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City Of Westlake Plans

$10 Million Budget For Fiscal Year 2025

Members of the Westlake City Council heard at their Tuesday, May 21 budget workshop that staff is proposing a $10,303,700 budget for fiscal year 2025. The budget — called “very preliminary” by City Manager Kenneth Cassel — contains a 15.4 percent, or $1,372,200,

Nicholas Valdiviezo, Samuel Valiente Onoro, Daniela Pardo, Emmanuel Siado Suarez, Mayra Roa and Randy Sabina. MORE PHOTOS,

Wellington Wolves Send 19 Teams To Holiday Weekend Tournament

The Wellington Wolves travel basketball program sent a contingent of 19 basketball teams to Lake Buena Vista for the AAU Memorial Day Classic (May 25-27), held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports. In all, more than 215 young basketball players, from third graders to 11th graders, represented the Wellington Wolves in the three-day tournament. Page 21

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Westlake Mayor JohnPaul

O’Connor thinks he may have landed on an idea that could take off. At a Tuesday, May 21 joint meeting of the Westlake City Council and the Seminole Improvement District (SID) Board of Supervisors, O’Connor suggested a space in the area’s soonto-be constructed regional park be set aside for a vertiport — a physical structure that allows for the arrival, departure and parking of automated, battery-powered aircraft that take off and land vertically.

“This is going to be the future of mobility, and not that far into the future — within 10 years,” O’Connor told the group. “We’re building a city from the ground up. This is a rare opportunity to be ahead of the curve.”

A vertiport for electric verti-

The Wellington Community Foundation recently presented the Arle & Ken Adams Scholarship to three exceptional members of the Class of 2024: Rachel Ireland, Jaden Browning and Sophia Amro Gazze. The 2024 scholarship recipients were honored Tuesday, May 21 at Village Music Café. These remarkable students have demonstrated outstanding dedication, leadership and commitment to their community, embodying the spirit of service cherished by Arle and Ken Adams. The Arle & Ken Adams Scholarship is named in honor of a

cal take-off and landing aircraft, known as eVTOLs, already has been approved for Palm Beach International Airport. Plans also are in the works for vertiports in Miami and Orlando. Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York City also have their eyes on vertiport facilities.

“One of the biggest problems we have out here in the western communities is getting around… imagine going from here to Miami in 20 minutes,” said O’Connor, who sits on the Florida League of Cities Transportation & Intergovernmental Relations Committee and the Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency Technical Advisory Committee.

In the meantime, a small area in the 50-acre park can be used for Trauma Hawk landings, O’Connor said, noting that having a landing zone in the park also might create funding or grant opportunities through the Health Care District of

Palm Beach County, which operates the air ambulances.

Kenneth Cassel, who manages both the city and the district, said a vertiport is not merely pie in a far-off sky.

“I see a number of places trying to introduce it,” he said. “Why shouldn’t we be one of the first ones out here?”

Cassel said a vertiport could be used by increasingly well-heeled Westlake residents, plus others from the surrounding area, such as Wellington.

“We’ll have the [electrical] power and the parking lot already there,” said Supervisor Scott Massey, president of the SID board. “This could be easily accommodated.”

O’Connor called it a way to “future-proof” the community.

“We bill ourselves as ‘the Innovative City of Westlake.’ It’s even on our business cards,” O’Connor

See VERTIPORT, page 7

pioneering couple, whose unwavering dedication and service to the community have left an indelible mark on Wellington. Ken Adams, a former Palm Beach County commissioner, was a firm believer in the power of community and the importance of nurturing future leaders. When the Wellington Community Foundation established its scholarship program, it was only fitting to immortalize the Adams’ legacy by naming it after them.

Although Ken Adams passed away in 2020, following his wife in 2017, their spirit lives on through the scholarship that bears their name. The Arle & Ken

Adams Scholarship seeks to uplift future leaders, fostering better tomorrows. The 2024 recipients exemplify these values, displaying exceptional promise and a strong commitment to making a positive community impact.

Rachel Ireland, a student at Wellington High School, has been recognized for her exceptional academic performance and dedication to community service. With a GPA of 5.007, Ireland has demonstrated her passion for biological science and research. Her involvement in the National Honor Society, the Music Honor Society, the American Sign Language Honor

See AKA SCHOLARS, page 4

Four candidates have already turned in paperwork to run for two seats on the Indian Trail Improvement District Board of Supervisors in the upcoming election season, with a little more than two weeks left to qualify for the ballot.

In Seat 2, incumbent Supervisor Keith Jordano has drawn two opponents as of Wednesday, May 29. Kirk

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The Wellington Village Council took an initial step this week to allow one set of new homes near 120th Avenue South while postponing consideration of another plan, amid debate about whether roads and sidewalks are sufficient to handle it on the village’s south end. At a meeting Tuesday, May 28, Mayor Michael Napoleone expressed concerns about a proposal to put 27 homes on land that has no sidewalk connections to the rest of Wellington. It sits on 10 acres at the northeast corner of 50th Street South and 120th Avenue South. “I don’t want to approve a caronly community,” Napoleone said. The land, which sits at the southwest corner of the Isles Wellington Council Postpones Vote On The Islepointe Residential Project at Wellington community was previously zoned for commercial equestrian activities that never came about. Called Islepointe, it is part of the Orange Point Planned Unit Development. Sidewalks and paths for bicycles and children to walk to schools have represented a signature emphasis in most of Wellington, though in this case, the property is somewhat walled off from other residences by a wide landscape barrier. The applicant, SIWBG2 LLC, seeks a land-use change from commercial to residential, with up to three homes per acre. After discussions, representatives, including agent Jerrod Purser, signaled they were willing to put off a vote to work on solutions for MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCES
Westlake Mayor Floats Idea For Helipad/Vertiport At New Park See ISLEPOINTE, page 4
The villages of Royal Palm Beach and Wellington held Memorial Day observances on Monday, May 27 to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Shown above, Kamaal Bryan rings the bell for each fallen soldier’s name read by Johnny Castro at the Royal Palm Beach observance. MORE PHOTOS FROM WELLINGTON, PAGE 16 MORE PHOTOS FROM ROYAL PALM BEACH, PAGE 18 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER
increase in total expenditures over the current fiscal year 2024 budget. Page 3
(Above) Wellington High School held its graduation ceremony Monday, May 20. Shown here are salutatorian Ewa Tryniszewski, valedictorian Sarah
Lizarazo Baez, SGA President Adrianna Altamirano and Senior Class President Paula Currea Machea. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 9 PHOTO BY FRANK KOESTER/TOWN-CRIER (Left) Seminole Ridge High School held its ceremony Thursday, May 23. Shown here, Lorenzo Thompson receives his diploma from Principal Robert Hatcher. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 5 PHOTO BY BAILEY HASTINGS/TOWN-CRIER (Below) Palm Beach Central High School held its ceremony Friday, May 17. Shown here are new graduates Genesis Zelaya, PAGE 15 PHOTO BY CALLIE SHARKEY/TOWN-CRIER
both filed to challenge Jordano, who has also turned in paperwork to seek a second term. Filing Underway For Two Seats On The Indian Trail Board In Seat 4, Natalia Melian Torres of East Pleasure Drive is the only candidate to file so far. The seat is currently held by Supervisor Betty Argue, who is wrapping up her second four-year term on the board. Candidates have until noon on Friday, June 14 to qualify for the ballot. If more than two candidates qualify for a race, it will appear on the Tuesday, Aug. 20 primary election ballot. The top two votegetters will advance to the November general election, unless a candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote and is elected See ITID ELECTION, page 4
Allen Ljongquist of 94th Terrace North and Stian Oksavik of 79th Court North have
The Wellington Community Foundation Honors Three Arle & Ken Adams Scholarship Recipients Women Of The Western Communities Hosts Spring Fashion Show Women of the Western Communities held its “Chic and Sassy” Spring Fashion Show & Brunch on Sunday, May 19 at the Wellington National Golf Club. The event featured fashions from Dillard’s in casual, business and evening wear. Page 13 Flavors 2024 Shows Off Tasty Foods From Wellington Restaurants On May 23, the Greater Wellington Chamber of Commerce held its signature tasting event Flavors 2024. Several hundred attendees had a chance to sample some of the tasty and diverse foods from a number of different restaurants. Page 14
Jim Sackett, Pam Tahan, scholarship recipient Rachel Ireland, Don Gross, scholarship recipient Jaden Browning, Joanna Boynton, Terri Kane, James Seder, Maggie Zeller and Barry Manning.

City Of Westlake Plans $10 Million Budget For Fiscal Year 2025

Members of the Westlake City Council heard at their Tuesday, May 21 budget workshop that staff is proposing a $10,303,700 budget for fiscal year 2025.

The budget — called “very preliminary” by City Manager Kenneth Cassel — contains a 15.4 percent, or $1,372,200, increase in total expenditures over the current fiscal year 2024 budget.

All of the increase and a little more comes from plans to set aside $1,382,100 to go with $1,259,800 projected to be in the municipality’s reserve fund by the Sept. 30 end of the current fiscal year.

The reserves are important because from 2016, when Westlake incorporated, to fiscal year 2023, Minto Communities USA,

the area’s largest landowner and developer, supplied millions of dollars to prop up local government services. Now that the agreement has run out, Westlake has to have its own emergency fallback money, Cassel said.

Westlake is no longer a municipal toddler or the new kid on the block. In fact, is maturing faster than anyone expected, with residential buildout possible within the next four to five years.

“We’re now the teenager who’s starting to have some money in our pockets,” Cassel told council members. “Prior to last year, we haven’t had any money [in reserves]. So, we need to look at new ways to do things. We may want to look at adding a financial advisor to our team.”

Mayor JohnPaul O’Connor said

he will be pushing staff to lower the city’s property tax rate for the third year in a row while maintaining current services. Cassel said he hopes to be able to do so.

The current Westlake municipal tax rate is 5.0 mills.

Even if the millage rate is lowered, many homeowners will have to pay somewhat more than in 2024 because of increased property values, council members were told.

One of the largest increases homeowners are likely to see on the 2025 tax bill is the fee for solid waste disposal — going from $280 to $324, plus $180 for the county’s disposal fee.

As O’Connor was quick to note, none of that money goes to the city. It’s all passed through to the solid waste hauler and the county.

With residential construction still booming and commercial construction growing, Westlake is expecting a 17.1 percent ($855,804) increase in property tax revenues, according to the preliminary budget, accounting for 74 percent of the city’s revenues.

Cassel said that he and his staff will have a better handle on exact numbers after June 1, when they will receive the estimated taxable property values from the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser’s Office.

At their Tuesday, July 2 meeting, Westlake council members will see another preliminary budget presentation and approve a tentative millage rate.

On Tuesday, Aug. 6, another budget workshop is scheduled, followed by the first formal bud-

get hearing on Sept. 3, and the second and final budget hearing on Sept. 11.

Also discussed at the May 21 meeting was the city’s Housing Assistance Purchasing Program, known as HAPPY.

The city currently is sitting on $4.3 million in fees charged to homebuyers to fund the program.

“The problem is finding qualified homebuyers,” Cassel said. “They have too much money or too many assets, or the price of the home is too high.”

According to Westlake’s web site, the city partnered with Minto and the Westlake Community Foundation Inc. in “an innovative program to fund eligible applicants under the Housing & Urban Development categories for low-, moderate- and middle-

income households based upon income limitations… [in an] effort to maximize the utilization of funding sources for affordable housing and workforce housing assistance.”

The city is working with Minto to tweak the criteria to qualify more homebuyers, Cassel explained.

“My concern is, how do we continue to get [the program] to do what it is intended to do without opening the floodgates for people who don’t need it?” Cassel said.

“We’re well along the way” to finding a solution, Minto attorney Kathryn Rossmell said.

Westlake City Attorney Donald Doody is expected to report the results of the effort to council members on July 2.

RPB Council Awards Scholarships To 10 High School Graduates

The Royal Palm Beach Village Council presented its annual scholarships to 10 graduating seniors from the community at a meeting Thursday, May 16.

“I’d like to say a special welcome to all of the bright young men and women, and especially all of the parents and family members,” Mayor Fred Pinto said at the start of the meeting. “This is a special occasion for you and your children and your family.”

Education Advisory Board liaison Vice Mayor Jeff Hmara thanked the board for their hard work in interviewing and selecting the 10 new graduates for the $1,000 village scholarships.

“It’s always challenging when you have such great candidates,” Hmara said. “For everybody’s information, there were four particular categories that we emphasized when considering who to select for the award of these scholarships. One was leadership capacity, and another was academic achievement. The third was civic involvement, and the fourth was future goals. Each one of the candidates had outstanding presentations and outstanding backgrounds that should make all of us feel comfortable about the future going forward, so congratulations to all of you.”

Eight of the 2024 village honorees attended the meeting to receive their scholarship awards.

Olivia Biery, from Seminole Ridge High School, a Leadership Palm Beach County 2023 GROW graduate, was chosen to serve as a counselor for the South Florida Leadership training camp. This summer, she plans to attend Palm

Beach State College before transferring to Florida Gulf Coast University.

Royal Palm Beach High School graduate Dylan Craib successfully completed the medical sciences/pre-medicine academy program and is eligible for the AICE diploma. As a dual-enrolled student, he has already received an associate’s degree from Palm Beach State College. Craib will attend Florida State University’s honors program to study STEM entrepreneurship and finance.

Madison Gardner, also of RPBHS, is a top 10 student who will attend the University of Florida, where she plans to major in health sciences. Gardner hopes to become a pediatrician.

Sydney Greenaway-Matthew graduated from RPBHS as the 2024 Career and Technical Education Student of the Year. An afterschool counselor at Cypress Trails Elementary School, GreenawayMatthew is also a member of the Best Buddies program, the National Honor Society and serves as vice president of socials for the Florida Future Educators of America.

RPBHS student Allyson Leppert is slated to attend the University of North Florida and major in elementary education. A student council and National Honor Society member, she earned more than 600 community service hours and wants to return to Palm Beach County to teach.

Rylee Manuel graduated in the top 20 percent of her class RPBHS. She created new clubs at the school, as well as starting the Dance Marathon program there.

Kinley Seider of Glades Day School is a 17-year-old senior and class president. She serves as the National Honor Society vice

president at her school. Seider will attend Florida State University to study nursing and plans to become a nurse anesthetist.

RPBHS’s Nevaeh Thompson is an honor roll student in DECA who also works with Fosters in Need and the yearbook.

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Wellington Architectural Board Objects To Steel Fence Proposal

Wellington’s architectural gatekeepers continue to back the village’s traditional look on fencing around homes, but discussions have not completely shut the door on different materials and styles in the future. Take the case of a proposed sixfoot brown galvanized steel fence on the sides and rear of a house on Jonquil Place, a request that came before Wellington’s Architectural Review Board on Wednesday, May 22. “I guess I can see, if you want to call them plusses and minuses, or just different views in reference to the durability and that side of it all, it definitely does sound like a good thing,” ARB Chair Stacy Somers said. “Then the flip side, just thinking about the neighborhood, Wellington being all about nature and stuff, that’s the majority of why it has always been the wood fences.” Steel fences are not common in

Islepointe Residential Approved Postponed

continued from page 1 various issues. The council agreed 5-0 to take the item up again on Tuesday, June 25.

One challenge is finding places to put sidewalks or multi-modal paths in this part of the village, or for that matter, turn lanes to widen roads.

In spots, answers may involve culverts, or built-up areas over canals. Still, the cost for such projects could run into seven figures, officials said.

Who pays what share of that is

ITID Election

Two Seat Up This Year

continued from page 1 outright. Races that only draw two candidates will skip the primary ballot and be on the general election ballot in November.

Jordano, who has lived in The Acreage since 1998 and owns an insurance agency, is seeking his second term after several earlier runs for the board.

“I think the district wants a conservative, middle-of-the-road candidate,” Jordano said this week. “I want to protect the community we all love.”

Ljongquist, who has owned property in The Acreage since 1989, said he is frustrated with the increasing demands of recently arriving residents and with the growth of bureaucracy, assess-

AKA Scholars Three Students


continued from page 1 Society and theater, where she choreographed the school musical Mamma Mia!, reflects her commitment to both academics and the arts. Her future aspirations lie in the field of genetics and molecular biology, where she hopes to make significant contributions.

Ireland thanked the foundation’s board of directors and Scholarship Committee members James Seder, Joanna Boynton and Don Gross for honoring her with the award. “Being selected for this honor is truly humbling,” she said. “Wellington has undoubtedly prepared me for my future, from the support of my teachers at Wellington High School, to the mentorship of the physical therapist at USA Sports Medicine Wellington, who graciously took me on as an intern.”

Jaden Browning, a student at Suncoast High School, stands out for his academic excellence and commitment to community engagement. With a GPA of 5.32, he aspires to pursue a major in chemistry. His achievements in the Academic Games, along with scoring in the top one percent nationally on both the SAT and ACT, highlight his academic prowess. Outside school, Browning dedicates his time to teaching computer coding to young people and participating

the Sugar Pond Manor neighborhood, “so it definitely would be a different aesthetic look,” Somers said.

The debate ultimately ended in a 6-0 vote not to approve the fence, but conversations ventured into speculation about what might work down the line.

Board Member Miguel Alonso observed, “you might have better luck getting it past the board” if the steel components had a flatter, more wood-like appearance.

Village staff explained that some steel fences have been approved because of their durability in situations such as conduits for horses. In residential settings, though, it was noted that some steel fences can resemble hurricane shutters.

It’s the kind of judgment call that can affect the perceptions of residents and prospective buyers and, for all anyone knows, have an inscrutable butterfly-wing effect on billions of dollars of property values in a community like Wellington. Shutters do many

likely to remain a topic of discussion going forward.

Neighboring residents asked council members to look at a bigger picture.

“No one is taking a larger look at how does all of this come together,” said resident Kevin Turner, who lives near the proposed developments.

He called it an “ad hoc” approach where smaller development proposals might seem reasonable enough on their own, but together, add up to more congestion and safety issues than the village has acknowledged and addressed.

Another nearby resident, equestrian Maureen Brennan, agreed.

“The density is far too high, and there’s no ability to safely walk or bike to school,” she said.

ments and expenditures within ITID.

“The district’s job is to maintain roads, swales and drainage,” said Ljongquist, who owns a construction business. “I don’t feel they’re doing that. They’re just spending money on stuff we don’t need.”

Jordano said that as the board’s treasurer, he sees where every dollar goes and does his best to make sure it’s well and properly spent, and that he is happy that the board was able to pass a budget for fiscal year 2025 without an assessment increase for most property owners.

“I think it shows residents that we’re trying to be fiscally responsible,” he said.

Oksavik, who works remotely in the area of computer networks for a telecom company, has lived in the area since 2014. Making his first run for office,

in various community service activities, including food bank distributions and beach cleanups. His future goals revolve around becoming a research scientist, where he aims to make impactful discoveries.

Browning shared how he worked with Wellington Community Foundation founder Tom Wenham to assist in locating other veterans in Wellington. “When I met with Mr. Wenham to see how I could help, we had wonderful discussions about his military service, his dedication to community service and how he supported veterans for years,” Browning said. “I was impressed. I really was inspired by Mr. Wenham’s commitment to service in this area.”

Sophia Amro Gazze, a student at Florida Atlantic University High School, has been recognized for her academic excellence and leadership abilities. With a GPA of 5.48, she will attend the FAU Honors College to study cellular neuroscience. Her involvement in the dual-enrollment program at FAU has allowed her to accumulate three years of college experience in high school.

As president of the Mock Trials, captain of the Science Olympiad, vice president of the Model United Nations and on the track and field team, Gazze has exhibited exceptional leadership skills and dedication to extracurricular activities. Her future aspirations include serving as both a healer and an activist in her community.

“This scholarship stands on a


useful things, but can carry connotations of a locked-up, checked-out neighborhood. For instance, some homeowners’ associations do not allow shutters to remain up indefinitely, such as when a seasonal resident is away.

The house in question is a single-family residence with a pool, built in 1984. The steel fence was not on the village’s approved list, and Wellington’s staff recommended against it, as a departure from the standard village aesthetic, typically wood or vinyl-coated chain link fencing fronted by hedges. An online village summary also mentions PVC and aluminum railing as acceptable under various conditions.

A family member speaking for the applicants said the steel fence is galvanized, so it won’t rust any time soon. It is also engineered to Miami-Dade County code to withstand severe hurricane winds. The family was willing to install planks vertically or horizontally, as the village wished, but preferred the

The prospective homes would land on pockets of territory once zoned for something else, but now emerge as coveted space for home builders in a mostly builtout village.

Similar issues arose with Pulte Home Company LLC, though it proceeded through a first step in its process at the meeting. Pulte wants to build 42 single-family homes on 22 acres it arranged to buy from the Catholic Diocese of Palm Beach, near the existing St. Therese De Lisieux Catholic Church close to the southeast corner of Lake Worth Road and 120th Avenue South.

The council gave unanimous approval on first reading for a land-use change from church-related functions, such as schools

Oksavik said he has three reasons for getting in the race — to help better manage tax dollars, to encourage more milling and paving of roads where residents want it, and to support the district’s big-rig truckers in their fight to park their semis at their homes.

“You get that tax bill every year and [district] assessments go up and up,” Oksavik said Wednesday. “I want to help everyone keep spending under control.”

One way to save long-term is by milling more roads, he said. “For all the money [the supervisors] spend, how many times can you grade a road?” he asked.

Melian has lived in The Acreage since 2018 and owns a trucking business with her husband. She has been a leader in the “Save Our Truckers” movement but said her activism on that issue had little to do with her choice to enter the race. Instead, Melian said it was her six

latter. Staff favored the horizontal, if it came to that.

The applicants signaled that they were willing to put hedges equal to the fence height in front of the portions visible from the street, and work with neighbors to coordinate with their own fencing.

A big complication, board members said, is that approvals can imply standards for the larger community.

“Even if it’s an individual that’s asking about it, we’re also thinking about the whole neighborhood,” Somers said.

Board Member Jeff Browning said there is another layer to the whole conversation. New homes approved for construction near the entrance to the Palm Beach Polo community on Forest Hill Blvd., for example, feature a modern look with a combination of glass, metal, stucco and composite materials.

“This fence wouldn’t look bad, would it, with those new homes that are going into Polo?” he said.

or day care, to residential. The plan requires a second approval and master plan amendments, probably in June.

Again, paths and sidewalks came up, particularly safe road crossings for school children.

Several council members said they wanted to hear more about those issues.

Wellington is considering several possible road projects in the area, including a roundabout involving 120th Avenue South, but these are not yet in formal village budgets.

In other business, Wellington wants builders to pay a new “public facilities impact fee,” in addition to existing charges for parks, recreation and multi-modal paths.

years of managing the dollars and cents of the family business.

“I think the board could use the money better,” she said Wednesday. “I don’t think they’re focusing on the right things… They’re using too much money where it could be saved.”

Though this is Melian’s first run for office, she has appeared at rallies, before the ITID supervisors and the Palm Beach County Commission numerous times regarding the truck-parking issue.

Argue, who has not yet filed for re-election could not be reached for comment. She moved to The Acreage in 2011 and in 2016 unseated longtime Supervisor Michelle Damone to take her seat on the board. She automatically returned to the board in 2020 when her only opponent, former Supervisor Carol Jacobs, withdrew from the race. Argue has served multiple stints as ITID president.

In other business:

• The board unanimously approved updated plans for Wellington Bay, a 46-acre congregate living facility project near the Mall at Wellington Green. Phase 2 of its plans would start construction in 2025 and feature a six-story building with an extended wing overlooking water areas, three one-story villas, and a three-story building. It is designed to serve people needing medical care and rehabilitation in a residential setting.

A unanimous vote on second reading by the council on May 28 sets up a new stream of money to help pay for new or expanded public facilities, which in the recent past have included things like enhanced village offices and an amphitheater. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office facilities and public works buildings have been mentioned as possible upcoming projects that could benefit from the fee.

A study presented to the village in January set recommended fees as $1,250 per new single-family home and $935 for each multi-family housing unit.

The analysis by Raftelis Financial Consultants Inc. also set rates

• The board also unanimously approved the latest elevations, colors and materials for the planned new Wellington Aquatics Complex at Village Park. These back the Wellington Village Council’s expressed wishes for details such as wood-like paneling in the entrance façade to achieve more of a resort feel and less of an institutional look. There was a mix of grumbles and support for orange and blue colors associated with the University of Florida.


among others. The study set



Peggy Adams TNVR Spay Day June 8

The Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League will hold its first TNVR (trap-neuter-vaccinate-return) Spay Day for 2024 on Saturday, June 8. The goal is to TNVR more than 500 community cats. These surgeries include spay/ neuter, rabies vaccination, microchip and a left ear tip to signify a completed TNVR surgery.

A team of veterinarians will perform an average of 100 surgeries per hour. This community TNVR Spay Day will bring veterinary professionals across Florida to perform surgeries. Volunteers will work alongside Peggy Adams’ staff and perform duties throughout the event.

TNVR has been shown to be the least costly, most effective and humane way of stabilizing and decreasing community cat populations.

“Completing these spay/neuter surgeries on community cats will

strong foundation based on leadership, service and the future,” Gazze said. “It is such an honor to have received this prestigious recognition and to represent a strong generation of action and positive change.”

The Wellington Community Foundation congratulates this year’s scholarship recipients. Their exemplary achievements and dedication to community service embody the values cherished by Arle and Ken Adams, and their future

have a tremendous impact on the lives of many free-roaming cats in Palm Beach County and all of South Florida by controlling population growth and slowing the flood of homeless kittens into our shelters,” said Sue Berry, CEO of the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League. The regular cost of spay/neuter services for one cat is $90. However, all community cats brought to Peggy Adams for this event will be sterilized and vaccinated free of charge. Peggy Adams has traps available to loan (with a refundable deposit) for the event. All cats must come in a trap, and traps should be covered with a sheet or a towel with one cat per trap (no cats in carriers can be accepted). Online registration is recommended to facilitate faster checkin. Walk-ins will be accepted if space allows. To register, visit

endeavors promise to inspire and uplift the community. As the 2024 recipients embark on their academic journey, the Wellington Community Foundation remains steadfast in its mission of “building a stronger community.”

For those who wish to support the Arle & Ken Adams Scholarship, or become involved in the Wellington Community Foundation’s mission, learn more at www. wellingtoncommunityfoundation. org.

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More than 550 members of the Seminole Ridge High School Class of 2024 celebrated the culmination of their high school years at a graduation ceremony held Thursday, May 23 at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center. They’re off to the future after a commencement that included speeches by Superintendent Michael Burke, Principal Robert Hatcher, Valedictorian Kyla Cartwright and Salutatorian Caitlyn Tripician.

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SRHS Principal Robert Hatcher speaks at graduation. Superintendent Michael Burke addresses the crowd. Senior Isabella Kelson receives her diploma. Class President Estella Carroll-Ruiz offers her reflections. Salutatorian Caitlyn Tripician addresses the graduates. Valedictorian Kyla Cartwright speaks from the podium. Members of the Class of 2024 march into the ceremony. Seniors are led into the Expo Center by Superintendent Michael Burke and Principal Robert Hatcher. The new graduates file out of the Expo Center. New graduate Angelica Schmidt. William Castillo-Tino with his family. Davily Rodriguez surrounded by family members. Isabella Martinez celebrates with family and friends. New grad Anaya Thomas poses for a photo. Students Jasmine Andino and Heath Wood record the ceremony. Isaiah Gerena celebrates with family after the ceremony. Sebastian Lopez after the ceremony. Anderson Llewellyn smiles with family.
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Report Shows Crime Index Up Slightly In RPB, But Trending Lower

The Royal Palm Beach Village Council meeting on Thursday, May 16 featured the presentation of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s District 9 Annual Report by PBSO Capt. Ulrich Naujoks.

Naujoks attended the meeting along with criminal intelligence analyst Harry Hook and detective sergeant Eric Keith, who he introduced to the council.

“This will be my 11th year here. Since I first started here, I’ve watched the dramatic change

in the geography and the makeup of the village. It has grown,” Naujoks said. “Traffic has grown, our developments have grown. We’ve added a lot of things… and I’d like to give credit to the men and women out there where the rubber meets the road. This job has gotten more dangerous than when I first started.”

While the overall crime rate in Royal Palm Beach remains very low, Naujoks expressed concerns over scams targeting the elderly. The crime index technically rose by one percent from last year, from

585 to 596. However, when compared to 10 years ago, the index is nearly half what it was in 2013.

The local Citizen Observer Patrol (COP) has 10 active members, but Naujoks would like to recruit more volunteers, and there is capacity for growth. In 2023, the COP put in 704 volunteer service hours for a value of $22,387.

While reviewing details of the crime statistics, Naujoks confirmed that the increase was primarily due to burglaries.

“Now for the cause of the spike in our burglaries — the dramatic

percentage increase in burglaries within the village was caused by burglaries or attempted burglaries to storage units, all of which had their locks cut,” he explained, adding that 32, or 68 percent of the 47 business burglaries, were to storage units. “It’s considered a burglary even if entry is not made.”

Essentially, the PBSO counts the incident regardless of whether any property is stolen.

Naujoks encouraged residents and the council to read his newsletter coming out in June to see the strategic plan for District 9,

Village Of Wellington Helps Mall At Wellington Green Celebrate The Grand Openings Of Lifetime Kitchen And Daniel’s Jewelers

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continued from page 1 said. “This is a chance to show we really, truly can be an innovative city.” Meanwhile, council members and supervisors heard that environmental permits from Palm Beach County are finally in hand for the park, which is on the west side of Seminole Pratt Whitney Road abutting Seminole Ridge High School to the north. SID officials had hoped to start contouring the land for drainage in January but were held up by the permitting. Cassel said work

should begin in mid-June and be complete by the end of September. Afterward, the reshaped ground will be mulched and seeded with grass. Residents should be able to begin enjoying the park’s greenspace in the first quarter of next year, and plans are to hold the 2025 FourthFest Fourth of July celebration there, he said. Cassel has said that work on the park will be done in phases as the money becomes available. Initial plans call for a large central space plus six soccer/sports fields with the infrastructure to later install field lighting. On the east side of the park, paved parking for at least 45 cars, 90 golf carts and more than a dozen food trucks with utility hook-ups is planned, plus restrooms.

In time, plans call for parking for 275 cars and 190 golf carts; a shaded tot-lot; basketball, pickle ball, tennis, racquetball and beach volleyball courts; large and smaller concert areas; and a dog park.

A six-foot-wide asphalt path framing the entire area is part of the design. A community/multipurpose/possible government center of at least 7,000 square feet also is anticipated in a later phase. The entire project will cost approximately $13 million, Massey said. At the moment, Westlake/ SID have some $1.4 million in hand.

“I don’t think SID would be in position to do any additional bonding,” Massey said regarding financing the project. “Unless we have a windfall… we’ll have to just peck away at it and keep going.”

On Wednesday, May 22, the Mall at Wellington Green and the Village of Wellington hosted ribbon-cutting ceremonies for Lifetime Kitchen and Daniel’s Jewelers.

Mall leadership and staff, village officials and other local leaders joined together to officially welcome the new tenants to the Wellington community.

Lifetime Kitchen opened a temporary location in the mall in March 2021 and became a fulltime tenant in August 2023 when it vastly expanded into its current 5,500-square-foot store.

The locally owned retailer offers luxury kitchen and culinary items, from fashionable Italian coffee makers to chef-quality steak knives. The store is located on the second floor above the Grand Court. For more information, visit or call

(561) 370-3891.

In November 2023, Daniel’s Jewelers opened its third Florida location at the Mall at Wellington Green.

With more than 75 years’ experience in the diamond and jewelry industry, the family-owned store offers an expansive collection of sought-after items, including watches, engagement rings and customizable pieces. The 1,044-square-foot store is located on the first floor, adjacent to the Grand Court. For more information, visit www.danielsjewelers. com or call (561) 944-6042.

“These are exactly the kind of businesses we want to celebrate,” Vice Mayor John McGovern said.

“Stores like Daniel’s Jewelers and Lifetime Kitchen add to the vibrancy of not only the mall, but the Wellington community as a whole.” Joining McGovern at the grand openings were Councilwoman Tanya Siskind, Councilwoman Maria Antuña and Councilwoman Amanda Silvestri.

“These unique, family-owned stores are the heart and soul of the Mall at Wellington Green,” said Asad Sadiq, general manager of the mall. “We’re so grateful they have chosen our community in Wellington as their home.” The Mall at Wellington Green is located at 10300 W. Forest Hill Blvd. The mall is a 1.2 millionsquare-foot, two-level regional shopping destination in Wellington that features more than 160 stores. For additional information, call (561) 227-6900 or visit www.

Garden Club Will Feature Talk By Environmental

Have you ever wondered how to attract butterflies and other pollinators to your yard? Here’s your chance to learn from an expert! In celebration of National Garden Week, June 2-8, the Wellington Garden Club will sponsor a presentation by CJ McCartney, a master gardener and environmental steward, who will help you learn how to enhance your landscaping by using native plants to attract butterflies and other pollinators. The event will be held Thursday, June 6 at 5:30 p.m. at the Wellington branch library, located at 1951 Royal Fern Drive. Free native plant seedlings will be given to attendees. CJ McCartney began her jour-

ney to becoming an environmental steward in the late 1990s when she moved to South Florida from Chicago, where she owned a public affairs consulting firm. The move prompted a shift in interests. Now living in a subtropical climate, she began cycling and hiking natural habitats, and she started noticing all the wildlife that lived in and depended upon those habitats for survival.

Thus began her journey to become a knowledgeable and effective environmental steward. Along with training to become a master gardener, McCartney began taking a variety of botanical and horticulture classes, as well as seminars to supplement her Har-

vard education in public policy and urban management. Currently, she vouchers native plants for Palm Beach County Environmental Resources Management, serves on several boards and committees, and works as the master gardener in residence at the Ann Norton Sculpture Garden.

McCartney is passionate about native plants, their benefits to the environment and the pollinators that depend on them for survival. When she’s not hiking, gardening, photographing wildlife and giving presentations, she propagates native plants from seed and freely shares the seedlings with gardening enthusiasts who attend her presentations.

Steward CJ McCartney June 6

The Wellington Garden Club is delighted that McCartney has agreed to help the club celebrate National Garden Week by sharing her knowledge and seedlings with the community on June 6. No reservations are required. All are welcome.

The Wellington Garden Club, founded in 1981, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating its members and the public in the fields of gardening, horticulture, floral design and landscape design, and to promoting conservation of natural resources, civic beautification and youth education.

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Historical Society To Feature Author Eliot Kleinberg

Eliot Kleinberg

Florida native and longtime journalist Eliot Kleinberg spent his career documenting daily life in the Sunshine State. He’s also the author of more than two dozen books — all about Florida. Needless to say, he’s an expert on the weird stories that have come to define Florida.

Kleinberg will be the featured speaker at the Wellington Historical Society’s Wednesday, June 26 Lunch and Learn series where he’ll talk about “Weird Florida.”

The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wellington National Golf Club, located at 400 Binks Forest Drive. Born in South Florida, Kleinberg spent nearly four decades as a reporter, including more than 33

years at The Palm Beach Post. In addition to covering local news, he wrote extensively about Florida and Florida history, including a local history column that ran for two decades. In 1998, he published Weird Florida

“Any time you jam descendants of slaves, rednecks, Indians, con artists, carpetbaggers, drug smugglers, fugitives, UFO abductees, strippers, alligators and political refugees into a flat peninsula surrounded by water but with hardly a drop to drink anymore, you get a pretty weird place. Weird Florida,” Kleinberg said of his book, which now includes two editions.

Other titles by Kleinberg include Wicked Palm Beach and Palm Beach Past

“We’re excited to host Eliot Kleinberg for our Lunch and Learn series, and we look forward to hearing all the weird stories he has gathered as a journalist and lover of history,” said Sue Bierer, president of the Wellington Historical Society. “We welcome the community to join us for this presentation.”

Tickets for the event are $45 for Wellington Historical Society members and $50 for non-members. Purchase tickets by visiting www.wellingtonhistoricalsociety. org. The Wellington Historical Society is a non-for-profit organization driven by dedicated residents with the goal of preserving the unique history of Wellington.

Shop For A Cause June 15 At The Capstone In RPB


If you would like to become a vendor or wish to donate, reach out to Denae Woodward at (561) 570-2005 or e-mail dwoodward@ for more information. The Capstone at Royal Palm is an assisted living and memory care community located in Royal Palm Beach. The Capstone at Royal Palm is founded on a care philosophy that fosters dignity and respect for residents and promotes their independence and individuality, offering a variety of amenities, activities and programs.

Minto Communities USA, developer of the award-winning Westlake master-planned community, will host WestlakeFest, a free community-wide event taking place on Saturday, June 1, from noon to 3 p.m. at 16610 Town Center Parkway North in Westlake.

The event marks the grand opening of Minto’s new Courtyard Collection townhome models at the Terraces, along with a live concert, games, giveaways and an array of other family-oriented activities.

Headlining the event is Grammy winner Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers, fresh off a recent performance with the Rolling Stones at the NOLA Jazz Fest. The festivities include a DJ, food trucks, face painting, a bounce house, a BMX demonstration and more.

“We’re thrilled to host a funfilled day packed with activities for the whole family. This event celebrates the vibrant community spirit that sets Westlake apart,” said Steve Svopa, southeast division president of Minto Communities USA. “As the fastest-growing city in Florida, Westlake offers an

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The Capstone at Royal Palm SHINE memory care and assisted living community will host a community yard sale fundraiser for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Enjoy the event and help raise funds Saturday, June 15 starting at 9 a.m. at 10621 Okeechobee Blvd. in Royal Palm Beach. The Capstone at Royal Palm invites the public to participate in this exciting fundraising event. Come and browse the wonderful items, enjoy food and enter to win raffle prizes. Whether you’re looking to declutter and donate items, or are interested in becoming a vendor, there’s something for everyone. Donating Items: If you have gently used items that you would like to contribute to the yard sale, donations are welcome prior to the event by June 10.
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an opportunity to tour all 11 furnished model homes in Westlake, including four brand-new townhome models in the Terraces. Priced from the mid$300s, these Courtyard Collection townhomes offer three spacious floorplans: Rose, Ivy and Coral. With two architectural styles to choose from, coastal contemporary and urban transitional, each three-bedroom and four-bedroom floorplan features a two-car garage, front-entry covered lanai, expansive island kitchen, walk-in master closet and double sink master vanity. Also available for touring are six single-family model homes and the luxurious estate home model. Westlake is approved for 4,500 homes and more than two million square feet of commercial space. The Westlake Sales Center is located at 16610 Town Center Parkway North, off Seminole Pratt Whitney Road between Southern Blvd. and Northlake Blvd. For more information, call (888) 299-3628 or visit www.westlakefl. com. Minto Will Host ‘WestlakeFest’ June 1 which includes a revitalization of neighborhood watch programs. In other business: • Councilwoman Jan Rodusky was recognized for her recent 2024 Home Rule Hero Award from the Florida League of Cities. Mayor Fred Pinto added that the National League of Cities is visiting 100 cities across the country, and Royal Palm Beach is part of that special bus tour. • Two requests by Public Art Professional Mario Lopez Pisani for a new piece of public art and to move the proposed location for the public art piece from inside the reflecting pool to the north end of the pool at Village Hall were approved. The artwork titled “Rooted” by artist Beth Nybeck is an 11-foot-tall sculpture that will include input directly from Royal Palm Beach residents prior
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CJ McCartney photographing Calopogon orchids. Wellington officials assist in the ribbon cutting for Lifetime Kitchen, a locally owned 5,500-square-foot store in the Mall at Wellington Green. PHOTOS COURTESY THE VILLAGE OF WELLINGTON Daniel’s Jewelers opened its third Florida location at the Mall at Wellington Green with a little bit of help from members of the Wellington Village Council.
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ROTARY CLUB HOLDS ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP PRESENTATION The Wellington Rotary Club held its annual scholarship presentation on Thursday, May 16 at the Wanderers Club. The club welcomed back returning scholarship students Hailey Guzik, Sydney Showalter and Erin Benetiz, and presented new scholarships to Andrew Rochman, Andrea Bustillo and Kirsten Benetiz. Also honored was Student of the Quarter Gianni Greco. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIE ROYAL PALM
Vice Mayor Jeff Hmara, Mayor Fred Pinto, Councilman Richard Valuntas, Rabbi Zevi and Leah Shtroks, Carolyn Hmara and Councilwoman Jan Rodusky.
2024 on Monday, May 20 at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center. The village invited residents to take part in this annual event to help increase citizen awareness about the issues and challenges facing the village government and community, while also giving residents input into their desired direction and goals for the community. Learn more at PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER
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Lyle Sumek served as facilitator for the evening. Councilwoman Selena Samios, Caroline Epstein, Diane Schult, Mark Pawlowski, Bonnie Kelly and Joann Burmester. Jonathan Dickinson with Sally and Lynn Balch. Scott Armand, Andrew Rochman, Hailey Guzik, Gianni Greco, Andrea Bustillo, Sydney Showalter, Kirsten Benetiz, Erin Benetiz, Hernan Avila and George Kinoshita. Members of the Rotary Club Scholarship Committee with the recipients and the student of the quarter. George Kinoshita, Student of the Quarter Gianni Greco and Hernan Avila. Christine and Marc Strich with Leslie and Randy Pfeiffer. Sandy Kinoshita, Maggie Zeller, Joan and Walter Imperatore, and Harlene Kennedy. Maggie Zeller, Dwayne Brown and Joan Imperatore. WHS Interact Club President Andrea Bustillo received a gavel from Rotary Club President Scott Armand. George Kinoshita presented Hernan Avila with a Service Above Self award.
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WITH CEREMONY Commencement exercises were held for Wellington High School’s Class of 2024 on Monday, May 20 at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center. Nearly 650 students turned their tassels during the ceremony, as their life as high school students came to a close. The celebration featured remarks by Principal Cara Hayden, Superintendent Michael Burke, Valedictorian Sarah Lizarazo Baez, Salutatorian Ewa Tryniszewski, Senior Class President Paula Currea Machea and SGA President Adrianna Altamirano. PHOTOS BY FRANK KOESTER/TOWN-CRIER
SGA President Adrianna Altamirano delivers the Message of Inspiration. Salutatorian Ewa Tryniszewski speaks from the podium. Valedictorian Sarah Lizarazo Baez addresses the class. Seniors Alexis Binkelman and Ocean Lewis. Senior Class President Paula Currea Machea leads the Pledge of Allegiance. WHS Principal Cara Hayden and Superintendent Michael Burke lead the Class of 2024 into the Expo Eenter. The Wellington High School band performs. School Board Member Marcia Andrews, Superintendent Michael Burke and WHS Principal Cara Hayden congratulate the graduates as they cross the stage. New graduates Oriana Bello, Daniella Belleus and Nicholas Blandford. WHS Principal Cara Hayden celebrates the graduates. Emilia McGovern with her father, Wellington Vice Mayor John McGovern. Dayanna Magdaleno, Simran Josan and Camila Rivas-Vivas. Graduate Kameron Millner celebrates with his family. Tyson Elliott surrounded by images of his younger self. Jordin Byrd wears a memorial tie in honor of her brother. Kassidy Biggs with money bouquets to help celebrate graduation. Tessie Goron and Hannah Miller celebrate after the ceremony. New graduates Brittney Bolton and Reese Hogg. Nehemiah Gaines with his diploma.
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Women of the Western Communities held its “Chic and Sassy” Spring Fashion Show & Brunch on Sunday, May 19 at the Wellington National Golf Club. The event featured fashions from Dillard’s in casual, business and evening wear. There was also a silent auction and ticket auction fundraiser. Mo Foster and Sally Severeid from KOOL 105.5 FM served as emcees for the afternoon, which raised money for Grandma’s Place and Wellington Cares.

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Models Susan Vogt, Danielle Cervi, Paula Castro, Erica Marino, Maria Cruz, Ashley Glover, Cheryl Meeks and Stacey Neps. Imani Teferess, Allison Bergamini, Martha Rojas, Dahlia Lulley, Tina Karlsen and Lyndsey Gerasia of Dillard’s. Allyson Samiljan, Carol Henry, Jo Cudnik and Joan Manning. Imani Teferess, Joan Josephson, Megan Oxford and Martha Rojas of Lancôme. Sherrie Rhoads with her mother, Mary Rowe. Cheryl Meeks shows off her look. Paula Castro models fashions. Lynda Chicano presented Allyson Samiljan flowers for being a member of the group the longest (since 1986). Maria Cruz looks great in this business outfit. Kimberly Pacey, Denise Davis and Lenyce Boyd. Faye Ford, Teresa Harrington and Anne Gerwig. Lynn Silvern, Harlene Kennedy, Cheri Reed and Peggy McClelland with their goodie bags. Door prize winners Michelle Haines, Mary Lou Bedford and Sheri McCandless with Lynda Chicano. Sabrina Zeller, Maria Cruz, Maggie Zeller and Maureen Gross. Scott and Mair Armand with Sally Severeid and Mo Foster. Emcees Mo Foster and Sally Severeid from KOOL 105.5 FM.
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On Thursday, May 23, the Greater Wellington Chamber of Commerce held its signature tasting event Flavors 2024, now in its 21st year. Several hundred attendees had a chance to sample some of the tasty and diverse foods from a number of different restaurants in Wellington along the four-hour bus route. Each stop provided something sweet and savory, plus a beverage. Winners included: Best Taste, Dos Amigos Tacos; Best Cocktail, Kickback Neighborhood Tavern; Best Dessert, Candid Coffee/Anna Bakes; and Best Stop, Franco Italian Bistro. PHOTOS BY FRANK KOESTER/TOWN-CRIER

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Jacquie Burke, Dwight Smith and Erin Smith enjoy treats from Stonewood Grill, the Poké Company, Keke’s, Anna Bakes and Candid Coffee. The Hack Tax bus crew gathers for a group photo. Dana Murphy’s bus “Wiggin Out” is ready to party. Asad and Sadfeen Sadiq. Kristen Mariani, Katherine Gombos, Tom and Amanda Carpenter and Rudy Romero. Jane Garifo, Dermot Mac Mahon, Maureen Brennan, Peter Bartuska, Arlene Smith, Jack Rosen and Stuart Hack at Kickback Tavern. Jared and Kara Heyns, Debbie Martin, and Frank and Stacy Buzzanca. Rudy Romero with nachos at Dos Amigos. Maureen Brennan and Helen Sylvester with a sample from Mole. Olivia Martin, Tina Martin and Michelle Strassel help check-in guests at Wellington National. Kristen Bardin, Amanda and Anthony Nastase, and Julia Murphy. Gail Bayly and Elizabeth Marshall at Dos Amigos. Kelly O’Neil and Joe Pauldine enjoy the tastes of Mole. Nancy and Cristian Sandoval at Village Music. The band at Village Music provided live entertainment for guests. Diann and Stuart Hack enjoy their final stop of the night at Village Music. Amanda Locker and Lindsay Leventhal.
The Town-Crier www gotowncrier com May 31 - June 13, 2024 Page 15 NEWS BRONCO PRIDE ON DISPLAY AS P.B. CENTRAL HONORS THE CLASS OF 2024 Palm Beach Central High School held its 20th graduation ceremony on Friday, May 17 at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center. The 696 graduates in the Class of 2024 walked across the stage to a line of congratulatory handshakes after accepting their diplomas. Principal Reginald Myers encouraged the graduates to demonstrate their Bronco pride in all that they do. PHOTOS BY CALLIE SHARKEY/TOWN-CRIER
Principal Reginald Myers addresses the Class of 2024. Superintendent Michael Burke said that learning should be a lifelong ambition. Valedictorian Ryan Snider will attend the U.S. Air Force Academy. Salutatorian Adam Ahmad is headed to the University of Florida. SGA President Lauryn Jensen leads the Pledge of Allegiance. Members of the Class of 2024 file into the Expo Center. VIPs gather on stage as the graduation ceremony begins. Valedictorian Ryan Snider, Salutatorian Adam Ahmad, SGA President Lauryn Jensen and Senior Class President Amanda Kuznetz on stage. Superintendent Michael Burke congratulates valedictorian Ryan Snider as Mayor Michael Napoleone and School Board Member Marcia Andrews look on. Allison Franck and Gavin Emerick with their diplomas. New graduates Joshua Angel and Andrea Kassis. Jaszlyn Rosales with graduate Bryce Mann. Graduate Elijah Jeter surrounded by his family. Logan Rifflard celebrates with his family. Bronco graduate Lindsey Vanravenswaay with her family. Graduate Adriana Cruz with family and friends. Nimsi Baten, Army National Guard Sgt. Rene Moreno and Yair Patino-De Anda. Lisa Lee with graduate Alexandra Kasparov.
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WERE LOST The Village of Wellington held its Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony on Monday, May 27. The procession went from Wellington Village Hall to the Wellington Veterans Memorial. Spectators lined the streets to remember those who were lost and honor those who served. Several hundred people were in attendance at the ceremony. Speakers included members of the Wellington Village Council and American Legion Post 390. Joining them to give remembrance was honored guest Krissy Robbs. The ceremony concluded with a gun salute and playing of “Taps” by James Sheldrake.
PHOTOS BY FRANK KOESTER/TOWN-CRIER Krissy Robbs of American Legion Post 390 speaks. Post 390’s Lazaro Sed and John Shwiner offer a salute. Post 390’s David Roman and Tina Schaffer salute after laying a wreath. Post 390’s Richard Owens and Anthony Tahan pay their respects. Post 390’s James Sparrow Jr. and Laurence Williams Sr. salute one of the wreaths. Wellington Mayor Michael Napoleone, Councilwoman Amanda Silvestri, Councilwoman Tanya Siskind, Councilwoman Maria Antuña and Vice Mayor John McGovern lay the first wreath. Local veterans gather for a photo after the ceremony. James Sheldrake plays “Taps.” Heather Durand sings the national anthem. Pastor Peter Bartuska of Christ Community Church offers the opening prayer. Bridget Varisco and Casey Hamberger watch the ceremony. Gloria and Amelia Garaz watch the parade. Wellington Garden Club members march with flags. Members of the Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue Honor Guard help open the Memorial Day ceremony. Wellington Village Council members walk along the parade route.
Members of American Legion Post 390 march up Forest Hill
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The Kids Cancer Foundation held its “School’s (Almost) Out for Summer Party” on Friday, May 17 at the Kids Cancer Center in Royal Palm Beach. Every month, the Kids Cancer Foundation hosts a family night. This event was focused on the six weeks of free summer camp offered not only to children undergoing treatment, but to their siblings as well. It was a meet-and-greet of sorts for the future campers. The children enjoyed pizza and crafts, such as bracelet making. Learn more at

National League Of Cities Brings ‘Centennial

Wellington and Royal Palm Beach hosted visits from officials with the National League of Cities (NLC) on Monday, May 20 as part of the NLC Centennial Roadshow: 100 Years, 100 Cities. This initiative is part of NLC’s year-long celebration marking a century of commitment to advancing local government and advocating for the interests of cities, towns and villages nationwide. The roadshow includes stops at 100 communities in every region of the country, aimed at spotlighting the diversity, resilience and transformation of America’s local communities. The roadshow kicked off in February at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, where the NLC was founded.

“It is an honor to show how the quality services and resources the

NLC provides, created paths for our village to be a better government that can provide a great place for our community members to have a place in which they can live, work, play and thrive,” Wellington Village Manager Jim Barnes said.

While in Wellington, the NLC team, led by Executive Director Clarence Anthony, toured Wellington’s Town Center facilities.

“It is truly an honor for the NLC to visit remarkable municipalities, like Wellington and Royal Palm Beach, that have made significant contributions to the advancement of local government over the past 100 years,” Anthony said. “Each of these cities has played a pivotal role in moving our local communities forward and has a unique story that showcases transformative change.”

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Ambassador Nic Roldan, Kids Cancer Foundation Executive Director Michelle O’Boyle and Board Member Darren Marotta. Elizabeth Figueroa and Sandra Posada with children Sophia Medina and Sofia Alvarez Posada. Lisa Armstrong helps Adrian Sanders make a sweet treat. Lorraine and Steve Brunner enjoy the festivities. Samera Pierce with son Chase. Kids Juniper, Dean, Ezra and Emma Hoffman with mom Maggie Alvarez. Dylan Flores Cruz with mom Diana and sister Isabella enjoy pizza. Loverly Sheridan, author of The Girl With the Beret, which raises awareness of the real life challenges of childhood cancer and bullying. Volunteer Alexandra Garcia and Juniper Hoffman make bracelets.
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REMEMBERS & HONORS THE FALLEN ON MEMORIAL DAY The Village of Royal Palm Beach hosted its annual Memorial Day Observance in conjunction with American Legion Post 367 on Monday, May 27 at Veterans Park. The theme was “Remember and Honor” and featured guest speakers Jack Martin and John Canterino, as well as Vice Mayor Jeff Hmara, a retired U.S. Army colonel. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER Page 18 May 31 - June 13, 2024 www gotowncrier com The Town-Crier
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Wellington Wolves Send 19 Teams To Holiday Weekend Tourney

The Wellington Wolves travel basketball program sent a contingent of 19 basketball teams to Lake Buena Vista for the AAU Memorial Day Classic (May 2527), held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports. In all, more than 215 young basketball players, from third graders to 11th graders, represented the Wellington Wolves in the three-day tournament. Teams in the tournament traveled from California, Georgia, Virginia, North Carolina, Puerto Rico and, of course, Florida to compete.

The three-day schedule included an opportunity for the basketball players, the coaches and family members to visit Universal Studios on Saturday night. Making the trip to Orlando for this tournament has become a regular event on the Wellington Wolves’ annual calendar. Of the 19 teams from the Wellington Wolves, the most successful squad was one of its youngest teams, the third-grade boys team, which was coached by Wellington

High School boys varsity basketball coach Matt Colin. His two assistant coaches were Tony Stefano and Phillip Peoples. During the weekend tournament, the team went undefeated (4-0). In their championship game on Monday, May 27, the Wellington Wolves’ third-grade boys team dominated Florida Hoop Dreams of America, 40-2.

Colin had strong words of praise for his young squad.

“I’m incredibly proud of this group of eight kids, who worked extremely hard and showed tremendous growth throughout the season,” said Colin, who also singled out A’Darren Calloway, Miles Herrick-Colin, Myles Peoples and Denny Ruiz for their big contributions to the team’s overall success.

“A’Darren consistently served as our top scorer throughout the weekend,” Colin said. “Even when he faced foul trouble and injury and wasn’t scoring during the championship game, he contributed in other crucial ways — defending, rebounding, making

key passes — to help secure our victory.”

Herrick-Colin and Peoples were the top rebounders for the team. Herrick-Colin led in assists, and Ruiz came off the bench to make a number of key shots throughout the weekend.

Five other Wellington Wolves squads reached their respective finals. In the boys 11U/Fifth Grade Division 3 Silver Championship, the Wellington Wolves lost to the Lobos (Puerto Rico), 30-24. In the girls Sixth Grade/ Division 3 Championship, the Wellington Wolves fell to Team Legit (Georgia), 25-20. In the girls Eighth Grade/Division 1/ Division 2 Gold Championship, the Wellington Wolves were outlasted by the Florida Comets Gold, 60-33. In the boys 15U/ Ninth Grade Division I Gold Championship, the Wellington Wolves were defeated by SCE UA Rise (Florida), 56-51. In the boys 17U/11th Grade Division I Gold Championship, the Wellington Wolves were outscored by TNBA South Select, 71-55.

Crestwood Middle School Boys Repeat As County Track Champs

The Crestwood Middle School boys track and field team has won its second straight Palm Beach County Middle School Track and Field Championship. On Wednesday, May 22, the Eagles completed the two-day event at Dr. Joaquín García High School in first place with 90.5 points. Crestwood was 24.5 points clear of Wellington’s Emerald Cove Middle School, which finished in second place with 66 points. Woodlands Middle School fin-

ished in third place with 45 points. In all, nearly 50 middle school teams competed in the meet, but only 21 scored points. According to Marque Drummond, Crestwood’s track and field coach, his athletes performed well throughout the two-day competition, which started on Tuesday, May 21 and concluded the following day. “They were extremely competitive,” Drummond said. “They were focused and knew the task that they had at hand, and they were determined to do their best.”

Crestwood was able to capture first place despite the fact that both the 4x100-meter relay team and the 4x400-meter relay team were disqualified. Fortunately, Crestwood’s 800-meter medley relay team — Rajon Fleurima, Benjamin Drummer, Jayden Espino and Michael Saget — completed the two-lap race in sixth place with a time of 1:51.13.

The top two performers for Crestwood were a pair of eighth graders — Ahmari Ryner and Alphonzo Carter. Ryner won two races, while Carter had a first, sec-

ond and fourth-place finish.

Ryner won the long jump with a leap of 18 feet, 4 inches, and in the high jump, he cleared the cross bar at 5 feet, 6 inches. Carter’s win in the 110-meter hurdles (15.66) represented a successful defense of the race he won last year. He also finished second in the long jump (18 feet, 3 inches) and fourth in the 800-meter run (2:15.00), which was slightly slower than his school-record time of 2:12.26.

Drummond wasn’t surprised by the strong, first-place performances by Ryner and Carter.

“Ahmari showed early interest in joining the team, but then decided that track was not his sport,” Drummond said. “However, his younger sister is a part of the girls team, and through being around her and further prodding, he decided to reconsider and join the team. He has raw, natural talent and is extremely coachable. He stepped in and filled a big gap for our team. Whichever high school he ends up attending will inherit a gem. Alphonzo is the type of athlete who comes around once every 20 years. I was lucky to have coached him for two years. He is the leader of the team, and he is the type of athlete who can do any of the 12 disciplines that we compete in for track and field. His work ethic is unquestionable.”

Another member of Crestwood’s team who had a first-place

finish was Aiden Castillo. He won the 400-meter run in 54.31 seconds.

“Aiden’s first place was not a shock,” Drummond said. “He is a soccer player, and I initially saw him running at practice. I saw his speed and endurance. He had never run track before, but I knew there was something special about him. He went undefeated this year. I was not surprised because he works really hard in practice. I knew what he was capable of doing.”

Other strong, points-producing performances by the Crestwood squad included Michael Sagat’s second-place finish in the 110-me-

ter hurdles (17.00); Brandon Pendergrass’s third-place showing in the 200-meter dash (23.68); Ashton Fountain’s fourth-place result in the shot put (39 feet, 7 inches); Jayden Espino’s fifth-place

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Coach Matt Colin and assistant coaches Phillip Peoples and Tony Stefano with the winning third-grade boys team. PHOTOS BY CHELSEA SAINT JUSTE/BLUEPRINT PRODUCTIONS Ahmari Ryner and Alphonzo Carter celebrate their first-place finishes. PHOTOS COURTESY MARQUE DRUMMOND The Crestwood Middle School boys track and field team celebrate winning the 2024 county championship. Crestwood’s Alphonzo Carter during the long jump.
performance in the 400-meter run (56.17); Brandon Pendergrass’s sixth-place finish (11.77) in the 100-meter dash; Aiden Castillo’s leap in the long jump left him in seventh place; Michal Baker was ninth in the 800-meter run (2:21.00); and there were a pair of 10th-place finishes for the Eagles — Rayan Moutaouakkil in the shot put (33 feet, 7 inches) and Ashton Davis in the high jump (4 feet, 10 inches).
15U Wellington Wolves Select players in timeout huddle with head coach Leveque Derisca. Bryan Demyan scores for the 17U Wellington Wolves Select.
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SRHS Boys Volleyball Falls At State Finals After Historic Season

This year’s Seminole Ridge High School boys volleyball team has set the bar high for future editions of the team. Under the guidance of head coach Scott Barnwell, the Hawks won every game at

home and reached the district championship game. The team then went on to win the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) regional championship for the first time in school history and was one of eight teams to qualify for the Class 1A state fi-

nals, held May 17-18 at Polk State College in Winter Haven.

On Friday, May 17, the Hawks traveled to Winter Haven to play the Wildcats from Winter Park High School in the state quarterfinal match. Seminole Ridge played well, but not well enough to win against the eventual state champions. Winter Park won in four sets (25-22, 23-25, 25-17, 25-22).

According to Barnwell, the first and fourth games could have easily gone the other way.

“For the most part, it was a match where it was decided by a point here and a point there,” he recalled. “In the fourth game, we were tied 23-23 late in the game, and Winter Park was able to win those last two points to win the match.”

One of Seminole Ridge’s key impact players was senior middle blocker and hitter Brandon Burke, who was not at his best in Winter Haven. The 6-foot-8 Burke was injured in the regional final win against the King’s Academy on May 14, three days before the Winter Park match. Burke played in the game, but he was a shadow of how he played in the regular season.

“Brandon injured his ankle in the regional final,” Barnwell said. “He played in the game against Winter Park, but he was not 100 percent. It’s tough losing a middle

blocker and hitter who is so tall.

Had we defeated Winter Park, he would not have played the following day in the state semifinals.”

Barnwell was philosophical about the loss.

“It was a great experience for all of us at the state finals,” he said. “The boys will remember this for the rest of their lives.”

Two other seniors who had standout seasons this spring were Owen Holowecky and Jonathan Benitez.

At 6-foot-4, Holowecky was

Seminole Ridge’s top performer and is headed to Long Island University to continue playing volleyball. According to Barnwell, Holowecky is immensely talented and has a team-first attitude.

“Owen is so humble and a very good volleyball player, who can set, block and go for the kill,” Barnwell said. “He has been recruited to be a setter in college, but he’s so good that you can’t afford to take him off the court.”

Holowecky led Seminole Ridge in kills, kills per set, hitting per-

Wellington Wolves Players Honored For Academic Achievement

On Wednesday, May 22, the Wellington Wolves travel basketball program honored many of its basketball players for their brilliance in the classroom, not just on the basketball court. That evening, 106 young men and women — along with their parents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents — gathered at the Village Park gym in Wellington, where they were recognized for their strong GPAs during the spring 2024 semester.

According to Wellington Wolves President Chris Fratalia, there were two categories of recognition: Honor Roll and Top Gun. The Honor Roll recipients earned all A and B grades during the spring 2024 school semester, while the Top Gun recipients earned all

A grades. This year, there were 62 Honor Roll honorees and 44 Top Gun winners. This was the 13th year that the Wolves have honored players for their aptitude in the classroom. The 106 studentathletes recognized this year is an improvement over the 81 studentathletes honored a year ago by the Council of Dads.

The key to this academic success story is that the Wellington Wolves, under the leadership of the 11-member Council of Dads committee, have implemented a 32-week tutoring program where the players and their siblings are provided complimentary tutoring by talented area high school students. Those tutors come from Wellington High School, Palm Beach Central High School, Park Vista High School and the King’s Academy. This year marked the seventh year of the tutoring initia-

tive, under the supervision of the Council of Dads.

The tutoring sessions take place after school at the Wellington branch library.

“The Wellington library has

been a great asset, as we have free access to computers and private rooms for the tutoring sessions, where we tutor in eight subjects,” said John Sitomer, founder of the Council of Dads. “We also

provide free snacks and drinks for the students and their tutors. We can’t thank the library enough for its ongoing support. The tutoring sessions often last for two hours.”

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Summer Art Camp at the Armory Art Center runs from June 3 through Aug. 2. The camp is designed for juniors ages 5.5 to 8 and 9 to 12, and teens ages 13 to 17. Junior campers will have fun with themed projects inspired by culture, history and art mediums. Teen intensive workshops help students develop portfolio-ready artwork to reach their next level. Teens can choose from a robust choice of studio classes and develop in an atmosphere free of judgment and full of encouragement. Camps are taught by professional art educators and teaching artists. The Armory Art Center is located at 811 Park Place in West Palm Beach. For more information, call (561) 832-1776 or register online at www.

Keep your skills sharp this summer at Education Place in Wellington, which is offering an educational and fun summer. Your elementary scholar will both enforce existing skills and learn new ones while having fun with the arts and science. Combat the summer slide in a safe and nurturing, air-conditioned environment. For more information, call (561) 753-6563. Education Place is located in the original Wellington Mall at 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 23.

The Florida Rowing Center’s Summer Rowing Camp is now in its sixth year.

The program is designed for both boys and girls who want to learn to row, as well as experienced rowers looking to improve their sculling technique and fitness. Come have fun on the water. The program rows on Lake Wellington, a fresh water, protected, 2,000-meter-long lake. Registration is limited to allow individual, personalized coaching and instruction. The summer program is open to students age 12 and up led by head coach Doug Cody. For 35 years, the Florida Rowing Center has attracted and trained elite level competitors from North America and Europe. Register and learn more at

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The Seminole Ridge High School boys volleyball team at the FHSAA state finals. PHOTOS BY RICHARD AREYZAGA ship includes Sitomer, Fratalia, David Kane, Howard Eisenberg, Jeff Sitomer, Grant Johnson, Dr. Gordon Johnson, Rafi Wynn, Gerry Stumm, Peter Smith and Dr. James Shecter. Ma’Hailey Cambronne, Jasmine Modric, Theodora Life and Taylor Downing are honored by the Council of Dads.
centage, serving aces and aces per set. Benitez is only 5-foot-9, but he is a cerebral player. “Jonathan is a very smart volleyball player,” Barnwell said. “He knows all the ins and outs of the game.” Both Benitez and Burke are expected to attend St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens to continue their education and play men’s college volleyball at the NAIA level. Seminole Ridge finished its season with a 23-8 record.
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Kid-Friendly Fun At The Mall At Wellington Green And The YMCA

The Palm Beach Museum of Natural History will host a six-week program for children ages 5 through 8.




education through open-ended, hands-on workshops centered around sustainability and creativity. Each session features a different theme chosen specifically to encourage participants to unleash their imagination using upcycled materials. “Junk Hours” will be held select

The Mall at Wellington Green and the YMCA of the Palm Beaches are hosting camp programs that promise to keep summer fun for kids.

Whether your favorite camper is a future archaeologist, financial planner or Olympic swimmer, there’s plenty to learn while living it up this summer in South Florida.

The Mall at Wellington Green will offer:

• Jurassic Camp, June 17 to July 26, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — The Palm Beach Museum of Natural History is hosting a six-week program for children ages 5 through 8. Kids will have the chance to explore prehistoric life, which includes studying a 65-millionyear-old insect trapped in a fossil amber time capsule to taking selfies with Cheryll, the museum’s 68-million-year-old Triceratops, the only actual dinosaur skeleton in South Florida. The cost is $250

Tuesdays, June 4 through July 16, from 10 a.m. to noon for children ages 6 to 16. The schedule includes:

• June 4: House Building — Design and construct your own dream house, fire station and candy shop using any kind of material, building from reclaimed items.

• June 11: Outer Space Embark on a cosmic journey by building rockets, planes or unidentified flying objects from upcycled materials.

• June 18: Paper Garden — Cultivate creativity with a paper garden workshop, transforming upcycled materials into a secret garden, insect habitat or garden of the future.

• June 25: Moving Meeple! — Explore the art of movement with push pin puppets, creating quirky

per week with a $30 registration fee. For more information, visit

• Leader Learning Center Camp, June 3 to Aug. 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — The Leader Learning Center is offering an educational summer camp that encourages leadership, teamwork and personal development for kids ages 5 and older. Camp activities will focus on reading, math, chess and neurogymnastics. The cost is $300 per week. For more information, visit www.leaderlearning. us/camps.

The Mall at Wellington Green is located 10300 W. Forest Hill Blvd. in Wellington. For more information, call (561) 227-6900 or visit

The YMCA of the Palm Beaches will offer: • Swim Camp, June 10 to 14 and July 15 to 19, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. — The YMCA of the Palm Beaches, the nation’s leading swim

characters from upcycled charm.

• July 9: Cardboard City — Collaborate to build a bustling cityscape using cardboard boxes and tubes, fostering teamwork and creativity.

• July 16: Deep in the Jungle — Immerse yourself in a jungle-themed, art-making adventure, bringing vibrant displays to life with upcycled materials. The programs will be held at Resource Depot, located at 2508 Florida Avenue in West Palm Beach. Enrollment costs $20 per student, per workshop, with materials and adult guidance provided. Parents can stay to help or drop off.

Space for each workshop is limited to 15 participants, so early registration is encouraged. While day-of-class registration is allowed, space is not guaranteed. To register for a class, visit

“Our Junk Hours inspire creativity, imagination and a love for the environment,” said Jennifer O’Brien, executive director of Resource Depot. “From building upcycled houses to crafting cardboard cities and delving into the depths of the jungle, there’s something for every young eco-enthusiast. We can’t wait to see what this summer’s participants create!”

Junk Hours scholarships are

Have fun at the YMCA of the Palm Beaches’ swim camp. instruction and water safety advocacy organization, will teach kids ages 5 through 12 how to be safe in the water. Camp activities include swimming lessons, pool games, CPR education, yoga, Zumba and more. The cost is $180 for members, and $200 for non-members.

For more information, e-mail kwoodward@ymcapalmbeaches. org. The YMCA of the Palm Beaches is located at 2728 Lake Worth Road. For more information, call (561) 968-9622 or visit www.


The Croquet Foundation of America is celebrating croquet, summer, family and kids with easy-to-learn-and-play versions of croquet on Saturday, June 1 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the National Croquet Center in West Palm Beach.

For this one day, families, friends, co-workers and individuals can come visit the club and play croquet for free. Various games of croquet will be set up to accommodate all ages and levels. The croquet courts will be open to anyone who wants to come out and participate in this fun day.

This magnificent, 10-acre facility located at the corner of Summit Blvd. and Florida Mango Road is

the largest croquet facility with more than 12 croquet courts. It is home of the U.S. Croquet Association national headquarters. It is also a popular venue for weddings and events. The onsite restaurant, the Croquet Grille, will be open serving lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. by menu, available for purchase. And don’t forget to stop in and check out the pro-shop. There are a variety of sun visors, hats, clothing and croquet accessories to choose from. This event is open to the public, at no charge. All are welcome. For more information, or to attend, call (561) 478-2300, ext. 1, or visit

Know an aspiring scientist? The Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s Junior Marine Biologist Summer Camp gives children ages 6 to 13 the amazing opportunity to explore Florida’s coastal ecosystems, enjoy hands-on science activities and so much more. Campers will also learn about fun ways to protect the oceans. Sessions include Sea Turtle Savers, Ocean Adventures and Conservation Kids. Camps run Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Late pickup at 5 p.m. is available for an additional fee. For more information, and to register, visit

The Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center Summer Horsemanship Camp is an inclusionary camp for riders of all abilities ages 8 to 16. No horse experience is necessary. Learn equestrian skills and horse care, build confidence and independence while caring for horses and enjoying time at the farm. Group sizes are limited with riders divided into groups based on their experience and ability. Weekly sessions run June 3 through Aug. 2 from 9 a.m. to noon. Register your child today at Visit or call (561) 792-9900 for more info. Vinceremos is located at 13300 6th Court North in Loxahatchee Groves.

For those exotic animal lovers interested in an exciting summer program, the Wellington Conservation Center is now taking reservations for children ages 8 to 14 for the summer months. This camp is an all-access pass to animal fun for the summer. Become a junior zookeeper, learn about conservation or even just focus on some of the animals at the farm. There are three unique programs, with each week full of hands-on learning experiences sure to excite the interest of kids of all ages. Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with before and after care available. The cost is $300 per week, per child. To register, call Cole at (203) 206-9932. Learn more at

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TGH Cancer Institute Holds Grand Opening Of Wellington Office

More than 70 guests gathered on Wednesday, May 15, to celebrate the grand opening of a new Tampa General Hospital (TGH) Cancer Institute office in Wellington. TGH Cancer Institute thoracic surgeons Dr. Robert Scoma, Dr. Mark Meyer and Dr. Marcus Eby, as well as breast and cutaneous surgeon Dr. Jason Hechtman, were

joined by other local TGH physicians, patients and community supporters for a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Greater Wellington Chamber. Guests mingled as light hors d’oeuvres and drinks were served. Learn more about the TGH Cancer Institute at www. cancer-institute.

Dr. David Amrose, Dr. Jason Hechtman and Dr. Kishore Dass.

Alliance Of Women Executives Present 24 Scholarships

The Alliance of Women Executives (AWE) held its seventh annual scholarship awards ceremony Tuesday, May 7 at the Wellington National Golf Club. The event, emceed by WPTV news anchor Shannon Cake, saw 24 deserving high school graduates awarded scholarships.

Sponsors for the event included Plastridge Insurance, Universal Property & Casualty Insurance, Florida Power & Light, Flagler Credit Union and Quatrro Business Solution Services.

Each scholarship recipient received a new laptop, a Maxwell Career Assessment and a one-year membership to the Young Professional Group of the Boynton Beach Online Chamber. Additionally, Prom Beach invited scholarship recipients to select formal wear for future events.

A highlight of the evening was awarding the first multi-year scholarship to one fortunate student, adding an element of surprise and excitement.

The scholarship recipients come from diverse backgrounds, with seven planning to attend Palm Beach State College, 13 becoming Florida Atlantic University students, two attending Palm

Beach Atlantic University and two entering Lynn University. Notably, 10 of the recipients will be the first in their family to attend college, highlighting the significance of the scholarships in supporting educational aspirations. The students expressed their intentions to pursue a range of degrees, including nursing, law, forensic investigations, STEM fields, medicine, psychology and the arts.

AWE, founded eight years ago by Vicki Tate, is a volunteer-based nonprofit organization. With the inclusion of the 2024 awards, AWE has now granted 127 scholarships to young women in Palm Beach County.

Tate expressed her gratitude to the members and donors for their passion and dedication, emphasizing the importance of AWE’s mission to Palm Beach County and the young women it serves.

AWE focuses on providing a platform for professional women to come together, share knowledge and experiences, while making a positive impact on future generations of young women in Palm Beach County through academic scholarships. For more information, e-mail or visit

Cub Scout Pack 125 Pays Tribute As Southeast

Florida Honor Flight Returns Home To PBIA

Cub Scout Pack 125, chartered by the Wellington Rotary Club, recently had the privilege of participating in Missions #50 and #51 of Southeast Florida Honor Flight.

The ambiance was charged with patriotism as bystanders waited along the airport concourse, adorned in vibrant shades of red, white and blue, eagerly finding their places in the tribute.

The significance of the event was fully realized when the stirring sounds of bagpipes were followed by the Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue Honor Guard. The scouts cheered and held signs, warmly welcoming the veterans as they made their way through the supportive crowd.

These young scouts, who have already demonstrated their dedication to their country through their various ranks, were present to honor the veterans. Leading them was

Stallion Summer Camp at Western Academy Charter School is sure to be a summer filled with fun and learning. Your child will experience learning activities like Passport to STEM and field trips to Lion Country Safari, Palm Beach Skate Zone and more. Weekly sessions run June 3 through July 22. The cost is $230 per week, per child with a one-time $50 registration fee, which includes two shirts. Register and view the full calendar of summer camp activities at www., or call (561) 792-4123 to learn more. Western Academy is located at 12031 Southern Blvd.

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Dr. Jason Hechtman, Dr. Marcus Eby, Dr. Robert Scoma and Dr. Mark Meyer cut the ribbon on the new facility. Michela Green, Brion Lawler, Jane Garif, Stuart Hack, Arlene Smith and Adam Haas. Steve Moss, Tamra FitzGerald, Dr. Jason Hechtman and Roxanne Stein. Dr. Robert Scoma, Mirta Aguilar Ragbir, Dr. Jay Maizes, Dr. Luis Pena Hernandez, Dr. Marcus Eby and Sarah Jules. Becky Mitchell, Ashley Vertuno and Lynn Stockford.
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by a chartered bus under police and fire-rescue escort, a fitting tribute to their service and sacrifice. As the night ended, the scouts of Pack 125 diligently collected wheelchairs, ensuring their safe delivery to their intended recipients, a task performed with care and reverence. Learn more about Southeast Florida Honor Flight at www. To discover your local scouting group, visit 2024
Local scouts gather at Palm Beach International Airport. Scouts thank returning Honor Flight veterans. Cubmaster Stephanie King, along with many leaders who all help emphasize the importance of duty to both country and community. Following the emotional proceedings, the veterans were es-
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The Wellington High School PTSA partnered with the Village of Wellington to host a “Backyard Bash” to celebrate the Class of 2024 on Friday, May 17. The PTSA thanks its amazing local business sponsors for donating to support the event, which makes a difference in providing a safe environment to celebrate graduating seniors. The PTSA also thanks Ian Williams and the Village of Wellington staff for helping to make the event a huge success.

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autism walked across the Florida Atlantic University graduation stage during spring commencement, marking a milestone for FAU’s Academy for Community Inclusion (ACI), a college program for high school graduates who have been diagnosed with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including Down syndrome and autism.

Whitney Wiley and Michael R. Johnson, both Wellington residents, received certificates from ACI as the program’s 50th and 51st graduates. They were celebrated during a brunch on FAU’s MacArthur Campus in Jupiter during graduation weekend. Friends, family, ACI students and alumni, FAU staff and community partners attended. Two ACI students, Chloe Thibault and Holden Kasky, emceed the event. Holden’s father, Jeff Kasky, gave a poignant speech highlighting the positive impact ACI has on students and families.

“The ACI program is an important part of the community. Knowing that there are 51 graduates who have an intellectual or

developmental disability who are working right next to any other employee is something that makes Palm Beach, Broward and Martin counties special, and that should be celebrated,” said Kelly Kearney, associate director of FAU’s ACI in the Department of Special Education. “Having our graduates find a rewarding job and becoming self-reliant is our ultimate goal, and we are so proud of Whitney and Michael, who are pursuing their dreams.”

This polo season, Wiley worked at the National Polo Center-Wellington, handing out event programs and enjoyed watching the end of the matches. The 25-yearold hopes to find a new job that involves horses.

“I was so excited because I made it!” Wiley said of graduating. “It was a really big accomplishment for me. I was so happy to wear a cap and gown. I learned how to get around the community, be safe and stay safe, health and fitness, and social skills.” Johnson, who owns a food truck with his father, said that the ACI program helped him become a better business owner and entrepreneur. “I learned about money, employment and how to do paperwork,” he added. ACI allows students to earn certificates in supported employment, supported community access and supported community living. These certificates are offered in an inclusive college environment on both the Boca Raton and Jupiter campuses of FAU. The program allows students to participate in college activities, clubs, events and organizations that are available to all FAU students. ACI also offers a residential experience program each summer, when students get to spend one week living in the dorms on the Boca Raton campus. To learn more about the FAU Academy for Community Inclusion, visit academicdepartments/ese/aci.

of the Mounts Botanical Garden is launching “Let’s All Go to the Garden,” a new fun and informative program this August for third-grade students in the Palm Beach County School District.

“The Mounts Botanical Garden is announcing an exciting new K-12 educational program now that it has been selected by the School District of Palm Beach County as an official field trip location for all third-grade students,” Mounts Interim Co-Director Misty Stoller said. “This fun and educational field trip experience will serve approximately 15,000 students, 200-plus teachers and 1,500-plus chaperones during the 2024-25 school year.”

During these field trips, various discovery stations around the garden will provide answers to questions such as: “How Do Seeds Travel?” and “What Do Plants Look Like Up Close?” and “What Do We Eat?” Additional ideas include renewable resources, identifying different types of rocks, the Everglades and more.

“Due to financial constraints, no funding for this program is being provided by the school district for

this field trip initiative, so financial support from the community is critical,” Mounts Development Officer Tish Sheesley said. “We need to raise $150,000 to offer this memorable experience for local third graders and provide safe and approved transportation to and from Mounts Botanical Garden.” For more information, or to pledge financial support for the program, contact Sheesley at (561) 233-1763 or tsheesley@pbcgov. org. For

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FAU ACI Class of 2024 graduates Michael R. Johnson and Whitney Wiley with FAU’s mascot Owlsley. PHOTO COURTESY COASTAL
early for an energetic start to the day. Councilwoman Amanda Silvestri was happy to be a part of the event, which started as the crowd gathered in front of Temple Beth Torah at 7:15 a.m. The walk/bike event began at 7:30 a.m. When the children arrived at school, they received prizes and a drink. More
400 children participated.
active habits that can contribute to a lifelong, healthy lifestyle. In addition to the many health benefits, there are also intangible benefits as well. Many parents who have participated say that it has been a valuable way to spend time with their children and to socialize with other parents and neighbors.
it cuts down on traffic and pollution.
The sidewalks
Big Blue Trace were crowded on Wednesday, May 8 when Wellington Elementary School participated in National Walk/Bike to School Day. Staff, students and their families showed up bright and
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Wellington Councilwoman Amanda Silvestri leads the crowd to school.
Mounts Announces New School Program
VPK ECP Daien Mata, Deputy Madison Lamm, VPK teacher/organizer Cathy Eckstein, Councilwoman Amanda Silvestri, Principal Dr. Maria Vaughan, behavioral health specialist Nigel Johnson and coach Carlos Salcedo. Children enjoy a visit to the Mounts Botanical Garden.
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Mall At Wellington Green Announces Three New Store Openings

Three new retail and restaurant destinations are joining the more than 160 stores at the Mall at Wellington Green. Cream, Fresh Mangos and Trendy by A&A add to the growing and robust offerings in apparel, culinary, health and beauty, and more at this lifestyle destination in Wellington.

“We’re pleased to offer our guests a plethora of retail choices when shopping at our mall,” said Asad Sadiq, general manager of the Mall at Wellington Green. “Many of our merchants are small, independent retailers you will only discover here.”

Cream — Cream stocks mostly hard-to-find men’s fashions and streetwear by respected labels like Billionaire Boys Club founded by Pharrell Williams in partnership with Nigo; Psycho Bunny, whose polos in eye-popping hues are the darlings of the fashion world; and Homme + Femme, which

waxes inspiration from hip-hop and sports culture. Owners Bellal and Gehad Shatara opened the 2,200-square-foot, boutique-style space on April 12 and manage a similar location at the Boynton Beach Mall. They stay on top of what’s hot (and not) by keeping their fingers on the nation’s sartorial pulse. Showcasing jeans and denim, activewear, T-shirts and accessories that blend quality with quiet luxury, shoppers will also find styles worn by celebrities, musicians and popular athletes. For more info., call (561) 732-1141 or visit

Fresh Mangos — Carlos and Jessica Tafur opened their fifth Fresh Mangos location on April 1. The 300-square-foot kiosk resembles a farmer’s market stand with vibrant green and white walls and organic-inspired touches like faux wood paneling and offers a range of healthful beverages, including

fresh fruit smoothies, boba drinks and teas, and natural juices along with acai bowls, sandwiches, salads and wholesome snacks. In 2018, the Tafurs opened their first Fresh Mangos at the Palm Beach Outlets, where they noticed a need for more healthy options. Initially, menu items consisted of cups of fresh mango slices with versatile

toppings. Next, they added fruit smoothies and organic juices made in-house, followed by heartier options like parfaits and mixed fruit bowls. Today, the menu has expanded further and features more protein selections. For more info., call (561) 847-4504 or visit

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A&A is the latest boutique dedicated to design-forward apparel and accessories for women. The 1,200-square-foot

Winners Announced For 2024 National Pet Week Drawing Contest

The student winners were recently announced for the 32nd annual National Pet Week Drawing Contest sponsored annually by Community Animal Hospital of Royal Palm Beach with the students at H.L. Johnson Elementary School. Kindergarten winners were Dexter Rosso, Emma Gunn and Gemma Brush. First-grade winners were Jarren Gamble, Lucia

Torres-Malaga and Lucas Villard. Second-grade winners were Eliana Villamor, Addison Thompson and Griffin Crosby. Third-grade winners were Mya Lockhart, Angeline

Nyla Dumergeant and Gianna Batchelor. The school’s art teacher, Kim Farnam, encourages, collects and delivers the art to the animal hospital, and the staff there enjoys judging the entries. Winners are then chosen and awards are given


Opioid Awareness Breakfast And Training Seminar At Wellington Green

More than 100 local business owners from the Building Us Network and throughout Palm Beach County gathered recently in the District at the Mall at Wellington Green to learn more about a lifesaving drug and how it can potentially save lives in the workplace.

On Friday, May 24, the Community Recovery HUB of Palm Beach County hosted a special opioid awareness breakfast and Naloxone (Narcan) training workshop.

Executive Director Micah Robbins led the Narcan seminar, which included how to recognize the signs and symptoms of an opioid emergency and how to properly administer the nasal spray to reverse the effects of an overdose.

The seminar’s special guest was community activist Pastor Rae Whitely of the Trinity Counseling Center. “Community involvement is the key to overcoming this disease,” he said. “It’s the future generation, our youth, that we need to protect.”

Community Recovery HUB of Palm Beach County is located at 2120 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. For more information, call (866) 472-2482 or visit www.

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Rachelle Crain and Micah Robbins. Sabrina Valburn, Angela Ciliberti, Jennifer Boyce and Crystal Swass.
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The art is then on display at Community Animal Hospital of Royal Palm Beach before being returned to the students.
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Fourth-grade winners were Charline Waugh, Matthew Salgado
Sydney Mongognia. Fifth-grade winners were Brynn Gorosito,
The winners of the 32nd annual National Pet Week Drawing Contest hosted by Community Animal Hospital of Royal Palm Beach at H.L. Johnson Elementary School.
store launched on May 4 and features collections ranging from casual outfits and gala attire to sportswear, complemented by stylish handbags, shoes and jewelry. The store’s owners are both entrepreneurs and mothers from Venezuela who share a passion for chic, get-noticed silhouettes at affordable prices. For more info., call (561) 646-2834 or visit The Mall at Wellington Green is located at 10300 W. Forest Hill Blvd. in Wellington. For more info., call (561) 227-6900 or visit Cream stocks hard-to-find men’s fashions and streetwear. Fresh Mangos offers a variety of healthy food options from a kiosk designed like a farmer’s market. Trendy by A&A features design-forward apparel for women. By calling this number, you agree to speak with an independent health insurance agent about Medicare Advantage products. Medicare has neither reviewed nor endorsed this information. This is an advertisement. Let’s talk about it! Maggie Zeller Office (561) 517-8048 (TTY: 711) Mobile (561) 715-9262 “Your healthcare is a potentially overwhelming, complex decision. I can help you navigate through your available options!” Medicare Maggie Health Insurance Solutions 12794 Forest Hill Blvd. • Suite 18E Wellington, FL 33414 Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. By Appointment Only If you’ve got questions, I’ve got answers. Becoming eligible for Medicare at age 65 can be overwhelming and confusing, but it doesn’t have to be! I can explain all of your available options. Medicare Advantage Plans VS. Medicare Supplement? Medicare Solutions Made Simple I can help, call me today!

Local Business N2 Saddlery Rewards Season Of Peak Performances

It is no small achievement to become the Official Dressage Saddle of the U.S. Equestrian Federation, which fields the nation’s Olympic, Pan American and World Equestrian Games squads. The ongoing respect for what goes into attaining and maintaining equestrian excellence spurred N2 Saddlery to again underwrite and present the Peak Performance Awards during the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington.

“Dressage is a mentally and physically taxing sport. N2 Saddlery’s Peak Performance Award recognizes riders for doing their best and, like every other athlete, going into the arena and giving it their all,” said Sue Newell, N2 Saddlery founder, managing direc-

tor and master saddle fitter. Seven horse-and-rider combinations were recognized during AGDF with N2 Saddlery Peak Performance Awards, beginning Week 1 with Taryn Hartnett of Wellington, whose Grand Prix ride and score on Der Prinz 3 earned the season’s first award and clinched her USDF Gold Medal. Weeks 3 and 5 underscored the power of good coaching, with N2 Saddlery Peak Performance Awards going to Ashley Rand-Torres on her Danish Warmblood Heimdals Champ, with coach Scott Hassler alongside, and to former USEF I-I Adult Amateur Champion Jackie Beasley on Liberty VE, with coach Kathy Priest. University of Kentucky alum

Olivia Torres and DNalia HVH earned the AGDF 7 N2 Saddlery Peak Performance Award and a First Level Test 3 win for horse owner Anetta Coleman of High Valley Hanoverians. During AGDF 8, former NAYRC individual silver medalist and Wellington resident Tara Stegen and Cacique XXXVII, owned by Lourdes Miranda, collected the N2 Saddlery Peak Performance Award and victory in their Open USEF Third Level Test.

At AGDF 10, adult amateur Caitlin Fernambucq rode Bahia for coach and horse owner Nora Batchelder to win the Intermediare-2 AA Test and N2 Saddlery Peak Performance Award, and Wellington local Kyle McIver of

Dakin Farm South and Gigi closed Week 12 with a victory in the AA Grand Prix and the final N2 Saddlery Peak Performance Award of the festival.

“Nothing gives me more pleasure than to see the immediate and positive effect of a proper fit,” Newell said. “Knowing that I can help both horse and rider achieve better harmony and peak performance is a great and fulfilling feeling.”

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Spring Break In Florida Was Way Different When I Was Young

My uncle owned a motorcycle store in Broward back when Fort Lauderdale was the exotic vacation destination for college-age spring breakers. This was before Cancun, Cabo San Lucas and Jamaica took over. Back when I was in college, a lot of kids like me paid their own tuition and, therefore, sought out a sunny location that met their primary requirement of being within hitchhiking range.

I didn’t hitchhike to Fort Lauderdale but saved up for two years so I could fly. My cost-saving plan was to take off on a wing and a prayer with a 21-year-old, first-time pilot, who had tacked an index card onto the campus bulletin board. It would be him, two of his friends, two

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more strangers and me. Long story short? The weather was so horrific that the control tower sent us out over the gulf so that our inevitable crash wouldn’t be into houses. I may have had a near-death experience before we landed. And then, even though he’d taken

my round-trip airfare, the pilot “ran out of money” and re-sold my seat, leaving Florida early without me. Fun times.

But you know, kids. Resilient. I had a place to stay (my uncle’s), so I figured I’d get my refund when I got back to Milwaukee. No sweat. Also, no refund.

But we must return to my story after that 100-word essay detour to What-I-Did-OnMy-College-Spring-Break Land.

My uncle owned a motorcycle shop. And, because of that, our family was into motorcycles. Both my brothers became absolute fanatics after working for him a few summers, and even I had a bright yellow 60 cc scooter. My youngest brother (rapidly approach-

ing retirement age) currently owns a paint and body shop where he has pre-painted more than 30 motorcycle gas tanks in preparation for the idyllic gear-head decades stretching ahead of him. He can’t wait.

My other brother Jim (an unsung creative genius) took a full-size Triumph cycle, “sliced” it in half horizontally with a piece of tempered glass and turned it into a coffee table. As a bonus, there was a oneof-a-kind table lamp which revved to life when you pressed down on the accelerator.

My two brothers displayed these companion pieces of art in a Wisconsin bar during a cycle show, and Jim was immediately offered $30,000 for the set on

opening day ($50,000 in today’s money). However, because he’s an artist, he turned that down because “they’re not really for sale” and “anyway, no one has seen them yet.” This museum-quality mentality almost cost him a divorce, in addition to 30 grand.

As for me, I had a


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