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Royal Palm Rec Board Discusses Workshop On Commons Park

Volume 35, Number 18 May 2 - May 8, 2014

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Members of the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Advisory Board on Monday discussed the results of last weekend’s workshop regarding future plans for Royal Palm Beach Commons Park. The workshop was held last Saturday at the park’s sporting center. Page 3

WHS, Wellington Landings Bands Host ‘Jazz Under The Stars’

The Wellington High School and Wellington Landings Middle School bands held a night of “Jazz Under the Stars” at the second annual Spring Concert/ Scholarship Benefit & Bake Sale on Saturday, April 26 at the Wellington Amphitheater. Page 5

The 14th annual Sweet Corn Fiesta was held Sunday, April 27 in Yesteryear Village at the South Florida Fairgrounds. There were corn-shucking and corn-eating contests for all age groups, as well as games and carnival rides, face painting, pony rides, a petting zoo and more. Shown here are Deanna Boehner, Judy Loftis and Dee Dee Cates in their old-tyme bathing suits. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 17 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

County OKs Minto West Text Amendment Transmission

Wellington Promotes Green Living At Earth Day, Arbor Day Event

Earth Day and Arbor Day were celebrated on Sunday, April 27 at the Wellington Amphitheater. The Wellington Tree Board gave out tree seedlings and butterfly attracting plants. There was also face painting, food, vendors and music. Page 9


The Time Is Right To Consider Nationwide Disaster Insurance

As parts of Florida struggle to address recently drafted flood maps issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, we are reminded of the very real possibility that disaster could strike our area at any time. This week, the nation has seen its share of natural disasters, with tornadoes in the midwest and flooding in the southeast and the northeast. For years, we have advocated for a nationwide disaster insurance program. The idea has been batted around in Washington, D.C. for a generation, but has never gained traction. Today, the need has never been more prevalent. Page 4 2014


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By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Palm Beach County Commission recommended approval Monday of a privately initiated request by Minto West for a comprehensive plan text amendment that would allow consideration of the company’s plans for the nearly 3,000-acre former Callery-Judge Grove site. Over the protests of dozens of residents and an 11-0 recommendation last month by the Palm Beach County Planning Commission, the commissioners voted 6-1 with Commissioner Jess Santamaria dissenting to transmit Minto’s request to the state’s Department of Economic Opportunity, noting that the county will have the final approval authority for the development. Public hearings and votes on whether or not to allow the proposal are scheduled for this summer and fall.

Minto recently purchased the Callery-Judge property for $51 million. The land has a future land-use approval for up to 2,996 homes and up to 235,000 square feet of non-residential uses. The company is requesting the necessary land-use changes to allow up to 6,500 homes and about 1.4 million square feet of workplace and community-serving commercial uses. Although county staff said the amendment would enable them to research the merits and issues of the request, numerous residents opposed to Minto’s proposal asked that the commissioners not approve it in order to send a message that a less-intense development proposal is needed. “I don’t think we’re in the business of sending messages, whether they’re cryptic or obvious,” said Commissioner Hal Valeche, who made the motion to transmit the request after almost two hours of

deliberation and public input. “I think we’re in the business of making decisions based on our judgment and the law. I don’t think any of my fellow commissioners have made a decision about this project yet. I say that very truthfully.” Valeche said he thought the decision to send the plan to Tallahassee for review is purely procedural. “We’re not going to get a chance to hear the full project and then decide whether it has merit or it doesn’t unless we transmit this amendment,” he said. “My understanding is that certain elements of the Minto plan are inconsistent with our comp plan now, and in order to get a full hearing of what they are proposing, we have to make those changes, and it will come back to us with their full proposal. We’ll vote it up or down, but I think it’s really far less an issue than people are making it.” Planning Director Lorenzo See MINTO WEST, page 7

K-Park Proposal Puts Focus On Entertainment

By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report A botanical garden and “central park” area are part of a new concept designed to bring green space, family entertainment and a hotel to Wellington’s vacant K-Park property on State Road 7. Called “Wellington Gardens,” the concept is the latest proposal for the 66-acre site located on the southwest corner of State Road 7 and Stribling Way, south of the Mall at Wellington Green. The proposal comes from Wellington resident Chuck Mineo, owner of Praxis Resources, a commercial real estate development company. “I’ve always felt there were a couple of things Wellington was really missing,” Mineo told the Town-Crier on Tuesday. “There is a lack of any form of good entertainment in the town, with nice dining options. Outdoor dining options are mostly on a narrow sidewalk overlooking a parking lot. We want to offer people in Wellington other options.” Though Mineo has discussed the proposal with Wellington Village Council members and staff, there will not be any official decisions until the council meets next week for its visioning session on Wednesday, May 4. Since Wellington purchased the K-Park land in 2004, development of the site has been a controversial issue, with several plans falling through. Council members are scheduled to discuss next week what they’d like to see on the site. “The meetings have been encouraging,” Mineo said. “The only part that has been difficult from our perspective is the waiting.” The Wellington Gardens concept combines outdoor spaces, dining and entertainment for what Mineo says would be a “town center” concept that could be a gathering place for families. Plans

for the site also include a hotel and multifamily and/or senior housing, which would be integrated into the site. “We came up with the idea of a central park,” he said. “On the site, there is 10 acres of water retention we have to do anyway. We want to do great landscaping and buffers, so we said, ‘Why not do a botanical garden?’” About one-third of the site would be dedicated to green space, with 18 acres of tropical botanical gardens and a 4-acre central park, which would be open green space. There would also be children’s play areas. “There has been a ton of research on the benefits of city parks and botanical gardens for local residents,” Mineo said. “There are health benefits, mental health benefits and environmental benefits. The main thing we want to do is focus on families. That’s what Wellington is all about.” Hoping to create a new identity for Wellington’s eastern corridor, Mineo said his proposal would add to the community, not compete with existing businesses. “It won’t be so much about shopping,” he said. “It will be more about entertainment and what you can go and experience. I don’t see this as competitive; I see it as a complement. People will come and stay in the area, whether they’re seeing a movie or going to the mall. It would enhance what Wellington already has. People wouldn’t have to drive to the city to get these amenities. This would contribute to a better lifestyle for Wellington residents. We don’t have a place where everyone in the community can just go and socialize.” One of the major draws to the site would be Frank Theatres CineBowl & Grille, a combination See GARDENS, page 4


Legislature Keeps Funding Intact For New PBSC Campus

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Florida legislature Monday reached agreement on its $77.1 billion budget that includes $6 million to begin work on the planned Palm Beach State College’s campus in Loxahatchee Groves. “It appears that the legislature has included $6 million for campus construction in its budget,” PBSC Director of College Relations Dr. Grace Truman said. “It will wrap that up this week, but it is included in the budget at this point. We appreciate the legislature’s support. It’s an important project. It will provide access to affordable higher education for residents of centralwestern Palm Beach County.” This will be the third year that the legislature has provided financing for the campus; but the governor has vetoed it twice. “We are hopeful that Gov. Rick Scott will approve this funding,

and if so, we can begin construction on the new campus this year. We can break ground and move forward,” Truman said. “Our plan all along has been to be shovelready with this, and we have been doing preliminary site work. That has been going on since last fall, so we are definitely prepared to begin construction very quickly.” Once construction begins, the campus will be built in phases, beginning with one general classroom building with some offices. “It will be one phase at a time and very much a long-term project as far as build-out,” she said. “The first phase will be general classroom, the second phase will be more specific, workforce programs, a library building, student center, that kind of thing.” Over the first five years, the college plans to have a total of 85 staff positions. “Most of those will be full-time positions, but there will

be some part-time faculty as well,” Truman said. If the $6 million receives final approval, Truman was not sure how far it would go toward construction. “It would have to be matched with some other funds,” she said. “We do have some grant applications out. We’re looking at a lot of different funding sources to close the gap. We’re committed to doing this; it’s just the pace will be determined by the availability of funding. We’re just very hopeful that the governor will support it.” The Loxahatchee Groves Town Council gave final approval in August 2012 to comprehensive plan amendments and a resolution that allowed the college to proceed with the development of its fifth campus on a 96.7-acre site on Southern Blvd. formerly known as the Simon property. One amendment changed the See CAMPUS, page 16

The Village of Wellington hosted its Great American Cleanup event on Saturday, April 26 along Greenbriar and Greenview Shores boulevards near Tiger Shark Cove Park. Volunteers picked up litter and bagged trash along the roadways. Shown here, Virginia Lopez-Nadal, Alli Fritz, Kallayah Henderson and Jahniya Paige help out at the cleanup. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 5 PHOTO BY LAUREN MIRÓ/TOWN-CRIER

RPB Rec Board Supports Scout’s Campsite Project

Scout Corey Hampson at Monday’s meeting.


By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Camping has been a big part of Boy Scout Corey Hampson’s life, and for his Eagle Scout project, Hampson wants to make camping more accessible for Royal Palm Beach residents. Hampson’s goal is to create several campsites and a fire pit within a 25-acre natural area south of the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center. Hampson, who presented his plans to the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Advisory Board on Monday, has been meeting for several weeks with Parks & Recreation Director Lou Recchio. He is a member of Troop 111, which

meets at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center. “If you’re unfamiliar with Scouting and the ranks of Scouting, the highest rank is Eagle Scout, and just below that is Life Scout, which I currently am,” Hampson said. “Part of becoming an Eagle Scout is an Eagle Scout project.” An Eagle Scout project is geared toward helping the community in some fashion. “Camping is a very big aspect to Boy Scouts, and it’s also a very big aspect to my life,” he said. “I love camping so much that I really want to bring camping to people who aren’t as experienced or don’t have the budget to go on

these camping trips and afford all the equipment that camping often requires. The point of my project is to be able to bring this back to our community.” Hampson explained that for the novice, camping can be daunting if it involves traveling to a park and investing in camping equipment. His project will be geared toward people who aren’t as experienced at hiking and camping. “They don’t have to go very far, and it’s not dangerous, like some other stuff that we’ve done in the past,” he said. “It’s mainly geared toward novices, youth groups, families, and also I’ve noticed that the rec center actually does a summer camp program. I was thinking

that the rec center may be able to incorporate the camp sites into the summer camp program.” Hampson plans to build four permanent campsites on the hiking and bike trail, as well as a gateway and a fire pit. The gateway would be placed at the entrance to Preservation Park, similar to a gateway the troop built at Camp Tanah Keeta, the Gulfstream Council’s home camp in Martin County, but smaller in scale. “We definitely wanted a fire pit, because campfires are always one of my favorite portions of camping,” he said. “We thought about the fact that it could be a fire hazard See CAMPSITE, page 4

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RPB Rec Advisory Board Discusses Commons Park Workshop

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Members of the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Advisory Board on Monday discussed the results of last weekend’s workshop regarding future plans for Royal Palm Beach Commons Park. The workshop was held last Saturday at the park’s sporting center. Councilman Richard Valuntas, liaison to the board, said between 30 and 40 people attended, mostly for or against proposed entrances and pathways at the north end of the park. “I thought it was a pretty wellrun meeting,” Valuntas said. “They broke up into six or seven groups. The main issue was that the village had purchased a property at 109 Heron Parkway.” The lot where the home is located was put on the master plan for Commons Park as a pedestrian entrance, with the house set for demolition.

“The house had been blighted for several years and was a nuisance to people in the neighborhood,” Vauntas said, explaining that the village had purchased the property toward the end of last year. “My thought in purchasing the property was to create another access point and to provide an emergency-only entrance for police or fire vehicles. No other traffic is going to come in there, but to have another access point.” Valuntas noted that he attended last year’s Fourth of July celebration at Commons Park when an emergency response was seriously delayed due to traffic on Royal Palm Beach Blvd. “I saw an ambulance stuck in traffic for about an hour, and that was completely unacceptable,” Valuntas said. Valuntas added that some residents came to a council meeting who weren’t happy with the prospect of having a pedestrian and

bicycle entranceway at 109 Heron Parkway, but pointed out that at a more recent council meeting, other residents presented a petition favoring the entrance. “We had people show up at the [planning] meeting and do workshops, and they got to go on a tour of where they were speculating on not only the entranceway, but also the projected path for the bike and walking trail toward the northern end of the park,” Valuntas said. By the end of the meeting, most attending were not opposed to a bike and pedestrian pathway there, he said. “They raised a bunch of legitimate concerns, the main one being parking when we have big events,” he said. “We can’t have parking overwhelming the neighborhoods and creating a public safety hazard by blocking the roadways.” Valuntas said the village can address parking issues, as well as other recommendations made by

residents, including buffering and landscaping. “It seems that everyone at the end of the day figured that another entrance/exit point was a good idea,” he said. Valuntas noted that there is another entrance on the southwest corner of the park at Grouse Lane, but it goes over a pedestrian bridge not accessible by emergency vehicles. Other questions were raised about whether residents wanted a bike path from the FPL bike path to connect to the park, and opinion was divided on that, Valuntas said. “It still has to go back to the council,” he said. “It’s nothing that’s done. The consultant is going to do a report and present it to the council, and at some time in the future, we will take that up as an issue, and people can come and tell us what they think.” Board Member Tony Smith asked how the workshop was structured, and Valuntas said the

breakout groups were done randomly. As a result, pro-entranceway residents were mixed with anti-entranceway residents. The breakout groups also discussed other issues, including a proposed bike path inside the park, and two members of each group actually took a golf cart tour of the area where the path was proposed to go. “At the end, each group had someone give a presentation,” he said. “They made notes throughout the process, which they turned over to the consultant, which they will use and incorporate into their report. I thought it was a very helpful endeavor, and it was nice of so many people to give up their Saturday morning.” New Board Member Marcus Williams said he attended the park workshop and was able to take the golf cart ride to the northern section. “It provided us the opportunity to see it and really view

what they’re trying to do, and the accommodations they are making to the public,” Williams said. “It was definitely worth my time to attend.” Board Chairman John Ruffa was pleased with the progress of the park and the village’s interest in hearing input from residents. “The park is having an effect on the whole community,” Ruffa said. “I had a conversation with a resident on Swan Parkway today who was closing on a house to move to Tennessee. They’ve been waiting to sell for several years, and they received about $35,000 more than the most common web site said their house was worth because of the park.” However, Ruffa added that he would like the committee to receive a report on the pending litigation between the village and the park’s builder. “I don’t think that has ever been brought to this board as far as a report,” he said.

Wellington Chamber Members Learn How To Fight Online Perils

By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Small business owners should be aware of the risks of operating a business in the age of the Internet. That was the message keynote speaker Sharon Geltner conveyed to members of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce at the chamber’s monthly luncheon Wednesday, April 30 at the Wanderers Club. “The good news about the

Internet is that everyone knows what you’re doing,” Geltner said. “What’s the bad news? Everyone knows what you’re doing.” Geltner is a certified business analyst for the Small Business Development Center at Palm Beach State College, where she also teaches Internet marketing. Speaking about “All Things Scary on the Internet,” Geltner said that there are tools and information that small business owners should

Internet marketing expert Sharon Geltner at Wednesday’s Wellington chamber luncheon.

know to protect their businesses and their reputations. One of the key mistakes business owners make is not trademarking their business, leaving their business name open for impersonation or confusion among customers. Geltner shared a story about her own experiences with her business, Froogal PR. “About a year after I opened, I was Googling myself... and found that 15 guys in New York were calling themselves Froogal Media Group,” she said. “Their web site resembled mine, and they offered the exact same services. They probably went to my web site and could tell it was a one-woman shop, and probably figured I didn’t have tens of thousands of dollars or the time to spend on litigation.” But because she had her company registered with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, she was able to stop them from using her name. “I took them off the Internet,” she said. “I contacted Facebook, LinkedIn, GoDaddy and all the other sites they were using, and within two days they were off the Internet.” Using her trademark, she was able to get a lawyer to send ceaseand-desist letters to the site owners, though having the federal documents is sometimes enough.

“Having a cease-and-desist letter adds a little punch to it,” Geltner said. Only YouTube and Twitter didn’t agree to take the company down, citing the fact that the sites allow for parody and satire. Protecting your business’ trademark is important to keep customers from becoming confused, as

well as to prevent impersonation. “You have a lot of rights, but people don’t know,” she said. “And customer service [on social media sites] is so limited.” There are some advantages to registering a trademark other than protecting your business, Geltner said. Being on a federal registry means your business is more likely

to show up on search engines, and other publications that report on trademarks will include your business, also pushing it up the ranks. Another major issue for businesses is controlling comments, especially on social media and review sites like “With the anonymity of the InINTERNET, page 16

RPB Could Get State Money For Stormwater Project

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Village of Royal Palm Beach could receive $250,000 to conduct stormwater management if a financing proposal makes it through the state legislative process this week. Village Engineer Craig Marsh said the money would be used to develop a comprehensive stormwater management program in order to comply with Environmental Protection Agency and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System requirements. No other municipality in Palm Beach County was included for similar funding in this legislative

budget round, and Marsh said it’s the result of a grant application made by the village. “There’s a lot of grants out there,” Marsh said. “Whether people are applying for them or not I guess is the question. We actively apply for a lot of different grants, and we’ve had success in getting them.” He said the money would be used to conduct survey cross sections of the village’s canal system to evaluate the thickness of the muck as compared to the design cross sections, and develop a plan to bring the canals back to their original state. “During construction and nor-

mal sedimentation processes, those sections have changed over time,” Marsh said. “There’s sections that are very shallow, which creates aquatic vegetation issues for us. Obviously for storm conveyance, it reduces capacity.” The end goal is to bring the canals back to their original specifications. “Step A will be to get the survey,” Marsh said. “Step B will be to evaluate the survey, and step C would be to start a dredging program to bring the sections back to their design state, or possibly to improve it in areas where we can do that by increasing the storage and depth.”

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Time Is Right To Reconsider Nationwide Disaster Insurance

As parts of Florida struggle to address recently drafted flood maps issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, we are reminded of the very real possibility that disaster could strike our area at any time. This week, the nation has seen its share of natural disasters, with tornadoes in the midwest and flooding in the southeast and the northeast. When disaster strikes, it’s natural to think of the welfare of your loved ones first. But after the dust settles, many homeowners are hit with another strike: the financial stress of recovering from a natural disaster. For years, we have advocated for a nationwide disaster insurance program. The idea has been batted around in Washington, D.C. for a generation, but has never gained traction. Today, the need has never been more prevalent. Although insurance is largely limited by location, natural disasters occur without regard for such boundaries. Whether you live in Hawaii and fear tsunamis and volcanoes, California and are faced with earthquakes and wildfires, the midwest with tornadoes, the north with blizzards (and occasionally hurricanes), or South Florida, which often suffers from a combination of wind and water disasters, you can’t es-

No To Minto, Yes To Pinto

I have been a Wellington resident for the past 20 years, during which time I have seen firsthand the devastating impact that over-development has had on Wellington and all the western communities. We, the residents, have had more than our fair share of over-development, and the time has come for us to stand together and say no to Minto. Enough is enough, and we have had enough. Minto’s misguided madness should be rejected in its entirety. People power must prevent this proposed development from happening. Our schools are already overcrowded, streets overloaded, and traffic and accidents and fatalities will increase with the significant increase in traffic. (Talk about a traffic nightmare!) And not forgetting noise and increase in crime: “Just say no to Minto.” We should all know by now that Commissioner Jess Santamaria, “the developer’s worst nightmare,” sadly will be leaving office soon due to term limits. His departure will no doubt delight the developers and special interests who are already funding two weak candidates in the race. While [Michelle] Damone and [Martha] Webster quickly decided not to run, Melissa McKinlay and Kathy Foster decided to stay in the race. Say yes to Fred Pinto. He is the perfect replacement for Jess Santamaria because, like Santamaria, Fred Pinto’s vote will not be for sale. He is a man of impeccable integrity and is not afraid to stand up to the developers and special interests, while giving his full support to the Office of the Inspec-

cape the possibility that something terrible might one day happen to your home or business. The problem is, the current homeowners’ insurance policy is made to be specific, largely to limit risk. Policies are riddled with lists of exclusions and specifications that could leave you uninsured when you need it most. For example, if your house is flooded in a hurricane, you are likely only covered if you also have flood insurance. Proponents of natural disaster insurance call for blanket coverage across the nation, meaning that whether you face fire, flood, tornado, earthquake or hurricane — or anything else that comes your way — you will have adequate coverage to salvage your home. National disaster insurance would create a much wider pool for that risk by encompassing communities across the nation that will not likely face natural disasters every year, or at least at the same time, which would make it profitable for companies. Better yet, it’s not a hard idea to implement — the national flood insurance program already gives us the template. The time to push for better solutions is now, before the storm, and not as people are trying to pick up the pieces of their lives and hope they can afford to put them back together.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR tor General. We need continuity, which is what Fred Pinto would bring to the table. So I urge you all to say, “No to Minto and yes to Fred Pinto.” Every citizen has a democratic right to participate in our election process, and whilst I respect and welcome your participation, running for office with no realistic chance of winning is not the sensible thing to do. Why not apply for a position as a commissioner’s aid and learn the trade? Or even become a volunteer? There is only one qualified, stand-out candidate for this District 6 election, and that candidate is Fred Pinto. So why would we vote for anyone else? Melissa McKinlay’s residency status was questioned, but what frightens me is the source of her contributions. Shortly after announcing her candidacy, she received and was compelled to return $1,000 to Marcia Radosevich. Even if you are not guilty by association, Melissa, it bothers me deeply to see the people who want to see you elected. I say no to McKinlay. Now to Kathy Foster. Your campaign literature stated that we need a county commissioner who knows our community, its history and is “vested here.” I find that statement downright insulting to our current county commissioner, Santamaria, and his soon-to-be successor, Fred Pinto. Your insidious innuendo has not gone unnoticed. You can fool some of the voters sometimes, but you cannot fool all of the voters all the time. At the end of the day, it’s not your massive campaign fund or endorsements that will decide the outcome of this election, but the number of informed voters who

show up at the polls Aug. 26 and vote for the best candidate, Fred Pinto. His years of dedicated service to our western communities should be applauded. When elected commissioner, Fred Pinto will hit the ground running. He has had his hands-on training and is well schooled. What more could we ask for? Alma Sato Wellington

Don’t Buy The Minto Yokelism

In a Palm Beach Post article on Sunday, April 20, Minto supporters were listed: vendor, supplier, union, marketing firm, irrigation, cabinet, kitchen and floor. The geographic locations of these were also mentioned from Tampa to Cocoa Beach to Boynton Beach to Coral Springs and Miami. The established working relationships went back 28 years. These supporters could be re-classified instead of suppliers, vendors and subcontractors as departments of Minto. The numbers and selection for the suppliers, vendors and subcontractors are already determined. Minto probably has other supporters such as: suppliers, vendors, subcontractors, concrete, concrete block, framing, roofing, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, dry wall, windows, doors, landscaping… I wouldn’t be surprised if all or some of these also had long-standing working relationships with Minto. They could be from out of state. The same could be reclassified as departments of Minto. Their numbers and selection could already be determined.

The article also stated local painters and plumbers will support Minto’s plans because it will create jobs. The thousands of jobs are a gross exaggeration, and tens of jobs more realistic. We already know the geographic areas of Florida where the Minto workers will come from. I don’t believe its probable the local businesses have any chance to obtain Minto contracts if they are not already a Minto department. The Minto supporters don’t give a rats butt about changing the rural and equestrian culture of the Acreage/Loxahatchee area. The overwhelming majority of the 40,000 residents in the area don’t want the Minto transformation. One Minto supporter quote in the article stated, “How else are we going to feed our families.” Vote smarter! There are politicians who have sound economic policies. Then, maybe, we could all work in our county and make a good living wage. A lousy economy for 6 years and waiting for a few service jobs to fall at your feet are not valid reasons to destroy the Acreage/ Loxahatchee culture. I support the current land use and zoning of the Minto property and oppose any changes. Bob Sommer The Acreage

Political Party By Any Other Name Spells ‘Power’

Asking what I think about political parties would be like asking what a fire hydrant thinks about dogs. This year, three county seats are up for grabs. One of the seats is

held by term-limited Jess Santamaria. He changed his political party affiliation because District 6 is heavily populated by Democratic voters. He also said that he did not like politics and would only run for one term. Obviously the lure of a political party to a politician is like the call of the Sirens to a sailor. Or as one author put it, “Their song, though irresistibly sweet, was no less sad than sweet, and lapped both body and soul in a fatal lethargy, the forerunner of death and corruption.” District 6, which includes Wellington, Royal Palm Beach and the Glades, will almost certainly go to the current star of the Democratic party, Melissa McKinlay. Her Democratic opponent Fred Pinto, a current office holder in Royal Palm Beach, is also an employee and protégé of Santamaria; and Pinto stands about as much of a chance of winning the primary as a man with a wooden leg in a forest fire. The other hopeful is Kathy Foster, who was elected to Wellington’s first council in 1996. All in all, it will be business as usual. The party hack will be elected and Democrats will go to sleep happy because the county will be in the good hands of their entrenched political party.

As for the nominal Republican candidate, Andrew Schaller, he used to be an independent. If you recall, he wanted his road paved and all he got was a defamation lawsuit when he besmirched the good name of his opponent, Jess Santamaria. I served as a judge for 10 years, and if Schaller were to seriously expect me to believe that he did not intend to defame Santamaria, he would also have to expect me to believe that he did not reasonably know that a multi-millionaire does not have to steal a radio out of someone’s car to listen to The Randi Rhodes Show. But like so much of what is wrong with our system, Schaller got off on a technicality. Sometimes it seems that common sense is dead, both in law and in politics. As a judge, I was pleased to do my job because my decisions were not dictated by the richest party, but a professional politician has to be willing to place the interest of his party before the best interests of the community. Partisan politics is like what football great Bo Jackson said of taking sides. “If my mother put on a uniform that wasn’t the same as mine, I’d run her over if she was in my way.” Frank J. Morelli Wellington


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Wellington Art Society To Meet May 14

The Wellington Art Society will meet Wednesday, May 14 at the Wellington Community Center (12165 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). The group’s final meeting of the season will feature the Wellington Art Society Scholarship Awards Presentation, along with a presentation and demonstration by en plein air artist Ralph Papa. The meeting’s social time starts at 6:30 p.m., with time to meet the scholarship recipients, their parents and siblings during the award reception, which begins at 7 p.m. The Wellington Art Society will award five $1,000 scholarships to local high school students. The students will show examples of their work and talk with art society members about their art and future plans. The winners are: Raymond Burks from Suncoast High School, and Isabella Pezzulo, Arnauld Sylvain, Laura Gordon and Oliver Pennanen from the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts. Following the awards will be


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continued from page 1 to have a bunch of fire pits in this heavily wooded area that’s typically dry, so I decided to put the fire pit toward the pavilion, and it will be out in the open, so there will be no real fire hazards. It will be made out of pavers and cement.” The four sites will range in size from 27 by 20 feet, which can fit about six tents and other camping equipment, to 8 by 12 feet, which he said can accommodate a family of four and one or two small tents. To prepare the sites, Hampson

the member spotlight, raffle and announcements, followed by Papa’s presentation from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Papa was born and raised in Manhattan and studied art and architecture in New York at Queens College and the City College of New York, and also at the Art Students League. His paintings range from studio works composed of real and imagined themes to figurative art, portraits and en plein air paintings. Many of his studio works are larger-than-life faces creating pensive moods with feelings of isolation and loneliness. Beginning in the mid-1980s, he painted on location in New York’s Hudson Valley and Long Island’s Hamptons, and later in Palm Beach County. The subjects of his paintings are often from nature, life experiences, and personal reflections of family and friends. Most recent works are en plein air landscapes and studio paintings of imaginative compositions that visually link him with

artists he much admires. Papa teaches drawing and painting at his Delray Beach studio and at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts. He is a member of the Garrison Art Center, the Delray Art League, past president of the Artists’ Guild of the Boca Museum and co-founder of “Plein Air Painters of Palm Beach.” His works are in public and private collections in the U.S. and Canada, and can be seen in galleries in Boynton Beach and in Delray Beach at his studio, the Artists’ Guild Gallery and on his web site at www.papagallery. com. He will also be presenting “The Joy of Plein Air Painting” at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach at 601 Lake Ave in Lake Worth on May 6 at 3 p.m. More information is available at Founded in 1981, the Wellington Art Society is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts. For more information, visit

and his team of volunteers will remove dead brush and limbs and line the perimeters with timber reinforced with rebar. He also plans to remove dead melaleuca stumps that remained after the village removed the trees. “We definitely want to keep the natural stuff that should stay there, like the saw palmetto,” he said, adding that he chose campsites on the outer loop of the park rather than the inner loop, which is used more by bicyclists and local pedestrians. The trails leading to the campsites will also be lined with timbers to preserve natural areas of the park. “We don’t want them to create more trails because we want to

keep the areas nice and pristine,” Hampson said. Vice Chair Phyllis Katz said the project sounded like a prodigious task, but Hampson said he plans to do the project over a weekend in October when his fellow troop members return to school. “In the troop, it’s a lot easier to recruit my fellow Scouts when they’re home after summer,” he said. Board Member Sean Fitzpatrick was concerned about maintenance of the campsites once they are created. “It’ll be great once it’s cleared, but it is a naturalized area, which means stuff’s going to grow back,” Fitzpatrick said. “Who’s going to be maintaining the clearance on these primitive sites?”


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continued from page 1 movie theater, bowling alley and restaurant. Mineo said he also spoke to a miniature golf company that showed interest in the site. “We have a couple of tenants who want to be in the Wellington market,” he said. “Frank’s is a new concept that’s in the West Delray Marketplace. It’s very family-friendly. It has got 10 auditoriums and 20 lanes of bowling, all under one roof and one facility.” The space would also have about four restaurants with outdoor seating. “Guests would be able to look out on that central park,” he said. “The central park would be four acres of open space, which is roughly the interior area of Mizner

Park in Boca Raton. But instead of traffic, it would be all green space.” Wellington Gardens would attract families with its variety of activities all one site, Mineo said. “In a place like this, parents have the opportunity to say to their kids, ‘You go do this; we’ll go do this.’ The kids can be playing in the park while the parents are having dinner on the outdoor patio where they can watch them. Teenagers can go bowling or to the movies.” This is in line with more modern commercial spaces, Mineo said. “We believe people’s habits, needs and wants have somewhat changed,” he said. “A lot of people are not so interested in going out to shop and come back with a big bag of goods. They want to go out and have a nice time and experience.” In addition to a hotel, which would be integrated into the space, Mineo said he has been ap-

proached to include senior housing on the site. “Nothing blends better than having a botanical garden where seniors would have the opportunity to get out and enjoy their surroundings,” he said. “I think it’s a great idea.” Although the proposal is largely dependent on what the council envisions for K-Park, Mineo said he is optimistic. “I think I have the support of the community,” he said. Currently, Mineo is collecting survey responses to the concept online at www.wellingtongardens. net, which provides more information about the proposal. He said so far, responses have been favorable. “About 320 people took the time to do the survey, and more than 90 percent have been very favorable,” he said. Residents can visit the site for more information, or to contribute to the survey.

Hampson said he is working out the details with Recchio. “This is just a proposal,” he said. “We don’t have all the details down. It may include scouts coming back and cleaning the area once in a while.” Fitzpatrick also asked about publicity to let people know the campsites are available, and Recreation Supervisor Mike Mikolaichik said staff will post it on the village’s web site, electric marquees and other available media. He added that village staff might be able to assist with maintenance. Councilman Richard Valuntas, liaison to the rec board, asked about bathroom availability. “I’m assuming from your proposal, the way it’s designed, there

is no electricity or any of that stuff,” Valuntas said. “This is real camping, not hooking up and all that stuff, but I think the bathroom, the closest one is the rec center?” Chairman John Ruffa liked the proposal but shared the concern about bathrooms and proximity of the campsites to some neighborhoods. “I know the area very well,” he said. “In fact, there is a little waterway that I have been living across for about 17 years, and I think it’s a wonderful idea. I think it’s a perfect location for something like this. I know that my kids have camped out there in the past.” Ruffa suggested that some of the campsites closer to homes be

moved farther into the park. He also recommended that staff look into installing a potable water line and bathrooms that would be locked, with campers issued a key when they receive a permit to camp. “We do have a lot of hikers, and we’ll have a lot of campers now,” he said. “We have a lot of walkers with their dogs, and there really isn’t any water. I know that’s probably about a 200- or 300-yard run to run a water line, and you’d probably have to put in a sewer line.” Board Member Shenoy Raghuraj made a motion to recommend approval of the campsites to the Royal Palm Beach Village Council, which carried 5-0.

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‘We believe people’s habits, needs and wants have somewhat changed,’ Mineo said. ‘People are not so interested in going out to shop and come back with a big bag of goods. They want to go out and have a nice time.’


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The Wellington High School and Wellington Landings Middle School bands held a night of “Jazz Under the Stars” at the second annual Spring Concert/Scholarship Benefit & Bake Sale on Saturday, April 26 at the Wellington Amphitheater. The Wellington Band PHOTOS BY JULIE UNGER/TOWN-CRIER Boosters collected funds for camps, as well as the Erin Fernandez Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Middle school and high school jazz band students.

Past and present band students: Michael Lopez, Jesus Lopez, Thomas Davis and Alex Chaves.

Jenny Miller and Rod Garcia brought their son Diego Garcia and twins Angie and David Garcia to the concert.

The Wellington High School Jazz Band, led by teacher Bradford Chase.

The Wellington Landings Middle School Jazz Band performs.

(Front row) Kelly Cuthbertson, Brityln Barnes, Sarah Sattanno, Emma Rigolo, Stefany Solorzano and Valeria Alfaro; and (back row) Hunter Burke and Cody Lagana.


The Village of Wellington hosted its Great American Cleanup event on Saturday, April 26 along Greenbriar and Greenview Shores boulevards near Tiger Shark Cove Park. Volunteers picked up litter and bagged trash along the roadways. The Great American Cleanup PHOTOS BY LAUREN MIRÓ/TOWN-CRIER is organized by Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful.

Cub Scout Pack 208 from Panther Run Elementary School volunteered to help.

Johanna Jurado and Meredith Silva with their bags of trash.

Aniuska Dominguez and Gabriel Maldonado.

Tonoa, Vince and Morea Hodge after a morning of volunteering.

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Computers Stolen From Doctor’s Office

By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report APRIL 28 — An employee of a doctor’s office on Medical Park Blvd. called the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office substation in Wellington on Monday morning to report a burglary. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 5 p.m. last Friday and 8 a.m. Monday morning, someone broke into the doctor’s office and stole two laptop computers. The victim noted that all doors were locked when he left the office. According to the report, video surveillance footage revealed that an unknown man entered the building at approximately 7:30 a.m. last Sunday morning with a backpack. The man left approximately 45 minutes later, and the backpack appeared heavier. The stolen laptops were valued at approximately $2,000. There was no further information available at the time of the report. ••• APRIL 23 — A deputy from the PBSO’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation was dispatched to a home on 81st Street North last Wednesday in response to a home burglary. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 6 p.m. last Tuesday and noon the following afternoon, someone forced a rear window open and stole a microwave, washer, dryer and refrigerator. The victim recently purchased the home and visited the home last Wednesday to find the refrigerator in the driveway with the doors removed. The stolen items were valued at approximately $1,392. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. APRIL 23 — A deputy from the PBSO’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation was called to the Acreage library last Wednesday afternoon regarding a theft. According to a PBSO report, the juvenile victim rode his 20-inch BMX bicycle to the library with a friend. He parked his bicycle on the north side of the library at approximately 1:50 p.m., but when he returned approximately 10 minutes later, it was missing. The bicycle is a black Eastern 20-inch bicycle with blue rims, valued at approximately $400. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. APRIL 25 — An employee of the Toys ’R’ Us on State Road 7 contacted the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach last Friday afternoon regarding a case of fraud. According to a PBSO report, on Jan. 19 at approximately 3:46 p.m., an unknown female entered the store and returned an Xbox One game system and video game to the customer service desk. An employee accepted the return and gave the suspect cash for the items. According to the report, it was later discovered that the items did not belong to Toys ’R’ Us. The items were valued at $659.98. The suspect was described as a black female, approximately 26 years old with long black hair, wearing blue jeans and a jean jacket. There was no further information available at the time of the report. APRIL 25 — A West Palm Beach man was arrested last Friday evening on charges of theft after he was caught making fraudulent returns at the Bed, Bath & Beyond store on State Road 7. According to a PBSO report, a deputy from the Royal Palm Beach substation was called to the store after an investigation revealed that 18-year-old Marcus Hornsby had made 140 fraudulent returns in the last month, totaling $596.43. He

was arrested and taken to the Palm Beach County Jail, where he was charged with grand theft, possession of marijuana and resisting an officer without violence. APRIL 26 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach was dispatched to the Lakeview community last Saturday morning regarding a case of vandalism. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 9:30 p.m. last Friday and 8 a.m. the following morning, someone spray-painted graffiti on the northeast wall of the property’s dumpster enclosure. The graffiti was done in blue paint and read “sp biouz.” The damage was estimated at approximately $100. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. APRIL 27 — A resident of 71st Lane North called the PBSO’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation last Sunday morning to report a burglary. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 3 a.m. last Thursday and 12:29 a.m. last Sunday, someone entered the victim’s shed, located on his property, and stole a black Penn rod and reel. Nothing else was taken. The stolen item was valued at approximately $250. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. APRIL 27 — A Royal Palm Beach woman contacted the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach last Sunday evening to report a suspicious incident. According to a PBSO report, the victim called the substation at approximately 6:45 p.m. because she was being followed by a white Ford truck. A deputy went to meet with her and observed her vehicle pull into the parking lot, followed by a white Ford Ranger. According to the report, the vehicle ran a stop sign and the deputy was able to conduct a traffic stop. The deputy made contact with the suspect, who said he was lost. There was no further information available at the time of the report. APRIL 28 — A resident of Sugar Pond Manor called the PBSO substation in Wellington on Monday to report a home burglary. According to a PBSO report, sometime between noon last Friday and 8 a.m. Monday morning, someone entered the victim’s home and stole a 47-inch television, a Playstation 3, children’s sneakers and clothes, a purse and a wallet. According to the report, the victim arrived home to discover her front door unlocked, but there were no signs of forced entry. The deputy observed that the screens were removed from the front windows, but they did not appear to be open. According to the report, the victim discovered that the wooden stick that secured the rear sliding-glass door was lying on the floor in front of the door. The stolen items were valued at approximately $1,158. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. APRIL 28 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Wellington was called to a home in the Isles of Wellington on Monday evening regarding a case of fraud. According to a PBSO report, the victim received a call from her bank, which asked if she had made two charges at Nordstrom recently. The victim said she hadn’t. According to the report, someone had used her credit card fraudulently to make two charges at Nordstrom for $108.47 and $124.78. There was no further information available at the time of the report.

Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is asking for the public’s help in finding these wanted fugitives: • Nicole Gangarossa is a white female, 5’7” tall and weighing 135 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes. She has a tattoo on her right arm. Her date of birth is 06/02/90. Gangarossa is wanted for violation of supervised own recognizance on charges of grand theft. Her last known addresses were Braeburn Place in Wellington and Southern Cross Lane in Boynton Beach. She is wanted as of 04/24/14. • Joseph Linfante is a white male, 6’0” tall and weighing 200 lbs., with black hair and blue eyes. His date of birth is 12/01/63. His occupation is a cook. Linfante is wanted for violation of probation on charges of burglary of an occupied dwelling. His last known address was Chorus Way in Royal Palm Beach. He is wanted as of 04/24/14. Remain anonymous and you may be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward. Call Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS (8477) or visit www.crimestopperspbc. com.

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Anne Gannon Discusses Changes At The Tax Collector’s Office

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Palm Beach County Tax Collector Anne Gannon talked about new developments and changes at her office with members of the Loxahatchee Groves Landowners’ Association on Thursday, April 24. Gannon’s office sent out 687,000 property tax bills this year. “That represents about $3.1 billion in tax revenue,” she said. “Our average residential tax bill in our county is about $4,500.” Part of her office’s business plan the past three years has been to get people accustomed to paying their taxes online. “That has actually increased about 31 percent,” Gannon said, explaining that online payments mean less work for her office and a gradual reduction in her work force. “If you pay online by e-check, it costs you nothing. You can do credit card, which means there’s fees to pay, but that’s not a fee that we collect. It’s a fee that credit card processors collect.” She pointed out that unpaid taxes were delinquent as of April 1. “We’re getting ready for our tax certificate sale, which will be in June, to collect the amount [due from] people who did not pay their taxes,” Gannon said. “We sell

those taxes to investors, and the person who owns the property has to purchase that back with interest and fees.” The sale is now an online auction. “You have to register and you have to pay a certain down payment if you want to bid on properties,” she explained, noting that the interest rate starts at 18 percent. “This is the best investment in the marketplace right now.” After the second year of a tax certificate sale on the same piece of property, that bidder or anyone can apply for a tax deed application, and if the property owner still has not paid after seven years, there is an auction on the property. “Because you hold the certificate or the tax deed does not mean that you get the property,” Gannon said, explaining that the property owner or someone else can purchase the property at the auction. “Typically, the investment companies do not want the property.” Gannon said many of the properties with tax certificates on them are also in foreclosure and poorly maintained. “The bank or the mortgage company should be maintaining it, but in most instances, they don’t do that,” she said.

She added that after three years of nonpayment, the property owner has to pay all three years of back taxes. Gannon believes the online system is fairer than when the auctions were on the courthouse steps, because there was opportunity for favoritism by the auctioneer. “We have a company that we contract with that does the online auctions for us,” she said. “We’re like an arm’s length away from it.” She added that the Tax Collector’s Office is first in line to receive lien payments if the property is foreclosed. “We are notified through the court system, and we go through our records, and if there are taxes not paid, we file in court,” Gannon said. “We are the first lienholder.” Typically, the tax certificate sales net about $100 million annually. Gannon’s office makes it as easy as possible for property owners to keep their accounts up to date. For example, the Tax Collector’s Office has an installment plan. “That means that you can pay your property taxes over a quarterly payment,” she said. “The amount of the discount is a little over 3 percent. Once you get on

the installment plan, you continue to do that until you tell us you don’t want to anymore.” Gannon said that payment plan is more manageable for people such as the elderly or others on fixed incomes. “We talk to a lot of elderly people about doing that,” she said. “It makes it much easier for them to pay their taxes.” The Tax Collector’s Office took over the issuance of driver’s licenses and renewals several years ago. Last year, the office issued about 171,000 Real ID-compliant licenses. She pointed out that veterans with an honorable discharge can bring their Form DD-214 when they renew their license and have proof of their status printed on their license. “The reason to do that would be there are many stores that give discounts to veterans,” Gannon explained. The office also issues Real IDcompliant cards for people who do not have driver’s licenses. People with licenses that are not Real IDcompliant must come into an office with proper identification, and after that they can renew online. Gannon said the state is looking at new technology to issue driver’s licenses. “Potentially, they’re going to change the way your

driver’s license looks and make it more secure, but if you’re Real IDed, it’s not going to matter,” she said. “It will be phased in over a period of time. They’re only now starting to look nationwide at other license systems. Our technology hasn’t been changed for more than 10 years. There’s really been no updates, and there’s so much new technology and security precautions that we could take.” Gannon’s office currently has eight branches, and in 2015 it will close its Lake Worth office, the former Department of Motor Vehicles offices on Military Trail north of Southern Blvd. and the Lantana Road office, and combine those three offices in a new building about a quarter-mile south of the Lake Worth office on Military Trail. “It’s going to be a 30,000-squarefoot building,” she said. “We won’t break ground until August, but we’re in the planning process.” Last year, the eight offices served about 900,000 clients. “Keep in mind that Palm Beach County only has 1.3 million people,” Gannon said, adding that the call center handled about 200,000 calls. “We actually collected about

Palm Beach County Tax Collector Anne Gannon at last week’s LGLA meeting.


$60 million in fees that we get to perform the work that we do,” she said. “Our overhead budget last year was about $23 million, and we returned $37 million to all the people we collect on behalf of.” The office recently changed its web site at based on feedback it has received from the public. Gannon invited community members to visit the web site and check it out.

Wellington Ballet Theatre To Stage ‘Snow White’ In Delray, Wellington

The Queen and Snow White from Wellington Ballet Theatre’s upcoming show.

Minto West

Amendment Transmittal

continued from page 1 Aghemo said the request had been privately initiated by Minto to revise agricultural enclave provisions in the county’s comprehensive land use plan. “I just want to make it perfectly clear that this is not a review of the proposed development,” he said. “It is not a review of the future land use amendment application. All that is in front of you today is whether to initiate the text amendment process requested by the applicant.” Palm Beach County Mayor Priscilla Taylor pointed out that if the application were voted down, under recently enacted state law, it would still go forward. Principal Planner Bryan Davis said the original site was put into citrus production in the mid-1960s and has been in citrus production ever since, although production has declined in the past 15 years due to citrus blight. The parcel has always been

viewed as being in a unique position as a potential commercial focus for the central-western communities, he said. “Many planning studies have been done over the years that identify the parcel as a central hub for balancing potential uses in the area,” Davis said. “As you all know, it’s largely surrounded by rural residential estates or other agricultural-residential uses. This is, if you’re going to address it, probably one of the best places.” He pointed out that the most recent study, the now-defunct Central Western Communities Sector Plan, which took nearly 10 years to develop, concluded that the Callery-Judge property was the appropriate location for commercial uses. In 2005, Callery-Judge’s owners applied for a development of regional impact, proposing 10,000 homes and more than 4 million square feet of non-residential uses, as well as attempting to address water and drainage issues. The application was approved by the Department of Community Affairs, which is now the Department of Economic Opportunity, as well

Wellington Ballet Theatre is excited to present an original interpretation of Snow White this month. There will be performances at the Crest Theatre in Delray Beach on Sunday, May 4 and at the Wellington High School auditorium on Saturday, May 10. With artistic direction by Rocky and Dorie Duvall, the company will perform an original ballet of the classic Snow White featuring the dancers of Wellington Ballet Theatre. Snow White is a non-traditional modern ballet based on the classic fairy tale penned by the Brothers Grimm and popularized by the Walt Disney classic animated feature. The local production features choreography by Melissa Waters and will be perfect entertainment for the whole family. The experience will be magical, and young children are both invited and encouraged to attend. Wellington Ballet Theatre, a member of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, is grateful to its sponsors for supporting the show: the Village of Wellington, Dance Arts Conservatory, Arrigo Fiat of West Palm and Sawgrass, the Wellington

as the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, but the county commission voted down the application in 2007. However, the applicant successfully petitioned the state legislature in 2006 for a statute creating the Agricultural Enclave Act, written specifically for the Callery-Judge property, which allows the owner of an undeveloped property to develop in keeping with the surrounding property. “It gets them through most of the process, but it does not get them an approval,” Davis said. “This is all done for the specific purposes of discouraging sprawl while protecting landowner rights.” In 2008, Callery-Judge invoked the Agricultural Enclave Act and the commissioners adopted amendments to the comp plan that incorporated elements of the act. This got the land its vested approval for 2,996 homes. “To date, it is the only agricultural enclave approved in the state,” Davis noted. Davis stressed that the current question was whether to approve a text amendment to the comp plan, not the specifics of the proposed

Preservation Coalition, Seasons Women’s Care, the Pediatric Center, Symons Family Chiropractic, Lunsford Dentistry, Ballibay Camps, and Cocuy, Burns & Company. The show at the Crest Theatre in Delray Beach’s Old School Square will be on Sunday, May 4 at 5 p.m. Tickets to the Crest show can be purchased by accessing the link at www.wellingtonballettheatre. org or calling the box office at (561) 243-7922. Wellington High School auditorium performances will be at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 10. Tickets for these shows must be purchased online by following the link at the web site. All shows are assigned seating, and tickets range from $12 to $30. Building on last year’s success, Wellington Ballet Theatre’s summer production will be Ballet Off Broadway – Part II, an innovative performance showcasing Broadway blockbusters through the art of contemporary, modern and ballet dance. Auditions will be held on Saturday, June 7 at 3:30 p.m. for 5 to 8 year olds and 4:30 p.m. for ages 8 and up, including adult dancers; dancers en pointe are encouraged

development. “These will all be considered at future hearings with full staff analysis, recommendations and a presentation,” he said. Davis said the staff recommendation was to initiate the text amendments. “This would authorize staff to holistically analyze and evaluate all components of the project,” he said. “It would allow staff to determine if the project complies with and furthers the goals and policies of the comprehensive plan. It would allow staff to address and determine if additional changes are needed to ensure consistency with the uniqueness of the ag enclave statute, and finally, we can determine whether or not significant and quantifiable public benefits can be achieved with this project.” Planner Donaldson Hearing, representing the applicant, reiterated that the application was only to initiate a text amendment and specifics would be discussed at future meetings, and that Minto West representatives would continue to have public meetings with nearby residents. “We would request that you proceed so that we can bring

to bring their pointe shoes. Auditions will be held at 11260 Fortune Circle, Suite J-1, in Wellington. Call Company Manager Randy Ballen at (561) 296-1880 or e-mail for more info. Wellington Ballet Theatre is a performing company and school of ballet registered as a not-for-profit and charitable organization, dedicated to promoting and preserving the dance arts. It provides a cultural experience by dancing historical and classical ballets as well as original and innovative choreographies. The auditions, workshops, master classes and dance demonstrations are open to all members of the dance community, providing an outlet for all students of artistic merit to express themselves and learn more about classical dance as an art form. Wellington Ballet Theatre is always accepting charitable gifts and will be happy to provide tax-deductible receipts. Wellington Ballet Theatre is available for black-tie performance events and other fundraiser entertainment opportunities. For more info., visit www.wellingtonballet or call (561) 296-1880.

back a full analysis, and you can make a fully informed decision based on facts,” Hearing said. During more than an hour of public input, predominantly from residents opposed to the project, attorney Frank Palin, representing the Indian Trail Improvement District, said the Minto West project would have a dramatic impact on the district and pointed out that the ITID board adopted a motion opposing the Minto West project as presented with 6,500 units. Taylor said it was her understanding that the only thing the commission was considering was whether to allow the initiation of text amendments. “This is the only way staff will be able to review the actual plan,” she said. Aghemo agreed. “We’re not here to evaluate or for you to consider the future land use amendment and the proposed development,” he said. “That’s going to happen at a later time. We have a public hearing that will come back to you for transmittal, and it will come back to you again for final adoption, but that’s not what we’re here for today.” He pointed out that several years

ago, the commission established a process by which a property owner who has a site-specific amendment could initiate a comp plan text amendment request. Palm Beach County Planning Commission Member Dennis Lipp noted that his advisory board had voted 11-0 not to approve the text amendment to send a message to Minto. “I sat there through the discussions and everything that you heard Lorenzo say,” Lipp said. “The text amendments that they’re talking about would have occurred in a normal course of time anyway, so these are technical things that need to be done. The planning commission took this vote unanimously not to initiate as a signal to Minto, which is a multinational company. I’m sure that a company as large as theirs, with as many lawyers as they [have], knew that they had four votes up there someplace before they went and spent their $51 million. We already approved 2,996 homes. That’s what they bought. That’s what they get.” “We are not bound by the planning board,” Taylor replied. “They are only advisory.”

strengthen the community while raising critical funds for local nonprofits. Every donation will be stretched further if you donate to the organization through www. Donations will go a long way in helping raise the self-esteem of children, which directly relates to their learning, by providing the basic necessities of uniforms, sneakers, socks and underwear. Plus, gifts made May 6 will receive a portion of bonus funds, making dollars go even further. For more information about Back to Basics or the Great Give, visit www.backtobasicsangel. org or contact Kelle Enriquez at or (561) 702-4527. For more information about the Rotary Club of Wellington, or to become a member, contact Bob Salerno at (561) 512-8247 or

Pinehurst Drive, Greenacres). Pre-registration is due by May 5 and can be completed online at Advanced registration for the 5k is $25 ($30 on race day). Check-in begins at 6 a.m. and ends at 7 a.m. The kids mile, which costs $10, begins at 7:15 a.m., and the 5K begins at 7:35 a.m. Awards will be presented in various age groups. There will be music, food trucks, games, a bake sale and more. The benefit is sponsored by Okeeheelee Middle School’s PTSA. For more information, contact or galo.

NEWS BRIEFS CAFCI And RPB To Host Cultural Diversity Day

Caribbean-Americans for Community Involvement (CAFCI) and the Village of Royal Palm Beach will host the annual Cultural Diversity Day Celebration on Saturday, May 10 from 1 p.m. to sundown. The event will take place at Veterans Park, located at the corner of Sparrow Drive and Royal Palm Beach Blvd. Show time will be at 3 p.m. It is a free community event open to everyone. This year’s event promises to be exciting. It will be a great opportunity to celebrate, share and enjoy the food, arts, entertainment and cultural programs of diverse communities. There will be performances from local and international artists. Food, artwork, international music, sports and dancing are some of the activities, including entertainment for children. A school group from Quito, Equador will be performing. Community organizations and civic groups are encouraged to participate. The event is also sponsored by Palm Beach County Cultural Council. For more information, or to

register for a display booth, call Event Chair Elet Cyris at (561) 791-9087 or Ernie Garvey at (561) 676-5664.

FLARA Meeting Set For May 5

The local chapter of the Florida Alliance for Retired Americans will meet Monday, May 5 at 1 p.m. at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church (12200 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington). FLARA President Tony Fransetta will provide an update on the recent Florida legislative session. Visitors and new members are welcome. For more info., call Nancy Tanner (561) 793-9677.

VA Speaker At Legion Auxiliary

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 367 will meet Wednesday, May 7 at 10 a.m. at Palms West Presbyterian Church (13689 Okeechobee Blvd., Loxahatchee Groves). The guest speaker will be Shelly Prickett from the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center. She has been asked to discuss the VA Medical Center services provided at the Fisher House for veterans and their families. There will be a

question-and-answer session after the speaker finishes. This is an open meeting where guests will get a chance to discuss issues of concern that they may have related to the Fisher House. For more information, contact Marge Herzog at (561) 818-9114 or

‘5K For Kids’ At Okeeheelee Park May 18

Wellington Jewish Center and the Rotary Club of West Palm Beach invite all community members to sign up for their “5K for the Kids Walk-a-thon” on Sunday, May 18 at Okeeheelee Park. Participants can register online at The walk-a-thon, sponsored by Club Fit of the Palm Beaches, will benefit the Children’s Hospital at Palms West. Registration for the event is $25. The registration fee is waived for walkers who raise $150 or more. All participants will receive water supplied by Nestle and an event T-shirt. The walk-a-thon starts at 8 a.m., and the run-a-thon begins at 9 a.m., with participant registration beginning at 7 a.m. Sign up is at the Alligator Pavilion. Various viewing stations and tents will be

set up along the path for supporters to watch and sponsors to distribute water and other items. Following the event, participants are invited to a lunch and awards ceremony at noon, followed by a warrior class and boot camp presented by Club Fit of the Palm Beaches. There will be rides and a bounce house for children during the entire event. Prizes will be awarded for the most pledges raised, first to cross the finish line and most enthusiastic walker. For more information, or to register or donate online, visit

Back To Basics Seeks Donations

The Rotary Club of Wellington is partnering with Back to Basics to help raise funds for projects for next year. On Tuesday, May 6, Back to Basics is participating in the Great Give, a 24-hour online giving event designed to raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits in the allotted time as part of a nationwide program called Give Local America. This community-wide event will celebrate the spirit of giving and the collective effort it takes to

Fundraiser At Okeeheelee Middle School

The second annual Brian Thomas 5K/Kids Mile Paint Race & Benefit will take place Saturday, May 10 from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Okeeheelee Middle School (2200

Shana Sasko Benefit May 4

Temple Beth Torah of Wellington will hold a Brotherhood BBQ and a Sisterhood and Membership Bake Sale to benefit 20-year-old Shana Sasko in her battle against a rare and aggressive form of thyroid cancer on Sunday, May 4 starting at 11:30 a.m. There will be a bounce house, food and drinks. A $5 donation is requested per person for lunch, and donations of $50 or more will receive a T-shirt. For more information, visit www. or call (561)7932700.

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Earth Day and Arbor Day were celebrated on Sunday, April 27 at the Wellington Amphitheater. The Wellington Tree Board gave out tree seedlings and butterfly attracting plants. There was also face painting, food, vendors and music. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Wellington Garden Club members Maria Villari, Chris Tiner, Rehana Potter and Twig Morris.

Wellington Art Society members Donna Donelan, Sandra Harmon, Jeanne Brown, Melynda and John Winchester, Leslie and Randy Pfeiffer and Tom Carey.

Rickie Pollacchi and Hilde Wanklyn listen to the music.

The Wellington Preservation Coalition’s Tom Wenham and his wife, Regis.

Matthew Smagner and Carolyn Croft.

The Palm Beach Central High School Earth Club.

Judy Ponce and Sonia Strateman from Elite Greyhounds with Kerry and Alan Friedman from Forever Greyhounds.

South Florida Science Center Welcomes Summer ‘Mazes’ Exhibit

Twists and turns will help visitors learn at the South Florida Science Center & Aquarium’s newest traveling exhibit, “Mazes.” Opening to the public on the evening of Saturday, May 3, the exhibit will lead guests on an adventure through a series of interactive brain-teasers, 3-D puzzles and full body games. On display through Sept. 14, the exhibit is sure to “amaze” all summer long. “Mazes” winds its way over 9,000 square feet, with more than 60 puzzling experiences that inspire endless hours of exploration and ingenuity. Visitors will have the opportunity to run a marathon with their fingers on the Finger Mazes, become a “webmaster” by climbing through an intricate web of ropes in the Web Maze, get lost

in a network of color in the Color Maze and conquer puzzling perplexities in the Maze of Illusions, where what you see may not be what you get. “This is quite possibly the most interactive exhibit we have ever hosted,” South Florida Science Center CEO Lew Crampton said. “Themed mazes are powerful kinesthetic learning tools. This is hands-on, minds-on science at its best, and we know that the exhibit will create a memorable experience for our visitors — one that is both entertaining and educational.” “Mazes” aims to encourage guests to explore new ways of problem-solving, challenge the relationship between the mind and the eye, nurture creativity

and serve as a bridge between multi-generational boundaries, as the exhibit is fun and challenging for all ages. And if you think you have learned enough about mazes after experiencing the puzzles for yourself, the exhibit will offer visitors an opportunity to build their own maze. To celebrate the grand opening of the exhibit, the Science Center will host Food Truck Fusion, a food truck event, on Saturday, May 3 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. In addition to exploring “Mazes,” guests will have the opportunity to explore local food vendors offering delicious menu items such as mouth-watering burgers, tacos, pizza, cupcakes, ice cream and more. The celebration will also feature live music and activities

for the entire family. Admission to the Science Center for the special grand-opening celebration will be reduced to $10 for adults and $7 for children ages 3 to 12. Science Center members can enjoy the special event for free. During “Mazes,” admission to the Science Center is $14 for adults, $10.50 for children ages 3 to 12 and $12.50 for seniors over the age of 62. Members can enjoy the exhibit for free. The South Florida Science Center & Aquarium is located at 4801 Dreher Trail North in West Palm Beach and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call (561) 832-1988 or visit

A Science Center visitor tries out the Marble Balance Maze.

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Clinics Can Help Elects Wellington Resident Silvia Garcia To Its Board

Clinics Can Help, a local nonprofit that donates surplus durable medical equipment and supplies to financially needy children and adults in Palm Beach County, has elected Silvia Garcia of Wellington to its board of directors. A Cuban entrepreneur with more than 29 years of insurance industry experience and community efforts, Garcia is the president of Silvia Garcia Insurance Advisors Inc., specializing in individual and group life and health, personal and commercial insurance lines.

She has more than three decades of experience in the insurance industry and won the Palm West Chamber’s Business of the Year Award in 2008. She founded and was the president of Insurance for You for more than a decade, opening her current insurance advisors company in 2013. Garcia serves on numerous boards and committees, including the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce, past member of Leadership Palm Beach County’s Board of Gov-

PB Central Senior To Pursue Acting Career

Summer Pliskow, a senior at Palm Beach Central High School and current president of the Drama Club and National Thespian Honor Society, has been selected among hundreds of auditioners to the University of Florida’s bachelor’s

of fine arts acting program. Pliskow has appeared in starring roles in The Wedding Singer, Hairspray and Beauty and the Beast. She has won numerous awards at both district and state competitions.

ernors, board member of the Florida Association of Health Underwriters, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce advisor and member of the Palms West Hospital Board of Trustees. “We are thrilled to welcome Silvia to our board,” said Owen O’Neill, executive director of Clinics Can Help. “As we grow to serve more children and adults in our community, the expertise and support of local business people is key. We are looking forward to Silvia’s guidance.” Silvia is the mother of Sandra and Suzette, and grandmother of Katarina. Clinics Can Help, a grassroots organization founded by local hospice nurse Owen O’Neill, started by donating wheelchairs and hospital beds to needy patients in 2005. O’Neill, with the help of the entire community, has since assisted more than 1,400 clients by donating more than $600,000 worth of recycled medical equipment.

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Silvia Garcia To arrange a loan of medical equipment, simply call Clinics Can Help at (561) 640-2995, or visit their West Palm Beach office at 1550 Latham Road, Unit 10, in West Palm Beach for more information or to complete a simple application.

WELLINGTON LACROSSE LEAGUE HOSTS A FUNDRAISER FOR EILEEN SWEENEY On Saturday, April 12, parents, families, friends and players of the Wellington Wolfpack Lacrosse League hosted a fundraiser to cover medical expenses for Eileen Sweeney, a 32-year-old Wellington teacher fighting stage 4 colon cancer who has taught many Wolfpack players over the last few years. Generous local companies provided raffle donations. Visit the Come on Eileen Facebook page or www. for more information.

Costco Floor Manager Nancy D’Angelo recently became a Paul Harris Fellow with the Rotary Club of Royal Palm Beach. The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to Rotary International’s Rotary Foundation. The Rotary Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational and cultural exchange programs. Shown here is D’Angelo with Eric Gordon, the club’s foundation chair.

Morrow Named Salutatorian At PBCHS

Ed and Susan Morrow are pleased to announce the graduation of their daughter, Alexa Nicole Morrow, from Palm Beach Central High School in Wellington. Morrow plans to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville to pursue a career in engineering. She has been named salutatorian for Palm Beach Central’s Class of 2014.

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Rothstein Finishes USAF Training

Eileen Sweeney.

Irene Etten, winner of the Sweet Cravings cupcake raffle.

(L-R) Julie Mahoney, Jennifer Crosby, Laura Hanchuk, Carol Miloch and Shawn Thompson.

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Air Force Guard Airman 1st Class Jason K. Rothstein has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate’s degree in applied science through the Community College of the Air Force. Rothstein is the son of Linda Cacella and stepson of Mark Dubois, both of Wellington. He is also the son of Jeff and stepson of Hilda Rothstein of Jacksons Gap, Ala.

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Nineteen middle and high school students from the Urban League of Palm Beach County’s Center of Excellence competed at the Florida Education Fund State Brain Bowl Competition in Tampa. “We are so proud of all the students who competed this year, and the parents who coached the kids over the past year. They worked very hard to earn the opportunity to compete at the state level,” said Marie Sanches, director of youth and education for the Urban League of Palm Beach County. Shown here are Sarah Ruderman, Charles West, Dwight Smith, Darin Goldstein and Daisy Coates, members of the sixth- to eighth-grade math team.


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Elizabeth Finley Wins Artists Contest

Cypress Trails Elementary School fifth grader Elizabeth Finley was recently presented as the winner of the Downtown in Bloom “Flowers and Gardens” Budding Artists contest. Elizabeth and her art teacher, Ms. Patricia Wolek, were presented with a gift card. Finley’s art work was chosen from nearly 500 entries in this annual contest. In other news, third- through fifth-grade students heard a spectacular presentation April 10 by author Katy Kelly. Kelly was able to visit as part of the April is for Authors event, held at Palm Beach Gardens High School. Kelly encouraged students to use everyday experiences as a springboard to their own creative stories.

Kelly led them in a character and plot building exercise, as well as an in-depth question-and-answer session. Kelly is the author of several popular children’s series,

including Melonhead, a Sunshine State Awards book. Cypress Trails would like to thank the April is for Authors committee and Kelly for making the visit possible.

(Above) Elizabeth Finley. (Left) Katy Kelly with Cypress Trails fifth-grade students.

SRHS Students Collect ‘Caps Of Love’

Seminole Ridge High School students donated 150 pounds of plastic caps over two weeks. The donations were bagged for delivery to Caps of Love, an international organization that sells these donated caps to purchase wheelchairs and service dogs for the disabled. Throughout the year,

SRHS Senior Chaz Callaway with the 150 pounds of plastic caps.

senior Chaz Callaway and the SRHS FACE Club sort and bag the hundreds of pounds of plastic caps students donate in return for community service hours. “This is truly is a labor of love,” volunteer Valerie Jones said. “The hardest part is sorting through the donations to remove metal tabs and tops and the ‘bad caps’ that can’t be shipped to the recycling facility that buys them.” The FACE Club and Callaway do the time-consuming sorting to make it easier for Jones to prepare the thousands of pounds of caps she receives each month. For more info., visit • Benjamin Chosen for Scholarship — SRHS senior Nori Benjamin has been selected as a 2014 nominee for the annual My Brother’s/Sister’s Keeper scholarship. Students selected demonstrate caring for others through acts of kindness, generosity, honesty, respect and loyalty, practicing a sincere desire to help those around

them. Through its awarding of scholarships each year to students from the western communities schools, My Brother’s/Sister’s Keeper encourages young people to be good and caring citizens. The foundation’s annual awards range from $500 to $1,000, presented in an awards ceremony at the original Wellington Mall. • Hawk Battalion Joins Relay for Life — More than 80 Seminole Ridge Army JROTC cadets participated in the American Cancer Society’s Acreage/Loxahatchee Relay for Life on April 11 and 12. Cadets ran the “jail” and sold energy drinks to raise more than $800 for cancer research. The battalion had the highest attendance rate at the event, participating in the Relay for Life games and activities and bringing home the 2014 spirit award. • Spanish Honor Society Chooses New Officers — Congratulations go out to the newly chosen SRHS “Sociedad Hon-

oraria Hispanica” officers for 2014–15: Dagnes Mosqueda, president; Scarlett Roque, vice president; Aimee Weigt, secretary; Anisa Kornegay, treasurer; and Molly Hietapelto, historian. • Artists on Display at “Beyond the Mortal Landscape” — Art students from Seminole Ridge High School and English students from the Dreyfoos School of the Arts are being featured at Florida Atlantic University’s Schmidt Center Gallery in the collaborative art exhibition Beyond the Mortal Landscape. Students were asked to choose an artist or artwork from the gallery’s southXeast exhibit, then explore — through visual art and poetry — the physical and psychological connections to landscape they found in the work. Beyond the Mortal Landscape will be on display outside the gallery through Monday, May 5. For more info., contact SRHS art teacher Gwenn Seuling at gwenn.

Rosarian Academy Celebrates Earth Day

Second graders at New Horizons Elementary School had a “yoking” good time investigating oviparous animals. Students researched these egg-bearing animals by reading informational books and using the “stop and jot” method of note taking. They wrote detailed reports, created hats representing their animals and are presenting their narratives to other classes. Pictured here is Deb Hansen with her second-grade researchers in their hats.

In observance of Earth Day, Rosarian Academy fifth- and sixth-grade students spent the day outdoors teaching kindergarten through fourth graders and seventh graders environmental concerns and ideas for improvement. The middle school students presented creative visual “earth-saving” projects, including topics on recycling, endangered animals,

alternative forms of energy and the effects of pollution. The presentations and activities aimed to convey the message that it’s our world and our turn to take care of it. Founded in 1925, Rosarian Academy educates students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. The private, coeducational school is located on Flagler Drive in downtown West Palm Beach.

Rosarian fifth graders, Alana Marchese, Devyn Dyett, Leah Steele, stand in front of their Earth Day project on reusing newspapers

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New Horizons Elementary School Science Engineering Communication Mathematics Enrichment (SECME) Club members competed in the 28th annual “Drop It, Build It, Launch It, Float It, Thrill It” engineering competition at the South Florida Science Center & Aquarium. In the “Launch It” competition, fifth graders Amanda Liu and Eduardo Sayago placed third, each winning a $50 prize. Meanwhile, Leah Robbins and Selina Lin placed first, each winning $100. Pictured here are winning fifth graders Selina Lin, Leah Robbins, Amanda Liu and Eduardo Sayago.

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Charter School Donates To Palms West Hospital

Renaissance Charter School Parent Teacher Cooperative board members Shannon Whippy and Nery Perez, along with their daughters Kaylee Whippy and Aliyah Perez, delivered Easter baskets to sick children at Palms West Hospital on Friday, April 18. A total of 100 baskets were assembled by parent volunteers from money raised during the Pajamas for Patients fundraiser earlier in the school year. This project, along with all of the other community service projects, is part of the Giving Tree program, which teaches students to support others in the community. (Right) Delivering the baskets to the hospital. (Below) Renaissance students with their special message.

Students Get Triunfo Scholarships

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County recognized the best and the brightest within the county’s Hispanic population at the 17th annual Triunfo Awards banquet April 26. The recipients of the 2013-14 Hispanic Chamber of Commerce scholarships are: Isel CastroLopez of Pahokee High School, Seham Ahmed of Seminole Ridge High School, Erika Anclade of Jupiter High School, Imani Campbell of Lake Worth High School, Stephanie England of Jupiter

High School, Andrew Evans of Suncoast High School, Michelle Fitzgibbons of Wellington High School, Yannet Garcia of Glades Central High School, Juan Granados of the A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, Jennifer McCrate of Jupiter High School, Nicole Mejias of William T. Dwyer High School, Carolina Pereda of John I. Leonard High School, Bashon Robinson of Glades Central High School, Angeline Saint-Fleur of Lake Worth High School and Sara Valdez of Park Vista High School.

The Seminole Ridge High School Winter Guard team competed in the 2014 SFWGA championships in the AA division held March 29 at Park Vista High School. Their performance of “Time” earned them first place and the gold medal. Band Director Daniel Harvey and instructors Heidie Campbell and Alexandra Davis are proud of the Winter Guard team, as this is the first win since the inception of the school. Shown here are Winter Guard team members with their awards.

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This Is What Happens When I Let Mark Go To A Wedding Alone I absolutely hate it that I had to miss Matthew and Shelley’s wedding. There’s so much misery and so many must-dos in the world that it’s nice to take the time to share some joy. And I knew this was coming. When they met, Shelley lived on Florida’s west coast and Matthew lived in Royal Palm Beach. They commuted for a while, and then Shelley moved here. They clicked beautifully and decided to tie the knot. We got the invitation several weeks ago, via a phone call to Mark. When he hung up, he told me the news — at least, news as he sees it. “Matthew and Shelley are getting married.”

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The Sonic BOOMER “That’s great! When?” “April 26.” “Where?” “I don’t know.” “Indoors or out?” “I don’t know.” “Daytime or dusk?”

“I don’t know.” Since Mark was able to attend, I got an update about once a day. Unfortunately, the data contained in those updates was similar to the data regarding the announcement. “We’re heading out for a pre-wedding dinner.” “How fun! Where?” “I don’t know.” “Who’s attending?” “I don’t know.” “Is Shelley excited?” “I guess.” The night of the wedding itself, Mark called on his way home. Finally, some real news.

“So how did it go?” “It went great.” “Where was it?” “On the ocean. Boats went by.” (Consider this a paragraph.) “So where’s the reception?” “I don’t know, but we’re going there now.” The odd thing is, I know Mark had a wonderful time. He is a very observant person and will have noticed what Shelley wore, what Matthew wore, what everyone else wore, what was said by whom to whom, how the flowers looked and what the children in attendance were doing. He will have enjoyed several excellent meals in gorgeous surroundings and, maybe two

years from now, he will describe one of the celebratory salads to me when he sees a similar salad elsewhere. Here’s what would have happened had our roles been reversed; Me: “Matthew and Shelley are getting married.” Mark: “That’s great! When?” Me: “April 26, on a dock in North Palm Beach. Everyone is dressing formally but in bare feet, to be playful. The minister from their church will preside, and his wife will play a harpsichord that a friend of theirs is going to be hauling onto the dock in trailer. There will be 12 children dressed as flower girls and ring bearers and See WELKY, page 16

‘The Other Woman’ Is An Amusing, Not-So-Serious Comedy

The problem with The Other Woman, a reasonably decent comedy, is that it does not quite follow up on its strong points. Presumably a feminist answer to the raunchy comedies in which men take advantage of women, usually portrayed as stereotypes, and generally get away with it, this movie seems to put forward the idea that it somehow is better when women do it. The problem is that in order to get away with it, the male lead, the bad guy, becomes a stereotype. To make the vengeance done to him acceptable, he has to have no redeeming qualities, and the women have to be wonderfully charming. Tough attorney Carly (Cameron Diaz) is enjoying a wonderful relationship with boyfriend Mark (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). He is sexy, charming and attentive. Everything seems perfect until he tells her he has to go home on the evening he’s supposed to meet Carly’s dad (Don Johnson) because his housekeeper called

‘I’ On CULTURE By Leonard Wechsler him about a plumbing emergency. She is furious, but her father, working through his fifth divorce, suggests she put on a sexy outfit and go visit him. She puts on the most sexist plumber’s outfit I have ever seen, and when a woman answers the door, she meets the perfect boyfriend’s wife. The next day, wife Kate (Leslie Mann) comes to the large law office and, once her husband’s cheating has been confirmed, has a nervous breakdown that leads to a drinking bout with Carly. After a time,

they somehow become friendly. These are the best moments in the movie, as both actresses display their vulnerability and comedic ability. Then they discover another girlfriend, the well-endowed and very young Amber (Kate Upton), who also becomes a friend. They decide on revenge against Mark, with Kate able to use her proximity to find out more information. He gets dosed with laxatives, winds up shampooing with Nair (there is a scene where he watches his hair fall out, but somehow, his hair winds up looking good in the scenes following it) and winds up being fed enough female hormones to start developing breasts. At any rate, after a series of uncomfortable scenes, Kate discovers that Mark, who has been using her ideas to create start-up companies, is stealing from his boss but making certain that only her name is all over the documents. She and her friends use the knowledge to face up to Mark in

a final confrontation that completely ruins him, which allows the women to each have a happy ending. The cast is fine, particularly Mann. She has made a career of playing neurotic women and, in this film, adds a level of hysteria and physical comedy that is spectacular. Not surprisingly, she got howls from the audience. Diaz, as usual, was a good physical comedian and became the rock upon which the film was built. Upton is a spectacular beauty and, while her part was not difficult, held her own as the rather spacy Amber. Coster-Waldau had the most difficult part, having to be charming, slimy and pathetic in turn. Those of us who watch him as Jamie Lannister on Game of Thrones know how well he can handle all the roles. He and director Nick Cassavetes were smart to let him lose the charm near the end as his world crashes. Nickie Minaj handled the role of a feisty secretary well. Taylor Kinney is good as

Kate’s brother, probably the only really decent guy in the film. Don Johnson does well as the swinger dad. I like comedies and wish we had more of them. The women in the theater not only outnumbered the men, but also clearly enjoyed the film more than the men. There were enough funny lines and situations to make the movie a good one, although people should be warned that the film was as raw and raunchy as any of the male-centered ones of similar mold. It was a nice break from a long succession of spectacular special-effects movies. They have been great, and soon we’ll see people who are like spiders leaping around buildings, gigantic super-lizards and a whole lot of mutants. Of course, Kate Upton in a tiny bikini is a special effect in itself. Real-life people dealing with crazy situations can be enjoyable. This is a pretty good date-night movie and one that most people will enjoy.

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Community of Hope Church hosted its inaugural “Sunday Family Fun Day” on Sunday, April 27. The event featured a classic car and bike show, bounce houses, vendors, crafters, a silent auction, food and more. All proceeds will support the church’s recovery ministry. PHOTOS BY JULIE UNGER/TOWN-CRIER For more info., call (561) 753-8883 or visit

Kayleigh Koyama does yoga poses with Nicole Carroll.

Heather and Fred Roe with Louis.

Caroline Rimel helps Faith Carter create a Mother’s Day trivot.

Alexis Wallace with Spider Man (Brandon Owens), Elsa (Remi Losey) and Anna (Sabrina Young).

Hannah Andrews met Batman (Eric Miller).

Jarrett Rimel made sweet treets for guests.

Hunter Kearns enjoys sitting in a 1971 Plymouth Cuda.

VOLUNTEERS HOST CAR WASH IN ROYAL PALM BEACH FOR PET HAVEN RESCUE Pet Haven Rescue held a car wash fundraiser on Saturday, April 26 at the Exxon station at Royal Palm Beach and Okeechobee boulevards. Volunteers raised money to support abandoned and abused dogs that need medical care and a new loving home. For more PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER info., visit or call (561) 719-7914.

Taylor Blake, Zach Vorsteg, Kelsy Brackett, Alex Verrochi and Amanda Lowe promote the car wash.

Hailey Konter and Gianna Fraser snuggle puppies.

Pet Haven Rescue members Lindsey Wilke, Gretchen Prevatt, President Carole Chapuis, Executive Director Karen Lane and Jackie Fraser.

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Dozens Of Nonprofits Getting Ready For The Great Give May 6 Excitement is building in Palm Beach County for the Great Give on May 6. The 24-hour online giving event is designed to raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits in a single day (midnight until 11:59 p.m.). Hosted by the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties and the United Way of Palm Beach County, this countywide event will celebrate the spirit of giving and collective effort it takes to strengthen the community. There are more than 220 nonprofits in Palm Beach and Martin counties registered to

participate in the Great Give. Anyone can make a secure donation of $10 or more to the charity of their choice on May 6 by visiting Every local gift will be multiplied with bonus funds being raised by the Community Foundation. The partners recently announced they have already raised $450,000 in bonus funds. “Thanks to the generosity of our donors and community partners, we’re thrilled to announce such a significant bonus pool that will directly benefit our local nonprofits in a lasting way,” said

Brad Hurlburt, president and CEO of the Community Foundation. “We’re hoping to grow this total even more before May 6, and there will also be an opportunity for the general public to contribute to the bonus pool on event day. If you don’t know which charity to give to, you can donate to the bonus pool and ultimately help all the participating nonprofits.” Bonus pool sponsors include the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fund of the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the

Fortin Foundation of Florida, the Quantum Foundation, the Palm Healthcare Foundation, the Lawrence A. Sanders Foundation, the Martin County Community Foundation and several other Community Foundation fundholders and anonymous donors. The bonus pool funds will be distributed after May 6 and will be based on the percentage of the total raised on that day. “Our nonprofit partners are definitely getting excited about the Great Give,” said Dr. Laurie George, president and CEO of the United Way of Palm Beach


County. “Many are being creative in the ways they are marketing their participation, including building match challenges and offering incentives to their volunteers who refer donors on that day. The more money a nonprofit raises, the more bonus money they will receive, so the possibilities are great.” Additionally, nonprofits will have the chance to win cash prizes as they reach milestones throughout the 24-hour event, ranging from $750 to the organization that generates the most tweets using #GreatGive, to $1,000 to the organization that raises the most donations during specific hours. These opportunities will keep the Great Give fast-paced and exciting, while enabling local nonprof-

its to increase their overall totals, ultimately benefitting the residents their programs serve. Sponsors for this year’s Great Give include Give Local America, Northern Trust, Publix, Modernizing Medicine, WPTV NewsChannel 5, Comcast, WXEL, WLRN, Palm Beach Broadcasting, Coast 101.3, Florida Weekly, The Stuart News, Green Advertising, Ackerman Link & Sartory, First Bank of the Palm Beaches, Hays Companies, PNC Bank and FP&L. Special events for the general public are being planned around the county on May 6. Follow #GreatGive on social media for updates. Learn more at www. or


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continued from page 1 use on the 21.37-acre southeast quadrant of the property to commercial low, which will be developed by a private company. A second amendment changed the existing mixed use to an underlying use of low-density residential on the remaining 75 acres, which is compatible with the development of a college campus. The resolution approved a master site development plan, which

A benefit for Charlie Crist’s gubernatorial campaign was held at the Acreage home of Keith and Lois Jordano on Saturday, April 19. Crist is running as a Democrat to reclaim the job he left four years ago. For more info., visit (Above) Crist with Commissioner Gary Frankel and John Wayne Jr. (Right) Charlie Crist, Lois and Keith Jordano, and Carole Crist.


Online Perils

continued from page 3 ternet, there’s the temptation to write mean things,” she warned. “But you’re not without your defenses.” There are companies who help manage online reputation, keeping false information off the Internet, Geltner said. Often sites will aggregate public information about people, much of it false or misleading. “This is tied in to your personal reputation, which affects your business reputation,” she said. “Some of these sites will imply the person you’re searching for has been arrested, or other false information. A lot of this stuff is nefarious.”

She suggested a site like www., which can help battle the misleading information by getting it off the Internet. Business owners should also subscribe to Google Alerts, a service that sends an e-mail every time a keyword appears in the news. By signing up with a business name or personal name, businesses can keep on top of what people are saying about them, Geltner said. A larger problem is review sites, which allow for anonymous comments without verifying information. Many of the chamber members cited concerns about the sites, which are often used maliciously. “It’s so much easier to destroy than to create,” Geltner said. “There are people out there who might be looking to harm your

Welky business. Some of them just have a screw loose. The problem with the Internet is it gives these people a voice. That’s good for democracy, and it’s good that small businesses can promote themselves almost for free, but the bad part is you have to deal with [people being malicious].” Geltner said there is a lawsuit currently in court regarding a Yelp. com review of a carpet company, where a competitor flooded the site with bad reviews, costing the company revenue. “Their sales dropped 33 percent in three months and stayed that way,” she said. “They’re not monitoring those comments. This is in court.” Though someone with bad reviews might be tempted to counter with good reviews, Geltner said many sites will flag what

they perceive as false positive reviews. “They will call it irrelevant information and put it in another part of the site,” she said. “They see that the response came too quickly and know it must be a friend.” There are ways to get comments taken down, Geltner said, but it’s often very difficult. Ultimately, Geltner said business owners should remain aware of what is being written about them, both by customers, competitors and employees. She suggested having a social media policy for employees. Geltner also suggested that business owners protect their computers and web sites from viruses and hacking, either by hiring an in-house IT person or subscribing to a service that will do the work.

The Wedding Rundown

continued from page 14 they are going to march out twoby-two, holding hands. Shelley will wear Oscar de la Renta; Matthew will be in Armani. Flowers of Worth Avenue has already been contacted, and Hoffman’s Chocolate is practically catering the reception.” When I arrived, I would keep Mark apprised of the happenings via text. Me: “We’re heading out for a pre-wedding dinner. Shelley is so excited, and so is Matt. They can’t wait to change their statuses on Facebook. Shelley’s dad came in this afternoon. He finally finished building his cabin and brought

town and college staff said will be a broad framework for what the college intends to do with the property over the next 50 years. At that meeting, PBSC President Dr. Dennis Gallon pointed to the school’s history of developing campuses with respect to the environment. He said the heavily landscaped and buffered Palm Beach Gardens campus would be the nearest model to the way the college would like to develop the Loxahatchee Groves campus, because it has been well-preserved and has good boundaries. photos to show everyone. It’s awesome. Everyone is so happy.” The night of the wedding itself, I’d call Mark because, finally, I’d have some real news. Unfortunately, this news will have been laced with reception-grade alcohol making my rendition worse than his. Mark: “So how did the wedding go?” “It wen’ great. Boats wen’ by!” “And where was the reception?” “I forget. Wan’ me to go look ou’side and look at the sign? Wait! Here comes the choc’late. ’Bye!” Maybe two years from now, I will see a salad similar to one served at the reception and I will say, “Have we been here before? I distinctly remember having that salad.” Our intra-marital communication may be breaking down, but at least we accept it. We have to. We’re married.



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The 14th annual Sweet Corn Fiesta was held Sunday, April 27 in Yesteryear Village at the South Florida Fairgrounds. There were corn-shucking and corn-eating contests for all age groups, as well as games and carnival rides, face painting, pony rides, a petting PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER zoo and more.

Colton and Harold Murray won a ribbon for shucking corn.

The Amazing Mr. A (Richard Adler) with Daisy.

Ann Holt crowns Crazy Legs Conti, who ate 43 ears of corn in 12 minutes.

2014 Harvest Queen Olivia Pope with CEO of Major League Eating George Shea.

Stasia Kobussen and Kyah Duicard won second and first prizes in the old-tyme bathing beauty contest.

Elaine Scott, Debbie Hulen and Roxie Coleman won prizes in the corn cooking contest.


World-renowned riding master Rene Gasser presented the “Gala of the Royal Horses” on Wednesday, April 23 at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center. The Royal Horses, with and without riders, performed dressage and other old battlefield maneuvers to PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER music in a stunningly beautiful show.

Rene Gasser guides Hanna Liesec and Maestro to perform a levade.

Linda Isaacs, Blake Dixon and Elaine Mathis.

Hanna Liesec shows Quintero some love after the show.

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Rene Gasser is a man who loves his horses. Born in the Swiss town of Schaffhausen, he was destined to work and perform with horses. Gasser and the rest of his troop performed in the “Gala of the Royal Horses” on Wednesday, April 23 at the South Florida Fairgrounds. Ellen Rosenberg’s Column, Page 21

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PBCHS Boys Volleyball Team Falls To Dwyer Panthers

The Palm Beach Central High School boys varsity volleyball team hosted William T. Dwyer High School on Thursday, April 24 and fell to the Panthers in three sets (29-27, 25-21, 25-13). The Broncos (13-10) battled throughout, but could not muster a consistent attack to get the win. Page 27 2014


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Wellington-based Perfect Glow Airbrush Tanning was recently named as one of the top ten tanning salons in South Florida. Perfect Glow Airbrush Tanning offers organic airbrush tanning in Palm Beach County. Melissa Weinberg, owner and airbrush tanning expert, has built her company into one of the top spray tanning services in the area. Page 23

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‘Gala Of The Royal Horses’ A Fine Night At Fairgrounds

Rene Gasser is a man who loves his horses. Born in the Swiss town of Schaffhausen, he was destined to work and perform with horses. His love of all things equine began at an early age and stemmed from a family history of horsemanship and showmanship going back seven generations. Gasser’s great-grandmother was an accomplished horse trainer and performer, his great-grandfather was a highly decorated military horseman. I watched Gasser and the other members of his troop perform in the “Gala of the Royal Horses” on Wednesday, April 23 at the South Florida Fairgrounds, and it was his obvious love of and pride in his horses which, to me, made the show that much better. Throughout the evening, he constantly petted each horse and praised him, frequently exclaiming: “Bravo! Good boy!” And they were all boys, 10 stallions and three geldings, black or gray: Friesians, Lipizzaners, Andalusians and an Arabian with incredibly thin legs. “The horses are chosen for their beauty, their presence, their temperaments,” Gasser said. “They need that ‘wow’ factor, where people want to watch them. That’s my favorite part of the show, when the audience reacts to them. One of the highlights is when Ringo, one of our Andalusians, performs the

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Tales From The Trails By Ellen Rosenberg capriole. He really flies, and the reaction is amazing.” Indeed, Ringo’s capriole, near the end of the show, was remarkable. Working in-hand, Gasser had the horse demonstrate the Airs Above the Ground, including the levade, the courbette and the mezair. In the capriole, Ringo leapt straight up then kicked his hind legs back. The youngest performer was only 6. Havano, one of the Andalusians, is relatively new to the show. “It’s unusual to have a horse this young performing,” Gasser acknowledged. “But he has such high potential, and he does wonderfully. We went to see him eight or nine months ago, and we were so in awe when we watched him that we forgot to film him. We had to have him.” Gasser’s daughter, Katarina Gasser, is one of the riders in the show, carrying on the family tradition and enjoying the experience just as much as her dad does. All of the riders appeared to love what they were doing. “We look for riders with a nice seat and soft hands,” Gasser explained. “They also have to

Rene Gasser, standing with daughter, Katarina Gasser, on Havano. have presence as a performer and sit proudly. It’s a big challenge to find riders with those gifts. We also partner each rider with just the right horse.” And they have to be willing to travel. They arrive in a location on a Monday, take Tuesday off, then school Wednesday through Friday and perform on weekends. They work for three months, then take a month off. Not

only the horses and all the tack, costumes and portable stalls travel with them, but they bring along their floor as well, which covered the arena and the entire backstage stall area, so the horses always felt comfortable and at home. “It’s an inch and half thick, rubber, and very cushioning,” Gasser explained. “I developed it myself. It preserves the horses’ joints and See ROSENBERG, page 29

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YWCA Of PBC Seeks Award Nominees

The YWCA of Palm Beach County is seeking nominations for its 2014 Grace Hoadley Dodge Award. The award is presented annually to a woman residing in Palm Beach County who has overcome adversity while empowering herself and creating opportunities for other women toward their own empowerment. Grace Hoadley Dodge benefited greatly from the wealth and business acumen of her family. In 1874, at the age of 18, she dropped out of Miss Porter’s School, determined that her interests were not in the program offerings but in helping people in need.

Dodge began her career as a social worker and philanthropist teaching Sunday school and sewing classes. She taught for five years at the Children’s Aid Society in New York. She initiated tenement reform in 1879 from her position as chair of the Working Girl’s Society’s Committee on Elevation of the Poor. Dodge was instrumental in the development of the Kitchen Garden Association in New York, later reorganized into the Industrial Education Association, that in 1889 became Teachers College. The college later became a part of Columbia University. In

1886, Dodge was given one of the first two seats for women on New York City’s Board of Education. She helped establish the Girls’ Public School Athletic League in 1905, acted for six years as the first president of the YWCA of the United States, and was influential in the consolidation of church groups into the New York Travelers Aid Society in 1907. Information required on the application includes the nominee’s name, address, phone number and current occupation, as well as the adversity she has overcome, how she overcame it and how she has helped empower others. The

name and contact information about the person making the nomination is also needed. The award will be presented at the YWCA’s annual Donor and Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on June 17 at Bear Lakes Country Club, in West Palm Beach. Applications must be received by the YWCA no later than May 28 at: Grace Dodge Award Committee, YWCA of Palm Beach County, 1016 N. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, FL 33401. For more information, or to request an application, call the YWCA of Palm Beach County at (561) 640-0050, ext. 115.

HFTP Event May 31 Will Benefit Quantum House

The Gold Coast Chapter of the Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals is dedicating its 17th annual Charity Gala to raising funds for the families of Quantum House. On Saturday, May 31, members and non-members alike will gather to enjoy a night of fine dining and dancing at St. Andrew’s Country Club in Boca Raton. Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception, three-course meal, live and silent auctions, and entertainment. Tickets for members are $95 and non-members are $125. Dress is jacket and cocktail attire.

The Quantum House is a caring and supportive home that lessens the burden for families whose children are receiving treatment in Palm Beach County for a serious medical condition. The hospital hospitality house provides lodging, meals, care and compassion to more than 500 family members each year. For more information, visit HFTP is an international nonprofit organization with more than 4,300 members, with 150 hospitality professional members from Boca Raton to northern Palm Beach County.

West Palm Fast Signs Named One Of The Top Centers In The Country

Local signs and graphics provider Fast Signs of West Palm Beach was named one of the top centers out of more than 500 locations at the 2014 Fast Signs Convention. The locally owned and operated business received the Pinnacle Club Award, which is given to the centers ranked 26 to 125 in the U.S. and Canada for sales volume from the previous year. “My team and I

are so proud to be recognized for our outstanding sales performance with the Pinnacle Club Award this year,” said Al Cothern, who owns Fast Signs of West Palm Beach with his wife, Cindy. “This award commends all of the hard work, excellent customer service and innovative thinking that our entire team provides every day.” Located at 4275 Okeechobee

Blvd., the center provides a wide range of comprehensive visual communications solutions, including wall, window and floor graphics, architectural signs, tradeshow displays, wayfinding solutions, vehicle wraps, digital signs and more. Cothern said he will continue to grow the business by providing clients with the most cutting-edge products and services to reach

their goals and stand out in their competitive markets. The Cotherns also own a second Fast Signs center in Palm Beach Gardens, located at 8371 N. Military Trail. “The continued support of our customers is one of the biggest reasons we received this award,” Cothern said. “We look forward to continue serving local businesses and making 2014 another great year.”

Fast Signs of West Palm Beach is an independently owned and operated sign, graphics and visual communications company that provides comprehensive visual marketing solutions to customers of all sizes, across all industries, to help them meet their business objectives and increase their business visibility. To learn more, visit www.fastsigns. com/535 or call (561) 616-3590.

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Perfect Glow Listed Among Area’s Top Spray Tan Companies WPLG Local 10 News recently named Wellington-based Perfect Glow Airbrush Tanning as one of the top ten tanning salons in South Florida. Perfect Glow Airbrush Tanning offers organic airbrush tanning in Palm Beach County. Established in 2010, Melissa Weinberg, owner and airbrush tanning expert, has built her company into one of the top spray tanning services in the area. In addition to being selected for the top ten list, Perfect Glow Airbrush Tanning is also the preferred

airbrush tanner for the award-winning Sundy House in Delray Beach and the Addison in Boca Raton. Perfect Glow has tanned several local celebrities, models and pageant contestants, along with some members of the Florida Lady Panthers and Palm Beach Makos cheerleaders for calendar shoots and special events. Perfect Glow Airbrush Tanning enjoys a five-star rating on with accolades from many satisfied clients. Floridians have the second high-

est risk for melanoma in the U.S., and airbrush tanning continues to grow in popularity as people gain greater awareness of the health benefits of sunless tanning. The health benefits of airbrush tanning outweigh the health risks associated with sunbathing and UV tanning beds, Weinberg said. Her personal experience with skin cancer inspired her to search for the safer alternative to the sun, and she was hooked after her first airbrush tan. Weinberg’s passion to achieve a healthy tan without the associated

Big Hearts 4 Paws Rescue Joins Petfinder Wellington’s Big Hearts 4 Paws Rescue has joined thousands of animal welfare organizations across North America that list their homeless pets on Petfinder, the online leader in responsible pet adoptions. Petfinder, the largest database of adoptable animals on the Internet, has been committed to animal welfare and rescue organizations dedicated to the cause since its founding in 1996. Over 13,000 rescues and shelters leverage Petfinder’s web site and mobile apps to connect homeless pets with prospective pet adopters. To get started, a potential adopter

simply enters his or her search criteria and a list is returned that ranks the pets by proximity to the location entered. Adoptions are carried out by the animal placement group that is caring for the pet selected, following its policies. Petfinder was established as a grassroots project by Betsy Banks Saul and Jared Saul to end the euthanasia of adoptable pets. Since its inception, the web site has facilitated more than 21 million adoptions, making it the most lifesaving initiative in animal welfare. Additionally, Petfinder is a digital destination for pet owners, providing resources on

pet care, health and training, while helping to provide happy, lifelong relationships. Petfinder is owned by Nestlé Purina PetCare Company, a global leader in the pet care industry. Nestlé Purina PetCare promotes responsible pet care, humane education, community involvement and the positive bond between people and their pets. The North American headquarters for Nestlé Purina PetCare is located at Checkerboard Square in St. Louis. Nestlé Purina PetCare is part of Swiss-based Nestlé S.A., a global leader in nutrition, health and wellness.

health risks drove her to start her own business and create Perfect Glow Airbrush Tanning. Weinberg brings years of customer service experience, as well as specialized airbrush tanning training to her business, providing the best tanning experience to her clients. She offers airbrush tans for any occasion, hosts tanning parties and can customize a tan anywhere from the sun-kissed glow to a dark tropical tan. Selecting Perfect Glow Airbrush Tanning will guarantee that customers never walk away

unsatisfied or with that dreaded orange tone. Perfect Glow Mobile Airbrush tanning serves the areas of Wellington, West Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Boynton Beach, Boca Raton, Royal Palm Beach, Loxahatchee, Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Manalapan, Hypoluxo Island, Delray Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Greenacres and the surrounding region, as well as some areas of Broward County upon request. For more information, visit www.

Whole Foods Market Features ‘Pink Wines’

There probably isn’t a wine style that is more shunned and misunderstood than rosé wines, and Whole Foods Market is out to change that. With its Rosé Revolution taking place now through May 27, the company will shed light on the beautiful color, taste and versatility of rosé or “pink” wines from around the world to debunk some of the myths about rosé wines. For example, pink does not always equal sweet. While blush and white zinfandel wines are sweet,

more often than not, rosé wines are bone dry, fresh and acidic, and fruity. Also, rosé wines are some of the most versatile food wines, pairing well with seafood, fish, cheeses, grilled chicken and even barbecue. Florida Whole Foods Market stores, including the one at 2635 State Road 7 in Wellington, have favorite rosé wines available for a special price during the Rosé Revolution. For more information, visit www.

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The Armory Art Center’s Summer Art Camp is a great way for children in grades K-12 to experience a broad range of art projects. Each of the ten weeks has a different theme or focus. Experienced art instructors provide exciting hands-on art activities. Children will explore various art mediums, including ceramics, photography, mixed media, printmaking, collage, drawing and painting. All art materials are included with tuition. Campus security includes video surveillance. The experienced staff has been screened and meet DCF standards. The Armory Art Center is located at 1700 Parker Ave., West Palm Beach. For more info. call (561) 832-1776. Discover the summer camp with an academic focus, and find out why local families have been choosing Camp Cambridge for more than 25 years. This Wellington camp offers programs for children from 2 years old through second grade, with an experienced and mature staff, bilingual programs, in-house weekly field trips, specialty camp sessions, an on-site swimming pool supervised by Red Cross-trained staff, flexible schedules, weekly sessions, and private and group swimming. Nine weeks of camp is offered at Cambridge Schools, located at 1920 Royal Fern Drive in Wellington. For more info., visit or call (561) 791-0013. Casperey Stables Horse Camp is a small, fun-filled day camp for children ages 7 to 14. With four riding opportunities each day, arts and crafts, and outdoor games, campers find little time to be bored. The low counselor-child ratio ensures that each child receives individual attention. There are camp sessions for spring and winter school breaks, and during the summer. Each two-week session has a theme, such as Indian Days, Circus Days and Medieval Days. Casperey Stables has a weekly swim party and ends each session with a horse show and family barbecue. To learn more about the camp, located at 2330 D Road in Loxahatchee Groves, call (561) 792-4990 or visit Dance Theatre is offering Summer Dance Camp for ages 5-9 and Dance Intensives for intermediate and advanced dancers ages 10 and up. Three weeks are offered: June 23 June 27, July 14 - July 18 and July 28 - Aug. 1. The program offers ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, flexibility, hip-hop acro, musical theatre, drama, modeling, ballroom, arts & crafts and more. A $100 deposit is required to hold space. Space is limited, so reserve your space today. The cost is $200 a week or $500 for all three weeks. The program runs 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Daily rates are available, as are multiple child discounts. Dance Theatre is located at 10620 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 30, in Wellington Green Square between Pei Wei and Fresh Market. Call (561) 784-4401 for more info. Join the Junior Golf Camp at the Okeeheelee Golf Course, Park Ridge Golf Course and John Prince Golf Learning Center through the Junior Golf Foundation of America. New or seasoned golfers will develop skills while having fun. 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 9 through Aug. 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday, with extended camp available until 3 p.m. at Okeeheelee and Park Ridge. Written 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 ages 3 to 5, camps for advanced tournament golfers, Junior Golf tournaments, weekly programs, leagues, walk-up clinics and more. Visit or call (561) 964-GOLF for more information. The Lab/High Touch High Tech is conveniently located off State Road 7 at Lantana Road. The Lab brings science to life with hands-on experiments provided by High Touch High Tech, the leader in science education for the last 19 years. Each day will be a new adventure, from interacting with real “lab critters” to launching rockets and panning for gems. The unique Lab offers affordable pricing, experiments with lots of cool take-homes, arts and crafts, physical activities and more. The program taps into children’s natural curiosity and provides them with safe and fun activities that help them learn about the world around

them. Campers will make slime, erupt volcanoes, make ice cream, tie dye T-shirts and more. Call (561) 444-3978 or visit for more info.

The Lake Worth Playhouse will offer a summer camp teaching children acting, voice, dance and stage movement through daily activities and rehearsals, culminating in full-scale productions of popular musicals. The students will produce Willy Wonka Junior June 9-28 and Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr. from July 14 to Aug. 4. They will be engaged in studio-style rehearsals for music, dance and production. Campers 12 or older also will have the opportunity to participate in behind-the-scenes roles and other theater-related educational opportunities. The opportunities are for a one-week and a three-week camp, and range in price from $200 to $600. To sign up, call (561) 586-6410 or visit The Little Place Pre-School has been serving the western communities for more than 36 years. The school has two convenient Wellington locations and is now taking summer camp registration at both locations. The Little Place offers a pre-school program for children ages 2 to 5 years old, and a program for children ages 6 to 8. Various classes are offered, as well as arts & crafts and much more. Little Place will make your child’s summer fun! Call or visit them at 1040 Wellington Trace (561-793-5860) or 2995 Greenbriar Blvd. (561-790-0808). 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 The Learning Foundation of Florida’s (TLFF) Academic Summer School/Camp 2014 is an elementary, middle and high school summer academic school/camp program with several options available to assist the diverse needs of students. The program begins on June 17 running through Aug. 7 and allows for attendance flexibility in scheduling of days and weeks. TLFF’s K-8 summer program focuses on individualized academic remediation using weekly themes and a variety of teaching strategies, including multi-sensory, handson approaches and creative lessons. Middle school students can take FLVS courses for promotion to the next grade level. There are two sessions available: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and/or 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. The high school summer program allows students to accelerate or, if they received grades of D or F in classes, they may redo for higher grades. The session is open Tuesdays through Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, call Debra Thornby at (561) 795-6886. Tiny Tikes Preschool Camp is geared toward the elementary-age camper. Daily activities are sure to keep the campers happy, busy and engaged. Trips include bowling, skating and weekly movies, as well as special trips to the zoo, the science museum and more. Tiny Tikes has three conveniently located centers, which are open from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Activities occur throughout the day, both at the center and out on the bus. Meals are included. Call (561) 790-1780 now to reserve your space, or visit Tiny Tikes Academy at 16245 Okeechobee Blvd. in Loxahatchee. Wellington Children’s Theatre will host its Summer Musical Theatre Camp, for ages 6 to 16, June 9 through July 11, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Week 1 will be Glee Camp. Campers will enjoy daily creative and performance activities, and focus on singing and choreography of Glee-style ensemble numbers. Weeks 2 through 5 will be the Summer Stage Session. Campers will enjoy acting, dance and vocal classes, and will build their selfconfidence and their theatre skills, culminating in a final, fully staged Broadway show. Daily workshops include script writing, pantomime, stage combat, magic, stage makeup, audition techniques and more, with guest teachers. Campers will bring their own lunch, and an ice cream snack will be served daily. The cost is $250 per week. Aftercare is available. For more info., or to register, call (561) 223-1928 or visit

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Wellington Softball Squad Defeats Boca In Regionals

By Gene Nardi Town-Crier Staff Report The Wellington High School varsity softball squad hosted Boca Raton High School in a regional quarterfinal game on Wednesday, April 23. Wellington rallied to defeat the Lady Bobcats 3-1. The win not only advances the District 9-8A champions, but it also avenges an earlier season loss. Wellington bested Jupiter 4-1 for the title earlier in district play. The Wolverines (23-4) started slow, puzzled about how to overcome the Bobcat’s pitcher, Abby Pac, who throws a riser-style pitch. The Lady Wolverines found themselves down 1-0 going into the

bottom of the fourth inning before solving the pitching riddle and connecting at the plate. Wellington tied the game 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning. With two outs on the board, Cathy Vega drove a ball into left field for an RBI double. In the bottom of the fifth inning, it was Wellington’s senior pitcher Stephanie Schmidt who blasted a line-drive into center field for an RBI single to give the Wolverines a 2-1 lead. Wellington extended its lead to 3-1 when Brianna Gonzalez sent in another RBI for the Wolverines with a squeeze bunt. The Lady Wolverines were able to hold off the Lady

Amanda Peck is safe as she dives back to first base. Photos by Gene Nardi/Town-Crier

Bobcats the rest of the way and close out the 3-1 victory. Amanda Peck stole second and third twice, giving her a total of 19 steals in 19 attempts on the season. Schmidt came up big in the final inning with a play at first and a strike-out. “If we don’t tie it up in that inning, we’re in trouble,” Wellington coach Mark Boretti said. “We came out of the gate slow, and you can’t do that, but we were able to put the ball in play.” Wellington hosted Park Vista High School on Tuesday night for the regional semifinal game, but results were not available by press time.

Stephanie Schmidt throws a pitch early in the game.

Wellington batter Toni Pancione hits a single.

Genovieve Mangini is safe at home.

PBCHS Boys Volleyball Team Falls To Dwyer Panthers

By Gene Nardi Town-Crier Staff Report The Palm Beach Central High School boys varsity volleyball team hosted William T. Dwyer High School on Thursday, April 24 and fell to the Panthers in three sets

(29-27, 25-21, 25-13). The Broncos (13-10) battled throughout, but could not muster a consistent attack to get the win. Early in the first set, the Broncos took the fight to Dwyer, eventually locking it up at 27-27, but the Pan-

Adam Bruggeman drops down to keep the ball alive.

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thers rallied to take the 29-27 win. Palm Beach Central seemed to have command of the second set with an 8-point lead at 16-8, but Dwyer slowly established a rhythm that chipped away at the Bronco advantage. Eventually, the Broncos

Bronco Allain Etienne wins the point with a kill.

surrendered their lead and the set. Palm Beach Central again battled in the third set, but Dwyer’s offense appeared to get stronger as the set wore on. The Panthers ultimately

took the third set 25-13 and the contest. The Broncos fall to (13-10) on the season and prepare to host the district playoffs this week.

Caleb Blazer keeps the ball in play.

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Genbu-Kai Ninja Testing John Zopatti, Fabio Shine At Gold

Coast Dressage Grand Finale 2

For 18 years, dressage rider and trainer John Zopatti and an Oldenburg named Fabio have been an unstoppable horse-and-rider team. Recently, they did it again. Zopatti and Fabio won the FEI Intermediate B Open GAIG/USDF Qualifying Division of the Gold Coast Dressage Grand Finale 2. “We know each other’s good and bad points, and it’s fun to try to show off the good points,” Zopatti said of his long-time equine partner. Zopatti, who trains out of Blue

Genbu-Kai Karate recently tested and promoted eight ninja students to their next belt level belts. All eight are from the Wellington area. The 16-month ninja program is specifically designed for pre-school children ages 4-6. Emphasis is placed on improving fine and gross motor skills, while teaching life skills. Ninjas learn how to set and achieve goals while practicing twice a week and advancing through their 9 required rank levels. Ultimately, the ninja program prepares students who wish to continue and advance into the junior karate program. For more information on classes, call (561) 804-1002 or visit Front row: Michaela Ferrante and Cecilia Marin; back row: Brent Bedwell (assistant instructor), Hunter Pradines, Michael Gannotti, Donovan Kelley, Caine Pradines, Agustin Barcenas, Sensei Keith Moore (chief instructor) and J.J. Armstrong.

Marlin Farms in Wellington, has had decades of experience training riders of all levels to excel at regional and national championships. For the last 14 years, he has also taken time to travel to North Carolina to train top eventers such as Susan Beebee and Charlie Plumb for the dressage portion of eventing competitions. At the recent Gold Coast Dressage Grand Finale 2 on April 13, Zopatti’s score of 66.786 percent earned him first place in the FEI

John Zopatti and Fabio.

Intermediate B Open GAIG/USDF Qualifying Division. “I like showing at the Global Dressage showgrounds. It’s a fun atmosphere, super footing, the stabling is great, and best of all, it is close to home,” Zopatti said. Zopatti competed on Fabio, an 18-year-old Oldenburg owned by Kristy Truebenbach Lund, who has spent his lifetime working with Zopatti. One of Zopatti and Fabio’s most recent accomplishments was placing sixth in the nation in the United States Dressage Finals in the musical freestyle division last year. Zopatti enjoys working with a single horse for so many years. “It’s just fun now that the training is all done,” he said. “Now it’s just really keeping him fit so that he can keep doing all the Grand Prix movements. I think it’s a good exercise for his body to keep him supple.” Zopatti keeps the same mindset while working with other horses and riders. He is currently training eventer Rachel Jurgens and her 18-year-old Thoroughbred Ziggy to compete in the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event. To learn more, visit www.john or call (561) 722-7555.

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continued from page 21 ligaments. It weighs 15 tons and takes up a whole semi.” An hour before the show started, people who had bought VIP tickets were invited to participate in a meet-

A.J. Lopez from the Wellington Wrestling Club qualified to be an alternate on the Junior Florida National Greco Team last weekend by placing third at the Father Devine National Team Qualifier at Hialeah Gardens High School. Lopez is a junior at Wellington High School, and his only loss came to the eventual champion in the 195-pound weight class. The Wellington Wrestling Club is open to wrestlers in all grades, kindergarten through grade 12, and practices on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. For more information, e-mail or call (561) 827-8595.

and-greet session. Three riders and horses walked around the arena and stood by the rail, posing for pictures, answering questions, inviting people to pet the horses, while classical music played quietly in the background. “We’ve never seen these breeds before,” said Melinda Jones, who had driven down from Port St. Lucie with her husband, Wynn. “It’s wonderful to see them in this area.”

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Meet Changes Wellington Pool Schedule

The Wellington Wahoos are hosting a long-course swim meet at the Wellington Aquatics Complex the weekend of May 16 – May 18. The entire pool will be closed during the meet. The pool will be open to the public when the competition is not in progress. The schedule is as follows: On Friday, May 16, the pool will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The pool will be closed for

the meet from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. On Saturday, May 17, the pool will be closed for the meet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The pool will be open to the public from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. On Sunday, May 18, the pool will be closed as normal. The Wellington Aquatics Complex is located at 12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd. and features an Olympic-sized swimming pool, diving boards, water slides, an aquatic

spray ground, baby pool, concession stand and locker rooms. The facility is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through May 25. Daily admission is free for children ages 2 and under, $3 for children ages 3 to 17, $5 for adults ages 18 to 54 and $2 for seniors ages 55 and older. Wellington also offers discounted splash passes, annual passes and water aerobics passes.

Great Season For The WHS Tennis Team

The Wellington High School tennis team recently placed first in their district after an undefeated season. The Wolverines advanced to the regionals, defeating Palm Beach Gardens High School. In the super

regionals, Wellington lost to Vero Beach High School by a narrow margin. Wellington High School first singles and first doubles team brothers Trevor and Justin Sacks automatically qualified for the state

championships by winning their district. The Sacks brothers lost in the state finals at Altamonte Springs in a three-set match nail-biter. It was the first time in Wellington High School history that a team has advanced to the state finals.

“I grew up with horses; I was a real cowboy,” Wynn added. “A lot of years and a lot of stitches. These horses are magnificent. I’m looking forward to a good show.” The show began at 7 p.m., and the venue was nicely filled. The parade of stallions introduced the breeds and gave some historical notes. The stallions worked alone, in pairs and in groups, sometimes

ridden, sometimes in-hand. One of the more interesting acts involved Gasser working with three riders, showing how the horses are trained. Each horse was at a different level. “It’s important not to do too much,” he said. “A good trainer knows when to stop, and you must reward them often. Anything forced is not beautiful. You must have your horse’s trust and understanding.”

The show was well-received, and the performers were available afterward to sign programs. “Bringing these horses to the world is what we’re all about,” Gasser said. “I like them to experience these magnificent horses and share our joy in them. The response is just fantastic. I’m always grateful.” Learn more at www.galaofthe

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Saturday, May 3 • The Audubon Society of the Everglades will host a car pool tour around Stormwater Treatment Area 1-E managed by the South Florida Water Management District on Saturday, May 3 at 7:45 a.m. The tour drives around the water impound areas, viewing the large number of birds that accumulate in the waters. Call Linda at (561) 742-7791 to pre-register. Visit www. for more info. • The Okeeheelee Nature Center (7715 Forest Hill Blvd.) will host Meet the Animals on Saturday, May 3 at 1 p.m. Meet a variety of live animals and hear their stories. The cost is $3 per person. Call (561) 233-1400 to RSVP. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Acoustic Java Jam for adults Saturday, May 3 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 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Wonderful Weekend Watercolors for ages 6 to 12 on Saturday, May 3 at 3 p.m. Work on a big, bold watercolor painting of your own design. Dress to get messy. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a free Tina Turner Tribute Concert featuring Simply Tina on Saturday, May 3 at 8:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 or visit www. for more info. Sunday, May 4 • The Audubon Society of the Everglades will host a bird walk at Frenchman’s Forest in Palm Beach Gardens on the west side of Prosperity Farms Road, 1.5 miles north of PGA Blvd. on Sunday, May 4 at 8 a.m. Visit for more info. • The Acreage Green Market will take place Sunday, May 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Acreage Community Park (6701 140th Ave. North). For more info., visit or call (561) 723-3898. Monday, May 5 • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host “Are You Ready to Lego?” for ages 3 to 6 on Monday, May 5 at 3:30 p.m. Call (561) 790-6030 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Art Club for ages 8 and up Monday, May 5 at 4 p.m. Live through art by exploring different mediums. Dress to get messy. Call (561) 7906070 for more info. • Parents of incoming freshmen at Royal Palm Beach High School are invited to attend Academic Planning Night on Monday, May 5 at 5:30 p.m. in the media center. Parents and students will meet administration and staff, create class schedules for next year, and preview graduation information. For more info., contact Assistant Principal Jennifer Murphy at (561) 753-4081 or Tuesday, May 6 • The Mental Health Association of Palm Beach

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County (909 Fern St., West Palm Beach) will join in a communitywide day of giving Tuesday, May 6. The Great Give is a 24-hour online event led by the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, the United Way of Palm Beach County and others designed to raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits in a single day. For more info., visit • Wellington Landings Middle School will present a showcase of program offerings for the next school year Tuesday, May 6 at 6 p.m. Call Assistant Principal Damian Milanek at (561) 792-8112 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Gamerz Nite for ages 12 to 17 on Tuesday, May 6 at 6 p.m. Join a game of Yu-Gi-Oh!, play Smash Bros. or other Wii games, or try a new board game. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Audubon Society of the Everglades will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the FAU Pine Jog Environmental Education Center (6301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach). Bob Hall, publisher of Audubon Centennial Edition, will speak on the life of John James Audubon. Contact Sue Snyder at (561) 627-7829 or or visit www. for more info. Wednesday, May 7 • Loxahatchee Groves Elementary School (16020 Okeechobee Blvd.) will hold its kindergarten roundup Wednesday, May 7 at 8:15 a.m. in the school cafeteria. Call (561) 904-9200 for more info. • Golden Grove Elementary School (5959 140th Ave. North) will hold its kindergarten roundup Wednesday, May 7 at 8:30 a.m. in the school cafeteria. Call (561) 904-9700 for more info. • H.L. Johnson Elementary School (1000 Crestwood Blvd. N.) will hold its kindergarten roundup Wednesday, May 7 at 8:30 a.m. in the school cafeteria. Call (561) 904-9300 for more info. • Panther Run Elementary School (3300 Forest Hill Blvd, Wellington) will hold its kindergarten roundup Wednesday, May 7 at 8:30 a.m. in the school cafeteria. Call (561) 993-8804 for more info. • New Horizons Elementary School (13900 Greenbriar Blvd, Wellington) will hold its kindergarten roundup Wednesday, May 7 at 8:30 a.m. in the school cafeteria. Call (561) 904-0500 for more info. • American Legion Auxiliary Unit #367 will meet Wednesday, May 7 at 10 a.m. at Palms West Presbyterian Church (13689 Okeechobee Blvd., Loxahatchee Groves). For more info., call Marge Herzog at (561) 791-9875. • The Mental Health Association of Beach County (909 Fern St., West Palm Beach) will host a lunch and discussion of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) on Wednesday, May 7 at noon. Dr. Jacintha Cauffield and Dr. Nicole Ganzer of Palm Beach Atlantic University

will discuss the signs and symptoms of ADHD as well as the different treatment and medication options available for both children and adults. The cost, including lunch, is $25 for members and $30 for nonmembers. Call (561) 832-3755 or visit for more information. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host May Flowers for ages 8 and up Wednesday, May 7 at 3:30 p.m. Celebrate Mother’s Day and create a bouquet of colorful flowers for the special lady in your life. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host American Girl: Caroline for ages 6 to 12 on Wednesday, May 7 at 4 p.m. Learn about patriotism with Caroline, a brave girl facing challenges during the War of 1812. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Japanese Anime & Culture Club for ages 12 to 17 on Wednesday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m. Watch anime and eat snacks while you talk with friends and fellow fans about cool stuff from Japan. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Playgroup LLC will kick off its fourth season with Short Cuts 4, nine original plays by local playwrights, all ten minutes or less, on Wednesday, May 7 at 8 p.m. at the Lake Worth Playhouse (713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth). For more info., call (561) 586-6410 or visit www. Thursday, May 8 • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Crafting by the Book: French Beaded Flowers for adults Thursdays, May 8, 15 and 22 at 2 p.m. Use seed beads and wire to capture the lasting beauty of flowers. Craft books will be available to checkout. Materials will be provided. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host “Yummy Tea for Mommy and Me” for

The Town-Crier ages 3 and up Thursday, May 8 at 3:15 p.m. Celebrate the mom, auntie or grandma in your life with a tea party and make her an unforgettable Mother’s Day present. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host “Cyberbullying: It Can Happen to You!” for ages 8 and up and adults Thursday, May 8 at 4:30 p.m. Learn what cyberbullying is, how to identify it, how to prevent it, the repercussions of cyberbullying, as well as how to address it. Parents and caregivers will be given helpful tips and strategies to become more aware. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • Wellington’s Food Truck Invasion will take place Thursday, May 8 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 753-2484 or visit www. for more info. • Acreage Pines Elementary School (14200 Orange Blvd.) will hold its kindergarten roundup Thursday, May 8 at 6 p.m. in the school media center. Call (561) 904-9500 for more info. • Your Bosom Buddies II breast cancer support group will meet Thursday, May 8 at 7 p.m. at Palms West Hospital. Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month. For more info., call (561) 422-6034. Friday, May 9 • Kravis Center for the Performance Arts (701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach) will feature Spotlight On Young Musicians in partnership with the School District of Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach County Music Educators’ Association and the Youth Orchestra of Palm Beach County on Friday, May 9 at 7 p.m. in Dreyfoos Hall. For more info., call (561) 832-7469 or visit Send calendar items to: The Town-Crier, 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 31, Wellington, FL 33414. FAX: (561) 793-6090. E-mail: news@

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D.J. COMPUTER — Home & office, Spyware removal, websites, networks, repairs, upgrades, virus removal, tutoring. Call Jeff 561-333-1923 Cell 561-252-1186 Lic’d Well. & Palm Beach. We accept major credit cards.

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DRIVEWAY REPAIR D R I V E W AY S — F r e e e s t i m a t e s A & M ASPHALT SEAL COATING commercial and residential. Patching potholes, striping, repair existing asphalt & save money all work guaranteed. L i c.& In s. 1 0 0 0 4 5 0 6 2 5 61-667-7716

HANDYMAN THE MASTER HANDYMAN — All Types of Home Repairs & Improvements. No job too big or small done right the first time every time 40 yrs of satisfied customers. See me on Angies List. Tom (561) 801-2010 or (954) 444-3178 Serving Palm Beach and Broward Counties. BILLY’S HOME REPAIRS INC. REMODEL & REPAIRS — Interior Trim, crown molding, rottenwood repair, door installation, minor drywall,kitchens/cabinets/countertops, wood flooring. Bonded and Insured U#19699. Call 791-9900 or 628-9215

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

HOUSEKEEPING & ERRANDS PERFECTLY PAMPERED CLEANING — offers Luxury Affordable Cleaning & Personal Concierge Services for you & your family. Residential & Commercial. $20 Off 1st service. Fluent English. Free Consultation at 561-2035821.

HOUSE NANNY/DOG WALKER WELCOME HOME – Watching your home so you can relax. Dailey, weekly and monthly services available. Snowbird and seasonal services available as well. Kitchen restocking, errand running, and many other services offered. Professional and Trustworthy! (561)791-6041 (516)965-0389 (Cell) candieosias@gmail

TOWN-CRIER CLASSIFIEDS get results CALL 561-793-7606 for information.


PLUMBING JEREMY JAMES PLUMBING — Licensed plumber, legitimate estimate. Water heaters, new construction. CFC1426242. Bonded Insured. CFC1426242. 561-601-6458

PRESSURE CLEANING J&B PRESSURE CLEANING & PAINTING, INC. — Established 1984. All types of pressure cleaning, roofs, houses, driveways, patios etc. Commercial & Residential. Interior & Exterior painting. Certified pressure cleaning & painti n g c o n t r a c t o r. L i c . # U 2 1 5 5 2 C a l l Butch at 309-6975 or visit us at www. D R I V E W AY C L E A N I N G — S t a r t i n g at$59. $50 Off House Exterior Wash, Free Sidewalk Cleaning (up to 50 Ft.) with roof cleaning.Pressure Pros of Palm Beach, Inc. 561-718-9851 Lic. & Insured.

ROOFING MINOR ROOF REPAIRS Don Hartmann R oofing — R o o f p a i n t ing, Carpentry. Lic. #U13677 967-5580 ROBERT G. HARTMANN ROOFING — Specializing in repairs. Free estimates, Bonded,insured. Lic. #CCC 058317 Ph: 561-790-0763. ROOFING REPAIRS REROOFING 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

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

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

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

TILE / CERAMICS SPECIALIZING IN BATHROOM REMODELING — Free estimates serving South Florida since 1980. Quality you expect, service you deserve. Lic. bonded & Ins. U21006 561-662-9258

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

WATER TREATMENT NEED A NEW WATER SYSTEM! — Let us come out and give you an estimate. Call Mike 561-792-5400

OFFICE SPACE LAW OFFICE TO SHARE: — Royal Palm/ Wellington. Furnished executive offices plus two secretarial work stations, use of conference room, reception, kitchen. Utilities included. $1,000 month. 561-793-1200, ext. 1 or 561-386-7307

SITUATION WANTED CNA HOME HEALTH AIDE — 26 years experience, excellent local references, own transportation, honest, kind, dependable. Western Communities. 561-793-9827.



REAL ESTATE FOR SALE - WELLINGTON ONE PLUS ACRES IN PINEWOOD EAST— 5 bedrooms/3.5 bath home in beautiful Pinewood East, with one plus acres and swimming pool. Lots of room. Interior has wood and tile floors-updated kitchen. Cell 561-685-0386 Office 561-793-4444 rage, pool, gated upscale, golf country club. $895,000 561-795-0533 PALM BEACH POLO & COUNTRY CLUB — Luxury gated community furnished 1 bedroom 1 bath. $1,000 plus utilities. Short term rental. Available May - Jan 1st. (917) 576-8988 No Pets/No Smoking.

HOUSE FOR SALE - STUART F lorida C lub S tuart — 3 b d r m , 2bath, den, 2 car garage, gated golf community, granite, hdwds, new appliances, etc. $317,900 by owner 772-224-9854.

TOWN-CRIER CLASSIFIEDS get results CALL 561-793-7606 for information.

BOOKKEEPER NEEDED — part-time, experienced in QuickBooks, flexible hours. Please fax resume to 561-791-0952 HUNTINGTON LEARNING CENTER IN WELLINGTON — Now hiring certified teachers.$10-$15/hour. Call 561-594-1920 E-mail: PT/FT SALES HELP WANTED — For local flooring store expanding. Sales experience a plus. Will train the right person. 561-333-2306

ALL YOURS HAIR AND NAIL SALON IS GROWING! — We our HIRING Full Specialists/Nail Technicians, Stylist and Dual Licensed Massage The r a pis t s de dic a t e d t o t he ir profession. Please contact Kelly by email or call the Salon @ 561.790.5855 DRIVERS: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus! — Great pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-855-517-2488

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