox Trail because they share our road as well.” A handful of Acreage residents adjacent the park were also sent notices. A total of 46 people representing 30 properties attended, Kilday said. Kilday said the safari takes up an entire square mile of land, with most of the area in the drivethrough park. There is also a 300foot buffer. “We actually have a football field of natural vegetation and trees, and in fact we have much more than that in most areas,” he said. Kilday noted that the expansion area is more than a quarter mile from the nearest property line. The walk-through village itself is almost at the center of the property and is running out of room for additional attractions. “Like any attraction, you need to add something every few years to keep people coming back,” Kilday said. “We have some tourists, but we have a lot of local families, and we like to give them something new.” The walk-through village has a variety of displays, rides and entertainment that have been
grant money to address housing, community development and homeless needs. But first, the village wants your input to make sure the money is devoted to the right programs. Wellington residents are invited to speak at a public hearing Wednesday, May 16 at 6 p.m. at the municipal complex (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). The hearing will allow residents to comment on the drafts of Wellington’s 5-Year Consolidated Plan, Annual Action Plan and Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice. These documents are required for Wellington to receive money through the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant program and explain how the money would be utilized over the course of the next five years. They also identify any barriers to fair housing that could be corrected with grant funding. Copies of the draft documents are available for review through Wednesday, June 6 at the municipal complex (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.), the Wellington Communi-
ty Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.), the Palm Beach County Library’s Wellington Branch (1951 Royal Fern Drive), and Wellington’s Safe Neighborhoods Office (1100 Wellington Trace). For further information, call Strategic Planning Director Tim Stillings at (561) 791-4013.
Wellington Youth Invited To Enter Their Artwork There’s a new opportunity for youthful Wellington artists to see their creations on public display. The village is teaming up with the Wellington Art Society for the Student Art program, which puts youth artwork on display at the Wellington Community Center and the Village Park gymnasium. Elementary school students who either live in Wellington or attend a Wellington school are invited to deliver their original works of art to the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 100) on Wednesday, May 16 between 4 and 6 p.m. The exhibit
will open the following day on Thursday, May 17 and the artwork will be on display for a four-month rotation ending in September. The
continued from page 1 with the largest portion, almost half, going to road improvements. The proposed budget allots 47 percent to road maintenance and operations, 20 percent to debt service, 14 percent to administration, 10 percent to stormwater management and 9 percent to parks. Staff proposes to reduce costs by eliminating the human resources director position, outsourcing some of the mowing, reducing retirement and uniform costs, and changing how the district accounts for unemployment. Poundstone said administration reduced its budget from $1.67 million to $1.59 million by eliminating the human resources director position. All the other department
ist Lou Galterio singing the national anthem as the Marine Corps Color Guard meets the polo teams and a parade of Lamborghinis at center field. After the match, the field will be lit up with the Floridian Community Bank Balloon Glow starting at 8:30 p.m. All of the balloons will fire up their burners to light up the night. “It’s awe-inspiring,” Russell said. “It’s like walking through a field of seven-story fireflies.” Sunday morning brings another mass ascension at 7 a.m., followed by tether rides at 7:30 a.m. Guests will be able to enjoy food and vendors before the festival closes at 9 a.m. This weekend’s festival will be the 13th that Polo America has put on combining the sport of polo with hot air balloons. The idea was sparked in 2005 when Russell was looking for a backdrop to the presentation of the Ford Trucks Global Cup at the Royal Palm Polo Club. “I wanted something spectacular,” he said. “The crowd loved it. When the presentation was over, we got a call that no one was leaving.” Russell first tested the idea of combining polo matches with a hot air balloon festival in Palm Springs, Calif. “We had 36,000 people for our first event,” he said. “There was
traffic backed up in every direction.” With its large polo community and great weather, Russell said that Wellington is a natural location for the festival. “It was made for Wellington,” he said. “Wellington is a unique area. When we do this in Las Vegas, we do it at least 10 miles from a populated area. In Wellington, we have thousands of homes surrounding the polo field. About 2,000 people could walk from their homes right to the field. We’re ex-
pecting a great crowd.” With the success of the events, Russell said he is glad to be able to use them to give back. “I’ve been very fortunate to be able to combine my hobbies and do some great things,” he said. “Raising money for the troops is just the icing on the cake for this. Ford Trucks has been with us through the entire course. They really saw the value in honoring our military.” For a full schedule of events, visit www.poloamerica.com and click “Event Schedule.”
ed either of the two alternates for the full-time position. She added that the commission had enough members for a quorum if they wanted to contemplate longer, and pointed out that the alternates had not had an opportunity to resubmit their résumés and that they both had master’s degrees in various fields. Webster said the overall discourse had turned out unpleasantly for the village as a whole. “Where we are now, we need to move forward because this is an important board,” she said. Reiterating previous discussion among council members that the commission members could be replaced at any time, Webster made a motion to appoint applicant Perrin to the open seat; move alternate Becher to the permanent seat
held by Commissioner Darrell Lange (who had disagreed at the previous meeting with Webster on her desire to replace permanent members with new ones); to move Ellis up to Larson’s permanent seat; and to place Lange and Larson in the alternate positions. The motion failed for lack of a second. Councilman Jeff Hmara said he felt it was important to restore order to the council’s meetings, which he felt had become disruptive. “These meetings became problems in my opinion primarily due to the conduct of two council members over the issues of the Planning & Zoning Commission,” he said. “Therefore, I believe in order to restore order to this council and provide for an effective working atmosphere... neither our current
liaison, Councilwoman Webster, nor our previous liaison, Mayor Mattioli, should hold this liaison position going forward.” Hmara then made a motion to appoint a new liaison immediately, which was seconded by Mattioli. Webster stressed that the council had always supported the recommendations of the liaison in the past. “Councilman Hmara, as the new kid on the block, I think watching and listening would be a good thing sometimes,” Webster said. “We have volunteers who came in here in good faith, and they were treated very badly. I was embarrassed for them. What we are saying here is the old way is the only way, and we’re going to stick with the old way.”
changed over time. There’s a 53foot Ferris wheel, but Kilday noted that the area is heavily landscaped, which masks the wheel until visitors are fairly close to it. There is also a giraffe feeding area, which Kilday said poses a challenge since the park currently has a 25-foot height limitation and the giraffes are 17 feet tall. The area also has animal rides and a splash playground, which is the most recent addition, built in 2006. “In the summer when attendance is down, people actually come out and spend two or three hours when they get to this part of the park,” Kilday said. He added that the splash park features recorded music. “I wanted to say that because it’s next to the area where want to build a stage and the recorded music plays there every day,” Kilday said. “We’ve never received a comment from a neighbor.” Plans for the new area include a zip line, for which the safari is requesting a 70-foot height exception. “That doesn’t mean that everything we do will be at 70, and it probably won’t,” he said. “There is a pole that brings the zip line up to its maximum height, even though people will be down at the 50-foot range.” Another addition is to be a water-themed Aqua Course, which will have several levels. Conditional use modifications requested in the letter from Kilday include outdoor lighting that would be extinguished no later
than 10:30 p.m., and live and recorded music in the 400-seat, 9,150-square-foot educational stage/theater area limited to uses ancillary to the zoo. Other uses such as live or pre-recorded outdoor concerts, musical performances, auctions, circuses, gun shows and tent revivals would not be permitted. “We currently have a 150-seat arena, but it’s very antiquated,” Kilday said. “We would request to move all our animal presentations to that stage. We would like on some Saturdays to have live music as part of that event, not as a separate event.” Commissioner Robert Curry said he had little concern about the music, which is kept at a relatively low volume. Walking down the trails, which have recorded music, he said he could not hear it from 100 feet away. “The Ferris wheel, I was probably 100 feet away and I still hadn’t seen it because the vegetation is so intense,” he said. “For the zip line, I would let him go even higher myself. I would let him go 80 or 90 feet, because the trees in the area are 80 or 90 feet.” Commissioner Sherry Hyman also favored the modification requests. “I would have liked to go to the open house you held and seen the animals,” she said. “I also approve of the changes you made.” Hyman made a motion to approve the changes, which passed unanimously. The modifications must still be approved by the Palm Beach County Commission.
Wellington Art Society will select the artwork for the exhibit. Information and entry forms with program dates and guidelines
are available from the Wellington Art Society at (561) 795-1691 as well as from art teachers at Wellington’s elementary schools.
budgets are up, including parks, which rises 4 percent to $1.08 million, with the main focus on the completion of Phase 1 of the park expansion. Additional budget focus areas include grant applications, a revised revenue and utility fund policy, 46 planned road maintenance projects, canal clearing, telemetry upgrades, outreach and public information, financial management, parks and a fund balance policy. The maintenance and operations’ budget would rise 8 percent to $5.6 million, and pump operations and aquatics would get 3 percent more, or $1.2 million. Poundstone said that each department prepared a five-year capital plan that would be subject to change yearly. The plan uses a revised vehicle replacement policy, adding a lifecycle approach to its existing points system, where-
by both engine hours and mileage are evaluated as well as useful life. She said capital outlay plans for 2013 include replacement of one motor grader, one truck in maintenance and one in parks, $100,000 for park improvements, and telemetry and pump upgrades. Supervisor Carlos Enriquez said he liked designating 47 percent to road improvements. “I look at it this way: That’s the one thing every citizen in this community is going to come in contact with that we provide,” he said. “Of course the canals and parks are important, but every resident in this community comes in contact with our roads, so it’s very important to maintain them to a standard that they deserve to be maintained.” President Michelle Damone said a complete version of the budget will be posted on the ITID web site at www.indiantrail.com.
The Budweiser Select balloon rises over the clouds. Balloons take flight during a Polo America event.
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continued from page 3 Schools USA site that recently had been approved at the old Albertsons building in Royal Palm Beach. “It’s not a magnet school,” he said. “It’s based on a higher level of education than what the current school district provides. There is no theme. They had over 500 applications since that
Blotter continued from page 6 cameras on his property, but they did not catch the incident. According to the report, this is the second time a garbage can of his had been stolen. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. MAY 5 — A deputy from the PBSO’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation was dispatched to a home on Tangerine Blvd. last Saturday evening regarding an act of vandalism. According to a PBSO report, sometime between midnight last Wednesday and 7 p.m. last Saturday, someone shot paintballs at her home. According to the report, the victim noticed about 10 paintballs splattered on the south wall of her garage, as well as several dents in the decorative pillars on her house. The victim said she does not know if the paint will come off, but that the pillars would have to be replaced. The pillars
Balloons light up the night with their burners. Webster said other people had come forward over the years but had not been considered. “What we have done here is make an effort to bring in the rest of the community and give them an opportunity to serve,” Webster said. “I am very disappointed that this council has said, ‘Stay home, don’t come to these meetings, and if you do come to this meeting, we’re going to tell you not to speak.’” Valuntas said he would like to re-advertise for the vacant position and consider it again in a month. “It would be good to get someone who’s a professional engineer or certified landscape architect,” he said. “We may not get them because of the behavior, what’s happened here the last couple of times, but with things being
the way they are, that seems like the best option to me.” Hmara modified his motion to appoint Pinto as liaison to the Planning & Zoning Commission. Pinto said in light of the situation, he would accept the nomination, but would have to give up his position as liaison to the Recreation Advisory Board. Mattioli called the question, and it carried 4-1 with Valuntas opposed. Webster voted yes, commenting, “Councilman Pinto, I hope you are as successful as you were with the Education Advisory Board,” referring to his previous position before the recent council reorganization. Webster made a motion to appoint Hmara as liaison to the Recreation Advisory Board. That motion carried unanimously.
project started.” That project, however, has been delayed until 2013. Schmidt noted that the school is open to any student and that students of military families and those with siblings in the school are the only ones given preferential treatment. Greene asked if there is an operator in mind for the daycare facility. Schmidt said there was not. “That may be several years down the road,” he said. Vice Mayor Howard Coates
made a motion to approve the measure with conditions that buses not be allowed to make U-turns and that the daycare portion be removed. Village Manager Paul Schofield clarified that restoring the daycare facility would require an additional change to the comprehensive plan. “They would have to amend [it] if they want the daycare back in,” he said. Council members agreed, passing the comprehensive plan amendment unanimously.
were valued at approximately $300. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. MAY 7 — An Acreage man was arrested early Monday morning on drug charges following a traffic stop near the intersection of Victoria Groves Blvd. and Shoma Drive. According to a PBSO report, a deputy from the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach was on patrol when he observed a beige Buick Century traveling westbound on Victoria Groves Blvd. run the stop sign at Shoma Drive. According to the report, the deputy initiated a traffic stop, and when he exited the car, he could smell the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle’s open windows. A second deputy observed plastic bags with suspected marijuana partially covered by a shirt on the front passenger seat. According to the report, the deputy made contact with the driver, 20year-old Joseph Emiliani. During
a search of the vehicle, the deputy discovered four bags containing approximately 40 grams of marijuana, as well as $948 cash and a glass pipe with marijuana residue. Emiliani was arrested and taken to the county jail, where he was charged with possession of drugs with intent to sell and possession of drug equipment. MAY 8 — A resident of the Bella Terra community contacted the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach last Tuesday morning to report a case of fraud. According to a PBSO report, the victim was contacted by Sprint after it was discovered that on Sept. 11, 2011, someone opened an account using the victim’s Social Security number and date of birth. According to the report, Sprint discovered that the driver’s license on the account did not match the victim’s license. There were no suspects at the time of the report.
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Learn The Growing Sport Of Cowboy Mounted Shooting
Do you like watching Westerns? Do you wish you could go back in time to those “thrilling days of yesteryear” in the Wild West? If so, cowboy mounted shooting might be just the sport for you. It certainly is for James Kimball-Davis, a member of the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association. Ellen Rosenberg’s Column, Page 25
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RPBHS Baseball Ends Season With Loss To West Boca
The Royal Palm Beach varsity baseball squad fell to visiting West Boca 5-3 in a Class 7A regional quarterfinal match-up held Wednesday, May 2. Coming of f a 10-0 rout of Forest Hill, the Wildcats (23-5) faced last year’s Class 5A state champions. Solid defense by both teams showed neither was going down without a fight. Page 39
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Business All Paws Animal Clinic To Take Part In The NCCF Bark & Bowl On May 18
All Paws Animal Clinic is a full-service veterinary hospital in Royal Palm Beach. Its mission is not only to give quality care to animals but also to give back to the local community. One of the many charitable causes the clinic supports is the National Canine Cancer Foundation (NCCF). This year, All Paws Animal Clinic will participate in the NCCF’s annual Bark & Bowl, which will take place Friday, May 18 from 7 to 1 0 p.m. at Palm Beach Strike Zone. Page 27
Sports Bronco Volleyball Boys Place Second In District Tourney
The Palm Beach Central High School boys varsity volleyball team finished second in the district championship tournament, falling to Park Vista in a tournament held Thursday, May 4 at John I. Leonard High School. It was a tense match that saw extreme talent from both teams. Page 39
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Learn The Growing Sport Of Cowboy Mounted Shooting Do you like watching Westerns? Do you wish you could go back in time to those “thrilling days of yesteryear” in the Wild West? If so, cowboy mounted shooting might be just the sport for you. It certainly is for James Kimball-Davis. “I think I started riding when I was born,” James said. “My mom would park me, in my baby stroller, in a stall while she rode. She plunked me up on a horse when I was 3, and I’ve been riding ever since. I grew up doing mostly English, dressage and hunters, through high school.” That was back when he lived up in Massachusetts. “I moved to South Florida in 2005, because I was sick of being cold. By then I was a farrier, and the Wellington area is the place to be for a farrier,” he said. “It’s very challenging. The top of the top riders and horses come down here for half the year. You have to stay right on the cutting edge of the profession, and I like that. It’s fun. You’re not just fitting a shoe to a hoof, you have to consider a lot of performance aspects.” What James didn’t realize is that even though South Florida has nice warm winters, it tends to have hot, humid summers. As a result, he started migrating to Wyoming during the summers and shoeing horses there. It Get updates all week long... follow Ellen Rosenberg on Twitter at twitter.com/ HorseTalkFL or stop by the Tales from the Trails page on Facebook and click “like.”
Tales From The Trails By Ellen Rosenberg was there, at a rodeo, that he first witnessed cowboy mounted shooting in 2010. “Suddenly, these people rode into the arena, some of them in normal cowboy show clothes, but some of them in period costumes. There was a Buffalo Bill, a Calamity Jane, a bunch of others, and they started tearing around the arena, shooting at balloons on stands,” he recalled. “They were riding flatout, shooting as they went. It was the most exciting thing I’d ever seen someone do on a horse. It was awesome. I thought it was as cool as it gets, and I had to find out more about it.” James found one woman who was new to the sport herself, just getting started, and she told him about what the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association calls the fastest-growing equine sport in the nation. There are groups throughout the country who meet regularly to practice and conduct competitions. Period costume is optional, but a lot of fun. The guns are real, usually replicas of Old West firing irons, .45-caliber six-shooters, and the charge is black powder, but with no projectile.
James Kimball-Davis rides Elmo. “I knew this was just the thing for me,” James said. “When I got back home to South Florida, I found a local group, the Florida Peacemakers, based in the Ocala area.” James contacted them, and soon he and about 20 other locals formed a South Florida
chapter of the group. They hope to get more local members involved so they can host local competitions. Freddy Naranjo is the president. They practice at various local farms that have tolerant neighbors, as all that shooting can get pretty loud. “The first time we held a practice, out on E Road in Loxahatchee Groves, suddenly a bunch of sheriff’s deputies jumped out of the woods with their hands on their guns. Now, we make sure to notify them about our practices in advance.” Surprisingly, James said getting the horses used to all the shooting isn’t difficult. Of course, it depends on the horse, and some are more tolerant than others. They pair a green horse with an experienced one, and that way he sees it’s nothing to be scared of. It doesn’t take long, usually just a day or two, although some horses really don’t like it and so aren’t suitable for the sport. “My horse, a little Mustang named Elmo, took to it like a duck takes to water,” James said. “He never shied or spooked. He was gung-ho right from the beginning. He loves to go to shoots.” After your horse learns to tolerate the noise, then the hard part begins. To compete successfully, your horse needs to be fast, fit and responsive. The rider has to change guns in the blink of an eye; a run lasts approximately 15 seconds and requires 10 shots using two guns. Some classes use both a revolver and a rifle, so the rider’s using two hands to aim and See ROSENBERG, page 26
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Students, It’s Time For One Of My Famous Pop Quizzes Remember “word problems” from math class? Those were the problems that left it to the student to figure out which algebraic formula to employ in deriving the answer, sort of like real life. Everyone hated word problems, especially me — not because they were difficult but because they were made difficult by mathematicians with a poor command of the English language. Because they were written so badly, you had to be able to untangle the English before you could even begin to untangle the math. Of course, that, too, has gotten to be sort of like real life. Still, because I am feeling particularly curious today, I have a pile of “word problems” for you, and the good news is — no math Get your Sonic Boomer humor every day! Follow Deborah Welky on Twitter at twitter.com/TheSonicBoomer. On Facebook, stop by “The Sonic Boomer” page and click the “Like” button.
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The Sonic BOOMER required! (Answers below.) 1) Debbie is not much of a gardener, but her mother sent her a packet of carrot seeds in the mail, so she felt she had to plant them. If Debbie follows the instructions on the packet very carefully and waters the seeds every day, what will she get when it is harvest time? 2) Debbie has been out of college for some time but is hoping to return for post-graduate courses in partying. What are her chances of being accepted on an athletic scholarship? 3) Debbie is out for a pleasant day on the
boat, but the experience is somewhat marred because her loving husband is once again trying to teach her to drive the thing. What is her response when he points out the doohickey known as the “dead man’s kill switch” among more seasoned sailors? 4) Debbie does a lot of writing, which often makes her feel guilty about the number of trees she has personally slain in the name of paper. If Debbie vows to become part of the new “paperless society,” how many batteries will she need to power up her paperless electronic devices? 5) Debbie gets irritated at the fast-food joint when she orders French fries and the reply is “no problem.” Had she caused a problem? Was it a wholly unexpected problem? Because, hey — isn’t selling French fries a key part of your business prospectus? 6) Debbie is feeling lonely and just wants someone to talk to. She can afford neither therapists nor bartenders, so where should she
go? Who will talk to her for hours on end and agree with her about everything under the sun and refuse to let her out of their sight for even a millisecond? Answers: 1) Carrots! I vigilantly and meticulously do everything right, and what do I get for my efforts? Carrots! I’ve got carrots in the fridge! 2) Zip, just like the first time. 3) Woman overboard. 4) Hundreds, but don’t worry — PowerUp Green says a whopping 2 percent are recycled properly and not sent to landfills where they are suspected of causing lots of problems. 5) Yes. Yes, it is. 6) Car dealers. Congratulations! You’ve completed my little six-question quiz in the time allotted. Here’s more good news: This does not count toward your final grade. In fact, let’s go out for recess. I have a pocketful of carrots to share.
‘Avengers’ Movie Great Kickoff To Summer’s Blockbusters Marvel’s The Avengers is the perfect kickoff for the summer movie season. It manages to pack in a whole group of superheroes to create a fun-filled adventure film that is long but so good you’ll never notice it. The project has been in the works for years, as most of the major characters have been introduced in their own movies. Now they join together, and writer/director Joss Whedon manages to stress the individuality of each while they work as a team. Even better, he keeps the movie fun. There are laughs as well as great special effects. The film is packed with plot. Loki (a really good Tom Hiddleston) manages to come through a gate in the universe created by a device called the Tesseract (originally brought up in the movie Thor). He uses a magic scepter to destroy opposition, taking control of the minds of superhero Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and genius scientist Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård) as well as taking the Tesseract. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) calls together superheroes to prevent global disaster, ignoring the expectedly moronic mewings of elected officials. The first of the superheroes enlisted is Black Widow/Agent Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), who recruits Dr. Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), a specialist in gamma ray radi-
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‘I’ On CULTURE By Leonard Wechsler ation who occasionally turns very large and green as the Hulk. Captain Steve Rogers, also known as Captain America (Chris Evans) is an easy recruit. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) becomes Iron Man one more time, and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) follows his brother Loki over to Earth to return him to justice on Asgard. Much of the early movie consists of our heroes fighting each other. Snarky Iron Man and straight arrow Captain America do not get on at all, and Tony Stark knows exactly what buttons to push on Dr. Bruce Banner to get him upset at Fury and the weapons he was planning to create. A nice touch in the script shows that our superheroes do not always work and play well together and that the government has a few too many of its own nasty secrets. For a while, Romanoff looks more like a frustrated nanny. Then the bad as classes for seniors and youth. “I just moved up this year from a level one to a two,” James said. “The thing I like a lot about the sport is that even though everyone competes real hard, there’s a real sense of community. People don’t think twice about lending you a gun or a holster. They’re more than willing to help you out. They want to see everyone do well, and I really like that. The best part, of course, is getting dressed up like a real old-time cowboy and riding around shooting things. It’s like living in the Wild West.” For more information, call James at (561) 386-2765, or contact either the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association at (888) 9600003 or www.cowboymountedshooting.com or the Florida Peacemakers at (321) 263-5239 or www.flapeacemakers.com.
guys strike and the games end as a struggle for control of a flying aircraft carrier allows Loki to escape. The final part of the movie is a battle across Manhattan as Loki uses the Tesseract to open Earth up to monsters from another universe. The monsters manage in about 20 minutes to do in midtown what it took Robert Moses years to do in The Bronx. My wife actually moaned as a huge dead monster crashed through beautiful Grand Central Station. The action for the last 40 minutes of the film is nonstop, with Iron Man swooping through the sky, Captain America saving lives on the ground and killing dozens of the smaller monsters, Hulk jumping onto and, occasionally, through buildings and Thor throwing his hammer. The more human-seeming superheroes, Hawkeye (no longer in thrall to Loki) fires special techno-arrows taking down flying monsters, and Black Widow uses incredible acrobatic and fighting skills to take dozens down as well. Even better, Whedon manages to get a few laughs into the middle of the fighting.
The cast is uniformly excellent. Actors even in small roles get their moments to shine. Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson gets his dramatic moment, and one of my favorite character actors, 85-year-old Harry Dean Stanton gets a nice minute or so. The superheroes actually were better together than in their own movies. Downey gets to play the wise guy, but less is actually more as his targets are more worthy than before. Ruffalo was particularly good as Banner, better than Edward Norton who played the part in the film. For old Hulk fans, Lou Ferrigno did the voice for the computer-driven Hulk. Hemsworth was excellent in the action scenes and actually brought gravitas to his role. Evans was good as the moral compass for everyone else. Johansson was terrific; she and Renner together were a great combination that really calls for their own movie. This is a great opening for the summer season. We had a ball watching it; I might even go again. If this is a sign for the rest of the summer, we’re all going to have a ball. See the movie. You’ll thank me.
St. Michael Lutheran Church Dedication Service May 20 In celebration of its long-awaited and newly constructed sanctuary, St. Michael Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wellington will hold a dedication worship service on Sunday, May 20 at 10 a.m. Bishop Ed Benoway of the Florida Bahamas Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will preach and preside at Holy Communion. “This has been a long time in coming, especially for our charter members,” Pastor Marjorie Weiss said. “St. Michael was formed in 1983 and has been saving and preparing for a new sanctuary for a very long time. We are so excited that the day has finally come to dedicate our new church home. It will enable an already growing congregation to do new things to follow our
mission statement: The Hands and Feet of Christ.” St. Michael is a place for adults, youth, families, gays, doubters, questioners and those interested in finding meaningful ways to make the world a better place. Everyone is welcome to attend this special service. St. Michael Evangelical Lutheran Church is located at 1925 Birkdale Drive (on the corner of Forest Hill Blvd. and Birkdale Drive). It is a Christian congregation where science and faith do not conflict, and is open to all God’s people. For more information about the dedication worship service, visit the church’s web site at www.stmichaelelc.com or call the church office at (561) 793-4999 and speak with Weiss.
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All Paws Animal Clinic To Take Part In NCCF Bark & Bowl May 18 By Jessica Gregoire Town-Crier Staff Report All Paws Animal Clinic is a full-service veterinary hospital in Royal Palm Beach. Its mission is not only to give quality care to animals but also to give back to the local community. One of the many charitable causes the clinic supports is the National Canine Cancer Foundation (NCCF). With one out of three dogs getting some form of cancer, the clinic understands the great importance of canine cancer research to save the lives of people’s beloved dogs. The clinic first got involved with the charity three years ago, after its client, Chris Pike, vice president of marketing and promotions for the foundation, lost two golden retrievers to cancer. All Paws Animal Clinic Office Manager Vicki Lanford remembers when Pike got the clinic involved with the foundation. “He put together the first Bark & Bowl here, and then we started by doing a dog wash called Scrub a Pup,” Lanford said. “We all got involved because of him, and we really loved his two dogs. They used to come here for treatment.” This year, All Paws Animal Clinic will participate in the NCCF’s annual Bark & Bowl, which will raise money for canine cancer research. The South Florida Bark & Bowl will take place Friday, May 18 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Palm Beach Strike Zone (6591 S. Military Trail, Lake Worth). It will benefit the South Florida chapter of the National Canine Cancer Foundation for local cancer research. The organization provides funding through grants for research on life-saving cures, medicine and improved treatment for canine cancer patients. “We see more and more cancer in dogs every day,” Lanford said. “I’ve lost a couple of my own dogs to it.” Bark & Bowl events currently take place in South Florida, Washington, D.C., and Phila-
delphia. All Paws Animal Clinic will be a part of the South Florida Bark & Bowl, which currently features 10 teams. Each team has to raise money in order to bowl, and $500 is the minimum to reserve a bowling lane. Each team also has goal amounts of money they want to raise, which is tracked on the Bark & Bowl web site. “We are second in line with our collection of money,” Lanford said. “We really appreciate everyone who has donated money or written letters about how canine cancer impacted their lives.” South Florida Bark & Bowl will also include a live DJ, food, raffles, prizes, a silent auction and other local animal organizations. “Although they can have some of the same symptoms, cancer in dogs is a little bit more difficult to detect than with humans,” Lanford said. “The pet owners have to really be their voice and be in tune with their pet. Watching their appetite and recreational activity, and obviously if they get a lump.” All Paws Animal Clinic has been serving the western communities since 2002. Owner Patricia Forsythe is an experienced veterinarian who in 1985 received her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. She had years of experience working in South Florida animal hospitals before opening up her own private practice. The clinic offers treatments from flea and tick control to surgeries for declawing, as well as spay and neutering. It also has an in-house lab for fast and accurate diagnoses, as well as dental procedures and boarding for dogs and cats. All Paws Animal Clinic is located at 1011 N. State Road 7 in Royal Palm Beach. For more information, visit www.allpawsanimal.com or call (561) 790-9225. For more about the National Canine Cancer Foundation, visit www. wearethecure.org or www.barkandbowl.com.
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WRMC Hires Director Of Business Development Wellington Regional Medical Center has announced that Beth Mourelatos has recently joined the hospital’s leadership team as director of business development. In this role, she will work to identify opportunities for growth of new and existing service lines and direct implementation of strategic hospital initiatives, including physician alignment and recruitment. Having worked in the healthcare industry for several years, Mourelatos brings a solid foundation in sales, marketing and physician outreach to this role. Her previous experience includes physician relations and business development positions within both Hospital Corporation of America and Tenet Healthcare. Mourelatos began her career in the medical industry as a medical device sales representative for Wright Medical Technology. “We are delighted to welcome Beth to our team at Wellington Regional,” said Jerel Humphrey, the hospital’s CEO. “Her outstanding business development acumen makes her a perfect fit for our hospital.” Owned and operated by parent Universal Health Services Inc. of
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Beth Mourelatos King of Prussia, Pa., Wellington Regional Medical Center is a 158-bed, acute-care hospital accredited by the Joint Commission. A $50 million expansion project is underway to add a 3-story, 103,000-square-foot addition to the existing hospital, which will provide 80 private patient beds with the latest amenities. For additional information, call (561) 472-2505 or visit www. wellingtonregional.com.
Small Business Week A Time To Explore Business Ownership
Each year since 1963, the President of the United States has set aside one week to recognize the contributions that small businesses make to America’s economy. This year, National Small Business Week is set for May 20-26, and Wellington resident and Lia Sophia advisor Debbie Porro thinks that this celebration of entrepreneurship in America is a perfect time to think about the opportunity of small business ownership. “For me, it was an easy decision to join Lia Sophia,” Porro said. “I love beautiful jewelry, and I love sharing it with friends and family in their homes. At first glance, some women may not think about direct selling as ‘small business,’ but that’s exactly what it is. The direct-selling industry offers women a chance to start their own small businesses where they can pursue a range of financial options, from a new fulltime earnings opportunity to a chance to add to the family paycheck.” According to the Direct Selling Association’s latest survey, women make up 90 percent of the 15 million direct sellers nationwide. The
National Small Business Administration reported that more than half of Americans work for, or own, one of the 27.3 million small businesses operating in America today, and that small businesses create 60 to 80 percent of all new jobs. Armed with these facts, women who are looking for financial security or independence might want to consider starting their own business in the directselling industry. “One of the keys to success as an entrepreneur is to center your business on something you love and to do your homework before you commit,” Porro said. There are several questions to consider. First, are you comfortable with face-to-face selling? If not, direct selling is probably not for you. Are you interested in or even passionate about the product? Allow your current hobbies and skills to guide you into a career that will reward you personally and financially. Finally, are you clear about your financial goals? Having a realistic picture of your financial goals can help you determine whether the time you will need to invest to reach
Debbie Porro those goals is realistic in the context of your family and personal life. Porro invites people to contact her for more information about Lia Sophia, how to host a jewelry show, or how to start your own Lia Sophia business. For more information, call Porro at (561) 632-0502 or visit www. liasophia.us/debbiebelieves.
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Hessen Named To Association Of Women Lawyers Board Wender, Hedler & Hessen PA has announced that partner Nicole Hessen has been elected to the board of directors of the Palm Beach County Chapter of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers (FAWL). In this role, Hessen, a Wellington resident, will serve as outreach director where she will work to develop a schedule of social and philanthropic events and will serve as the membership liaison. In addition, she will continuously promote the importance of FAWL and the advocacy the organization provides for
women in the judicial system. “I am very honored to continue my association with FAWL,” said Hessen, who has previously held committee positions with FAWL, including PACE Committee chair and Newsletter and Publicity chair. “The organization promotes the advancement of women and supports many organizations throughout our community. I am excited to continue to share the work that we do.” Hessen has dedicated her career to representing injured workers in Palm Beach County. She is a pas-
sionate advocate for her clients and is known for her compassionate approach to the practice of law. In addition to her association with FAWL, Hessen is chair of the Workers Compensation Practice Committee for the Palm Beach County Bar, a Florida Bar SCOPE mentor and a volunteer with the PACE Center for Girls of Palm Beach County. She is also a member of the Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association Board of Directors, the Palm Beach County Bar Association, the Florida Bar Workers Compensation Section,
Florida Workers’ Advocates, the Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce and the Binks Forest Elementary School Advisory Council. Wender, Hedler & Hessen PA is a boutique law firm with more than two decades of service defending injured workers in South Florida. With experience representing employers and insurance companies, as well as employees, the firm knows workers compensation laws inside and out. For more on Wender, Hedler & Hessen, visit www.injuredworkers only.com or call (561) 246-6666.
Marshall Foundation Names Heins To Board Of Directors
Nancy Lewis Heins
Nancy Marshall, president of the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation, has announced that Nancy Lewis Heins has been named to the nonprofit organization’s board of directors. Heins holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Florida Atlantic University and a master ’s degree in organization development and behavior. Her experience includes managing a real estate firm for five years; working with Florida Power & Light Company for nine years in the areas of customer service, accounting, and corporate resource allocation and planning; and
owning her Jupiter-based consulting firm Change Strategies for 18 years. Heins has experience working in the private, public/government and not-for-profit community sectors. She currently provides human resources and organization development consulting to grow the performance of people and organizations. A partial client list includes the Tribune Companies, Nortel, CALA, Palm Beach County, Pratt & Whitney, Florida Power & Light Company and Employment Learning Innovations Inc.
“Nancy Lewis Heins brings years of business experience to the Marshall Foundation, and her expertise in both human resources and organizational development will be particularly invaluable as this growing and vital nonprofit organization approaches our 15th anniversary in 2013,” Marshall said. Based in Palm Beach County, the Marshall Foundation champions the restoration and preservation of the greater Everglades ecosystem through science-based education and outreach programs. Annually, more than 25,000 elementary and
high school students in Palm Beach County actively participate in the Marshall Foundation's various education programs. Founded in 1998, the nonprofit organization has in recent years awarded more than $450,000 in scholarships and internships, planted nearly 100,000 native Florida trees in wetland areas, and involved more than 5,000 volunteers in hands-on restoration projects. For additional information about the Marshall Foundation, call (561) 233-9004 or visit its web site at www. artmarshall.com.
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Academy for Child Enrichment — Summer Camp Children will enjoy field trips and activities such as swimming, bowling, skating, science museum, movies and picnics. Tuition includes camera surveillance, creative curriculum, computers and all meals. Registration is now being accepted for Summer Camp. Registration is free for new customers only. Se habla Español. Visit the Academy for Child Enrichment at 700 Camellia Dr., Royal Palm Beach. For more info., call (561) 798-3458 or visit www.small worldpbc.com. Camp Cambridge — Camp Cambridge, serving age two through second grade, combines academic excellence, summertime fun and a safe environment to create an unforgettable summer experience. Theme-based curriculum and in-house field trips complement the concepts explored by all. Year-round, e xperienced staff continues to nurture. There are nine weeks of camp offered at Cambridge Schools, located at 1920 Royal Fern Drive in Wellington. Activities include: swimming, art, math, computers, sports, science and cooking. A certified swim instructor provides instruction to children ages 3 and up, Mommy & Me classes, private/group lessons and team swim programs. Bilingual classes, kindergarten readiness and enrichment classes available as well. For more info., visit www.cambridgepreschools.com. Camp Gan Israel Day Camp — Camp Gan Israel has a program geared for your child! Understanding that all kids are unique and are drawn toward different activities, Camp Gan Israel offers something for everyone. There are professional sports instructors, baking experts, dance instruction, jewelry making, karate instruction, trips to exciting local venues, swimming, boating, scrapbooking, edible art and so much more. Camp Gan Israel runs from June 18 through July 20, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The camp will take place at Palm Beach Central High School and accepts children from 3 to 13 years. To register, visit www.wellingt onjewishcenter.org or call (561) 333-4663. Casperey Stables Horse Camp — Casperey Stables is a small, fun-filled day camp for children ages 7 to 14. With four riding opportunities each day, arts & crafts and outdoor games, campers find little time to be bored. The low counselor-child ratio ensures your child will receive 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 BBQ. Call soon: this small, quality program fills quickly! To learn more about the camp, located at 2330 D Road in Loxahatchee Groves, call (561) 792-4990 or visit www.caspereystables.com. High Touch High Tech/The Lab — The Lab is happ y to announce that it is expanding into a larger facility located near State Road 7 and Lantana Road. Science is presented by High Touch High Tech, the leader in hands-on science education for the last 17 years. Each day will be a new adventure from interacting with “lab critters” to launching rockets and panning for gems. The program offers affordable pricing, experiments with lots of cool science take-homes, art, physical activities and more. The Lab taps into children’s natural curiosity and provides them with safe and fun activities that help them learn about the world around them. Expect awesome fun as kids make slime, erupt volcanoes, make ice cream, tie dye t-shirts and more! Call (561) 444-3978 for info. Junior Golf Foundation of America Golf Camp — Join the Summer Junior Golf Camp at Okeeheelee Golf Course, Park Ridge Golf Course and John Prince Golf Learning Center. New or seasoned golfers will develop skills while having a blast doing so. The Junior Golf Foundation of America provides junior golfers with the tools to enjoy the game for a lifetime. Professional PGA/LPGA golf instructors, trained coaches and staff are carefully picked for their love of junior golf, teaching abilities and inspirational approach. The program emphasizes safety, fun, spor tsmanship and personal attention. Camps run 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday with extended camp available until 3 p.m. at Okeeheelee. Written evaluation reports, prizes/trophies, official JGFA it ems, a certificate of completion and a pizza party on the last day is included. Also available: camps for 3-5 year olds, camps for advance/tournament golfers, Junior Golf tournaments, weekly programs and leagues, walk-up clinics, LPGA*USGA Girls Golf Club and Summer Play Pass. Visit www.JGFA.org or call (561) 964-GOLF for more information. Noah’s Ark Summer Camp — Children will enjoy field trips and activities such as swimming, bowling, skating, science museum, movies and picnics. Tuition includes camera
surveillance, creative curriculum, computers and all meals. Registration is now being accepted for both Summer Camp. Registration is free for new customers only. Se habla Español. Noah’s Ark is located at 14563 Okeechobee Blvd., Loxahatchee Groves. For more information, call (561) 753-6624 or visit www.smallworldpbc.com. Pierce Hammock Elementary Summer Camp Program — Summer is just around the corner, so make plans now to sign up with Pierce Hammock Elementary School. Pierce Hammock has been serving the west area since 2004 and would love for you to join in the summer fun. Monday is on-campus activity day: participate in arts & crafts, sports, cooking, computers and more. Tuesday through Frida y will be off-campus days. Field trips include museums, wildlife excursions, water parks, arcades and other exciting places. Hurry, sessions fill quickly. For more information, or to register, call (561) 6334530 or visit www.edline.net/pages/Pierce_Hammock_Elementary/Afterschool and click on “2012 Summer Camp Info.” Royal Palm Covenant Tutoring Summer Camp 2012 — Children ages 5 to 14 will enjoy field trips to Lion Country Safari, museums, parks, bowling, movies, the zoo and activities such as sports, arts & crafts, cooking and more fun. Camp runs Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Open enr ollment for the camp is going on now. A one-time registration fee of $25 per child includes a T-Shirt. The camp is located at 660 Royal Palm Beach Blvd., Royal Palm Beach. Call (561) 793-1077 to register or for more information. The Good Earth Farm — The Good Earth Farm in Loxahatchee Groves is a nonprofit animal sanctuary and rescue for horses and other large animals, and the only children’s zoo in South Florida. The farm has offered a camp since 1999. The camp promotes a healthy respect for animals and offers a fun-filled summer for your child with riding lessons, swimming, working with llamas, alpacas, mini horses and other farm animals. The art program is second to none, working with 3D design, drawing, painting and this summer felting, using the farm’s own llama and alpaca wool! Where else can you brush and care for a baby zebra? This summer, Good Ear th Farm is lucky to have its cafe open for lunch. The program is for six weeks, and your child can attend as many weeks as they want, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with aftercare available. For more info., call Nancy at (561) 792-2666. The Learning Foundation of Florida’s Academic Summer Camp — TLFF’s elementary, middle and high school summer academic school/camp program has several different service options available to assist the diverse needs of students. TLFF’s K-8th grade summer program focuses on individualized academic remediation. TLFF uses weekly themes, a variety of teaching strategies, including a multi-sensory/hands-on approach and creative lessons. TLFF’s high school summer program focuses on grade forgiveness and/or acceleration. Students who have received D or F grades in classes may redo them for a higher grade. Students can also accelerate and take classes to get ahead. Both programs are open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. beginning June 18 and running through Aug. 3. For more information, call TLFF at (561) 7956886. Tiny Tikes — Tiny Tikes camp is geared toward the elementary-age camper. Daily activities are sure to keep the campers happy, busy and engaged. Trips include bowling, skating and movies weekly, as well as special trips including the zoo, science museum and much more! They have three conveniently located centers which open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. Activities occur throughout the day, both at the center and out on the bus. Meals are included. Call (561) 790-1780 now to reserve your space or visit Tiny Tikes at 16245 Okeechobee Blvd. in Loxahatchee. Zolet Arts Academy — Zolet is in its 23rd year offering professional fine arts classes in the original Wellington Mall, Suite 4. The summer camp program runs Monday through Thursday from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., starting June 11 for ages 6-8 and 9-14 featuring drawing, painting, sculpture and crafts. No two days are alike. Rotating subjects and media include: acrylics, watercolors, tempera, fingerpaints, chalk & oil pastels, charcoal, pen & inks, block & mono printing, 3D collage, wood, clay, tile, papier mache, textiles and observational drawing/shading for audition prep. Individualized instruction for all skill levels. Take home completed work daily. Total cost includes all free supplies: $190 per week. Call (561) 793-6489 for more information.
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DINING & ENTERTAINMENT
‘Peter Pan’ Tickets On Sale May 19 At The Kravis Center Audiences are invited to discover the magic of the two-time Emmy Award–winning and two-time Tony Award–nominated production Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan. Families and fans will have their chance to “fly” into the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts for this magical production running Aug. 1-5. Tickets go on sale to the general public Saturday, May 19 at 10 a.m. Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan is a unique, family-friendly attraction of spectacle and fantasy. The thrill of flying, timeless magical moments and a captivating hook will mesmerize young and old alike. The legend you thought you knew is now the adventure you never dreamed possible. Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan is produced by McCoy Rigby Entertainment, Nederlander Presentations, Albert Nocciolino in association with Larry Earl Payton, Michael Filerman, Heni Koenigsberg and La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. Direction is by Glenn Casale, who directed the 1999 Tony Award– nominated and Emmy-winning Peter Pan starring Cathy Rigby. Casale has been a resident for al-
most 23 seasons at the California Musical Theatre, where he has directed more than 550 shows. The flying sequence choreographer is Paul Rubin, a.k.a. “the Fly Guy,” who has choreographed some of the most memorable flying sequences from the Tony Award–winning Broadway production of Wicked, to Cathy Rigby’s Emmy Award–winning DVD Peter Pan. The creative team includes Patti Columbo (choreographer), Keith Levenson (musical director), Michael Gilliam (lighting design), Julie Ferrin (sound design), Sean Boyd (fight director) and Julia Flores (casting director). McCoy Rigby Entertainment’s Tom McCoy and Cathy Rigby are beginning their 17th season as executive producers of the McCoy Rigby Entertainment Series at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. Since the 1994-95 season, McCoy Rigby has produced more than 75 plays, musicals, concerts, dramas and comedies. MRE has also produced several Broadway productions and national tours, including Peter Pan and Seussical the Musical, both starring
Cathy Rigby, Jesus Christ Superstar starring Carl Anderson, Camelot formerly starring Michael York and through 2008 starring Lou Diamond Phillips, and Happy Days the Musical. Since 1990, Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan has made four stops on Broadway, garnering four Tony nominations, including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Actress in a Musical. Other credits include the A&E network premiere of Peter Pan, which received four Emmy Award nominations and one Emmy Award, “The Historic All-Star Concert for Pope John Paul II” at the Los Angeles Coliseum, and the awardwinning documentary on balancing wellness titled Faces of Recovery. The Washington Post wrote, “Peter Pan sparkles with fairy dust! Rigby has mastered the boy who wouldn’t grow up.” Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan flies into the Kravis Center Aug. 1-5. Performances run Wednesday, Aug. 1 through Saturday, Aug. 4 at 7 p.m., with matinees Friday, Aug. 3 and Saturday, Aug. 4 at 2 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 5 at 1 and 5:30 p.m.
Cathy Rigby in her role as Peter Pan. Tickets are available now to Kravis Center donors only. Become a donor by calling the Kravis Center donor services hotline at (561) 651-4320 or via the Kravis Center web site at www.kravis.org/ membership. Tickets will be on sale to the public beginning May 19 at the Kravis Center box office (701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach), online at
www.kravis.org/peterpan or by calling (561) 832-7469 or (800) 572-8471, and at all Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets start at $25. Group orders of 10 or more receive a discount and may be placed by calling (561) 651-4438 or (561) 651-4304. For additional information on Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan, visit the show’s web site at www.cathyrigby ispeterpan.com.
Art Group Hosting Photography Exhibit May 23 In Jupiter The Artists Association of Jupiter will host its juried art show “Big Shot” on Wednesday, May 23 at its venue A Unique Art Gallery (226 Center Street, Jupiter). The show will feature artists from the tri-county area, and the opening reception will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Artists Association of Jupiter’s members generously opened up part of their display space at A Unique Art Gallery for local photog-
raphers to submit some of their latest works to be on display and sale. The photographs on display will be in four categories: figurative, photo journalism, nature and creative (artistically altered photographs). Durga Garcia will present awards for first, second and third place, as well as best of show honors. There will be wine, cheese and good times for all ages. Garcia is a published, award-winning photographer, doing fine art im-
ages of female forms and landscapes. She is a certified fine art appraiser holding senior accreditations from the leading appraisal institutes. Garcia is a freelance photographer for artists, galleries and exhibits. She holds positions as the curator of exhibitions at the Palm Beach Photographic Center and is the staff photographer at the Lighthouse ArtCenter and Jonathan Dickinson State Park. The association hosts a monthly
open house in conjunction with neighboring gallery Unique Glass Art. Stroll between the two galleries, and enjoy great fine art and refreshments. Artists Association of Jupiter members, 29 and counting, will showcase their works in sculpture, etched glass, photography, original paintings, prints, picture framing and giclees. Founded by Susan Lorenti in June 2010, the Artists Association of Ju-
piter is a collaboration of artists who work together to promote the awareness of art and education to the community and surrounding counties. Custom framing is also available in the gallery. A Unique Art Gallery is located in the Center Park Plaza, one block west of Alt. A1A, next to the Jupiter Ale House. Learn more about the organization, its artists and programs on the association’s web site at www. artistsassociationofjupiter.com.
Art Rock, Armory To Host Art Show & Marketplace May 12 The Armory Art Center has partnered with Art Rock to host a one-day art show and indie marketplace event Saturday, May 12 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Armory. Art Rock is a cash-and-carry art show and indie marketplace featuring pop-surrealist, outsider, lowbrow and street art alongside DIY fashion, funky jewelry and home deco items — art you will want to buy made by accomplished and up-and-coming South Florida artists. The event will showcase more than 60 artist booths packed full of affordable art you can hang on your walls, wear, eat, admire or even sip your coffee from. Showcasing art in all mediums including painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, photography, fabric, edible art and more. There will be live artist demonstrations, while complimentary swag bags will be available for the first 100 people. Armory faculty will be doing demonstrations in wheel throwing, drawing and painting and will
be conducting a free kids activity. Door prizes, food and drinks will add to the excitement of the day. Art Rock creator Amanda Linton’s reason for bringing the event to the Armory was inspired by the Armory’s strong connection to the art community. “We wanted to create a venue for artists to sell their work, network and meet other artists, galleries and collectors face to face,” she said. “My husband and I are artists ourselves, and with the success of our sister show, ‘Stitch Rock,’ we thought a similar marketplace with a focus on fine art was needed. There are plenty of annual art shows with the same art year after year, but we wanted a place to showcase art we would be happy to hang on our own walls.” Admission costs $5 for adults and is free for children 12 and under who are accompanied by an adult. The Armory Art Center is located at 1700 Parker Ave. in West Palm Beach. Visit www.artrockrocks.com for a complete list
of participating artists. The Armory’s mission is to provide high-quality visual art school and art gallery services that stimulate personal self-discovery and generate knowledge and awareness of art as part of life. For more information about the Armory Art Center, or to sign up for classes, visit www.armoryart.org or call (561) 832-1776.
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RPBHS Baseball Boys End Season With Loss To West Boca By Gene Nardi Town-Crier Staff Report The Royal Palm Beach varsity baseball squad fell to visiting West Boca 5-3 in a Class 7A regional quarterfinal match-up held Wednesday, May 2. Coming off a 10-0 rout of Forest Hill, the Wildcats (23-5) went scoreless in the first inning against last year’s Class 5A state champions. Solid defense by both teams, tagging out aggressive runners steal-
ing second base showed neither was going down without a fight. The 7A-14 Bulls (15-11) opened up in the second inning, scoring four runs before the 7A-13 Royal Palm Beach defense could finally settle to shut down the West Boca assault. The Wildcats appeared to respond in the bottom of the second. With a runner on first and just one out, batter Connor Brennan hit a line drive, which looked to be a sure base-hit, but the West Boca infield
Wildcat outfielder Joseph Sleek rounds third base and makes a run for the plate. PHOTOS BY GENE NARDI/TOWN-CRIER
scooped up the ball for a double play, closing out the second inning. A total of five errors did not help the Wildcats in the contest; two of them came in the second inning. The Bulls provided their share, committing two errors. Royal Palm Beach pitcher Justin Lauginiger (10-1) seemed to struggle in the second inning but settled in the later innings. In traditional Royal Palm Beach fashion, as the Wildcats demonstrated throughout the season, they began chipping away at the West Boca lead, scoring three runs in two innings. The defense responded well by cutting down the Bulls, holding them scoreless in the third and fourth innings. In the bottom of the third inning, Royal Palm Beach’s Joseph Sleek stood at second base with Chris Barr at bat. Barr launched a line drive single that sent Sleek sliding in at home plate for their first score. They would drive in two more runs in the bottom of the fourth to cut the West Boca lead. The Bulls were able to counter, and added one more run. Royal Palm Beach was not able to gain any ground in the last three innings. Defensively, they responded, keeping the Bulls off the board in the sixth and seventh innings but could not drive in the runs they needed to close the gap. The 5-3 defeat closed out the Wildcats’ post-season play with an impressive district championship and a 23-4 record.
RPBHS first baseman Chris Barr looks for the throw from the mound as West Boca’s Michael Barash dives back in after a lead.
RPBHS catcher Brandon Hernandez connects with the ball.
Bronco Volleyball Boys Place Second In District Tourney By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report The Palm Beach Central High School boys varsity volleyball team finished second in the district championship tournament, falling to Park Vista High School 25-16, 23-25, 2520, 25-18 in a tournament held Thursday, May 4 at John I. Leonard High School. It was a tense match that saw extreme talent from both teams. Palm
Beach Central has been gunning for a district title for years, and it was evident in the way the Broncos played, but they couldn’t stop the Cobra offense, ultimately falling in four games. Park Vista jumped out to an early lead, leaving the Broncos struggling to catch up. With two games won, the Cobras fought to clinch the win in the fourth game while the Broncos fought to force a fifth game.
Bronco Nikolas Nelson sets up a spike.
Early on in the game, the teams went point for point. But several mistakes by Palm Beach Central allowed Park Vista to take the lead. Hits by Nikolas Nelson and Luke Fountain helped to tie the game at 14. Though the Broncos rallied to take a small lead, the Cobras were hot on their tail. Ultimately, the Cobras would overtake Palm Beach Central for a 25-18 win and the district title.
Broncos Luke Fountain and Marquis Smith jump for a block.
Palm Beach Central’s Luke Fountain puts the ball over. PHOTOS BY LAUREN MIRÓ/TOWN-CRIER
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King’s Academy Softball Team Posts State Final Four Victory
Ethan Rogge, Blake Weger, Kyle Beck, Cody Snead, Jakob Scott and Ariel Mendez.
Blake Weger Places Second In Tourney Bass Fishing Kids Palm Beach County held a fishing tournament Saturday, April 14 at TY Park in Broward County. The results were as follows: • Small Fry Division — First place, Ethan Rogge of Weston; second place, Blake Weger of Wellington; and third place, Kyle Beck of Coral Springs. • Junior Division — First place,
Cody Snead of Parkland; second place, Jakob Scott of West Palm Beach; and third place, Ariel Mendez of Pembroke Pines. The Big Fish winner was Snead. TY (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park is located in Hollywood. For more information about Bass Fishing Kids Palm Beach County, or to register for the next tournament, visit www. bassfishingkids.com.
The King’s Academy’s softball team scored their first state final four in 14 years with a 3-1 victory over Sarasota Cardinal Mooney High this month. Cardinal Mooney came into the event with a record of 21-4 and had an advantage being able to host the game against the Lions, who traveled across the state. Cardinal Mooney generated just three hits off the Lions’ ace Aubree Murphy, who struck out 12 batters in the complete-game victory. Her performance enabled King’s Academy (23-6) to win the program’s first regional title since 1998. “They were all just way off the plate,” Murphy said. “As soon as I saw a girl step up on the plate, I was going to bang them inside first. Then I’m going to go out on them so they couldn’t reach it. So, that was my strategy most of the game.” Murphy yielded only two hits, a home run and double, to her counterpart, Mooney sophomore pitcher Natalie Maglich. After Cardinal Mooney tied the game 1-1 in the bottom of the third inning, the Lions quickly responded offensively. Freshman catcher Becca Gomez came to the plate after
TKA softball players Sam Chaisson, Kristin Wright, Naomi Cortez, Caitlin Rolston, Rina Patel and Abby Cornelius. an Abby Cornelius walk and homered over the left center-field fence to put the Lions ahead for good 3-1. Gomez also doubled in Kim Valdes in the second inning and finished with all three runs batted in on the day. “Becca, I told her to keep her hands level, let it come to you and drive through it,” head coach Tim
Willcox said. “I mean, that’s her fourth home run this season, and she’s got that kind of power.” With the win, the Lady Lions advanced to the State Final Four on Friday, May 11 in Clermont. They will play at noon against the winner of the American Heritage Delray and Miami Westminster Christian region final.
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TKA’s Lauren Bender To Cheer For Samford University Bulldogs
Willie Surtees, Philip Mengel, Pam Surtees and Robert Wood.
New Hope Charities Hosts Golf For Kids Tournanment New Hope Charities held its 12th annual Golf for Kids Tournament, chaired by Alex Fanjul and William Surtees, on April 23 at the prestigious Dye Preserve in Jupiter. The event raised more than $65,000 in support of New Hope Charities’ programs helping children and families in western Palm Beach County. The events of the day included putting contests, a Cuban-style lunch buffet, a raffle offering exciting prizes, a live auction, and an awards ceremony with cocktails fol-
lowing the tournament. New Hope Charities began as a simple food-offering to the poor operating out of a garage. Today the organization has flourished into a family center supporting families in the Glades area through a food distribution program for 193 families, after-school care with a comprehensive education program, a library, a computer lab, and much more. To learn more about the organization or to make a donation, visit www. newhopecharities.org.
Lauren Bender, co-captain of the King’s Academy’s varsity cheerleading team, will be entering the nursing program at Samford University in the fall. She recently learned she will be cheering for Bulldogs as well. Bender auditioned over a two-day period in Birmingham, Ala., where the participants had to demonstrate their tumbling and stunting skills as well as perform a new cheer and fight song they learned at the auditions. Bender earned a spot as a flyer. She is excited to attend Samford because it is a small Christian school that reminds her of the King’s Academy, which has been like a second home to her. “I love King’s. The teachers are caring and positive influences in my life,” she said. Bender started her cheering career at TKA in seventh grade and began training to be a flyer in ninth grade. She credits coach Jenn Allen with her success in cheerleading. “Coach Jenn taught me all of my flying and tumbling skills, and she al-
Lauren Bender (front row, fourth from left) with the King’s Academy cheer team. ways pushes us to do more than we can even imagine,” Bender said. “Coach Jenn’s discipline and talent brings out the best in each of us, which is why we were able to be-
come the FHSAA three-time state champions.” Bender aspires to become a nurse practitioner in cosmetic dermatology.
Send sports news items to: The Town-Crier Newspaper, 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 31, Wellington, FL 33414. Fax: (561) 793-6090. E-mail: news@goTownCrier.com.
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Saturday, May 12 • On Saturday, May 12, Feeding South Florida will join letter carriers to fight hunger with the 20th annual Stamp Out Hunger, the nation’s largest one-day food drive. To participate, simply place a bag of non-perishable food by your mailbox for your letter carrier to pick up during mail delivery. Volunteers are needed to sort collected food. To volunteer, contact Leroy Green at (954) 518-1863 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info., visit www.helpstampouthunger.com. • The 14th annual RIMS Classic Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, May 12 at the PGA National Resort & Spa. The tournament begins with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start and is followed by a luncheon and awards. For more info., call the Safety Council of Palm Beach County at (561) 845-8233, ext. 17 or visit www.safetycouncilpbc.org. • The Friends of Mounts Botanical Garden will host the annual “Connoisseurs Garden Tour: A Mother’s Day Tradition” Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 13 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participants can visit eight privately owned gardens at their own pace and sequence. Purchase tickets at the Garden Shop at Mounts and Hoffman’s Chocolates locations. For more info., call (561) 233-1757 or visit www.mounts.org. • Shred Fest will take place Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the LourdesNoreen McKeen Residence (315 South Flagler Drive, WPB). Enrolled Agents will be on site to answer tax document retention questions. The event is free but participants are asked to bring a new teddy bear for donation. For more info., visit www.fseaonline.org. • The Cardiac Research Institute of the Masonic Medical Research Laboratory will host a charity golf outing Saturday, May 12 at the Links at Boynton Beach (8020 Jog Road, Boynton Beach), with registration beginning at 11 a.m. and tee-off at 1 p.m. The cost of $75 includes golf and lunch. To register, visit www.mmrl.edu or call (561) 441-8158. • The Episcopal Church Women of St. David’s-in-the-Pines in Wellington invites the public to its Spring Fashion Show & Luncheon on Saturday, May 12 at noon at the Madison Green Golf Club in Royal Palm Beach. Fashions will be provided by Bealls. Tickets cost $35. To RSVP, call Jean at (561) 784-2596. • Whole Foods Market (2635 State Road 7, Wellington) will host Whole Body Fair: Summertime Favorites on Saturday, May 12 from noon to 3 p.m. Call (561) 904-4000 for more info.
• Caribbean-Americans for Community Involvement (CAFCI) and the Village of Royal Palm Beach will host Cultural Diversity Day on Saturday, May 12 at Veterans Par k on Royal Palm Beach Blvd. from 1 p.m. to sundown. E-mail cmorales@royalpalmbeach. com or call (561) 790-5196 for info. • The new Mike Soper Music Studio (11496 Pierson Road, Building C, Wellington) will hold an open house and open-mic event Saturday, May 12 at 1 p.m. For more info., call (561) 223-3194 or like MikeSoperMusic on Facebook. • Nature’s Center (5301 State Road 7, Lake Worth) will present “For the Love of Orchids” on Saturday, May 12 at 2 p.m. The class is free and walk-ins are welcome. Call (561) 434-5777 for info. • The Robert Sharon Chorale will present its annual spring concert Saturday, May 12 at 3 p.m. in the DeSantis Chapel at Palm Beach Atlantic University (300 Okeechobee Blvd., WPB). Tickets may be purchased online at www.therobertsharonchorale.com, by calling (561) 687-4245 or at the door. • The Young Singers of the Palm Beaches will present its annual spring concert “The Melody Within” on Saturday, May 12 at 7 p.m. at the Kravis Center. For more info., call (561) 659-2332 or visit www.youngsingers. org . To purchase tickets, visit www.kravis.org. • The Wellington Amphitheater will present “A Tribute to Billy Joel” on Saturday, May 12 at 8 p.m. Bring your own seating. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. Sunday, May 13 • Whole Foods Market (2635 State Road 7, Wellington) will offer Mother’s Day Mimosas and Flowers on Sunday, May 13 from noon to 2 p.m. There is no charge, and no registration is necessary. Call (561) 9044000 for more info. • Whole Foods Market (2635 State Road 7, Wellington) will host “Health Starts Here: Groovy Smoothies” on Sunday, May 13 from noon to 1:30 p.m. Have some psychedelic fun with your blender, creating colorful concoctions. There is no charge, but call (561) 904-4000 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach Community Band will present a free concert Sunday, May 13 at 4 p.m. at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center (151 Civic Center Way). Refreshments will be provided. For more info., call (561) 790-5149. Monday, May 14 • The Palm Beach County Tea Party will See CALENDAR, page 45
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is required. Call (561) 904-4000 for info. • Shulamit Hadassah will feature estate planning and elder law attorney Mark Shalloway on Wednesday, May 16 at 7 p.m. at Palm Beach Fire- Rescue Station 30 (9610 Stribling Way, Wellington). Light refreshments will be served. The cost is $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. RSVP to Donna at (561) 795-9677 or mielsmama@aol. com. Thursday, May 17 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will present “Releasing Shame & Defeating the Stigma of Mental Illness” on Thursday, May 17 at 2:30 p.m. for adults. Dena Foman, author of Only I Can Define Me: Releasing Shame and Growing Into My Adult Self, will share her story about dealing with family members suffering from mental illness. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will feature “Legos & Laughs” on Thursday, May 17 at 4:30 p.m. for ages 8 to 12. Enjoy building with Legos and reading joke books. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach Village Council will meet Thursday, May 17 at 7 p.m. at Village Hall (1050 Royal Palm Beach Blvd.). Call (561) 790-5100 or visit www.royalpalm beach.com for more info. • Wellington and the American Legion Chris Reyka Memorial Post 390 will hold a Veterans Open House Thursday, May 17 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd., upper level). This event will feature guest speakers to raise awareness about the American Legion and the services offered to veterans. For more info., contact Tom Clapp at email@example.com. Friday, May 18 • Whole Foods Market (2635 State Road 7, Wellington) will host “Mom’s Morning Escape” on Friday, May 18 from 9 to 11 a.m. Moms will receive a free mini-massage, coffee or tea, and muffin from the coffee bar. There is no charge, but pre-registration is required. Call (561) 904-4000 for more info. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will present a free screening of the movie Red Tails Friday, May 18 at 8 p.m. Bring your own seating. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. Send calendar items to: The Town-Crier, 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 31, Wellington, FL 33414. FAX: (561) 793-6090. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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JOHN C. HUNTON AIR CONDITIONING & REFRIGERATION, INC.—Service & new installation FPL independent particip ating contractor. Lic. CAC 057272 Ins. "We are proud supporters of the Seminole Ridge Hawks" 561-798-3225. Family Owned & Operated since 1996. Credit Cards Accepted
MOBILE-TEC ON-SITE COMPUTER SERVICE — The computer experts that come to you! Hardware/ Software setup, support & troubleshooting w w w.mobiletec.net. 561-248-2611 D.J. COMPUTER — Home & office, Spyware removal, websites, networks, repairs, upgrades, virus removal, tutoring. Call Jeff 561-3331923 Cell 561-252-1186 Lic’d W ell. & Palm Beach. We accept major credit cards. DRIVEWAYS — Free estimates A & M ASPHALT SEAL COATING commercial and residential. Patching potholes, striping, repair existing asphalt & save money all work guaranteed. Lic.& Ins. 100045062 561-667-7716
HUNTINGTON LEARNING CENTER — in W ellington needs EXAM PREP COORDINAT OR Bachelors Degree- Demonstrate Solid Performance on SAT and ACT (either verbal or math sections) Available to work evenings and Saturdays. Also needed: EXAM PREP TUTORS Now Hiring SAT/ACT Preparation Tutors. Must have a 4 year degree preferably in Mathmetics or English. Be available to tutor on Saturdays. Please e-mail your resume to email@example.com VOLUNTEERS NEEDED — 14 years and over for community service. Have fun with animals & kids 792-2666 ENTRY LEVEL RECEPTIONIST — Computer literate. Heavy phones & filing. Fax resume 561-333-2680
FRONT DESK — Loxahatchee/ Boynton Beach. Busy Dermatology practices, full-time, experience preferred, must be available for flexible hours, evenings and weekends. Fax resume to 561-790-7568 MEDICAL ASSISTANT NEEDED IN LOXAHATCHEE/BOYNTON BEACH — Busy Dermatology practice, full-time, experience preferred, must be available for flexible hours, evenings and weekends. Fax resume to 561-790-7568 FRONT DESK CLERK — for operating the front desk of hotel, good verbal and written communication skills, spontaneous desire to assist others and provide excellent customer service, flexible schedule needed, mainly night shift, weekends and holidays. Experience preferred. Please send resume via email or fax. firstname.lastname@example.org Fax 561-795-1502
HURRICANE SHUTTERS P&M CONTRACT ORS — ACCORDION SHUTTERS Gutters, screen enclosures, siding, soffit s, aluminum roofs, Serving the Western Communities. Since 1985. U-17189 561791-9777
BOB CAVANAGH ALLSTATE INSURANCE — Auto •Home • Life• Renters •Motorcycle •R V • Golfcart • Boat Serving the Western Communities for 24 years Call for a quote 798-3056, or visit our website. www.allstateagencies.com/ rCavanagh
RJA PAINTING & DECORATING, INC. — Interior Exterior, Faux Finish, Residential,Commercial.Lic. #U17536 Rocky Armento, Jr. 561793-5455 561-662-7102 J&B PRESSURE CLEANING & PAINTING, INC. — Established 1984. All types of pressure cleaning, roofs, houses, driveways, patios etc. Commercial & Residential. Interior & Exterior painting. Certified pressure cleaning & painting contractor. Lic. #U21552 Call Butch 309-6975 or visit our website at www.jbpressurecleaningandpainting.com
JOHN PERGOLIZZI PAINTING INC. — Interior/Exterior - Repaint specialist, pressure cleaning, popcorn ceiling, drywall repair & roof painting. Family owned/owner operator. Free Est. 798-4964 Lic. #U18473
THE MASTER HANDYMAN — All Types of Home Repairs & Improvements. No job too big or small done right the first time every time 40 yrs of satisfied customers. See me on Angies List. Tom (561) 801-2010 or (954) 444-3178 Serving Palm Beach and Broward Counties. BILLY’S HOME REPAIRS INC. REMODEL & REPAIRS — Interior Trim, crown molding, rottenwood repair, door inst allation, minor drywall,kitchens/cabinets / countertops, wood flooring. Bonded and Insured U#19699. Call 7919900 or 628-9215
CUSTODIAN NEEDED 10 HOURS WEEKLY — $11 per hour S t . Michaels Lutheran Church Wellington. Call 561-793-4999 or email@example.com WINDOW INSTALLERS WANTED Subcontractors only. Top Pay. No Brokers. Call Matt 561-714-8490
MASSIVE GARAGE SALE THIS SATURDAY, MAY 12TH 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. — Everything must go. Baby items, clothes, electronics, household items and more. 111 Meadowlark Drive, off Royal Palm Beach Blvd.
R E M O D E L / R E D E C O R AT I N G SALE — Leather sectional like new, honey tan lounge, solid oak ball & claw foot table, Victorian reproduction with 24” leaf and 6 matching oak chairs. 561-793-9677
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HANDYMAN AND CLEANING SERVICES — Caza Services for all your handyman and cleaning needs. 18 years experience. No job is too small. Call us today. Insured 561-802-8300 or 754-242-3459
COLORS BY CORO, INC. — Int./ Ext. residential painting, over 20 yrs exp. Small Jobs welcome. Free est. Ins. 561-383-8666. Owner/Operated. Lic.# U20627 Ins. Wellington Resident \ JEREMY JAMES PLUMBING — Licensed plumber, legitimate estimate. Water heaters, new construction. CFC1426242. Bonded Insured. CFC1426242. 561-601-6458
J&B PRESSURE CLEANING & PAINTING, INC. — Established 1984. All types of pressure cleaning, roofs, houses, driveways, patios etc. Commercial & Residential. Interior & Exterior p ainting. Certified pressure cleaning & painting contractor. Lic. #U21552 Call Butch at 309-6975 or visit us at www.jbpressurecleaningandpainting.com
ANMAR CO.—James’ All Around Handyman Service. Excellent craftman Old time values. Once you’ve had me! You’ll have me back! Lic. Ins. Certified Residential Contractor CRC 1327426 561-248-8528
MINOR ROOF REPAIRS DON HARTMANN ROOFING — Roof painting, Carpentry. Lic. #U13677 967-5580 ROBERT G. HARTMANN ROOFING — Specializing in repairs. Free estimates, Bonded,insured. Lic. #CCC 058317 Ph: 561-790-0763.
HOUSECLEANING — 20 yrs experience. Excellent local references. Shopping available. 561-572-1782 HOUSECLEANING — af fordable cleaning services, Royal Palm Maids. 561-666-7738 “For all your cleaning needs” FAMILY OWNED CLEANING BUSINESS IS EXPANDING — We are honest, reliable and dependable. Over 20 years experience in the Western Communities. Call today to get started. Norma 561-3555044
ROOFING REPAIRS REROOFING ALL TYPES — Pinewood Construction, Inc. Honest and reliable. Serving Palm Beach County for over 20 years. Call Mike 561-3090134 Lic. Ins. Bonded. CGC023773 RC-0067207 JOHN C. BEALE BUILDING & ROOFING — Additions, remodeling, roof rep airs & replacements, screened porches. Licensed & Insured. Call for Free Estimates. 561798-6448 ccc1326383 ccc1250306 PLACE YOUR PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AD HERE CALL 7933576 TODAY TO PLACE YOUR AD
SECURITY — American owned local security company in business 30 plus years. Protection by of ficers drug tested. 40 hour course. Licensed & Insured. 561-848-2600
JOHN’S SCREEN REPAIR SERVICE — Pool & p atio rescreening. Stay tight,wrinkle-free,guaranteed! CRC1329708 call us 798-3132. www.poolscreenrepair.com
ACCORDION SHUTTERS — Gutters, screen enclosures, siding, soffits, aluminum roofs, Serving the Western Communities. Since 1985. U-17189 561-791-9777
AQUATIC SPRINKLER, LLC — Complete rep air of all types of systems. Owner Operated. Michael 561-964-6004Lic.#U17871 Bonded & Ins. Serving the Western Communities Since 1990
SPECIALIZING IN BATHROOM REMODELING — Free estimates serving South Florida since 1980. Quality you expect, service you deserve. Lic. bonded & Ins. U21006 561-662-9258
STEAMPRO TILE & CARPET CLEANING — Residential & Commericial. 561-818-8635 (of fice) 561-255-9098 (cell) Licensed, Bonded and Insured.
TREES TRIMMED AND REMOVED — 561-798-0412 D.M. YOUNG TREE SERVICE. Family Owned & Operated Lic. & Insured 1992-12121 V isit our website at dmyoungtreeservice.com
PAPERHANGING BY DEBI — Professional Installation,Removal. Repair of Paper. Neat, Clean & Reliable. Quality work with a woman's touch. 30 years experience. No Job too big or too small. Lic. & Ins. References available. 561-795-5263
PALM BEACH POLO APART MENT FOR RENT — Efficiency apartment in Polo, furnished includes Electric and Water. $800 monthly call Equestrian Properties 309-9535 CABANA APARTMENT FOR ONE — $695 per month. Also efficiency apartment $545 per month. On farm both have AC/tile floors, each has own entrance. Excellent references required. 561-966-8791
FURNISHED HOUSE FOR RENT/ SHORT OR LONG TERM — situated in a cul-de-sac and 5 minutes away from Spruce Meadows, this 2000 sf. 2 story newer house in Shawnessy has hardwood floor throughout and 2.5 bathrooms. Leather furniture, 48” TV and a Piano in main floor. Master bedroom has Jacuzzi. 2 large size bedrooms and bonus room. Wireless Internet, double attached garage, fenced backyard with BBQ. Weekly housekeeping, linen service and lawn cutting plus all utilities included. For mor details call (403) 808-7254 OR (403) 700-2065
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