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INSIDE Wellington Senior Committee Seeks Resident Participation

Volume 39, Number 20 May 18 - May 24, 2018

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Getting more senior residents involved in future meetings and events was the key discussion at Wellington’s Senior Advisory Committee monthly meeting on Thursday, May 10. Considering that seniors make up a sizable percentage of Wellington’s population, the committee is actively seeking the opinions, advice and feedback from other senior citizens. Page 3

‘The Wizard Of Oz’ On Stage At Acreage Pines

On May 8, the Acreage Pines Elementary School Drama Club put on their production of “The Wizard of Oz: A Very Foxy Version.” The play featured approximately 30 students from all different grades under the direction of Christe LaVigna and Karen Williams. Page 5

Independent, Student Film Fest Aims To Bring People Together

Bringing people together on a global scale and inspiring today’s youth is the hope of teacher Jean-Michel Millien, who held a film festival at the Movies at Wellington on Thursday, May 10. Millien will be holding another film festival on Sunday, May 27, at the Alco Boynton Cinema. Page 7

Wellington Elementary Fine Arts Academy Performs ‘Lion King’

On Tuesday, May 15 and Wednesday, May 16 the Wellington Elementary School Fine Arts Academy Musical Theater Group staged its presentation of Disney’s The Lion King Kids. Approximately 50 students performed songs from The Lion King under the musical direction of Dave Morrison. Page 7

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Oak Bistro & Wine Bar in Royal Palm Beach hosted a benefit painting party for the U.S. Marines 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion Association on Thursday, May 10. Participants created signed wooden flags to be sent to Camp Pendleton along with a check. The money will be used to create a living memorial and pay medical bills for U.S. Marine veterans needing assistance. Shown above are Joanne Kaminski, Jackie Grebinar, and Madison, Al and Lenyce Boyd with their flags. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 19 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

ITID Board Picks Tim Sayre To Fill Dunkley’s Seat

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Indian Trail Improvement District Board of Supervisors chose Acreage Landowners’ Association President Tim Sayre on Wednesday, May 16 to fill the vacancy created by the April 28 death of Supervisor Gary Dunkley. The board is required by state statute to fill a vacant seat within 30 days. Supervisors were asked to cast ballots for four candidates, with five points for the most favorable candidate and progressing to one point for the least favorable. In the voting process, Sayre received 13 points, to narrowly outpace former Supervisor Michelle Damone, who received 12 points, and Dunkley’s son, William Dunkley, who received 11 points. Accountant Larry Tibbs received nine points. Sayre, who ran unsuccessfully against Dunkley in 2016 in a

four-way race, will serve until the upcoming election in November, when the seat will appear on the ballot with three other seats that are up for election. The seats currently held by supervisors Ralph Bair, Jennifer Hager and Carol Jacobs are up for four-year terms this year, while the seat now held by Sayre will be up for a two-year term, to finish out the unexpired portion of Dunkley’s term. Sayre introduced himself after offering condolences to Dunkley’s family. “I did spend a lot of time talking to Gary at the meetings and privately,” he said. “We discussed a lot of issues that are going on around here.” Sayre noted that he has attended nearly all board meetings over the past three years. “I believe that I am aware of See SAYRE, page 17

FDOT Southern Blvd. Widening Work About To Get Underway


“The other concern among the residents is noise,” she said. “We talked to them about a noise wall, and they wouldn’t accommodate us at this time, based on a finding that is four or five years old.” Gribble noted that there is much more development planned in the area, which makes a wall even more crucial. Carline Dumornay, who lives on Tangerine Blvd., filled out a comment card and was also concerned about the noise. “My concern about the road is the noise that it’s going to bring, especially in the afternoon when you’re coming from work and trying to relax, and all those cars will be going back and forth during rush hour,” Dumornay said. “I would like some buffering and a wall to contain the noise.” Ken Johnson of Loxahatchee Groves said he would like semitractor trailers kept out of the left lane to allow faster traffic to pass. “You’ve got big trucks traveling side by side,” he said. “They should be limited to the right-hand lanes.” Loxahatchee Groves Mayor Dave Browning said he was pleased that the town got traffic lights at important intersections along the road. “We’ve got traffic lights at F, D and B, and those were what we were hoping for,” Browning said,

The 17th annual Cultural Diversity Day, presented by the Caribbean-Americans for Community Involvement (CAFCI) and the Village of Royal Palm Beach, was held on Saturday, May 12 at Veterans Park in Royal Palm Beach. Music, dancing and food from different cultures entertained guests. Shown above, Western Academy Charter School students sing, led by Music Director Kelley Hubbard. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 13

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Florida Department of Transportation held a preconstruction open house Thursday, May 10 at Loxahatchee Groves Town Hall to discuss the upcoming project that will add two lanes to Southern Blvd. from west of Lion Country Safari Road to Forest Hill/Crestwood Blvd. The meeting was attended by about 30 local residents. The project, beginning this month, will widen the road from four to six lanes along the 7.2-mile stretch and add buffered pedestrian and bicycle lanes. Several residents living near the road expressed concerns about lighting and the lack of walls or berms in the plans that would limit the amount of vehicular noise to neighborhoods, which they said is already excessive. “We’re working with them on lighting so they don’t do what they did on Seminole Pratt [Whitney Road], where they lit it up where it was bright,” said Nancy Gribble of Fox Trail, which is immediately north of Southern Blvd. west of Seminole Pratt Whitney Road. After numerous complaints by residents along Seminole Pratt about the lighting, the county retrofitted the lights so that they were lower, spaced farther apart and more focused on the roadway, Gribble said.

adding that some complaints from residents using other intersections, such as C Road, that have to turn right and go a half mile and make a U-turn to go east, are difficult to accommodate. “It’s going to be a high-use road, and you just cannot have too many people coming straight across. I was surprised they put one at E Road. I think that might have been a mistake, but we’ll be looking at that. E is only one block down from D, and there’s a light there already.” Loxahatchee Groves Councilwoman Phillis Maniglia said she would like additional greenways for equestrians in addition to a planned pedestrian/bike path, and she is also concerned about noise from the road. “I live right behind the [Palms West] Plaza, and I hear the traffic,” Maniglia said. “At certain times of the day it’s going to get worse, so I would suggest a nice vegetation barrier or noise reduction wall.” She added that getting a traffic signal at D Road is important. “We’ve had so many accidents there,” she said. Maniglia would like to get D Road paved, although FDOT turned down the town’s request, pointing out that Big Dog Ranch Rescue gave the town some money to get it paved at Okeechobee Blvd. along the Big Dog property See FDOT, page 4

Observances To Honor Fallen Heroes This Memorial Day

By Erin Davisson Town-Crier Staff Report On Monday, May 28, Wellington and Royal Palm Beach will honor our fallen heroes at separate Memorial Day observances. Wellington’s observance will start at 8:15 a.m. with a parade, to be followed at 8:30 a.m. with a ceremony. The parade starts at the Wellington Municipal Complex on Forest Hill Blvd. and will continue to the Wellington Veterans Memorial at the corner of South Shore Blvd. and Forest Hill Blvd., where the ceremony will be held. Wellington’s parade will be a

meaningful event with Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops participating, along with veterans’ groups, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard and representatives of Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue. Expect fire trucks and SWAT vehicles in the parade. The main ceremony begins after the parade. Community Programs Manager Michelle Garvey, who has organized the Memorial Day service since 2010, said that all local veterans are welcome to join in the ceremony. “This is an important event in our community. It helps us recog-

nize our fallen heroes and honor them,” Garvey said. The invocation speaker this year will be Rabbi David Sislen from Temple B’nai Jacob, and Wellington Idol 2018 winner Carly Cantor will sing the national anthem. The guest speaker this year will be Henry Tocci, a U.S Marine Corps Korean War veteran. American Legion Chris Reyka Memorial Wellington Post 390 is once again working in partnership with the Village of Wellington on the Memorial Day service. Local veterans will be listed during the See MEMORIAL, page 17


LGWCD Seeking Ownership Of Canal Easements

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District Board of Supervisors is looking into purchasing the easements for its canals and adjoining property, the ownership of which have been in question since 1918. The purchase price of $27,000, from Southern States Land & Timber, is a good deal, although it has not yet been established completely that the company is the true owner of the easements. LGWCD President Anita Kane led the effort to settle the longstanding question of ownership. “This is something that has been a long journey for me,” Kane said, explaining that a year ago, she had a conversation with District Administrator Steve Yohe, asking him who actually owns the canals and banks. “He said, ‘I don’t know.’ I said, ‘How about if I click on the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser?’ Lake Worth [Drainage District] owns its canal banks.

Wellington owns its canal banks. It says nothing when you click on us. There’s no name. Nobody owns it. There’s this swatch of land that’s unowned.” Kane and Yohe consulted with LGWCD Attorney Mary Viator, and they hired a consultant, Attorneys’ Title Fund, to do a search. “It was a much longer process than I thought, but we finally received a decision from them, whether Southern States Land & Timber was one of the original land and development companies that used to own, or still owns, those canal banks and that original 60 feet since 1918 or 1925,” Kane said. She noted that the district’s legal staff has its own opinion of the status, and had found another possible owner, now defunct, which was a Southern States subsidiary. She added that Yohe had contacted the company believed to be the owner and negotiated a deal to purchase the rights of way for $27,000. “You’re talking about See LGWCD, page 4

Graduation Ceremony Honors RPBHS Class Of 2018

By Dani Salgueiro Town-Crier Staff Report Royal Palm Beach High School bid farewell to more than 500 members of the Class of 2018 on Wednesday, May 16 at the South Florida Fairgrounds. The RPBHS seniors were among the first students to graduate in front of new Palm Beach County School Superintendent Dr. Donald Fennoy, who encouraged the graduates to feel proud of all of the hard work that they put into their academics, but to never forget the people who have helped them achieve success. “No one truly accomplishes anything that is worth accomplishing alone,” Fennoy said. “So, students, before this day is over,

I want you to take a moment to say thank you to the people who helped you get here today.” Fennoy also encouraged the graduating students to remain focused and present throughout their future lives. He encouraged them to keep using their energy and voices for the better. “I am humbled and honored to stand before the Class of 2018. I have high hopes that [this] generation begins the next chapter, that [will] bring us all closer together despite our many differences,” he said. “So, don’t go too long these next few days without setting your alarms — getting out of bed with purpose is the most common denominator in achieving every goal for the rest of your lives.”

This year’s salutatorian, Olivia Tidd, graduated with a 5.01 HPA and a 3.96 GPA, as the recipient of the Cambridge Scholar Award and having accumulated nearly 300 hours of community service. Tidd will be attending Stetson University in the fall. In her farewell speech Tidd echoed some of the words said by Fennoy in relation to the many aspects of life that divide people. “In our short lives, we have witnessed and experienced numerous tragedies and hardships — terrorism, police brutality, gun violence and school shootings, along with a plethora of personal obstacles that each of us have faced,” Tidd said. Through every obstacle, though, See RPBHS GRAD, page 9

Bruce, Veronica and Christian King celebrate after the ceremony.


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Andrews Updates Education Advisory Board On School Issues

By Dani Salgueiro Town-Crier Staff Report The Royal Palm Beach Education Advisory Board received an update on school funding and school safety efforts from Palm Beach County School Board Member Marcia Andrews on Monday, May 14. With high school graduations and summer vacation approaching, Andrews provided the board with information on some of the improvements that the school district hopes to accomplish before August. Primarily, improvements continue to center on the efforts to harden schools and make them safer for children after the deadly school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on Feb. 14. “We are going to be actively involved throughout the summer with a lot of issues relating to safety, and more funding for teachers as we move forward to begin a new school year in August, making sure that children are safe and that we have everything necessary to start a new year on track,” Andrews said. Board Member David Kendle noted several of the intricacies with the additional school funding. He asked Andrews what Royal Palm Beach schools would experience as a result of the extra money from Tallahassee to increase security measures. “When we look at our budget,

we see that the State of Florida really does not fund its schools properly; we are [rated] about 47th,” Andrews explained. “And, when we start thinking about security issues, the governor has given us some money for this year, but it is not concurrent, it is not going to keep [coming]. We are going to beg for it to keep [coming] because we know we need it.” With the new funds distributed after the Parkland shooting, the district will be hiring new police officers and more mental health counselors, as well as funding necessary safety equipment for schools like buzzer systems or improved fencing. “We are going to be hiring 75 new police officers for the fall, mental health counselors and hardening our schools — just a lot of things that need to happen,” Andrews said. She explained that the district hopes to have at least one police officer and mental health counselor at every school, acknowledging that it is a difficult task to hire so many qualified professionals in such a short amount of time. Andrews stressed that funding will remain a huge issue because the schools statewide only received extra funding this year as a result of a tragedy. “I do believe that we are doing a great job educating the children of Palm Beach County,” she said. “We know that the state hasn’t done their part, and we are expect-

ing them to step up and do better. But we’ve been expecting that for a long time. We continuously ask for more and get less. However, we are really thankful for what the governor did for safety.” The board and Andrews continued to express the importance of getting the public to understand that the additional funding for safety was a one-time expenditure. “What is going to happen next year? One of the problems is that I don’t think the community understands that this is like a one-shot deal,” Kendle said. Andrews explained that the school district is focusing on doing polling throughout the district to measure the public’s knowledge on school funding, in order to educate people on the reality of it. Along with school safety, a priority for Andrews and the school district is improving teacher salaries. “If we want to keep the best and the brightest in our schools, we have to pay [our teachers] accordingly. The state continuously just knocks down the money relating to teacher salaries and capital funding,” she said. “This year, everything was moved for safety. Money that may have been going to other places had to be moved into the pot for safety.” Also at Monday’s meeting, Councilman Jeff Hmara presented Education Advisory Board Chair Kevin Abel with a certificate of appreciation before he makes his

move to Mobile, Ala., where he will serve as vice president of student affairs at Spring Hill College. “I would like to memorialize our gratitude [with] this certificate,” Hmara said. “Kevin, we really appreciate everything that you brought to this board, which in-

cluded not only extraordinary expertise and a tremendous amount of impact, but [also] that you have invested interest in this community. You were willing to take the time away from a very busy schedule to bring that expertise to this group. You made a big difference.”

Abel served as chair of the Education Advisory Board for two years. “It has been an honor to interact with the schools and community this way,” he said. “I appreciate my time on the board and getting to work with each one of you.”

Councilman Jeff Hmara presents Kevin Abel with a certificate of appreciation for his work on the Education Advisory Board.


Wellington Senior Committee Seeks Resident Participation

By Dani Salgueiro Town-Crier Staff Report Getting more senior residents involved in future meetings and events was the key discussion at Wellington’s Senior Advisory Committee monthly meeting on Thursday, May 10. Considering that seniors make up a sizable percentage of Wellington’s population, the committee is actively seeking the opinions, advice and feedback from other senior citizens in order to represent their needs and interests in the best and most accurate way possible. “I know that we have taken some pretty significant steps forward, but I think the committee can do more,” Committee Chair Howard Trager said. Trager went on to discuss ways

in which the committee and the village’s Community Services Department can collaborate to improve meeting and event promotion, in order to grab the attention of more seniors throughout the village. “We need advertisement, we need more publicity,” Trager said. “I would like to see more from [the staff].” Community Services Director Paulette Edwards expressed that, currently, she and her staff are doing all they can to spread the word about the committee’s meetings and updates. Edwards put an emphasis on encouraging members of the Wellington Seniors Club to attend the committee’s meetings. Hoping that a larger scope of promotion will result in increased

participation from senior residents at the committee’s meetings, Trager expressed his desire to fulfill one of the founding principles of the committee: to provide seniors with a safe space to express concerns about their lives, health and necessities to the village. “By 2020, [we will have] more than 12,000 seniors [in our community]. This committee is a forum for our seniors. We want them to use it, and I would like to see this emphasized,” Trager said. He aims to inform all of Wellington’s seniors of the committee’s role as a portal through which seniors can voice their needs to people who can help them get support. As the committee recently changed its meeting time from

3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., some committee members also expressed concern that the new meeting time may cut into senior residents’ dinner or evening activity times. “I was not happy with this 4:30 p.m. [time],” Trager said. “I think it limits our audience.” The committee agreed to try out the 4:30 p.m. meeting time for a few more months and then decide if residents would benefit from having the meeting time go back to 3:30 p.m. Aside from promoting senior residents’ participation, the committee is currently working with village staff on projects such as Homegrown Heroes, new health and wellness senior symposiums and a new walking group. The Homegrown Heroes proj-

ect will honor seniors who have watched Wellington develop and grow into the village it is today. Wellington residents can nominate anyone who is older than 60 and who has lived in Wellington for at least 20 years. Nominations can be made on the village web site. There will be an emergency and hurricane preparedness symposium on May 29 at the Wellington Community Center. Registration is currently available to senior residents through the village web site. “I urge people to come to the [hurricane preparedness symposium], and we definitely need to plan ahead, since hurricane season is upon us,” Senior Services Specialist Jenifer Brito said. The committee’s health fair has been scheduled to take place on

Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Wellington Community Center. Brito went on to report that 35 seniors have already signed up for the new walking group, which will be meeting in the food court of the Mall at Wellington Green on Thursday, May 31 at 9 a.m. As requested by the committee at the April meeting, Brito has also established an open window from 8 a.m. to noon every Monday for seniors who wish to speak to her without having to make an appointment. The Senior Advisory Committee will next meet on Thursday, June 14 at 4:30 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex. For more information, visit www.


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Open House May 19 Aims To Explain ITID’s Role In Community

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Indian Trail Improvement District will hold an open house on Saturday, May 19 to answer questions from the public and show what the district does. The open house will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the ITID Administration Building at 13476 61st Street North in The Acreage and will include activities for children. There will also be participation from other agencies, such as Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue, the School District of Palm Beach

County and other local entities that affect the lives of Acreage residents. “We will have the district manager, supervisors and some staff available,” ITID President Betty Argue told the Town-Crier on Wednesday. “We will have [Palm Beach County Mayor Melissa] McKinlay there as well. We will also have our district representative from the Palm Beach County School Board, Marcia Andrews.” Representatives from the PBSO and PBCFR will also be on hand. Someone from the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Office will be set up to register

anyone to vote who is not already registered to vote. “We will also have Tracy Newfield from the Garden of Hope,” Argue said. “She will have a lemonade stand and some baked goods available. She’ll be talking about the different parts of the garden that people can sponsor.” ITID equipment will be on display during the open house. “We’re going to have some equipment set up so that if people want to tour the equipment, or have questions, we will have staff available,” Argue said. “We will be answering questions about the park project and any of our road


projects. If there are any budget questions, we will have our director of finance [Bruce Cuningham] here.” Grilled hot dogs and refreshments will be available, and a kids’ activities center will be set up. “The idea of an open house arose from social media discussions about the lack of understanding of what ITID does,” Argue said. “Some people don’t even know that they pay taxes to us, so really the idea is to make it available for the residents to come and ask any questions they have and just get a better understanding about Indian Trail.”


Southern Blvd. Project

continued from page 1 on D Road. “It would be nice if they paved the rest of the road,” she said. Indian Trail Improvement District Manager Rob Robinson said he was happy that the project is underway. “It’s a long time over-

Laura Sanchez, student body president at Royal Palm Beach High School, was recognized on Monday, May 14 for representing the students of her school on the Royal Palm Beach Education Advisory Board. Sanchez was recognized for selflessly dedicating her time in order to aid the board in its efforts to support and improve all Royal Palm Beach students and schools. Following her graduation this week, Sanchez will be attending the University of Central Florida. Shown above is Sanchez with Education Advisory Board Chair Kevin Abel. PHOTO BY DANI SALGUEIRO/TOWN-CRIER


Purchasing Easement Property

continued from page 1 210 acres of land, which figures out to about $130 an acre,” Kane said. “I think it’s a really good deal.” Kane said the money could be covered from a number of sources, including the recent sale of surplus equipment, or money saved on salaries from employees who have left, but Supervisor Simon Fernandez suggested putting the property on the assessment roll

and charging Southern States Land & Timber. Yohe responded that putting it on the assessment roll would be a prolonged, four-year process and would probably draw a lawsuit. He added that legal staff has questioned whether Southern States is the actual owner, and not a company called Palm Beach Loxahatchee Groves Company, which no longer exists. “Ideally, what you would want to do is get a quit claim from both of those companies so there is no question as to having to deal with anybody in the future,” Yohe said. Viator said one of her concerns is that there are three Southern

States entities, and the one that they are talking with now is not the same entity that they started out with in their research. “I do think we need to make sure we clarify which, in fact, is the correct Southern States entity,” she said. Supervisor Laura Danowski said she favored acquiring title to the easements but agreed that further due diligence is needed to confirm that they are paying the correct company. “The purchase of this land is going to tidy up a lot of loose ends in this town and potentially move the recreational trails forward,” Danowski said. Joannie Hopkins asked what the

With the recent tragic accident in Delray Beach, a family of tourists was killed when a pickup truck suddenly accelerated on its own to speeds up to about 100 MPH. Why not just turn the key off? Why not shift into neutral? Well, for reasons outlined below, that doesn’t always work when the vehicle’s computer decides otherwise. This may come as a surprise to the younger crowd, but in the old days, cars had these things called ignition switches. If you turned the ignition key off, the car would stop running. No ifs or buts about it, the car’s engine stopped running and stopped right then. Not so these days. On many newer cars, the car’s ignition key and transmission shifter are just suggestions to the car’s internal computer. The computer is what’s really in charge — not the driver. Some cars have made no bones about this and have totally done away with the ignition switch and have replaced it with a button to start and stop the car. Others have kept the nostalgia look and feel of the old ignition switches, but they are fakes. The transmission shifter is elec-

tronic, too, in many cars. In the old days, there was a rod or other mechanical linkage from the shifter to the transmission. Now its just a wire to the computer. So, if the car’s computer already has it out for you, the shifter might not work either. Do you have one of these cars? Does your car continue to crank even if you just bump the starter? If your car is in drive at a slow speed in a safe place, can you turn the engine off? How about shifting into neutral when you are braking? Have you ever returned to your car to find that its running after you turned it off? Danger, Danger, Will Robinson! So, why would a harmless computer ever want to hurt you? Anyone with a computer or smart phone knows that sometimes they just crash. They don’t need a reason. It could be solar flares, a CBer passing by or even a hacker messing around. The bottom line here is that we must tell Congress to mandate that all cars and trucks be equipped with a mechanical engine kill switch of some kind that is easily accessible to the driver. Such a switch should be connected directly to the fuel pump or other critical component such that it would be impossible for the car’s computer to override the driver’s decision

to stop the engine. The driver, not the car’s computer, needs to be in absolute control over the running status of the engine. Computers are always going to crash. If we don’t return control to the driver, accidents like the one in Delray Beach are going to become more frequent. Dennis Hawkins The Acreage

Traffic Calming On La Mancha Avenue

In the May 4 Town-Crier, I read with great interest about the plans for traffic calming on La Mancha Avenue (Residents Review La Mancha Traffic Calming Plan).

point was of doing a title search if they cannot get a definitive answer to who the owner is. “Why are you even questioning this?” Hopkins said. “It’s a good deal overall. I would say step forward for this town.” Resident Virginia Standish applauded the board for trying to resolve the issue. “This has been a great topic of debate in the community, and to those people who say, ‘Why worry about trails and easements, we need to be concerned about roads,’” Standish said. “Well, our roads and our trails, we never had paved roads, so now we seem to need paved roads, and we need a safe area.”

Since I travel from time to time on Sandpiper Avenue, I am quite happy with the success of traffic calming on this street. The residents have Ryan Greener and Lori McHale to thank for their tireless efforts to get this done, thereby making it a much safer road. I remind the mayor about the counting of responses of the votes that a ballot not returned, for any reason, is considered a null vote, not a no vote, as you tried to do with the Sandpiper Avenue project. The only tallies you can record are those responses physically returned indicating either yes or No. Anything less than this will be a disservice to the residents living on La Mancha Avenue. William St. Cyr Royal Palm Beach


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due,” he said. “I just hope they do it right.” Other improvements include milling and resurfacing, drainage upgrades, curb and gutter, guardrail and pavement markings. Median access will change at Palms West Plaza west of D Road to provide safer traffic improvements. The area surrounding the project is experiencing significant new development with a corresponding increase in population. This has resulted in growing traffic demand

on Southern Blvd., which serves as a primary access route connecting residents in Wellington, Royal Palm Beach and Loxahatchee Groves. The project is scheduled to begin this month with completion in the summer of 2021, at a cost of $33 million. The contractor is Community Asphalt. Lane closures may occur from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. One lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained at all times.


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Argue is particularly pleased that the Supervisor of Elections Office will be set up for voter registration. “This is an election year, and we’ve got four seats up for election this year,” she said. The Acreage Landowners’ Association and the Acreage Athletic League have also been invited to participate. “We have new young families moving in that may not have that information, so we’re trying to be available in an informal environment to answer questions from the community,” Argue said. For more information, visit

Interested residents review plans for the Southern Blvd. widening project at an open house last week.

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The other agencies were added to make it more of a community event. “Because we are a community, we have invited all the people that are parts of our community, whether it be the PBSO, the county, fire-rescue, there’s a forum for residents to informally have the opportunity to have discussions with the different people operating within our area,” Argue said. “If you have a concern about speeding on your road, or you have a concern about when your road is going to be paved, or why something is being done a certain way, there should be someone here to answer those questions.”


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Standish also asked about mineral rights to the property, much of which in the area is owned by Southern States Land & Timber. Former Supervisor John Ryan cautioned the board to obtain mineral rights to the easements, saying that several property owners have been charged by Southern States for mineral rights in order to obtain a clear title, and the company can charge the future owner again. Jane Cleveland, who chairs Wellington’s Equestrian Preserve Committee and owns land on C Road, said she recently held an open meeting with preserve own-

ers where a consultant stressed the importance of a trail system. Loxahatchee Groves Councilman Todd McLendon urged the board to pursue the acquisition. “I strongly urge moving this forward,” McLendon said. “We’ll have actual ownership of the canals and the easements on the west side, so we can move these equestrian trails forward without having to worry about what the easement rights are.” The board directed staff to pursue the acquisition of the easements, which will be on the agenda at the next board meeting.

NEWS BRIEF Goalball Mixer Tournament At CMAA Therapeutic Rec June 2

Come out and watch goalball athletes throw down for the championship on Saturday, June 2, at the CMAA Therapeutic Recreation Complex in Lake Worth. Goalball is an official Paralympic sport for people with visual impairments. This mixer tournament is comprised of male and female players from all over the State of

Florida, as well as Michigan and Pennsylvania. Come out and show your support for adaptive sports. Competition will begin at 9 a.m. with the last game starting at approximately 4:30 p.m. Games run approximately 45 minutes with a five-minute break between games. For more info., call Daniella Robbins at (561) 966-7083​.


I Suppose I’m OldFashioned, But Cars Should Have Drivers!

Yes, I am old fashioned, and yes, I am totally against having cars on the road today without a driver. Tell me all about the technology that you wish, but none of it will bring back the Tempe, Ariz., woman who was killed by a driverless car recently. “This tragic incident makes clear that autonomous vehicle technology has a long way to go before it is truly safe for the passengers, pedestrians and drivers who share America’s roads,” said U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut.

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I surely agree. Mindless driving by many drivers is a huge problem. Driverless cars seem like a far bigger one to me. I am all for technological progress. But until patient testing and safety progress is assured, I am not a fan.

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On May 8, the Acreage Pines Elementary School Drama Club put on their production of “The Wizard of Oz: A Very Foxy Version,” which is drawn from the school’s mascot, the fox. The play featured approximately 30 students from all different grades under the direction of Christe LaVigna and Karen Williams. It featured multiple students playing key roles. For example, there were nine students who played the role of Dorothy. PHOTOS BY EVE ROSEN/TOWN-CRIER

The Three Munchkins: Peyton Teman, Jolee Smith, and Madison Phillips.

Dorothy clicking her heels together and reciting the famous line, “there is no place like home.”

Francesco Aguiar-Hanna, who played the cowardly lion, with his sister Chiara Aguiar-Hanna, who played one of the Wicked Witch of the West’s trees.

The Wicked Witch of the West with her flying monkeys.

The cast and crew after the show taking their final bows.

Dorothy after being reunited with her Uncle Henry and her Auntie Em.

Dorothy and Toto in Kansas.

The two directors, Christe LaVigne and Karen Williams.

The Six Narrators: Lily Grosso, Amiya Wiltshire, Sophia Sabella, Eunice-Ann Davies, Marely Ponte, and Kya Small-Brush.


The Wellington Art Society held an artist reception for Maria Lentine on Friday, May 11 at Whole Foods Market in Wellington. Lentine showed her artwork and jewelry, which was available for purchase. The artwork will stay on display at the Whole Foods Gallery for several months. For more info., visit PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Maria Lentine and Wellington Art Society President Sandy Axelrod gives Brenna Bertram of Whole Foods Market a thank-you gift.

Donna Donelan looks over Maria Lentine’s jewelry.

Leslie Pfeiffer won an orchid presented by Carolina King.

Maria Lentine, Carla Sheedy and Mary Dietrich in front of “Awake at Dawn” (batik on cotton).

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NEWS BRIEFS Meals On Wheels Seeks Volunteers

Do you enjoy working in a kitchen? If so, join the team at Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches and become a kitchen volunteer. “Our clients depend on our kitchen volunteers to prepare their meals for delivery,” Volunteer Coordinator Stefanie Raifman said. “They are the first part of a process that ensures homebound seniors remain independent in their home and receive healthy noontime meals.” With the South Florida season coming to a close and many volunteers returning home for the summer, Meals on Wheels now needs community-minded people to help plate and package nutritious freshly made meals delivered to more than 200 homebound seniors in the area five days a week. Kitchen volunteers usually work one day a week, arriving in the West Palm Beach kitchen beginning at 8:30 a.m. They are usually done by 10:30 a.m. Volunteers are currently needed to work on

Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. All new volunteers, 18 years old and over, attend an orientation session where they receive an overview of their responsibilities. Additional current volunteer opportunities with Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches include meal delivery to home-bound seniors. For more information, call Stefanie Raifman at (561) 802-6979, ext. 3.

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Summertime is pool time, but before jumping in, know how to stay safe. The Wellington Aquatics Complex (12072 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host “Make a SPLASH” (Safety and Prevention Leaves All Swimmers Happy) on Saturday, June 2 from 9 a.m. to noon. The event is free to the public. Pediatric residents from Palms West Hospital and first responders from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue will be on hand to discuss water safety issues. Wellington lifeguards, along with PBCFR personnel, will also demonstrate a near-drowning scenario. Multiple vendors will be on site to discuss the importance of safety in and around the water. To learn

Temple B’nai Jacob of Wellington will be hosting a Tikkun Leil Shavuot, a traditional study session on the first night of Shavuot, Saturday, May 19, beginning at 8 p.m. The theme of the evening is “Journeys to Judaism,” a discussion of the process of becoming a Jew by Choice. Inspired by the biblical story of Ruth, the evening will include presentations by several members of the congregation outlining the unique events and circumstances which led them to Judaism, as well as an overview of conversion in Jewish tradition. The evening will begin with services at 8 p.m., followed by the program. Traditional dairy desserts will be served to commemorate the holiday. Temple B’nai Jacob is located at 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 6, in the original Wellington Mall. For more information, call (561) 793‐4347 or e-mail bnai-

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The Loxahatchee Groves Landowners’ Association (LGLA) will meet Thursday, May 24 at 7 p.m. at the Palms West Presbyterian Church (13689 Okeechobee Blvd.). The program for the evening will be a presentation by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission. Representatives will be discussing the habits and behaviors of exotic creatures that live in the western communities. Come prepared to hear what they have to say and bring questions. All residents and the public are welcomed to attend, but only members of the LGLA can make

The Palm Beach County Economic Crimes Unit will hold its third annual Casino Night Fundraiser on June 30 to raise money for law enforcement scholarships. The event will be held at the Palm Beach County PBA Hall from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $60 per person or $100 per couple and include gaming chips, hors d’oeuvres and two drink tickets. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Erin Giannotti at (561) 688-4076 or

‘Docs Got Talent’ Set For June 1

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have fun, too. On Friday, June 1 at the Atlantis Country Club, several talented physicians and dentists will trade in their stethoscopes for guitars and more to entertain supporters and raise funds for the programs of the Palm Beach County Medical Society. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $75 per person, and the performers promise a fun-filled night of entertainment. Mistress of Ceremonies Leslie Gray Streeter will be on hand to introduce the acts, including Dr. Jack Zeltzer, chair of the Docs Got Talent committee, who will head up a band to include Dr. Dan Higgins, Dr. John Fernandez and Kevin Beckley. Also, Dr. Dan Greenstein, Dr. Graham Whitfield, Dr. Jerold Kramer, Dr. Jill Rodila, Dr. Miryisa Colon Martinez, Dr. Robin Schecter and Dr. Rosmy Jimmy are slated to perform. Guests are invited to an art exhibit/reception at 6 p.m. that showcases the artistic side of the doctors’ talents, followed by the dinner and show at 7 p.m. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more info., visit www.pbcms. org, call (561) 433-3940 or e-mail

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Independent, Student Film Fest Aims To Bring People Together

By Eve Rosen Town-Crier Staff Report Bringing people together on a global scale and inspiring today’s youth is the hope of teacher JeanMichel Millien, who held a film festival at the Movies at Wellington on Thursday, May 10. Millien will be holding another film festival on Sunday, May 27, at the Alco Boynton Cinema (9764 S. Military Trail, Boynton Beach). “I don’t want our students to be content users, I want them to

be content providers,” Millien explained. Millien, the founder of the Wellington Film Festival, has been a teacher since 1979. He started out in the New York City public school system and eventually came to Florida to teach at Palm Beach Lakes High School, where he taught environmental and physical education. This is the fourth year that Millien has put on this festival, and he has several films lined up. These

Victoria Yousefi with the poster for her movie, Hope’s Mission.

Jean-Michel Millien in front of the posters for the Wellington Film Festival.

films are mostly independent efforts made by people who live locally, such as Gary Davis, who has lived in Wellington for many years. His film is 2054: A Princess, a Soldier, and a Tailor. Davis, who used to teach with Millien, taught at-risk students and hopes to provide these students with new outlets to express themselves. The film stars Lee Pinder and Hannah Kip, who is a student at Park Vista High School, as the main characters.

“We want to provide opportunities for everybody, young and old, to have the opportunity that I wish I had when I was younger,” Davis said. “I didn’t know that you could go to school or college for filmmaking when I was [younger].” Hope and unity are major themes at this year’s film festival, which is shown through not only Millien’s hope to unify people globally, but also through one of the films being shown, called Hope’s Mission.

Cary Mitnick, Victoria Yousefi, Belicia Jackson and Richard Jackson.

Author Victoria Yousefi wants to spread the message of love through the story of her son, who passed away on Valentine’s Day when he was 14 years old. “We have to get on our feet and fight. If we don’t fight, we won’t get anywhere,” Yousefi explained. Yousefi came to America from Iran in order to provide her children with a better life. She was a single mother and spreads the message of hope and love through

the story of her son, and now her husband, Cary Mitnick, who has Alzheimer’s disease. Millien is excited to see people’s imagination and ideas come to life on the big screen. He plans on these film festivals spreading love and bringing people together in unity. The public is invited to the May 27 film festival at the Alco Boynton Cinema. More information can be found online at www.

Gary Davis with the poster for his movie 2054: A Princess, A Soldier and a Tailor.


Royal Palm Beach Seafood Festival Rescheduled To June 2-3

The 2018 Royal Palm Beach Seafood Festival has been rescheduled to Saturday, June 2 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, June 3 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. due to a tropical weather system affecting South Florida. The forecast for heavy rains this weekend necessitated a change of dates. The free event will take place at the spacious Royal Palm Beach Commons Park, located at 11600 Poinciana Blvd., and is expected to bring thousands of visitors to the area.

The festival celebrates the love of all things seafood with delicious dishes ranging from fish, conch, lobster, shrimp, oysters, crabs and more. There will be plenty of landlubber foods to choose from as well, and several large shade tents will be onsite for dining comfort. Guests will enjoy a great lineup of live music and entertainment and will have the opportunity to shop an assortment of unique and nautical-themed merchandise vendors. Sunday’s festivities will

bring a car show with more than 100 classic and custom cars. For adults, the festival bars will be serving up plenty of cold beer and tasty cocktails. Kids can burn off some energy in the “Little Fins Kid’s Zone” with bounce houses, slides, interactive games and more. Wristbands will be available for purchase onsite. Kids of all ages will have the opportunity to meet a real mermaid and should be on the lookout for rogue pirate characters. Guests will hear a mix of rock, reggae and funk from Making

Faces, the Caribbean sounds of Bamboo and energizing reggae from the band Sweet Justice. Solo acts Davee Bryan, George E. Manosis and Karen House will also be performing. Headliners on Saturday include Bad Inc., a Bad Company tribute, followed by Foreigner tribute 4NR2. Sunday will feature the Caribbean Chillers, Florida’s favorite Jimmy Buffett tribute show. For a full schedule of events, visit www.royalpalmbeachsea Performers are

subject to change without notice. Guests are asked to support the festival’s charity, the Children’s Healing Institute, by bringing an item on their wish list to drop off at the event. The Children’s Healing Institute is a leading source for child abuse prevention and family crisis management expertise in South Florida. They partner with atrisk families referred to them by schools, hospitals, law enforcement and other community agencies. Ideas for family donations in-

clude games and toys that parents can do with their children. Wish list items include board games, card games, lawn games, books, coloring books, puzzles, Play Doh, educational and developmental toys, dolls, sporting goods and Lego bricks, in addition to items for babies, such as onesies, bottles and more. For more information, visit the festival’s web site at www.royal or contact Kathy Gilbert of POTTC Events at (561) 792-9260.


On Tuesday, May 15 and Wednesday, May 16 the Wellington Elementary School Fine Arts Academy Musical Theater Group staged its presentation of Disney’s The Lion King Kids. Approximately 50 students performed songs from The Lion King under the musical direction of Dave Morrison. PHOTOS BY EVE ROSEN/TOWN-CRIER

Alexa Anderson, Nevaeh McGraw, Sophia Iannaccone, Danielle Newell and Eleanor Myers Simba, played by Emiliano Gando, and Nala, played by Madison Neltner, sing “Can You Feel The Love Tonight?”

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A quarter auction to benefit Justin Bartlett Animal Rescue and Justin Bartlett Animal Hospital was held on Wednesday, May 9 at the Madison Green Country Club. Money raised will be used for mobile dog and cat spay and neuter programs and vaccinations. The Angel Fund, for emergency medical services when owners are short of funds, will also benefit. For more information, visit www. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Justin Bartlett Animal Hospital Manager Brittany Carames, Adoption Counselor Gale Cole, President Peter Torres, Transport Issa Velez, Rescue Director Deven Soto and Foster Coordinator Deana Hicks.

Claudia Camacho and her daughter Briana Coomer.

Tiffany Ontko, Roboski Venero and Shavon Prieto.

Michelle French and Pat Reiter from Loxahatchee Lost & Found Pets (LLFP).

Olivia Gullion presents Courtney Moline with a dog painting.

Holly Cosentino and Lisa Noel from Relay for Life of Western Palm Beach County.

Deborah Roberts from Avon gave Roboski Venero a mani pedi set.

Sandra Rachal won this kid fun bag.


The Rugged Rugby Tour kick-started its season at the International Polo Club Palm Beach on Saturday, May 12. The daylong event consisted of continuous rugby games and an ongoing tailgate with food and musical entertainment. The Rugged Ruby Tour, which is touring the nation, aims to attract people to the sport. For more info., visit PHOTOS BY DANI SALGUEIRO/TOWN-CRIER

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Class Of 2018 Graduates

continued from page 1 Tidd went on to explain, the graduating class lived through and witnessed history-making events together. “Through each of these devastating events, we also have had the opportunity to witness history before our eyes. We’ve seen the election of the first black president of the United States, we’ve witnessed people come together to achieve goals and achieved goals of our own,” she said. With this parallel, Tidd illustrated to her peers that through every bad thing that happens, individuals always have the power to create history and spread goodness in the world. “Darkness will always be present on this imperfect planet, but each and every one of you has the power to be a light in the world and to make your own history,” she said. “Each of you has your own unique and individual unabridged high school story, and each of these stories fit perfectly together to create a large mosaic of our high school story. And that story ends today. I am proud to stand with each and every one of you. No matter how far life takes us apart from one another, [we] will forever be connected by this day and this school.” Valedictorian Ethan Caballero graduated with an HPA of 5.10 and a GPA of 3.96. He is an Advanced Placement Award winner and co-founder of the school’s first STEM Robotics team. He will be attending the University of Florida in the fall, where he will major in engineering. Caballero began his speech by thanking his mother. “Before I begin, I would like to thank the most important woman in my life, my mom. Thank you for everything you have done for me and for pushing me to better myself,” he said. With his speech, Caballero encouraged his peers to approach life with a strong work ethic and with the dedication to always work hard for success. “If there is one thing I want to get across here tonight it is that hard work pays off,” he said. “I can vouch for that. I will fully admit that I am not the smartest student at Royal Palm Beach High School. I wasn’t anything special before high school. I had speech impediments, and I wasn’t in gift-

ed classes. Standing here tonight, I want you to know that you don’t have to be gifted in order to be successful.” Caballero expressed that anything is possible for those willing to work hard and push themselves to the limits. “As some of you may know, I worked at McDonald’s for over a year in order to pay for my first car. I’m telling you this because you don’t have to come from privilege or attend a fancy private school in order to be successful in life,” he said. “Do every job to the best of your abilities, even if that job is taking orders through a drivethrough window. The things you work hard to obtain, on your own, will make you the most proud.” RPBHS Principal Jesus Armas sent the graduates off with a similar message about hard work and dedication. “Graduation is called commencement, because you all are about to commence the next phase of your lives. So what kind of commitment will it take for you all to go out into the world and realize your hopes and dreams?” he asked. “No matter what you do or where you go from here, I believe that there are three things that require total commitment so that you can have a truly fulfilling life: commitment to excellence in your profession, commitment to your friends and families, and commitment to society.” Armas explained that each of the graduates’ commitment to excellence is what ultimately allowed them to achieve success. “You are all here this evening because of your commitment and, when it comes to commitment, I believe that this class has needed more commitment this year, perhaps more than any other class has ever needed,” Armas said. Armas added that the extraordinary events that happened throughout the seniors’ final year of high school truly tested the students in a non-academic way. “In its senior year, the Class of 2018 had to persevere through the medieval-like fear that we would all go blind because of a solar eclipse, through the very real threat of the aftermath of a hurricane, through the institutional shakeup of a new superintendent, and, sadly, through the range of emotions of a nearby school shooting that has brought new meaning to the term school safety,” Armas concluded. After the speakers, the new graduates crossed the stage to collect their diplomas, turned their tassels and headed out into the next phase of their lives.


Manuel, Zoi and Jacob Lezcano after the ceremony.

Alyssa Pierre-Louis and Amaya Brown are all smiles.

Graduate Adam Satar celebrates with his family.

Superintendent Dr. Donald Fennoy and Royal Palm Beach High School’s Principal Dr. Jesus Armas lead the graduating class.

Palm Beach County School Board Member Marcia Andrews walks alongside the graduates.

Superintendent Dr. Donald Fennoy addresses the grads.

Salutatorian Olivia Tidd delivers her farewell speech.

Members of the Royal Palm Beach High School chorus sing the school’s alma mater.

Principal Dr. Jesus Armas bids farewell to the Class of 2018.

Valedictorian Ethan Caballero delivers his speech.

Graduates celebrate and turn their tassels at the end of the commencement.

Yassiel and Diego Carmono celebrate her graduation.

Graduate Omar Campbell with Davina Wolfe.

Graduate Ariana Pacheco celebrates with her mother.

Jessica Michael, Kyle Johnson and Patsy Michael.

New graduates Ann Joseph and Patler Levasseur.

Inshan and Kerina Singh after the ceremony.

Andrew Flynn, Austin Rispler and Chyanne Jackson.

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The 17th annual Cultural Diversity Day presented by the Caribbean-Americans for Community Involvement (CAFCI) and the Village of Royal Palm Beach was held on Saturday, May 12 at Veterans Park in Royal Palm Beach. Music, dancing and food from different cultures entertained the guests. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

CAFCI’s Cindy Beckles, Carolyn Hmara, Pamela Fraser, Audrey Smith and Charmaine Henry.

Royal Palm Beach Councilwoman Jan Rodusky, Councilman Richard Valuntas, Mayor Fred Pinto and Councilman Jeff Hmara welcome guests.

Ernie Garvey plays the music.

Lorna Pearson, Maya Pearson and Riann Pearson.

Tayla Gesualdo gets her face painted by Maureen Dibble.

Master Ken Smith, Aidan Sutton, Kelsey Gabriel, Brooke McGrath, Malik Binbiyar and Camila Nejia of Master Ken Martial Arts Academy.

The German American Club dancers performed.


The Royal Palm Beach Senior Activities group celebrated Mother’s Day with a party on Friday, May 11 at the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center. A light lunch was served as seniors enjoyed jazz music by Tom Regis and Dan Dratch. Renee Solis of Inspirit joined them for “Hello Dolly” to surprise Dolly Hughes. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Mary Paluso, Blanca Tewes, Sue Cathey and Judi Martineau.

Renee Solis sings as Dan Dratch and Tom Regis play.

Dolly Hughes with volunteers Lorna Pearson, Joe Schelorke, Beth Kaplan, Vinette Tracy, Prudel Belle and Cheryl Lower.

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Young Singers To Host 15th Anniversary Concert On May 20

Young Singers of the Palm Beaches invites the community to attend its 15th anniversary spring concert, “Why We Sing,” on Sunday, May 20 at 4 p.m. at the Kravis

Center for the Performing Arts. Young Singers is a 350-singer strong community children’s choir. They have won numerous awards and have performed throughout

Palm Beach County and beyond. Throughout the printed program that the audience will receive are answers to the title “Why We Sing” in the words of choir mem-

bers. Additionally, hanging on silver tree branches in the lobby will be additional quotes from the children on why they sing and what singing means to them.

St. Peter’s Church Youth Group Gives Back The St. Peter’s United Methodist Church Youth Group performed service projects and raised money for those in need while they fasted during their 30-hour famine. Ten youth and two adults began a 30-hour fast at midnight on April 28. In the 30 hours that they fasted, they completed many service projects for local organizations that help with hunger issues in Palm Beach County. The youth made 50 bagged lunches (100 sandwiches) for the Lighthouse Café in Belle Glade. The lunches were delivered by volunteer Kirsten Daniels. The teens assembled 70 hygiene bags for the Senator Philip D. Lewis Center, a homeless service provider in West Palm Beach. These bags will be distributed to residents who come to the center. The youth group raised money to purchase the items for the lunches and hygiene bags by holding an Ash Wednesday Soup Supper at St. Peter’s. They also participated in an education program at the Lewis Center given by Uwe Jak, director

of the donation center. He offered statistics about homelessness in Palm Beach County and informed them of ways that everyone can help. In July, the youth will be going back to the Lewis Center to provide a lunch for the residents. The Lewis Center has assembled a team of community providers, each offering a distinct service to meet the needs of their clients. These partners are on site to assess clients and offer interim housing, medical care, life skills, job training and placement. Clients can stay up to 90 days. The group then traveled to the CROS Ministries Warehouse and sorted two pallets of food, which helped get the items to the food pantries faster. That night, the group participated in an economic project. They were given only $2 to buy food for the next day. They researched prices, made a list of what they wanted and went to WalMart to buy their items. When they broke their fast at 6 a.m. on April 29, the teens ate the food they had purchased. The youth began the day

The youth group after breaking their fast (left to right, back to front): Marty Simpson, Mark Forrest, Tristan Abinet, Alex Bartley, Brad Scott, Ben Reid, Elizabeth Strals, Caroline Scott, Lucas Castro, Regan Maxwell, Avery Hill, Youth Director Samantha Scott, Bella Tombari and McKenna Wickers. with communion and then enjoyed sion for the homeless and hungry the meal together. in our community and for those “The fasting helped them to who attend school having little or understand the effects felt by those no food.” who go without food every day,” The teens raised $500 for World St. Peter’s Youth Director Saman- Vision, which helps low income/ tha Scott said. “This awareness poverty-stricken nations around helps them to have more compas- the world.

YWCA Hosts ‘Run For The Roses’ Tea

Nearly 120 women enjoyed the YWCA of Palm Beach County’s “Run for the Roses” Tea on May 1 at Palm Beach’s Chesterfield Hotel. Co-chairwomen Susan Rothman and Maggie Zeller and honorary chairwoman Margaret Donnelley welcomed guests to a champagne reception and auctions. Entertainment was provided by saxophonist Reginald Ellison and former jockey Larry Larkin. Jockey Sponsors were Margaret Donnelley and the Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller, Palm Beach Commandery; Silks Sponsors were Marie Adler-Kravecas, Jane Bloom, Plastridge Insurance, PNC Wealth Management and Karen Swanson; and Mint Julep Sponsors were Tamera Pompea, Rebecca Robinson, Susan Rothman, Bobbi Shorr, Sheryl Wood and

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Bel Canto choir member Kale Jette said, “I love to sing. It’s something my family and friends are a part of. It’s nice to be in an environment where everyone can sing their hearts out.” Cantate choir member Mickela Pitter noted, “I sing to touch the hearts of others in hopes of one day everyone coming together despite each other’s differences.” Songs to be performed include “Let Our Light Shine.” Young Singers’ founder and artistic director Shawn Berry wrote this song in 2008 to bring focus to the fact that singing can be a light to others. The young boy singing on the opening video at the concert

is Sidney O’Gorman when he was in third grade. Video Sidney will be joined live on stage by the now 12th-grade Sidney, a ten-year Young Singers member. He will pass the torch to younger choir member Oliver Goodman. “At YSPB, we get to experience the importance of singing weekly,” Berry said. “We know that singing inspires courageous self-expression to those who feel invisible or afraid, and it speaks to our oneness by dipping into the same universe of notes, tones, melodies, voices, rhythm, harmony, color, feelings, human experience and creative spirit.” For info., visit

Young Singers of the Palm Beaches singer Sidney O’Gorman.

Student Honored For Academic Success

Camber Chiocca, a 13-year-old homeschooler in Wellington, is among the students being honored by the Duke University Talent Identification Program for his exceptional score on the SAT. He will be recognized at the Grand Recognition Ceremony, to be held on May 21 at Duke University’s Cameron Indoor Stadium. Duke TIP’s Seventh Grade Talent Search identifies students across the United States who have scored at or above the 95th percentile on a grade-level standardized test. As part of the program, these academically talented students take above-level college-entrance exams to learn more about their abilities. Duke TIP then hosts annual recognition ceremonies to honor the seventh graders with remarkable ACT or SAT scores. Those with the highest scores are invited to the Grand Recognition Ceremony. Of 48,569 students who took the exams through

Camber Chiocca Duke TIP — all of whom are in the 95th percentile of their grade level — only 2,611 were invited to the Grand Recognition Ceremony. Chiocca has been accepted as a dual enrolled ninth-grader at FAU High School in Boca Raton in the fall. For more info., visit www.tip.


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New Horizons Celebrates Its Volunteers

New Horizons Elementary School benefits tremendously from the active parent support it receives on a daily basis. The school was recently recognized as a golden school for the number of volunteers registered and for the number of hours those volunteers have logged supporting the school. Volunteers support student learning by working with students directly, supporting school events, reading to students and supporting teachers in any way that they can. Melanie Stepp volunteers in support of the school’s SECME club, substitutes often and is always present at school events to lend a hand. Kelly Scarberry, the school’s business partner coordinator, recruits and collaborates with local businesses in support of the school, its events and special initiatives that benefit tremendously from business partnerships. Senior volunteer Augusto Padilla works with students in the International Spanish Academy

and shares cultural experiences and stories from his native country. The students call him “abuelito,” and both the students and teachers are appreciative of his consistent support in the classroom. Monica and Eliseo Hernandez, of Sugar Machinery Engineering Inc. business partner, are always active in the school. Eliseo Hernandez serves on the School Advisory Council and Monica Hernandez volunteers at the school and helps decorate bulletin boards around campus. New Horizons recently invited these outstanding individuals to be recognized at the Palm Beach County School District’s Volunteer Breakfast hosted at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, May 4. New Horizons thanks all of its dedicated volunteers for their support of the students, staff and school and looks forward to continuing to honor their efforts both at the school and district level for years to come.

Principal Betsy Cardozo, volunteers Melanie Stepp, Kelly Scarberry, Augusto Padilla, Monica Hernandez and Eliseo Hernandez, and School Counselor Diana Borges.

WLMS Cheerleaders Win Big Championship

The Wellington Landings Middle School competitive cheerleaders competed in Jacksonville on Saturday, May 5 at the Prime Osborne Convention Center. In order to attend the Diamond Cheer and Dance Finale, they had to win a prior cheer competition and be invited to compete. In December, the WLMS cheerleaders competed at the Diamond Cheer and Dance West Palm Beach Holiday Competition at the Palm Beach County Convention Center and took home first place. While in Jacksonville, the cheerleaders won the middle school division. They were also announced as the School Level

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Teachers, parents and students came out Monday, April 16 to Panther Run Elementary School’s STEAM 2.0 Night. Everyone had a great time experimenting with hands-on science. Inquiry, collaboration and an emphasis on process-based learning are at the heart of the STEAM approach. (Above left) fourth-grade teacher Karyn Aurilio and kindergarten teacher Olga Espinoza have fun playing with a flow ring. (Above right) Fifth-grader Ethan Goldman has a great time building with gears. (Below) Guidance Counselor Joe Loverso works with students building with tools.

Grand Champions and rewarded with champion jackets. The Wellington Landings competitive cheerleaders were proud to bring this victory back to Wellington. The team includes Hannah Teebagy, Alaina Puleio, Jalenna Larriu, Hailey Guzik, Lexi O’Halloran, Brittney Bolton, Emilia McGovern, Chloe Rabin, Isabel Panczyszyn, Caitlyn Galvez, Erica Sewell, Calista Palfenier, Cassie White, Sarah Bagwell, Reese Hogg, Hannah Dalton, Madison Zimmerman, Breanna Bistrong and coach Heather Brodnicki. (Right) The Wellington Landings competitive cheerleaders.

One Blood Honors Seminole Ridge As Top School

This year’s SRHS blood drive leadership team: (L-R) Juliana Gutierrez, Randy Medrano, Alexis Bennett, Sawyer Colucci, Bailey Brown, Savannah Velazquez, Shawna Ahmad and Alain Correa.

One Blood Inc. has acknowledged Seminole Ridge High School among all public and private high schools in Palm Beach County as the highest blood drive collector in a school year with 568 units of blood donated. In addition, One Blood has named science teacher Shawna Ahmad its Chairperson of the Year. The SRHS blood drive team thanks the students, staff and community members who took part in this year’s drives.

Tri-M Chooses Officers — The SRHS chapter of the Tri-M National Music Honor Society has chosen its officers for the coming school year. Congratulations to President Riley Reynolds, Vice President William Habegger, Treasurer Brendan Abraham, Secretary Victoria Holt and Historian Fantasia Bodon. SRHS Dance Marathon Leadership Team 2018-19 — The leadership team has been chosen for next year’s SRHS Dance

Marathon. Congratulations to team leaders Paige Kercheville and Bella Martinez, and to team members Rocco Abiusi, Shelby Bakkedahl, Mikayla Bender, Alexis Bennett, Bryce Brant, Kateland Clothier, Alina Coelho, Brianna Demoura, Morgan Doran, Autumn Frost, Tristen Garrison, Alexa Grieco, John Heine, Kirstyn Johnson, Austin Jones, Savannah Linares, Marie Luciano-Sileo, Samantha Mata, Randy Medrano, Annamarie Renda, Fabian Richard, Katrina

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The ABCs Of Gift-Giving, Particularly When Kids Are Involved

Last Sunday was Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day is coming up next month, on June 17 to be exact. If there are young children in your life — be they children or grandchildren — you already know the ABCs of childhood gift-giving and are already prepared to enthusiastically accept: • Anything. Whether it’s a rock, a shell or a painted piece of string, you are ready to embrace this gift with all you’ve got. • Book. Handmade books are best, and any book a young child can actually read to you is tied for best. • Candy. This will be any candy you like, as long as the child himself also likes it. • Drawing. More impressive than the grunting, groaning effort that goes into this

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The Sonic BOOMER endeavor is the love behind it. • Exercise mat. When given by a child, there is no need to suspect hidden hints about your weight. There are none. They just heard you needed a new exercise mat. • Finger-painting. As much fun to make as it is to give! • Greeting card. My favorites are the

ones with uneven, hand-scrawled signatures on the back. • Hugs. Appreciated and affordable! • Ice cream. This is sometimes an additional gift because, let’s face it, who can pass up ice cream? • Jump. A jump into your arms or lap is often unexpected, but one must not complain about broken glasses, bumps or scrapes, and simply soak in the enthusiasm. • Kisses. (See hugs, above.) • Lunch. This is one of the most popular presents you can get or give. Of course, we moms are there for the conversation. The food hardly matters at all. • Meal. Not every child is a junior master chef, but a homemade meal by a beginner takes real effort. Eat it with a smile.

• Needlework. This category covers everything from a potholder to an elaborately embroidered family tree. If you’ve already downsized, pray it’s a potholder. • Outing. This is what I got for Mother’s Day... an outing to a water theme park. I loved it! • Plant. My own children know not to waste their money on this doomed gift, but it seems to work well for others. • Quilt. You might get an actual quilt from a grown child, but I’m stretching this one to represent the fabric of our lives and the joy that children bring to it. • Ride. This can be anything from a simple car ride along the coast to occupying a bucket in a Ferris wheel. Sit back and enjoy!

• Star. It is actually possible to have a star named in your honor. Wow! • Tree. A tree planted in your name is as good as a star — and you can visit it. • Umbrella. A practical gift from a practical kid. Or you live in Seattle. • Virtual reality goggles. This is a great gift from any kid who has heard you say you just want to escape it all. • Wishes. The best wish is the one uttered at the end of the day: “I wish you didn’t have to go home, Grandpa.” • X-ray. A gift you can give yourself and, moms, you know what I’m talking about. • Yacht. Well, we can dream, can’t we? • Zzzzzz. Sleep. The very best gift of all!

New ‘Overboard’ Remake Was Much Funnier Than Expected

I wondered why anyone would do a remake of the old film Overboard. It was not a particularly good film, made mostly to get Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell in a movie together since they were a couple. Unlike most remakes, however, the new film is very funny and, at times, touching. Kate (Anna Faris) is a single mother working several jobs to support her family while studying hard for her upcoming nursing license exam, which she had previously failed. Her mother (Swoozie Kurtz), who urged her to move nearby so she could provide child care, decides to run off to join a performing group. And then she is sent to clean carpets aboard a large yacht, which is owned by Leonardo Montenegro (Eugenio Derbez), the overgrown son of a billionaire. He is obnoxious, calls her names, not only fires her but tosses her overboard along with her carpet cleaning equipment, which puts her further in debt.

‘I’ On CULTURE By Leonard Wechsler But Leonardo winds up being tossed overboard and ends up on the beach of Kate’s town, with amnesia. Kate’s best friend Theresa (Eva Longoria), seeing pictures of the man, suggest a nice revenge: set him up so he works for her for a month so she has more time for study as payback. She follows the suggestion and gets Leonardo, who she convinces is really Leo Sullivan, that he is her husband and father of her three daughters. He winds up working really hard as she

adds on to his burdens. Times goes by, and if you’ve been going to the movies for a few years, you can guess how there will be a happy ending. Fortunately, there are more than a few fun twists and turns, including some family infighting from Leonardo’s Mexican family. One important difference in the film is its use of diversity. Some of the funniest bits are in Spanish. There are subtitles so everyone can follow along. But this allows for some great conversations. My favorite is when Leonardo/Leo speaks to his new fellow workers at a lunch break at how disappointing marriage seems to him and discovers that it is not all that different from what they’re experiencing. Another thing that made this better than the old movie (which I was able to stream the night before I saw this one) is that Leo actually really changed right from the beginning. Instead of simply moving through

his new, not pleasant life, he worked hard to be a good husband and father. That led to some scenes that were not just funny, but really touching. That kind of combination makes for good movies. The cross-cultural misunderstandings and connections were the source of a lot of laughter. Forced diversity often limits what can be done; when used properly, it provides a wonderful chance for interesting things to happen. Even better, the cast was excellent. Derbez was great as Leonardo/Leo. He was merely silly and annoying at first, but as he accepted his new role in life, he became extremely likable. His use of physical comedy has almost disappeared in this country. He is bringing it back. It is not surprising that he is a big star in Mexico. Faris was great as his foil. An expert comic actress, she had to play the role straight and did. After all, she was

doing something not nice at all, effectively kidnapping him, but she was always sympathetic. Longoria was very good, but at first seemed a bit too glamorous for the role. But paired with Mel Rodriguez as her big bear of a husband, there was great chemistry. The two were, at times, hysterically funny. Hannah Nordberg, Alyvia Alyn Lind and Payton Lepinski as the daughters were not only charming, but expert enough to separate themselves as individuals. Lepinski at one point provided the most poignant moment of the film. This is a really good comic film. It comes out right in the middle of blockbuster season but should work its way into everyone’s hearts. During years like this, with few comedies, this is a really fun time at the movies. The audience laughed, my Latina wife laughed, and I laughed. So will you.

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On Saturday, May 5, CAFCI held its 25th annual Student Assistance Award Ceremony at the Andros Isle Clubhouse, where 20 outstanding high school seniors received awards. Black and gold decorations were visible throughout the ballroom. Fresh sunflower-crowned, pineapple centerpieces were strikingly eye-catching, and floating, lighted tea candles, glowing in water, added additional warmth to the beautiful evening. The students heard inspiring messages of congratulations and encouragement from speakers such as Royal Palm Beach Vice Mayor Selena Smith and School Board Member Marcia Andrews. Keynote speaker Minister Hopelyn West delivered a motivational message to the students and to the entire audience. CAFCI’s Student Assistance Committee is chaired by Nadine White-Boyd and Junette Powell and includes committee members Leonie Escoffery, Audrey Gordon, Clover Henry-Gilroy, Kathy Maragh, Alpha McDonald and Alliseen Kelly-Rambeau. CAFCI is proud to have donated $112,490 to local high school seniors over the past 25 years.

Dennis Wright and Bank United representative Kedene Lawrence present an award to Nicklaus Florexil.

Raiyan Farook receives his award from Dennis Wright.

The Jess & Victoria Santamaria Award is presented to Leevens Cherisma by Michelle and Chris Santamaria.

The Amanayea Abraham Award is presented to Kara Guillaume by Jordan Davis.

The Vivian and Adrienne Ferrin Award is presented to Stephanie Casting by Rhonda Ferrin-Davis.

Emily Jeudy receives her award from RPB Councilman Jeff Hmara and Dennis Wright.

The Audrey C. Martin Awards: Leonie Escoffery, Robert Martin, Taylor Deering and Brooke Deering (award recipients) with Adam Martin, Mark Escoffery and Stefan Escoffery.

and do it in a wise and budgeted manner, so we know what the costs are going to be.” He said development going in nearby is also a concern. “Expansion is a big word out here,” Sayre said. “We have about 7,000 homes coming from Westlake, possibly another 5,000 from GL Homes. There’s Avenir that’s going in, and that goes to safety, it goes to traffic.” Sayre said he was also concerned about the unfinished dike separating The Acreage from the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area, which failed to receive funding in the last legislative session. “We have a berm out there that’s not finished,” he said, explaining that he had been to Tallahassee to get funding for the dike, and had talked with State Rep. Rick Roth (R-District 85), who was at the meeting that evening. He has also talked with repre-

sentatives from the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and the South Florida Water Management District about the dike. “Everybody that we need to make contact with,” Sayre said. He also stressed the importance of obtaining as many grants as possible. “We need to use them the way they’re supposed to be used and make sure we meet all the requirements so that we maintain those grants,” he said. Traffic calming is another important aspect to keep pressing forward, Sayre said. “We don’t want to impact our residents so much that they don’t want to use the roads that they’ve paid for,” he said. “We also need to be able to calm [the roads] so that new residents can use the major thoroughfares and not all the side roads and clog them up for everybody.” Asked what his thoughts were regarding Indian Trail roads and

the onslaught of development traffic, he agreed that it is a touchy subject. “We have to figure out what’s best for the community that paid for these roads,” Sayre said. “Some of the roads are county roads, so the county can pretty much do what they want to do with them.” He added that the county is having trouble keeping up with the development. “Seminole Pratt Whitney was supposed to be expanded two years ago? Three years ago?” he noted. “It hasn’t been started yet. When [former County Engineer] George Webb still worked for the county, the intersection was to be improved at Northlake and Seminole Pratt. It still hasn’t been improved. Northlake was going to be widened. It hasn’t even been started yet.” He added that the county wanted six lanes on Seminole Pratt Whit-

the Veterans Park amphitheater on Royal Palm Beach Blvd. There will be a display shown of a local fire truck carrying the American flag. Additionally, Project 425’s helicopter used during the Vietnam War will be on display. Before the ceremony, there will be a gun battalion presentation. Refreshments will be served and flags will be handed out. The national anthem will be sung by local performer Cassie Ortiz. Rochelle Wright, the supervisor for this year’s ceremony, said

that Ortiz previously performed at the village’s Fall Festival. At the end of the presentation, a bagpipe player will perform. The Royal Palm Beach mayor and council members will be present, along with the new pastor from Faith Church, Austin Schuler, who will be speaking and introducing the guest presentations by U.S Navy veteran State Rep. Matt Willhite (D-District 86), U.S. Marine Capt. Reserve Officer Dr. Ron William and U.S Army veteran Mike Durkee.

Durkee will speak about his organization, the Wounded Veterans Relief Fund. The Royal Palm Beach High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) will also be in attendance. “I’m proud of this event because it gives recognition to all the fallen men and women who gave their lives for us,” Wright said. For more information about the Royal Palm Beach ceremony, call Wright at (561) 753-1232 or visit

Dennis Wright, Junette Powell and Clover Gilroy present an award to Arielle Ahrendts.

The Simms Award is presented to Kerven Cassion by Cassie Allen and Lauriston Simms.


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continued from page 1 the issues that the district faces,” he said. “I know what’s going on. I read all the backup material. I attend some of the Board of County Commissioners meetings. I attend Treasure Coast [Regional Planning Council] meetings, so I try to stay on top of what I believe is affecting this area.” ITID President Betty Argue had a set of questions of her own, and as well as a set from residents, that were read to all the candidates, beginning with what their priorities and vision are for the district. “I think the priorities are traffic, and along with that is safety,” Sayre said. “We have to work on finishing our park. It’s very important. We have to make sure that we move forward with this park


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continued from page 1 ceremony. Veterans are encouraged to register to be recognized. For additional information, call Garvey at (561) 791-4082. Royal Palm Beach will begin its service at 9 a.m., and it is scheduled to last for an hour at

2018 scholarship recipients Bibiana Appolon, Emily Jeudy, Annelise Exilus, Stephanie Casting, Kerven Cassion, Nicklaus Florexil, Leevens Cherisma, Kara Guillaume, Maniuka Valliere, Deborah Germain, Leiserl Pierre Louis, Taylor Deering, Brooke Deering, Alexandra Guerra, Andy Toussaint, Raiyan Farook, Kehtia Istache and Janae Steen. Not pictured: Mindjina Courage and Arielle Ahrendts.

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ney Road in front of Seminole Ridge High School, but Westlake only put in four. “They wouldn’t work with the county to put in the full six lanes, even though the county was pushing the money on it,” Sayre said. “It’s an ongoing issue, but they’re always one step behind. Our roads can’t take the brunt of all the traffic that’s going to be out there, so I guess we have to make sure that we maintain the roads for our residents, so they still want to use them and aren’t adversely impacted.” Asked how he felt about his role in interacting with other board members, Sayre said he would listen to all sides and try to stay informed. “I have an open mind,” he said. “If I’m wrong, I’ll say I’m wrong. If we need to work on something and work together to figure out how we can do something best, we’ll figure out what’s in the best interest of many.”

Tim Sayre Asked how he feels about his role as a supervisor and the dayto-day operations of the district, Sayre said his understanding is that the board sets policy and gives direction to the district manager, who oversees operations. “We give instructions to make sure that our policies are being followed, and if not, find out why,” he said.

Friends Of Dreyfoos To Host Croquet And Cocktails May 20

Friends of Dreyfoos will gather for Croquet and Cocktails in support of the Dreyfoos School of the Arts Foundation on Sunday, May 20 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the National Croquet Center (700 Florida Mango Road, West Palm Beach). Supporters will enjoy a game of croquet, delicious bites and cocktails on the veranda. Tickets are $60 for Friends of

Dreyfoos members and $70 for non-members and can be purchased online at croquet-cocktials. All proceeds benefit the Dreyfoos School of the Arts Foundation, which supports the arts and academic curriculum at the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts. For more information, call (561) 805-6298 or visit www.

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FLAG PAINTING PARTY AT RPB’S OAK BISTRO SUPPORTS U.S. MARINES GROUP Oak Bistro & Wine Bar in Royal Palm Beach hosted a benefit painting party for the U.S. Marines 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion Association on Thursday, May 10. Participants created signed wooden flags to be sent to Camp Pendleton along with a check. The money will be used to create a living memorial and pay medical bills for U.S. Marine veterans needing assistance. The event was staged with help from KB Social Artworking and included raffles and a ticket auction. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Rebecca Roy, Matt and Bonnie Maney, and Mack Maney.

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Wildcats Football Rebuilding With New Coach

Spring football has swept through Royal Palm Beach High School, and the Wildcats are in a restructuring phase to improve upon last fall’s dismal season. Royal Palm Beach finished 0-10 and are looking uphill as they train through the 20 spring sessions approved by the FHSAA. Page 31

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Cute Now Baby Gear Store Wins Wellington Green Pop-Up Contest

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Stratton Shatters One-Handed Catch World Record

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Local Students Win Palm Beach Fellowship Competition

More than 100 people attended the Palm Beach Fellowship of Christians & Jews end-of-season soiree May 1 at the Colony Hotel in celebration of its 25th anniversary season. The event began with a reception in the Palm Court, followed by a short annual meeting and the presentation of awards for the Essay & Creative Arts Competition, which was open to middle school and high school students countywide. Western Pines Middle School students, led by teacher Steve Gordon, placed in several categories. Chair John C. Randolph welcomed everyone to the event and thanked them for their support.

“We on the board are proud not only of what we have accomplished in our 25th year, but also for what we have accomplished in the 25 years of our existence,” Randolph said. “We have come a long way in that time, and I believe we have seen significant progress in fostering respect and understanding between people of the Christian and Jewish faiths, and between people of all faiths, races, cultures and persuasions.” Vice Chair Maggie Zeidman gave a recap of the season’s events and also talked about the full scholarships that the fellowship has been providing annually for more than 20 years to Palm Beach County educators to attend the “Facing History

and Ourselves” summer seminar, “The Holocaust and Human Behavior,” in Brookline, Mass. Fellowship Education Chair Rosalie Franks presented the awards to the winning students. They were asked to take inspiration from the Robert Frost poem The Road Not Taken, to write essays or create art about making choices and decisions and how they can affect your life. The winners are: 3-D Art — First place: Matti Cohen, Rosarian Academy, Grade 7. Video — First place: Robby Vargas, Rosarian Academy, Grade 8; second place: Tess Romine, Western Pines Middle School, Grade 8. 2-D Art — First place: Mia Stark-

man, Pine Crest School, Grade 7; second place: Victoria Bassey, Western Pines Middle School, Grade 8; third place (tie): Ava Teo, Pine Crest School, Grade 6 and Elyza Lotero, Western Pines Middle School, Grade 8. Color Photography — Jonathan Schram, Palm Beach Day Academy, Grade 7. Black and White Photography — Meagan Hage, Western Pines Middle School, Grade 8. Essay — First place: Sydney Jansen, St. Mark’s Episcopal School, Grade 8; second place: Aayushi Ranjan, Don Estridge High Tech Middle School, Grade 6; third place (tie): Jack Regnery, St. Mark’s Episcopal

School, Grade 8 and Nika Wolfs, St. Mark’s Episcopal School, Grade 8; honorable mention: M.J. Hanlon, Rosarian Academy, Grade 7 and Lily Guari, Rosarian Academy, Grade 7. Franks presented gift cards for school supplies to the teachers of the winning students. They are: Laralee Evans, Don Estridge High Tech Middle School; Chrissie Ferguson, Rosarian Academy; Steve Gordon, Western Pines Middle School; Barbara Milanese, Pine Crest School, Megan Molitoris, St. Mark’s Episcopal School; and Leslie Quinlivan, St. Mark’s Episcopal School. For more information about the fellowship, call (561) 833-6150 or visit

(L-R) Winner Elyza Lotero with teacher Steve Gordon; Okon Bassey with winner Victoria Bassey; winner Meagan Hage receives her award; and winner Tess Rominer receives her award from Maggie Zeidman and John C. Randolph. PHOTOS COURTESY DAVIDOFF STUDIOS

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Batten Insurance Cute Now Baby Gear Store Wins Wellington Green Pop-Up Contest Among Top Allstate Commercial Producers

Batten Insurance was recently named one of Allstate’s top commercial producers in the country for the second time. “I am very proud for the agency to earn this prestigious honor,” said owner Ann-Marie Batten, who has offices in West Palm Beach and Wellington. “The entire staff works hard at providing our customers with the necessary insurance and financial needs.” The commercial division is led by Larry Cruz, a veteran agent with more than 30 years of industry experience, and Connor Lewis, a former star offensive lineman at Cardinal Newman High School who has more than five years of experience. This is another Allstate honor for Batten Insurance, which has a history of excellence, professionalism and customer service. They have also earned the Honor Ring and National Conference awards. Cruz and Lewis concentrate on medium-size businesses while focusing on providing property, casualty and employee benefit packages. “Our knowledge of the products we sell and the experience of our

Ann-Marie Batten staff helps make Batten Insurance the place to go for a complete line of Allstate products, in addition to an extensive line of other markets,” Batten said. “Our goal is to help businesses find solutions for their needs.” Among the charities that Batten Insurance has supported are the United Way of Palm Beach County and the Charlotte Hans Foundation. For more information, contact Batten Insurance at the West Palm Beach office at (561) 627-1806 or the Wellington office at (561) 7980230 or visit

“Babies! They’re so cuddly and cute — but wait ’til they grow up!” That phrase should give you an idea of the Mall at Wellington Green’s winner of the 2018 Battle of the PopUp: Cute Now Baby Gear. The brainchild of local entrepreneurs Frank Bevilaqua and Lyndsey Seacrist, Cute Now Baby Gear has a sense of humor that new parents and grandparents love to indulge in. The all-too-cute clothing line takes a sassy, fun approach. “We are truly ecstatic and blessed to have the opportunity to share our unique, fun and upbeat clothing line at the Mall at Wellington Green,” Seacrist said. Seacrist and Bevilaqua continually create new phrases for their expanding line of infant onesies or bodysuits, bibs, tank tops and toddler shirts. The clothes are all printed in-house on plush garments. “We use our signature saying ‘Cute Now’ with a variety of phrases, from ‘Cute Now... (’Til I Max Dad’s Credit Card Out)’ to ‘Cute Now... (Wait ’Til I’m a Better Cook Than You)’,” Seacrist said, adding that their golf and fishing designs are very popular. Since starting the business in 2017, Seacrist and Bevilaqua have

Lyndsey Seacrist and Frank Bevilaqua of Cute Now Baby Gear. offered their adorable clothes online, and introduce new ideas, products as well as at conventions where the or services to shoppers, guests latest in baby clothing is showcased. and tourists,” said Rachelle Crain, “Be on the lookout for our yoga, marketing director at the Mall at gymnastics, taco night and musical Wellington Green. “We love that Cute Now Baby Gear has taken their instrument designs,” she said. Wellington Green’s Battle of the imaginative humor and created such Pop-Up asked area entrepreneurs to a terrific line of clothing for babies submit business plans and concepts. and toddlers. We’re thrilled to welThe winner receives a rent-free come them to Wellington Green.” Cute Now Baby Gear will celespace for four months. “Battle of the Pop Up gives local brate its grand opening in June near entrepreneurs a platform here at the children’s play area. Learn more the center to build their business at

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Dr. LaRusso Re-Elected President Of NBCE

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Dr. Salvatore D. LaRusso of Wellington was re-elected president of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) at the annual meeting in Dallas, Texas, on May 4. LaRusso is currently serving as an at-large director; his service to the NBCE began in 2008. LaRusso also served as president last year. Under his guidance, the NBCE researched exam delivery options that resulted in the board’s recent decision to launch computer-based testing at chiropractic college campuses beginning in January

2019. From 2014 to 2017, LaRusso served as treasurer, where he worked with the NBCE board to continue a long-term strategy focused on building a stable foundation for the future of professional testing. LaRusso is a graduate of New York Chiropractic College and obtained his undergraduate degree in business administration from Seton Hall University. He has been active in many international, national, state and local organizations. In 1998, LaRusso was a gubernatorial appointee to the Florida Board of

Chiropractic Medicine, serving as board chair in 2005, 2006 and 2007. From 2005 to 2008, he served as chair of the Florida Board’s Certified Chiropractic Physicians Assistant Committee. LaRusso is a long-standing member of both the Florida Chiropractic Association and the Florida Chiropractic Society (FCS), serving as president of the FCS in 1992-93, and chairman from 1993 to 1997. The FCS named LaRusso Chiropractor of the Year in 1994, awarded him the Gavel Award in 1993 and honored

him for Distinguished Service to the FCS in 1992. Headquartered in Greeley, Colo., NBCE’s mission is: Ensuring professional competency through excellence in testing. Established in 1963, the NBCE develops, administers and scores legally defensible, standardized written and practical examinations for candidates seeking chiropractic licensure throughout the United States and in several foreign countries. For more info., visit www.

Cleveland Clinic Florida Achieves Pathway To Excellence designation in 2014, a distinction held by only 163 hospitals,” said Kerry A. Major, chief nursing officer at Cleveland Clinic Florida. “Having achieved this designation once again solidifies Cleveland Clinic Florida as one of the best places for nurses to work in South Florida and is a tribute to our nurses who are dedicated to serving their patients and each other.” Pathway to Excellence is an internationally recognized designation earned by organizations that demonstrate a commitment to

creating a work environment where nurses are respected, appreciated and provided with opportunities to excel professionally. To qualify for a Pathway of Excellence designation, healthcare institutions must meet 12 practice standards necessary for an ideal nursing practice environment, including a safe and healthy work environment, equitable compensation, professional development opportunities and sufficient recognition for achievements. These principles must be evident

in the facility’s practices, policies and culture, and nurses in candidate organizations verify the presence of the criteria in the organization through participation in a confidential online survey. Cleveland Clinic Florida is currently expanding its operations across Broward and Palm Beach counties, with a new 221,000-squarefoot hospital tower in Weston, a 73,000-square-foot clinic and ambulatory surgery center in Coral Springs and a new medical office in Wellington. Nurses interested in

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Junior Golf Camp at the Okeeheelee Golf Course and Park Ridge Golf Course through the Junior Golf Foundation of America is now accepting summer camp registrations. New and seasoned golfers, develop your skills while having a blast. The JGFA 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, sportsmanship and personal attention. Camps run June 4 through Aug. 10, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Evaluation reports, prizes/trophies, official JGFA items, a certificate of completion and a pizza party on the last day is included. Also available: camps for 4 to 6 year olds, advanced players academy, Junior Golf tournaments, weekly programs, leagues, walk-up clinics and more. For more info., visit or call (561) 964-GOLF, ext. 4. At Noah’s Ark Summer Camp, children will enjoy field trips and activities such as swimming, bowling, skating, South Florida Science Museum programs, movies and picnics. Tuition includes camera surveillance, a creative curriculum, use of computers and all meals. Registration is now being accepted and is free for new customers only. Noah’s Ark is located at 14563 Okeechobee Blvd. in Loxahatchee Groves. For more information, call (561) 753-6624 or visit Palm Beach Super Tae Kwon Do has moved. It is now located in Royal Palm Beach at 10489 Southern Blvd. in the Burlington Coat Factory Shopping Center, next door to Asian Fusion. Palm Beach Super Tae Kwon Do is offering a summer special for classes, which are taught by World Tae Kwon Do Federation Grandmaster Ki Sop Yoon. You will receive seven weeks at $139, plus a free uniform. These special classes teach self-de-

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Wildcats Football Squad Rebuilding With A New Coach

By Gene Nardi Town-Crier Staff Report Spring football has swept through Royal Palm Beach High School, and the Wildcats are in a restructuring phase to improve upon last fall’s dismal season. Royal Palm Beach finished 0-10 and are looking uphill as they train through the 20 spring sessions approved by the FHSAA. Longtime

Quarterback Peyton Mainolfi throws down field during drills.

coach Willie Bueno stepped down earlier in the year, and Elton Gikes has temporarily taken the role as head coach this spring. A decision will be made by the athletic director soon on who will be named head coach. Another new face to the Wildcats is former Seminole Ridge High School head coach Scott Barnwell. Barnwell admits that the team is

young but has great potential to improve upon last season. “I think we’re head and shoulders above where we were last year,” he said. “We got a lot of sophomores from last year who are going to be juniors next year, so we’re really young, but we have some talented, skilled kids.” Frantz Belamour returns to the offensive line to anchor the trenches.

Royal Palm Beach assistant coach Scott Barnwell debriefs the team after a spring practice session.

“He’s just unbelievably aggressive,” Barnwell said. Belamour will likely see time on both the offensive and defensive line in the Wildcats’ spring game against Oxbridge Academy. Rising senior Brian Ormsby and Chris Benjamin return for the Wildcats on the line as well and are looking to make a contribution. Derrick Cruikshank plans to be

the workhorse in the backfield for Royal Palm Beach’s new offense. Cruikshank just returned from the state track meet and now dons the pads for the Wildcats. “He’s going to play running back for us,” Barnwell explained. “He’s very, very fast.” Royal Palm Beach historically was known to run a triple offense under Bueno, but the Wildcats will See WILDCATS, page 33

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Dane Stratton Shatters One-Handed Catch World Record

By Gene Nardi Town-Crier Staff Report The Wellington High School football team’s offense has a new weapon — one that has a world record under his belt. Receiver Dane Stratton recently entered the Guinness Book of World Records with 45 one-handed football catches in 60 seconds. Stratton’s number shattered Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown’s 40 receptions. Stratton broke the record on video earlier in the year, but the Guinness

committee must review submissions and recently validated Stratton’s accomplishment all the way from London, England, officially granting him the new record on March 26. There are a set of basic official rules to operate by while attempting to break this particular record: the use of NFL footballs, 10 yards in between the thrower and the receiver, control and catch the ball with only one hand, there must be a certified football referee and only one minute to complete the task. Early on, New York Giants re-

ceiver Odell Beckham held the record with 20, but Brown demolished that number with an underhand style of catching, which meant the footballs had to be thrown slower in a lobbing style traveling down into his hand. “I knew that pace was everything,” Stratton said. “If the passes could come to me harder and faster, I could catch them overhand, and I could beat the record.” Stratton explained that he did not specifically train for the feat, but See STRATTON, page 33

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Stellar Season For RPB’s 15U Yankees

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continued from page 31 now go to a variation wing-T style of offense. Barnwell emphasized the offense models of that when he coached at Hollywood Hills. Jalen Jones and Ketron Hadley will also complement the Wildcat backfield while seeing time on defense as well. The quarterback


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continued from page 31 rather studied the tempo previously used and relied mostly on raw skill. “I knew I could catch really well, and I knew I could catch one-handed,” he said. “It came pretty natural to me.” Stratton knew he wanted to accomplish this shortly after he saw Brown make his achievement. But what he really wanted to do was use his special skills to contribute to the St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital. “I saw their commercials on television, and they hit me in the heart like a brick,” said Stratton, who

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SPORTS & RECREATION spot will likely be occupied by the 6-foot-4 Peyton Mainolfi, who demonstrates a strong throwing arm. “We have been working a lot on the fundamentals,” Barnwell said. Defensively, the Wildcats are young, but have Greg Prinvil partnering up with Delroy Lewis to lead the linebacking corps. Fundamentals appear to be the focus at the spring camp. Royal Palm Beach is preparing to make some noise at Oxbridge Academy in the spring game. “It will be a good test because our

kids are so young,” Barnwell said. The spring game will set the tone for what the Wildcats’ focus will be for the fall. Royal Palm Beach sits in the middle of what is arguably the toughest district in Palm Beach County. District 13-7A includes William T. Dwyer, Palm Beach Lakes, Olympic Heights, Forest Hill and West Boca Raton high schools. The Wildcats traveled to the Oxbridge Academy for the spring game on Thursday, May 17, but results were not available by press time.

established a fundraising web site for St. Jude’s that reaped numerous donations. Maybe it was a broken left wrist that inadvertently assisted with his quest to break the one-handed catch record. “I was in a cast during my sophomore year and could only catch with one hand,” Stratton explained. “I continued to run routes for months, and my dad threw to me to stay sharp.” To officially break the record, NFL footballs must be used, and that was an issue for Stratton. “NFL balls are very expensive, so we did not have enough balls to practice the full minute,” he explained. “We were on pace to break the record, so I worked and saved and finally bought 35 balls.” With the support of his family,

they developed a system where they put the balls into a laundry basket and ran them back to Troy Stratton, Dane’s father, who threw them. The record-breaking moments took place at Skeleton Optics in Wellington, owned by Mark and Lori Llano. Their warehouse provided the space necessary to conduct the event successfully. Stratton hopes to continue to contribute to St. Jude’s through his senior year. “We raised $3,000 for St. Jude’s,” he said. “It feels great. It feels better than breaking the record itself, really, to be able to use my talents not only to break the record but help people out.” Stratton will be a senior in the fall and hopes to obtain a football scholarship after his final season as a Wolverine.

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The Royal Palm Bassmasters held a fishing tournament on April 15 on Lake Okeechobee out of the Harney Pond boat ramp. The fishing was tough with 25 to 30 mph winds and rough waters. First place was won by Phil Northrop and Russ Clothier with five fish weighing 14 pounds, 12 ounces. Second place was awarded to the team of Ed Huff and Rick Butenbach with five fish weighing 13 pounds, 1 ounce. The team of Paul Schrein and James Wilkinson took third place with five fish weighing 10 pounds, 10 ounces. The big fish of the tournament was 6 pounds, 8 ounces, caught by Phil Northrop and Russ Clothier.

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Saturday, May 19 • The Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association will walk in Okeeheelee Park (7500 Forest Hill Blvd.) on Saturday, May 19 at 7:30 a.m. Call Margaret at (561) 324-3543 for more info. • Palm Beach Zoo will host the Stacey Konwiser Memorial Save the Tiger 5K on Saturday, May 19 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. It’s estimated that there are fewer than 250 Malayan tigers left in the wild. Proceeds help support the Wildlife Conservation Society. Visit for more info. • The Indian Trail Improvement District will host an open house on Saturday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the ITID Administration Building (13476 61st Street North). Everyone is welcome to join the supervisors, staff and local officials for an informal meet-and-greet. Some ITID equipment will be on display. Food and refreshments will be provided. Visit www.indiantrail. com for details. • The Historical Society of Palm Beach County will present a free Armed Forces Day event on Saturday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum (300 N. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach). Visitors will learn from re-enactors in period uniforms with weapons and vehicles from the Seminole Indian Wars, Civil War, World War II and other eras. Other activities include a military weapons demonstration, arts and crafts and a lecture. For more info., call (561) 8324164, ext. 103, or visit • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will hold a Bedtime Bonanza for ages 2 to 6 on Saturday, May 19 at 11 a.m. Enjoy some sleepy stories, songs and a craft. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host an Acoustic Java Jam for adults on Saturday, May 19 at 2 p.m. Experience a caffeinated collection of local talent or bring your acoustic instruments and jam out. Coffee will be provided. Call (561) 790-6030 for more info. • The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce will host its annual gala on Saturday, May 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kravis Center’s Cohen Pavilion (701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach). For more info., call (561) 790-6200 or visit Sunday, May 20 • The Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association will walk in Frenchman’s Forest (12201 Prosperity Farms Road, Jupiter) on Sunday, May 20 at 7:30 a.m. Call Paul Cummings at (561) 596-4423 for more info • The 9U Regulators Travel Baseball Team will host a poker tournament on Sunday, May 20 at 1 p.m. at Renegades Country Bar & Grill (600 Village Blvd., West Palm Beach). Entrance fees will be $50, with chances to rebuy up until the event’s intermission for another $50. Food, drinks and other games and activities will be available. The top three will win cash prizes. For more info., call (561) 723-5201 or (561) 308-9040.

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• The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd) will host Miniature Gardens: Under-the-Sea for ages 14 and up on Sunday, May 20 at 2 p.m. Make a big splash designing an “under-the-sea” miniature garden. Materials will be provided. Bring your own glue gun if you have one. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will host the Young Singers of the Palm Beaches’ Spring Concert on Sunday, May 20 at 4 p.m. This 15th anniversary concert features the theme “Why We Sing” and features 350 young singers performing a wide breadth of musical styles and songs. For more info., call (561) 832-7469 or visit Monday, May 21 • The graduation ceremony for the Class of 2018 at Palm Beach Central High School will be held Monday, May 21 at noon at the South Florida Fairgrounds. For more info., call (561) 304-1000. • The graduation ceremony for the Class of 2018 at Seminole Ridge High School will be held Monday, May 21 at 4 p.m. at the South Florida Fairgrounds. For more info., call (561) 422-2600. • The Central Palm Beach County Chamber will host a chipping and putting event at the Okeeheelee Golf Course on Monday, May 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Visit www.cpbchamber. com for more info. • Wellington’s Community Services Department will hold a Walk and Talk in the Lakeside Shores Neighborhood on Monday, May 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. Call (561) 791-4796 for more info. • The Village of Royal Palm Beach, with the assistance of Lyle Sumek Associates, will be conducting its Citizen Summit 2018 on Monday, May 21 at 7 p.m. in the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center (100 Sweet Bay Lane) to solicit input to be used to finalize the village’s Strategic Plan. The purpose of the meeting is to provide a forum in which citizens can share their ideas and priorities about what is most important to their quality of life in the community. For more info., visit Tuesday, May 22 • Mounts Botanical Garden in West Palm Beach will host “Plants Can’t Run Away… But They Have Awesome Coping Skills” on Tuesday, May 22 at 10 a.m. Participants will look at some of the surprising and complex ways plants have of dealing with all of the stresses of life — poor soils, too much and too little water, wind, sun and shade, heat and frost, competition, microbes, fungi and things that want to eat them. Visit www. for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Five Little Senses: Baby Sensory Play for ages 3 to 18 months on Tuesday, May 22 at 10 a.m. Stimulate your little one’s senses and encourage them to explore with various sensory playtime activities. All abilities are welcome. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host its Pokémon Club for ages 5 to

12 on Tuesday, May 22 at 3 p.m. Bring your DS or Pokémon cards and get ready to battle, trade and make new friends. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Village Council will meet on Tuesday, May 22 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex. Visit for more info. Wednesday, May 23 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host May Flowers for ages 2 to 10 on Wednesday, May 23 at 3 p.m. Now that April showers are over, show your creativity and construct colorful paper flowers. Call (561) 7906070 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd) will host Musical Toddlers and Tykes for children 4 and under on Wednesday, May 23 at 3:30 p.m. Jam along to favorite story time songs with instruments for you to play and keep the music going. Call (561) 681-4100 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Kids Wii U Gaming & More for ages 7 to 11 on Wednesday, May 23 at 4 p.m. Bored of staying home and watching TV? Play some of your favorite Wii U and board games. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Teen Takeover for ages 12 to 17 on Wednesday, May 23 at 6 p.m. Enjoy Wii games, board games and more. Bring a friend or make new ones. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Mental Health Awareness Month: Mental Health & the Criminal Court on Wednesday, May 23 at 6:30 p.m. Learn how criminal cases are handled in the court system when an individual has a mental health condition. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Thursday, May 24 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern

Drive) will host a Dance Party for ages 5 to 12 on Thursday, May 24 at 3 p.m. Celebrate the end of the school year and the beginning of the summer with music, dance and fun. Refreshments will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free concert by the Melinda Elena Band, along with a food truck invasion, on Thursday, May 24 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Visit for info. Friday, May 25 • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will feature the MNM Theatre Company’s production of Avenue Q from Friday, May 25 through Sunday, June 10 in the Rinker Playhouse. For more info., visit • Palm Beach Zoo in West Palm Beach will host a Snooza-pa-ZOO-za Family Overnight Event on Friday, May 25 to Saturday, May 26 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. Kick off your Memorial Day weekend with an overnight at the zoo. The program includes animal encounters, a nocturnal tour and themed activities. Visit family-overnights for more info. Saturday, May 26 • Royal Palm Beach Parks & Recreation Department will kick off summer with an Early Childhood Special Event just for children ages 2 to 11 years old on Saturday, May 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center (100 Sweet Bay Lane) hosted by Early Childhood Adventures teachers. For more info., call the Recreation Center at (561) 790-5124 or Angie Rinehart at (561) 206-2764. • The Palm Beach Zoo will host Roar & Pour on Saturday, May 26 from 4:30 to 9 p.m. The zoo will be open to explore with Roar & Pour admission. The Summer Grill opens at 5 p.m. with burgers and hotdogs. The Tiki Bar also opens at 5 p.m. Visit for more info. Send calendar items to: The Town-Crier, 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 33, Wellington, FL 33414 or e-mail

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

RESIDENTIAL/LAND/FARMS — Not just another Agent, "I'm your Neighbor!" — Full service Realtor, Phillis M. Maniglia, P.A. 561460-8257 Saddle Trails Realty, Inc.

EMPLOYMENT ATTN: — Looking for 3 self motivated people who'd like to earn a p/t for f/t income while working from their home computer. FREE Online training. SECRETARY FOR SMALL ACCOUNTING OFFICE — heavy phones, client contact, filing, preparing documents. Must know Word. Excel a plus. Please fax resume to: (561)333-2680. LEGAL SECRETARY/PARALEGAL-MATURE — part to full time for solo practitioner, small office, heavy phones, client contact, scheduling, preparing documents, etc. Must be experienced. Timeslips, ProDocs, Word Perfect or Word. Probate, estate planning, guardianship and Medicaid planning. Please fax resume to (561)333-2680. References required.


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


WANTED PUBLISHERS ASSISTANT Develop marketing concepts. clients. Develop themes for features. Compensation commensurate



J&B PRESSURE CLEANING & PAINTING, INC. — Established 1984. All types of pressure cleaning, Chemical Roof Cleaning, 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

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

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

CLEANING - HOME/OFFICE WE CLEAN OFFICES & PRIVATE HOMES — Licensed & Insured. Call for an estimate and to schedule your apartment. Discount for Central Palm Beach County Chamber members and to all new clients for first cleaning. 561-385-8243 Lic. #2012-25277 CLEANING LADY — I can help get your house cleaner than ever! Try me once and you will not be disappointed! 561-657-0420 Patrycja

COUNTERTOP REMODEL KEANER STONE INC. — Family owned business. "Your countertop solution in Granite, Marble, and Quartz." Free estimates. Call Today 561-371-1654 

D R I V E W AY S — F r e e e s t i m a t e s A & M ASPHALT SEAL COATING commercial and residential. Patching potholes, striping, repair existing asphalt & save money all work guaranteed. Li c.& Ins. 100045062 561-667-7716


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


with experience. Call 561-602-5949



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

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


South Central Florida - City Magazine

to schedule interview.

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

JOHN PERGOLIZZI PAINTING INC. — Interior/Exterior - Repaint specialist, pressure cleaning, popcorn ceiling, drywall repair & roof painting. Family owned/owner operator. Free Est. 798-4964 Lic. #U18473

ROOFING ROBERT G. HARTMANN ROOFING — Specializing in repairs. Free estimates, Bonded,insured. Lic. #CCC 058317 Ph: 561-790-0763. ROOFING REPAIRS RE-ROOFING ALL TYPES — Pinewood Construction, Inc. Honest and reliable. Serving Palm Beach County for over 20 years. Call Mike 561-309-0134 Lic. Ins. Bonded. CGC-023773 RC-0067207 NEIL O’NEAL JR. ROOFING — Roofing & Reroofing. Family owned and operated. Residential/Commercial. Wood Replacement, Roof Coatings, Solar Vents, Skylights & Roof Ventilation. 561-656-4945 Lic. & Insured CCC1330208.Free Estimates

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

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

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

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

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

FICTITIOUS NAME NOTICE Legal Notice No. 629 Notice Under Fictitious Name Florida Statute 865.09 Public notice is hereby given that the undersigned desires to engage in business under the fictitious name of:


Located at:

8326 Quito Place Wellington, FL 33414

County of Palm Beach, Florida and intends to register said name with the Division of Corporations State of Florida, forthwith

Milagros Taylor & Marvin Taylor Publish :Town-Crier Newspapers Date: 5-18-18

FICTITIOUS NAME NOTICE Legal Notice No. 630 Notice Under Fictitious Name Florida Statute 865.09 Public notice is hereby given that the undersigned desires to engage in business under the fictitious name of:

Network Professionals International Located at:

8326 Quito Place Wellington, FL 33414

County of Palm Beach, Florida and intends to register said name with the Division of Corporations State of Florida, forthwith

Milagros Taylor & Marvin Taylor Publish :Town-Crier Newspapers Date: 5-18-18


Irrigation Installation $3,499.00 on 1 1/4 Acre Lots Free Estimates On All New Systems

Commercial & Residential Ben Ellis President U2597 CGC015908 Office 561.798.1477 8620 Wendy Lane E. West Palm Beach, FL 33411 Mobile 561.722.5424

We clean, treat and permanently color seal your ceramic tile-grout lines to look better than new, resist stains and clean with ease.



“It’s the plus that makes the difference.”

561-753-7090 Phone 877-GROUT-11 Toll Free 561-383-7521 Fax

Chris Melia, President

561-723-4686 Cell

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HERE’S MY CARD Residential Commercial

Knockdown Textures Interior - Exterior Carpentry Repairs


Free Estimates

Ph: (561) 649-5086 Cell: (561) 313-0409

Drywall Repairs

Lic. #U-16274 Bonded Insured Wallpaper Removal


Irrigation Repairs

$50.00 1st 1/2 Hour - $35.00 Hour After Commercial & Residential

Ben Ellis President Office 561.798.1477 Mobile 561.722.5424

U2597 CGC015908 8620 Wendy Lane E. West Palm Beach, FL 33411

Sunbelt Sprinkler & Well Drilling, Inc. Family Owned & Operated for 35 Years

• Installations • Do It Yourself Packages • Trenching • Backhoe Services • Pump & Wall Installation & Repairs • Conversions from Indexing Valves to Electric Valve Systems

Phone: 561.795.9234 Fax: 561.798.9979


• Repairs & Installs • Water Heaters • Drain Cleaning

561.688.5870 Email:






561 -793 -7484



• Residential & Commercial • Backflow Install & Testing

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All Types of Pressure Cleaning, Chemical Roof Cleaning, Houses, Driveways, Patios, etc. and Interior/Exterior Painting


GLOVES cleaning service

Patrycja Jaskolski (561) 657-0420

References, Experience, Professional Service

Homes | Apartments | Offices


Bottled Water Home and Office Delivery JL Water & Coffee Services, Inc. “Better Water, Makes Better Coffee, Makes Better Sense!” Office: 561-996-3525 | Cell: 561-985-3336


Joey Lakatos

Licensed & Insured President

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Want to Plan Your Escape From the Florida Heat this Summer? Come Relax on the Beautiful Maine Coast!! Alan and Marge Firpo, formerly from Royal Palm Beach, want to personally invite their Palm Beach County friends to come experience the tranquil and picturesque coast of Maine. Our hotel, Smugglers Cove Inn, is perfect for your next family vacation or just a getaway for two. It’s located on an oceanfront property with a private beach, restaurant and heated pool right on the ocean in East Boothbay, Maine. Things to do: Whale watching, Lighthouse tours, sight seeing, fishing trips, lobster bakes, botanical gardens, downtown Boothbay Harbor shopping or visit a working lobster wharf.

Take a look at our website: to book your stay with us and to add this great deal to your reservation. Any questions or having trouble booking your reservation give us a call or email us:

207-633-2800 •

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There’s only one thing better than the delectable aroma of fresh, homemade Italian cuisine...

It’s the taste! EARLY MENU $13.95

Served Seven Days a Week until 5:30 p.m.

Martini Mondays $5.00 Martinis and Mules in the Bar Mondays


Caesar Salad, House Salad, Pasta Fagioli or Minestrone

ENTREES (Select One)

Your Choice of Pasta with Meat Sauce or Tomato Sauce or Vegetable Broccoli or Roasted Rosemary Potatoes

Chicken Marsala/Chicken Francese Eggplant Parmigiana/Eggplant Rollatini Chicken Parmigiana/Sausage & Peppers Veal Parmigiana/Zuppa Di Mussels/Sole ~ Fish may be prepared either oreganata, luciano, francese, or Grilled ~

Chocolate Cake or Cannoli Soft Drink or Hot Coffee or Hot Tea NO SUBSTITUTIONS/NO SHARING

Happy Hour Monday - Friday 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Beer Specials House Wines $5 Svedka Martini’s $6

Pizza Special Monday thru Thursday

Large 16” Cheese Pizza


$ 99

Pick up and Cash only

Live Entertainment Fridays & Saturdays Starting at 6:30 p.m.

IN THE MARKETPLACE AT WYCLIFFE 4115 State Road 7 • Wellington (Facing Lake Worth Rd.)


561-355-5900 Open daily for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to close.

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Floor Specialists of Wellington has won the “Best of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. Our family owned and operated flooring store was chosen by more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.


Shop Smart. DuChÂteau® floors

561-514-1912 Shop Local. floor specialists of wellington

Our new showroom is located at 11101 South Crown Way, Suite 5 • Wellington, FL 33414

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Local News for Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, Loxahatchee, The Acreage

Town-Crier Newspaper May 18, 2018  

Local News for Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, Loxahatchee, The Acreage