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The Star Liquors location in the Wellington Town Square shopping plaza will temporarily close next week as part of a longplanned redevelopment of the shopping center, located at the corner of Forest Hill and South Shore boulevards. Page 3

ITID Resumes Traffic Discussions With GL Homes

GL Homes has renewed its effort to build about 3,800 homes on approximately 2,800 acres in the northwest quadrant of Indian Trail Improvement District after trying unsuccessfully to transfer most of those development rights to property it owns in the agricultural reserve west of Boynton Beach. Page 4 The Wellington Community Foundation hosted its 2018 Kickoff Fundraiser on Friday, May 18 at the Wellington Community Center. The event raised more than $35,000, which will be used to help Wellington seniors, children and veterans in need with home improvement projects. Shown above are Julie Tannehill and Maggie Zeller with “screwdrivers” available for a $100 donation. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 5 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Palm Beach Central Bids Farewell To 700-Plus Grads

Quarter Auction Event Held To Benefit Barky Pines Animal Rescue

KB and MM Quarters for Kindness held a quarter auction to benefit Barky Pines Animal Rescue on Thursday, May 17 at the Wellington Trace Tavern. There were raffles as well as the quarter auction, and food was available for purchase. Page 8

New Club Pilates Wellington Celebrates Its Grand Opening

On Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20, Club Pilates Wellington celebrated the grand opening of its new studio, located at 10660 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 140. General Manager Christine Butta offered introductory classes for those who have never taken a Pilates class and held a raffle for a complimentary membership. Page 13 Pages 28 and 29

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By Dani Salgueiro Town-Crier Staff Report Palm Beach Central High School bid farewell to its Class of 2018 on Monday, May 21 at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center. The graduating class of some 700 students leaves behind a unique legacy comprised of not only record-setting test scores and athletic abilities, but also of extraordinary philanthropic school involvement, Principal Darren Edgecomb said. “The strength and perseverance you gained throughout the last three years truly enabled you to finish strong,” he said. “This class has left us with an amazing legacy, [and] Palm Beach Central is a better place simply because you were a part of it. Be proud of the legacy you have left behind.” Edgecomb, who began his time

Loly, Dominick and Sandy Alvarez after the graduation ceremony. as principal during the Class of 2018’s freshman year, expressed the overwhelming amount of pride he felt as the graduates prepared


to cross the stage to receive their diploma. “It is my great honor to share See PBCHS GRAD, page 20

Wellington High School Honors The Graduating Class Of 2018

By Eve Rosen Town-Crier Staff Report On Thursday, May 17, Wellington High School proudly said goodbye to its Class of 2018 at a graduation ceremony held at the South Florida Fairgrounds. This year’s Wellington High School seniors were the first class to graduate under new Principal Cara Hayden, who replaced the retiring Principal Mario Crocetti earlier this year. Crocetti, meanwhile, was present at the graduation and helped in leading the seniors down the aisle to their seats and in passing out the diplomas after the graduates had taken their pictures with Hayden. The students were among the first to graduate under new Palm Beach County School Superintendent Dr. Donald Fennoy, who discussed the importance of

Graduates Sara Casey, Julie Cesta and Rebecca Kokot. thanking those who have helped the graduates to get to where they are today.


“Saying ‘thank you’ is an acknowledgement that someone See WHS GRAD, page 11

Seminole Ridge Sends 593 Graduates Into The Future

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Seminole Ridge High School graduated 593 seniors during a commencement ceremony at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center on Monday, May 21. Principal James Campbell credited students for their support in assisting the school during a stressful year. “As I think back through this year, the real lessons that took place were not in the classroom,” he said. “Our school year began with the challenge of Hurricane Irma. Less than a month into school, we closed so our communities could prepare for the storm. After the storm cleanup began, some of you helped keep the campus open so we could serve as a shelter for more than 2,000 people. After missing seven days of school, we welcomed students

Wellington Readies For Storm Season With A New Debris Removal Ordinance

By Dani Salgueiro Town-Crier Staff Report As hurricane season approaches, the Wellington Village Council began the process this week of setting up an efficient post-disaster debris recovery system. At the Tuesday, May 22 meeting, council members reflected on the lessons learned from Hurricane Irma last year. “This is something we put together when we realized that we could do it well in advance in studying the way we went through the storm last year,” Councilman John McGovern said. “That’s what brought this forward at this point in time — the week before we start hurricane season.” Having learned vital lessons from Hurricane Irma — which created a deluge of vegetative waste that took months to collect

and dispose of — the council was on board with the idea of amending the village’s code of ordinances by creating an entirely new article that, through requiring right-of-access agreements from all community homeowners’ associations, will allow the village to more efficiently clean up disastercaused debris. Much of the new ordinance is to bring the village in line with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requirements. “As you know, in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, in order for the village to pick up debris in private communities, FEMA required that we get right-of-entry agreements signed by the HOAs in order for us to be eligible for FEMA reimbursement,” Purchasing Director Ed De La Vega explained. “In See DEBRIS, page 4


On Thursday, May 17, the Puerto Rican Hispanic Chamber of Commerce held a business, educational and social networking meeting at the Home Depot store on State Road 7. Shown above are Victor Torres, Herb Rein and Juan Pagán. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 13 PHOTO BY EVE ROSEN/TOWN-CRIER

Royal Palm Beach Holds Annual Citizen Summit

By Eve Rosen Town-Crier Staff Report On Monday, May 21, the Village of Royal Palm Beach hosted its annual Citizen Summit at the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center. The meeting allowed residents to voice their opinions about matters that are important to them regarding the future of the community. Opening comments were made by Mayor Fred Pinto, as well as consultant Lyle Sumek, who moderated the meeting and announced the rounds of the different questions. Pinto explained that the evening was an opportunity for the citizens to make their voices heard on key issues in Royal Palm Beach. “This is an important night for us, and it is one of our favorite nights here, because we get to hear from you, our citizens,” Pinto said. “We get to hear your mind, your thoughts, but more importantly, we get to share with you tonight some of the concepts and strategies that we have been working on [regarding] what direction we need to be going in.” Along with the importance of hearing these opinions, there were also some basic rules of the

Citizen Summit: everyone’s ideas are important; treat everyone with respect, even if you disagree; record everyone’s ideas on the provided large sheets of paper; and highlight the items deemed “most important” by a majority vote with a star. After the introductions were made, residents broke off into different groups that would discuss each given topic. A member of the Royal Palm Beach Village Council would rotate around each group as each question was being asked in order to personally hear the citizens’ concerns and opinions. The first group of topics consisted of two questions. First, “During the last two years, 2017-18, what has the village government done to enhance the livability of Royal Palm Beach?” and “What actions can be taken by the village government to enhance the livability of Royal Palm Beach, and are you willing to increase your taxes?” Denise Hopkins sat at a table with two younger children at the summit, who voiced their own opinions for question number one, their names were Dexter and Calvin Powers. One of the items that this group See SUMMIT, page 7

Jimmy and graduate Karen Starcher with Amber Nuss. back to campus. Over the next few days, I heard numerous positive stories of our students before, during and after Irma. Many of you


learned the value of helping others through difficult times.” Senior Class President Carsyn See SRHS GRAD, page 17

RPB residents take part in a roundtable discussion.


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After Weeks Of Drenching Rain, ITID Preparing For Next Deluge

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The recent spate of drenching rain has left central Palm Beach County communities furiously pumping water to stay ahead of rising water levels. While most areas have stayed well below flood status, the Indian Trail Improvement District is warily preparing for the next round of anticipated rainfall this weekend as a tropical system moves north-northeast from the Yucatan Peninsula. On Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center gave the system a 40 percent chance of development. ITID Manager Rob Robinson said his district fared pretty well, although an inactivated ITID area west of The Acreage, which has no off-site drainage, got the brunt of the deluge. “We were in preparation for our pre-storm drawdown,” Robinson told the Town-Crier on Wednesday. “We were going through our transition from dry to wet season water levels, so it really didn’t catch us off-guard, but we were

starting to draw down for our permit restrictions.” For the upcoming holiday weekend, he said that ITID is doing a pre-storm water drawdown for the system currently in the western Caribbean. “It’s forecast to be up here Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday,” Robinson said. “Our director of stormwater operations has been in contact with the Seminole Improvement District, so we can maintain communications with them, and continue drawdown of the M2 Basin. That’s basically everything alongside Seminole Pratt Whitney Road south of 60th Street and south of Westlake.” He added that ITID is continuing pumping operations for the M1 upper and lower basins, sending the water north to the L8 Canal and the M1 impoundment area. “Crew chiefs are addressing work orders and conducting a grading blitz to grade the gravel roads that have been chewed up by the recent rains, so we have everyone not doing a work order on a piece of equipment, and we’re

trying to get all the gravel roads graded before the rain hits again,” Robinson said. “We’ve got every available piece of equipment grading roads right now.” Over the holiday weekend, he will have a crew on standby to address any issues that might arise due to the anticipated heavy rains. “Typically, we have a crew chief come, in case we have a stop sign that gets knocked down, or anything that comes in through [the Emergency Operations Center], but we’re going to put on four people who are going to be local, so we’re going to keep them on alert, in case we need to bring in the cavalry and address some issues,” he said. “Plus, I’ll be in the area myself if anything happens. I grew up on a piece of heavy equipment, so I’ll be able to address anything.” He said the low-pressure system is forecast to come up from the Yucatan toward Texas and Louisiana. “That puts Florida on the wet side of it, so the tropical moisture is going to come up over Jamaica and Cuba, and it looks like it’s

going to start impacting us Friday afternoon,” Robinson said. “We’ll start getting some rain, with Saturday and Sunday being the heaviest and tapering off Monday.”

He said The Acreage area had anywhere between five and nine inches of rain last weekend, and that although ITID was in the process of drawing down canal

levels, it was still on the high end of dry season levels. “It has been drier than normal, so we tried to stack a little more See RAIN, page 19

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Star Liquors Temporarily Closing Town Square Store May 31

By Dani Salgueiro Town-Crier Staff Report The Star Liquors location in the Wellington Town Square shopping plaza will temporarily close next week as part of a long-planned redevelopment of

the shopping center, located at the corner of Forest Hill and South Shore boulevards. The family-owned liquor store, which has been a Wellington landmark for many years, will close as of May 31. Its building

will be torn down, to be replaced by a stand-alone CVS Pharmacy. Star Liquors will then reopen in the old CVS Pharmacy location adjacent to the Publix store in the same shopping center sometime in the summer of 2019.

The original Star Liquors location in Wellington Town Square will close temporarily at the end of May. PHOTO BY DANI SALGUEIRO/TOWN-CRIER

Longtime owners Amit and Priti Patel look forward to relocating into the different spot within the same plaza. “We have a really good clientele; I recognize all of our clients,” Amit Patel said. “We have sold four million-dollar lottery tickets, so we’re our clients’ lucky store.” While the Town Square location is closed, Patel invites all of his regular clients to visit Star Liquors’ other location in the Wellington Courtyard Shops plaza, located at the corner of Greenview Shores Blvd. and Wellington Trace. “Our other location carries more or less the same items, so we hope our clients will come visit us there,” Patel said. “We’re going to be closed for about a year, but we are very much excited about the new location.” The new location will be a bit smaller, but it will still allow the Patels to provide the same amount of merchandise to the public. The smaller location will also reduce the monthly rent, which, Patel feels, will ultimately allow him to compete with bigger liquor store chains. “Rent will be more affordable,

so the move will be a long-term benefit,” Patel said. “I also will be able to better compete with the bigger competition.” The Patel family has owned the Star Liquors location in Wellington Town Square for decades. They have owned the Courtyard Shops location for approximately six years. The Patels will be based out of their second location for the next year or so, until construction finishes on the new Town Square space. “This was our first store, so we will miss it while it’s closed, but we will be at our other location on Wellington Trace and Greenview Shores,” Patel said. The Patels have built a loyal clientele throughout the years, and, though they know temporarily closing will be inconvenient for clients who live nearby the Town Square plaza, they want clients to know that they can find the same merchandise a short drive away at the Wellington Trace store. The location at the Town Square plaza allowed the Patels to not only serve the people of Wellington, but also allowed them to raise

their children in a safe community environment. The Patels are grateful to remain in the same shopping center that has allowed them to thrive personally and professionally for so many years. “This is a nice, family-owned business in a nice plaza. I raised my two kids here and was able to send them to school — one of them for computer engineering and the other to become a dentist,” Patel said. “We never had a problem with clients. This is a safe environment and a good place.” The Star Liquors store in the Town Square plaza is located at 11878 W. Forest Hill Blvd. The Patels will begin their clearance sale on Friday, May 25, selling all merchandise at a discounted price, ranging from 20 to 50 percent off every item. While the new location is renovated, the Patels’ regular merchandise will be available for purchase at Star Liquors in the Courtyard Shops, located at 13860 Wellington Trace, Suite 27, near Publix. For more information, call (561) 429-3569 or (561) 790-2432.

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ITID Resumes Discussions With GL Homes About Traffic Issues

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report GL Homes has renewed its effort to build about 3,800 homes on approximately 2,800 acres in the northwest quadrant of Indian Trail Improvement District after trying unsuccessfully to transfer most of those development rights to property it owns in the agricultural reserve west of Boynton Beach. GL Homes representative Larry Portnoy was at the ITID Board of Supervisors meeting on Wednesday, May 16 to reopen discussion of conditions on its development called Indian Trails Grove. The company has offered some incentives to ITID, including 640 acres of stormwater retention land, to pay assessments as an activated unit as homes are built, and to pay a $1,500 per unit impact fee, also as the homes are built. Supervisors felt that was not enough to compensate for the impact the development will bring to The Acreage. One of the conditions that ITID wants to discuss is for the developer to pay a share of traffic-calming measures that the district is installing to prevent cut-through traffic on ITID-owned roads. ITID Attorney Frank Palin ex-

plained that GL Homes has already received comprehensive plan approval from Palm Beach County for 1.25 units per acre, as well as approximately 300,000 square feet of non-residential use and 50,000 square feet of office space. ITID has been discussing off and on with GL Homes for 18 months or so the impact of the project on Indian Trail’s road system. “The system is not hydrologically connected to Indian Trail, although they have already, with the assistance of Palm Beach County, committed to provide Indian Trail with the 640-acre parcel, which will allow the expansion of Indian Trail’s drainage capacity,” Palin said. He explained that GL Homes has renewed its original proposal with the county to build as many as 3,800 homes in the area. That plan was temporarily shelved after the county voted down a development proposal by Iota Carol/Delray Linton Groves to build up to 1,030 homes on its 1,800-acre parcel, which is almost completely surrounded by the GL Homes tract. Palin said a letter from GL Homes offers some assistance to

ITID to offset impacts on local roadways. “This will be in a cash contribution of $1,500 per dwelling unit, payable upon platting of the subdivisions as the project develops over a period of time,” he said. “At total buildout, that $1,500 per unit would generate approximately $5.7 million over a long period of time.” However, Palin said that roadway improvements would need to be made before buildout in order to accommodate the development. “That’s one of the issues we need to address,” he said. “We’ve been dependent upon waiting for the developers to determine what direction they’re going to take. That appears to be clear now.” Palin said that ITID staff had presented several options on how to deal with the project, but no real policy decisions had been made. He expected the renewed application to go before the county sometime this summer. “We have some urgency to move forward,” Palin said. “Staff is going to need the board’s direction on some key areas. We’ll be coming back to you on proposals that will require your decision.”

He said that the agenda packet included a standard agreement form for the transfer of the 640 acres from GL Homes to ITID for water retention, although details of how the area will be transformed still need to be worked out, as well as details for roadway improvements east of the future development. Palin said the development would be using 60th Street North, a county road, as its main access point. “As the subdivision builds up, it will not be putting a burden in Indian Trail roads initially,” he said, adding that Royal Palm Beach Blvd. would probably be the first road that the district would need to focus on. ITID President Betty Argue said that she wants part of the discussion to include the district’s cost of processing the development request, including staff time. “That took away from our taxpayers and our ability to do other things, so I think our taxpayers should be made whole with that,” she said. “That’s separate and apart from the $1,500.” Portnoy said it was his understanding that FPL is buying the Iota Carol property for use as a

solar farm, which would not put an additional burden on traffic in The Acreage. He added that he wanted to discuss a letter from ITID’s consultants requesting that GL Homes share the cost of traffic calming on district roads. “They threw an awful lot in there that far exceeded anything our traffic report, which had been approved by Palm Beach County, had ever addressed,” he said. He added that GL Homes is putting in a bridge over the M Canal at 190th Street North to get to the west side of the development, which diminishes the need for a proposed bridge at 180th Avenue North. “There are improvements to 180th, and we are building 190th as a parallel road,” he said. “And then there’s traffic calming all over the place here. Their number came in at $14 [million] or $15 million, which blew our minds away. I hear you about the reimbursements, and it’s certainly something we talked about before. I think it would be prudent to get staff some direction or reel your consultants in a little bit, or we’re not going to get very far in this process.” Argue said the request for a

bridge over the M Canal at 180th Avenue North had been a “pie in the sky” request. “I appreciate, in response to one of the comments that you made, Palm Beach County did not require you to study your impact on our roads,” she said. “Unfortunately, because of that, we are required to do our own engineering study and look at the impacts, and in looking at that, one of the things that I recall from this discussion was that you’re going to be putting traffic on Hamlin and Orange [boulevards], and there’s an assumption that is being made that all that traffic is just going to go to Seminole Pratt Whitney Road, and we know that it’s not.” She added that she felt that GL Homes should accept some responsibility for the impact on surrounding roads. “At some point, we should regionally assess according to the benefits,” Argue said. “Really, the benefits are going to derive from anyone who’s going to be driving those roads, which includes the GL property. It should not be on the backs of our taxpayers. We are the only voice of our residents, and it’s our only authority.”

Royal Palm Beach Zoners Approve New Metro Diner Site Plan

By M. Dennis Taylor Town-Crier Staff Report A new Metro Diner location received site plan approval at the Royal Palm Beach Planning & Zoning Commission held Tuesday, May 22. The restaurant will be located in the Southern Palm Crossing shopping plaza at the northwest corner of Southern Blvd. and Lamstein Lane. Also on the agenda, local Chevron and Exxon gas stations received approval to upgrade their monument pricing signs to red and green light emitting diodes (LED) that are uniform with other locations of the brands. Village staff recommended approval of the three projects, determining that the applications


Council Approves Ordinance

continued from page 1 addition, FEMA required that the village pass this ordinance for post-disaster debris recovery, as part of the village’s disaster debris management plan.” The new sections of the code will include the village’s ability to enter and remove debris from private roadways and bodies of water in gated and non-gated residential communities. In order to avoid a situation like the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, in which the village could not send crews to clean up debris without the consent of HOAs, the village hopes to get ahead and have the consent in place before

meet the village’s standard. All passed unanimously and will now go before the Royal Palm Beach Village Council. Metro Diner, along with an adjacent dental office, will be built on the last remaining outparcel pad of the 348,000-square-foot shopping complex anchored by a Costco store. Originally, the development’s master plan had called for a single eatery at the location, so grease traps were installed as part of previous infrastructure construction. The plan calls for the relocation of the trash bins so as not to impede traffic coming in from the deceleration lane off of Southern Blvd. This will necessitate the removal of an oak tree that will be replaced, and the landscaping

that has died or been damaged by storms over the years will be restored to original code requirements. There was some discussion as to whether the tree could be moved. “It is a small tree and not a specimen tree, and [such trees] often die if replanted,” said Michael Carr, representing the applicant. Royal Palm Beach Development Review Coordinator Kevin Erwin said that it would be cheaper to replace the tree with another tree that met code requirements, adding that all the vegetation would be improved as part of the overall project. Architect James Cohen presented the color palette and material samples, explaining that Metro Diner’s building will be consistent

in color and architecture with the existing buildings in the shopping center, with the addition of green awnings that are a signature feature of the restaurant. The restaurant will also offer outdoor seating. Founded in Jacksonville, Metro Diner prides itself on making everyone “feel like a local.” With locations in 11 states, it advertises a commitment to creating dishes from scratch using local ingredients, unique recipes, imaginative twists on favorites and an award-winning presentation. With 25 locations in Florida, it is just beginning to expand into Palm Beach County. Commissioner Ray Nazareth commended the project and welcomed the business to the com-

munity, and Commission Chair June Perrin agreed. “You stole my thunder,” she said, reiterating Nazareth’s comments. The gas station signs, one located on Royal Palm Beach Blvd. and one on Okeechobee Blvd., will remain the same size as they are currently. The intensity will be adjustable should there be complaints that the LEDs are excessively bright. Landscaping will also be restored as part of these projects. The final half of the meeting was devoted to training for the board members. Village Attorney Jennifer Ashton said that she would spend about 20 minutes covering valuable information at each of the next two meetings, so it wouldn’t become too mo-

notonous. “I need a quorum, so you can’t leave. You are a captive audience,” she joked. She explained the role of the board. “You have two main functions: a legislative function and a quasi-judicial function,” Ashton said, commenting that her objective was to make sure that the decisions of the board were not ever overturned in legal proceedings. “You sit as the Local Planning Agency and as the Planning & Zoning Commission.” She highlighted the duties for the newly seated members and explained that their recommendations then go before the Royal Palm Beach Village Council, which makes the final decision to accept or reject their findings.

a disaster occurs. “The ordinance gives us the responsibility to do [the cleanup of debris], and the right of access agreement gives us the right to enter a community,” Village Attorney Laurie Cohen explained. FEMA, according to De La Vega, is in agreement with the efforts of the village to get the Wellington community back to normal as quickly as possible after a disaster occurs, and the agency will reimburse the village for the cleanup work. “It’s a proactive approach, as opposed to waiting for a storm to hit and then chase down these agreements,” he said. “The proactive approach is to get as many of these signed before a storm hits. FEMA has allowed us to do this once a year, which would cover any event during the course of that year.” The village is joining forces

with a majority of the HOAs to facilitate the debris cleanup necessary after a storm in order to make the post-disaster process more efficient for residents. All HOAs were sent agreements. “We have sent out the right-ofentry agreements to the HOAs, and to date, we have received about 30, so we are well on our way,” De La Vega said. Vice Mayor Michael Drahos expressed concern over some residential communities’ HOAs declining to sign right-of-entry agreements and not accepting future aid from the village in the regard to disaster debris. “I want their residents to be aware of the fact that their HOA board has decided not to sign this agreement, which means we will not be sending folks in there to pick up after storms,” Drahos said. The ordinance is not strictly for the occurrence of a hurricane, but

for any emergency situation that would require debris removal. The village hopes to respond to these emergency situations in a quicker manner, without having to worry about getting permission from all HOAs in order to assist residents. “I think last time we did a great job in trying to help out, and this is just getting it out in front and having it in place so that we aren’t chasing it down at the last minute,” Mayor Anne Gerwig said. “I know we were in a jam last time, on time, so that was a lesson learned.” In other business, State Rep. Matt Willhite (D-District 86) updated the council Tuesday regarding different safety matters as part of his legislative session wrap-up. “We went into session this year thinking we would talk a lot about hurricanes, nursing homes and things of that matter — hopefully working out some hardening and offering some generators,” he re-

called. “We started going through that topic, and the session went on until about Feb. 14, when everything really changed.” Willhite explained that the deadly school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland has largely dictated the political conversation and focus ever since. “A lot of things really turned our attention to the school shooting, and I don’t say it’s a good thing that it happened, but it’s a good thing, if it was going to happen, that it happened while we were in session,” Willhite said. “We had the opportunity to start talking about it and debating to have some real conversation in the State of Florida to put some things toward working on our school safety.” Willhite explained that, in efforts to improve school safety, $400 million of the state budget

went toward the school safety act, with $6.1 million going to Palm Beach County. In Palm Beach County, Willhite said, the money is being put forth to hire extra school police officers and the overall hardening of public schools. He explained his concern over the economic reality of hiring so many new officers, as funding is available this year but is not guaranteed for next year. “We have an obligation to protect our children when they go to school each and every day,” Willhite said. Along with the large focus on school safety, Willhite updated the council on his effort toward preserving the environment, providing proper mental health care for first responders and controlling the ongoing opioid epidemic by implementing legislation that limits opioid prescriptions to a maximum of seven days.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Loxahatchee Groves Is A Mess

The Facebook page called Town of Loxahatchee Groves (a closed group) is like a sewer full of crap being spewed over Loxahatchee Groves. Some people who are still complaining about North B Road have not signed and sent the paper in for paving! Permission for drainage is needed. We have to work together. People are blaming the town for the condition of the dirt roads. The town has had control over North B Road and other dirt roads for about 6 or 7 months. The amount of fill and rock North B Road is missing didn’t disappear in that 6 to 7 months’ time. There hasn’t been any substantial amount of fill put on North B Road from Okeechobee to North Road to raise the road up in years, yet we have paid assessments year after year to the Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District for roads and canal maintenance. Compound that with the water control district’s inconsiderate, reckless disregard for the res-

idents on dirt roads by selling the much-needed equipment that was still good enough to use until things got going with the town taking responsibility, and we have this mess. The night the water control board made the decision to sell the equipment, the board wasn’t interested in finding out how much money it would cost to repair the grader that just didn’t go in reverse. They just voted to sell the stuff. The grader did go forward. The taxpayers paid for the equipment, and the water control district board — people who are supposed to put our best interest first — sold the residents down the canal. Grass is dead from spraying the canal banks, and the banks are falling in. That is something we will have to spend money to dig out again. Dead grass doesn’t hold the banks. The water control district has been collecting the money, and look at the mess we are dealing with now. There are posts about people wanting the water control district to spend $27,000 for easements most people thought the water

control district already owned. There are some residents along North B Road on the west side who have maintained up to the canal bank, and some beyond, for many years and should own up to the canal for maintaining it all these years. That money should belong to the roads. There have been enough poor decisions to go around. The town


has not collected money yet for the dirt roads, like the water control district has in the past. We have the result of a hurricane without the wind damage. More rain is coming. No more procrastination. Sign the paperwork and send it to me in the self-addressed, stamped envelope you were provided. Marianne Miles Loxahatchee Groves


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The Wellington Community Foundation hosted its 2018 Kickoff Fundraiser on Friday, May 18 at the Wellington Community Center. The event raised more than $35,000, which will be used to help Wellington seniors, children and veterans in need with various home improvement projects. In cooperation with the Village of Wellington, the foundation will continue “neighbor helping neighbor” efforts by identifying those in need and working to find solutions that help seniors age in place, families with children live in a safe environment, as well as finding ways for veterans to be more independent in their homes. For more info., visit PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

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NEWS BRIEFS Post 390 will hold its annual Veterans Open House on Wednesday, June 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). The event will feature guest speakers to raise awareness about the American Legion and services offered to veterans. To learn more about Post 390, e-mail wellingtonlegion390@

Picnic Added To Wellington Memorial Day

Wellington will host a Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 28. Veterans are invited to walk in a Memorial Day Parade beginning at 8:15 a.m. starting at the Wellington Municipal Complex (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). The parade ends at the Wellington Veterans Memorial at the corner of Forest Hill and South Shore boulevards and will be followed by a Memorial Day Ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Active or retired veterans attending the ceremony will have an opportunity to register at the Wellington tent the morning of the event to be recognized during the ceremony. To become a part of this event, or to walk in the parade, call Michelle Garvey at (561) 791-4082. The American Legion Chris Reyka Memorial Wellington Post 390 will also host a Memorial Day Picnic at Village Park Pavilion 1, located at 11700 Pierson Road. All are invited to attend and enjoy hot dogs, hamburgers and refreshments from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Basketball Camp At WHS

A Wolverine Skills Basketball Camp, hosted by state champion Wellington High School coach Matt Colin and his staff, will be offered this summer in two sessions for boys and girls ages 6 to 14. Session 1 will be held June 4-7, while session 2 will be held June 11-14. The camp will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily at the Wellington High School gymnasium. The cost is $150 per camper per week, or $280 if you sign up for both weeks. The camp will be hosted by the award-winning Wellington High School boys basketball team. There will be a free camp t-shirt

for all campers. The program will include drills and skills, such as ball handling, passing, shooting and defense. There will also be competitions, such as knockout, free-throw shooting, hot shot, buzzer beaters and skill of the day. Campers must bring their own lunch. Lunch will not be provided, but a concession will be available. Pre-register by June 1 to ensure a spot in the camp. For more info., call Colin at (803) 439-5348 or visit

as jump ropes, chalk, crayons, coloring books, books to read, workbooks, games, bubbles, puzzles and more. RSVP by June 2 to Lynda Chicano at lyndachicanowwc@ For more information, visit www.womenofthewestern

Team (CERT) meets on the first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at Palms West Presbyterian Church on Okeechobee Blvd. The next meeting will be Thursday, June 7 with speaker Dr. Deborah Marshall on “Preparing Horses for Hurricanes.” For more info., call Doreen Baxter at (561) 793-6013.

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Vacation Bible School At St. Michael Church

St. Michael Lutheran Church (1925 Birkdale Drive, Wellington) invites parents to register their children for an island adventure. Shipwrecked Vacation Bible School will begin on Sunday, June 3 and runs through Thursday, June 7. Each day’s fun starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 7:45 p.m. and is free for all kids. To register your child, or get more information, call the church office at (561) 793-4999 during morning hours.

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The June meeting of the Women of the Western Communities will be held Thursday, June 7 at the Wanderers Club in Wellington. Happy hour begins at 6 p.m. Attendees must be checked-in and seated by 6:30 p.m. The guest fee is $30. At the meeting, the group will award its annual student scholarships, give Harmony House its annual donation and install the incoming board of directors. The monthly donation for Harmony House will be items that the children can use this summer, such

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Audubon Everglades will meet Tuesday, June 5 at 7 p.m. at the Main Branch of the Palm Beach County Library System (3650 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach). The program is free and open to the public. Attendees will hear a very special program, “Guano, Bones and Hurricanes: Recent Surges in Wading Bird Nesting and Wildlife Effects in the STAs,” by Dr. Mark Cook. Cook is currently a lead scientist for the Everglades Systems Assessment Section of the South Florida Water Management District. His research is on wading birds, with a focus on how wetland processes such as water levels and nutrient runoff affect wading bird foraging and reproductive success. The goal of this research is to help restore and manage wading bird populations in the Everglades. Also at the meeting, Clive Pinnock will speak about the May Bird of the Month, the great blue heron, and the June Bird of the Month, the double-crested cormorant. For more info., visit www.

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Hunt Midwest Senior Facility, CarMax Move Forward In RPB

By Dani Salgueiro Town-Crier Staff Report The Royal Palm Beach Village Council gave green lights last week for both Hunt Midwest’s senior living facility on Okeechobee Blvd. and a CarMax location on Southern Blvd. to move forward with building plans. Hunt Midwest’s site plan was approved by the Royal Palm Beach Planning & Zoning Commission last November. It calls for a 114-bed senior housing facility to be built at 10651 Okeechobee Blvd., across the street from Royal Palm Beach High School. At the May 17 meeting, Hunt Midwest sought a variance to allow the senior facility to be constructed with differently sized windows than normally required by the village’s building code.


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continued from page 1 came up with was more places for pedestrians to walk. Hopkins mentioned the three poles that were installed to prevent cars from going into these places so that there are more areas for pedestrians. The biggest issue this group had was reducing traffic on Crestwood Blvd. Dexter Powers added his opinion on the natural walkways present throughout Royal Palm Beach. “[The natural walkways] are not in the obvious spaces,” he said. “They are kind of like back in the trees and behind developments.” For round two, new questions about the future of Royal Palm

The Hunt Midwest building plan includes windows that take up 30 percent of the building’s façade, while the village normally requires windows to be 40 percent of a commercial building’s façade. “The main difference is between the windows becoming smaller, or shorter, [instead of] the windows that went all the way to the ground,” Royal Palm Beach Planning & Zoning Director Bradford O’Brien said. Donaldson Hearing of the land planning firm Cotleur & Hearing, representing Hunt Midwest, explained that the reason for the variance is due to a conflict between Florida’s energy code and the village’s building and zoning codes. “The Florida energy code basically limits the amount of glazing

on a structure up to 30 percent,” he said. Hearing added that the village’s code is really dealing with commercial sites. While Hunt Midwest is zoned commercial, it is more of a residential structure. “In this particular case, it’s not possible to go up to a 40 percent glaze,” Hearing said. Plans have already been submitted to building officials for permits, Hearing added. “Things are moving forward quickly,” he said. “These are 100 percent plans that are ready to move forward. This is just simply a matter of dealing with the building code.” The council approved the first reading of Hunt Midwest’s variance request 5-0. The proposed CarMax used car dealership is planned to be built

on a vacant 13.47-acre site on Southern Blvd. between the Village Shoppes plaza and Al Packer Ford West. CarMax representatives sought special exceptions from the council in order to move forward with building plans. On behalf of CarMax, Centerpoint Integrated Solutions requested landscape waivers from the building code and requested a site plan with special exception uses and architectural approval. The landscape waivers requested that the village eliminate a required three-foot-high berm along the south property line and to allow some royal palm trees to count as a one-to-one ratio for the required shade trees, in order to enhance visibility of the building and its inventory parked outside on the dealer lot.

Beach were posed. The questions were: “What would make Royal Palm Beach a ‘hometown’ for you?” and “What would make Royal Palm Beach a more ‘family community’ for you?” Vice Mayor Selena Smith sat with group number one for the duration of round two in order to hear their opinions on the future of Royal Palm Beach. Theresa Zaehring voiced the opinion that if more people came out of their houses and spent time with their community, then it would feel more like a hometown to her. On the topic of a “hometown community,” Susan Weinstein discussed the local library and how she does a lot of volunteer work there. “The library has all kind of events, its wonderful, but people don’t come. There should be a lot more people at these events,” Weinstein said. “You can’t force

people to do what they don’t want to do; all the events are publicized.” The group came up with the idea of lowering the prices of recreation programs, such as ballet and baseball, so that there is a higher amount of participation. This answer won in the majority votes as to what is most important to them. For the third and final round, the two questions posed were: “During the next two years, 2018-19, what does the Village of Royal Palm Beach need to address or complete (actions, ideas, issues or projects) to enhance Royal Palm Beach as a beautiful, convenient community?” and “During the next two years, 2018-19, what does the Village of Royal Palm Beach need to address or complete (actions, ideas, issues or projects) to enhance the abundance of leisure choices and options in Royal Palm Beach?”

Group number one recommended finalizing the changes being made to Royal Palm Beach Commons Park, to not only improve leisure choices, but to also promote more outdoor options and more options for families. Ross Shillingford suggested changing the “Welcome to Royal Palm Beach” signage on Okeechobee Blvd., as well as reducing the amount of pavement and increasing the amount of green areas present, which won the majority number of votes. “There are too many parking lots that only get filled up when there are big events every three months, so why not just leave it as grass? It wouldn’t be the end of the world,” Shillingford suggested. After the Citizen Summit, the suggestions of the residents who attended will be reviewed by village officials so that changes can be implemented.

Sharon Powers with her children, Dexter and Calvin Powers.

One of the groups works on answers to the questions.

Group members go over their answers to Question 4.

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Both landscape waivers and the site plan were approved 5-0 by the council members. Also at the meeting, the council finalized its previous approval to amend the village’s code to include specific regulations in relation to vehicle auction sales — another requirement of the CarMax project. In accordance with the council’s requests made at the previous meeting, the amendment will specify that vehicle auctions are to be limited by specific rules — such as auctions being no more than 25 percent of total hours of operation, permitting no more than two vehicle auctions within a seven-day period and that nighttime auctions be strictly held inside of a building. With the approvals in place, council members said they look forward to the CarMax project

becoming reality. “You guys can really get moving on this now,” Mayor Fred Pinto said. “Good luck.” The meeting kicked off with the council awarding $1,000 scholarships to 10 hardworking high school graduates who reside in Royal Palm Beach. Each year, the Royal Palm Beach Education Advisory Board chooses 10 graduating seniors with remarkable academic records to give the scholarships to. “This is one of our favorite days of the year,” Pinto said. This year’s winners were: Ethan Caballero, Lindsay Eisenstark, Matthew Emerick, Madeline Gaugler, Alaa Hamed, Miranda Hill, Tasha Joseph, Amaya Maragh, Dillon McGovern and Zachary Vera.

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Genavieve Simpson gets glittering strands added to her hair by Barb Moline of Kissed by a Pixie.

Barky Pines volunteer Amanda Shaw, Secretary Mary Montanaro and Vice President Elizabeth Accomando.

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continued from page 1 has made your life better for just a moment, or forever,” he said. “Not because they had to, but because they could. Saying ‘thank you’ is the very phrase that acknowledges the very tenant of our humanity, that we need one another.” Fennoy also told students to fix any wrong-doings, before they escalate into something that they cannot fix. This can easily be done with two words: “I’m sorry.” “My mother taught me that I should say ‘thank you’ frequently and often, and more today than I did the day before,” he said. “The same is true for ‘I’m sorry.’ You should always be eager to right a wrong, especially if you can do it with just two words.” Valedictorian Sophia Sosa, who finished with a 5.4563 HPA, dedicated her speech to Geoffrey Shank, a beloved social studies teacher at Wellington High School who died late last year at the age of 59. She plans on attending Stanford University on a scholarship to major in management science and engineering. Sosa explained how Shank made a large impact on her life and how much he meant to her. She quoted him throughout her speech, and the day before graduation, she sent out a post on social media, which urged those who have had Shank to yell “yes,” when she used the quote “nature or nurture.” “As we embark on this journey, uncertain of what life has in store for us, a conversation I had with Mr. Shank resonates with me. ‘Get comfortable with being uncomfortable,’ he told me. This is one of the many mantras we heard in his class throughout the year, along with ‘life is 10 percent what happens to you, and 90 percent how you react to it,’” Sosa said. Salutatorian Brandon Schloss, who had an HPA of 5.4279 and plans on attending the honors program at the University of Florida to pursue a degree in international relations and political science, gave thanks to all the parents, teachers and students who have impacted him and made his high school experience memorable. Schloss talked about the accomplishments made in sports, but more importantly, Dance Marathon, which raises money for the Shands Children’s Hospital in Gainesville. Schloss discussed his search for a message of inspiration between the choices of his mother’s words of “you better do your laundry” to the story of a 10-year old boy he met while doing volunteer work at an anti-bullying workshop. He decided that the 10-year old’s story

was more inspirational than that of his mother. “I was doing a workshop on anti-bullying when this boy explained to me that when he is mean to another person, he imagines standing in that person’s shoes to see what it would feel like. This simple but profound message of empathy should inspire us all, young and old,” Schloss said. “You know, sometimes we get so caught up in us, that it is hard to see that there are other people around us, and that our behavior has an impact on them.” Senior Class President Samantha Kurit plans on attending Florida State University to pursue a degree in communication sciences and disorders. She brought the graduates down memory lane to events such as the first football game and the first pep rally. “Although we can look back and be proud of the great successes we have achieved, we are also reminded of the many challenges and obstacles that we have faced,” Kurit said. “We have learned that things may not always go the way we planned, but we now understand the meaning of resilience.” Kurit quoted Malcolm X and encouraged the graduates to stand for something and to make sure that they are unified no matter what college they go to, because they will always be Wolverines. To conclude the speeches before the diplomas were awarded, Hayden gave the principal’s address, where she discussed all the accomplishments that the Class of 2018 has made. Quoting Sir Nicholas Winton, Hayden explained to the students how nothing is impossible if it is reasonable. She said that these words have never been more true. “I have the honor of serving as Wellington High School’s principal. I follow in the footsteps of Mario J. Crocetti, who guided this school over the past 10 years. As his retirement approached, he worked with me to create a smooth transition. He told me that I would be impressed by these students, and he is truly correct,” Hayden said. “I have no idea what journey awaits each of us, but I do know that these are incredible and inspiring adults.” Hayden discussed the heartbreaks that the students had endured, such as mourning the loss of faculty member Shank, and how the students rose above the hardships that they endured in the past school year. She concluded her speech by listing some of the many accomplishments made by the graduating Wolverines, such as raising more than $100,000 through the Dance Marathon program. After all the speakers had concluded their speeches, the new Wellington High School alumni crossed the stage and received their diplomas to conclude their high school careers.

Cara Hayden, the new principal of Wellington High School, gives the principal’s address surrounded by dignitaries.

Valedictorian Sophia Sosa delivers her speech.

Salutatorian Brandon Schloss addresses his class.

Members of the graduating class receive their diplomas.

Graduating seniors wait in line to receive their diplomas.

Wellington High School students exit their commencement ceremony as Wellington High School alumni.

SGA President Brendan Boudreau gives a message of inspiration.

Class President Samantha Kurit at the podium.

‘I have no idea what journey awaits each of us, but I do know that these are incredible and inspiring adults,’ Principal Cara Hayden said. PHOTOS BY EVE ROSEN/TOWN-CRIER

Thomas Reid and Nicole Arguelles.

Noah Landress, Hunter Markey, Jessica Ruehrmund and Ryan Schnars.

Alan Hull, Lauren Hull, Christel Hull and Madeline Hull.

Basil Burke after the ceremony.

Katie Tolman and Jessica Ruehrmund.

Marisa, Liam, Alana and Dermot MacMahon.

Kait Labecchia, Elizabeth Escobar and Vivian Gomez.

Jaylyn Mangaroo, Jessica Browner, Alejandro Oms, Etienne Stephens and Devereaux Stephens.

Wellington High School students after receiving their diplomas.

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On Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20, Club Pilates Wellington celebrated the grand opening of its new studio, located at 10660 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 140. General Manager Christine Butta offered introductory classes for those who have never taken a Pilates class and held a raffle for a complimentary membership. The facility offers many unique classes for all types of experiences. For more info., call (561) 208-1233 or visit PHOTOS BY EVE ROSEN/TOWN-CRIER

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Palm Healthcare Foundation Honors Nurses

Regent Linda Bennett, retired officer Gus Chavez and Vice Regent Ginger Stroke with Chavez’s mother (front).

DAR Awards Medal

The Spirit of Liberty Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution presented Augusto Jesus Chavez with the DAR Americanism Medal on May 12 at the Mayacoo Lakes Country Club. Chavez was born in Cuba and immigrated with his family to Miami at the age of nine. He remained in South Florida and became a U.S. citizen. Chavez has shown outstanding qualities of service, patriotism and leadership.

Chavez recently retired as a police officer for the City of West Palm Beach, where he has served as a police officer, motorcycle officer, SWAT officer, and undercover officer in Special Operations Divisions. The Spirit of Liberty Chapter also presented flowers to his mother. The medal and certificate were presented on behalf of the chapter by Vice Regent and Americanism Chair Ginger Stroke.

The Palm Healthcare Foundation hosted its fifth annual Heart of Gold Nursing Reception on Thursday, May 10 to honor the work of local nurses and recognize the county’s “Nurses of the Year.” More than 300 guests attended the Heart of Gold Reception at the Kravis Center’s Cohen Pavilion. Attendees enjoyed cocktails, food and entertainment, including a nurse-inspired photo booth. Sponsors included VITAS Healthcare, Tenet Health, Trustbridge, the E.M. Lynn Foundation, the Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations, the Breakers Palm Beach, Lynda Harris RN Home Care, ManorCare and Palm Beach Atlantic University. Master of ceremonies meteorologist Michael Ehrenberg of WPEC CBS 12 helped introduce speakers Pat McNamara of the Palm Healthcare Foundation, Cheryl Wild of Good Samaritan Medical Center and representative of Tenet Health, and Gayle Stevens of VITAS Healthcare. The highlight of the evening was the introduction of Palm Beach County’s 2018 Nurses of the Year. Each received a gift certificate for Sunday brunch for two at the Breakers Palm Beach. The 2018 Palm Beach County

“Thank A Nurse” Nurses of the Year included: Barb Bzura of Atlantis, Ascension Catholic Church, Catholic Charities; Katie Clark of West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Atlantic University; Peter Gonzales of West Palm Beach, JFK Medical Center; Karen Gulledge of Jupiter, Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations; Toni Harris of Lantana, Palms West Hospital; Patti Joyce of Wellington, Children’s Medical Services; Mark Lefco of North Palm Beach, St. Mary’s Medical Center; Marge McManus of Palm Beach Gardens, Good Samaritan Medical Center; Cheryl

Patti Joyce of Wellington receives her award.

Morkan of Port St. Lucie, Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center; Inez Nascimento of Boca Raton, Delray Medical Center; Jessica Patino of Greenacres, VITAS Healthcare; Norma Reyes of West Palm Beach, VA Medical Center; Nuvia Rodriguez Machado of West Palm Beach, C.L. Brumback Primary Care Clinic; Julie Smith of Boynton Beach, West Boca Medical Center; Constance Upshaw of Boca Raton, Department

of Health Palm Beach County; Dr. Karen Wisdom-Chambers of Lake Worth, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at FAU; and Latoya Wright of West Palm Beach, Trustbridge. “At some point in our lives, we will all need the care of a nurse. The Palm Healthcare Foundation is delighted to shine a light on the exceptional stories of some of the most dedicated nurses in Palm Beach County,” McNamara said.

Nurses of the Year 2018: (Front row) Jessica Patino, Inez Nascimento, Cheryl Morkan, Marge McManus, Marc Lefco, Patti Joyce, Toni Harris and Karen Gulledge; and (back row) Constance Upshaw, Karen Wisdom-Chambers, Julie Smith, Nuvia Rodriguez Machado, Latoya Wright, Norma Reyes, Barbara Bzura, Katie PHOTOS COURTESY TRACEY BENSON PHOTOGRAPHY Clark and Peter Gonzales.

Wellington Resident Competes In Collegiate Automobile Competition

Wellington resident and Penn State sophomore Nicholas Breindel recently attended a collegiate automobile competition that took place at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich.

A member of Penn State’s FSAE team, Breindel, who is an intended mechanical engineering major at Penn State, was a contributor to the development of the aerodynamics and body composi-

tion of Penn State’s vehicle. Between May 9 and May 12, the annual Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) competition was held between 118 colleges and universities from

the United States and around the world. The purpose of the competition is to provide college-level engineering students with the ability to apply the engineering principles

and theories they learn in classrooms to real-life situations. Each school that had a vehicle entered in the competition designed and manufactured a small formula-type racecar that competed in

various categories. At the conclusion of the fourday competition, Penn State’s vehicle placed 26th out of the 118 entries, which was the school’s best showing since 2009.


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Elbridge Gale Wins Habitat Improvement Award Audubon Everglades recently awarded its $500 “Habitat Improvement” Judge’s Choice Award to Elbridge Gale Elementary School in Wellington. Already rated exceptionally high in academic achievement of their pre-K through fifth-grade students, Elbridge Gale has been recognized as a Certified National Wildlife Habitat, dedicated to teaching and promoting environmental conservation and sustainability. Student projects included designing and painting six bird houses, protecting bird nesting habitat, improving butterfly gardens, and planning and implementing numerous other habitat improvements. This reflects Audubon Everglades’ mission: “Educating and inspiring people to conserve wildlife, especially birds, and the environment that supports them.” With the awarded funds, the Elbridge Gale students hope to enhance and add bird nesting boxes and do a grounds survey to improve their habitat for migra-

tory bird and year-round feathered friends. Susan Snyder, longtime education administrator in Palm Beach County, presented the award. She has continued after her retirement to champion educational outreach and enrichment now as a board member of Audubon Everglades. She was deeply committed from the beginning to the Green Schools Recognition Program, which is an initiative of Florida Atlantic University’s Pine Jog Environmental Education Center, in collaboration with the school districts of Palm Beach and Martin counties, and coordinated by Lauren Butcher. From 21 schools initially, now on the 10th year, the Green Schools program covers 122 schools. Podium decoration included native plants from Audubon Everglades member Kat Rahla’s own yard: Salvia Coccinea, which feed painted buntings and hummingbirds, and Tickseed Coreopsis Leavenworthii, which feed pollinators like native honey bees.

Do The Write Thing Honors Emerald Cove Students

Emerald Cove Middle School students recently participated in the Do the Write Thing Challenge, where they wrote about how violence has affected their life, what the causes of youth violence are and what they thought they could do about it. On May 8, 10 ECMS students were honored at the Do the Write Thing luncheon at the

South Florida Fairgrounds. Emerald Cove is proud to have seventh-grader Justin Hersh chosen as the boy ambassador for all Palm Beach County middle schools. He will be honored again on July 18 in Washington, D.C., where he has been invited to share his story along with other young ambassadors.

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Susan Snyder of Audubon Everglades with Elbridge Gale’s Syndie White, Jackie La Platte, Nicole Crane, Laura Arena, Emily Savogac and Marggy Joyner, FAU’s Anne Henderson, and Lauren Butcher, Green Schools Recognition Program coordinator.

‘Women Of Tomorrow’ Earn Scholarships

Seniors in the Seminole Ridge High School Women of Tomorrow chapter attended an awards luncheon April 25, with three Hawks receiving funds from the Ray and Shannon Allen Family Scholarship to purchase school supplies for college. Congratulations to Richline Arthur, who received $500; Jada Dacres, who received $200; and Makenna Po, who received $100. Summer Edgenuity: Recover Course Credits — The Seminole Ridge High School annual summer Edgenuity credit recovery program is open to all Hawks who need to make up course credits for graduation. Sign up with your school counselor by Friday, June 1, then attend the required pre-registration session from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 7 in the media cen-

ter. The Edgenuity program offers two open computer labs for credit recovery coursework Monday through Thursday evenings from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. The program begins Monday, June 11 and runs through Thursday, July 12. Hawk Certified in Quickbooks — Accounting II student Jakob Goldbach has become the first Hawk to earn industry certification in Intuit Software’s small business accounting program QuickBooks. Students of the Week — The Students of the Week program recognizes Hawks for their academic excellence, behavior and assistance with campus events. Congratulations to the Students of the Week for May 14-18: Brayden Velez (grade 9), Caitlyn O’Neil (grade 10), Brianna Coffey (grade 11) and Kayla Portugal (grade 12).

Barbara Mourad’s third-grade class at Equestrian Trails Elementary recently received donated 3Doodler pens through The pens allowed the entire class to create innovative models of ideas during their Genius Hour time. This is the time where the students research a question of their choice or think of an invention that would make the world a better place. The students were excited to get their minds going and create projects with such an innovative device. (Above) Mourad’s class is ready to get creative using the 3Doodlers for their Genius Hour time. (Below) Madalena Nardi and Emily Shivery show their final project.

PBCHS Students Win NTHS Scholarships

Emerald Cove student honorees Michael Arco, Dakota Coberley, Jade Butcher, Deeksha Kumaresh, Alexander Lewis, Agatha Lockhart, Isabella Lorenzo, Noah Mantor, Michelle Qi and Justin Hersh with teachers Kimberly Stellman, Ryan Frierson, Staci Dorish and Craig Butz, and Principal Dr. Eugina Feaman.

Jada Dacres, Makenna Po and Richline Arthur.

The National Technical Honor Society (NTHS), an acknowledged leader in recognizing outstanding student achievement in career and technical education, recently honored three local students from Palm Beach Central High School. Sydney Brooks, Eric Wardally

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Meghan Markle Gets A Tiara And Title, But Where’s The Fun?

Poor Meghan Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex. The pomp and circumstance of the royal wedding has ended, and she has nothing ahead to look forward to except a bleak future, outlined in layers of security and governed by thousands of rules and regulations, both spoken and unspoken. She is destined to live a life with others telling her what to do and how to do it. No popping over to a friend’s house without notice. No strolling through the mall on her day off. No days off, really. From now on in, Mrs. Harry Wales must hold her teacup a certain way, curtsy a certain way and address everyone a certain way. She can’t wear casual clothes or certain shoes, and must always wear a

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The Sonic BOOMER hat to formal occasions, unless it’s after 6 p.m. After 6 p.m., it’s tiaras only, even if you’re out for pizza. That last sentence was just to see if you’re paying attention. The Duchess of Sussex is not going out for pizza. She’s not ordering take-out, and I highly doubt if a Domino’s delivery vehicle has ever pulled

up to the castle. Even pizzas concocted by the royal chefs are going to taste different. The Queen has banned garlic from the palace. Meghan (oh, sorry, the Duchess) had to give up her well-paid acting job, but something tells me she is acting every day. She can’t wear bright (or dark) nail polish, can’t cross her legs (except at the ankles) and is not allowed to be touched by the public. In case someone important dies, she always needs to have something in black on hand, but that’s much like anyone who spends a lot of time with young children — we always carry a spare shirt. She can’t take a selfie (although the

temptation in certain situations must be overwhelming) and is no longer allowed to tweet. (This, as we Americans have learned, is probably a good thing.) Speaking of politics, the Duchess is not allowed to express any political views nor vote. I can see the advantage of keeping her mouth shut (something we Americans who still have friends have also learned) but not vote? Come on! This is Amer... no, it isn’t. In addition to hair stylists and nail people, this newly minted royal has to meet with a nutritionist (I’m out) and can’t go off to live in a regular house, even though she can afford it. No hands-on remodeling projects for her! I can’t imagine what she’ll do for fun.

Members of the royal family do get a lot of gifts, which protocol tells them they must accept. Well, that’s common courtesy, but here’s the rub — they can’t keep anything, no matter how cute it is! They can’t even pass it along, as re-gifting is frowned upon, even if it’s something a good friend has been wanting for decades. All their presents belong to the Crown. I’d like to see the Crown’s basement! “Sit where you’re told.” “Eat when the Queen eats.” “You’re done when she’s done.” It’s just too much for me! I’d much rather dash out for pizza in my sweatpants after work than be the new Duchess of Sussex. And, actually, I’m pretty safe there.

‘Deadpool 2’ A Fun Movie That Pokes Fun At Superhero Genre

The really good news is that Deadpool 2 takes itself just as seriously as it did in the first one. That is, not at all. The mercenary with a mouth riffs on a lot of subjects, particularly other superhero films, and refuses (most of the time) to take itself all that seriously. Director David Leitch knows his audience — people who have seen so many superhero films that they enjoy making fun of the genre — and he gives them what they want. The movie begins with a riff on the Logan/Wolverine story (with a late post-credits cameo that is a hoot) and then proceeds to use a lot of the same story. Wade Wilson/Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) is finally getting some happiness with his gorgeous girlfriend Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) when a group of thugs ruins everything. After a few suicide attempts, he is rescued by his own pals from the X-Men, Colossus (voice of Stefan Ka-

‘I’ On CULTURE By Leonard Wechsler picic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) as well as Negasonic’s girlfriend Yukio (Shioli Kutsuna). There are some riffs about lesbianism, but Deadpool actually has some sort of adorable bits with Yukio, who turns out to also be an X-Man. To continue the Logan riff, Wolverine is asked to help a troubled teenager, Russell (Julian Dennison), who can throw fire with his hands and attacks the home where he has been sent for help.

Deadpool learns that the boy has been abused, attacks the pedophiles and is sent, along with the boy, to a special prison where both wear special collars that stop superpowers (including Wilson’s ability to fight cancer). However, time traveler mercenary Cable (Josh Brolin) attacks, and in the fight, Deadpool loses the collar. A lot more happens, with a few surprising twists to get the movie to a satisfying conclusion. The filmmakers use over the top violence, although most of it is cartoonish. Domino (Zazie Beets) whose superpower is luck, is great as she causes incredible destruction that she always can walk away from. If an explosion sends her flying, she’ll land on a soft surface. For most of the others, the supposed damage they can take is awesome, and yet the heroes usually just walk away. The cast is excellent. Reynolds handles

the humor and the action really well, and even mocks himself and his work. Baccarin is gorgeous and holds her own in the comedy. Brolin, the most important character after our lead, plays the part really well. He is not really quite a villain, despite his battles with our hero. He is dour and tough. It is hard to play being anything but a nasty guy when your target is a young teen, but he manages it. And he manages to play two superhero villains in a month; he used computer generated imaging, but was also the person behind Thanos in the Avengers film. I liked Dennison a lot in that tricky teen part; hard to like someone who only wants to kill. Beets is a worthy addition to the superhero universe, and Karan Soni as the more or less reliable cabbie sidekick Dopinder earned some good laughs. There is plenty of bad language, lots of

talk about sex, an outright glee in going after pedophiles — and an actual focus on whether or not having a basic morality is worthwhile. The discussion of abuse with Russell is really serious and difficult, but a strong element in what Wilson describes in his narration as a “family movie.” Another big point is that the very name X-Men is sexist, which Deadpool tries to overcome with his X-Force. Domino does note that it is derivative. The movie was great fun. In an era where we get one superhero film or another every couple of months, this is a welcome balm. I wish Deadpool would have been in Avengers so we could see whether Iron Man or Dr. Strange got after him before Thanos did. There are some very cute bits during and after the credits and a few cameos that proved very amusing. See the film. You will laugh — hard.

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continued from page 1 Bates, the daughter of John and Kim Bates, reflected on the graduating seniors’ high school experience. “Throughout the last four years, we have grown so much, both physically and mentally,” she said. “Now we look at those Facebook memories, and we know the glow is real.” Bates thanked her parents and other mentors for pushing her to be the best she could be. “I am thankful for the qualities you have instilled in me,” she said. “In addition to my parents, I have been surrounded by mentors who not only taught us lessons to be learned in the classroom, but in life. Sometimes it may be years before you realize what each had to show you.” She also thanked Campbell and his staff for providing a safe and productive atmosphere every day at school. “Seminole Ridge is both an inclusive and receptive school in which anyone can find a place to fit in,” said Bates, who has a Bright Futures scholarship to attend Florida State University. Salutatorian Isabel Rivera, the daughter of Jose Rivera and Waleska Santiago, urged her classmates not to be hampered by what they feel are limits on their abilities. “Failure is paramount to learning,” Rivera said. “Never be afraid of firsts. Without them, we would still be using sticks and stones, or computers the size of classrooms.” She thanked teachers, mentors and caregivers for their support and guidance along the way. “There have been people who have inspired you, guided you and sacrificed everything for you to be here today,” Rivera said. “I ask you to thank each and every one of them.” She thanked her brother for being her “personal Uber” and her sister for “never letting me forget my faults.” “I have a lifelong family to love,” Rivera said. “I thank my mom and dad for 18 years of ups and downs. Every day you encouraged me to seek the unattainable, to never settle. Without you, I would not be standing here today.” She also thanked her teachers, particularly her math teacher, who kept her attention when equations came to have more letters than numbers, and her philosophy teacher, who taught her supply and demand. “Soon we will all follow our different paths in life, joining the work force, serving in the military or continuing our education, but in the end, you are here today graduating because you have a little bit of, ‘I want to see the world,’” Rivera said. “The future holds an infinite number of moments and possible outcomes. It is up to you to live the future you want to live. Follow your passions, stay true to yourself and never follow someone else’s path unless you’re in the woods, you’re lost and you see

a path. By all means, you should follow that. Congratulations to the Class of 2018. We did it.” Rivera will study biomedical engineering at the University of Florida to pursue a career in pediatrics. Valedictorian Shreya Patel told her classmates that they all have much to be grateful for. “As many of you know, my religion is an integral part of my life, so today I would first like to thank God and my belief. Without God and my Buddhist guidance, I would not be here,” she said. “Whether it is something as simple as getting a good grade on a test or something as momentous as this, I believe that anything good that happens in my life is due to the grace of God and my belief.” Patel said she remembers when still in middle school being driven past Seminole Ridge High School and thinking she would be graduating from there one day. “Six years felt like an eternity, but the past six years have been so eventful that they passed faster than I could ever have imagined,” she said, and continued that it was a privilege to learn from qualified and hard-working teachers. “There are few teachers who have so much enthusiasm and true love for what they do. I know for sure that if I go on to a college and a career after that I will always remember Mrs. [Elizabeth] Seemann as an inspiration.” She also credited math teacher Victoria Barrameda for keeping her interested in a difficult subject. “There are no words to describe Mrs. Barrameda,” she said. “From her hilarious math jokes to her stories, she always kept us entertained and enthused to attend class despite a subject like calculus.” Patel credited her parents and grandmother for nurturing her and keeping her inspired. “My grandmother is a second mother to me, and the three of them have made many sacrifices for my brother and me,” she said. “Three years ago, my brother stood on this stage and gave a speech as salutatorian. Being the competitive younger sister, I always wanted to match his accomplishments. My parents and grandparents more than supported me in my goals. My mom woke every day at five o’clock to make me lunch, so I would be well fed and able to focus in school. She also drove me to Palm Beach State for three years, so I could take [advanced] classes, and she never made me feel as if that was a burden. The only reason she did it was so that I could fulfill my dreams.” Patel concluded by giving credit to all teachers and nurturers of the Class of 2018. “I know the Class of 2018 is destined for success,” she said. “Our experiences, teachers and parents have prepared us for what the future may hold for us. The students of this class are a truly diverse, intelligent and determined group. I wish you all the best, and congratulations. We made it.” Patel will attend Temple University under a full scholarship to major in actuarial science.

Principal Dr. James Campbell addresses the class.

Seminole Ridge students processing into the hall.

Valedictorian Shreya Patel addresses the Class of 2018.

Superintendent Dr. Donald Fennoy congratulates the graduates.

Salutatorian Isabel Rivera delivers her speech.

Class President Carsyn Bates reflects on the graduating class’s experience at SRHS.

Students file out of the hall as high school graduates.


Jessica Rigg and Jasmine Parson celebrate.

Helaine and Rob Kahn with Preston Catalano.

Andrew and Channing O’Brien after the ceremony.

Tara Robbins and Kara Bishop.

Graduate Rosemberg Sincere gathers with his family.

Zack Farmer and Carmen Mignez.

Riley Bresnahan and Kelli Reynolds.

Haley Bentrim and Arianna Cohen.

The graduates are all smiles as they leave the expo center.

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The annual Wellington High School Senior Awards took place Wednesday, May 16 at Wellington High School. Several organizations presented scholarships to deserving students. Shown here are just a few of the many award winners. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

The Bolinder Legacy Scholarships are presented by Ashley and Lilly Schroth and Janna Bolinder.

Lions Club members Arthur Lichtman and Charlie Borg present scholarships to Stephanie Coyle and Ashley Goldman.

National Merit Finalist Jonathan Wilson with Principal Cara Hayden.

The U.S. Military Academy at West Point’s Rich Chance makes a presentation to Nicole Wantin.

AICE Scholars are recognized.

Sandy Ehrlich of the National Council of Jewish Women Valencia Shores Section presents a scholarship to Sammy Hadar.

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The Cpl. Michael D’Allesandro Memorial Scholarship is presented to Angel Turpin by Lori and Gary Barlettano.

HarborChase To Offer Private Tour Of Museum Of Polo May 30

HarborChase of Wellington Crossing, a new local assisted living and memory care community, will host a private tour of the Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30. The tour is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Set to open in late 2018, HarborChase of Wellington Crossing

is managed by Harbor Retirement Associates, a regional senior living development and management company based in Vero Beach. “We want to invite local seniors and their families to join us for this informative and entertaining museum tour,” said Peter Cowley, executive director of HarborChase of Wellington Crossing. “It’s going to be the perfect opportunity

to explore this local treasure and experience the unsurpassed hospitality of HarborChase. We hope to see you there.” The exclusive tour will be held at the Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame at 9011 Lake Worth Road. The museum contains a wide variety of documents and physical treasures, including historic trophies, artifacts, books, statis-

tics, periodicals, films, videos, recordings and memorabilia. Refreshments will be served. Space is limited. For more information, or to RSVP, call (561) 320-4500. Set to open for residents in late 2018, the luxury retirement community will serve the needs of seniors and families in and around the West Palm Beach area with 76 assisted living and 60

Women’s Chamber ‘Big Red Apple’ Luncheon To Award 26 Scholarships

The Women’s Chamber Foundation recently announced that this year the organization is awarding 26 scholarships to local women. “This is the most we have ever awarded,” said Denise Albritton, chair of the Foundation and owner of Bus One LLC. “These extraordinary women range from high school graduates to those going back to continue their education.” This year’s “Big Red Apple” Scholarship Luncheon will take place on Wednesday, May 30 at the Hilton Palm Beach Airport. The following women will receive $1,000 scholarships during


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continued from page 3 water in there, so we were trying to play catch-up, but we’re in a good spot right now, and we’re doing pre-storm drawdown,” he said. However, Robinson does not know exactly how much water to expect. “We’re anticipating four inches of rain a day, if not more, so we’re loading some capacity to address this,” he said. “Our system is designed where it can handle 11.5 inches of rain in a 24-hour period. Anything more than that, we will experience some flooding.”

this year’s luncheon: Skylar Anthony, Brianna Brooks, Amani Burden, Felicia Cooper, Cassondra Corbin-Thaddies, Angela Crawford, Dulce Diaz Roa, Talia Fradkin, Amanda Gancarz, Pamela Gores, Ariel Gordon, Christian Holmes, Kehtia Istache, Shermanda Jean-Francois, Kayla Kummerlen, Paula Lugo, Selene Norman, Selena Paul, Rose-Lorna Pierre, Gabriela Quintanar, Rose Carlie Rene, Alana Thomas, Angel Turpin, Gina Vallarella and Kayla Winter. In addition, Alanna Carrera will receive a laptop computer generously donated by Toshiba

Business Solutions and a $500 scholarship from the foundation. The 15th Annual “Big Red Apple” Scholarship Luncheon will begin with a silent auction at 11 a.m. The program and lunch will begin at noon with WPEC News 12 anchor Liz Quirantes returning as mistress of ceremonies. Scholarships were generously donated by: ING Foundation, Gehring Group, the Merrill G & Emita E. Hastings Foundation, the Bob Bloom Scholarship Fund, RBC Wealth Management, the Florida Sugarcane League, Jeanne Matullo, the Heather Mills Schol-

arship Fund, Women’s Chamber Past Presidents and the Women’s Chamber Foundation Board. This year’s presenting sponsors are ING Foundation and Hilton Palm Beach Airport. Additional sponsors of the event include Lane K. Matthews, Palm Beach State College, Gentile Glas Holloway O’Mahoney and Associates, Keiser University, Florida Atlantic University and Barbara Fretwell. For additional information regarding donations, sponsorships or tickets, call (561) 659-0285 or visit

He explained that the system is also designed to fill the swales, the canals and then the roadways, as with the 18 inches that fell in 24 hours from Tropical Storm Isaac, where the roads were covered with water. “That’s why we call it a basin,” Robinson said. “It’s a low area, and everything is supposed to stay in it. We pump it out per our permit requirements, and tomorrow we’re going to call into the South Florida Water Management District to see if we can get some more guidance and a little leniency on the permit to get rid of a little bit more water.” He said the primary goal is to keep water out of homes. “If it gets on the roads and the yards,

well it’s designed to do that, but we try not to if we can avoid it,” Robinson said. One location that did receive extensive flooding over the past week is the Barky Pines Animal Rescue property in Santa Rosa Groves, which is not an activated unit of the Indian Trail Improvement District. “It is an inactivated unit within our legislative boundaries,” he explained. “We’ve got 110 square miles, but it is an inactivated unit, and I am not allowed to spend any tax dollars on a unit that is not activated, because we are a benefit-assessed district. They’re not paying into us, so legislatively, I cannot do anything out there.” He noted, however, that ITID,

Palm Beach County and Santa Rosa Groves residents are planning workshops on what to do about drainage in that area. “We actually entered into talks with some of the residents in Santa Rosa Groves months ago,” he said. “We were actually looking into what it would cost to bring those residents up to a minimum level of service, if they were to be activated.” Robinson explained that there are two factions in that community. “Some want to go a homeowners’ association route, and some want to go an ITID activation route. Either way they go, it’s going to be a significant investment for them,” he said.

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WCFL, B&G Club Provide Scholarship Program

The advisory board of the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club in Wellington has formed a committee to help provide the opportunity for members of the club to play football or cheer in the Western Communities Football League. In 2017, the board raised enough funds to pay the registration fees for 42 boys to play football and 10 girls to cheer at WCFL. Boys & Girls Club Advisory Board President Raymond Mooney, who is also a WCFL board member, said the program helps a need that both organizations have. “At the WCFL, we love to recruit football players we can really impact. The kids at the Boys & Girls Club need sports programs like the one offered with the WCFL that help provide discipline, team building and build character,” Mooney said. “There was no doubt in my mind that this was a perfect match. It’s great to provide an opportunity that some kids may not have had otherwise.” The staff at the Boys & Girls Club have already been getting questions regarding the program for 2018, and the committee is working hard on launching the program. The committee is currently fundraising for the program, recruiting new players and will soon offer live registration at the club.

Mooney says last year was a huge success. “When we launched the program last year, we weren’t really sure what to expect,” he said. “I had the opportunity to discuss the WCFL program to some of the kids and parents during the season. Once they signed on and participated, it was obvious how much they enjoyed playing football and how great the program is for them.” WCFL football registration is now open at www.wcflfootball. com. Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club members have the option to check the box as members while registering, and after verification from the club, will be gifted with a scholarship, which will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis as long as the funds raised allow. WCFL is a USA Football Heads Up-certified league committed to the safety of players. The Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club provides after-school programming and summer camps to the children and teens of Wellington. The club serves more than 300 children per day during the school year and many more throughout the summer, providing supervised care at a lower cost to parents, while providing students the tools to become successful in life and productive citizens. To learn more, call (561) 7900343 or visit

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Celebrating The Class Of 2018

continued from page 1 this special day with you, as I look into the audience — at all 725 of you — my cup runneth over,” he said. “My heart is full, and my emotions are high. I have never made it a secret that this class has always been my favorite class. This is because I love you and have such high aspirations for you. It has been a privilege and an honor to be able to share the last four years of ‘firsts’ with you.” Edgecomb left the graduating seniors with one simple message: Palm Beach Central will always be home to the new Bronco alumni. “Class of 2018, you will always hold a special place in my heart. As you graduate and move forward into the next chapter of your lives, live strong. Never forget the lessons learned at Central, and always remember that this is your home. If you ever feel homesick, just press the buzzer at the front office, and I will let you in,” Edgecomb said. New Palm Beach County School Superintendent Dr. Donald Fennoy acknowledged the collaborative amount of hard work that it takes to get students on track to succeed and, ultimately, receive a high school diploma. “Dearest teachers and guests, I would like to thank you for the personal investment in the students walking across the stage today,” Fennoy said. He went on to emphasize the fact that the graduates will always rely on the people in their lives in order to achieve success, and that thanking those people is a vital part of that success. “Saying thank you is the very tenant of our humanity,” Fennoy said. Embodying the legacy that Edgecomb described is this year’s valedictorian, Brandon Truong. Truong served as president of the Key Club, was a member of the Future Business Leaders of America and the National Honor Society, and was a Pathfinder nominee. Truong will be studying computer science and economics at Princeton University in the fall. Truong emphasized individual potential in his speech. By creating an example of himself, Truong encouraged his peers to work hard in

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Palm Beach Central staff members lead graduates into the ceremony.

Graduates begin filling their seats as their families, principal and guests cheer them on.

Principal Darren Edgecomb delivers his farewell speech.

School Superintendent Dr. Donald Fennoy congratulates the new graduates.

Graduates cross the stage and receive their diplomas.

Valedictorian Brandon Truong delivers his speech.

Salutatorian Aleecia Marshall addresses her peers.

Scott Houchins leads the chorus in singing this year’s senior song.


Aiyanna and Annette Bhagwandin.

Eli, Jacob, Jaime, Jordanne and Tracey Kessel.

Graduate Sydney Nmezi celebrates with her family.

Graduate Joey Ingebritson celebrates after the ceremony.

Kimberlee and Katherine Howe.

Rosa and Jorge Saa.

The Helbling family celebrates graduate Sara Helbling.

Elizabeth and Christine Michaud.

Maria Avila and Mariana Azuaje.

Dondrae Hewitt and Angelo Del Valle.

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Broncos End Spring Defeating Centennial 16-6

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Remembering Our Fallen Heroes

Forgotten Soldiers Outreach invites the public to attend the 13th annual “A Day to Remember” Memorial Day Service hosted by Palm Beach Memorial Park on Monday, May 28 starting at 11:50 a.m. The master of ceremonies will again be retired news anchor and Wellington resident Jim Sackett. The program will include honorary guest speakers, including a Greeting from the Military by Jason Keating of United States Marine Corps. The keynote speaker will be Lt. Kate Arrizza, a former United States Navy officer and CEO of South Florida Science Center & Aquarium. Other participants will be the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard, the Boynton Beach Fire Department Honor Guard, the Boca Delray Division of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, the Forest Hill High School JROTC Drumline, the Santaluces High School Army JROTC, the Olympic Heights High School Marine Corps JROTC, Boy Scouts Troop 395, Cub Scouts Pack 241, patriotic music and more. Project 425 will have military vehicles on display. There will also be wreath pre-

2004 Wellington High School graduate Matthew Hernandez at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

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Memorial Day, observed this year on Monday, May 28, is a unifying day to remember and to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice during all wars fought by American forces. As people spend time with families and friends during this unofficial start of summer, take a moment to pause and remember those who served and those who are still serving to defend freedom. Shown here is Matthew Hernandez, a 2004 Wellington High School and 2008 U.S. Military Academy at West Point graduate, during an Armed Forces Full Honor Wreath Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. The tomb reads, “Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God.” It is guarded around the clock. Hernandez served as Commander of Troops, and this was his last ceremony with the honor guard. “The tradition after your last ceremony is to walk from the cemetery all the way back to the barracks so you can reflect on your time in the 3rd Infantry Regiment (the Old Guard) and reflect on all who have been laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery,” said Hernandez, who also spent time as platoon leader for the Presidential Honor Guard.

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Brian R. Lohmann was recently promoted to vice president, chief financial officer and general manager of the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida. “Brian has proven his leadership capabilities and the ability to juggle several different projects efficiently. His understanding of the big picture of our business is critical in continuing to lead the cooperative successfully into the future,” Sugar Cane

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Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department Director of Engineering Krystin Berntsen was named the Government Engineer of the Year by the Palm Beach Chapter of the Florida Engineering Society at its scholarship and awards banquet on May 16. Berntsen has spent nearly eight years on the PBCWUD engineering staff. She started with the department as a professional engineer in October 2010 and was promoted to manager of environmental health and safety in 2015. Berntsen was elevated to her current position in

November 2017. Berntsen oversees all aspects of engineering for the department, including plan review, construction services, pipelines, and the county’s five water treatment plants and three wastewater facilities. Her duties include management of PBCWUD’s $400 million capital improvement plan. Berntsen spent five years as a professional engineer for a private firm before joining PBCWUD. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Miami and a master’s degree in engineering from Florida Atlantic University.

Prior to joining the cooperative, Lohmann worked for Pioneer Growers Inc. as director of replenishment. He started his career in public accounting with Deloitte & Touche in Jacksonville, including ex-patriot service in Saudi Arabia. He owned and operated his own accounting firm in Belle Glade for 13 years. A native Floridian, who has spent virtually his entire life in the Glades region of Palm Beach County, Lohmann graduated from the University of Florida in 1988 with a degree in accounting. He also has been very active in the community, where he sat on the Glades Day School Board of Trustees from 2002-18 and served as chair or vice chair for most of his tenure. He was appointed to the Palm Beach County Health Care District board by the Palm Beach County Commission in 2011 and served as vice chair and chair of the finance committee. Following the retirement of Kathleen Durrell Lockhart, manager of environmental affairs, the cooperative also recently announced the addition of Grant J. Lanham as vice president for environmental, safety and security. Lanham was an environmental, health and safety (EHS) compliance specialist for Fiat Chrysler Automo-

Brian Lohman biles from 2015 until he accepted this position. He is no stranger to Florida’s unique regulatory climate, as he worked at Pratt & Whitney in West Palm Beach from 2008-15. He started his career in wastewater pollution control and later managed a project to install a fluid tracking system for chemicals and oils at DaimlerChrysler Corp. He earned his master’s degree from Liberty University in 2009 and graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in 1992. “Kathy served the cooperative for more than 25 years, and we wish her

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Samuel S. Cohen Joins Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith

Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith recently announced that attorney Samuel S. Cohen has joined the skilled team of attorneys handling serious personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. Cohen, like many of the attorneys

at the firm, began his career defending doctors and medical facilities from malpractice lawsuits. He then joined a well-known personal injury firm where he represented plaintiffs in personal injury cases, gaining experience in the negotiation, liti-

ABWA To Meet June 13

The Northern Palm Beach Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association will meet on Wednesday, June 13 at the Embassy Suites Hotel (4350 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens). Networking is from 6 to 6:30 p.m., and the cost is $25. Guests are welcome. The June speaker is Kadi Cole on the topic of leadership. Cole is a strategist with a passion for developing people and teams. As an organizational consultant, leadership coach and LifePlan facilitator, she helps individuals and teams uncover their purpose and develop a plan toward fulfilling it. Cole is the director of Leadership Network’s Multisite HUB. As such, she has helped large, multisite churches expand their impact and influence. To make reservations, or for more information, contact Sam Markwell

gation and trial process. “Sam’s background and previous experience make him an excellent addition to the team,” Managing Partner Gary S. Lesser said. “He is a strong advocate for his clients and works hard at obtaining the best results for his clients, which is the mission of our firm.” Cohen is the third generation of his family to grow up in West Palm Beach. He graduated from the Benjamin School as a four-sport varsity letterman. He then attended Florida Atlantic University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in English with a focus on American literature, and then earned his law degree and environmental law certificate from Florida Coastal School of Law in 2012.

Cohen is currently focusing on representing injured clients and focuses his community involvement as a current board member for the Palm Beach County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, as well as raising money and awareness for important causes like the Cancer Alliance for Help and Hope (No Shave November event), the Education Advocacy Project at Legal Aid, and the AustinBlu Foundation (YLS Fishing Tournament). He also focuses his time with the Florida Off Road Cycling Enthusiasts as the organization’s current secretary. Cohen is a fan of the arts and is a current Young Friends of the Palm Beach Opera member and a Young Friends of the Kravis Center member.

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Lion Country Safari, Miami Seaquarium, the Museum of Discovery & Science and Zoo Miami will offer a Summer Savings Pass for the eighth year in a row. The Summer Savings Pass will give pass holders unlimited admission to all four attractions throughout the summer. The Summer Savings Pass will be available for purchase at each of

the participating parks until Sept. 30, 2018. The Museum of Discovery & Science, Lion Country Safari, Miami Seaquarium and Zoo Miami will also have the passes for sale online at their respective web sites:, www., www.mods. org and At $58 plus tax per adult and $48

plus tax per child (ages 3-12), the pass grants unlimited admission through Sept. 30 at all four attractions. Annual Pass holders of these attractions will be eligible to purchase this pass for only $33 plus tax per adult and $23 plus tax per child. For more information about the Summer Savings Pass, visit www.

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2018 Western Communities School Guide Education Place is a small, private Montessori school for students in grades 1 through 12. The school features a 12-month academic year, flexible scheduling, individualized instruction and an accredited curriculum. Many of the school’s students are now professional athletes or performers. Education Place has been serving the western communities since 2001 and is conveniently located in the original Wellington Mall at 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 23. Education Place is currently welcoming a limited number of new students for the summer and fall terms. For more information, call (561) 753-6563. Temple Beth Torah’s Leonie Arguetty Preschool serves children 2 years old through pre-K. Your child will enjoy activities that promote learning and social development. Curriculum includes reading, writing and computation skills, gymnastics, computers, art and music. The school also features a state-of-the-art playground, along with a secure, loving and nurturing environment. The program is Gold Seal and NAEYC accredited. Now enrolling for full-time and part-time preschool for 2018-19. VPK is available. For more information, call Sandy at (561) 793-2649 or e-mail Wellington Collegiate Academy is an independent, college prep middle school dedicated to the well-being of your child. The school offers a broad curriculum of rigorous classes in an uplifting environment. Students develop discipline and confidence through the music performance program. Small classes allow highly qualified teachers to give individual attention to each student. Faith-friendly character education classes help students interact with professionalism. The interdisciplinary curriculum is strong in science and technology, where classes focus on teamwork and career preparation. Wellington Collegiate Academy opens this August

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with a select group of students in grades 6 to 8. Visit or call (561) 701-3462 for more info. Western Academy Charter School was designed as an innovative alternative to traditional public school education. Open since 2003, the school has been designated by the FDOE as a School of Excellence, a High-Performing Charter School and a 5 Star School. “A” rated since 2006, it serves 500 students in grades K-8 and is a designated Green School of Excellence. The school’s mission is to equip all children with the skills necessary for success on both an educational and social level. Programs address the whole child through a multi-sensory approach to learning. At Western Academy, families and the community are essential participants in educating children for a successful future. The school is a tuition-free public school located at 650 Royal Palm Beach Blvd., Suite 400, in Royal Palm Beach. For more information, call (561) 792-4123.

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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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Hawks Top Lake Worth And West Boca In Spring Games

By Gene Nardi Town-Crier Staff Report The Seminole Ridge Hawks football team went two-for-two while hosting a spring jamboree at Callery-Judge Stadium on Friday, May 18 under new head coach Rick Casco. Seminole Ridge first defeated West Boca 20-0, and then bested Lake Worth 22-6. All three teams

Hawk quarterback Kaimyn Castilla throws down field.

faced each other for two quarters of play. The Hawks’ defense was relentless against West Boca, shutting out the Bulls. They nearly shut out the Trojans before surrendering a late score. The first quarter ended scoreless with both teams attempting to establish some consistency on offense. The Hawks struck early in

the second quarter when they capped a 65-yard drive with a four-yard touchdown run by Logan Feuerback. The two-point conversion attempt by the Hawks lifted them to an 8-0 lead. Ty’Korian Brown added to the Hawks’ score when he intercepted a pass and returned it for a 55yard touchdown. The momentum continued to swing in favor of

Hawk corner back Ty’Korian Brown returns an interception for a touchdown against West Boca.

the Hawks with a 14-0 lead. The Hawks consumed a large piece of the game clock, eating more than six minutes while driving 70 yards to a final touchdown run from two yards out to close the first battle with a 20-0 win. The Hawks’ second match-up against Lake Worth kicked off quickly. The Trojans’ first play from scrimmage turned into six points for

Seminole Ridge. Defensive lineman Ertonn Chatelain picked up the Trojan fumble and returned it 22 yards for the touchdown. The Hawks led 6-0 and had not taken an offensive down yet. Seminole Ridge continued to roll. This time, it was the Hawk offense punching it in from four yards away. Peter Sinoyiannis powered through See HAWKS, page 35

Seminole Ridge receiver Renald Leandre crosses the goal line. PHOTOS BY GENE NARDI/TOWN-CRIER

Broncos End Spring Season Defeating Centennial 16-6

By Gene Nardi Town-Crier Staff Report The Palm Beach Central High School football team participated in a highly anticipated spring jamboree hosted by Palm Beach Lakes High School on Saturday, May 19. Teams in attendance were host Palm Beach Lakes, along with Palm Beach Central, South Dade, Rockledge, Centennial, Deerfield Beach and Glades Central high schools. More than 50 college scouts walked the sidelines to view the South Florida talent.

The Broncos faced Centennial High School and bested the Eagles 16-6. Nearly eight minutes fell from the clock before Palm Beach Central drew first blood in what was one of the more physical games of the day. Bronco running back C.J. Stewart broke a couple of tackles and skated down the sideline 48 yards for the game’s first score. Palm Beach Central converted their two-point attempt and led 8-0 with just over four minutes to play in the first quarter. The rainy weather took its toll on the offensive units, making it easy

Bronco running back C.J. Stewart runs down the sideline for a touchdown.

for the defenses to create turnovers. The Broncos recovered a fumble late in the second quarter and sustained a solid drive, only to come up empty. The Eagles had first possession of the second half and drove deep into the Bronco turf, but a turnover denied any chance of equalizing. Da’Quan Hamilton took off on a sweep that paved the way for a 60yard touchdown run that extended the Palm Beach Central lead to 16-0 in the third quarter. Both teams found it difficult to See BRONCOS, page 35

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HAWK FOOTBALLER WCFL Free Clinic June 9 At Village Park The Western Communities Foot- that youth football is being taught Another positive toward making HEADS TO MOUNT UNION ball League (WCFL), which has the right way. “Our coaches are not the sport safer is the improved equipbeen the starting point for numerous just your neighbor or a dad throwing ment and required higher standards.

Hawk senior Jeremiah Brown has signed a scholastic letter of intent to play football for the defending NCAA D-3 champion Raiders at the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio. Brown, a three-year varsity player for Seminole Ridge, has played running back, defensive back, receiver, punt and kickoff returner, and backup quarterback. Shown above are (front row) Jeremiah Brown with his sister Elon and parents Nuclair and Rickey, and (back row) SRHS Athletic Director Scott Parks, football coaches James Parson and Jalani Lord, and Principal James Campbell.

major college and NFL players, is hosting a free USA Football Heads Up clinic on Saturday, June 9 from 9 a.m. to noon at Village Park on Pierson Road. The clinic is open to anyone thinking about joining the WCFL or currently playing. The WCFL is a certified USA Football Heads Up league. USA Football has worked with leaders in both medicine and sport across the country to create a full-featured program that any league or school can use to address key safety issues, and ensure that every coach understands and knows how to implement each component of the program. “Football is now as safe as ever, and we want parents to know how serious the WCFL takes the safety of the kids playing football,” WCFL President John Navarro said. “WCFL is all about the kids, from safety to character building and doing well in school. Our goal is that the kids leave the WCFL with better tools to succeed in anything they do in life.” Having a Heads Up Football program in place, with teams led by USA Football certified coaches, goes a long way toward showing

on a whistle and calling themselves a coach,” WCFL Board Member K.C. Jones said. “We require all our coaches to be certified Heads Up coaches and coach the Heads Up technique. This helps to ensure all of our coaches are consistently coaching the same program with safety as our number-one priority.”

“The equipment is much better than it was five years ago, especially the helmets and shoulder pads, which help reduce the potential for injuries,” WCFL Board Member James Bolden said. The WCFL 2018 tackle football registration is now open. Register at


The Royal Palm Beach Strikers U12 girls team were champions once again in the 2018 Palm Beach Soccer League Classic Tournament held April 28-29, defeating Wellington in the final 3-0. Shown above (L-R) are coach John Edworthy, Mariah Alexandrea, Aleeyah Lopez, Mackenzy Hasan, Reagan Lopez, Aaliyah Lobo, Anaya Thomas, Alexa Hernandez, Nirvani Balkaran, Olivia Cuenot, Savannah Edworthy, Briana Jones, Allison Andrade and coach Maria Edworthy.



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continued from page 33 navigate offensively as the rain fell


SPORTS & RECREATION harder through the rest of the third quarter. Centennial broke into the Bronco end zone with just over two minutes left to play in the game, to close the margin 16-6. Along with the damp conditions, the Bronco defense equally tormented the Ea-

gle offense, and locked in the 16-6 victory. “For a spring game, I was impressed how both sides of the ball were. We pretty much executed for the most part the entire game, but made some mistakes, which is to be

expected for a spring game,” Bronco coach Tino Ierulli said. “We were limited with practices because of the weather and the field conditions. I was proud of the boys.”

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The Broncos concluded the spring season on a high with the win over the Eagles and will look to carry that success into the fall, defending their district title.

Two Spring Victories

continued from page 33 off tackle over the goal line to extend the Hawks’ lead to 14-0. Seminole Ridge quarterback Kaimyn Castilla capped a 65-yard drive with a twoyard touchdown run. The Hawks converted a two-point attempt to cruise to a 22-0 lead in the second quarter. Lake Worth finally put a solid drive together to close the margin, but it would not be enough with time expiring, giving the Hawks the 22-6 win. “We have a bunch of kids who want to work hard,” Casco said. “They’re focused, and I think they’re picking up from what we’re doing. Our coaches did a great job, and we played a ton of kids tonight.” The Hawks concluded their spring season with two wins and will look to carry that momentum into the fall. Seminole Ridge sits in the middle of arguably the toughest district in the

(Above) Bronco defensive lineman Brandon Hudgins stops the Eagle quarterback for a short gain. (Inset) Palm Beach Central receiver Biagio Tamburello runs to the outside after a reception.

Bronco linebacker Xzayvier Marseille tackles the Centennial ball carrier.


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Saturday, May 26 • The Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association will hike in Apoxee Park (3125 N. Jog Road, West Palm Beach) on Saturday, May 26 at 8 a.m. Call Joe Rosenberg at (561) 859-1954 for more info. • The South Florida Fair Expo Center will host the Florida Gun & Knife Show on Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27. For more info., visit www. • 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. • Congregation L’Dor Va-Dor (9804 S. Military Trail, 2nd Floor, #E 2-4, Boynton Beach) will hold a screening of Quiz Show on Saturday, May 26 at 7:30 p.m. The film is a true story that dramatizes a scandal involving contestants being fed answers. Call (561) 968-0688 or e-mail info@ for reservations or more info. Sunday, May 27 • The Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association will hike in the Jupiter Ridge Natural Area (1800 South U.S. Highway 1) on Sunday, May 27 at 7:30 a.m. Call (561) 586-0486 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd) will host a Book Chat for adults featuring Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen on Sunday, May 27 at 2 p.m. Copies of the book are available. Refreshments will be provided. Call (561) 6814100 to pre-register. Monday, May 28 • The Village of Wellington and American Legion Chris Reyka Memorial Wellington Post 390 will host a Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony on Monday, May 28. The parade will begin at 8:15 a.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex, followed by the ceremony at 8:30 a.m. at the Wellington Veterans Memorial. If you are an active or retired veteran attending the ceremony, you will have an opportunity to register at the Wellington tent the morning of the event to be recognized during the ceremony. To become a part of this event or to walk in the parade, contact Michelle Garvey at (561) 791-4082. For more info., visit • Royal Palm Beach will hold its Memorial Day Observance on Monday, May 28 at 9 a.m. at the Veterans Park amphitheater on Royal Palm Beach Blvd. For more information, call Rochelle Wright at (561) 753-1232 or visit


• The 15th annual Palm Beach Jerk and Caribbean Culture Festival will be held on Monday, May 28 from 2 to 10 p.m. at the South Florida Fairgrounds. Visit events for more info. Tuesday, May 29 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Make Your Own Musical Instrument for ages 5 to 12 on Tuesday, May 29 at 3 p.m. Get a head start on the end of the school year celebrations by creating your own pair of maracas to cha-cha-cha your way out of the classroom. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Line Dancing for Adults on Tuesday, May 29 at 6:30 p.m. Beginners and experienced line dancers will learn new steps. Call (561) 7906070 to pre-register. Wednesday, May 30 • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host a Book Discussion for adults featuring Bel Canto by Ann Patchett on Wednesday, May 30 at 2 p.m. Copies are available at the research services desk. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature Paper Airplanes for ages 5 to 12 on Wednesday, May 30 at 3 p.m. Test your flight skills and compete in a paper airplane contest. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd) will host Playful Toddlers and Tykes for children under age 4 on Wednesday, May 30 at 3:30 p.m. Do your kids love toddler and baby toys? Join in for a session of social playtime for the little ones. Call (561) 681-4100 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host an End-of-School-Year Craft Bonanza Blowout for ages 2 and up on Wednesday, May 30 at 4 p.m. Make as many crafts as you want with the supplies from the craft closet. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature Getting Started With Ancestry Library Edition on Wednesday, May 30 at 6:30 p.m. Learn how to access and navigate one of the most popular online resources for researching your family tree. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Thursday, May 31 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Great Native Plants for Your Garden on Thursday, May 31 at 10 a.m. Join extension agent Laurie Albrecht and discover the beautiful plants that call this area home. Get a voucher for two free three-gallon native plants. Call (561) 7906070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Pirate Bingo for ages 5 to 12 on Thursday, May 31 at 3 p.m. Create your own card and see if luck is on your side. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free concert by Rough Shot, along with a food truck

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invasion, on Thursday, May 31 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Visit for info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Land a New Job With Career Transitions on Thursday, May 31 at 6:30 p.m. Enhance your job search, write an effective résumé and cover letter, or explore a new career path using the Career Transitions online research tool. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Friday, June 1 • The West Palm Beach Antiques Festival returns to the South Florida Fairgrounds from Friday, June 1 through Sunday, June 3. For more information, visit • The Palm Beach County Medical Society will host Docs Got Talent on Friday, June 1 beginning at 6 p.m. 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. 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, call (561) 433-3940 or e-mail • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host English Exchange for adults in June on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Practice speaking English in a fun and informal atmosphere. Intermediate knowledge of the language is recommended. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Saturday, June 2 • Audubon of the Everglades will drive in Stormwater Treatment Area 1-E in Wellington on Saturday, June 2 from 7 a.m. to noon. Visit www. for more info. • 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. Pediatric residents from Palms West Hospital and first responders from Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue will be on-hand to discuss water safety. Multiple vendors will be on site to discuss the importance of safety in and around the water. For more info., visit • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Tai Chi for Adults on Saturdays, June 2, 9, 16 and 23 at 9 a.m. Wear comfortable clothes and flat shoes. Call (561 790-6030 for more info. • Premier Family Health will host its first PremierFest, a free outdoor festival open to the entire Wellington community, on Saturday, June 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Wellington Reserve Office Park campus (1037 State Road 7, Wellington). Bring your family and friends to enjoy a variety of activities, including two live bands, local vendors, a food truck, pet adoptions, a petting zoo, face painting, a blood drive and more. For more info., call (561) 798-3030 or visit

The Town-Crier • The Royal Palm Beach Seafood Festival will be held Saturday, June 2 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, June 3 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park (11600 Poinciana Blvd.). The festival celebrates the love of all things seafood with plenty of landlubber foods 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 more info., visit or call Kathy Gilbert of POTTC Events at (561) 792-9260. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Magical Friends for ages 2 to 6 on Saturday, June 2 at 11 a.m. Enjoy stories, songs and a craft featuring some fantastical friends. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Fraternal Order of Firefighters will hold its Fire Station Rib Challenge on Saturday, June 2 at noon at the Butcher Shop (209 6th St., West Palm Beach) with 14 West Palm Beach stations participating to benefit the Fraternal Order of Firefighters. Call (561) 812-2336 or visit for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host an Acoustic Java Jam for adults on Saturday, June 2 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) 681-4100 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Dungeons & Dragons for ages 12 and up on Saturdays, June 2, 9, 23 and 30 at 2 p.m. with a mini-marathon on Saturday, June 16 beginning at noon. Adventure in the world of Dungeons & Dragons with fellow wizards and warriors to bring goodness back to the world. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 681-4100 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host its Teen Anime Club for ages 12 to 17 on Saturday, June 2 at 3 p.m. If you like manga, anime, cosplaying and more, then this is your chance to meet others just like you. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. Monday, June 4 • Wellington’s Community Services Department will hold a Walk and Talk in the Periwinkle/Lily Neighborhoods on Monday, June 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. Call (561) 791-4796 for more info. Tuesday, June 5 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Hooked on Crochet for adults on Tuesday, June 5 at 6:30 p.m. Learn beginning techniques or work on current projects. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Send calendar items to: The Town-Crier, 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 33, Wellington, FL 33414 or e-mail

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REAL ESTATE FOR SALE LOXAHATCHEE GROVES 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.

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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

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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

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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


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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

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



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

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

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

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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

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